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I've long wanted to buy a Kaiser-Jeep M-715.

Even better, I'd like to import the vastly improved KM450 version produced by Hyundai Group's Kia division.

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I have to wonder if there would be a market for this as a plain real work pickup truck, even  offer 2wd. Just a simple solid work truck.

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Yep, chump change in price compared to hummer that doesn't run, will last longer, cheaper to operate, Trump needs to have them built here and shit can the Hummer disaster, and now along comes johnny weekender that just loves his Hummer , would not be so happy if he had to hike back to camp from some crap hole desert cause his Hummer quit for the hundredth time. 

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4 bolt SBC 350, Wagoneer power steering, power brakes, 12 volt electrics, bench seat inside the cab vs the buckets. 4.11 gears vs 5.86 stock. Repositioned rear driveshaft on the transfer case to quiet it at speed. Updated combination lights. Three color woodland camouflage paint in the pattern of the ‘80’s Chevy CUCV. All that made it pretty much a daily driver.

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A small block is a nice upgrade over the original 715 Tornado engine.

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It doesn't cost anything to pay attention.

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In my youth, I had always been told the optional 327 engine in the Jeep (SJ) J-Series "Gladiator" pickup trucks was a General Motors unit.

However, I see the 230 horsepower 350cu.in./5.7L Buick Dauntless V8 was an optional engine in Jeep pickups from 1968 to 1971. I have vague memory of Buick-powered units.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AMC_V8_engine#327

The AMC 327 is similar to the 287, but displaces 327 cu in (5.4 L) due to the bore increase to 4 inches (101.6 mm). Unlike the 250, the 327 was produced with hydraulic valve lifters. Contrary to some myths, the AMC V8 was not built by Chevrolet, whose own 327 V8 later became better known. The AMC 327 was introduced five years before the Chevrolet 327 engine was manufactured.

The AMC 327 engine debuted in a special edition Rambler Rebel, of which 1,500 were made. They were an early American muscle car. All Rebels had silver paint with a gold-anodized "spear" on each side. The 327 was not available in any other Rambler models in 1957 other than the special edition Rebel. The Rebel's engine differs from the 327s installed in the 1957 Nash Ambassador and Hudson Hornet models in that it uses mechanical valve lifters and a higher compression ratio.

The Nash Ambassador and Hudson Hornet "Special" models were dropped after 1957, replaced by the 1958 Rambler Rebel with the 250 V8. The Rebel was a Rambler with a V-8 (and necessary mods such as stronger front springs and rear axle). The Rebel name was added to differentiate the standard six-cylinder Rambler from the V-8 model. The big Nash and Hudson cars were also dropped after 1957, replaced by the 1958 "Ambassador by Rambler" — a stretched Rebel with the 327 V8 instead of the 250. The 327 was exclusive to the Ambassador line and could not be ordered in a Rebel (or later Classic) through 1964. For 1965 and 1966 the 287 and 327 were both available in the Classic and Ambassador.

The 327 was sold to Kaiser-Jeep from 1965 to 1967 for use in the Jeep Wagoneer SUV and Gladiator pick-up truck. Jeep named it the "Vigilante" V8. Two barrel carburation was standard on these Jeep models, but a four barrel high-compression version was available in the high optioned Super Wagoneer from 1966 to 1968. Kaiser-Jeep switched to the Buick 350 in 1967 after AMC discontinued the 327. The Buick V8 engine option continued through 1971 after which Jeeps returned to AMC V8 engines, American Motors having purchased Jeep from Kaiser in 1970.

There were low- and high-compression versions of the 327 starting in 1960. Prior to 1960 all 327s were high compression. All low compression models used a two-barrel carburetor and all high-compression models received a four-barrel carburetor. Low-compression is 8.7:1, high 9.7:1, effected by a difference in pistons.

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If I was to do an upgrade now, I would swap the axles and driveline completely. For an engine I would look for a Cummins diesel. With the stock axles, you’re  limited now to one additional ratio, 4.54, I believe. When I did my ratio swap, 4.11’s were still available. The bakes and hubs also limit options for wheels/tires and disc brakes would be nice on all four corners. Stock parts require more searching of late as the stock is way down. 

I’ve seen some really nice builds that are far from stock and ones that are restored to all original with all their correct markings. I like the whole spectrum of them. My concept, when I did mine, was to do an upgrade to make it reliable and a version that maybe the military might have done. The Army did re-engine some with a small block Chevy, I’ve read. There was even a M-715A1 prototype that was evaluated, but never bought. Overall, it was not a very successful truck for the Army, hence the very short service life of around 10 years. A lot of Dodge M-37’s remained in service that were supposed to be replaced by it.

As for the small block Chevy 350 I selected at the time, it was available and one of the most popular swaps, and still is. As for an AMC engine, it wasn’t that important to me to keep it all “Jeep” and none were to be found. There are way more partsand options available for the Chevy vs the AMC. I’d love to go with a Cummins if I ever needed another engine, but they are a lot more expensive.

I’ve been very happy with what I’ve done with this one, as it’s reliable and will still move more than most civilian trucks. I had two yards of crushed stone in it a while back for a yard project, probably the heaviest load I’ve had in it with no issues moving or stopping.

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The Dodge M-37, that the Kaiser-Jeep M-715 was supposed to have replaced, was a far superior truck. Still, the M-715 has a more interesting appearance.

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Though not as comfortable to drive. A much better overall truck in many ways. Hence, the very long service life. Several production runs and upgrades over its life.

i would say the only thing the M715 has over it are driver comfort, larger cargo bed and capacity.

one of my favorite trucks. Purpose built and military through and through.

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In 1964, Army authorities at Fort Benning requested that a lightweight dump truck be provided for the conveyance of supplies and clearance of airfields.

A decision was made to install Gar Wood GA-2 dump bodies on the [conservatively rated] 3/4-ton M37B1 cab and chassis. A few trucks received Hardeman bodies.

Designated XM708 (Gar Wood) and XM708E1 (Hardeman), 200 were built and most were shipped to Vietnam.

The rear springs were upgraded to allow a 3,500lb payload.

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2 hours ago, terry said:

That M37 is a classic for sure, remember it well from my service days, "67" to "69"    terry:MackLogo:

Saw quite a few of their remains along Rte 1 in Asia.

“Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely, in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting ‘Holy shit, what a ride!’”

P.T.CHESHIRE

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l've been thinking it's time to downsize and was looking at the KIA Retona (KM420).  Wonder if l can order it thru the local KIA dealer?! lol Not a very good video.    ....Hippy 

 

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3 hours ago, 41chevy said:

Saw quite a few of their remains along Rte 1 in Asia.

Yeah I spent "69" there, believe I went down RT. 1 from Tuy Hoa to Dong Ba Thin in a crane when my unit moved.    terry:MackLogo:

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3 hours ago, 70mackMB said:

l've been thinking it's time to downsize and was looking at the KIA Retona (KM420).  Wonder if l can order it thru the local KIA dealer?! lol Not a very good video.    ....Hippy 

 

That is very nice. I noticed the manual trans, that's a plus.

Looks like a cross between a wrangler and an old suzuki samurai, maybe a geo tracker thrown in.

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