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Mighty Mite
« on: August 24, 2018, 11:01:06 pm »
And M416B1 trailer :)  1962 M422A1 Mighty Mite.  Made for the Marine Corps by American Motors Corporation (AMC) as an air drop reconnaissance vehicle.  Made mainly of aluminum with an air cooled aluminum V-4 engine, independent suspension front and rear with leading and trailing tracking arms and positraction front and rear.  It is able to ford 60” of water and weighs about 1700 pounds.  A total 3922 units were produced with about 1100 M422s and the remainder the M422A1.  The wheelbase on the M422 is 65” and 71” on the A1. 

The M416B1 is a 1/4 ton trailer made and designed for the Mighty Mite with two jerry can mounts front left and right and lifting loops off the frame on the four frame corners.  8)
 

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    Re: Mighty Mite
    « Reply #1 on: August 24, 2018, 11:24:33 pm »
    Cool...that old stuff is very interesting!

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    Re: Mighty Mite
    « Reply #2 on: August 24, 2018, 11:58:55 pm »
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    Cool...that old stuff is very interesting!

    The Mite was in direct competition with the M151 “Mutt” made by both Ford and Kaiser Motors in the late 1950s and early 1960s.  The Mutt cost per unit was $2650.00 where the Mite was twice that at $5400.00!  The Mutt beat out the Mite because of the unit cost and the complicated design of the Mite.  That is why there were only 3922 units built.  All contracts for the orders were canceled.
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    1967 Stevens M416B1 1/4 ton trailer
    1976 Ramcharger 4X4 factory Bigblock (son’s)
    1984 Ramcharger 4X4 Prospector
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    Re: Mighty Mite
    « Reply #3 on: November 13, 2020, 10:24:13 pm »
    I know this post is a couple of years old, but I just read it and wanted to continue this topic of such a fascinating vehicle. I know these vehicles were unique to the Marine Corps, and according to Military Wiki, The Marines wanted a small, light weight vehicle that could be carried by helicopter of the era and the Mighty Mite fit that bill. The Mighty Mite was never in direct competition with the M151, rather the M442 was designed for a role that the M151 was not originally intended for. However, by the Vietnam war era, helicopters had become much more powerful, and were capable of carrying heavier payloads, such as the M151, rendering the need for the M442 obsolete in that role.

    One other factor may have been in play to the demise of the M442. During the 1960s Former Ford Executive  Robert McNamara became U.S Secretary of Defense under John F Kennedy and Lyndon B Johnson, and played a major role in the escalation of U.S involvement in the Vietnam war. As Secretary of Defense, McNamara took a page from the Ford standardized parts supply playbook by standardizing equipment within the branches of the military. For example, weapons unique to a military branch were either phased out or standardized across the board. This probably applied to the M442. Only the Marines operated these little vehicles. The Army had no such requirement for a small, air deployable vehicle at the time. So it's possible that the Mighty Mites were cut and replaced by the M151, which of course were cheaper, used by all other branches of service and could be air deployable by the availability of more powerful helicopters.

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    Re: Mighty Mite
    « Reply #4 on: November 13, 2020, 10:50:05 pm »
    Don't forget the Army had the Mule in 6 or 7 different configurations, was lighter, and more versatile for infantry units in Vietnam.
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