Discussion in 'Military Vehicle Restoration' started by Class of '42, Apr 25, 2020.
Looks like they had a whole lot of fun making this video.
Cool vid, I'm a Jeep guy with a 2000 TJ. Same weight as in 1943 but 20" longer. When heard the man in the vid say a lot of G I's died in Jeep accidents and I could see why. They were made to go, not go fast. I saw a MR from 1943 Italy the other day that noted a vehicle accident with a T5 getting sent to the hospital and a Sgt. getting killed.
The Jeep is a part of the American psyche. My immediate supervisor, Senior Chief Stange, rebuilt one in his garage. We were in LA county (LBNSY) at the time and when he got it going we took it for a ride. With no paper, no plates. LAPD notices that kind of shit. One of their cars got behind us and acted as escort. "You stay with us and you don't have to go home, okay?" At a stop light I swapped places with one of the cops, first time I'd rode in a cop car. (In the front seat, that is.)
I'm old enough to remember "The Thing" which Volkswagen introduced to the US back in the last century. They were around for a few years and then they weren't. They were cheap and cool looking, but American consumers got tired of them pretty quick. I don't know if they had a poor reputation or were just outclassed by Jeep.
My neighbor down the street bought one back around '72..he once thought about repainting it to colors like the Afrika Korp including the famous palm tree/swastika insignia..but he never did and not sure what ever happened to it.
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Patton said the jeep was one of the Germans' best weapons because we had so many lousy drivers
Our squadron over in Germany had a couple Jeeps and some deuce and a half's in the motor pool...drove them a few times..the Jeep could be quirky while patrolling the perimeter a few times..one time got stuck in a hole..had to push it out..you certainly had to concentrate with both hands on the wheel...as for picking up frauleins...forget it.
My TJ is the worst car I've ever driven in the snow and slick dirt roads. Same wheelbase as a Miata at 93"., 20" longer than 1943. I say worst because the short wheelbase and high CG gets sideways with no warning so I'm slow on snow for survival. I did a 360 across 6 lanes in a 80's Impala rounding a curve turning onto an icy overpass but had some control of the event. Hence the 360 using a bit of timely throttle instead of a 120 or 240.