Jeep Legend - Station Wagon

'Jeep' Station Wagon



Here is the story of the 'Jeep' Station Wagon - a Station Wagon which has four -wheel drive for traction d power for those tough transportation jobs --a Station Wagon that doubles with two-wheel drive as a comfortable passenger car. And it is available with a choice of two great engines.

This section concerns the special features of the 'Jeep' Station Wagon that allow it to carry passengers and cargo in comfort across country. First, a brief description of what functions it may be expected to perform and then a summary of its principal sales features to explain why this vehicle delivers such outstanding performance. Finally, detailed specifications as well as competitive comparisons for easy reference.

Basically, four-wheel drive automotive transportation demonstrates its superiority when conventional two-wheel drive vehicles fail to perform a particular job efficiently.

The sales story is a 3-step proposition.

1.  Get the information -- the product knowledge presented in this manual.

2.  Apply this product knowledge to the particular needs of each customer, and --

3.  Demonstrate the four -wheel drive 'Jeep' Station Wagon's superiority over conventional two-wheel drive vehicles and competitive four-wheel drive vehicles. This means both in off-the-road performance as well as compared to the number of jobs the vehicle can handle. The extra cost of four-wheel drive is made up in money received for services that could not have been performed with a two-wheel drive station wagon.

This combination of product knowledge, effective selling methods, and good demonstrations is the key to extra sales.



After the war Willys entered the station wagon field with an all-steel body, 2-wheel drive model. This dual purpose vehicle became so popular that customers, dealers, and distributors began asking for it with 4-wheel drive.  In answer to this demand Willys, in 1949, produced the first 4-wheel drive 'Jeep' Station Wagon. This vehicle pioneered the field of 4-wheel drive passenger transportation.

Here, at last, was a comfortable 7 -passenger automobile with removable rear seats affording over 100 cubic feet of cargo space; a rated capacity of 1/2 ton with a gross vehicle weight of 4500 pounds; a short wheelbase (104-1/2"); and a 75-horsepower, 4-cylinder "F1' head engine. These features ideally fitted the 4-wheel drive ' Jeep' Station Wagons for transporting people, equipment and services in road-less, undeveloped areas inaccessible to conventional 2-wheel drive passenger cars. Now, this rugged vehicle is available with the new, more powerful, 115 HP, 6-cylinder Super Hurricane Engine.


This vehicle is basically designed to carry passengers as well as cargo. Among its many uses are:

An Off -the -Road Transport Unit

In isolated areas it is an excellent passenger car for doctors, missionaries, government personnel, hunters, or fishermen. The ability of this vehicle to cover rough ground with passengers and supplies, makes it the most useful passenger car known for off-the-road use. Lower tailgate and it provides mobile sleeping quarters for two people.

In Panama and Paraguay, for example, Point IV program agricultural workers use this vehicle for extended trips into the interior.

A Combined Pickup and Passenger Car

The 'Jeep' Station Wagon is used as a combined pickup, transport and passenger car for hotels, ranches, estates, construction companies, oil development companies, etc.

When equipment as well as men needs to be carried, the 100-cubic foot cargo space and the rated half-ton capacity make the 'Jeep' Station Wagon the ideal vehicle.

In the oil fields of western and southern United States, Iran and Canada, many 'Jeep' Station Wagons are used to carry geological crews and equipment to the oil sites.

A Public Conveyance

The 'Jeep' Station Wagon is also used as a rural bus for school children and the general public in areas where normal transportation facilities do not exist.

In Brazil, for example, coffee plantation workers are often transported lo and from the job by ' Jeep' Station Wagons.

A Mobile, Self -Contained Unit

The 'Jeep' Station Wagon can be used as a mobile clinic, laboratory, library, display room, or chuck wagon. On some of the larger ranches in Texas, 'Jeep' Station Wagons have served as a mobile office and chuck wagon for ranch hands in the roundup or branding seasons. In the Middle East the archaeological missions of the Republic of France in Afghanistan and the Oriental Institute' of the University of Chicago in I ran use the ' Jeep' Station Wagon to transport men as well as archaeological equipment to the exploration sites.

