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MY M37 AND M101 TRAILER HAVE FOUND A NEW HOME AND A NEW OWNER.
I will be transitioning this page to my domain http://usradioguy.com with information on radios and solid state components for WWII radio restorations in the near future.

End of an era for me, My 1953 M37 and 1953 M101 and all the extra parts, accessories, equipment, all canvas packed away and original tools Ė off for the 10 hour trip to the new owner.

M37 Loaded up for new adventures

 

Just some of the fond memories..

         -Bringing it home from 8 hours away in 2004

         -Having my son Jake at age 13 help me in the garage, almost every single day for at least two years, holding the copper welder backing plate when we had to weld up some bullet holes. (And listening to Jake swear!)

         -Driving it around the block after the first year for the first time. With no top and no bed.

         -Getting pushed to the side by the Ohio National Guard when she overheated in a parade. (Still won a first place trophy!).

         -The dogs riding in the back enjoying the breeze.

         -Riding in the back with my new wife Pame the day we got married.

         -Being the hit at the hot rod car show on State Street in Madison.

         -Paying our respects with the truck on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

         -Taking the slow roads less traveled with Pam, waving at everyone.

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Me and the last ride in the truck before loading it onto trailer 7/26/2021 -After 17 years.

M37 Last Ride

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There was a time when your average citizen didnít need or even want a 4◊4 truck. SUVís were a small item described in Popular Science as a future type of all around the vehicle. America was coming out of World War 2, and thousands of GIís were buying up surplus Jeepís left and right, and Willyís was selling a new civilianized Jeep. But there wasnít a big call for all those surplus trucks; sure, the road departments, fire, and forestry departments were getting their fair share of CCKWís, WCís, and many others.

In 1948 the Army was in need of a new vehicle, something to replace the WCís, fill the gap between the Jeep and the bigger deuces. The first prototypes were delivered in 1950, and finally specíed out the final design 1951. This design, known as the M37 became a solid performer for the military. The M37 production vehicles just arrived on the scene in the Korean War, and many of them served all over the world, including Vietnam. Then around 1978, the Army began selling off its surplus trucks to local governments for a dollar.

These M37ís were used by men on a new type of mission, fire departments, forestry departments, city parks departments. After many, many years of service, even these trucks had life in them. Enter the civilian owner, not the type to want a vehicle to sip their double mocha cappuccino while hauling the kids to soccer practice in, these owners wanted a truck to do what a truck should, climb mountains, ford streams, and do it all in a different sense of style. Many of these trucks, like mine, were purchased by owners who wanted to restore them to their original military ancestry.

In restoring the truck, I have found some surprises such as; finding an airmanís name scratched onto a rebuild tag, dated 1954, or finding the brass bullet casings behind and under the floorboards. You wonder and begin to research where this vehicle had been, who drove it, and what did it see. In the disassembly of the truck, I found discarded in the driver side door pillar an empty cigarette pack of Murad Turkish cigarettes, stuffed inside that was a matchbook from Adana Air Base 1955 now known as Incirlik Air Base in Turkey. Maybe my truck was on patrol when Gary Powers U-2 took off in 1960 and succumbed to a volley of Soviet surface-to-air missiles over Sverdlovsk. Maybe my truck was a world travelerÖ. Who knows?

I receive a lot of emails pertaining to the M-37 and military vehicles, but just to be fair, and clear, I am no expert. I am however willing to share the information and knowledge I have gathered in this restoration, and daily operations. I can also provide some contacts to some folks that I have come to rely on for advice, products, etc.