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AM General » M915

In January 1977, together with other six U.S. companies the AM General took a part in a competition to create heavy vehicles for army with a total weight of 23-34 tons. In June 1977, the company won this competition, presented the cheapest car. The chassis for these trucks was taken from Centaur crane trucks of CCC company. Trucks were equipped with a 6-cylinder Cummins NTC400 (14,0 l, 400 hp) diesel engine, semi-automatic 16-speed transmission Caterpillar, one-stage transfer box Oshkosh with a pneumatic actuator, rear axles Hendrickson and 20 or 22 inches tires. By the end of 1984, 7,3 thousand trucks of this models were produced. Range included the following models:
M915 - 14-ton 6x4 tractor with a Cummins NTC-400 engine and transmission Caterpillar.
M915A1 - version of M915 with a Cummins Big Cam II engine and automatic transmission Allison. Production was started in January 1983
M916 - 14-ton 6x6 tractor with a Cummins NTC-400 engine and transmission Caterpillar.
M917 - 20-ton dump truck.
M918 - distributor of bitumen on the M916 chassis.
M919 - 20-ton chassis for mixers 8x6
M920 - 20-ton tractor 8x6. It was used together with heavy trailers - 25-ton M172A1, or 40-ton M870.
In 1990, new updated models M915A2, M916A1 and M917A1 (manufactured by Freightliner) replaced M915, M916 and M917.

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  1. dan
    2010-08-26 05:50:33

    Nice article and pictures. What we the other trucks in the '77 competition?

    How about this latest round that Freightliner won? The Mack entry looks tight. Should have been a close competition.

  2. John Boy
    2011-06-26 05:09:35

    I have one of the M917, and would like to know how the transmission shifts. Does anyone have any information?

  3. NICOLAS GABRIE
    2013-11-01 00:35:28

    LOOKING TRANFER DUMP TRUCK 1979 M917 PLASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE AND PRICE

  4. Des
    2015-03-24 20:30:51

    I would like to scratch build a large model of the m915 gun truck. Is anyone able to advise me on what model truck I can use at least to get a chassis and cab. This is a large 16th scale model. Thank you in advance. Des

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