M149A1 Water Buffalo with A2 Tank.

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Well she’s 95% finished.
Still have plumbing to hook up and stencil work to do.
Very happy to find new mounts for the tank.
Will redo the safety wire correctly on the hard tank mounting brackets.
Whomever did it last was horrible at it.
 
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Well it’s all finished except for stenciling.

Tows great empty around town and does really well when full around the ranch.

Truck was in 4L when towing it this morning around the ranch. Up and down hills were comfortable.
I know when it’s half full it will be a completely different story and extreme caution must be taken so the trailer doesn’t drive the truck
 

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I decided that it’s not worth the time and expense to install a surge brake actuator as I originally wanted.
It will almost never be on a public road and when/if it does, it will only be for 7 miles of backroads to my families ranch.

I’m very happy how it turned out and it is now ready to provide many years of ranch service providing emergency drinking water and water for fire watch when burning brush piles.
 

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She cleaned up decent.
Sprayed it down with Ospho Rust Inhibitor today.
NOS military trailer electric cord ordered.
NOS parking brake cables ordered.

It looks a lot rougher than it feels.
Power washing did wonders.

Will feel much better once it’s painted.
I was looking for parking brake cables for my M149A2 and the few vendors who had them wanted a "small fortune" for them...

Since the cable conduits were still good, I was able to disassemble the cable ends, clean, lube them and re-use them (my handles were "frozen" though - had to rework them to make the cables and handles play nicely with each other...)

Nice job on your rebuild!
 

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I was looking at eBay at the right moment and bought a NOS set of brake cables for $25.
The originals were too stretched to save.

I towed it around almost full yesterday for a few miles on backroads.
Wow.......Huge difference.
Even being 90-95% full, you can feel the water sloshing around.
It was powerful.
Can’t imagine what it would be like half full.
Trailer itself tows great


Like someone mentioned in another thread, you either tow it completely full or completely empty
 
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It has been used in many ways.

Makes a handy remote water source.
It’s been used for remote showers, watering deer plots, filling thirsty dog water bowls, washing hands and face without having to go to or inside of house, etc.

It also gets used as a pressure washer supply
Very handy since now I don’t have to drag Everything to the house.
A garden hose nozzle on the bottom drain supplies plenty of flow and pressure to the washer. Works great

I keep it full and it sits in full time shade.
Even on the hottest days it’s a refreshing cool drink of water.
I have the lid Hooks safety wired to show if it’s been tampered with.

Extremely happy with it.

I haven’t done any stenciling work on it, other than tire pressure.
Someday when it’s cooler.
 
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