Deuce and a Half
2.5-ton 6×6 trucks.
This truck has already been sold. I’m preserving the for-sale listing here because I’ve received many compliments about its thoroughness, and there are lots of good pictures here.
I sold this truck in September, 2005, and I’ve preserved the for-sale listing because it has lots of good pictures of the truck.
M44-Series 2.5-Ton 6×6 Truck Brake Vent Modification
This page contains excerpts from PS Magazine (a monthly magazine published by the US Government for Army personnel involved in maintenance) which describe how to perform a necessary brake vent modification on M44-series 2.5-ton 6×6 trucks such as the M35 cargo trucks or my M109A3 shop van. I used to have a couple of pages with many PS Magazine excerpts with 2.5-ton and HMMWV tips, but they are no longer necessary now that you can download individual articles from 1988 on at the PS Magazine web site. I kept these particular excerpts here because the vent line modification was published in 1983, and is not yet available on the PS Magazine web site. It’s a very good idea to check the PS Magazine index for other articles which may apply to your truck. For example, there’s an article in issue 542 (January, 1998) which describes a necessary brake light switch modification which replaces the old hydraulic pressure actuated switch, which could blow out and leave you rolling without brakes!
This page lists cross-reference data for some of the common expendable supplies and replacement parts used by the M44-series 2.5-ton 6×6 trucks with LD-465-* and LDT-465-* multifuel engines, such as the M35A2 cargo truck and the M109A3 shop van. This data may not be applicable to trucks with other engines (such as the OA-331 gasoline or LDS-427-* multifuel engines). I will update it occasionally as I find more information. Please comment if you find any errors, or if you can provide any more information.
M44-Series 2.5-Ton 6×6 Trucks
This page contains pictures of various M44-series 2.5-ton 6×6 trucks. This is one of the families of trucks commonly called “deuce-and-a-half” trucks, due to the 2.5-ton off-road cargo capacity of the basic cargo configuration. They are also commonly called “multifuel” trucks, because all but the earliest versions were made with multifuel diesel engines. The M44 series includes the following trucks (most of these trucks were made in several versions; for example, the M35 was also made in later versions called M35A1 and M35A2):
Systematic Inspection Procedure for the 2-1/2 Ton Truck
Here is a scanned copy of GTA #9-1-185, dated October, 1977, which details a 140-step inspection procedure for M44-series 2.5-ton “Multifuel” trucks. The document is seven pages long.
This page contains links to scanned images of electrical wiring diagrams for the M44-series 2.5-ton 6×6 “Multifuel” trucks. These diagrams were scanned at 300 DPI from TM 9-2320-209-20-2-2, dated May, 1981.
TM 11-2300-353-15-2: Instructions for Installing Radio Set AN/VRC-12 Installation Unit in Truck, 2 1/2-Ton, 6×6, M34, M35, M135 and M211
This page contains links to scanned images of a 1966 installation manual which describes the “correct” way to install radio set AN/VRC-12 in 2.5-ton 6×6 trucks. Each page was scanned at 150 DPI and saved as a GIF image. This is the complete manual; the original was unbound, and consisted of two double-sided sheets followed by five foldouts, 3-hole punched and stapled together without any cover. The scans were performed by Buzz KD7BZ, and then I touched them up and spliced together the foldouts. Buzz’s scans looked better before I converted them to 2-color images to make the files smaller… :-)
Here are a few pictures I took at the 1999 Military Radio Collector’s Group meeting at Camp San Luis Obispo in San Luis Obispo, CA. This meeting was held on Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1, 1999. The 2000 MRCG meeting will be held on Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6, 2000.