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Tractors & Spam

• CATEGORIES: Features

2019-07-16-austinToday we drove from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Along the way, there were several cool stopping places, so we took advantage of them.

The first, the John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum, was in Waterloo, Iowa, (and yes, ABBA’s Waterloo song hits me every time I read a Waterloo sign). We arrived just after the museum opened, so we had the place pretty much to ourselves. The museum is free and is full of restored tractors, interactive displays, history, and nicely arranged exhibits. It’s worth a stop if you are in the area.


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John Deere also offers free tours of the nearby Engine Works and Drive Train Operations (see the bottom of this page for more info). Unfortunately, we didn’t have time for that.

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Two Jeep Toys from Frank

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Frank shared these pics of toys his neighbor gave him. Anyone familiar with either?

The first toy is an odd one. The rabbit in the bubble spins as the jeep moves.

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The second toy is a puzzle, as it’s in a CJ-2A box, so he’s not sure if this toy had it’s own box and the neighbor got confused or if it came in the 2A box. With all the nice details, one would expect the base would be correct, too.

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Photo of Marine Sgt. Dinnigan in Korea

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Marine Sgt. Dinnigan was photographed by Life Photographer David Douglas Duncan in this photo of the Sgt sitting on an MB. The image was shared by his son; what an amazing photograph of his father.

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Soap Box Derby Jeep Freeport, NY $250

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

I’m not sure if this is really a soap box jeep, but still a neat vintage piece.

“Willys Jeep vintage wod soap box derby car! homemade very cool! Measures 52″ long. This is a great vintage piece that was made with pride, just imaging the father son team that raced this with pride for the US Army. Please take a look at the pictures, jeep has some missing layers of plywood, a broken bumper and one rail is missing on the back.”

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1951 M-38 Davidsonville, MD $16,500


This M-38 has a variety of updates.

“Selling my 1951 M38 class 1 (stock class) rockcrawler. While this was being built I had 2 kids and I don’t want to cut this up to accommodate the family so I’m willing to trade for a nice K5, Bronco, jeepster, wagoneer, something that can seat 4 and hit the trail. If your are interested in buying or trading messages me for build details”

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1948 CJ-2A Zillah, WA $6300


Unclear why seller doesn’t think it does well around town.

“Very good jeep for the hills. Not something you want to drive around town.
Fresh paint
8274 warn winch with fresh motor
Rebuilt Buick engine
Locker in the rear
Posi up front
Tires are about 70 percent”

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1945 MB Kalispell, MT $6500


Has some updates. Has a driver side gas inlet, but I”m guessing that was added later.

“1945 Willys Jeep. Buick V6. Overdrive transmission. Wired for towing. Bikini top. Runs good.”

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1949 CJ-3A Montesano, WA $3500


Could be worth a look.

“1949 willys jeep, runs and drives great. Rare hard top with heater, winch and back seat”

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1949 CJ-3A Kalispell, MT $2000


Has an F-head.

“1949 Willy’s Jeep. I don’t know a lot about this one other than it runs and drives. It has leaks. It’s 4×4. It’s a manual transmission. It has an altimeter which probably means it was for military purposes when built. Was used on the ranch for fencing purposes. Has a title. No doors. No hard top. What you see is what you get. No trades.”

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CJ-5s & M-38A1s



  1. 1964 CJ-5 Silver City, NM $5000:
  2. 1965 CJ-5 Kenosha, WI $4500:
  3. 1957 CJ-5 Churchville, NC $4500: Has a new tub (note there is no JEEP branding on the cowl
  4. 1957 CJ-5 Clearlake, CA $3500:
  5. 1958 CJ-5 Klamath Falls, OR $2500:
  6. 1957 CJ-5 Elk Creek, CA $5000:
  7. 1955 CJ-5? Commerce City, CO $3500:
  8. 1955 CJ-5 Corpus Christi, TX $2500: Has fiberglass body.
  9. 1961 CJ-5 Glens Falls, NY $3000:
  10. 1965 CJ-5 Doylestown, PA $1000:
  11. Year? CJ-5 Woodridge, NY $400:


