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    Default How about a surplus HMMWV platform?

    What do you guys think about picking up a surplus HMMWV from GovPlanet and turning into an expo rig?

    I was licensed to drive them back in the corps and I know how to do basic maintenance. I have also found sites that sell every conceivable part for these things, albeit kinda pricey, but the fact is they are available. Working on the HMMWVs are pretty straightforward and I would have no issue sourcing all the training manuals and walk-through books. And seeing as how the government is selling these things off pretty quickly, and now the proper paperwork comes with them so they can be registered and plated, it is easier than ever to make them road legal.

    Check out these I was looking at:
    http://www.govplanet.com/for-sale/Hu...rm=&pnLink=yes
    http://www.govplanet.com/for-sale/Hu...rm=&pnLink=yes

    From what I have seen, some of the auctions don't go too far off the starting bid, so in my mind there is a real potential for a reasonably priced starting point for an extremely capable rig. I will admit that there is a certain level of nostalgia involved with this scheme, but there might be some logic in this. It would involve selling my first-gen Trooper and few of my guns, but I might be able to make this happen before too terribly long.

    Thoughts? Concerns? Can someone talk me out of this?! haha

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    Is a vehicle where earplugs are all but mandatory for long trips really an ideal overland candidate? But as a rugged base, probably, but after a whole lot of heat and sound insulation.
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    Question is, will it do anything better than what you already have?

    I tend to get nostalgic over some old a vehicles I used to own, then I wise up...

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    Aside from the military cool factor, I really don't find them that appealing. I admit I don't know much about them, but I've seen enough of them in person to figure out they are huge, on tight trails like you find in the eastern US I can only imagine they would be quite tiresome to maneuver and much more impeded by trees and such that most smaller vehicles already have a path between.

    If I had money to burn and a huge shop to work in, might make a fun local tooling around kind of vehicle, given my affection for military surplus gear. But I can't see any extended trips being fun in one. I mean last time I watched some videos that had off road modded civilian H1's, those guys were trailering those to the trail head....

    On another note, as a ham radio guy, those antennas they pack look mighty interesting, make a hell of a mobile rig.....
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    It's a good platform, not too hard to find parts and support if you know where to look.
    The community is similar to the jeep community - pretty tight, but there are also a lot of engineers and technical folk in the forums.

    I had a 1996 HMCO (open top) and the only issue I ever had were really-really tight trails that only a 2-door jeep could squeeze in. Once you get the first scrape the rest is gravy, though.

    There are a few quality companies that make armor and bumpers for them - they are expensive but extremely stout.

    The interiors are not as spacious as people expect, but you're familiar with them from your service time.

    I would start with a hardshell ambulance body M997 - there are variants with and without winches - kind of nice to have one already configured.
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    H1 has always been my childhood dream vehicle. Was fortunate enough to own one of these beasts, and all I can say is to make sure you spend some time in one before dropping a lot of cash. They're a LOT of vehicle, and are very unique.

    Mine was a civilian model HMC4, loaded will all options. Interior had been stripped and the entire body was dynamatted and carpeted before reinstalling everything. It was a LOT quieter than before, but still loud. That noisy engine literally sits right beside you. Mine also had the upgraded A/C that blew cold.

    Not much interior room for passengers (believe it or not), and they're quite underpowered. If mine would have had the duramax engine, I would have never gotten rid of it. I'll own another someday, but it will have an engine swap.


    I bought mine bone stock (low mileage) in Florida and drove it 1500 miles home. No real issues other than it taking a bit longer than expected.







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    The Military surplus Humvees were always off road only, not street legal, did something change?
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    Having lived out of a turtleback I'd have to say they'd make a horrible Expo rig. Cramped, uncomfortable seating (doesn't matter which of the four seats, they all suck), not to mention loud and very inefficient with fuel. I can think dozens of other, more suitable options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrapdaddy View Post
    The Military surplus Humvees were always off road only, not street legal, did something change?
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    Dunno but I've heard of a couple of guys who were able to get theirs titled. Probably depends on the state.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrapdaddy View Post
    The Military surplus Humvees were always off road only, not street legal, did something change?
    You beat me to it, the surplus Humvees ARE NOT STREET LEGAL as sold, although you may be able to register it as an OHV with certain restrictions. Having driven about 11k miles in them when I was in the Army you couldn't pay me to own one, every time I see one on the street I can't help but think that someone is compensating for something.
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