Banana Republic store Jeeps

Back when the store Banana Republic first opened they were a safari themed store.  The first thing you saw when approaching this clothing retailer was a Jeep sticking out of the front of the store.

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This rather small image was the only one I could find of the old Banana republic before they became what is basically an upscale GAP.  I borrowed it from this article: Banana Republic: Themed retail That Once Was.

For a long time I wondered what happened to the BR Jeeps.  They were often hacked in half or had a corner cut off so they could stick out of the store.  I was visiting Army Jeep Parts yesterday and stumbled into one!Image

George Baxter said that this was one repaired with wood and used as a prop for his son’s prom. They did a rather good job with the woodwork (note even the fender detail!). But you can see where wood begins and metal ends showing how this Jeep stuck out of the storefront or wall.

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George confirmed that this was from a Banana republic store.  I think I have seen others pop up on occasion for sale as parts or prop Jeeps.  I miss the days when the local mall held at least one attraction for me, staring at an old Jeep in a storefront.

Army Jeep Parts visit 2

I thought I would post some pictures of the scrapyard at AJP.  It says something when even the scrapyard is carefully lined up.  Most of the Jeeps were CJ2A’s and 3A’s with a couple M38’s and M38A1’s.  There were a handful of WW2 Jeeps scattered amongst the wrecks as well.  There was even a rather nice Ford GPW frame.

It was interesting seeing the wide variety of Bubba modifications on both military and civilian Jeeps.  While Bubba may drive us all crazy with the things he and his buddies did after drinking a 12 pack, we do have to thank Bubba for keeping our Jeeps on the road and out of the scrapyard.

Our favorite Jeep was the one Mike and Scott are standing next to.  Why in the name of all things Jeep did someone try to cram a square headlight into one of the sockets?  Looks like the poor thing is winking 🙂

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Visit to Army Jeep Parts Part 1

This weekend my Buddy, Mike, and I headed up to visit friend Scott Roberts in NJ.  The purposes of the trip were multiple.  I wanted to see how Scott’s WW2 Weapons Carrier restoration was coming along, and I wanted to pick up sheetmetal that Army Jeep Parts had ordered for us.  When Scott picked up the metal from AJP he and George Baxter (owner of AJP) chatted for a bit and realised that George and I had never met in person.  Thus George offered for us to come and visit on Saturday.

I use AJP as my primary parts dealer because of George’s in depth knowledge, and because he truly believes in doing projects correctly.  To do a project correctly one must have the right parts.  George seems to search the world making sure he has the best reproduction or N.O.S. parts available for his customers.  Sheet metal is mostly produced in the U.S. to exacting standards.

I have heard some folks complain that AJP is a bit pricier, but this is a world of you get what you pay for.  If you want to purchase a Philippine made part which does not fit right, save a few bucks, and spend hours cursing the god of Jeeps because the part does not fit right, then that is your prerogative. (By the way, it is not the god of Jeeps fault!  His name is Willys and he splits his time between Toledo, OH and Butler, PA)

George let us wander his well organised scrapyard, and then showed us his 1960 Austin Healey which he has around 2300 hours into at this point.  This is an amazing car which will be lovely to see on the road.  The AJP workshop and warehouse are well organised, and host a wide array of rebuilt original parts, restorable original parts and more.  Jeep Heaven honestly.  A few of my favorite items were the Wall of Jeeps pictured below, George’s 1941 Willys which he purchased in 1984, and an original crated WW2 engine.

Enjoy the photos below (the first is of George and I).  There are more to come.  Many thanks to George for his help, humor, and hospitality.

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George, an original WW2 crated engine, and myself

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