by Simon Bruton
My love for flat fender Jeeps comes from long 4x4 camping trips during my childhood into remote areas of Zululand, South Africa with a group of my parents' friends who had original Jeeps. Those Jeeps took us to incredible remote, rugged places and were completely standard so that is the look I love, and I want to get my 1964 CJ-3B back to that.
This photo explains why I am hooked on old Willys Jeeps. That is me at the age of about 10 in the passenger seat of Roger Gaisfords' CJ-2A. Roger is currently doing a full restoration on this 2A.
Here is the typical scenery of this Zululand Battlefields region where the Anglo Zulu wars of 1879 took place.
I love the distinctive sound of the Willys 4-cylinder motors -- I think it is partly that big steel fan that makes a distinctive whine as it accelerates. See also a side view photo (90K JPEG) of this 1960 CJ-3B.
A Jeep taxi African style, giving a friendly lift to some of the locals down one of the mountain passes.
Roger Gaisford has a wide knowledge of the history and people of Zululand and the Battlefields area, and conducts tours along some of these old 4x4 trails.
Roger also organises a semi-annual 4x4 meeting called Old Trucks, which is a spectacular event dedicated to pre-1970 4x4s only. Two CJ-3Bs regularly attended the event, and I hope that my 1964 CJ-3B will join them at the next one. -- Simon Bruton
Note: Roger Gaisford sent the above photo in 2017, commenting "My 1963 ex-South African Defence Force CJ-3B. Right hand drive. Under right hand seat tool box cut back to allow extra 5-gal. petrol tank. Black out lighting and tow rings on front bumper."
Thanks to Simon Bruton for this 2006 memoir. -- Derek Redmond
See also a military 3B belonging to Jens Buus in Cape Town, with some more information on SADF Jeeps.
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