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New Mighty Mite Owner x 4

Post by Dukes » Sun Dec 02, 2018 7:37 am

Just acquired 4 M-422 Mighty Mites

1 M-422 (405, Delivery 12-21-60)
3 M-422 A1 (2608, 3233, 3559)

Numerous parts including an extra data plate from #365, delivery 12-20-60.

1 Of the motors is complete (rebuilt at 2FSR 3-16-68, 863417) although I have not scoped the cylinders and both of the exhaust manifolds are rusted through? 2 Others are complete except they have had the intakes removed so I'm assuming the cylinders are likely in bad shape. All the transmissions and transfer cases are there and I have a fully disassembled motor (serial 3664).

Lots to do, inventory, full assessment but wondering what sources may be available for a couple items:
Springs - Obviously the springs are a bit unusual but is there a current source for these or am I looking at rebuilding these?
Motors - Are there shops that specialize in rebuilding the MM motors? Part suppliers, I have seen bits and pieces but have not been able to find a source for the majority of parts that I would need for a full rebuild.
Seats & Tops - Anyone still making the seat covers and tops?
Windshield frames - I have one, need 3 more. I understand there are conversion kits to use the M38 frames but if possible I would like to find a couple originals.


As others have posted I'm interested in resources to trace their history as well. I'm a Marine (1987-2010) and I didn't even know the 422's existed until I began restoring my fathers WWII Willys and trailer.

As soon as I get the MM's here locally and get a good inventory I'll likely have some extra parts. I'll try and post here any updates and will get the photos up soon. These are in pretty rough shape, looks like they have received years of care from our hard charging LCpl's! Hopefully I can at least save them from complete destruction!!

SF
Mike

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Re: New Mighty Mite Owner x 4

Post by Stephen Davis » Mon Jan 28, 2019 2:26 pm

Hi mike,
I'm in New Zealand, I do not have M,M parts hear.
I also have put a letter in the forum & got no reply!
You can see that others have read your letter & chossen not to reply.
This dose beg a question, do the fellow members with information not what to shear it? or cann't be bothered!
If there is no comunication/ reply to letters why bother, do these members not what others to right & contribute as a group?
I wonder what reply I will get to this? Its alright I know I cann't spell.
Stephen
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Re: New Mighty Mite Owner x 4

Post by first 422 » Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:53 am

There are a few resources for Mite parts.
Here are the ones that I have used:
Original Military Parts.com, D&L Bensinger llc, and M422a1.com
All have been very helpful as well as this forum for resource materials, books and part number crossovers.

Best of luck on your rebuild,
Ed

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Re: New Mighty Mite Owner x 4

Post by Dukes » Mon Nov 18, 2019 5:36 pm

Just an update on the mighty mites.

One has gone to a squadron friend in FL for restoration although it appears he'll be pulling the body and will set it on a Suzuki Samurai running gear and I'll recover the mite frame and drivetrain for the parts bin.

The other 3 are now safe in my storage in Colorado.

Big concerns remain rebuilding the engines, chrome has pealed on all cylinders. Repairing all the dents, dings, bent fenders, hoods etc. Aluminum is an art so I suspect the body work is going to be a uphill battle.

I think Bensinger is by far the most complete parts dealer and he is super helpful!!

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Re: New Mighty Mite Owner x 4

Post by Bill H. » Mon Nov 18, 2019 5:51 pm

Search Rob Walsh on here. He has had great success coating cylinders with some material that allegedly last forever. He's reproducing a lot of hard to find parts also.
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Re: New Mighty Mite Owner x 4

Post by rob w » Sat Nov 23, 2019 8:43 am

Mike,

I saw a P.M. from you back a year ago and responded with my phone number....never heard back.... I'm not on the board too much any more.

There's a ton of info if you read all the old posts...including what to do and where to get it. There are solutions to turning stock mites into reliable running and driving vehicles, you just need to do the homework, and take your time. Nothing too daunting, but yes far different from a Willys.

I've got ~ 1000 miles on a rebuilt engine with Nikasil coated cylinders...... Pics are here....http://www.m422a1.com/engine%20overhaul.html

Also here's an article that may be helpful to understand the recoat process...http://www.m422a1.com/pdf%20docs/Mighty ... %20RFW.pdf


Bill, good to see you back, been a while....I took a little break as well...winter is a good time to get on the boards.

Glad to see Ron took the plunge into mites... I'm sure he'll be leaning on you for help.

Rob

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Re: New Mighty Mite Owner x 4

Post by Bill H. » Sat Nov 23, 2019 5:40 pm

Thanks Rob. I'll give you a call tomorrow afternoon if that's okay?
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Re: New Mighty Mite Owner x 4

Post by rob w » Sun Nov 24, 2019 9:14 am

Sounds good...

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Re: New Mighty Mite Owner x 4

Post by Radar4xfour » Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:21 am

Mike,

Congrats on the project machines! The G503 Mighty Mite section is the best resource I found to ask questions and post solutions to Mighty Mite issues. The great thing about the board is the 23 pages of Mighty Mite specific information! And of course those 23 pages of posts can be overwhelming to pour through in one sitting. Fortunately there is a search function available to ease the pain of searching.

I believe it is also a give and take relationship! So thanks for giving and posting your finds! It is great to ask questions and receive answers but it also even better for people to post their project pictures and share their successes! For me this helps me focus on all things Mighty Mite and gives back to the community that has helped me countless times with my Mighty Mite.

Regards,

Radar

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Re: New Mighty Mite Owner x 4

Post by Bill H. » Wed Nov 27, 2019 11:27 am

If anyone is interested check out the Facebook Mighty Mite page. We've got a few members but would love more. :mrgreen:
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Re: New Mighty Mite Owner x 4

Post by Dukes » Thu Nov 28, 2019 8:27 pm

Rob W,

Sorry I just saw your post. Yes I owe you a call i try and check in here as much as possible but travel, family, other projects really get in the way.

I'm in the middle of restoring a Bantam trailer for my Dad so hoping to have that done by Christmas and then his 42 Willys. Mites are next but I owe everyone here a full account of the parts and condition with photos. I'll get those up in December.

Thanks for all the help everyone, appreciate your patience as I get these sorted out.

SF
Mike

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