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M-151 A2
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M-151A2

M-151A2 Hellenic Army Jeep excellent body and mechanical condition. SOLD



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Ford M151 MUTT  ¼-ton 4×4 Military Utility Tactical Truck


During 60s the M151 replaces the M-38A1-series Jeeps. It was an advanced design vehicle  as it was technically totally different than M-38A1. It had several improvements such as independent coil spring suspension  a unitary body and an overhead valve engine. It was designed to be faster, more comfortable and much better in driving than the M-38A1. In 1960 begins mass  production of the M-151 at Ford\'s Highland Park factory in Michigan. The engine  was the Ford L142 , 4-cylinder, 2,320 cc. 72 bhp. at 4,000 rpm. but the steel bodies were built by Fruehauf. It was fitted with cast magnesium wheels, identifiable by oval cooling slots.
Because of its independent swing-axle type rear suspension, the M-151 had  aptitude to flip over when cornered too aggressively. The rear suspension lay-out could cause big rear wheel camber changes, as result causing  over steering and a subsequent roll-over.

The M-151 was replaced by the M-151A1 in 1964. With minor changes in the rear suspension including stiffer components, firmer mountings and an extra rubber bump stop to reduce rebound. The basic suspension lay-out (basically an A-frame mounted parallel to the direction of travel) remained unchanged, which still resulted in negative camber when unloaded. Therefore the M-151A1 shared most of the undesireable handling characteristics with the M-151. The most noticeable difference between the models was the addition of turn signals mounted on the front fenders. Early M-151A1s also had the oval-slotted cast magnesium wheels. 
M-151A2 comes from production In 1970. The rear suspension system had a big modification: A trailing arm assembly, with pivots almost perpendicular to the frame rails, allowed the rear wheels to rise and fall with very little change in camber. Although much safer than its predecessors, the lightness of the rear still results in some peculiar handling. The most noticeable cosmetic changes were the large turn signal and blackout lamps mounted in wells in the front mudguards (matching the ones at the rear), one-piece windshield, dished steering wheel with wider spokes (compared to a flat thinly spoked one) on a collapsible steering column and lifting shackles on the rear body corners. The electric in-tank fuel pump was replaced by a mechanical fuel pump. It had windshield washers plus two-speed wipers, and dual brake system.
Over the years, production contracts of the M-151A2 were awarded to Ford, Kaiser Jeep and the AM General Corporation (of Wayne, Michigan, U.S.A.), while bodies were built both by Fruehauf and Budd .
By early 1980 AMG had built 95,000 M151 series. In 1983 it was reported that AMG held the production contract to supply M-151A2 series vehicles on a "requirement basis".
 

Based on M-151A2 the M-107 and M-108 communications vehicles with radios installed in the rear of the vehicle. The passenger seat faces to the rear to enable the radio operator to work his equipment.
The M-718 and M-718A1 are ambulance versions based on the M-151A1 and M-151A2 respectively. They have a crew of two, a driver and a medical attendant. This version has a rear overhang and can carry a stretcher and three seated patients, two stretchers and two seated patients or three stretcher patients.
The M-151A1C 106-mm Recoilless Rifle Carrier was based on the M-151A1 and was assembled by Rock Island Arsenal. It was replaced by the M-825 based on the M-151A2, which had the M40 106-mm recoilless rifle mounted in the rear. This model was itself replaced by a similar vehicle mounting the TOW ATGW. A combination of stiffer rear springs at the rear to bear to increased load and a raised centre of gravity affected the already peculiar handling. Normally these weapon carriers are therefore restricted in permissible speed.
 

Sources

Crismon, Fred W., U.S. Military Wheeled Vehicles. Sarasota: Crestline Publishing Co., 1983, p.99-100, 226-229, 390, 452, 454, 462, 468. ISBN 0-912612-21-5

Jane\'s Military Vehicles and Ground Support Equipment 1983. London: Jane\'s Yearbooks, 1983, p.299-300.

Wheels & Tracks magazine, various issues.

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