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Kelly Manufacturing’s 23-Series Tops

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

Sometime in the early 1960s, Kelly Manufacturing altered the design of its angular full and half hardtops. The new tops eliminated some of the horizontal bevels and the flat back design for a slightly more elegant design; but, the tops did retain the angled top-side that was so recognizable (As I don’t have much knowledge on any interior changes, this post will stick to the major exterior differences) (See Kelly’s connection to Beck and Kemco and an early Kelly brochure) (Also see CJ-3B page Beck and Kelly histories)

Interestingly enough, Kelly branded the Flatfender  tops as 23-series, but not the CJ-5 tops. Here’s a 1962 Kelly brochure that highlights a wide variety of the rear-angled design for both the CJ-5 and the flatfenders, along with the model numbers:

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To make the differences more clear, let’s take a look at the early Kelly design (these early hardtops were also marketed by the Berg’s as JeepKing hardtops). Notice the horizontal bevels along the driver’s side rear and on the rear latch. Also note the flat vertical back of the hardtop.

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3D Jeep Puzzle on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

This tiny 3D Jeep puzzle reminds me of a wooden one I have. This plastic version is currently priced at $39.

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“This JEEP keychain puzzle was made by J&L Randall company in UK in the early 50s. It comes with its original card which has the solution on the back. The card has a punch through or tear top middle and some bending’folds.

The 2 holes punched in the center of the card were used to attach the puzzle onto the card with a rubber band.

The puzzles are all complete, unbroken and in very good to excellent condition with any exceptions clearly specified.”

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BOOK: The Mystery in The Jeep by Ernie Rydberg

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

Free-lance writer Ernie Rydberg wrote the Mystery in The Jeep, one of at least eleven books, hundreds of short stories, screen plays, and more over his lifetime (1901-1990). I’ve ordered an inexpensive copy of the book and will report on it when I get a chance.There’s a first edition of the book on eBay for $63.74 and another edition on Amazon for only $19.

According to the synopsis from Goodreads.com, “A pretty librarian helps two high school students, Lefty and Gloria, track down a gang of diabolical confidence men. Their clue is a book, which starts them on the track of illicit real estate deals and other unsavory enterprises.”

Here are two examples of the book cover:

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1950 Sunset Fishing Line and Twine Contest Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

In May of 1950, Fishing Line and Twine sponsored a contest that is described in the Field and Stream ad below . The grand prize consisted of a Willys-Overland Station Wagon, Trailorboat, Harris Trailer, 7 1/2 h.p. Marting outward motor, My Buddy tackle box, Hodgman wader, Montague rod, Ocean City reel, set of Voo Doo Lures, and a spool of Sunset fishing line.

To win the contest, a person simply had to write down their favorite fishing ‘tall tale’ in 150 words or less and send to the Sunset Line and Twine, located in San Francisco. There were 22 weeks of weekly prizes and then the five top prizes.

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“1950 Print Ad Sunset Fishing Line Willys Overland Station Wagon Contest”

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BOOK: The Mystery of the Amphibious Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

Author Paul Moxham, an Australian writer, has published The Mystery of the Amphibious Jeep on Kindle. At 4.61 stars on Goodreads, it seems to be a popular kids story. Where the referenced ‘jeep’ is a Ford GPA SEEP or a DUKW (or something else), isn’t clear. Given the author’s Australian background and Australian Ben Carlin’s fame, I’m leaning towards it being a GPA.

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According to the synopsis on Goodreads:

“After meeting an American adventurer who is travelling around the world in an amphibious jeep, the Mystery Kids invite him to spend the evening at Rose Cottage. However, the night has barely began when the jeep is stolen by two men.

What do the men plan to do with the jeep? Who are the stowaways? Why does the jeep go round in circles?

Set in 1950’s Britain, this adventure story will suit anyone who enjoys Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys or the Famous Five”

 
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Roy Rogers & NellyBelle Slide on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Great photo of Roy Rogers at the helm of NellyBelle.

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“For sale is this original and vintage slide, Roy Rogers in Nelly Belle Willys Jeep in early 1950’s

The first number in the listing title is the year the slide is from.

Slide Brand: red border Kodachrome from the early 1950’s”

 
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1951 CJ-3A Ethel, WA $7500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $7500.

(06/01/2020) Has a Bobcat Fiberglass hood and a variety of updates.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/623686441554841/

“51 willies 3a 4 cly three speed twin stick transfer . Tilt chev colum power steering . Everything works good . Radial swampers with new black wheels”

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1952 CJ-3A Milton-Freewater, OR $5200

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: .

Could be worth a look.

https://kpr.craigslist.org/cto/d/milton-freewater-52-willys-jeep/7154079554.html

“She is 68 years old mostly stock but very fun rig hate to sell it but too many other toys. Has upgraded Buick V-6 out of newer Jeep. Lincoln locker in the rear end. Stock transfer case and 3 speed. Runs great smokes a little and drips a little but has been super fun and made many Jubilee Runs. 35 x 12.5 tires are 95% tread. New front seats.”

