1974 M151A2 Project

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Re: 1974 M151A2 Project

Post by m75 » November 5th, 2019, 12:19 pm

Well kids, I believe the time has come to shift the focus on this 151 from mechanical restoration to somehow improving the rather work exterior appearance.

Working on things mechanical might have been challenging, but there was always an available reference and the forum boards for help. Now, however, it seems I'll have to enter "unchartered territory" in bodywork.

My limitations: no welding experience, equipment, local source for advice, only the YT tutorials. I have a good sized compressor for any air tools that might help, and of course I don't possess......

Five years to get to this point. At least is something that goes down the road now.
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1961 M151 -Sold
1974 M151A2, Working It!

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Re: 1974 M151A2 Project

Post by Surveyor » November 5th, 2019, 1:38 pm

Same here but 4 years in Dec. I'm catching up!

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Re: 1974 M151A2 Project

Post by rickf » November 5th, 2019, 2:28 pm

Bodywork is one of those rabbit holes that suck you in. Once you start you are never satisfied until the vehicle looks like the things you see in the Concours shows on Pebble Beach! You kind of have to set standards and goals at the beginning. We all like to see an absolutely perfect vehicle but consider that the M151 was never that perfect from the factory.
1964 M151A1
1984 M1008
1967 M416
04/1952 M100
12/1952 M100- Departed
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Re: 1974 M151A2 Project

Post by m75 » November 5th, 2019, 2:57 pm

That's OK, as none of the 1/4 tons I drove/serviced over 10 years in the Army were factory-fresh. Heck, I was able to track down (using the vehicle log book paperwork in the motor pool) that the A1 I drove for the company XO at Ft Hood was the same one my older brother drove when HE was the XO driver 4 years earlier. The unit had re-flagged in the interim, but same barracks, motor pool and apparently same vehicles.
Jim Peterson
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1961 M151 -Sold
1974 M151A2, Working It!

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Re: 1974 M151A2 Project

Post by lpcoating » November 5th, 2019, 4:24 pm

You can call me at the shop and I can give you some direction and what you will probably get into.

Guy

Cameron Mfg & Design - 607-739-3606
M151 Body Panels - http://www.m151bodypanels.com/

'68 A1 - Under full resto

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Re: 1974 M151A2 Project

Post by m3a1 » November 5th, 2019, 4:54 pm

Luckily, I have no such aspirations....

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Re: 1974 M151A2 Project

Post by m75 » November 5th, 2019, 5:07 pm

Thanks Guy, I'll try to get a call in tomorrow. A three hour time difference as well.....
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1961 M151 -Sold
1974 M151A2, Working It!

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Re: 1974 M151A2 Project

Post by Hambone » November 6th, 2019, 11:24 am

If you decide to purchase a mig welder, spend the extra couple hundred and step up to the 220V, it's worth the investment, mig is the easiest form of welding.

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Re: 1974 M151A2 Project

Post by acudanut » November 6th, 2019, 4:01 pm

Welding is easy. Just practice on Different metal Thicknesses and I agree, Mig's are great, but not mandatory.
Does Guy sell that mid section to fix the bottom body lines yet ? I should ask him, but I wonder if there is a easier way to fix/weld those bottom/body lines without tearing into the body that much. ? :?:

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Re: 1974 M151A2 Project

Post by m75 » November 6th, 2019, 9:11 pm

His website has shown the lower side panels for some time now. He also has the angled lower portions that would be the extension of the lower rocker panels as they run along the front/rear fender openings. I need the rocker panel sections and the fender edge panels as well. I imagine this would involve minor panel cutting for the most part, with some bonus spot welds along the rocker panel portion where the adjoining panels butt up against the side panels.

And I appreciate the mig info. Have to start looking for a used item, as I don't want a major expenditure for something that won't get much use after this. (Of course, until the #3 truck arrives....)
Jim Peterson
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1961 M151 -Sold
1974 M151A2, Working It!

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