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    Default Is the Mite V4 Hand Crankable For Emergency Starts?

    So many old school air cooled engines have provision for hand cranked emergency starting, and it got me to wondering if such a useful feature can be found on the MM V4. Surely the US military would have specified such an option, as the Mite's CJ3 forefathers did. So, is the V4 hand crankable?

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    Default Is the Mite V4 Hand Crankable For Emergency Starts?

    I donít believe the Mite can be hand cranked. There are no provisions for it on the engine. The squirrel cage fan takes up a bulk of the space on the front of the engine. Itís a standard 24 volt M series layout. Iím sure you could add a slave receptacle to a Mite. Iíve never seen it done, but itís possible that a field modification like that was created to start dead Mites.


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    Thanks for the reply!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ODFever View Post
    I donít believe the Mite can be hand cranked. There are no provisions for it on the engine. The squirrel cage fan takes up a bulk of the space on the front of the engine. Itís a standard 24 volt M series layout. Iím sure you could add a slave receptacle to a Mite. Iíve never seen it done, but itís possible that a field modification like that was created to start dead Mites.


    What actuates the squirrel cage fan--is the fan attached directly to the engine crank? If so, perhaps a custom hand crankable nut could be machined to fit in place of the fan's stock retaining nut. Hmmm...

    I'm certainly not against the idea of adding a NATO-style slave receptacle, but having a hand crankable option would just be so, um, well so utilitarian that it's utterly cool. Kind of tacti-cool, admittedly, but nonetheless functional.

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    Here is a photo with a military added slaveport. Owner said he acquired it with a fuel fired heater, hardtop and found out it was used as an Arctic Test Vehicle.

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