Real thoughts/experiences with military trucks

m7040

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Sep 15, 2006
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Location
Frederick maryland
Tractor
Kubota M7040, MF 203 industrial, ZD331, RTV 1100 , Kubota Minix excavator, Unimog 404
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m7040

Platinum Member
Joined
Sep 15, 2006
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629
Location
Frederick maryland
Tractor
Kubota M7040, MF 203 industrial, ZD331, RTV 1100 , Kubota Minix excavator, Unimog 404
Here is my military truck a Mercedes Unimog model 404
 

Bob Rooks

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Feb 27, 2007
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Location
47.6445° N, 122.6949° W (In Washington state)
Tractor
Yuchai dozer (still).
You'll be fine with this rig. Is it a M809? They had the de-rated Cummins NHC250 engine. You would have no problem upgrading the heater, or even installing aftermarket A/C. Spare parts are plentiful, and there are many useful You Tube videos on it. You probably already know that it has air-over-hydraulic (AOH) brakes, and that the front axle engages automatically when there is a difference in wheel speeds. True that they're only good for about 50 mph on the highway, can you live with that? As for the ride, this can be tamed with the installation of an air ride seat. You'll still be money ahead after upgrading. One thing I strongly recommend is installing Dynomat or equivalent sound deadener.
Here is the maintenance manual if you'd care to peruse it:

This may still have the 24 volt system, which is no problem, or it may have been converted to 12 volts.
 
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