Disassemble – Reassemble

The eight-member Jiffy Jeep Team moves with speed and expert precision to remove the chassis, followed by the suspension, engine block, and wheels.
The eight-member Jiffy Jeep Team moves with speed and expert precision to remove the chassis, followed by the suspension, engine block, and wheels.

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Canadian Forces Base Borden: Borden Citizen

Imagine driving a vehicle into a room, taking it apart, and reassembling it to drive away in less than three minutes. This sounds somewhat unbelievable, right?

Well, for the School of Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers’ (RCEME’s) Jiffy Jeep team, this is a realistic situation.

The eight-member Jiffy Jeep Team moves with speed and expert precision to remove the chassis, followed by the suspension, engine block, wheels, and so on. The team travels across the country to interact with Canadians and other Canadian Armed Forces members, showcasing their skills, speed, and teamwork.

The team began practicing last fall, and are considered part of RCEME’s Heritage Team: a greater collective that takes care of artifacts, and works to represent their history, old trades, and skills.

The team’s most recent public demonstration took place at the Black Watch Military Tattoo on April 8 in Montréal. They were able to beat their previous best time by 21 seconds, completely disassembling and reassembling the Jeep in 2 minutes and 39 seconds.

When the team rolls in for a performance, often spectators don’t know what to expect. Once they begin disassembling the vehicle, however, a look of awe overtakes many faces. “The hardest part is lining up the pins when we put the suspension back in,” said Sergeant Sebastien Harrison, Jiffy Jeep Team Captain.

The 1960’s Jeep is slightly modified to allow for the drastic exercise—for example, its electrical system is minimized, with only one plug providing all of its electricity.

So how did the team reach this impressive capability? “Lots of practice,” laughed Harrison. “We borrowed the Jeep from Edmonton last fall and started practicing slowly, getting faster and faster.”

“We will try to beat the new record, but there’s not much time left to take off,” he added.

To see this impressive demonstration yourself, a video of the Jiffy Jeep Team’s performance at the Black Watch Military Tattoo is available for viewing on The Borden Citizen’s Facebook page.

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