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Bob Christy’s Ice-Cream PTO

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Check out Bob’s PTO powered ice cream machine. Well done Bob!

 
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Video and Photo of M-38 with 106MM Recoilless Rifle on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, videos

This M-38 with a 106MM Recoilless rifle (dubbed the M40). Below is a short video, followed by a press photo that is available on eBay.

 

Press Photo from eBay:

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“1971 Press Photo US troops test jeep-mounted 196mm M-40 anti-tank rifle in MD. This is an original press photo. Guns – Artillery. Crewmen drive the new jeep-mounted 106mm recoilless rifle into firing position during recent tests at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, in this picture released Tuesday in Washington, D.C., Department of Defense. The battalion anti-tank weapon, designated the M-40, reportedly has greater range and more destructive power than any other weapon available at battalion level.Photo measures 8.5 x 7.75inches. Photo is dated 10-12-1971.”

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1973 Busch Beer Commercial with a CJ-5

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

This 1973 Busch Beer commercial includes multiple shots of a post 1972 CJ-5. I don’t remember this commercial, yet it feels oddly familiar.

Here’s the original source: https://media.dlib.indiana.edu/media_objects/6h440x06f

 
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1961 ‘Jeep’ Audiovisual Unit Demonstration Video

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Chris spotted this wonderful video showing the capabilities of ‘Jeep’ Audiovisual unit. There are lots of great details, including how to use the PTO to power the generator which operates the equipment. So cool! Thanks to Indiana University for preserving this unique film!

If for some reason the video doesn’t work correctly, go here: https://media.dlib.indiana.edu/media_objects/1r66j7359

 
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1954 Photo Mighty Mite & Helicopter on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Mighty Mites, videos

UPDATE: Back on eBay.

(02/29/2020) This photo appears to show one of the prototype Mighty Mites. It’s hood number (179849) is 3 numbers away from another Mighty Mite (179846) that appeared in the press video at the bottom of this post.

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“1954 Sikorsky S-56 Helicopter Backing Jeep into Cargo area … Press Photo”

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Here’s the Mighty Mite press video:

 
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1948 Roy Rogers Film: Night Time in Nevada

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Kevin mentioned the film Night Time in Nevada the other day, noting it showed a CJ-2A pulling a trailer. Well, it does’t just pull the trailer, it races through the desert with the trailer at one point. Oddly enough, the sound effects at that point in the film make it sound like the jeep and trailer are swerving with screeching tires on streets rather than on a sandy trail dual-track trail.

The Jeep-trailer scene begins about the 12:46 point.

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040644/
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Electric Motor Built into a Chev V-8 Block

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Steve shared this unusual modification. This experienced hot rodder built an electric motor into a V8 block to make it look like a traditional engine. To improve the engine’s range, he installed a V8 into the bed of the truck which will power a pair of generators.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/enthusiasts/hot-rodders-hybrid-1936-pickup-hides-an-electric-motor-inside-a-chevy-small-block-v8/ar-BB13wvKB?ocid=spartanntp

The build:

 
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First Generation Wagoneer Restoration by The Jeep Farm LLC

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Mark Smith (JeepTruck.com) and Drew Norman (The Jeep Farm) teamed up again for another video:

 
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Early 1980s Tour of the Toledo Jeep Plant

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Roger spotted this early 1980s video tour of the Toledo Jeep Plant on Facebook. I believe I’ve figured out a way to share it even if you don’t have an FB account. Hopefully, this works for everyone.

Here’s the original link just in case the movie doesn’t work for some folks: https://www.facebook.com/AmericanMotorsMovie/videos/202921640972219/

 
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1978 Jeep Expedition of the Americas

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Mark Smith was the leader of the 1978 Jeep Expedition of the Americas (also known as the Expedicion de Las America), a 20,000-mile, 120 day odyssey that covered the Americas. Much of the trip was on roads, with the offloading of the the Darien Gap, the section of land between Colombia and Panama, the focus of the trip.

The narrator in the movie notes, rather dramatically and erroneously, that the Gap had only been crossed once before by the British Army. In fact, the Darien Gap had been crossed at least once before in 1960 by a group in a Landrover and a Willys truck, the story of which was published in National Geographic and clearly titled “We Drove Panama’s Darien Gap“. Though Frank and Helen Schreider drove the entire length of the Americas in their SEEP, Tortuga, in 1954, one place they didn’t attempt to drive, but instead floated around, was the Darien Gap.

Fortunately for us, the 1978 trip was captured on video, so we can enjoy some of what they saw during their adventure. Vimeo currently has a twenty-seven minute video of the trip. It’s a little dated at times, but still interesting to watch:

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1953 Ramar of the Jungle Program

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Mike shared this episode one of season one introduction to the Ramar of the Jungle TV program. It opens with an MB overheating. At one point one of the guys removes the radiator cap (I kept wincing, waiting for water to explode out of it). At another point, the same guy starts to “work” on the brakes by banging on something (didn’t sound like the brakes) with a wrench.

