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CMP Canvas

       
One of the first things to disappear from CMP vehicles is usually the canvas. Canvas was used for tarps, side curtains, side curtain holders, doors on late production Australian CMPs, rear blinds, gearstick dust seals and cab roofs in the case of the Australian "Sunshine" roof.
In the interest of assisting restorers I'm working on a series of photographs showing original canvas parts as I find them. See also Mike Kelly's technical drawings of side curtains and the Ford F15 pilot model for canvas doors.
Original late production canvas covered doors, obviously from an ex-Air force vehicle. The doors were of simple construction and easily removed to assist cab ventilation in the tropics.
Nice shot of a canvas door. Pic taken around 1950.
Original late production side curtains, possibly from the same vehicle. These pictures come from the storage igloos of the Bandiana Army museum. These are designed to fit canvas doors, with straight mounting lugs.
From Max Hedges of Yass come these cab 12 side curtain front pieces which clip onto the windscreen frame and cover the front of the door side curtain. The other part of the cab 12 side curtain. This also belongs to Max who purchased it in Canada.
Reasonably intact Ford pattern rear curtain and seats. More pics of this vehicle... Another shot of the rear curtain. Canvas pouch may have been for maps or logbooks.
Pic from Euan McDonald. Note the angle iron reinforcing bars to the right of the window. These supported a small catch on the back of the cab into which the arm of the spare tyre carrier fitted to stop it banging against the back of the cab. This is another Ford vehicle where the canvas is tied to two cleats on the outside of the cab. Chevs tied on the inside. Seen inside RAAF F60L at Bandiana auction    
Sunshine roof on C15A New C15A with early pattern side curtains and sunshine roof.
Pic from Euan McDonald shows an original WW2 Chev side curtain with a 1959 remake which used to be sold by Bill Drew in Melbourne for $6 a pair new. Most of the CMP side curtains around today came from this source.