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Thread: cost of ownership (the real cost of a deuce)

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    I paid 3000 for my truck from a private seller. It is a VERY fresh rebuild so it has given me little grief in the mechanical department at all. It needed all of its tires changed. I adapted an LMTV top and cage to it and tore it down and repainted it.

    So far with all expenses I am into it 4200 dollars.

    Add 200 more for special tools and my oil cleaning system for WMO.

    It is worth every penny I have put into it and it gives us something to do on the weekends. Crystal (wife) is always parade hunting.

    8 years of M1A1, M1A2, and M1A2SEP tanks. I miss those days.

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    I bought mine just under a yr ago. I bid on a m109a3 and won it for $1550 but turns out its a M185. Same truck just a different name I guess. Tack on GL fees licence reg, ins. close to $1800 into it. The recovery was easy I pulled up to the yard and it was already running. I gave it a quick once over and took off. I went a couple miles to a truck stop pulled in and checked everything, filled up and drove 150 miles on the the freeway home. I need to do a oil change and I bought a block htr so I need to change the coolent also. I also just found 2 flat tires after I drove it from my new house back to my old house, and the stem got sucked into the tire.

    I converted it into a camper and used alot of parts off junk campers I got really cheap. Oh I just built a deck off the back that cost me around $300. But all said and done I have around $2500-2700 into it so far. After the fluid change and the rest of the camper is done I'll have about $3300 into it and I can go anywhere I want and not worry about getting stuck lol.

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    Mine arrived early January. I'm a tinkerer and not a large vehicle maintenance professional so I had to buy some new tools . My truck runs great, supposedly it has only seen 40 miles of use since the 85' rebuild if records are correct. Paint and body work will be my biggest projects. Here's the tally off the top of my head so far.

    • Ft. Campbell GL M109A3 $1720 (Thank you to my brother on base for inspection)
    • 1200 miles shipping to Maine $1700 (Thank's Eric Carlson! Luckily I got a 1K referral bonus about the same time so this didn't hurt so bad.)
    • Taxes $170
    • Registration $100
    • Insurance through State Farm $25/month
    • Fresh diesel $80 (wanted a baseline, mixing free misc alternative fuels now)
    • New speedometer cable $40 shipped (Thank's OD Iron!)
    • New Brake Lines $100 (Napa for the steel, OD Iron for the hose)
    • New Dot5 Brake Fluid $30 shipped (Thank's Spruce Mountain!)
    • Home Made Brake Power Bleeder $30 (Thank's Recovery4x4!)
    • Spin on Oil Filters $150 shipped (Thanks Westfolk!)
    • New Bolts $20
    • Spin on Primary Fuel Filter $100 shipped (Thanks Westfolk!)
    • Replace missing van Window $80 shipped (Thanks Dug!)
    • Replace missing blackout cover $30 shipped (Thanks White Owl!)
    • RV Roofing Seam Sealants $40
    • Oil Change $50
    • Grease $10
    • New coolant hose clamps $10
    • Bigger Impact Wrench and Sockets $300
    • Pneumatic 20 ton jack $100
    • Air Hose, adapter, and regulator for safe inflation of tires. $40
    • 40" Breaker Bar $40
    • Aluminum boarding ladder shipped $115 (Thanks White Owl!)
    • Air Rivet Gun and rivet tools $100
    • 6 gallons, 2 spray cans of Gillespie paint $240 (not applied yet)

    Labor with love = Priceless

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    Truck... $2500
    Gas to get my pickup there and back... $150
    Diesel to get the truck back home... $350-400
    Tolls, temp tags, food... $100 or so
    Stuff to get it working again halfway home after it blew all the belts and overheated... $100
    Stuff I bought for it already... $510 (headlight bulbs, replacement marker light and temp gauge, tach cable, new belts of proper size, softtop, etc etc etc)
    Oil and diff lube.. $150 or so (OW, I am not used to this)
    Stuff I'm going to need to buy shortly... $150-200 (filters, new axle boot, spare parts)
    Stuff I haven't figured out the price for yet... tie rod and TRE (for a 5 ton, gonna be pricey)
    Tires... $2000-2500 (have not bought yet, not looking forward to it)

    I am not even going to add it up. I don't want to know.
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    After several pm's from folks they were inquisitive as to a rough estimate of what we have in these unit - so I will kinda go through a breakdown for you.

    Countless hours not recorded since last October and still finishing them.

    In all the additional metal for fabrication - $1,000.00
    Solid Oak - over $5,000.00
    Oak sheeting - $250.00
    Additional wood like 2x4's - 2x2's = $800.00
    RV parts picked up - $2,200.00
    100 am Vanner Equalizer = $784.00
    Power Distribution panel 50 amp = $350.00
    50 amp transfer switch = $250.00
    4 - 105 ah deep cycle batteries - $600.00
    150 amp circuit breakers - resettable - $150.00
    Inverter/Charger = $2800.00
    Fuse for the above - $ 150.00
    2 rv 12v/24v refrigerators - $1,900.00
    Microwave = $89.00
    custom made shower/tub and surround (with shipping) = $500.00
    On Demand Hot water heater = $254.00
    Toilet (on sale) = $169.00
    Holding tank w/shipping = $185.00
    Total steel costs for fabbing = $2,360.00 (do not confuse this with the above first mentioned steel costs)
    mattress - stole it from the house
    14 gallons of Crown Royal and Coke (coke on sale) = $1,140.00
    second 50 amp breaker panel = $79.00
    Breakers for both panels - $63.00
    GFI and elec outlets = $50.00
    total elect wire and battery cable - ends - etc = $800.00
    Onan generator = $3,200.00
    battery for generator = $59.00
    fuel tank for generator = $ 32.00
    hardware for drawers - etc = $100.00
    sink and faucet - stole it from something else and wife has not found it yet
    formica - contact cement $60.00
    aluminum for drawer slides - etc = $125.00
    40 gallon water tank and pump = $200.00
    4 LED foglights = $600.00
    5 interior led lights = $500.00
    (not going to include pm stuff it is operating costs)
    spare tank fuel lines (stratoflex) = $125.00 TANK WAS FREE W?BRACKET
    seats in the interior - free
    gps with camera's - not telling ya
    FLIR system - not telling ya
    flooring = $150.00
    stain & polyurethane & brushes = $125.00
    Only did to one truck - complete flooring composite = $480.00

