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Old 08-24-2014, 05:06 PM   #1
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Remembering the old M-151 Jeeps

After owning my TJ and getting 11 MPG, with AC and lockers, I can't help but think back on the days gone by with the old M-151 Jeeps.

Had 4WD, handles on all 4 corners so a couple o' GI's could pick this thing up off the ground, the 2-45 air conditioning option ( 2 windows open, 45 miles per hour ) crummy heater, 4 cylinder 65 horsepower engine held together with chicken wire and bubble gum. You'd start her up with a foot starter and unlocking the Series 200 padlock from the hard plastic steering wheel.

But we'd load her up and hook up an old trailer and cram 4 guys into the Heep. One tankful and a five gallon can of Mogas and we'd be good for a 500 + mile patrol. They were old as dirt but the last thing you'd worry about was if the old girl would let you down in the field cause they never would. And if they ever did, well, see the paragraph above about the bubble gum.

No, it wasn't refined , didn't have seat heaters or dual zone climate control, or any of that crap. No GPS so you figured out your route and location with six digit map coordinates and a grease pencil scribbling on the windshield. It did have a helluva radio, though. And every time you pulled the drain plug that stuff that came out was like black molasses. But that POS was always there for us.

I wished I had taken a picture of the old girl but hell, it's too late now. I transitioned to the HUMMER after I got stateside and within the first month, my HUMMER died while I was parked in the parking lot of the PX on a Top Secret mission (Pop Tarts and Pepsi for the Captain) (can't fix an ECU with chicken wire!) talk about embarrassing!

Those old Jeeps would go anywhere, Roads, trails, a mountain side, and they weren't so massively ginormous like the HUMMER so they could fit inside those old mineshafts and tunnels that are spread all over Western Europe.

My hats off to the Jeep.

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Old 08-24-2014, 11:03 PM   #2
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*well said*

my own adventures Du Jeep began circa 1961 with a 1945 CJ2.mil surplus.
Had the same A/C "2-45", power steering courtesy Armstrong, and could drive thru an amazing variety of small places & earth berm culverts otherwise accessible only to VW Beetles.

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That's the reason I have an old Jeep today. It is a wagon but still very simple. I have built it but kept it stupid simple. Roll up windows, no A/C, no computers of any kind. I also have a JKUR but, it really doesn't compare as far as I am concerned ! Got to love the old iron
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re: "the 2-45 air conditioning option ( 2 windows open, 45 miles per hour ) crummy heater,"

just realized there WEREN'T any windows in the old CJ2.....until the canvas top/doors were attached....

and the 'heater' was theoretical at best....

Once I stuck my hand down to see if the thing was actually 'working'....and got the end of my finger smacked by the fan blade. Fortunately it was so slow moving & blunt there was no open skin wound. However, there was so much torque in the motor the end of that finger was numb for months!!! And even in the relatively arid SW Idaho climate a windscreen wiper rag was mandatory, as 'defroster/defogger' was another theory whose time had not yet come.
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Ya, the good ole' Mutt!

They were in service longer than any other Jeep model.

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Old 08-25-2014, 11:29 AM   #6
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There are two of these I see out here now and then. They are great to see in the sand dunes.
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Old 09-06-2014, 05:58 PM   #7
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Until about Nov of last year, I had a Model A Ford Roadster. Read somewhere that the Jeeps made by Ford for WWII used the same 4 cyl block as the Model A and Model B 4 cyl's. Anyone know if this is true or just an old Ford legend?
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Wheeled a m151 in Germany for 84 winter Reforger. Putt an estimated 2000 miles sittin on that canvas cushin. Rag top and plywood halfdoors. Froze my ass off. Spent 90% offroad in fields and woods. Was in 7th heaven,loved every minute. Bout a week after returning to base had to park it next to the rail load depot. Jeeps were being phased out. Going to the scrap yard. Truly a sad day for me and the military in general.

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My hats off to the Jeep.
But is was a Ford, not a Jeep.
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But is was a Ford, not a Jeep.
Dude, it was the Army, ok? Grenades and howitzers... Close enough for government work is good enough! It wasn't NASA or brain surgery.
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Dude, it was the Army, ok? Grenades and howitzers... Close enough for government work is good enough! It wasn't NASA or brain surgery.
Come on now. We have TJ owners here calling JKs not real Jeeps, let alone the travesty (to the purists) that is the JKU (probably the best selling "Jeep" ever) To call a semi-monocoque (not body on frame), fully independent suspension, Ford made vehicle a Jeep might just be the ultimate heresy around these parts!
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Come on now. We have TJ owners here calling JKs not real Jeeps, let alone the travesty (to the purists) that is the JKU (probably the best selling "Jeep" ever) To call a semi-monocoque (not body on frame), fully independent suspension, Ford made vehicle a Jeep might just be the ultimate heresy around these parts!
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Ya, IMO the M-151 was that last military "Jeep" even though it had many features associated with non-Jeeps like IFS and uni-body construction (things they are considering for the next Wrangler model btw). Heck, even the grill slats were sideways because there was a trademark on the vertical 7-slot pattern.

I guess the reason we still think of it as a Jeep was its size and that it was so open and usually only had a canvas top. Its definitely not a HMMWV.
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Old 11-23-2014, 08:46 PM   #14
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FYI there is confusion being caused by something that has been established:

jeep (lowercase j) refers to a rough and tumble, rugged, off road 4x4 vehicle, both military and civilian owned. These can be made by ford, GMC, Willy's Overland, Bantam...(you get the point)

Jeep (upper case J) is a company that makes jeeps along with other automobiles such as SUVs.

Examples: a Tj is a jeep made by Jeep.

The M-151 is a jeep designed by Ford and built by kaiser or AM general corps.

Semantics, I know...sorry
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True, the name Jeep was trademarked by the Willys-Overland company shortly after WWII.

The term "jeep" has been used by military folks throughout the years for many purposes.
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Alas, the m151 was deemed unsafe for civilian use and surplus units had to be de-militarized by being cut in half. A few escaped, but they are very few and far between.
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I was stationed on Wake Island at the Coast Guard loran A station in 65-66. I inherited an old military jeep that was pretty much a ball of rust.

I can't remember the year or model but it had the F-head motor. Ripped off the remaining sheet metal and built a replica body out of plywood. She ran great and would plow through axle-deep soft sand with ease. Head lights were gone so I strapped a couple of flashlights on the fenders for night use. Happy memories.
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They didn't all get cut up. This is my '67- 2N 9283. I take it to some local 3 gun matches.

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They didn't all get cut up. This is my '67- 2N 9283. I take it to some local 3 gun matches.

Het wait a minute, I see 4 guns there!

Just kidding, nice rig
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Ha ha! Good point!

I've heard Vets talk about how these are almost indestructible and I'd believe it. I've owned this M151 12 years as of last month and the only thing I've had to do is oil change, top off tranny lube, a set of batteries, and put gas in it. The motor starts whether the temp is 0 degrees or 100, and it purrs like a small house cat. (It's only 72 HP, so I think that's a reasonable analogy.)

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