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Stainless Flatfender Body Grants Pass, OR $2200

• CATEGORIES: Body Parts, Parts, stainless/jewels

This is a good price.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/243612430059895

“Jewel Jeep Stainless Steel body. Doors, Hood, Window Frame, Roll Bar, Spare Tire Carrier. Main tub is galvanized steel”

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1946 VEC? CJ-2A Missoula, MT $5500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(06/02/2020) Has tool indents.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/196812814769592/

“1946 CJ2A runs and drive great!!! There’s been a lot done to it. The list is in the pictures.”

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1961 Traveller? Wagon Edgewood, WA $20,000

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

The seller listed this as a 1961, but then in the description as a 1963. Looks like a possible Traveller to me.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1057130141326344/

“63 Willys wagon, ex forest service
‘64 Buick nailhead, T18, updated rear end, tilt steering wheel, power steering, runs and drives See Less”

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1948 CJ-2A Burlington, WA $3200

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

Needs work.

https://skagit.craigslist.org/pts/d/burlington-1948-willys-jeep/7153088232.html

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“Have a 1948 Willys / Jeep old school original. This is where it all started for the awesome jeep wrangler’s we have today! Just think in 28 years this Willy’s / jeep will be a hundred years old and a pretty cool piece of history. Ready for restoration. This would make a great COVID-19 project keep yourself at home and restore this to its former Military glory! Have clean title for it! Sorry but Im not super knowledgeable on these but looks like a lot of it is there to restore. I have seen some online with no title or they are pretty chopped up or incomplete. Fully restored these things bring quite a bit of money. Makes a nice project because they are not very big so if you don’t have a lot of room or maybe your thinking of getting into restoring old vehicles.”

 
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1946 CJ-2A Evanston, WY $3000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Has some mods. Runs.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/660296597894442/

“46 cj2a with F head conversion. Runs.”

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1947 CJ-2A Redmond, OR $18,500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE: Price dropped to $18,500.

(05/23/2020) Jeep appears in good shape. More pics needed.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/3068862736512861/

“1947 restored Willies Jeep. Basically original. Must see!”

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Year? CJ-3B? Eastern Washington $6000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, CJ-3B

UPDATE: Still Available.

This is listed as a 1952, but has a replacement CJ-3B body. Appears the fire wall has been removed.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/731776807314522/

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“Custom Willy’s high hood project. Stretched custom frame,new paint,stainless fenders,9 inch ford 538 gear 44 front. Have everything to put together windshield frame soft top exc. make awsome mud bogger or sand drag. Have Lenco 2 speed with Dana 20 transfer case air shift. Lots parts to go with set up for sbc or bbc. Lost interest my bad ! Trades welcome”

 

 
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1943 GPW Independence, OR $3800

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB)

UPDATE: Still Available. Listed as an MB, the title (shown in a pic on the ad) suggests it is a GPW.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2283030172003429/

“This thing is old. The motor is blown and the there is no 3rd gear. It comes with a wiring harness and a racing fuel tank and radiator.”

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1942? Flattie Tonasket, WA $1500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, CJ-3A

UPDATE: Price dropped to $1500.

(06/10/2020) It’s listed as a 1942, but looks civilian.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/720964185344529/

“THIS IS A PROJECT AND WILL NEED TRAILERING. 307 Chevy converted, motor installed by local mechanic but never completed, 4×4 works fine, bucket is in pretty good shape very little rust, it’s been stored a while but inside or under cover all but a few days. All in all pretty good for near 80 yrs old. I bought it from a friend intent on putting her on the road but health issues interfere. A good wrench could have her driving in no time. I have title if you have ?’s drop me a msg. $2250”

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1950 Jeepster University Place, WA $5000

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This former Grays Harbor Shriner’s Jeepster has even converted to an automatic tranny (probably from a Pinto … looks like one anyway) with a Pinto engine. I love the history on this one. Looks like a great price.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/tac/cto/d/university-place-willys-jeepster/7153996210.html

“Rare 1950 Willys Jeepster. Updated with Pinto engine, 12 volt system. Always stored indoors. No rust. Former Shrine clown car. $5,000 Please call, no texting.”

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Monarch Airlines Rental Willys Jeep Wagons

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards

There’s a neat postcard from what I believe is the late 1940s that shows a line of Willys Wagons ready to be rented by passengers of Monarch Airlines. a regional carrier based in Colorado. This postcard is available on eBay:

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“Post card shows a great SHOT OF ABOUT A DOZEN NEW WILLY’S JEEP STATION WAGONS AT STAPLETON AIRPORT IN DENVER, COLORADO.”

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My guess is that the idea for the wagon rentals coincided with the introduction in early 1949 of Monarch Airlines’ “family-fare” program, as reported in the February 11, 1949, issue of the Daily Sentinel out of Grand Junction, Colorado. The head of the family paid full price for a ticket, while the remaining family members could fly at half-price. Unfortunately, I have been unable to find a news report that confirms when the wagons were purchased for rental.

