Friday, January 30, 2009

The Dodge Power Wagon

Dodge Power Wagon

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The Dodge Power Wagon was a four wheel drive pickup truck produced from 1945 through 1969. This early version was based on a military truck and is a predecessor to the many four wheel drive pickups in use today.

6 wheel Dodge Power Wagon in 2007



[edit] History

The civilian Power Wagon was introduced in 1946. It was based on the 3/4-ton Army truck's chassis with a civilian cab and a purpose designed 8-foot cargo box. It had a 126 inch (3,200 mm) wheelbase chassis and featured the 230 cubic-inch flat head six engine, a two-speed transfer case, a 4-speed transmission with a power take off opening which would send power to the front and back of the truck for operating auxiliary equipment and large 9.00/16-8 ply tires on 16X6.50 inch 5-stud wheels. In 1961 the 230 was replaced with the 251 cubic-inch flat head six.The nominal one-ton rated Power Wagon's gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) was 8,700 pounds. Its maximum payload was 3,000 pounds.

The Power Wagon was sold through the 1968 model year. A number of engineering and styling improvements were made over the years, but the basic package remained surprisingly constant throughout its life. Chrysler discontinued the sale of the Power Wagon in the United States after the 1968 model year because its almost 30 year old cab would not comply with new federal light-duty truck safety regulations, but they continued to be built for export through the 1978 model year.

The first light-duty Power Wagons came out in 1957 with the introduction of the W100 and W200 pickups (beginning in 1957 1/2-ton 2WDs were D100s and 4WDs were W100s). These trucks featured conventional cabs and front sheet metal and the cargo boxes used on the 2WD models. Their 4WD mechanical components—axles, transfer cases and transmissions—were sourced from outside manufacturers. Chrysler Corporation owned the New Process Gear Company, the manufacturer of all the transfer cases used in the industry and many of the light-duty truck transmissions.

A one-ton W300 Power Wagon was released in 1958. For the next ten years the Power Wagon lineup consisted of the "military-type" W300M, and the W100, W200, and W300 "civilian-type" Power Wagons. Standard models included pickups and chassis cabs only. Through 1966, W100 Power Wagon Town Panels and Town Wagons were also standard models. In 1966 a W200 Crew Cab pickup was added to the line.

The two-ton W500 Power Wagon (only a chassis cab was built) was introduced in 1956 as the C3-HW, and lasted through the 1971 model year. This was replaced in 1972 with the W600 (also cab and chassis only), which was produced until 1977, when all Dodge medium-duty models were discontinued. To compensate for the loss of the medium-duty W600 a new W400 chassis cab was introduced in 1977.

The Power Wagon nameplate was discontinued in 1981 with the introduction of the Dodge Ram, with the four-wheel-drive models being sold under the "Power Ram" nameplate through 1993.

[edit] Military Power Wagons

  • WWII service: The Weapons Carrier (WC) series of 1/2, 3/4, and 1 ton trucks. Used by all services for carrying troops and supplies.
  • Korea (1952) and on: The M37 3/4 ton truck plus the B1* variant. Mainly used by the US Marine Corps, for every purpose.
  • The M37 was also used by Canada

B1*- Main difference between the M37 and the M37B1 is the mounting of the spare tire on the driver side door

[edit] Marine Corps modifications

The United States Marine Corps used the M37 3/4 ton truck extensively. They modified the trucks in different ways. Factory Modifications:

  • Fully rigged for deep-water fording (waterproofed-engine and electrical system, provisions for snorkel attachment)
  • Lift points welded on to front bumper
  • Tail light guards with rear lift hooks
  • Hood handle

[edit] Special purpose military Dodge 3/4 Ton Trucks

  • M152 Radio Truck
  • M43 Ambulance

[edit] 2005–present

For 2005, Dodge resurrected the Power Wagon name on a version of the Dodge Ram. It is a special off-road version of the Ram 2500 with a 5.7L Hemi V8 as the only engine option. Specialities of the model include: electronically controlled locking front and rear differentials, an electronically-disconnecting sway bar, an integrated 12,000 pounds (5,400 kg) Warn winch, clearance lights, black fender flares, 17 inches (43 cm) wheels, Power Wagon badging (doors & tailgate), larger 33 inches (84 cm) BF Goodrich All Terrain T/A tires, and an overall increase in ride height with 40 millimetres (1.6 in) Bilstein Monotube Gas Charged Shocks raising the overall height to 80.6 inches (2.05 m).

