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Sarafan Jeep Parts Catalog on eBay

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Here’s an unusual parts catalog.

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1953 “C” Sized Blueprint on eBy

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UPDATE: This is back on eBay

“Belonging to my grandfather who was a draftsman and worked for Willys. Packed away for many years. These are “C” sized mylar pencil blueprints. This is original and from 1953 for a copper screen and guard for windows on a Willys. Will be shipped rolled.
Any questions, please feel free to ask.
I DO NOT ship outside the USA (Canada is NOT the USA).”

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1950s M-38A1 w/ Forklift Blueprint on eBay

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UPDATE: Still Available

Here are plans for attaching a forklift to a M-38A1.

“Belonging to my grandfather who was a draftsman and worked for Willys. Packed away for many years. This is a “C” sized linen blueprint in pencil. This is original and from the 1950’s. Will be shipped rolled.
Any questions, please feel free to ask.
I DO NOT ship outside the USA (Canada is NOT the USA).”

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Testimonial: Willys of Providence

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Here’s another testimonial, this time from Willys of Providence, Inc.

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Testimonial: A Jeep on Cemetery Duty

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Here’s another testimonial, this time from a cemetery in Springfield, Massachusetts, that espouses the lawn-friendliness of the jeep.

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1945/1946 Willys CJ-2A Booklet

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I got a chance to scan “The Universal Jeep”, a thirty-two page booklet published by Willys Overland. It was published by Willys-Overland to educate consumers (and dealers?) about the differences between the ‘war’ jeep and the CJ-2A. One of the sections provides some interesting details about the testing done with the CJ-2s. I’ve included that section below.

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Willys Motors Sales Book “Jeep Station Wagon”

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This is part of a fascinating, product merchandising book that’s being sold in chunks (unfortunately). I’ve bought part of it and another reader has bought a different section. This particular section has 17 pages that covers the Station Wagon.

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Willys Motors Sales Book “CJ-3B”

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Here’s 24 pages of the Product Merchandising book that covers the CJ-3B.

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Barrington Radio Service Testimony

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Just a few updates today.

This photo is neat, but I wish the paper had been a little thicker so the words didn’t show through.

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1950 VJ-3 Frame Specs on eBay

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This interest anyone?

“8-1/2 x 11″ frame blueprint, look at picture for application and condition, very heavy wear on lower left corner, still useable condition.”

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Police Department Testimonials from Toledo & NY

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And from New York City:

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Early 1950s? Willys Motors Sales Book

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I just purchased this booklet. One of the pages it includes is a sales breakdown. I thought it was pretty interesting.  I don’t have a year yet for this document.

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Roscoe Turner Testimonial for Jeeps

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Famous barnstormer and racing pilot Roscoe Turner endorsed the jeep in this 1946 letter.

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Testimonial: Davis Farm Contracting

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Thanks to John I’ve got a bunch of these testimonials to share over the coming weeks. Most are from 1946 and were combined into a sales binder used by Willys Overland salesman.

This particular testimonial is by Davis Farm Contracting, Company, of Albany, Georgia.

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1946 How Light is Light Pamphlet on eBay

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Steve pointed out this engineering report from Willys Overland.

“original SAE engineering report , 8.5 x 11 , 12 pages , last two pages are torn with small piece of paper missing at edge , this report was presented by Willys Overland in January 1946 and describes light cars in the US and compares various light cars . The Jeep was not mentioned but it was the only “light car” being produced by Willys Overland at this time .”

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Reprint of Feb 1942 Chinese MB Manual Supplement on eBay

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Marc spotted this Chinese Manual Supplement reprint.

“A reprint of a rare original 16 page Chinese supplement for the Willys MB manual. This came out in February 1942 as a supplement for the TM10-1207 dated February 1, 1942.”

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Willys Overland Down Payment Program

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This sold on eBay already, but is interesting. It is a rare 1952 Willys Overland Jeep Employees New Car Down Payment Program Coupon. It looks like it could be used for any W/O vehicle.

