1976-82 Innis M982 Hancock
Oops I put the bumper too high
Mmm yeah this was pointed out on Discord that my front bumper was placed too high to the point where it wouldn’t do jack in preventing squishing cars in front of the truck’s way. I tried to lower it a bit buuuuuut, still would not solve much. Oh well, keeping in mind next time. Thanks @Tzuyu_main!
The Innis M982 Hancock, named after Winfield Scott Hancock, was a 5-ton heavy truck coming in 4x4 and 6x6 variants. It was produced from 1976 to 1982 for the U.S. Military, seeing service in multiple armed conflicts including the Multinational Intervention in Lebanon, Invasion of Panama, Gulf War, and the early episodes of the Iraq War. At least 40,000 trucks were produced, taking on cargo, dumping, wrecker, bridging and gun truck roles.
The Hancock was powered by the large 8.2 L Tuscaloosa Diesel, making around 250 hp and 650 lb ft of torque. Mated to a 2-range 5-speed gearbox, the Hancock was built to be dependable on and off the road. Some models (like the one shown above) also came with a lift axle which broke down often.
Some other components of the M982 Hancock ran into trouble as well. In the earlier models, the engine would easily overheat, prompting the engineers to provide more areas for ventilation in the front fascia. Some mid-production models would also suffer from transfer case failures, all of which were solved in the lateset M982A3 models built from 1980 onwards.
The M982 Cargo Trucks made up the majority of the vehicle’s production; the dropside variant being the most produced due to its ease of loading by forklift and its standard troop seats. Longer wheelbase versions of the Cargo Trucks were also produced, albeit in smaller numbers than the regular dropside.
One of the more interesting variants of the M982 were the Gun Trucks, reminiscent of those which traversed through the tropical landscape of the Vietnam War. These were predominantly found in combat during the Iraq and Gulf War.
Civilian versions of these trucks were also built. You can already see where these are going.
The only variant produced was a 6-door cab with a completely useless bed. It was very long and incredibly impractical.
But it was legal… somehow. Surprisingly, the Hancock could just barely squeeze itself into a standard parking spot. Just barely.
Although it had two fuel tanks, it needed the oil reserve of an entire Middle Eastern country to get itself moving anywhere, deeming it basically useless in any given scenario.
Blind spots were huge too. The large upper dash and split window design meant that visibility was dangerously mediocre from the front.
It also did awful off-road. Being so massive, it would have been more practical to just put a bulldozer on the front of your truck and ram whatever was in your way. Its 13,000 lb weight meant that it would also easily get itself mudded, overheating its transfer case in the process.
The interior was also completely barren. It was ripped straight out of its military counterpart with little to no changes. No sound dampening was added either so the ride was loud and incredibly rough.
Oh god don’t look at the rear oh god oh frick I didn’t really spend much time on it anyways since it’s just a big tall tailgate with no use and not really much to put on either. Oh yeah, the tailgate. That was useless too. You would need a couple benches to even load something on it. So in the end, who would even buy this thing?
Collectors and dumbasses of course. Surprisingly, the Civilian versions completely sold out… all 50 of them. Some stay hidden in museums, others in people’s garages, but some others manage to roam the streets.
A workhorse of the battlefield, a crippled donkey in the streets, the Innis M982 Hancock was a truck. To some, a badass truck. To others, just a truck.