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My first multifuel?

kendelrio

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First suggestion (as someone who has recovered MVs from the current state of yours):

Long pants and a weedeater!

Here was my M37 when I first saw her...

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On a serious note, clear all of the growth as much as you can before trying to move her... you have no idea what's under and inside her..... you may scare out various critters, creepy-crawlies and nope ropes...

Have fun, take your time and appreciate your beauty!

Not much of a multifuel 5 ton guy, my experience is with the White in the deuces. Good luck!
 

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I am not a 5 ton expert by any means, but I see a lot of work needed and a lot of potential. Apparently it has been sitting for a while. Do you know anything about its past?

Also, Ken: "nope ropes"? 🤣 first time I've heard em called that. I'm gonna use it.
 

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First suggestion (as someone who has recovered MVs from the current state of yours):

Long pants and a weedeater!

Here was my M37 when I first saw her...

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On a serious note, clear all of the growth as much as you can before trying to move her... you have no idea what's under and inside her..... you may scare out various critters, creepy-crawlies and nope ropes...

Have fun, take your time and appreciate your beauty!

Not much of a multifuel 5 ton guy, my experience is with the White in the deuces. Good luck!
YES..but but but..but.. Yours 'looks like' it just came out of (OK going in to then!) the "showroom"..
 

dmetalmiki

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That's a LOT of cleaning and removing of rust etc.
L O T S of dismantlement cleaning repairing and replacing.
Lots of care BEFORE using the brakes (Towing) and or moving.
(As, once on (IF they come on they will most likely STAY on!.))
ALL the wiring..and electric...'things'..
A NEW winch rope..
Great......errrr....Weekend project.:jumpin:
 

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Were wreckers the only trucks with the extra marker light on the driverside fender? I'm thinking that might've been an M62A2.

Also, what's with the rest of the marker lights? Is that a European retrofit?

That looks like it's going to be a ton of work. "Ran when parked in the brush" is likely going to be a difficult project, unless you're really up to it! It reminds me of a tractor wrecker I looked at locally that had the same story, except it had all its wrecking gear.
 

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Looking at the dash, it has the warning about putting the transmission in 4th or 5th speed before using the crane and winches.. so it very well may have been a wrecker... I don't know enough about the wreckers to say... maybe @m715mike would know... I hear he has an 800 series wrecker.... pretty sure @Csm Davis could maybe shed some light too...
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Looking at the dash, it has the warning about putting the transmission in 4th or 5th speed before using the crane and winches.. so it very well may have been a wrecker... I don't know enough about the wreckers to say... maybe @m715mike would know... I hear he has an 800 series wrecker.... pretty sure @Csm Davis could maybe shed some light too...
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The MICO brake lock is kind of a strange creature. When you apply it, don't try to put your foot through the floor on the break pedal. Use just enough force to keep the truck still, press the push button and take your foot off the break pedal. When you go to move the truck, you MUST press the brake pedal HARDER to disengage the MICO brake lock valve. If you messed up, then you will have to open up one of the bleed valves on one of the rear wheels just enough to relieve the pressure in the rear set of brakes Unless you are on very level ground, chocking the wheels is advised as the first step. That brake lock valve is actually a disc that floats back and forth in the brake line (inside a chamber of course) that is magnetic. When you press the brake pedal the DOT-5 flows back to the brakes, when the button is pressed the disc is magneticly 'stuck' to the forward part of the assembly, and your release on the brake pedal means the pressure is now lower in front of the valve than behind it. That pressure in the rear brake system keeps the disc from moving. Thus the only two ways of freeing it up is to be able to apply MORE pressure from the brake pedal back to the valve, or relieve some of the pressure in the in the rear wheel assemblies so the disc can move back and let the DOT-5 flow again. You DO NOT want to try to get to that valve if it should go bad. Easiest way is to take the entire boom assembly off, if that can be called easy.
 

kendelrio

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The weight of an M62A2 is 32,270 lb.
Can you help me estimate his current weight?
My idea would be to lift the truck and put it on a trailer.

Without the wrecker package, I imaging it would he a little less than a standard 800 series cargo truck. Probably between 18,000-20,000 lbs.

Not sure how much the bed weighs, and the 800 series comes in at a hefty 21,020 empty.
 

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you are lucky to have the wrecker's micro-loc feature regardless of what body you will use. .. Not all wreckers had this item (surprisingly, my M62 did not receive one when the army "upgraded" it to an A2 .. Without it, holding the truck still while using the boom is a real pain sometimes , especially on soft ground when the chocks sink .. Of course , a micro-loc is not to be trusted completely, especially when the operator is not with the vehicle .. In the late 1980's I witnessed a flatbed truck of lumber which was left running unattended for a half-hour, apparently lose its "lock" and roll backwards down the hill into an office building they were working on .. nobody hurt... The outfit I worked for at the time pulled the truck out and sure enough, I spotted the micro-loc , and it was on, but not the hand parking brake. Nor were there any chocks .. What happens to the micro-loc is the slighest seepage of brake fluid will cause it to eventually release, such as a leaky wheel cylinder or rusty weeping brake line etc
 
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you are lucky to have the wrecker's micro-loc feature regardless of what body you will use. .. Not all wreckers had this item (surprisingly, my M62 did not receive one when the army "upgraded" it to an A2, which makes holding the truck still a real pain sometimes .. of course , a micro-loc is not to be trusted completely, especially when the operator is not with the vehicle .. In the late 1980's I witnessed a flatbed truck of lumber which was left running unattended for a half-hour, apparently lose its "lock" and roll backwards down the hill into an office building they were working on .. nobody hurt... The outfit I worked for at the time pulled the truck out and sure enough, I spotted the micro-loc , and it was on, but not the hand parking brake. Nor were there any chocks
Some of the TM's incorrectly call it a micro lock. They are made by MICO corporation, and they are not cheap.
 

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Some of the TM's incorrectly call it a micro lock. They are made by MICO corporation, and they are not cheap.
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Another brake locking device was discussed in another forum. Kinda interesting - and this piece of hardware was still being manufactured in the 1980's by BrakeLok.

 
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