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M54A1/A2/A2C

5-Ton Gun Truck


Statistics

Country of Origin/Used by: USA
First Produced/Service Dates: Early 1950's for Cargo Truck; 1967 for Gun Trucks.
Manufactured by: Chassis: Mack (M54A1), Kaiser Jeep Corp./AM-General (M54A2); Armor: US Military
Crew: 4-8
Armament: Various weapon configurations created by individual crews and units including the 7.62mm M60 machine gun, M2 .50 cal HMG and XM-134 mini-guns.

Quad .50 gun truck mounted (4) M2 .50 caliber MG.  Many also included an additional 7.62mm M60 Machine Gun.
Engine: 6-Cylinder Diesel (M54A1) and Multi-Fuel (A2)
Miscellaneous Info: The M54 5-ton cargo truck was first produced from approximately 1952 to 1964 by Diamond-T, International Harvester and Mack.  The M54 was equipped with the Continental R6602 gasoline engine.  The next version, the M54A1, was then produced from about 1959 to 1966 by Mack and equipped with their ENDT-673 diesel engine. The final version, the M54A2, was produced from approximately 1966 thru 1970 by Kaiser-Jeep, and by AM-General from 1970 to the early 1980's after Kaiser's acquisition by AMC, AM General being their military division. The M54A2 models were equipped with a Continental LDS-465 multifuel engine.  Lastly, the M54A2C variant, equipped with a dropside cargo bed, was introduced in the late 1960's.

The M54 and
M35 2 1/2 ton chassi trucks were very similar.  However, the M54 contained a higher capacity hauling load due to automotive improvements, including engine, transmission and suspension. Some unique gun trucks were also built on the M54 including those using M113 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) hull/bodies fitted to the rear cargo area.

Additional information provided by "JD" MSGT USA (Ret).
Data Sheet Available:   None Available

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
M54 5 Ton Gun Truck "Wild Thing" Photos Patrick Keenan - Editor
M54 5 Ton Gun Truck "Wild Thing" Photos Bill Soppet - Homer Glen, Illinois USA
M54 5 Ton Gun Truck Photos James Lyles - Florida USA
M54 5 Ton "APC" Gun Truck Photos Mark Aldrich - IPMS/USA Tacoma Green Dragons (Washington)
M54 5 Ton "APC" Gun Truck Photos Brent Sauer - Editor of HMMWV In Scale
M54 5 Ton APC Gun Truck Photo (with M113 APC hull Armor) James Lyles
M54 5 Ton Gun Truck Photo (with Multi-Angled Armor) James Lyles
M54 5 Ton Gun Truck Photo (with Wooden Armor) James Lyles
5 Ton Dump Truck Gun Truck Photo James Lyles

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
Gun Truck Information and Photos The Army Transportation Association - Vietnam
Gun Truck Information and Photos Vietnam Gun Truck Psychotic Reaction Website

Printed

Reference Author
Armored Car- A History of American Wheeled Combat Vehicles R.J. Hunnicutt
"Braving Vietnam's Roads" (November 2017 Issue of Classic Military Vehicle Magazine) John Teasdale
Gun Truck: A Visual History of the U.S. Army’s Vietnam-Era Wheeled Escort Platforms (Ampersand Group, Inc.)

Review on WarWheels by Alan Crawford
David Doyle
Gun Trucks (Squadron-Signal Publications) Timothy J. Kutta
Gun Trucks in Vietnam: Have Guns, Will Travel

Review on WarWheels by Patrick Keenan
James Lyles
The Hard Ride - Vietnam Gun Trucks (Part/Volume 1)

Review on WarWheels by Patrick Keenan

James Lyles

The Hard Ride - Vietnam Gun Trucks (Part/Volume 2)

Covers both the 1st & 2nd Editions

 

Review on WarWheels by Patrick Keenan

James Lyles
U.S. Military Wheeled Vehicles Fred W. Crismon
"Vietnam Gun Trucks" (February 2013 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine) Roy Stevenson

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
M54 5-Ton Truck Model Kit (35112) Real Model 1/35 Resin/Photo Etch
       
Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information
"M113 APC No. 4" Decal Sheet (DE-AP04) MEC Models 1/35 Decal Sheet includes markings for M54 Gun Truck "The Lifer" with M113 APC Hull.
M54 5-Ton Gun Truck Cab Conversion (35028) Real Model 1/35 Resin/Photo Etch; Conversion for Italeri M923 Big Foot/Shelter Carrier.
M54 5-Ton Gun Truck "Eve of Destruction" Conversion (35123) Real Model 1/35 Resin/Photo Etch; Conversion for Italeri M923 Big Foot/Shelter Carrier.
M54 5-Ton Gun Truck "Black Widow" Conversion (35128) Real Model 1/35 Resin/Photo Etch; Conversion for Italeri M923 Big Foot/Shelter Carrier.
M54 5-Ton Gun Truck "Satan's Li'l Angel" Conversion (35130) Real Model 1/35 Resin/Photo Etch; Conversion for Italeri M923 Big Foot/Shelter Carrier.
M54 5-Ton Gun Truck "Uncle Sam" Conversion (35138) Real Model 1/35 Resin/Photo Etch; Conversion for Italeri M923 Big Foot/Shelter Carrier.
M54 5-Ton Gun Truck "Ace of Spades" Decals (RMD35004) Real Model 1/35 Decals only

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider
M54 Vietnam Era Gun Truck "Eve of Destruction" Build Article (1/35 Scratch-built) James Lyles - Florida USA
M54 Vietnam Era APC Gun Truck "King Kong" Build Article (1/35 Scratch-built) James Lyles - Florida USA