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2017 Northeast Ohio Flatfender Gathering Sept 10th

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Bob Christy is hosting another Northeast Ohio Flatfender Willys Gathering September 10 from 11am to 4pm.


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15th Annual FC Roundup March 23-25

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March 23-25, 2018 1600 W.
Colter St. Phoenix, Arizona 85015

This is your personal invitation to the “Most Excellent” FC-Only event. We invite all FC Owners and friends of Jeep Forward Controls.

It is our pleasure to invite you, with or without your Vehicle. This is where you will see some of the best authentic and original restored, ongoing projects or modified FC and FleetVans. You can learn a lot in a weekend, see the Military models of FCs, take detailed pictures, talk to other owners. Bring your FC items, toys, memorabilia, photos, artwork, literature, and manuals to display. See new FC related products and parts and special tools. FC Roundup event hats, T-shirts, will also be available. There is no charge for the event.

We are always so very grateful for your donation of any FC related items that are given away during the Saturday afternoon free raffle. Also on Saturday are the large BBQ Hot Dogs and much more, for lunch. Free refreshments daily. One of the best things that happens everyday, is that you are also invited to drive your FC / FleetVan or you might ride in an FC. We have FC-Only groups that cruise to and from breakfast and dinner.

It is important that I mention that our weekend is a very busy time for the Phoenix area, the best weather, Spring Training, and many other events. So book your hotel, before they are sold out. The nearby Grand Canyon University, (GCU Hotel on the internet) is the favorite. The 502 Hotel is now closed down. There are other hotels along the NW light rail route that comes from the Phoenix international Airport. Call me for transportation from the Montebello / 19th Ave. light rail terminal stop and for more information about anything, contact me.

Jesse Ybarra 602 321-3675 m677jeep@cs.com

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1963 Tornado Engine Wallingford, CT $500


Maybe someone could use this?

“For sale is an engine from a 1963 willys wagon. The engine is a Tornado 230 and runs. The engine runs well, it is just a little smoky. We assume it may need new rings. Send a message either by text or by email if interested. Looking to get $500 for it.”



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Report From the 2017 Southwest Ohio FC Gathering

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Roger Martin reported on hi Southwest Ohio FC Gathering last weekend.

He wrote, “Over 30 FC’ers and friends spent part of their weekend at the Third Annual FC Gathering, July 14-16. The weather was hot but dry.  There were 6 visiting FC trucks, one of which was a military M677 and one had a trencher.  There was an early jeep pick-up (and even a 1936 MG Police Car…the only one in the US and one of two in existence.  The owner was in Ohio for a show and stopped by to see the FC’s.  He has an FC170 but did not have it with him.)  There were 11 other FC’s on site for a total of 17 FC trucks in all.  A few parts were traded.”

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2017 PA Jeeps’ Show

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Don shared these pics from 2017 PA Jeeps Show in Pennsylvania. Thanks!





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2017 Willys America Open House and BBQ

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Willys America’s open house and BBQ happened last weekend. Dan Bowermaster was in charge of leading the caravan from San Francisco to the event in Cazadero. Here are some pics. If you have signed up for the Old Willys Forum, you can see more of them:


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The King Family’s 2017 Sweetwater Run

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Thanks go to Jason King for documenting his family’s jeeping adventure from last weekend!


Jason writes, “This past Saturday the King family held our 7th Annual Sweetwater Run Jeep Rally in beautiful Parke County, Indiana (Covered Bridge Capital of the World). Family members came from as far away as Minnesota and Missouri to enjoy this yearly event.


Some of the older jeeps attending this year . . . 


. . . . and some of the newer jeeps.

The morning started off with a timed run on a pre-determined 10-mile route planned out by the hosts of the rally in their 46’ CJ2A some weeks earlier. The plan was for each of the 8 Jeeps to leave 5 minutes apart with at least a driver and navigator. Each navigator had a copy of the mapped route and was responsible for keeping the time clock for their respective vehicle. The the Jeep closest to the official time clocked by the hosts of the rally received a first place prize box full of moon pies. The timed event was enjoyed by all and should continue for years to come.



