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1957 Baden-Powell AfricaEuropeAmerica Expedition

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Derek published this story on the CJ-3B Page about three Brazilian Boy Scouts (Gabriel Paula Fonseca Jr., Everardo de Mello Nogueira, and Paulo Pinheiro de Andrade) who traveled the world, calling themselves the Baden-Powell AfricaEuropeAmerica Expedition.

Leaving in 1957, just after Hugo Vidal and his friend returned from their Operation Pineapple adventure, the Baden-Powell party used a CJ-5 that was styled and outfitted in a way similar to the Operation Pineapple CJ-3B jeep.Their goal was to attend the 9th Annual Boy Scouts Jamboree, one that also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Scout’s founding and the Centennial of Robert Baden-Powell, the Boy Scouts’ founder.

In 2018, a story was published in English called: 1957: From Cape Town to the Nordkap on a Jeep – Three Brazilians youngsters set out to discovery the world. I just purchased it ($6.50) for the kindle, so will be reading it as I can.

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In 2017 a story was published about the trip on this site, but it appears you have to log in to access it. Some pics from this story can be seen on the internet. Based on these pics, the trio may have used the same “built with Brazilian” parts that Operation Pineapple used to fund the expedition:

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British Airborne Jeeps: Modifications & Markings, 1942-1945

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

I recently obtained from eBay a copy of the first version (which is my designation, to separate it from an expanded 2019 version of the same name) of Monica Baan and Rob Van Meel’s British Airborne Jeeps (3rd Printing, printed in 1998). It’s loaded with detail drawing and diagrams of the modifications made for the airborne jeeps. This first version is just under 50 pages. I’ll post a few example pages at the bottom of the post:

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After I received the book, I did some more research and learned that in 2019 Rob updated the book with photographs and much more. Now the book is three-times as large, with 154 pages. The new version is available for purchase for £29.99: https://www.paulmeekins.co.uk/products/author/Van%20Meel,%20Rob.

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Either book would be useful for the person who wants to recreate a British Airborne Jeep. Here is a sneak peak at some pages from the booklet I have:

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1944 Five Army Auto-Mechanics Courses **SOLD**

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**SOLD** Scottie has laid claims to these books … 

These five books were published for the military services in May of 1944 and have courses on various aspects of Auto Mechanics. I bought these hoping to find some jeep info, but found none. Still, this may be of interest to some WWII buffs (mostly non-military automobile mechanicals).

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1. C0URSE 1-THE ENGINE – BOOK IS MISSING BACK COVER AND FRONT IS SOILED. NO TORN OR MISSING PAGES.

2. COURSE 2-COOLING, LUBRICATION, AND FUEL SYSTEMS. SOME WATER DAMAGE ON PAGES. BUT COVERS ARE IN GOOD SHAPE. NO TEARS OR MISSING PAGES.

3. COURSE 3-AUTOMATIC ELECTRICITY-WATER DAMAGE AND CREASES ON FRONT AND BACK COVERS-NO TEARS OR MISSING PAGES. BACK COVER HAS A SMALL TEAR.

4. COURSE 4-THE POWER FLOW. MISSING FRONT AND BACK COVERS BUT NO TORN PAGES OR MISSING PAGES.

5. COURSE 5-CHASSIS UNITS. FRONT AND BACK COVERS ARE SOILED BUT NO MISSING OR TORN PAGES.”

 
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Jeopardy and a Jeep Book by Dorothy Rogers

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features, Women & Jeeps

UPDATE: According to the November 24, 1957, issue of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, this book was published in November of 1957 (previously, the date hadn’t been clear).

The December 08, 1957, issue of the Birmingham News included an article on Dr. Rogers’ new book. Apparently, Rogers was a former teacher in Alabama.

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Originally Published September 25, 2012:

I am a bit behind on writing about my impressions of various jeep-related books I have read.  So, I’m going to try to catch up with that.  First on the docket is “Jeopardy and a Jeep: Africa Conquered by Two Women Professors”, written by a College Professor named Dorothy Rogers.

I’ll forgo a complete summarization of the book, as I’ve included a summarization published on inside of the dust cover.  However, I will say that Dorothy and Louise Ostberg travelled in a Willys Wagon from France all the way down to the southern tip of Africa, before turning around and heading north again.  For that they deserve plenty of kudos!  For most of the trip their wagon, which they named “Jeepie”, was dependable.  One exception to that was the time their brakes went out going down a hill.  At the bottom of the hill was a one lane bridge upon which some road workers had parked their vehicle.  Having no options and no brakes, they were forced to jump Jeepie off a river bank.  They survived, as did Jeepie.  But, they said they hoped they’d never do that again!

