When I got selected for Warrant Officer Candidate school, A retired CW4 told me that he would sell me his M38A1 for $500.00 when I graduated. My wife was standing there when the conversation was held in front of his vehicle storage bays. She was looking at the already restored one. She was not privy to the prior conversation about it and, apparently, did not see the pile of parts in the back corner. Yes, this is what we were discussing, not the restored one. It had been disassembled about 20 years prior and was sold to my friend, as the previous owner lost interest. Obviously, I graduated and bought the “Jeep”. I had my brother meet me at my house with his pickup to go get it. When he showed up, I had my trailer hooked up to my M880. “follow me with your truck”, I told him. “Why”? he asked. “You have your trailer”. He too did not know what we were picking up. When we got there, he understood as he shook his head. We pulled out a body, a frame a hood, windshield, etc. He looked at me in amazement. “Do you think you can fix it up?” “Of course” I replied. When we drove it back to my house, my wife looked at the trailer and 2 trucks of parts and peanut butter jars of hardware. Her only comment was “You’ll never get it running.” That’s a challenge, I thought to myself. So, 400 hours and 9 months later, my Christmas present was driving it by the house and blowing the horn to her. It may have been -20, but I was warm with pride.
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