Ex Military Vehicles

  • ClassicIrish

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    Nov 29, 2015 12:19 AM GMT
    Any guys out there interested in vehicles of all types
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    Nov 29, 2015 12:23 AM GMT
    mostly a lesbian thingy
  • ClassicIrish

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    Nov 29, 2015 12:30 AM GMT
    pellaz saidmostly a lesbian thingy


    Maybe so but gay guys seem too shy to show an interest in cars or trucks in public.
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    Nov 29, 2015 12:37 AM GMT
    So what ex-military vehicles? I drove almost everything the US Army had, from wheeled to track-laying.
  • ClassicIrish

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    Nov 29, 2015 12:47 AM GMT
    As a collector of Classic Cars and Military Vehicles, it would be nice to be able to chat with other guys that have a similar interest.
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    Nov 29, 2015 4:37 AM GMT
    I only see them at car shows and Memorial Day parades.
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    Nov 29, 2015 8:58 PM GMT
    The only US Army tactical vehicle I actually enjoyed driving personally was the now-obsolete jeep, in the M151 series. Replaced by the humvee, which I never liked.

    The 151s were compact, light, close to the ground, almost like toys to quickly scoot around in, despite only having a modest-horsepower 4-cylinder engine. You could strip the doors and canvas roof off them, which I did whenever I could, and flip the windshield down over the hood.

    Good ride with 4-wheel independent suspension, and the later -A2s had a 4-joint rear axle design that resisted flipping. Hell, the A2s even had electric windshield wipers, a big improvement over the former manifold vacuum operated ones. If you were lucky you could even get one with a heater. LOL!

    I loved the M151, I'd get one today if I could, and be allowed to legally operate it on the street. Of course a death trap, as tactical vehicles were, and many no doubt still are. No seat belts, no air bags, no crush resistance, no ABS, no nothing.

    Yet I used to fly down pot-holed dirt trails at frightening speeds, the only thing holding me inside being a death-grip on the steering wheel. Ah, to be young again and foolish, and given such wonderful toys to play with. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 29, 2015 9:20 PM GMT
    People around here used to run those old surplus Jeeps as orchard vehicles, because they were cheap, handled steep terrain, and you could flip the windshield down to drive under the trees. Any that are left in running condition are worth a small fortune now.

    Off-topic, but when I was a kid, the vacuum was so weak on our old school bus that the wipers eventually would always give out. Whichever kid was annoying the driver the most would get assigned to stand up front and operate the wiper manually with a little lever icon_redface.gif

    And maybe this only applies to the civilian models (?) but everybody knows "Jeeps are for Fags." icon_lol.gif



    Crap. That reminds me, I keep forgetting to order a new electronic wiper control module for my Jeep. I'd better do it right now while I'm sitting by the computer. icon_confused.gif
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    Nov 29, 2015 9:44 PM GMT
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    Off-topic, but when I was a kid, the vacuum was so weak on our old school bus that the wipers eventually would always give out. Whichever kid was annoying the driver the most would get assigned to stand up front and operate the wiper manually with a little lever.

    As a kid one of my father's beater cars (he wasn't allowed to have new, he trashed everything he drove) had vacuum motor windshield wipers. Whenever we'd drive up into Montclair, on a steep local road appropriately named "Long Hill Road", the manifold vacuum would drop so low the wipers would stall. Not good in the rain. And no manual lever.

    But the M151A1 jeep did have a little lever for each motor. Two of them located on the top of the windshield, which was divided into 2 glass panels. So when you lost sufficient vacuum you could manually swing the wipers, like on your school bus. Or if they got stuck in snow & ice.
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    Nov 29, 2015 9:47 PM GMT
    When I was in Chicago I saw a fire engine red Humvee converted to a convertible. It's a big statement but can you image in fuel mileage?
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    Nov 29, 2015 10:10 PM GMT
    Unless it was a rare oddity, that was probably a first-generation civilian Hummer. There are no military surplus sales of HumVees. They destroy them or give them to third-world military.

    Edit: Well, according to a google search, that is now wrong. They started selling some this year. But yeah... imagine the fuel bills. Or new tires even...

    There are currently 142 of them up for auction with starting bids at $5000 to $7500. Seems like a lot for a worn out old truck. The news says that people have been paying up to $40K icon_eek.gif

    They seem to all have the 6.2L Detroit Diesel. Which I just recently got rid of by selling Suburbasaurus. It was pretty reliable. Just keeps going and going. As long as you don't want to, you know, go anywhere particularly quickly.

    edit of edit: D'Oh. You can just click on the "sold" tab to see the prices they've been going for. Seems to average $30K ! I'd say wait for them to start showing up on eBay, after the novelty wears off a bit. Let me just guess that there will be a lot of them in Texas icon_rolleyes.gif