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King Top Manufacturing Company

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Magazine • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: This post has been merged and reworked after I figured out that the two tops were actually related. 

In July of 1963, Fresno-based Automotive Fiberglass Company placed an advertisement in Four Wheeler magazine for its new fiberglass hardtop. I wonder if the builder of this top was also a member of the Fresno Jeep Club?

This is the 1963 ad:

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July 1963 Ad from Automotive Fiberglass

This Automotive Fiberglass top appeared on a CJ-5 for sale in Fresno in 2010. It is the only jeep I’ve seen with an Automotive Fiberglass Top:

CJ-5 with 1963 fiberglass hardtop from Automotive Fiberglass. 

TIMELINE —
July 1963:
Automotive Fiberglass places ad in Four Wheeler Magazine;

November 1963: Top King Manufacturing files design patent for an altered version of the Automotive Fiberglass top;
February 1964: Top King top is advertised in the Four Wheeler Magazine;
September 1964: A more detailed ad is placed in Four Wheeler Magazine.

A few months after the Automotive Fiberglass advertisement, two design patents were filed and assigned to Top King Manufacturing. You’ll note that the rear side-angle has been reversed. The mid-section insert piece for the side was also changed, altered from a triangle shape to a rhombus shape.  Here’s the design patent information from the Official Gazette of the United States Patent Office:

 

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November 1963 Design Patent filing for Top King. Note that I haven’t had the time to investigate the designers mentioned in the patent. 

By February 1964, King Top was advertising the newly redesigned top in Four Wheeler Magazine. Curiously, the company listed its name as the Top King Fiberglass Company rather than Top King Manufacturing (could be a relic from the Automotive Fiberglass company days):

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February 1964 Ad from Top King.

Seven months later, this second ad was placed in the September 1964 issue of Four Wheeler Magazine. The company had corrected its name for the ad back to Top King Manufacturing. Additionally, Top King announced it would soon have flatfender versions of the top available, along with a half cab version. Have any of these survived?

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September 1964 Ad from Top King Manufacturing.

 
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2 Similar, But Different 1946 Willys Wagon Ads on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

These two slightly different luggage-plus-people-wagon ads were published in different magazines.

This first was appeared in a 1946 issue of the New Yorker. This family is planning their first post-war vacation. You can view all the information on eBay:

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This second one is from 1946, but the publisher is unknown. This ad includes less luggage for the group’s trip to the ‘big game’.  You can view all the information on eBay:

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Boulder Bouncers Patrol 12 Jeep Club Badge on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images Jeeping

The buy-it-now price is a weighty $749.99.

View all the information on eBay

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“VINTAGE Jeep Off-road Car Club Boulder Bouncers Colorado Grille Badge RARE 50s. Condition is Used. Shipped with USPS First Class Package. It is 8” wide.

When we moved into our house the original owner had this in the garage on the wall.

He was a founding member of a very early off road club here in boulder Colorado but not sure of the year? There were early 50s Jeep parts in the garage too that have already been sold”

 
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Hemet Cavalcaders Jeep Club Sign on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images Jeeping

This is an even crazier price at $1,149.99 (priced to sell??). Was this the original name of the Hemet Jeep Club, with the Cavalcaders portion of the name dropped at some point?

View all the information on ebay

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“Old School, Hemet/San Jacinto Valley – Jeep Cub sign. “Hemet California Cavalcaders.’ – 1940s – The Cavalcaders, were one of the FIRST 4×4 Clubs in the USA! …An ultra-rare item.

9” in diameter, was generally mounted to the Willys’ Jeep door. Cool & Beautiful.

Priced to sell. 2-minor scratches. TAC numbered and officially authenticated! The real dealio – not a fake knock-off!

Antique – 1940s, Hemet CA., “Cavalcaders” – 9″ Round Door – JEEP Club Sign – ultra-rare!

The Hemet Cavalcaders Jeep Club was one of the first four-wheel drive clubs – in the United States, dating back to the late 1940s. Many Club-members affixed these signs to their doors to highlight their club.”

 
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1962 CJ-3B McLouth, KS $4500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B

Has potential.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/302653284451505/

“1962 Willys CJ-3B. 4cyl, 3sp manual, 4wd. Starts runs and drives good.”

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1949 CJ-3A Tulsa, OK $12,500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

Looks like a solid build.

https://tulsa.craigslist.org/cto/d/twin-oaks-1949-willys-jeep-cj-3a/7153835034.html

“Complete restoration, 4.3 v6, power steering, new drivetrain, Micky Thompson T/W. Less than 20 miles on build. Make offer”

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1954 CJ-3B Minneapolis, MN $16,500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B • TAGS: , , .

