The list of sins I have against military vehicles from my time in the Army is honestly, admirable. I might know something about an LMTV that can see the upper end of 90 mph loaded if you knew who to talk to about that pesky governor. I had a driver’s training instructor almost bail out of a HMMWV when the going got a bit too radical for his taste during the off-roading portion of the course. I stood another LMTV more-or-less on it’s nose while coming out of the field one time, and proved that a HMMVW, with enough hatred and motivation, can properly drift. And since I was the “car guy” in the platoon, nobody really questioned my actions. I must know what I’m doing…I do all the motorpool work, it seems, so it was only fair. Don’t worry…the only thing I ever broke in almost a decade was a battery box clamp.
Military trucks, in particular the medium-duty sized units, are so damn durable that it isn’t funny. And trucks like this Deuce are right up there in the legendary department. Whether it’s a troop transport, a Vietnam-era gun truck or the local volunteer fire fighters’ bush truck, these beasts can take damn near everything you throw at them and laugh at you for the attempt. Don’t believe me? Watch as this one gets pushed around a Tough Truck course in the Northwest. It’s not the fastest or highest-flying but we doubt that anything is broken…save, maybe, for the driver’s teeth. The suspensions on these trucks are nowhere near “gentle”!