Interior configurations remain similar to standard production Ram 2500 models. Six speed maunal transmissions were standard, with automatic transmission optional. The configuration was only available as a regular cab with 8 feet (2.4 m) bed (chassis) or a Quad Cab with the 6.5 feet (2.0 m) bed through 2008. In 2009, the Power Wagon is only available as a Quad Cab Short Bed model, and there is no manual transmission available.

Weight ratings:

  • GVWR - 8510 lb
  • GCWR - 17,000 lb
  • GAWR (front) - 4500 lb
  • GAWR (rear) - 6140 lb
  • Max payload - 2,250 lb
  • Max towing - 10,600 lb

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Man-Purse

But seriously: it ain't about fashion, nor picking up members of the opposite sex. It's about having your gear handy when you need it. I've always carried some kind of pack, since "Jack Bauer" was just a kid (and so was I). Here is an article with more information on the subject.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Military Surplus Trucks: The Dodge M37

Continuing the theme of military trucks, here is probably the most popular of all US military surplus trucks, excluding the 1/4 ton jeeps: the Dodge M37.

Dodge M37

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1953 M37 used by Tennessee Division of Forestry & volunteer fire department
Manufacturer Dodge
Parent company Chrysler
Production 110,838[1] (1951 - 1968)
Predecessor Dodge Power Wagon
Successor Kaiser Jeep M715
Class Full-size pickup truck
Body style(s) Truck
Layout Four-wheel drive
Engine(s) Dodge T245 Flathead straight-6 230 CID
Transmission(s) 4-speed New Process NP420 manual
Wheelbase Cargo M37: 112" (2.84 m)

Command M42: 112" (2.84 m)
Ambulance M43: 126" (3.20 m)

Tele. Maint. V41: 126" (3.20 m)
Curb weight M37 without winch: 5,687 lb (2,580 kg)
M37 with winch 5,987 lb (2,716 kg)
Fuel capacity 24 US gallon (95 L)

The Dodge M37 (G-741) was a three-quarter ton four-wheel drive truck. It superseded the Dodge WC-51 and WC-52 trucks in US service and was used extensively by the United States armed forces during the Korean war. A number of variants were produced with slightly different configurations: the M42 command truck, V41 telephone maintenance vehicle, M43 ambulance, M152 enclosed utility truck, and R2 air field fire engine.



[edit] Development

The six prototypes of the vehicle were produced in early to mid 1950 based on the WC series Dodge vehicles used in World War Two, with the first pre-production pilot vehicle rolling off the assembly line on 14 December 1950 [2]. Many of the components on the M37 are similar or identical to the World War Two vehicle and many deficiencies of the previous series were corrected in the M37. Notably, a conventional pickup truck style bed replaced the platform on the World War Two vehicle simplifying production. The powerplant was identical to the World War Two era WC vehicles line as was most of the drivetrain. The straight-six cylinder engine was derived from a 1930s era passenger vehicle engine that was widely produced. This was in line with a long standing military procurement strategy that attempted to used commercially produced vehicle variants in military service. Many of the accessories on the M37 engine are identical to the engines from that era. There was significant drivetrain and powerplant commonality with the WDX series civilian Power Wagons. Outside of the fenders, there were sheet metal differences between all the vehicles.

Production of the M37 began in earnest in January 1951, with approximately 11,000 vehicles produced by the end of the year. By mid-1954 63,000 of the vehicles had been produced. In 1958 a number of modifications to the design resulted in the new vehicles being designated as M37B1. From mid-1958 until the end of production 47,600 M37B1 vehicles were produced. Approximately 4,500 Canadian M37CDNs were also produced between 1951 and 1955. These vehicles continued in service worldwide in the Israeli and Greek militaries.

In total between 1951 and 1968 115,000 M37s were produced. Spare parts for these vehicles are widely available and inexpensive to procure. Many deficiencies with aging design became apparent in the 1960s including a tendency of the connecting rods to fail at high rpms due to the long cylinder stroke of the engine. As the average speed of the vehicles in the military increased these engine failures became commonplace due to the low gear ratio of the vehicle which was originally designed as a multipurpose vehicle capable of transporting heavy loads of ammunition. It was common in the 1970 and 80s to encounter many of these vehicles with failed engines in government auctions. Many of the vehicles were transferred to civilian agencies and some are still in use today in rural areas.

Engine upgrades were made commercially available by the Hercules company. The vehicles were out of significant military service by the late 1970s, replaced by the M715 series of military trucks.

