Production schedules in Michigan’s war-materiel plants are being disrupted by workers seeking time off for deer hunting. “Deer hunting devotees among workers in such plants are determined to get their buck regardless of the needs of the boys in the foxholes of the battlefronts,” WAR opines. In one plant, making ball bearings and roller bearings, “critically needed for warplane production, 146 of the 750 people employed there are seeking time off for hunting. Some 1,500 of the 10,000 workers employed in a plant adjacent to Detroit, are taking time off to “participate in the deer-hunting season, which begins Nov. 15.”

The latest installment in an on-going series titled The Cars of the Future,  suggests that one manufacturer of “jeeps” has designed a series of models to “glorify this war vehicle as an adaption for early sales to civilians after the war ends.”  In addition to a complete line of passenger cars based on the military “jeep,” plans call for production of a commercial car (panel van) and station wagon. The vehicle’s current 4-cyl. engine is expected to be used in civilian models, but in a standard rear-drive configuration. Four-wheel drive is expected to be optional. Developing a line of cars from a military vehicle already in production is seen as giving the auto maker a leg up on competitors that are estimated to require between three and six months to resume civilian car output at war’s end.

Vehicle production in the first nine months of 1943 is estimated at 721,900, down 33% from the 1,077,025 units built in like-1942. Labor and material shortages are blamed for the decline. Although still No.1, Ford output of 168,595 units is down sharply from prior-year’s 315,055. Dodge is second with output of 116,685 trucks as against 147,900 a year earlier, followed by Chevrolet, at 110,925 units vs. 183,085. Only GM Truck, 105,000 units vs. 93,331, Diamond T, 10,600 compared with 9,350, International, 10,650 units vs. 10,550 and Reo Truck, 2,995 vs. 2,742, built more vehicles so far this year compared with 1942.