There is a fine line between a hobby and a severe mental illness.
1953 Dodge M37 Weapons Carrier
Please allow time for images to load. Updated - August 2018
As advertised Nov. 2005, by Ryan Gronevelt, New Prague, MN. Brush truck - Lakewood IA, 21776 original miles (DodgePowerwagon.com
Original bed had been modified to carry a water tank, but was replaced with an intact bed by Gronevelt before sale. This particular tailgate was a disaster.
Arrival in Brookings SD, ready for breakdown (Dec. 2005). Note replacement bed, virgin tool cabinet, and 'carbon-monoxide generator'.
Back from sandblasting, ready for new brakes, brake lines, tires, lights, and electrical harnesses.
This project was not an off-frame restoration by any means, but was enough to get at the few problems that existed.
Looks thread-bare here, but everything was solid, with little or no rust.
The careful observer will notice that
this M37 was not painted olive drab.
New glass all around, gauges, senders, boots, seat-covers, horn button/wiring, and repro info plates
Next up... 1942 Dodge WC-51
I wish to also extend a well-deserved thank-you to other businesses that provided advice, parts, NOS parts, and boundless sympathy throughout the project.
So... What is Vogon? The vanity license plate on this M37 was inspired by Douglas Adam's book, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'. The book begins with Earth being destroyed by an alien race (Vogons). Their huge, slab-like, yellow spaceships are described as...
You can work out the rest for yourself.