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

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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

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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.

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

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Movie Trailer for “Bumblebee”:

 
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How to Waterproof Your Willys Jeep

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

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Original Post appear July 2014:

 
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Terminal Apex video of Modified MB

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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.

 
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Yipao Video Article

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

 
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Brazilian Rural Wagon Video

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This Brazilian tutorial about the Willys Rural Wagon and Truck was spotted by Carl. Portuguese speakers might find it interesting.

I hadn’t noticed it before, but some of the Rural wagons and Jeepsters have a “Parkette”-looking fiberglass stripe along the sides. Maybe that’s where Paul Parker got the idea?

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Vintage Jeeping on the Barrett Lake Trail

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This video circa 1969 shows a Contra Costa Jeepers trip on the Barrett Lake Trail in California.

 
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Video of Steven Ward & His MB Readying for France

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UPDATE: (if the video below is incorrect, here’s the original story with video)

This news video shares the story of Steven Ward and his MB getting ready for the trip to France. There were a quite a few jeep community folks who were there, including Ron Fitzgerald and Scott Schiller, both of whom did a variety of videos on Facebook like this one.

 
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Carroll Shelby Video

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Ann’s cousin’s name is Shelby, named for Carroll Shelby. Apparently, they are distant cousins. Yesterday, Shelby (the cousin) made a reference to a new movie trailer, Ford Vs. Ferrari, on Facebook. So, I checked out the trailer ….

I was never a big car guy and never knew much about Shelby (neither the cars nor the designer), but after watching the trailer, I thought the movie could be a good one.

At the trailer’s end, youtube automatically flipped to another video. It just happened to be a video of Carroll Shelby in his own words. It it he very succinctly explains his life, including the period captured by the movie when he was asked to build turn a “mom’s car” into a sports car. It’s twenty-two minutes, but worth a view in my opinion.

 
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Willys Jeeps in the Maze

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Graham shared a link to s series of flat fender videos from an unofficial flat fender run in Moab this past April. This is some old school wheeling:

 
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G503 Jeep Parody Of Our Hobby

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Having done my share of battling jeep misinformation, I can appreciate this fun look at the “hobby” published by Scott Schiller. AKA the World Famous G503 Spokesperson.

 
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FOUND: The 1947 Movie “Revolution in Pleasantville”

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UPDATE: Barry Thomas managed to hunt down a copy of the movie in Paris. He is hoping to share it at a couple of jeep events this spring.  Learn more at his farm jeep.com website: https://www.farmjeep.com/revolution-in-farming-and-in-pleasentville/

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Original Post Dec. 14, 2012: An issue of the “American Farm Youth” (1947 Volumes 13-14 Page 34) mentioned this movie.

Revolution in Pleasantville, a motion picture describing the role of the Jeep in farm mechanization, has just been produced and made available for showing to farm groups. The revolution depicted in the film is one taking place all over the . . .

 
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Early Station Wagon Ad

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This youtube video for the jeep station wagon has been around for more than a decade, but it’s the first time I’ve seen it.

 
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The Steel Soldier from WGTE in Toledo, Ohio

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You’ve likely seen this video titled Steel Soldiers. It was something I posted back in 2008. The video was produced at WGTE Public Media. While the video can be viewed via youtube, the higher quality version can be still be seen on WGTE”s website. There are prototype jeeps, jeeps during war, post war jeeps, and even a few scenes at the end of the Yakima Ridge Runners racing around their area.

https://www.pbs.org/video/toledo-stories-jeep-steel-soldier/

Or view the youtube version below:

 
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US Soldiers Installing Wire Cutters

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Video of US Soldiers in England cutting and installing wire cutters.

 
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1944 Video of Troops Loading Jeeps on LST

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Steve shared this video of troops loading jeeps and other vehicles onto an LST.

 
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Video of Restored FC-170 Rescue Van Playing

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Blaine shared this video of a restored FC-170 Rescue Van in Germany doing some four-wheeling. It’s all in German. My only wish is that I’d like to see more of the van’s insides.

 
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One Way to Clone Vintage Knobs

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Maury spotted this idea for cloning vintage knobs.

 
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Video Tour of Jimmy Strauss Jeeps

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Roger Martin shared this tour of Jimmy Strauss’ jeep shop.

 
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Starting the Morning off w/ a Bang

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Tom shared this video short of 105mm Recoilless Rifle mounted to an M-38.

 
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Another Jeep Commercial

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Just in time for the big game comes this new Jeep Commercial. Thanks to several folks for sharing this.

 
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New Gladiator Jeep Ad Controversy

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Several folks have emailed about the controversy over the new Gladiator Jeep ad. The new ad shows an old Jeep Gladiator being crushed from which the new Gladiator emerges. Some folks resent the fact that the old Gladiator was crushed, as it appears to be in restorable shape. Given there were over 100,000 of them produced, I don’t think crushing one will cause the world to end. There are also plenty of cheap ones available. I found these two on my very first search:

2 for $3000: https://olympic.craigslist.org/cto/d/bremerton-rare-jeep-gladiator/6799254554.html
1 for $1100: https://seattle.craigslist.org/tac/cto/d/gig-harbor-1971-jeep-j2000-gladiator/6804750817.html

The actual crushing aside, my problem with the commercial is this: If the point of creating a new Gladiator was to benefit from the nostalgia of the original Gladiator, crushing the life out of an old Gladiator doesn’t do that. Nostalgia should be about reliving happy memories not, literally, crushing old memories.

For fun, here’s an old Jeep Gladiator commercial (the first 30 seconds is an introduction, but the remainder of the video is a commercial or 2 separate commercials):

On a side note, there’s already a Jeep Gladiator Forum ready for the new Gladiator.

 

 
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Stony Ridge Farms CJ-3A-Rescue

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This summer of 2018 video shows Josh, the Stoney Ridge Farmer out of North Carolina, pulling a family jeep out of a barn. The jeep hadn’t been driven in thirty years. There are more videos related to the jeep here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQVGf64a6nqKhgR9eKCUY4A/search?query=jeep

 
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‘Metal Shaper’ Has Items For Sale

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Brian’s got some items for sale in the video below. You willy likely recognize him as Metal Shaper on Youtube. He’s been doing regular videos over the past two years and, as usual, his work is great. You can view his entire video list here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTHDVml1xugLuj0oi384tEQ/videos

 
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Video of Ford GPs Leaving the Factory in March of 1941

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UPDATE: The bottom clip seems to have been a small part of this nearly eight-minute clip of the Ford GPs being rolled off the line for the QMC. Some of this video we’ve seen and some we haven’t. This was the first batch of 400 Ford GPs, delivered March 19, 1941 (which was part of the first contract of 1500 Ford GPs).

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Originally posted September 7, 2018: 

The video only lasts 23 seconds, but it’s the only one I’ve seen of Ford GPs leaving the factory:

 
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GI Joe Commercial

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This vintage GI Joe commercial includes a real jeep and jeep driver who attests to GI Joe’s accuracy.