Books Research Archives

To Top

1984 Herman the German Book

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

UPDATE: I have to second Mark’s reaction to this book. This has been a great read! Gerhard Neumann feels Forest-Gumpian at times, as his life bebops from adventures to mis-adventures. The jeep trip is a neat aspect to the book, and kudos to his good natured wife for suggesting it. But, his life story is so much more than just the jeep trip. His good natured attitude bubbles through his prose. And, don’t miss his tips and tricks, such as using horse manure to plug radiator holes. 

Here are two pics from the jeep trip:

1984-herman-the-german-photos-book-lores

===========================

Originally posted Jun 27, 2021: Mark Doepel shared news on Facebook of a book he found at his local Goodwill called Herman the German: Just Lucky I guess. It’s an autobiography by Gerhard Neumann.  Mark really enjoyed the read.

A paperback version of the book is available on Amazon and you can probably find hard copies out there as well (I just bought a hard copy version). Here are some general reviews by a couple influential folks from the Amazon page:

“This fascinating and amusing account of his life is told by a colorful and highly capable German who became one of America’s most successful technical managers in the development of jet engines for aircraft.”-David S. Lewis ChairmanGeneral Dynamics Corporation.

“Not only has Gerhard Neumann’s life been filled with exotic and exciting adventures, but he was a highly successful engineer and executive-truly a superior individual and one of my favorite people.”-Sanford N. McDonnellChairman, McDonnell Douglas Corporation.

“Readers of Gerhard’s book will probably come to the same conclusion I formed while doing business with him; there is still room in industry for free spirits.” -T. A. WilsonChairman, The Boeing Company.

herman-the-german-gerhard-neumann

His colorful life included a jeep trip across Asia in 1947 documented in part by this 1948 Kansas City Times article from January 13, 1948:

1948-01-13-kansascitytimes-jep-trip-gerhard-neuman

This article about the release of Gerhard’s autobiography came out in the June 17, 1984, issue of the Cincinnati Enquirer:

1984-06-17-cincinnati-enquirer-gerhard-neumann-lores

This obituary was published following his death on November 6, 1997, in the Cincinnati Enquirer:

Continue reading

 
To Top

Joe Brown’s 1944 Book w/ Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

UPDATE II: I received this small booklet. There are thirteen pages (with lots of pics) written by Joe Brown and eleven pages about donuts, including a quiz and recipes (as in, you can use donuts in a variety of ways). So, if you want jeeps, don’t buy this booklet; but, if you like donuts, then this might be a winner. Below are a few sample pages …

1944-joebrown-you-said-a-mouthful-donuts1 1944-joebrown-you-said-a-mouthful-donuts2 1944-joebrown-you-said-a-mouthful-donuts3 1944-joebrown-you-said-a-mouthful-donuts4

================

UPDATE: Curiously, after I purchased a copy on Amazon, the price went up a dollar.

In early 1944, Actor and Comedian Joe E. Brown published “You Said A Mouthful”, a book about his adventures entertain troops. The cover includes an illustration on the cover of him on a jeep. If interested, here are various copies for sale on eBay.

“A rip roaring; Illustrated; funny story of Joe E. Brown’s adventures in entertaining millions of doughboys all over the world.”

1944-01-joe-brown-you-said-a-mouthful-book

PHOTO CREDIT: University of South Carolina … https://digital.tcl.sc.edu/digital/collection/jmetz/id/1197

The book was published by the Doughnut Corporation of American and Bond Bread. Thus, this explains why he’s holding a donut. An advertisement for Bond Bread is included on the back of the book:

 
To Top

Highways Across the Horizon by Dorothy Rogers

• CATEGORIES: Books, FC150-FC170-M677, Features, Women & Jeeps

UPDATE: This ad published in the Los Angeles Times, June 15, 1962, by the Alaskan Camper Factory, welcomed Dorothy and Louise back into the United States after their trip around the world in an FC-170 (with an Alaskan camper, of course).

1962-06-15-losangeles-times-rogers-ostberg-alaskan-camper-ad-lores

===================

Originally Published October 06, 2021: Highways Across the Horizon was written by Dorothy Rogers, who previous wrote Jeopardy in the Jeep.  I received a copy of it in the mail last week.  I knew the book was about traveling through Asia, but there were two things I didn’t know.  The first think I learned was that she and her travel partner Louise, traveled all the way around the world, starting and ending in New York.  The second surprise was their vehicle of choice:  a FC-170 with a camper.   Craig confirmed today that Dorothy and Louise piloted only the third known FC to make it around the world.  I can’t wait to read about their adventure.

Here are FC related pics:

Continue reading

 
To Top

Jeopardy and a Jeep Book by Dorothy Rogers

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features, Women & Jeeps

UPDATE: Ashley Giordano has published a well-written synopsis of the book Jeopardy and a Jeep for Expedition Portal: https://expeditionportal.com/jeopardy-and-a-jeep-africa-conquered-by-two-women-professors/

She also shared this article from April 27, 1954, that was published in the Cape Argus newspaper out of South Africa:

1954-04-27-cap-argus-rogers-osterberg-africa-trip

======================

Published Feb 28, 2021: 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.

