I'd been looking for a good one for months. Most of the M1008 military trucks I found were too pricy, too far out of state, or too far gone (rough shape). Then this one popped up on Craigslist just 60 miles from my home. It took me a while to get a hold of the owner (he was working double shifts). But after talking to him on the phone I was pretty sure this was the truck I was going to buy. It's not perfect but it's good enough for me and it fit the budget.
This particular M1008 truck is an '85. So what is an M1008 military truck? It's basically a mid-'80s 1-ton GM strippy truck with a 6.2L diesel, TH400 transmission, NP208 T-case, kingpin Dana 60 front axle, and a 14-bolt rear axle. Yeah, it don't make much power since it's a non-turbo engine but it's got a lot of heavy-duty drivetrain parts underneath. M1008 trucks also have 4.56 axle gears and a Detroit locker in the rear right from the factory making them perfect candidates for off-road project trucks with bigger tires.
This morning I headed down, went for a test drive, handed over my cash, got my title, loaded it on the trailer, and hit the road with my new ride. I'll give it a closer inspection when I get some free time.
I already have a pretty good idea of what I plan to do with it, but I'll entertain any creative and original input. So lets hear what you would like to see this truck become in the pages of Four Wheeler.