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1978 Brian Chuchua Coloring book

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UPDATE: I originally wrote this post prior to the end of the auction, as I new I’d be busy all night. I should have known that someone would sweep in and snap this up for more than the $10 I was willing to pay. So, I actually missed out on this one.

I could imagine there are few, if any, left. I’ve considered doing a coloring book, but have no way to gauge the interest on something like that.

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“The Oregon Trail” by Rinker Buck

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My son bought me The Oregon Trailer: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck for my birthday. I just finished reading it and really enjoyed it.

The book’s author, Rinker Buck, is a New England columnist who decided he wanted to do a crazyass (his description) thing: drive the Oregon trail in a covered wagon. To my surprise, it turns out that, despite all the Oregon Trail re-enactments, there had been no documented drive of a wagon from Missouri to Oregon since 1910 when Ezra Meeker did it at the age of 80 (Ezra’s credited with igniting interest in saving the trail back in the early 1900s). So, in 2011, Rinker and his brother Nick (along with Nick’s Jack Russel Terrier Olive Oyl) set out for Oregon with a 3-mule team, a wagon, and a trailer.

As Rinker shares the success and failures of his adventure, he also delves into the history of wagons, pioneer emigrants, famous landmarks, and important events that have shaped the trail.


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Ernie Pyle’s “First” Book: Home Country

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Most of you probably know Ernie Pyle from his wartime articles and books. However, prior to WWII Ernie Pyle had already made a name for himself as a widely traveled columnist under the title “Hoosier Vagabond”. Between 1935-1942 he and his wife traveled extensively across the US, north into Canada and south into Mexico. In 1947, after his death, some of his articles from this pre-war time were bundled into a book called Home Country

In his homespun style, Ernie shares his experience climbing to the top of the newly build Golden Gate bridge, learns the challenges of being a white professional wrestler in heavily hispanic Laredo, Texas, and tells the tales of some regionally famous (at that time) folks like Rufus Woods, a local Washington State character who had a significant impact on Eastern Washington, yet was a name I didn’t know.

Near the end of the book he interviews the inventor of the Ross Steering box, David Ross. Matriculating with an engineering degree from Purdue University in 1893, Ross contracted Typhoid shortly after leaving college. A doctor advised him to be outdoors to regain health, so he returned to his family farm and began tinkering. He developed the box and other inventions that made him wealthy. Ernie Pyle’s description and stories of the Ross provide some great insights into who he was.

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Book — The First Overland: Four Wheels & Frontiers

• CATEGORIES: Books, Trips

UPDATE II: Coincidently, Daniel Strohl published a story today discussing the “Last Overland” journey of 1955 which went from London to Singapore.

UPDATE: After five years of occasional searching, I finally snagged a copy of this book from the US. It’s more of a detailed travelogue than I’d expected, with specifics on the mileage and other details from the trip. It was a quick, fun read.

From the original November 2, 2013, post:  It is 1957 and you are stuck in Singapore fighting on behalf of the British government.  You are ready to leave.  You want to get home.  How do you get there?  Maybe you should buy yourself a junked MB and drive home? It’s only 13,000 miles …..

To add to the fun, with the exception of a school wall map, you have no maps of any kind (though you do have a compass and protractor), let alone mileage markers or directions.  And, it’s likely that gas stations will be few and far between.  Finally, you will likely encounter various factions of people not so friendly to you and your buddy.  Now, that sounds like an adventure!

And, it was a true adventure for Roy Follows and Noel Dudgeon, starting as two Colonial Police officers as part of a force battling Chinese Communists near the end of the Malayan Emergency.  Ready to head home, the pair bought an MB in February of 1958 and begin a long journey home full constant brake-downs, broken parts, and other obstacles.  Here are some pics of from the book, included a compiled map from the back and front covers.




I never did understand why they named the jeep “Pliuet 1”.



