The University of Toledo’s digital archives (UTOPIA) includes several pages of a wartime record report for the Willys Overland fiscal fear ending September 30, 1943. The report spans 107 pages, but the digital archive only includes five of the pages. The part that caught my eye was a table of contents line showing a discussion of the “Jeep” – Evolution of a New Military Vehicle, a chapter that lasted 16 pages. Has anyone ever reviewed the report? The full report appears to be in the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections.
I haven’t seen many of the hardtops shown in this brochure. The passenger side door (that is, the left hand door) is particularly unusual.
“Here I have a very nice comb-spine Brochure / Book
Jeep POSTAL DISPATCHER
KAISER Jeep CORPORATION
TOLEDO, OHIE 43601
Book measures about 8 ½ x 5 ½ inches and is 14 pages (Plus Covers) with each page leaf individually numbered.
This is in Excellent Condition with a small break of the comb spine at the top.
This is an outstanding piece for the Willys / Jeep / Postal collector!”
Here’s an interesting document.
“ook was placed in a stack exposing the cover to some oily-like residue that produced two 1 1/2″ inch stains upper right area. Did not want to continue listing without noting this change. Looks worse than it really is. I add another picture at the end in detail. Thanks! Wonderful and rare book. 8.5 x 11″ roughly. 58 pp. US Army Tank Automotive Center. Very good condition with owner name in pen and small stain “stripes” on upper-right cover.”
This looks like a unique piece.
“Here I have an Extremely rare Willys Jeep Military proposal for a 4-Year program from 1956.
This is a Plastic Comb Binding Book which was apparently used in presentation for the proposed 4-Year Military Development Program for the ¼ Ton 4×4 Willys Vehicles.
Book is dated 10 October 1956.
Books specifies the M38-A1 and presents analyses of weight reduction and cost savings.”
Here’s a unique item.
“Incredible find! Super rare piece from Willy’s to Niles Steel Products Div- Republic Steel Corp. Elyria, Oh. For contribution of vital parts on the 1st 1,000,000 Jeeps! Vintage frame & this glass. Overall 12 3/4″ wide & 14 3/4″ tall. Awesome piece of history!”
Dan ran across these interesting service bulletins from the Carter Carburetor Corporation regarding Willys-Overland motors.
Here’s an interesting bit of history for those interested in the Safari Kar. The seller marks this as a released in 1996, but given it is introducing its 1995 line, I think it was printed earlier.
“Original typewritten press release , 8.5 x 11 , UNILLUSTRATED , describes 1975 to 1983 remanufactured US Post Office Jeeps . This was printed in 1996 by Safari Kar .”
This rare semi-annual report dated March 31, 1943, looks interesting.
“ORIGINAL 1943 Willys semi-annual report for March 1943. 24 pages full of interesting information about the WWII Jeep and it’s production. Lots of obscure photos and some great artwork”
What an interesting map!
“SCHOOLS AT WAR. BOND DRIVE WALL POSTER
U.S TREASURY PROGRAM TO TRY TO GET 90% OF ALL SCHOOL CHILDREN SELLING WAR BONDS & STAMPS
VERY RARE , ORIGINAL LARGE WORLD WAR TWO POSTER. MEASURES ABOUT 28″ BY 22″
POSSIBLY THE ONLY ONE LEFT IN EXISTENCE. MOST WERE RECYCLED FOR THE WAR DRIVE, OR DESTROYED.”
Nothing inside, but the binder is in decent shape.
UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay
“This is an Original Color Patriotic Letterhead dated 1942 Featuring a U S Army Jeep chasing Hitler, Mussolini and Tito Right off the map. Great item printed by “Copyright 1942 By Porto Server Chicago”. The 7” X 10 1/2” letter sheet is in excellent condition. This is one of a collection of WWII Patriotic Stationary items we have on auction at this time.”
Also, if you’ve never visited Clint Dixon’s Dodge Power Wagon Monroe Lift page, it’s worth a look. There he has some detailed drawing of the Monroe Lifts. He also has a great photo page that shows a Dodge Power Wagon and the Monroe Lift using different implements.
This is framed and under glass.
“The poster is a “Plaistow Pictorial – Fact Sheet Number 17” and appears to be in very good condition. It is encased beneath glass and is mounted in a wood frame. The frame has a few minor blemishes. The poster shows images of various Jeeps from 1940 through 1986. It also depicts the “Anatomy of the War time Jeep” and has a narrative of the history of the Jeep. The frame measures 37.5 inches wide by 27.75 inches tall.”
Here are a series of owners manuals with starting prices are only $5.
1. 1961 FJ-3A Fleetvan
Here are a couple pages from the 1944 Willys Overland Annual Report. I thought their inclusion of the Willys engine as an independent product was very interesting. As you can see they really thought there was a big market for it.
It’s just amazing how large the plant was and how little is left.
UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.
If not for our recent trip, I’d be going after this one. There could be some unique items in here. Note the shipping cost.
“For auction is a kaiser jeep, willys jeep 3 ring binder sales manual in good used condition. There are a few loose pages which can be repaired with the white adhesive donuts but no torn pages exist. This manual is packed full of information for the DJ-3A, CJ-3B, CJ-5, CJ-6, 2WD station, 4WD utility wagon, panel delivery, 2WD 4WD pick-up truck and FC series trucks. Also included is regular production options, tire application chart showing tread design and sizes and plies. Also metal tops, convertible tops, garwood lift beds, koenig tool boxes and running boards and bumpers, king winches, ramsey winches and PTOs, BROS snow throwers, covington cutters, howe fire trucks. Take note the binder has torn loose from the outside cover (see pic 3). email questions and thanks.”
Maury shared this war bond with an image of a Willys MA. He wrote, “These inserts were apparently sent out with US Treasury checks to encourage the recipients to invest the money in war bonds. Scans of the front and back of the original envelope and insert are attached.”
Back:Original Image (now on Wikipedia):
Here’s a rare set of sales book pages (8 pages) that show different kinds of loaders. Looks interesting.
Here’s an odd piece of Willys history.
“Original drawing blueprint for a 1956 Willys Motors safety strap. This drawing belonged to my grandfather and has been stored for many years, laid flat. Very good condition. Would look great framed for the Willys fan.
A “B” sized blueprint is the smaller print. A “C” sized blueprint is the large prints you’re used to seeing.
Any questions, please feel free to ask.
I do not ship outside the USA.
Payment due at close of auction.”
Here are some directions for using a Whitco Top. I didn’t know that’s the way they folded down.
I’ll provide some more information on the 1944 Willys Overland Annual Report that I’ve scanned, but I don’t have time tonight. Instead, here’s some fun reading from the report. I’ve combined two of the pages into one image. This comes from an anonymous donor kind enough to share this (and other) documents so I can scan and share them with you.
Mark found this jewel of a PDF at Roscommonequipment.com. We’ve seen a few of these fire jeeps for sale over the years. This document provides some insights into how the pumps work and the type of modifications that were added. The document contains instructions, specifications and detailed drawings.
You can see the whole PDF here: http://www.roscommonequipmentcenter.com/Project%204_Jeep%20Tanker%20Handbook.pdf
Here’s an example of one jeep that was for sale last year. I thought there was another one, but I can’t find it at the moment.