M1009 was purchased on eBay from Classic & Performance Mustangs Inc. located in Denver Colorado. They bought many from government auction. This one was picked up from Barstow, CA. My, one and only requirement was to get a truck with no rust. Classic & Performance Mustangs Inc. offered some reconditioning before being shipped to me.
Because I wanted a straight solid looking truck I asked for additional repairs which included: Repaired large and obvious dents, fiberglass resin shell repair, Hood replacement, Rust repaired on tailgate, Rebuilt door hinges, door hinge pins with door hinge bushings.
DeMil components were added to create unique military look:
MT-1029 with RT-524, H-250 Headset, 2x Loud speeker LS-454/U, 2x Intercom station C-2298/VRC, Power Amp AM-1780 VIC-1, Cable CX4723/VRC (from RT-524 to AM-1780 VIC-1), Cable CX4723/VRC (from AM-1780 VIC-1 to C-2298/VRC), Cable CX4723/VRC (from AM-1780 VIC-1 to C-2298/VRC), Cable CG1773/U (from antenna to RT-524), Cable CX4722/VRC (from antenna to RT-524), 2 x MX-6707 Base for Military Antenna AS/1729, 2 x AS-1729 Antenna set, Plus R-442 Mount, RT-524 & R-442 cover.
I used above schema to connect all communication components together. It is from M1A1 Abrams. (Detailed image can be seen in the photo album.)
As a first step they performed the following: Pressured washed engine bay. Replaced all V belts, replaced military batteries. Changed all the fluids and filters. Evacuated fuel system before engine start. Added injector cleaner. Pressured tested cooling system and found leaks (radiator sent for rebuilt), radiator with new hoses was reinstalled, pressure tested system again Both generators were also rebuilt and fixed passenger side generator mounting bracket Patched oil cooler line. Transmission flush performed.
Next repair order: was to get new leaf springs and shocks replaced for both front and rear along with sway bar bushings. Using heavy duty power wash to remove all the dirt and grease from underside and prepared for paint. Two heavy coats of paint were used. Then complete transmission rebuilt of original GM trans. torque converter, new drive shaft gasket and dip stick tube O ring with warranty of 24000 miles or 24 months. Tune up of transmission for the best performance.
Classic & Performance Mustangs Inc. also painted truck exterior with proper CARC TAN 686A color before they shipped it to me.
Wheels are custom made to size 16.5X9.75 6-5.5 with 4.5" back space. The reason for this was to put 36” Humvee tires on the truck. Wheels are also painted with proper CARC TAN 686A Later I realized that without a lift or without fender trimming Humvee tires will not fit and I mounted BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO Tire 33x12.50R16.5/D 118R.
Seats were completely redone with new upholstery. Seat brackets were sand blasted and powder coated. Floor and interior was sanded and painted. Insulation, sound deadener with heat shield was glued in to the floor. 1/8” thick molded Industrial Polyvinyl Floor was installed from the firewall to the rear of the front seats, cargo area and two wheel wells.
All exterior rubber components were replaced. Hood to Cowl seal, Windshield seal, door weatherstrips on door, door weatherstrips on cab, cab header seal, shell header seal, rear glass rubber upper, lower side seal RH and LH. Vent window seal with locking handle. All window channel seals & tailgate channel seals and glass guide channel.
Entire truck interior was refurbished. I wanted interior look like original. Work started with refurbishing gauge cluster. New GEN1, GEN2 lens covers replaced old one. New 4Wheel Drive and Oil lens replaced old one. Gauge cluster background was painted with white color for better light reflection. All light bulbs were replaced. Fan switch and light bulb was replaced with new one. 24V Charging gauge light bulb also replaced. The shift indicator was cleaned and return spring was lightly greased.
Before putting dash pad back I thought of adding original stereo system. I found one donor truck and pulled radio with complete wiring out. Not only wiring but also radio holding brackets, speakers with speakers brackets and connected wires. Radio cassette required new rubber belt which I replaced. I ordered hidden antenna for AM/FM reception. Only front speakers are installed but additional (rear) speakers can be plugged as well because of complete wiring as I mentioned earlier.
As you can see I did very clean installation without touching or cutting any wiring. 12V+ (Orange) I attached to the fuse box.
I got the complete electrical diagrams and looked for a good place to add clock wire to the electric system. I found a wire for the fan switch which is hot only when ignition is on and I by-pass it with extension (no cutting to the original system) to link it with my stereo (Yellow). Now I don’t have to worry that my radio will drain battery while engine is off. Also as fan circuit is already linked with the fuse I have not needed to add fuse to the circuit. See attached pictures and electrical diagram.
Similarly I have done by-pass for the interior light (of course for the courtesy light circuit) and for license plate light where I created by-pass on trailer wiring system. All the electrical additions were done so they can be undone to put the truck to its original state. 4Wheel drive shifter on the floor has added light (indicator) which turns on with exterior lights. Added courtesy lights when turning light knob to the left and also added rear dome light switched on/off with courtesy lights.
All Extra Accessories such as wheel chock, Council tool 4 lb. Dayton pattern single bit axe with a 36" curved wooden handle, 5 gallon Scepter gas can, steering wheel chain with original U.S. military padlock american lock 5200, front winter cover, Amerex #B410T Purple K 2.5lb Fire Extinguisher, Olive Green Steel Shovel and camo truck cover were added to make this restoration complete.
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