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MILITARY UTILITY TACTICAL TRUCK
1963 Ford - M151A1



Follow the restoration of this hard worked military veteran...New Pics 4-18-2014

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In running condition, but far from show room condition...

 

M151Mutt_3072001037.JPG (61738 bytes) Not much back story on this vehicle, but a great resto project as everything in detail is on the vehicle M151Mutt_3072001033.JPG (117010 bytes)
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M151Mutt_3072001035.JPG (112439 bytes) Once in Cook's Magic Cave, the tear down begins M151Mutt_3072001034.JPG (102159 bytes)
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M151Mutt_3072001047.JPG (93097 bytes) The M151 utilized a monocoque design, which integrated the box frame rails into the sheet-steel body-structure...nope, not making that up... M151Mutt_3072001048.JPG (99637 bytes)
Let the Resto M151Mutt_3072001049.JPG (87709 bytes) BEGIN...
M151Mutt_3072001050.JPG (109498 bytes) And there it is...No matter how fancy the construction...

the metal termites have been hard at work again

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M151Mutt_3072001053.JPG (85356 bytes) These next pictures detail the metal fabrication & welding that went into the rear body of the little MUTT. M151Mutt_3072001054.JPG (91474 bytes)
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M151Mutt_3072001060.JPG (110257 bytes) Once the frame ends where stitched in, attention went into fabing the rear structural crossmember

A lot of time spent hammering, bending, cutting, grinding, tacking...you get the picture...

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M151Mutt_3072001067.JPG (86825 bytes) All in a days work...

the little MUTTs rear was cut and tucked and is now ready for paint.

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...And more RUST...

 

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M151Mutt_3072001084.JPG (115815 bytes) Floor Pans, Sides, & Fenders have been metal messaged back into shape M151Mutt_3072001108.JPG (124131 bytes)
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On to the suspension

 

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M151Mutt_3072001131.JPG (101206 bytes) This is what made going over fields at 40 mph like riding down the highway...

Just don't take a corner at 40

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Time for Accessories!
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M151Mutt_3072001164.JPG (89979 bytes) Almost IG Ready! M151Mutt_3072001165.JPG (90977 bytes)
 

And the Engine...

 

M151Mutt_3072001173.JPG (100971 bytes) Dirty but still functional... M151Mutt_3072001174.JPG (123239 bytes)
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M151Mutt_3072001171.JPG (115010 bytes) And the Fuel Guage
still indicates

EMPTY!
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This little MUTT is ready for Action...

 

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Besides WIKI...Check here for info & history of the M151...and learn more about monocoque construction...

http://www.them151mutt.com/

 

Resto Master

Contact Brian Cook @ 508-763-5332 / email bricook1@comcast.net

 

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