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    Default New to me 1969 M274A5 Brunswick mule

    Just when I thought I was selling off the MVs and kind of getting "out" of the hobby,


    A coworker found a M274 mule on a local "for sale" site, and I got a chance to go look at it this evening, needless to say the price was right so it came home with me!

    Only 2 pictures tonight , but the deck is complete with all covers, the engine is free and has spark, it is missing a few things ( foot basket,pedals, ETC) but all the main components are in place and unmodified.


    Technically, I am still "downsizing" as this is the smallest MV I have owned to date, I will keep this thread updated as work progresses.
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    Looks like a fun project...roll bar seems like its for a giraffe though....
    No plants were harmed making this post however several free electrons were horribly inconvienced ....

    Remember when someone says they are an "EXPERT"... an "EX" is a "has been" and a "SPERT" is a "little drip!"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abbylind View Post
    Looks like a fun project...roll bar seems like its for a giraffe though....

    Yeah, that roll bar was the first thing to go.

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    Today I managed to remove the completely locked up pull starter assmy, take it apart and thoroughly clean and free it up, Just in case I had to go back into it, I filled it up with a light grade of lubrication oil.

    I also cleaned and lubed the pulley in the 90 deg box for the pull start as well, I still have to find out whether or not I have spark, but that may have to wait a while.

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    Success!!

    It runs!!!!

    After 2 evenings of cleaning and freeing up a stuck engine, changing plugs, cleaning the magneto and re-timing it, changing oil and filter I finally got the engine to spin over.


    It had spark, had compression, and I got a few burbles and 1 ten second burst of running during 2 evenings of pull starting with the manual starter, but it would not stay running, evidently mules will not run off of a gravity tank to the carb.

    I received the new fuel pump today, and after a rather lengthy install, I once again started a "rope pulling session", to my surprise after about 10 pulls it roared to life, promptly covering my Snap-on tool box with a fine coating of oil, fuel and rusty sparks.

    After a short 1 minute run, I had to open the other garage door and turn on the exhaust fan to dissipate the super thick smokescreen the mule laid down!


    But it runs!

    Maybe a video will follow later this week.

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    Sounds like mine when I got it started first time. I used Seafoam to clean the carb and get the carbon build up out. Worked great! Very little smoke these days and quick starts. The VW starter is a great improvement also....

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    Great news. One picture looks like the back end of another mule. Whats the story on that one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grummanflyer View Post
    Great news. One picture looks like the back end of another mule. Whats the story on that one?

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    It may be coming home to join this one in the next couple weeks.

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    They are just like potato chips. You cant have just one.

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    Nothing much to report, I received 2 boxes of parts from John Emery on Thursday and finished changing all the gear case oils.

    I did find one small problem, it appears I am losing engine oil through the rear main seal, it is gathering in the bell housing and running out the drain which I left out.

    The clutch is stuck and will not release as well, so I guess I am pulling the engine next.

    At any rate, here is a short video of it running.


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