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Rube Goldberg Illustrated Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features • TAGS: .

I found this illustration of a Rube Goldberg (yes, of the Rube Goldberg machines) drawn jeep from the September 1946 issue of Mechanix Magazine. I’m not quite sure what the UNO on the grille means.

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1946 Plans for Electric Jeep in Mechanix

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

I bought a September 1946 Issue of Mechanix Magazine so I could share the full plans of this project.

Search ebay for original issues of the September 1946 issue of Mechanix Illustrated

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McCahill’s Review of the Jeep Wagoneer

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine • TAGS: .

In a comment from the post about the FC-150 review by Tom McCahill, Mike remembered seeing McCahill’s review about the Jeep Wagoneer. It didn’t take me long to find a cheap copy of the May 1966 issue (pg 87) that featured the surprisingly enthusiastic review of the Jeep.

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1957 Mechanix Illustrated Article about the New FC-150

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Features, Magazine • TAGS: .

In honor of this weekend’s FC Northwest Gettogether in Tacoma, Washington, I thought this article was appropriate. McCahill isn’t shy about some of his ‘beefs’ with the new FC.

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1952 Photo of TV Repair Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine • TAGS: .

Steve forwarded this gem. This photo and article were published in the February 1952 issue of Mechanix magazine (pg 76). The article highlights two entrepreneurs who decided to provide home tv repair service by refurbishing a trailer into a mobile repair station pulled by a CJ-3A.

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December 1941 Pop Sci Article on Bantam BRC-40 T2-E1s

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, Magazine, Old Images, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Thanks to Ray (see comments below) for chasing down the origins of this Bantam BRC-40 T2 article. It was published in December of 1941 (pg 75-79, 220) in Popular Science (and possibly Mechanix Magazine) under “Tanks CAN Be Destroyed”. In it the author explores different machinery that can stop a tank. You can see variations from what could be the same photo shoot in this Bantam T2 & T2-E1 post.

To view an electronic version of the article, go here: http://www.popsci.com/archive-viewer?id=hCcDAAAAMBAJ&pg=75&query=%22when%20america’s%20mechanized%20columns%22

There are a couple issues of the December 1941 Popular Science magazine on eBay currently: Search for “December 1941 Popular Science” issues on eBay

 
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Ford GP in Mechanix Magazine

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

Here’s a photograph from a December 1941 issue of Mechanix Magazine that shows a Ford GP participating in war games at the dawn of the US’s official entry into WWII.

http://blog.modernmechanix.com/news-of-war-and-defense/

 
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Modern Mechanix Tests the Jeepster and Station Wagon

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

In the January 1950 Issue, Modern Mechanix took the Jeepster and Station Wagon for test drives.  Below is page 1.  You can see all the pages at the Modern Mechanix Blog.  In summary, the review isn’t all that flattering.

http://blog.modernmechanix.com/mi-tests-the-willys-jeepster-and-station-wagon/

 
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Hy-Rail Truck Image

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Magazine, Willys Trucks • TAGS: , .

Steve spotted this rare picture of a Hy-Rail in Mechanix Illustrated, Feb. 1953 p.93.

 
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Robin Hood Popcorn

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Old Images, Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

I like reading books about the history of odd subjects.  Whether gum, beer , milk or salt, if it is a history about something food related, I want to read it.   A few years ago I read a fun little book about the history of popcorn called Popped Culture: A Social History of Popcorn in America by Andrew Smith.  I was surprised to learn how many different kinds of popcorn there are, having grown up on the basic non-branded yellow variety.  So, when I spotted this article about popcorn trailers that were pulled by Willys Wagons, I thought it was interesting.  Below you can see the trailers built by Clyde Gould, see one of two wagons that pulled them, and learn about his attempt to create a popcorn business.  Unfortunately, the article doesn’t indicate how successful he was or what happened to the trailers.

You can read the entire article here:  http://blog.modernmechanix.com/he-popped-corn-into-a-fortune/

 
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Remote Control Jeep from 1952

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

This ad was featured in a 1952 Modern Mechanix Magazine advertisement.  It advertises a remote control jeep that “goes forward . . reverse . . left . . right.  It’s called a “electra-JEEP”.

http://blog.modernmechanix.com/amazing-values/

 
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Modern Mechanix Article on Rocket Brakes & a Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Old News Articles • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Originally published 12/15/2011

Nothing about this idea sounds good.  Mechanix discusses the attempts to use rockets for braking in their June 1946 edition of the magazine.  One of the vehicles tested was a military jeep, with a special pyramid behind the driver to protect in case of a roll.  It almost looks like the driver has a seat belt.

http://blog.modernmechanix.com/2006/11/14/rocket-brakes-for-emergency-stops

 
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The Jolly & Renault: Competitors to the DJ-3A Surrey

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE:  Glenn spotted this unusual competitor to the DJ-3A Surrey.  The seller calls it a Jolly, though the magazine picture below suggests it is actually the Renault (thanks DC).  The one shown below has been in the Newport Beach area for years and was once owned by the founder of Armor All. It is up for auction on eBay.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=180772628708

Included in the Auction is a picture of a Mechanix article that discusses the DJ-3A Surrey, the Jolly and a Renault Beach Wagon.  I tried to find the original article, but couldn’t.  However, I did the other Modern Mechanix articles about jeeps listed in the posts below this one.  Great stuff!


 
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Mechanix Magazine – Jiving up the Jeep (3)

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Old News Articles • TAGS: .

From the April 1947 Issue of Mechanix Magazine, and it’s related blog, comes this interesting jeep article.  This is the third of four articles about Jivin up the Jeep.  The fourth one is here.

I wish I could find the 1946 versions of the magazine online, but haven’t yet.  If you want to see some wondering pictures of crazy automobiles, go here.

http://blog.modernmechanix.com/2011/07/18/jivin-up-the-jeep-3/  The blog also has this entire issue for sale on eBay.

 

 

 
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Modern Mechanix Magazine Article about Back Seats

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Old News Articles • TAGS: .

This article appeared in the November 1947 issue of Mechanix.  It is the fourth of four articles on Jivin’ up the Jeep. The third article on jeep tops is here.

If you want to see some wondering pictures of crazy automobiles, go here.

http://blog.modernmechanix.com/2009/06/30/jivin-up-the-jeep-2/

 
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Modern Mechanix Magazine Article about Kids and a Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Old News Articles • TAGS: .

This article ran in the September 1949 issue of Mechanix.  This might just qualify as the first Hi Hood!

http://blog.modernmechanix.com/2006/04/03/midget-jeep/

 
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Modern Mechanix Magazine Article on Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Old News Articles • TAGS: .

Mechanix ran this article and picture on the future of the jeep in December of 1944.  I think I might have this picture somewhere else, but never new its origin.

http://blog.modernmechanix.com/2009/02/01/jeepers/

 
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A Couple Vintage Pics

• CATEGORIES: Magazine, Old Images, Old News Articles • TAGS: .

Gerald passed these pics along to me.  I’ve seen the jeep in a cage, which was an unusual attempt at a traction device.  The 2nd with the girl on the jeep was something I hadn’t seen before.  Thanks Gerald!