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SgtMajHarper

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I know a couple of guys that want to get into the green truck craze that has captured some of us. Both want to make a gun truck, either a deuce or a 5 ton. One guy wants to put a quad 50. on it (best dream) or both of them want to mount a .50 on it and maybe a .30 cal or two also. Nothing set in stone about what period of conflict, mainly looking for what would be the best truck to buy as far as price range, usefulness, parts availability, how much work is needed to keep them going, etc.. Just looking for input and opinions from the masses. Thanks !!
 

jeffhuey1n

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You could check out my build thread. Look for jeffhuey1n under the gun truck section. My best advice is to buy several books on the subject, especially the James Lyles book. David Doyle has a couple excellent books on the gun trucks as well. Other things to look into:gun mounts, regardless of size. I’d love to build a Quad 50 but they’re few and far between. Another consideration is authenticity. Will you build a replica or a tribute or, a combination of the two. The size of your truck will determine how much “stuff” you want to carry around. If you’d like a list of all the doodads, thingamabobs and doohickeys I put into my War Wagon, let me know. Every gun truck was different, no two exactly alike. There’s only one Vietnam War Gun Truck in existence, The “Eve of Destruction”, which is at the Army’s Transportation museum. That a great resource to have available.
Good luck on your build, whatever it may be!
 
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kendelrio

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As far as trucks and parts availability, your limit is really your imagination and budget.

There are plenty of 5 tons and deuces out there, it just boils down to how much you want to invest initially. If you want a 90% teuck and prefer to start your build immediately, obviously you'll pay more for the truck. If you prefer and have the time to start with a rough truck, but allows you the option to not cut good metal etc, your cost will be lower.

As far as parts goes, we have some great vendors here on SS and our members are second to none to finding that "one thing" you're looking for.

Good luck and if you pull the trigger, so to speak, keep us updated!
 

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I know a couple of guys that want to get into the green truck craze that has captured some of us. Both want to make a gun truck, either a deuce or a 5 ton. One guy wants to put a quad 50. on it (best dream) or both of them want to mount a .50 on it and maybe a .30 cal or two also. Nothing set in stone about what period of conflict, mainly looking for what would be the best truck to buy as far as price range, usefulness, parts availability, how much work is needed to keep them going, etc.. Just looking for input and opinions from the masses. Thanks !!
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It may just be because I have seen the 5-Ton for so many years that would be my choice - if the opportunity came along. These Stewart & Stevenson trucks just don't look the part . Like Ken mentioned, knowing where you want to take the truck and how authentic it has to be could make a big difference in initial truck cost.

I don't know that they still have it these days, but the main gate @ Kings Bay was secured at the second level with a pair of HMMWV's. Both of those vehicles had Quad 50's mounted in the bed behind a tiny two door cab. That might be another idea...

Best on the quest! I sure would like to see what you guys come up with.
 

M35fan

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It may just be because I have seen the 5-Ton for so many years that would be my choice - if the opportunity came along. These Stewart & Stevenson trucks just don't look the part . Like Ken mentioned, knowing where you want to take the truck and how authentic it has to be could make a big difference in initial truck cost.

I don't know that they still have it these days, but the main gate @ Kings Bay was secured at the second level with a pair of HMMWV's. Both of those vehicles had Quad 50's mounted in the bed behind a tiny two door cab. That might be another idea...

Best on the quest! I sure would like to see what you guys come up with.
Quad 50s on a Humvee. That sounds awesome!
 

BLK HMMWV

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Quad 50s on a Humvee. That sounds awesome!
That defiantly sounds interesting as a HMMWV owner.
Also may I suggest that if your planning on trying to re create or build a tribute truck try and do it in such away that it truly honors those that
lived and died in them. If your going to go as far as naming it after a Vietnam era truck please remember that it should be used , displayed and
enjoyed in such away as not to give/ bring a black mark to the original or those that fought in them.
Respectfully
BH
 

Bill Nutting

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While on the 2021 MVPA convoy, we stopped at the John E Kuenzl museum. They have recreated Brutus and Lil Brutus. Both are Viet Nam Gun trucks. We had the privilege of talking to a veteran that served on Brutus. If you want stand next to a gun truck and perhaps have an opportunity to learn from someone that served on one, it would be worth the drive to go see this fine museum. Here is a link: www.mvmec.org

4300 Poberezny Road,
Oshkosh, WI 54903-2194

Phone: 920.426.8615

Time for a road trip!
 
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