Things have been quiet around MR HQ this week as we've been on a swing through the West Coast. Though the Bay Area is a powerful draw for Moto Roster fodder with its intersection of disposable income and gentle climate, our first feature now that we're back is from right up the road in Western Pennsylvania. Better yet, while its zipcode may say PA, its rust levels are pure California.
These M715's were somewhat unloved when they replaced the venerable M37's but they've enjoyed a bit of a renaissance as of late. Even Jeep has released a few concept trucks that are heavily influenced by these Gladiator mashups.
This particular example looks like it has been well executed and needs someone to finish it to their liking. Starting some years ago, the body was taken off and painted while the frame was blasted and coated. Photos of the underside look pristine with the new exhaust and SS brake lines looking like they've seen very few miles.
Originally specced with 34 inch tires, the huge wheel openings and flat fenders still accommodate the fresh 37 inch tires easily. Some shimmy is mentioned at 40-45 mph but between the gearing and the tires the whole setup is only good for about 50 mph anyway. We'd investigate that all suspension and driveline angles are correct and hope that the shimmy is just result the nature of a 50 year old 3/4 ton military vehicle.
An 350 crate motor has been swapped in and is claimed to be brand new. It's mated up to the original transmission but the new motor brings with it AC and most importantly power steering.
The interior is awash in diamond plate which is normally a red flag for us but the photos look like things have been well executed. Outside, flat tan paint looks good from afar with new black bumpers. We love the high beams sitting behind the grill and it looks like the bed has been rhino lined.
This truck has been sitting for 3 years as the current owner has lost interest. It's said to start instantly, run and drive well though. Leaking power steering and a misaligned driver's side window are the few cons listed along with the shimmy at speed.
If things are as clean as they look and the motor swap properly done $12,000 could be a deal for this. You'd have trouble building it for anything near that and all of the work is generic enough that the next owner isn’t locked into one particular direction.
Find this Military Spec Gladiator on Craigslist outside of Pittsburgh.
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