Four-Wheeler-Magazine Research Archives

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Fred Weis and the Bobcat History

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine • TAGS: , , , .

Yesterday morning, SteveK asked to know more about the Bobcat products. Were they race products or something else? The terminology is so second hand, that I thought everyone knew it by now. I decided to send him a link to an article I thought I had published about Fred Weis and the Bobcat body from the February 1970 issue of Four Wheeler Magazine. It turns out I never published that article!

So, I’d like to publish (perhaps I am republishing it) to better explain the Bobcat body and products. At the post’s bottom I’ve included a number of additional examples and information about the Bobcat. Then, on the next post, I discuss the Bobcat & Parkette fiberglass body histories.


Note the Cascade 4×4 club sticker on the hood.



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Ad for an Autodyne Hardtop

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: A search revealed a second ad, this time in the December 1968 issue of Desert Magazine (pg 34). That same issue also included ad for VW fenders by the same company (pg 42). 

This fiberglass hardtop for CJ-5s was advertised in the November 1968 issue of Four Wheeler. I’ve never run crossed one.


1968 Desert Magazine Ad of the VW fenders:


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Parmley Fiberglass Body Kit Ad from 1974

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features • TAGS: , , .

This Parmley Engineering ad appeared on the back of January 1974 issue of Four Wheeler Magazine.


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National Four Wheel Drive Association Photo From Ad

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old Images Jeeping • TAGS: .

This National Four Wheel Drive Association Photo appeared in the February 1964 issue of Four Wheeler Magazine near the back cover.



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King Top Ad from the February 1964 Four Wheeler Magazine

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Magazine • TAGS: , .

I found this old Ad for an unusual top I’ve never seen listed for sale. It’s called a King Top. I discovered it in a February 1964 issue of Four Wheeler Magazine.


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Ad for Hickey 4×4 in Four Wheeler Magazine

I ran across this unusual ad for the complete setup for an unusual 4×4 in the February 1964 issue of Four Wheeler Magazine. The prototypes and parts were being sold by Vic Hickey (or he was acting as an agent). Anyone have more information on this? It appears to be a four wheel drive dune buggy.


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March 1964 Issue of Four Wheeler Magazine on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine • TAGS: .

I like the cover photo.

“Some of the articles in this issue
supercharger kit for jeep and scout
land rover conversion chevy V8 swap
jeep wagoneer can holder easy way to solve a tricky problem
lady on the trail wives take to four wheeling too,with a little humoring
mighty 1944 military jeep the fanciest military in years
new convertible top for jeep gladiator
pancho villa land four wheel drive trip over old mexican trails
ghost towning in southern CA in the pinto mountains”

View all the information on ebay


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Mini Terror Tire Ad

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Tires and Rims • TAGS: .

I always thought these were mini-terra tires, but they were advertised as “mini-terror” off road tires.  I found this ad in the February, 1974, issue of Four Wheeler.


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Desert Dog Ad

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Magazine • TAGS: .

I spotted this ad in the February 1974 issue of Four Wheeler Magazine.  Since we have cell phones, there are no need for Desert Dogs?


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Parmley Engineering’s Jeep Replacement Body

As many of you know, I am very curious about the fiberglass aftermarket bodies made for the jeep.  While I’ve seen most models for sale over the years, I have yet to run across Parmley Engineering’s fiberglass body, one of the more unique ones ever created.

After wrecking his CJ-5 in the early 1970s, Californian Tom Parmley, a machinist by trade, decided to build himself a better body for his still-good chassis.  He wanted the body to legally accommodate  wider tires, a dash box with more room, a hood that was lower, and other features.  So, he built and tested his dream body with great success.  Along the way, he received so much positive feedback that he created a kit so others could easily install a Parmley body on their CJ-5 Chassis.

So far, I have only located two resources that document this body.  One is the February 1974 issue of Four Wheeler Magazine, which featured a multi-page article about the new body.  Additionally, at least two issues of Four Wheeler Magazine also have ads for the Parmley body kit.  The other resource is a June 1975 Popular Mechanics article.  The Pop-Mech article also shows off the fiberglass top he invented (at least I assume it is fiberglass).

Here are a couple publicity photos taken by Tom Parley and published in the Feb 1974 issue of Four Wheeler:

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This image shows the Parmley with a top and is from Popular Mechanics.  Note the top example sports Desert Dogs …


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Bountiful Jeep Posse and Racing

• CATEGORIES: Features, Racing • TAGS: , .

Having lived in Salt Lake City for ten years, I know the area pretty well. So, I’m surprised by just how active the four wheel drive clubs were in the valley.  For example, I just read a short article about the Utah County Jeepettes, a group of women (I think wives of jeepers) that organized events.  In addition, there were Jeep Posses in Utah County, Salt Lake City, and Sevier County, Utah.

As you can see in this picture, taken at the 1970 Pioneer Jeep Rally in Bountiful, held by the Bountiful Jeep Posse, this wasn’t just about Search and Rescue. Racing had become popular, too, just as it had taken hold in many other places. The first Pioneer Jeep Rally was held in 1965. By 1970, the event attracted racers from several intermountain states.  Two main events were held at the Pioneer Jeep Rallys, a hill climb and an obstacle course.

The article and picture below were published by Four Wheeler Magazine in July, 1971. To me this picture could easily have been taken above the city of Bountiful or Centerville.  It looks like the staging and parking was done along the valley’s bench.

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Topless Top in Four Wheeler Magazine on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine • TAGS: , .

This “Topless Top” article appeared in the March 1966 issue of Four Wheeler Magazine.  Given the top was made of plexiglass, I suspect it is unlikely there are many remaining (if any).  I have bid on the issue, so I hope to have better images and more information if/when I win it.

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