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C. W. McCall’s CJ-5 W/ Four Wheel Drive Song

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I remember this song fondly. It was on the first and only album (Wolf Creek Pass) my father brought home for me. I think he won it as a door price at some jeep event. Thanks to Maury for sharing the link. You’ll notice that the person who assembled the photos didn’t know the difference between a CJ-5 and CJ-7….

 
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Three-Year-Old Builds Mini-Willys

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Blaine shared this video of a three-year-old assembling this mini-willys. Can anyone identify the language?

 
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1966 Video of the 14th Annual Jeep Jamboree

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This video demonstrates how many different types of vehicles were participating. At several points you’ll see a rare siting of an Austin Champ going offroad. Note also the nearly brand-new looking Tux Park. Great stuff!

 
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Dirt Everyday’s Wagon/YJ Build

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In this episode, the folks at Dirt Every Day took two broken jeeps, a wagon and a YJ, and made one running jeep.

 
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FJ-3 Restoration by Fantomworks Next Week

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Ron and Valerie Patton’s FJ-3 will appear on the Fantomworks reality tv show next Tuesday on Velocity. Read more here: http://www.ncnewsonline.com/news/lawrence-county-native-hits-reality-tv-with-jeep-restoration/article_b9f30e1a-6c02-11e7-a70b-f313d391a204.html

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Core77 Article about Crated Jeeps

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Joe in Mesa forwarded this article posted at Core77, an industrial design website, about crated jeeps. Not a perfect article regarding jeeps, but it does have good photos and a video, one of which I’ve posted below. The Core77 site is an interesting one to explore.

http://www.core77.com/posts/63223/How-WWII-Jeeps-Were-Crated-for-Shipping?utm_medium

 
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1960 Wagon Rebuild Video

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Seth shared this video of a Wagon rebuild/refurb.

 
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Noland and His CJ-2A in the Sawtooth Mountian

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Nolan and his brother Heath used a drone and camera to create this video. It sure is gorgeous country!

Camas County, Sawtooth National Forest from Heath Watte on Vimeo.

 
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Reviving a Dead Willys Video

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Steve shared this video about reviving a rusty, dead looking jeep.

 
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Vintage Rubicon Trail Video

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This vintage Rubicon video was linked to on Facebook.

 
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Short Video Featuring a Ford GPA

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This photo was posted by Brendan Gibbons to Facebook. It shows his uncle driving a Ford GPA in 1946.

 
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1960 Florida Swamp Race Video

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Just a few updates tonight ….. This early video shared by David shows a few modified flatties. The film footage was taken by Frank Parks of Rockville, Maryland, in Florida in the summer of 1960.

 
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CJ-5 Commercial

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Nice vintage CJ-5 commercial shared on Facebook.

 
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CJ-5 Fire Jeep Video

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It’s not a long video, but this is a fine looking CJ-5 fire jeep.

 
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1940s West Point Video w/ Bantams

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UPDATE: Some folks have had trouble viewing this. Try going directly to youtube.

Joe in Mesa spotted a floating Bantam BRC-40 and several BRC-60s in this early 1940s West Point video. Check out 3:10 to 3:44 as the narrator points out the “Blitz Buggies”.

 

 
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Tom Smith’s 2016 FC-Roundup Video

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Tom Smith just published this interview with Jesse Ybarra at the 2016 FC Roundup. The 2017 FC-Roundup is March 25-26th. I’ll be there!

 
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Jack & Doreen’s 1958 Wagon Trip from Australia to England

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Bill shared the video below from Jack and Doreen Shakespeare. Together, the couple recount their 1958 journey in a late 40’s wagon from Australia to England. The trip took them 114 days. Fortunately for us, they filmed much of the trip. It’s a great story.

 
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Striper’s & A CJ-2A

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Brian shared this short eight minute video he saw on the TCM channel. If you like fish and CJ-2As, this is for you.

 
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Gary Holbrook’s & Juan Mean Jose

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Gary Holbrook, a long time member of the Jolly Jeepers of the PNW4WDA, shared this video. Not only does he show off his fascinating build, but he also discusses one of his club’s annual summer Back to Basics Rally in Oregon.

 
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Brian Hainer Fixes a CJ-3B Hood

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Watch Brian Hainer work his magic on a CJ-3B hood with “oil canning”. There are there separate videos.

1. Part I

2. Part II

 

3. Part III

 
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Need to Remove a Rusty Bolt? Try a Candle and a Lighter

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Colin shared this video that demonstrates how to use a candle and a lighter to loosen lug nuts. I have never tried it.

 
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Brian Hainer’s Restoration of Vince’s CJ-3A

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Brian Hainer will be restoring Vince’s CJ-3A. In this video he is beginning the restoration. Tires are removed from their rims and a stubborn steering wheel is removed.

 
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Ramsey Crankshaft Pulley Winch on eBay

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Josh has listed this crankshaft pulley, a part used to power some early Ramsey winches. This video tells more about Ramsey’s crankshaft driven winches:

“You are bidding on a nearly impossible to find positive crank shaft driven winch/pto CLUTCH PULLEY. I believe this example was manufactured by Ramsey and is the key piece for a number of winches used on vintage jeeps.

The assembly appears in good shape and complete but could provably use good cleaning and some refreshing. The pulley unit is the only piece I have.”

View all the information on eBay

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CJ-3A Used for B-52 Crash Memorial Project

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Tom shared this video he assembled. It captures a memorial project he and his son completed recently, a remembrance of nine airmen who were killed in a B-52 crash. Part of their effort required the use of Tom’s CJ-3A.

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Old Faithful, Honorable Purple Heart Winner

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Thanks to Keith for the tip about Old Faithful.

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According to this page, the Associated Press captured this photo of “Old Faithful” on the island of Bougainville in 1944.

Recently, Jeep shot a commercial highlighting a little known fact that a jeep named “Old Faithful” was awarded an honorable Purple Heart for its service in Guadalcanal and Bougainville during WWII (not to be confused with a jeep that was named “Purple Heart“). The jeep was later put on display at the Marine Corps Museum, but, according to an article in Adweek, it disappeared and its whereabouts remain unknown.

The September/October 1944 Army Ordinance reported on Old Faithful:

Old Faithful was a Willys built jeep that served four Marine generals through the Guadalcanal campaign and the Bougainville invasion. Old Faithful was officially awarded the Purple Heart for “wounds”–two shrapnel holes in its windshield received during the Jap battleship shelling of Guadalcanal on October 13, 1942.

Old Faithful, the first American vehicle ever to be so decorated, was retired from active service by official Marine Corps order on December 22, 1943. Faithful to the last, this jeep’s motor, which has never been overhauled, purrs as smoothly today as it did on the historic day of August 7, 1942, when it first rolled onto Guadalcanal’s famous Lunga Beach. During its duty in the Pacific area,

Old Faithful served as official car for many distinguished leaders, including the late Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox, Adms. Chester Nimitz and William F. Halsey, Vice Adms. A.W. Fitch, and J.S. McCain, Marine Corps Commandant Lieut. Gen. Thomas Holcomb, his successor Lieut, Gen A.A. Vandegrift, and many others. In 1944, Old Faithful, after a long journey, arrived in heaven and now reposes in the Marine Corps Museum at the Marine Corps Air Station Quantico, Va.

Also in 1944, the Marine Corps Chevron included this photo and article on “Old Faithful”:

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WAR RELIC’ “Old Faithful,” retired after 18 monthsservice in the South Pacific as a command oar, was displayed in San Diego’s War Bond drive. It is being inspected by Majs. Granville Mitchell (left) and Douglas J. Preacher.

Battle-Worn Jeep Back In U. S. On Bond Tour

Old Faithful,” first Marine jeep to be landed on Guadalcanal and among the first on Bougainville, was exhibited at the Plaza War Bond center in downtown San Diego this week in connection with the Filipino Day program.

The jeep was retired on Bougainville recently after having traveled more than 11,000 miles of jungle terrain as a command car. During its 18 months’ service “Old Faithful” served four Marine generals as well as carrying every ranking Marine officer and visiting official on the two battle-torn islands.

Previously, the jeep had been awarded a “Purple Heart” for holes in its windshield, received when a Jap battleship shelled Guadalcanal. It is on its way toward becoming a museum piece at the Marine Corps Museum, Quantico.