The timed event was followed by a wonderful cookout on a new Jeep fire pit made by my brother-in-law (he takes orders if anyone is interested). Shortly after the cookout we travelled east through Rockville to Bridgeton passing a few covered bridges along the way, stopped for ice cream and proceeded on to Mansfield Covered Bridge before returning home. Continue reading

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2017 Southwest Ohio FC Gathering July 14-16

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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.


Roger wrote:
I live out in the country so I have plenty of room for trucks, trailers, and RV’s (no RV hook-ups). There is an RV Campground with hook-ups and one-room cabins 1 1\2 miles away. There is one motel 6 miles south of me in Waynesville, where there are antique shops, diners and restaurants. 10 miles north in Xenia there are several hotel/motels. I live 25 miles southeast of Dayton, Ohio.

Below is a list of the nearest places to stay:

Frontier Campground, 9580 Collett Road, Waynesville, OH 45068

Creekwood Motel of Waynesville, 401 S. Main Street, Waynesville, OH 45068
513-897-1000, 1-800-652-5953 www.creekwoodmotel.com

Ramada Inn Xenia
937-372-9921 www.ramada.com/hotel/40110

Deerfield Inn of Xenia
937-426-5822 www.deerfieldinn1.com

Kings Knight Inn of Xenia, 38 S. Allison, Xenia, Ohio

Bring your FC’s and Step Vans, whether they’re cleaned up or still have on their “work clothes” right out of the field. Bring your extra parts for sale or trade. It would be nice to see photos of your truck, literature, and anything of interest for FC’s and Step Vans.

Call me anytime at 937-477-5270 or email: rogerjm55@gmail.com
My address is: Roger Martin
1905 Roxanna New Burlington Road
Waynesville, Oh 4506

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Willys America Open House July 8th, 2017

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UPDATE: Dan’s laid out a caravan schedule for next weekend’s Open House.

Subsitute caravan leader Dan “scramboleer” here. Just a reminder that the Willys America Open House and BBQ is just a few Saturdays away on July 8.

The 2017 Caravan basically takes the morning to drive from Millbrae (south of San Francisco), across the Golden Gate Bridge, and then out through western Wine Country to Cazadero where Willys America hosts an open house and BBQ.

Here are the details:

Begin route on Hwy 280 North.

Stop 1: 8:00 am – 8:15 am Trousdale Exit on northbound Highway 280. (This exit is in Millbrae, meet on the east side parking area after the off ramp). The exit is about 5 miles north of Hwy 92.

Follow 280 North. Take 19th Avenue north through San Francisco to the Golden Gate Bridge (Hwy 101).

Stop 2: 8:45 am – 9:15 am Golden Gate Bridge vista point. (Located on northeast side of bridge.) Great picture spot!

Continue Hwy 101 north to Petaluma. Exit west onto Lakeville Road., Stop at McDonald’s at the shopping center on Lakeville Rd.

Stop 3: 10:00 am-10:20 am McDonald’s parking lot in Petaluma. (Exit west on 116/Lakeville St. and look for McDonald’s)

Continue on North 101 and exit at Hwy 116 West (Gravenstein Hwy towards Guerneville). Follow Hwy 116 through Forestville, Monte Rio and turn North onto the Cazadero Hwy. Follow Cazadero Hwy until you see Willys America, 6152 Cazadero Highway Cazadero, CA 95421.



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The Great Willys Picnic & The Bantam Festival

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The Great Willys Picnic and The Bantam Festival (both in Pennsylvania) are happening today. I hope everyone has fun!



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Willys Overland Jeepster Club Meet Last Weekend

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Last weekend the Willys Overland Jeepster Club held their annual Spring meet for the 51st time. Sixty members and a dozen Jeepsters attended the event at Dundee, Michigan. A Fall Meet will occur later this year.

You can read much more in the Monroe News:



PHOTO CREDIT: Monroe News by Tom Hawley. Kevin Stepinski is waving out the door of his 1949 Jeepster.