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Be Your Own Inspector M-38/M-38A1 Booklet

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UPDATE: You can now download a high resolution PDF here (25mb):

One reader asked about a donation in exchange for the PDF.  You are welcome to download it for free, but If you want, you can donate a few bucks via PayPal: The money goes toward the purchase of more brochures (and the documentation/sharing of them).


Original Post April 26, 2019: Here’s the booklet I won off of eBay.

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BOOK: The Last American CEO

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I just finished reading The Last American CEO, a book about the transition of ‘Jeep’ from Kaiser-Jeep, to AMC, to Chrysler. The principal character and source of most of the material was Joe Cappy, who was the final AMC CEO before AMC was bought by Chrysler.

Among the book’s more interesting revelations, it argues that if it weren’t for an assassination, that Chrysler might never have purchased AMC.


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Jerry the Jeep by Edith Thacher Hurd on eBay

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UPDATE: This is a first edition of Jerry the Jeep, but it isn’t in very good condition (and very high priced).

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“Jerry the Jeep lived in a big Army camp. He was a new jeep and a strong little jeep but he was always doing things that he shouldn’t. He went down hills when he was supposed to go up them. He blew his horn “peep-peep” when nobody wanted it and he was always dropping nuts and bolts like a ………”

book measures about 9 1/4″ by 10 1/2″”

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“Willis The Jeep” Book $9.79

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UPDATE: Gayland noted that there are copies for sale on Amazon, too.

I’m not familiar with this book.

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A delightful history of the Willys Jeep written in verse. Set in WWII, this is the story of Willis the Jeep and his soldier counterpart Joe as they tend to the chores of freedom. It covers the Willys Jeep’s production history, trials against the horse cavalry at Fort Riley, Kansas and the Jeep’s ultimate replacement of the US horse cavalry as couriers and scouts in wartime. Willis the Jeep is a loving tribute that honors how the Willys Jeep changed the military.”

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TM 10-1513 Manual Indianapolis, IN $10

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Chris is selling this manual that came with a later model jeep he bought.
“Reprint of maintenance manual for MB series Willys Jeep. Good shape, no torn pages, couple of fingerprints on covers. In great shape, would make a great shop copy for someone. I can invoice via internet and ship within the US for an additional $4.”


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1945 Joey Jeep Kid’s Book by Bertram Goodman

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UPDATE: There’s another copy of the Joey Jeep book on eBay

This Joey Jeep book was written by Bertram Goodman and published in 1945.







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Jon’s Two Types Book on eBay

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If this didn’t cost so much to ship from the UK, I’d snag it. Vintage book with some jeep illustrations. Rear of book has some damage.

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“Classic 1944/45 comic strips
Famous ‘Two Types’, representing jaded veterens of the 8th Army.
Damage to rear of the booklet, see pics.”



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Hugo Vidal Has Published His Book

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UPDATE: Here’s the contact information for Hugo’s book if you are interested in purchasing a copy. Hugo’s son Fernando is handling the books and has copies on hand at his place in Florida:

Fernando Vidal: 386-898-2217 or by email


Original Post September 17, 2018: 


The book was larger than I expected. It was a pleasure for me to read.

Hugo Vidal, that 85 year old intrepid traveler from Brazil (and founder of AVM) has published his book. I received a copy last week and tore right through it. It’s written in both Portuguese and English. Since Ann and I traveled with Hugo and his son Fernando last year for four weeks, I knew most of the stories he included in his book. But, there were a few new ones and some fuller explanations on others. It’s also full of photos, some I hadn’t seen.

Most of the book centers on the 1956/1957 trip. But, there’s a little bit at the end about the 2017 Alaska Or Rust adventure. And on that, I have a minor quibble. Hugo remembers me contacting him about joining us on the trip. Actually, it was Hugo who contacted me. His eagerness was infectious, as this email extract, the second email he wrote me, underscores:

“…. Since we only heard about the Alaska or Rust caravan yesterday, my son and I rushed to try and find a way of joining in. But I understand now that participation is closed. Even though we don´t even have a vehicle yet, if there is a chance for a place in the waiting list we will somehow purchase, lease, borrow or steal one….”


