Jeep’s civilian Gladiator pickups had one major drawback: they weren’t overtly butch enough. Also: grossly overpowered. Enter the M715…
With 5.87:1 gears in the Dana 60 front and full-floater Dana 70 rear axles, fender cut-outs big enough for 36″ tires with no lift, a factory brush guard and winch, the Kaiser-Jeep M715’s spec sheet puts it in contention for the title of Burliest Truck Ever. Rather than put in a flabby, thirsty V8, Kaiser decided to go with the 133hp Tornado OHC I-6. With a 3.344″ bore and 4.375″ stroke, this 230 cube sixer brings the torque just off idle, just like you want in a serious truck. Never mind the fact that you’ll be at redline at 55mph with that gearing.
Given the utility boxes on the back, today’s example is most likely a M726 maintenance model, which is exactly what the seller’s dad was using it for (welding rig). It retains what looks like an original coat of camo and sports an up-sized set of Super Swamper SXs that look to be in the 36-38″ tall by 15″ wide range. SXs are the tires to go with this truck: bias ply with six-ply steel belted sidewalls. The rears look like a tight fit, but you could fix that with some 2″ lift blocks or some trimming of the bed. That’s a hell of a lot of truck for a mere $3800 ($5800 if you include the welder – how manly is that?). Also: only 38k miles on the clock.
We aren’t big on tying our masculine (or feminine, should we ever get a girl on board*) identities to our vehicles. That said, the rearend on this truck is clearly straining under the 4 tons of pure testosterone being hauled around. We’re considering taking a trip out to Santa Maria in hopes that it’s manly aura will wear off on us just by proximity.
Kaiser-Jeep M715 on eBay
*Should any girl be reading this and want to participate in our little freakshow, drop us a line.