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1968 US Marine Corp. Mule

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Open Time:

11/11/2013 12:00AM Eastern Time

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11/13/2013 05:05PM Eastern Time

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Auburn, CA US

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1968 US Marine Corp. Mule. 14 horse power 2 cylinder air cooled gasoline engine. Runs and drives good. Has good brakes. New battery. Tires are in very good condition. Electric start. The Mechanical Mule, also called "Army Mule" is a four wheel, 1/2 ton vehicle with a 48" x 95" long platform mounted on two axles. It was designed for combat use by Willys in the early 1950's, exclusively for the US Army. The M274 is officially known as the Army Mule or Mechanical Mule. Being able to carry a load of 1,000 lbs, it became the first cargo carrier able to carry more than its own weight and it was quickly accepted as a valuable tool. It was developed out of a requirement for an infantry ammunition, light cargo, personnel, and weapons carrier. It was adopted for service in 1957 and used with the US Army, Marine Corps, and to limited extent with the Navy, Seabees and Air Force. The M274 consists of a platform mounted on two drop axles with four wheels. The engine is rear mounted. All models are equipped with full time four-time four wheel drive, two speed transfercase, and a three forward and one reverse speed transmission. The mule is equipped with a cargo retaining set of rails can be raised to accommodate the payload or lowered for shipping, storage, or flat bed operations. The seat and the foot rest can be detached and stowed underneath the platform for air transport. The driver can extend the steering column brace forward to allow operation while walking or crouching in front of the vehicle. It is designed to carry a maximum of one thousand pounds of cargo over most types of terrain. All models of the M274 may be turned on their sides or top to ease maintenance, repair, or lubrication operations. Mules will operate over all types of road, cross-country terrain, and in all types of weather and are capable of fording in up to 18 inches of water without modification. The Mule weighs only 860 pounds and its rated load is 1000 pounds. A spare wheel/tire is not included as the mule will operate on three wheel/tires. The Mechanical Mule was broadly used during the Vietnam War to transport ammunition, cargo, personnel, and weapons (a 106 mm recoilless rifle with missiles was mounted on it). The seat and the foot basket can be detached and stored underneath the platform. Each wheel is provided with lifting shackles to facilitate lifting by helicopter or dropping by parachute. It was designed to be a very rugged vehicle which could land on its wheels or even upside down when dropped, and still be able to be driven away. We encourage you to come out and see the Mule. For questions relating to bidding, please contact the Customer Service Department via telephone, 480-367-1300, or Live Chat. For questions relating to the Mule, please contact Doug via telephone, 530-333-3399.
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Item Location: 2318 Lindbergh St.
Suite E
Auburn, CA 95602 US
Facility Manager: Site Manager
Facility EMail: info@govliquidation.com
Country of Origin: US
Contact Phone: 1 (480) 367-1300

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Approximate Lot Weight: 870
Weight UOM: LB
Shipping QTY: 1 EA
Approximate Dim. or Lot Cube: 10' x 4' x 2.5'(L x W x H)
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2318 Lindbergh St.
Suite E
Auburn, CA 95602 US
2318 Lindbergh St. , Auburn, CA 95602
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