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

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    4 Star General zout's Avatar
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    Here is the SS link of the build

    Read till your eyes bleed.

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    I just bought my first MV from GL about a month ago. I spent 2,701 (plus buyers fees).So about 3 grand. I had it transported to my home for $800 to find out that it runs great! Good batteries and brakes work nicely. 2900 miles on the ODO and 210 hours on the engine. New canvas, had all the troop seats still intact in it and everything works. I haven't tried the winch yet (but I will soon) and can't drive it except around the neighborhood until I get the SF-97 form from GL. I figure I will spend money on fluids, filters, registration,insurance, taxes, etc but in all I think I was very lucky. I love this thing!!! BTW, it's a 1971 M35a2 with a whistler turbo.

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    Started out just under 4k from a indivdual in SC. Foolishly drove it home to WV. NO PROBLEMS !! I had never driven or turned a wrench on one. God looks after drunks and fools, I don't drink. Since then 2k miles in 6mo. Daily Driver (work, church, daughters wedding, etc.) Tires, brake parts, odds and ends. I don't keep accurate tally but this evening I cranked out 30 bucks worth of WMO in my tank.
    Got somewhere around 5500 to 6k invested. Do it again? YES! Worth it? Absolutely! Do it differently? Probably.
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    well, ok the cost of the truck..

    4000 from a dealer
    500 for S-280
    125 for cold weather 'bra'
    1000 for hardtop, windshields
    600 for two 11.00x20 18-wheeler tractor steer tires new
    3500 for onboard diesel genset
    150 for one window A/C units for S-280
    700 spent building the other, larger one myself
    250 for an 11.00x20 tire new
    375 for 5 11.00x20 tires new
    120 to build civvy trailer hitch unit
    200 paint
    125 pyro
    100 pyro labor
    45 boost gauge
    100 flame heater detector kit
    200 batteries
    40 cab lights
    500 large gps
    370 for the Nd:YAG laser
    $5000 estimated on communications gear incl. (military commercial and ham) cables, batteres, Vanner EQ, switchgear, etc. in the S-280
    125 new fluorescent lighting
    300 steel spin on filter adapters
    300 preluber
    750? air o matic steering
    550 lock out hubs

    truck 3750
    recovery 500
    M109 box 750
    lift gate 375
    batteries 450
    tires 1200
    onboard APU, water cooled 2500
    hardware for the above 1200
    cost of travel and lodging to do the above 1500
    transfer case from M939 series 2225
    putting it in, about 5100 incl machine work etc, you might do better
    Raytheon radar set 550
    cab heater 100
    and it still has a long, long way to go..
    bodywork on 109 box
    cab a/c
    repair of military a/c units for box
    switchgear for 120VAC/240VAC, 12VDC, 24VDC, 392AH of AGM batteries
    communications gear, not as extreme as above but more powerful and versatile.
    fold down bunk
    small sink (maybe)
    crapper and shower (maybe)
    small flat panel TV, stereo
    fluorescent lighting
    LED lighting replacing the ceiling lights
    hardware for mounting the applicances
    hardware for mounting the electronics

    The way I see it , it's no more expensive than owning a decent boat and just as profitable when trading up.

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    It's a bargin no matter how I figure it.. OK I got my bobbed deuce last week for $5500, put on a new paint job for $20, Soon to purchase some used 395 tires on rims for $1000. So I am at $6520 and could easily get that back if I would want to sell her tomorrow.

    So now the comparison to a regular truck.. Something decent to drive 4x4 pickup would be $10-15,000 easy, and that would only go down in value over time.. I need a truck for part time use to pickup lumber and stuff for projects.. A normal truck would rust in a few years and need the normal replacing of "stuff". The gas mileage would be close to the bobbed deuce, however with a WMO filtration system set up, that gives me about half my fuel for free! With diesel at over $4 Gal those costs add up quick. Now if I ever sell the deuce I would get back close to what I spent on her, not so with a conventional pickup that only goes down in value..

    It's the best setup for me and the cheapest!!

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    Picked mine up for $1500 from a private owner. He used it as a septic truck. Has no bed on it. Does have a winch that works but needs a new cable.

    It was located about 45mins away, pulled it home with my Cummins on a gooseneck trailer.

    I have since put about another $1500 in it. Picked up an airshift tcase, drivers door, hood, jpipe, whole wire harness, and turn signal switch/lever thing locally. Installed all of that in my driveway.

    had to put a wheel cylinder and master cylinder in it. Need to rebuild the airpack too.

    two new windshields.

    used radiator for $100. had to fabricate a lower support for it.

    new headlights, still need brake lights.

    havnt registered it yet due to the brake issues.

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    $4000 for street driven M35A2 W/W, turbo multifuel, fair tires, newer batteries, hard top, cab heater, troop seats.

    $300 to drive it home from NY.

    $212/year antique insurance.

    $180 for title and one time antique registration.

    No inspection required.

    Haven't bought anything else for it YET.

    I can see lots of small things in the near future though...10 gal of gear oil, 5 gal of motor oil, fuel pump sending unit, shocks, etc.
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    My 109 a4 is already over 10k with purchase, tires, batteries, fluids, o-rings, bulbs and all the other things it already has needed. To say I am over my initial budget would be an epic understatement.

    Still some of the best $ I've ever spent. Would do it again in a minute.
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    Little 9 - 1985 M1009 - money pit, now it leaks oil.

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    I put about as money into the front axle and brake system as I paid for the whole truck. That's not including all the other stuff I had to fix. My brakes worked just fine but I figured what the ****, I'll just redo it anyways.

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    Reading all the horror stories makes me happy mine went as well as it did, i payed about 2000 out the door from GL in barstow, about 60 miles from its new home. Had a full tank of diesel.. i mean varnish, but **** its a multifuel! 2 new batteries $180. Started it up and gas pedal went right to the floor, i broke the return spring, so i used a bungee cord. Insurance from state farm was $270 every 6 months Registered in NJ (im active duty and can get away with it) 187$. Truck has 27k miles and 430 hours on it, drove it straight home where i parked it to go over it bumper to bumper. Brakes, Lines, belts, wheel cylinders and bearings were all in good shape, the only thing that is going to need fixed sooner or later is the Parking brake, its gettin worn purdy good but its still working for now. So my total was $2637 to get it goin.... And now its getting a bobbed makeover!!
    Still looking for a truck that can get out of a hole like Lone Wolf McQuade's!

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