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Convoy of Liberty 2017 From Pilsen

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Just a couple updates for Friday.

John forwarded this website and videos from the Convoy of Liberty, 2017, from Pilsen, Czech Republic. Many jeeps were involved in the parade, along with other military vehicles, some not quite of WWII vintage (like at least one M-38A1).

This link is to the event’s website: http://slavnostisvobody.cz/en/

This video looks like it was an ad(?) for the event:

And this was one of several videos showing the parade:


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2017 Midwest Willys Reunion

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UPDATE: The original photos I posted were from the 2016 event. The new batch of photos are from the 2017 event.

I’m told last week’s Midwest Willys Reunion was a big hit, despite a couple rain storms and some hot weather. Here is a video from the event:

Scott shared this video on Alaska Or Rust’s Facebook page:

Bob Christy contributed these photos from last week’s event:





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FC Jamboree moved to September 15-16

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UPDATE: Dan DeVries has moved the FC Jamboree to September 15-16. Contact Dan to learn more. Some hotel info is shown at the bottom.


Here are some nearby hotels and motels.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Northwood 
4712 Wheelerwood Road
Northwood, Iowa 50459
United States
1 641 323-7500

Country Inn and Suites/Diamond Jo casino
711 Diamond Jo Ln, Northwood, IA 50459
Phone: (641) 323-7000

Lake Mills Motel
400-488 N Lake St, Lake Mills, IA 50450
Phone: (641) 592-3711

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Midwest Willys Reunion this Weekend

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If you are near Columbus, Indiana, this weekend, make sure to drop by the Midwest Willys Reunion. There’s a lot happening, including Alaska Or Rust tables with parts for sale, a raffle and at least one carb demonstration by Mr. Old Jeep Carbs himself, Richard Pacholski.

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Jeeps @ the Fort Miles Reenactment Event

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The annual “Delaware Goes to War- Victory In Europe” reenactment took place at Fort Miles in Delaware last weekend. Joe shared these photos taken by Bill Goodwin. Thanks! (I think this is a good start to “Front-end Friday”)





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NW FC Get-Together Aug 4-6th in Olympia, WA

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This year’s Northwest FC Get-Together will be held Aug 4-6th in Olympia, Washington.


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2017 Colonna Della Libertá

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Every year the Italians celebrate the Colonna della Libertá (Column of Liberation). CeePee and his friends from Bavaria once again made their way down to join the event in their jeeps. It had snowed two days prior to their trip south, so it sounds like it was a chilly drive.

CeePee reports they had a good time, as always. One of the people he met for the first time was Italian Gregory Alegi (read more about his trip here), who in 2013 drove an MB with his friend to Toledo. Ann and I almost had a chance to meet up with Gregory, but we couldn’t make the timing work.

On their return trip to Germany, CeePee wrote that his group was nearly swept away with rain. Still, it didn’t dampen their spirits. Thanks for sharing your trip with us!

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2017 Swap Meet @ the Portland Expo Center

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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.


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2017 Willys Jeep Rally June 2 & 3, College Corner, OH

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This year’s Willys Jeep Rally takes place June 2-3 in College Corner, Ohio. You can learn more at the event’s website:  http://www.mw-willysjeep.com


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2nd Annual Jeep Heritage Expo June 3rd in Georgia

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Omix-ADA is hosting its second-annual Jeep Heritage Expo at its company headquarters in Suwanee, Georgia, June 3rd, 2017. Learn more here: http://www.ruggedridge.com/event

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Moonshiners Swap Meet Puyallup, WA Sunday March 12th

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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/.


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Gledhill Snowplows


This early Gledhill brochure was on eBay and came from Canada. I’d never heard of Glehill snowplows, but the company still manufactures snow plows and moldboards.

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2017 Southwest Military Transport Show in Mesa, AZ

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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.

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2017 Southeast Willys Jeep Get Together Oct. 7th

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This year’s Southeast Willys Jeep Get Together occurs Saturday, October 7th, 2017. You can learn more at the registration website: http://www.southeastwillysjeepgettogether.com