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    Finally all the bumper repairs are finished. I’m not going to get too crazy, a few non structural dents and dings will remain. I’ve temp installed it for now. I’ll use it to support the front end while I clean up the front axle. Quite a change to the front end compared to the first pictures.
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    1970 M35A2 W/W “War Wagon”, Vietnam War Gun Truck Tribute
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    2 each M211's 1 W/W, 1WO/W
    1 each M52A2 tractor
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    One of the items I’m missing is a set of the original two hooks. I hope someone out there has a set they’re interested in doing a swap for?
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    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
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    No much to report. I’ve been doing the hunt for hardware. I’ve got hundreds if not thousands of bits and pieces of hardware. Boxes, cans, trays, old peanut butter containers, you name it. It takes a while to find what I need.
    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
    USMC/USAF

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    How easy was it coming apart? Just wondering if that truck saw the same maintenance and rust protection other firetrucks would see when she was working. I love the idea of keeping it as a firetruck. You're gonna have some fun water fights with her. Thanks for the updates, it's a dream truck so I'll be looking for a ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by m1010plowboy View Post
    How easy was it coming apart? Just wondering if that truck saw the same maintenance and rust protection other firetrucks would see when she was working. I love the idea of keeping it as a firetruck. You're gonna have some fun water fights with her. Thanks for the updates, it's a dream truck so I'll be looking for a ride.
    . So far I’ve only had to cut off 4-5 clutch type screws with two having to get the head cut off (one in each wheel well) there’s quite a bit of surface rust but nothing really considered bad, no rust through anywhere on the frame or cab. The worst thing is all the red and white paint. Getting it off isn’t that hard but it’s making one heck of a mess! I’ve finally got the front bumper fully installed. Next on the agenda is pull the front shocks, support the frame and pull the front axle. The drive shafts are dirty but the bolts off the rear driveshaft came off real easy. The springs are getting disassembled to get all the red paint off as well. I hope to have it set for it’s debut on Armed Forces Day. The only slow down will be repainting the Toys For Tots truck. It’s looking a bit sad. Almost forgot, if working one one of these old warriors, you have to have a ful set of the clutch type bits. So far the largest I’ve found is 5/16” with the smallest being 3/16”. I wasn’t able to find the larger bits in town fit found a set on-line for $20.
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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
    USMC/USAF

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    Got the hood off, the front shocks, frame mounted axle bumpers and steering link. The steering link was a real pain. The grease inside turned super hard and did not want to let go. But, I won and got it removed. I’ll probably have to soak it in cleaning fluid for a while.
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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
    USMC/USAF

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    Nothing new on the truck today. I needed to clean the parts washer. It’s been a looong time since I used it. Yuck, ick, barf... it’s now cleaned up but I’ll need another can of parts cleaner so I have enough to use the pump. The steering link is sitting in the remaining fluid in hopes it’ll come clean after soaking for a while. Almost ready to pull the front axle. 4 U-bolts and the forward drive shaft will be coming off next.
    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
    USMC/USAF

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    I’ve got to make some corrections. After reading David Doyle’s G506 book, I found a few errors in my assumptions. First off, the truck is a class 325 fire truck, not a 525. The model is not 7133. It does have a Barton F300 water pump (broken). The truck was modified by Darley Champion in 1943. The truck was built in Atlanta in Apr 1944. What? How is that possible. I’m not too sure on that. Basically two of the ID plates contradict themselves. Next bit of information gleaned from data plates and the book is that my truck was built along with a larger order of cargo trucks. It was delivered with 1,362 other identically modified trucks, all of which were shipped as cab-and-chassis only. Another tidbit is the model number, which is mostly obscured on the tag. The only number readable is the number 7 which is the last number of the model number. There weren’t many Chevy model numbers that ended in 7, none of which are cab-and-chassis. What does this all mean? By the numbers:
    Built at Atlanta Ga in 1944 as a cargo truck, model G7107NJ under contract W-374-ORD.-6582 but delivered as a cab-and-chassis. It was modified by Darley Champion and Howe Fire Apparatus Company. The Barton Fire Pump was installed by either Darley or Howe, not sure which yet. Still trying to figure out it’s regi number. It was removed from the hood and I’m still trying to figure it out.
    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
    USMC/USAF

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