Kaiser Jeep M715
|Also called||Five Quarter|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Full-size pickup truck|
|Layout||Front engine, four-wheel drive|
|Engine||231 ci (3.8L) OHC Tornado I6|
|Transmission||Warner T-98 4-speed manual|
|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)
|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 Tata/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
M715 variants include:
- M715 - cargo/troop carrier
- M724 - cab/chassis
- M725 - ambulance
- M726 - telephone maintenance
- With winch 220.75 in (5,607 mm)
- Without winch 209.75 in (5,328 mm)
- Width: 85 in (2,159 mm)
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- For the 2016 50th annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah FCA showed the Jeep Crew Chief 715 concept, a nod to the Kaiser 715.
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