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Pound for pound

Post by Gunslinger1$ » Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:50 pm

I have been told by a couple of different people that mules are pound for pound, the most expensive military vehicle to restore...……….you think so, try an m35a2 deuce and a half. GEEEEEEEEE!!!!

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Re: Pound for pound

Post by crankshaft45 » Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:16 pm

Rode in them, never had to fix them.
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Re: Pound for pound

Post by Cal.Bar » Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:04 pm

Given you can get an M35 for less than 10K to start with, I'd say not likely. My guess would be M3 scout car or M8 Greyhound. Hell, you could buy 3 or 4 m35's and piece them together to make one good one long before you bought an M3 or Greyhound.

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Re: Pound for pound

Post by Gunslinger1$ » Wed Nov 28, 2018 4:06 pm

Point taken, yes you can get a decent deuce for 4K. But that's just where it starts, tires $400 each and there's 10 not 4, injector pump $1600, two batteries, Alternator $800 and on and on. I have 3 mules and have had to replace a lot of parts, th
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ey are easier to get and a lot less expensive. Now on the other hand I love my deuce and have just as much fun with it as I do with my mules!! I can even haul them with it!!

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Re: Pound for pound

Post by Cal.Bar » Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:56 pm

Don't get me wrong. They are not CHEAP, no MV is. But.... most expensive pound for pound? Not even close. M3 scout cars are running 60-70K (fully restored) about the same for the M8's. Hell even a half track will run you 40K restored. And we all know that buying the parts yourself and restoring it usually costs MORE than buying it restored.


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Re: Pound for pound

Post by crankshaft45 » Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:34 am

Simple solution. Amount spent divided by weight of vehicle. Lets see them.
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Re: Pound for pound

Post by major519 » Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:03 pm

I think what most people mean by saying pound for pound a mule is the most expensive:
Say average mule restored $10,000/870lbs = $11.49/lb. A restored deuce, even at $20,000/13,000lbs = $1.53/lb.
It's all about the price per pound. If you had the equivalent weight as one deuce in mules, the cost would equal almost 15 mules or $150,000...
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Re: Pound for pound

Post by Auto Shop teacher » Thu Nov 29, 2018 6:42 pm

I look at it another way, my mule is pound for pound the most fun of any military vehicle as I run mine at least one day a week doing chores at my railroad museum I volunteer at. :D

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Re: Pound for pound

Post by Gunslinger1$ » Thu Nov 29, 2018 6:50 pm

ok uncle uncle!!!!

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Re: Pound for pound

Post by major519 » Fri Nov 30, 2018 2:05 pm

Agreed, fun is where its at.
Now, having said that, why did the military ever decide to do away with the mule? I can't see how it was ever decided that these great machines were redundant.
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Re: Pound for pound

Post by Auto Shop teacher » Fri Nov 30, 2018 3:48 pm

Gunslinger1$ wrote:
Thu Nov 29, 2018 6:50 pm
ok uncle uncle!!!!
Gee Dave, we was just getting started......

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Re: Pound for pound

Post by Gunslinger1$ » Fri Nov 30, 2018 4:32 pm

Pound for pound they're both a ton of fun. How something so simple as the mule can be so fun.

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Re: Pound for pound

Post by Auto Shop teacher » Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:31 pm

Every once and awhile someone will come up to me and talk about mules, and their military service. Always time well spent.

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Re: Pound for pound

Post by Fabrizio » Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:56 pm

Try a Slat grill/VEP Gpw......
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