The vehicle is seen here from the left front. Its boxlike shape resembles that of previous armored personnel carriers. (Picture from TM 9-2300-224-10.)
A view from the opposite angle is provided in this picture. (Picture from TM 9-2300-224-10.)
This M113 has been modified to armored cavalry assault vehicle (ACAV) standard. Originally conceived by the Army of the Republic of Vietnam, ACAVs had two 7.62mm machine guns on either side of the cargo hatch in addition to the .50cal MG at the commander's station, and these vehicles were used as light tanks instead of armored personnel carriers. Gun shields were provided to protect the gunners from return fire. Four hundred seventy-six standardized armor kits were ordered from FMC Corp., and these were shipped in July 1966 to Vietnam. The machine guns could be replaced by 40mm grenade launchers or recoilless rifles. Note the height of the idler wheel compared to the road wheels on this early machine.
The power plant compartment access door and grille have been opened; note the orientation of the cooling fan and radiator. The engine's cylinders were numbered 1, 3, 5, and 7 front to rear on the left, with 2, 4, 6, and 8 front to rear on the right. Its firing order was 1, 8, 4, 3, 6, 5, 7, and 2. (Picture from TM 9-2300-224-10.)
The fuel system with its single storage tank is diagrammed in this image. (Picture from TM 9-2300-224-10.)
The drain plug for the fuel tank was above the left rear fender, which had a channel formed into its top for this purpose. (Picture from TM 9-2300-224-10.)
The battery box could be found at the right rear corner of the passenger compartment. On vehicles serial number F4 through F1283, a retainer attached to the seat backrest by a spring would fit into a slot in the battery box cover to hold it closed, as in the left image. On vehicles F1284 through F3084, two latches on the front of the box cover engaged two rings on the seat backrest to secure the cover. On vehicles after F3084, a latch on each side of the box cover engaged rings on the front corners of the cover to secure it, shown in the right image. (Picture from TM 9-2300-224-10.)
The engine exhaust pipe is seen rising out of the exhaust grille. The air intake grille can be seen inboard of the exhaust grille. A lifting eye is bolted to the front slope. Below the lifting eye is the right headlight cluster; inboard of the lifting eye is the horn and stowage for a shovel.
An entry door was provided in the rear ramp, and it is open on this vehicle. A water can is stowed on the right rear fender, and a tow cable is wound on the rear ramp. The right hand taillight can be seen above the water can, and inboard of this is a telephone connector.
A view of the interior with the ramp lowered is given here. (Picture from TM 9-2300-224-10.)
This view is through the open ramp door. Troops were provided with a two-part bench on each side of the hull, and a rear-facing jump seat was attached to the post for the commander's seat in the center of the compartment. The large roof hatch is distinct with its darker paint. Radio stowage is visible on the left behind the driver.
The roof cargo hatch was secured from the inside via two spring-loaded bolts that engaged strikes on each side of the hatch. The bolts were retracted by pulling down on the rubber-covered release chain that was attached to both bolts. The hatch was held in the open position via a hold-open latch on the hull roof. The latch was sprung and engaged a bolt in a bracket on the hatch's left rear. A lift handle was provided to release the latch. (Picture from TM 9-2300-224-10.)
The personnel benches could be stowed to provide more floorspace. (Picture from TM 9-2300-224-10.)
A kit supporting four litters could be installed in the passenger compartment. (Picture from TM 9-2300-224-10.)
Access to the power plant compartment was provided to the interior of the vehicle via two panels, one on the rear of the power plant compartment and one on its left (i.e., to the driver's right). The rear panel is shown here installed in the left image and removed in the right image. Behind the rear panel was an expanded metal screen that served as a fan belt guard when the panel was removed. The guard could be swung out of the way when its fasteners were released. (Picture from TM 9-2300-224-10.)
The driver's position is illustrated in this picture. The flat ramp actuation lever is pointing downward below the range selector. It was rotated towards the front of the carrier to lower the ramp, and to the rear to raise it. (Picture from TM 9-2300-224-10.)
The driver was provided with an upper and lower accelerator pedal. The upper was used when the driver's seat was raised with the hatch open. Conversely, the lower pedal was intended to be used when the seat was lowered with the hatch closed. (Picture from TM 9-2300-224-10.)
