Deuce and a Half

2.5-ton 6×6 trucks.

May 252006
M35A2C 2.5-Ton 6x6 Cargo Truck

Since I’ve sold my other 2.5-ton 6×6 trucks (I had as many as 6 at one time!), this is now my only one left. This M35A2C is a cargo truck, which is the same as the most common M35A2 truck except that it is equipped with an improved cargo bed whose sides fold down to allow loading with a forklift from the side. This kind of truck can also carry a communications shelter, such as my S-448.

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Mar 182001
M44-Series 2.5-Ton 6x6 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!

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Dec 031999
M44-Series Truck Parts Cross-Reference

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.

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Nov 241999
M44-Series 2.5-Ton 6x6 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):

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Sep 071999
TM 11-2300-353-15-2: Instructions for Installing Radio Set     AN/VRC-12 Installation Unit in Truck, 2 1/2-Ton, 6x6, 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… :-)

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