The links to posts below show jeeps grouped by models, condition, and other ways. Some of these jeeps are for sale and others have been sold. If you are unsure whether a vehicle is still for sale or not, email me at d [at] ewillys.com for more info.
Importantly, the allure of buying a project jeep can be romantic. The reality of restoring a jeep can be quite different, expensive and overwhelming without the right tools and resources. So, tread carefully when purchasing a "project". If you have any concerns about buying a vintage jeep, or run across a scam, feel free to contact me for help, comments or concerns .
I just learned that Willys America’s open house has been moved up to July 8th. Scramboleer Dan will be leading the caravan this year. It will be making a number of stops, including 8:45 AM at the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge and 10 AM in McDonald’s in Petaluma, before arriving at Willys America at noon in time for lunch and open house. More details to follow:
There’s always lots of great people to meet and vehicles to see. This year, my mother is having knee surgery on the 5th (both her and dad will be on walkers) and then I’ll be leaving for Alaska around the 22nd. So, once again I won’t make it, but I sure want to sometime!!
Paul Barry of Willys America shared these photos he took from the 2017 Portland Swap Meet at the Portland Expo Center. The black truck is priced at $12,000. The red wagon has no engine. The other two trucks are rough.
The Moonshiners swap meet is this weekend. It’s 9am to 4pm at the Puyallup Fair Grounds. Thanks to Rob Stafford, I’ll have a warm, indoor booth in the main building to promote eWillys and Alaska Or Rust. Admission to the event is $10. Here’s more information: http://www.moonshinersjeepclub.com/swapmeet/.
The weekend of March 25 & 26 is the Southwest Military Show in Mesa, Arizona. If you like plans and jeeps, this is a great place to be. As Joe points out below there will be more than a dozen jeeps and jeep-like vehicles.
UPDATE: Just a reminder that Roger’s FC event will be July 14-16. He has plenty of space for trucks & semis, trailers, RV’s (no hook-ups), and primitive camping. His phone number is 937-477-5270 (call anytime) and email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Roger Martin will be hosting his 3rd Annual Southwest Ohio FC Gathering on July 14-16 this year.
He writes, “This is a personal invitation to a Jeep “FC only” event in the “Midwest.” We hope to see all FC owners and friends of Jeep Forward Controls and Jeep Fleet Vans in July. Come with or without your Jeep Forward Control or Fleet Vans. See these rare vehicles, talk about your project, and meet other collectors.
There’s plenty of room for trucks, trailers, RV’s (no RV hook-ups), primitive camping, and even semi-trucks. An RV park that, also, has cabins is 1 ½ miles away. Waynesville (6 miles south) is the Antique Capital of the Midwest and there is a motel there. Xenia (10 miles north) has three motels. I live 25 miles southeast of Dayton, OH. Dayton International Airport is about 45 minutes away. Watch for updates and comments.”
Christian has finalized this year’s Willys-Am Tegernesee reunion. It will take place from July 7th till July 9th with the main event on Saturday, July 8th , including an extracool little concert of some oldtime blues. I can’t go this year, but maybe Ann and I can figure out how to get there in 2018. We have been wanting to tour Europe, meet readers, and chase some more family history, but have delayed that opportunity for several years.
In late April this year’s Colonna della Liberta / Column of Liberation in Italy will take place. Date to be finalized.
Gary Holbrook, a long time member of the Jolly Jeepers of the PNW4WDA, shared this video. Not only does he show off his fascinating build, but he also discusses one of his club’s annual summer Back to Basics Rally in Oregon.
Oh, and one more …. In Mid July a small group of intrepid, brave, dedicated, and somewhat nutty jeepers will begin an epic trip to Alaska. Yours truly will be driving Rusty and reporting on our daily adventures. Expect a formal announcement in the next week or so.
Saturday morning in Ethel started with a driver’s meeting at 8:30am. This has been standard practice for decades, the intent being to let driver’s know of any changes to the schedule, heats, classes, and courses. Some folks always have a skip in their step, others, like me, not born as morning folks, view it as the crack of dawn. Eventually my caffeine kicked in and things began to make sense.
After the driver’s meeting is a parade of jeeps, something that I never remember doing. Most of the racers line up and slowly drive the obstacle course. Not only do you get to see the course first hand, but it seems like a great group activity.
The line was pretty long. If you look near the top of the photo you can see the beginning of the parade of jeeps.
The jeeps returning from their loop on the track.
Here’s a short video:
Once the parade was finished it was time to race. About that time, the drizzle began to fall, adding some extra water to the already muddy track. The kids lined up to race first. During that time Jeff Miller introduced himself to me. We’d exchanged emails not long after I started eWillys. At that time he shared his Jewel’s Stainless Jeep with readers. Jeff has been a regular reader of eWillys since.
For much of the 1990s Jeff raced a jeep, but then he put racing on hold. It wasn’t until this year that he finally assembled another racing so he could reenter the sport. Like me, he’s fond of the Bobcat and Parkette bodies, so it’s no surprise that his race uses a Parkette shell. The jeep is a little more old school, powered by a 331 Stroker connected to a Ford Toploader and Dana 20. Not much is jeep other than that Dana 20. The hood is a piece of aluminum that a shop rolled for him so the angles from the grille to the body would look correct. It’s a nifty, clean piece. Holding the hood to the fenders are some original, stamped, Jewels stainless latches. As you can imagine, my shirt was wet from my drool. It’s a beautiful rig and it’s obvious he’s proud of it.
Yesterday I made my way from the warm dry eastern Washington desert to the ‘wet’ side of the State. I was not surprised when I hit light rain as I approached the western slope of the Cascades.
At the top of 4500ft White Pass. Beyond the motorhome is the White Pass Ski Area. Let the rain commence!
However, by the time I arrived at the Ethel property where Overbored Racing & R.A.C.E are holding their Labor Day Weekend race, the rain abated, replaced with some sun. Hopefully the weather holds!
My camping spot for the next couple of nights.
I’m here at the invitation of Rob Stafford, who suggested I attend, baiting me with a couple of rides in a race jeep. That’s a hard thing for me to pass up. I haven’t raced since 1986- Memorial Day 1986, not that I’m counting or anything-and I still miss it. Thanks to my mother-in-law, whose motorhome I borrowed, I could attend. Sadly, Ann isn’t with me as she had a prior engagement in Spokane. Continue reading →