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    Default Picking up a M1008, I have a few questions.

    It' a clean truck, 36K original miles, came out of Fort Polk. It needs new door lock tumblers, not sure what the standard protocol is there? I would like to run 35's, possibly 37's, any suggestions on the best lifts? What about 17" wheel options? Has anyone added air conditioning and if so are there standard kits or write-ups? I'm not sure I would but it's something worth considering here in south Texas.

    I am looking to use it to haul my dirt bikes around in the region, hit the beach from time to time, and possibly drag out to the ranch when needed. I've owned a lot of modern diesels but I have no first hand knowledge of the 6.2L, I am hoping that I am not jumping into a nightmare here lol. Any suggestions on things to look for in regards to the engine, radiator, t-case, or transmission?

    I am looking forward to this simple build and I hope that it is more reliable than some horror stories I've heard about.

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    What's the biggest tire you can fit on these stock with the stock wheels?

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    This is one of my farm trucks with NO LIFT. The tires are Mickey Thomspon 285/75R/16 Baja Claws. The 235/85R/16 tires that come with these trucks have rims that are 6.5 inches wide. These tires require 10.5 inch rims.

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    I am running 255/85-16 (33") and clear no problem with stock wheels (I have since changed wheels as I had a bent one). That is about the max. This is on my M1010 which has less wheel well clearance in the back as a M1008.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pmramsey View Post
    This is one of my farm trucks with NO LIFT. The tires are Mickey Thomspon 285/85R/16 Baja Claws. The 235/85R/16 tires that come with these trucks have rims that are 6.5 inches wide. These tires require 10.5 inch rims.

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    Are you certain about those being 285/85? I am not finding that ratio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tex68w View Post
    It' a clean truck, 36K original miles, came out of Fort Polk.
    You spelled that wrong. Having taken Basic and AIT there, I can tell you it's spelled Ft. Puke. It's in Lousy-anna.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tex68w View Post
    It needs new door lock tumblers, not sure what the standard protocol is there?

    Standard Chevy locks. The good news is, every CUCV that came off the assembly line has the same key.

    I replaced my door and ignition locks with keyed-alike units from here. OR you can get them on Amazon, probably, but they won't be keyed alike.

    More info here.



    Quote Originally Posted by Tex68w View Post
    I am looking forward to this simple build and I hope that it is more reliable than some horror stories I've heard about.
    Expect rotted rubber. Vacuum lines will be leaky and cause shifting problems. Seals will be iffy. LMCTruck carries a lot of stuff you'll need.

    Brakes? Check the fluid. Military used synthetic. Some people top up with regular DOT3, and make a mess of things. The only cure for that is a complete flush of the whole system. There is info floating around here on the correct procedure.

    Speaking of info, download the TMs from here. Free. Necessary. Useful, too. Written for 18 year old kids who don't know how much they don't know, so there are excellent step-by-step troubleshooting guides.

    Alternators are easy to rebuild, when (not if) you need to. There's a member here, Tow4, who sells kits.

    Some convert to 12v. Don't go there. At least, not until you've had the truck a while and have some experience with it, and have had time to weigh the pros and cons.


    Electrical may be flaky. Rusty ground points cause lots of weirdness. Clean 'em up. Use lots of contact cleaners and dielectric grease. Don't use OxGuard or NoAlox or any of those so-called, "conductive" greases. They are not conductive, and they are not made for 12v systems. They are made for aluminum clamp-type connectors for power wiring. Think house wiring. Not automotive.


    By the way, whatever year you think your's is, re-think it. It's a 1984 Chevy K30, whatever year it was made. The Army didn't want parts changing on them every year, so every CUCV is built to 1984 specs. Don't go looking for parts for an 86. It might not work.

    Lastly, welcome aboard, and read the Wiki!
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    Non standard parts in CUCV?
    You offend against the pure OEM design!
    Evaluate self! Reflect and repent!

    Or... maybe not.

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    One thing to note is the top speed of about 55mph with the 6.2, 4.56 gears and stock tires. Due to rpm limits on the 6.2.

    Any bumper for a C/K pickup will fit if you decide the military ones don't fill your needs. More likely on the rear then the front. No provision for a bumper ball hitch. If you decide to replace the rear, can likely sell the military bumper here.

    Do your research on beefing up the frame/suspension if you run larger tires.

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    My typo....285/75R/16

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmramsey View Post
    You might want to read my posts in my rebuild thread related to air conditioning over in the CUCV Modification Forum. I’ve compared the Nostalgic Air to the Vintage Air kits. There are definitely pros and cons to each kit. The main hurdle to overcome is mounting the compressor and still keeping both stock CUCV alternators. I’m currently adding air conditioning to my P400/700R4 build and worked through and documented all the issues of compressor mounting.

    Hope this helps.

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