More pics would be welcome.

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/hnp/cto/d/minneapolis-1954-jeep-willys-cj3b/7154075617.html

“Selling my beautiful jeep willys. This is one of a kind. It was restored 5 years ago. You must see to appreciate.”

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1954 CJ-3B Sacramento, CA $16,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B

UPDATE: price dropped to $16,000.

(05/24/2020) Lots of updates to this rig.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2953329921370162/

“The time has come to but the 1954 Willys Cj3b up for sale. 17k OBO Engine: 1969 Chevy 307ci Transmission: Recently rebuilt Th350 Transfer case: Dana 20 Front axle: 73 Cj5 Dana 30 with 30 spline axles, Detroit Truetrac, disc brakes, warn hubs and 4.27 gears Rear axle: 73 Cj5 Dana 44 with 30 spline shafts, Detroit Locker and 4.27 gears. Wheels and tires: 5x 17in Method Racing wheels and 37×12.5×17 Maxxis Trepadors. All tires have 80% tread and spare has full tread. Clean Title in hand and smog exempt. Duel gas tanks”

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1951 M-38 McKinney, TX $19,400

• CATEGORIES: M-38 • TAGS: , .

There’s some kind of bar installed between the front frame rails. Unclear what it did/does.

https://oklahomacity.craigslist.org/bar/d/mckinney-1951-willys-jeep-mb/7135110745.html

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“All original!! Original four-cylinder 60hp motor, all lights in working order that air raid light/blackout light is the light on the fender as well as the headlights even the gauge lights work! Tires are almost new but I have been driving it quite a bit lately… Original windshield wipers that are exhaust fed, original front and rear seats, original plates on the dashboard As well as all the brackets on the bumpers for lifting and towing… original even down to the front tow rope. Too many extra list!

Mechanically this jeep is amazing! The brakes have been re-done recently you can see it in the photos… This jeep goes maximum speed of 50 miles an hour most of these jeeps only go 30 to 35… It’s reliable starts every time even when it hasn’t been driven for weeks! Transmission is great all the gears work including the low and high, all the axles work, this is a running machine and I’ve been using it to drive my daughter to school each day and take the family out on rides on the weekends.

No tire kickers please serious inquiries only! I don’t have time for time wasters that have a lot of questions and want to talk about history… Serious callers only… Text is great and if we want to proceed we can talk on the phone…”

 
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1952 F-head/Tranny/TC Socorro, TX $500

• CATEGORIES: Engine, Parts

Seller will thrown in a second F-head for free.

https://elpaso.craigslist.org/pts/d/el-paso-1952-jeep-willys-drivetrain-for/7155550018.html

“For sale 1952 Jeep Willys Engine, Manual transmission and two stick transfer case. Engine was running, it smoked a little bit, transmission and transfer was working fine. The electrical it’s already converted to 12 Volts. I’m asking 500.00 or best offer. Hablo Español. I can throw an extra identical engine for free.”

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CJ-5s & M-38A1s

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, M-38A1

CJ-5s:

  1. 1958 CJ-5 El Dorado Hills, CA $4999: https://sacramento.craigslist.org/cto/d/el-dorado-hills-1958-jeep-willys-cj5/7151461206.html
  2. 1951 CJ-5 Northern Michigan $4500: https://nmi.craigslist.org/cto/d/thompsonville-1961-willys-jeep/7147511338.html
  3. 1959 CJ-5 Chico, CA $4500: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/696711604394191/
  4. Year? CJ-5 Pottersville, MO $1200: https://springfield.craigslist.org/pts/d/west-plains-jeep-cj5/7147719884.html
  5. 1975 CJ-5 Lake Havasu City, AZ $4000: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/716714315819638/
  6. 1956 CJ-5 Mendocino, CA $5000: https://mendocino.craigslist.org/cto/d/caspar-1956-willys-jeep-cj5/7149607593.html
  7. 1955 CJ-5 Coos Bay, OR $4900: https://oregoncoast.craigslist.org/cto/d/coquille-1955-willys-jeep-327-true/7147650101.html
  8. 1955 CJ-5 Northern Michigan $3500: https://nmi.craigslist.org/cto/d/marion-1955-willys-jeep-cj-5/7137856700.html
  9. 1960 CJ-5 Shelbyville, TN $3800: https://nashville.craigslist.org/cto/d/shelbyville-1960-willis-jeep/7150066179.html
  10. Year? CJ-5 ‘flatbed’ Tamaqua, PA $3800: https://harrisburg.craigslist.org/pts/d/tamaqua-vintage-jeep-willys/7151974666.html
  11. 1979 CJ-5 Corning, CA $5830: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/866625997123919/
  12. 1976 CJ-5 Twin Falls, ID $3200: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/251879499568296/
  13. 1978 CJ-5 Corning, CA $3000: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/3171128116446436/
  14. 1971 CJ-5 Paso Robles, CA $3500: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2657474207864692/
  15. 1958 CJ-5 Riverside, CA $4500: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2705243369721886/
  16. 1980 CJ-5 Beaumont, CA $4000: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1631484523667111/
  17. 1982 CJ-5 Gardena, CA $5000: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/753563615452097/
  18. 1979 CJ-5 San Diego, CA $5000: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2544154475829824/
  19. 1964 CJ-5 Laredo, TX $3000: https://laredo.craigslist.org/cto/d/laredo-1964-willys-jeep-cj5/7155439273.html

