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    Quote Originally Posted by Valence View Post
    Isn’t that the favorite past time of any MV owner, to talk about their truck?
    I read earlier in your thread that you don't go to car shows. Might I suggest you try a general car show. I do 2-3 a year and I first thought no one would care about my old truck around all those classic cars, but instead I spend the day talking about the truck. Mine is often the only vehicle there that people can climb in/on as well and people like taking pics of their kids or themselves sitting in it. One memory that sticks with me is of this guy, probably his early 30's, sat in my truck and said, very seriously, "this is the best thing here".
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    Quote Originally Posted by montaillou View Post
    I read earlier in your thread that you don't go to car shows. Might I suggest you try a general car show. One memory that sticks with me is of this guy, probably his early 30's, sat in my truck and said, very seriously, "this is the best thing here".
    That, right there, is why we are all here hanging out at Steel Soldiers. That says it all.


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    Quote Originally Posted by montaillou View Post
    I read earlier in your thread that you don't go to car shows. Might I suggest you try a general car show. I do 2-3 a year and I first thought no one would care about my old truck around all those classic cars, but instead I spend the day talking about the truck. Mine is often the only vehicle there that people can climb in/on as well and people like taking pics of their kids or themselves sitting in it. One memory that sticks with me is of this guy, probably his early 30's, sat in my truck and said, very seriously, "this is the best thing here".
    That's a good suggestion. I do go to a handful car shows each year, but I do prefer to look at other MVs so why I'm now trying to organize 2 yearly local MV get-togethers, such as linked to earlier.

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    I'm still trying to catch up on things I did with/to my deuce:

    June 06th, 2019:
    Sounds of Freedom Car Show, Layton, Utah
    (Yes, I took my miniature side-kick
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    One veteran talked to me for a while and was convinced he served with my deuce in the Utah National Guard. Unfortunately I didn't write any of this down so I've forgotten most of it and his name. I just have this photo of his artillery patches (because my truck last served in 1st Corps Artillery).
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    A few of the other interesting things I saw and Gunzy's HEMTT:
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    Some really creative folks out there:
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    And then there was this group, "Utah Wastelanders":
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    A few more photos here:
    https://www.steelsoldiers.com/showth...=1#post2235291


    Ending odometer: 3765.4 miles (+5.5 miles)
    Ending hour meter: 367.5 hours (+0.5 hours)
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    I spent all of July 3rd, 2019 working on misc items on the deuce.

    I finally put a real edge on the axe that lives in the pioneer tool rack.

    The extreme dullness before:
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    After sharpening with a hand bastard file:
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    Boiled Linseed Oil to seal the bare steel from corrosion.
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    I figured out how to strap even more down on the Pioneer Tool Rack. I wanted the large bar for the geared wrench (for changing tires if an air compressor is not available), and the 42" crow bar I use to help maneuver tires on/off the hub out of the cab of the truck, but not all the way into the big toolbox in the bed.
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    After owning the kit for a couple years, I finally installed the dual rifle mounts in the cab. I messed up in my measurements and cut a little too big of a hole in the floor mat. Not a big deal I suppose. I will have to move my Ibis Tek lightbar control box somewhere else as the rifle mount required the exact same location on the dash. For the record, rifles with a quad picatinny rail do not fit well in the rifle mounts. They are a little too thick (so was the big rubber butt pad for the base). The Winchester Defender 1300 shotgun fit great though. Be warned, the rifles do encroach on the leg/knee space of the poor passenger.
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    And while I had the bench seat out, I scrubbed and washed and then installed instead the passenger seat I had purchased from Red, which was from the M816 wrecker I had sold him. The seat cushion and frame were in way better shape than what my deuce had (the original had bent up folding arms). I plan on having this frame sand blasted and painted and replacing the seat upholstery and foam myself.

    I did swap the left-side frame legs as that is where my steering wheel chain was welded to. I hadn't realized that there were two sets of holes on the left side of the bench seat for adjusting the height.
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    Note: Most of the, what appears as stains, on the lower cushion is actually water. The foam wasn't 100% fully dry, even though it was outside in the 90F+ degree sun all day.
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    For my, I believe, 9th year in a row, I participated in my city's Independence Day parade. Well documented here:
    https://www.steelsoldiers.com/showth...=1#post2235303

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    Ending odometer: 3770.5 miles (+5.1 miles)
    Ending hour meter: 368.1 hours (+0.6 hours)


    I haven't taken the ol' deuce anywhere since then. The gas company (Dominion Energy) has had my road torn up the past two months to install a new, large feeder line and due to the weight of my truck they wanted a couple days notice when I planned to drive it (so they could ensure the trench was properly shored up.) Though the plates have mostly disappeared this past week as they're somewhat nearing completion. I hope. (Then comes the road repair and restoration companies)

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    Also the various leaks contributed to my excuses not to drive. So today, September 2nd, 2019, I re-re-re-serviced the driver's center axle seals. I think this is the 3rd time I have done so since I owned the truck. One of these times I'll get it right so it lasts longer. I've forgotten how heavy my G177 tires and wheels are. I cleaned off the gear oil and grease mixture, cleaned the brake pads, repacked the bearings, new key-way cork with some RTV silicone for good measure, new outer seal, and readjusted the brakes. Not much for exciting or even informative photos, as these were the only stages my hands were clean enough to handle my camera.

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    My ever faithful watch hound who kept track of me while I worked today.
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    I also purchased 23 NOS recessed bed tie-downs from my all-time favorite surplus store, Army Surplus Warehouse. I stumbled upon these in two separate locations in the store, and I couldn't leave without them. (yes, I need 1 more to have an even number, but that's all they had). Some of the tie down points have $7.99 written on them but one reason I like the Army Surplus Warehouse is that they're willing to give better deals on bulk purchases. I got them for $6.00 each with their only template included.

    I'm not sure if they're better or worse than the weld on variety (which is the only type I had seen before these), but at least I won't feel like I need to repaint the whole bed after adding them. I will admit, drilling out that large center hole and then smoothing and cleaning up the edge will be quite a lot of time and work. Also, these type will be more susceptible to allowing rain water in. I may run a bead of RTV silicon just inside the outer mounting bolts.

    I would like to add them to my deuce and M105. Maybe I'll start with the M105 first. But we'll see how many years it takes for me to get to this.

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    Anyone with a drop-side bed able to give me measurements as to where these approximately go? Such as, height from the floor of the bed, or how far left/right from the troop seat pillars, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Valence View Post
    ...and due to the weight of my truck they wanted a couple days notice when I planned to drive it (so they could ensure the trench was properly shored up.)
    This reminds me when the city repoured the sidewalk in front of my house, they asked me not to drive the truck over it for a month, and they also told me they poured it extra thick for my house.

    For your tie downs, maybe this can help: http://imfmotorpool.com/010913.PDF
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    Quote Originally Posted by Valence View Post
    I would like to add them to my deuce and M105. Maybe I'll start with the M105 first. But we'll see how many years it takes for me to get to this.

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    Don't you go worryin' "none", Mr. Valence:

    - We'll all be waiting, for as long as it takes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valence View Post
    Anyone with a drop-side bed able to give me measurements as to where these approximately go? Such as, height from the floor of the bed, or how far left/right from the troop seat pillars, etc.
    Here is the instructions: https://www.jatonkam35s.com/M105TMS/TB9-2300-280-30.PDF

    Basically, they go into the left and right bottom corners of all the "fields" in the bed sides. You need to relocate the reflectors and cargo cover tie-downs. There should be a blank metal template (just the metal square with the 3.5 in hole) included in your kit to help place them. It is very straightforward once you look at it.
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