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Got my deuce!

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by MachIVshooter, May 13, 2007.

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  1. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Member

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    OK, not a ma deuce, but really cool militaria nonetheless. I'm just really proud of this thing, especially after all the hassle to get it. Mod's please humor me, as I was sure to include a firearm in each pic;)

    It is a 1966 Kaiser M35A2 6x6 "Deuce and a half" with Hercules LDT-465 Multifuel Turbocharged I-6 and PTO driven winch.

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    I've wanted one of these for a long, long time, but they're not exactly the easiest vehicle to come by. Once I got the coin, it still took months just to find a decent one. I ended up getting this one through Government Liquidation. Let's just say that winning the auction was the easy part. After that, you have to do an end use certificate. Once they approve that, you have 5 days to pay for the vehicle. Then you have 14 days to get it picked up. This one was at Robins AFB, about 80 miles S-E of Atlanta. So after waiting a month for the EUC to be approved, I paid for the vehicle and made hasty preparations for a really interesting trip. I figured the most sensible way to do it was a 1,500 mile burn down there on the bike and then to drive the deuce back with the bike in the bed. Total time alotted-5 days:eek: . Despite torrential rain and 50+ MPH winds From Hays, KS all the way to St. Louis, I made it 1,080 miles on the first day. The second day I went the other 400 miles and got a hotel in the town of Warner-Robins. Got up at 9 AM and got to the base. After a nearly 2-hour fiasco of trying to figure out what to do with my CCW (couldn't leave it with the bike), I finally got to the truck-only to find dead batteries and no brakes. With no way to carry over 100 lbs of batteries on a motorcycle, I caught a ride with one of the contracted workers there. Got batteries, brake fluid and some tools in town and made it back to the base at 2 PM. That left me one hour to get the thing started, get the brakes working and load the bike. The lord was smiling on me, as the brakes bled easily, the vehicle started almost instantly and everything but the lights was working. Got my weapons back from the armory and headed over to the NAPA in town to figure out why I had no lights and make the other preparations for the long trip home. God love the guys at NAPA, they helped me screw with this thing for over 2 hours. Finally got lights working and all fluids full by 7 PM, then started the long haul home. After 2 full days (as in 39 hours actual drive time, not counting fuel and food stops and the little sleep I got) on the Interstates at 48 MPH and shaking like you wouldn't believe, I rolled into my driveway.

    Despite having no plates and sticking out like a sore thumb, I only got lit up once just outside of Salina, KS. The officer was much less concerned with my lack of registration than he was with verifying that my vehicle was NOT the one reported stolen out of Missouri:uhoh:. At this point I was very happy that Kansas had finally got CCW and had reciprocity with CO, though, as i had no problems regarding my weapons. After 1/2 hour of checking ID's and talking to dispatch, he cut me loose.

    Perhaps the funniest thing is that the ride is so rough and so noisy, I actually had a hitchhiker I picked up (trying to get to Denver) decide to get out after less than 200 miles. :p

    Surprisingly, this 7+ ton behemoth actually averaged 9.96 MPG over the entire trip. I expect in-town economy to be lower, but I was pleasantly surprised. Again, it is a multi-fuel engine (Diesel, Gas, Kerosene, Jet fuel, Heating oil, etc.) but runs best on diesel.

    Anyway, I feel after this that I have earned the vehicle and the right to brag about it. I also must thank the angel that was on my shoulder for a 23 year old bike to go that far down and a 42 year old truck to make it back, and for me to be in good health and uninjured (though very tired and sore).

    It will be a memory to last a lifetime, and I thought I would share it with fellow THR members.
     
  2. Biker

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    Now if that ain't cool as hell! Congrats, man!

    Biker
     
  3. SigfanUSAF

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    Awesome, now all you need is a couple of old cop cars and you can duplicate the roadblock scene in First Blood:D

    I actually like your story better than the truck! Took some gonads to decide to drive it back sight unseen, I'm impressed.
     
  4. Leanwolf

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    Speak about four-by-four and a good winch, I believe that would make a great elk hunting truck for your Colorado mountains!! :)

    L.W.
     
  5. MachIVshooter

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    Except for the 80 foot turning radus and completely manual steering. You really have to strongarm this thing in rough terrrain, as going into ruts and the like will yank the wheel right out of your hands.

    So what do ya'll think of mounting a semi-auto M1919 in the bed, just behind the cab? :D (or perhaps a semi-auto M2HB, if I can scrape up another $6k)
     
  6. lionking

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    Burt Gummer would be proud:cool:

    driving it to a shooting session would just make that day oh so much more fun.About the only thing that would beat that is flying a UH-1 out to no where and doing a shooting session.
     
  7. Ala Dan

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    Congrat's On The Find On The Deuce

    now your're really

    Tacticool
     
  8. Deer Hunter

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    Boys and their toys. Great vehicle! I'm jealous. I love my little Honda, but it can't hold a candle to that thing.
     
  9. Leanwolf

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    MACHIVSHOOTER - "So what do ya'll think of mounting a semi-auto M1919 in the bed, just behind the cab? (or perhaps a semi-auto M2HB, if I can scrape up another $6k)"

    I like that!! Oughta be able to gun a whole herd of elk with that. Really lay in some meat for winter!! :D

    As for the other part, rough steering, etc., ahhhh, mere details! ;)

    Have fun.

    L.W.
     
  10. slewfoot

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    God, I had fun in one of those things while in the Army. We used to fight each other on who would drive in training convoys. It was another story once we got to Viet Nam.

    Congratulations, I hope you enjoy your new off roader.
     
  11. Stickjockey

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    Sweet! The M-35's are a bit uncommon, IIRC.
     
  12. tincat2

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    What a great treasure retrieval adventure-nothing but envy here. Good Luck.
     
  13. grimjaw

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    Now you need a picture of you and all your buddies holding rifles in the back, ready to deploy.

    Congrats, nice rig.

    jm
     
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    Beats the soup out of a tactical wheelbarrow! :evil: :D :D
     
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    I would drive it everywhere. Grocery store, school, work, fancy restaurants, etc. I would have so much fun.
     
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    If I were still living in El Paso County, I'd drive over there and drool on your new toy. :p
     
  17. never_retreat

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    Now thats its a little closer to my house. What do you want for it?:)
     
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    and to think of all the people who go on a cross country trip and only have pictures to show for it, you my friend have a 7 ton souvenier:)

    Awesome rig, cool story, I am truly jealous:D
     
  19. MrTwigg

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    Man I just about learned to drive on one of those (NMCB-40) back in the 70's !

    Great story & a nice adventure to boot !
     
  20. SoCalShooter

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    That's for me to know and not you!
    I want a ride!!!
     
  21. cheygriz

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    Now ya need a "quad 50" to mount on it!:evil:
     
  22. LeonCarr

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    I would probably pay money to watch one of those valet parking guys park that thing at a fancy restaurant :).

    When I saw the first picture, the first thing to come to mind was the Drive-In Theatre scene from the movie RED DAWN when they drove the deuce and a half through the chain link fence :).

    Just my .02,
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  23. MachIVshooter

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    Not yet ready to do a third mortgage!;)

    I've been thinking about driving to the Big-O tire store in town and asking for a rotate & balance. I'll have to bring a camera to capture that poor tire buster's face when he steps outside!
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  24. beaucoup ammo

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    Drive up to Sonic and order everything on the menu! Congrats on a great accomplishment! I'm sure it didn't come easy.

    Keep her running good...that baby's a keeper if ever there was one!
     
  25. Davo

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    Hella cool.
     
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