War car a win­ner

Restora­tion of 1941 rar­ity pays off for his­tory lover

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

TWELVE years of hard yakka has fi­nally left Monto’s Bob Schutt with a world exclusive.

The 1941 Ford C11ADF sta­tion wagon on which he has laboured is the only one he knows of in the world to be re­stored fully.

His work­man­ship was of such high cal­i­bre the ve­hi­cle beat 200 oth­ers to win the Corowa na­tional mil­i­tary ve­hi­cle rally ear­lier this year.

“I guess that’s the beauty of a hobby – it forces you to mas­ter things you wouldn’t other­wise try,” Mr Schutt said.

He said he be­gan the project to sat­isfy an ap­petite for his­tory, which is ev­i­dent by his at­ten­tion to de­tail.

But the rar­ity of the ve­hi­cle made achiev­ing such ac­cu­racy a chal­lenge, and Mr Schutt went to great lengths to source parts from five di­lap­i­dated cars.

“I paid too much for one in a wreck­ing yard in Kin­garoy, and I came across an­other in Al­bury,” he said.

“An­other I dug out of a creek bank near Bund­aberg

“I found an­other in our own back­yard in a Moon­ford riverbed, and the last parts were from one at Yungaburra.”

Mr Schutt said there was only a hand­ful of the cars, used when the Al­lied Forces fought Ger­many in north Africa, left in the world.

The ve­hi­cle he has called the “Woody” due to its wooden body and in­te­rior.

Mr Schutt also re­stored a 1941 Ford Mar­mon-Her­ring­ton LP3A gun trac­tor and a half-tonne Ford Mar­mon-Her­ring­ton LD6-4 truck.

He seeks a war­time photo of a 1941 Ford C11ADF Sta­tion Wagon, so he can put orig­i­nal bon­net num­bers on his own.

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

CAR BUFF: Bob Schutt shows one of his many mil­i­tary restora­tion projects, a Scout Car S1.

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