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    I was curious in your guys' input. IT seems as though the G749 trucks are getting hard to come by. I hard been watching for them for a while and havenm't found much close to me. Are transmission parts still available for them? -Ben

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    Some nice ones came up not long ago up your way on GSA. You are correct, these trucks are getting OLD and those that have not been cared for are getting scrapped every day. That being said, there still seem to be more of these trucks available than people willing to take them in. As far as the Hydramatic, most people find that the transmission can be brought back to life by a heavy cleanup of the linkages, cooler, and valve body. If bands and clutches are shot, get another transmission.

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    Are you buying or building?

    I know of two projects running on this side of the border and both will be low to mid 5 digit projects. Most require complete tear downs and re-builds if they've been sitting. I am finding crate transmissions but they've also been sitting. The cone clutch seems to be the most difficult piece to find so NDT is bang on with the solution. Seal kits are available.

    Even the 'new one' that had a complete re-build not long ago will need some service love soon but it's appraised around 20G. It was built with NOS parts from the ground up.

    There was an M215 sitting in Basin MT and I just tried to call the old boy last week with no luck. Maybe it's still there but it would need a ton of time, metal bashing, parts and money. If you're interested in a name, send me a PM.

    There must be some G749's down there that someone wants to find a good home for.

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    I am more interested in preserving the trucks themselves. It breaks my heart to see something getting scrapped. I figure if they are sitting down in my pasture I know they won't get scrapped. A couple years back I had an opportunity to buy two m211's down in Dillon Montana, but the fire department realized they didn't hold the titles for them. They went to the county, and I never could find who to contact about them. I'd be interested in something that was in decent shape, running it not isn't too big a deal. I am a ASE mechanic so the mechanicals don't bother me at all, just as long as I can get parts. Is there anyone out there sourcing parts for these trucks? If not is it because there is a low demand for them? Have some really cool pictures of my wife's grandpa in Korea, he was a truck driver over there Unfortunately he passed a few years ago

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    Quote Originally Posted by NDT View Post
    Some nice ones came up not long ago up your way on GSA. You are correct, these trucks are getting OLD and those that have not been cared for are getting scrapped every day. That being said, there still seem to be more of these trucks available than people willing to take them in. As far as the Hydramatic, most people find that the transmission can be brought back to life by a heavy cleanup of the linkages, cooler, and valve body. If bands and clutches are shot, get another transmission.

    Bummer where were were they listed at malstrom afb?

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    Bummer where were were they listed at malstrom afb?
    No, they were fire dept turn-ins at the state forestry yard, Utah I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1944mb View Post
    I was curious in your guys' input. IT seems as though the G749 trucks are getting hard to come by. I hard been watching for them for a while and havenm't found much close to me. Are transmission parts still available for them? -Ben
    There are transmission rebuild kits available still and I have failed to list it in our parts list. I will re-confirm the part numbers with Sturmtyger380 (I think it was him that found the kit??)and get them posted up.

    It seems that these trucks are getting harder to find and some areas of the country have a lot less of them than others.

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    Is there anyone out there sourcing parts for these trucks? If not is it because there is a low demand for them? Have some really cool pictures of my wife's grandpa in Korea, he was a truck driver over there Unfortunately he passed a few years ago
    There are still people sourcing parts. Memphis Equipment and Alfa Heaven are a couple. Occasionally eBay has some good stuff. We have also put together a parts list of things commonly available for these trucks at your local part stores and we are adding to it all the time.

    Here is the link to the parts list thread.
    http://www.steelsoldiers.com/showthr...749-Parts-List

    Do you have pictures of your wife's grandpa with any of the trucks he drove? We would love to see them
    02-1952 M135 W/O #5314 - Reg. #4G3868 (winch added at some point in its life)
    01-1952 M135 W/O #4984 - Reg. #41143???
    12-1951 M135 W/O #3194 - Reg. #41122836 945th Maint Co, 945th Antiaircraft Artillery Bn., Milford Delaware
    11-1951 M135 W/O #556 - Reg. #41121215 5th Army, 816th Quartermaster, Ft. Leonard Wood

    Video of #4984 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FUElX_64i4
    Video of #5314 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYMiR2DT7Fo

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    The G749 trucks that are truly hard to come by are the short wheelbase trucks like the 215 and 221. The dumps were all put to use after being surplused and are used and gone. Tractors were made into chassis trucks for other purposes and also got used up. I've been looking for ANY example of these for a long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by USMC 00-08 View Post
    Do you have pictures of your wife's grandpa with any of the trucks he drove? We would love to see them
    I will check and see if she can get a hold of them. I was gonna post them anyway just to see if the truck every made it back to the states-which I know is highly unlikely. I havent seen the pics yet, but her grandma was telling her that he loved his deuce-that he took a lot of pride in it. A few years back, when I was looking at that package deal of 2-211's she said what are you gonna do with them. Then after seeing pics of her grandpa by his truck she said I should collect a truck like that, that it looked awesome---what can I say. I already have OD fever so whats a few more pieces of old iron...I'll try to get some pics. The list is awesome. Is there no one that is rebuilding the trannys or are some of the hard parts hard to come by?

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    USMC 00-08 also, thanks for that video of your deuce-its awesome!

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