videos Research Archives

videos

To Top

Early 1980s Tour of the Toledo Jeep Plant

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Roger spotted this early 1980s video tour of the Toledo Jeep Plant on Facebook. I believe I’ve figured out a way to share it even if you don’t have an FB account. Hopefully, this works for everyone.

Here’s the original link just in case the movie doesn’t work for some folks: https://www.facebook.com/AmericanMotorsMovie/videos/202921640972219/

 
To Top

1978 Jeep Expedition of the Americas

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos • TAGS: .

Mark Smith was the leader of the 1978 Jeep Expedition of the Americas (also known as the Expedicion de Las America), a 20,000-mile, 120 day odyssey that covered the Americas. Much of the trip was on roads, with the offloading of the the Darien Gap, the section of land between Colombia and Panama, the focus of the trip.

The narrator in the movie notes, rather dramatically and erroneously, that the Gap had only been crossed once before by the British Army. In fact, the Darien Gap had been crossed at least once before in 1960 by a group in a Landrover and a Willys truck, the story of which was published in National Geographic and clearly titled “We Drove Panama’s Darien Gap“. Though Frank and Helen Schreider drove the entire length of the Americas in their SEEP, Tortuga, in 1954, one place they didn’t attempt to drive, but instead floated around, was the Darien Gap.

Fortunately for us, the 1978 trip was captured on video, so we can enjoy some of what they saw during their adventure. Vimeo currently has a twenty-seven minute video of the trip. It’s a little dated at times, but still interesting to watch:

expedition-darien-gap

 

 
To Top

1953 Ramar of the Jungle Program

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Mike shared this episode one of season one introduction to the Ramar of the Jungle TV program. It opens with an MB overheating. At one point one of the guys removes the radiator cap (I kept wincing, waiting for water to explode out of it). At another point, the same guy starts to “work” on the brakes by banging on something (didn’t sound like the brakes) with a wrench.

 
To Top

WWII Jeep Gets an Honorable Discharge

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

UPDATE: Steve spotted a second version of this on Youtube (same video, but different URL address). I first posted the video below in 2015. It’s worth a second look.

This video is called “WWII Jeep Gets an Honorable Discharge” and shows 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.

 
To Top

1954 Photo Mighty Mite & Helicopter on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Mighty Mites, videos

This photo appears to show one of the prototype Mighty Mites. It’s hood number (179849) is 3 numbers away from another Mighty Mite (179846) that appeared in the press video at the bottom of this post.

View all the information on eBay

“1954 Sikorsky S-56 Helicopter Backing Jeep into Cargo area … Press Photo”

1954-01-mighty-mite-helicopter1 1954-01-mighty-mite-helicopter2

Here’s the Mighty Mite press video:

 
To Top

Season 1, Ep 2: Wagoneer Restoration

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos • TAGS: .

This is season 1, episode 2, by Mark and Tom Smith of Jeeptruck.com from his series with Drew Norman at his Jeep Farm in Phoenix.

 
To Top

Season 2, Ep 2: What is the Jeep Farm w/ Drew Norman

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos • TAGS: .

This is season 2, episode 2, by Mark and Tom Smith of Jeeptruck.com from his series with Drew Norman at his Jeep Farm in Phoenix.

What Is The Jeep Farm? Drew Norman’s Garage in Phoenix, Arizona:

 
To Top

Season 2, Ep 1: Working On the Jeep Farm w/ Drew Norman

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos • TAGS: .

This is season 2, episode 1, by Mark and Tom Smith of Jeeptruck.com from his series with Drew Norman at his Jeep Farm in Phoenix. Drew’s done some nice work updating this 1970 Wagoneer.

Season 2 Episode 1 in the series Working on the Jeep Farm with Drew Norman …Custom 1970 Jeep Wagoneer Build by The Jeep Farm | Axles, Stereo, More

 

 
To Top

George Baxter’s Early 2A w/MB Frame Rebuild

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

This is an interesting story. George Baxter of ArmyJeepParts.com rebuilt this 1946 CJ-2A with a Willys MB frame, one of handful of production CJ-2As with MB frames. Thanks to Mark Smith and WarJeeps.com for alerting me.

 
To Top

UPDATE: Jeep’s Groundhog Day Commercial with Bill Murray

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

UPDATE: There’s an interesting story about the making of this commercial; it almost didn’t happen. It was shot in the same town where Murray shot Groundhog Day, just two weeks before the SuperBowl. Murray calls it his first and last national commercial.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/03/how-jeep-landed-bill-murray-for-its-groundhog-day-super-bowl-ad.html

==========================

Original Post Feb 2, 2020: Maury alerted me to this funny commercial. Hope you all enjoy it.

 
To Top

Jeeps in January 2020

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Scott Gilbert shared these pics and the video from Joe DeYoung’s annual winter jeep gathering. Looks like a good time! A shout out is also in order to Richard Darr from Washougal Classic Jeep, who supplied some discounted rebuild parts.

As part of the event this weekend, Joe rebuilt a 1 1/8 shaft D18 to raffle at the Spring Willys Reunion (May 15-16, 2020). They’ll also be building one live at the show.

2020-jeeps-in-january3b 2020-jeeps-in-january1b 2020-jeeps-in-january2b

 

 
To Top

Greatest Show on Earth

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Since the last ad in the post above promoted “The Greatest Show on Earth”, I figured it would be neat to see some video footage of an ad from that show. Here is one:

 
To Top

1953 Mighty Mite Video

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

What a great early video showing Mighty Mite testing.

 
To Top

Buster Keaton Lessons In Living Jeep Commercials

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

I didn’t realize the Buster Keaton had done multiple commercials for Jeep under the brand “Lessons In Living”. Here are three that I found:

1 At the end of this commercial Jeep highlights the Hong Kong and Maverick TV series:

2. This is the most common version I’ve seen on line: 

3. You can depend on a service station jeep owner:

Continue reading

 
To Top

1958ish Snow Removal Commercial

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Tis the season for a snow removal commercial. This one must be about 60 years old.

 
To Top

Willys-Overland Universal Jeep 1948 Videos

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Brendan, who used to run This-old-jeep, posted this 3-part video back in 2010. The video was produced by Willys-Overland to help sell the new CJ-2A. I don’t think I’ve ever seen them.

Part I:

Part II:

Part III:

 
To Top

VIDEO: Ford Reconnissance Cars Join The Army

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

I’ve posted something similar to this video, but not this specific one (at least that I can find). This early 1941 film reel is narrated and shares the news that Ford’s Reconnissance Cars would be joining the Army. The video is located at the National Archives.

 
To Top

1952 Navy Foam Fire Fighting Jeep Prototype

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, videos • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Thanks to Ted, below I’ve added an article and more images from a March 1953 Popular Science article about the little fire fighting jeep, also known as the “Little Squirt”.

1953-03-pop-sci-fire-fighting-jeep1 1953-03-pop-sci-fire-fighting-jeep2 1953-03-pop-sci-fire-fighting-jeep3 1953-03-pop-sci-fire-fighting-jeep4 1953-03-pop-sci-fire-fighting-jeep5 1953-03-pop-sci-fire-fighting-jeep6
This video from the National Archives Catalog shows a special-purpose fire fighting jeep the Navy was testing. The video is divided into two parts. The first part shows the jeep fighting a fire. The second part shows the jeep from various angles. I’ve also included some images from the video below. (If the video is slow or doesn’t work, go here to download the video).


1952-us-navy-fire-fighting-video7

Continue reading

 
To Top

More on The New Mexico Jeep Derby’s

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

The February 1963 issue of Popular Mechanics included an article about the New Mexico Jeep Derby held annually in Truth or Consquences, New Mexico. It’s a great article about the early days of jeep racing. I’ve also included a video of one Derby race, but the quality is poor. Still, in some clips, you can see just how much the co-pilot shifts his body around the jeep.

 

View Popular Mechanics February 1963 at Google Books

1963-02-jeep-derby-crisis-on-wheels5 1963-02-jeep-derby-crisis-on-wheels6 1963-02-jeep-derby-crisis-on-wheels7 1963-02-jeep-derby-crisis-on-wheels8 1963-02-jeep-derby-crisis-on-wheels9

 

 

 
To Top

1960s Commercial for American Oil

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Robin shared this great vintage ad that includes a jeep.

 
To Top

Mighty Mite Demonstration Video

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

This video shows an early Might Mite being tested.

https://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675077115_M422-Mighty-Mite_driving-jeep_soldier-aboard_driving-without-one-wheel

mighty-mite-video-test

 
To Top

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

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

UPDATE: Tim discovered that this is back up for sale. The auction is set for August 31, 2019. Starting price is $20,000.

https://www.auctionzip.com/auction-lot/Bumblebee-2018-Screen-Used-Hero-Willys-Jeep-W-L_A3540B7B53

======================

Previous post from August 2018 with updates:

On August 25th, the jeep (GPW frame with MB body?) used in the upcoming Transformers was up for auction. It’s unclear whether it sold or not (I suspect not). The starting bid at that time was $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.

mb-bumble-transformers-auction3

mb-bumble-transformers-auction2

mb-bumble-transformers-auction1

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

mb-bumble-transformers-auction0

Movie Trailer for “Bumblebee”:

 
To Top

How to Waterproof Your Willys Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

UPDATE: This video is now included on this website: https://www.motorious.com/articles/news/365606/how-military-waterproofed-willys-jeeps

============================

Original Post appear July 2014:

 
To Top

Terminal Apex video of Modified MB

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

I can’t remember who shared this video (my apologies), but it’s nicely produced one. I’m might get a little geeky and quibble with some of the history as presented, but overall it’s a video about a guy who loves his jeep.

 
To Top

Yipao Video Article

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Russel shared this video article subtitled in English about the Colombian Yipaos.