Specific: Used by Corps of
Historical: In 1940 GM´s Chevrolet Division
became the mass producer of trucks in the 1½ T 4 x 4
class. With about 150.000 built they constituted nearly a
third of Chevrolet´s WW II MV production. In addition to
the common cargo trucks (mostly for defence aid) there
were many types, as well as COE variants. Many
chassis/cabs were bodies by sub-contractors. Of the US
forces the Signal Corps became the principal user.
The standard open military cab was never fitted to the
Chevrolet, and all but the Bomb Handling truck were build
with closed ca. There was no provision for the
installation of a machine gun mount.
The Telephone Earth Borer variant was used by Corps of
Engineers as "Earth Auger, M1" and by Corps of
Signals as "Earth Borer and and Pole Setter,
The large transfer case-driven auger could quickly dig a
hole the correct size to set power or telephone poles. A
winch mounted in the front of the bed was used in
conjunction with the auger mast to erect the poles once
the holes were dug.
Length: 6.80 m (268 inches).
Width: 2.39 m (94 inches).
Height: 2.74 m (108 inches).
Weight: 3.240 kg (7.200 lb.).
Engine: Own 6-cylinder, 3.850 cm3 (235 cubic inches)
displacement, liquid cooled, carburettor.
Horsepower: 83 at 3.100 rpm.
Transfer case: 2 speed.
Electrical system: 6 volt, negative ground.
Brakes: Hydraulic with vacuum servo assistance.
Tyres: 7.50 - 20.
without preparation: N/A.
with deep water fording kit: N/A.
Fuel type: Petrol.
Fuel capacity: 136 liter (30 gallons).
Range: 425 km (270 miles).
Additional: Also produced as GS-truck,
Dump Truck, Truck Tractor, Panel Radio, Telephone
Maintenance K-43, Bomb Service M6, Crash Rescue and Field
Lightning Truck. Some models were equipped with a PTO
driven front winch.