CUCVRUS Repair Projects

cucvrus

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A little bit of sag on the truck, the trailer does not even budge.
In defense of the truck. It is a 1987 M1028 and has a load of Sycamore logs under the Maple. Sycamore is what they make chopping blocks out of. Very dense and heavy wood. Besides the springs are OEM springs and all CUCV's should have new springs by now. I have a set for this truck. I will get them on in the next 10 years. Sometime before I expire. Have a Great Day.
 

ezgn

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In defense of the truck. It is a 1987 M1028 and has a load of Sycamore logs under the Maple. Sycamore is what they make chopping blocks out of. Very dense and heavy wood. Besides the springs are OEM springs and all CUCV's should have new springs by now. I have a set for this truck. I will get them on in the next 10 years. Sometime before I expire. Have a Great Day.
When I pull my M1008 into a materials yard and tell them to load it with a yard of sand or rock, they ask me if I want half now and the other half later. I tell them I will take it all now. The operator starts placing the material slowly into the truck as several yard people look on waiting for the truck to start to sag. After about half the load going in slowly, without any sag, the operator quickly dumps the remaining material, realizing that the truck can handle the weight. The yard guys walk on, feeling a little disapointed that they missed out on a little laugh that the truck didn't bottom out.
 

ezgn

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In defense of the truck. It is a 1987 M1028 and has a load of Sycamore logs under the Maple. Sycamore is what they make chopping blocks out of. Very dense and heavy wood. Besides the springs are OEM springs and all CUCV's should have new springs by now. I have a set for this truck. I will get them on in the next 10 years. Sometime before I expire. Have a Great Day.
No defense needed, that is an impressive amount of weight the truck can carry.
 

Keith_J

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I sagged the leaf springs on my 1031..tools and parts plus towing heavy trailers. So I installed air springs, ditching the over load springs. Much better ride all around and easily adjusted. The tongue jack on my travel trailer needs a bit more height, dropping to 30 PSI does just fine. Once connected, add 75 PSI, tension weight distribution bars and it is connected.
 

ezgn

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I sagged the leaf springs on my 1031..tools and parts plus towing heavy trailers. So I installed air springs, ditching the over load springs. Much better ride all around and easily adjusted. The tongue jack on my travel trailer needs a bit more height, dropping to 30 PSI does just fine. Once connected, add 75 PSI, tension weight distribution bars and it is connected.
Nice.
 

cucvrus

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My experience with air spring assists was never good. I have friends that swear by them on smaller trucks. I had them on a CUCV M1028 salt spreader truck and in the middle of a storm one of the connections leaked air and the truck was not usable. That was when I installed the new leaf springs. I also eliminated the auxiliary springs on that M1028 and the new springs all the way around made it sit, ride and drive like it was a new 1984 K30. Never made it ride or drive like a new modern truck, but it did get the firm sag free drivability back into the old truck. Then a few years later the differential rusted thru and that was the end of the line. Rust had taken another CUCV to the shredder. Have a Great Day.
 

cucvrus

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Today after work I decided to replace the kinked brake line. DSCF8544.JPG DSCF8545.JPG DSCF8546.JPG DSCF8547.JPG Yea I guess that was bit kinked. DSCF8548.JPG It is horrible how poorly these trailers are handled. I decided the B/O taillamps had to go. I am not wiring it for a military plug so they will serve no purpose. DSCF8550.JPG DSCF8551.JPGI am going to use lights similar to this. These are LED and made by Trucklite DSCF8549.JPG I have a set of Grote with the black flange I will be using. I designed a mount that I do not have to cut or drill the trailer. I have it up on blocks and am going to replace the master cylinder and bleed the brakes. I have a nice set of Jan 2011 tail lamps that I don't need. DSCF8552.JPG DSCF8553.JPG Take Care. I am being rained out at the moment.
 

ezgn

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My experience with air spring assists was never good. I have friends that swear by them on smaller trucks. I had them on a CUCV M1028 salt spreader truck and in the middle of a storm one of the connections leaked air and the truck was not usable. That was when I installed the new leaf springs. I also eliminated the auxiliary springs on that M1028 and the new springs all the way around made it sit, ride and drive like it was a new 1984 K30. Never made it ride or drive like a new modern truck, but it did get the firm sag-free drivability back into the old truck. Then a few years later the differential rusted thru and that was the end of the line. Rust had taken another CUCV to the shredder. Have a Great Day.
Air spring assist, and airbags, definitely have some downside. Prepare for maintenance and dollar outlays. And potential failures at times.
 

cucvrus

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1652524351234.pngI will just paste this picture here. My Son had just arrived back from Iraq, he and his friends went wheeling. This how the M1028A1 was when I was called to pull it out. He was fearful it was going to roll and wanted Dad to be there so I could get it out of the hole with no damage. The winch cable you see was attached as a precaution before I arrived. I used a Ford F350 boom wrecker to get it out. And yes, he was very muddy after doing the hookup. That truck has 7K miles on it when I bought it. It was a great truck for my Son.
 

cucvrus

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This is my updated lighting. This trailer is only in the design phase. I am replacing all the LED lighting except the 3 LED lights under the rear angle. I plan on using small LED clearance lamps. These big clearance lights are prone to breakage and the front corner lights are ridiculously low and just looking for something to snag or hit. After I have everything fitted and operational, I will remove all the lighting and paint the entire trailer. The long support pockets are going to come off also. I have yard work to do today. I always have something to do, and I never get lost. Someone always tells me where to go. Take Care. Be Safe. I was out on the table saw cutting the light brackets this AM. That was sketchy. I have the correct blades, but short pieces are always sketchy.
 
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