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    Default Should I build another MRAP? Need your advice/criticism, please.

    Hi All;

    Iíve been on this site for a few years, but have never posted (purchased a few classified listings and read a lot of great advice, thank you!!). But I have a question that probably only this group can really answer so I am ending my lurker status.

    I recently built an MRAP replica (cross between a South African Casspir and a Force Protection, Inc. Cougar) for a film project, and now that we have that one under our belt, Iím real curious to see if anyone thinks we should build another.

    Itís built on an M35A2 (hence posting to this thread) for the reliability and capability, but would people rather see it on a 5-ton?

    Is there a market for something like this? And should we make any changes, scrap the design althoghter, or do you have any suggestions for improvements in general?

    Is it too big? Should I do it on one of our Bob 2-1/2 tons?

    So donít be afraid to be honest and let me know what you really think Ė I can take any and all criticism, and would actually welcome it, as these are not cheap to build.

    Thanks,

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    awesome build!!!! That would make one heck of an RV. Pictures as you built it would be nice to see.
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    That's a very interesting build you have. I would think if you start with a 5 ton you might have a better over all platform to start with. You would have power steering, the HEMTT wheels bolt right on, larger tires for even more ground clearance. But no matter what you have a pretty cool looking truck there already.
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    Nice Truck! I have thought about making a replica (of a different, foreign, vehicle), but havent followed through, yet.

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    That thing looks cool, I saw it on ebay. You should have sealed the floor in the back( I can see daylight from pics of under truck). How are you suppossed to get the spare tire down, it must take 3 guys . You also should have fold down seats in back
    If you were going to build another I would do it on a 5ton with automatic trans and have some kind of device to lower spare tire
    You make nice trucks

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    Nice looking truck. M35A3 would be a good truck to use if you want to stay with the Deuce. I would also think a 5 ton would work great.

    Boarding ladder
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    Fans or cooling
    2 bucket seats in the front so you can move from front to back
    Top hatch / gun ring / lookout perch
    racks or lockers for equipment in the back

    Good luck and keep us up to date on your new build.
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    How is the frame flex on the body? I don't see any separation between the cab and rear. For a prop it is kool, but my guess is it would be pretty in side of it. Please start an album in your user CP of the build if possible.
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    I would gauge my decision on building another one on what that one sells for.
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    Nicely done for a parade/carshow vehicle. The only thing that bugs me about it (as fars a asthetics) is the hood/front end. Its to blocky. You have angles on the cab and box, it should have matching angles on the hood sides and front.

    Is that spare mount braced at all? It looks like if you swung it out it would rip right off the box.
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    it looks really fun, and awesome to make an RV out of, but I agree that frame flex would be an issue looking at just the pics.

    I agree with the 5 ton Idea but make it out of a 818 so it isn't a block long.
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