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Sherlock
04-28-2004, 08:50 AM
Just came across these pictures in Webshots of a Jeep, used in the USMC, never heard of this before... any ex-USMC people out there who remember these?

https://community.webshots.com/album/33122164vyWNDa

Just a curious automotive historian...

aeronca65t
04-28-2004, 09:20 AM
The chassis picture looks like a Ford MUTT but that *air-cooled* V4 engine....I've never seen anything like that.

Izual Angel
04-28-2004, 10:56 AM
That V-4 engine maybe the same one I keep coming across in Mungas overseas. If it's made by Ford, anyway...

Sherlock
04-28-2004, 11:24 AM
Had time now for a quick internet search and came up with this...

https://www.ebroadcast.com.au/ecars/Mil/M422/MightyMite.html

Bret
04-28-2004, 12:33 PM
Thatís kindía cool. But the Mighty Mite was a little before my time. The vehicle Iím most familiar with is the M274 Mule pictured below. Used by both the Marines and the Army - it wasnít much on comfort, but it could easily fit into most medium (CH46) & heavy lift (CH53) rotor-wing aircraft. FYI to all you civilians - Rotor-wing is another military term for helicopter.
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https://www.atvillustrated.com/feature_articles/militarymule/images/mud2b.jpg

What made this buck board design even more versatile was that she had 4 wheel drive, 4 wheel steering and the ability to haul a Ĺ ton. A real workhorse.

Hereís a Mule link: M274 (https://www.atvillustrated.com/feature_articles/militarymule/m274.html)

BTW Sherlock, there is no such thing as an ex-Marine.
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Izual Angel
04-28-2004, 06:33 PM
I checked on ebay. Nothing good coming up for the Mighty Mite, but there's an M274 Mule on there for about 2800 right now. And a crapload of parts.

Bret
04-28-2004, 07:08 PM
<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Izual Angel:
I checked on ebay. &lt;&lt;SNIP&gt;&gt; there's an M274 Mule on there for about 2800 right now. &lt;&lt;SNIP&gt;&gt;<hr></blockquote>

Yup! Here's the Mule listed on ebay.
https://i15.ebayimg.com/03/i/01/b6/a1/bc_1_sb.JPG

She's looks to be in real good shape. I'm not sure what I'd actually do with it, but I have asked the seller if he'd be willing to let me view it tomorrow night when I'm Yuma. I don't know if the price is reasonable but I will try to have my research done before I make a bid.

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Bruce Bowker
04-28-2004, 07:54 PM
<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Sherlock:
Just came across these pictures in Webshots of a Jeep, used in the USMC, never heard of this before... any ex-USMC people out there who remember these?

https://community.webshots.com/album/33122164vyWNDa

Just a curious automotive historian...<hr></blockquote>

That is one short wheelbase!!!!

Texas_Cicada
04-28-2004, 09:49 PM
For more on the Mule, including pictures and some info on which models have which features, check out:

https://www.ebroadcast.com.au/ecars/Mil/Mule/Mule.html

According to this info, certain models of the Mule sport a magnesium bed and axles.

Sounds like fun!