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It’s the Little Things

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No updates tonight other than this one.

We made it to Seattle a couple days ago. I made some more progress blasting some smaller parts yesterday. In order to blast the t-handle parking brake, I had to disassemble it. The last thing to remove was a screw/pin so I could remove the brake lever from its housing. I didn’t know whether to unscrew or press out the screw/pin, but as I examined iI felt pretty sure it should press out. Still, I thought it best to text a friend: Chris McKay.  He said he thought it was pressed out, too. So, I set out to remove the pin.

Here is what the brake looks like assembled.


Here’s the top of the pin:


This shows the back side. I had to line up the hole in the housing with the back of the pin:parking-brake-rusty3

I grabbed a small socket to catch the pin and an object that could press through the hole:parking-brake-rusty4

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The Universal Jeep Booklet, II

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Old Images

Here’s the second half to the Universal Jeep Booklet. The pages I shared yesterday are underneath these. I’ll get them reordered at some future point.




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1960 Pepsi Surrey Hatfield, MA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Features • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $15,000.

You can learn more about them on the CJ-3B Page: https://cj3b.info/Siblings/SurreyPepsi.html

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Delaware Aqueduct CJ-5 From 1957

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Unusual

Paul spotted this photo of a CJ-5 used to navigate the length of the 85-mile Delaware Aqueduct in 1957, still the longest tunnel in the world (construction photos). This was the last time the tunnel was navigate in its entirety. Because of the knowledge gained during their survey, the last living member of this party, Victor Feigelman, was consulted on the state of the tunnel up until his death in 2016.

If you zoom into the area just above gas inlet you’ll note the warning: USE WHITE GAS –ONLY–. The need to limit effluents inside the tunnel also explains the odd exhaust setup.

From Wikipedia, the Delaware Aqueduct … takes water from the Rondout Reservoir through the Chelsea Pump Station, the West Branch Reservoir, and the Kensico Reservoir, ending at the Hillview Reservoir in Yonkers, New York. The aqueduct was constructed between 1939 and 1945, and carries approximately half of the New York City water supply of 1.3 billion US gallons (4,900,000 m3) per day. At 85 miles (137 km) long and 13.5 feet (4.1 m) wide, the Delaware Aqueduct is the world’s longest tunnel.


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2017 Southwest Military Transport Show in Mesa, AZ

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

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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Wagon Buried Forty Years To Be Removed

• CATEGORIES: Features

Jerry forwarded this article from Massachusetts on a Jeep Wagoneer that’s been stuck in a collapsing shed by an unstable dune for forty years. Now, the property owners can finally remove it. I’m sure it’s in perfect shape, lol!

http://www.capecodtimes.com/news/20170219/jeep-buried-in-truro-dune-for-40-years-to-be-removed (if that link blocks you from reading the article, try this article.


PHOTO CREDIT: STEVE HEASLIP. Hard to see the jeep within the shed.

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2017 Southeast Willys Jeep Get Together Oct. 7th

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

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


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1961 Chevrolet Suburban Portland, OR $38,000

• CATEGORIES: Features

Seth found this one. Not a jeep, but looks fun to me. Maybe it could pull a jeep? And, for you Bonanza fans out there, at one time this reportedly transported actors. You can see some other cars from the collection for sale here: http://www.papastoyscarcollection.com/–available-vehicles-for-sale.html. I looked through a number of photos on the site, but didn’t spot any jeeps.

“Small Block V8/ Powr Steering and Breaks/ Manual Transmission/ 6 cylinder
This car was used on the set of Bonanza to transport the actors. Great condition and a fun ride! Contact me for more information and additional pictures! We are selling it to downsize a private collection in Cornelius, Oregon. This would be incredible for winery tours in the area!

A little about the family collection:
This car is a part of the Papa’s Toys Car Collection located in Cornelius, Oregon. Started by John and Susan Davis in the 1980s, it was once of the largest collections in the Pacific Northwest of 180 street rods, classics, customs, race cars, and special interest vehicles ranging from the years 1922-1982. The collection is open to the public once a year where 100% proceeds go to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Our last show in May of 2016 raised $22,000 in a single day and over 700 other hot rods showed up to enjoy the day. Not a single car has ever been sold from the collection until March 2016 when Susan decided it was time to downsize the collection and to a more manageable number and let other people enjoy the cars. We decided to sell 124 cars from the collection and have sold 77 of that already to excited locals in the Portland area and around the United States. We are keeping about 50 cars and though we won’t have our large show once a year, we are discussing having a few smaller shows throughout the summer.”


