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1946 Willys Jeep Drifting Flying around in the mud
January 23, 2011 3:58 PM   Subscribe

1946 Willys Jeep Drifting Flying around in the mud (slyt)
posted by Tom-B (32 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
i didn't realize the amish were allowed to drive internal combustion vehicles...
posted by ennui.bz at 4:06 PM on January 23, 2011


I mean, yeah, that's what it is, but it's not really entertaining or interesting...
posted by disillusioned at 4:06 PM on January 23, 2011 [3 favorites]


Welcome to Donuts Week on the Metafliter Channelâ„¢
posted by kuujjuarapik at 4:06 PM on January 23, 2011


Slow news day?
posted by punkfloyd at 4:13 PM on January 23, 2011


SOTU prequel or SB halftime entertainment? You decide!
posted by buzzman at 4:13 PM on January 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


My mother often told me never to get into a mud-fight with a 1946 Willys Jeep. You both get dirty, and the 1946 Willys Jeep enjoys it.
posted by bicyclefish at 4:16 PM on January 23, 2011 [2 favorites]


I clicked through to see what drifting flying was. I still don't know.
posted by DU at 4:28 PM on January 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


One of my close friends has one of these. It was converted into a mailman's truck in the 50's, and they bought it back in the 70's and converted it into a farm truck. A damn fun ride for a teenager.

They used to sell them for $50 a piece at government auctions, but IIRC, they had to break the axle beforehand, so it was not considered 'usable', and you could never get them street legal again, at least in Pennsylvania. As a 12 year old, when the other kids wanted Lamborghinis, I was thinking about all the havoc I could wreck with an old Willy's jeep, an arc welder, scrap steel, some Estes rockets, and anything I could find to make my own Mad Max/Megaforce combat car.

It didn't happen, but my father and his friends had made a quite suitable alternative, a home-made dune buggy made from a late 60's VW Bug.
posted by chambers at 4:38 PM on January 23, 2011


oops, pic of said bug
posted by chambers at 4:39 PM on January 23, 2011


I want one. No reason.
posted by Senator at 4:40 PM on January 23, 2011


Oh, I've been looking for a video showing a good example of a typical Ruralus Hipsterius. I had some friends who thought they were extinct.
posted by pjaust at 4:40 PM on January 23, 2011 [7 favorites]


Also, I want them to be my friends. Looks like an interesting collection of derelict vehicles in the background
posted by pjaust at 4:41 PM on January 23, 2011


Ah, and now I find those ads I saw as a kid were probably lying to me.
posted by chambers at 4:51 PM on January 23, 2011


i didn't realize the amish were allowed to drive internal combustion vehicles...

Well, some of the Beachy Amish do, as do a few others, but I'm pretty sure those guys are English.
posted by The White Hat at 4:58 PM on January 23, 2011


Back in the '70's I spent a couple years in the Army Reserves, attached to a medical unit in Ann Arbor. All we did was meet once a month and take care of the paperwork to get us paid, and, spend hours driving one of these around Ann Arbor, in uniform, on campus... good times..

They handle like crap, even when well maintained!
posted by HuronBob at 5:08 PM on January 23, 2011


Spoiler alert: This is a video of a guy driving in circles in a field.
posted by ActingTheGoat at 5:10 PM on January 23, 2011


When the Zombie Times first come I'll drive an Escalade because, hell, an Escalade and most people are zombies now or soon to be zombies and humanity is ended and why feel guilty. During Mid-Zombie Time I'll drive a D9 bulldozer with a rear ripper attachment because D9 bulldozer with a rear ripper attachment. Eventually though I'll come to drive a Willys Jeep because previously.
posted by vapidave at 5:28 PM on January 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


Wow. That is... exactly as you described it.
posted by drjimmy11 at 5:42 PM on January 23, 2011


