Last time in Vintage Vault we showed you some vintage Jeepers and their vintage camping set-ups from a 1957 trail run with the Chuckwalla Jeep Club. Well, as we alluded to in that article, there are several more images of vintage camping trips that we want to share from our vast archives. Here are a few more vintage pictures that all share a theme: These early Jeepers had some pretty cool ways of adding space to their rigs for camping creature comforts. And that’s what we are gonna focus on for this edition of Vintage Vault. Have a look at these never- before-seen photos from Motor Life magazine from 1959.
Early CJ-5 Space
These pictures were shot by Marvin Patchen in 1959 for Motor Life magazine (which was later folded into Motor Trend magazine) as part of the De Anza trail ride from near Hemet, California, to Borrego Springs. Here we see an early CJ-5 packed to the gills with camping gear. This CJ has a custom rear bumper holding two jerrycans and nice boonie box. One can has a faucet attached near the bottom for water. The box on the back of the Jeep wears a California license plate with a Hemet-labeled frame and a vintage AAA auto club sticker. The bumper also has a trailer hitch and some sort of strange cast steel pipe fitting. Just behind the passenger side front tire is a Hemet, California Cavalcaders Jeep Club plaque. We are betting that this is a CJ-5 and not an M38A1, because there is a passenger side glovebox in the dash just peeking out from the slightly open door.
Inside the Box
All these Jeeps with extra space and extra boxes beg the question of what is in those boxes. Here we see a box that is currently in use and thus reveals some of its contents in another photo for Motor Life by Marvin Patchen. The open box reveals a “Kamp Kook” stove prepping grub, a hanging can opener, and several cubbies for various goods and equipment. Also visible are a kerosene lantern, box of canned goods, paper towel, a dozen eggs, a loaf of bread, and some “Hi Ho” crackers. It looks like the box’s lid opens up and the back folds down into a table. The lid also looks like it has a small but useful light mounted on it for those midnight snacks. Now, where is the ice chest full of beer?
This picture also from Marvin Patchen shows a stretched flattie all decked out and ready for backcountry exploring. The extended bed holds some sort of fold out contraption that we bet makes for a nice place to bed down at the end of the days riding. The tire on the rear driver side says “Ward Riverside Deluxe” and must have been a high-traction tire from Montomery Ward of the period. The extended bed also seems to have a reserve fuel tank for extra range. Peaking inside the cab we spy what is most likely the back of a CJ-2A windshield frame. Just inside the rear wheelwell is a notch in the wheeltub that probably allows for a little more legroom. Sharp eyes might also spot a small Orange County Four Wheelers Club sticker on the jerrycan and part of a larger orange shaped club plaque on the extreme left side of the image. And last, but not least, check out that awesome half-cab top!