  1. 1952 M-38A1 San Diego, CA $5000:
  2. 1952 M-38A1 San Bernardino, CA $3500:
  3. 1953 M-38A1 Colfax, CA $8000:×4/6933758228.html
  4. 1952 M-38A1 Pensacola, FL $13,000:
  5. 1959 M-38A1 San Jose, Ca $2000:
  6. 1953 M-38A1 Sublimity, OR $3300:
  7. 1953 M-38A1 Parts vehicle Pullman, WA $1500:
  8. 1952 M-38A1 Houston, TX $8000:
  9. 1953 M-38A1 Belleville, IL $9000:
  10. 1953 M-38A1 Centralia, WA $6300:


  1. 1972 DJ-5 Arlington, TX $4000: .. this has a funky gauge cluster installed.
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1959 CJ-6 Denver, CO $5000


It’s got lots of updates.


“1959 Jeep Willy’s CJ6
SOA lift
Black diamond springs
Wagoneer axles
5.13 gears locked front and rear
37 12.50 r15 pit bull rockstar tires
Full interior roll cage
Twin stick T18 tcase
Winters lockout racing shifter
Chevy 350 motor
Th400 transmission
Runs and drives great
Really capable crawler ”


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1942 GPW Shipshewana, IN $5500


Nick’s got this GPW project for sale.

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“$5,500 w/o title $6,000 w/title, process would take approx 3-4 weeks to receive. I have already done the state police VIN inspection. Now a matter of sending in documents to the state, wait, then take that info to license branch and wait again. I would need a nonrefundable down payment before proceeding. Logistics: You may pick up the Jeep, or arrange transport and I will load onto a trailer with forklift.

All the spare parts can fit inside the Jeep if necessary. Overview: This is a survivor worth saving. Matching numbers 4-21-42 Script Ford GPW. Engine, frame, and data tags all match. Body is in pretty good shape without much rust. Rolls and steers very easily. Frame is solid. Will need the bumpers/horns and machine gun piece replaced as they are bubba.

The previous had the engine machined then passed away. It will need machined, however there do not appear to be any cracks between water jackets/cylinders nor in the matching GPW head. -Matching numbers survivor -Original data tags -Decent body without much rust -Solid tool boxes and fuel tank area -GPW transfercase -Extra MB trans+tcase -Extra postwar engine complete -Lots of misc parts to go with I spent an hour looking for F-script parts, and found these below. I’m sure there are more but I haven’t looked at everything: Filter bracket Timing cover Bellhousing Dipstick Flywheel Front driveshaft Rear driveshaft Pedals Axe bracket Axe handle Driver headlight bucket”

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1954 CJ-3B Clarkston, WA $1650


Looks in good shape.

“This is not a Jeep Cherokee that FB keeps altering title. It is a Willys 1954 CJ3B chassis. Manual transmission. Have windshield, gas tank and front grill. Motor, transmission and transfer case have been gone through. Have title. PM with questions/interested.”


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CJ-3A Koenig Hardtop Gilbert, Az $600


Appears in good shape.

“51 CJ3A metal top with doors. All windows work and has new window tracks. Insulated headliner.”

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Seen Trailer Collierville, TN $500

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Seems a good price.

“Historic Jeep SPEN (civilian) trailer from WWII era. Goodyear Wrangler tires. Original CJ2A wheels. Great restoration project”


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1946 CJ-2A Las Vegas, NV $10,000


UPDATE: Still Available.

(12/22/2018) Has updates.

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“This is a 1946 CJ2A it is built for hard core off road. Here is what is done to it:
It has original 4cyc motor it was rebuilt and has around 200 hours on it.
Custom made throttle body
Jacobs electronic ignition
Custom made power steering
Custom made power brakes front are disk brakes
Rebuilt 3speed transmission
Rebuilt transfer case with TERRA low gear kit
Rebuilt front and rear drive shafts
Mile marker front unlocking hubs
Full floating warn rear axle with crom molly axle shafts and rear unlock hubs
Aluminum radiator with 2 electric fans
Micro brake lock
ARB air compressor
Corbeau seats with 5 point harness
Small lift
33 inch tires full size spare
165 amp alt
New battery
8000lb Ramsey winch
Lockers from and rear”

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1943 Crawler San Pablo, CA $6500


Many mods.


