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The G506
Chevrolet G506 Truck
Chevrolet 1½ ton cargo truck
Place of origin Flag of the United States.svg United States
Specifications
Crew 2

Armor none
Primary
armament
Provision for machine gun mount.
Engine GMC 6-cylinder 235 cid
83 hp
Suspension wheels, 4X4
Speed 48 MPH

The Chevrolet G506 trucks were a series of 1½ ton trucks used by the U.S. Army during and after World War II.

HistoryEdit

The G506 was a U.S Army Ordnance Corps supply catalog designation for the 1.5-ton, 4X4, truck chassis built in large numbers by the Chevrolet Motor Division of GMC[1]. The basic G506 truck chassis were used for several different models that saw service throughout World War II and the Korean War. All of the G506 series trucks were powered by the Chevrolet 235 cu. in. 83 hp. six cylinder engine mated to a four speed transmission and two speed transfer case. It had a wheelbase of 145 inches.[2]

During World War II, The U.S. sent 151,053 1.5 ton trucks of the G506 type to Russia as part of the Lend Lease program. The Russians thought that the American trucks were better than the Russian trucks, especially off road. Russian supply capability improved dramatically in the Spring and Summer of 1943, mainly as the result of the American trucks that were arriving in large numbers.[3]

VersionsEdit

K-51 panal van

K-51 panel van, 1943, for SCR-299

  • Model G4103 Book Symbol YK - Stake and Platform COE, K-33 Truck
  • Model G4112 Book Symbol YQ - truck cargo, LWB, 4X4,
  • Model G4163 Book Symbol ZP - truck cargo, W/Winch, 4X4,
  • Model G4174 Book Symbol ZQ - truck cargo, LWB, 4X4,
  • Model G7103 Book Symbol NE - Cab
  • Model G7105 Book Symbol NG - Panel Body, see also K-51, and K-70 van
  • Model G7106 Book Symbol NH - Dump Body, Less Winch
  • Model G7107 Book Symbol NJ - Cab
  • Model G7113 Book Symbol NK - Cab (Tractor)
  • Model G7116 Book Symbol NL - Dump Body, With Winch
  • Model G7117 Book Symbol NM - Cargo Body, With Winch
  • Model G7127 Book Symbol NP - truck cargo, LWB, 4X4,

(*Model G7128 Book Symbol NQ - M6 Bomb service truck G35)

  • Model G7132 Book Symbol NN - Stake and Platform COE, K-54 Truck
  • Model G7163 Book Symbol NR - Telephone Body, With Earth Borer, see also K-44 truck
  • Model G7173 Book Symbol NS - Telephone Maintenance Body, see also K-43 truck
K-33 flatbed truck

K-33 / K-54 truck, 1943, (the K-54 has a longer bed) both hauled antenna sections for the SCR-270 radar

Army Air Force versions
  • E5 Turret Trainer
  • J3 field lighting truck
  • J4 field lighting truck
  • J5 field lighting truck
  • fire truck, class 135, fog and foam

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. TM 9-2800 Standard Military Motor Vehicles, 1 Sept. 1943 page 196
  2. http://www.olive-drab.com/idphoto/id_photos_chevrolet_g506.php OliveDrab.com, The G-506
  3. http://books.google.com/books?id=dcAgT_2uiYgC&pg=PA216&lpg=PA216&dq=Chevrolet+1.5-ton+cargo+truck+1943&source=bl&ots=g-KWR2Y70y&sig=7U_za3BxRz4lfsbflKNYRRbZYF0&hl=en&ei=XDjuSYPKL-OMtgelhqzMDw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5 The Soviet economy and the Red Army, 1930–1945, by Walter Scott Dunn, Greenwood Publishing Group, 1995, ISBN 0275948935, 9780275948931

General referencesEdit

  • TM 9-2800 Standard Military Motor Vehicles. dated 1 sept. 1943
  • TM 9-2800 Military vehicles dated Oct. 1947
  • TM 10-1127
  • TM 10-1203

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