August 17, 2022

I’ve owned “Frankie” since about 1981. 12 Volt. CJ 4-134 L with a Ford head! New Kaiser Willys manifold/exhaust. Has had a Warn overdrive since 1983. The body is a Filipino replica from about 1981. I added a roll bar in 2018. I’ve towed the Jeep all over the US while I was in the USAF. We were stationed in North Dakota and drove it in the winters while there.

But even more fun was driving the GPW at -45F in the North Pole, Alaska (it’s near Fairbanks, AK). It was a bit scary but a lot of fun driving at that temperature. There’s a lot of ice fog and you can’t see six feet in front of you. So if you see tail lights you have likely hit someone!

I rebuilt the engine during the winter while I was stationed in Alaska. Kerosene stove to keep me warm enough to work on it. What a blast. When I was stationed at Tyndall AFB, FL, I drove the GPW to work almost every day. Now that I’ve retired from the AF and live in Tallahassee, I don’t drive it so much as these civilian drivers are crazy! However, I have found a more or less back way to work where the traffic is a wee bit more tame.

Willys Jeep Life Story – Robert Notman



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