1985 USMC M998 HMMWV
Loading the HMMWV in Southern CA 12-13-2003
At it's new home in the driveway 12-14-2003
Kurt helping install various parts
Helmet Hardtop installed
And painted 383 CARC
This particular HMMWV is alleged to have been one of the first 500 the Marine Corps received. That was determined by the wt and dimension plate that was placed on the outside of the rear drivers side fender (its still there).
According to the TAC numbers on the vehicle, it was assigned to the 1st Radio Battalion, at MCB Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. There it was used as a radio vehicle.
Approximately 1997 it was placed in stores status in event of the big one. In 2001 or 2002, the Marine Corps traded this one and approximately 1000 others to a civilian contractor for new military equipment.
Once in the contractors hands they were sold off at auction. Mine was one of 4 purchased by a car dealer in southern Californian for a friend. I bought it from that persons son in Dec. 2003.
Since I picked it up, Ive added the seats, the fording air intake and exhaust fording stack, the "B" pillar, the heavy duty air drop rear bumper, a set of new 12 bolt rims and 37" radial tires with spare tire, a rear bumper mounted spare tire rack, the pioneer tool rack with tools, and the radio version of the Helmet Hardtop.
I have radio equipment for it but have not installed them as yet. I also need to paint it to match the HHT, CARC 383 green. I dont think I will add the camo pattern however.
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