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1965 Jeep News Volume 11 Number 2

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This eight-page 1965 Jeep News Volume 11 Number 2 begins by announcing the Vigilante V-8 engine. Unmentioned in the news article was the response by recent purchasers of the six cylinder models, which was a unanimous, “Wow, I coulda had a V8!” .. or am I confusing that with another product? Pages 2-7 continue with more V-8 info, along with marketing and dealer info.

Page eight reports on the 1965 Chicago Auto Show. Jeep showcased eleven vehicles, all decked in a prairie gold color with black vinyl interior trim, which got me thinking … what did Willys Motors and Kaiser Jeep do over the years with their specially trimmed auto show vehicles? Looking back to the 1959 Chicago Auto show (Feb 1959 Jeep News), it was reported that all the vehicles at that show had been sold. Moreover, the display featured a full line of “Willys approved special equipment”, but by 1965 note the second largest word that appears on the display wall: “fun“… the word is written in what might be described as a playful font and style. Moreover, it’s hard to see a piece of special equipment (but the pic on page eight doesn’t show the best view; I tried to find some better pics). I’m beginning to wonder it the marketing firm hired in 1964 had something to do with the shift in perspective, from “useful” vehicles to “fun” vehicles. That could explain it.

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Keith Buckley and Bob Westerman Narrates Cutaway Jeep Video

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UPDATE: My apologies for leaving out Bob’s name from this post! Thanks Barry.

Keith Buckley (aka Joe Friday) and Bob Westerman (aka Bob W.) narrate a video for Klairmont Kollections Automotive Museum showing off the museum’s cutaway jeep. It’s pretty neat setup. The museum is located in Chicago, Illinois.

 
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Tour Jeep Steering Challenge

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With the warming weather, I’ve spent some time removing wiring, disassembling the brake (no clutch) and taking apart the steering. It’s clear there is more work than I anticipated, so eWillys will likely drop to an every-three day event or so, especially with Ann pretty much bed-bound for the time being (aggravated shoulder and migraines from the season changing). So, I have limited time.

Back to the FC … Formerly, the steering shaft used three knuckle joints to go from the steering wheel shaft, make a 90 degree turn to head towards the passenger side and over the frame, then a roughly 70 degree turn to head along the frame before reaching the rack and pinion.

To make those turns, the column began its first angle while in the cab, which caused it to dive into the floor near the brake pedal. Given I am moving the break pedal into it’s original location (with a dual brake master cylinder following this strategy** .. see bottom of post for additional note), that means I want to make a straight shot from the steering wheel to the floor, before making my turn under the floor. But, to do that, I need something to make a ninety degree steering turn. It turns out that in 2019, Flaming River built an award winning product to do just that.

Here’s how it looked before I disassembled it:

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Here’s the dash off and much of the wiring removed:

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Here’s where the brake was positioned (easier to see with parts removed):

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This shows it with the floor panel removed:

2024-02-20-fc-tour-jeep-cockpit3From the underside, with most of the column removed, it looks like this:
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This is the best pic. It shows how I need to go over the frame, travel about 10″, then make a 90 degree angle upward, with a slight angle toward the back.  The best solution seems the most expensive. Note the shaft isn’t bent; that’s an optical illusion due to the wide-angle.

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November 1962 Jeep Service and Parts News

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This November 1962 four-page issue is all about the new J-series jeeps.

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1958 AAA Triptik From the Toledo Automobile Club

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I thought the inclusion of an ad from Willys Motors of a CJ-5 with a wood bumper (presumably for pushing vehicles) was an odd choice. Why not instead include it with a 3rd party metal push plate? After all, Canfield was making an all metal “pushwood” bumper attachment by 1952, so it’s unclear to me why Willys Motors would feature a wooded bumper in a 1958 ad? Perhaps this was a little known 3rd party wood bumper?

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Service Jeep Photo

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Speaking of service jeeps, Glenn shared this photo of a neat looking dually service jeep off of Facebook.

The caption reads: “Here is a postcard of the Pig Hip Restaurant and Edwards City Service station (later the Phillips 66), 101 West Oak St., Broadwell, Illinois on Route 66.”

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1964 CJ-3B Monterey, CA $6500

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Someone will hope on this late 3B quickly. If I didn’t have my hands full with this FC …

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1468291700701514

“Nice clean Jeep reg ready to go. Come look and drive. New registration ready to go.”

