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A 2nd Page of E83Ws in Uruguay.

A few more Ford vans cling on to life

Here are few more photos sent in by Jason of E83Ws clinging on to life in sunny Uruguay, the first page of the Uruguayan E83Ws can be seen here.
Uruguay camper van in a scrapyard
Camper? or Minibus? in a scrapyard

By gum this old E83W has seen some action, I've no idea where the rear body originates from but its obviously been cut from something else (very modified Bedford CA panelwork perhaps?) and grafted on to this little Ford. Jason says that it has been identified as a '1948 Fordson Camioneta Rural A2' - does this ring a bell with anyone, was it a popular conversion once available for 10cwt Fords in Uruguay? Whatever, the scrapyards in Uruguay look fascinating, check out the 1938 Oldsmobile sedan dumped forlornly in the background.

Heres one still in daily use
Daily use E83W soldiers on

I'm told that this particular Thames 10cwt is still in daily use. Yet again the rear body on this van looks to be locally made, so how it started out in life (pickup perhaps?) is anyone's guess. Note the little windows cut in the van sides, the spare wheel bolted to the back corner of the roof (!), the frame attached to the body sides, and VW front indicators. Its great to see these majorly modified old vans still giving service in the far flung corners of the globe.

A now a pickup truck
10cwt Pickup parked at the side of the road

Here's the one and only pickup in this current set of photos. The rear bodywork in places looks very ornately made, yet the makeshift mudguards look decidedly 'last minute'. The front bumper looks very substantial too, perhaps that is why the wings and grille still look to be in reasonably undented condition.

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Roadside example for sale $400US

You too can own an E83W!! This one was on sale for 400 US Dollars in Colonia del Sacramento. I really like the fact that despite one front wing missing altogether, the headlamp for that side has been refitted to just the wing support bracket out in the open air. Other niceties like a grille look to be absent here too. The rear body on this van looks like a professional job, the rear wings possibly being separate bolt-on items?

Are there any more photos out there of surviving E83Ws spotted in countries you might not expect still to find them? I'm told Malta still has quite a few dotted around the place.

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