Military Vehicles, June 1997,: Re: [MV] 1945 MB

Re: [MV] 1945 MB

Gordon.W.I. McMillan (
Fri, 27 Jun 1997 22:00:39 +0100

Hi Herb, difference between combat and one piece rims couldn't be
easier. Your '45 MB would have been fitted with five combat rims as
standard. Combat rims are easily identified by the ring of bolts
holding the two wheel halves together, the idea of the combat rim was
that the two piece construction allowed a sheet metal 'runflat' to be
put inside the tyre to hold it in place on the rim and run flat when
required. Metal runflats are a bit of a pain and are for the purists,
in the UK we normally fit rubber gaiters (never did find out the US
term for them) Having mixed combat and one piece rims is quite
common, and the original early one piece wheels (look for groups of
three rivets holding the wheel disc to the rim) are quite desirable and
would attract a slight premium over the combat rims if sold.

General tips for restoration of this sort of vehicle are;

never throw anything away
never change anything unless you are absolutely sure it is 'wrong'
buy original New Old Stock NOS spares rather than reproduction
safety critical items like tyres, brakes, hoses should be brand new
dont 'over restore' to better than new condition, live with the odd
dent and scratch
the closer it is to original condition the more it will be worth

apart from that just do it to suit yourself, and have a good time with

Gordon Falkirk, Scotland 8-) .

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