Hugo dressed as a Dutch Maiden while on their jeep trip. You’ll have to read the book to learn why.


On the left is Hugo’s restored CJ-3B. On the right was the 3B for the trip. Note the custom bed extender on the back.


Ann took this photo of Hugo and Fernando, I believe in Jasper National Park in Canada.


From left to right we have Charles Downey, Hugo Vidal, and Jan Stekly.


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1960 FC-150 Manual Urbandale, IA $40


Rick shared this manual. I’m sure someone can use it.


“1960 Jeep Owner’s Manual for
Forward Control Model FC-150 4-Wheel Drive Truck
Water damage and some staining
Overall pretty good condition for its age,
No tears, rips or folds
Very small damage on front lower right corner and
front page (barely noticible)
Paperback, binding intact”

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Post Trip Items: Alaska Or Rust!! 2107 …. The Book

• CATEGORIES: Alaska Or Rust Trip, Books, Features

<– Post Trip Items: German Documentary w/ Alaska Or Rust Folks –> | Day 21 – Saturday May 19th: Mr. Infamous –>

UPDATE II: Merlin has created an order page for the book. Payment by check or credit card (no PayPal), check preferred. Directions are all on the order page. After April 20th all books will be direct from publisher and more expensive.

We may have a handful of books for sale at the Midwest Willys Reunion, but probably not too many.

UPDATE: I confirmed with Merlin that the first run of hardcover books will cost $40 and that will include shipping in the continental US. The book is 144 pages with over 300 color photos.  After that, the book will be available through at a cost of $42 + shipping (I suspect they print and mail them to order).  When Merlin is ready, he will create a book order page on his website. He will only be accepting checks or money orders. I will let you know when he’s ready.

Printing number one of the book will be hardcover edition.  I really like the hardcover so I will probably only release a paperback down the road, or maybe just print some and sell them at shows.  As soon as I have the postage details together I will start accepting orders for books and I will setup a blog post with instructions on how to pre-order.

Merlin Hanson has authored a photo book on our trip to Alaska and received his first full proof yesterday. He doesn’t plan to print a lot of extra books, but I would be curious to know if anyone has any interest in purchasing a copy (I thought of this last night and still need to check with Merlin about it).

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<– Post Trip Items: German Documentary w/ Alaska Or Rust Folks –> | Day 21 – Saturday May 19th: Mr. Infamous –>

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1942 Croft Cartoons Jeep Book on eBay

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Only a few hours left on this. The current price is $19.99.

“JEEP Croft Cartoons by Croft Men (1942). 37 Page Booklet of JEEP Based Cartoon / Comic WWII Action!”

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1940-1954 Willys Production Story

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UPDATE: **SOLD** It was listed at $899.95.

The price for this is way outside my budget (currently priced at $899.95), but it might have some great pieces of info. The most interesting thing I see documented is that we can finally put to rest the question of whether the military purchased any CJ-2As for military use. According to the chart on the second photo below, Willys-Overland sold the military 605 CJ-2As (along with 140 station wagons and 190 trucks) between 1946-1948.





“Here I have an Excellent Condition Book The WILLYS STORY
1940 TO DATE MARCH 1954

Book measures about 11 x 10 inches and is 90 pages counting the dividers 94 pages counting the covers. Has a Comb Binding

Pages are printed on heavy Posterboard stock
Is filled with great photos

This is a prohibitively RARE piece. I am only able to present 12 photos, which does not do justice to this book. I have described in great detail, section-by-section of what is included. If there are pics you would like to see that I have described but are not shown, please message me and I will get them to you.

Has a great photo of perhaps the RAREST of all Willys Products The 1949 WILLYS JEEPSTER Total units produced 8,804
(for 1949 & 1950 combined)
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1968 Jeepster Comparison Booklet on eBay

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This publication was designed to teach the sales force and dealers about the new Jeepster Commando and Jeepster Convertible. Looks interesting.

