War car a winner
Restoration of 1941 rarity pays off for history lover
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.
CAR BUFF: Bob Schutt shows one of his many military restoration projects, a Scout Car S1.