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Old 09-03-2003, 07:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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M715 with Rockwells

Hi! Refugee from the land cruiser boards, mostly. I have a '67 M715, and I'm thinking about putting rockwell axles under it...anyone here done this? Just my initial eyeballing says it's gonna be fairly easy, except that if I want rear steer, I'll have to move the rear springs from outboard the frame rails to under the frame rails to have any steering lock...I think I can leave the front pretty much as is...I think the swap from spring under the stock dana 60, to spring over the rockwell will create just about enough room for the pinion to clear everything, and the axle offsets are the same...Anyway, if this is ground that's already been broken here, I'd like tips and pix.
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Re: M715 with Rockwells

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Hi! Refugee from the land cruiser boards, mostly. I have a '67 M715, and I'm thinking about putting rockwell axles under it...anyone here done this? Just my initial eyeballing says it's gonna be fairly easy, except that if I want rear steer, I'll have to move the rear springs from outboard the frame rails to under the frame rails to have any steering lock...I think I can leave the front pretty much as is...I think the swap from spring under the stock dana 60, to spring over the rockwell will create just about enough room for the pinion to clear everything, and the axle offsets are the same...Anyway, if this is ground that's already been broken here, I'd like tips and pix.
I don't know if you watch "Trucks" tv on TNN (whoops, Spike), but they had one on there.

It was kick ass, Rockwells, 44" boggers.
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Despite the fact that (or because?) I'm a tv producer/director for a living, I don't have cable. So, nope, never saw it Don't remember the guys name? Maybe a tnn search will get me something...
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The guys name is Chad Molitor, he's from TN. Last I heard the thing was for sale. A quick search on google yielded this. It's since been rolling on Rockwells and 44's.
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Yeah, Travis Hickman, that's the guy that did the swap for him. He initally had it sprung over on stock axles, and Travis did that as well. I have his (very old) email address, and have ged him, but if anyone has something that not years old for him, that'd be cool...Thanks!
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Belongs to Kaiserm715 on the board, or at least it did in Jan of 2002 when he posted about itHERE . Found it in about 1 min by searching for m715 in jeep and general boards.


Next time do a fawkin search.
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Belongs to Kaiserm715 on the board, or at least it did in Jan of 2002 when he posted about itHERE . Found it in about 1 min by searching for m715 in jeep and general boards.


Next time do a fawkin search.

Dude, that's Roger's truck, not Chad's truck Chad's truck in the one in the jp mag article above, and was built by travis hickman. It sits on stock springs repositioned under the frame rails, and is rear steer as well, rolls on 44 swamps. Rogers truck is on huge lift springs, running 53" michelins. He lives right down the road from me. I did a search. If anyone has contact info for chad or travis, that's helpful...thanks!
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Check out The M715 Zone for answers to all of you 715 questions. There are some sick trucks on there.
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Been there, belonged for years Thanks for the heads up tho Searched there, and found a couple of rockwell rigs, but not the guy I'm looking for. The other 2 guys that have done it did it with huuuuge lift springs. I wanna stay low, and I know Chad's truck was done on stock springs, moved form outboard to under the frame rails. This appeals to my design goals. I think I have Chad's email now, but am stll looking for Travis Hickman....
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Chad Molitor: chadm@dtccom.net

His M715 has been sold. He has since built something else.

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That address comes back as undeliverable...?
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M715 with 2.5 axles

My M715 has GMC 2.5 ton axles they are stronger and way cheaper than rockwells. I run 14.00 x 20 tires 49" tall. I would post a PIC but I do not know how.
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Are they dimensionally about equivilant? what springs did you use? Did you move them from outboard to under the frame rails?
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That address comes back as undeliverable...?
fixed it, hopefully
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fixed it, hopefully
Anger, you first link worked, but it's not the guy I'm looking for. That link points to Roger's truck. I know Roger, he lives down the street from me I'm looking for Chad Molitor, or Travis Hickman. Chad's email posted earlier in this thread, comes back as undeliverable for me...sorry for the misunderstanding...
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My personal favorite from many years ago is imfmotorpool's truck, a M715 on rockwells with big firestone tires, simple and well done...



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My personal favorite from many years ago is imfmotorpool's truck, a M715 on rockwells with big firestone tires, simple and well done...



There's some more picts of the truck here:
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Contact info? He's on the m715zone boards isn't he?
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Anger, you first link worked, but it's not the guy I'm looking for. That link points to Roger's truck. I know Roger, he lives down the street from me I'm looking for Chad Molitor, or Travis Hickman. Chad's email posted earlier in this thread, comes back as undeliverable for me...sorry for the misunderstanding...
I changed the link that I posted before. Chad is a fellow club member and I got that email address from our most recent club roster. Try it again, if it doesn't work send me a PM and I'll give you his phone number. He probably will not answer your post on our club board.
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I think the GMC and the rockwell are the same size. I'm using stock springs with a SOA but did add a 3" body lift
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