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1942 GPW? Chico, CA $8000

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This has a variety of mods, but still has GPW tool box lids.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/918597729618294

“1942 Willys jeep.Front end of Jeep has a 8000 pound warm sidewire, winch. Front end has been completely rebuilt. It has a V six motor with throttle body Injection. It has disc breaks all the way around and hubs all the way around. Transfer case is brand new is a 29 tooth instead of 26. The rear end has a floating rear axle. To lock in hubs and to tow. And lots of stuff that go with.”

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CJ-2A PTO Setup Plus Roper? Auger Santa Rosa, CA $1600

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Looks like a good price for all of that.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2400505070145285

“Take off from Vintage CJ2A Jeep, PTO Unit and Auger Drill set up. Plus misc parts, In good condition but needs cleaning .”

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1946 CJ-2A Salinas, CA $9500

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UPDATE: Still Available.

(01/19/2024) Looks in good shape. It has updates.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1271271340211933

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“1946 willy’s CJ-2A dana 44s front and rear with lockers. Sm420 trans with a granny low and warn overdrive. Brakes and seats were replaced last year. Disk breaks in the front drums in the rear. It has a small block chevy v8 motor and plenty of power. It has some bondo on the hood and fenders but it is rust free and the tub is in good shape. Has power steering and other features. Very good rock crawler and will hit 70mph on the highway.”

 
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1952 Modified Truck Flanders, NJ $25,000

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Here’s an unusual build.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/605328924848200

“1952 Jeep Willys, 350ci Chevy small block with automatic transmission, 2-4 barrel carburetors, Completely Done, Ready to Run.”

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Late Model NOS CJ-5 Passenger Side Body Panel Flanders, NJ $250

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John spotted this part. I don’t think I’ve seen a side panel shaped like that. Was it in 1975 or 1976 that the Jeep name was dropped so low on the cowl?

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/764593441671685

“NOS Body Side from dealer, original AMC Jeep part. Located just off exit 27 of I-80. Many other Jeep CJ parts available.”

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1943 GPW? Salinas, CA $8200

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It’s a project. It appears to have a Ford frame, but it has MB tool box lids.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/911331847097163

“1943 Ford GPW. Needs a new starter, oil pump, oil filter and radiator. Other than that runs great. I have 4 Denman tires and a winch that goes with it. Send me an offer!”

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1960 CJ-5 Massillon, OH $9500

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UPDATE: Still Available. Will notes that the CJ-5 body is sitting on an FC-150 wide-track chassis. This unusual CJ-5 looks widened..

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/851596403378646

“Rare find – Custom 1960 Willy’s FC-150 Jeep 4X4. 289 Motor. 3 Speed Manual Shift. Diamond plate floor. ****mileage not known **** No holds. Pickup in Jackson Township.”

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1946? CJ-2A Modesto, CA $2500

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Listed as a 1952, this looks to be an early CJ-2A.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1471671663418468

“Vintage willys forsale sold to highest offer / comes with parts u see in pics original engine/ I’m not sure of the year or model comes with bill of sale any questions lmk thank you 3k obo”

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Unusual Flatfender Hardtop Britton, MI $100

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If this is home made, it is pretty well done.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/704689591822175

“Willys early Jeep home made light weight top no rear window top side is aluminum & sides are steel Britton Mi”

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1948 CJ-2A Rohnert Park, CA $4500

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UPDATE: Still Available.

(01/23/2024) This one hasn’t been running since 1974.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/235334319594460

“1948 Willys Jeep , 265 bored out to 283 , cam, glass pacts, 539 rear end. Used for deer hunting, last ran 1974, selling as is, mileage unknown”

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1946 CJ-2A Oakhurst, CA $1500

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UPDATE: Still Available.

(12/28/2023) Rolling chassis with “wonderful” body.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/3653338314951029

“46’ Willy. Rolling chassis. The tub is in wonderful condition.  NO motor or trans. NO paperwork as is Located in oakhurst firm on price you’re more than welcome to make an offer. No low ballers.”

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Year? CJ-3A Santa Margarita, CA $2100

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UPDATE: Still Available.

(11/09/2023) Unclear how much value is here.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/858423522170369

“50 cj3 pinto moter no time to restore”

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1965 Jeep News Volume 11 Number 1

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This eight-page 1965 Jeep News Volume 11 Number 1 kicked off 1965 with the announcement that 1964 had been the best sales year in history. The article specifically targets the Tux Park CJ-5s as an important driver of the success. Page two shares the news that the Kaiser-backed Willys Overland do Brasil had begun building a second plant in Brazil; also noteworthy is that the Brazilian company was the largest publicly held company in Brazil at that time.

