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Our Gang Ice Racers Get Some TV Exposure

• CATEGORIES: Features, Racing, videos • TAGS: .

The local Denver CBS Affiliate covered the Our Gang Ice Racers.

 
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Alan Hassell’s 1955 M-38A1

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Panama City, Florida’s, News Herald featured this video and story about Alan Hassell’s M-38A1.

https://www.newsherald.com/news/20190107/retired-colonels-restored-jeep-is-armed-and-ready-photos

 
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New Industry at Willys Overland’s Former Property

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

This news report from Toledo shared the news that Willys Overland’s former plant property is now being used by the Dana Corp and others.

https://www.13abc.com/content/news/Willys-Overland-creating-jobs-again-502929891.html

 
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A Kaiser-Jeep Bolide XJ-002 Video

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

I stumbled onto the below video of the Bolide XJ-002 after doing some searches based on the post related to the XJ-001. The video is part of a larger All-Par article (see more photos here).

Now I’m wondering if the Parmely body was based originally on this XJ-002 body design. The Parmley looks like it’s a little more practical, convertible version of the XJ-002.

Unlike the XJ-002, which was designed on a Jeepster Commando chassis, the XJ-001 was atop a CJ-5 chassis. The Parmely was also designed to fit a CJ-5 chassis, so its lines couldn’t be as long nor sleek as the XJ-002.

The video isn’t the most compelling piece of work, but it manages to record some unusual history. As of 2010, this vehicle was reportedly undergoing restoration.

 
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David Tracy Compares a CJ-2A vs. a Roxor

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

I went over to Seattle on Wednesday and back to Pasco on Thursday morning. Just one post today.

This seems like a good idea … David Tracy compares a CJ-2A to a Roxor. Which won? Check it out:

 
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UPDATED: FCA Brazil’s Video of Hugo Vidal

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

UPDATE: I’m still sick so no updates. We made it back to Pasco, where we will stay a few days before heading back to Seattle to help with Dad. In the meantime, Luciano updated the video of Hugo below by adding English subtitles for the Portuguese. Enjoy!

Original post November 14, 2018: On Sunday this video debuted at the Premiere Auto Show in Brazil at the Auto Show’s Jeep Booth. It features our good friend and co-Alaska participant Hugo Vidal. It’s mostly in Portuguese, but some is in English. You’ll see both my wife and I appearing in several clips. The title refers to Hugo as the First Citizen of Jeep Nation. Kudos to Luciano Falconi for his great videography.

 

Hugo also recently published a book on his trip, written in both English and Portuguese. http://www.ewillys.com/…/26/hugo-vidal-has-published-his-b…/

 
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Odd Turkish(?) Video with a Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

ModMike shared this odd video on Facebook that includes a CJ-2A. I finally tracked down a Youtube version. Can anyone explain it?

 
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Video — Jeep: The Unstoppable Soldier

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

I didn’t get a whole lot done the last few days, as Dad is needing more assistance. No time to do updates for Thursday, but perhaps this 1 hour video from WheelsTV will fill the void. I’ve only seen the first 15 minutes, but it looks promising thus far.

I did spot at least one item that was incorrect. While discussing the first BRC at Holabird, between 15:59 and 16:20 pictures of a BRC-60 are mistakenly shown.

 
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Willys Overland Promotional Movie

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Midwest Jeep Willys republished this promotional video titled: Workhorses of Industry. Thanks to Blaine for spotting it.

 
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Willys Overland Factory Video Footage

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

This short video of the Willys Overland factory includes a clip showing how workers painted the chassis. I wonder how much spray paint the spray-guy breathed in …

 

 
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1945 Color Video of Jeeps on Okinawa

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Several jeeps shown navigating mud and water, including a Holden.

http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675052740_22nd-Marine-Regiment-6th-Division_convoy-of-vehicles_muddy-road_wheels-stuck-in-mud

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1943 Video “Role of the Jeep”

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Some of these clips form this four-plus minute 1943 movie are familiar, but the video also offer a wide range of clips I hadn’t seen (that I can remember). There are Bantams BRC-60s, BRC-40s, Ford GPs, Slat Grill MBs, Ford GPAs, and MBs/GPWs.

http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675042283_jeep_President-Roosevelt_King-George_General-Stillwell_General-MacArthur

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Audie Murphy & The Yakima Ridge Runners

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

This 1954 video was a surprise find. It’s called “JEEPERS: Film Star Goes On Jeep-Man’s Holiday” and features Audie Murphy.

http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675076507_Audie-Murphy_arrives-for-shooting_talks-to-man_seated-in-jeep

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1942 Willys MB Rebuild Part II

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

The is second in the series from Sybert’s Garage. You can view Part I here.

This explanation from Episode 1’s post shares why Tom and his son are rebuilding the jeep:

“My parents have a summer cottage in Northern Wisconsin. Our neighbors, who have passed away with the daughter living there now, had an old MB jeep. It was painted violet because at the time Janet’s dad asked her what color he should paint it as a little girl.

