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Offline Roundabouts

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #270 on: March 27, 2012, 11:35:10 AM »
Thank you so much for doing this with all the pics. Sooooo Waaay Cooool  8) >drooling< For a long time I have been telling hubby I wanted an "old army truck"  but didn't really know how to describe it.  Emailed him this thread now he will know what I am talking about!  This looks great! Your wife has to love it now!?

@ HUBBY hint hint.    ;D  B-day is less than 2 months away


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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #271 on: March 27, 2012, 11:44:15 AM »
http://www.idahomotorpool.com/    eye candy and to dream

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #272 on: March 28, 2012, 08:34:19 PM »
They have some nice stuff there.. Expensive.. but nice.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #273 on: March 29, 2012, 03:34:05 PM »
This is an awesome thread cmxterra!  I've actually been looking for a truck like that for some time now but wasn't really sure if I wanted to go with the M35 or the M109, but after seeing this [and a few other threads] I've decided on the M109. 

One thing I may suggest, since it may help out people like me, could you put all of the information in the first post you made [IE: pics, websites, products, etc.]?

Can't wait to see what else you are going to do with this!  Definitely a bada$$ truck!

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #274 on: March 29, 2012, 07:38:55 PM »
Where can I get one?  Seriously, where do you buy these???

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #275 on: March 30, 2012, 01:18:38 AM »
Where can I get one?  Seriously, where do you buy these???

You can find them online, if you're lucky. 

From what I've found, these are not as easy to come by as the M35s.  You might want to search for military surplus vehicles in your area and call them to see if they have this specific model.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #276 on: March 30, 2012, 04:44:40 AM »
Look around on Craigslist. People price the shit out of them on there but if you haggle well you might get a deal.

One guy on there said it was a pain in the butt getting a civvy title for it. Was that your experience cmxterra? Looking sharp btw.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #277 on: March 30, 2012, 07:18:38 AM »
Look around on Craigslist. People price the shit out of them on there but if you haggle well you might get a deal.

One guy on there said it was a pain in the butt getting a civvy title for it. Was that your experience cmxterra? Looking sharp btw.

no problem at all getting the title. Varies by state.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #278 on: March 30, 2012, 12:43:19 PM »
Got some more work done.

This is all coming off.


Pioneer kit off


Drop the spare


Area clear


First bracket going on. And let me tell you. PITA. There are air tanks and wiring behind that frame rail so extra caution was had drilling the holes.


Second bracket going on


Using new fasteners did make it easier. This is as far as I have gotten on the spare tank. I have one other little thing I need to do. Relocate the parking brake cable so that the tank does not hit it.

So while taking a brake from that I moved on to something easier.

Here you see the stock position of the air intake.


New 90deg bend to get it up and away from the fender.


Mushroom back on the intake


Another view


I will see if I am motivated enough to get that brake cable moved later today. Or wait till it is back out of the 50's to work on it.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #279 on: March 30, 2012, 12:45:44 PM »
so, are you going to ditch the spare tire completely?  or you have another home for it?

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #280 on: March 30, 2012, 12:49:24 PM »
so, are you going to ditch the spare tire completely?  or you have another home for it?

If I am just driving around town I can limp home if I lose a tire. If I am bugging out the spare will be following behind me in the trailer.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #281 on: March 30, 2012, 02:20:58 PM »
My God, you can probably feel my jealousy from wherever you are. Great work!

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #282 on: March 30, 2012, 03:11:24 PM »
I may have missed it, but what kind of trailer will you be pulling? The M101 or?

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #283 on: March 30, 2012, 03:34:48 PM »
if i ever get out in your area, i want to check that beast out.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #284 on: March 30, 2012, 03:59:14 PM »
I may have missed it, but what kind of trailer will you be pulling? The M101 or?


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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #285 on: March 30, 2012, 03:59:44 PM »
if i ever get out in your area, i want to check that beast out.

Just let me know when :)

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #286 on: March 31, 2012, 07:20:56 PM »
And got the tank installed.





