We love coming across Militarized Chevrolet Blazers such as this 1986 M1009 CUCV you can find here on Craigslist in Auburn, New York where the private seller is currently asking $5,900 or best reasonable offer. Based on the civilian version estimates listed on the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool, the seller has his Army version listed for $3,700 less than the #4 “Fair” value for a civilian version of a K10 Silverado Blazer diesel from the same year.
A detailed description of what this militarized Blazer comes equipped with is in order. 1984 was the first year GM provided the U.S. military with Commercial Utility Cargo Vehicles, or “CUCV” in military-speak. Replacing the M880/M890 series produced by Chrysler, the CUCV represented General Motors’ first major light-truck military vehicle production since World War II. GM assembled CUCVs existing heavy duty light commercial truck parts. GM offered four versions of CUCVs: the M1008 basic cargo truck, the M1010 ambulance, the M1031 chassis cab, and the M1009 Chevrolet Blazer uprated to 3/4 Ton capacity featured here. All CUCVs featured GM’s 6.2L J-series Detroit Diesel with no emissions equipment rated at 155 horsepower and 240 foot-pounds of torque that were connected to a GM TurboHydramatic 400 automatic transmission. Power is sent to the four wheels via a GM chain driven NP208 transfer case and 10-bolt axles both front and rear featuring 3.08:1 gears. Interestingly, the rear axle came equipped with an Eaton Automatic Differential Lock. Being a military vehicle, the CUCVs used a hybrid 12/24 volt electrical system: 24-volts under the hood, 24 volt starter, complete with dual 100 amp alternators, the mandatory NATO slave receptacle for jump starting any NATO vehicle, and hookups for military radios. The rest of the truck was 12-volt. Fun fact: from the factory these vehicles are speed governed to only 55 miles per hour, so the seller’s comment his CUCV cruises at 70 miles per hour means he’s removed it.
The civilian seller notes that his M1008, “Runs perfectly. Everything works as it should. Drives like a dream without the mechanical or electrical issues associated with more modern versions.” The seller does provide a picture of the one rear wheel arch that has repairable rust and if you look closely there are a number of dents and bends in the bodywork.
Whether you’re looking for a hunting vehicle or an all-out apocalypse runner, this Military spec Blazer appears up to the task. Good luck with the purchase!