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Army Surplus Vehicles

Apr 27, 2008
Army surplus vehicle have been driven by civilians as well as the army for many years now. This is not suprising when you consider they are durable and cheap to repair and run.

There are many who own Army Surplus Jeeps from the Vietnam War. They are easy to maintain and service and with a few tools can be kept running for many years to come.

I remember, as a child, that my father bought an old Vietnam Army Jeep. It wasn't in great shape, and needed repair. It hadn't seen any action, but had been used heavily.

The Jeep came from an army training camp, and had been treated to the roughest terrain they could find, it seemed, because it was knackered. It had a massive hole in the bottom and one of the wheel was about to fall off. But it was cheap to buy, and more importantly, cheap to fix.

Nowadays, it can be hard to find parts for these old and aging army surplus vehicles. Back then, however, it was pretty simple. Army outdoor surplus gear - no matter if it was a Jeep or a sweater - was affordable, practical, and well built.

Back then we searched around the local Army surplus store to find the different parts we needed. It took a few months, but eventually we had collected them all together.

Today's army surplus vehicles are huge hummers and troop transports, but back then many of them were rather humble. This particular jeep was quite small, and easy to hoist up and work on. We could fit the whole thing in the garage and have plenty of room to move around and access our tools.

We worked on it all summer that year, and by the end we had a running, working jeep. There was still some body work that needed to be done, though we were able to take it out on a test drive before the beginning of winter. I would not say that it ran like a charm, but it definitely ran. As a matter of fact, we had that jeep running for another 15 years.
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