A Mobile Source of Power

The 'Jeep' Station Wagon, with its front and center power take-off, can be used as a mobile source of power. A winch, installed on the front PTO, permits the 'Jeep' Station Wagon to pull itself, or other vehicles, out of bogs, ditches, and snowdrifts. A portable generator, air compressor, or welder may be run off the center PTO to bring mobile power into areas where none exists.

A Military or Civilian Emergency Unit

A 'Jeep' Station Wagon will handle government or military jobs as a command car or a signal car. In some emergencies it serves as an ambulance either for the army or for civilian defense. Again, its ability to go anywhere, carry a large load of men and materials, enables it to tackle many kinds of jobs.  For example, thirty $-wheel drive 'Jeep' Station Wagons are used by the Chilean Police Force as transportation vehicles and command cars.

These are the major functions of the 'Jeep' Station Wagon. This is WHAT it can do. Now explore the particular selling features that explain WHY it is capable of performing these jobs.


1. Versatility

Versatility of the 4-wheel drive 'Jeep' Station Wagon stems from two main factors: where it can go, and the types of jobs it can handle.

In the first case, the engine can drive all four wheels in low as well as high transfer range, This provides twelve gear combinations that enable the vehicle to traverse rough country and enter areas no two-wheel drive passenger car would be expected to go.

When on good surface roads, the 'Jeep' Station Wagon can operate in two-wheel drive and reach speeds in excess of 70 miles per hour.

Another feature that adds to this vehicle's versatility is its great maneuverability. It can make a complete turn in a radius equal to only 1-1/2 times its length. It can knife through passages as narrow as six feet.

These factors, added to its 8-1/8" road clearance and 104-1/2" wheelbase, enable this vehicle to maneuver over and around obstacles that would prevent a longer, wider, or more low-slung vehicle from getting through.


This "go-anywhere" ability is the reason why 34 'Jeep' Station Wagons have been working on the animal disease control program in the Philippines.

Much of its versatility lies in its all-around usefulness as a passenger vehicle to carry men or equipment, or both. It can seat six passengers comfortably with its rear seats in place. However, should cargo space be needed, the rear seats can be easily removed to afford over 100 cubic feet of space (71" long, 58-1/411 wide and 48-3/4" high). With the front passenger seat removed, an extra 10 cubic feet of space becomes available. Further, the vehicle can be washed out since the vinyl upholstery is waterproof and the rest of the interior is rust-resistant.

The rear doors are designed to admit a load of almost the size of the interior cargo space. The tailgate, when lowered, is capable of supporting the full half-ton load. This increases the length to 8-1/2 feet from the rear of the driver's seat, enabling this vehicle to carry longer objects or to be converted into sleeping quarters for two at night.

Add to all these advantages the fact that this vehicle is a mobile power source adaptable to the installation of auxiliary equipment, and its versatility is apparent. Proof of this is the number of jobs the 'Jeep' Station Wagon is performing all round the world, from mapping work for the Photo Survey Corporation in Pakistan to working on the milk program for children in Indonesia under U. N. I. C. E. F, to providing transportation for Uranium hunters in the south-central part of the United States.

2. Power

Propulsive power for this vehicle comes from a combination of several factors:

Either the 4-cylinder 75-HP "F" Head Hurricane or the 6-cylinder 115-HP "L" Head Super Hurricane
4-wheel drive
Gear reductions to suit the road conditions

These rugged power plants, combined with the proper gear reduction through 4-wheel drive, will take the vehicle under capacity load across rough terrain and into areas where roads are nonexistent. The 'Jeep' Station Wagon can go up or down grades as steep as 60%. It can ford streams. It can pull through mud, sand, and snow. On smooth highways it can be shifted into 2-wheel drive and perform like any conventional automobile. This combination of power and versatility gives the 'Jeep' Station Wagon its plus performance: the ability to go anywhere at any time in any kind of weather .

When driven in 4-wheel drive, the 'Jeep' Station Wagon gains extra traction.  This reduces the tendency of the wheels to spin when additional power is supplied through the power train, and permits the vehicle to move forward even if only one set of wheels has traction.

