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Sideways - September 2015

Posted in Features on July 31, 2015
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Photographers: Courtesy of the Jp readers

It's the Vintage Edition of Sideways! Old Jeeps, old history, old times, old military. Keep on sending us more of this, as well as Jeep Chix and trail carnage! Don't forget the most important part of all—tell us who is in the photo, where it was taken, what year/type of Jeep, and any other backstory info. And tell us who you are and where you're from. And make sure the photo is high resolution. It should be 1,600 by 2,000 pixels (or around 2 megapixels) and a JPG (maximum quality), BMP, or TIFF file. No PDFs. Email the photo and story to with the subject line "Sideways."

Change a Clutch 101
"This is my father Frank Mutnansky in the Philippine Islands during WWll. He was a mechanic in the Navy and worked in the motorpool," explained Jeff Mutnansky of Chicago. "My dad told me that most of the Jeeps they had over there were right-hand drive. He also told me that they had to change a lot of clutches. After climbing underneath a couple of Jeeps to change the clutch, he decided there had to be an easier way. The next one that came in for a clutch, he and a couple of his buddies rolled it over on its side to do the job. It was so much faster and easier, that it became the normal way to change a clutch. My father is now 90 years old, and fortunately, he's still with us."

Then and Now
We got this pic from Dennis Skoczylas from Goshen, Indiana. It was taken in 1960 when he was stationed with the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. "When we fired the 106, the whole Jeep would come up off the ground. It was very accurate." He now has an '02 TJ Sport that's "all chromed out."

A Lifetime of Service
Gary Bueme's dad Tony served while in Okinawa, and Gary believes this photo is from 1945, when his dad was 19 years old. Looks to us like it was laundry day! When Tony returned home, he opened a service station and later joined the Buffalo Police Department, serving 40 years.

Hardtop and Canopy Quirkiness
These two gems came from Matthew Kovanda of Sacramento, California. His uncle owned CJs over the years, and this pic was taken on his cattle ranch in New Mexico. "What kind of hardtop is that?" Matthew pondered. The other pic is Matthew's grandfather's FC, and that's his grandma on the left. "Check out the ‘canopy' on the FC."

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