While their book was interesting, I never found it as compelling as, for example, Schreiber’s journey in their Seep from Southern California to the Terra del Fuego in South America (which I’ll describe tomorrow).  That said, if you like a good jeep adventure, or Wagons, or Africa, you’ll likely enjoy this book.

Here is the dust jacket summary:

Here are a couple images:

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1966-1971 Universal Jeep Service Manual Roseville, CA $20

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This is a 1976 372-page manual (reprint) that includes information on the rare (non-postal) DJ-5s and DJ-6s.

https://sacramento.craigslist.org/pts/d/roseville-jeep-universal-cj-dj-factory/7253156744.html

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“1966 – 1971 Jeep Universal CJ / DJ – JEEP Factory Shop Repair and Service Manual – SM-1046 / High-quality, 1975 reproduction 372-page manual which was written and first published by the experts at the original equipment manufacturer (OEM), Jeep Corporation, for use by their dealership mechanics. Now, this great service manual can be yours!

MODELS COVERED:
1966 Jeep CJ3
1966 – 1971 Jeep CJ5
1966 – 1968 Jeep CJ5A
1966 – 1971 Jeep CJ6
1966 – 1968 Jeep CJ6A
1966 – 1971 Jeep DJ5
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Has wear as seen in the pictures, a little dirty on the outside but, all the pages are in excellent condition – Leave your nice books at home and keep this one in your Jeep!”

 
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1952-1963 Wagon & Pickup Parts, Accessories, & Bulletin Manual on eBay

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This collection of literature also includes some J-Series documents as well. It’s hard to tell if this is mostly just a manual or a large number of Bulletins.

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“Willys Jeep Dealer Manual 1952-1963 Parts & Accessories & Bulletins.”

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1996 Book The Military Jeep by Lawrence Nabholtz on eBay

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I don’t know anything about this book in terms of value. Starting price is $125.

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“BOOKLET DOES NOT SHOW ANY WEAR”

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Kent Frost – A Man of Canyonlands

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features, Old Images Jeeping, videos, Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

UPDATE: I’ve added two newspaper photos to this post about Kent. One shows him signing copies of his autobiography. The other depicts him with a huge walking stick, one I’m sure could come in handy while exploring ‘his’ beloved canyons.

Even today, Kent’s shadow looms large over the area. Just this last week the Moab Museum screened the “My Canyonlands” film about him.

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June 17, 1971, The San Juan Record: Kent Frost signing books.

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February 11, 2004, The San Juan Record: Kent Frost holding a walking stick.

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Originally published April 1, 2013:


(Above: Kent Frost on the front of his CJ-5 probably helping the driver negotiate an awkward angle)

(Originally Published April 2011) Without a doubt, my favorite part about running this website are the unexpected, interesting people to whom I’m introduced (if only virtually).  One of those people is Kent Frost, a product of the Four Corners area and whom we caught glimpses of in Alan’s color photos of the 1961 Four Corners trip.

Doug commented on one of the Four Corner posts that he had read a book by Kent Frost called “My Canyonlands”, published in 1971. I’m very happy that Doug mentioned the book, because I ordered it and have enjoyed it immensely.  Kent describes all kinds of adventures and early trips into remote areas of the four corners region.  He loved to explore and hike, later jeep and river run, and that remote area has given him a lifetime of experiences.

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Timeless Mahindra Book $100

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Adil Jal Darukhanawala wrote a 332-page book on the Mahindra Jeep history and production. The photographs I’ve seen so far are beautiful; it looks like Adil has created a quality product. I have purchased a copy and will review it later this month.

One reviewer of the book notes it contains a variety of interesting information bits, including how a few CJ-5s reached India (thanks to the Pakistani Army). I also like the comment that the jeep was the ‘greatest free sample in automotive history’, an important insight as tens of thousands of jeeps were left by allies all over the world. It looks like an interesting, detailed book.

The book can purchased directly from the author at https://www.adiljal.com

Here’s a review of the book from EVO India –The Thrill of Driving: https://www.evoindia.com/features/car-features/timeless-mahindra-book-review

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These three photos come from this website: https://parsikhabar.net/books/timeless-mahindra-by-adil-jal-darukhanawala-hits-the-standa/24193/

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Mechanics Manual for the Willys Motors Supercharger on eBay

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This is a 24 page manual.

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“1950s Kaiser Willys Jeep Mechanics Supercharger Manual 24 Pages, Good+ Condition wear. Shipping to US only, Free Shipping.”

