Trucks and military Jeeps at the 2013 Mason Dixon show

There was a great selection of trucks, wagons, and military vehicles at this year’s Mason Dixon Jeep gathering. Kyle from East Coast Willys (and Rausch Creek) brought this FC and set up a fall display.  I like the Bantam trailer along for the ride.Image

Glenn Harrington took a trophy again with his 1962(?) Willys pickup. Glenn will be hosting a show down his way in Petersburg, VA spring of 2014.Image

The lineup was headed by this immaculate Willys wagon.Image

I was particularly fond of this custom dump truck built by Carl Wolfson of Baltimore. He used 21 donor vehicles in its construction.  The truck combined the best aspects of Willys that he liked.  When Carl rolled in I thought he had loaded it with hay for the show.  It turned out Carl had not had a chance to unload it from the day before.  I think the hay showed that the truck can really do the job it was built for.Image

I believe many of us enjoy a vehicle with patina.  This 1940s Willys had a well loved and used look to it.  And yes, it runs well having been driven to the show.Image

Of military vehicles there was quite a variety.  We even had a 1942 GMC Deuce and a half visit for a bit.  There were several WW2 Jeeps, below are a handful led by Bob Buker’s Jeep.

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I was not sure what to make of this, a 1942 Ford script Jeep being rat rodded.  Looks cool with nice patina and ready for some fun in the mud. The tires appear vintage.Image

A surprise was this 1959 Willys M274 owned by Tim Kress of Hanover.  I did not know that Willys made any of these.  Apparently he was working on a house in Finksburg, MD and the owner said that Tim needed to go next door and see what the neighbor had in her garage.  When he bought it the mule was bright orange.  He says that he has about $3,000 in the restoration. Tim’s display was great with gear and a radio piled up.  There was even a recording running of Vietnam radio dispatches.Image

There was also this M715 tastefully upgraded for some heavy duty offroading.  It won the military class.

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There were more military Willys, an M38 and an M38A1 plus more WW2 MB’s and GPW’s I will do better at taking photos of the military class next year.

As always this was a fun and mellow show.  We took two Jeeps, my faithful and battered 1941 and Kilroy, a 1945 which we just finished assembling the day before and then drove to the show.  I had a wonderful time chatting with all my Jeep friends and meeting new ones as well.

More soon, and remember to drive your Jeep!!

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2 thoughts on “Trucks and military Jeeps at the 2013 Mason Dixon show

  1. I honestly like the Willys wagons, but there is one I would love to own someday. I don’t have many impulses buys left with the Mrs., but if I were to find a nice 4 door Willys crew truck (built only for commercial use – I mean whom would want 4 doors for a family wagon?) I’d probably use that last round. Literally the unintentional grandfather of modern 4×4 SUVs. Great photo story, Merlin.

    • thanks Kris! I tried to buy one of those a year or more ago, it was at a hunting camp and was surplussed from B and O railroad years ago. They were called Hyrails I believe as they were designed for railroad crews.

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