This photo was posted by Brendan Gibbons to Facebook. It shows his uncle driving a Ford GPA in 1946.
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.
Nice vintage CJ-5 commercial shared on Facebook.
It’s not a long video, but this is a fine looking CJ-5 fire jeep.
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”.
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!
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.
Brian shared this short eight minute video he saw on the TCM channel. If you like fish and CJ-2As, this is for you.
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.
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
Colin shared this video that demonstrates how to use a candle and a lighter to loosen lug nuts. I have never tried it.
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.
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.”
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.
Thanks to Keith for the tip about Old Faithful.
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”:
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.
UPDATE: George still has this jeep for sale.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out the dual spool winch!
Mark & Tom Smith just completed this video about George and his Army jeep Parts shop.
Craig and Steve did a video tour in “Marilyn” (his new FC Van) of the FCs at Dan’s Military FC Show. Pretty impressive.
UPDATE: I had the wrong link to Brian’s FC Corners videos.
The previous videos showed Brian making some FC corners. Now he’s working on a CJ-3B body. Here are a couple videos he’s done on the body. There are some others, too.. This video shows the making of the rear floor:
And this shows shaping the sides of the body:
Yesterday I made my way from the warm dry eastern Washington desert to the ‘wet’ side of the State. I was not surprised when I hit light rain as I approached the western slope of the Cascades.
However, by the time I arrived at the Ethel property where Overbored Racing & R.A.C.E are holding their Labor Day Weekend race, the rain abated, replaced with some sun. Hopefully the weather holds!
I’m here at the invitation of Rob Stafford, who suggested I attend, baiting me with a couple of rides in a race jeep. That’s a hard thing for me to pass up. I haven’t raced since 1986- Memorial Day 1986, not that I’m counting or anything-and I still miss it. Thanks to my mother-in-law, whose motorhome I borrowed, I could attend. Sadly, Ann isn’t with me as she had a prior engagement in Spokane. Continue reading
UPDATE: Go here to see some of Brian’s 3B body videos.
Brian Hainer has begun making some videos showing how he makes body parts out of sheet metal. He’s finished a couple videos already. He’ll soon be completing a series of videos on how to fabricate a complete Willys body.
Currently he has a set of three videos showing how he produced a corner piece for an FC-170.
Here are links to the subsequent videos for the FC corner:
You can see all four of his videos and subscribe to his youtube channel at the link below:
Guy shared this Jeep Timeline video that marks the 75th anniversary of Willys/Jeep vehicles (of course if one counts the Bantam, it’s year 76, but I won’t go there … )
And Don shared this related video:
This new video from Mark & Tom Smith share the Jeep Farm’s work on a 1976 Wagoneer.
Nick’s got an update on his APU:
“Last week the stars aligned for the Valentine APU. For months, Tom and Arno have dug through vintage photographs and literature to see what the correct generator was for the NA-4 APU. We finally had it figured out: a Jack and Heintz G32. What would you know, a single G32 was actually for sale on eBay! It was unreal.
The owner purchased the generator from California where it was completely rebuilt. His original plan was to build an electric car with it, but the project was never started. Having original paint was the cherry on top!
This weekend I pulled the PTO system off my Jeep and unseized the shifter. Everything else worked great. The generator slid into the shaft like a glove, and the bolt pattern was perfect. I still can’t believe it.”
I spotted this video on Facebook, but then it disappeared. It took me a couple hours to track it down again, discovering it was called BASIC TRAINING OF GLIDER BORNE TROOPS 78804. It’s a cool 1/2 hour video on loading equipment (first a trailer, then a jeep) aboard a glider. Some good knot techniques, too.