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REO M9, 6 x 6, 24V (Front view, left side)


  Front view, left side

Picture courtesy of Danish Army Material Command


Danish Army Specific: Part of the inventory from the mid 1960s, and used by NBC-squads. A total of 9 vehicles were acquired.
: The GMC CCKW-352 and CCKW-353 were the workhorses of the US Army in WW II. Immediately after the war, the US Army turned its attention to redesigning and modernising of the standardised 2 ton truck. Towards the end of the 1940s a number of prototypes were produced by Chrysler under the designation T55. Although this project doubtless helped to show the direction which the post-war 2 tonner would take, in itself it was a dead end, and in the beginning of the 1950s, the Ordnance Department had drawn up a specification for a new design of 6 x 6 chassis which followed more conventional lines.
GMC, Reo and Studebaker all produced prototypes of what they hoped would become the standard truck in the class. GMCs contribution first appeared in 1950, and was powered by a petrol engine driving through a Hydramatic twin range 8-speed automatic transmission. In basic cargo form it was designated M135. It was also produced as tractor (M221), water tanker (M222) and dump truck (M215).
Studebaker newer moved beyond the prototype stage. The prototype was submitted for trials in 1949, but no series production took place and later Studebaker became involved in manufacturing the Reo design.
Reo Motors of Lancing, Michigan produced the M34 and the twin rear-wheeled M35. It was a no-nonsense truck with a conventional engine and drive-line lay-out.
The G742-series, dubbed the "Eager Beaver" by Reos marketing department, was launched in 1951. The initial contract called for 5.000 vehicles with production start in early 1953.
The model continued, with periodic changes, in production until the late 1980s and by that time more than 150.000 trucks had been produced.
Many body-types (dump truck, shop van, expansible shop van, tanker, tractor etc.) existed on several chassis variants, and some mounted with a 4.5 ton winch.
Over the years manufacturers like Studebaker, Curtiss Wright, Kaiser Jeep, AM General and White also produced large quantities of the G742 vehicles.
Later models had multi-fuel (Continental LDS 427-2, Continental LDT-465-1, Continental LDT-465 D) and diesel engines (Caterpillar 3116).
Length: 6.70 m (261 inches).
Width: 2.36 m (93 inches).
Height: 2.50 m (97 inches).
Weight: 8.700 kg (19.140 lb.).
: Own OA-331 or Continental COA 331 6-cylinder, 5.430 cm3 (331 cubic inches) displacement, liquid cooled.
Horsepower: 146 at 3.400 rpm.
Transmission: 5-speed, Spicer type 3052.
Transfer case: 2 speed.
Electrical system: 24 volt, negative ground.
Brakes: Air-over-hydraulic brakes.
Tyres: 9.00 - 20.
Fording depth:
without preparation: N/A.
with deep water fording kit: 3.35 m (131 inches).
Fuel type: Petrol.
Fuel capacity: 190 liter (42 gallons).
Range: 300 km (187 miles).
Crew: 1 + 1.
Additional: N/A.
REO M35 (no picture)
REO M109 (no picture)

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