I know it's not very Military Vehicle; not any more, anyway, but...
A very happy dance was done, all the same; though there's a lot of work waiting for me. At least I have most of the bits that've fallen off (such as the mirror, which looks like people have been treating it like a grab-handle for years); and stuff like the engine cover.
Did have to commit a minor act of abuse to the door-lock on the driver's side in order to get that door to open, unfortunately ; with no glass in the door, I think water got in and seized the latch... I took the handle off the outside (no damage to the handle, though. ), then had to 'shim' the latch from inside the cab.
...then took the seized locking mechanism out of the door, so it won't get stuck again. I'll fix it later, need to get it running first.
Vass strikes again.
The aforementioned Harvey Frost gear on the back. A coupla little squirts with 3-in-1, and everything was turning beautifully; though I'd like to replace all the crusted up grease-nipples and force some fresh grease in there. Me and my brother wound it all the way down to the ground, and back up again, with almost no effort at all; probably a different matter entirely with 5 tons on the back of it, though.
(Also, two spare wheels! Though they're 11.00-20s, and the fitted wheels have 9.00-20s. Not too keen on those locking-ring style wheels, either; call me paranoid... )
Chassis number plate(?) under a few layers of paint...
One day, those numbers will start rolling 'round again...
First step is to get the engine freed up and rotating; so I need to put a bit of oil down the bores, and get a breaker bar on the crankshaft pully nut. Then, the list-making starts.
My father just shakes his head and thinks I'm crazy; my co-workers think I'm crazy, but they're excited about it all the same... I might be (okay, yeah, I am) crazy, but you only get one go around at life, so why not do something interesting with it?