Military Vehicle Spotlight: 1953 Studebaker M35 2-1/2 ton Truck

Owned and restored by Don Chapman
Photo by Velinda Chapman


M35 6×6 Cargo Truck (G-742)

Net Weight: 12,465 lbs.
Gross Weight: 22,230 lbs.
Maximum Towed Load: 10,000 lbs.
Engine: Reo OA-331 inline 6-cylinder
Displacement: 331 cu. in.
Fuel: Gasoline
Horsepower: 146 @ 3,400 rpm
Maximum Speed: 58 mph
Maximum Range: 300 miles

Historical Note:
Developed by Reo Motors, several companies actually produced the iconic post-WWII 2-1/2-ton cargo truck, dubbed “Eager Beaver.” Production began in 1950 and continued into the mid-1980s. Later versions or updated trucks utilized gasoline, diesel or Multifuel-powered engines.

All of the versions of the M35 could run through 30-inch-deep water without modification. A quickly installed accessory kit allowed a truck to run completely submerged.

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