D9 bulldozer with a rear ripper attachment

Not bad, but I would recommend a few of these on a front end loader with a modified articulated arm, or perhaps two orbiting on a circular track around the vehicle, rotating in opposition for maximum safety and zombie kill potential. Gore-resistant rubber 'Snuggie' poncho for the operator not included.
posted by chambers at 6:03 PM on January 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


As a 13 year old in 1959 I learned to drive in a 1946 CJ-2. At the edge of the Mojave desert and the San Gabriel mountains in Littlerock CA as a youth with minimal parental supervision there were lots of opportunities to drift and do far more foolish, reckless and down-right stupid dangerous things in the Jeep. Too bad we didn't have video cameras in those days so we could share those adventures.
posted by X4ster at 7:23 PM on January 23, 2011


"She can dance a Cajun rhythm, just like a Willys in four wheel drive."

-The Grateful Dead
posted by Danf at 7:45 PM on January 23, 2011


YouTube's advertising department wants me to compare a 1946 Willys to a Chevy Equinox. I am not sure how they plan to do this.
posted by Felex at 7:55 PM on January 23, 2011


X4ster, me too- but in about '55 or so; we had an open field and a 20-acre woods that I was free to explore with it starting from when I was 12. My folks turned the beast over to me when I got my drivers license. I was a ham, and so was my dad, and that jeep had a hundred-amp police alternator in it- so I had it full of radio equipment and it was festooned with antennas.

Chick magnet? What's that? I wuz a nerd before the word was invented.
posted by drhydro at 8:02 PM on January 23, 2011


a few of these

Nah. This is a solved problem. Bear in mind the these bad boys can be operated horizontally for, nominally, felling trees.
posted by stet at 8:24 PM on January 23, 2011


YouTube's advertising department wants me to compare a 1946 Willys to a Chevy Equinox. I am not sure how they plan to do this.

Well, to begin with, the Equinox won't still be running in 65 years. It will, however, most likely have a roof.
posted by axiom at 8:27 PM on January 23, 2011


You're the roof in this.
posted by peeedro at 10:08 PM on January 23, 2011


That machine sounds like it's really happy to be driving around. Even in circles. I started cracking up when they guy was driving really slow, then started weeping...Billie Holiday singing Stormy Weather came up on Last.fm right as that happened...

Maybe I am just feeling expansive, but this is another video that made me feel good to be alive. You can only watch so many people getting the beat down by the cops. sigh, internet
posted by Xoebe at 10:48 PM on January 23, 2011


I commend these young men for doing something productive with their time instead of sitting indoors rotting their brains playing video games.
posted by imjustsaying at 2:41 AM on January 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


Note to youtube posters - when headlining your youtube video, try and leave some mystery.
posted by ciderwoman at 5:45 AM on January 24, 2011


Nah. This is a solved problem.

I was considering those myself at first, but 360-degree protection and speed is what you need to avoid getting overwhelmed by a mass of traditional slow zombies, or these new-fangled fast zombies the kids are all about these days.
posted by chambers at 11:14 AM on January 24, 2011


Wow, there are parts of YouTube I never could have imagined existed. This user has 500+ videos of this kind of stuff.

YouTube has stuff for everyone.
posted by OwlBoy at 3:06 PM on January 24, 2011


As a 12 year old, when the other kids wanted Lamborghinis, I was thinking about all the havoc I could wreck with an old Willy's jeep
My dream first car list included a willys jeep of this vintage too, but at the top was a surplus mail van, the weird boxy type that are being phased out in favor of retrofitted minivans. The driver's seat are on the wrong side AND THEY'RE STILL STREET-LEGAL.

Other top picks included: Delorean, El Camino, one of those old checker cabs with tailfins and whatnot, Luke's landspeeder, and James Bond's Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger.

I ended up with an 88 Dodge Aries Station wagon, which is probably about as bulletproof as a 46 Willys Jeep. I sold it after 5 years of rugged abuse, and I know for a fact it is still on the road with the same motor. I wouldn't be surprised to see a video like this of that car on Robo-Youtube-49 in 65 years.
posted by LiteOpera at 5:51 PM on January 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


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