CHASSIS NO: 10140
• Full 1-1/4-ton hauling capacity
• Shows just over 5,000 miles since restoration
• Rare all-steel cab with sliding rear window
• 42” big time mudder wheels and tires
350 cid V-8 engine, 232 HP, automatic transmission, front Dana 60 axle with coil spring suspension, rear full-floating Dana 70 axle, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 126”
The 1-1/4-ton Kaiser Jeep M715 is sometimes called the Five Quarter Ton pickup, referring to its 1-1/4-ton payload rating. Originally developed as an American military truck, it is based on the civilian Jeep Gladiator. Design and development for the M715 began in 1965, intended to replace the Dodge M37. In a departure from its purpose-built predecessor, the M715 was the first "M"-series U.S. tactical vehicle to use primarily commercial components that were readily available. This truck, originally known as a Contact Maintenance Truck, (Model 3521) had a radio equipment servicing cab, which was converted to a more useful pickup bed during restoration. Its unusual steel roof was part of that package when ordered by the military.
This restored M715 was upgraded to later model GM 350 V-8 engine with an Oldsmobile automatic transmission, making it far easier and more fun to drive, and also makes highway driving a possibility. Up front, the heavy steel painted military bumper carries a 2 HP cable winch and plenty of hooks and tie downs to pull most anything out of trouble. Work included complete brake, steering, and fuel systems with upgrades to the suspension to accommodate the 42” Super Swamper tires. On the hood, a convoy lamp is still in place. This truck is certainly capable of getting the new owner virtually anywhere they wish to go and, with just over 5,000 miles since restoration, you’ve got a lot of time to get there. Inside, a new cloth bench seat and a new sliding rear window were installed for comfort, but the military style dash and controls are all still in place. It’s painted olive drab green throughout but does include a modern grille guard and running board steps for convenience.
Drive this truck around town and you’ll get far more thumbs up and salutes than you would in any sports car. If a brutishly tough, modern-powered military truck sounds like fun, then we’ve got a perfect choice for you.