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M215
09-20-2006, 22:16
Hello SS,
Ok, it is almost complete, just need to do the USN Seabees markings! It runs great and is very easy to drive as long as you are not in a hurry, about 45 mph. The other day I had both the M35 and the M215 parked in the driveway, never realized how much smaller it was compared to the M35.
Karl

Junkyard Wars Crusher
09-20-2006, 23:38
WOW!!! [thumbzup]
Nice, . . . very, very, nice.

JCease
09-21-2006, 03:32
That is one beautiful restoration!! Your attention to detail is excellent and the color is perfect!! Can't wait to see the finished product!!

clinto
09-21-2006, 07:10
That looks great!!!!!!!! :beer:

Recovry4x4
09-21-2006, 07:20
Very nice. Never was much of a fan for the 211/135 trucks but the 215 and the 221 tractor are ver cool looking. Yours is a prime example of a top shelf truck.

Boatcarpenter
09-21-2006, 07:53
Very sweet looking rig!! By the way, I already have my doors on my Deuce marked with the Seabee logo etc, and am about to do the bumpers. Are you going to put Regiment and Battalion #'s on and in what color. My U. S. Navy and truck # are black on the doors and the Seabee logo is yellow. My recollection is that the bumper markings were white, but Kenny said his were black on his pipeline truck. What are you going to do?
Thanks,
BC

jkelly66
09-21-2006, 08:39
thats a nice piece of Mil. history

M215
09-21-2006, 08:46
Hello BC,
I have not done much research on the proper markings / colors, so any help would be appreciated. I'm taking the truck to the Viriginia War Museum show this weekend, there is a Seabee guy there who is helpful.
Thanks, Karl

maddawg308
09-21-2006, 11:15
Schweet. Keep up the good work!

Boatcarpenter
09-22-2006, 19:57
Karl,
I really don't know any more than I mentioned. I have seen several pics of doors marked with black and yellow so I'm reasonably certain that is OK. As far as bumper markings, I think I will go with white until I find out otherwise. If you find out any good info over the weekend, I'd love to hear about it.
BC

jh1990
09-22-2006, 20:07
really good looking truck you got there.

DDoyle
09-24-2006, 21:17
VERY, very nice!

Congratulations!

Sincerely,
David Doyle

Boatcarpenter
09-28-2006, 08:15
Hey Karl, did you happen to pick up any good info about Seabee markings this past weekend?
BC

pa.rich
10-29-2006, 12:19
I have an M211 with a dump troopcarrier bed on it - someone took the pto off it before I purchased it. The truck is just for parts. Does anyone know if this was a conversion job or did it come this way? There are no plates on the dash. If I could obtain a pto for the rear facing driveshaft I would put it on my good 211 that I am restoring. Otherwise I will purchase an electric /hyd. lift. I hear the double ptos are as rare as hens teeth! Your dumper is a beauty and there is one for sale in Hazleton but is junk.He wouldnt take less than 1000 for it. Cab is crushed, doesnt know if it runs but has the excact frame and size body as yours.I lost interest in that truck obviously.He wouldnt sell parts off it either.It was the M215.

nickmi05
08-21-2007, 20:35
Very nice! I hope we can get the one I'm working on looking that good. It's in perfect shape. Good job!

nattieleather
08-21-2007, 22:14
Very nice truck! Congrats on your hard work!

stephenfeldmeier
11-15-2007, 12:34
I'm drooling as I look at those pictures. Great job!!!!!!!!!!!

halftrack
11-15-2007, 13:34
What shade green is that?

M215
11-15-2007, 14:10
What shade green is that?

I painted this truck with Gillespie #34087 Lusterless Khaki Olive Drab, which may not be 100% correct for this truck's era. #24087 Semi-gloss OD was not standard until 1957 (?) and since the truck is a 1953 that was one of the reasons for the color choice. I have painted two vehicles in the Veitnam #24087 and was never happy with the end result, either too shinny or the paint was to soft and not very durable. I have been very happy with the #34087.

