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Old January 14th, 2010, 05:59 PM   #1
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I been working on this beast a while now.

1953 Studebaker M275 2.5ton 6x6 truck tractor:
powered by the REO 331ci I-6 Gas engine 175hp@3,400rpm & 320tq 1,600rpm, 5spd -DD manual transmission, 2.5T Rockwell top loader's 9.00-20 tires.

Radiator missing due to a snow wheeling mishap got a little deep push radiator into fan but old truck kept crawling to safety :








Progression of the tail board:










REO-331 I-6:






Interior & controls:












Truck is far from finished, but it has made some steady but slow progress.

Battle plan:
Class 7 Receiver to be installed.
the current Pintle hook will be replaced with a Receiver 2-5/16" ball pintle combo unit.

The standard stationary 5th wheel was removed and will be replaced by a sliding 5th wheel.

Pop up or fold up Goose Neck ball will also be installed.

air brakes are plumbed to the tail board but still need to plumbed to behind the cab.

Electronic brake system is bought yet to be installed.

1 of each trailer plug in will be mounted to the tail board as well no adaptors need just plugin hook up and go. . .

Truck will be getting a 3" into 4" into 5" stack's dueled of course.

New mirrors, some thing a little more up to date.

Truck will be painted red & black: Red body and Red rim's Black chassie axles springs ect.

Duel fuel tank's.

battery box relocation.

the dueled 9.00-20 tires will be replaced with dueled 11.00R20H Firestone T831's:


This is only the first of 3 Military 6x6 tractor's i want the whole set 2.5ton 5ton and 10ton so at some i'll be building 2 more slightly larger trucks. . .

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Old January 14th, 2010, 06:06 PM   #2
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Put a 12 valve cummins in it and a 6 speed with an aftermarket gear splitter.
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Old January 14th, 2010, 06:12 PM   #3
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The twin to that beautiful truck is sitting at my Dads scrap yard but, It also has a factory or factory added supercharger. 12 Valve Cummins in that truck! Why destroy it?
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Old January 14th, 2010, 08:24 PM   #4
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I have already though about the 8.3L and the 5.9L Cummins diesel's there wouldn't be any advantage to them.

the 8.3l would only slow my 66mph truck down to a 62mph plus the engine just simply won't fit.

the 5.9L will fit but the 7spd-OD transmission required to keeping from over reving won't 5spd or 6spd gears are to close together it would make the truck doggy . . . I simply will not tolerate doggy. . .

as the truck sit's it will pull 45,000LB's in payload it will do and maintains 66mph it it has a faster top speed then the multifuel truck's it is also fast accelerating then the multifuel truck's . . .

engine runs perfectly is goes plenty fast and can tow 3 times what i'll ever put on it why mess with it . . .

No diesel not going to happen end of story . . . don't like it buy your own simple cut n dried.

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Now the 5ton and 10ton 6x6 truck tractors those will be diesel's for sure., M52A1 5ton Mack turbo diesel i'll be swapping the ENDT673 for an ENDT675 or ENDT676 , the 10ton will be getting its V-300 Cummins replaced with a VT-370M Cummins diesel. other projects for another time. . .

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Old January 14th, 2010, 08:42 PM   #5
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nice truck
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Old January 14th, 2010, 08:47 PM   #6
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Thank's man !


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Old January 14th, 2010, 10:54 PM   #7
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Always wanted to build a 2.5 ton truck just because they look very bad ass. never did it due to price and they aren't a very practical vehicle for offroad in MI. There have been trails that my Ranger couldn't get down and its not near as big as a 2.5 ton.

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Old January 14th, 2010, 10:57 PM   #8
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Always wanted to build a 2.5 ton truck just because they look very bad ass. never did it due to price and they aren't a very practical vehicle for offroad in MI. There have been trails that my Ranger couldn't get down and its not near as big as a 2.5 ton.

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there's a guy on pirate who sells them.. hes got one right now for 3500 but you gotta go out west to get it
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Old January 14th, 2010, 11:16 PM   #9
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I like it, there just isn't many places it allowed to go wheeling, but i manage to find places to drive it, but this truck has great road manner's so i don't mind running the paved road's, plus there's some mud at the farm to play around in from time to time

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Old January 15th, 2010, 07:13 AM   #10
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Nice! I love flat fenders- in any variety- the bigger the better
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Old January 15th, 2010, 07:23 AM   #11
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Nice build so far!! I need one!!
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Old January 15th, 2010, 11:19 AM   #12
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Sounds like a plan. The first truck I had a hand in building was a '58 dodge 2 ton dump truck of my bosses. It had a 7.3 na ford diesel with banks turbo, A ZF 5 speed and rockwells. It was badass. I never got to see it finished though. He had to sell it. Looks good.
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Old January 15th, 2010, 01:26 PM   #13
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Thank's guy's, if you check out my introduction thread i have photos of my whole fleet posted tho i have this truck the shortest amount of time it was the easiest to complete so it wnet first, then i'll move down the line, and of course you know i'll be adding more as they get checked off . . .

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that would make one hell of a cool hauler, id love to have one to pull my jeep to the next wheeling destination. maybe someday
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that would make one hell of a cool hauler, id love to have one to pull my jeep to the next wheeling destination. maybe someday
Whoa mind reader ? . . . . . . towing is the plan

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put a 50ft goose neck behind it and haul 4 of your buddies to the trail as well. i dont think thiers much you couldnt pull with that bad boy.
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The truck has a 36K-lb GVWR. it sure tow's very well.

Pop up or Flip up Goose Neck and slidding 5th wheel equipped along with a Class 7 Receiver hitch and Pintle hook / 2-5/16" ball. i'll have a drop with 2" ball as well.

truck will be wired with a few common trail light plug in's so no adapting need just hook up plug in and roll . . .

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Old January 30th, 2010, 01:31 PM   #18
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Very cool. Keep the update pictures coming.
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that would make one hell of a cool hauler, id love to have one to pull my jeep to the next wheeling destination. maybe someday
Just pull the Jeep up on the back, no need for a trailer.
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You could maybe fit a jeep up there . . . But i don't think a full sized truck would fit tho

The M275 is 3 or 4 feet shorter then the M35's . . .

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