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1943 Willy Jeep Book by Bob Clemens on eBay

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This isn’t in the best of condition, but it’s priced accordingly.

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“Vintage 1943 WILLY JEEP by Bob Clemens Patricia Windrow – School Book. This was handed out in elementary school to a relative during the end of WWII. Cover has stains and one rip on page 3/4. No writing.”

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William F. Baggerman’s Trips to Central & South America in a Jeep

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William F. Baggerman in 1946 standing in front of his 1946 VEC CJ-2A. Behind the jeep is a trailer (a box on wheels). Standing to the side of the jeep is Charles Mum of the Laredo, Texas, AAA. William is just about to enter Mexico in 1946.

Wiliam F. Baggerman was born and raised in the St. Louis, Missouri, area around 1914. He attended Washington University and Edinburgh University. He started Modern Management Co., a real estate management firm, in 1936, and later was employed with Sycamore Investors, Inc., a shopping center development company.

He entered what would become the Air Force right after Pearl Harbor and spent 20 months in the Pacific theatre, stationed for at least part of the time in Guam. While in Guam, for some unknown reason, he decided to travel to Central America after the war.

A year after the war ended, he purchased a jeep and, along with a trailer, headed south to Laredo, Texas, where he began his adventure.

After his trip, he wrote an 60 page book: Driving to Managua, Nicaragua (A Guide to the PanAmerican Highway Through Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua).

The book is part guide book and part travelogue, as most of the text describes dryly how to travel through the various countries. Yet, the pics feel far more personal; there are at least 10 photos, almost all of which include the jeep. You can view the entire book online at Hathitrust.org.

The jeep he used appears to have been a VEC with indents and a column shift, but without the rear hubs. So, I’d guess a 15xxx to 30xxx serial number. The trailer is a box on wheels … anyone know what model?

Let’s look at some pics!

This is a map of the Pan American Highway. It’s not clear to me how much he veered off the highway:

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This pic shows him just entering Mexico:

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Those are some beautiful mountains. But who is looking at the mountains when you can peek inside the cab and see the column shifter:

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Apparently, even the jeep couldn’t take William everywhere:

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BOOK: The Mystery in The Jeep by Ernie Rydberg

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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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BOOK: The Mystery of the Amphibious Jeep

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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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VEEPSTER Builder’s Guide and Assembly Manual

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This 48 page VEEPSTER Builders Guide & Assembly Manual was listed on eBay the other day. It’s a detailed document on how to build a VEEPSTER with the kit supplied by Sun Valley Autotech. There’s no date on it. Learn more about VEEPS, Scamps, VEEPSTERs and eVEEPSTERs here.

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1952 4 Wheel Drive Booklet on eBay

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Here’s a reasonable price for a circa 1952 4 Wheel Drive Booklet. It appears in pretty good shape. You can see a scan of this here.

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“This is an original 8.25″ x 5.5″ 20-page Willys Motors booklet made for Jeep dealers to help familiarize them with the 4 X 4 features & help sell their vehicles by showing they can go anywhere,anytime,under any conditions.It’s in nice condition with only minor wear on the covers”

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Warn Overdrive Catalog from the late 1960s (?)

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Books, Features, OD Saturn/Warn

UPDATE: This was originally posted in 2012, but it’s worth a repost.

Dad never had an overdrive in his jeep, but did have this catalog (No. 1842). I suspect he built a few of these for Al Carroll.

I’ve attached a few random pictures below, but the PDF link includes all the pages and is downloadable to your computer.

http://www.ewillys.com/pdf/Warn-Overdrive-Parts-Catalog.pdf

 
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Jeepers Jamboree: The First 30 Years Book

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features, Old Images Jeeping

I won this book on eBay the other day. With more than 450 pages, the book is full of photos, history, and stories related to thirty years of the Jeepers Jamboree, the Rubicon trail trip that became an annual event.  This particularly edition includes signatures of Mark Smith (founder of the Jeepers Jamboree) and Peg Presba  (the book’s author).

There’s another copy of this book for sale on Amazon, but it’s more than what I paid.

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Will Parish & Perk Perkins: Around the World in a Jeep Book

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Will Parish & Perk Perkins authored a book about their trip around the world in a CJ-5. Anyone familiar with it? The cheapest price I could find was priced at $49.