 
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WWII Jeep Gets an Honorable Discharge

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, videos

UPDATE: Steve spotted a second version of this on Youtube (same video, but different URL address). I first posted the video below in 2015. It’s worth a second look.

This video is called “WWII Jeep Gets an Honorable Discharge” and shows Mayor Fred Heine’s Ford GP. The video shows the jeep working on the farm. Lots of great shots. Wyatt’s father was the first person to work on it when Fred Heine couldn’t get it started. The jeep is now at the U.S.Veterans Memorial Museum in Huntsville Alabama, which was featured last week.

 
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Season 1, Ep 2: Wagoneer Restoration

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This is season 1, episode 2, by Mark and Tom Smith of Jeeptruck.com from his series with Drew Norman at his Jeep Farm in Phoenix.

 
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Season 2, Ep 2: What is the Jeep Farm w/ Drew Norman

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This is season 2, episode 2, by Mark and Tom Smith of Jeeptruck.com from his series with Drew Norman at his Jeep Farm in Phoenix.

What Is The Jeep Farm? Drew Norman’s Garage in Phoenix, Arizona:

 
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Season 2, Ep 1: Working On the Jeep Farm w/ Drew Norman

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This is season 2, episode 1, by Mark and Tom Smith of Jeeptruck.com from his series with Drew Norman at his Jeep Farm in Phoenix. Drew’s done some nice work updating this 1970 Wagoneer.

Season 2 Episode 1 in the series Working on the Jeep Farm with Drew Norman …Custom 1970 Jeep Wagoneer Build by The Jeep Farm | Axles, Stereo, More

 

 
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George Baxter’s Early 2A w/MB Frame Rebuild

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This is an interesting story. George Baxter of ArmyJeepParts.com rebuilt this 1946 CJ-2A with a Willys MB frame, one of handful of production CJ-2As with MB frames. Thanks to Mark Smith and WarJeeps.com for alerting me.

 
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UPDATE: Jeep’s Groundhog Day Commercial with Bill Murray

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UPDATE: There’s an interesting story about the making of this commercial; it almost didn’t happen. It was shot in the same town where Murray shot Groundhog Day, just two weeks before the SuperBowl. Murray calls it his first and last national commercial.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/03/how-jeep-landed-bill-murray-for-its-groundhog-day-super-bowl-ad.html

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Original Post Feb 2, 2020: Maury alerted me to this funny commercial. Hope you all enjoy it.

 
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Jeeps in January 2020

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Scott Gilbert shared these pics and the video from Joe DeYoung’s annual winter jeep gathering. Looks like a good time! A shout out is also in order to Richard Darr from Washougal Classic Jeep, who supplied some discounted rebuild parts.

As part of the event this weekend, Joe rebuilt a 1 1/8 shaft D18 to raffle at the Spring Willys Reunion (May 15-16, 2020). They’ll also be building one live at the show.

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Greatest Show on Earth

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Since the last ad in the post above promoted “The Greatest Show on Earth”, I figured it would be neat to see some video footage of an ad from that show. Here is one:

 
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1953 Mighty Mite Video

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What a great early video showing Mighty Mite testing.

 
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Buster Keaton Lessons In Living Jeep Commercials

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I didn’t realize the Buster Keaton had done multiple commercials for Jeep under the brand “Lessons In Living”. Here are three that I found:

1 At the end of this commercial Jeep highlights the Hong Kong and Maverick TV series:

2. This is the most common version I’ve seen on line: 

3. You can depend on a service station jeep owner:

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1958ish Snow Removal Commercial

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Tis the season for a snow removal commercial. This one must be about 60 years old.

 
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Willys-Overland Universal Jeep 1948 Videos

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Brendan, who used to run This-old-jeep, posted this 3-part video back in 2010. The video was produced by Willys-Overland to help sell the new CJ-2A. I don’t think I’ve ever seen them.

Part I:

Part II:

Part III:

 
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VIDEO: Ford Reconnissance Cars Join The Army

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I’ve posted something similar to this video, but not this specific one (at least that I can find). This early 1941 film reel is narrated and shares the news that Ford’s Reconnissance Cars would be joining the Army. The video is located at the National Archives.

 
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1952 Navy Foam Fire Fighting Jeep Prototype

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, videos • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Thanks to Ted, below I’ve added an article and more images from a March 1953 Popular Science article about the little fire fighting jeep, also known as the “Little Squirt”.

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This video from the National Archives Catalog shows a special-purpose fire fighting jeep the Navy was testing. The video is divided into two parts. The first part shows the jeep fighting a fire. The second part shows the jeep from various angles. I’ve also included some images from the video below. (If the video is slow or doesn’t work, go here to download the video).


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