One of many pieces of aftermarket agricultural equipment designed in the 1940's for use with Universal Jeeps, the K and K Mower Bar was produced in Denver, Colorado.
K & K Manufacturing was at the same address as KurlandMotors in Denver. Considering this was roughly the same time frame, the "K" most likely indicated some affiliation with the Kurland family. (The firm is listed variously in the literature as K and K, K & K, or simply KK.)
Glenn Byron scanned the K & K pages from the Willys Overland Equipment Book (right), a catalogue of aftermarket equipment available through Willys dealers:
The Willys Overland Equipment Book also included the K &K Minute Snow Blade, a "lighter version of the bulldozer blade." The assembly weighed 300 pounds, and could be raised with a hand pump on the dashboard.
Glenn previously scanned all of the pages of the Mower Bar installation and operation manual, large enough to read the small print (200K JPEGs):
Glenn comments, "It is interesting that supposedly no holes need to be drilled in the Jeep to mount this mower (except the grass shields). Also, that cut-out switch must be something where you have to grind the starter to rehitch the ignition."
Stuart Lovelady sent this photo of an auxiliary spring on his 1954 CJ-3B which is probably the overload spring seen on Page 8 above.
Stuart says, "I was under my 54 3B recently and noticed this interesting doo-hickey. What would you call this springy thingy? It doesn't appear to be a helper spring in the common sense. BTW, it's only on the driver's side.
"My first thought was that it's designed to dump me into the passenger's lap when I hit a bump (useful on first dates). Doc Vern thinks it's there to support something heavy on the left side, like a sickle bar mower, but I think holding up my oversize posterior is a more logical explanation..."
Thanks to Glenn Byron, Karl Russell and Stuart Lovelady. -- Derek Redmond
Also on CJ3B.info, see the Newton Power Mower on the near-mint Gray CJ-3A, and see background on CJ-3B Farm Jeeps.
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