UPDATED WITH VIDEOS - Vintage Flat Fender Jeeps Attack Wipe Out Hill in Moab #EJS2016Posted in Moab Experience: 2016 on March 30, 2016
Long before the Wrangler Jeep was ever thought of, surplus WWII jeeps and CJ-2-A and CJ-3A Jeeps were scouting the mesas and canyons around Moab looking for Uranium. These now vintage rigs created most of the trails we use today, and the recent resurgence of the flatty made for a great 4th year of the annual Moab EJS Flat Fender Run. Last year the unofficial group totaled 14, while this year a total of 46 flatties of all shapes and varieties showed up for the Backwards Bill trail. We quickly divide the group into those that could ‘speed’ over 50 mph, and those that couldn’t so the group stayed legal and manageable. As long as the vehicle was a flat fender in some shape, title, or form (1940-1952, except for the DJ and 3B variants) they were invited, and all lesser marques had to trail the pack into the hills.
Wheeling a stock flatty is best done with the windshield down, of course, and since restored and barn-find vintage Jeeps rarely have rollbars, it made for some interesting lines. But coupled with experienced drivers and capable Jeeps, the results were outstanding. The factory stock 4-cylinder rigs with flat springs and skinny tires seemed to float up and over our chosen obstacle- Wipe Out Hill- while modified rigs often struggled- or at least they sometimes appeared to. We’ve seen some of the most modified modern Jeeps bounce, break, and roll on this hill, yet all of our compadres made the ascent with a minimum of struggle. Look for some more features in the future on a few of these rigs, which by far garnered the most attention at the Easter Jeep Safari 2016.