Thanks guys. And Rick, you're right about muddy rutted roads and general off road use. I've taken this MUTT across farmers' fields at 35 to 40 mph and it's an amazingly smooth ride. The one thing to watch with MUTTs is cornering. The older M151 and M151A1 had a bad habit of the rear wheel tucking under the vehicle when making a sharp turn, and the result was a roll-over. The Army tried to fix that witha differently designed rear end (resulting in the newer M151A2) and by the later addition of a ROPS cage. By the mid 1980s the damage was done though and the military began looking for a replacement for the MUTT series; many of the MUTTs that weren't sold ovverseas went through a pretty through demil program, first of cutting in half, then of cutting into quarters, and finally of crushing completely. Many ended up like this before the government sold them:
Our unit still had them, when I joined the Army in January '91. We started getting our first HMMWV's in March '91 and got rid of our last MUTT in August '91. Like Rick7 said, they were great on rutted roads, but I remember you had to take it easy on tight turns, making sure not to go to fast. When I was at the Senior Leader's Course two years ago at Fort Huachuca, a guy in my class had driven his down from Fort Bragg. I was surprised to see it, because I thought DRMO had cut all of them up, but his was titled and registered.
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