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Restoring the Past


January 8, 2020

GARY BETTS sits at the wheel of his 1943 WILLYS MB Jeep.

For Gary Betts, a 1943 Willys MB Jeep he found in a quarry outside Corvallis takes him back to his early years.

With its original "Go Devil" engine, it can reach 45 mph and give a modern 30-horsepower John Deere side-by-side a run for its money off the line. The three-speed 4x4 was the military's main light wheeled transport and utility vehicle during World War II, and in recent years, Betts and his wife Mary Betts can occasionally be found riding around in the restored 1943 Jeep.

In recognition of its military origins, he displays his Jeep with a large flag in front of his Whiskey Butte ho...

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