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1950s CJ-3B Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Just a couple updates for Sunday. I snagged this neat CJ-3B Service Station brochure off eBay.

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2017 Southwest Ohio FC Gathering July 14-16

• CATEGORIES: Event, FC150-FC170-M677, Features

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 rogerjm55@gmail.com.


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.”

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1944 Article on Tandem Towing in Popular Science

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine • TAGS: .

A December 1944 article in Popular Science highlights tandem towing:


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“What I Saw At Willys Overland” Booklet for sale on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

This has some neat drawings. You can see some of the images here.

“About 8 1/2 by 5 5/8 inches and there are 20 pages with covers”

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1942 Photo of Early Alaska Highway Bridge on Ebay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

I sure hope they’ve updated this bridge!

“You are bidding on an original press photo of Truck & Jeep Cross Pontoon Bridge Alaska Highway Construction. Photo has some waving due to too much glue being used to attach the information sheet onto the back of the photo. If the photo in the listing shows any thin green, red, yellow and/or blue lines, they are the result of a bad scan & the lines are NOT on the actual photo. Photo measures 7 x 8 inches and is dated 9/3/1942.”

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1943 Article Adventures of the Yankee

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A July 1943 Popular Mechanics article looks at young men training for war and, in part, how the jeep plays a useful role.

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1944 Photo of Cameraman Shooting Movie in Burma on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

I bet there is still a bunch of WWII raw footage buried in archives.

“This original WWII photo is identified as – CBI – 44-60780. Sgt. Nicholas A. Ackerman, Beverly Hills, Calif. Signal Corps cameraman shooting a movie story on yhr Burma Road from back of a Jeep. 30 Sept 1944 – Photog: T/ sgt Greenburg.
A great an clear photo with natives in the shot. This US Army Signal Corps photo is in good condition and measures 8″ X 10″. A nice World War Two photograph.”

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Local Newspaper Features a Willys Truck Story

• CATEGORIES: Features

A local northwest community magazine shared this story by truck owner Tom Berg:




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Set of Willys Early Hubs Vaughn, WA $200

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Set of 2nd generation “summer” hubs. You can see various summer hubs here.

“Warn vintage aftermarket hubcaps for Willy’s Jeep
Also comes with the box and the instructions
Hubcaps are in nicely used condition and would polish up nice
Box is filthy and damaged on one side
But still opens and latches well”



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David Tracy’s 1948 Project is Ruining Him

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

How many of us bought that first project flat fender knowing it would be an easy restoration. After all, they are such simple vehicles, right? Well, David Tracy got an introduction into the hazards of purchasing a “fixer-upper”. He documents some of his trials and tribulations on Jalopnick. It’s a reminder that when picking your first jeep, choose wisely!



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Willys Overland Mechanic’s Manual on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

This appears to be a collection of service manuals and more.

“Purchased from an estate sale of a Vietnam veteran that was a mechanic there…as the story goes. This binder is in very good condition for it’s age. No breaks or signs of visual wear. It is packed full, as seen in the last picture, of all different types of service type manuals from the mid 60’s to early 70’s as best as I can tell. There are some Willys, Chrysler, Ford, Jeep, Renault, Chevrolet, tons of other service information. So much information that would be impossible to list it all. All pages are also in very good condition. Very interesting piece of history!”

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1943 Article From Popular Mechanics on Hub Winching

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This is the earliest use of jeep hubs as winches that I can remember documenting. It was publishing in the July 1943 issue of Popular Mechanics. The McCain hub was a similar, much later idea.



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Portarator Generator Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Merton Day obtained this brochure years ago. It’s not a jeep specific item, but it is easy to see how one of these generators hooked to a jeep could prove useful.  The Portarator was installed in the engine compartment for power tools or other electric devices (such as a margarita blender, should the mood strike).

