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    Taken from Olive Drab site:

    Truck, Cargo, 1 1/4 ton, 4x4 M-880 CUCV

    The M880 series trucks procured from Dodge in 1976 and 1977. They were equipped with a 150bhp@4000rpm Chrysler 318 V8 gasoline engine, automatic transmission, disk-front/drum-rear brakes, and a 12/24 volt electrical system. They were intended to replace the M37 Cargo Trucks and the M715 Cargo Trucks and related variants.
    Variants of the M-880 included;
    • M-880 Truck, Cargo, 1 1/4 ton, 4x4
    • M-881 Truck, Cargo, 1 1/4 ton, 4x4 w/60-Amp Kit
    • M-882 Truck, Cargo, 1 1/4 ton, 4x4 w/60-Amp and Communications Kit
    • M-883 Truck, Cargo, 1 1/4 ton, 4x4 w/60-Amp and Communications Shelter Tie-Down Kit
    • M-884 Truck, Cargo, 1 1/4 ton, 4x4 w/100-Amp and Communications Shelter Tie-Down Kit
    • M-885 Truck, Cargo, 1 1/4 ton, 4x4 w/Communications Shelter Tie-Down Kit
    • M-886 Truck, Ambulance, 1-1/4 Ton, 4x4
    • M-887 Truck, Contact Maintenance, 1 1/4 ton, 4x4
    • M-888 Truck, Maintenance, 1 1/4 ton, 4x4 Tactical Telephone
    Anybody know what trucks had blackout lights and which ones didn't? Other specs?
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    Maybe I'm color blind, but I can't even read that blue stuff. Did you want Folks to read it?

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    March 8th, 2010.




    The site you copied was excellent, it's just that some of us are computer challenged, especially with the odd colors. Now that you mention it, I'm not sure what blackout lighting arrangements the M880 series had, though I would suspect it would be like the M715 and early CUCV's?

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    I just copied and pasted from Olive Drab site. They are links to some other stuff and I guess that is the problem.
    M715 w/w
    1996 K2500 Suburban 7.4 vinyl seats and rubber floor ex FBI vehicle and I am first civilian owner
    M101A1
    M101A3
    M416
    M100 (sold)
    M274A5
    1945 Converto Airborne Dump Trailer(sold)
    6 M38A1s (bought cannabilized)(sold)

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    Black Out Lights kits were typically installed at unit level by units that were deemed tactical or deployable.
    as the M886 was considered a front line ambulance, all likely would have had them.
    I would also assume all radio trucks would have also received them.

    other specs
    Dana 44F front axle 4.09 gearing
    Dana 60 / Dana 60 HD rear axle 4.10 gearing
    open differentials
    9.50R16.5 radial tires
    NP203 full time transfer case
    727 Torque Flight 3spd automatic transmission

    All were 1976 or 1977 model year Dodge trucks, produced at the Dodge Truck plant in Warren, Michigan. Not much different than the civilian W200 PowerWagon.
    dates of delivery ranged from late 1975 to early 1978.
    Approximately 44,000 units were produced of which around 4000 were ambulances. (M893, M886)
    It is my undersatnding that many of these trucks that were deployed to the middle east in the First Gulf War, did not come back to the US.

    After being released by the DoD, most went to the US Forest Service and served well for many years, and can still be found in service today being used as Brush fire trucks.

    There are still a few in (limited) service on bases in the US today.

    Also worth noting, The M880 series truck was the last Dodge to receive an M series designation. Ending a long long history of Dodges in the Armed Forces.

    While not an US M series, the Canadian Army purchased 1976 model year W200 PowerWagons, all with manual transmissions.
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    I was assigned to a TAC unit at Shaw AFB, SC in 1979/1980 when we had to swap our M37s for M880s. We hated the M880! If any vehicle ever needed power steering, that was the one, and it didn't have it! They were so bad that we'd rather take a deuce to base supply to pick up a case of toilet paper! Our unit commander refused to even ride in one. He had a "personal" M151 with a hard top and a "personal" chauffeur, too, so he wasn't too baly inconvenienced.

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    In the Marines we loved ANY motorized vehicle, including the M880. Lack of power steering was not a problem for us...

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    I know a couple of guys who liked em, but they were extremly low milage and like never used, most of the 880's were like most of that era dodge, prone to alot of brake downs and a ton of little things going wrong. But hey if someone likes em go for it...

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    I have a plain-jane 880 that has been beaten to tears. Still runs well, but leaks a lot of oil and currently has a seized alternator that I need to fix. Its great for hauling hay wagons around due to low gearing, but little else.
    -Henry

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    Quote Originally Posted by hklvette View Post
    I have a plain-jane 880 that has been beaten to tears. Still runs well, but leaks a lot of oil and currently has a seized alternator that I need to fix.
    NAPA has them $54 http://www.napaonline.com/Search/Res...+50022+2022016


    Also don't forget the

    • M890 - 4x2-wheel drive version of the M880.
    • M891 - M890 fitted with additional 60-amp 24-volt generator.
    • M892 - M890 fitted with additional 60-amp 24-volt generator and communications kit.
    • M893 - 2-wheel drive ambulance version.

    My 890 has the black out light kit but my 880 and 886 don't. 890 is a lot smoother ride and get way better gas mileage.
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