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    I just picked up an M108 a few weeks back and I just started the process of pulling it from death's icy grip. It had been sitting in the woods for a very long time so the body is pretty much shot. It has more rust than the Titanic. But as luck would have it I have an M35 that i bought a few years back that has a decent body but a bent frame. The plan as of now is to swap the cab and engine out of the M35 on to the M108 and get it driving again. The engine in the M108 runs good but I just had the injector pump on the engine in the M35 rebuilt so I figure both cabs will be off so why not swap the engine too. Here is what the M108 looks like as of now.

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    Nice truck! That's interesting that it has been converted to a multifuel already. Seems like a bunch of them have been converted over from the gas engines in recent years.
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    Thanks. I think the more interesting engine swap was on the other truck I picked up at the same time. It was an M35 with a Detroit 453 turbo.

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    Subscribed, looks like you've got a good project ahead of ya!
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    I'd love to find an M108. I have a soft spot for these little cranes. Good luck with the restauration!.
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    Is that not a rather small engine for a truck that size? (as), the specifications run 3 1/2 litre and
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    Looks a great truck to restore, and the work will keep you well occupied for while.
    So, well done we will follow your restoration with pictures hopefully as you proceed.
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    If your talking about the Detroit 453 Turbo it might be small but it packs a punch. It specs out at 175HP, 280 Torque and the multi fuel specs out at 130HP, 330 Torque. It becomes a toss up as to do you want the Torque or the HP. The truck that engine was in got used off road only as far as I know. The guy who I got it from had an air compressor running off the transfer case PTO and a big fuel tank in the bed. He used it to do service work on his equipment on job sites. I'm thinking about sticking it in an M37 when I get done with this.

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    Welcome to the m108 club. I have been working on mine for about 3 years now. Here is the thread. Swapped cabs and multifuel.

    https://www.steelsoldiers.com/showth...er-engine-swap
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    The Israelis converted their M35s to 4-53s as I understand it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SETOYOTA View Post
    Welcome to the m108 club. I have been working on mine for about 3 years now. Here is the thread. Swapped cabs and multifuel.

    https://www.steelsoldiers.com/showth...er-engine-swap
    And there went another half hour of productive work time, reading a thread instead, thanks to SETOYOTA!
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