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Truck, Cargo, 1 1/4 ton, 4x4 M-883 CUCV
The M-883 Truck, Cargo, 1 1/4 ton, 4x4 w/28v, 60-Amp and S250 Communications Shelter Tie-Down Kit (NSN 2320-00-579-8959) is a model of the M880 Dodge Commercial Utility Cargo Vehicles (CUCV) series of trucks. The linked page provides more information on the general characteristics of the Dodge CUCV trucks and a directory of links to Olive-Drab.com pages for other models of the series.
The Truck, Cargo, 1 1/4 ton, 4x4 M-883 is not visually distinct from the M880 cargo truck except for the S250 shelter kit installed in the cargo box. The shelter is secured with tie down straps. The only other significant difference is the installed 24 volt, 60-Amp Generator Kit. The M883 vehicle has auxiliary rear springs installed.
Tabulated data for the Truck, Cargo, 1 1/4 ton, 4x4 M-883 CUCV:
318 cid gasoline V8, 150 bhp @ 4000 rpm, 230 ft-lbs torque @ 2400 rpm with 2 bbl Carter or Holley carb
Chrysler Torqueflite 727 Automatic, 3 fwd, 1 rev
New Process NP203, 2 speed, full-time 4x4, chain drive
Dana 44 front, Dana 60 rear, 4.10:1
Curb Weight (w/o shelter)
4648 lbs (2108 kg)
2500 lbs (1134 kg)
7748 lbs (3515 kg)
131.00 in (332.74 cm)
218.74 in (555.6 cm)
79.50 in (201.93 cm)
73.85 in (187.58 cm)
12 volt system plus add-on 24 volt, 60-Amp Generator Kit
Hydraulic, front disc, rear drum
16 inches w/o kit
8.50 in (unloaded), 8.00 in (loaded)
9:50 R, 16.5 LT, 4 R-D Cust Flexsteel XG
45 PSI front, 55 PSI rear
20 Gallons US (75.7 liters)
Maximum Speeds At Governed RPM High Range
1st 25 mph 2nd 45 mph 3rd 70 mph
Maximum Speeds At Governed RPM Low Range
1st 10 mph 2nd 19 mph 3rd 19 mph
Manuals for the M880 series trucks will be numbered TM9-2320-266-xx where the xx represents the maintenance level. The Shelter Tiedown Kit (NSN 5410-01-026-4708) and its installation in M-880 series vehicles are described in SB 11-640. You can purchase the Dodge CUCV manuals at ABE Books.
Reference drawing of Truck, Cargo, 1 1/4 ton, 4x4 M-883 Dodge CUCV.
9th Infantry Div. Communications shelter equipped M-880 series truck on the deck of the rapid-response vehicle cargo ship USNS Regulus (T-AKR-292), Tacoma, WA, 16 February 1988. This vehicle would be M883, M884 or M885 depending on other options installed.