HEMTT, well kind of

Mullaney

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If HEMTTs were rare war artifacts (like, say the lend-lease Studebaker trucks), and you had hacked one up you might get some grief from somebody here.

As it is, I think you took (part of) something common that's mostly impractical for civilian use and made something cool and interesting out of it. Excellent fab and finish work, and I hope you enjoy using it as much as you enjoyed the project of building it.

It looks, incidentally, like it belongs in movies. Be sure the studios know it exists, as they've paid good money for use of things like it over the years.
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Before recently, I wouldn't have thought big green trucks would be all that interesting that the movie people steelypip . However, I have seen several calls posted here for trucks. All of them have been on the other side of the country - but there are definitely opportunities!

We have had several small movie productions in the giant warehouse beside our printshop. It seems that it all depends on WHO you talk to on the production. We have printed a lot of prop materials for the things that have been shot in our little corner of the world. The last film we supported was a military (made for television) movie. They folks I work with were thrilled when they saw some of the toys that I have here but nothing ever came of it during this latest version. One of the propmasters dragged one of the directors over late one afternoon - and we might be in the next shoot... I personally can't wait to see one of my babies in a "movin picture" . :cool:
 

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It looks like a HEMTT cab that has come through the DRMO/Auction pipeline was engineered to fit onto a pickup chassis...I think it’s great! Excellent way to preserve the HEMTT cab and have a unique vehicle. Surprised nobody mentioned the various other repurposing projects on this site (most notably Patracy’s SEMTT & Soni’s FEMTT).

I’d rather see a unique cab like that be repurposed in such a way, than to just see the cab sitting/rusting away, or worse, scrapped....

Nice work, and I’m sure others here would love to see some technical details such as how you engineered the steering, how to fit the cooling & intake systems for the engine around the cab, and so on....
 

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Boy I've been having trouble replying on here. The other day I spent 20 minutes trying to get my words to appear in the box and then it all disappeared when I i pushed post.

In any case, the only part on the truck from a real HEMTt is the Oshkosh badge on the front.
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Well it is a good thing that I went back to the beginning of the this thread... I was ready to "give you guff" and call you out. I would have said something about the HEMTT cab being the smarter way to build that truck (Bla Bla bla blaaa).

Having scratch built that cab makes what you created even more amazing.
 

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Well it is a good thing that I went back to the beginning of the this thread... I was ready to "give you guff" and call you out. I would have said something about the HEMTT cab being the smarter way to build that truck (Bla Bla bla blaaa).

Having scratch built that cab makes what you created even more amazing.
When I get it on the road, I plan to drive up to the army base and see if they will let me take a pic next to a HEMTT. I imagine it won't look so much like it when next to it. Although the truck is the same width, my cab is 2 feet narrower and the roof is about 1 foot lower. My windshield is raked back more.

I can't wait to pull in a gas station and have someone come up and ask where I got it. My reply "I picked it up surplus for $2500"
 
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