Here's my M422A1. It has been in the family for around 40 years. More than once it has been the center of attention at family gatherings.
S/N 3588. USMC# 306228. No mfg. date on the data plate.
The markings on the side and tailgate indicate it served with the 2nd Marines. Based on the hood markings and the information my grandfather received when purchased it is believed that the Mite spent some time overseas. I have not found any information concerning the Project High Fly marking on the hood.
She's mostly original with the more modern electronic voltage regulator being the biggest change. The top end has never been off the motor. The timing gear was replaced several years ago. It runs very well but needs a few things fixed. Does anyone know where to get the speedo gear inside the transmission?
My boys store some of their toys under it. They dig it when I take them and pick them up from school in it.
My father got to do a complete foot tour with the Army 3rd I.D. in WWII. Every year we participate in the San Fernando Valley Veterans Day Parade where my father gets a low parade number (toward the front) due to his status. The boys ride along with us as well, wave flags, and have a good time. This is from 2009.
This past year the SeaBee's from Pt. Magu wanted to take a picture comparing yesterday to today. What a great group of guys and gals. The Gunny's kept telling the younger generation how lucky they were to have equipment as good as it today. Imagine being in urban combat with a Mite? Yuck.