Military Vehicle Spotlight: 1952 Dodge M-37

1952 Dodge M-37 with AN/GRC-46C Communications Shelter

Restored by Roland L. Boltz

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G-741 Dodge ¾-ton Truck

  • Net weight: 5,687 lbs.
  • Gross weight: 7,687 lbs.
  • Engine: Dodge T245 6-cylinder
  • Displacement: 230.2 cu. in.
  • Horsepower: 78 @ 3,200 rpm
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Maximum speed: 55 mph
  • Range: 215 miles


Building on the success of the ¾-ton trucks it built for the U.S. military during WWII, Dodge began delivering the M37 truck in June 1951. Improvements over the WWII predecessor included steel doors with roll-up windows, synchronized transmission, 24-volt sealed electrical system, and the ability to ford. The all-steel cargo bed on the standard M37 cargo truck was equipped with troop seats, lazy backs, and top bows to support a canvas cover.

The AN/GRC-46 series was a Radio Teletype set originally mounted on M37 ¾-ton trucks for Army tactical units’ message handling. Other uses included potting, targeting, and tactical, automatic, data processing (TACFIRE) in artillery units and aviation weather operations in Army aviation units.