got myself a 1985 M1028A3 Dually CUCV with 28.xxx miles

what to do

  • Keep

    Votes: 21 55.3%
  • sell

    Votes: 7 18.4%
  • I want it

    Votes: 10 26.3%

  • Total voters
    38

R-Overland

Adventurer
I cleaned her up today .
put some fresh oil in her. and Transmission and radiator fluid.
After charging the batteries , she fired right up ...purring like a Kitten.
 

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chilliwak

Expedition Leader
I think you have a fine rig there R overland. I am looking forward to seeing what you do with the truck. Any ideas for upgrades or expo outfitting? Cheers, Chilli....:)
 

Dave Kay

Adventurer
Little update on the looks.
She's coming around , it seems
Awesome dude~! Definitely an M1028 and I see it even has the ALWAYS lovingly placed forklift bash on driver's side bed--- my 1008 has 'em on both sides~! Wish you all the luck and BTW, did anybody tell you about this site here - LINK - tons O' Info. Also, What part of Floridee are you from? Was raised on the Gulf Coast myself.

ciao~!:drool:
 

R-Overland

Adventurer
Awesome dude~! Definitely an M1028 and I see it even has the ALWAYS lovingly placed forklift bash on driver's side bed--- my 1008 has 'em on both sides~! Wish you all the luck and BTW, did anybody tell you about this site here - LINK - tons O' Info. Also, What part of Floridee are you from? Was raised on the Gulf Coast myself.

ciao~!:drool:
I am at the Treasure coast FL and bought this truck up in Pensacola. was quite a trip with that kind of weight in the back (did all sorts of nasty oscillations). Especially since I drove my modded Range Rover with 6.2L HMMWV Diesel and 5 speed manual
Haha I like that ' lovingly placed forklift bash'
BTW thank you for the link :)
 

Dave Kay

Adventurer
I am at the Treasure coast FL and bought this truck up in Pensacola. was quite a trip with that kind of weight in the back (did all sorts of nasty oscillations). Especially since I drove my modded Range Rover with 6.2L HMMWV Diesel and 5 speed manual
Haha I like that ' lovingly placed forklift bash'
BTW thank you for the link :)
Alrighty then, Treasure Coast is awfully scenic, or it WAS last time I drove A1A, hope to see it again before my old bucket gets kicked.

Also, it looks from the engine compartment pics like you still have the original resistor bank in the glow plug sys. Not a bad thing but I did the--- GP controller bybass to manual momentary--- and a starter relay upgrade AKA "Doghead Relay" in that posted link. Consequently you can then just remove the resistor bank after that, it's useless weight.

The Doghead Relay upgrade is highly recommended if you're not overly familiar with the military 24 volt starter system and the relay is located under the dash, not too hard to reach. Another thing I would recommend (by my own misfortune) is a complete starting sys cleanup, batt cables, starter posts and anything else connected to starting sys PLUS--- do, do, DO--- be sure the starter has it's factory tail piece mounting brace installed and torqued proper. Give those 2 starter bolts a gentle 30-40 ft lbs of torque too while your at it.

Tho I see you've 6.2-ed your Range Rover, these mil-spec 24 v starters are ring-gear killers if all is not perfect in their little world. They only like clean voltage and all factory-like mounting tight in place. So many guys on Steel Soldiers forum have posted so many horror stories I won't go into, but suffice to say that even my 1008's FIRST starter ate the ring-gear before I could get to its needs, and it weren't no fun replacing~!
Alright--- too much already~!

Good luck:sombrero:
 
Nice rig. That suure is a heavy load for the rover. I don't think I would feel safe towing a diesel dually with a range. I like both your trucks tho. I could definatly belive the millage. Heck my truck was not ex mill and had 30K when I got it. Was real beat up looking because it was a farm truck its whole life.

The thing with the Millitary trucks is not so much the Millage but the hours of run time. My first truck was a 1977 Dodge M880. It had low millage of 45,000 (was used as a brush fire rig by the park servace after leaving the millitary) but that truck had ran idling for long long periods of time. Still was a great truck but the motor was worn.
 

