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1965 Mack M123A1C 10 Ton Army Tank Transporter

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What were we thinking ?? After driving Frank Buck's fully restored Mack M123 in August, I really liked it and thought it would be cool to own one, if one came up in decent shape for the right price. Low and behold this 1965 M123A1C showed up in a Facebook want ad a few weeks ago. With only 13,000 miles it was in good condition with very little rust and no obvious mechanical issues. Ken Ochenkowski and I agreed to buy it together and picked it up Friday in Francestown, New Hampshire. For 54 years old this truck is in great shape, it runs and shifts well, and has only a few minor rust issues in the fenders and one small spot on the cab. The truck was owned at one time by the Forestry Service in New Hampshire and had a protective cage built over the cab. The current owner had a sander on it, but it was only used for half a season to sand a parking lot at the top of a mountain. The truck was really too big and heavy to be efficient on that job. 

On Saturday we put in a full 12 hour day at Ken's in Connecticut cutting off the cage, painting the wheels, front bumper, and mirror brackets. and touching up the paint on the rear frame. The Mack looks so much better without that ugly cage ! Sunday we took it to it's first show, the last ATCA show at Worcester Sand and Gravel in Shrewsbury, Mass. 


The data plate is missing from the truck but being a 1965 model we believe it was built under contract by CONDEC (Consolidated Diesel Electric Corporation) using all Mack components. It is quite a beast, and photographs do not give you a sense of just how BIG it is. Our plan is to add the missing military pieces, give it a military paint job, and bring it to Macungie in June. Ken already has the fenders off for repair. Now we have to keep him from taking the cab off LOL ! 


Frank Buck's 1958 M123 that started all this. 

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With the sander last winter. 
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We saw it for the first time in person on Friday.
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It came with a few extra 1400-24 wheels and tires. 
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Loaded up. 
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Quite a metamorphosis after an all day thrash on Saturday. 
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At Worcester Sand & Gravel on Sunday
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Gotta keep Ken from taking the cab off ! 
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Does your shop have living quarters????????????
Some how I think you might need them???????
Very nice truck.. I am glad you are happy with it...

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I was thinking the same thing Brocky, he's probly gonna hang out at Kens for a while till things cool off a bit.



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Already home. Caught a cold at Ken's. No chill in the air here yet though. 

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Now there is no room in the shop to work on the REO!!!

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Glad you spotted me at the show and we had a chance to talk.  I like your plans for the Mack!

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Over the last couple months we have been gathering parts for our M123A1C project. New windshield frames, and takeoff tail lights, front turn signal guards, top bows, and the correct 5th wheel and ramps have all been procured. Last week we had a work party at Ken O's in Connecticut. John Gott, Paul Rea, Warren Richardson, along with Ken and myself put in some long hours the get the truck ready for paint. The rest of the nose sheet metal came off along with the home made metal top which turned out to be welded to the windshield. Paul went to work on the rear frame extensions which had to be cut off to allow the 5th wheel ramps to be installed. He did a beautiful job getting the correct contour on the rear of the frame. I did the hot water pressure washing and sandblasting, and when the truck went back in the shop we all pulled the those big heavy 1400-24 wheels and tires off. Finally Paul did the priming and painting honors. We got the entire chassis and most of the cab painted, and tried to paint all the miscellaneous other parts Sunday morning but it was cold and rainy outside and the primer wouldn't kick. We still have some body work to do on the cab and need to prep and paint the nose sheet metal but we got a great jump on all the major work that needs to be done. 

The top came off after having to grind all the welds off the windshield frame. 
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The rest of the nose off. 
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These short frame extensions had to be cut off. 
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Paul did a great job giving the frame the proper contour for the ramps to fit. 
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That's me in Ken's new sandblasting hood. It worked great. 
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Making lots of dust and noise. 
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Safe inside after sandblasting
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It's hard to tell the grey primer from the bare metal. 
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Paul did a real nice job on the paint. 
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Back up on some temporary roll around tires. 
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Looks to be coming along very nicely Jeff.
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That's a lot of work in a short time. Looks great! Is the correct fifth wheel gimbled to pivot not only front to back but side to side as the 5 ton Mack M52s do? That's what I put on my Autocar.



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Jeff I stopped by one more time to see the progress but you had your moon suit on and the sand was flying I kept my distance.

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