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.


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.


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!!

M715 is on ebay


The 1968 M715 is now running and for sale on ebay.

Follow this link to the listing:

The listing has a full description, links to more pictures and a video of the vehicle driving.  Looks like it is near reserve so I am hoping for a sale soon.

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.


George, an original WW2 crated engine, and myself



Drive your Jeep / M715 for sale

One clear lesson from this story is that everyone who has a vintage Jeep should drive it as much as possible.  Jeeps want to find other Jeeps! During the summer I use my 1941 Willys MB almost every day, and that is how we found this Kaiser M715.

Vlad and I were at the WAWA convenience store one morning and after purchasing coffee we came out to find a state trooper standing beside my Jeep.  The trooper smiled and introduced himself.  After we chatted a wee bit he asked if we knew his old school buddy, Ray.  Apparently Ray had a barn filled with Jeeps.  After receiving a vague description as to where Ray lived Vlad and I were off to try and find the mystery Jeep man.

We drove around the mentioned roads but found nothing.  A week later I was at a local auto repair shop and one of the employees looked at my Jeep and said,” Do you know Ray?”  And we began again, but this time I had an address! So I immediately went to Ray’s house, and his wife and I chatted as my Jeep idled happily in the driveway.

A week later I met with Ray and saw the collection in his pole barn.  The collection includes a CJ2A, a restored CJ7, a hot rodded M38, and the M715.  He told me the M715 was for sale and I said I would tell folks about it.  Fast forward to today and it now sits in our driveway at Hanson Mechanical.  We can restore it, repair it, or sell it as is.  It runs well, but needs brakework and has minor rust.  What a cool looking vehicle, eh?

For some great stories about driving an M715 (and offroading it!!) during Vietnam go to this page: