Anyone have any old military vehicles?

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  1. GunNut89

    GunNut89 New Member

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    my grandpa gave this to my mom in his will. my dad restored it back in 1997. its a 1954 Willys M38-A1. its build like a brick house. anyone else have any old military vehicles?

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    That is SWEEEET!!!

    Wish I had one!



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    Very nice, sir, very nice indeed.
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    WOW, I wanted one of those so bad when I was a kid, and I mean 11, 12, 13!

    ......never did get one. :(
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    very cool
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    thanks guys, we dont drive it very much. i drove it 30 miles to school for the last day of my senior year. its got incredible low gearing. top speed in high range is 35 mph. and thats going down hill and really givin it to her. it has a 24 volt electrical system as well.
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    I had a '77 M882 US Army radio truck. Sold her last october.. I miss her.
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    I hit the backroads in my youth with a 'demilled' M38....Old man I knew had several that had been cut in half by army before selling for parts and scrap...

    However he put it all back together and welded them up...Non-highway usable and no automobile titles/license could be got for them in this state but us kids used them to ride around his huge property and have a ball...
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    im sure about that! they are a riot to drive.
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    Not with gunnut's fine Willys but we'd get junkers, fix and weld heavy duty bumpers and such and go trailing around acres and acres around a lake by where I grew up....fantasic!

    My buddy once put a dualie axle hooked up on an old junker car, big engine and we really tore it up until we got a tree stuck right between the two back wheels, bent the hell out of everything!
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    GunNut...We used to play Redneck Polo with them.....Arm ourselves with some stout limbs we 'professionally' trimmed into our polo wackets...Take the jeeps out in the pastures late afternoon until we spied an armadillo....The critter then became our 'polo ball'...Them were the days...:D
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    I know a man in Crystal Springs, Ms that has over 50 WWII era jeeps in his yard. Some Willis, some Ford. He will build them up any way you want. I bought 2 42 model ford jeeps from him. Contact me if you need to contact him. Ben coorsprgs@hughes.net
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    They used to sell for less than $50 in the back of Popular Mechanics.
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    Nice M-38A1 ( CJ-5 )
    I collect and restore military vehicles, my oldest was a 1941, WC-21 half ton and my current is a M-35A2 (pictured )
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    Hey Duke, that sounds like one helluva good time! :D Mjp28, sounds like everybody used to pound these things in their teenage years haaha. Hey Plinked, that is one of my dream vehicles to own. and that one is absolutely awesome! nice rig :D
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    Damn plinked. I would drive the wheels off that thing. I totally would drive that to the grocery store.
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    OMG those are the type of ads I used to look at, all that cheap army surplus stuff BUT I couldn't talk my parents into letting me buy a jeep.

    But I had surplus camping gear, mummy sacks, canteens, cooking gear.....but no jeep. :(
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    I had a 1962 Dodge crew cab that was USAF surplus. They used them as flightline crew transports mainly. It was a D200 2 wd, 3/4T, but it was overbuilt to 1T. It was a beast. 225 slant six, 17.5" rims (try finding tires for that!), I think it had an Allison transmition, top speed of about 50 mph. It had 41k miles on it when I bought it in Az. Had 85k when the ex sold it at divorce time. I actually drove it accross country!
    I recently found it on line for sale in Maryland!
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    wow Boat, top speed of 50 mph and you drove it across country? i imagine you stayed off the interstate haha. sorry to hear about losin' it. that had to suck. military vehicles are built like tanks. that willys we have has a stack of 14 leaf springs at each corner, along with helper springs. it rides like a logging truck :D
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