The jeep sat in her garage for years and each time we went to visit we tried to get her started. The mice had made it their home, eating all the electrical wires. The radiator leaked, brakes and clutch did not function and we realized we never had enough time to truly spend on getting her running whenever we visited. We asked for permission to bring her back to our garage in Wisconsin, fix her up and return her to Janet.

Janet’s dad served in WWII in the Army and I know he would be proud to see Janet driving his jeep today.”

 
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Action Video of an APU Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos • TAGS: .

Nick shared this video of a 1955 airplane test that included multiple shots of an Valentine APU-equipped jeep. You can see some other updates here: https://www.thecj2apage.com/forums/time-capsule-navy-cj3a-by-valentine-apu_topic37074_page6.html

 
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Vietnamese M-38/CJ-3A Video

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Carl shared the video of what looks to be an M-38 that has multiple mods, including a CJ-3A windshield and an after market dash gauge. However, the body does not have a battery box lid, suggesting it is an after market body. The flat rear wheel wells also raise questions.

 
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Taking Delivery of an FC-170 in the 1960s

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Features, videos

UPDATE: As Lew notes, there’s an FC-150 in the latter half of the video. It also has a different license plate (white) than the FC-170 (blue plate) shown near the beginning.

Steve pointed me to his video. It shows a family picking up an FC-170 from the factory. Pretty cool memory!

 
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Film Bulletin: Rubber Tire Substitutes

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

This video was shared on Facebook. The first half of the video focuses on rubber tire substitutes using a jeep as a test vehicle.

 
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Sybert’s Garage Rebuilds a 1942 MB

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

UPDATE: Part 2 has been published here.

Tom and his son are rebuilding an MB and video documenting their work. They’ve published the first of four parts. Here’s the story behind the jeep:

“My parents have a summer cottage in Northern Wisconsin. Our neighbors, who have passed away with the daughter living there now, had an old MB jeep. It was painted violet because at the time Janet’s dad asked her what color he should paint it as a little girl.

The jeep sat in her garage for years and each time we went to visit we tried to get her started. The mice had made it their home, eating all the electrical wires. The radiator leaked, brakes and clutch did not function and we realized we never had enough time to truly spend on getting her running whenever we visited. We asked for permission to bring her back to our garage in Wisconsin, fix her up and return her to Janet.

Janet’s dad served in WWII in the Army and I know he would be proud to see Janet driving his jeep today.”

 
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No Updates Sunday

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Updates resume Monday morning.

Meanwhile, check out Post Cereal’s May, 1954 contest in this video. “Just think what a picnic your family could have with a Willys Jeep!”

 
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Willys Jeep on Farm as Tractor & Plow Video

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

I saw this video for the first time yesterday. Near the end of it there are several jeeps featured doing non-farm chores. I’ve taken a few screen shots of them and added them below. The most interesting one to me is the red one with the extended rear (pic with guys carrying the washing machine).

We’ve run across these extended rears like this on a few jeeps over the years, but this is the earliest evidence of them that I have seen. The one on the back of the red jeep looks like to me like it was professionally made, leading me to wonder if it was a purchasable product.

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Video of Ford GPs Leaving the Factory

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, videos

The video only lasts 23 seconds, but it’s the only one I’ve seen of Ford GPs leaving the factory:

 
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PNW4WDA Racing Videos

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

The PNW4WDA racing year is almost over. Here are a couple videos from past years. The first is a great overhead view of some the tracks, which are changed slightly for every race.

Here are a few clips from the 2017 season.

 
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The RC FC-170 (and Other RC Videos)

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models, videos

UPDATE: Well, there was supposed to be a post above this one (hence the “mutant supersized jeep” comment), but the post scheduler did not automatically post it. That’s a tech fail!

From a mutant supersized jeep, we turn to the Mini FC. Scott reminded me that I hadn’t shared this video of Headquake’s FC-170 RC jeep. A couple years ago I featured another of HQ’s projects, the RC MB. You can see other projects (200 videos) on Headquake’s Youtube channel, including a CJ-5, a Jeep Rural, a Cherokee, and a Wagoneer,

 
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Willys MB/GPW From Transformers “Bumblebee” Movie @ Auction

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

On August 25th, the jeep (GPW frame with MB body?) used in the upcoming Transformers “Bumblebee” movie (scheduled to arrive in theaters in Dec 2018)  will be auctioned at https://bid.screenused.com/Bumblebee-Bumblebee-Willys-Jeep_i31014225. The current bid is $19,000. As you can see in the pics, this MB isn’t all stock. It appears to have a GPW front crossmember. Another pic, from the top rear, suggests it has MB toolboxes.

In the movie, the Bumblebee character starts off as a jeep, but soon becomes a VW, remaining a VW for the remainder of the movie.

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Clip (probably from early in the movie, showing Bumblebee with a jeep grille on his chest.

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Movie Trailer for “Bumblebee”: