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Thurs July 27: Almost to Dawson Creek

• CATEGORIES: Alaska Or Rust Trip, Features

Hugo & Fernando’s signature on Patteron’s hood.

Today the four of us travelled from High River on Alberta’s eastern slope to Grande Cache at the top of Jasper National Park. (See yesterday’s post here)


Our goal for the day was to traverse the length of Banff and Jasper National Parks. Because we felt the drive would be a long one, we began the day at the crack of 8am. I know that doesn’t seem early, but it sure felt early. The late nights are catching up to us.


Our first objective was to locate a mini SD card for our Go Pro. With few options open at 8am, we were forced to head north to the Walmart at Otokos. There, as I dashed inside to get a card, Fernando and Vidal drove to the gas station to get gas. Minutes later we pulled up behind them. Before I had a chance to place the gas nozzle into the filler hole, two kids and their father came over to tell me how cool the jeep was. I asked if they wanted to sign it and their faces lit up!


Once they signed, I began pumping gas. Meanwhile, Fernando and Hugo, who were in front of me, finished pumping their gas and waited for me to finish. About then, I began hearing a honking sound. Then another. Then another. I looked up from the pump and some woman was trying to get Fernando to drive away from the pump by honking her horn even though there were two other lanes open! No, she wanted the pump in front of me. Fernando tried to ignore her, but she was insistent, so he pulled out. Can you guess what she did?  Continue reading

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Thursday July 27th: The Lonely Road Home

• CATEGORIES: Alaska Or Rust Trip, Features

(See Yesterday’s Post here)


Scott’s wagon back in the states.

Today was a roller coaster of emotions for Scott and Bob. They started the day finishing up the reinstall of Scott’s engine. With that done, they fired the engine in excitement, only to be plagued by fuel pump issues. Faced with yet another challenge after a week of challenges, they plunged ahead and solved their fuel pump issue, successfully getting themselves on the road.


If only for a short time, they were on top of the world. For seven days they faced trial after trial, long night after long night. Ulysses would have faded under such circumstances. When they finally fixed the wagon Thursday evening, they were fired up as you can see in this photo ….

Triumphant, they roared down the highway, unstoppable … for almost 20 miles or so, before the engine faltered again, this time disabling the wagon. Unable to go any further, they concluded the trip was over for them.

We are all saddened by the news, because Scott was a major force for the creation of Alaska Or Rust in the first place. He and Bill both talked me into it. Meanwhile Bob was our treasurer and handled other logistical issues. The trip will not be the same without them and both will be deeply missed. They are now back in the states, ready to return home.



Russ left his Jeepster at the motel to run and get Scott and Bob.

The day was full of other heroes, too. Russ and Tom drove to Dawson Creek with Charlene, becoming the first Alaska-Or-Rust team members to reach the beginning of the trek. Instead of staying, they parked Charlene at our motel, then roared southward, their truck towing an empty trailer meant for Scott. Russ felt that Scott and Bob deserved to be in Dawson and they’d drive all the way back to pick them and their wagon up if necessary.

As you can imagine, Russ was ecstatic when he learned that they’d gotten the wagon running again. But, he was soon heartbroken when they Scott told them to turn around, that he and Bob were finished. So, kudos to Russ and Tom!



From left to right, Merlin, Britt, Emily and Joe

When Scott and Bob broke down a few days ago, the four heroes above changed their course to pick up Rick so he could make it to Alaska. Together, the five of them had a good time in Glacier National Park on Thursday. When they left to cross the border, Rick ran into a technicality that didn’t allow him to cross. Left with few options, Merlin and Britt drove Rick down to Great Falls, Montana, so Rick can fly up to meet the group in Fairbanks when they arrive. Meanwhile, Merlin and Britt turned around and went back to Canada. It was a LONG day for them. At least they got some good pics.

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1948 JeepRod Truck Marietta, GA $15,900

• CATEGORIES: Jeep Rods, Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

Nice build.


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1946 CJ-2A Rochester, MN $10,900


Looks like a nice jeep.

