Between an empty M1102 (w/ or w/o shocks) and a loaded genset trailer, I've found they pull better with weight on the torsion axles. The S788 ought to have a high CG but pull well. And if it's top heavy you can lower it!
Your project is looking good!
I wish the M116s came with more space between the wheel wells so that S-250s (and sheets of plywood) could fit between them. Why they didn't improve this by the time the A2/A3 beds came out is beyond me.
I hope you'll consider saving the Civil Defense insignia on your tailgate. I feel like that's a very interesting part of history that doesn't really have a modern equivalent. For my peers (b. 1985) and those younger than me, we really came of age after the Cold War and during the OEF/OIF eras...
That looks like an M103 instead of an M101A3, though. That trailer is noticeably larger than an M116-series frame. Not saying it won't fit...just that I don't think it'll look precisely like that photo.
Keep a couple of those 277Cs in decent shape, will ya? I missed out on the last batch that came through but have been watching intently ever since.
Glad it sounds like nothing got damaged that couldn't be replaced! I flew out of Atlanta on Saturday morning during a break in that weather...
Picked up an M1102 from a guy in Richmond back in September.
Found a utility top on CL around Greensboro and discovered the seller was another MV enthusiast (Even said he'd owned a HET at one point). A little pricier than I wanted, but it was the correct height to sit inside of without...
"Squatting" might be overstating the issue. The attached image is from the recovery trip. I wasn't worried about hitting the bumpstops, but for having an empty trailer and empty bed I was surprised that it changed the stance of the truck as much as it did.
I have a first gen Tundra and an empty M1102 wants to squat it more than I like. :???: I'm considering adding a leaf to level things out and/or going to a customer rear bumper so that it's attached directly to the rear of the frame rails.
Looking forward to any updates to the project.
Excellent project and write-up.
On your brakes, what's your current plan? Are you going through them and just make sure they're free moving or actually replace them with electric (or electric-over-hydraulic)?
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