Miraculous Jeep Turns Farm Worker
Athens Alabama Courier - July 9, 1942
|(Upper) Mowing or plowing - It's all one to the versatile Jeep. (Lower) The Jack-of-all-trades Jeep can be used to haul produce as well as harrow and cultipack.|
TOLEDO, O. (Special) - When Johhny comes marching home he probably will stage a re-union with his buddy of the battlefields, the "Jeep", down on the farm.
First experiments conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture and Willys-Overland Motors, Inc., makers of the standard design Jeep, forecast the vehicle as an economical farm unit with as many potentialities in pead as it already has displayed in war.
At the conclusion of tests at the department's Tillgae Machinery Laboratory near Auburn, Ala., R. B. Gray, head of the Farm Equipment Research Bureau, declared the car had shown itself to be "highly useful" in plowing, harrowing and other field work.
In one of these experiments the vehicle pulled at 16-inch plow, cutting seven inches deep in bottom cotton land, using by 2.32 gallons of gasoline to the acre. In another test the Jeep, with its 63 horsepower engine and 4-wheel drive, pulled as much as 1,300 pounds without wheel slippage.
During experiments made here by Dr. Carll Mundy in cooperations with Willys Motors, the Jeep was used to haul a 1,700 pound wagon loaded with 4,500 pounds of corn for a distance of 13 miles. Counting the return trip the car used only one gallon of gasoline or .02 gallons per ton mile.
Other farm chores performed by the Jeep, according to Dr. Mundy, included cultipacking and harrowing a 24-acre field in six hours, using only 2.12 gallons of gasoline per acre; discing a muddy field of 20-acres on 20 gallons of gasoline and hauling a 16-disc drill (three horse) over a 20-acre field on 10 gallons of fuel.