Discussion in 'Early Jeep Restoration and Research' started by maurywhurt, May 29, 2018.
Here is the hub
the hubs on my jeep are marked m1, and have the IH logo.
I followed the link for his image and could see the picture:
It's nothing I'm familiar with. It must be patterned after a Warn Lock-o-matic, but without the manual override.
Fireball is correct, that this hub is patterned after a Warn hub, but more likely it was patterned after the Warn Automatic-version of the hub (which Hugo told me was a problematic hub and discontinued pretty quickly).
AVM was started by Hugo Vidal in 1957 (AVM) after a handshake-deal with Arthur Warn while Hugo and his two friends were driving a CJ-3B around the Americas (Brasil to Alaska, 1955 on CJ3B.info). Using Warn's specs, Hugo was able to resell Warn tech under the AVM brand. Eventually, AVM expanded outside of Brazil. After 50 years, Hugo retired from AVM. Hugo and Warn (and his son) never had an actual contract. It was always a handshake deal built on trust.
I got the absolute pleasure of meeting 84-year-old Hugo in 2017 and traveling to Alaska with Hugo and his son Fernando. (I've attached a pic of us, Fernando on the left, me on the right and Hugo in the middle, in northern Canada). The last I knew he was still alive, but he I haven't received an email from him in months.
Hugo was so important to Brazil's jeep history that FCA Brazil called him First Citizen of Jeep Nation in a 2018 video that can be seen here: Post Alaska Or Rust Item: FCA Brazil’s Video of Hugo Vidal
Thanks for this, the best info I could find on the web when rebuilding my hubs
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