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    I've finally got the truck resembling War Wagon up and running. Not sure how to gather all the various threads, ie Vietnam tribute truck, etc. My War Wagon is the 1970 M35A2 W/W. 2 gun positions (for now, more planned), radio, intercom, and the rest of the stuff is being added as I get time, weather. It's external armor layer is currently plywood and once I've saved up my pennies, steel plates are planned. The inner layer is PSP. The floor is covered with 144 .50 ammo cans, I got a real good deal from the local surplus store. I have the sand bags standing by. The plan is to fill the with mulch, 'cause sand is too heavy.
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    3 each M35A2's 2 WO/W, 1 W/W:
    1972 M35A2 WO/W “Toys For Tots”, aka “Armadillo”
    1972 M35A2 WO/W “Tribute to Lt Col Ken Bourland”, aka “Warthog”
    1970 M35A2 W/W “War Wagon”, Vietnam War Gun Truck Tribute
    1 each M59 gasser dump truck
    2 each M211's 1 W/W, 1WO/W
    1 each M52A2 tractor
    1 each M1009
    1 each M37, with Dodge poly 318, hydraulic clutch
    1 each G506 Fire truck “Sparky”
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    I like it!

    However, I would think it'd be hard to see driving around with those flags...




    Just kidding

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    LOL! I figured it out....during its first parade
    3 each M35A2's 2 WO/W, 1 W/W:
    1972 M35A2 WO/W “Toys For Tots”, aka “Armadillo”
    1972 M35A2 WO/W “Tribute to Lt Col Ken Bourland”, aka “Warthog”
    1970 M35A2 W/W “War Wagon”, Vietnam War Gun Truck Tribute
    1 each M59 gasser dump truck
    2 each M211's 1 W/W, 1WO/W
    1 each M52A2 tractor
    1 each M1009
    1 each M37, with Dodge poly 318, hydraulic clutch
    1 each G506 Fire truck “Sparky”
    USMC/USAF

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    Looking good Jeff. Anything yet on the old dumper?

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    It's sitting out front waiting for me to get to it. I've got to finish up with the M35's, cleaning them up and getting them in the barn. Last couple of weeks I've been to a car show for Toys for Tots, the base open house and 4 parades. Hope to get into the shop by next week so I can get started.
    3 each M35A2's 2 WO/W, 1 W/W:
    1972 M35A2 WO/W “Toys For Tots”, aka “Armadillo”
    1972 M35A2 WO/W “Tribute to Lt Col Ken Bourland”, aka “Warthog”
    1970 M35A2 W/W “War Wagon”, Vietnam War Gun Truck Tribute
    1 each M59 gasser dump truck
    2 each M211's 1 W/W, 1WO/W
    1 each M52A2 tractor
    1 each M1009
    1 each M37, with Dodge poly 318, hydraulic clutch
    1 each G506 Fire truck “Sparky”
    USMC/USAF

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    I got to meet a Vietnam Vet who was involved in convoy protection. He was a crew member on a M-113 APC. Between the APC's and the gun trucks, they protected the convoys. The 555th Transportation Company was whom he referred as the unit that provided the Gun Trucks. He gave me some pointers on the layout of the box. He recommended moving the guns to the forward right corner and rear left corner. Also, he suggested getting some light sheet metal to cover the wood currently in place. The final recommendation is to tape (training) claymore mines to the outside on the bed. Anybody got some inexpensive training/simulated claymores for sale or trade?
    3 each M35A2's 2 WO/W, 1 W/W:
    1972 M35A2 WO/W “Toys For Tots”, aka “Armadillo”
    1972 M35A2 WO/W “Tribute to Lt Col Ken Bourland”, aka “Warthog”
    1970 M35A2 W/W “War Wagon”, Vietnam War Gun Truck Tribute
    1 each M59 gasser dump truck
    2 each M211's 1 W/W, 1WO/W
    1 each M52A2 tractor
    1 each M1009
    1 each M37, with Dodge poly 318, hydraulic clutch
    1 each G506 Fire truck “Sparky”
    USMC/USAF

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    Found a source for my armor, a lot less than I figured. Not near as pricey as I thought. 1/16 in thick in 4 foot by 3 foot is what was originally used. Will post pics when I get it delivered.
    3 each M35A2's 2 WO/W, 1 W/W:
    1972 M35A2 WO/W “Toys For Tots”, aka “Armadillo”
    1972 M35A2 WO/W “Tribute to Lt Col Ken Bourland”, aka “Warthog”
    1970 M35A2 W/W “War Wagon”, Vietnam War Gun Truck Tribute
    1 each M59 gasser dump truck
    2 each M211's 1 W/W, 1WO/W
    1 each M52A2 tractor
    1 each M1009
    1 each M37, with Dodge poly 318, hydraulic clutch
    1 each G506 Fire truck “Sparky”
    USMC/USAF

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    I haven't seen any photos of GTs with claymores strapped to the outside. Seems to me that blast would knock out the truck it was strapped to. Any Vietvets here witness that method in action?

    If you've never seen a live claymore detonation, it's substantial to say the least. Yes it's directional, but it makes a HE!! of a boom and takes out stuff behind the mine. I would not want to only have a thin sheet of armor between me and that mine.
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    According to the Vet, the armor of the GT was welded to the outside of the bed. It was the armor kit or something similar. He spoke of mounting the mines to the outside oh the M-113 with duck tape. He also stated it was applied to the GT armor in the same way. I don't know what the details were on the armor used but if it was the kit, I'll need to double check to be sure, it was 1/2 inch armor steel. The time frame was '66-'68. I never had the opportunity to fire a claymore, we didn't use them on our helicopters.
    3 each M35A2's 2 WO/W, 1 W/W:
    1972 M35A2 WO/W “Toys For Tots”, aka “Armadillo”
    1972 M35A2 WO/W “Tribute to Lt Col Ken Bourland”, aka “Warthog”
    1970 M35A2 W/W “War Wagon”, Vietnam War Gun Truck Tribute
    1 each M59 gasser dump truck
    2 each M211's 1 W/W, 1WO/W
    1 each M52A2 tractor
    1 each M1009
    1 each M37, with Dodge poly 318, hydraulic clutch
    1 each G506 Fire truck “Sparky”
    USMC/USAF

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffhuey1n View Post
    Found a source for my armor, a lot less than I figured. Not near as pricey as I thought. 1/16 in thick in 4 foot by 3 foot is what was originally used. Will post pics when I get it delivered.

    1/16" seems thin to me.

    But your truck does look good thought.
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