M422A1 Mighty Mite diesel build

mspeters

New member
4+ years of saturdays to turn a M422A1 no-engine parts rig into a viable desert explorer.
It has a aluminum body, independent suspension. Drivetrain is. VW 1.9 AAZ turbo diesel with modern AX15 5 speed, 5:33 gears with dana 27 powerloks, 3:1 transfer case, power steering with Toyota truck box, inboard disc brakes. These originally had a air cooled V-4 and were made by AMC for the Marines.

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njtacoma

Explorer
That is super cool.

I always like them, the first side by side.

Looks like really amazing work on your part
 

Mundo4x4Casa

West slope, N. Ser. Nev.
Just great build-up! I like the way you think; outside the box. Even with the VW diesel that rig should be very lightweight. All her larger cousins were cut for scrap as they spent a lot of time on their sides or tops.
regards, as always, jefe
 

nickw

Adventurer
Wow - impressive. What a perfect little rig to get out and explore the desert with. Do you have a build thread or more pics? What can you tell me about the f/r diffs?

I can see why the Marines didn't stick with it....can't put a Marine in a cute little thing like that!
 

Gator

Adventurer
Wow! That is awesome! Just saw one of these in worn out condition at the Turkey Rod Run. Glad I did not see this thread 1st. Mama would not be happy with me lol
Lator....
 

casioqv

Observer
Awesome vehicle! VW diesels are the ultimate engine for a reliable and fuel efficient expedition vehicle.
 

mspeters

New member
Here are a couple pictues during the build up. The stock dana 27s were custom made for the mighty mite with aluminum housings, powerloks and inboard brakes. Much eyeball engineering to repack a larger driveline, radiator, power brakes & steering. More adjustments are need before a 1st camp trip: more air holes for the radiator and new springs as it's sitting 2" too low.

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mspeters

New member
Did you have it at the Lodi event in April?
Quickfarms,
Yes, it was there for Friday and took a honorary picture with the authentic M422A1 Mites at the show. Glad I had a top with the rain showers. Next year my restored one will be there. The resto-mod build delayed the body restoration by 4 years.

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