Our Deuce was acquired from a rural VFD. They had gotten directly out of a fresh rebuild at Toole, Utah and it had not been assigned to a new unit at that time. Therefore, it had no bumper numbers coming out of DRMO. The VFD subsequently converted her into a brushfire truck and painted her red.
Once we got her, I did a quick rattle-can camo job on her loosely following the TM for camo patterns that matched the M35A3 Bed that we acquired to restore her to a cargo/troop carrier truck. I also followed the US Army TM for the creation of a FICTICIOUS
but "truthful" set of identifying numbers.
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As you can see in this photo, the RIGHT SIDE shows:
: My last name, per TM I'm the unit responsible for daily ops including checking oil, tire pressures, etc.
: Vehicle Functional Designator for positioning/prioritizing in a convoy column. In this case COMPLETELY FREELANCE: ARK-1 = Acts of Random Kindness #1.
On the LEFT SIDE:
: The branch of service in which I served.
: The Squadron in which I served - 6970th Air Base Group, 6971st Security Squadron (Intell Ops) assigned to the National Security Agency, Ft. George G. Meade, Maryland (1976-1979)
This vehicle is registered in the Great State of Texas as a FORMER MILITARY VEHICLE and as such carries NO LICENSE PLATES. Its registration is simply filed as a PHOTO of the rear of the vehicle where these same bumper numbers are displayed. (See the Texas FMV LAWS thread)
Additionally, this vehicle is often driven onto Goodfellow Air Force Base, and I have had to voluntarily stop at the gate after being waved through - the gate guards seem to think she's still active duty in spite of my civilian clothes and the fact that I've checked in at the visitor's point of entry. I have NEVER attempted to enter under false pretense.
During vaious functions I have often carried active and retired military personnel including senior enlisted and command officers including the GAFB Training Wing (Base) Commander (Col.), the Commander of the AETC (4-Star General), and several retired 2- & 3- Stars who are retired here in San Angelo, Texas. I've also played around with the truck in the company of the Army, Navy, Marine and Coast Guard Commanders of the tenant units at Goodfellow AFB. ABSOLUTELY NONE OF THEM has ever questioned the bumper numbers, but ALL have enjoyed the civilian MV experience and expressed at least some envy of private ownership.
I hope this input helps with your research.
Please feel free to ask any questions I might be able to answer.