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What was Dad's USGS Willys sedan?

 
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2020 2:00 pm    Post subject: What was Dad's USGS Willys sedan? Reply with quote

My father was the head geologist and USGS person at Kansas University during the 1950's up through the 70's.
His department had a light green Willys that had 4 doors and in all presence looked like a weird M170 sedan.
It had USGS decals and was marked for the USGS.

Anyone have any idea what model that Willys was?

To be clear this was a military Willys, just wanted to know the specifics of the 4-door M38 or M170 if someone knew them. Question
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2020 1:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was not a M38/M38A1/M170. They are all 2 drs. There are many government agencies that purchase their own vehicles from OEM manufacturers. Those vehicles are managed by GSA (General Services Administration). They are not actually military although their appearance often has an official look and they were usually purchased in fleet lots and they were usually all the same one tone color. The USGS folks have used 4 wd vehicles of many sorts over the last 50 years and they have usually been light green. In the 50's - 60's they would have been station wagons.

Take a look at this 1957 Willys Jeep Wagon belonging to the USGS doing a magnetic survey in the 50's. http://www.physicstramp.com/page/28/
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2020 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

His was most definitely an open top Willys, if not for the extra doors it would have been ID'd from site as a M170 with the extra length.

Not once did they ever paint it but did have to change the top out once in a while to wear.

I ran across a picture of some VIPs touring a military base during the Korean war that was a Willys with 4 door openings and looked almost identical. I just cant find it know, hence why I am posting here.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2020 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2020 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry no, I rode in this jeep for 2 decades as a youth.

It was as if you took a M38/ M170 and being a sedan.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 12:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You repeated sedan several times. Are you aware a sedan has a metal roof and doors. You can modify any jeep extensively but Willys did not produce any 4dr hardtop/sedans based on the M38, M38A1 or M170. I googled USGS vehicles and saw plenty of civilian 4dr jeep wagons built during the 50ís & 60ís.
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