“Nice willys CJ2A, civilian model ,mostly everything on this is new or rebuilt or restored, very nice running jeep, have all receipts and paper work, $10,900 only phone calls only can be answered no email or text, please call #”

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Several Jeeps Longview, TX


Seller has at least five jeeps that I see. The ad is a few days old, so I don’t know what’s left.

“1940’s Willys cj2a jeeps universal open body several parts jeeps and extra parts
There’s one 1959 cj5
Tubs fenders hoods seats radiators rear ends front ends transmissions transfer cases original wheels windshields (split and one piece) engines Go Devils, Super Hurricane 6 cylinder one F head
Too much to list so text between 7:30am-10:00pm if you want something I didn’t mention.
All the parts will sell under eBay prices if you need an idea price wise.
Text me for more info/pics I don’t carry the phone with me all time so might be a delay responding.
If the ad is up stuffs still for sale don’t hesitate because it’s going fairly fast.”

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1960 DJ-3A Wysox, PA $13,900


UPDATE: Price dropped to $13,900.

Looks in good shape.

“1960 Willy’s Jeep DJ3A 4×2….Good Condition….25,000 plus Original Miles…”

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1962 DJ-3A Naples, NY $12,000


Craig spotted this one. It is a late model convertible DJ that’s has all its convertible top related parts removed. It’s also missing hubcaps.

“Jeep is like new, Frame off restoration in 2002. Perfect for a resort or campground maintenance vehicle or just to take to your local cruise night. 3 spd Manuel on the Column. You will not be disappointed.”

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1946 CJ-2A North Bear Lake, MN $4950


Need work of some kind.

“Runs & Starts OK, World War II Markings – Ranger 2nd Battalion, New Type Air Filter, Lights Work, Stored Indoors, Need Some TLC.”


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1946 CJ-2A Burnsville, MN $3,499


Needs some body work.

“lling a 1946 Jeep Willys. Has been converted to a Ford 302 engine which runs great. Vehicle has clean title, solid original body and drivetrain. This has a 3 speed manual transmission. The top and roll bar are in excellent condition for their age. There is a tow bar in the front for dragging jeep behind a vehicle with a 2″ ball. Licensed as collector. Runs and drives. Bought for restoration project but no longer have the time to work on it.”

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1959 FC-150 Portland, OR $5500

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677

Needs some work.

“Runs and drives .
Could use brake master as pedal sticks.

I have too many projects to fully restore this too.
4 cylinder . Manual.
Driver window is cracked.
6 volt.
Starts first try.
Rear PTO
Proce is not negotiable sorry.
Clean Idaho title .”


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2 FC-150s Maine $2400

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677

One is dissembled.

“Willys Jeep FC150s. One has very good frame. Needs body work. Has been run but needs carburetor repair, and completed coolant system. Drivable with some other work. Currently has a CJ5 rear axle but comes with FC axles. The other has been disassembled and is not completely. Many other parts.”


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1948 CJ-2A Denver, CO $975


Not clear how much value is here.

“Willys flat fender CJ2A jeep. Great potential as a rat rod sand car or restore. Even surface rust with slight body damage. Has a Buick 215 four Bbl aluminum V8, not running, with cast iron bell housing mated to a jeep three speed transmission and transfer case, steering components, front and rear axles, and straight frame.”


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1959 FC-170 Cumming, GA $11,500

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677

Not running.

“1959 Willys FC170, factory straight 6 , 4wd, Warn overdrive option , aftermarket “erra” correct flat bed , currently not running ( needs distributor rebuilt ) needs tires, ( tires over 10 years old and dry rotted ) . Interior in real good condition . Cash Sale, no trades, will need car hauler trailer or roll back to transport. Bill of sale will be provided at time of sale, Georgia does not title vehicles this age.

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1947 CJ-2A? Rochester, NY No Price


No pics. It’s part of a garage sale.

“1947 jeep willys army jeep.”

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1965 DJ-3A Beaverton, OR $7999


It is a project. Has updated engine.

