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    Here are some pics from today. This truck as all my stuff is done in a MV "Motor Pool Class" detail. I decided to not do the "FOR OFFICAL USE" marking on the door. Only a very few of the trucks we had in the late 50s had that marking on them and the ones that did were civilian trucks and not tactical trucks. Also decided to call the truck a early 50s truck. As I found the normal early 70s markings on the left side of the frame . I also on the right side of the frame found the REO/Studebaker Marking of "Mxxxxx. Clinto verified the he has seen the early REO/Studebaker marking on some of the 70s trucks he has seen also. In the early 70s the demand (because of VN) was so great for the deuce trucks that many gassers were sent to South Bend to be remanufactured. Not just rebuilt but remanufactured so they got the new VINs on them. Also the frame is just a tiny bit thicker on the early gassers. As it was on the M34 I did a few years ago. The cab I believe was originally made for a M35A1 as they used a torch to cut out for the later M35A2 exhaust pipe.

    In the pics you can see a lot of sanding dust on the truck. As today I started to work on the troop seats. The darn old wood is still strong (that old red oak is a tough animal) but in rough shape. Good enough for a few parades a year however. I call my paint jobs a "10 yard paint job" which is a pretty good description I think.

    The undercoating that I put on the truck is the same as the post earlier of Graf's truck (with black under coating)). I have a AF blue M37 sitting in storage that has its original blue paint job with the original markings it came with and it has undercoating also. It is marked for the old "Radar Hill" installation that use to be in Rapid City. Most all of our trucks we had in the late 50s on Okinawa were under coated also. They were procured by the AF not other military outfits.
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    Forgot to mention the yellow markings paint info for you folks wanting to do an AF blue truck. My earlier post about the correct FSN for the yellow is still correct. But when I used it I noticed it is exactly the same color as the recommended Rust-Oleum farm equipment color used for older Marine truck markings. Rust-Oleum paint for old caterpillar equipment. Rust-Oleum number 7449830. I used the Rust-Oleum yellow on a Marine M37 and M274A5 Mule I did and it worked like a charm.

    I had to sort of chuckle when I got the FSN yellow. It was packaged by "Skillcraft" and I am sure you older GI's will remember that name as it was on just about all the retractable ball point pens used by the military and government agencies forever....maybe still is.
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    Looks real nice! I’m saving some of your pics so I have examples for my truck. I remember the Skillcraft name. It was on just about everything in the system back then. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’ve got a box or two of the pens somewhere in the pile of stuff.
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    Forgot to mention the yellow markings paint info for you folks wanting to do an AF blue truck. My earlier post about the correct FSN for the yellow is still correct. But when I used it I noticed it is exactly the same color as the recommended Rust-Oleum farm equipment color used for older Marine truck markings. Rust-Oleum paint for old caterpillar equipment. Rust-Oleum number 7449830. I used the Rust-Oleum yellow on a Marine M37 and M274A5 Mule I did and it worked like a charm.

    I had to sort of chuckle when I got the FSN yellow. It was packaged by "Skillcraft" and I am sure you older GI's will remember that name as it was on just about all the retractable ball point pens used by the military and government agencies forever....maybe still is.
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    1972 M35A2 WO/W “Tribute to Lt Col Ken Bourland”, aka “Warthog”
    1970 M35A2 W/W “War Wagon”, Vietnam War Gun Truck Tribute
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    Got the troop seats done today. Should be the end of the major painting detail. As I have said there is always touch up you will see the need for in the next couple of months or so. The Rapco paint rattle cans blend in with the gallon can stuff very well and are a easy touch up deal. One has to be creative when moving the troop seats around by yourself, they sure are heavy and hard to manage. Will see if I can find 3 helpers when I put the seats back on the truck.

    PS...Painting outside is a easy program here as we very seldom have any bugs to deal with........today we have none at all....advantage I think of being close to a mile high.
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    I figure out two ways to put the seats back in the truck by myself. I’ll usually us the tractor and rope to sling them up and then climb up and guide them into place. Once the seats are started, the tractor will take up the load. Option two is used when inside one of the barns. Using block and tackle affixed to the rafters, hook up the seat needing installation and gently raise and lower the seat as needed. Looks real nice!
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    1972 M35A2 WO/W “Toys For Tots”, aka “Armadillo”
    1972 M35A2 WO/W “Tribute to Lt Col Ken Bourland”, aka “Warthog”
    1970 M35A2 W/W “War Wagon”, Vietnam War Gun Truck Tribute
    1 each M59 gasser dump truck
    2 each M211's 1 W/W, 1WO/W
    1 each M52A2 tractor
    1 each M1009
    1 each M37, with Dodge poly 318, hydraulic clutch
    1 each G506 Fire truck “Sparky”
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    Does anyone know where I can get the older decal that was used on most all trucks in the 50-60s that had runway access. It sort of looked like the one pictured below. I have found on the net the current information for the one used today but it is different. The current one has a lot of information that is for aircraft and the old one just addressed the vehicles.
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    I know the one you’re looking for. I don’t think I have one but I’ll check my stash. I’ll also poke around some sources. Might find one...
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    Does anyone know where I can get the older decal that was used on most all trucks in the 50-60s that had runway access. It sort of looked like the one pictured below. I have found on the net the current information for the one used today but it is different. The current one has a lot of information that is for aircraft and the old one just addressed the vehicles.
    3 each M35A2's 2 WO/W, 1 W/W:
    1972 M35A2 WO/W “Toys For Tots”, aka “Armadillo”
    1972 M35A2 WO/W “Tribute to Lt Col Ken Bourland”, aka “Warthog”
    1970 M35A2 W/W “War Wagon”, Vietnam War Gun Truck Tribute
    1 each M59 gasser dump truck
    2 each M211's 1 W/W, 1WO/W
    1 each M52A2 tractor
    1 each M1009
    1 each M37, with Dodge poly 318, hydraulic clutch
    1 each G506 Fire truck “Sparky”
    USMC/USAF

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    I found that also Jim. It is close but it refers to aircraft and the old one did not mention aircraft only vehicles. I will see if I can find the old one if not I will have to use that one or either forget the decal. Thanks for the info however. I will be talking to a guy at Ellsworth AFB on Monday when he returns to work. His boss said he might have one of the old ones.

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    Pretty much done with the truck. Have to add the remote brake fluid reservoir yet, new seat covers, and de-splined front axel hubs.

    As you can see the troop seats are on the truck. Firmed up that the truck will be in the Rapid City parade on veterans day the 11th of November. It will be used by the VFW for some of their troops.
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