I have always toyed with the idea of getting more familiar with the older vehicles that had been replaced by the newer stuff the DOD has fielded over the years, notably the ubiquitous CUCV, the Commercial Utility Cargo Vehicle. I would really like to make that my SHTF vehicle, as well as my everyday vehicle. I can't decide on which model at the moment, but I would definitely like a strong manual transmission, and for it to be diesel. I will have a good amount of funds to toy with this little idea when I return from Afghanistan, but before I return, I would like to be more wise to the odds and ends of this; simply because I hear this whole process can be a very time consuming thing, filled with mistakes and pitfalls just like any other new hobby or undertaking. I have already seen several military people on here, as well as the older guys that are now veterans whom I am sure have first hand experience with these older model vehicles, so all the help and suggestions everyone here can give me would be great. I also figured I would start this thread because I know there are some folks on this forum that own and maintain these vehicles, and I saw the lack of a thread specifically for CUCVs.