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1953 Column by Dick Sanburn about the ‘Old’ Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

Photo Credit: … This is a 1945 photo from VE Day as the paper prepared for the special “extra” paper announcing the end of the war in Europe. Richard “Dick” Sanburn appears to be the follow standing int he back, slightly bent over without a jacket, fourth from the left. He would go on to become editor of the Calgary Herald.

An April 20, 1953, column by Dick Sanburn out of the Calgary Herald, from Calgary, Canada, shared the news that a new type of jeep, the Mighty Mite, had been introduced. This led Dick to reminisce about the capabilities and rough ride of the jeeps he experienced during WWII. I thought his take on the customization of jeeps by their drivers (or jockeys as he refers to them).

Dick Sanburn’s column “Take it From Here” was launched after the joined the Calgary Herald in 1951. It became a local landmark. According to his obituary, “People either loved it or hated it, but they were never neutral. And that was because Sanburn never pulled his punches.”

During his earlier years as a war correspondent, he was frequently under fire. By the end of the war he had been made a member of the Order of the British Empire. Dick passed away on October 1, 1982 (his obit is at the bottom of this post, along with two of his articles).

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August 1958 CJ-3B Farm Jeep Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, International, Magazine

This ad was published in an Australian farming magazine.

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“Australian Jeep Original Advertisement removed from a 1958 Australian Farming Magazine and in good condition for age having some marks and creases and age yellowing of the paper. Size is 18 cms x 24 cms.  It would look good framed on your wall or displayed with your vehicle at a car show.”


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Several Lots of Full-Size Jeep Brochures

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

An eBay seller has several lots of full-size jeep brochures for sale.

  1. 2 different lots of 8 12-page 1966 Jeep Wagoneer brochures for $25 (plus shipping)
  2. 2 different lots of 8 12-page 1966 Jeepster Commando brochures:
  3. 2 different lots of 8 8-page Gladiator brochures:
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1942 MB Sultan, WA $7500


Locals only. Seller doesn’t want to ship.This may have a Bobcat fiberglass hood, the rarer tear-drop version.

“Up for sale is my 1942 Willy’s MB, I’ve taken it as far as I can with my budget but it still needs some mechanical and cosmetic work. Entirely stock drivetrain. Really great potential and comes with lots of parts. $7,500 Local sale only – I’m not interested in shipping”

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1947 CJ-2A Moses Lake, WA $4500


Runs and drives, but needs a little more work.

“Price is $4500 o.b.o. 1947 cj 2a project 90% runs and drives needs a little work 283 sbc auto trans dana 44s w 536 gears and locker disc brakes in all 4 corners new 33 12.5 15 Patagonia mts”


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1951 CJ-3A Fruitland, ID $4000


No indication as to whether it runs or not.

“Just testing the waters . Willing to trade show me what you have please let it be close to my asking price”

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1947 CJ-2A Milton-Freewater, OR $10,000


Looks in pretty good shape, though has a few dings. The winch is mounted lower than usual.

“1947 Willys Jeep. Great shape. Super fun to drive. Excellent condition for its age. Selling for a family member. Has owned it for 55 years. Lots of receipts”

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1947 CJ-2A Woodinville, WA $10,000


UPDATE: Still Available. The older ad text is seen below. Unclear if the seller has the title now or not.

(06/28/2020) Looks solid.

“Title is on the WA waiting period but vin number plates are all matching. Stock motor and drive train Stock color Converted to 12v & electronic ignition & one wire alternator Rebuilt carb Locking front hubs Roll bar Tow bar Rebuilt suspension steering and leaf springs New KYB shocks Disc brake conversion on front Stock PTO winch Dana 44 rear end included Custom made rear tire & jerry can carrier Has a full “best top” soft top wit with doors New 7.50-16 tires Authentic WWII mb Grille but has the stock grill and headlights as well.”

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1967? CJ-5/Flattie Rapid City, SD $3200


This might be a Jeepster Commando chassis with a flat fender body.

“‘67 Jeep, runs but needs some work, not the original engine. Bought as a project but not enough time to work on it.”



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1953 CJ-3B Umatilla, OR $3000


Has no title. There might be a solid body under all that, but can’t tell for sure.

“1953 Willis 3 b. Buick v 6. Needs finished. No title”

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1951 CJ-3A Missoula, MT $1500


Doesn’t run.

“1951 jeep willys all original. Needs some work doesn’t currently run. Clean Montana title all new ignition parts New carburetor just needs finished up. New 6 volt battery. Good litttle jeeo just not enough time to finish it up.”


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1952 M-38 Centralia, WA No Price


No pics provided. It’s part of a moving sale that is happening Friday and Saturday.

“1952 M38 Army jeep”


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2 Koenig Hardtop Doors Hughson, CA $160


Someone out to be able to use these.

“We have some metal doors for a 1948 Willys Jeep CJ2a for sale. This is for the two front doors only, the top is no longer available. The doors are in good condition for their age, one of the window glass is broken and needs to be replaced.”


