These photos were taken on the Pipeline Road in Panama. It was built during the second World War to provide an oil pipe in the jungle parallel to the Panama Canal. In case the canal was ever blocked by enemy forces, oil could be still moved from one end of the canal to the other. Later it was used by US forces for jungle training. We think many, many Willys Jeeps have been up and down this track in the past. Now it is in Soberania National Park, it is one of the worlds most famous places to see birds. As you can see it is in poor shape but perfect for expeditions in our Jeep. The desert rat on the front of the Jeep is in honour of my Grandfather who was a Colonel (Coates) with the British Army and part of the famous Desert Rats. I am sure he used a Jeep in North Africa, Italy and later during D-Day. That is Alistair (8) and Paloma (5). Alistair can drive the Jeep off road, Paloma can’t reach the pedals yet.
Our Willys CJ-3B was bought from a member of the German Embassy in Panama. We bought the Jeep so that our children could learn mechanics and learn how to drive. We are slowly replacing the old and damaged parts for new ones. The Jeep is used almost exclusively off road on the old WWII tracks that weave through the jungles around the Panama Canal where we live.
Kaiser Willys Jeep Life – Andrew Coates
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