UPDATE: Thanks to John for finding the full version of this movie short from 1949 called “Fuelin Around“, the 116th movie short they made. The CJ-2A appears in both part 1 and part 2.
Here’s the Spanish version that Steve found:
As Craig put it when he forwarded me the link, this is FC Gold. Below is a video of an original Swedish Scania Vabis FC-150AM. Learn more about the existing FC-150 AM at http://www.thefcconnection.com/fc’s_from_norway.htm. Also, look for glimpses of the FC Minibus as well.
As you watch the video, you’ll be able to view the point at which this photo was taken, though the scene of the photo being taken is cut. The photo comes from the book the “Jeepen i Sverige”: http://www.film.queensu.ca/cj3b/Finds/FindsSweden.html (looks like a very interesting book!)
According to Even Erlien, both the FC-150Am and the Volvo c202 were built with specification given by the Swedish Army. The Jeep-Scania got round fenders and the Volvo got square. Here’s a comparison of the two:
Swedish Scania Vibas FC-150AM
Volvo C202 4×4
Maybe not FC Gold, this video is still pretty neat as well (thanks again to Craig).
Robin found a great short clip of the Willys Wagon that appears in the movie “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World“. I remember watching this movie as a kid, because it was one of my favorites. It’s a bunch of silliness.
I just ran across this video of Cam Carter racing the family race jeep Priority. His parents, Tim and Lynette, are friends of mine and were great drivers (probably still are). The video shows Cam is channeling their skills. Tim is in the passenger seat providing occasional advice. It looks like they are running a cross country course at the Monroe Adventure Park.
Priority is a fiberglass Parkette body with a custom link arm suspension. I rode in the jeep on an early version of the suspension a few years ago, but Tim made some changes to it that improved it quite a bit I’m told. It’s powered by an aluminum V8 with about a trillion horse power that feed in a Ford Toploader four speed that used to be in dad’s CJ-5.
Dad had a side shifter installed when he owned the tranny. First and reverse gear were so close. I was learning to drive it on the road when, after stopping at a stoplight during a training drive, I mistakenly put the tranny into reverse rather than first. I nearly backed into the person behind me when I let out the clutch. Dad was in the passenger seat and was pretty rattled by my near mistake (as was I). Fortunately, I had a good grasp of how to use the brake, which averted an embarrassing wreck
Mom sent this video. What other use is their for old Barbie Jeeps?
I happened upon this useful video that shows a restored Ford GP from MilitaryVehicleWeb.com.
Uploaded in 2010, the disassemble/assemble of this ‘Jiffy Jeep’ look place in Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada. Unlike this competition video and this parade demonstration, the video below shows the action from the front, giving a different view onto this unique performance.
Leo found this video that compares a jeep to a Gator.
Pete from the Old Willys Forum forwarded these two videos he’s just posted from last summer’s 2013 Moab Willys Rally. The first video shows what it looks like when driving through Arches National Park. The second has some jeeping footage.
Hugo in Uruguay spotted this video. Like peanut butter and jelly, ying and yang, Fred and Ginger, Sausages and toy jeeps are a natural fit, right? Well, if you didn’t believe it before, check out this ad that celebrates 100 years of Ottonello sausages. The toy jeep appears at the 15 second mark. After viewing the video, Hugo suddenly remembered that he’d owned a red toy jeep when he was a kid.
Charles forwarded these photos of a recent celebration in Antwerp.
Brendan (from this-old-jeep.com) posted a link to this video, which was shown on Jalopnik. The video originated at 11foot8.com, a website devoted exclusively to capture trucks hitting a low bridge. Once you start watching, you can’t stop . . .
Blaine forwarded this video. I’d seen it previously and thought I’d shared it, but didn’t find in my posts.So, enjoy. It would be fun to find a jeep buried in the sand, dirt or bushes; we can always dream, right?
Leo spotted this video. The comparison is a silly one, since the Wrangle can’t perform any PTO tasks. Instead, it looks more like a Wrangler promo and less like a real story. That said it’s still fun to watch the 3A.
Gary forwarded this odd short video of a rough CJ-2A that just keeps going . . . at least until it gets stuck.
Buz spotted this great video from Car SOS.