Clipping from The Birmingham News - Newspapers.com

=============

Originally Published September 25, 2012:

Continue reading

 
To Top

1985 Book ‘The Willys Dream Kit’ by Jan Novak on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

Scott spotted a hardcover book called The Willys Dream Kit by Jan Novak that’s for sale on eBay ($49.49). The price for a new hard copy is similar on Amazon, but the used ($25) and paperback ($20) editions are much less on Amazon.

Reviews of the book from the Chicago Tribune and L.A. Times in 1985 suggest it’s a good read.

1985-the-willys-dream-kit-jan-novak

 
To Top

1957 Baden-Powell AfricaEuropeAmerica Expedition

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features • TAGS: .

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.

1957-baden-powell-willys-jeep-expedition-brazillians1

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:

1957-baden-powell-willys-jeep-expedition-brazillians5

1957-baden-powell-willys-jeep-expedition-brazillians4

1957-baden-powell-willys-jeep-expedition-brazillians2

1957-baden-powell-willys-jeep-expedition-brazillians3

 
To Top

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:

british-airborne-jeeps-cover-01-lores

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.

british-airborne-jeep-rob-van-meel

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:

british-airborne-jeeps-03-lores

british-airborne-jeeps-13-lores

british-airborne-jeeps-18-lores british-airborne-jeeps-22-lores

british-airborne-jeeps-33-lores

 

 
To Top

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

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

**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).

1944-auto-mechanics-pics1 1944-auto-mechanics-pics2

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.”

 
To Top

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

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

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

1976-manual-jeep-sac-ca1 1976-manual-jeep-sac-ca2

“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
1966 – 1968 Jeep DJ6
1966 – 1967 Jeep Universal

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!”

 
To Top

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

• CATEGORIES: Books, Documents, Features

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.

View all the information on eBay

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

1952-1963-wagons-jeeps-booklet0

1952-1963-wagons-jeeps-booklet1

1952-1963-wagons-jeeps-booklet2

1952-1963-wagons-jeeps-booklet3

1952-1963-wagons-jeeps-booklet4

 
To Top

1996 Book The Military Jeep by Lawrence Nabholtz on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

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

View all the information on eBay

“BOOKLET DOES NOT SHOW ANY WEAR”

the-military-jeep-book-lawrence-nabholz-1

the-military-jeep-book-lawrence-nabholz-2

the-military-jeep-book-lawrence-nabholz-3

Continue reading

 
To Top

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.

1971-06-17-The_San_Juan_Record-kent-frost-signs-book2-lores

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

2004-02-11-The_San_Juan_Record-kent-frost2-lores

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

=========================

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.

Continue reading

 
To Top

Timeless Mahindra Book $100

• CATEGORIES: Books

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

timeless-mahindra-book4

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

timeless-mahindra-book1

timeless-mahindra-book3 timeless-mahindra-book2

 
To Top

Mechanics Manual for the Willys Motors Supercharger on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Books, Documents, Features

This is a 24 page manual.

View all the information on eBay

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

supercharger-kaiser-willys-manual

 
To Top

1943 Willy Jeep Book by Bob Clemens on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

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

View all the information on ebay

“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.”

bob-clemens-book0

bob-clemens-book1

bob-clemens-book2

bob-clemens-book3

bob-clemens-book4

 
To Top

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

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features, Old Images, Old News Articles • TAGS: .
1947-driving-to-mnagua-nicarauga-william-f-baggerman-photo

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:

1947-driving-to-mnagua-nicarauga-william-f-baggerman-map

This pic shows him just entering Mexico:

1947-driving-to-mnagua-nicarauga-william-f-baggerman-into-mexico

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

1947-driving-to-mnagua-nicarauga-william-f-baggerman-vec-markings

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

1947-driving-to-mnagua-nicarauga-william-f-baggerman-on-train

Continue reading

 
To Top

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:

1959-the-mystery-in-the-jeep2 1959-the-mystery-in-the-jeep1

 
To Top

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.

the-mystery-of-the-amphibious-jeep

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”

 
To Top

VEEPSTER Builder’s Guide and Assembly Manual

• CATEGORIES: Books, Documents, Features

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.

veepster-instructions-booklet01-lores veepster-instructions-booklet02-lores veepster-instructions-booklet03-lores veepster-instructions-booklet04-lores veepster-instructions-booklet05-lores

Continue reading

 
To Top

1952 4 Wheel Drive Booklet on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

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.

View all the information on eBay.

“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”

4-wheel-drive-booklet

 
To Top

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

 
To Top

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.

jeepers-jamboree-30th-anniversary-book-2 jeepers-jamboree-30th-anniversary-book-3 jeepers-jamboree-30th-anniversary-book-4 jeepers-jamboree-30th-anniversary-book-5

Continue reading

 
To Top

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

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

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:

2008-around-the-world-in-a-jeep

2008-around-the-world-in-a-jeep2

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

around-the-world-in-a-jeep-pics3 around-the-world-in-a-jeep-pics2 around-the-world-in-a-jeep-pics1

 
To Top

1948 Report on ‘Jeep’ in Conservation

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Books, Documents, Features

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

1948-jeep-in-conservation-report

 
To Top

1957(?) How to Use 4 Wheel Drive Booklet

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Books, Features

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.

1957-form-w-604-how-to-use-4-wheel-drive-01-lores 1957-form-w-604-how-to-use-4-wheel-drive-02-lores 1957-form-w-604-how-to-use-4-wheel-drive-03-lores 1957-form-w-604-how-to-use-4-wheel-drive-04-lores

Continue reading