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Truck, Cargo, 1 1/4 ton, 4x4 M-1008

The M-1008 is a Commercial Utility Cargo Vehicle (CUCV pronounced "cuck-vee"), a military modified Chevrolet commercial pick-up truck, based on the General Motors Model K30903 pickup. The CUCVs were an attempt by the U.S. military to use COTS (commercial, off-the-shelf) vehicles with minor modification in non-combat roles. This effort to save money was not very successful and eventually most CUCV units where replaced by the HMMWV.

Truck, Cargo, 1 1/4 ton, 4x4 M-1008 at a Lithuanian checkpoint during exercise Baltic Challenge '98, 22 July 1998
Truck, Cargo, 1 1/4 ton, 4x4 M-1008 at a Lithuanian checkpoint during exercise Baltic Challenge '98, 22 July 1998.

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M1008 Truck, Cargo, Tactical, 1 1/4 Ton, 4x4 Chevrolet CUCV

The M1008 cargo truck (pick-up body) is the base model of the M10xx Chevy Commercial Utility Cargo Vehicles (CUCV) series of trucks. The linked page provides more information on the general characteristics of the Chevrolet CUCV trucks, varaints and kits, and a directory of links to Olive-Drab.com pages for other models of the series.

The M1008 (NSN 2320-01-123-6827) and M1008A1 (NSN 2320-01-123-2671) are light commercial trucks, with military modifications, designed to provide standard tactical mobility and to carry cargo or passengers. The M1008 and M1008A1 can be equipped with troop seats to accommodate up to eight personnel in the pickup bed. The M1008A1 includes a 100 amp/24 volt communications kit. A folding cargo cover and bows are also available as a kit to cover the cargo box.

The M1008A1 is sometimes referred to as the "CUCV II".

The M1008 evolved to the M1028 CUCV series of trucks, visually almost identical but with heavier suspension and other components to carry communications/electronics shelters and equipment.

Tabulated data for the M1008 Truck, Cargo, Tactical, 1 1/4 Ton, 4x4 CUCV:

EngineGM (Detroit Diesel) 379 cu in. (6.2L) J-series non-emissions diesel V-8 engine, 135hp@3600rpm
TransmissionGM TH400 (Turbo Hydramatic 400) automatic transmission with 3 forward and 1 reverse speeds
Transfer CaseManual NP208
AxlesDana 60 front, 10.5 in Corporate 14 Bolt rear diff (w/Detroit Locker). Lockout hubs on front axle. 4.56:1 ratio.
GVWR Weight8800 lbs (4000 kg)
Curb Weight (Total)5900 lbs (2679 kg) distributed 55% front/45% rear
Payload2900 lbs (1317 kg)
Towed Load Allowance3000 lbs (1361 kg)
GVW8800 lbs (3995 kg)
Wheelbase131.5 in (334 cm)
Length220.7 in (560.6 cm)
Width81.2 in (206.2 cm)
Height75.4 in (191.5 cm)
Electrical12/24 volt dual voltage, 100 amp electrical system
BrakesHydraulically activated, power-assisted front disc and rear drum service brakes, silicone fluid
Fording20 in (50.8 cm) w/o kit
Ground Clearance7.8 in (19.8 cm), rear axle @ GVW
TiresLT235/85R-16E Steel Belted Radials
Tire Pressure45 psi (310 kPa) front, 65 psi (448 kPa) rear, spare same as rear
Fuel Tank20 Gallons US (75.7 liters)
Maximum Speeds At Governed RPM
High Range
1st 25 mph (40.2 kph)
2nd 35 mph (56.3 kph)
Drv 55 mph (88.5 kph)
Rev 9 mph (24.5 kph)
Maximum Speeds At Governed RPM
Low Range
1st 14 mph (22.5 kph)
2nd 23 mph (37.0 kph)
Drv 35 mph (56.3 kph)
Rev 6 mph ( 9.6 kph)

Manuals for the M1008, M1009, M10xx Chevrolet CUCV trucks will be numbered TM9-2320-289-xx where the xx represents the maintenance level. You can purchase the Chevrolet CUCV manuals at ABE Books.

Find additional photos and hi-res versions of the Chevrolet M1008 1 1/4-ton, 4x4 CUCV at the Olive-Drab Military Mashup:

M1008 CUCV pickup truck. Courtesy: Government Liquidation LLC
M1008 CUCV pickup, engine compartment. Courtesy: Government Liquidation LLC
M1008 CUCV pickup truck.  Courtesy: Government Liquidation LLC
Dozens of M998 HMMWVs, CUCV light trucks (M1008 or 1028 series) and other vehicles sit in rows in a staging area prior to being backloaded aboard a maritime pre-positioning ship near the conclusion of Exercise Ocean Venture 88, US Naval Station, Roosevelt Road, Puerto Rico, 30 Mar 1988.
M1008 CUCV pickup truck.  Courtesy: Government Liquidation LLC
Military vehicles (M-151 w/trailer, M-1008 CUCV, M-113 APC, others) and ground support equipment are transported on a floating causeway to shore from the vehicle cargo ship USNS ALTAIR (T-AKR 291) during Exercise GALLANT EAGLE 86, CA, 14 July 1986.

M1008 CUCV Photo Gallery

Truck, Cargo, 1 1/4 ton, 4x4 M-1008 CUCV.  Thanks to Shane Deemer, Military Rails Online, for proper ID of this photo
Truck, Cargo, 1 1/4 ton, 4x4 M-1008 CUCV. Thanks to Shane Deemer, Military Rails Online, for proper ID of this photo.

Dataplate, Truck, Cargo, 1 1/4 ton, 4x4 M-1008. Photo: Government Liquidation.com

Dataplate, Truck, Cargo, 1 1/4 ton, 4x4 M-1008 CUCV. Photo: Government Liquidation.com

>Shipping Dataplate, Truck, Cargo, 1 1/4 ton, 4x4 M-1008. Photo: Government Liquidation.com

Shipping Dataplate, Truck, Cargo, 1 1/4 ton, 4x4 M-1008 CUCV. Photo: Government Liquidation.com

Truck, Cargo, 1 1/4 ton, 4x4 M-1008
Truck, Cargo, 1 1/4 ton, 4x4 M-1008 CUCV.

Truck, Cargo, 1 1/4 ton, 4x4 M-1008. Photo: Government Liquidation.com

Truck, Cargo, 1 1/4 ton, 4x4 M-1008 CUCV. Photo: Government Liquidation.com

Truck, Cargo, 1 1/4 ton, 4x4 M-1008. Photo: Government Liquidation.com

Truck, Cargo, 1 1/4 ton, 4x4 M-1008 CUCV. Photo: Government Liquidation.com

Truck, Cargo, 1 1/4 ton, 4x4 M-1008. Photo: Government Liquidation.com

Truck, Cargo, 1 1/4 ton, 4x4 M-1008 CUCV. Photo: Government Liquidation.com

Cab interior, Truck, Cargo, 1 1/4 ton, 4x4 M-1008. Photo: Government Liquidation.com

Cab interior, Truck, Cargo, 1 1/4 ton, 4x4 M-1008 CUCV. Photo: Government Liquidation.com

Pickup bed, Truck, Cargo, 1 1/4 ton, 4x4 M-1008. Photo: Government Liquidation.com

Pickup bed, Truck, Cargo, 1 1/4 ton, 4x4 M-1008 CUCV. Photo: Government Liquidation.com

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