M-38A1s:

  1. 1952 M-38A1 Nashville, TN $11,500: https://nashville.craigslist.org/cto/d/nashville-willys-m38-a1-military-jeep/7148064940.html
  2. 1953 M-38A1 Rialto, CA $8000: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/241646737126538/
  3. 1963 M-38A1 Petaluma, CA $8000: https://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/cto/d/petaluma-1963-military-jeep/7150565120.html
  4. 1956 M-38A1 San Luis Obispo, CA $7000: https://slo.craigslist.org/cto/d/san-luis-obispo-1956-willys-m38a1/7154362351.html
  5. 1953 M-38A1 Modesto, CA $6500: https://modesto.craigslist.org/cto/d/modesto-1953-willys-jeep/7149438902.html
  6. 1955 M-38A1 Sacramento, CA $11,998: https://sacramento.craigslist.org/cto/d/roseville-summer-toy-jeep-willys/7146959248.htm
  7. 1953 M-38A1 Lacomb, OR $6500: https://corvallis.craigslist.org/cto/d/lebanon-1953-willys-jeep-m38a1/7150391331.html
  8. 1953 M-38A1 Porterville, CA $6750: https://fresno.craigslist.org/cto/d/porterville-1953-jeep-m38a1-cj5/7144428224.html
  9. 1954 M-38A! Austin, TX $11,500: https://austin.craigslist.org/cto/d/austin-1954-willys-m38a1/7152549986.html
  10. 1952 M-38A1 Charlotte, NC $2200: https://charlotte.craigslist.org/cto/d/charlotte-willys-jeep/7149312169.html
  11. 1952 M-38A1 Lilly, PA $1995: https://altoona.craigslist.org/cto/d/lilly-1952-m3-a1-willy-jeep/7144829474.html
 
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1957 FC-150 Drivetrain Pleasanton, CA $1500

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677

This does not appear to include the frame.

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/pts/d/pleasanton-57-fc-150-drivetrain/7154911064.html

“F134, t90, spicer 18 front and rear axels and springs.
All running when removed.”

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1953 Model? Hayward, CA $15,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, CJ-3B, M-38, M-38A1, Willys Wagons

This could be any one of several jeep models. No pics provided.

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/pts/d/hayward-1953-jeepwilly/7154136012.html

“53’ Jeep Willy 8 cly. Hasn’t been started in about a year. It used to run fine but now the engine seems to shake a little bit. Interior and exterior in great condition.”

 
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1969 Toyota FJ40i Landcruiser Klamath Falls, OR $7000

• CATEGORIES: Other 4x4s

The Land Cruiser projects I usually run across are in worse condition for similar dollars. This looks like a great candidate for a restoration or drive as is (Probably needs some mechanical fixes and hasn’t been run in a while). No description provided.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/282808182860949/

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1951 CJ-3A Glade Park, CO $5500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

UPDATE: Still Available.

(05/18/2020) I’m guessing it runs and drives fine?

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2537262899921928/

“Good condition for a1951. Will consider all offers. No warranty.”

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Year? M-38A1/Oddity Kingman, AZ $5000

• CATEGORIES: M-38A1

This looks to have a modified M-38A1 body. It just looks odd like that.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/137445654263062/

“Project real willys jeep motor is there with most maybe everything great project for you or your kid buyrs only will trade motor cycles cars etc no time for it and want something new”

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1949 CJ-3A? Las Vegas, NV $8500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(02/08/2020) I would guess the body is a replacement body. The front roll cage loop rests atop the step. I hope there’s something connected to the frame underneath the step. The soft top looks custom and doesn’t use the windshield channel. It kind of looks like it snaps on the front? No description provided.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1537880243029996/

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1946 CJ-2A Missoula, MT $5900

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE: Price dropped to $5900.