Abstract: Around the World in a Jeep recounts the 1975 grand plan of Orvis CEO Perk Perkins and his then college roommate, Will Parish, to drive around the world in Will’s beloved red Jeep. Over the next 20 months, Perk, Will, and their trusty Jeep crossed five oceans and seas, exploring 35 countries and covering enough road-miles to circumnavigate the earth twice. In addition to cementing their relationship as lifelong best friends, the trip also generated some 2,000 pages of journal entries, which make up the text of this remarkable volume. Illustrated by stunning full-color photographs taken by Perk, Will, and the people they encountered, this beautifully printed and bound adventure book belongs in the collection of everyone who has a yearning to explore, travel, and discover the richness our world has to offer. 12″ x 9″ hardcover

There are at least two book covers:

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Here are a few pics from the book from https://www.influx.co.uk/cars/around-the-world-in-a-jeep/

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1948 Report on ‘Jeep’ in Conservation

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I purchased this cool booklet off of eBay. It has some great pics. I’ll share once it arrives.

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1957(?) How to Use 4 Wheel Drive Booklet

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This 4 Wheel Drive Booklet was likely produced between 1955-1957. An accompanying order form (seen at the bottom) suggests it was likely a 1957. The booklet was assigned form W-640. It’s not in the best of shape, but it also wasn’t very expensive.

The is a much better version of this booklet as compared to the earlier version from 1952.

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Overground Railroad Book

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A reader (and my pea-sized brain can’t remember who) noticed that the front of the Overground Railroad, a book by Candace Taylor, had a Jeep Wagon on its cover. It looks to be a 1950-1951 wagon to me.

I haven’t read the book just yet, but look forward to it. The book is about 300 pages, but has at least 100 pages of photos. The reviews for it have been very good. Here’s a review from a Route 66 website.

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1958-ish Garden Notes Brochure Booklet on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Books, Features

This is an unusual and neat booklet, if you like gardening.

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“Willys Motors, Inc.
Toledo, Ohio
Garden Notes Booklet Brochure
Measures approximately 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2
Very Cool Automobile Collectible”

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1941 Service School for U.S. Army Instructors on Ford Vehicles $750

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Roger Martin spotted this book on Facebook. It looks like it’s been up since July.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1559268460802697/permalink/2509192215810312

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“This book contains invaluable knowledge from the experts themselves, to shape the future mechanics of WWII. They understood the competence of the students could be a matter of life and death. This incredibly scarce, all original book is entitled “Service School for U.S. Army Instructors on Ford U.S. Army Vehicles 1941”.

It was put together by Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan to be used by the school at the Rogue Plant, as well as traveling schools at military posts around the U.S. The contents of this book include:

*The service school program for U.S. Army Instructors on Ford built U.S. Army Vehicles at Rouge Plant
*Program for traveling service school for U.S. Army Instructors on Ford built U.S. Army vehicles
*Ford equipment-specialized services
*Universal equipment-specialized services
*Universal equipment-general shop use
*Individual mechanics equipment
*List of tools – U.S. Army Reconnaissance Car
*List of tools – U.S. Army Staff Car (Fordor)
*List of tools – U.S. Army Bomb Service Truck (Tonner)
*TM10-1101 Maintenance Manual for Ford Truck Model G.P. 1/4 Ton 4×4 for the U.S. Government *U-7434 Service Requirements Ford Army Reconnaissance Car
*To remove front door glass – Staff Car
*Remove and replace w/s glass – Staff Car
*Ford parts numbering system
*Ford Fordor Sedan Body Parts and Price List for U.S. Government
*TM10-1100 Parts Price List Special Model G.P. 1/4 Ton 80″ Wheelbase 4×4 for U.S. Government *Ford Form #7084 Ford and Mercury Chassis Parts and Price List 1938-39-40-41 Passenger Cars and Trucks

Adding further nostalgia, the first page includes a hand written message “Put it back where you found it It’s property of Neil Goldsmith Co A 27th Bn Camp Croft, S.C.” (which was dismantled after the war) The paper cover of this book is in rough shape (shown in pictures). However, the contents are remarkably clean and is a complete set. There is some damage to the back few pages (shown in pictures) but none of the print has been compromised (picture shows the page with the most damage).

Considering the rarity of this collection, aesthetics are variable. Here’s your chance to own a rare piece of American history! Asking $750″

 
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Factory Parts books Tucson, AZ $50

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

Hard to tell what’s all here.

https://tucson.craigslist.org/pts/d/tucson-jeep-willys-factory-parts-books/7058801113.html

“Jeep, Willys factory parts books. Coverage for utility wagon, forward control, J series, jeepster, CJ 2-7 and some price and aftermarket parts books. Price includes countertop stand with clip out holders to remove individual books. $50 for all. Local pick up only. No text.”

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