Cargo Carrier M548.

This vehicle has the cab cover installed, and a hatch cover can be seen in the top. Extra track shoes, tool stowage, and the front-mounted winch are placed between the headlight clusters on the hull front. (Picture from TM 55-2350-224-14.)

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Cargo Carrier M548.

This vehicle has the covers installed on both the cab and the cargo compartment. The ring mount for the .50cal MG is positioned over the middle of the cab, and the engine's exhaust stack can be seen between the cab and the cargo compartment cover. (Picture taken 1 Dec 1978 by Anthony Edgeworth; available from the National Archives.)

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Cargo Carrier M548A1.

Details of the front of the M548A1 are drawn here. (Picture from TM 9-2350-247-10.)

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Cargo Carrier M548A1.

A closer view of the front is provided in this image. (Picture from TM 9-2350-247-10.)

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Cargo Carrier M548A1.

The rear entrance was a 2-piece affair. The bottom opened downward, while the upper section opened to either the left or the right. When the cargo compartment bed was at its lowest position, it was 26.5" (67.3cm) above the ground. (Picture from TM 9-2350-247-10.)

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Cargo Carrier M548A1.

Further details of the rear are sketched here. (Picture from TM 9-2350-247-10.)

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Cargo Carrier M548A1.

Access to the top of the engine compartment was available in the cab. The driver's seat is at the top left of the drawing. (Picture from TM 9-2350-247-10.)

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Cargo Carrier M548A1.

When the M49A1 machine gun mount was installed, the front lifting eyes were removed and stowed under the cargo compartment floor plates. (Picture from TM 9-2350-247-10.)

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Cargo Carrier M548A1.

Various loadouts of artillery ammunition and crew are shown in this image. (Picture from TM 9-2350-247-10.)

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Cargo Carrier M548A3.

The M548A3 can be compared with the vehicle above. (Picture from TM 9-2350-247-10.)

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Cargo Carrier M548A3.

The front of the M548A3 is shown. (Picture from TM 9-2350-247-10.)

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Cargo Carrier M548A3.

The RISE powerpack featured a different exhaust routing. (Picture from TM 9-2350-247-10.)

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Cargo Carrier M548A3.

The differences in the engine compartments can be compared here. Note that the orientation is different in this image compared to the one above; the driver would be on the bottom right of this drawing. (Picture from TM 9-2350-247-10.)

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