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    It has been a while, I have some progress to report. The mule has been running now for over a year with the wide tires, fenders, and all of the deck mounted brackets to specially designed for the mule to carry and operate the TOW missile system with spare rounds and a ground mount. The 151 tow setup used 2 vehicles one carried the weapon and mount along with a couple of rounds. The second vehicle carried additional rounds.

    Here are a few pictures with the T&E and optics mounted. The missile tube is locked in position on the T&E but is missing the launch tube
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    That looks FANTASTIC. Nick You Have done good.

    I spent the day working on My Mule... Nothing compaired to what you have going on there.
    Gonna go post a picture now.
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    Sweet...lets go blow something up
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    Looks pretty cool, Nick! Great work.

    Question, though, that TOW tube looks pretty short. I'm used to seeing the South Park movie ones, ya know, bigger longer and uncut. Is that the right TOW tube you have mounted, or is it another type I'm not familiar with? Is the tube you have mounted now only a transport tube, or can it be used to fire as well?
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    Mike, that is the missile tube in its mounted position in the T&E. The launch tube is missing but soon to be found. The TOW set up in your pictures has the launch tube and the one on the mule has the launch tube with the missile tube installed. Where did the picture of the TOW mule come from?

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    That looks amazing Nick!
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    Nick, looks good. did you ever come across the control box?

    Sounds like today must have been a mule work day, I replaced the second set of needle bearings on mine today. I HATE them things, but we cut down our replacement time from yesterday. If it was not for the stuck on gasket, we would have made good time.
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    Scott, I found that stripping down all the axles at once, keeping all of the parts from each axle together, cleaning all the parts and replacing all of the needle bearings and pressing in new seals all at once works best for me. With all of the parts prepped, the assembly process goes a little better. I also bought a blind bearing puller that gets the needle bearings out easily. The other option is to press them out from the inside and the cap will fall out first. Then you can press the cap back into position first followed by the new needle bearing. Then the chisel method is not used.

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