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Jim Hollis joined the basement restoration team nearly twenty years ago. Over that period of time he has assisted in projects ranging from the restoration of two R-3350 engines for the Smithsonian’s Enola Gay, to the overhaul of a Willys Jeep engine from 1942. The latter project was one he undertook himself  because of its personal nature. 

Jim maintained the same type of Jeep for the Navy in the Pacific during World War II and was justifiably proud of the work he performed at that time. And so, this time around, he was equally proud to see his overhauled engine dropped into a ground up restoration of the same type Jeep he last drove 67 years ago. 

On September 3rd, we brought the Jeep to Balboa Park and treated Jim to one more ride in his old mount. The expression on his face says it all!

San Diego Air & Space Museum

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