Mason Dixon Jeep gathering 2013: The CJ’s

This past Sunday I attended my favorite Jeep show of the year. The Mason Dixon show is only a few minutes from my house in Westminster Maryland. Below are the show winners for this year.Image

Most Jeep shows this year have had a few less attendees.  We had a couple less Jeeps this year but the showing was still fantastic.  Mike Hardesty did a nice job not only of organizing the show, but of arranging for beautiful weather. The showing of vintage CJ’s was wonderful bringing out a colorful array of restored and unrestored Jeeps.Image

Mike Hardesty’s yellow CJ3A begins the line in the above photo.  The orange one belongs to Dan, it has a heck of a story.  He and a buddy used to take it hunting in Colorado in the 1970s.  They drove it, modified it and in the 1980s sold it.  Dan’s friend found it for sale with a tree growing through it at a farm auction a few years back.  It made its way home to Dan and his family and has been out hunting again since.Image

The Jeeps I like the most are well loved, well used and unrestored.  The nice example below is a former brush truck.Image

My favorite was this 1946 CJ2A barnfind brought by Lime Street Carriage, LLC.  It had been off the road since 1971.  A basic mechanical going over brought it back to life and the road again.Image

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Mike Gardner’s 1945 CJ2A was present as well.  Look for Mike on youtube if you have not seen his offroad videos.  Mike brought this CJ back to life from being a total rustbucket, and drives it like it was meant to be driven.  I know I drive my 1941 alot, but I believe Mike has me cleanly beat.Image

Below Mike imparts Jeep wisdom to my friend and assistant, Peter.Image

One of my favorite Jeep creations at the show was this chair brought by Kyle of East Coast Willys. I must make one of these… sadly I gave away alot of my spare Jeep grills.Image

Keep an eye out for my next post, I will cover the Military lineup from the show and the trucks and wagons that attended.  until then, drive your Jeep!!!

-Merlin

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Jeeps at Ernie’s

A short while back I posted about vintage Dodge trucks at Ernie Baals’ place.  Now we are going to step back and finish up my visit to Ernie’s with his Jeeps.  The first shot is of a project in his shop.Image

I honestly cannot remember the years of most of them, but I thought folks would enjoy the photos.  The one below was restored by Ernie when he was sixteen and he plans to overhaul it again.Image

Ernie built the Jeep below almost entirely from reproduction parts.  It lasted about 300 miles and chipped a gear.  It sits as of now as a failed experiment and an annoyance to Ernie.Image

If any of you followed or read about our M38 resto rod overhaul (see it here: M38 resto rod ) You know we have seen really screwed up wiring.  Well the Jeep below takes the cake.  I have never seen home lighting switched in a wiring harness.  Kudos to Bubba, you have topped yourself!!ImageImageImage

I had fun sharing stories of Bubbafied Jeeps with Ernie.  He also has found a large amount of old street signs used to rebuild Jeeps.  I started a collection of the street signs we  have removed from Jeeps.

Ernie also has a really nice 1942 GPW that he drives regularly.  I will include it as the grand finale of this post.ImageImageImage

Thanks again to Ernie for helping with the Dodge ambulance project and for showing us around his collection.