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4.3 First production vehicle inspection. The first vehicle produced under the contract shall
be inspected by the contractor at his plant under the direction and in the presence of Government
representatives. The purpose of the inspection shall be to determine vehicle conformity with the
requirements of the contract. Weld specimens (see 3.22.4) shall be used by Government
representatives as a guide in determining the quality of all applicable welds. All welds on the
first production vehicle and on all subsequent production vehicles shall be compared with
applicable workmanship specimens prior to priming or painting the vehicle. Acceptance of the
first production vehicle shall not constitute a waiver by the Government of its rights under the
provisions of the contract.
*  4.3.1 Semitrailer weight. The semitrailer shall be weighed to determine curb weight and
distribution of curb weight on the kingpin and the rear axles. The imposed loading on the
kingpin and rear axles, with payload, shall be computed using curb weight and the semitrailer
payload distributed as specified in 3.4 thru 3.4.2. The rated capacity of the axles, suspension
system and tires shall be compared to the loads imposed to determined if they conform to
contract requirements.
*  4.3.2 Road test. The semitrailer, loaded with rated payload, shall be coupled to a
truck-tractor. The tractor-semitrailer combination shall be driven a distance of not less than
100 miles under the conditions specified under 3.3. At least 20 percent of the distance shall be
over hard uneven terrain. At least five sudden stops shall be made from a speed not less than
20 mph. Tracking ability shall be observed to verify conformance to 3.3.3.
* Test failure. The vehicle shall successfully complete the entire test. Failure of the
vehicle to successfully complete the test shall be cause for nonacceptance of any of the contract
quantity, pending correction of deficiencies and evidence of corrective action which shall
prevent the recurrence of similar, deficiencies in the contract quantity. Failure of the vehicle to
successfully complete the test shall not constitute an excusable delay in meeting scheduled
deliveries. The equipment shall be closely monitored throughout the test for interference with
towing operations, and for instability as evidenced by poor tracking or uncontrollable
sideslipping, skidding, swerving, or tilting. The equipment also shall be closely monitored for
loosening of parts, interference between parts, leakage of fluids or lubricants, overheating of
components, and for damage, permanent distortion, or excessive wear of parts and components.
The equipment shall be disassembled to the extent necessary for inspection for unusual wear or
damage to components. Substitution of a new semitrailer or replacement of a major component
may require complete retest at the discretion of the Government representatives. Rejection of the
test semitrailer shall be for damage or deficiencies, including but not limited to the following:

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