This is our 1986 deuce & 1/2. We converted it into a water truck. It runs on diesel, gas, kerosene, and maybe even high grade liquor (never tried it).... however it runs best on diesel. To get it going during the winter, I have little magnetic heaters that I put all over the engine block (not pictured, sorry) to get it warmed up enough to start.
It requires very little maintenance and has ran strong for the last 15 years since we got it. As far as I know, it has only had 3 oil changes, the last one being a couple years ago. I didn't know the filter cover was metal-on-metal so I wasted ~20 gallons of oil trying to use a gasket before I realized it wasn't working. The military built them well and built them to last!
This is my view 60+ times a year, this pic being less than a week ago. I have to drive it to town to load up from the bulk water station... ~1300 gallons costs me ~$7.
In the last year, I have started hauling water for the nearby grain elevator because the last guy quit doing it. Since the pump doesn't work that great in the cold, I just use gravity to unload the water into the cisterns.
Just a view of the elevator. Many folks call these the "skyscrapers of the plains". There's also some cool graffiti on that train car.... I can't tell what it is though.
This elevator in particular handles dry peas (of all kinds) and lentils. As of recent, peas and lentils have seen a big surge in our area. These guys used to handle wheat & barley, but a couple new high-speed elevators were built a few years ago, so they moved to smaller crop markets.