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Anyone else hate the Mighty Mites

PostPosted: October 9th, 2018, 6:24 pm
by acudanut
I think they are the ugliest "Jeep" I have ever seen. You could not give one to me. !!

Re: Anyone else hate the Mighty Mites

PostPosted: October 9th, 2018, 6:51 pm
by rickf
I think they are neat, I just don't fit in one. I can't figure out how four Marines, who at the time of the mite service were generally big guys, all fit in one. Also not a fan of the chrome lined cylinders that have a tendency to flake off the chrome and destroy the engine. But when you look at the engineering they are very similar to the HMMWV, independent suspension, inboard brakes, aluminum body.

Re: Anyone else hate the Mighty Mites

PostPosted: October 9th, 2018, 8:10 pm
by m3a1
When I look at one I see a clown car but, seriously, it's hard to see how the Mighty Mite made it into service (deep breath - opens a can of worms) when the Growler was so universally panned as being a horrible idea.

Re: Anyone else hate the Mighty Mites

PostPosted: October 9th, 2018, 9:13 pm
by rickf
Maybe because the Mighty Mite was 30 years earlier than the Growler, cost a fraction of the amount and was not pushed through political favors?

Re: Anyone else hate the Mighty Mites

PostPosted: October 9th, 2018, 9:54 pm
by acudanut
It in deed look like a clown car.. :shock:

Re: Anyone else hate the Mighty Mites

PostPosted: October 10th, 2018, 8:45 am
by SEABEE62
Hi Rickf...just a question. Why the chrome lined cyl ? Seabee

Re: Anyone else hate the Mighty Mites

PostPosted: October 10th, 2018, 9:02 am
by rickf
Can't answer that one. Maybe since they were air cooled they thought the chrome liner would hold up to extreme heat better? I would think standard cast iron cylinders would be just fine since they worked for 60 years prior to that with no problems. But you know how the military is, if it is "New technology" they are all for it. Plus, it did work well for them. I don't think there were too many issues with that while they were in service.

And Acudanut, you have to remember that they had to be able to stuff a couple of these things in the back of a banana chopper with a bunch of Marines so they had to be small and light.

Re: Anyone else hate the Mighty Mites

PostPosted: October 10th, 2018, 1:15 pm
by agwrangler
I think the mite is a cool vehicle, and they are fun to work on. But i agree with them being DANG small.
But just like the MUTT, it has its good and bad. I think they are neat.

Re: Anyone else hate the Mighty Mites

PostPosted: October 10th, 2018, 6:48 pm
by Mark
I'd like to have one, I'd probably be the only one in the state

Re: Anyone else hate the Mighty Mites

PostPosted: October 11th, 2018, 8:09 am
by rickf
Mark wrote:I'd like to have one, I'd probably be the only one in the state


Considering only 20 people live in your state that is a good chance. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Re: Anyone else hate the Mighty Mites

PostPosted: October 11th, 2018, 8:17 am
by Mark
Good Comeback!!!

Re: Anyone else hate the Mighty Mites

PostPosted: October 11th, 2018, 9:17 am
by m75
I like the Mite that is on permanent display on the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. In its natural state, upside down with wheels perpetually spinning. Get a good look at the inboard brakes off the differentials....