Family Guns episode online

My students and I were relocated to another classroom today.  With no library to wander and no computers to play with they asked if we could watch the Hanson Mechanical episode of Family Guns.  It is online now so they were able to watch it.  For your viewing pleasure here is a link to Family Guns Episode 3: I Wanna Jeep where we restored a Ford GPW in a month (not two weeks!!!) Enjoy!!

Click Here: I Wanna Jeep!



Family Guns premier

IMA held a premier on September 7th of their new TV show “Family Guns”.  They pulled out all the stops with a huge screen on the lawn in front of the warehouse, wonderful food, tables under a tent, and an open warehouse to explore.  WW2 military vehicles were lined up on the grass.  Below is a shot of the Jeep we rebuilt for them next to a “Seep”.


I took my friend Randy’s wife and son.  Laurie looked at the Seep (the Jeep version of a Schwimmwagen) and immediately nicknamed it the “duckling”  That just gave me a wonderful image.  Picture a WW2 DUKW surrounded by a bunch of these “ducklings”!!  Below is a shot of Chris, Paul and I with the 1945 GPW.


Happily the warehouse was open to the public. Randy’s son was in heaven exploring all the WW2 German gear.  The British cannon below was just one of many beautiful pieces in the warehouse.


And here is a shot in their main showroom.


The first episode of the show aired this evening and was great fun to watch.  Make sure to catch our episode on Sept 26th at 10pm.

Click here for a sneak peak of our episode : Tangerine Dream

Just a note on prices represented on the episode (before people start looking for a deal!!)  Pricing did not include items taken in trade. Plus this Jeep had an immaculate drivetrain including a rebuilt engine and many original F script parts.  So the main overhaul of the Jeep included major frame welding, steel work on the body, and then it was a huge amount of cosmetics and re-assembly.

See us on TV!

In December of 2011 Hanson Mechanical rebuilt a 1945 ford GPW for International Military Antiques of Gillette NJ.  The rebuild, and use of the Jeep in a reenactment will be on their new TV show, Family Guns. Below is a shot of the director, myself, and two of the IMA fellows after filming at a WW2 reenactment in January.


The show premiers in the US next week on the National Geographic channel at 10:00 on September 12th.  The episode featuring our Jeep rebuild is called “I want a Jeep.”  That episode will air in the US at 10:00 on September 26th.  I have an international release schedule as well and will update this post with that information as soon as I have a chance.


Here is a link to a couple video snippets from the show (not our episode though!)

Family Guns