“This is a vintage 1968 Jeepster Comparison Data Brochure, measuring approximately 5.75×8.5” and is 20 pages long. It is an original piece of literature from Kaiser Jeep not a reprint and is in very good to excellent condition. Dated April 1968. Carefully stored since new, minimal handling, center staples tight, clean with no smudges, tears or folds. “7-68″ written lightly in pencil on bottom left of back cover. Contents include b&w photos, competitive vehicle comparisons, exterior and interior comparisons, general appearance, engines, frames, electrical, suspension, drive line, body, safety features, etc. Models covered include the 1968 Jeepster Convertible and Commando.”

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1950s Mechanic’s Industrial Engine Manual on eBay

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I can’t remember running across one of these industrial manuals.

“rare Willys Jeep 4 & 6 cylinder industrial engine service manual and parts lists 168 pages,front and back cover dirt and little torn at bookbinding.interior very clean.see my other items on my eBay store thank you !!.”

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1942(?) Army & Signal Corps Book on eBay

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This 35 page book looks interesting. It’s a reprint, but may be an old reprint.

“From a cache of WWII military jeep and motorcycle parts hidden away many years. A number of books and manuals were included.This is a 35 page Photo book produced in 1942 for introduction to the troops of the 1/4 ton 4×4 vehicle Reconnaissance later known as the Jeep. It’s filled with photographs and details for the use of the jeep vehicle. The book measures 8 1/2″ x 11′.with 35 pages, it’s listed as used, as I don’t know it’s actual history so listed as a reprint, great original period photographs and jeep details.”

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“What I Saw At Willys Overland” Booklet for sale on eBay

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This has some neat drawings. You can see some of the images here.

“About 8 1/2 by 5 5/8 inches and there are 20 pages with covers”

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Willys Overland Mechanic’s Manual on eBay

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This appears to be a collection of service manuals and more.

“Purchased from an estate sale of a Vietnam veteran that was a mechanic there…as the story goes. This binder is in very good condition for it’s age. No breaks or signs of visual wear. It is packed full, as seen in the last picture, of all different types of service type manuals from the mid 60’s to early 70’s as best as I can tell. There are some Willys, Chrysler, Ford, Jeep, Renault, Chevrolet, tons of other service information. So much information that would be impossible to list it all. All pages are also in very good condition. Very interesting piece of history!”

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1941 Willys MA Tech Book on eBay

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Thanks to Pascal for spotting this one.

“You are bidding on a rare original maintenance manual for the Willys MA prototype jeep. It’s a little dirty buy all pages are present. And in good shape. Will consider trading for other prototype parts or manuals for GP or bantam brc. Good luck and happy bidding!”

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3? Late 1940s Manuals Cleveland, OH $40

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That Willys Overland Mechanic’s manual might be interesting.

“late 40’s to early 50’s Willys Overland manuals: parts manual, mechanics manual, owners manual, and 6 to 12 volt conversion, complete, excellent condition.”


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Willys Overland Mechanics Binder on eBay

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There’s a bunch of information inside this. I’m not sure how much jeep information there is or not.

“Purchased from an estate sale of a Vietnam veteran that was a mechanic there…as the story goes. This binder is in very good condition for it’s age. No breaks or signs of visual wear. It is packed full, as seen in the last picture, of all different types of service type manuals from the mid 60’s to early 70’s as best as I can tell. There are some Willys, Chrysler, Ford, Jeep, Renault, Chevrolet, tons of other service information. So much information that would be impossible to list it all. All pages are also in very good condition. Very interesting piece of history!”

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WARBABY By William Spear

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Today I received Bill Spear’s new book, WARBABY: The True Story of the Original Jeep. In it Bill explores the history of the first jeep, the Bantam BRC in detail. The book looks beautiful, full of text and photographs. I can’t wait to dive into it; and at 400 pages, there’s plenty to explore!

The first edition printing will be limited to 1,000 copies. The price is $60, but to me, having leafed through it today, this effort appears well worth the cost. Learn more over at Bill’s website:


While you wait for the book, check out this one hour plus presentation by Bill Spears: