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I finally finished my 69 road runner racecar. I decided to name it after the "IRON WORM" which was destroyed in combat. I'll attach a picture and my website address if you want to look further. I'm sure I will have some "splaining" to do about the name at the race track when I take it tomorrow for the first time.
I wish the guy that did my art work was in Viet Nam with us- would have made some great nose art.
Welcome home, brother.... I was the gunner on a V-100 in Vietnam stationed in Phu Bi 71-72. ... Jeff
Once one of our tracks was called in to secure (destroy) a crashed Cobra. They pulled the 40mm launcher off and we mounted it on an M151. 50's weren't authorized on M37s, but we mounted one anyway. When they fired a broadside the truck would lean.We welded the .50 mount on the turret ... We did try a "Honeywell" granade launcher and a mini-gun on the turret, …
Great pictures- brought back some good memories - I was the driver of the pictured Catch 22 V-100 during 1971 in Phu Bai. Some good V-100 pictures to post if anyone interested. RichHere's a picture of my friend Charlie McKellick from Levittown Pa. after he cut off the end of his thumb while we were mounting a new run flat tire on "Woodstock". That's Paul Mueller from Morton Grove Ill. and Charles "Chic" Daniel from Torrance Ca. (now retired LAPD Detective), I can't remember the Sgt. name- making fun of him.
We had the good fortune to have the Phu Bai airport right behind our MP compound and when we needed tires/parts/motors, we could "intercept" shipments at night before they headed to their rightful owners up north of us (sorry about that Quan Tre V-100s). We were stupid enough to dismount/mount those run flat tires ourselves without an inflation cage. Four or five of us would take off the old one with pry bars and then put the new one on. That's where Charlie lost the thumb when we dropped the new one on the rim with his thumb still on the bead. We would attach a long airhose on it and run behind the sandbags while it inflated waiting for the explosion. None of them ever did, but looking back, studipity can be painful.
Another note on the run flats- the V could do about 65-70 MPH, but... when you had them loaded down like we did, huge amounts of 50 & 60 ammo, m79 grenades w/launchers, LAWS, hand gernades, tools, C-rations, radios, and a bunch of other junk we probably didn't need,- those tires were like huge coil springs. Once it got to bouncing at that speed it was like a bucking bronco for a very eye opening experience. Kids don't try that at home.
Great pictures- brought back some good memories - I was the driver of the pictured Catch 22 V-100 during 1971 in Phu Bai. Some good V-100 pictures to post if anyone interested. Rich
Welcome aboard Rich. As Sam said, we would love to see your pictures.Great pictures- brought back some good memories - I was the driver of the pictured Catch 22 V-100 during 1971 in Phu Bai. Some good V-100 pictures to post if anyone interested. Rich
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