Below are two subsequent newspaper ads highlight the program:

May 20, 1949, ad in the Daily Sentinel, Grand Junction, Colorado

May 20, 1949, ad in the Daily Sentinel, Grand Junction, Colorado

April 08,, 1949, ad in the Daily Sentinel, Grand Junction, Colorado

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1954 KW Truck Brochure SD-203-4

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This is the early 1954 version of truck brochure with the KW stamp, form SD-203-4. It’s the only example I’ve been able to find. The subsequent version, form W-203-5, with a green theme is more commonly found online.

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April 1948 “Put Jeep Power to Work on Your Farm” Ad

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This April 1948 “Put Jeep Power to Work on Your Farm” advertisement appeared in the Country Gentleman magazine. It also appeared in the May 1948 issue of the Farm Journal.

There’s one of these ads for sale on eBay

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1960s Lockeed Mavericks 4WD Club Sticker on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This is an original 8″ diameter sticker from the Lockeed Employees Recreation Club (LERC), located in Burbank, California. I don’t know how many jeep clubs were formed out of Lockeed, but there were several Seattle area jeep clubs with members from Boeing (the Wandering Willys Jeep Club was one).

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“ONE 8” VINTAGE “MAVERICKS” 4WD CLUB VEHICLE
STICKER – LOCKHEED, BURBANK, CA – Circa 1968

★ 52 Year Old Never-Used Ephemera ~ Outdoor Sticker for Vehicle Front Quarter Panel ★

• Very, very rare collectible Lockheed, Burbank, CA ephemera! In fact, this is probably the only one left in the world!

• One (1) VINTAGE ORIGINAL “MAVERICKS” FOUR WHEEL DRIVE CLUB 8″ VEHICLE EMBLEM STICKER from the Lockheed Employees’ Recreational Club (L.E.R.C.) in Burbank, CA circa 1968. Never used. Still has it’s original kraft paper backing (for peel-&-stick) in very nice condition.

Age:
About 52 Years Old (although it has never been used, the adhesive is not guaranteed due to item’s age).
Original Use:
Typically these were placed on the 4WD vehicle’s front quarter panel to identify club membership.
L.E.R.C. = “Lockheed Employees’ Recreational Club” originally on Empire Road, Burbank, CA in the 1970’s.
Size:
About 8″ in diameter (see photo with measuring tape).
Note:
The ink on this decal is very heavy, almost with a brush texture (see photo #11), to be robust for outdoor use back in the day.
Details:
Has been stored in a file cabinet for about 40 years.

This is the ONLY one on eBay.

Very rare collectible Lockheed, Burbank, CA ephemera!

• Quote from the January 1968 Mavericks BULLHORN newsletter, the description of a four wheel drive club —”A bunch of damn fools driving out across the desert in a wide variety of corrupted vehicles looking for a place they can’t go so they can.” From back in the days when Joe Mokracek & Doug Carter were club presidents.

 
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Christmas Card Photo w/Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards

Steve spotted this family Christmas Card that included a jeep. Interesting enough, the body already has mods to it, the step area in particular.

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“1
VINTAGE
PHOTOGRAPH TYPE CARD
1950’S-60’S ERA?
MIGHT BE BY BROAD RIPPLE, INDIANA?”

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Midgetoy Jeep Pack: 5 CJ-5 Toys on eBay

• CATEGORIES: toys

Looks like a cheap set of toy jeeps for kids. Seller has three available as of this post.

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Example of the size:

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“Assortment of Five Jeeps, all die cast metal with rolling wheels, Still in the Original Unopened Variety Store Display Card! All metal construction with rubber wheels similar to Matchbox. Accurate Jeep details! The jeeps were made by Midgetoy in Rockford Illinois from the mid 1950’s into the 1960’s. The package is dated 1980. The blister card packaging was done throughout the 1970’s to use up remaining stock before closing down in 1982. Same size as the ones in the Store Display Package of 36. We pull these cards out of a wholesale box of 36 cards. You get it just like the Dime Store had them! If you buy more than 1 card we will try to give you a diverse color assortment.

The set also contains a pair of Gas pumps made to the same scale as the cars! This set is one of many classic toy items found from unsold merchandise left in the back rooms of an old dime store distributor. The ultimate toys for owners of Diggers or Claws coin op prize machines! Ideal for the Jeep fanatic! No nicks, No scrapes, No missing wheels, No rust, No dings. The display card is slightly yellowed and warped around the edge, otherwise Perfect Unopened Condition. Original Package ~ Colors Vary.”

 
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1951 “4-Wheel Drive Takes You There” Brochures

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

In 1951 Willys-Overland launched a “4-Wheel Drive Takes You There brochure” for the Willys Wagon. Subsequently, there appear to have been two additional versions of the brochure, numbered differently, but with seemingly no additional substantive text changes. Each form folds out to a 17″x11″ large format brochure.

The first example of this brochure is burdened with an unusually long form identifier: Form 4X4735W-M1-100M, a number which leverages the wagon-model-type (4x473SW) as part of the numbering system.

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This second version of the brochure is available on eBay. Given the grille style doesn’t change for this iteration, I can only assume that this version of the brochure was also printed in 1951. It has the updated form name of 4X4735W-M2-100M-251. It is possible the “251” at the end of the form number means it was printed in February of 1951.

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