As told by Flint
When I was 5 years
old, we lived in Flour Bluff, Texas. Flour Bluff was later
consumed by the city of Corpus Christi. My attraction to
Jeeps started at this early age. My father was in the Navy
and went into a three man partnership with two other sailors for
this rig. It was a 1951 Willys Overland Wagon, had the old
flat head four in it, would often forge water up past the floor
boards and get through pretty soft sand with street tires.
This allowed us to fish down in the Big Shell part of Padre Island.
And fish we did! The above photo was taken during Hurrricane
Carla in September 1961. The Jeep was sitting in the back
yard on Amber Street during the storm. It was the standard
green color with a white top. Not long after the storm had
passed, my father attempted to ford a pass through the island
and lost the old Willys to a rising tide. It was later recovered
but was wasted by being submerged in the salt water. The
last time I saw any trace of this truck was in 1969. It
was rusted down to the frame and running gear. Farewell
is me at 6 with Big Moose and his 9 foot Lemon shark on July 9,
1961. The Jeep was great for camping and fishing trips!
There were high shell banks that made driving the beach a challenge.
Nick is in the background rustling up something to eat.
He was one of the partners in ownership of the Jeep.
is Nick with the longest fish ever caught on rod and reel from
the Texas coast. It was 17 feet 5 inches long and weighed
1300 lbs! This picture was taken at the Cabanas at Bob Hall
Pier June 24, 1961. We had a trailer we towed behind the
Jeep (seen on the left). The Sawfish was pulled up through
the back of the trailer and up over the top of the Jeep with the
help of some other four wheel drives to make the 35 mile trip
to Bob Hall Pier. The little Jeep could sure haul a load!
is Nick and Big Moose with a couple nice red fish in May 1961
on Padre Island.
a Navy family, we moved a lot. We always seemed to come
back to Corpus Christi. The summer of 1965, we fished with
Harold on Padre Island. He had a 1955 Willys truck with
a six cylinder engine. Harold was a welder and built wide
rims to balloon the street tires out for better float on the sand
and had a nice home made camper on the back. These pictures
were taken on Labor Day weekend 1965.
father, Karl Boardman, Padre Island Beachmaster since 1961.
Looking out for the next big one!