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Stainless Steel Jeep Body Production Resumes

Posted December 15, 2011 9:00 AM by dstrohl

As much as rust posed a problem to early Jeep enthusiasts here in the United States, it laid waste to the population of Jeeps left behind in the humid and damp Philippines after World War II. Yet, those Jeeps became a huge cultural symbol there once local craftsmen learned to shape brand-new bodies out of stainless steel.

Here in the United States, stainless never caught on as a material for replacement bodies, but one man in Oregon aims to introduce Americans to stainless steel bodies as an alternative to the fiberglass and regular steel replacement bodies currently on the market. Del Blanchard, of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, through his many contacts in the Philippines, imported a limited batch of stainless steel bodies for Jeep CJ-3As and CJ-3Bs about a dozen years ago, but at the time didn't think it'd be worth importing any more.

"I thought it was an interesting experience, but I just let it slide," Del said. "But people wouldn't leave me alone about them."

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12/16/2011 9:58 AM

I used to own one that I assembled together way back in the '60s before coming to this country. It was pretty neat once polished and did not require much up keep in maintaining the glossy shine. The only problem experienced with stainless steel made body is the need to replace the body section once damage, banged or dented. Unlike the regular BI sheets, which can easily be re-shape and are very forgiving and malleable, stainless steels sheets seems to be more on the brittle side?

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12/16/2011 4:20 PM

I think this has great potential. With the salt we have here on the roads in the winter, rust is our Jeeps worst enemy. A stainless steel body would correct this issue.

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12/16/2011 6:57 PM

I admired them back when I used to get to the Philipines, not really cost effective to bring them in then due to sheet steel availability.

As availability has dropped and budgets for toys have escalated someone could probably run a pretty steady business now.

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12/19/2011 12:38 PM

I'll be looking forward to cruising my DeLoreJeep on the next beach clean-up on the Washington coast!!! Now all I need to do is find an overseas manufacturer for my flux capacitor...

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