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    1958 M56B1 Build and Use: A Story

    Task List: Tires and rims balanced and mounted upon arrival, split exhaust and stacks underway , Selectro locking hubs ordered. Engine flush and all new fluids, new spider harness for under dash (previous owner disconnected due to deteriorating wires). Then my kids and I will start cleaning...
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    1958 M56B1 Build and Use: A Story

    Taking to a local shop today for split exhaust (2nd dump off the heat exchanger). Will start with dual stacks and no mufflers, but will add mufflers if it is too loud. The current exhaust exits exits right on passengers and must be changed (Mama’s order). Stacks are limited to cab height...
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    1958 M56B1 Build and Use: A Story

    I have ordered Trailworthy Fab recentered 12-bolt rims (flat black on olive drab powder coat) with 37x12.5 Goodyear MTs. No photos yet, but I will do before, after, and side-by-side photos when they arrive.
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    1958 M56B1 Build and Use: A Story

    I am giving this truck a new thread, as it is has been ID’d and I am now starting to give it a direction. 1958 M56B1 original drivetrain, with winch, spotlight, hardtop (off of something), earlier M37 bed. My wife and teenagers want to use it for parades, events, and occasional drive to...
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    Help ID M37 LWB

    I am not seeing much availability for 110R16, which would be high on my list. Those tires could sway me, but if not and I can run HMMWV rims and tires for the next 10 years then Trail Worthy Fab it is.
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    Help ID M37 LWB

    My Current Directions: After long review if tire and rim options, I am considering the HMMVW rims with Budd centers and the Goodyear MT 37x12.5 with PVC inserts. I really want a better ride, while also having beadlock capabilities off-road. The complete lack of 11.00r16s availabilitymakes...
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    Help ID M37 LWB

    I think I will enjoy with the platform, eventually add some side facing troop seats with belts (makes legal in my state for kids). Really want to just get some miles on it and locate some more modern tires (hopefully taller to help with gearing).
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    Help ID M37 LWB

    What I have learned so far, and questions that remain for me: 1. This truck was indeed a 1958 M56B1 with winch and spotlight. 2. No indication of door plates to verify which unit may have procured it. Definitely US issue, but hard to say from there. 3. Most likely a utility truck of...
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    Help ID M37 LWB

    No markings or missing plates on the driver door . Assume this is the rear PTO lever blank plate??
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    Help ID M37 LWB

    I will reach out to Canadian Mil Surplus on tires, I reall think the 11.00R16 will make this truck for driving around.
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    Help ID M37 LWB

    I don’t see any rear PTO lever indications, will check the driver door. There is a missing switch that said siren on the dash at one time.
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    Help ID M37 LWB

    To clarify, the Navy stickers are put on by the previous owner who served in the Navy. The US Army is clearly under the current layer of spray paint
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    Help ID M37 LWB

    My non-expert assessment which concurs with the plates: It is a 1958 M56B1 cab and chassis with winch, that was then configured for Ordinance. Can anyone help me with the "Model T-245A" is that reference to the engine?
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    Help ID M37 LWB

    My non-expert assessment is that this was a 1958 M56B1 cab and chassis that was set-up for ordinance.
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    Help ID M37 LWB

    Plates on the glovebox:
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    Help ID M37 LWB

    I suspect it does, all the placards are in place etc. Just haven’t had it home long enough to look for the plates. I got it for a price that it didn’t matter, now just interested in what configuration it may have been.
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    Help ID M37 LWB

    4x4 works well, winch works well, original spot works. I need to wire up the gauges, but apparently they worked well and wires were old and crusty so disconnected.
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    Help ID M37 LWB

    Previous owner is convinced the platform was a gunner platform and the bed is original. He was a lot more knowledgeable than I initially gave credit, and the truck is nicer than I could have dreamed.
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    Help ID M37 LWB

    Drove it home today about 50 miles, ran real good at 45 mph. The only ones driving a truck like that in Northwoods weather in January, ran great (wish it had defrost, but a pleasure otherwise).
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    Help ID M37 LWB

    Yes, I am also intrigued on what the original bed configuration would have been. I wasn't sure if any came with the smaller bed and gap, which is actually quite convenient as a platform. Perhaps I can find the door carrier pieces and locate the tire back on the door.
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