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Museum reaches out to local vocational high school to restore historic military vehicle

The Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society(MIMTHS) has begun discussions with Drive One Detroit to restore the museums 1977 Dodge M880 truck. The work will be completed by a local vocational high school.

Eastpointe, MI -  The Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society(MIMTHS) in Eastpointe has begun discussions with Drive One Detroit (www.driveone.net) to restore the museums 1977 Dodge M880 truck. The truck will undergo a full restoration and join the museums fleet to support Veterans Events, Parades, and Car Shows. 

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Built at the Warren Truck Plant, the M880 was one of the last in a long line of Dodge military vehicles, and one of the first attempts by the Army to purchase a Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) vehicle to fulfill a tactical need. 

The truck was originally in the collection of the Michigan Museum of Military Transport, who deaccessioned it to MIMTHS in 2018. 

The museum is accepting donations to help fund this project, which is expected to cost between $15K and $20K to complete. They are seeking donations of cash, shop supplies or parts for the project. (Contact chris.causley@mimths.org for list of the parts needed for the truck) The museum staff plans to take the truck to car shows and events this summer to raise awareness for the project. 

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Museum president Chris Causley says “It is important to support our local vocational education programs. Our country needs a new generation of people who know how to design, build and repair things. Our museum tells the story of how Michigan’s people produced and innovated the tools used to defend our democracy. "

Drive One Business Advisor John Dorscht believes “Having our students restore a military vehicle will help them better appreciate the sacrifices made by our men and women in the armed forces, and the contribution of Michigan’s defense industry, and possible career paths in that area.” 

Michigan Military Technical and Hisotry Society

Museum Building Address​ - 16600 Stephens Rd.Eastpointe, MI 48021
Mailing Address & Phone- PO Box 137, Eastpointe, MI, 48021-0137Phone: 586-872-2581, https://www.mimths.org/

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