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Here's Where To Go For Army Trucks, Parts
As the U.S. military continues to downsize and more surplus equipment becomes avail-able, farmers across the country have been finding ways to turn heavy-duty all-wheeldrive Army trucks into farm workhorses. FARM SHOW has tracked down a couple of dealers that specialize in Army trucks and the parts for them.
Memphis Equipment of Memphis, Tenn., bills itself as "the nation's largest army truck and parts dealer".
"We specialize in rebuilding Army trucks to like-new condition," says Asbury Jones, sales manager. "We purchase surplus 4 and 6-WD Army trucks from a military truck pool and dismantle and reassemble them. The engines are completely disassembled to a bare block. We install new pistons, sleeves, bearings, and seals. Transmissions, transfer cases, differentials, drive train units, axle parts, brakes, and steering systems are all inspected for replacement or renewal. We also install new cooling and electrical systems.
"We put in new bucket seats, instrument panels, a 12-volt electrical system, safety-step side tank, front wheel lockout wheel hubs, and accessories such as West Coast mirrors, heater, defrosters, cab lights, turn signal indicators with 4-way flasher, air horn, mud flaps, fire extinguisher, full floormat, headliner, shift lever boots, and safety belts. The trucks are prime coated and custom painted. Non-directional mud and snow tires are standard equipment."
Jones says there's a wide variety of uses for the trucks. "Some farmers mount fifth wheel hitches to haul trailers. Others turn them into self-propelled manure spreaders, grain trucks, feed wagons, etc."
Options include several different diesel engine repowers, manual or automatic trans-missions, custom frame lengths, and reinforcements to meet particular requirements. A warranty covers replacement of any defective part for six months.
Reconditioned 5-ton trucks sell for $30,000 to $50,000; 2 1/2-ton models for $20,000 to $30,000. "As is" 5-ton models sell for $14,000 to $25,000; 2 1/2-ton models for $9,500 to $16,000. Steel hardtop cabs sell for $895.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Memphis Equipment, 766 S. Third St., P.O. Box 99, Memphis, Tenn. 38106 (ph 901 774-0600; fax 901 946-1919). The company also has a branch office in Chambersburg, Penn. (ph 717 263-4194; fax 717 263-4555).
The Naglich Company of St. Mary's, Penn., sells surplus trucks reconditioned or "as is". "Our Mack 6-WD trucks are equipped with Cummins V-8 diesel engines and full air brakes, power steering, 1400/24 tires, double frame, differential lock, and rear drag winch rated at 50,000 lbs.," says John Naglich. "Hauling capacity is 60 tons. A reconditioned model with 800 to 17,000 miles sells for $12,500 to $14,500. We also sell reconditioned International 6-WD 8-ton bridge transporting stake body trucks equipped with front winch, power steering, air brake, 1400/20 tires, 21-ft. bed with removeable steel racks, and Continental 6-cyl. engine for $7,500 to $10,500.
"Farmers use the trucks as water tankers, manure spreaders, hay haulers, etc. The IH trucks can even be converted into dump trucks."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Naglich's, 237 Grandview Road, St. Mary's, Penn. 15857 (ph 814 834-1018).

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1996 - Volume #20, Issue #2