When very difficult road conditions are encountered, it is advisable to equip the 'Jeep' Station Wagon with a winch (optional equipment). The winch increases the ability of the 'Jeep' Station Wagon to get through rough conditions by enabling the vehicle to pull itself out of places that would stall even a 4-wheel drive unit.  It also gives the 'Jeep' Station Wagon the ability to pull other vehicles or objects out of mired position.

The 'Jeep' Station Wagon has many other power features. Not only can it travel anywhere itself, but by means of auxiliary equipment it can be used to take portable power to isolated areas. Auxiliary power is delivered in the same manner as with the Universal 'Jeep': through the front, and center power take-offs. When regulated by a governor the correct speed, horsepower and torque can be transmitted to the auxiliary equipment.

Because of all these factors, the 'Jeep' Station Wagon has the power to handle its rated load under any set of conditions with a minimum of effort and a maximum of comfort and economy.

3. Economy

Economy of operation is derived from the following factors:

Either the 4-cylinder 75-HP Hurricane Engine or the 6-cylinder 115-HP Super Hurricane Engine
Straight line design
Rugged construction
Extreme usefulness of the vehicle
Long vehicle life

The new 75-FB Hurricane engine, evolved from the tested "L" head model used in World War I1 'Jeeps', can develop its rated horsepower on low grade gasoline.  Servicing costs are held to a minimum, too, because this rugged engine is built to stand up under heavy punishment day after day, year after year. The Super Hurricane, developing more horsepower, is still one of the most economical engines in its horsepower class.

The straight-line body construction of the 'Jeep' Station Wagon and the lack of excess chrome and curving metal adornment serve to hold down repair costs due to collision damage. However, when repairs are needed, the vehicle's 18-gauge steel components can be more easily and more economically repaired or replaced. Maintenance and upkeep costs are held to a minimum.

Ruggedness is built into the 'Jeep' Station Wagon. It's built for off-the-road use and it's expected to handle the rough jobs. That's why this vehicle's all steel frame and straight-line body construction are designed to withstand the stresses and strains of rough daily usage -- either under capacity load in cross-country travel, or in transmitting power to auxiliary equipment. This all-around ruggedness is one reason 'Jeep' Station Wagons are used in dam and irrigation construction work in Northern India.

Because the 'Jeep' Station Wagon is so versatile and can perform so many functions, its initial cost can be amortized over a broader range of duties. This means the greater the number of different jobs it can handle, the smaller the cost of doing any one job. Add to this the vehicle's long and useful life and you see how much more the customer gets for his invested dollar.

4. Safety

In the performance of any of its many jobs, the 'Jeep' Station Wagon has many safety features, such as:

Low center of gravity
Extra large brake linings
Engine compression braking power for down hill travel
Wide visibility

The low center of gravity gives the ',Jeep' Station Wagon great tractability and minimizes the danger of tipping. The rear floor construction contributes much to the vehicle's low center of gravity. It is only 25-1/4 inches from the ground surface and, when carrying a capacity load, enhances the 'Jeep' Station Wagon's ability to hug the road.

The extra large brake lining area on each of the four wheels permits the operator to brake the vehicle's speed quickly and positively. This greatly reduces the hazard of skidding.

Also the braking power of the engine's compression holds the speed of the vehicle to the maximum speed rate of the gear in use --another very important safety feature.

One of the most important safety factors, however, is !he full, eye-range visibility afforded the operator because of the wide vision windshield and large side windows.

All of these features together make the 'Jeep' Station Wagon one of the safest vehicles on the road -- safer, in fact, than the average passenger car or truck.

5. Dependability

The 'Jeep' Station Wagon is designed and built to do its job and stay on the job all year 'round. Its rugged construction, tested 75 and 115 horsepower engines, straight-line pressed steel design, airplane-type shock absorbers, heavy-duty springs, reinforced frame -- all are designed to insure dependable service with a minimum loss of time for repairs. However, when repairs are unavoidable, the accessibility of the engine, the power train, and the clean line construction permit speedy maintenance.

"Down time" is further lessened for the owner because the flexible interchangeability of parts permits adequate stocking of service and repair parts for the entire line at low cost.