[edit] Dodge M37 Specifications

  • Model: T245 Dodge
  • Type: "L" Head, 6 cylinder
  • Power: 78 bhp (58.2 kW) at 3200 rpm
  • Displacement: 230 cu in (3.8 L)
  • Bore: 3 1/4" (83 mm), Stroke: 4 5/8" (117 mm)
  • Oil capacity: 6 US qt (5.7 L)
  • Radiator capacity: 25 US qt (24 L)


  • Borg & Beck Model 11828 10" (254 mm) single plate dry disc

Fuel System

  • Carter carburetor Model ETW-1 downdraft
  • 24 US gallon (95 L) tank (vented through engine air intake for fording purposes)


  • Ignition, starting, lights, 24 volts


  • New Process Model 88950 (or NP420)
  • 4-speed, Synchro-Shift in 3rd and 4th gear

Transfer Case

  • New Process 88845 (or NP200)
  • Ratio: High 1:1, low 1.96:1
  • Twin lever operation, one for 4x4 or 4x2 selection, one for hi or low range

Drive Shaft

  • MFG Universal Products


  • Dodge Full Floating (hypoid), ratio 5.83:1
  • Front Universal Drive New Process (Tracta joint)


  • Wagner hydraulic drum
  • Parking—external contracting band, 48 in2 (310 cm2)


  • Gemmer Model B-60, worm and sector type


  • Cargo Model M37: 112" (2.84 m), Command Model M42: 112" (2.84 m)
  • Ambulance Model M43: 126" (3.20 m), Tele. Maint. Model V41: 126" (3.20 m)


  • M37 without winch: 5,687 lb (2,580 kg), M37 with winch 5,987 lb (2,716 kg)

Tire Size

  • 9.00 x 16 - 8 ply non-directional military


  • Max Speed 55 mph (90 km/h), Cruising Speed 45 mph, Range: 150 mi (240 km), 6 mpg US (39 L/100 km)


  • Braden LU-4, PTO operated, 7500 lb (3,400 kg) capacity (250’ of 7/16" wire rope [75 m by 11 mm] – 10’ [3 m] chain with hook)

Torque Specifications

  • Clutch (Borg and Beck Model 11828) main bearing cap screws, 80–85 lb·ft (108–115 N·m), connecting rod hex nuts, 45–50 lb·ft (61–68 N·m), cylinder head bolts, 65–70 lb·ft N·m), cranking jaw, 110 lbf·ft (150 N·m) minimum, intake and exhaust manifold stud nuts 15–20 lb·ft (20–27 N·m). (TM 9-1840A, Ordnance Maintenance Engine (Dodge Model T-245, p. 124)

[edit] See also

[edit] References

  1. ^ "Production Summary". Retrieved on 2007-07-28.
  2. ^ "1953 M37 Dodge Restoration".

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Military Surplus Trucks: Kaiser Jeep M715

Continuing the discussion of military surplus trucks started with this post about the CUCV, here is my favorite US military surplus truck. The engine is its only weak point; it is torquey but has reliability issues. The rest of the truck is extremely solid, and lots of people have simply dropped in a small-block Chevy V8, solving that problem. That is a good swap, but personally I think a Chevy 292 or a Ford 300 would be a better swap. Both are rugged, torquey inline six cylinders with gear-drive cams. The AMC 232 or 258 six cylinder would be another good choice. They have a timing chain, but it is short and not prone to problems, and that engine's 7 main bearing design is legendary for its reliability and longevity. The 4.0 liter inline six that Jeep used through 2006 is an offshoot of this engine.
One company used to produce an engine swap kit for these trucks that included a new Hercules inline 4 cylinder turbo diesel engine; a gear change to 4.09:1 was recommended to bring the rpm down to a level more agreeable to the diesel engine. These trucks came with 35 inch tall tires, so 4.09s actually work well on the highway.

Kaiser Jeep M715

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Kaiser M715
Kaiser Jeep M715
Manufacturer Kaiser Jeep
Also called Five Quarter
Production 1967-1969
Predecessor Dodge M37
Successor CUCV
Class Full-size pickup truck
Layout Four-wheel drive

The Kaiser Jeep M715 is an American wheeled military vehicle based upon the civilian Jeep Gladiator. In 1965 the design and developing for the M715 began. This was the U.S. Government's first attempt to try a commercial off the shelf truck to be used in a military capacity. The U.S. Government purchased these trucks to replace the M37. Between 1967 and 1969 over 33,000 trucks were produced at the Toledo, Ohio plant. The M715 was considered by the U.S. Government to be underpowered compared to the M37 it replaced. Kia is currently designing an M715-type vehicle named the KM450 for the South Korean Army on license from the U.S. Government. India's Tatra/Vectra is also entering an M715 type vehicle as a candidate for the Indian Army's LSV requirement.



