My interest in HMV's began in the summer of 1970, when I would walk by a WWII Ambulance parked in a vacant lot on my way to a summer school auto shop. I loved it's rugged good looks and I thought it would make a great camper. I was living in Portland, Oregon at the time, and was doing a lot of backpacking in the Mount Hood region of the Cascade Mountains. Well, 28 years passed before the memory of that old ambulance came burning back into my brain. I came across an ad in a local truck trader for a flat fender Powerwagon, I don't recall what year the rig was, but the seed was watered and began to grow. Another year passed before the plant sprouted Olive Drab leaves! I was looking for a vehicle that I could deliver the props that I build. I knew I wanted something different than the Hi-cube trucks that I usually rent for that purpose. I wanted something that my clients would readily identify as belonging to 'that set guy'. I remembered that ambulance and decided that while it certainly couldn't carry as much as a Hi-cube, it would be way too cool!
1941 1/2 ton Ambulance
So my search began. My first thought was where would I find one, I hadn't seen an ambulance 'in the flesh' since 1970. Well that's not totally true, I did come across the shell of one on the site of the old "Mash" set about 6 years ago. But where would I find one now in restorable condition? In my Set business, I do a lot of research on the internet, so that's where I turned. Within a few minutes I had come across a whole great community of Military Vehicle enthusiasts and hundreds of vehicles for sale! I saw ambulances of every era. I narrowed the search parameters down to the WWII models, the WC series, of which there where both a 1/2 ton and a 3/4 ton version to decide between.