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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

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, videos

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.

 
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Our Gang Ice Racers Get Some TV Exposure

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The local Denver CBS Affiliate covered the Our Gang Ice Racers.

 
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Alan Hassell’s 1955 M-38A1

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Panama City, Florida’s, News Herald featured this video and story about Alan Hassell’s M-38A1.

https://www.newsherald.com/news/20190107/retired-colonels-restored-jeep-is-armed-and-ready-photos

 
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New Industry at Willys Overland’s Former Property

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This news report from Toledo shared the news that Willys Overland’s former plant property is now being used by the Dana Corp and others.

https://www.13abc.com/content/news/Willys-Overland-creating-jobs-again-502929891.html

 
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A Kaiser-Jeep Bolide XJ-002 Video

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I stumbled onto the below video of the Bolide XJ-002 after doing some searches based on the post related to the XJ-001. The video is part of a larger All-Par article (see more photos here).

Now I’m wondering if the Parmely body was based originally on this XJ-002 body design. The Parmley looks like it’s a little more practical, convertible version of the XJ-002.

Unlike the XJ-002, which was designed on a Jeepster Commando chassis, the XJ-001 was atop a CJ-5 chassis. The Parmely was also designed to fit a CJ-5 chassis, so its lines couldn’t be as long nor sleek as the XJ-002.

The video isn’t the most compelling piece of work, but it manages to record some unusual history. As of 2010, this vehicle was reportedly undergoing restoration.

 
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David Tracy Compares a CJ-2A vs. a Roxor

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I went over to Seattle on Wednesday and back to Pasco on Thursday morning. Just one post today.

This seems like a good idea … David Tracy compares a CJ-2A to a Roxor. Which won? Check it out:

 
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Post Alaska Or Rust Item: FCA Brazil’s Video of Hugo Vidal

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<– Day 21 – Saturday May 19th: Mr. Infamous (Alaska Or Rust Presentation)

UPDATE: I’m still sick so no updates. We made it back to Pasco, where we will stay a few days before heading back to Seattle to help with Dad. In the meantime, Luciano updated the video of Hugo below by adding English subtitles for the Portuguese. Enjoy!

Original post November 14, 2018: On Sunday this video debuted at the Premiere Auto Show in Brazil at the Auto Show’s Jeep Booth. It features our good friend and co-Alaska participant Hugo Vidal. It’s mostly in Portuguese, but some is in English. You’ll see both my wife and I appearing in several clips. The title refers to Hugo as the First Citizen of Jeep Nation. Kudos to Luciano Falconi for his great videography.

 

Hugo also recently published a book on his trip, written in both English and Portuguese. http://www.ewillys.com/…/26/hugo-vidal-has-published-his-b…/

<– Day 21 – Saturday May 19th: Mr. Infamous (Alaska Or Rust Presentation)

 
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Odd Turkish(?) Video with a Jeep

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ModMike shared this odd video on Facebook that includes a CJ-2A. I finally tracked down a Youtube version. Can anyone explain it?

 
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Video — Jeep: The Unstoppable Soldier

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I didn’t get a whole lot done the last few days, as Dad is needing more assistance. No time to do updates for Thursday, but perhaps this 1 hour video from WheelsTV will fill the void. I’ve only seen the first 15 minutes, but it looks promising thus far.

I did spot at least one item that was incorrect. While discussing the first BRC at Holabird, between 15:59 and 16:20 pictures of a BRC-60 are mistakenly shown.