“This is not a ridiculous or heavy project otherwise the word “project” is relative.
If I can get what I am in it so far, I’ll let it go. I did not lose interest in it. In my case, the problem is space otherwise I do not have another project needing this space but the wife wants to be able to park inside. We have a 3 door garage and so much STUFF in it. Happy wife/Happy life.
I am cleaning my garage and that’s why I could not approach it to take better pictures but I am just testing the waters right now and that could be good for a potential buyer to be the first to see it LIVE and hopefully ending up buying it because even though these kind of Jeep projects are overall in demand but with the bad pictures I provided, for now, I bet you it wouldn’t be appealing to many until I put some more and better pictures next week.
I bought this a couple of years ago from the widow of the 68 y/o owner who suddenly died of a heart attack. he was fixing it putting new drums and brakes which are still in the rear cargo area. The Jeep has 52,000 miles on the body but he put an old Chevy motor from the late 50’s in it which could be from a Corvette of those years. The seats are all intact with one little tear but since they are old, I think they should be redone. It has some surface rust and little rusted through only on the driver side floor panel.”

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1946 CJ-2A Pepperell, NH $850


Includes spare engine.

“1946 cj2a been sitting a while comes with spare engine frame is solid”



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1948 Wagon Withee, MN $3900

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons

UPDATE: Still Available.

(05/06/2017) Looks like some value here.

“1948 Willy’s Jeep Delivery for sale. Very little rust. Montana truck.”

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1949? CJ-2A Durand, WI $3500


UPDATE: Still Available.

(04/09/2017) Inclues a hardtop and a PTO. Needs some bumper work.

“Running 1948 CJ2A. There is a dent if the front bumper and the frame horns should be replaced. Frame itself is straight and solid. Body is in decent shape but the floorboards are rusted in the normal places. Brakes work and have been rebuilt with new drums, cylinders, and lines. Frame and body ID tags are still attached and the jeep has a clean MN title that matches the tags.

Also has a hard top with doors, snowplow bracket, and an additional bracket coming off of the rear bumper. Would consider selling these separately.

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15th Annual FC Roundup March 23-25

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features


March 23-25, 2018 1600 W.
Colter St. Phoenix, Arizona 85015

This is your personal invitation to the “Most Excellent” FC-Only event. We invite all FC Owners and friends of Jeep Forward Controls.

It is our pleasure to invite you, with or without your Vehicle. This is where you will see some of the best authentic and original restored, ongoing projects or modified FC and FleetVans. You can learn a lot in a weekend, see the Military models of FCs, take detailed pictures, talk to other owners. Bring your FC items, toys, memorabilia, photos, artwork, literature, and manuals to display. See new FC related products and parts and special tools. FC Roundup event hats, T-shirts, will also be available. There is no charge for the event.

We are always so very grateful for your donation of any FC related items that are given away during the Saturday afternoon free raffle. Also on Saturday are the large BBQ Hot Dogs and much more, for lunch. Free refreshments daily. One of the best things that happens everyday, is that you are also invited to drive your FC / FleetVan or you might ride in an FC. We have FC-Only groups that cruise to and from breakfast and dinner.

It is important that I mention that our weekend is a very busy time for the Phoenix area, the best weather, Spring Training, and many other events. So book your hotel, before they are sold out. The nearby Grand Canyon University, (GCU Hotel on the internet) is the favorite. The 502 Hotel is now closed down. There are other hotels along the NW light rail route that comes from the Phoenix international Airport. Call me for transportation from the Montebello / 19th Ave. light rail terminal stop and for more information about anything, contact me.

Jesse Ybarra 602 321-3675

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1948 Truck Fish Creek, WI $8900

