Bill is one of those guys that is interested in everything. One of his passions is the history and restoration of what we know of as the "Jeep" The story is quite interesting because most people don't even know there was a army sponsored competition to find what prototype would become the iconic jeep. The first jeeps were not built by Ford or Willy's they were built by the American Bantam Car Company.
American Bantam Car Company.
There are only a handful of these first amazing prototype jeeps still around.
I met Bill because of a common interest in compound sheet metal shaping. These are the kinds of three dimensional curved shapes you find in automobiles and aircraft construction. My interest came from a project I had worked on that involved compound shaping of steel for a barbeque prototype. Bills interest is purely automotive. Since our first meeting Bill has steadily put together a pretty well equipped shop. As Bills personal machinery shopper I'm responsible for furthering the amount of tonnage that his wife will have to unload if he keels over one day. She should just be thankful he's not into steam locomotives is all I can say.
Hope you liked the tour.
Additional links about compound metal shaping, Bantams Bantam BRC