M37 Truck

The M37 was the workhorse of the Canadian and United States military in the post war years. Canadian M37's were built by Chrysler/Dodge in Windsor, Ontario between 1951 and 1955. They were used throughout Canada and in Canadian military operations throughout the world. Approximately 4500 units of the M37 were built in Canada. The Canadian version of the M37 varies from that of the U.S. version. There were two main differences:

- All Canadian M37's have hard roof tops. While the US opted for soft canvas tops for the majority of their trucks, the Canadian military, due to the reality of the hard cold winters we have, had hard tops installed. Hard top, Canadian M37's, are more in demand due to this fact as it keeps the rain and snow out better than the soft top and keeps the interior warmer in the colder months.

- Canadian M37's have the larger 251 flathead dodge engines installed. This results in more horsepower and torque being available for the operator. The US versions had approximately 15hp less than the Canadian style engine.

The M37 had several accessories available for it. This included:

- P.T.O (Power Take-Off) power winch mounted on the front bumper.

- Heater for cab. There are two versions of the heater. One burned fuel from the gas tank to create heat. A later version ran off of heat from the coolant system to heat the interior of the cab.

- Radio system. While the Canadian military had the M152 for a dedicated radio truck, some M37's had radio systems setup in them. In the back bed of the truck, several radios were installed when needed. A power plug in the bed of the truck which is connected to the truck batteries, powered these radios.

The M37 is one of the most widely restored series of trucks out there. There are also more M37 being driven around the world today than any other restored military vehicle. There are several hundred of them running on North American roads every day, either on their way to a military show or just going to the corner store for some milk. Many of these trucks are just sitting around in the back of farmers fields, or a back yard, waiting to be stumbled upon by someone willing to bring it back to life. Parts for the M37 are quite plentiful at the moment due to the popularity of the truck. Many companies offer NOS (new old stock) or reproduction parts for them. With a little time and luck, there is almost nothing you can't find to help you in getting one back up on the road.


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M37 Manuals

We have added a selection of technical manuals for the M37 line of trucks available for download. These manuals are offered free of charge. We are the only place making these manuals free of charge for download. Every other place we have found requires that you pay for the manuals. We believe that since these manuals are in the public domain, they should be available for everyone to download.

Please only download the manuals you need. Downloading unneeded manuals takes bandwidth which we pay for, yet are allowing you to use for free. If we find that people are taking advantage of us and taking up too much bandwidth downloading all the manuals every time, we will have to remove them from our website, making things difficult for others looking for the same manuals.

Most of the manuals are from the US military, but also apply to Canadian military vehicles, as they are basically the same vehicle. Be warned that the Canadian M37 had a slightly different style engine and transmission. Please take that into consideration when using the provided manuals.

M37/M43/M152 Operator's Manual
January, 1954
Trucks 3/4Ton 4x4 Dodge
Cargo M37 CDN
Command M42 CDN
Ambulance M43 CDN
***NOTE: This is the rare Canadian repair manual. Graciously provided to us by Andrew.W***

252MB .pdf file ***WARNING VERY LARGE FILE***

-TM 9-2320-212-10
M37 Operator's Manual
November 30, 1973
Truck, Cargo: 3/4 Ton, 4X4, M37, M37B1
Truck, Ambulance: 4X4, M43, M43B1
Truck, Maintenance: 4X4, M201, M201B1

5.84MB .pdf file

-TM 9-8030 (TO 36A-1-411)
Operation and Organizational Maintenance
May 1955
3/4 Ton 4X4 Cargo Truck M37
3/4 Ton 4X4 Command Truck
3/4 Ton 4X4 Ambulance Truck M43
3/4 Ton 4X4 Telephone Installation Light Maintenance and Cable Splicing Truck V-41 /GT

41.6MB .pdf file

-TM 9-8031-2 (TO 19-75-A-100) ****WE ARE THE ONLY PLACE GIVING IT AWAY FOR FREE****
Power Train Body and Frame
March 1953
3/4 Ton 4X4 Cargo Truck M37
3/4 Ton 4X4 Command Truck
3/4 Ton 4X4 Ambulance Truck M43
3/4 Ton 4X4 Telephone Maintenace Truck V-41

29.5MB .pdf file

-TM 9-2320-212-20
Organizational Maintenance Manual For:
Truck, Cargo: 3/4 Ton 4X4, M37 and M37B1
Truck, Ambulance: 3/4 Ton 4X4, M43 and M43B1
Truck, Maintenance: 3/4 Ton 4X4, M201 and M201B1
November 1973

33.1MB .pdf file

-TM 9-1840A (TO 19-75B-15)
Ordnance Maintenance Engine (Dodge Model T-245) Clutch (Borg and Beck Model 11828)
June 1952

14.1MB .pdf file

-TM 9-2520-232-35
Ordnance Field and Depot Maintenance Transmission, Mechanical Assembly - (2520-627-8308) (New Process Model No. 420)
July 1959
3/4 Ton 4X4 Chassis M56, M56B1 and M56C
3/4 Ton 4X4 Trucks M37, M37B1, M43, M43B1, M152 and M201 TM 9-8030

5.11MB .pdf file

-TB 9-2855-45 (TO 36Y17-5-1-7)
Instructions Installation Of Hot Water Personnel Heater Kit
3/4 Ton 4X4 Chasis M56 and M56C
Ambulance Truck M43
Cargo Truck M37
Command Truck M42
Maintenance Truck M201 (Signal Corps Model V-41/GT)
Panel truck M152
19 December 1956

2.52MB .pdf file

-TM 11-2300-352-15-5
Installation of Radio Sets AN/VRC-46, AN/VRC-53, AN/GRC-125 in Truck, Cargo, 3/4Ton, 4x4, M37
May 1967

577KB .pdf file


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