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    I came across this photo as I was sorting through pics as part of my move from Boise to Nicaragua.

    I only put the extra wheels on the front axle when it was on the beach. The tires are directional, so the right tire has to go on the right side, and the left on the left. With three driving axles and dual wheels on all axles there was nowhere El Comandante coudn't go with impunity. We used to haul construction materials from Calexico to San Felipe and then down another 100 miles of very bad road, across a dry lake, and over a final range of hills to Bahia San Luis Gonzaga.

    El Comandante was what the Mexicans called the truck. It started out as a standard military 2 1/2 ton M35 tractor. I had the stake bed built, and carried a 55 gal drum of diesel on a shelf behind the cab.

    Diesel was 75 cents /gal in those days, and was straw yellow from the sulphur in the fuel. That's an Oregon plate on it. California's registration is based on GVW, and at 37K GVW it was worth driving it to Oregon to get it registered there.

    I think it would be perfect for the Right Side . . .who needs a stinking road anyway ?
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    Sweet ride!

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    Very nice looking truck, but come on Paul Harvey. Where's the "rest of the story?" What happened to El Comandante? Where is he now?
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    That thing is a beast.
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    gas mileage?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Demento View Post
    gas mileage?
    It can be run on Palm oil or Jojaba bean oil I bet straight.. So who cares?
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    Jojoba mileage, then?

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    Miles per bean?
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    Mileage was about 8 MPG whether sitting at the curb idling, or going down the road loaded up.

    I used to haul 16 of those 60 gal blue plastic barrels of fresh water from the only well we had in the area. The truck didn't know they were there. We had a salt water well that we used for flushing the toilet, for most bathing (with Dawn dishwater detergent and a freshwater rinse); same-O for washing clothes. Salt water works fine as long as you have fresh water to rinse with.

    Fuel: Actually those engines are "all combustible". They will supposedly run on a variety of fuels, but I kept it to diesel. 24 volt electrical system, air over hydraulic brakes, and a diesel fueled manifold heater that would supposedly start the truck at 55 below zero.

    They are available for as little as $2500; I paid about $3000 for mine. They will typically have just a few miles on them. There is a five ton, and a ten ton version, if this one is not big enough for you.

    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trks...at=0&_from=R40


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    One friend brought 2 of these down here to the DAC in the early 90's, they out performed the Russian SIL that is/was it's counter part 10 to 0ne....

    Yes it is "Multi Fuel" Engine built in a joint venture with "White Motor Company" and another Company that the name escapes me right now....

    MACK design Worm Screw axles that could pull Hell off it's hendges... Transmission can't remember the manufacture...

    Hell of a "Land Rover" though....
    To be called a "Has Been" I must surmise, is much Greater than to be called a "Nevah Been"... JW...



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