USMC M1030B1 Restoration

Johnnny13

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Thank you for the feedback, I'll be using the 383 Green (AKA NATO Green FS34094) on the trailer I'm building over the winter.
A buddy used that on his M1009 CUCV. Initially it was a brighter green then expected. After a month it seemed to settle in to the more traditional matte CARC looking green. Hopefully that makes sense.
 

Johnnny13

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Helmet Time

While waiting on the multiple penetrating lube products to take effect on the pivot bolt I decided to paint my helmet. The original USMC helmet was a matte green Winex SR-X. They are a bit hard to find so I found a FOX V1 helmet on sale for $118 shipped. Unfortunately its neon green and blue. During the invasion most of the vehicles were green or woodland camo. The field expedient method was to just rattle can everything tan. I went ahead and used RAPCO 686 Tan. First I sanded down the original paint. Then I sprayed with RAPCO primer. Then a few coats of RAPCO tan. Finally I used a matte black to stencil on a few things.

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Johnnny13

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Still haven’t had the time to try removing the pivot bolt. The next option is till the brass drift, handheld sledge, Kroil, and the air impact. If that doesn't work we will cut it out.

We also found 6 M1030B1’s being auctioned by a sheriff’s department. I believe they received them under the LE program from the military. We threw out a reasonable bid and won! Not sure if we are going to part them out, sell them or restore a few to sell. Now we just need to work on getting them to Oregon.
 

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Johnnny13

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I'm currently in Iraq so I won't be updating this as much. The builds are still going forward. My buddy will be taking care of it so I will be updating the builds and when the other 6 bikes arrive. More then likely we will rebuild a few of the six to sell, finish a complete restoration on our two, and sell the other ones off as projects. I don't want to part these out since they are hard to find.
 

Johnnny13

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The bikes were delivered today. Once my buddy arrives I will get better pictures. I can see one of the UIC codes on the gas tank is for 1/6 Marines.IMG_4909.jpg
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Johnnny13

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I'm finally leaving Iraq and heading home in April. The build will start again to include the 6 auction bikes as well. I plan on getting my bike and at least one auction bike finished in a month. I'll post the updates here as I go. It's going to be a good amount of work.
 
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