Brian spotted this video today at a Ford website. Seated across the living room from me, he mentioned he’d found a cool video. He was right! http://vintagefordfacts.blogspot.com/2011/02/1941-ford-army-jeep-film.html
Deborah forwarded this video from Tom Townsend and the Military Network Motor Pool. The first segment deals with jeeps. To their credit they spend some time discussing jeep history and describing how to tell the differences between jeeps (ford vs mb and military vs civilian). But, I felt they could have covered the history more accurately.
For example, when discussing the Bantam prototype they showed pictures of the BRC-40 (3rd generation Bantam). They never showed any pictures of the Willys prototypes. They also suggested Willys got the contract for the jeep before Ford appeared. The reality is Ford not only submitted prototypes, but won the principal military contract, before it was taken away and given to Willys. Another mistake was that CJ-2As were produced starting in 1945 rather than 1946.
You can check out the entire episode here: http://www.hulu.com/watch/216750
Guy found these videos with jeeps and nuclear blasts. Here’s a wagon before and (seconds later) after a blast (see 1:00 minute mark of video)
Here are a couple more vids he found.
http://youtu.be/r9UwBOhyJSI See time mark 10:35
http://youtu.be/5dG76lkGC8w See time mark 2:30
Nate’s got this IHC Titan running. Check out how he starts it.
This school project about the closing of the Walter P. Chrysler Museum was forwarded by Brian. There’s a really good shot of the WWII jeep exhibit.
Posted at bangshift (though I couldn’t find this original link), referenced by Jalopnik, linked to by Kaiser Willys, and forwarded by Colin, here is a great video of a coast guard “super jeep” in action.
1) From the May 06, 1944, Perth Mirror in Australia:
TRAVELS 60 MPH OVER SANDY BEACHES
At a Coastguard Station on the Atlantic Coast, U.S. Coast Guards men recently demonstrated a new super-jeep, carrying 10 men and traveling up to 60 miles an hour over sand. Officials said the super-jeep was developed to meet special problems of Coast Guard shore patrols. Chassis of a regulation jeep was halved and steel shafts inserted to add one yard to its wheelbace. Seats for 10 were installed and specially designed wheels employed to permit travel over any kind of beach.
2) Volume 70 of the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings discusses the results of the Coast Guard Jeep. Unfortunately I don’t have access to the whole document. I do have this:
As a basis for comparison, the regular Army jeep tried to follow the super-jeep over the same course, but foundered in the deep sand. The super-jeep was developed in the Coast Guard transportation office to meet the special demand that branch of services has for a vehicle capable of moving through sand . . .
http://g503.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=108&t=177213 (three good photos of an original coast guard jeep)
(Above: Kent Frost on the front of his CJ-5 probably helping the driver negotiate an awkward angle)
(Originally Published April 2011) Without a doubt, my favorite part about running this website are the unexpected, interesting people to whom I’m introduced (if only virtually). One of those people is Kent Frost, a product of the Four Corners area and whom we caught glimpses of in Alan’s color photos of the 1961 Four Corners trip.
Doug commented on one of the Four Corner posts that he had read a book by Kent Frost called “My Canyonlands”, published in 1971. I’m very happy that Doug mentioned the book, because I ordered it and have enjoyed it immensely. Kent describes all kinds of adventures and early trips into remote areas of the four corners region. He loved to explore and hike, later jeep and river run, and that remote area has given him a lifetime of experiences.
Perhaps most amazing is that Kent is still alive and was featured in a documentary in 2009. At the time of the documentary he was 92, still driving, still hiking, and still exploring. In fact, I think just by looking at what he uses for a camper you’ll immediately understand that he’s quite the character.
Here is a short excerpt from the movie “My Canyonlands – The Adventurous Life of Kent Frost”, created by Chris Simon. The DVD can be purchased through cnha.org, which is the only place I have found it so far.
Here are a few snapshots of his ‘camper’ that were taken from the youtube video.
And here is an example of the type of advertising Kent did for his 4wd tour business. This is an ad placed in the 1976 issue of Desert Magazine.
Joe found and forwarded this video showing a the restoration of a 1945 GPW. I am not certain whose jeep this is. This isn’t Joe’s video nor his jeep. If you want to contact the original creator of the film (or owner of the jeep), you may be able to do that through youtube.