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1943 Article on Jeep Jumping

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I was surprised to see that this June 24, 1943, article from the Colfax County Call out of Schulter, Nebraska, preceded Dick Ryan’s traveling jeep rodeo where jeeping jumping was also performed. This article appeared in multiple Nebraska newspapers in June of 1943.

Shown in this photo is Robert H. Storz, who is in the jeep, while watching is Lt. Col. Scruby. I can’t tell if Storz is a passenger or the photo is reversed. It looks to me that Storz may be a passenger, based solely on the placement of the tie-rods. But then, who is the driver?

Clipping from Colfax County Call - Newspapers.com

Who was the driver if not Storz? I’m not quite sure, other than according to the article the driver was a former member of Jimmy Lynch’s Death Dodge drivers. Jimmy Lynch’s Death Dodge drivers performed car stunts at fairs and other events prior to WWII.

According to Youtube, “Lynch’s shows for Dodge served to advertise the many advanced design features that made the 1939 Plymouth his choice to survive the severe abuse inflicted on the cars in those performances, including the famous “Roll of Death” in which the car did a full roll over the roof. Lynch would remain loyal to the Chrysler Corporation throughout his career as a daredevil as can be seen in this very entertaining film.”

You can see Jimmy himself in this short video (to see the car stunts go straight to the 7:15 mark).

There are more video examples of Jimmy and hit Dodge exploits on youtube.

 
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eWillys Sticker Spotted in the Wild

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Eagle-eyed reader Chuck spotted an eWillys sticker on the cowl of an M-38. The still image below was captured from the video at bottom of the August 23, 2020, Jeep Invasion.

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See the full video here:M38-w-ewillys-sticker-jeep-invasion-2020-lores

 
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Holy Joe Movie

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos, Willys Wagons

Mike pointed out that the 1999 movie Holy Joe, starring John Ritter and Meredith Baxter, included a Willys wagon. I believe the moral of the story is that if you do good in the world that someone will restore your wagon for you? At least, that’s what I got out of it!

Based on various angles, I believe this was a 1961ish 2WD Maverick, but I am open to other thoughts.You’ll note the ‘restoration’ of the wagon does not reflect an original paint scheme. The wagon makes several appearances. Here are the three longest ones.

The 11:09 minute mark before ‘restoration’: 

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The 51.25 minute mark before ‘restoration’:
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The 1:31:37 minute mark (near end of movie) after ‘restoration’:

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1966 Kaiser Jeep Wagoneer Commercial

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This 1966 Wagoneer commercial from Kaiser-Jeep. According to the commercial’s poster:

“1966 Kaiser Jeep Wagoneer Commercial. The young boy in the commercial is Radio Personality from New Jersey, Dan Klein as a child. He recalls the woman playing the part of the Mother as a Mrs. Emily Mooney. The Husband is Thom Whims and the little girl is Tricia Murphy Duffy. I don’t really understand the commercial, a driver-less jeep wandering on the beach??? … And I LOVE the kid dressed up like a camouflage solider, this was when it was not politically incorrect to dress that way! I don’t think any car company would show that in a commercial now a days. The famous Industrial designer, Brooks Stevens is credited with it’s design. He did much work for Kaiser Industries and also Studebaker. This was one of his timeless designs that still looks good today. The commercial itself was filmed in 1965. The location is the shores of Avalon New Jersey, USA. Apparently according to the young girl in the film, the shots took hours and it was an extremely hot day.”

 
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Grandpa Crosses the Golden Crack

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This video from 2019 proved popular enough that several folks have sent it to me. Stock jeeps can do some impressive things, especially when driven by someone who knows what their jeep can and can’t do.

 
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CJ-5 Farms Jeeps at Farm Jeep

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In his pursuit of CJ-5 Farm Jeep information, Barry shared the story of two CJ-5s jeeps used with a hay bailer out of California. The post includes many stills and a some youtube video from the jeeps in action.

https://www.farmjeep.com/robert-millers-hayfield-hero-jeeps/

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https://www.farmjeep.com/robert-millers-hayfield-hero-jeeps/

 
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1940s(?) Test of an Amphibious Jeep and Truck

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This video shows the testing of a jeep and truck.

 
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Revolution in Pleasantville Video

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(No updates for Sunday … Have a great 4th!)
Check out Barry Thomas’ long awaited video from 1948 called Revolution in Pleasantville, presented by the Newgren Company and the Monroe Auto Equipment Company. There’s some great vintage footage! Thanks to Barry and to Clint Dixon for doing the research to locate this and provide context for the “Revolution” campaign!

At around the 5:52 point in the video watch as two jeeps roll out of the factory. Then, the camera angle switches and three dark colored jeeps roll past the camera, as if they were rolling right out of the Willys-Overland factory also. However, the first two are ‘lefties’, while the third has a standard setup.

https://www.farmjeep.com/revolution-in-farming/

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In this still shot from the video you can see a CJ-2A with a Worman hardtop in the window of the dealership.

 

 
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Netherlands MB Farm Jeep video

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Harmen-Jan of the Netherlands shared this video of farm life footage filmed in the Netherlands between 1920 and 1960. At the 15-minute-mark there is footage of a WWII jeep piling what I believe is hay(?) and at the 19-minute-mark there is a brief look at the same jeep pulling an overloaded wagon. In between (and before and after both marks), plenty of back-breaking-work is documented.

 
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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

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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

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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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Testing The Mighty Mite

• CATEGORIES: Features, Mighty Mites, videos

UPDATE: These various photos show the early testing of Mighty Mites.

(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.

“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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Originally Posted May of 2018: The hood and windshield on this jeep are different from the standard Mighty Mite. This may have been an early prototype. See the photo at the bottom for another view of a vehicle that may be one until earlier than the vehicle in the press photo. (the one in the press photo is #179849).

“1954 Press Photo Jeep being loaded into Sikorsky XHR25 helicopter, Connecticut. This is an original press photo. Three loaded jeeps or 26 men can be carried by a new giant helicopter demonstrated at Bridgeport, Connecticut, Monday. The Sikorsky XHR25 is being built in quantity for the armed forces. It has twin engines, retractable landing gear and rotors that fold, making it easy to handle aboard aircraft carriers. It will fly faster than 150 miles an hour. (Aero-Helicopter) Photo measures 10 x 7 inches. Photo is dated 01-19-1954.”

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This is #197848 (from G503): http://forums.g503.com/viewtopic.php?t=195524

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Originally Posted September 2018: Cool, but odd photo, given the roadway behind it. Lots of competing visual angles.

“This is an original press photo. Light enough to be airlifted by helicopter but tough enough to pull through knee deep mud, the mighty mite is to be produced by American Motors Corp. for the military forces. The mighty mite weighs 1,300 pounds less than the jeep and is 43 inches shorter. It is capable of climbing an 87% grade and can do 57 miles an hour on the highway. Its powerful aluminum die cast, air cooled engine enables the vehicle to carry a payload of 500 pounds while towing another 1,000 pounds over rough terrain. United States – Army – Equipment – Vehicles Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 12-05-1954”

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1948 Roy Rogers Film: Night Time in Nevada

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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/
The IMCDB does not have a page or pics related to this movie title

 
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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

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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

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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

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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.