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Metamet: British Jeep Rebuilders

UPDATE: This post has been updated to reflect some more information and images. It was originally posted in March of 2013.

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Metamet was a British company that refurbished WWII jeeps and civilian jeeps, creating a slew of different models. According to the G503 Forum, “Metamet was run by an expat Pole, and latterly his son. It was a wonderful Aladdin’s caves of wartime Jeeps and Jeep bits and pieces located in a series of old mews stables in Daleham Mews. These places were commonly garage workshops in post-horse London, but nowdays are worth untold fortunes as residences.”

At one point in the early 1950s there were twelve different models of jeeps offered by Metamet, only one of which was the standard production model jeep. The rest were all customizations of one type or another. Seven models were 80″ wheel base, while the other five had 100″ wheel bases.  The models include, the Standard, De-luxe, Farmer, Five-in-one, Saloon, Shooting Brake, 10 CWT Truck, Metaplan, Station Wagon, 15 CWT Van, 20 CWT Lorry, and a 2 Ton Loadmaster.

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Metamet’s early 1950s models. There were seven 80″ wheel base jeeps and five 100″ wheel base jeeps.

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Here’s an example of Metamet’s advertising.

A 1952 Ad posted to Flicker by Johnathan confirms there were twelve models also:

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Finally, here’s a 12 page brochure that provides examples of different models that used to be linked to on the jeep farm website:

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2019 Pics of the Liberation Celebration from Pilsner, Czech Republic

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features, International

UPDATE: Petr took part in the celebration. He recorded some of his experience below.

Our roving correspondent Dallas Durham was able to attend the 2019 Liberation Celebration from Pilsner, Czech Republic. He shared a few pics he took there. (I didn’t realize our correspondent budget was that good … I need to take advantage of an international trip .. hopefully, soon).

There is also a 40 minute video now available about the event. I’ll post the video first.

Here are Dallas’ pics:

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1975 CJ-5 VAM Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, International • TAGS: .

Maury shared this 1975 Brochure from VAM, a company that produced jeeps, among other products, in Mexico. The photos show the short nose CJ-5, some of which had inline 6 (199 AMC) starting in 1966. One of the pics includes a Surrey DJ-5.

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Coffee 3B in Cartagena, Colombia

• CATEGORIES: Features, International • TAGS: .

This was shared yesterday on Facebook by a woman visiting Cartagena, Colombia. Now I want some coffee.

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Jeep Reconditioning Programs in the U.S & Europe

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Ordnance - Remanufactureing

UPDATE II: Some additional photos of the Esslingen, Germany, recondition facility posted to  Facebook. The first one is similar to the final photo in this post, but the details show it’s a different photo (probably earlier given these have soft tops and military markings.

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UPDATE: This was originally published in 2013.

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The Bechtel-McCone Remanufacturing Process rebuilt from an article in issue #122 of the Army Motors Magazine Winter ’08 by Lloyd White

One topic that appears in my new book is the 1941 attack on Russia by Hitler.  Called operation Barbarossa and named for the medieval Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa it was the largest invasion in the history of warfare. It included three million soldiers, 600,000 vehicles, and 750,000 horses.  For comparison, the D-Day invasion force was approximately 150,000 men.  Even a month later, only a million men had landed on the beaches of Normandy.

Supporting these huge numbers required plenty of logistics. For example, the German military had 250 companies of veterinarians that, at the height of the war, were capable of servicing almost 100,000 horses a day.  Near the end of the war, horses became vital for the Germans on the Eastern front, as the terrain was often too inhospitable for vehicles, if they had any running vehicles at all.

What does this have to do with jeeps? Well, despite their disposable nature, many people don’t know that the U.S. Army’s Ordnance Department created special facilities to rebuild jeeps (and other vehicles).  Facilities were located both in the U.S. and abroad.  Here’s some information about the US divisions.

I spent time last night, probably too much, gathering and organizing some information about these programs.  The idea and much of this information came from Maury Hurt’s efforts to gather and document reconditioning programs.  There are a variety of threads about these at G503.  However, what I didn’t see was a place that gathered the information together as I have below. I expect to add to this post over time with more information about the international programs.

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Steam cleaning jeeps at Bechtel-McCone’s remanufacturing facility in Birmingham, Alabama.

UNITED STATES REMANUFACTURING:
The following companies remanufactured a total of 16,176 jeeps in the United States according to Charlie Weaver via Jim Allen’s book “Jeep”. There are examples of the data plates applied to the dash of jeeps by the companies below.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t find examples for all the companies. Next to the companies are the number of jeeps each is credited with rebuilding.

1. Bechtel McCone 4,986
2. Allison Steel Manufacturing Company Plate 2,865
3. Moore Equipment Co plate and a second one and a third one. 2,443
4. Higgins Plastic Corp 1,850
5. Stewart & Stevenson 1,750
6. W.A. Bechtel plate 1,555
7. Bishop McCormick & Bishop (no examples found) 343
8. International Diesel (no examples found) 267
9. Vancura Motor Company (no examples found) 66
10. A.M. Meyerstein (no examples found) 49

I found these plates in several locations (documented in the links above) and then organized them as you see. I thought it would help people who run into plates, but don’t know what they have.