The driver's position in a real vehicle is shown here.
A closeup of the driver's instrument panel is labeled in this picture. (Picture from TM 9-2300-224-10.)
This is a closeup of the driver's warning lamps. (Picture from TM 9-2300-224-10.)
The idler wheel is on the left, with the rear road wheel and its shock absorber visible on the right. To adjust track tension, so that the tracks rested on the third road wheel but remained at least ¼" (.64cm) above the second road wheel after the vehicle coasted to a stop on a firm level surface, GAA grease was added to the track adjuster via the lubrication fitting or removed from the track adjuster via the bleeder valve. (Picture from TM 9-2300-224-10.)
The trim vane on the front of the hull was deployed manually by the driver by pushing on the extension handle until the spring-loaded catch snapped over the strike. The trim vane was retracted by releasing the catch from the strike and pulling the handle until it locked into position. In order to access the engine power plant door on the hull front, the trim vane could be released from the extension arm by a mechanism on the vane's lower left side. (Picture from TM 9-2300-224-10.)
Visually, there was very little external difference between the M113 and M113A1.
The new 6V53 diesel engine and transmission are shown in the open engine compartment. (Picture from TM 9-2300-257-10.)
One of two types fuel tanks could be present; the welded-in type is shown in this schematic. (Picture from TM 9-2300-257-10.)
The fuel tank could also be secured to the left sponson via two metal straps. (Picture from TM 9-2300-257-10.)
The driver's compartment remained much the same save the addition of the two pivot steer levers, which locked the brake for their respective track and were used during water operations, for short-radius turns, and for emergency stops. The pivot steer levers were to be used with the transmission shift lever in the 1-2 range, and they were not to be used at speeds over 15mph (24kph). When the pivot steer levers were used, the minimum turning radius was 12.8' (3.9m). (Picture from TM 9-2300-257-10.)
The right side of the driver's compartment is shown here. (Picture from TM 9-2300-257-10.)
The instrument panel was largely similar, but an air box heater switch was added in place of the ignition switch. This switch was sprung to the off position, and when starting the carrier in temperatures of 40°F to -25°F (4°C to -32°C), the airbox heater switch was to be activated for a second or two immediately before pressing the start switch. (Picture from TM 9-2300-257-10.)
External features are labeled in this diagram. (Picture from TM 9-2350-261-10.)
The rear of the vehicle is shown here. (Picture from TM 9-2350-261-10.)
There were five drain plugs and a larger access hatch on the underside of the hull. (Picture from TM 9-2350-261-10.)
A look into the personnel compartment is provided in this sketch. (Picture from TM 9-2350-261-10.)
This ghosted image shows the location of the fuel tank and batteries. (Picture from TM 9-2350-261-10.)
The drivetrain is diagrammed in this picture. (Picture from TM 9-2350-261-10.)
The cooling system is diagrammed in this picture. Note the locations of the fan and radiator compared to earlier machines, as seen above. (Picture from TM 9-2350-261-10.)
The suspension layout is illustrated here. (Picture from TM 9-2350-261-10.)
The orientation and mounting of a shock absorber and road wheel arm are shown here. (Picture from TM 9-2350-261-10.)
Differences in the drive sprockets for the two different tracks can be gleaned from this drawing. (Picture from TM 9-2350-261-10.)
This M113A2 has been outfitted to look like a Vietnam-era ACAV vehicle, but its raised idler wheel and revised engine exhaust outlet give it away. Smoke grenade launchers are not fitted to this vehicle.
These two pipes are for the personnel heater. The exhaust elbow is in the foreground, and the intake elbow is partially hidden behind it.
At the left rear corner of the hull is the rear bilge pump outlet. A lifting eye is just to the right of the pump outlet, and below these are the right tail light and the telephone connector.
The driver's position can be seen to the right of this image, and the vehicle commander was placed directly ahead of the camera. The mesh grille just to the driver's right is for engine air intake. An exhaust grille was placed to the right of the air intake grille. Tow hooks can be seen stowed above the shovel.
