Spring Time for MVs

The basic design of vehicle leaf springs hasn’t changed much in over a century. Until around the 1950s, the general rule for truck springs was to make them massive. Keeping the “spring” in your vehicle’s springs may take a little elbow-grease. More »

MV Cooling System Care

A lot of people who keep their MVs spotless on the outside don’t seem to realize the importance of keeping things clean on the inside. This means everything from air filters and engine oil to the grease in wheel bearings and universal joints. It also applies to cooling systems. Most vehicles leave their factories with a cooling system that’s more than adequate for just about any climate on earth (including Death Valley in August). More »

M880: A Tactical MV (sort of)

The M880 isn’t just a Dodge Sweptline (or “Lifestyle”) civilian pickup, it’s a tactical vehicle specially built for the U.S. military! It came in army green or camouflage paint. It has blackout lights (sometimes) and a real M-series light switch. It has a pintle hitch, troop seats, cargo racks, and canvas. And, it will cruise at 70 mph on the freeway, compared to the M37’s pitiful 45. Who needs a windshield that folds down or opens in this day and age? More »

MV Air Cleaner Service

Some military vehicle service and maintenance tasks are so mundane, boring, or dirty that we often tend to neglect them, or at least keep putting them off until we’re in the right mood or the stars line up. Ironically, it is often the dirty, boring, and relatively simple maintenance duties that do the most in keeping our MVs on the road, in good mechanical condition, and ensure that our vehicles have a long and dependable lifespan. More »

MV Battery Care

Batteries are often some of the most misunderstood and neglected components of collector or hobbyist military vehicles, no matter if the vehicle is fully restored or simply used for weekend recreation. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. More »