[edit] Jeep M715 Series

M715 Variants include;

  • M715 - cargo/troop Carrier
  • M724 - cab/chassis
  • M725 - ambulance
  • M726 - telephone maintenance

[edit] Primary function:

The Kaiser provides a couple of wheeled vehicle configurations. These are cargo/troop carrier, ambulances.

  • Length: 220 in (5,588 mm)
  • Width: 85 in (2,159 mm)
  • Weight: 5,180 lb (2,350 kg)
  • Height: 95 in (2,413 mm)
  • Engine: Inline 6-cyl, 230.5ci overhead camshaft "Tornado"
  • Horsepower: 132.5 hp (98.8 kW)
  • Transmission: Warner, T-98 four-speed, synchronized
  • Transfer case: 2 speed, NP200, 1.91:1 low range
  • Axles:
    • front: Dana 60
    • rear: Dana 70 full-floater
    • ratio: 5.87:1
  • Electrical system: 24 volt utilizing two 12 volt batteries in series
  • Brakes: Hydraulic, 4-wheeled drum
  • Fuel type: gas
  • Fuel capacity: 28 US gal (106 L; 23 imp gal)
  • Top Speed: 55 mph (89 km/h)
  • Turning Radius: 28 feet (9 m)
  • Tires: 9.00 x 16 8-ply

[edit] Kaiser

  • The Kaiser Jeep M715 is called a 1¼ ton, or Five quarter ton truck.
  • It was built for the U.S. military based on the civilian Jeep Gladiator.
  • The M715 family saw service in Vietnam.
  • The M715 family was produced from 1967 through 1969.

[edit] Jeep History

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

CUCV, Military Surplus Trucks

In the previous post, I described a military surplus Chevy pickup truck that some friends and I used to haul a camper off a mountain. Here is more information about those trucks, which are a common sight in any town that has a National Guard post.
The truck we used is an M1028A1.

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Commercial Utility Cargo Vehicle

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The Commercial Utility Cargo Vehicle or CUCV Program was instituted to provide the United States military with a cheaper vehicle to augment the purpose-built, but expensive, Gama Goats and Humvees then coming into service. It initially provided Dodge D Series and then Chevrolet C/Ks with several military modifications. All were phased out sooner than expected due to their inability to survive the hardships that the purpose built vehicles could endure. The vehicle has five basic configurations; cargo, utility, ambulance, shelter carrier, and chassis. The vehicles were purchased in the late 1970s and early 1980s from Chrysler Corporation, Dodge Division, and in the late 1980s from General Motors.



[edit] Dodge CUCV's

Dodge M880 right front
Dodge M880 rear

The CUCVs had 12 volt electrical systems and were powered with the 318 cubic inch gasoline engine. The CUCVs were an attempt by the U.S. military to use COTS (commercial, off-the-shelf) vehicles with minor modifications in non-combat roles. They were intended to replace the M37 Cargo Trucks and the M715 Cargo Trucks and related variants.

Around 1973, Dodge began developing the M880 series trucks, which were militarized adaptations of their current model 4x4s. These trucks weren’t known as CUCVs at the time, but were in use for many years. They had two failings, a gasoline powerplant and 12-volt electrical systems. The electrical system was addressed by upgrades where needed, but the gasoline engine was a fatal flaw to a military increasingly going diesel. Around 44,000 were produced during the 1976 and 1977 model years, serving until the early 1990s.

An armoured variant was built by Cadillac Gage as the Ranger.

[edit] Specs

- Chrysler 318 cubic inch engine (5.2 liters) - 2 bbl Carburetor - Torqueflite 727 automatic transmission - New Process 2-speed transfer case, NP203 (full-time 4x4) - Leaf springs all around - Dana 44 solid front axle (1:4.09 gearing) - Dana 60 solid rear axle (full-floating, 1:409 gearing) - Front disc brakes - Rear drum brakes - Manual Steering

M880's and M887's at Fort Riley, Kansas in 1981-83 had one barrel carburetors with leaky fuel bowls. The civilian 2bbl was very superior in off road (oil exploration) service.

