Mike Boyink said, "Ran across this ad in a 1976 Popular Science. Other ads on the page included "An Atlas Body In 7 Days," the flatback kit for a VW bug, and an offer to "Run your car on wood scraps, coal, charcoal...almost any carbonaceous material! Proven in hundreds of thousands of vehicles during WWII! Guaranteed!"
Another Jeep-style lawn tractor was the Palomino tractor from the Roof Manufacturing Co. in Pontiac, Illinois. See an article on the Yesterday's Tractors website, and the Comments in response to the article.
Dan Erni in Illinois sent photos of his Palomino and wrote: "The Roof Palomino has a two-cylinder Kohler engine (160K JPEG) and hydrostatic transmission. It was equipped with a five-foot-wide mower deck, which I removed before taking these photos. See the rear view (150K JPEG). Information about these units is very sketchy, but it is generally agreed that they are fairly rare, with perhaps only a few to several hundred being manufactured."
Bob Christy's wife Mindy took this photo of him cutting weeds with a brush hog powered by the PTO on his 1953 CJ-3B in Ohio.
Bob comments that "Five feet is a heck of a lot of cutting, so you don't have to make many passes to get the job done. But you just can't make a tight turn with a trailer type brush hog. The shaft will bind if you try to turn tight. This leads to having to disengage the PTO and make a wide sweeping turn to line yourself up for the next pass."
See more details on Running a Bush Hog From a Jeep PTO on The CJ3B Page.
For picking up golf balls on a driving range, or cutting the grass in a park with a bear problem, this "hardtop" could be useful.
This photo from an unidentified location shows up in the July 2001 issue of Jp magazine. This issue doesn't include a lot of flatfender material, but there is an article on bolt-on upgrades for the flathead Go-Devil engine. You can find it at newstands or subscribe via the Jp website.
Jose Carlos Osinski of Alicante, Spain drives this nice military surplus VIASA CJ-3, equipped with the Barreiros diesel engine. The photos he sent look like one of those great old Willys brochures showing Jeeps hard at work carrying every possible kind of load. Jose didn't say whether this was for business, or if he was just bringing something home for the garden.
Thanks to all the photographers. -- Derek Redmond
Return to the Index of Unusual Photos on The CJ3B Page.
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