John G...sounds like we're on track with a unified front. As noted, this is not just a MV/Pinz/Mog/whatever issue. This is an historic, hobbyist, 4x4, farm, hwy department, etc, vehicle issue.
First off, the position DOT takes is inconsistent with the legislator's (and DOT's) stated intent of allowing historic vehicles (whether they are MVs or not) to be operated on Wisconsin roadways. The Collector Plate project is based entirely on this reasoning. Apparently however, under the statute (341.10) and internal documents cited by Mr. Busalacchi in a letter to Sen Mike Ellis, dated 4 October 2007, the DOT could very well refuse to title a '48 CJ2A, or a '49 Chevy staff car, depending on their definition of "military use" and "manufactured." Clearly, the DOT's policy is, if the vehicle "was manufactured military use in the US" or the vehicle "was manufactured for military use in any other country" it cannot be titled in WI.
Additionally, this position is inconsistent from a more base level...if using our same sample vehicles, the CJ2A/Chevy was purchased (for military use) from a local dealer, by a (let's say) US Army base procurement office, and painted OD, it would be okay. Remember, it was not "manufactured " for military use, rather, it was purchased after it was manufactured. But if it were purchased under US Government contract from Willy's/Chevy, this magically makes the vehicle not road worthy!?!
Although at this point, we do not have the DOT's definitions as to what constitutes "military use" or "manufactured," under any stretch of the imagination, it makes no sense...same cars, same factories...just different paint when they came off the line.