Truck GMC CCW / CCKW 353
Paint: Unpainted, Unassembled, Kit do not contain paints and glue.
Condition: New in Box
Thе GMC CCKW is a 2 1⁄2 ton 6X6 U.S. Army cargo truck that saw service in World War II and the Korean War, often referred to as a "Deuce and a Half" or "Jimmy". The CCKW came in many variants, based on the open or closed cab, and Long Wheel Base (LWB 353) or Short Wheel Base (SWB 352).CCKWs were employed in large numbers for the Red Ball Express, an enormous convoy system created by the Allies to supply their forces moving through Europe. At its peak, the Red Ball operated 5,958 vehicles, and carried about 12,500 tons of supplies a day.In 1940 the US Army set a requirement for a 6x6 truck with a 12 ft (3.7 m) cargo area and a 2 1⁄2 ton (2268 kg) off-road payload. General Motors, already supplying modified commercial trucks to the Army, modified the 1939 ACKWX built for the French Army into the CCKWThe General Motors design was chosen as the standard for the US Army.
In 1942 GM’s Yellow Truck and Coach Division began building CCKWs and 6x4 CCWs in Pontiac, Michigan and then at a Chevrolet plant in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1943 Yellow became GMC Truck and Coach Division, the trucks have been known as GMCs ("Jimmys") since then. By the end of production in 1945 562,750 had been built, a total second only to the “Jeep”. The CCKW had a GMC 270 engine, an overhead valve I6 with 91 hp (68 kW) at 2750rpm and 216 lbf·ft (293 N·m) at 1400rpm. A 3 25⁄32 in (96 mm) bore by 4 in (102 mm) stroke gave a 269.5 cu in (4.4 L) displacement. This engine was designed for commercial trucks, and proved strong and reliable in service.
The transmission was a Warner T 93 5 speed with a direct 4th gear and overdrive 5th gear. The transfer case had high and low gears, and engaged the front axle. Originally all axles were a Timken split type, later trucks also used GM banjo types.Initially all versions used a modified commercial closed cab design having a metal roof and doors. By 1944 an open cab version, with a canvas roof and doors, was used. This was easier to build, and the roof could be removed to lower the shipping height. 1 in 4 open cabs had a machine gun mounting ring above the co-drivers position.No other US vehicle had a wider range of bodies, the 12 ft (3.7 m) cargo version was by far the most common. During production the steel cargo bed was replaced by a wooden one to conserve steel. Wooded beds proved unsatisfactory and a 'composite' bed with steel sides, framing, and wooden slats was developed. The composite bed was eventually replaced with an all-steel bed.In addition to the two major types, many other bodies were built in smaller numbers, and others were converted in the field. The CCKW performed near countless duties, some were:
Truck, cargo, 2½-Ton, 6X6, long-wheelbase / short-wheelbase
Dental Operating Van
Fuel tanker (750 US gal (2,800 l))
Ordnance Maintenance Van
Water purification truck
Water tanker (700 US gal (2,600 l))