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Some Vintage of Photos of Folks w/ Jeeps

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Blaine spotted this thread on that shows some vintage photos of average folks and their jeeps.



5 Comments on “Some Vintage of Photos of Folks w/ Jeeps

  1. Dan Bee

    Great pics. That last one (b&w Wagon in the snow) is my grandpa’s Wagon and Dad’s Boy Scout Patrol in southeastern Humboldt County near Bridgeville.

  2. David Eilers Post author

    Dan, was that a photo you posted elsewhere? Or was it one that you’d never seen?

  3. Dan Bee

    Yeah, I had posted a series of Grandpa’s pics on the “vintage Willys pictures” thread on Old Willys Forum. All good.

  4. JohnB

    In one of the photos, there are two older guys in what looks like high desert or scrub land. They are dressed like they are doing some work, perhaps geologists.
    In the background is a early CJ-5 (side fuel filler) with metal top.
    What’s odd is the spare tire on the driver”s side rear quarter. The negative hasn’t been flipped because of the prominent rear view mirror visible as well as the fuel filler.
    I think it has been mentioned before, but why the wheel location switch?

  5. David Eilers Post author


    The driver’s side spare tire was a factory change for a limited number of cj2As during 1948. I am not aware of any factory built spare tires on any model of CJ-5s. So, my best guesses are 1) they needed the passenger side free of a spare tire for some other purpose, such as mounting a piece of equipment, 2) someone had the experience of having a passenger spare tire ripped of (or damaging Jeep) in a tight space, so wanted the spare tire mounted where they could see it (and didn’t want it in the back), or 3) given the remote looking area, they travelled with two spare tires (which is what I think is the likely answer).

    – Dave

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