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Random Assembly Of Jeeps - Vintage Vault

Posted in Features on January 13, 2015
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Photographers: TEN Archives

Sometimes when looking through the TEN archival photos, we come across photos that could use a little more explanation. Unfortunately, there generally is no explanation. That’s all right; it just means we need to do our best to fill in the blanks. Yeah, we could be wrong, but that won’t stop us from trying. If you recognize any of these Jeeps (or people), let us know who they are, what they are, and what the heck is going on.

Vroom…screech…vroom! In this slightly odd photo taken by Jim McCraw for Hot Rod, we see none other than Sal Fish hamming it up, pretending he is in the race. This photo was taken in the parking lot of a hotel near the start of the 1974 Baja 500. Clearly Sal is ready to take on the race with skill, determination, and heart. Unfortunately, he just lacks some of the necessary equipment. That’s OK, since we can relate to that problem. Sal Fish is an off-roading legend that not only worked for Petersen Publishing back in the day, serving as publisher of Car Craft (amongst other things), he also was later hired by Mickey Thompson to run what became SCORE. Fish only retired a few years ago after making a life in off-road. In this image on Fish’s left (our right) we can see a Cherokee Chief prepped for the race. Looking at the Cherokee, we see some nice wide race tires, a push bar and some KC Daylighters. It looks like the Cherokee may also say Navy on the hood, but the other sponsor stickers and vehicle number are i

That’s…Different It’s hard not to love a flattie, but not all custom Jeeps are created equal, and this one, in a photo by John Thawley shot for Hot Rod, is, well, different. One thing that we can see going on is a steering conversion. That looks to us like a manual box, but there are some hydraulic lines running over and under the frame rail. We wonder what they do. The steering shaft location is sub ideal, but for the steering-box mount and location, we give it a D- or an F. That angle iron needs gussets, the box is crooked, and we see no welds and only one small bolt holding the “bracket” to the bumper. Maybe there is more beef on the bottom or other side of the mount, but it’s just strange. Also, a crooked box means the Jeep would only turn so far one way. Additionally, the hood lift, custom grille mounting position, and headlight buckets seem to indicate an engine swap where things didn’t fit too well. Oh well—we can’t all be master fabricators. Let’s just hope that steering box mount held together while

Kaiser…Chemicals? Honestly, we have almost no idea what is going on in this photo shot for Hot Rod by Jim McFarland, but it’s a pretty cool photo. Clearly the J-Truck is out on a salt flat presumably as support for a speed record team. The truck looks like it has five lug axles, so that’s probably a closed knuckle Dana 44 front. Between the lug count and the rhino grille, we are betting this is a pre-’69. We are also guessing it’s a J200 or J2000 based on the U 6000 payload rating painted on the side. Also visible is an old school Warn locking-hub. As for the Kaiser Chemicals, that must be related to one of Henry J. Kaisers other business ventures. We also love the vintage Goodyears!

Stuck We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: If you never get stuck, it means you are not trying hard enough. In this image shot by Bob D’Olivo for Motor Trend, we see one unfortunate Jeeper who was trying hard enough and got stuck. What we are not sure about is why someone is not giving him a tug rather than a push. Oh well. Who knows? What we do know is the guy is driving what sure looks like a CJ-2A fresh off the farm. The Jeep could use some more aggressive tire—and a tow strap. Well, one thing is for sure: we’ve all been there.

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