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GMC Model AFKX 4x4 Truck

The GMC Model AFKX, 4x4 Cab Over Engine (COE) truck was produced between 1939-1942 by General Motors Truck & Coach (Pontiac, MI). There were a number of chassis and body types:

  • AFKX-352, 1 1/2 - 3-ton 4x4
  • AFKX-502, 2 1/2-ton 4x4 Tractor
  • AFKX-804, 4-ton 4x4

The AFKX-352 was used with the Shop Van body, the AFKX-502 tractor's mission was to haul cavalry horses in stock trailers, while the AFKX-804 was used as an Army Air Corps radio van.

All AFKX models use the GMC 426 6 cyl. engine with a four speed (352) or five speed (502, 804) transmission mated to a two-speed transfer case. The AFKWX-353 is another COE design of the same time period which shares running gear with the AFKX, but the AFKWX-353 has two rear axles, rated at 2 1/2 tons.

Manuals for this vehicle include:

  • TM 10-1136 Maintenance Manual and Parts List, Truck, 1 1/2- to 3-ton, 4 x 4, COE GMC Model AFKX-352 (8 August 1941)
  • TM 10-1214 Parts List, Truck, 1 1/2- to 3-ton, 4 x 4, GMC Model AFKX-352 (3 October 1941)
  • TM 10-1215 Maintenance Manual, Truck, 1 1/2- to 3-ton, 4 x 4, GMC Model AFKX-352 (3 December 1941)
  • TM 10-1226 Parts List, Truck, 1 1/2- to 3-ton, 4 x 4, GMC Model AFKX-352 (24 September 1941)
  • TM 10-1231 Maintenance Manual, Truck, 1 1/2- to 3-ton, 4 x 4, GMC Model AFKX-352 (26 September 1941)
  • TB 9-2830-21 Technical Bulletin: Conversion of GMC T16 (1938) and AFKX (1940) Four Speed Truck Transmission for Use as 1941 and 1942 Chevrolet 1 1/2 ton Truck Transmission (1944)

GMC Model AFKX, 4x4 truck chassis.
GMC Model AFKX, 4x4 truck chassis.

GMC Model AFKX-352, 4x4, Shop Van.
GMC Model AFKX-352, 4x4, Shop Van.

GMC Model AFKX-804, 4-ton, 4x4 Radio Van.
GMC Model AFKX-804, 4-ton, 4x4 Radio Van.

GMC Model AFKX-804, 4-ton, 4x4 Radio Van, panels opened.
GMC Model AFKX-804, 4-ton, 4x4 Radio Van, panels opened.