As above, two bench seats for passengers are placed along the hull sides, and a single jump seat is directly behind the vehicle commander's position. The roof hatch is open on this vehicle. The dark green device in the front right corner of the passenger compartment is the personnel heater.
A closer look at the interior is provided here. The radio and intercom installation is on the left side of the vehicle, and just ahead of this is a fire extinguisher bottle. The driver's adjustable seat post is at the front of the vehicle, and the steering levers, instruments, and accelerator pedal are all visible. The black-knobbed lever placed high to the driver's right is the transmission shift lever, and just below this is the ramp actuating lever.
The vehicle commander's seat here is folded up in front of the post in the middle of the fighting compartment. The seat back for the single jump seat is attached to the opposite side of the post. The height adjustment for the commander's seat is obvious.
A closer view of the personnel heater is provided here. The large attachments to the left of the image hold the rear power plant access panels.
The right side of the passenger compartment is shown in this image. The rear ramp is painted darker than the rest of the interior, and the right side bench seat is folded up. The tube climbing the rear wall is the rear bilge pump outlet.
The left side of the driver's position is shown here. The green intercom control box is mounted behind the stowage spot for the driver's infrared periscope M19. The master electrical box is below the driver's instrument panel. The rearmost switch on this box is the master switch, and the larger gray auxiliary power receptacle is just to the front of the master switch. The IR power supply is in front of the electrical box.
From left to right, the warning lights on the driver's warning light panel are for high differential oil temperature, high transmission oil temperature, and high engine oil temperature. To the right on this panel are buttons for the horn and headlights. Three of the four M17 periscopes that ring the driver's hatch can be seen to the top of the image. The transmission control lever is on the right wall, and below this is the ramp actuation lever. From top to bottom, the three handles to the driver's right front are for fuel cutoff, throttle control, and air vent control. The headlight dimmer switch can be seen between the steering levers, and clips for M16 rifle stowage are mounted in the front left corner. The downward-oriented levers in front of the steering levers are the pivot steer levers. Pulling on one of these would apply the disc brake and thereby lock the track on that side, allowing the vehicle to pivot around that track.
The control box for the personnel heater is mounted on the vehicle's left side, behind the driver.
The markings on the transmission shift control lever are for, front to back, reverse, neutral, 2-3 gears, 1-3 gears, 1-2 gears, and first gear. The ramp actuation lever to the bottom would be swung forward to lower the ramp.
The locks for the rear ramp are controlled by a lever over the driver's right shoulder. The right rear of his hatch is visible to the top of the image, and a power plant compartment access door is marked with a yellow warning sticker.
This Mazda RX-8 is seen through the driver's front M17 periscope.
Besides the external fuel tanks and the absence of a trim vane, there's not much externally to visually distinguish an M113A3 from the above M113A2. (Picture from TM 9-2350-277-10.)
The rear of the carrier is shown here. (Picture from TM 9-2350-277-10.)
This view is looking into the open passenger compartment. The spall liners can be contrasted with the above vehicle. (Picture from TM 9-2350-277-10.)
The relocation of the fuel tanks allowed the interior stowage to be slightly reworked. (Picture from TM 9-2350-277-10.)
The positions of the crew and passengers are sketched here. (Picture from TM 9-2350-277-10.)
The original driver's station is drawn here. A steering yoke has replaced the earlier steering levers, and stowage was provided near the driver for an AN/VVS-2 night vision periscope. Since with the new transmission the carrier would pivot regardless of the transmission controller position, the steering wheel needed to be centered and locked whenever the vehicle was started, shut down, or idled. The transmission did have a specific pivot (PV) setting. The upper brake pedal was used when the driver's seat was in the raised position. The parking brake handle simply locked the service brakes into position; pressure was applied to the brake pedal, then the parking brake handle was pulled. (Picture from TM 9-2350-277-10.)
The newer configuration replaced the AN/VVS-2 with the AN/VAS-5 driver's vision enhancer. (Picture from TM 9-2350-277-10.)
The external fuel tanks are mounted on this M113A3. The door in the left side of the rear ramp can also be seen. This vehicle was awaiting deployment at Hunter Army Airfield. (Picture taken 28 Feb 2001 by Donald Teft; available from the Defense Visual Information Center.)