XM195 Experimental Utility Truck Restoration Process

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Nathan, thanks so much for starting a new thread with the pictures. Looking forward to watching the progress on here and Instagram.
 

Nathan Privat

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Well sorry guys I've been falling behind on my posting, its been a hectic few months, anyway here are a few photos of what I've gotten done. Got the bed off and the engine out, I put the engine on a stand and I'm working on making one for the transmission. I just need to get the springs off and I'll be starting in on rehabilitating the frame with another M37 frame. Thankfully the exotic parts of the XM frame are fairly sturdy and can be saved, however there are a few places on the lower part of the frame that I am going to cut from the M37 frame and weld in on the XM frame. Can't wait to start putting things back together instead of tearing down. I'll try to keep you updated with more regular posts.
 

Nathan Privat

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I like it! Any known history about it?

Surprisingly there is a lot of information on it in David Doyle's Book "The Military Machine U.S. Dodge" Volume 2 Chapter 14
If you look in the book you will see numbers on the doors of the trucks, the truck I own is 00124955. I did some Light sanding and found that number on the door and on the hood.
I know my truck was at Yuma Proving Ground but the book really goes into detail, you really just have to read it. I'll post some pictures from the book.
 

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@Nathan Privat keep at it. You are a remarkable young man for taking on this project. But as you know this may be the only one left so I think it's great you are working to restore it. You are a few hundred miles from me so I can't help you turn wrenches, but if anyone can help even if it's just moral support let us know!
 
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