No, it isn't a Cherokee, but it IS a Jeep, one that there wasn't an option for.
Also known as the "Deuce and a Half" the 2.5 ton M35 series of trucks were the mainstay cargo and supply trucks of the US armed forces, serving with little change in design from the 1950's untill the very end of the 20th century. A rugged, time-proven design that's instantly recongnizable in profile to even non-millitary experts as the stereotypical "army truck" Cargo versions like this M35A2 and the M35A2C were the most common, but other derivatives were produced ranging from wreckers to mobile workshops, dump trucks, well drilling trucks, and even missile launchers.
This 1969 model was manufactured by the Kaiser-Jeep corporation. It's powered by a White LDT-465-1D multifuel turbo diesel engine producing around 155HP. The 1D engine is somtimes called the "whistler" because of it's characteristicly loud turbocharger whine while running. The engine has a specialy designed fuel-density compensator that will allow it to run on any number of alternative compression-ignition fuels including kerosene, aviation fuel, diesel fuel, biodeisel, or a mixture of any of the above. Hence the "multifuel" nomenclature.
The M35A2 has a curb weight just shy of 7 tons unloaded, and is able to carry a maximum playload of 5,000 lbs cross-country or 7,500 lbs highway with a maximum safe highway speed of about 55mph. A 50 gallon gas tank gives it a range of about 250-300 miles. High ground clearance also allows it to climb a maximum 38 degree incline, or ford up to 30 inches of water. Deep water fording accessories, when equipped, will allow the truck to run while completely submerged.
An air-shifted front axle allows for full 6X6 drivability, stopping is accomplished with air-over-hydraulic drum brakes. Steering is done without power-assist. Other special "millitary" features include blackout lights, troop seats, a pintle style hitch and reciever in the back with gladhand connectors for a trailer, NDT tires, fold-down front windshield and interior rifle holders for both the driver and passenger.
Purchased from Army surplus in 2003, this M35A2 has been restored to it's original condition as it would have appeared in 1969, serving with the 99th United States Army Reserves, 402nd Quartermaster's Bn.
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