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Anybody know anything about military deuce-and-a-halfs?

Discussion in 'Car Forum' started by vart, Sep 7, 2005.

  1. vart


    Feb 17, 2000
    The Palouse
    I need a truck to do truck stuff such as haul trash to the dump, pick up lumber and other supplies, etc.

    I could be very well served by a 1/2-ton pickup, but I know where to get the military rigs for dirt cheap.

    I think driving it would be a blast, and most of my trips are within a 35-mile radius.

    I drove one a couple of times in the Guard, but never worked on them or really looked at them too closely.

    Well-engineered? Relatively low maintenance? What does "Multi-fuel" mean for one of these things?
  2. eisman

    eisman ARGH! CLM

    Jul 28, 2002
    Moving Target
    Multi-fuel 2 1/2 ton 6x6 trucks can burn any fuel in the inventory, and many that are not. That does not mean that they will be unaffected. they are regulated to burn diesel and some fuels (such as normal "gas") burn too hot for extensive use. (you'll mess up the engine.)

    These trucks are built to be fairly easy to maintain, provide good cross country mobility, and have a long life. They have a top speed of right around 60 miles an hour.

    They drink lots of fuel. (The miltary worries about milage in a different way than does the normal consumer.)

  3. mrb302

    mrb302 Kick'n Brass

    Jul 7, 2005
    Graham, NC
    I would also look into the avalability of repair parts before considering this option. I don't think the local parts store will stock normal replacement parts.

    You may find yourself without a vehicle due to something that would be relatively easy to replace on a civilian vehicle.

    If you just want to have a beater truck to haul trash, look into a high mileage Ford / Chevy / Dodge / Foreign truck. You can buy just about everything for the truck in a 5 mile radius of any decent size town.
  4. vart


    Feb 17, 2000
    The Palouse
    But what would be the fun in that?;f

    This could also be a serious SHTF vehicle that could haul me, the wife, two kids and a load of supplies through anything I might encounter on the highway between Iowa and Idaho.

    A decent diesel-powered full-size 4x4 pickup will easily cost me around $7k - $15k.

    A decent gas-powered 2wd beater with lots of life left in it can be found for around $1500.

    But, the Deuce would surely be more expensive to maintain and less friendly for a 35-mile trip to Home Depot, and loading my four-wheeler in the back of a truck that has the bed 5 feet off of the ground will not be an easy task...^8
  5. we used them at a logging farm when I was pretty young.Parts were GM for the motor.Slow as hell,pour on the fule,3Miles to the gallon with the motor off rolling down hill.Most have PTO front and rear,this is that best damn thing to could put on one of these.You can power pumps,genaraters,winchs,great tool.

    I would make one in to a RV type of thing that I could barg off road but still have all the creature features.
  6. streeter69

    streeter69 This is Kewl

    Nov 25, 2001
    I like annoying people.
    No problem, I think you can make a retractable ramp or even a swivel boom. If you want a deuce an half, you have to know how to tinker;f
  7. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

    Oct 23, 2000
    California & New Mexico, US
    I think that I would hunt up a 5-ton instead of the deuce-and-a-half. The Deuce never did impress me with its performance. Even the old 5-ton seemed to be built better too.
  8. magsnubby

    magsnubby NRA LIFE MEMBER

    Apr 24, 2004
    fresno, ca
    I'll second that. I had my choice of which one i wanted to drive when i was in the military. I chose the 5 ton.
  9. walkin' trails

    walkin' trails

    Apr 24, 2005
    If you're going to buy a "deuce-and-a-half," make sure you can get parts to fix it. Parts are out there, but you can't necessarily run down to the local auto parts store and buy them in a hurry. Might be good to find out what frequently breaks, and what parts military units stocked on hand at company level to hasten repair jobs. Once upon a time, an unnamed federal law enforcement agency acquired some Hummers to test because the 4X4s that came off the line in Detroit just wouldn't stand up to the abuse they were exposed to on a regular basis for any acceptable length of time. The military unit delivering the Hummers suggested that the gov't agency purchase certain parts and supplies to have on hand in case of failure. These recommended parts included a suspension or driveline part, probably something like a CV joint as I recall, that was more prone to failure than you'd expect. The military just kept extras on hand to facilitate keeping the vehicles operational. The agency, however, according to legend, decided that they could just send a mechanic down to NAPA when the part failed. The Hummers hit the line, and were probably exposed to driving conditions that even the manufacturer did not imagine. It wasn't long before they were broke and deadlined. The Hummers would end up getting fixed once about every six months, driven for a week or two, then something broke again, and they were down while waiting for parts. A Bronco, despite its faults, could be fixed a lot more quickly. Granted, a military 2 1/2 ton is a bit more simple to work on than a Hummer was in the early 1990s and you can find parts, but not as easily as you could for a Ford F250 or Dodge 2500. I don't know what a surplus duece-and-a-half costs, but a used diesel 4X4 would probably be a lot more versitile and easier to live with.
  10. tosainu1


    May 6, 2004
    i know one thing, dont get your arm caught in the damn steering wheel when your turning that thing, when it snaps back it'll break your hand(dont ask me how i know)..ouch...;Q
  11. DaisyCutter


    Mar 1, 2003
    I've always liked the look of the 2.5, but when I compare them side-by-side with a 3-ton Unimog, the 'mog is the better vehicle IMO.
  12. 45acp4me

    45acp4me Pissed puppet

    May 11, 2001
    Farmington, MI
    Didn't you post about filing for bankruptcy a few months ago and now you have the cash to send your kids to private school and to buy a mostly useless vehicle?

    Save your money and buy the toys when the kids are out of school.
  13. truckstop cop

    truckstop cop

    May 3, 2003
    i hate those things!!! i jumped off the back of one and my ring caught and off went the finger,that was a bad day!!!!!!
  14. M1 SUPER 90

    M1 SUPER 90 OIF 06-07

    Jan 10, 2005
    So that is your hand on the safety posters!!
  15. M1 SUPER 90

    M1 SUPER 90 OIF 06-07

    Jan 10, 2005
    Parts for the duce are easly bought. Parts like starters, and alternators can be rebuilt. I know. I work in an Army Reserve maint shop. All you need is engine oil/coolant, and fuel and it will run.
  16. BigC3031

    BigC3031 Vigilante

    Nov 6, 2001
    Grand Rapids, MI
    I'll put in a vote for the unimog!