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Vintage Jeep Trip - Vintage Vault

Posted in Features on March 20, 2015
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Photographers: Eric Rickman

In the past, we’ve used photos from a 1957 wheeling trip with the Chuckwalla Jeep club shot by Eric Rickman for Hot Rod. The trip included a run to Pismo Beach, California, with several of the members including Brian Chuchua. While we like all vintage Jeep photos, probably our favorites are of family aimed wheeling trips. Maybe that is why these photos keep popping up in Vintage Vault. For more images of the Chuckwalla Jeep Club check out the Mar. and June ’12 Vintage Vault, as well as Vintage Vault: Vintage Camping Part 1 (Mar. ’14) and Part 2 (Apr. ’14).

Beach Cruisin’
Ahh, the beach, can there be anything finer than dipping your toes (or tires) in the sand and surf? Here, Brian Chuchua cruises through the lapping waves with a pal enjoying the scenery from his Jeep. Check out that killer dual exhaust, multiple chromed jerrycan holders, and the passenger’s bare toes. See, we’re not the only ones who like to go barefoot on the beach. Also, check out Brian’s narrow rollbar that must have gone directly to the frame and pintle hitch for any stucks or a camp trailer. Cool.

Based on the size of that one visible headlight and the windshield, we’re betting this soggy Jeep is a CJ-3A. Behind the flattie an early CJ-5 waits in the cue under an arch for the flattie to clear the runway. A pretty amazing place to go four-wheeling, but we’re betting rust ensued if the rigs were not properly rinsed after these bouts in the Pacific. We’re guessing this off-roading venue is no longer available. Too bad!

Getting a Tug
Many a Jeeper has ended up on the end of a strap—or a chain (please use a strap). We’re not sure what’s wrong with the military flattie that’s getting a tug, but we can relate. This MB or GPW is getting some help while fellow Jeepers look on and kids play in the surf. The tow rig looks like it could also be a military flattie, but both are pretty well decked out with custom stuff such as soft tops, locking hubs, and the like.

End of the World
OK, so it’s not really the end of the world, but it sure seems like an image of the end of the beach side trail for this day—unless snorkeling is in store. The two flatties are gotta see what’s around the next corner, you’ve got four-wheel fever. Chuchua’s flattie on the right shows off a whip antenna and a Chuckwalla Jeep Club plaque. On the left. we see a military (or perhaps early CJ-2A) flattie with dog-dish hub caps, an auxiliary storage trunk, and a stylish white soft top. Check out those half-doors and whitewall tires!

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