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1968 Kaiser M715 Off Road Truck - Colossal Kaiser

Posted in Project Vehicles on July 1, 2009
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Wheeling a vintage truck is part art form and part luck. Whether it's the old farm rig passed down from generation to generation or that retro-wheeler you always wanted as a child, there is an added element of risk and excitement each and every time the classic iron hits the dirt. For if you crumple a fender or destroy a doorframe, your parts search is a little more involved than if you'd broken a taillight on your new Wrangler.

While cruising the dusty notches at this year's Tierra Del Sol Desert Safari in sunny Southern California, we ran into Pelle Klein and his ultra-clean '68 Kaiser M-715. Though Pelle is no stranger to building four-bys he credits the truck's previous owner, Brian Salazar, for transforming the classic pickup into the monster it is today. It's not everyday we run across a rig four decades old that's not only used to off-road but still looks good doing it. And while you won't find the Kaiser ripping its way through the Hammers, Pelle does assure us that it sees plenty of tough terrain and is equipped with the heavy-duty parts to handle all types of terra-firma.

The M-715 has by far one of the coolest-looking and most functional beds ever produced. Under the massive factory fender flares resides a set of 42-inch TSLs wrapped around 16.5-inch HMMWV beadlocks to keep with the military theme.

So for all of you sitting on those metal marvels of yesterday, get to wrenching and bring back style and size in an old-school way.

Tech Specs
1968 Kaiser M-715

Engine: 350 ci
Transmission: T-98
Transfer case: NP200
Front Axle: Dana 60, Detroit Locker, 4.88 gears
Rear Axle: Dana 70, Detroit Locker, 4.88 gears

Springs & Such: Custom hangers with stock springs
Tires & Wheels: 42x15 TSLs on 16.5-inch HMMWV beadlocks
Other Stuff: Edelbrock carb and intake

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