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1961 Auto Show — A Black & Gold Willys Showcase

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Documents, Old News Articles

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.

http://cj3b.info/Siblings/SurreyGold.html

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:

auto show2

 

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

1960-11-22-spokesman-review-new-models-black-gold

 

 
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Bantam Testimony about the Jeep Origin

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features

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

• CATEGORIES: Documents

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.

Service Bulleting, Willys Motors, 328

Service Bulleting, Willys Motors, 328

 
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MB & GPW Standard Nomenclature List from Archive.org

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Website

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:

GPW_MB_Nomenclature_List

MB_GPW_Parts

 
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Willys-Overland Motors Mechanics Agreement on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features

These are some unusual documents.

View all the information on eBay

“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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