Army Invades Dream Cruise, Fills Tank At Speedway

It's both massively cool and somewhat disconcerting to see a seemingly military-spec truck filling up at a public gas station in a region that’s not occupied by an army... yet.

We saw this one loading up on gas right off Woodward. Nobody was in any particular hurry. Which can probably be explained by the size of the tank, visible up close on the second photo.

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A friend of mine, his grandfather was in to restoring and selling old army vehicles. He had so many deuces he was selling spare parts like he was an auto parts store. He had one deuce for towing tracked vehicles to shows and such and it had an extended range kit on it. Two 100 gallon tanks.

Fill ups took almost 45 minutes. He had sticks that held the nozzles in place and he would zip tie the pumps nozzle open. If you tried to stand there and hold it, your arm would go numb and the fumes would make you woozy and probably knock you out just before they made you go blind.

Some of the older, non-digital pumps, did not record past 99.999 dollars. The pump would stop and he would have to go pay the 100 bucks and then come back, reset the pump and finish filling the rest of the way. one station wouldn't let him fill up because he bought too much fuel in one shot. He got fed up with it, built his own tank and had his fuel delivered to his house.

The only real bonus was that the deuces were able to use off-road fuels even in on-road applications so the fuel bills were usually 20-50 cents a gallon cheaper.