• Old Humvee arrives and is stripped. Most are 1980 to 1985 models, worn-out, damaged, sometimes war-torn.

• Frame is blasted, painted, then disassembled. Each part checked for repair/replacement, frame reassembled.

• Engine, transmission, differentials and smaller parts sent to component shop for rebuild. 6.2-liter diesel engine shelved; 6.5-liter installed. (Army asked for more muscle.)

• Body disassembled. Panels and mechanical parts repaired/replaced. Rebuilt, remarried with frame and components.

• Driven 50 miles for initial road test.

• Back to body shop for complete sanding and paint job. (If tan: sign it might be bound for Iraq; three-color green: might be bound for Afghanistan.)

• Decals, canvas, seats, etc., installed.

• Another inspection, another 50-mile road test.

• Shipped to waiting National Guard unit somewhere in U.S.

(A/C and armor installed in-country, if it later ships overseas)

The Limestone facility has done 8,000 in the last 10 years.

Source: Gary Cleaves, general manager, Maine Military Authority


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