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United States' 1 1/2 Ton, 6x6, Cargo Truck

Design

The 1 1/2 Ton, 6x6 shared many of the same components as the 3/4 Ton 4x4.

The engine powers all six of the wheels. By using a control in the driver's compartment, the driver can disengage the power to the front wheels. The wheels can be interchanged amongst all six of the wheels.

There are five bows holding up a canvas over the cargo compartment. There are roll up straps that allowed for ventilation. The cargo hold was approximately 89" x 120". Two rows of seats are 4' apart and the seats are 14" deep.

The driver's cab was open.

Variants

  • 1 1/2 Ton, 6x6, Cargo Truck: One in four of the 1 1/2 ton 6x6s had either a pedestal mount, M24A2, or a truck mounted, M50, machine gun.

Specifications

  1 1/2 Ton, 6x6, Cargo Truck
Crew  
Radio  
Physical Characteristics  
Weight  
Weight - without winch 10,225 lb
Weight - with winch 10,525 lb
Payload 3,300 lb
Towing load 3,500 lb
Winch capacity 7,500 lb
Length  
Length - without winch 17' 10 7/8"
Length - with winch 18' 8.5"
Height 7' 5.75"
Height - without truck mount 7' 0.75"
Width 6' 10.75"
Ground clearance 10 5/8"
Ground pressure 32.7 psi
Wheelbase 125"
Armament  
Main 1: .50 cal M2 MG
Quantity  
Main  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Engine (Make / Model) Dodge T-214
Bore / stroke 3.25 x 4 5/8"
Cooling Liquid
Cylinders I-6
Capacity 230.2 cu. in
Net HP 76@3,200 rpm
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Radiator (Type) Fin and tube
Capacity 17 quarts
Transmission (Type)  
Steering  
Steering ratio 23.2:1
Starter  
Electrical system 6 volt
Ignition  
Gear ratios - 1st speed 6.40:1
- 2nd speed 3.09:1
- 3rd speed 1.69:1
- 4th speed 1.00:1
- Reverse 7.82:1
Fuel (Type) Gasoline
Octane 70
Quantity 30 gallons
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Speed - Road 50 mph
Max speed towing  
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 240 miles
Road radius towing 210 miles
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius 26' 6"
Elevation limits  
Fording depth 2' 10"
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Climbing ability 60%
Climbing ability towing 44%
Suspension (Type) Semi-elliptic
Wheels each side 3
Wheels (Type) 9.00x16, 8 ply mud and snow
Wheels - desert  
Width  
Diameter  
Tire tread  
Tread center to center 5' 4.75"

Sources:

  1. The American Arsenal, 1996
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site