You aren't man enough: Kaiser Jeep M715

Peed your pants yet?
Jeep’s civilian Gladiator pickups had one major drawback: they weren’t overtly butch enough. Also: grossly overpowered. Enter the M715

Sloped windshields are for communists
Sloped windshields are for communists

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.
It's practically invisible. Very stealthy
It's practically invisible. Very stealthy

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.

46 Comments

  1. I only wish I could be man enough Mad Science. I need at rug's worth of chest hair for this bad boy.
    Yeah hooniverse!

          1. So now we just need to pick a year that it all ended for JEEP.

  2. Perfect vehicle to survive the carpocalypse and any other *pocalypses that you happen to be in…

  3. So, this is where all the refugees are hanging out. Pretty nice site if you ask me, so far. Need any more content?
    Jim

    1. It’s nice to see all the other refugees who are too weird for that other car site. I’d be willing to provide content, too.

  4. Feel free to use any of my pics you like, Mad_Science.
    As an aside, how do I put up a nifty avatar?

    1. I believe you can create an account at Gravatar.com or utilize a wordpress account… I am still trying to figure out the Avatar situation.

      1. Really? Yet you seem to have one… At any rate, I’ll look into that (I just created a WP account, I didn’t see an avatar option).

  5. I need to take some welding classes before I can fix the ’88 properly. Was all set to do it but now, EFF those welding classes at the community college. They want a few hundred bucks for certified instruction in a safe and proper environment? For 6 grand I’ll get this truck and teach myself!

      1. yes… thanks again for that roll-cage. Nothing like driving a “race car” with an aluminum dirt track seat, sparco harness with welding burns, and a roll cage that lines up evenly with the side of my helmet…
        and I can’t wait to do it again!

        1. That’s what LeMons cages are all about, dude… I’ve been helping a buddy out with a cage for a LeMons Porsche 914. Since he runs a muffler shop, we have access to all the welding and bending tools one could ask for, and decided to go for broke. The only way it could have been more awesome is if we had built it with a welder on the back of this Kaiser-Jeep.

  6. I’ve been missing having a 4×4 and this would keep up the current I-6 theme I have going with the fleet. It could be a perfect stablemate to a Z3 to balance things out. Now I just need $3800 and a way to get it to GA.
    Let me know if you need anymore content. I try to hit some of the more offbeat car shows around the Atlanta area. And I have a couple of former and current semi-interesting projects.

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