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Alameda has plenty of tiny side streets, and it's pretty hard to check them all for potential DOTS cars. However, I spotted what appeared to be an early-50s VW Transporter down one such street, and though the VW turned out to be a garden-variety mid-60s specimen, I found this crusty old soldier parked next door.

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The history of the World War II Jeep is complicated enough that I started wasting a lot of time tracking down all sorts of interesting tangents; the basic deal here is that Ford contracted to build a vehicle designed (mostly) by Willys-Overland.


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And build them Ford did, cranking out almost 300,000 GPWs by the end of the war.


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Plenty of Jeeps got trashed in combat, plenty more got shipped to the Red Army (whose soldiers would be issued one-way tickets to the Gulag if they expressed too much admiration for such fruits of exploitative capitalism), but vast quantities survived the war to be sold cheap to American civilians.


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This one's been given the rollbar/big-tire treatment, and it wouldn't come as a shock to find the engine has been upgraded as well.


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Hell yes, it has a winch!


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I haven't seen this Jeep in motion, but it's clearly owned by someone who uses it, no doubt for occasional camping trips in the Sierras and such.


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The German Army gas cans are a nice touch- hey, whatever's cheapest at the surplus store!


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And check out the CB radio. 10-4, good buddy!

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