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Old 08-09-2009, 10:20 PM   #1
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Default Rodded WW2 Jeeps or staff cars??

Do any of you guys have any stories about WW 2 vehicles that might have been souped up by hot rodder GI's? Maybe a flathead slipped in a jeep or other such tale?
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Old 08-09-2009, 10:46 PM   #2
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I think I remember hearing Wally Parks tell of GIs (maybe himself) hot rodding Jeeps.
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Old 08-09-2009, 11:14 PM   #3
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Yeah I think I read a story about a V-8 60 winding up in a jeep while it was still in service...
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Old 08-10-2009, 06:42 AM   #4
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Sorry, couldn't help it:



The reissue is coming out soon!
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Old 08-10-2009, 06:51 AM   #5
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I remember reading somewhere about one of the very first 'hotrod' magazines in the early 40's running a series of stories written during WW2 by rodder GI's who were on active duty overseas who had stuffed a sidevalve V8 into their jeep.

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Old 08-10-2009, 06:57 AM   #6
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I have a photo of a hot rodded, if you could call it that, WWI Pfalz fighter plane. I'm on leave ATM, post it up in a week.
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Old 08-10-2009, 08:23 AM   #7
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The reissue is coming out soon!
I gotta get a couple of those when they hit the shelves.
Missed em on their first time around.
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Old 08-10-2009, 08:54 AM   #8
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I remember reading a short story back when I was younger of a motor pool guy putting a rodded flathead V8 in a Jeep. He got the job of driving the General somewhere, and the General commented that the Jeep sounded different somehow. Suddenly they ran into enemy fire and that V8 Jeep skedaddeled them out of danger in short order.

Does anyone remeber that story from school? It was one of my favorites, besides Henry Gregor Felson's books.
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Old 08-10-2009, 09:11 AM   #9
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Bill , I do remember that tale of the General's jeep, and also the re-upholstery job for his arse ! -- Studebaker Champion flatty sixes were a good choice for an almost drop in swap.
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Old 08-10-2009, 11:21 AM   #10
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My sister's father-in-law served with Patton (mechanic branch) and I recall him talking about Jeeps passing them "very fast" with dual exhausts and the other people in his Jeep saying "Those guys must be from California"...........
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Old 08-10-2009, 11:35 AM   #11
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My sister's father-in-law served with Patton (mechanic branch) and I recall him talking about Jeeps passing them "very fast" with dual exhausts and the other people in his Jeep saying "Those guys must be from California"...........
LMAO!! Now that's what I'm talking about.
I've heard stories too of guys in Viet Nam taking the goveners off the tanks and occasionally running over a goat cart or two on the roads.
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I remember reading a short story back when I was younger of a motor pool guy putting a rodded flathead V8 in a Jeep. He got the job of driving the General somewhere, and the General commented that the Jeep sounded different somehow. Suddenly they ran into enemy fire and that V8 Jeep skedaddeled them out of danger in short order.

Does anyone remeber that story from school? It was one of my favorites, besides Henry Gregor Felson's books.

IIRC, that story was written by the famous G.I. cartoonist, Bill Mauldin. I recall reading that in the 11th grade.

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Old 08-10-2009, 11:29 PM   #13
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Got my copy of Up Front right here with me- Willie and Joe were two good shmo's!
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Old 08-10-2009, 11:49 PM   #14
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IIRC, that story was written by the famous G.I. cartoonist, Bill Mauldin. I recall reading that in the 11th grade.

Later, Kinky6
I remember that from his book 'The Brass Ring' great read if you can find it. I loved his cartoons,the one of the guy 'putting down' his jeep is a classic!


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Old 08-11-2009, 12:30 AM   #15
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Pops has a 41 GPW, complete with blackouts and nomenclature plates, we also have a 41 flathead Ford with no place to roost,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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I remember reading a short story back when I was younger of a motor pool guy putting a rodded flathead V8 in a Jeep. He got the job of driving the General somewhere, and the General commented that the Jeep sounded different somehow. Suddenly they ran into enemy fire and that V8 Jeep skedaddeled them out of danger in short order.

Does anyone remeber that story from school? It was one of my favorites, besides Henry Gregor Felson's books.
Yep Bill Mauldin story, "The Affair of the Wayward Jeep". First published in 1953 in the Saturday Evening Post. I am reading the story right now, it was reprinted in a 1955 paperback "High Gear", "great stories about fast cars and their drivers"
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Old 08-11-2009, 01:18 AM   #17
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Yep Bill Mauldin story, "The Affair of the Wayward Jeep". First published in 1953 in the Saturday Evening Post. I am reading the story right now, it was reprinted in a 1955 paperback "High Gear", "great stories about fast cars and their drivers"
Saturday Evening Post Edition was Jun 27 1953 if you want to search for it.
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Old 08-11-2009, 02:06 PM   #18
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Yep Bill Mauldin story, "The Affair of the Wayward Jeep". First published in 1953 in the Saturday Evening Post. I am reading the story right now, it was reprinted in a 1955 paperback "High Gear", "great stories about fast cars and their drivers"
Thank you, I also read that as a boy and have been trying to find that story again for years with no success until now.
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Old 08-11-2009, 02:39 PM   #19
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A little off-topic, but I saw this flat fendered Willys at Hot August Nights last week.

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Old 08-11-2009, 02:56 PM   #20
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My dad talks about when he was in vietnam, how they built a truck out of pieces in the army wrecking yard, and drove it around until some officers found out and the army decided to take it back.
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