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    Hello Everyone, I am new to the antique MV world, and decided to restore a 1952 XM211 as my father was a Korean War veteran, and these are rarely seen. It is currently at Eastern Surplus for all of the large work I cannot do myself (complete brake rebuild, transmission overhaul, rewiring, etc.), and a new paint job. With that being said, any operational, driving, PM, or spare part recommendations (or parts for sale) from the group? I have read many older posts and other internet material on the 211/135 MVs and downloaded the manuals that have been posted as well. I am not opposed to doing upgrades to her from a safety or reliability standpoint, as long as it does not alter the outward appearance. She will be used for car cruise nights, shows, and parades. Thank you in advance for any information you can provide, or any spare parts you may have to sell.

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    Welcome to the madness! Post some pics when you get a chance.
    Don't worry about the size difference

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    Welcome to the forum! Looking forward to seeing your truck.

    Some good spare parts to keep on hand are probably points, condenser, rotor and distributor cap. I'm sure some others will chime in with things they keep on hand as well.

    In case you haven't seen it yet, here is a parts list several of us have put together of readily available parts for these trucks. We are adding to it all the time, so if you have any part numbers to share with us, we would appreciate it.

    http://www.steelsoldiers.com/showthr...749-Parts-List


    I hope this helps you out.
    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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    Thanks for saving an Early Deuce and welcome to the sweet, snappy, sultry sounds of the G749. I'm in my 5th year of wheeling Goose, the M135, to a ton of various events and if you can enjoy the maintenance that comes with a 60 year old, 12,000lb truck, you're in for a sore jaw from smiling. I hired mechanics to do most of the brake, steering, electrical work on mine but had the opportunity to do a lot of the work myself with a mechanic/ mentor over my shoulder. Hopefully you get that experience with yours because they demand a bit of attention with Preventative Maintenance. PM's

    Brakes

    The G749 is quick for a big truck. The only real upgrade that it needs is a dual circuit brake system. Even though we touched every piece of Goose's brake system, I still drive it like it weighs 100,000lbs. I always touch the brake pedal long before I need to stop and time every light so I don't need to pile on brakes at the last minute. Situational awareness must be high. New Crush Washers are best when working on brakes. If you replace every line and test the brakes for leaks then the situational awareness can drop a bit however it's still a single circuit brake system and daily inspection is required.
    The Emergency/Parking brake on mine works slick and it's set up to hold the truck when I throw it in drive. The truck gears down nicely by itself and in an emergency the E/P brake will slow it down..... a little. Check the E/P drum for cracks every run because the story is, they can detonate which could take out the brake lines all in one big bang.

    First Spare parts you benefit from is an E/P brake drum and all the parts to replace wheel cylinders including spare seals for the hubs. If you're lucky, you might even get to replace wheel cylinders in the first year. Spare brake pads for the wheels and E/P brake will also be needed at some point. A spare air-pak and/or 'air pak kit' with new replacement parts is a bonus.
    Even though my brake system shows no signs of leaks, I still check the Master Cylinder fluid level and E/P brake drum every run. PM's.

    Steering

    I replaced the drag-ink on mine and found some spare tie-rod ends when I need them. When Eastern checks the tolerance on your steering and replaces all worn parts, you probably won't need to think about it unless you're running Moose over on a daily bases. I check the cotter-pins in the steering on every run and keep it greased. PM's

    Transmission

    Spare transmissions are handy.

    Engine

    She screams a bit and is loud when you punch her. The 302 runs from low rpm to high rpm on every shift. Some of the boys add foam inside the cab but I kinda like the old rattle and hum sound the truck makes.
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    I've replaced condensers, capacitors, points, coil, spark-plugs, a few spark plug wires (complete distributor caps) and starters to keep Goose moving. Oil filters on the shelf are also handy. We've set the valves 3 times in 5 years so extra valve cover gaskets will be needed. Spare fan belts, water-pumps(repair kits), thermostats, fuel pumps, carbs, engine kits could be added to the shelf.

    Tires

    The M211 usually runs on 9:00 - 20 tires. We should find out if you can fit 11:00 - 20's under it because that will give you a bit more speed and be easier on the 302.
    I'm 5 years with about 30% wear on a set of new tires so.....sooner or later it's good to have spare rubber. $50.00 / tire is a good price. Having a handy tire-shop with the correct gear to safely inflate/ monitor and change tires is a good thing. Changing a flat tire on the side if the road can be done with the right tools, strong back...but it's much easier to employ the tire pro youth that also need a job.

    Differential,

    It's good to have spare pinion seals in addition to bags of the various Crush Washers on the shelf. There are a few different sizes, from the diff plugs (6), the entire brake system, top of fuel tank, front diff, any place with fluid. I'm told they should be replaced however some guys are able to make the old ones work again. The new ones should always go on the brake system
    There are inner seals in the front diff. They seem to leak if the truck sits so if it's parked over winter, set it up on some serious stands and run it once in a while. Several sets of hub seals...as mentioned in Brakes.....are handy for yearly inspections when they can't be saved.

    What did I miss?

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    Welcome! Always worth noting the Alpha Heaven website and their write up on the Hydramatic transmission. http://www.alfaheaven.com/MilitarySe...amaticHvn.html

    http://www.alfaheaven.com/MilitarySe...ucks/M135.html
    We need pictures!!

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    Oh, Almost forgot - you can download manuals here. http://www.jatonkam35s.com/jatonkaM1...wnloadpage.htm

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    Thank you everyone for the information and encouragement. Thankfully we started with a very clean (body wise) 1952 XM211 w/winch, which also mechanically does run OK. It will be early spring until this project is finished, but below is a current "beginning" photo. Will post restoration and after photos as we progress over the next 9 months. Thank you.
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    Welcome to the world of Steel Soldiers those of us with the M211's have been working hard with USMC 00-08 and have a good list of parts going be sure to add any parts you find and enjoy your truck

    The XM211 was from what I can gather the prototype designation of the M211

    Just picked up a 1954 myself and have been working on the old girl in my spare time. I am a GM Tech so I prefer to do the work myself if you have any questions feel free to ask.
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    1953 M211 a good start

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    Thank you Erik, yes the "X" on the XM211 stood for "Experimental" from what I can gather on the Internet, and it seems that the earlier M211 numbered ones were the XM211 models as I noticed that while shopping around for one (not that there were many good candidates to choose from! LOL). The lower serial numbered ones seem to always be XM211, while the higher serial numbered ones seemed to be M211, but again I only found 2 or 3 of each to be viable for purchase at this time. Thank you for the support, I may need to contact you once we get her home and I do my own PM.

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