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Posted: 9/18/2004 12:57:00 PM EST
I am getting the urge to buy a 2 1/2 ton 6x6 surplus truck. I will be buying surplus and then fixing it up. What model is the most advanced of the surplus trucks? What models should i stay away from? Which is the best engine? The intended use will be for farm work and family camping. Thanks for any advice.
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 1:02:09 PM EST
Stewart & Stevenson. They make the ones now in Afganastan and Iraq. Please don't mention my name or they will have me disavowed.
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 1:05:43 PM EST
get the m-35A2
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 1:15:34 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/18/2004 1:18:34 PM EST by The_Emu]
Go for style, get a Studebaker.
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 1:37:16 PM EST
I REALLY want a newer 5 ton but my wife said no. I dont get it, it only take up the WHOLE driveway. When we start building our new house I'll get one, I'll have 30 acres to park it.

S.O.
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 2:12:54 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/22/2004 6:16:48 AM EST by AMHsix]
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Link Posted: 9/18/2004 2:51:47 PM EST
Stewart & Stevenson...M-35A2...M925.

What engine is best. Cummings turbo diesel?

Which is the most advance(mechanically)?
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 3:20:07 PM EST
There's one for sale over at 1919a4.com with the communications box as well as the gun turret ring.
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 3:42:38 PM EST
The wife found this in Rochester Mn. I bought a truck while see was at Mayo with her mom, she said I should have bought this one.



Link Posted: 9/18/2004 3:47:49 PM EST

Originally Posted By XM-15:
The wife found this in Rochester Mn. I bought a truck while see was at Mayo with her mom, she said I should have bought this one.

img.photobucket.com/albums/v45/xm15a2/Aug27012.jpg

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that's a good deal if it's in as good condition as they say.
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 4:04:13 PM EST
Was this a serious question? Why in the world do you want to drive a duece camping? They are complete pieces of shit. They ride shitty, 4 layers of CARC will not prevent rust, they still get stuck (even with 6x6 engaged), and the parts that go tits up you can't exactly get at autozone.

There is an A3 model out there. CTIS on single tires, Auto transmission, stronger engine, etc. Still generally considered an absolute piece of shit by those it is forced upon.

But it's your money.
Link Posted: 9/18/2004 4:32:21 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/22/2004 6:17:02 AM EST by AMHsix]
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Link Posted: 9/18/2004 5:07:26 PM EST

Originally Posted By jwr6:
Was this a serious question?



Yep.

Link Posted: 9/18/2004 5:10:58 PM EST

Originally Posted By AMHsix:

Originally Posted By treelander:
Stewart & Stevenson...M-35A2...M925.



An M925 is a 5 ton, automatic and more expensive then the 2 1/2 ton M35.

You are aware these things are not nearly as comfortable to ride in as your car, especially if you're tall and they are very loud. You and passengers will need to wear hearing protection while driving it, unless you would like to slowly lose your hearing.



I am aware of all of the above. I'm in the military and have very little hearing left anyway.

From my first post... "farm work". That, and occasionally taking gear to the deer camp. These are the reasons for wanting to know about them.
Link Posted: 9/19/2004 1:25:05 AM EST
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Link Posted: 9/19/2004 4:38:18 AM EST
Get the M35A2. If I remember,they don't have power steering,don't get your fingers or thumb in side the spokes,we had a troop who got a broken thumb when he hit a rock. And that chirping turbo will drive the neighbors nuts(that might be good) BTW,I never saw a duece rusted out,only surface rust(there were times when we painted our dueces when they were dirty). Attention single guys,M-35s are great chick magnets!
Link Posted: 9/19/2004 8:56:04 AM EST

Originally Posted By MattyMattel:
Get the M35A2. If I remember,they don't have power steering,don't get your fingers or thumb in side the spokes,we had a troop who got a broken thumb when he hit a rock. And that chirping turbo will drive the neighbors nuts(that might be good) BTW,I never saw a duece rusted out,only surface rust(there were times when we painted our dueces when they were dirty). Attention single guys,M-35s are great chick magnets!



Thanks MM. That's the reasoning I was looking for.
Link Posted: 9/19/2004 9:06:29 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/19/2004 9:13:38 AM EST
The M-35A2 is the best deal going right now in 2 1/2 tons surplus. Get one (the one listed for $5600 is a lil on the high side but not bad) and do the following:

Add the power steering and lock out front hub kits.

Add a muffler on the exhaust stack.

Add a hardtop to the cab.

If you have any techinical questions about it contact me anytime, and once you get one I can send you the manuals in PDF format.

Link Posted: 9/19/2004 9:20:35 AM EST
Heres one for sale with a sorta camper already on it.

www.falfiles.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=119706&highlight=swivel
Link Posted: 9/19/2004 1:20:14 PM EST

Originally Posted By Garand_Shooter:
The M-35A2 is the best deal going right now in 2 1/2 tons surplus. Get one (the one listed for $5600 is a lil on the high side but not bad) and do the following:

Add the power steering and lock out front hub kits.

Add a muffler on the exhaust stack.

Add a hardtop to the cab.

If you have any techinical questions about it contact me anytime, and once you get one I can send you the manuals in PDF format.




Thanks. Very kind of you.

Thanks gents for all the good info.
Link Posted: 9/19/2004 2:14:56 PM EST
No problem I have worked on these for 12 years and still have two in my motorpool, despite my best efforts to update.

Two things to look for:

Air Shift front axle. Originally these all used a sprag unti between the transfer case and the front axle that sensed when the rear wheels were slipping and engaged the front axle. All were supposed to have been updated to an air shift front axle where the driver engaed the front axle with a switch one the dash....... you want the air shift.

Tires. Buy one with good rubber all around, otherwise you are are looking at a ballpark of $1500 for new tires, tubes, flaps etc. When you are buying 10 it adds up.
Link Posted: 9/19/2004 2:20:24 PM EST
buy a uni-mog,,,
Link Posted: 9/19/2004 2:23:07 PM EST
That Stud-a-backer looks good .... The REO's were tough ol trucks.

MT
Link Posted: 9/19/2004 2:24:04 PM EST
A buddy of mine picked up a 1967 Kaiser 6x6 a few years ago. I'm not sure what it was used for orginally, but he plans to restore it. FWIW. it still runs and drives well. It also has one of the quickest starting and quiet running engines. That thing is the shit! Now I only wish I had one.
Link Posted: 9/19/2004 2:24:58 PM EST
So, what's the gas mileage on one of these?
Link Posted: 9/19/2004 2:28:42 PM EST
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