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Posted last week here on Craigslist in Churchton, Maryland is this fair condition, 1985 Chevrolet Blazer M1009 CUCV the civilian caretaker is currently asking $3,500 for.  If you are seriously considering purchasing this CUCV you can email the owner here to start the conversation.

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 using 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 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,

The private seller is relying on the extensive pictures provided as his post description is limited to simply “85 Chevy M1009 6.2 diesel 4×4.”  Consequently, you’ll need to interview the owner in more detail to understand what mechanical or electrical issues this M1009 currently has.  Cosmetically, the dashboard pad is completely shot and the aftermarket seat covers most likely indicate the seats are not much better.  While the shots of the underside hint at a solid frame, this example exhibits the typical floor and rocker panel rust these “Square Body” based Blazers typically have.

Good luck with the purchase!

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