Although the M170 is often referred to as the "military version of
the CJ-6," it would be more correct to call the CJ-6 a civvy M170. As
with the M38A1, this new Jeep configuration was developed first for the
military. Only about 6,500 four-cylinder M170's were produced over ten
years, many outfitted as field ambulances. Others were used by the U.S.
Marines as light six-man troop carriers. One unique feature is the
mounting of the spare tire inside the body on the passenger side, to
allow stretchers to extend over the tailgate where the spare would
normally be on a military Jeep. As a result, the unusually large passenger
side door opening is partially blocked, particularly when a jerry can
is mounted in front of the spare. The driver's side door is
the same as an M38A1. (Gary Keating)
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