I'll need to update the pictures of the dumper, since those were posted it has received it's markings. Ended up marking it as Army 29th ID engineers.

Plans are to have it at Aberdeen in 08.

Thanks, Karl

emr
11-15-2007, 18:49
WOW! I could not wait to get to the bottom of this thread to say Man that is one of the nicest and most original trucks out there, !! Great to see it, That rolling Hood is what I fell in love with as a Kid! And the Dump really is the best looking for me after seeing your truck!! You must be Proud of that Baby!!! Randy

littlebob
11-15-2007, 22:09
Very nice job! I hope my Deuce looks half as good when I get finished.
littlebob

gimpyrobb
11-15-2007, 23:06
If Karl and Cabell are going to have dumps there, I guess Jeff will have to bring his too.

ARMYMAN30YearsPlus
11-16-2007, 00:32
That truck is awesome I wish my dad was alive to see it he was an Army Engineer in WW II. Good choice on 29 ID: WW I, WW II, SFOR, IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN a unit I am proud to have served in.
29 LETS GO

M215
11-16-2007, 19:25
Thanks fellow SS members for the kind words about the dumper, it continues to be my favorite MV. These are not the best pictures but shows the markings we ended up using. I could not find any accurate info on the proper Seabees markings for this era. The local VA National Guard was part of the 29th ID 229 Engineers so we went that route.

Thanks again, Karl

M-37Bruce
11-16-2007, 21:10
What shade green is that?

I painted this truck with Gillespie #34087 Lusterless Khaki Olive Drab, which may not be 100% correct for this truck's era. #24087 Semi-gloss OD was not standard until 1957 (?) and since the truck is a 1953 that was one of the reasons for the color choice. I have painted two vehicles in the Veitnam #24087 and was never happy with the end result, either too shinny or the paint was to soft and not very durable. I have been very happy with the #34087.

I'll need to update the pictures of the dumper, since those were posted it has received it's markings. Ended up marking it as Army 29th ID engineers.

Plans are to have it at Aberdeen in 08.

Thanks, Karl

Like everyone has said, very nice job! Here's one that I am going to use, from the Atlantic Seabee Battalion. I also have a couple done by Disney, very nice , but under a copy write gag!

hippiedude
11-17-2007, 13:46
Mann I love that truck !!!!!!!!! :beer: [thumbzup]

nattieleather
11-17-2007, 23:09
I like the turn signals you put on the front marker lights. Was that a GI item or did you modify a lens cover somehow?

badgmc56
11-18-2007, 09:47
Great job on every detail! Takes a lot of patience to have an end result like that. Markings are perfect. Many years of fun with that truck.

M215
11-18-2007, 18:17
nattieleather
Posted: Nov 17, 2007 - 04:09 PM

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I like the turn signals you put on the front marker lights. Was that a GI item or did you modify a lens cover somehow?


The front turn signal lights were made by milling out the face of a standard marker light and attaching a full amber cover. Easy to unscrew and replace with original cover if ever needed for shows. Rear lights are the full red cover used on the Gama-goat. I utilized the black out lighting wires for turn signal system when the NOS wiring harness was installed.

Karl

Armada
12-09-2007, 08:37
WOW!! [thumbzup] [thumbzup] BEAUTIFUL job!!!!

pa.rich
12-09-2007, 09:44
I am still drooling over that truck. You did a great job and it is inspiring to us.

butch atkins
12-10-2007, 20:22
makes me wish i hadnt already bought 4 gals ,12 spray bombs ,24087,from rapco,already started painting,engine and front end components,i wonder if rapco would let me exchange unused cans of paint,lol,seriously your truck is awesome,and i am glad it turned out so well for you,that color looks so much better than the 24087,the motor in my m211 was that color,when i first bought it ,didnt know it was the original color,the fire dept,painted the inner fender wells,and underneath all axles black,and the body and interior red,and whenj i sanded through it it was 24087 color underneath the red/black,oh well live and learn,anyway nice truck you have,LOVE MY GMC