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    Quote Originally Posted by TheQuaker View Post
    Hi fasttruck.
    Thanks for checking with me to help make sure I get a good start. I appreciate it.
    Actually, long before I purchased my truck (~2 years or so) I was downloading, reading, studying and becoming familiar with the systems, operation and maintenance of the trucks via all the pertinent documents available.
    Now that I own a M923 I have the M939 series -10 TM and -12 LO printed to have hard copies to keep with the truck so I can access or reference them anytime, even when I am elbow-deep in grease and oil and would rather not goober up my tablet. Plastic sheet protectors work great to protect the printed pages and can be cleaned and are cheap enough to just toss if they get too bad. The other various organizational TM's, etc. are already downloaded to my tablet, laptop and on a thumb drive as well for when I am in front of a PC or laptop that is not mine.
    During that same pre-ownership period I also spent hundreds (thousands most likely) of hours lurking here on SS reading posts, threads, gleaning information from the members here to help prepare myself.
    Because of this preparation I finally felt confident to take the MV plunge myself at this time.
    Obviously, you can only get so far with research and reading and I still have much to learn about my big green girl but I think I am as prepared as I can be to start this adventure.
    But now that I have her home I am "starting from the start" with the manuals, the knowledge I have gained and with my SS support machine if I really get stumped, need advice on something just not covered anywhere or maybe just some moral support if things get sticky...
    Thanks again.




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    I feel ya on the reading up on them for years straight first! Took me about 3 years of it before I took the plunge on mine. I had several failed attempts at M35A2s and M939s where I'd either get outbid, someone would snap up a private sale ahead of me, or I couldn't make funds flow quickly enough. With that said, those failed attempts taught me a lot about the purchasing process. Mine was the first vehicle I ever owned so it taught me a lot about even getting a vehicle titled or what to look for when purchasing any vehicle. I bought the manuals long before the truck, in fact I bought my first -10 with funds available through my school district as a senior in high school (Teachers couldn't believe it). Ironically I've since given away my manuals to other members before I did buy a truck, but I need to find more of them!

    Side note, seeing your photos, she's an awful pretty big girl. Looks just like the one I've been trying to buy but haven't been Able to make funding work out on, except she had some remnants of woodland camo as well, but was also largely forest green. If I could actually score her, I would frankly make her my daily driver once I had my Class B.
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    Thanks, 71Deuce. Good luck.
    Luckily here in Michigan you do not need a CDL to own/drive a 5-ton unless you are using it for paid commercial purposes.
    She was painted to all desert tan at some point and later had a hasty, almost transparent, green re-shoot done.
    The camo hard top is new and was on it when surplused and it is in terrific shape in and out. Interesting that the black and brown camo paint is intact on the cab top but almost 100% of the green is gone. A paint prep issue most likely or maybe a bad batch of paint.
    Also, the truck is a 1983 build but the engine was assembled in 1986. So a complete engine replacement was done sometime before surplusing as well.
    Based on her unit markings it looks like she was last assigned to an Alabama National Guard Engineer Batallion so that may help to explain her good overall physical condition and lack of any major body rust.
    A nice find for me.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TheQuaker View Post
    Thanks, 71Deuce. Good luck.
    Luckily here in Michigan you do not need a CDL to own/drive a 5-ton unless you are using it for paid commercial purposes.
    She was painted to all desert tan at some point and later had a hasty, almost transparent, green re-shoot done.
    The camo hard top is new and was on it when surplused and it is in terrific shape in and out. Interesting that the black and brown camo paint is intact on the cab top but almost 100% of the green is gone. A paint prep issue most likely or maybe a bad batch of paint.
    Also, the truck is a 1983 build but the engine was assembled in 1986. So a complete engine replacement was done sometime before surplusing as well.
    Based on her unit markings it looks like she was last assigned to an Alabama National Guard Engineer Batallion so that may help to explain her good overall physical condition and lack of any major body rust.
    A nice find for me.


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    The one I may still acquire for all I know is an '83. She has a camp top and a few other things, but other parts of her are solid green. An early one. She's bone stock sans a couple upgrades and even has the radio mount in the cab. She came from a Yakima, WA NG unit.
    '86 M928A1

    Founder of Friends of the M939-Series Trucks

    MVPA # 37704

    "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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