M151, M151A1, M151A2 (MUTT) Jeeps.
My 1965 Ford M-151A1 (Mutt), in
the markings of E-Troop, 17th CAV, 173d Airborne Brigade (separate),
1966 M151-A1 courtesy of the Georgia Military Vehicles Preservation Society (see US Clubs)
The Military Utility Tactical Truck, or `MUTT', or M151,
was developed in the 1950s and first delivered in 1960.
Ford won the design competition and its M151
featured monocoque construction and all-round independent suspension.
Its construction accounts for the vehicle's very low stance.
There were three main generations: M151, M151A1 and M151A2.
The M151 and M151A1 had independent suspension all round,
with swing axles (similar to the VW Beetle) at the rear.
This could cause over-steer and was considered dangerous
so the later M151A2 had a live rear axle.
pictured was built by AM General Corp. under licence from Ford
and was snapped at the Australia day
Bob Talbot writes ...
Left: a shot of the rear suspension on
a M718 1/4 ton (capacity) ambulance
showing the diff' and axles.
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