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  1. wandering neurons

    What have you done WITH your FMTV ( trips, Rescues etc) NOT: fixes, updates etc

    Well shoot, you should have sent a message. I could have brought Goliath and helped recover. Goliath has the Self Recovery Winch and I’ve got lots of extra toys that I’ve added to the inventory for recoveries. Good on you for self extricating!
  2. wandering neurons

    What have you done WITH your FMTV ( trips, Rescues etc) NOT: fixes, updates etc

    Lake Lahontan, east of Reno and Carson City, has become so full that the beaches have disappeared. Which forces people to try to skirt the lake in deep soft powder-like sand. My M1081, “Goliath”, has no problems with those conditions, and so yesterday did my first recovery of the year. An “4wd”...
  3. wandering neurons

    What have you done WITH your FMTV ( trips, Rescues etc) NOT: fixes, updates etc

    Thx to fly fish trailer, my girlfriend and I had a great drive through western Nevada, including a stop for lunch in Genoa, and the new trailer pulled like a dream. Finding parking was tricky…
  4. wandering neurons

    Oil drain pro-tip

    It’s a lot different underneath an FMTV than what your video shows. Otherwise I’d do that.
  5. wandering neurons

    Oil drain pro-tip

    Stream of oil seems to spray everywhere but straight down. Hence, need some mechanism to direct the oil flow
  6. wandering neurons

    Oil drain pro-tip

    Tie rod, exhaust and leaf spring seems to be in the way. I didn’t try bucket though. thx for input.
  7. wandering neurons

    Oil drain pro-tip

    Dreaded oil-change time for Goliath, my M1081. I’ve avoided these because of the mess when the oil drains over everything except for the strategically placed pan. Trying to figure a way to direct the geyser of hot, black oil to the pan, I spotted a couple of old RV sewer hose pieces and had an...
  8. wandering neurons

    Fmtv transmission and CTIS displays suddenly turned off

    DId you accidentally switch your lights to Blackout mode? That would kill those displays for certain, especially the transmission control panel.
  9. wandering neurons

    Who’s this?

    Hotel room in Melbourne through Memorial Day, then back to Reno, NV where I live. New job, am here for orientation and training at company site. When are you headed through? that picture sure doesnt look like Florida…
  10. wandering neurons

    Who’s this?

    Saw this today outside a window tint shop near Port Canaveral, FL. Best I could do for photo. Any claimants?
  11. wandering neurons

    Beginning the Journey

    1: Welcome to the forum, nice rig! 2: I'm just a couple of hours east of you, off Hwy 50, there's things to do in the area! 3: Who's MME - I WANT some wheel covers!
  12. wandering neurons

    Valve behind heater box?

    I had that specific problem on my M1081: colder weather I'd have venting from behind the grille. There's another thread that describes how to test which chamber is leaking if it is truly the treadle leaking and not a park/trailer valve. The back-most section of the treadle is serviceable in the...
  13. wandering neurons

    Segmented partly-removable LMTV bed?

    No further on this thread - I hired professionals to move my fifth wheel when changing job locations. It's cheaper and easier for the once-every-two-to-three-years I change jobs and location. Though every now and then I look at the dollies (jeeps) that are used for attaching second/third...
  14. wandering neurons

    Starting an LMTV in the cold is like

    Ether cylinder is available from NAPA, it's a pretty generic unit. Block heater is much better assuming you've got 110v within reach. Also pretty generic for Cat 3116. DIesels with no glow plugs, block heaters, or grid warmers are ignorant about starting in extreme cold...
  15. wandering neurons

    Things I am really glad I did to LMTV

    "If it's stupid but it works, it's not stupid". Old Army saying. Now that you've shown me how to "remove" a rarely-needed spring leaf, I'll probably do the same to my M1081 that I rarely haul loads with. If need, I'll look at air bags to supplement the missing spring. Slightly different topic...
  16. wandering neurons

    Joined the club with an 18,000lb paperweight this week.

    Somewhere there's a video of a female who'd propped her feet on the dash. Quick brake application popped her off the seat into the passenger floorboards, feet around her ears, and totally unable to extricate herself. That was only a minor brake application. An accident would have much worse, and...
  17. wandering neurons

    Joined the club with an 18,000lb paperweight this week.

    Yes, they are violent, but require an electrical signal to ignite. Unless you have Takata airbags.
  18. wandering neurons

    Joined the club with an 18,000lb paperweight this week.

    My Zombie Emergency Response Vehicle (the green truck in my pic) is a 1984 Suburban chassis with a Jurassic Truck T-Rex kit (defunct as of 2002). I put a set of similar seats in this vehicle as well. I'm familiar with racing seats, but wanted recline option without spending $$$. Used I think I...
  19. wandering neurons

    Joined the club with an 18,000lb paperweight this week.

    Yes, that would be me, with the Civic SI seats in my M1081. I had to grind off the loops that bolted to the floor of the donor car and fab up some brackets from UniStrut, then bolt it on to the base where the original seat was. They look nice and are very comfortable. However, beware of in-seat...
  20. wandering neurons

    What have you done to your FMTV or LMTV today

    I hear what you're saying about using a liquid for balancing. I've done a lot of reading and haven't seen anyone complaining about losing balancing fluid through the CTIS. There would have to be a lot of liquid for some to come out of the valve with the valve at the bottom of the wheel. When...
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