While mom is away in Phoenix, Ann and I have been watching over Dad. At times he’s self sufficient and at other times less so. For example, yesterday he removed a jar of sourdough starter from the kitchen, unable to discern that it was not jam and it would not taste good in place of jam on his peanut butter sandwich. Yep, always a good idea to keep an eye on him in the kitchen . . .
Since I have some time, and the rain seems unending today in Seattle — I guess I’ve lived too many years in dry climates — I did some researching into the Blue Star Quality Jeep Top story. First of all, as of January 2014, there appears to be a Blue Star top available from a seller (Rooney 77) at Pirate 4×4. See this thread about half-way down the page:
This Blue Star aluminum top was built by the Blue Manufacturing Company, founded in Kansas by Max Blue circa 1946. ‘Blue Star’ was the brand name used on several products he produced. There’s some conflicting information, but it appears In 1946 Blue Manufacturing was building aluminum airline parts. About that time, as a hobby, Max began building aluminum boats. He also tried manufacturing and selling jeep hard tops.
Demand was so great for the boats that in 1948 he leased space and built boats full-time. Meanwhile, he either sold or abandoned the jeep top business altogether. Given only a couple Blue Star tops have surfaced over the last few years, I imagine he didn’t sell too many of them.
However, Max was able to sell boats. By 1953 the company was building 1,000 boats a year. In July of 1953 he moved the company from Goddard, Kansas, to Miami, Florida. There are various articles into 1960 that talk about the Blue Manufacturing Company. However, the company appears to have ceased boat production in 1964.
Thus far, I’ve only encountered one brochure for the Blue Star Top (which I featured last August). It was part of an early industrial equipment book, though, despite what the holes indicate, it was not a permanent part of the book. I suspect it was taken from some early sales book.
As mentioned, on Pirate 4×4 there is a top that was still for sale as of January 2014.
http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/jeep-willys/1576474-hard-top-thread-2.html Here are some additional photos: