Cucv wrecker

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Hi everyone. I'm a new member. This is my first post. I purchased a M1028 CUCV Wrecker last year. It was an army truck and last used in the late 90's. It seems, from the paperwork I have, that the army pulled off the communications box and installed a used Holmes 440 wrecker bed. They installed a HMMWV 24v electric winch since this M1028 has the np208, no way to hook up a PTO and run the hydraulic winch the Holmes originally came with. Just thought I would share my ride and see if anyone has ever seen another CUCV Wrecker from the DOD.1338029_6002_161_0001.jpg1338029_6002_160_0001.jpg
 
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I've operated something similar. It was a 1990 civilian model 3500 with a 6.2 and a Holmes rear wrecker body unit.
 

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Oh man, don't let kenny see that...
Too late! Somewhere in my archives, I have a pic of a truck like that while still in service. Humbly guessing it was the same as it wasn't done on a regular basis. Looks like a neat truck. I'm betting it's over width or darned close with the wheel spacers in the back.
 

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On the bases over here, we had 'mini wreckers' like that, I seem to remember they were the Dodge model. (318 engine).
The crane hoists were electrically operated.
 

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Too late! Somewhere in my archives, I have a pic of a truck like that while still in service. Humbly guessing it was the same as it wasn't done on a regular basis. Looks like a neat truck. I'm betting it's over width or darned close with the wheel spacers in the back.
This I got to see. I never saw anything like this in over 20 years active. Please look, cause I just cant beleveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.
 

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Give me a few days. My hundred year old laptop struggles to operate my 1TB external hard drive with nearly a TB of pics to sort through. I'll work on it.
 

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I cut my teeth on an old holmes like that than graduated to a hydraulic century. now days you really cant tow any thing with a sling you need a wheel lift, but back in the day I was quick with a sling.
Wheel lifts are getting to be a thing of the past almost everything goes on rollbacks now days.
 

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I will be using it for offroad recovery only.... besides being my daily driver to the ranges and training areas on base for work.
 
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You can pull that door ding out with a suction cup. Wipe some molasses on it to get good seal, then lift it right out. Or push it from the inside.
 

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No pics unfortunately, but in RVN the MPs had a 3/4 ton Dodge wrecker as they only towed jeeps. Do not know, but would speculate the Army bought a bare chassis and had someone install the wrecker body (a Holmes I think) on it. This was the only one I saw.
 

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I cut my teeth on an old holmes like that than graduated to a hydraulic century. now days you really cant tow any thing with a sling you need a wheel lift, but back in the day I was quick with a sling.
In the day, a sling truck could tow about anything as long as you had a length of 4x4.

This will be a great recovery truck as well as a yard Truck. The telescopic boom is great for pulling engines. For small sling trucks, I favored a 480. Split booms slung to the sides gave you some incredible recovery possibilities. I'd take any 4wd wrecker.
 
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I don't think it was a bare chassis. I think it started life as an M1028A3 Shelter Carrier. Then sometime in the late 80s (the truck is a 1985) a used Holmes 440 was installed. I think it was used based on the condition of the yellow paint underneath the green. I think this happened at Ft Hood, TX.
 

Curtisje

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I cut my teeth on an old holmes like that than graduated to a hydraulic century. now days you really cant tow any thing with a sling you need a wheel lift, but back in the day I was quick with a sling.
I purchased a Holmes Prostar wheel lift for $1000. I'll mount it in the future so I can tow the newer stuff. I will be able to use it to stabilize the rear of the truck when winching in the field.
 
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