Amazing original condition not restored.
This truck spent its military life assigned to the famous Wisconsin 32nd Infantry Division. The bumper markings identify this truck as assigned to the Wisconsin National Guard 127th Support Battalion. “A” Company vehicle # 19. The bumper markings are original – WI NG 127S A19. The original US Army registration numbers and national star emblems remain – faded but undisturbed. The 127th recently returned from duty in Afghanistan. Serial Number 880259719, delivery date Jan -29-1954.
The current owner had this vehicle for 20 years. When it was released from the military service it was transferred through the Federal Surplus Property program to a small municipality village in central Wisconsin under the civil defense assistance plans of the 1960’s. The town never modified the vehicle and used in for summer Parks Dept. maintenance chores.
The current WI Title shows 10-15-2010 ownership. This was the date that we transferred the old WI collector plate title to the new Wisconsin Historic Military license plate that that became law in 2010.
The odometer reads 28,181 mi. From the look of the gauge panel I believe this is the original dash and original miles. National Guard service and low use in Municipal Park service 3 months a year plus the 3,100 miles we put on it since we have owned it. That’s 477 miles per year.
The truck is so original that we have kept it in that original condition rather than doing a full restoration. Keeping in mind that “a vintage vehicle is only ORIGINAL once”. We have done the mechanical maintenance and have driven it regularly. The truck is straight and solid. It starts easily hot or cold. The service brakes were replaced, wheel bearings and seals checked and replaced as needed. New brake master cylinder installed. The truck stops as intended. The drive train components including the engine, transmission, transfer case and differentials have been drained and refilled on schedule. The transfer case and four wheel drive is operational. The electrical system retains the original military 24 volt generator and regulator system. The original charging system operates correctly. The service lights – headlights and taillights work. The vacuum type windshield wipers operate correctly. Cab gauges all work.
Original data plates in the cab. Cab windshield and side window glass is original. Glass and frames are in good condition. Windows crank up and down.
Tires are original 9:00X16 10 ply Military NDT types with 1960’s dates – condition fair to good. The spare tire is “as new”. Spare tire is mounted in the cargo bed. Correct spare tire hold down plate and three spoke spinner (original – not reproduction)
The cab left side was drilled for the side door mount by the military per MWO. Holes are filled with cap screws.
The exhaust system was recently replaced.
The sale includes all new replacement aftermarket canvas from WeeBee Webbing. Purchased 3 years ago. Includes OEM type cab top with correct rear window, new seat bottoms and backs (except Drivers seat bottom with is original). Cargo top and two end curtains. $1500 in replacement canvas.
The body and cargo bed are straight and solid. There is minor rust in the two locations where M37’s always rust. Rust is present under head light buckets on the front fenders and across the back under the tailgate. Repair kits are available for these areas. Yes there is some normal surface rust on the frame and in some component corners. It’s a 59 year old truck.
This 1954 vintage M37 was supplied without turn signals. The electrical harness on this vehicle was upgraded with the addition of 24 Volt military turn signals as were used on the later models. The harness and bracket for the trailer electric connector is present with military connectors but I never installed the military interconnect plug.
The tailgate is the original and displays the matching USA registration number. The tailgate has the military MWO to reinforce the left and right edges. The welding is military and functional but not so pretty.
The cargo bed includes original oak side boards, head board and troop seats and top bows. The troop seats are 90 % solid. Two of the troop seat boards are getting soft on the ends. Easily replaced.
A super solid all original 60 year old military artifact ready for preservation or restoration.
Located in Wisconsin.