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1946 Patent(s) For a Body Extension

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UPDATE: In 2019 I posted a patent filed in September 28, 1946, for a “body attachment”. Yesterday, on an unrelated search, I discovered the names of the same parties, under a different lawyer, related to a patent filed a month earlier (August 12, 1946)  for a “body extension” for a jeep. The second patent is more detailed (seen at bottom) than the early one. Both were approved on the same date: June 5, 1951. See most of the body extensions produced over the years in this post

Filed August 12, 1946:

Attorney Roy Whittington assigned half this patent to William Isler and half, jointly, to Julius Negin and Ludwig Gaspar, the two who also filed the patent at bottom. The whys are likely lost to history.



Patented June 5, 1951 BODY EXTENSION FOR MOTOR VEHICLES Roy D. Whittington, Belton, M0., assignor of onehalf to William Isler and one-half to Julius A. -Negin and Ludwig J. Gaspar, J r., jointly, all of Cleveland, Ohio Application August 12, 1946, Serial No. 690,019 3 Claims. (01. 296-28) The present invention relates to vehicle-construction, and particularly to commercial vehicles such as trucks and the like, and aims to provide a practical form of extension for the body portion of such vehicles.

The invention has special reference tothe commercial type of motor vehicles such as have been known generally as jeeps in the army service, and which has a body of limited proportions and some forms of which have .an endgate at the rear end of the body. 7

Accordingly an object of the invention is to provide an extension of the body structure of this type of vehiclein the form of an accessory unit which is adapted to be mounted in the manner of a replacement for the endgate of the .vehiclebody and to receive said engate as a supplemental attachment serving the endgate function for said accessory unit….

Patent filed September 28, 1946:

I can only guess that this design was used by Newgren, as I *think* it was the only firm that built a collapsable body extension. The only thing is that Newgren had double supports, while the patent only shows a single support underneath.

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PATENT DESCRIPTION: ATTORNEY Patented June 5, 1951 BODY ATTACHMENT FOR JEEPS Julius A. Negin, East Cleveland, and Ludwig J.

Gaspar, Jr., Cleveland, Ohio, assignors of onehalf to William Isler, Cleveland, Ohio Application September 28, 1946, Serial No. 700,006

11 Claims. 1

This invention relates, as indicated, to body attachments for vehicles of the type known as Jeeps.

As is well known, this type of vehicle, which was developed and extensively used during World War II, is coming into general usage for commercial purposes, but its use for such purposes is somewhat limited on account of its body shape and dimensions.

Another factor which has inhibited the use of this type of vehicle for commercial purposes is the fact that the spare tire or spare wheel of the vehicle is conventionally carried at the side of and adjacent the rear end of the body of the vehicle, in which position, it is so remote from the plane defined by the wheels of the vehicle as to constitute a hazard, particularly when attempting to park the vehicle in city streets.

The present invention has as its primary object the provision of an attachment or extension for the body of a vehicle of this type, which attachment or extension materially increases the carrying capacity of the vehicle.

Another object of the invention is the provision of an attachment or extension of the character described, which can be easily and quickly attached to the vehicle without the use of tools other than simple tools, such as a screw driver or wrench.

A further object of the invention is the provision of an attachment or extension of the character described which utilizes as a part thereof the existing tail gate of the vehicle.

A still further object of the invention is the provision of an attachment or extension of the character described which also functions to support the spare tire or spare wheel of the vehicle in such a manner as to eliminate the parking hazard to which reference has been made.

A still further object of the invention is to provide an attachment or extension of the character described which is of simple, rugged construction, and which can be manufactured in commercially desirable quantities rapidly and at low cost….


6 Comments on “1946 Patent(s) For a Body Extension

  1. Mik4

    Amazing amount of work and detail goes into these patent drawings, must be very time consuming. Dave, thanks for all the time and effort you put into tracking down and posting all this valued information.


    I have one of these for my cj-6 , its a folding model , big piano hinges on the corners , haven’t seen it in years , its somewhere here on the ranch , barn ? garage ? who knows ?


    looking closer at this one , it looks like it has hinges ? the best feature of these is the side spare tire mount , moves the spare out of HARMS WAY !! thank you duke wayne ..

  4. MATT

    I agree.. this old stuff is pretty cool and the folding version would be great for storage when not in use. My version sadly does not do this. (nor does it have the spare tire mount deal)


    post update — I still haven’t found my jeep cj rear body extension , its probably folded up in a jeepster somewhere , next to a raccoon nest …

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