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Autotrader Find: 1984 Chevrolet C/K Based M1008 CUCV


Though today’s Autotrader Find looks a lot like a Chevrolet or GMC C/K Series pickup from the 1980s that might’ve been given a lazy matte green respray, it’s actually something a little more interesting.  What you’re looking at here technically isn’t a Chevrolet or GMC product at all (though it does wear a bowtie badge up front), but rather a military-spec M1008 Commercial Utility Cargo Vehicle, or ‘CUCV’ for short.

These were commissioned by the US military to serve as light-utility cargo vehicles.  Early CUCVs were based on Dodge trucks, but when it came time to replace them, the military turned to General Motors, which in conjunction with AM General, built three different CUCV variants.  Two – the M1008 and M1010 – were based on the C/K Series trucks, while a third was derived from the K5 Blazer. Production of the GM CUCV vehicles ran from 1984 through 1987.

These pop up on Autotrader for time to time under the ‘Other’ category given that their VIN doesn’t align with that of your every-day Chevrolet or GMC truck.  It’s not uncommon to find these with under 50,000 miles on the odometer, but even at 86,000, this M1008 still has a lot of life left in it.  Under the hood is a 6.2-liter ‘Detroit Diesel’ V8, and the listing description states it’s rated at 155 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque.  That’s mated to a three-speed automatic capable of sending power to all four wheels.  Up front is a heavy-duty Dana 60 solid axle, while the rear is a 10.5-in 14-bolt differential with what’s effectively a Detroit locker, though in commercial-grade applications the ‘Detroit’ name isn’t used, and you’d just refer to this as a ‘no-spin’ locker.

If you’re interested in this old M1008, it’s located at an independent dealership in Foley, MN with an asking price of $6,995. Find a Chevrolet C/K Truck for sale

Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill is an author specializing in competitive analysis, consumer recommendations, and adventure-driven enthusiast content. A lifelong car enthusiast, he worked in the auto industry for a bit, helping Germans design cars for Americans, and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He runs an Instagram account, @MountainWestCarSpotter, which in his own words is "actually pretty good", and has a... Read More about Chris O'Neill

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  1. Appreciate your description of the M1008, but is this truck still for sale and if so, who do I contact? Need a lot more information about its condition. Thank you.

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