It’s not all that easy to restore a 67-year-old truck.
Just ask Jim Whitham, the collections manager at the Canadian War Museum, as he’s just spent many, many months working on—and trying to find parts for—a 1941 Fordson model E83 that was used in England during the Second World War as an emergency food van.
But now he’s almost done. They’re still waiting on a few parts to arrive from England in order to get the old girl running again, but at least the cosmetic restoration is done.
And quite a restoration it was, as The Royal Canadian Legion donated $5,000 to the Friends of the Canadian War Museum—approved by Dominion Executive Council in 2008—to help out with the costs of the project.
“We bought the van in 1999 for $10, 000,” said Angus Brown, president of the Friends of the C...