I’ve found a solution to my dilemma about whether and how to convert my HMMWV! By the simple expedient of buying an M923 5-Ton 6×6 truck in a government auction, I have determined that I’ll keep my HMMWV as a commo shelter carrier for the time being.
The truck is in Barstow, CA. It’ll be a while yet before I can pick it up, since I’ll need to wait for End Use Certificate approval by .gov folks. Here are some pictures from the auction listing:
I’m looking forward to receiving this truck! My current plan is to look for a nice knuckleboom crane to mount on it, and then sell my M543A2 wrecker. My M35A2C 2.5-ton 6×6 will probably also go to a new home, but I’m hanging on to it for now because I may want to use its shorter bed (12 feet long vs. 14 feet) on the 5-ton to make a couple feet of room behind the cab for the knuckleboom crane. I’m sure that I’ll have more to say about the truck once it makes it home.