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Old 02-20-2010, 06:50 AM   #1
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In the early 70s I was in the Navy and remember sometimes driving a jeep that that was 2wd only. I think it had a six cylinder engine and a three speed manual transmission. Does anyone else remember any jeeps like that?

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Hell, most people on the forum don't even remember the 70's, let alone any Jeeps from that era!!


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Hell, most people on the forum don't even remember the 70's, let alone any Jeeps from that era!!

I was a teen in the later 70's, so I remember them.... I was.... uh.... I was.... um.... I was some place, doing some thing,
and I'm pretty sure it was fun.

But can't say I remember Jeeps from that period.
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I remember the 70's. I really wanted a CJ-5 back then

Kaiser maybe?
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Old 02-20-2010, 05:32 PM   #5
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I've never heard of the Navy having a specifically designed Jeep.
The military did have a bunch of DJ's - made by AM General. Dispatch Jeeps, like the post office. They made those with left hand drive and no tops, so they'd look a LOT like a regular Jeep, but be two wheel drive.

There were also J10's - used for towing airplanes around.

And fo course, the standard M series Jeeps that all the military had:
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In the early 70s I was in the Navy and remember sometimes driving a jeep that that was 2wd only. I think it had a six cylinder engine and a three speed manual transmission. Does anyone else remember any jeeps like that?
During my Navy Daze, I drove Haze-Gray Navy Jeeps in Sigonella, Sicily, '74-'76, while I was stationed there. Can't recall if they were 2WD or 4WD, but they were Manual Tranny's. It's how I learned to drive Stick! Not sure of the engine size, though. Base Maintenance use to Safety Wire the Hood Latches, to keep people honest around the Base. But I do remember the Navy Jeeps..... and the '70's!

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I remember the '70s. I remember the Navy. I even remember Sigonella, vaguely. And if this counts, my '79 CJ-5 was an I-6 3 speed but not 2wd only.
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The jeep that I remember was on Diego Garcia. Our building was about 12 miles from the main base and we got a different vehicle every month or so to get back and forth with, sometimes a 4wd SeaBee type and other times a typical navy 2wd pickup or van.
Once we got this grey 2wd jeep. I knew even less about jeeps then than i do know but it didn't look like the other green 4wd jeeps that were around. probably more like a CJ. I was wondering if they were common on other bases back then.
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In '95 I was issued this 4wd CJ:



I had to turn it in to the motorpool for some PM. When I went to pick it up...the mechanic had Pm'd it to death and it looked like this:




Not only was I lucky enough to get a Jeep in the Navy in the 90's but this was the ONLY military Jeep I ever saw. Everyone else was driving HMMV's.
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I was doing garbage in the 70’s and one of our customers was a roofer that had a large contract with Great Lakes Naval Base. I remember the jeep pictured.



It was the vehicle of choice by the shore patrol that made my life Hell on that base. Those bastards were tough on civilians on base. Thankfully, Illinois didn’t recognize tickets issued by the military as a cause to revoke my license.
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I remember the 70's. I really wanted a CJ-5 back then

Kaiser maybe?
The rear axle is described as a Dana 70 full-floater. What's a full floater?
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Full float means that the axle tube supports the entire load and does not rely on the shaft for strength. The axle shaft "floats".

There is STILL one of those old jeeps that the CO of the Naval Station has parked out in front of the building. I'll get a pic next time I'm over that way.

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