Cohort Pic(k) of the Day: Kaiser Jeep M715 – “War Is Terrorism”

I’ve got a thing for gnarly old military trucks, and the Kaiser Jeep M175 is definitely one of my favorites. I love how there’s just a remnant of the Gladiator body left, crowned with that upright boxy cab and folding top. And this one is sporting all sorts of post-military accoutrements; not surprising given that Mike Hayes found it in Seattle.

Here’s the business end of it, including one that gave this post its secondary title.

These were built between 1967 and 1976, and were heavily used in Vietnam. They all used the Tornado 230 CID OHC six that was used only in the first few years of the Gladiator and Wagoneer. They had oil burning issues, but presumably they got sorted out eventually.

The M715 was resurrected in 1998 by KIA in South Korea as the KM450, with an updated drive train and other changes to make it a bit more comfortable and suitable for 21st century military use.


I did a somewhat more comprehensive post on them here