Kaiser Jeep M715

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Kaiser M715
M715.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Kaiser Jeep
Also called Five Quarter
Production 1967-1969
Assembly Toledo, Ohio
Body and chassis
Class Full-size pickup truck
Layout Front engine, four-wheel drive
Related Jeep Gladiator
Powertrain
Engine 231 ci (3.8L) OHC Tornado I6
Transmission Warner T-98 4-speed manual
Dimensions
Length 209.75 in (5,328 mm)
Width 85 in (2,159 mm)
Height At bed (with cargo cover installed): 87.7 in (2,228 mm)
At cab 75 in (1,905 mm), Reducible to 59 in (1,499 mm)
Chronology
Predecessor Dodge M37
Successor Dodge M-880 series

The Kaiser Jeep M715 is an American wheeled military vehicle based upon the civilian Jeep Gladiator. In 1965 the design and developing for the M715 began. The U.S. Government purchased these trucks to replace the M37. Between 1967 and 1969 over 33,000 trucks were produced at the Toledo, Ohio plant. The overhead cam 6 cyl engines were not very reliable due to lack of knowledge on the overhead cam design and lack of maintenance. They had been dropped from civilian models by 1968. The trucks were replaced by the Dodge M880 series.

Kia currently produces an M715-type vehicle named the KM450 for the South Korean Army on license from the U.S. Government. India's Tatra/Vectra is also entering an M715 type vehicle as a candidate for the Indian Army's LSV requirement.

In 2010 Mopar developed the concept vehicle Jeep NuKizer 715. It was a tribute to the original M715.

Jeep M715 Series[edit]

M715 variants include:

  • M715 - cargo/troop carrier
  • M724 - cab/chassis
  • M725 - ambulance
  • M726 - telephone maintenance
M715
KM450

Specifications[edit]

  • Length:
    • With winch 220.75 in (5,607 mm)
    • Without winch 209.75 in (5,328 mm)
  • Width: 85 in (2,159 mm)
  • Height:
    • At bed (with cargo cover installed) 87.7 in (2,228 mm)
    • At cab 75 in (1,905 mm), Reducible to 59 in (1,499 mm)
  • Weight: 5,180 lb (2,350 kg)
  • Engine: Inline 6-cyl, 230.5ci overhead camshaft Tornado
  • Horsepower: 132.5 hp (98.8 kW)
  • Transmission: Warner, T-98 four-speed, synchronized manual
  • Transfer case: 2 speed, NP200, 1.91:1 low range
  • Axles:
  • Electrical system: 24 volt utilizing two 12 volt batteries in series
  • Brakes: Hydraulic, 4-wheeled drum
  • Fuel type: gas
  • Fuel capacity: 28 US gal (106 L; 23 imp gal)
  • Top speed: 55 mph (89 km/h)
  • Turning radius: 28 feet (9 m)
  • Tires: 9.00 x 16 8-ply

Trivia[edit]

  • The Kaiser Jeep M715 is called a 1¼ ton, or Five quarter ton truck.
  • It was built for the U.S. military based on the civilian Jeep Gladiator.
  • The M715 family saw service in Vietnam, Korean DMZ and European bases
  • The M715 family was produced from 1967 through 1969.
  • In the 2013 video game Grand Theft Auto V, one of the protagonists, Trevor Philips, owns a vehicle based on the M715.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Jeep M715 at Wikimedia Commons