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#1 User is offline   JeepNWilly 

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 06:21 PM

While searching the web for Jeep history I stumbled across a site that had some interesting information.
This is http://members.aol.com/brimiljeep/WebPages...tml#JeepinCrate
Reading thru it I found a section that said there were 5 US Companies that build Jeeps for the Army.
Willy Overland, Bantam, Ford, Checkers and Chevy

Below are some pics I found from links on that site.

1941 Checker Jeep
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Chevy Prototype Jeep
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There is a good article regarding the origin of the grill and links to pics as well

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 09:25 PM

Nice find...
Those are old military jeeps from the past...
I like the first pic, still looks good with some nice restorations...
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Posted 15 August 2008 - 06:17 AM

This was actually an option on CJ5's.

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More pics here.
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Posted 15 August 2008 - 06:31 AM

I love seeing these old photo's! :1thumb:
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Posted 15 August 2008 - 06:50 AM

im actually learning something with this post. love that checkers jeep! im a chevy man but the chevy jeep isnt all that impressive. the camper cj, i bet that thing would eat up tires with the steup they used. an info on how many of them were produced?
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Posted 15 August 2008 - 07:22 AM

I heard rambo was going to sell his pop up camper and get one of these, he says he can just put all 26 familly members in the back while he drives to tellico.
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Posted 15 August 2008 - 08:33 AM

View PostJeepNWilly, on Aug 14 2008, 07:21 PM, said:

While searching the web for Jeep history I stumbled across a site that had some interesting information.

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Willy, nice find, I really like this drawing with the writing on it. :1thumb:

I hope these url links don't get old and we lose some of these pics.
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Posted 15 August 2008 - 08:42 AM

View PostJim B, on Aug 15 2008, 09:33 AM, said:

Willy, nice find, I really like this drawing with the writing on it. :1thumb:

I hope these url links don't get old and we lose some of these pics.

I saved to my flickr site the first set of Jeep pics.
I just uploaded the drawing also and here is the link.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3219/276556...ab19020b9_o.jpg

Can one of the mod update the link on the original post.

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Posted 15 August 2008 - 08:49 AM

View PostJeepNWilly, on Aug 15 2008, 09:42 AM, said:

I saved to my flickr site the first set of Jeep pics. I can do the same for the drawing and send you or any mod the link to change it.

Yes, send me any urls links and I'll take care of it. Let me know which ones are for which. :1thumb:
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Posted 15 August 2008 - 08:51 AM

View PostJim B, on Aug 15 2008, 09:49 AM, said:

Yes, send me any urls links and I'll take care of it. Let me know which ones are for which. :1thumb:

The link above is for the drawing the rest are correct.
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Posted 16 August 2008 - 04:59 AM

View PostJeepNWilly, on Aug 15 2008, 08:51 AM, said:

The link above is for the drawing the rest are correct.

I was in grade school when there was a massive military surplus sell off,

Price $300

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 03:50 PM

View PostSnyder, on Aug 16 2008, 05:59 AM, said:

I was in grade school when there was a massive military surplus sell off,

Price $300

Yes, I rememberer this well, almost purchased one as a young teenager. Good old Mom told me I had no where to keep it and it would be cold in the Chicago winters. Plus she added that I did not have enough money for the insurance. :2thumup: It was not easy for our family back then.

Now a few years later I wound up paying more than that and still paying to keep it looking and running the way it does. :amazed:
Oh well, nothing is perfect. :amazed:
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Posted 29 August 2008 - 09:46 PM

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There are several prototypes that have been confused with the early jeep. I wouldn't place too much stock in the Checker connection as both prototypes that have been found are clearly built with Bantam parts. One theory about why this might be was that Bantam American Car Company was planning on winning the bid to build the vehicle that they had prototyped and knew that Willys and/or Ford would make the claim to the Army procurement agents that tiny Bantam couldn't possibly build the required supply in their small Butler, PA factory so they "partnered" with another small manufacturer; the Checker Company.

The Chevy "prototype jeep" is not really meant to be a "jeep" but one of several smaller and lighter vehicles that were submitted for testing to the military. None of these saw any serious production as they were found unsuitable for many uses.

At the Dayton, Ohio convention of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association, I took these pictures of Sam Werner's near complete collection of these prototypes.

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Crosley (notice the canvas fenders)
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Kaiser (notice the missing engine)
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And the Willys
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Notice that none of these is big enough (and therefore also not powerful enough) to take on the many roles of the jeep. And compare their sizes to each other. In some of my photos, you can see the model next to it for comparison.

A steel full size jeep from Willys or Ford would crush one of those in a head on collision.
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Posted 29 August 2008 - 09:56 PM

Wow thanks for sharing. Awesome pics :devilgrin:
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Posted 07 September 2008 - 09:42 PM

View PostSoilantGreen, on Aug 29 2008, 10:46 PM, said:

Notice that none of these is big enough (and therefore also not powerful enough) to take on the many roles of the jeep. And compare their sizes to each other. In some of my photos, you can see the model next to it for comparison.

A steel full size jeep from Willys or Ford would crush one of those in a head on collision.


Yeah! They could be weak at first glance but imagine what these jeeps have gone through and after so many years they're still here...
Thanks for sharing these pics man...
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