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1947? CJ-2A Farmingville, NY $1836


UPDATE: Price dropped to $1836. As Dennis notes, this may be a 1946 given the dash plates and left over steering column shifter parts.

(05/02/2019) It’s rough.

“1947 Willys Jeep Motor ron’s going to put new brake lines on next week have title in hand”

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1961 CJ-3B Sykesville, MD $1500


UPDATE: Price dropped to $1200:

Looks like a good price given the PTO and rear gearbox.

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“I am selling a 1961 Jeep CJ 3b. It’s in rather good shape body wise the floor needs some attention as shown in the pictures but the outside of the tub is in fairly good shape very very very restorable. No motor but it has every other part of the drive train including the original rear pto. I also have what I Believe is the original or a older hard top which is also in near perfect shape. Bought with big intentions but I need the money else where”

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1953 CJ-3B Lake Havasu City, AZ $8500


UPDATE: Still Available.

(02/20/2019) Note that the passenger side has a skin over much of it (see third pic). Includes an extra body.

“1953 Willys jeep that looks and runs good, it has nearly new tires, 2 extra partial tops, and a new body extra for anyone wanting to restore the vehicle, all original I believe, has soft top doors and back window, not for a daily driver, but a parade vehicle after restoration”

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1957 FC-150 Romeo, MI $2000

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UPDATE: Still Available.

(06/28/2019) Jordan spotted this ad. The cab seems like it’s in decent shape. It also has a Warn OD.

“This would be an awesome restoration project! Needs some restoration work as it’s been stored in a barn until recently. It’s got a Warren overdrive & a Chevy V8! It’s a collector’s item and would be a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Come check this out before it’s gone.”


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Oh Deere, A Traveling Gothic

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I tried to tell her that it wasn’t a ‘pole’, but that didn’t stop her ….

Yesterday we slowed down a little so that we could check into our hotel early and get Ann some rest. To kill some time, we did a little sightseeing.

First, we stopped in Peoria. The city took us by surprise. Peoria sits on a river bank overlooking the Illinois River. Knowing nothing about the city, I had assumed it would be a small city with an industry feel. So, we were surprised to see a fairly modern looking city with a park along the river that lined much of downtown. Our reason for stopping there was to take a photo with a huge American Gothic statute, one that has spent the last decade traveling around to different museums.


That stop got us looking around the city a little bit. There’s a really cool looking Caterpillar Visitors center downtown (see this site for some pics), but it didn’t open until 10am. We couldn’t wait that long, so we took off, but we’d like to visit again to check out that, the “The Art of the Brick” display, and some of the other spots.

Here’s Ann at a nearby monument in downtown Peoria.


Downtown Peoria. That’s Lincoln on the building looking at a War Memorial.

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Tommy Barlett’s Deer Ranch

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UPDATE: Glenn spotted a postcard of Tommy Barlett’s Deer Ranch on eBay.

View all the information on eBay

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Original Post from January of 2014:  From the Lost Parks website I learned that Tommy Bartlett’s international Deer Ranch in Silver Springs, Florida, was a petting zoo “in the early 1960’s. The land was only rented from the Springs, and there was at least one lawsuit between Bartlett and Silver Springs over the terms of his lease. Eventually the land was reabsorbed into the Silver Springs attraction and Bartlett left to concentrate on his Wisconsin busineses. He died in September, 1998.”

The pic below shows a CJ-5 wrapped by advertising and reindeer.

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1951 CJ-3A Westcliffe, CO $2900


Could be a good price. Runs, but needs some brake work.

“1951 willys cj3a, runs and drive, stops but needs brakes worked on. Very little rust. Located in Westcliffe, Co.”

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1947 CJ-2A Three Rivers, CA $5500


UPDATE: Price dropped to $5500.

This might have a convertible DJ-3A body with the DJ windshield.

“1974 Willys Jeep, some say looks more like 1947ish. Has Chevy 350 engine, Toyota FJ Tranny. New water pump, gererator, radiator and hoses. New gauges and wiring including lights. Seatsmodified to allow more cabin room. New battery. Current tags.”

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