View Full Version : WWII Studebaker US-6 on GB

01-13-2009, 12:03
Saw this listed on Gunbroker. It's a rare bird - compared to the CCKW, there are only a handful of US-6s left in the states, most of them went over to Russia via Lend-Lease.


01-13-2009, 12:08
Mike is correct, the US-6 is significantly less common than the CCKW.

That one has some strange mods, like those front fender skirts. I wonder how bad the rear frame is butchered up for that dump box.

US-6/CCKW beds aren't easy to come by either.

Hmmm........ only 1,830 miles from me.

01-13-2009, 13:44
Here is one that is available in SE Oregon that is a 1945 model. It has had the frame lengthened so it could have a agricultural bin-type box put on it for hauling sugar beets. The engine had been replaced with a GMC 6-cylinder which bit the dust in about '97 and has been sitting ever since. I think the guy would take $500-$750 for it.

01-13-2009, 14:06
tough looking trucks... wish I had the time and space.

01-13-2009, 15:15
So were they used for things like the CCKW? Another verison or a troop carrier/cargo truck ?

01-13-2009, 15:18
Yes. The ones sent to Russia were used for cargo, but a lot were also modifed as rocket-launching trucks called "Stalin's Organs". Sent wave after wave of unguided rockets at the Germans.

01-13-2009, 15:35
Oh ok , I got ya now .

01-14-2009, 00:59
And I thought the M35 had a strange shift pattern.

Desert Deuce
01-14-2009, 01:31
That 1st gear must be a compound low.

Bill W
01-14-2009, 08:12
The Russians acknowledged very little of what we did for them in WWII
But they loved the US-6 so much that they did send a letter of appreciation to Studebaker

02-11-2009, 19:30
Not lend-leased to Russia, but my (FWD HAR-1) truck was lend-leased to here in the UK and Australia. None apart from one which was shipped back in the 80s have surfaced state side.

02-11-2009, 21:09
They (the Russians) also copied the US-6 truck up into the 1960s. There was a very bad flaw in the cab area of the US-6, Studabacker know about it, but the military would not let them correct it due to it would mean stopping production. When the Russians started copieing the US-6 after WWII.....they even copied the flaw in the cab.
Years ago, I wrote a story for Army Motors (MVPA) about finding some US-6s here in North Carolina. They all marked as being used on the Alaskan highway during 1942!
One more note on the US-6, it was not like the CCKW as far as carrieing wieght. The US-6 was more like the M35 on being heavy duty. The CCKW was more on the light truck side, she had a very weak clutch, and could not carry nearly as much as the US-6, or the International 6x6. The good thing about the CCKW is a they made a bunch of them to move the goods.
One of the few, Frank USMC RET

03-25-2009, 21:09
I saw a US-6 in a junk yard near here the other day. It was really rough, but its the first one I have ever seen in person. I can't remember if it had the original bed on it or not. If anyone is interested let me know and I will see if I can find out more about it.

Two Dogs
07-23-2009, 16:16
A large no of US6's went to Australia, this is the best source for used parts.

03-12-2010, 23:34
Dont mean to hash up old posts but is this still around?? The one from around Idaho.
I would be interested in some parts off her.

03-13-2010, 02:37
US-6? in Ohio

03-17-2010, 22:57
Where did you find that one?? It looks like a civilian truck but still might have some parts on it


05-06-2010, 10:08
That truck looks very much like it has more Chev 4x4 1 1/2 Ton than Stude content Southdave