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Since we still needed to get the truck on the trailer, we threw in two Yellow Top deep-cycle Optima batteries. You need two batteries because almost every military vehicle runs on 24 volts. The CUCVs use two alternators and two batteries in series to run the 24-volt starter, though everything else on the truck is 12-volt. We added a few gallons of diesel fuel, checked to make sure all the belts were tight and the radiator had fluid and the engine had oil (it didn't), and twisted the key. To our amazement the old beast rattled to life and easily lugged itself up onto the trailer. We were smiling like fools on our trip home with our new camouflaged toy.