Army Jeep May Go to Work on Farm After War


Creston News Advertiser - June 22, 1942


TOLEDO, O., June 22 - Already dubbed the Army's "miracle car" for its amazing performances on world battlefields, the Jeep probably will get a job on the farm after the war.

R.B. Gray, head of the farm equipment research bureau of the department of agriculture, who supervised tests made at Auburn, Ala., announced that the Jeeps had shown themselves to be "highly useful" in plowing, harrowing and other field work.

During one of the tests conducted by gray at the department's tillage machinery laboratory, the vehicle pulled a 16-inch plow, cutting seven inches deep in bottom cotton land useing 2.32 gallons of gasoline to the acre. The Jeep with its 63 horsepower engine and 4-wheel drive, pulled as much as 1300 pounds without wheel slippage, as registered by the bureau's dynamometer.

Other farm chores performed by the car, included the cultipacking and harrowing a 24-acre field in six hours, using only 2.125 gallons of gasoline per acre; discing a muddy field of 20 acres on 20 gallons of gasoline and hauling a 16-disc drill over a 20-acre field on 10 gallons of fuel.

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