Military vehicles are a well built, have tough durable parts that will outlast almost anything, and the best part of all is they can take a beating! If you’ve been reading Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road for some time now, you probably remember Fred’s awesome old Army truck. It was pretty well built and even featured a 5-speed manual transmission (It had a 4-speed manual transmission at one point as well) that was swapped in favor of rowing your own gears. You can read more about that here: http://www.fourwheeler.com/how-to/transmission-drivetrain/131-0705-1986-chevy-1-ton-5-speed-manual-transmission-swap/
That truck was pretty bulletproof and had a cool factor that would rival Frank Sinatra in his glory days. Unfortunately, the M1008 CUCV was stolen by some lowlife scoundrels. Well fast forward to six years later and Fred has finally found his new, to him, M1008 CUCV. What could be cooler than the clattering of a naturally aspirated 6.2-liter Detroit Diesel powering an old military bowtie truck?
On this episode of Dirt Every Day, Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road Tech Editor Fred Williams, shows us his newest project vehicle, an M1008 CUCV military truck that’s been dubbed the Alabama Army Truck. See what it takes to get one of these classic compression ignition engines to come to life after sitting for a long time. And for those of you timid in the art of wrenching, no spark plugs were harmed in the making of this episode.
If that’s not enough to tickle your fancy, how about some good old fashioned wheeling in the hills in an olive drab green truck that’s low on power but big on torque?