R-Overland

Adventurer
Nice rig. That suure is a heavy load for the rover. I don't think I would feel safe towing a diesel dually with a range. I like both your trucks tho. I could definatly belive the millage. Heck my truck was not ex mill and had 30K when I got it. Was real beat up looking because it was a farm truck its whole life.

The thing with the Millitary trucks is not so much the Millage but the hours of run time. My first truck was a 1977 Dodge M880. It had low millage of 45,000 (was used as a brush fire rig by the park servace after leaving the millitary) but that truck had ran idling for long long periods of time. Still was a great truck but the motor was worn.
I agree with the mileage issue, they let them idle for quite some time. When she runs she really sounds like barely driven , though. very smooth.
 

R-Overland

Adventurer
Got all the lights sorted and changed the starter relay for the more powerful starter safe model
next up is to get rid of the ' lovingly placed forklift bash' and then paint her back in olive drab green
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R-Overland

Adventurer
Here is what she looks like as of today.
I am leaning toward selling her. So if you want her PM me with an offer.
Again it's a M1028A3 with 28.000 original miles courtesy of Air Force. They said I can get $5.000 for it.
M1028A3 Truck, Shelter Carrier, Tactical, 1 1/4 Ton, 4x4 (Same as M1028A2 with NP208 plus dual rear wheels) (NSN 2320-01-325-1937)
Engine GM (Detroit Diesel) 379 cu in. (6.2L) J-series non-emissions diesel V-8 engine, 135hp@3600rpm
Transmission GM TH400 (Turbo Hydramatic 400) automatic transmission with 3 forward and 1 reverse speeds
Transfer Case Manual NP208, except NP205 on M1028A1 and M1028A2. The NP205 has a Power Take-Off capability to use engine power for auxiliary equipment.
Axles All axles full floating. Front axle on all variants is Dana 60 with Spicer Trac-lok (limited slip) and locking hubs, ratio: 4.56:1.
Rear axle on M1028 and A1: 10.5 inch Corporate 14 Bolt with "No-spin/Detroit" differential locker.
Rear axle on M1028A2 and A3: Dana 70HD, w/ Detroit Locker, Ratio: 4.56:1, Ratio: 4.56:1
Curb Weight 5800 lbs (2633 kg) M1028, M1028A1
6120 lbs (2778 kg) M1028A2, M1028A3
Payload 3600 lbs (1634 kg) M1028, M1028A1
3940 lbs (1789 kg) M1028A2, M1028A3
Towed Load Allowance Equipped to tow M101 Series 3/4 ton trailers with maximum towed load of 3100 Ibs. Tongue load not to exceed 300 Ibs.
GVW 9400 lbs (4288 kg) M1028, M1028A1
10,120 lbs (4594 kg) M1028A2, M1028A3
Wheelbase 131.5 in (334 cm)
Length 220.7 in (560.6 cm)
Width 81.2 in (206.2 cm) M1028, M1028A1
95.8 in (243.3 cm) M1028A2, M1028A3
Height 107.1 in (272 cm) (varies with different shelters)
Electrical 12/24 volt dual voltage, 100 amp or 200 amp electrical system
Brakes Hydraulically activated, power-assisted front disc and rear drum service brakes, silicone fluid
Fording 16 inches (40 cm)
Ground Clearance 7.7 in (19.6 cm) (minimum, rear axle @ GVW)
Tires LT235/85R-16E Steel Belted Radials
Tire Pressure
Model Front Rear Spare
M1028 45 psi (310 kPa) 65 psi (448 kPa)* 80 psi (552 kPa)
M1028A1 45 psi (310 kPa) 65 psi (448 kPa)* 80 psi (552 kPa)
M1028A2 45 psi (310 kPa) 45 psi (310 kPa) 45 psi (310 kPa)
M1028A3 45 psi (310 kPa) 45 psi (310 kPa) 45 psi (310 kPa)
*Rear tire pressure with shelter loaded is 80 psi (552 kPa).
Fuel Tank 20 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)

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chilliwak

Expedition Leader
I really like the look of that truck in olive green. I am looking forward to seeing the progres of your build.:)
 
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