B&B manufacturing produced other Portarator products, as this brochure demonstrates, but I couldn’t find any Portarator’s for sale. Here’s the brochure Merton saved:

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1941 Willys MA Tech Book on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

Thanks to Pascal for spotting this one.

“You are bidding on a rare original maintenance manual for the Willys MA prototype jeep. It’s a little dirty buy all pages are present. And in good shape. Will consider trading for other prototype parts or manuals for GP or bantam brc. Good luck and happy bidding!”

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The Free-Lock Corporation and Their Hubs

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features • TAGS: , .

UPDATE II: Thanks to Frank Day and his grandfather Merton, who saved this rare piece, here is a scan of an eight page brochure related to the Free-Lock corporation. I also uncovered the possibility that the Free-Lock Corp was the forerunner of the Cutlas Tool & Mfg. Company, which also made hubs. Cutlas emerged about the time Free-Lock disappeared and the companies have at least one, possibly three execs in common (I want to gather more info on this before confirming). 

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What Years Were Ventilating Windshields Offered?

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Jim and I were discussing ventilating windshields the other day, but we lacked some overall stats. So, I’m hoping to gather such information under one post. It seems that ventilating windshields were offered in the following variations on the following models:

  1. M-38A1, CJ-5, CJ-6, M-606a2, M-606a3 (militarized CJ-5 & 6): Split Window (2 panes) version of the ventilating windshield. Jim’s research has confirmed these windshields were available, at a minimum, on 1958-1961 CJ-5s/6s, Additional photo and anecdotal evidence suggests they were available for longer (perhaps only has export options). These windshields probably were available on M-170s as well. A comment on the M-series forum claimed the Army didn’t order M-38A1s with ventilating windshields, which is probably true, but they may have been an option that was offered none-the-less.
  2. CJ-3B, M-606, DJ-3A, Hotchkiss CJ-3B: Single pane windows. They were available as early as 1955 on the DJ-3A (based on a 1955 DJ-3A parts manual) and as late as 1958 on the CJ-3B. Why they were single pane and not dual pane isn’t clear to me. Other international licensees may also have offered the ventilating windshield, such as Mistubishi.
  3. MB/CJ-2A: This chart of CJ-2A windshields documents early windshield styles.. Since these are pretty well documented, they are ignored for this discussion.

Can anyone add to part 1 or 2?

Some Examples:

  1. DJ-3A Manual (We have learned the DJ manuals aren’t always accurate sources):
  2. CJ-3B photos of windshield:
  3. Hotchkiss JH-101 (CJ-3B style). Note the clamps near the bottom of the windshield for holding it down or releasing it. See the full brochure on the CJ-3B Page
  4. Jim’s CJ-5:
  5. M-606 with Ventilating windshield:
  6. M606A2 & 3: 1970-m606a2-m606a3-cj5-military-brochure1

Ventilating Windshield Links:

  1. Early CJ-5 Discussion: http://www.earlycj5.com/xf_cj5/index.php?threads/attention-ventilating-windshield-owners-help.103248/
  2. eWillys examples: http://www.ewillys.com/?s=%22ventilating+windshield%22
  3. CJ-3B Page: https://cj3b.info/Dating/Dating1.html
  4. Willys M Series forum: http://www.willysmjeeps.com/v2/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=1871&highlight=
  5. CJ-5 style ventilating windshield photos: http://willysmjeeps.com/v2/modules/gallery/view_album.php?set_albumName=album339
  6. CJ-3B style ventilating windshield photos: http://z4.invisionfree.com/CJ3B_Bulletin_Board/ar/t3976.htm
  7. Hotchkiss Ad showing ventilated windshield


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1951 Ad for Blitz Buggy Fire Truck on eBay

We know a couple of these exist. One sold back in 2014.The fire truck has “Blitz Wagon” on it, while the company marketed it as a “Blitz Buggy” The company that produced these was the Hi Pressure Fog Equipment Company.

“This is an original advertisement,NOT a reproduction, no rips or tears. Size of ad is app 5 X 5.”

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The same company also made this alternative version. Anyone recognize the vehicle? This ad also appeared in a 1951 magazine accord to the seller.

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