MV Spotlight: ‘Heavy Hauler’ M932A2

By Chuck Culp

1990 M932A2 wo/w and 1964 M146 6-ToN Trailer
Owned and modified by Chuck Culp

I got into the hobby back in 1997, when I bought my first military truck – an M715. From that point, I was hooked!

I went through a few CUCVs before I bought my first deuce. Because I can’t seem to ever leave anything alone, I proceeded to stretch the frame to make the first crew cab deuce with a 5-ton spare tire carrier and full (12’) bed on 46” MVTs.

After selling the Deuce, I found myself without any projects. Then, a week before Christmas, I won an M931A2 at auction.

Again, because that I cannot leave anything alone, I started buying parts. First came the winch. Then,  LED lights. After seeing a M925A2 with a LWS weapons platform, I realized I needed one too! It took me over a year to find all the pieces for it. But it was worth it. I found that driving around in an M931A2 with a gun turret gets a lot of looks. But…something was still missing.

What’s a semi tractor without a trailer, anyway? About 4 months later, I found a really clean M146 trailer.

Seeing that the trailer was too low sitting behind the M931A2, I decided to add a lift and some 14-20s. To do this, I added a second set of frame rails to lift it and custom 6-to-10 lug adapters so I could run the same M931A2 wheels.

With the truck and trailer finished, the entire rig made its maiden voyage to Iola’s Military Vehicle Show in August 2014 (where all of the “after” photos were take). Since then, the truck has been run as a “military presence” (only in appearance) in several Memorial Day and  Veterans Day Parades.

Chuck Culp started in the hobby in 1997 when he bought his first truck. Within a few years, his passions led him to buying several CUCVs and a deuce before he bought a new project – an M932A2 tractor.

Chuck Culp started in the hobby in 1997 when he bought his first truck. Within a few years, his passions led him to buying several CUCVs and a deuce before he bought a new project – an M932A2 tractor.

Not the type to leave anything alone, Chuck started buying parts and making modifications. First came a winch, then some LED lighting.

Not the type to leave anything alone, Chuck started buying parts and making modifications. First came a winch, then some LED lighting.

With some paint added, the truck was still missing something...

With some paint added, the truck was still missing something…

...So Chuck decided he needed to add a Light Weapons Systems (LWS) mount.

…So Chuck decided he needed to add a Light Weapons Systems (LWS) mount.

Finally, the tractor seemed complete and ready. But something still seemed to be missing...

Finally, the tractor seemed complete and ready. But something still seemed to be missing…

What’s a tractor with a trailer? Chuck located a really clean M146 trailer that looked like it would serve the part quite well.

What’s a tractor with a trailer? Chuck located a really clean M146 trailer that looked like it would serve the part quite well.

Adding the LWS required reinforcing the cab.

Adding the LWS required reinforcing the cab.

Sporting September 1964 build tags, the M146 was a bit low to be pulled behind the M932A2. So, Chuck decided to “level things off” by lifting the trailer with a second frame rail. He used custom 6-10 lug adapters so that he could run the same wheels on the trailer as on his M932A2.

Sporting September 1964 build tags, the M146 was a bit low to be pulled behind the M932A2. So, Chuck decided to “level things off” by lifting the trailer with a second frame rail. He used custom 6-10 lug adapters so that he could run the same wheels on the trailer as on his M932A2.

Finally, in August 2014, the tractor-trailer combo was ready for its debut. Chuck drove it north to the Annual Iola Military Vehicle Show, turning heads as he drove it there and after he arrived. It was a hit of the show as other historic military vehicle enthusiasts quizzed Chuck on his modifications and adaptations. Next on Chuck’s list? A HMMWV.

Finally, in August 2014, the tractor-trailer combo was ready for its debut. Chuck drove it north to the Annual Iola Military Vehicle Show, turning heads as he drove it there and after he arrived. It was a hit of the show as other historic military vehicle enthusiasts quizzed Chuck on his modifications and adaptations. Next on Chuck’s list? A HMMWV.

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