Vintage pics of M809s at Aberdeen Proving Ground

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These photos were discovered amongst the belongings of a former AM General salesman during his estate sale. They were packaged in a presentation binder in transparent page holders.
Most of the dates listed are August 1970. Enjoy!

If anyone knows of any videos of these tests I would love to see them!
 

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Wonder how the dash gauges and electrical components hold up to the river forwarding? Not to mention water getting into all the gearboxes. Not a concern when at war but as a hobbyist a lot of work to clean it up afterwards.
Thanks for posting pics are great.

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Wonder how the dash gauges and electrical components hold up to the river forwarding? Not to mention water getting into all the gearboxes. Not a concern when at war but as a hobbyist a lot of work to clean it up afterwards.
Thanks for posting pics are great.

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Not sure about the electrical stuff but when outfitted with the deep water fording kit there are valves and lines that supply subtle air pressure to the axles, tranny, t-case, clutch housing, and maybe even the crank case. In theory the internal air pressure is greater than the external water pressure and that prevents water from intruding.
 

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These photos were discovered amongst the belongings of a former AM General salesman during his estate sale. They were packaged in a presentation binder in transparent page holders.
Most of the dates listed are August 1970. Enjoy!

If anyone knows of any videos of these tests I would love to see them!
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Definitely worthy of saving for historical purposes.
Sure would be neat to know more about the salesman too...
 

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That is way cool! Not sure if I would take my M813 through 78" deep water, though.
I know what you mean. I want mine to be capable of that and I would install a fording kit if I could find one, but I don't want to take it swimming. A full suite of oil changes is about $1000 these days...
 
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