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks

Al’s got this survivor for sale. Contact Al Sandvig at Email: or (480) 221-3212

Sometimes you just have to admit to yourself,” You don’t have the time or desire anymore to finish a project”. Such is the case with this 1948 Willys Jeep 2WD truck. This truck is the proverbial “barn find survivor” awakened from decades of deep sleep in 2010 when it was purchased. Although the Jeep brand has been synonymous with four wheel drive since its beginning, it has produced two wheel drive Station Wagons and Pickup Trucks to a limited extent. What I have for sale is a very early “survivor” example of a rare 1948 Willys Overland Jeep Truck, two wheel drive, with a three speed column shift. However somewhat looking the worst for wear; faded paint, surface rust, a few dents and broken glass, (I think that’s called patina), this truck is all original with all of its factory equipment. The truck has a clear Wisconsin title. Up until I started the restoration process the last people to turn a wrench on this truck were the workers who assembled it at the Willys Overland Plant in Toledo. My plan was to restore this unique Jeep 2WD Truck back to original due to its completeness and rarity. However, too many other current projects waiting to be finished and future projects to be started reluctantly require me to sell. You will not find a better candidate for a Jeep restoration project.
To date the bulk of the restoration I have done has been to the engine and drive train, approximately $5,000, which includes the following:
• Original Engine rebuild – Terry’s Engine Rebuilding, Green Bay, WI
• Fly Wheel Resurfaced – Terry’s Engine Rebuilding
• Original Fuel Pump rebuild – Arthur Gould, Kings Park, NY
• Original Radiator Cleaned – Melville Auto Repair, Sturgeon Bay, WI
• Original Generator & Starter Rebuild – Fondy Auto Electric, Appleton, WI
• Transmission cleaned, inspected and painted – Owner
• Distributor cleaned, painted, new points, condenser, rotor and cap – Owner
• WO Carter carburetor rebuild – Owner
• Column Shifter Linkage cleaned, painted, new insulators – Owner
• Original Master Cylinder rebuild – Owner
• Oil Filter cleaned, painted, bracket powder coated – Owner, Arizona Powder Coat
• Air Horn & Cross Over Tube powder coated – Arizona Powder Coat
• New Rubber Engine & Transmission Mounts and Ground Strap – Walcks Four Wheel Drive
• New Clutch Cross Shaft, Linkage and Weather Seals – Walcks Four Wheel Drive
• New Clutch, Pressure Plate, Throw-Out Bearing & Pilot Bearing – Walcks 4WD Drive
• New Spark Plug Wires, Plugs and Coil – Owner
• New Hoses, Clamps and Fan Belt – Walcks Four Wheel Drive
• New Plastic Gas Tank & Sending Unit – Walcks Four Wheel Drive
• Sandblasted Rims & Painted to Match Original Yellow
• New Inner Tubes – Coker Tire




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1942 GPW East Wenatchee, WA No Price


No pics provided.

“Ford GPW (Willys MB) for sale. It’s complete but in pieces. The wife wants it gone, so it’s going cheap. Call or text for questions/concerns.”

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Tues July 25th: From Earthly Mountains to the Plains of Vulcan

• CATEGORIES: Alaska Or Rust Trip, Features



Alan and Sandi from Chilliwack signed the jeep today in Fernie, Canada. Alan was born in Fernie.

Today was supposed to be a short trip; instead, we travelled to Spock’s homeward, Vulcan. Who knew Patterson could take us into neighboring galaxies?? …. (See yesterday’s post here)


We started a beautiful morning in the ski town of Fernie. Our search for a bank led us to the downtown area, which had some wonderful little shops. At the Fernie Meat Market we found a 3rd generation butcher whose grandfather started the shop in 1926. Ann bought some pepperoni and some smoked garlic sausage (both non-beef and gluten free) that was amazing!


At another shop Ann found an interesting set of Moose-like horns that are a coat or towel hanger. Of course, she asked me to pose with them on my head. After the photo, I approached Fernando and Hugo in their jeep and they were laughing at me. It turns out that in certain parts of South America hold antlers to one’s head suggests a certain liberal approach to sexuality. They suggested that I never do that down there. Duly noted!!! (That wife of mine is always getting me in trouble!)


After Fernie, we started our trek east. The maps suggested that we would climb up and over Crows Nest pass. The climb was anticlimactic, as it didn’t seem too high, but it was still a pretty drive.




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1962 Wagon Winterset, IA $5500

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $5500.

Kristine is selling her beloved wagon named Wilma. Contact her at: 515-402-2032

“I have a 1962 Willys Wagon. It runs well, Tornado engine, 4-WD, 3-speed on the floor, clean title.”


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Hardtop & Plow Tiro, OH


Dennis has a couple items for sale.

“Willys jeep hardtop. Fits MB, GPW, CJ2A, CJ3A, and M38. Must use CJ2A windshield. May work with other windshields if modified.