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1965 JA3/JA2/JA-3BC Argentina Jeep Brochures

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, International

UPDATE II: This brochure is reminiscent of the Argentina jeep pickup, though this one looks much more CJ-5ish. This is currently on eBay.

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UPDATE: Maury found a couple related photos. That top looks kind of similar to one of the DJ-3A tops I’ve seen in pics. Nice half doors, too.

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(Original Post 02/02/2015) This is a single page unfolding brochure.

“original part color folder , 9.5 x 3.5 folded , 9.5 x 11.5 unfolded , Spanish text. Produced by Kaiser, Argentina .”

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2019 Jeep Outing in Costa Rica

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features, International

Roger shared this story. A group of Costa Rican Jeep friends took their vintage jeeps out for an 2019 adventure to the beach, where they camped at least one night. This is their second ‘Willys Adventure’ together. You can see more pics on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Willys-Pasión-Costa-Rica-1726644670912768/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2254856788091551 .  Looks like fun!

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1956 M-38A1 Nekaf Emmerich am Rhein, Germany $11,300

• CATEGORIES: International, M-38A1

TJ shared this Dutch-assembled M-38A1 jeep.

https://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/dealer/jeep/cj3a/1911412.html

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“1956 Jeep Nekaf M38A1 4WD Niederlandische Papiere
The Nekad M38 is actually a Willy’s M38 and was produced in the Netherlands under license.
The M38 is a military version of the CJ-3A.

The condition of this Nekaf is good, he has as few traces of wear here and there but it matches the condition of the militairy vehicle.

The engine of the Nekaf runs excellent and it drives very nice.”

 
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1959? CJ-3B/Mitsubishi Poster/Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, International

Here’s an unusual brochure that folds out to a 16″ x 19″ poster. Price would have to drop for me to consider it.

View all the information on eBay

“Original part color folder , 8 x 9.5 folded , 16 x 19 unfolded , opens to a poster .”

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1974 CJ-3B-Viasa Lemoore, CA $10,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B, International

Not many of these in the US.

https://hanford.craigslist.org/cto/d/74-spanish-jeep-viasa/6687028326.html

“Spanish jeep viasa CJ3B. Perkins diesel 4-108 engine. Everything works perfectly and runs strong. Just had everything lubed, flushed,checked and even replaced the gas tank. Brought this beauty from Spain w me and it is a ton of fun to drive around. There are a few rips in the seats as you can see in the pics but it is strictly cosmetic.”

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1943 MB Sweden 110,000 kr

• CATEGORIES: International, MB

Ulf’s selling this MB. The jeep is located in Sweden.

https://www.blocket.se/alvsborg/Jeep_Willys_MB_2_a_Varldskrigsbil___43_79585821.htm?ca=16&w=1&last=1

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Pilsen 2018 Liberation Festival

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features, International

John pointed out that In a couple days the town of Pilsen in the Czech Republic will be celebrating its “Liberation Festival”. There’s a great photo on the front page from a previous year’s parade.

Read all about it here. http://slavnostisvobody.cz/en/

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Here’s some footage from 1945 of Pilsen:

And a few more links thanks to John:

  1. 70th liberation celebration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toG_WswIrdQ
  2. Another 70th video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toG_WswIrdQ
  3. Laying of wreaths at Thank You Monument: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYb8wbYv9cs

 

 
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Year? Wagon Country of Turkey £7500

• CATEGORIES: International, Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

This wagon was shared by Rob, who is currently in Turkey. The price on this wagon is £7500, which he notes is quite a bit than it is worth. Two interesting features include the added handbrake/parking brake on the floor and the LPG tank in the back storage area.

Rob writes, “The tank in the back is actually an LPG gas tank, they are pretty much the normal here in Turkey as gas, petrol, diesel is expensive. These tanks are fitted by specialists, so they are safe. I have one on my jeep. This car or shooting brake as we used to call them in the UK is 2 km from our house on Turkey. It is parked up open not locked on a grass hard standing with about 6 other cars ,, just left there. The jeep fires up, I’ve been told. I tried to open bonnet without luck. The Willys motto is on the front at the top above the radiator.”

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1959 Argentinian Wagon Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, International

This brochure highlights IKA’s “Estanciera” wagon.

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1975 Ford Rural Wagon Panama City, FL $15,000

• CATEGORIES: International, Other 4x4s, Willys Wagons

UPDATE: Barry noted that this Willys looking jeep was actually built by Ford.

Needs a little love of some kind.

“1975 Rural Willys
Nice rarity here. Jeep Willys Wagon Rural.
High miles.
4×4.
4 Gears.
6 Cylinders.
No rust,
This vehicle needs some TLC but price is negotiable.”

https://panamacity.craigslist.org/cto/d/1975-rural-willys/6368358514.html

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Brochures for Mistubishi’s CJ-3B on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, CJ-3B, Features, International • TAGS: .

