|Combat weight (land)||96,200lbs
|Length over excavator||477.25"
|Width with excavator wings extended||225.25"
|Ground clearance, sides||11"
|Ground pressure, zero penetration||10psi
|.30cal M1919A4 MG||Cupola mount||360°
|+60° to -15°
|Rolled homogeneous steel|
|Engine||Continental LV-1790-1; 12 cylinder, 4 cycle, 90° vee gasoline|
|Torque||Net: 1440 ft-lb@2000rpm
Gross: 1610 ft-lb@2200rpm
|Transmission||Allison CD-850-4A or -4B, 2 ranges forward, 1 reverse|
|Steering||Mechanical, wobble stick|
|Brakes||Multiple plate, oil cooled|
|Type||Road wheels||Track return rollers|
|Torsilastic||9 pairs of dual/track||5 dual/track|
|Drive sprockets||Idlers||Shock absorbers||17-tooth rear drive||Dual compensating at front of track||None|
|Center guide, single pin, steel with inverted grouser|
|Shoes/track||134||Ground contact length||229.25"
|Max level road speed||25mph
|Max water speed||6.2mph
|Max vertical obstacle||36"
|Min turning diameter||Pivot|
|Max fording depth||Floats||Cruising range||~210mi, roads
LVTE1 was the engineer version of the LVTP5. A large, toothed, V-shaped excavator blade was mounted on the front of the vehicle, and it could clear a path through a minefield that was 16" (41cm) deep and 12 feet (3.7m) wide. Plastic foam-filled buoyancy tanks were fitted to the rear of the blade to help the LVTE1 keep the right attitude while afloat. A rocket-propelled line charge was carried in either side of the cargo compartment, and these were elevated hydraulically. The used line charge pallet was discarded after firing. The familiar machine gun cupola was installed between the commander and driver.
Late-production LVTE1s were powered by the Continental AVI-1790-8 12 cylinder, fuel injected gasoline engine found on the 90mm gun tank M48A2. These vehicles did not feature recessed radiator compartments on the rear sides, and also lacked the armored covers for the engine air intake and exhaust on the rear deck.
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