Jeep History: "Autobiography of a Jeep" 1943 United Films 10min
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"Describes the designing of the Jeep to meet military needs of being compact, light weight and maneuverable over rough terrain."
Jeep is an automobile marque of Chrysler (itself a subsidiary of Fiat). The first Willys Jeeps were produced in 1941 with the first civilian models in 1945, making it the oldest off-road vehicle and sport utility vehicle (SUV) brand. It inspired a number of other light utility vehicles, such as the Land Rover which is the second oldest 4-wheel-drive brand. The original Jeep vehicle that first appeared as the prototype Bantam BRC became the primary light 4-wheel-drive vehicle of the United States Army and Allies during World War II, as well as the postwar period. Many Jeep variants serving similar military and civilian roles have since been created in other nations.
Bantam Reconnaissance Car
When it became obvious that the United States was eventually going to become involved in the war raging in Europe, the U.S. Army contacted 135 companies asking for working prototypes of a four-wheel-drive reconnaissance car. Only two companies responded to the request, The American Bantam Car Company and Willys-Overland. The Army had set what seemed like an impossible deadline of 49 days to supply a working prototype. Willys asked for more time but were refused. The bankrupt American Bantam Car Company had no engineering staff left on the payroll and brought in Karl Probst, a talented freelance designer from Detroit. After turning down an initial request from Bantam, Probst accepted the job after being asked again by the Army, and initially working without salary, went to work July 17, 1940.
Probst completely laid out plans for the Bantam prototype, known as the BRC or Bantam Reconnaissane Car, in two days, and the next day estimated the total cost of the vehicle. On July 22, Bantam's bid was submitted, complete with blueprints. Much of the vehicle had to be assembled from existing off-the-shelf automotive parts, and the custom four-wheel drivetrain components were supplied by Spicer. The hand-built prototype was completed in Butler, Pennsylvania, and driven to Camp Holabird, Maryland, for testing by the Army on 21 September 1940. The vehicle met the Army's criteria, but its engine did not meet the Army's torque requirements.
Ford Pygmy and Willys MB
The Army felt that the Bantam company was too small to supply the number of vehicles it needed, so it supplied the Bantam design to Willys and Ford who were encouraged to make their own changes and modifications. The resulting Ford "Pygmy" and Willys "Quad" prototypes looked very similar to the Bantam BRC (Bantam Reconnaissance Car) prototype and Spicer supplied very similar four-wheel drivetrain components to all three manufacturers.
Fifteen hundred of each of the three models were built and extensively field-tested. Willys-Overland's chief engineer Delmar "Barney" Roos made design changes to meet a revised weight specification (a maximum of 1,275 lb (578 kg) including oil and water). He was thus able to use the powerful but comparatively heavy Willys "Go Devil" engine, and win the initial production contract. The Willys version of the car would become the standardized jeep design, designated the model MB and was built at their plant in Toledo, Ohio. The familiar pressed metal Jeep grille was actually a Ford design feature and incorporated into the final design by the Army.
Since the War Department required a large number of vehicles to be manufactured in a relatively short time, Willys-Overland granted the United States Government a non-exclusive license to allow another company to manufacture vehicles using Willys' specifications. The Army chose Ford as the second supplier, but building Jeeps to the Willys' design. Willys supplied Ford with a complete set of plans and specifications. American Bantam, the creators of the first Jeep, spent the rest of the war building heavy-duty trailers for the Army....
El fallecido General George C. Marshall definió al Jeep como La mayor
contribución de los Estados Unidos de América a las operaciones de guerra
modernas. De hecho, la historia de la Segunda Guerra Mundial es también la
historia de los primeros años de Jeep, dado que después de 1941
participó en todas las campañas como vehículo ametralladora, vehículo
de reconocimiento, ambulancia, camioneta, limusina para el frente, portador
de municiones, máquina para el tendido de alambres y taxi.
SAS Willys jeep rebuild part 1
Restoration of a 1944 Willys MB jeep. The body tub was a rotten Hotchkiss
one, so a repro body tub was used. Chassis, axles, engine, gearbox, grill
and many little parts are genuine WW2. The Jeep is being built to represent
one used by 4 SAS as used behind the lines in Brittany, France. 1 and 2
SAS, were British, 3 and 4 SAS were French, and 5 SAS were from Belgium.
Many hours were spent studying original photographs to make an authentic
replica. The first 10 or so jeeps were modified in Scotland. 4 were
parachuted into France, the rest were brough in by glider. After Brittany
was mostly liberated, the SAS regrouped in Vannes for a refit. A convoy of
40 jeeps and Bedford trucks were driven from the UK via Normandy, and
modified by local garages to the individual crews requirements.
Consequently no 2 jeeps are identical. See my next videos as the
Meeting a 4x4 Legend: "The Ugly Jeep" - Dirt Every Day Episode 4
On this episode of Dirt Every Day, Fred Williams meets the Jeep that almost
flunked him out of high school and sent him down the 4x4 road. Nicknamed
"The Ugly Jeep," it's a beat up 1951 Jeep CJ3a built to be inconspicuous in
an era when trucks were better known for chrome and wild graphics.
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1952 Willys M38 Military Jeep (ASP) FULL HD
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Auto-Showcase Project (ASP) presents Dennis' 1952 Willys M38 Military Jeep.
Dennis was camera shy, but allowed the ASP to showcase his historic Willys
M38. I provide an after action report (commentary) to the video.
I thank Dennis for showcasing his 1952 Willys M38 Military Jeep to the ASP.
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Moab Easter Jeep Safari 2010 Moab Rim Trail in a Willys Jeep
Easter Jeep Safari 2010. Taking my Willys MB on the Moab Rim Trail. I did
this last year with my JK so I let my buddy the "Troublemaker" from
Illinois have a little fun. Only the V8 engined Jeeps made it to the top of
the Sand Dune at max throttle. The MB did it at half power!! Go to
www.jeepingoffroad.com for the Willys build up and more Jeeping adventures.
WWII Jeep Bodies
Daryl from DL Bensinger show the options for WWII jeep body restoration.
My Car Collection 1944 MINI Jeep Willys
The Mini Jeep Willys is HAND MADE in Bolivia its made out of the same
material as the Origianl Willys NOT FIBER GLASS This Vehicle was completed
in 3 years By a Man named Michalsky Credits to his hard effort, It 25%
Smaller than the original vehicle, it has the same ''GADGETS'' as the
original and everything works, it has a 3 Cyl engine from a Kia 1000cc RWD
it weights around 1250lbs, since this is the First made its going to be
improved, Now we are starting this business with this man we are going to
produce it and sell it all over the world, but I need to know if you people
like it! SO PLEASE IF YOU LIKE IT PM AND TELL ME, The price is not yet set,
some improvments we are going to make are: 4WD system, an original Winch, a
little bigger the space were the driver seats better gauges scaled M1s :D
among others and more. Hope you like it Thanks and dont forget to subscribe
Ford Jeep Demonstration 1941
A small company in Pennsylvania, Bantam, invented the Jeep, but the
military needed more than Bantam could produce. So they turned to Willys
and Ford and had these auto titans build Jeeps. Edsel Ford joins other
Ford Motor Company officials as they demonstrate their vehicles for the
Real World Test Drive Jeep 70th Anniversary
Jeep turns 70 years old this year and not only did it help save the world
from tyranny, it's currently a hit in China. Grant Winter of Real World
Test Drive takes us to the special celebration in Moab, Utah.