Military Vehicles, June 1997,: [MV] Military Vehicle Preservation

[MV] Military Vehicle Preservation
Thu, 19 Jun 1997 20:27:22 -0400 (EDT)

I got a lot of heat from the letter about the proposed preservation
guidelines, as expected. However, it actually wasn't as bad as I had
anticipated. Please understand these are only suggestions and I am
interested in the responses:

One thing I received the most comments about was storing the MV's in a
garage. Many people pointed out that they either (a) don't have a garage (b)
don't have room in their garage or (c)have a vehicle so large that there
aren't many garages around large enough to hold them anyway.

My recommended solution would be for the MVPA to adopt a policy to recommend
that vehicles be garaged or covered. Toward that end, the MVPA could solicit
contributions from corporations to provide cover for people that requested
it. Corporations love to donate money to nonprofit oraginizations like the
MVPA for the tax write-offs. MVPA could negotiate a sweet deal with a
company/companies that make and/or install garages/shelters. Provide them to
MVPA members that request them starting with member #1 and going forward.

None of my ideas are fool proof, I'll be the first to admit. I'm just trying
to generate some thoughtful discussion on the best way to preserve the MV's
so future generations to enjoy them as much as we do today. Let me know what
y'alls thoughts are.

Rob Kiser
'52 M37

P.S. - Ironically, I had to move my M37 out of the garage across the street
where I had been keeping it was in because people complained that it was an
"eyesore" and referred to it as a "junk truck". When I started it to drive
it out and park it on the street, it began leaking oil out of the top of the
oil filter which I had just replaced. It is now sitting outside in the rain.

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