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  1. steelsoldiers

    Steelsoldiers’ BIG M756A2 Project!

    Cool video! Doubt I would ever use them, but it would be neat to have a complete set of BII.
  2. steelsoldiers

    Steelsoldiers’ BIG M756A2 Project!

    That’s a great way to look at it! I may try it with singles at some point, but figured it would be safer and more stable with duals when using the pipeline equipment.
  3. steelsoldiers

    Steelsoldiers’ BIG M756A2 Project!

    Cool! Glad another one was saved! I will keep my eyes open for any of the BII. I’ve been scrounging for years to get mine. The only thing I’m missing are the stake pocket adapters.
  4. steelsoldiers

    Steelsoldiers’ BIG M756A2 Project!

    Big update on the truck today! I tend to be a purist as it relates to most things on my M756A2, but I made an exception when it came to the tires. I decided to ditch the stock bias ply 9.00x20 NDTs for a set of Goodyear G177 11.00R20 radials. I love the blocky look and the excellent road...
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    Steelsoldiers’ BIG M756A2 Project!

    Haven’t had time to work on the truck recently, but I did get to test out my new pallet forks! The loader on the Massey handled the cab without issue. Our new garage is nearing completion, so I’m hoping to get the truck and body parts in out of the weather soon!
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    Steelsoldiers’ BIG M756A2 Project!

    A pallet load of body parts arrived from Memphis Equipment today! I had originally planned to repair the cab and fenders, but it became very apparent that they were just about beyond repair. So, the easiest thing to do is swap them out! There are just a couple of small rust blisters in the new...
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    Steelsoldiers’ BIG M756A2 Project!

    Picked up a load of 11.00R20 G177 Goodyear’s for the M756A2 yesterday. My NDT’s still have decent tread on them, but they’re showing their age with quite a bit of weather checking. I thought about just going with the 9.00x20 NDT’s again, but the blocky tread pattern on the G177’s should do...
  8. steelsoldiers

    Steelsoldiers’ BIG M756A2 Project!

    Great plan and it would be cheap insurance. Don’t want a wheel cylinder to start puking halfway to South Bend!
  9. steelsoldiers

    Steelsoldiers’ BIG M756A2 Project!

    I’m excited to announce that I am FINALLY working on the M756A2 again! My goal is to have it ready for the MVPA convention in South Bend in August. Currently, I’m working on the driveline making sure that all of the powertrain systems are 100% ready to go. After that’s done, I’m going to move on...
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    Steelsoldiers’ BIG M756A2 Project!

    The chain for the rear PTO was rusted solid when my dad got it years ago. It came off of Kenny’s incredibly rusty M756A2 from Puerto Rico, so no big surprise there. I decided to try one of those new fangled rust dissolver products to see if I could save it. Evapo-rust has really good reviews on...
  11. steelsoldiers

    Steelsoldiers’ BIG M756A2 Project!

    Will do. I have a feeling that the more I drive it, the more problems I will find. Considering it sat around for the better part of 16 years, I shouldn’t be surprised.
  12. steelsoldiers

    Steelsoldiers’ BIG M756A2 Project!

    I used the 756A2 to haul our rented scaffolding back to Sunbelt Rentals this past Saturday. When I got there, one of the guys in the yard said, “Hey, you’re leaking fuel all over the parking lot!” I jumped out and raised the hood to investigate. I discovered that the injection pump supply line...
  13. steelsoldiers

    Steelsoldiers’ BIG M756A2 Project!

    Would love to do a 6BT swap in a deuce sometime, but not in this one. It’s going to stay as stock/original as possible. I had a chance to drive one of the military 6BT conversions some years ago. It had the air-o-matic steering too. Was a sweet machine.
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    Steelsoldiers’ BIG M756A2 Project!

    My dad dropped off some very important M756A2 parts today! While cleaning out the garage, he found the gin pole couplers, the rear winch chain, the rear winch PTO sprocket, and assorted bolts for installing the winch. The winch chain is rusted solid, so I ordered a gallon of Evapo-rust and will...
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    Steelsoldiers’ BIG M756A2 Project!

    Got to use the 756A2 over the weekend to haul some scaffolding to our house. My pickup truck is in the shop, so the deuce got called into action. Before I took it out on the four lane, I had to replace the mirrors because the old ones were cracked and broken. The R&R went pretty well and the new...
  16. steelsoldiers

    Steelsoldiers’ BIG M756A2 Project!

    Decided to do a “quick little repair project” the other morning just to keep the project moving. The door handle on the driver’s side was pretty rusty and the one on the passenger side was half gone. I used my impact driver to spin the screws off on the driver’s side and had the new one...
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    Steelsoldiers’ BIG M756A2 Project!

    Spent a little time this evening putting the data plates back on. My dad took them off years ago to keep some jerk from stealing them. The screws were nowhere to be found and there was no way I was putting them on with shiny zinc-plated hardware, so I soaked some new screws in vinegar overnight...
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    Steelsoldiers’ BIG M756A2 Project!

    Yes, one came up on GL years ago and just happened to find it with an NSN search. It’s still in its original box at my dad’s house.
  19. steelsoldiers

    Steelsoldiers’ BIG M756A2 Project!

    Some new parts arrived yesterday! I found two new work lights for the headache rack and an NOS block and tackle. The only BII items I am missing now are the stake pocket adapters. Please let me know if you know of any for sale. Otherwise, I’ll fabricate some.
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    Steelsoldiers’ BIG M756A2 Project!

    Recovery Day! Well, we did it! We recovered the M756A2 today! My brother, Chad, and my dad helped me load a ton of tools, fluids, etc... in the pickup this morning and then we headed out to the storage yard where the pipeline truck has been sitting for the last 16 years. We last had the truck...
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