Page three contains an article about Pope Paul IV conferring the order of St. Gregory upon the President of the Industrias Kaiser Argentina S.A., which, to me, seems a curious distinction given all the other people in the world doing important things and the fact that the Knights Commander seems a fairly rare award (I tried to find the total number of recipients, but had no luck). Lower on the page is a photo of a CJ-3B carrying the Pope in Bombay, which causes the cynic in me to wonder about the timing of these two events. I’m sure it’s a coincidence.

Page four is dealer news. Page five covers the use of Tux Parks in former President Kennedy’s inauguration parade. We’ve seen a couple of these with the dash plaque pop up for sale since the start of eWillys. Page six tells the story of the John B. Calfee family, who traveled Europe driving a Wagoneer that pulled a travel trailer. Pages seven and eight have a few different mini-stories and photos.

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November 1962 Jeep Service and Parts News

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One of the blurbs this four-page November 1962 issue highlights is the introduction of an electric motor kit for the Forward Control Jeeps.

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Form D-119 Parts and Accessories Bulletin: Electric Wiper Kit

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The Airstream-Jeep Rabbit Hole

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Some of you may have seen an image of a CJ-2A setup to pull an Airstream trailer that has gone around Facebook. Unfortunately, there was no history attached to that image. So, that’ got me hunting for more information. Below is my quick education on the Airstream history. I’m sure some of. you folks know more, so correct me if need be.

I was able to find a few more images of that CJ-2A and trailer, which has led me to believe that Airstream founder Wally Byam used that jeep, probably purchased in Europe, to pull his trailer around Europe during Wally’s first trip in 1948, which he used to scout various countries for future caravans. However, I have so far been unable to find anyone explicitly saying that Wally did that. But, the jeep is a CJ-2A, so the timeline fits. The top looks similar to other European tops of the late 1940s, and in Europe I suspect there weren’t many vehicle options at that time. Here are the pics I found, the first being the one circulating on Facebook:

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Wally Byam sitting in one of his early trailers. A Cj-2A with a European style top appears to be the pull-rig. I believe this would be 1948.

This photo, clearly in Europe, was posted on this site taken in Turkey, from the 1948 trip:

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And this photo posted on this site. I assume this is in Europe, but cannot confirm it:

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As the Airstream trailer business grew, Wally began encouraging traveling, leading some international caravans himself.

In 1951, he led a trip into Mexico and Central America, using what looks to be an early Jeep Wagon.

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I found this example of a wagon pulling a trailer, but can’t determine when or where this occurred.

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Eventually, Wally assembled the first around-the-world Airstream caravan that travelled over the course of 1963-1964 30,000 miles through thirty countries with 104 people in 40 Airstream trailers. Here’s a video about one family’s take on the event.

According to the video’s summary, Journalist Mac Smith was hired to document the trip and brought along his wife Jackie and their three children, Lorie, Judy, and Scott. Mac would go on to write an account of the Around the World Caravan in his 1966 book, Thank You, Marco Polo: The Story of the First Around-the-World Trailer Caravan [which appears to be out of print].”

So, as you can see, I kind of fell down a rabbit hole of Airstream history.

 
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Ohio State Patrol’s CJ-2As and Trailers

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While researching the Airstream history, I discovered a couple photos of the Ohio State Patrol’s communication trailers and jeeps, purchased in ’46 or ’47. There were several of these combos used for special tasks, such as enforcing aviation offenses.

This photo was posted to Cleveland.com (have to scroll down a bit):

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This photo was posted onto LInkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/ohio-state-highway-patrol_oshp90th-activity-7126255477654523905-RtsY?trk=public_profile_like_view

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DJ-3A Production Years and Serial Numbers

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This image used to be on Bruce Again’s JeepSurreyGala website. I figured it would be good to repost them here. They show the serial numbers of DJ-3A Dispatcher and Surrey models over the production period 1956-1965. As you can see, the 1962 year is missing.

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Military DJ-5s

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UPDATE: Barney added to this discussion. He had a customer who refurbed a military DJ-5. 

Barney wrote: “Years ago I sold parts to a customer who had a military DJ5. He restored it to USMC tribute because it had been a Marine Corp vehicle. I have attached 2 photos. Note that it is left hand drive.  He said they were used for base runabouts – messengers, delivery, etc. Obviously the graphics are not original but a tribute to his own service with the Corps.

I know the military used CJ5s stateside in the 70s and 80s and even in civilian colors as if they had got it from a dealership. Saw a 73 CJ that was and  metallic green with a white Meyers hard top   and a blue cherry on top as it was an MP Jeep at Fort Ord CA. I saw it patrolling the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey”

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Chris was kind enough to share images of his DJ-5 that was purchased my the military. It just shows that the AM General DJ-5s were used by more than just the USPS.

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