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Thread: I Took the Plunge: 71DeuceAK's 1986 M928A1 Project

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    OK! Latest plan of attack is to sell or scrap the funky fire department bed on the truck. It's custom built so I don't see much market for it, sadly. My plans are to either (1) find a proper 20' bed or (2) make an R/V out of it.
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    OK! Dead thread revival! Recovery got delayed for a year. Finally sold the stupid fire-truck bed in June, man that was a wonderful day! I've bought a handful of parts she needs...PCB, master switch, fuel tank, air intake, springer driver's seat, spare tire carrier, headlights. Got a lead on a motor but moolah is the issue. Got a lead on a soft top. Still need glass (it's cracked on the front windshields), a starter, a motor/engine rebuild. Figured out apparently it sat for six years before the gentleman I bought it from acquired it, which was two years ago, and I've had it for a year now...so I suspect the motor is done.

    Found out the truck came from Diboll, Texas originally. The idiots who designed the funky custom bed the truck had decided in their infinite wisdom to merely unbolt the rear frame crossmember and take the cutting torch to the back couple feet of frame. Idiots...ugh. When the bed came off, and after another enthusiast got to visit the truck and take pictures, which I posted in some of the Facebook groups, I became famous practically overnight. To outsiders, it appeared I had bought a complete parts truck, sight unseen, a year ago, and was nowhere near doing anything with it. For every person who would tell me to sell it, part it out, cut it up for the axles, or scrap it, though, I've had another tell me to not throw in the towel yet. The Frame did make me panic, but I've talked to several people who would be qualified to offer opinions on welding options, which I am taking into consideration.

    And so...in October it looks like I'm going to the KAMO rally and going to visit this thing at some point. May not move it this year, it's fine where it's at, but I can't wait to at least tear the shredded soft top off so it is no longer flapping in the wind.
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    Andy, I've seen a maximum of two people tell you not to give up, and no less than 30 people not including myself honestly tell you it is a parts truck, and I'm in all the same groups you are. The first step to fixing a mistake is accepting that you've made one. Be honest with yourself. All us guys telling you what you don't want to hear have beeln around the block a time or two. Now I understand this is your first military vehicle and you have that attachment to it, but you need to move on and start with another truck worth fixing.
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    Diboll TX whatever you do, don’t speed through that town!! Yup FD’s love to whack frames, my LWB deuce which also came from the Texas Forest Service had a similar frame whack. The only time I part out a truck is if it’s rusted to bits. Don’t give up on it.

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    There is more truck missing than is there, and what is there isn't any good. The engine isn't any good either, transmission may not be any good, transfer case could be damaged, lots of the air brake system is gone... it's a parts truck.

    And it's 4,000 miles from his house. If you want to piece a basket case like that back together for whatever reason, you at least need it at your place, or close enough to go work on it regularly.
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    I do Fort Polk and other recoveries in my state. I can be reached at 337-401-2470

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    OK! Finally went and touched this thing myself for the first time. Stuffed a used but fixable with lots of Gorilla tape soft top on it and did some similar general cleanup that could be accomplished with my bare hands in the space of like two hours (Between visiting with other MV enthusiasts in the process). Got another truck coming down the pipe so I think I'm selling this particular project as it's too much to take on right now. It was my first but I have a lead on something cheap that runs and moves on its own, so it's a somewhat obvious choice. However, if it doesn't sell, it'll just sit and be a later project, although its condition isn't getting any better.

    In the process of going through all the trash in the cab (Picture throwing rotting 2x6 boards and plastic water bottles and shredded homemade soft top out the doors left and right) I found some of her history. Old insurance card in the glove box from '97, expiring in '98, an emergency preparedness guide from 2000, one from 2008. This thing evidently also did duty in Missouri in the early '00s. So I surmise it last ran in 2008. We theorize it became a parts truck after the motor went, but the motor isn't locked up, or at least wasn't a year ago. Obviously that stupid hack job of a bed is gone, but now the frame and the motor are the biggest killers. If I could never sell it I'd slowly piece it together, but it's gonna be awhile. I'd say it's available but I know discussing available items outside of the classifieds section is frowned upon so I will refrain from doing so.
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    "I'm in this weird predicament where I know where every grease zerk on an M939 series truck is, but can't even fix a Briggs & Stratton lawnmower. Is that any indicator?"

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