So now I will have 100 gallons plus what ever extra I carry in 5 gallon cans. This will give me a range of over 1200 miles without having to refuel.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #287 on: March 31, 2012, 07:56:56 PM »
excellent

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #288 on: April 02, 2012, 09:14:18 AM »
This project reminds me of these: http://www.earthroamer.com/

Albeit much much less expensive!  ;D

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #289 on: April 03, 2012, 09:02:58 AM »
This project reminds me of these: http://www.earthroamer.com/

Albeit much much less expensive!  ;D

If I win the lottery.. maybe. There are a bunch of things that can go wrong on those things leaving you stranded.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #290 on: April 03, 2012, 11:08:37 AM »
If I win the lottery.. maybe. There are a bunch of things that can go wrong on those things leaving you stranded.

They look tough, what is their weakness?

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #291 on: April 03, 2012, 11:32:53 AM »
They look tough, what is their weakness?

Lots of electronics, engine control and function being the most critical.

Plus tied to just one fuel. Diesel.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #292 on: April 03, 2012, 02:15:08 PM »
Diesel is pricey, I thought it was one of those multi-fuel vehicles.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #293 on: April 03, 2012, 07:52:48 PM »
Diesel is pricey, I thought it was one of those multi-fuel vehicles.

Mine is multifuel

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #294 on: April 03, 2012, 08:15:48 PM »
Started making mounts for the solar panels today :D

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #295 on: April 03, 2012, 10:30:12 PM »
Started making mounts for the solar panels today :D

Can't wait to see how they come out. This is probably one of my most anticipated projects you have going.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #296 on: April 04, 2012, 03:31:36 PM »


Thinking of drilling the hole for the power lines under the panels to help keep it water sealed and away from anything that might try to snag the lines.

There is also a slight rise on the far sides of the panels to allow for the junction boxes to not hit the roof (about an inch and a half)

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #297 on: April 04, 2012, 05:34:39 PM »
CMXterra:  Could you tell us how you purchased your truck and what kind of experience it was?   Did you go through the site Jack has referenced in his podcasts or similiar?  If it was a Gvt. auction where you able to inspect it first?   Thanks.    I'm interested if I can get one for under $3K (dunno if that's possible) but I don't want to get burned on something not in running shape or get caught in a bunch of red tape hassle.   I really enjoyed the recent podcast with the guy who got a 5ton, but he's a bit braver than me diagnosing and fixing a valve issue. 
« Last Edit: April 04, 2012, 05:41:13 PM by TLBones »

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #298 on: April 04, 2012, 08:40:06 PM »
CMXterra:  Could you tell us how you purchased your truck and what kind of experience it was?   Did you go through the site Jack has referenced in his podcasts or similiar?  If it was a Gvt. auction where you able to inspect it first?   Thanks.    I'm interested if I can get one for under $3K (dunno if that's possible) but I don't want to get burned on something not in running shape or get caught in a bunch of red tape hassle.   I really enjoyed the recent podcast with the guy who got a 5ton, but he's a bit braver than me diagnosing and fixing a valve issue.

Originally I was going to get it via GL (government liquidation) but they are getting VERY hard to come by (I have bought from them before though and the process is long but not difficult). Had I gotten it from them they do allow you to preview the items. The only problem with that is that sometimes what you are bidding on is not just down the street and could involve some traveling.

I ended up getting it from a fellow locally that buys and sells them. Found him on Craigslist.

Back to your questions. You are not going to find a M109 for under 3k. Those days are long gone. Anything under 4500 and you are lucky. The A4 (which is NOT multifuel) go for 9k plus at the GL auctions.

Edit to add:
The fellow I got mine from had several for sale so I was able to pick the one I wanted. And yes he still has a couple more if anyone is interested. He made sure I was in good working order before I drove off and even fixed a few little problems that were bugging me.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #299 on: April 07, 2012, 09:37:15 AM »
A few more pics from the solar install.

Hole drilled on the outside to allow the wires in.


Conduit in place and sealed up


I still need to get the charge controller in as well as hook up the inverter.