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1942 GPW Reedsport, OR $12,000


UPDATE: Still Available.

(12/26/2019) Has a few updates.

“1942 Military Jeep, very good condition. Very close to original parts, only additional parts are for safety (seatbelts, roll bar etc). Replaced generator with alternator, changed over to 12V system, transmission to T90, new paint, gas gauge, speedometer. Very good condition, runs well. Original 4-cyl engine. Improved seats for comfortability.”

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1953 CJ-3B Elkins, AR $7995


UPDATE: Price dropped to $7995.

(10/23/2019) Runs and drives, but appears rough.

“It is very dirty and in my kids shed. Runs and drives. I have to go get it and bring it home and clean it up. I’m just seeing if there is any interest.”

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1946 CJ-2A Eatonville, WA $5850


UPDATE: Still Available.

(07/26/2020) I feel like I’ve seen this one listed previously.

“This isn’t in any means, in pristine condition, but it is a diamond in the rough!! “GOOD BONES!!” What a great project for the RIGHT person! Been garaged for 30+ years. These were made, and very popular at the end of WWII and kicked off the 4X4’s of the future. Brand new 15X7 5-5.5 White Spoke Wheels and 30/950R15/6 Starfire SF-510 A/T Tires. Bucket seats are in good condition. Does start and run, but needs work. Come take a look and see that this would be an Awesome Ride with some Hard Work and TLC….”

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1952 CJ-3A Mesa, AZ $8995


UPDATE: Price dropped to $8995.

(12/09/2019) Has an F-head.

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“Pictured is a 1952 4X4 Willys CJ3A in very good condition I keep it inside and it comes with a Kaiser metal hard top. It is registered, insured and I drive it a few times a month. I just gave it a tune up: oil change, greased, plugs, plug wires, carburetor rebuild, rebuilt the cooling system (radiator professionally cleaned, repaired, painted), replaced cooling lines and replaced water pump and fuel pump. This jeep has the higher powered F134 engine in it out of a CJ3B.”

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Flattie Project San Jacinto, CA $900


UPDATE: Price dropped to $900.

(06/22/2020) Not a whole lot of value here

NO PAPERWORK. 1942-1947?

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1942 GPW Longmont, CO $6000


Seller is listing for a friend. Price negotiable. A P# is included on Facebook.

“Original Ford built Willies Jeep. All bolts have the “F” on them. I don’t see a motor and trans with it, the owner may have one somewhere. In rough shape but still restorable. Listing for a friend: Price is negotiable. For details call owner.”

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1966 Kaiser Jeep Wagoneer Commercial

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

This 1966 Wagoneer commercial from Kaiser-Jeep. According to the commercial’s poster:

“1966 Kaiser Jeep Wagoneer Commercial. The young boy in the commercial is Radio Personality from New Jersey, Dan Klein as a child. He recalls the woman playing the part of the Mother as a Mrs. Emily Mooney. The Husband is Thom Whims and the little girl is Tricia Murphy Duffy. I don’t really understand the commercial, a driver-less jeep wandering on the beach??? … And I LOVE the kid dressed up like a camouflage solider, this was when it was not politically incorrect to dress that way! I don’t think any car company would show that in a commercial now a days. The famous Industrial designer, Brooks Stevens is credited with it’s design. He did much work for Kaiser Industries and also Studebaker. This was one of his timeless designs that still looks good today. The commercial itself was filmed in 1965. The location is the shores of Avalon New Jersey, USA. Apparently according to the young girl in the film, the shots took hours and it was an extremely hot day.”

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FC-170 QSL Postcard on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards • TAGS: .

Here’s a QSL Postcard with an FC-170 imprint.

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“Vintage QSL Postcard ANTIQUE JEEP J Series Truck COMMERCE CITY Colorado”



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Early 1950s Hotchkiss Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This four-page La Jeep Francaise brochure sold on eBay (out of the UK) for under $10 US.

“A rare original Hotchkiss Willys Jeep brochure undated c1950’s with French text. Brochure is very small format 4pp fold out illus in line drawings, no photos and is in very good condition.”


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3 1956 Photos of CJ-3B on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

These three photos appear to show a CJ-3B with a Beck half-cab. Based on the background, my best guess is the photos were taken somewhere in the Colorado Plateau region. The price is good.

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“Lot of 3 Smae Image Original Vintage Snapshot Photos Jeep CJ on Farm dated 1956 largest Size is 3.5×5″ inches.”


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Wooden Pedal Jeep for Kids Turner, OR $150

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

TJ spotted this custom built toy jeep.

“Very sturdy built wooden pedal car, heavy, one of a kind.”

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1953 M-38A1 +Trailer Baker City, OR $5000


It’s not a perfect M-38A1 specimen, but appears to run and drive, and includes an overdrive, winch, and trailer.

“Converted to 12-Volt with Overdrive and Hubs
All Original
12,000 lb. Winch with Remote Cord”

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