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M151a2 In Vietnam.

Postby EODJIM » December 6th, 2016, 12:28 am

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Well I have arrived in Vietnam and brought a footlocker full of parts in preperation for my restoration project. Some of the parts I found yesterday locally. Some used Some new old stock . First my wife and I stopped at a local market an bought a multimeter , tape measure, and screw drive set. Reason being I wanted to be able to test the coil resistance on the primary and secondary before buying. All tools purchased yesterday totaled 550,000 vietnamese Dong. =$24.21 Then we went to visit http://www.phutungxejeep.vn/ The young man there has quite a variety of things from new old stock to take off parts and a few Taiwan contract parts. He was very helpful in filling my order of little bits and pieces. Some things he graciously refused to charge me for. The distributor and coil with swiss module and Autolite coil tested out okay. The wix filter was nice to find. as well as the new distributor cap, new fuel pump and plug wires in original packaging from 1972. All said and done the parts cost me 6,200,000 Vietnamese Dong. Which comes to $272.00 all in all not a bad day.

The next stop is Long Khanh where the mutt is garadged and the footlocker full of parts I have been buying for the last 2 months in the U.S. get installed. As well as the stencils from http://www.militarystencils.com/ Many parts from https://www.armyjeepparts.net ,http://www.tnjmurray.com/ http://www.rapcoparts.com/ and various Ebay Vendors.

I will update this post as I progress.
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Re: M151a2 In Vietnam.

Postby 199th mp » December 7th, 2016, 7:03 am

i was often in xuan loc during 1970, and patrolled hwy 20 at times as an MP with the 199th inf bde. i wonder if any signs remain of our little base. i rather doubt it, after all these years. we were just across the road from the 18th arvn division. good luck with your project. beware of the nouc mam.
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Re: M151a2 In Vietnam.

Postby m3a1 » December 7th, 2016, 10:33 am

Oh man! I absolutely LOVE nouc mam. Smells HORRIBLE....tastes GREAT! Unfortunately, it's one of those things you really don't want to know how it was made. Ignorance is bliss.
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Re: M151a2 In Vietnam.

Postby 199th mp » December 7th, 2016, 11:23 am

m3a1 wrote:Oh man! I absolutely LOVE nouc mam. Smells HORRIBLE....tastes GREAT! Unfortunately, it's one of those things you really don't want to know how it was made. Ignorance is bliss.


oh, i know how it's made. you may have my share.
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Re: M151a2 In Vietnam.

Postby rickf » December 7th, 2016, 4:22 pm

Never had the pleasure, that sounds like a good thing. :roll: :lol:
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Re: M151a2 In Vietnam.

Postby EODJIM » December 12th, 2016, 10:16 am

Well I arrived in Long Khanh and the transmission was stuck in second gear after some scrubbing of the top cover with some penatrating oil I got it freed up and put back togehter. Then tired to start it with no sucess. seems the toyota coil that was on her died. So no problem I have a prestolite unit and began to install that but the factory distributor adapter had been modified by cutting off the timing adjustment flange clocking it about 25 deg counter clockwise and brazing it back on. So we called my brother in law and asked him to bring another one from Saigon the next day. We focused on getting stencils done and rebuilding the carb. finding parts even common fittings or bolts is a challenge unless you are in Saigon. I easily found Shell 15w-40 and castrol 80W-90 So she has fresh lube. Grease is a little different no grease in a tube you buy it in a bag and muzzle load your grease gun old school method. By the time we got all of the lines replaced and distributor installed we encountered another problem. So My brother-in law was off to town again to get a new battery and a charger. Fuel pump went on nicely, we put a mechanical pump on and disposed of the old electric one that the previous owner had mounted between the seats, along with the cracked hose. Tip of the day is if you want steel line forget it, however copper can be found at the local refrigeration shop and there are plenty of those here. I decided to re-install the sediment filter that was in the old system I know it is not oem but still a good idea with an old tank which presented its own set of problems fuel starvation from filter clogging. Looks like that's next. I replaced the horn and headlights with ones I brought form the U.S. I still have to change the belts but am going to wait until I get a new 60 amp alternator and change the wiring harness with one I brought from the states. I also discovered she has a ton of wander at 35 to 45 mph and is pretty dicey driving in the rain form Long Khanh to Saigon. The Steering gearbox is ready to be replaced and I am going to take the clutch z bar off and have the holes welded up and re-drill them since they are egged pretty bad. I replaced the rubber pedal bumpers and that helped remove that terrible clang when you release the clutch. Installed a new antenna ball and tie-down better than the black nylon strap screwed into the windshield bumper.
The final pictures are of my wife entering us to win a harley or honda at an appliance store.

