American Towman Magazine - September 2022

Page 40

Classic Wrecker

It’s a Jeep Thing An Early Roadside Service Vehicle That Was Rugged and Versatile By Steve Temple Photos by Steve Temple and courtesy of ACSC

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fter WWII ended, surplus military Jeeps were plentiful, so they were put to good use in a wide variety of applications. One was for the Emergency Service Patrol of the ACSC (Automobile Club of Southern California). Prior to that, as noted in our March 2022 issue (pages 38 to 40), a three-wheeled Harley Davidson called the Servicar had been used since 1935. Clearly the Jeep would be an ideal replacement, given its military-proven ruggedness and versatility. Showing the latter aspect, a custom-fabricated utility 40 • September 2022 | Towman.com