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    Pay close attention to the brake lines. Doc did a masterful job of bending and routing them.


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    Doc used Krylon to touch up the paint. Itís not an exact match but itís close enough. IMG_5790.jpgIMG_5789.jpg


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    We finished the driver and passenger safety straps. I bought the stainless steel carabiners from a local amateur radio convention. I got the straps and buckles from work. I dove into the dumpster to salvage them! I drilled out a rivet and Doc painted the buckles. The buckles have sharp teeth that dig into the straps. They are directional. They only allow the strap to be pulled towards the rear.

    I got the lifting eyes from Fastenal. They are coarse thread. The threads on the bolts that secure the windshield are fine thread. I learned that thereís no such thing as a lifting eye with fine thread. I used a threaded rod, nuts, and lock washers purchased from Ace Hardware to secure the eyes to the windshield.

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    Wow, just seeing this!

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    Thanks for the pictures and information. It sure does looks nice.

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    We decided not to install the fire extinguisher bracket. Itís a big project, though it seems small. The Orlando Veterans Parade is in the very near future, and Jeannie will be in it come heck or high water.

    Doc pulled my 22 foot double axle steel bed trailer from his back yard. We loaded up the Mite, strapped it down, and tested the electrical wiring.

    Then the Ďfuní began ...........

    Murphyís Law. Full force. We discovered intermittent problems with the functionality of the lights. I wonít bore you with the details. It was a ridiculous mess. The wiring is so bad that it needs to be replaced entirely. Frustrating, stress inducing, miserable crappy hellish torture. I wanted to leave his house at 4 pm EST. We ended up leaving at 8 pm. Doc had to hook up temporary lights to the back of the trailer and gut the 7 pin trailer plug. His solution saved the day again. We got home much later than we wanted to, but we made it.

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    1960 M422 Mighty Mite (My Wife's)
    1967 M416 Trailer
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    The bulk of the mechanical restoration is done. Jeannie is home safe and sound. My wife is thrilled . For the first time in nearly 14 years she can drive her Mighty Mite!!! Hopefully sheíll let me drive her occasionally.

    To Do List:
    - fix the vacuum operated windshield wipers
    - fabricate a fire extinguisher mount
    - put black heat shrink tubing on the stainless steel carabiners so they donít damage the paint



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    1960 M422 Mighty Mite (My Wife's)
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    Doc sacrificed so much for her. Hundreds of hours. Countless trips to local hardware and auto parts stores. Blood, sweat, tears. Saturday he showed me his trail of quarter sized bloodstains on the garage floor. Doc poured his heart and soul into her restoration. Iím deeply grateful for all his hard work. He is the only person I know - probably one of the only people in the world - that has the talent, skills, and abilities to complete the monumental task of restoring a M422.

    Doc - thank you from the bottom of my heart.


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    1984 M1009 CUCV Blazer (Mine)
    1960 M422 Mighty Mite (My Wife's)
    1967 M416 Trailer
    Daily Driver: 2004 Dodge Ram 3500 Crew Cab Dually 4x4 5.7L Hemi 5 Speed Manual
    ...and an incurable case of OD Fever

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