UPDATE: Harry Warholak’s father built a Sidewalk Jeep from the plans in Popular Mechanics when he was a kid in Detroit. Ten years ago he restored it. It spent a year at the Chrysler Museum. Now he’s interested in selling it. You can contact him at 586-996-4103 if interested. He’s located in Georgia.
PREVIOUS POST (February 2013): This kids jeep design was published in the January, 1948, issue of Popular Mechanics and available for free at Google. It is powered by an electronic motor. It looks as difficult to build than a standard jeep! The notes added to this particular issue are interesting, too. The top note appears to reference a 1949 Christmas Handbook that might also include these drawings.
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First published 09/02/2012: The February 1948 Issue of Popular Mechanics Magazine published this fascinating look at the Bountiful City Jeep Posse, an organization that worked as a volunteer Search and Rescue and Fire Fighting group out of Bountiful, Utah. Started in 1946, the organization is still in existence.
I found this article that provides additional history from the 2006 in the Deseret News. Though they own fewer jeeps and have more trucks, they are still helping their community. I’ve contacted the newspaper to see if I can communicate with the members to get some more information about them and, possibly, some additional jeep pictures.
The Images below all come from the Popular Mechanics Magazine article. Note the jeep in the background of the bottom image on page 3 has a full cage, the earliest example of a full cage I’ve seen.
Following the article, I’ve included pics of two ads, too.
This photograph is part of a Popular Mechanics article from October, 1959. The article highlights the success American car manufacturers were having by producing cars in the San Paulo region, which the writer describes as the ‘Chicago’ of South America.
You can read the entire article here
Lined-up Jeeps await delivery outside the Willys-Overland of Brazil factory at Sao Bernardo do Campo, Sao Paulo’s industrial suburb. This expanding plant will soon be producing 250 Jeeps, cars and station wagons per day.
This August 1957 article in Popular Mechanics shares the story of these water hunters who travel the southwest in a jeep truck. The article is available at Google Books. Or, you can search for an issue on eBay.
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Steve shared this photo and article from the August 1946 issue of Popular Mechanics, PG 113. You can see the entire issue at Google books.
The September 1941 issue of Popular Mechanics (pg 3) features this photo of a Ford GP landing on to the ground. The article suggests there was a great deal of excitement over the jeep’s possibilities. I’ve included some of the text from the article (which covers a variety of war vehicles). The write discusses the potential for jeeps, then mentions a four wheeled ‘tank’ with independent suspension. To me that sounded a lot like the Tucker Combat Car.
UPDATE: This photograph pair was also published in the February 22, 1945, issue of the IBT Roundup (Inda-Burma Theater Roundup)
The May 1945 issue of Popular Mechanics published this little blurb about the 8th Air Force Bomber Station’s effort to transform a jeep into a sedan using only salvaged materials.
You can view the document online at Google
Marc pointed out an article in the 1944 issue of Popular Mechanics. I didn’t realized it, but this issue has a bunch of jeep-related articles. Some of these you’ve probably seen.
The largest illustration shows a Ford GPA SEEP pulling a MB Slat Grille (pages 84 and 85). For some reason, the wheels were removed (photographically speaking) from the GPA.
Page 87 shows of a half-sized jeep that utilizes an icebox motor for power. I featured this picture back in April.
Page 71 shares the “Follow Me” paint markings with the world.
Page 6 Describes how jeeps can be used to pull refueling tanks or ambulance cars in a train.
Page 80 shows off the limitless capabilities of the jeep by picturing a soldier cutting wood from a jeep powered buzz saw in Italy.
Page 86 discusses the finer points of dropping a jeep over a cliff, including the installation of a can over the driver’s mirror to prevent flashing.
Finally, on page 63 we learn about a “Finishing School for Killers” where soldiers learn how to jump from a jeep while it is traveling at 40mph.
Bob alerted me to this first picture. Then, we started going through the whole December 1945 issue and found all kinds of jeep references. You can view the entire issue on Google.
Dec 1945 Popular Mechanics Page 6 Streamlined Jeep
Dec 1945 Popular Mechanics Page 72 Jeep with Odd Body
Dec 1945 Popular Mechanics Page 77 Men using Jeep like a plow horse
Dec 1945 Popular Mechanics Page 73 Men us jeep to fix propeller
Dec 1945 Popular Mechanics Page 70 Fixing Jeep Frame
I was surprised to see this ad for Warn Overdrives in the September, 1965, issue of Popular Mechanics.
