This next vid will simply blow your mind. It's a 1948 Willys pr vid promoting hard working Americans and Jeeps. This vid will really give you a sense of where we came from and where we are. God bless the USA.
At 2:06 they mention that television has been perfected
At 2:30 they mention pre-fabbed homes erected in hours instead of days
i am very curious to know this
- why did it not thrive as a farm device, there must be some valid reasons.
what i've seen since those years on farms were only:
- tractors, to do all the slow-moving field work, and anything that needs a PTO
- 4wd and 2wd pickup trucks, to do all the other things shown in the vids
i can't imagine either tractors or pickup trucks costing any less than jeeps, so i wonder why those 2 other tools seemed to have been used for all those uses shown, and not jeeps.
from what i could see, jeeps were mostly a niche and low-numbers-owned vehicle, for rural uses,
until in the 70s they seemed to begin to get popular for people with enough money to buy a 4wd recreational vehicle - and had the time and some land to go to to enjoy it.
then in the late 80s and through the 90s they, like many things, became uber-hopped up and popular, and because the whole American economy was doing so well through these 2 decades, a lot of people now were owning them.
i grew up a lot of my years in farming areas in Georgia and Kentucky, and had never seen jeeps in use on farms; every farmer owned at least one tractor, and at least one pickup truck (often not even a 4wd due to cost).
Today, it's atv's that have absolutely exploded in farm use, and the one important thing those lack is a PTO -- i have for several years now wondered why the heck noone's put a PTO on an atv, but i figured the small engines couldn't handle it, and the cost would be too much. But now with the bigger and bigger atv's, with actual cabs, the things are practially a JEEP these days, some of them. ATV's need PTO's.
My guess would be the weight of the Jeep compare to the tractors of the time. If you’re heading down a hill with a fully loaded hay wagon I would want a 4,000 lb tractor in low gear holding it back before I would feel comfortable with a 1,500 lb Jeep. Just my thought.