Mighty Mite registry

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Jeepsinker

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Starting this simply for informational purposes, I am not looking for any particular mite. Since nobody really knows how many of these are still around it would be good to see what we have in the membership here collectively.
My new Mite:
1961, m422a1, Sn1580
complete with full fording kit
not currently running, but all in one piece and will run soon
 

ODFever

Madness Takes Its Toll...
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There are very few Mighty Mites, and very few Mite owners. There were only 1100 M422's and 2700 M422A1's ever produced. They were designed to last 72 hours in combat, and be AIP (Abandoned In Place) when broken or destroyed. Please don't feel too bad.
 

saddamsnightmare

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May 15th, 2015.

If there were 150 to 200 operating survivors in the US I would be amazed, as they were specifically engineered to be lifted by the pre Huey helicopters the Corps had then (the old Sikorsky's), so the critters were skeletonized and pared down to the maximum, and could be absolute h--l to work on (try tearing down and rebuilding a front hub unit after ten or 15 years of neglect in and out of the corps..... when everything's rust frozen).
 

saddamsnightmare

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December 28th,2015.

Gents:


Note to the post above...I had to have new kingpins machined and designed new longer hub bolts to solve a very apparent weakness in the original front hub center bolt design, as they always failed by breaking through the cotter pin holes and having the hub nut back off....! There's nothing so interesting as to have one of your front wheels take off down the road in front of you, as the suspension arm hits the road (brick pavement no less, the noise was considerable at 10 PM)!

At least it could limp home on 3 wheels with counterweights applied behind the driver's seat in the bed......:funny:
 

js0276

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Atkins AR.
My wife has a 1960 M422 SN: 120
just found a motor for it we are working on trying to un-stick the motor
any tricks?
 
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