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Old 11-14-2018, 08:04   #1
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M274,Truck,Platform, Utility 1/2 ton 4X4

I was always taken by this vehicle... except for cold pull starts in the Winter! Apparently there was much more to the vehicle then I realized...

http://www.m274armymules.com/mule_history.htm

https://www.........com/watch?v=Molrbg0ODQk

Although, regarding the image they usually had 4 wheels.
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Old 11-14-2018, 11:14   #2
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I used to work on them when I was a mechanic in the 1/509th in the late '70's.

Great vehicle to have fun with in the field. IIRC, the motor was a 3k generator motor
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We had a couple on the firebases in Nam. Use them to run supplies from the helo pad to inside the wire.

They were hi maintenance as they sat out 24/7, rain or shine.
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Old 11-14-2018, 12:06   #4
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Hung around for a while. The ones down in Division sat out in the open 24/7 also.

Just remember - the worst kind of ride beats the best kind of walking.
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Old 11-14-2018, 14:36   #5
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In case you would like to purchase one.

http://www.mechanicalmulesofamerica.com/CombatMule.html
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Old 11-14-2018, 16:29   #6
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Believe it or not, they used to mound a 106mm RR on it
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We had 'em in Beirut. 1983. Litter and recoiless rifle carrier.
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I actually used one working for the Texas A&M Ag. Research Station in Etter, Tx. 1998. I loved that Mule and never could get it stuck. Perfect for farm use.
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We had two at the USPFO in Camp George West. One had 2 wheel steering and the other 4 wheel steering, with the later you had to be careful around the turns. It was a bit of a right of passage, if you could start one in Winter they left you alone.

What I did't realize is that they could be converted into a motorized dolly. These things are great at getting supply to places where roads and paths are weak.

The one link needs to be decoded .YOU. can do it....or just search
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