Fixing old military surplus vehicles and equipment for historical preservation is a lot easier if you can do a NATO stock number search online to find parts. A NATO stock number is also referred to as an NSN. I think they call it a DMC, or Domestic Management Code, in England. It is a number that is 13 digits in length. It is sort of like the product code for everything from a pair of Vietnam jungle boots worn by infantry to the wheels that go on an old armored personnel carrier. You can find those NSNs on tags on military clothing and on other parts. If you need a part and know the NSN, then you can find a replacement.
We like to restore things using OEM parts whether they be new or salvaged. It is much easier even finding military salvage parts by using an NSN to look it up. Continue reading