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Ford Ford Lynx Armoured Car restoration      

Campbell Finlay is a collector based in Brisbane. He acquired this gem of a Ford Lynx and has spent much time restoring it.

The Lynx was built by Ford Canada and in Australian service had nicknames like "Doodlebug" and "Golfball".

A little background about Campbell: "I've been interested in WW2 military history since I was a kid, started on scale models and ended up on full scale MV's !!.  Also been a keen collector of WW2 uniforms, equipment, and deactivated weapons as well.  I guess I've been colelctings for about 25 years now. "

As for it's history little is known so far but Campbell has heard these vehicles were used by the BCOF in Japan after the war. I also have a pic of one from a 1950s Australian recruiting album.

His vehicle collection is impressive:

1937 Buick 8/40 sedan 1944 Willys Jeep 1940 Ford truck, 1945 CMP Ford SWB "Blitz" 1945 US6 Studebaker Truck 1942 "Ben Hur" trailer 1942 BMW R71 motorbike and sidecar (postwar chinese version)   Also part owner with my brother of a 40MM AA gun.

Campbell also has a webpage

Geoff Winnington-Ball's excellent Maple Leaf Up site has more pics of the Ford Lynx and gistoric information.

     
   

Four shots of the Lynx as found. It was remarkably intact.

According to Campbell: "I acquired the Lynx from a bloke on the Gold Coast, who acquired it in turn from a woman who lived west of Brisbane.  It was complete as per the enclosed shots, I first sandblasted the vehicle, took stock of what was missing, and then proceeded from there."

     
   
       
   
This trio of pics show the Lynx after sandblasting.      
     
"  I looked at the rims first, most were damaged due to it sinking into the earth and rusted along the edge.  I had three repaired and sourced a replacement from Ross Prince ( excellent source of US and CMP parts in my experience).  I sourced the tyres from a bloke here in Brisbane George Heymer (sic), and there were quite reasonable in price, had them fitted and thats where we are today."      
   
"I looked at the rims first, most were damaged due to it sinking into the earth and rusted along the edge.  I had three repaired and sourced a replacement from Ross Prince ( excellent source of US and CMP parts in my experience).  I sourced the tyres from a bloke here in Brisbane George Heymer (sic), and there were quite reasonable in price, had them fitted and that's where we are today. "