How to convert a World War II-era duck into a peacetime tour vehicle ready for duty in the rivers, lakes and rugged wilderness of Wisconsin Dells? It’s a multi-step process that takes careful planning, expert engineering and attention to detail.
Ducks are rarely found in operational condition. Although most of our Ducks have not been in battle (many of our vehicles were stationed stateside for training during the war), it usually takes maintenance staff two months to prepare a vehicle to go out on tours.
Ducks often require corresponding parts, which were predominantly packaged from1950 to 1952 and stored in Europe. Today several parts are custom-made because they are no longer available.
In addition, the vehicles are outfitted with a variety of modern mechanical and safety upgrades to ensure the performance and viability of the fleet. They also get set up with rows of seating and canopies to shade passengers — not standard equipment for Ducks that went into war!
Once totally refurbished, a Duck is as new as it was when it first rolled off the GM assembly line ready to transport troops and equipment to the beaches of Normandy and the Pacific.
It’s estimated today that there are fewer than 300 operational Ducks in the country — and with over 90 vehicles, the largest fleet in the United States belongs to Original Wisconsin Ducks®.