Military Stuff Made by Car Companys?

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by Trez, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. Trez

    Trez Well-Known Member

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    Ok, Im sure everybody knows I want my IHC Garand, also Ive been thinking about a GM Carbine..
    I have a first aid pouch from 1942 made by Cadillac...

    Just curious what military guns or gear was made by car companys? I think it would be a interesting twist to my military collecting...
     
  2. notdku

    notdku Administrator Staff Member

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    Do you have any pics of it?
     

  3. Trez

    Trez Well-Known Member

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    Here.. Oh, its from '41... :)
     

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  4. JSStryker

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    Ford built JEEPS during WW2. If I recall GM built some B-24's, I also believe they built M8/M20 scout cars and M4 Shermans..
     
  5. Old_Crow

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    During WWII car companies used their casting and stamping facilities to make many of the things soldiers needed every day in the field. If you look at any late 30's car it had everything from fabric to stamped sheet metal. Back then car manufacturers believed they could make anything cheaper than they could buy it.
     
  6. Trez

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    Im looking more for things you wouldnt think of these companys making... The kinds of gear that only during wartime would be made by these companys...
    Its not surprising for automobile companys to make tanks and other vehicles, but rifles and web gear?

    (Besides.. Where in the hell would you get a B-24?? ( Not that I could ever afford one!!) :p
     
  7. c3shooter

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    Yep. The Baldwin Locomotive company made tanks and the Guide Lamp division of GM (headlights used to be in a stamped metal cowling outside the car body) made the Liberator pistol. American Fork & Hoe (made farm tools) made bayonets.
     
  8. Trez

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    Sweet! So my AF&H bayonet will "fit" my IH Garand when I get it... ;)
     
  9. BillM

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    US manufacturing of all kinds shifted to support the war effort. New
    plants and shipyards were built nearly "overnight". Kaiser set the record
    for building a "Liberty Ship" from start to finish in just over 4 days.

    Pretty much EVERY "car company" in the U.S. contributed something to
    the effort. It would be an interesting collection.

    Try that today---not only is the manufacturing base in China, the war
    would be over before the environmental impact statement was filed.:mad:
     
  10. Curlyjoe_99

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    yup chrysler's companies made the LH threads for all of the medium duty vehicles wheel studs like the 2 1/2ton truck, or half-track.

    rolls royce made the engine that went into the P51.

    GM made the HUMMER (both military & civilian)

    fisher body works (indiana) made a lot of office chairs during the war.

    a auto plant in cleveland made gyroscopes as well as fuel gauges.

    GM used a bell helicopter oil filter for the corvair's oil system

    ok that's all i got from memory
     
  11. orangello

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    I would be pissed if i had to rely on a Ford rifle with people shooting at me.
     
  12. BillM

    BillM Active Member Supporter

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  13. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    GM's Guide Lamp division also made the M-3 "Grease Gun" SMG.

    GM's Hydramatic division (transmissions) made M-16's in the 60's
     
  14. rurak

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    It would still be better than a bailout gm rifle!
     
  15. orangello

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    Just speakin on quality of the product, not the producers; i have had poor luck with ford products and seem jinxed with them.
     
  16. rurak

    rurak New Member

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    I was just kidding ya :) ive had fords my whole life save for one lapse in judgement (toyota tacoma)
     
  17. donthav1

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    what i always found interesting were the companies that had nothing to do with military or firearms during peacetime, making guns for the war.

    like union signal & switch, singer sewing machine, rockola jukebox, IBM, & if i'm not mistaken, remington rand was a typewriter company too right?

    International seemed to make everything at one point, war time or not. my grandparents still have an old IHC fridge in their garage.

    slightly off topic, but i remember my all the ceramic stuff in my high school chemistry lab was made by Coors brewing company. and god knows how long ago.