Speaking of the Jamboree, Dirtxdirt.com has a good article about Jeep Jamboree founder Mark Smith and his collection of jeeps. http://dirtxdirt.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-mark-smith-collection-founder-of.html
This video link is included as well. Note that during the video Mark is mentioning his Bantam jeep, but the video shows a Ford GP.
James from Red River Offroad, you especially might enjoy this video. The FC-150 sure had a rough time. It took a village to get it out of that mud!
Well produced video from National Geographic with some great shots. The motor powering the ice jeep sure sounds great, too.
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.