CUCV Snow Plow Trucks and Spreaders

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Driver just called me. I sent him to Reading to pick up some steel. He called and said a RED sailboat light is lit. I said really" A sailboat" he said yes in a RED area. I laughed. He said I checked the oil it was good. I said relax. Continue on your way. If you wiggle the ignition switch at times you can get the RED sailboat to light up. Over heat light/hi temperature. I told him to wiggle the ignition switch he shut it off. I said now start it. He did and the sailboat sailed away. That ended that. Funny how young guys are so confused about things. Even now all new trucks have full instrumentation as standard equipment. Funny moment. The RED light should light each time you start the truck during the initial crank. If NOT you should look into it. Have a Great Day.
 

cucvrus

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Our CUCV here in Nevada. Still working hard!
I actually feel a bit sorry for that M1009. That plow was not matched very well with that vehicle. That would be about useless here in Pennsylvania plowing snow in tight areas. It may be the picture but it looks like 8 ft of over hang out the front. I would not be able to drive on the roads unless it was in 4WD. Does that come with a counter weight? If not it needs one. WOW what a PLOW. Death sentence for that vehicle.
 

cucvrus

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I left the windows open on Big Red M1008 CUCV over the weekend. Nice wash out inside. I decided now is the time to remove the seat and get it reupholstered. Plow season is over. Pictures later. Before and after. It do make an opportunity to clean the cab out real good. Always look at the positive side of things. Double trouble. I left the windows down on the roll back also. Must be the 85* weather clouded my judgement. It will all be good when the sun comes out again. No snow in the forecast.
 

cucvrus

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Driver just called me. I sent him to Reading to pick up some steel. He called and said a RED sailboat light is lit. I said really" A sailboat" he said yes in a RED area. I laughed. He said I checked the oil it was good. I said relax. Continue on your way. If you wiggle the ignition switch at times you can get the RED sailboat to light up. Over heat light/hi temperature. I told him to wiggle the ignition switch he shut it off. I said now start it. He did and the sailboat sailed away. That ended that. Funny how young guys are so confused about things. Even now all new trucks have full instrumentation as standard equipment. Funny moment. The RED light should light each time you start the truck during the initial crank. If NOT you should look into it. Have a Great Day.
I posted the picture of the RED sailboat light in case you were confused. Have some imagination and a lack some mechanical knowledge and I can see the sailboat in the red sea. Red light above the left turn indicator.
 

cucvrus

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Big Red went into B/O drive unplanned while a driver was out getting parts this AM. Time for a repair to the over heated fuse block. Follow the steps. Not a professional fix but it works and puts my truck back to work. I have been driving new trucks and kicked the CUCV's to the younger guys in lieu of A/C , radio , and peace of mind. Today I pulled Big Red in and unbolted the under hood bulk head connector from the fuse block. I then unscrewed the fuse block and harness from the fire wall. In back behind the 30 amp fuse second row in is a heavier RED wire and an orange wire. I cut them and crimped them into an inline butt connecter and weather resistant inline 30 amp fuse. A mini 30 amp with weather proof cap. I then cut the orange wire in the out row back side and butted that onto the inline fuse other side. Reassembled the fuse block and reattached the under hood bulk head connection. Now turned the key everything works B/U lamps are on the second wire that I attached all is well. Back on the road and making money. Total cost was about $10. American and an hour down time. I have used circuit breakers in the past. What ever I have handy. Fixed. Have a Great Day.
 

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Voodoo M1009 has blown the engine. After 20 years in the field it gave up and died. It seems that the oil cooler line broke off from corrosion at the steel clamp and it lost its oil in a heart beat and locked up just as fast. I did manage to get it started after replacing the lines but it is squeaky tight. In 10 minutes I located another complete 6.2 engine from a HMMWV. $1300. delivered in the can. Good deal. I know I can't buy another plow truck for that. Word to the wise. Check the oil cooler lines. They are aluminum and clamped with steel. Reaction to the metals is not clearly visible. Using as a plow truck and getting covered in salt over 20 years did not help matters. More work. Good thing is snow is a long way off. Have a Great Day.
 

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I had same thing happen on trans cooler line in 10 year old Ford truck. I regularly inspect the bottom of my vehicles, but the plastic clamp was trapping road salt water, and corrosion was not visible. Fortunately, I was driving in town, and spotted/ smelled the oil before damage was done. Cost me $1,200- all new lines, trans service, cooling system flush and a new radiator, as trans cooler fittings at radiator cannot be replaced.
 

cucvrus

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P1000223.jpgP1000221.jpgP1000222.jpgVoodoo M1009 Back on the job a short time and back in the shop. That engine deal was not a deal at all. That HMMWV engine was put in that can for a reason. No need to get excited and point fingers at anyone. I of all people should have known better. It all worked out. I was refunded and still have a 6.2 CUCV engine to put in this off road plow vehicle. I did not really want to sell my spare stashed engine at the time but decided I would now. I am retiring from the CUCV's as soon as I complete the 3 M1009's I currently have. This current engine had a noise at start up and then it got worse. It went away for a day or two. It came back complete with the loud binding squeak and rattling. It was only a matter of minutes before it blew to pieces. I did a lot of work to it. New water pump and radiator. All new hoses and belts. All is well. It's only work. Looking at the bright side the bolts are all clean and lubed well. Should be out in a jiffy. The other engine has all the brackets and all still attached. More to come. Stay tuned.
 

cucvrus

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Already being a CUCV organ donor. Not worth the effort to repair. Scrap it. It is not worth fixing. Broken transmission, bent frame, broken axle, transfer case, And I am sure it will not stop there. If it was a 2018 Chevrolet K3500 4 X 4 pick up it would be scrapped. Sometimes you just fold the hand and walk away. It was a great plow truck. Was being the key word. Maybe the driver was overcome with heat. It was a very hot humid day. I did not talk to him yet. I want to get myself together before that takes place. Not good to make rash decisions.
 

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Already being a CUCV organ donor. Not worth the effort to repair. Scrap it. It is not worth fixing. Broken transmission, bent frame, broken axle, transfer case, And I am sure it will not stop there. If it was a 2018 Chevrolet K3500 4 X 4 pick up it would be scrapped. Sometimes you just fold the hand and walk away. It was a great plow truck. Was being the key word. Maybe the driver was overcome with heat. It was a very hot humid day. I did not talk to him yet. I want to get myself together before that takes place. Not good to make rash decisions.
Be easy on him Rick, I'm sure he has a great reason it broke. I deal with the same thing almost weekly. If it dont belong to them they don't care.

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