Glass is good, looks like hardware is there, one small patch on roof, maybe where antenna was mounted. Windows slid down in doors, rear door opens. Aluminum. 300.00

Willys Jeep plow. Looks like it will fit 1941-1970, came off a 1945 MB. Appears to be a Meyers plow. Includes, plow, frame mount, lift mount, and your choice of manual or power hydraulic lift. Manual swing. No feet, trip springs have been replaced with rod. Looks solid. 300.00”

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Mon July 24th: Surviving the Border

• CATEGORIES: Alaska Or Rust Trip, Features

Hugo and I in front of their jeep in Fernie, Canada, our place of rest for the evening.

The four of us (me, Ann, Hugo, and Fernando) had a beautiful drive from Pasco to Fernie, Canada today. (See yesterday’s trip update here)2017-07-24-pasco-fernie-map

Hugo and Fernando arrived promptly at 8:30am. Ann and I weren’t quite ready, but we were close. As we finished up, the father-son team applied the banner to Patterson. About 9:30am, we left, headed for Canada.


Ready to leave.

The trip went smoothly; Patterson’s front hubs stayed cool, which was a big relief. Neither Hugo nor Fernando had driven the route we’d planned, so they were quite surprised when we dropped onto the bridge that crosses Lake Pend Oreille (pronounced Ponderay) in northern Idaho. It’s a dramatic scene, with beautiful blue water surrounded by mountains. Team Pineapple loved it.


This picture doesn’t quite do the scene justice, but it does show how the bridge crosses the late into Sandpoint, Idaho.


After Sandpoint, we wound our way towards the border. That’s when things got more interesting. Communicating via walkie-talkies, we all agreed that Hugo and Fernando (having non-American passports and ETAs) might have trouble getting through the border. If so, I assured them we’d wait.

2017-07-24-canadaBut no. They breezed through. Instead, it was me that border patrol was most interested in grilling. Perhaps it was my Canada shirt? I don’t know, but it went something like this:

Female Customs Official (FCO): Where are you from?
Me: Washington State.
FCO: Where are you going?
Me: We are going to Alaska.
FCO: Sir, what is in the box?
At that question, I turn my head to look back to see what box she was asking about …
FCO, again: Siirrrr, WHAT is in the box?
Me: I mumbled someting as I continue to wonder which box she means. (I was truly afraid something was moving in the box and it might get me!!
FCO: Sir, I cannot hear you when you are not looking at me … What is in the box?
Me: A box of t-shirts. We’d planned to give them away.
FCO: Are you planning to take them to Alaska and give them away?
Me: Well yeah, but also to Canadians along the way.
FCO: Are you holding some kind of event, sir?
Me (suspecting this wasn’t going well): Not really, it’s just a group of friends getting together to drive to Alaska.
FCO: So, your business is giving these away and holding an event?
Me: No, we don’t have a business, nor do we have an event. It’s just a group of friends trying to do something nice.

By this time, I’m pretty sure the FCO thought I was an idiot. Or, at least she made me feel like one. Finally she said:

FCO: Canada treats gifts like sales. You can not just give things away. You need to take these to Alaska and give them away there if you want to do that.
Me: Umm, okay. We were just trying to do something nice…
FCO (showing no break in formality and handing us back our passports): You can go now.

I can’t help but wonder how this goes for Santa. I mean, does customs point out that HE can’t give gifts to Canadian children?

As I puzzled over the answer to the Santa question, we began our drive northeast toward Fernie, Canada, where we’d booked rooms. It was a lovely drive through the mountains and along rivers.

We arrived around 7pm, then found some tasty dinner at a local Bistro. It was a great first day!


Fernie, Canada


Tomorrow we will see the Starship Enterprise!

Other Updates:

1 Joe, Emily, Merlin, and Britt reached Hillsboro, North Dakota, today. On the way they met a new friend:

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Here they are all ready to hunker down for the evening:

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2. Scott, Bob and Rick reached Canada today. Scott’s looking determined!


3. Jim Fowler is slowly catching Scott:


4. Who knows where Bill was? I think he was busy taking pictures.


5. Marty’s jeep looks ready for the road:



6. Rob’s got a new custom lock box on the back. That news saddened me, because I’m very tempted by that ARB cooler.

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That’s all for now!