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Posted recently on Craigslist in Port Republic, New Jersey is this driver quality, 30K original mile former Air Force 1977 Dodge M880 CUCV the civilian caretaker asked $3,800 for.
As a way to save taxpayer money, in the mid-1970s, the United States Military developed the Commercial Utility Cargo Vehicle (“CUCV”) program to purchase light utility vehicles based on civilian trucks. The intent of CUCVs was to perform “background” roles, providing support for frontline forces, such as cargo transport, troop transport, first aid, and communications. CUCVs were not built for direct frontline combat use. Specifically, since the windshield, other glass, and body panels are off-the-shelf civilian grade, CUCVs offered no protection from firearms or explosives. Consequently, starting in the 1980s the U.S. Military began replacing CUCVs with High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (“HMMWV” or “Humvee”).
In 1973 Chrysler began developing militarized adaptations of their civilian Dodge trucks. In 1976 Dodge launched the militarized version of their civilian trucks as the M880/M890 series to replace the antiquated Dodge M37 Power Wagon and Kaiser Jeep M715 trucks and their variants. The 1¼ ton (nicknamed the “five-quarter”) M880-series was based on the Dodge W200 3/4 ton civilian pickup upgraded to have the 2,500 pound (or “5/4”) cargo rating.
All M880s used Chrysler’s 318 cubic inch V8 topped with either a Carter or Holly two-barrel carburetor and were rated at 150 horsepower and 230 pound-feet of torque. Like the example featured here, most were equipped with Chrysler LoadFlite 727 3-speed automatic transmission connected to a two-speed New Process NP203 transfer case. A Dana 4.10:1 front axle and floating Dana 60 4:10.1 rear axle equipped with disc and drum brakes, respectively completed the setup. Dodge 880s had a Military rated top speed of 70 mph.
M880s had a conventional 12-volt electrical system; a separate 24-volt system was added to certain variants of the trucks to power communications units, but this precluded power steering on those units—the pump location being taken up by the 24-volt generator. Around 44,000 M880/M890s were produced during the 1976–1977 model years and were used by the Army and Air Force until the late 1990s.
Here’s the private seller’s description of his Dodge M880:
“Selling my Dodge M880 military truck.This is a ex air force truck with very low original miles (around 30.000) I drive this truck every week and it runs and drives fine, but it does need some attention.It has a 4 in lift with 36” military “Humvee” tires.Body is straight but does have some rust issues. Has a 318 v8 and auto trans power steering Troop seats shown in bed are not included.”
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