[edit] Four wheel drives

  • M880 - Basic Dodge 4x4 Pickup truck Model.
  • M881 - M880 fitted with additional 60-amp 24-volt generator.
  • M882 - M881 fitted with communications equipment.
  • M883 - M881 fitted with slide-in shelter kit.
  • M884 - M880 fitted with 100-amp 24-volt generator and slide-in shelter kit with tie-downs.
  • M885 - M880 fitted with slide-in shelter kit with tie-downs.
  • M886 - Ambulance model based on M880.
  • M887 - Maintenance body based on M880.
  • M888 - Telephone maintenance body based on M880.

[edit] Two wheel drives

  • M890 - 4x2-wheel drive version of the M880.
  • M891 - M890 fitted with additional 60-amp 24-volt generator.
  • M892 - M890 fitted with additional 60-amp 24-volt generator and communications kit.
  • M893 - 2-wheel drive ambulance version.

[edit] General Motors

A Lithuanian ArmyM1008 CUCV Pickup

The GM CUCV's were produced in the 1984-86 time period (mostly 1984) and were powered by 6.2L Detroit Diesel V8 engine. The GM CUCVs were assembled mostly from the heaviest duty bits and pieces from the light commercial truck lines. The CUCVs came in three basic body styles, a pickup, a utility and an ambulance body. A chassis cab fitted with a service body could be called a fourth. They were given “M” numbers and the trucks were all rated as 1-1/4 ton (commonly called a “five-quarter”), even though some of them had payloads in excess of that. The M1008 was the basic 5/4 cargo truck, the M1010 was the ambulance and the M1009 3/4 ton utility rig, which was a stripped Blazer uprated to 3/4-ton capacity. In the truck lines there were some heavy duty variants, to include the M1028, M1028A1, M1028A2 and M1028A3 shelter carriers, the shelter being a mobile command or communications enclosure. The M1031 was the chassis cab which was most commonly found in the two door version. These latter trucks were all rated for heavier 3,600 or 3,900 pound loads, vs. the M1008s 2,900 pound load capacity. The M1028A2 and A3 models had dual rear wheel axles (Dana 70 axle) and are uncommon.

All the CUCVs were powered by GM’s 6.2L J-series Detroit Diesel V8 engine non-emissions diesel. These were rated at 135 hp (101 kW) and 240 lb·ft (325 N·m), which was 5 hp (3.7 kW) more than the emissions gasoline engine of the time. They were all equipped with the TH-400 automatic. All but the M1028A1 and M1031 used a heavy duty version of the NP-208 chain drive transfer case. The M1028A1 and M1031 units had a slip-yoke rear output version of the NP-205, which was specified mainly for its PTO capacity.

The M1009 Blazer used a standard 10-bolt front axle, but had a 10-bolt in back with an Eaton Locker (“Gov-Lok”) and 3.08:1 gears. The trucks all used open Dana 60 front axles, with the M1028 and M1031 series rigs having a Trac-Lok limited slip. In the rear, the M1008s used the beefy GM 10.5-inch (270 mm) “14-bolt” rear axle with No-Spin lockers (the commercial trade name for the Detroit Locker). Axle ratios were 4.56:1, though the duallies are reputed to have had 4.88:1.

As with other military vehicles, the CUCVs used a 24-volt electrical system. It was actually a hybrid 12/24-volt system that used 24-volts under the hood, complete with dual 100 amp alternators, the mandatory NATO slave receptacle for jump starting any NATO vehicle, and hookups for military radios. The rest of the truck was 12-volt. It was a bastardized setup, but it worked.

GM produced some 70,000 from 1983 to 1986 most for the military. For the past several years, GM Defense has been working over the newest GM trucks as CUCV-II and CUCV-III units for a new generation. The older Dodge M880s were used on the battlefield in some of the brush wars of the early 1980s and the results were reported to be “disastrous.” Likewise, the GM CUCVs saw combat time in Desert Storm and as one unit commander said, the results were “less than desirable.” As a result most CUCV's were replaced by the same HMMWV's they were to augment.

The GM CUCV may not have made the grade as a battlefield vehicle, but it served well in its original role as a dollar-saving bridge between out-and-out tactical vehicles and dedicated civilian vehicles. Like the rear echelon human troops, they provided support for the major goals of the military, namely to project a mighty frontline tactical fist wherever needed. There are still many CUCVs wearing green but there are also many that have passed through the surplus gates into civilian life.