This short blurb about a fumigator on the back of a jeep was published in the January, 1948, issue of Popular Mechanics and available for free at Google. It doesn’t indicate whether this is a custom unit or an aftermarket fumigator available for the jeep. I see no indication it is powered by the jeep; it may be self contained.
A December 1947 article in Popular Mechanics highlights the role support groups play in post-war remote Hollywood movie locations. Included is the below image of a jeep pulling a wagon. The article is pretty interesting.
UPDATE: Howard found this photo at warttimepress.com on the front of the October, 23, 1944 issue of Junior Scholastic.
Leo was cleaning up his files and ran across this unusual “Follow Me” Jeep photo. He couldn’t remember where he found it, so if you happen to know a source, let me know.
As I looked for an originating source, I found a bunch more photos. I also learned that sometimes incoming gliders were moving too fast for the ‘follow me’ jeeps. In one case, instead of hitting the jeep, a glider tipped its wing upward to pass over the jeep, probably to the jeep driver’s surprise or relief. Here they are:
This was posted at the RAF Forum:
Here’s one taken last summer and posted on Flickr from the Duxford Military Vehicles Day
This one appeared at a 2004 Military Jeep Club of Queensland Swap Meet in Australia. This page is full of military jeeps, seeps, and more.
This follow me jeep was posted at 20th century GI. There are more links to different shots of it.
This photo and article was published in the June 1944 issue of Popular Mechanics.
Ant then, there is this priceless one from the Belgian MIlitary Vehicle Trust:
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 issue of Four Wheeler:
This image shows the Parmley with a top and is from Popular Mechanics. Note the top example sports Desert Dogs …
Here is an early article that highlights the potential for jeeps following the war. You can see the online version at Google Books. I couldn’t find an issue for sale on eBay.
A couple additional references to the jeep were made in the January 1943 issue of Popular Mechanics. You can see the online version at Google Books
1) Page 33: “Jeep Flies Target Plane to Help Gunner’s Aim”
Apparently, a plane was mounted to a jeep and driven across an open field. I’ve never seen any other pictures of this.
2) Page 64: Perhaps this is the first running model jeep? It certainly was an early one!
This seven page article on the New Mexico Jeep Derby was published in the February 1963 issue of Popular Mechanics. I think I’d rather be the driver than the co-pilot who has to shift back and forth to keep the jeeps upright. It’s a great article about the early days of jeep racing.
One of the rules of the Truth or Consequences course is that anyone can run onto the course and put it back on its wheels. There’s nothing dangerous about that, is there?
View Popular Mechanics February 1963 at Google Books
Here are two different stories from two issues of Popular Mechanics comparing the size of a M-38A1 to the Mighty Mite.
1. Popular Mechanics May 1953 on Google Books | Purchase a copy of the magazine on eBay
2. Popular Mechanics March 1954 Page 140 on Google Books | Purchase a copy of the magazine on eBay
Here’s an interesting article published in the May 1953 issue of Popular Mechanics. I don’t remember running across one of these. Interesting that they chose to use a VEC CJ-2A rather than a later model jeep. This issue also includes an introduction and comparison between the M-38A1 and the Mighty Mite.
Popular Mechanics – May 1953 – Page 65
There is an issue for sale on eBay as well form only $5.25
I found this February 1944 article on fire-fight testing at Willys Overland. You can view the whole issue on Google.
Looking for USDA jeeps I found these two different plows used for fire fighting in the late 1940s/early 1950s.
The “V-shape plow” was featured in the August 1949 issue of Popular Mechanics:
This plow was featured in the May 1951 issue of Popular Mechanics on page 151.
I spotted this brief note about the four-wheel-steer Bantam BRC-40 on page 167 of the May 1946 issue of Popular Mechanics. Why it appeared five years after it was built seems a little strange. I can’t imagine the army keeping this model top secret for any reason. Maybe they needed some filler for the issue?
Here is a link to the Google page that shows the whole article
This device was built to detect mines and, once detected, would auto-shift the jeep into neutral and put on the brakes. This article was published in the January 1946 edition of Popular Mechanics.
I’ve seen a variety of PTO items, but this is the first Corn Binder I’ve seen. This short reference was published in the January 1946 edition of Popular Mechanics.