Marmon-Herrington Military Vehicles
• Introduction
All-Wheel Drive Conversion kits:
• Trucks
• Armoured cars
Tracked vehicles:
• Tractors
• Tanks
In service:
• Commonwealth
• Latin America
• Netherlands

Trucks converted with 
Marmon-Herrington All-Wheel Drive Conversion Kits

In the 1930s, when Marmon-Herrington had found that in addition to specialty vehicles there was a growing market for moderately priced all-wheel drive vehicles, they started to co-operate with Ford Motor Co. Large numbers of commercial Ford truck chassis were converted with Marmon-Herrington's All-Wheel Drive Conversion kits. 

These Ford/Marmon-Herrington trucks were bought in massive numbers by the military around the world. Below follows a list of countries that bought all-wheel drive chassis or chassis/cabs at Marmon-Herrington, and suited them for their own needs.

Marmon-Herrington's expertise on all-wheel drive vehicles was also called upon when the Canadian automotive industry geared up for war production: "Immediately after the war was declared, the Ford Motor Company of Canada were charged with the responsibility of developing a 4x4 truck for army use. Obviously, they had very little experience in this field [...] Consequently they went to the Marmon-Herrington Company, Indianapolis, who in peace time supplied conversion material to convert Standard Ford 4x2 trucks into 4x4 models for various commercial peace time usage. [...] these joints were unsuitable [...] [the weight of the more or less cab over engine design and heavy army wheels/tires put too much load on the front axle joints.] To solve this problem, "Bendix-Weiss and Rzeppa joints were chosen by General Motors and Ford respectively [...] [They later realized that the "Tracta" type was better but they were already tooled up with the above types, so left it as it was.] (The Design Record, Vol. 4, p. 27).

Netherlands East Indies

After conversion, data plates were fitted to the cab interior to show the truck was converted to all-wheel drive by the Marmon-Herrington Company and to instruct drivers about the shift patterns. Shown below, courtesy of Mike, is a typical set of these plates.


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