Very Flexible Fuel: 1986 Chevrolet M1009 CUCV – SOLD?

Jun 2020 | Classifinds, Truckin Tuesday

August 16 – Update – The Craigslist ad used for this post expired, so with no replacement found, we’re calling this one “Sold!”

During these trying times, it’s easy to understand why some people might want a vehicle they can trust to have the flexibility to run on multiple fuels while supplies are limited.  That’s one of the reasons we love coming across Militarized Chevrolet Blazers such as this 1986 M1009 CUCV listed on Craigslist in Mertztown, Pennsylvania where the private seller is currently asking $7,500.  Based on the civilian version estimates listed on the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool, the seller has his Army version listed for $1,300 less than the #4 “Fair” value for a civilian version of a K10 Silverado Blazer diesel from the same year.  If you are serious about buying this M1009, you can start the conversation by calling the private seller listed in their ad.

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. Additionally, as the current caretaker states, these diesel engines are capable of running on a variety of fuels, depending on what’s readily available. Also noteworthy is that these vehicles are speed governed to only 55 miles per hour, so you’ll need to confirm with the seller whether removing that system was part of the de-militarization of this CUCV.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“For Sale: 1986 Chevrolet M1009 military K5 Blazer. 6.2 Detroit diesel, TH400 auto trans.,NP208 transfer case with lockout hubs and 10 bolt axles. Inside floors bed lined. New 33” tires, all new steering linkage and ball joints. New headliner with the radio mounted and speakers. Great Bug Out vehicle! Can run on D1, D2, D5 Diesel. In an emergency, can run on Kerosene, Heating Oil, Jet Fuel. Asking $7500.00 Please call show contact info

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