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3/4 ton 4x4 Cargo Truck M-37 Dodge
The Dodge M-37 was the successor to the G-502 WC-51 and WC-52 Dodge weapons carriers used in World War II and Korea. After the jeep, the M-37 is the most popular vehicle with MV collectors since they are available, easy to work on, and can fit in most garages. A tough and reliable truck, over any terrain, the M-37 can carry a lot more than the 3/4 ton rating would suggest and pull as much again in an M101 3/4 ton trailer.
M37 and M37B1 Dodge 3/4 ton 4x4 Cargo Truck (G-741)
The M-37 3/4 ton 4x4 Cargo Truck is the most common model of the M-37 family. It has an all-steel body and bed with a canvas top that can be erected over the cab, and removable bows over the cargo bed to hold a tarp and end curtains. Hinged troop seats are provided in the bed which can be raised and folded flat against the sides for full-width cargo. Most M37 specifications are similar within the family, but not exactly the same for all models. The full table of specifications is on the M37 Manuals page.
The M37 began production in late 1950 and was superseded by the M37B1 in 1958. The M37B1 incorporates many small changes accumulated over the M37 production run. These included new electrical cables and connectors, magnetic drain plugs, revised canvas top and other items. Externally, the M37B1 is most easily recognized by the spare tire mount which as been moved from the front of the rear bed to the driver's side door. Dodge changed its internal designation from T245 to T245A.
The M37 engine is the Dodge T245 6 cyl (230cid, 94hp@3400 rpm) mated to a 4 speed manual transmission and two speed transfer case. The front-mounted winch is a Braden LU4 PTO with 7,500 lb capacity.
Federal Stock Numbers for the M37 Cargo Truck variants are:
Other Versions of the M37 Cargo Truck
The Marine Corps version of the M-37 had some minor modifications such as additional tie downs, lifting shackles, and USMC specific paint and markings.
Starting in 1951, M37CDN vehicles were produced for the Canadian Army and Air Force. They were fitted with a Chrysler Canada-produced T249 250.6 cid engine along with a different transmission and PTO. The M37CDN was produced until 1955, for a total of 3071 units, including 672 w/winch. A small number of M37CDN vehicles were converted to M42CDN command trucks. The M37CDN was not visually distinguished from the M37.
Many M37 Cargo Trucks were fitted with radio transmitters or other equipment that exceeded the capacity of the original 25 amp electrical generator. A 100 amp alternator kit was supplied as an upgrade, described in later versions of the manuals. The kit consisted of the 100 amp alternator, a regulator, a rectifier to convert the AC current to DC, along with heavier cables, four parallel drive belts and other parts.
M37 Dodge 3/4 ton 4x4 Cargo Truck
M37B1 Dodge 3/4 ton 4x4 Cargo Truck
M37 Dodge 3/4 ton 4x4 Variations