Hey Péwé, is that you running that wire-feed welder in 4xFoward with sandals on (Sept. '10)? Do you have any idea how wrong that looks? Sorry if I hurt your feelings, but my brother wants you to come down to the shop and stand under him in those sandals while he runs some 6011 splatter rod. Hahaha.
Yes, that is me, and I've been welding in sandals for some 40 years. It's dumb, it's wrong, and yet I do it. Even dumber and wronger would be to stand under your brother while he's welding! Thanks, but no thanks. It's a matter of personal responsibility.
Final Final Goof
You may have been a little hasty titling the letter from Patrick Dunn "Our Final Goof" in In Box, Oct. '10. I believe that he may be a little mixed up on M1008 and M1009 army vehicles. The M1008 is indeed a 1 1/4-ton Chevy pickup truck and has eight-lug wheels. Its military description is "Truck, Cargo, 1 1/4 ton." The M1009 is a Blazer but in military jargon identified as a "3/4 Ton Utility Vehicle," and it has six-lug wheels. This may be why Mr. Dunn is confused. Both of these vehicles are in the CUCV family of military vehicles.
Two pages over in the same issue of your excellent magazine is a picture of a civilianized M1009 belonging to Matt Dunker (Readers' Rides). All of the M1008 and M1009 CUCVs are equipped with Turbo 400 transmissions, not Turbo 350s as Mr. Dunn stated, or at least all of those belonging to United States Army Reserves.
Having spent 14 years working on Army Reserves equipment in an AMSA shop (Army Maintenance Support Activity) at Ft. Douglas in Salt Lake City, I also have a degree of knowledge about army vehicles. You might have also checked with Fred Williams, as he had an M1008 as a project for a number of years. I really hate seeing you admitting to goofing up when it wasn't really a goof at all. I really do enjoy your magazine.
Incidentally, those 'Bama Buggies in the same issue are like metal sculpture and should be considered works of art. I'm am not a buggy fan, but those were beautiful!
Retired Master Sargent
U.S. Army Reserves
In your Oct. '10 issue in "Our Final Goof" (In Box), I read a lot of information about the CUCV that was false. The CUCV (commercial utility cargo vehicle) it was referring to has the following wheel lug studs.
||8-lug 1-ton truck
||8-lug 1-ton truck with NP205 transfer case
||8-lug cab and chassis
||A2 & A3 1-ton dualie
I got this out of TM 9-2320-289-10, pages 1-3 through 1-8. Thanks for your time. I hope this can finally clear up the CUCV dilemma.
Sgt. Jeremy Pope
Right, guys, which is why we called it our final goof!
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