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Unread 11-06-2011, 05:39 PM   #1
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70s Surplus

Does anyone have any info/pictures of 70s military Jeeps either in service or surplused?

I can find very little on this era of Jeeps military history.

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Unread 11-06-2011, 05:47 PM   #2
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It's because there weren't any. In the '70s, AMC, Jeep included, was sold to Renault, and the US Military can't buy vehicles from a foreign-owned company (Which Jeep would have been at the time).

AM General was split off and kept producing a few M38s, the M715 and the M35 amd M939 heavy trucks, but at this point, most actual Jeeps, and the M715s (Military Jeep Gladiators) had been phased out in favour of the Ford MUTT and Chevrolet and Dodge CUCVs.

There were still some M38 versions around then, but not many-the '40s to '60s were dominated by Jeeps, but the '70s were MUTTs and CUCVs and other assorted vehicles, and all those were eventually replaced by HMMWVs in the '80s.

Technically, the Deuce is a Jeep, as it was designed by Kaiser Jeep, but that's about it nowadays.
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Unread 11-07-2011, 04:28 PM   #3
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It's because there weren't any. In the '70s, AMC, Jeep included, was sold to Renault, and the US Military can't buy vehicles from a foreign-owned company (Which Jeep would have been at the time).
In 1994 I purchased a 1979 AMC Army owned CJ5. A company here in San Diego had about 8 to choose from at the time. I still own it and mechanically it is unaltered from when it was purchased.

When I bought it I was told it was surplussed from the Coast Guard. It was painted a very very light green that looked white from a distance. Under this was a semi-gloss OD Green (I found this out years later). When the light green paint became faded the "U.S. Army" stencil became visible on the hood. At this point I repainted what markings I could see and returned it to a flat OD Green.

Personally, when I was in the navy from 1982-86 I witnesses a few shore patrol jeeps that were AMC and dated from the 70's. They were painted a gloss battleship grey and had the same steel hard top that mine has.




The "US Army" and numbers "6512113" were the only markings evident when the top paint faded. The rest I added and I do know the stars are not correct or historically accurate. The front bumper markings are my brothers unit when he was stationed at Fort Irwin CA.
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Unread 11-07-2011, 10:01 PM   #4
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Here it is when first purchased.

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