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1940 GMC K18 turns up

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A very early (September 1940) GMC K18 signal corps truck has turned up in Austrailia;

http://www.mapleleafup.org/forums/showt ... hp?t=12699

Any known survivors elsewhere - surely not as early as that one?

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Too many interpretations in the photos. The K-18, was only in the 1-1/2 Ton 4X4 Chassis, someone has misidentified a 4X2 as a K-18.
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A K18 it is ...

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A little hasty with the button there...

if you follow the thread it has this info from the truck data plate;

Truck K 18 C 1 1/2 ton (LC) 472
Arm of Service Maintaining Vehicle Signal Corps
General Motors Truck
Model AF 361
Serial number 043
Gross weight 9980
Maximum Speed 45 MPH
Date of Delivery 9 - 23 - 40
Yellow Truck & Coach MFG Co
For??ac Mich


At serial number 43 and September 1940 it has to be one of the very first batch. Crismon points out the lack of all wheel drive, so I think all K-18s were 4 x 2. The AFKX352 would be the 4 x 4 equivalent.
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There is something confusing about the Data Plate, as the Army ordered the CF 351 under SNL G 620 There was the 1-1/2 Ton CF-351. Get me the USA number of the Subject K-18 and I will positively ID the GMC Model.
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This has to have been built as a CF-351, and converted, am positive if the USA can be uncovered it will be within the CF-351 range.
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"For??ac Mich" is actually Pontiac Michigan...the city and state where the truck was manufactured.
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man am I green with envy :mrgreen:
glad my wiki article paid off.
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tm 10-1702
http://www.lonesentry.com/manuals/field ... nuals.html
heres a link to the manuals
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Image

from tm 11-487
in this picture, if it is the inside of the k-18?
it looks like the pto generator is in the back.
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lets try this.

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Parts List

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The Parts List that I have says that it was supplied under W-398-QM-7819, for 1940 Model CF361, 1 1/2 ton 107 5/8" wheelbase, with Model 1544 Cowl, and Luce Van Body, serials USA 601379 to 601423.

My info has it that the engine was the 30.40 hp unit.

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It falls into the G-620 Group which includes the CF-351, AC-305, ACX 353, AF-312, AF-361.
USA 601379-601425. Ordnance Department records classify it as having a cargo body under Contract 7810.

There is a bit of confusion in the records.
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anyone know whatever happened to this truck?
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I sent an e-mail to Salesman Bob, who posted the info originally - we'll see if he has any news.
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