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Operation Army Truck

Posted in Vehicle Reviews on October 26, 2004 Comment (0)
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Operation Army Truck
0403 01z+1986 Chevrolet Truck+Front Corner Parked

While "working" one day we came across this awesome Government Liquidation Web site where you can buy surplus stuff from military bases all over the nation. Government Liquidation (www.govliquidation.com) is run by a contractor that gets government stuff and sells it to the public in online auctions. These auctions are run similarly to the well-known eBay auctions, where there is a set amount of time for bidding, usually about two days, and at the end of that time the highest bidder wins. The cool thing is that not only can you buy all types of day-to-day military stuff like boots, desks, and tools, but you can also buy complete vehicles, and you can find them at various military bases all across the country.

0403 02z+1986 Chevrolet Truck+Rear Corner Trailer

Now don't expect to get a Hummer or a tank, as these are not usually sold to the public, but you can get deals on 2 1/2-and 5-ton trucks, vans, various Jeeps, and even 1-ton trucks like the one we got. Can you believe that we came home with an '86 1-ton Chevy 4x4 with a Dana 60 front axle and a TH400 automatic transmission for under $2,500? And within a week we had a built wheeling rig that can also take us to work every day.

The secret to the auctions is searching out the listed lots, if possible visiting a nearby auction site to inspect the vehicle or lot before the auction starts. We have seen huge trucks go for much less than used Hondas, with the added bonus that they come in many different shades of olive drab or camouflage. In addition to vehicles, you can also find vehicle parts like axles that have been sitting in crates in some military warehouse for years, or tools like drill presses, mills, or lathes used on some base that are now being decommissioned and put up for public sale. Follow along as you see the start of our army truck project. Also, the reader with the coolest name for our new project will get some 4-Wheel & Off-Road paraphernalia to decorate his or her truck or footlocker.

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Sources

Autolite
Danbury, CT 06810
800-890-2075
www.autolite.com
Fram
Danbury, CT 06810
800-890-2075
www.fram.com
Prestone
Danbury, CT 06810
800-890-2075
www.prestone.com
Royal Purple
Porter, TX 77365
888-382-6300
www.royalpurple.com
Skyjacker
West Monroe, LA 71294
800/763-8743 orders
www.skyjacker.com
Pro Comp Tires
866-232-0665
www.procomptires.com
4Wheel Parts
800-421-1050
www.4wheelparts.com
Off Road Unlimited
www.offroadunlimited.com

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