[edit] CUCV

  • M1008 - Basic General Motors Model K30903. The M1008 was the most numerous of the CUCV truck types. It was often seen with troop seats for eight in the bed. Some of the unique accoutrements to a CUCV are the military brush bars and tow hooks front and rear, as well as a pintle hitch. These trucks are rated to tow 3,000 pound cross country and were often used to tow the M101 3/4 ton trailer.
  • M1008A1 - M1008 fitted with additional 100-amp 24-volt generator and communications kit.
Right Front view M1009 CUCV
Right View M1009 CUCV
  • M1009 - Utility version of the General Motors Chevy K5 Blazer 2nd edition. The M1009 is a utility rig built from a Blazer and could be used for command and control, as well as simple hack-around duties. It was often seen with radio sets installed, however the large square tube stock mounts prevented the rear seat from being lowered. The M1009 was rated for a 1,200 pound payload and a 3,000 pound towed load. It used the heaviest duty GM springs available for the chassis and the rear axle was a 10-bolt unit. It rolled on 10.00-15 tires, had 3.08 gears and a rear Gov-Lok.
  • M1010 - Ambulance version of the General Motors Model K30903.
  • M1010 [USMC Command] - USMC command post vehicle.
  • M1010 [USMC Ordnance] - USMC ordnance repair truck.
  • M1028 - Shelter carrier version of the General Motors Model K30903.
  • M1028FF - Fire fighting version of the General Motors Model K30903.
  • M1028A1 - Shelter Carrier w/ PTO version of the General Motors Model K30903.
  • M1031 - Chassis of the General Motors Model K30903.

[edit] CUCV Specs

Typical Specifications: '83-8 GM M1008 CUCV Engine 379ci (6.2L) V8 diesel Power: 135 hp (101 kW) @ 3600 rpm Torque: 240 lb·ft (325 N·m) @ 2000 rpm Compression Ratio: 21:1 Transmission: TH-400, 3-speed automatic Transfer Cast NP-208 (unsynchronized) Front Axle an open DANA 60 there was a rare lot with a Spicer Trac-loks on M1028's Rear Axle GM 10.50 (14-bolt), w/Detroit Locker Axle Ratio: 4.56:1 Wheelbase: 131.5 inches GVW 8,800 pounds Curb: Weight: 5,900 pounds Tires: 235/85R-16E Fuel Capacity 20 gallons Fording Depth: 20 inches Approach/Angle: 42 degrees Top Speed: 55 mph (military rating)

[edit] CUCV II

Chevrolet had been building a few CUCV's since the 1986 model year, mainly in low numbers to accommodate military markets that need replacements or other units that need this style of vehicle. In 1996 Chevrolet decided to start building a new generation of a CUCV to try and regain their marketplace in this niche. Mostly the US Air Force was occasionally buying small batches of these units and then GM dubbed them as the CUCV II generation. These were produced through 2001 and were civilian units sent to another plant for "militarization" on special order. They are basic K30's (1 ton chassis) that were originally built as white in color with gray vinyl interiors. After the usual 383 green CARC paint jobs, the bumpers and grill were the next to get customized with pintle and towing/loading shackles, extra leaf springs installed to give them a 5/4 ton rating and a host of other small changes. All CUCV's have a 24volt dual battery starting system, The rest of the truck is 12 volt with resistors on the firewall to bring it down to 12 volts. All heavy duty items are used and they are very similar to the early CUCV's.

[edit] CUCV III

In 2002, GM introduced the CUCV III with the new body shell. Both the II and III come with AM-FM stereo and Air Conditioning. They also come with available options such as: Brushguard, Air Compressor, On Board Navigation System, 120 VAC Inverter, front or rear winch and runflat tires.

[edit] Light Service Support Vehicle

Light Service Support Vehicle (LSSV) (Formerly Commercial Utility Cargo Vehicle - CUCV II AND III) and is known in Canadian service as the Light Utility Vehicle Wheeled (LUVW), 4x4, MIL COTS. The LSSV is a GM-built Silverado 2500 HD and is powered by a Duramax 6.6 liter turbo diesel engine. The LSSV is available in a crew cab or standard cab. It can also be equipped with the Enhanced Mobility Package which adds underbody protection, a tire pressure monitoring system, and other upgrades. All LSSV's are produced by AM General, a unit of MacAndrews and Forbes Holdings.

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