Andy Lang

 Thinking about keeping the truck stock and just daily driving it, but torn about maybe chopping it to build a mega someday? votes

 Keep it. Bog it. Pull with it. Drive it daily. 2 votes
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Hi all! (first newbie post).  

Well, I'm thinking about building a mega truck on 5 ton military Rockwells.  

I have a lead on an M923 5 ton 6X6 as a possible project and lately I've been actually considering cutting it up someday for the axles to build a mega truck (always wanted one).  

Many elsewhere have suggested I just get a takeout set for like 1500 bucks.  I may still but I'd like to drive them first before I pull them.  Also would have a spare rear axle that way.  Plus, I'm also a military vehicle enthusiast, who knows and loves these trucks, and would want to drive the good running truck for awhile first and enjoy it.  

Being totally new to this besides "I want one", looking for tech advice.  Any caveats with the 5 ton axles?  I'm just thinking of using them since if I have the truck (I don't yet, broke college student) I'll already have my axles.  I know they have to be "debraked", anything else I'll have to do?  

I'm looking for advice from the very beginning of the teardown through dismantling and parting out or scrapping the 923 (if I don't just keep it), pulling the axles, how would you tear apart a running 22,000 lb truck?  Also, of course I'll be researching, but need ideas re: getting the axles ready for mega truck duty.  

I still don't have solid ideas for the actual build yet, so I'm just looking into the very beginnings of getting my axles, for one thing.  I wouldn't pull them until I had most everything ready most likely, so I could enjoy and drive the truck!

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tombstone
Very sad your a "Newbie"...to this Forum,as you can tell its a "dead" Forum.Putting Militarys under my Mega (and MORE lift) as I write this....
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Andy Lang
From an M939 series? 
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tombstone
No sir...'44 Dodge Weapons Carrier.
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Andy Lang
Interesting!  I'm a Deuce and 5-ton guy.  I originally wanted a mudder, found these trucks, then considered using their axles, but for awhile I'm definitely keeping it stock, out of lack of money for one thing.  
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Andy Lang
Someone did suggest I use a 2.5 ton transfer case.  Maybe an excuse to buy a Deuce as well, drive it for awhile first...
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Going Awol
This would be a stupid idea on two different fronts one the trucks are ever increasing in value to you could sell the truck for four to $6000 buy you a set of axles and had not gone through the weeks worth of work tearing it down and hauling it to scrap. I wouldn’t even think of tearing one of these trucks down without a serious shop forklift, truck trailer torches etc. sell the truck an buy you a set a take out axles and driveshaft you’ll be so much ahead an glad you did.
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Andy Lang

I'm thinking more and more of keeping the truck, as were my intentions long before I had this idea.  

 

I wouldn't do it without a big trailer, torches, big forklift or skid steer, breaker bars, air ratchet...

 

 

 

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Andy Lang
Bought a 5 ton! '86 M928A1 that a Texas fire department had gotten ahold of and had their way with.  Kind of a rare model.  It needs a motor and other things.  I think I'll fix this one but if not, it may become an axle donor.  Any more thoughts?
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tonka tester
if it needs an engine, chevy big block and trans it, and bob it on 53s, and wheel the thing/drive it
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Andy Lang
There's an idea!  Any pointers on the teardown? 
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tonka tester
look on here in the build threads, there should be a deuce on 5 tons build that might give you ideas
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Andy Lang
Interesting! Another crazy idea I've had is 20 ton axles. 
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Andy Lang
Still kinda leaning toward 5 ton, but any thoughts on 2.5?
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Andy Lang
Well, should be digging into my 5 ton shortly.  If the frame is bad, it'll be axle donor time.  
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Andy Lang
Bed is off! They took the rear crossmember off the frame (the fire department when they converted it).  Finding out if it's the same length as it should be.  If not, might be axle donor time. 
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