The Deuce Utility Vehicle (D.U.V.) Project – M35A2 Brakes, Axles, Crew Cab and M105 Trailer Bed Progress

The Deuce Utility Vehicle (D.U.V.) Project – M35A2 Brakes, Axles, Crew Cab and M105 Trailer Bed Progress Maintenance The D.U.V. has undergone some much needed maintenance and upgrades. The latest […]

The Deuce Utility Vehicle (D.U.V.) Project – M35A2 Brakes, Axles, Crew Cab and M105 Trailer Bed Progress


The D.U.V. has undergone some much needed maintenance and upgrades. The latest in the long list of TLC includes:

Crew Cab conversion

The next major work has been on the crew cab. Looking at other projects online we’ve tried to focus on correcting issues others brought up in their own builds. The main focus, being to include as much of the original rear cab floor bracing as possible.

We plug welded doubled-up 1″ square tubing to the stock under-floor bracing. The extra cab was then split on either side of the center braces to stretch it out to match the width of the rear of the original cab. It was then slid in place with 1″ going into the center floor supports in the extra cab and again plug welded.

The sides of the cab were then stretched to match widths and then squared up. We ran 2″ angle iron through the rockers on both cabs to support the sides. While they are only bolted in now, they will be plug welded as well. The next part is to finalize my choice on steel skin outside and then the inside. Then we will get the floor patched up and ready for bed placement.

M105A2 trailer bed

We have a M105A2 bed to be used for the deuce. Went ahead and set it in place so it can be used as a work platform for the roof construction. The roof will be steel with a few goodies added for performance. Incidentally, the bed will be raised up above the frame and the old wheel wells on the bed will be enclosed providing tool box storage.

More to come…

This should give you a good idea of where we are headed with the deuce. Currently we are in a push to get the base cab done and get the bed out of the garage because there is also another project to be picked up…as soon as the EUC clears.

Keep an eye out for more M35A2 Deuce upgrades and projects coming up soon!


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About Joe

Joe - Military Vehicle & Outdoor gear Review Specialist Having grown up in rural North Carolina and attending Western Carolina University, I have gotten accustomed to enjoying the outdoors. I was raised in an Army family with my dad being a career Master Sergeant, my uncle a retired Lt. Colonel and my cousin currently a Lt. Colonel attending the War College. Though I did not serve, I have the utmost respect for those that have and of course the cool toys they got to play with occasionally. My interests range from mountain biking, hiking, camping, car and truck builds and repair and of course shooting. I have also been known to shoot in the mid to low eighties at golf when challenged as well. While at Western I received my Bachelors in Parks and Recreation Management and my Masters in Business Administration. I was also a member of the track and field team, competing in the pole vault and the decathlon. My current athletic feats involve wrangling five kids, two cats and two basset hounds. We all have hobbies and one of mine has been car and truck builds. I have had several fun ones and some not so fun. My current vehicle, the mighty M35A2, will be the biggest one to date though. With plans for a quad cab, upsized wheels and tires, and accessories galore, it should be exciting for all.