Here’s a vintage shot of a ’40 BRC under test by the Army in February of 1941. The engine was a 112ci Continental BY112 industrial flathead that made 45 net horsepower and 86 lb-ft of torque. It used an updraft carburetor and the distributor poked up through the head. The BY112 was a long-lived powerplant commonly seen in forklifts and stationary applications. It was built into the ’60s and parts are still readily available. A larger Hercules engine was considered by Bantam, but rejected due to the Army’s unrealistic original weight limits. Of the three competitors for a jeep contract, Bantam consistently met or came the closest to meeting those weight limits—unrealistic or not.