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    Important Brutus' debut

    Military Veterans Museum in Oshkosh, WI along with Roger Blink have recently recreated "Brutus." Brutus made his debut at 2016 Vietnam Guntruck Gathering. He will now reside at the Museum's Motor Pool until called up for duty again.

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    Here is how Brutus looked the first time he rolled outside after completion, just in time for Gathering.

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    Dave Perrine (crew member of Brutus 1970), Roger Blink (Driver of Brutus 1969) and Verne Pearson (NCOIC of Brutus 1969) (left to right) along with many Museum volunteers all worked on Brutus to get him out the door on time. It was very humbling to work with these fine men and hear some of their stories.

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    Roger Blink is being interviewed at Gathering for an upcoming documentary on Gun Trucks.

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    L to R - Verne Pearson (NCOIC of Brutus 1969), Steve Peters (NCOIC of Brutus 196, and Roger Blink (Driver of Brutus 1969).

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    Gun Trucks lined up in Chattanooga TN. Front to rear are Brutus, Untouchable, and Ace of Spades.

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    Loaded up for a downtown event.

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    Gathering banner.

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    Remembering their sacrifices.

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    Very nice!
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    So all you brought to IOLA was a halftrack? Another reason to come up for a visit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidB View Post
    So all you brought to IOLA was a halftrack? Another reason to come up for a visit.
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    Yes, the 7-ton only hauled up the half track. We had to get back Saturday night to unload Brutus.

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    That's a beautiful truck. I'm planning on building a gun truck in the near future so I've got one question for you. Exactly what black did you paint it ( who makes it, what shade and so on )?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Etedeschi72 View Post
    That's a beautiful truck. I'm planning on building a gun truck in the near future so I've got one question for you. Exactly what black did you paint it ( who makes it, what shade and so on )?
    I will have to find out from Roger Blink, one of the original drivers of Brutus, as he's the one that ordered the paint for this recreation.

    I hope to have an answer for you soon.

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    That would be great. Thank you, Eric

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    Quote Originally Posted by Etedeschi72 View Post
    That's a beautiful truck. I'm planning on building a gun truck in the near future so I've got one question for you. Exactly what black did you paint it ( who makes it, what shade and so on )?
    Roger remembers the truck being painted "coke black." Coke being a derivative from coal and supposedly the color of 1960's Chevy engine bays. That said, we could not find a "coke black," so Roger went off his memory and came up with the color mix.

    Here's the code direct from the paint guy, Rick.

    PPG Omni Single Stage paint
    MTK46118 Olive Drab
    MTK37030 Black
    Mix 4:1
    then mix 4:2 with flat agent

    Let me know if you have any more questions.
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    Eric, You know I will help you when the time comes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogtags View Post
    Roger remembers the truck being painted "coke black." Coke being a derivative from coal and supposedly the color of 1960's Chevy engine bays. That said, we could not find a "coke black," so Roger went off his memory and came up with the color mix.

    Here's the code direct from the paint guy, Rick.

    PPG Omni Single Stage paint
    MTK46118 Olive Drab
    MTK37030 Black
    Mix 4:1
    then mix 4:2 with flat agent

    Let me know if you have any more questions.
    About 5 yrs ago I asked the guy who built Brutus how he painted it..........He is no longer with us now but I still have the info.

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