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    It is 51 years old and it runs, it defines cool!

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    And not rusted out!

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    Not many people can say that they have a Jeep that has seen active duty in a foreign land, and returned. That's cool in my book.

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    That would be pretty cool but if it was built for the Swiss army, why return it to the US? I have to say that I am very curious to know if the odometer is correct. Miscellaneous facts....found a shovel secured under the passenger side with leather straps. There is a space on the passenger side that housed a hatchet but don't have it. In the same place on the drivers side, there is a relatively small diameter pipe but no idea what goes in there. It has a heater, non-working for the moment. Put the summer top on it, the leather trim is cracked and shrunk so the top obviously doesn't fit and is about a 1-1/2 out of 10. I hope I can replace that.

    I was given a box of what appears to be jacks and the things that go with it. Slightly rusted but not bad so I will work on them over time.

    There is a small ring on the left front fender, looks like the remnants of this bracket: https://www.kaiserwillys.com/complet...s-41-45-mb-gpw

    There is a rifle holder secured to the right side of the drivers seat but I cannot find a picture of one anywhere. It has leather strips to cushion the rifle and it pretty thin, meaning a thin rifle. Not sure what weapons they were using in 1970 but the top holder looks only big enough for a barrel. The bottom holder seems pretty thin for a rifle butt.

    Going to take my time to replace the windshield. I was told it may be difficult to get the size right? I can have one cut but no idea of the cost.

    I think I mentioned that for some reason, the ignition system is 12v and everything else is 24v. To crank, a switch has been added and that has to be turned on and then you can crank it.

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    Maybe do an image search? Take a definitive picture. Load it into google and hit find this image. Maybe the algorithm will show you a picture of your jeep full of swiss guardspeople escorting the pope mobile! How ironical would that be?!?

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    There is absolutely no telling to why and how your Jeep is where it is today, and to know exactly how many miles are on it. From everything that can be seen, I believe the speedometer/odometer are original and correct.

    The Swiss would have used the Schmidt Rubin K31 rifle up until the late '80s, the the SIG until the current day.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K31
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SIG_SG_550
    https://www.reddit.com/r/guns/commen...nd_companions/

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    Jags, take the windshield frame and all to your local Semi-Truck glass shop. They will fix you right up. It is the same flat panel glass used in semis and recreational vehicles. They will have the seals, and if they are a good shop, will cut the glass to size and install it all for cheaper than you can buy it.

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    Not posting looking for a reply, posting this more for posterity and to have it show in a search for others. My Jeep was made for the Swiss military. On the right side of the drivers seat, top and bottom, on a slant, are 2 "mounts" that appear to be rifle storage mounts. They are U shaped and look to have a leather strip in each one. I have searched everywhere and cannot find any pictures or mention of these mounts. I found this comment on https://cj3b.info/Military/SwissArmy.html.

    "I probably found another Swiss particularity: there is a special piece on the driver's seat that was used to hang a soldier's rifle between the two front seats."

    There was a picture attached of the mount but not the actual piece in question. And, in fact, there are 2 pieces. I asked a question earlier about which rifles the Swiss were using in the 1970 range because these mounts are quite narrow. A barrel could certainly fit in the top piece but it would have to be a pretty narrow stock/butt to fit in the bottom piece.

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    Very cool link! The little Jeep certainly was everywhere and made in a few places.

    From what I can find K31's gm mentioned below seem to be the rifle of choice back in WWII, but they could have used a modified anything to ride in the Jeeps. Did you say this was a '70? Around then it was the SIG 540. There are a few versions of a 540 the predecessor to the 550 gm showed which came in around the '90s.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SIG_SG_540
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    I wish I had better pictures of the mount but this is all I have for the moment. See the bracket on the top right rear of the drivers seat? That would be the mount for the top of the rifle, probably a barrel. In the other pic, you can kinda see the bracket below the shift lever and attached to the front right of the drivers seat.
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