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HG5704 US M35 2.5 ton Cargo Truck ROC Army

Production of the M35 2.5 Ton Truck “Deuce and a Half” began in 1949 and was first delivered to the U.S. Army in 1950. When production ended in 1988 there were 150,000 of these vehicles produced in several variants. There are cargo trucks, water or gasoline tank trucks, wreckers, dump trucks, ambulances, tractors, shop vans, gun trucks and many more. These trucks were so durable and so plentiful they became popular world wide with some vehicles still in operation today.

In early 2005 the Taiwan Ministry of National Defense awarded a $400 million U.S. contract to Navistar International Corporation’s operating company International Truck and Engine Corporation who will partner with SanYang Industry Company Ltd of Taiwan to produce 5000 trucks. These new trucks will replace the M35 that has been in use in Taiwan for more than 30 years. The contract stipulates the new trucks are to begin delivery by May 2006. Taiwan (R.O.C. – Republic of China) is one of more than two dozen countries that operated the M35 2.5 Ton Truck.

General specifications M35 2.5 Ton Truck
Production period – 1950 – 1988
1950–88 (M35A1, M35A2) 1993–99 (M35A3)
Length – 274 ¾ in (6.98 m) Width – 93 in (2.36 m) Height – 111 in (2.82 m) to cab
Weight with winch
Empty – 12,880 lb (5,840 kg) Loaded – 17,880 lb 8,110 kg)
Various Manufacturers - OA-331 Continental Gas I-6; LDS-427 Turbo Multi-fuel I-6; LDS-465 Multi-fuel I-6; Caterpillar 3116 Diesel I-6 Horse Power Varied - 127 to 170 horsepower depending on particular engine
Maximum Road – 55 mph (88.5 km/h) Range On Road – 450 miles (724 km)