Thursday, February 23, 2006

Look What I Found

While mountain biking in the ancient hills around Godwin manor today, I stumbled across something that had been hidden from me under years of overgrown brush until our recent wildfire. Does anyone recognize this beast? Should I try to drag it home on the back of my bike and sell it on ebay?

Or maybe I'll keep it. Might make a cool birthday gift for The Boy.

From this angle, you can't see the best part: the skeleton laying in the front seat. And what is this scribbled document in his hands? Must be important...


Blogger :) said...


2/23/2006 08:09:00 PM  
Blogger P-BS-Watcher said...

Kaiser Willys (Jeep). I'm not expert enough to be more specific but you can see lots of examples at

2/23/2006 08:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Kaiser Willys it is. I'm trying to figure out the model year based on the grill. Looks like it might be around 1950.

2/23/2006 08:59:00 PM  
Blogger Dan Spomer said...

Ummm... a skeleton in the front seat?

We have those hidden in the forest all over these parts, but none that I know of with skeletons.

2/23/2006 10:29:00 PM  
Blogger Goesh said...

What a hoot! You may as well drag it home if you can - somebody will give you a couple hundred for it - they'll come with a trailer, winch it up, slip a couple of crisp C notes in your hand and drive away, with the skeleton. What a history it has! Think of the people that rode in it and their dreams and endeavors! Some say 'old ghosts' like that should be left alone, but I say a couple of crisp bills should be spent. Think of the nice meal you and your family could have to compliments of the 'ghost'.

2/24/2006 04:58:00 AM  
Blogger Sailorcurt said...

Based on the grill, it looks like somewhere between a '50 and a '53.

2/24/2006 09:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My first pickup was a '47 Willy's, but I think yours is a few years newer. Wonderful old truck, would hit 50 mph going flat-out downhill.

It has vacuum windshield wiper on the drivers side, it would slow down to a crawl going up hills. The passenger had to wipe their own window with a hand-cranked wiper. The hand crank probably still works if you wanted to show it to the boy.

Contrast the lack of features to what we have today, but admire the thickness of the sheet metal body. Not a beauty, but built to last. Built to be repaired, too... you can fix anything on it with a just a few basic hand tools. You have a relic of a different industrial philosophy.

2/24/2006 06:51:00 PM  

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