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.