There are several Mitsubishi-jeep brochures on eBay right now.

  1. An early brochure? View the brochure on eBay
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2. This jeep came with a unique platform. View the brochure on eBay

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3. This is a CJ-3B J-10 brochure. View the brochure on eBay

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4. This is a CJ-3B J-3 brochure. View all the information on eBay
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1966 Rural Wagon Oklahoma City, OK eBay

• CATEGORIES: International, Willys Wagons • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Back on eBay

(10/19/2016) These wagons were produced in Brazil between 1960-1977. Learn more at the 3B site. This is likely one of only a couple of these in the US.

“1966 Willys Wagon / Willys Wagoneer. This is a very nice car and runs great The car is in good condition, seats that are in good condition (small tear on passenger side). Car is ready to go.”

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Update From Uruguay

• CATEGORIES: Features, International

Our Uruguayan bureau (Hugo Cicalese) filed this report. Thanks for the update!

I have not looked at you page recently because I was enjoying holidays and driving my CJ-3A. I spent a complete month in the East! In”the East” is where the ocean beaches are located. I took a couple photos while out driving his jeep. The only problem he encountered was a temporally stuck valve seal. Once the engine heated up, it loosened and worked fine.
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Wondering around with the Jeep was fantastic! Very nice weather (not very hot or rainy, it happens sometimes). The day I came back I got some rain in the road, nothing to bother with a bikini top.

Next day looking at the news, I read that only 60 km east of me in Punta del Este there was a huge storm (summer storm with lots of rain) and I found this picture in the newspaper. Funny isn’t it?

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It is a street full of water, and during the storm the MB could not make it (obviously problem of the driver!!!). Notice in the background there’s a new jeep waiting. 

 

One day while on vacation I visited Piriapolis. I spotted several  low hood Jeeps in amazingly very good shape. Around 5. Several CJ5 but these are easier to find. I only had my shorts, no camera or cell!!” 

 
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India’s Rajputana Jeep Club

• CATEGORIES: Features, International

There’s an article on the gulf news website about the Rajputana Jeep Club. The group has 29 members with a variety of older jeeps. Nice to see them fixing and running them.

http://gulfnews.com/culture/people/a-club-of-jeep-enthusiasts-in-india-1.1956225

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1960ish MItsubishi Jeep Mailer on ebay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, CJ-3B, Features, International, Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

Here’s an unusual mailer for the Mitsubishi jeeps.

“Original part color folder , 8.5 x 4 folded , 8.5 x 12 unfolded , has many pieces of tape at tears at folds , has some small tears at the edges , has a rub mark with paper loss on the cover in an area about 1 x 1 inch.”

View all the information on eBay

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Roger & Jim Martin near Son Netherlands

• CATEGORIES: Features, International

Roger sent us a second report: “This near Son, Netherlands  where my dad jumped in the Market Garden invasion September 17th 1944. My dad Jim Martin and I rode in a convoy of military vehicle.  This GPW Jeep belongs to Han Pulles. My friend  Kevin and I rode in Han’s Jeep with his son Barry. Dad road in one of the trucks. We had a great time. Thanks to Han and his son Barry for taking us along for the ride!”

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Roger Martin and his Father Jim “Pee Wee” Martin in the Netherlands

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Museums

UPDATE: Roger called me to provide a little additional info. First, the “young lady” with whom Jim is shaking hands is actually the Prime Minister of Defense for the Netherlands. Apparently, there were numerous other dignitaries and security was tight. 

I’m taking a break for the night, but don’t worry. Roger Martin and his father Jim “Pee Wee” Martin have been busy in the Netherlands. Roger’s father was invited over to participate in some WWII events and visit numerous museums. I can’t say exactly which photos go with which musuem, but they are still interesting to look at. Thanks for all the photos Roger!

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Roper Marting (left) and his father Jim Martin (right).

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In 1957-58 4 Italians Drove to Toledo the Long Way

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Old News Articles • TAGS: .

This September 13, 1958, article from the Toledo Blade told the story of four italians who drove what appears to be a WWII jeep a distance of 80,000 miles from Italy to Toledo. The men, all newspapermen, planned to drive another 15,000 miles back to Italy. What a trip! I wonder if their counterparts in 2013 knew of their countrymen’s adventure?

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Another Report from Willys Am Tegernsee

• CATEGORIES: Event, International

Christian and his group of jeep enthusiasts gathered together once again. He reports they had fun, despite some heavy rain. Joining them was a couple from the UK, James and Annie, who are traveling around Europe in their Willys MB. I’m hoping to find out if James and Annie are reporting on their adventure online.

http://www.willys-am-tegernsee.de

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3 Interesting Jeeps from South America

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Unusual • TAGS: , .

This first wagon is from Uruguay and was shared by Christian del Manya. It’s an early three-row IKA Rural wagon built on a pickup 4×4 chassis. He included an ad for it down below.

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Photos of the second and third interesting jeeps were found in this collection of photos:

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