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Old 05-25-2014, 08:07 AM   #1
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M-151...here we go....

I know that the M-151 is not a Jeep (everybody notice, I said that in the very first line of the very first post....now lets count how many times people point out this understood detail). It is technically a MUTT (in many ways). However...given the wealth of knowledge available from my fellow forum members...I figured I might toss the topic on the fire and see where the conversation goes.

So here we go....

My employer has instructed me to procure an M-151a2 for him to putter around his ranch. He didnt ask my opinion, he just told me to fetch. I've done a little research and have learned that the a2 is the last, latest, and "safest" of the 151 series and is LESS inclined for flip...but still at greater risk than a true Jeep.

I also know that the only cushion between your spine and the road is your butt-cheeks....everything else is just there to sucker you into thinking there is something to absorb the bumps. But the reality is that the 151 is supposedly a blessing to practitioners of chiropractic care.

Lastly, I know that the military didnt offer the 151 as surplus to the public (for a number of reasons...not the least of which were safety and protests of competition from civilian auto manufacturers). And that the 151 fleet was almost entirely chopped up for scrap.

I entered the service just as the 151 was departing and the Humvee was arriving, so I have no first hand experience with the "Jungle Buggy". But I have a hunch that there may be a few members around here who have some knowledge that they could share with me.

All that having been said...what should I watch for and what should I warn him of. Remember...its an a2.

Thanks all, Happy Trails.

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The Mutt was the only military "Jeep" I ever drove while it was still in active service. I only drove one a few times before they were phased out so I don't really have any more knowledge on them than what you already listed.
Supposedly the last of them were taken out of service in 1999 in favor of the HMMWV. I think that the military wishes they had a smaller vehicle now adays for their quick reaction forces but I digress.
As far as I know, even with the improvements, the A2 was still not the best highway vehicle. Then again, that is not what it was designed for. You may want to check in on the G503 Forum (the M-151 area is about half way down the page). They started out for WWII Jeeps but now they cover pretty much all restored military vehicles.
Good luck on your search, they are hard to come by. It would be great if you can post updates.

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I also know that the only cushion between your spine and the road is your butt-cheeks....
That's not true; you have a nice cushy gas tank to sit on...
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I've owned an M151A2 for about 20 years now, previously drove 1 in the military. While it's true they are loud and obnoxious (but so am I) they are a lot of fun to tool around town and light off the road. I certainly get a lot of stares and questions.
They are available, check out ebay, but they are getting pricey. While it's true the goverment didn't sell them to the public, quite a few slipped through the cracks. They were mostly given to foreign goverments and brought back, goverment agencies and some national guard units also released them. The military did sell them off for parts but you had to cut the body in half. Some enterprising people welded them back together. Somebody in texas was making new bodies for them also and assembling jeeps out of spare parts. They are also out there.

The M151s are a unibody design, there is no frame so rust or poor rewelding jobs can be an issue. Ones that were never cut would be the best.

Most of the changes in the A2 model were for safety. The went to a one piece windshield for better visability, a smaller scooped in steering wheel for more protection and a trailing arm suspension for less roll over risk. There is a ROPS ( roll over protection kit) available which consists of a full roll cage, side curtains and seatbelts. They didn't come from the factory that way but were retrofitted by the units. I would recommend one.

You can get them to 55 mph but they are not very comfortable driving any distance at that speed. I've never had an issue with one rolling over,just can't drive it like a sports car.

If you have any questions or would like pictures give me a post.

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Old 05-31-2014, 08:58 AM   #5
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Thanks, Chip. Welcome Aboard the forum!

I bought a M-151a2 yesterday. It has the ROPS cage, 24v charger, soft top, tow bar, lots of goodies. 6500 original miles and....its uncut.

I look forward to having it to use as my new "company car" on my employers ranch and giving my wrangler a break ever now an then....but I gotta admit I gonna stick with the wrangler through the summer. Im too old to care about trying to look cool as a sun-charred lump in a puddle of sweat.

There is a stamped factory data placard that says the top speed is 65. There is stenciled advisory on the instrument panel that says that the driver should not exceed 55mph. Im gonna cover that and put on my own warning that it should be kept under 40 ON the road and under 10 OFF road. Safety First.

Day one was a blast....looking forward to many more to come...and I'll have lots of questions.
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