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1948 Letter Indicating Metal Shortages

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Marc spotted this interesting letter. It sold on eBay last month. It goes to show that even hard top makers were having problems finding material to build their aluminum top.

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1961 Auto Show — A Black & Gold Willys Showcase

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UPDATE:  The CJ3B Page has a color picture showing the jeep vehicles painted Gold for this display along with more information about the Hong Kong show.

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Originally published December 25, 2009:  Bruce provided me with these fascinating documents regarding the October 15-23, 1960, auto show.  There are two interesting aspects to this press release:

  1. 1. Eight Jeep vehicles were to be specially painted gold with black trim and upholstery and would be displayed in a Chinese waterfront setting;
  2. 2. The vehicles were part of the advertising program of a new fall television series called “Hong Kong“.

You can see a copy of the press release below:

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Here’s another version of the event:

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Article from late 1960 that includes a reference to black and gold vehicles from the November 22, 1960, issue of the Spokesman Review.

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Bantam Testimony about the Jeep Origin

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Gerad found this fascinating bit of testimony from Bantam about how the company and the Army worked together.  This seems particularly appropriate given the upcoming Bantam Festival.

BTW.  If anyone wants to take pics and send in reports from the Festival, I will try to do updates based on what I receive. email me about it at d at ewillys.com

Gerald writes,”A few years back I went to the Henry Ford Archives Library in Detroit to research the Jeep.  I found this document.  It is cool.  It was hand typed and the original, Henry read it himself.  The research librarian shook me down, I showed him I knew my shit, then he showed me the good stuff. The Le Croix collection.  I used white gloves and all. Anyways.  Good Bantam history for the record.  This is Bantam’s testimony of what went down.”

 
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Service Bulletin: Serial Numbers from 1951-1956

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I feel very fortunate to have received a variety of old documents, newspaper clippings, and images from the 40s and 50s courtesy of a reader named Bruce. I’ve been digging through and organizing the information. Hopefully, readers will find them useful and interesting!

For example, here’s a electronic version of a 1956 Service Bulletin that explains how the serial numbering system works on vehicles built from Willys built between 1951-1954. I’ve got roughly 30 or more old service bulletin’s I’ll be sharing for the next few months.  In this case, I have posted an image of the first page below.  HERE’S A LINK TO A PDF OF THE WHOLE BULLETIN.

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MB & GPW Standard Nomenclature List from Archive.org

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I have no idea if this is of any use to anyone, but I thought it was interesting.  Here’s a the link to download a 200+ government document that lists THE STANDARD NOMENCLATURE LIST of Spare Parts and Equipment as of January 1944 for GPW & MBs.  Sections of the document include: Maintenance Parts Procurement List (Section 2); Vehicular Spare Parts and Equipment List (Section 3); Organizational Spare Parts and Equipment List (Section 4); Ordnance Maintenance Unit Stockage List (Section 5); Depot Stockage List (Section 6); Geographical or Seasonal Maintenance Parts List (Section 7); and Indexes (Seciion 8).

Another document highlights the OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF GPWS & MBs from 1944.

I found this and some other documents related to GPWs, MBs,  M-38s and M-38A1s at Archive.org, a website that stores all kinds of information as a digital library and public resource (the site has movies, images, books, and more).  To find this information, do a search on Willys (or just click this link)

Here’s a couple images from the NOMENCLATURE LIST:

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Willys-Overland Motors Mechanics Agreement on eBay

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These are some unusual documents.

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“VINTAGE TO WORLD WAR 2 ERA
WILLY’S JEEP OVERLAND EPHEMERA
2 DUES BOOKLETS WITH STAMPS AND NOTATIONS
CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS

GOOD CONDITION FOR THE AGE
THESE ITEMS NOT OFTEN FOUND ANY LONGER”

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