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A Brief History Of Early Warn Hubs For Jeeps

Discussion in 'Early Jeep Restoration and Research' started by maurywhurt, May 29, 2018.

  1. Mar 22, 2021
    xavier marchant

    xavier marchant New Member

    Mar 22, 2021
  2. Mar 22, 2021
    Mr Vaughan

    Mr Vaughan Fly by the seat of your pants

    Central City, NE
    Oct 20, 2020
    the hubs on my jeep are marked m1, and have the IH logo.
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2021
  3. Mar 22, 2021

    Fireball Well-Known Member 2021 Sponsor 2020 Sponsor

    Pullman, WA
    Feb 9, 2018
    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.
  4. Mar 22, 2021

    LostBiscuit New Member

    Jan 8, 2013
    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

    Glenn, SoFla8300, maurywhurt and 2 others like this.
  5. Aug 29, 2021

    KeithR New Member 2021 Sponsor

    Oct 2, 2018
    Thanks for this, the best info I could find on the web when rebuilding my hubs
    maurywhurt and Focker like this.

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