Ben Wassell’s Street Legal Army Truck

When I said was wanted to be non-denominational, I meant it. Last week’s post was a Ford tractor. Now I give you the massive M931A2 army truck of Hanover’s Ben Wassell.

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Wassell bought this truck in an online auction, then sold the cab to a friend to modify another truck by adding to the size of the cab.

Power comes from an 8.3 liter Cummings that Wassell plans to upgrade to make another 150 hp. The engine is mated to an Allison Automatic.

The 2002 Dodge four-door cab was installed by adding a sub-frame. Once on, the steering had to be modified, along with the wiring. The chassis was 24 volt and the cab was only 12. Controls for 12 and 24 volt set ups exist side by side, along with air controls for the brakes.

After the exhaust and air intakes were modified, Wassell removed the fifth wheel and added the flat bed.

The truck weighs around 20,000 lbs., can haul another 15,000 and, unloaded gets around seven gallons to the mile —I meant miles to the gallon. Silly me! Massive rubber comes from 14.00R20 Goodyear AT-2As.

The trailer is rather cool too. Also bought at online auction, this ammunition trailer weighs 11,000 lbs. and can carry another 22,000 more. Tires are 385/65R22.5 Goodyear G178s. Wassell is planing to make a camper out of the trailer.

This truck is rather interesting and unique. It is not the first time I have seen it around town. This thing gets driven and I can’t wait to see it in motion again.

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