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Re: M151a2 In Vietnam.

Postby rickf » December 12th, 2016, 10:29 am

Lots of progress, are you going to do anything but work on that vehicle on your vacation? I need to correct on thing on your description above. The very last sentence in your description says your wife is entering for US to win. Correction needed here. Your wife is entering for HER to win a Harley! YOU may get the Honda Shi.
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Re: M151a2 In Vietnam.

Postby kmam » December 12th, 2016, 3:31 pm

I was going to replace my fuel lines with copper but was told that copper should not be used for petrol so have a local shop making steel for me. Was the advice correct or was I given a bum steer?

And while on the topic, what is the purpose of lagging the lines? Do I have to do it?

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Re: M151a2 In Vietnam.

Postby rickf » December 12th, 2016, 6:26 pm

The only reason I would not use copper for fuel line is because of the possibility of it work hardening and cracking if there is a section that is left loose to vibrate or flop around while driving. Good placement of clamps will prevent that. There is not really any long run of line in a 151 that will vibrate all that much. There could be a very remote issue of dissimilar metals corroding the copper but that is no worse than the steel lines rusting. I don't follow you on the lagging, can you be more specific? The term "Lagging" to me is anchoring wood to posts with lag bolts.
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Re: M151a2 In Vietnam.

Postby Surveyor » December 12th, 2016, 7:16 pm

I believe he means a wrap that is usually used to protect against fire/heat. I still have some wrapped around fuel and brake lines on mine. White in color, brittle, and I've always assumed it was probably something asbestosee and bad for my health.
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Re: M151a2 In Vietnam.

Postby rickf » December 12th, 2016, 8:44 pm

Most of that is fiberglass anymore and it will cause all kinds of rot in steel lines because it holds moisture. That is exactly what that old cloth stuff did that they covered the lines with originally. Same thing with the wire wrap around some lines, it holds dirt which in turn holds moisture and then rots the lines.
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Re: M151a2 In Vietnam.

Postby kmam » December 13th, 2016, 2:16 am

Thanks for the feed back huys. Yes lagging is the stuff that is wrapped around my fuel lines and I wonder if it is necessary and normal on the 151s? Lagging is also the state of my restoration project :(

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Re: M151a2 In Vietnam.

Postby rickf » December 13th, 2016, 9:14 am

Yes there is THAT definition of lagging also. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: M151a2 In Vietnam.

Postby Mark » December 13th, 2016, 10:07 am

On my 151 there are copper lines, so I wonder if I should change them to steel?
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Re: M151a2 In Vietnam.

Postby EODJIM » December 27th, 2016, 5:58 am

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My wife and I went to a market in Saigon to look for some proper tools and after some looking around we came across this guy who did some digging in his pile of tools and came up with these fractional wrenches. Crossman. They say made in the USA and I instantly recognized them as Craftsman knockoffs. I pressed him a bit more for other fractional tools and discovered he had some boxes buried in his collection of tools. sure enough Snap on, Craftsman, and Proto. So I bought what he had enough to make a decent emergency tool set for the MUTT.
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we visited a local parts guy in Saigon and got some much needed windshield wipers a replacement 60 amp alternator and some rubber bits as well as a new sector shaft for the steering gear box.

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After disassembly and degreasing the gear box inspection of wear My brothers and I put the gear box back together and gave it some much needed fresh seals and a drink of 80W-90 Castrol. Installed it and indexed the steering wheel. The new replacement sector shaft was New Old Stock from 1972. The improvement in the steering was felt straight away.
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