How to Prepare a Military Vehicle Restoration Project

Most vehicles suffer regular wear and tear when they are used. This is due to the natural wearing down of its parts, accidents, misuse, or time. Military vehicles are more prone to this as they are used on rough terrain and in combat.

Vehicle restoration is often done to either make sure the vehicle recovers it good working condition. This often means a change in parts or body paint.

Materials Needed

  • Crane
  • Tilt bed trailers
  • Sandblasting machine
  • Welders
  • Air compressors
  • Large drill press
  • Band saw
  • Power grinders
  • Wrenches
  • Sockets
  • Hydraulic rams
  • Gas torch
  • Hydraulic press

Use high-quality tools for your project. Tool breakages will only delay and interrupt your work.

Check the Weight of the Components

  1. Before starting, have an idea how light or heavy the military vehicle will be. Once you know this, prepare equipment that can handle the weight of the vehicle.
  2. You may need a forklift or a front-end loader. Some of the lifting may be done by only two people, but a forklift or front-end loader would still be necessary to manage the entire process.
  3. Small military vehicles and tanks often weigh about 20 tons and below. Tilt-bed trailers or other construction equipment can be used to move these vehicles.

Prepare your Working Area

  1. Prepare a large working area so that you can gain access to all parts of the vehicle. This will also help you when you are lifting and transferring equipment.
  2. If possible, do your work in a wide, airy and covered area so that you can work regardless changes in the weather. Your working area must also have light and electricity for your equipment such as air compressors, and welding machines. Make sure the area is well-ventilated as some of the equipment you use may emit fumes.

Gear Up

  1. Don’t forget to prepare adequate protective gear for all the people who will be working on the project. Gloves, masks and others are necessary to safeguard against any minor injuries.