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Other Vehicles => Miscellaneous Vehicles => Topic started by: Ambo 6x6 on February 08, 2019, 05:11:55 PM

Title: Mule M274 Australian Army
Post by: Ambo 6x6 on February 08, 2019, 05:11:55 PM
Hi All 

Does any one know how many Mule's M274 the Aus Army purchase from the US Army?
They are a listed as an Australian Army Vehicle in the Australian Army Journal of 1960. 
I know they had them is PNG in the mid 60's.
I would like to know the ARN numbers as well?

Brad
Title: Re: Mule M274 Australian Army
Post by: Mike C on February 09, 2019, 08:57:35 AM
Four.

107069 to 107072

Bugger of a thing for the untrained to handle!

Mike



Title: Re: Mule M274 Australian Army
Post by: Ambo 6x6 on February 10, 2019, 07:48:39 PM
Thanks Mike

I will chase up the serial numbers now I have the ARN's.

By the way how did you know that?

Brad
Title: Re: Mule M274 Australian Army
Post by: Mike C on February 11, 2019, 02:52:43 AM
Wrote an article about them for Army Motors many years ago. Usual thing: did the research, wrote the article, moved on to the next topic.

Serials are visible in AWM126, now on line.

Do you have a line on acquiring one, or have acquired one? If so, be VERY careful: as I said, bugger of a thing to handle!

Mike.
Title: Re: Mule M274 Australian Army
Post by: Young Eric on February 11, 2019, 01:15:19 PM
Was the Mule the Leyland Brothers had, one of the Australian Mules, or had they imported it ?
Title: Re: Mule M274 Australian Army
Post by: fc101 on February 11, 2019, 01:38:33 PM
A shame the pics are no longer attached to this forum posts.  It does mention the Mule was RHD.

https://forums.g503.com/viewtopic.php?t=64738
Title: Re: Mule M274 Australian Army
Post by: 303Gunner on February 11, 2019, 04:31:48 PM
There is/was another Mule owned by a VVMC member that has made appearances at Corowa, but I think it was an import, not ex-Aust. Was for sale at one point, where has it gone?
Title: Re: Mule M274 Australian Army
Post by: kman on February 11, 2019, 07:20:59 PM
There is one at Cooktown that has been restored, too.
Title: Re: Mule M274 Australian Army
Post by: stephendavis on February 11, 2019, 08:18:32 PM
there was one on gumtree in Sydney about six weeks ago
Title: Re: Mule M274 Australian Army
Post by: THE BOOGER on February 11, 2019, 10:20:30 PM
There is/was another Mule owned by a VVMC member that has made appearances at Corowa, but I think it was an import, not ex-Aust. Was for sale at one point, where has it gone?

the one at corowa a few years ago  was I think ex aust army but had heaps of rust you could see the road under it. It was for sale but there was not much interest at yhe time wanted far to much
Title: Re: Mule M274 Australian Army
Post by: 303Gunner on February 11, 2019, 11:12:41 PM
A shame the pics are no longer attached to this forum posts.
But the picture is still on...... REMLR!

http://remlr.com/forum/index.php?topic=374.0
Title: Re: Mule M274 Australian Army
Post by: Mike C on February 13, 2019, 07:02:33 AM
"there was one on gumtree in Sydney about six weeks ago" - maybe that's why Ambo 6x6/Brad was asking for info??

Mike
Title: Re: Mule M274 Australian Army
Post by: Ambo 6x6 on February 14, 2019, 05:30:04 PM
Yes Mike you are correct I purchased it.  Hence the Interest.  The one at Corowa 2 years ago was an import from the USA and should be on display at the Air show in 3 weeks time in Melbourne.  The one I got has unreadable data plate and is a Baifield MFR.  The Australian army one's were Willys 1960 models.

It has the dark green paint under the olive drab paint.  It was stated by the seller that the farmer purchased 3 from the army years ago, 2 went to Army Museums (unknown which ones) and he purchased the 3rd one back in 2000 ish.

I'm searching the ARN books so one day I may find it/them if the later models existed.

Brad

Title: Re: Mule M274 Australian Army
Post by: Mike C on February 18, 2019, 02:47:36 AM
IF ....

lots to look through (150,000?) in the BBB, so good luck with that.

Mike
Title: Re: Mule M274 Australian Army
Post by: 303Gunner on February 18, 2019, 10:55:48 AM
Plus the other numbers from the 70's onwards in the 2x-xxx/3x-xxx range that the AWM doesn't have, although I think they will be too late for Mule regos.

As an aside, would it be possible that further registrations of M274 Mules were not listed as "B" Vehicles (or unrestricted road-going vehicles), and that they may have been registered as plant or equipment (limited use vehicles)?
Title: Re: Mule M274 Australian Army
Post by: Ambo 6x6 on February 18, 2019, 08:03:23 PM
Thanks All

I went through the 1959 data base and the 4 mules listed are all Willy's 1959 models.

  ARN       Engine number  Body No:   INFO
107069    1M11079        -  11510      Disposed of on the 4/5/1965
107070    1M10684        -  11503      Disposed of in May 1966
107071    1M11681        -  11501      Reserved for training, no disposal record kept.
107071    1M11701        -  11505      Reserved for training, no disposal record kept.

I will keep on looking, 
I have cataloged every make of vehicle in the ARN 114xxx to 122xxx book and they are not there,  Never know what you find.  About to start the book before these numbers just have to try to understand the dribble of hand writing.
Like looking for a needle in the hay stack.

Brad