John forwarded this interesting Russian video. My Russian isn’t too good these days, but I still enjoyed the video. Some interesting Ford variants were built for the military.
Mark Smith’s son Tom just completed this great documentary about a 1941 Slat Grille. George Baxter narrates the video. The jeep is for sale.
Go inside Army Jeep Parts, Inc. and uncover a nearly perfect restoration of one of the oldest Willys Jeeps in existence. Delivered Christmas Eve of 1941 (not long after the attack on Pearl Harbor) this World War II Slat Grille marks the start of production of the American legend we all know and love.
THIS JEEP IS FOR SALE. Own a piece of American history by contacting: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more on George Baxter and Army Jeep Parts, Inc., visit: http://ArmyJeepParts.net.
Joe found this video built from Band of Brothers’ clips. Pretty well done. The embedding has been turned off, so you’ll have to go to youtube to see it (click on the image below).
Thanks to Wyatt for this great link. It’s a video called “WWII Jeep Gets an Honorable Discharge” showing Mayor Fred Heine’s Ford GP. The video shows the jeep working on the farm. Lots of great shots. Wyatt’s father was the first person to work on it when Fred Heine couldn’t get it started. The jeep is now at the U.S.Veterans Memorial Museum in Huntsville Alabama, which was featured last week.
In a seasonally perfect topic, Tim forwarded this link that included a video that has some vintage video of jeeps moving snow with Meyer plows. The video notes that Meyer has been selling plows since World War II. I happened upon a second Meyer video on youtube, featuring 1960s innovations. Finally, below the videos are four pages from a 1947 special equipment book showing early Meyer ads.
Video from the page above:
A video of Meyer products from the 1960s featuring a wagon and an FC using a plow:
1947 Special Equipment ads for Meyer products:
The Detroit Free Press published an article about the Pygmy. It includes some pics and videos.
Sell-a-Jeep TV put together this video of a mint CJ-5. The clip is narrated by George Baxter of Army Jeep Parts and filmed by Mark Smith’s son, Tom . If you are interested in buying the jeep, contact him at email@example.com. Check out the dual spool winch!
Sebastian shared this video from Colombia that shows some jeeps undergoing repair. I’m a little surprised to see the guy spray painting the jeep without a mask.
John shared this American Oil Company commercial that featured a jeep prop.
This collection of video outtakes was filmed September 9, 1943, in downtown Philadelphia. It includes some famous motion picture actors riding in jeeps like Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball, James Cagney, Greer Garson, Judy Garland, Dick Powell, Paul Henreid, and Harpo Marx.
It seems the Americans waited until after they landed in France to start teaching some of the GIs how to speak French. Lacking blackboards, they turned to the underside of a jeep hood. The following Fox Movietone silent video clip is a collection of outtakes. The blackboard lesson begins at the 16:22 mark and lasts about a minute.
The October 26, 1943, Fox Movietone featured a one minute clip about a Toledo, Ohio, Fire Jeep. It appears to be built on a Willys MB Slat Grille. The clip appears at the 6:53 mark of the video. I managed to get a few still images:
Lots of jeep action. They drive the jeeps pretty hear near the end. At about the 8:30 mark there some hard driving video. The jeeps were bouncing pretty hard!
From archive.org: “Not the greatest film quality. National Archives description: “A 4.2″ mortar fires high explosive and phosphorus shells which explode on targets. Transportation of mortar and ammunition in large truck (10 men-10 rounds) is compared with that of a jeep towing a trailer bearing a mortar and ammunition (2 jeeps-6 men-48 rounds). Jeep and trailer units are tested at various speeds and on all types of terrain, fire mortars from barge landing craft as an island is approached, drive off barge, and are freed from ditches and other obstacles by their crews.”
National Archives Identifier: 24456”
This archive.org Signal Corps video has some good shots of jeeps along with the everyday life of a photographer/videographer. Here’s the original link: https://archive.org/details/ADC-4647
A reader forwarded this unusual truck that’s been modified with all kinds of camping conveniences. The narrator isn’t always easy to understand, but the truck is interesting.
Jesse forwarded me these videos for your viewing pleasure. He’s already planning for 2016. You don’t see two FC M-679s butting head often!
Also, don’t forget these FC events coming up this year:
July 24-26 in the MidWest, WaynesVille, Ohio.
July 31st – August 1st – 2nd Tacoma, WA
Glenn forwarded this video that was posted on the CJ-2A page some years ago. It’s a report from Colombia showing how jeeps are still used. Neat video.
Straight from our Jakarta bureau comes this video about a ‘Jiffy jeep’ team that could use a little more practice. However, what they lack in speed, they make up for in enthusiasm. The event was part of the Parjo 2015. If you are up on your Indonesian language skills, then you can read the story in full.
If you’ve never seen a Jiffy Jeep quickly disassembled and reassembled, then you’ll enjoy this link: http://www.ewillys.com/tag/quick-disassemble/
Roberto Flores spotted a CJ-2A in the movie Flight from Ashiya. It´s a 1964 movie about the US Air Force Rescue Service with Yul Brynner, Richard Widmark, George Chakiris, Suzie Parker, Shirley Knight and Danièle Gaubert.
All 142 minutes is on Youtube. I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet. Roberto reports you can see the CJ-2A at 40:44 and again at 42:04.
Saw this video on Willys Jeep Rally’s Facebook page:
Posted by Nando Thais Silvoni on Sunday, February 8, 2015
This 2014 video by Motor Trend includes a visit to a private collector in Marin County, California, who owns a Bantan BRC-40, a Ford GPA Seep, other jeeps, and other military equipment.
Guy spotted this great time-lapse video of a Chevrolet V-8 rebuild.
In anticipation of the 2015 FC Roundup in Phoenix, Craig Brockhaus compiled this great FC Music Video from past Roundup photos taken by Scott Lehman.
I spotted this Amsterdam video with jeeps on this Facebook page. It shows a jeep helping manage traffic following WWII.