    Roughly remainder of the misc stuff like welding wire - wood screws - flooring screws - bedliner coating - plumbing water lines - connectors for water lines - medical gauze wrapping and tape and bandaids - whatever else has to be over $500.00

    If you do not believe the list - you can see for yourself at the Ga Rally Oct 20 - 24th.
    Dinger65 is charging a fee to see his ac in his cab/under hood - so if you are planning a free look at it - bring some change with you.

    PB - a long time ago on anotehr thread you mentioned a cost - you were really close

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    The winch truck I paid $770 (plus $77 GL fee) for has so far cost me

    ~$120 in title and 5 year FMV registration (I think, don't have the figures in front of me). ~$160 for 6 months insurance through State Farm. Some people have even gone cheaper, like through a collector's policy with Hagerty for something around $50 a year.

    3 WC rebuild kits. ($3 each?)
    4 or 5 axle seals. ($20 altogether?)
    Front axle engagement switch (take-off of parts truck)
    Air activated Brake switch (take-off of parts truck)
    Wiper valve (take-off of parts truck)
    Fuel gauge (take-off of parts truck)
    4 new cargo cover corners ($12 each)
    3 new cargo bows (made out of scrap)
    1 cab top ($125)
    1 cargo cover ($180)
    2 cans of bearing grease. I forget the cost of those.
    1/2? tube of grease gun grease.
    2 water pump/alternator belts.

    Picked up 3 gallons of Gillespie OD semi-gloss. I forget what I paid, but I was up near Dallas at the time anyways, so I was able to skip the hazmat charge. Call it another $100.

    A little bit of ospho and spray paint rattle-can to stop the corrosion until I can give it the proper paint job. I dunno... $10 or $15?

    Didn't even have to replace the batteries. They took a charge and are still running strong!

    Honestly, the cost of ownership for a deuce really isn't too bad. The fact that I've spent as little as I have on consumable maintenance parts on a 40 year old truck that probably hasn't seen much regular maintenance in the last 5 of those years speaks well for it.
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    what is the TOTAL cost of ownership, this includes every nut and bolt, insurance, tags, going to get it, the preview,, every little bit , every tool needed that you didn't have, ect., everything but your time.

    I kept a cost log for the 819, from my first deposit (brought it sight unseen, though would get the deposit back if I didn't like after I inspected when went to t pay the rest in person) till I quit keeping the tally sheet when the TOTAL COST was $26000+now this IS EVERYTHING from going to pay for it, reg, insurance, getting it here to filters, tow bars, winch, nuts & bolts, tires & mounting, ect., ect., ect, A $1 ,$5, $50, $100 here or there adds up quick. in another words EVERY PENNY spent with the name 819 attached to it.

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    1600 here after GL fee. 120 to register with permanent tags no yearly renewal. Drove it 100miles home no parts needed. 12k miles on the counter. Its a sprag tcase with soft top and heater. Has all the bows, troop seats, and cargo top in great condition. No winch however. The year was unknown on auction...still not sure what it is. 75 fee for title from GL. Fluids probably 100 a year as I don't drive much. 150 a year insurance.

    If someone has an idea what year the sprag tcases were in please let me know

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    I paid 1390 out the door with GL fees and tax. Needed two new batteries to start and misc fluids topped of to get her home. Less than 100 for registration, 225 a year insurance.

    109 box was rusty, I bought a cargo bed, troop seats and bows from Hundy, but selling parts off the M109 box paid for it. My buddy Phil sold me a tan cargo cover cheap, I got a cab top (only because I wanted tan) and most of a winch fairly cheap off another board member.

    I've repaired a wheel seal and boot and one wheel cylinder. Changed mirrors, added a tool box, vice, hose reel, new data plate, re did the seats and a bunch more. I repainted it tan one can of paint at a time. I installed all of Westfolk's spin ons, one kit at a time.

    I haven't kept track, but it's been tons of fun and I haven't really noticed the costs adding up. It's the cheapest of all my hobbys. I don't think I have ever spent more than 500 at any one time other than buying the truck. Usually it's a few bucks to a couple hundred here and there.

    If money is tight I would suggest you save up and get the cleanest private party truck you can in your budget. If you try to save and go the auction route the hidden costs will kill your fun quickly.

    I recently got 11.00 x 20s for the truck (thanks AGAIN Phil) but they aren't going on until it fits my family budget. It didn't need tires, I just wanted them. So far that's been true about most everything on the truck. For me its a big toy. If I gave up all the hiking trips, the electronics, the 67 Chevelle, scouting, ATVs and a few other distractions I could have any MV I wanted, but the deuce fills the bill and leaves room for other fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maverick1701 View Post
    someone once told me that a boat was a hole in the water that you throw money into....MVs can be the same way lol but I wouldnt trade my MV for anything

    Never been on my boat then (Nauti Girl) had some of the best times/parties on the water (worth every penny). As for the truck its so funny when someone says wow that truck was only $3,000, I'm gonna get one. I laugh and say, "buying it is cheap, just wait."
    -1967 m109A3 (Sold)
    -1967 m35a2 w/w

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