(06/16/2020) Has. variety of updates.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/289919862198111/

“This sweet little Willys CJ2A Jeep sports a 289 V8, 4 speed automatic tranny. I’ve poured a pile of cash into it but don’t have time to enjoy it. Starts and runs fine.”

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1943 MB Albuquerque, NM $2750

• CATEGORIES: MB

We’ve seen worse for more.

https://albuquerque.craigslist.org/cto/d/albuquerque-1943-willys-mb-jeep/7155396709.html

“1943 willys MB- lots of bondo, not a lot of rust. Incorrect windshield for the year but in good shape, no title, does not run.”

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1991 ‘The First 50 Years’ Jeep Press Packet

Thanks to Maury, I was able to get this 1991 press packet off ebay and shipped for under $10. That’s a good day. It wasn’t clear to me all that was inside, but it turned out to be a heck of a deal. The three-page tri-fold stores photos, old press releases, histories, and a few miscellaneous items.

Here’s the front of the packet:

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These are the materials that are stored inside. There are four press releases, fourteen reproduction 8×10 photos, a 40-page AMC/Chrysler history, a jeep history that’s attached to the binder (see upper right corner), one March 1963 Jeep News front-page reproduction and a late 1940s wagon ad reproduction. Just the reproduction of the Willys Quad photo was worth the cost of this package (I’d never gotten around to getting one).jeep-pr-packet-05

I haven’t read this history just yet, but wasn’t in a hurry as I’ve already read this book on AMC’s history:

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Here’s how the binder looks when opened. The jeep history starts at the page in the middle.

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Under the last page of the jeep history is a holder for all the photos and other documents:

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Here are two 1990s press releases (I only took photos of the front pages):

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These are two 1980s press releases:

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The press release on the left is from early 1942 and covers the changing situation with America’s entry into WWII, while the one on the right is from 1965:

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The Jeep News reproduction page from March 1963 is shown on the left. It includes a report on the name change from Willys Motors to Kaiser Jeep and the Willys-Overland Export Corp. to Kaiser Jeep International Corp. The reproduction wagon ad on the right is from 1948 and includes details on which magazine and dates it appeared (I wish I had that database of information!).

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1961 Jack Gray “Jeep City” Ad

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures

This ad for Jack Gray’s “Jeep City” for his Jeep Sale-O-Rama was published in the Akron Beacon on February 26, 1961. Anyone old enough to remember Jack? Was it truly the largest jeep parts supplier in Ohio?

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1956 DJ-3A Press Photo on eBay

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Features, Old Images

Great DJ-3A press photo.

View all the information on eBay

“This is an original press photo. Autos-Willy’s. Willys Jeep Dispatcher, above, designed for light delivery work particularly in congested traffic areas, is now being introduced by Willy’s Motors, Incorporated. Highly maneuverable and economical to operate, the Dispatcher is offered in a hardtop model (illustrated) a convertible canvas soft-top, and a basic open model. All models are powered by the Jeep four-cylinder 60 horsepower engine.Photo measures 10 x 8.25inches. Photo is dated 6-3-1956.”

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1945 MB San Andreas, CA $10,500

• CATEGORIES: MB • TAGS: , , .

Nice looking rig. Not much ’45 left on this.

https://modesto.craigslist.org/cto/d/san-andreas-willys-roadster-1945-willys/7153234748.html

“1945 Willy’s Roadster- 327 cubic inch V-8, 4-barrel carb, Electronic MSD ignition, Headers, Large wheels and tires, Roll Cage, Racing seats- Newly upholstered with 4-point harnesses, GM Tilt steering wheel, Previously taken down to the frame and repainted- frame black, Body- bright Red.”

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1942 MB/GPW Phoenix, AZ $12,500

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB), MB

Seems to be a mix of parts. I wonder if the seller has documentation about the “first prototype for the Air Force claim”.

https://phoenix.craigslist.org/nph/cto/d/mayer-1942-jeep-willys/7154253294.html

“1942 original Jeep Willys was in the second war first prototype for the Air Force. The engine was rebuilding.”

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1948 CJ-2A Wickenburg, AZ $9500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE: Still Available

(03/23/2020) Has some cargo and rear bumper mods, along with an updated engine.

https://phoenix.craigslist.org/wvl/bar/d/wickenburg-willys-jeep-cja/7155334816.html

“1948 willys jeep, this is a great looking an running jeep, has a chevy 2, 4 cylinder engine. Newly rebuilt transmission, 4 wd works great. LED lights front an rear, extra storage built into roll bar, and above wheel wells, Air shocks, upgrade saginaw Steering box.”

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