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ARK-1's 1968 Kaiser-Jeep M35A2

Former Military Vehicle M35A2 Truck: Troop/Cargo Carrier 6x6 "Deuce and a Half"
  • 2010 Christma
  • 2010 Christma
  • 2010 Christma

Vehicle Make & Model

Camo 1968 Kaiser-Jeep M35A2   (find similar)

Engine Mods

ALL Original Equipment.....

465 Cubic Inch, 6-Cylinder, Turbo-Charged Multi-Fuel
(Will burn ANY Flamable Liquid: from Moonshine to Jet-Fuel, although designed as a Diesel);
Engine: LDT-465-1D non whistler turbo;
Horsepower: 130hp;
Transmission: Spicer 3053A, 5-Speed;
Transfer Case: Timken T136-27 Air shift Dual-Range;
Axles: Rockwell FC 240 HXI front; Rockwell CF 240 HX3 rear;
Differentials: 6.72:1 ratio

Electrical System: 24V
Heating & Cooling: optional hot water heat; optional fuel heat
Brakes: air over hydraulic
Fuel Type: multi fuel
Fuel Capacity: 50gal
Fuel Range: 350miles

Length: 278 1/4"
Width: 96"
Height: 112"; 81" with windshield down
Weight (curb): 13,030 wo/w
Weight Capacity: 10,000 Highway; 5,000 Cross Country

BTW: The ARK's Lug Nuts are tightened with more torque to them than most of the cars here have under the hood :-)

Performace Stats Performance Calculator

HP: 130 bhp @ 2500 rpm  
Weight: 13030 lbs

Quarter Mile

30 sec. @ 45 mph


Brush Guard on front bumper (soon to be removed) is a remnant of her service as a BrushFireTruck.




None - WHY??? As designed, this vehicle is considered a Tactical Weapon of War - and to buy one from the US Government, the buyer is required to pass a Security Background Investigation to assure that it will not be used against this country or its allies.


Stack exhaust was re-routed under the righthand side frame rail when used as a BrushFireTruck to reduce the radiant heat into the cab during Firefighting Operations.

Virtually "straight exhaust" - NO MUFFLER ! (Original Military desiign)


Original Equipment 20" Split-Ring Painted Steel Wheels.


10.00 x 20 's with Off-Road Tread Design

(Original Equpment would have been 9.00 x 20 NDT 's (Non-Directional Tread))

Will eventually replace with 11.00 x 20 NDT 's to have the largest possible diameter (and increased top speed) while maintaining the original appearance of Military Style Tires.

Audio & Video

NONE - Hearing Protection MUST be worn during operation.

Future Mods

RESTORATION to near original configuarion (see comment in TIRE section above)

Awards & trophies

Records indicate service in the VietNam War. Returned to US soil and subsequently rebuilt at the Toole Army Depot in Utah. Soon thereafter, Sold to Schleicher County Texas, and converted to a BrushFireTruck for the Eldorado Volunteer Fire Department. She served both the US Army and the Eldorado VFD honorably and was retired in March 2010. At that time, restoration to her original Military appearance and configuration began.


GOD Almighty ! We are blessed to be entrusted by Him with this vehicle for His service.


I am a born again believer Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I believe in the Trinity of God the Father, Jesus His Son and the Holy Spirit.

Along with my wife, Dianna, we own "The ARK". The ARK is dedicated to Christian and Community Service... A.R.K.= Acts of Random Kindness (Have you seen the movie EVAN ALMIGHTY?)

Being a 6x6 truck, The ARK is quite comfortable with natural disaster situations, as well as a means by which we can salute our military and veterans since she's a Former Military Vehicle. She's a GREAT conversation starter, and inherently introduces our Christian Message through her name and purpose.

We were lead to purchase The ARK though s series of Spirit-inspired "quirks of fate" to the point that we are completely convinced that it is by God's Providence that we are now entrusted with her preservation, operation and dedication to His Purpose.

The ARK was acquired in March of 2010 and has already performed one flooded roadway rescue mission, participated in two patriotic themed parades and has been on "duty" at various civic events including: (2) 9/11 Ceremonies, (3) Memorial Day Remembrances, (2) Fourth of July events, (2) Veterans Day events and activities, and numerouse random community activities where the attention recieved was redirected to the Christian Message she carries.

May God continue to bless The ARK and our use and employment of her for His Glory and Honor.

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  1. mousie75 12.25.10 @ 4:17 am |

    Hey John, ARK1 look good like always. Cant wait to get things started as a chapter.

  2. ARK-1 12.05.10 @ 6:05 pm |

    Pics: San Angelo, Texas Christmas Parade of Lights 2010

  3. ARK-1 11.22.10 @ 9:23 am |

    On Friday, we rolled The ARK in the Hunt for Heroes Parade here in San Angelo, TX. - A salute to a couple of dozen Wounded Warriors for the Wars in the Middle East....

    Here are some links about the Parade....

     San Angelo STANDARD-TIMES Photo Page...


    San Angelo STANDARD-TIMES Parade Article...


    John Bariou's Hunt for Heroes Parade PhotoBucket Album...


    San Angelo Police Department Facebook Photos...!/photo.php?fbid=470579362555&set=a.470579177555.262469.90959687555&pid=5438470&id=90959687555


    God Bless and y'all have a GREAT week!!!
    Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

  4. DrivenBlvr88 11.16.10 @ 1:53 pm |

    Wow!  I never expected to see a Deuce and a Half on Holy Rollerz, lol!  That's AWESOME!  I really like your message of the work you're doing for God with/through The ARK, that's a great concept!  Welcome to Holy Rollerz and looking forward to getting to know you,  feel free to get on the forums and chat/fellowship! :-)

  5. brian 11.15.10 @ 9:16 am |

    Wow, sweet vehicle.  I take it that's not your daily driver?  ha.

  6. Kim 11.15.10 @ 8:49 am |

    Welcome to HRC3! We hope you enjoy your time with us! We look forward to getting to know you and seeing you on the forums. If you need anything, or have a question, Please send me a PM!

    God Bless  ~ Kim Wood - HRC3 First Lady