Holden Chevrolet 3 Ton Trucks World War Two

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    Holden Chevrolet 3 Ton Trucks World War Two

    Hello All,

    I have a Chevrolet 3 Ton Truck that was assembled by Holden in 1940. It must have been made directly for the Australian Army because its colour plate reads "Khaki". It also has the black and white "Holden" badge on the firewall.

    Here is a link to a photograph held by the Australia War Memorial of what my truck would have looked like in 1940 - accessed April 4th 2016 from https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/127795

    ID number 127795 - Collection type Photograph - Object type Black & white - Physical description Black & white
    Description AUSTRALIA. LORRIES, 3-TON G.S. (AUSTRALIAN). CHEVROLET. QUARTER FRONT VIEW, RIGHT SIDE.

    Can anyone let me know how I could find out more about Holden's assembly of these Chevrolet and Maple Leaf plus GMC trucks during the early stages of World War Two?

    Were these trucks imported from the USA or Canada with a pre-assembled chassis, with wheels and all the running gear - including the firewall? Did Holden then construct the cabin and tray? Or did the trucks just come as a lot of parts packed in crates that were assembled here in Australia?

    Kind Regards
    Lionel Evans -Bundaberg, Queensland
    Last edited by Lionelgee; 04-04-2016 at 02:25 AM.

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    Re: Holden Chevrolet 3 Ton Trucks World War Two

    Hello All,

    BTW my current daily driver is a VY Commodore Wagon - Series Two. Before that I owned a VN Vacationer Sedan - Series One. A VH factory V8 with manual box Vacationer wagon. I originally started off with a succession of EH Sedans as daily drivers and a Panel Van as a project.

    I currently have a Land Rover Series III tray back utility which has a Holden 202 out of an early HQ as a restoration project. So I think I could be considered a Holden enthusiast .

    Kind Regards
    Lionel
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    Re: Holden Chevrolet 3 Ton Trucks World War Two

    I believe ford of aus was importing CKD "kits" of trucks from Canada for local assembly down under

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    Re: Holden Chevrolet 3 Ton Trucks World War Two

    -I did a little research on the net on these

    THey were CKD kits from Canada with Holden built cabs which were different from the American Cabs from what I can find out

    This site has some info for you

    http://www.hcvc.com.au/forum/restore...rucks?start=10
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    Re: Holden Chevrolet 3 Ton Trucks World War Two

    Quote Originally Posted by VS Ute 5Litre View Post
    -I did a little research on the net on these

    THey were CKD kits from Canada with Holden built cabs which were different from the American Cabs from what I can find out

    This site has some info for you

    http://www.hcvc.com.au/forum/restore...rucks?start=10
    Hello VS Ute,

    Thank you for the link and the information. Much appreciated.

    Kind Regards
    Lionel

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    Cool truck Lionel. Keep us updated!

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