Anyone ever used a deuce for their truck?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Lawn Masters, Sep 15, 2005.

  1. Lawn Masters

    Lawn Masters LawnSite Senior Member
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    Just curious, cause I thought about an M35 today, and realised how versitile they can be, put a dump bed insert on it, keep the stakesides, and fab up a removable ramp setup for the mowers, you've got a truck and trailer all in one for everything. I would think this would work well, and stand out in a major way.

    anyway, anyone ever use an M35 6x6 truck for lawn work? if you did, not likely that anyone has, but if so, please tell me how it turned out.
  2. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    I would think those trucks are a little old and slow plus they really can't carry that much stick with newer trucks. I know one guy on this stretch of coast has a old ex miltary truck it does have tandem axles he completely revamped the truck. He changed the engine to a L-10 Cummins and changed the gearing etc modified the brakes to make the truck more road worthy.
  3. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,714

    I know a lot of guys who own and restore them. you would not want one for everyday use, if you expected to make money with it. They are all old, hard to get parts for without a long wait, plagued with little problems that make them undependable, and not economical to run at all.
    Parts are available, but only at a few specialty places, I can think of only 3 or 4 good suppliers in the country. how much time can you devote to keeping it on the road?
  4. Lawn Masters

    Lawn Masters LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 850

    Thats what I suspected. I just needed confirmation that it wasnt worth it to try.
  5. Smalltimer1

    Smalltimer1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    These guys help keep these trucks on the road for work, play, and show.

    They are about a 2 hour trip from here, its a very interesting place.
  6. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,925

    All of the above and the fact that you might get 6MPG. Have you ever riden in one? Bumpy, Slow, Hard to turn and just plain awkward to use.
  7. BZB_Helpers

    BZB_Helpers LawnSite Member
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    i believe you can achieve 10 mpg if you only run one drive axle. of course they have a bumpy ride, ride quality was not a requirement to the us government when it was designed and its a 2.5 ton truck anyway. They are hard to turn because of no power steering. i believe the top speed is either 55 or 60mph. if you get it, you will need a muffler or your clients/entire street will know your coming. Get one with a turbo and an air shift transfer case then convert to single rear wheels and drop the NDT tires for something with more traction in the rain and snow.
  8. Lawn Masters

    Lawn Masters LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 850

    The top speed is EXACTLY 55mph with these trucks, which isnt exactly a thrilling idea. though I could always simply swap out the engine/tranny for something more powerful and fuel efficient too. I HATE the NDT tires. from what I've heard, NDT stands for Non Directional Travel. I prefer something better looking with better traction.
  9. BZB_Helpers

    BZB_Helpers LawnSite Member
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    i believe the tranny already has a .85ish overdrive ratio and with only one gear ratio available for the rockwells, 6.72, the only other way to increase top speed is to increase tire size.
  10. Lawn Masters

    Lawn Masters LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 850

    Well, I would be going with a Deuce, but I found a CUCV that looks pretty good, and is a basic chevy blazer with military paint, and a VERY basic interior. otherwise, the same exact truck, so parts are readily interchangable between em if something breaks.

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