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In the early 1970s, AM General was awarded a contract by the US Army to develop a family of trucks to replace their aging M54-series 5-ton trucks. The result was the M809-series 5-ton tactical truck. This truck has been surplused off from active duty, and judging by the door stickers, has progressed through several different owners including the Salt Lake City Airport Authority. This truck has had the front clip replaced with an aftermarket one-piece fiberglass tilt hood, and this has necessitated moving the air cleaner from the fender tops to the side of the cab (as a traditional civilian conventional tractor), as well as relocating the exhaust stack from where the air cleaner now resides to the rear of the cab...the relocations don't seem to have gone so smoothly, as by looking at the photos you can see several intake/exhaust pipes disconnected/bypassed. The mirrors are also aftermarket add-ons.

The M809-series trucks are equipped with a Cummins NHC-250 diesel engine, a 5-speed manual transmission, and a 2-speed manual transfer case. [All statistics and quotes from]

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Silver State Specialties was created in 1999 to offer quality resin accessories, replacement parts and conversion kits, suitable for many 1/25-scale plastic model kits.  SSS specializes in accessories and parts for plastic model pickup, SUV, 4x4, and heavy truck & trailer kits.  1/32-scale and 1/35-scale parts and accessories will be available in the future for model truck kits, such as the 1/32 Monogram Snap-Tite and ERTL snap-together kits, as well as 1/35-scale Revell, Italeri, AFV Club, Trumpeter, Airfix, Heller, Tamiya, and other military model truck kits.  Some of these smaller scale model kits are quite well detailed, and a wide variety of photo-etched, resin, and other accessories are widely available for most of these military truck model kits. What's even more exciting is the line of 1/24th & 1/25th-scale military model kits and conversions we are in the early stages of developing, to nicely compliment your ERTL, AMT, Italeri, Revell, and other brands of truck models.

Silver State Specialties is working on resin accessories and complete kits for G- gauge outdoor garden railway trains ("Large Scale") in 1/24th-scale. Some patterns have been completed, and many more are under construction. These kits and accessories will include complete Beyer-Garratt style of locomotives and Narrow Gauge ore hopper cars, as well as 24-inch & 30-inch gauge industrial equipment in this same scale.

SSS also has master patterns partially completed for many 1/16-scale model truck accessories and conversion kits, mainly for the Monogram-Revell 1/16-scale model truck kits.  Some projected accessories for these 1/16-scale kits are front drive axles, different wheels and tires, air cleaner accessories, pusher and tag axles, oil filters and engine accessories, and possibly different engines.  Cab & hood conversion kits remain a possibility for these monsters as well, but are still years away from being offered as there are more pressing projects to push forward with first.  But someday they should be available!

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