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1957 Cargo Personnel Carrier Collierville, TN $4000

• CATEGORIES: Features, Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

Here’s a pretty rare one!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2382510764/permalink/10156719372855765/

“1957 Willys 1/2 ton troop carrier. 1of 103 built CALL ONLY between 9am and 8pm. Number is in the pics. Collierville,TN 38017. $4000. Posting for a friend who doesn’t have Facebook.”
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Farm Jeep Photos

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

These photos shows a VEC CJ-2A with different implements. Note the passenger rear quarter panel damage. Perhaps that should have been a sign that perhaps the jeep wasn’t cut out for farming? (though I’m assuming the damage happened while farming).

Can anybody provided more info on the implements below? I couldn’t identify them.

1. This has a dual setup similar to the Love Tandem Disc Harrow, but with the spike tooth harrows rather than discs.

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2. This appears to be a Newgren Company Field and Pasture Cultivator:
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Newgren Field and Pasture Cultivator Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Photos of this unit can be seen here (or just look above this post).

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Love Lift-Type Tandem Disc Harrow Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This is the Love Company’s tandem disc setup (learn more about the Love Company and its lift  at Farmjeep.com). It appears the same structure was use atop a tandem spike tooth harrows, too.

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Willys-Overland Universal Jeep 1948 Videos

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Brendan, who used to run This-old-jeep, posted this 3-part video back in 2010. The video was produced by Willys-Overland to help sell the new CJ-2A. I don’t think I’ve ever seen them.

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1944 Photo of French Colonial Army Assembling Jeeps on ebay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This is a pretty cool photo.

View all the information on eBay

“1944 Press Photo French Colonial Army assembles US Army jeeps in Casablanca. This is an original press photo. World War II – Africa (Casablanca) – Black Cameroons, Senegalese troops of the French Colonial Army, are shown assembling American jeeps shortly after the little juggernauts arrived knocked down from the US. The Army Service Forces keep the supplies coming, not only to our own fighting men but to those of our allies. Scene is at CasablancaPhoto measures 6.5 x 8.75inches. Photo is dated 01-03-1944.”

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1960 Army’s Davy Crockett M-38A1 Photo on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, M-38A1, Old Images

UPDATE II: This is back on eBay

UPDATE: Here’s another press photo showing the M-38A1D. This photo also appears on a 1960 spec sheet comparing the M-38A1, the M-274, and the XM443E1. 

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“This is an original press photo. Davy Crockett, Front Line Atomic Weapon on Jeep. Davy Crockett, the latest front line atomic weapon developed for infantry troops, can be carried by a crew of three or transported easily by Jeep. A recoilless rifle, the David Crockett is a short range weapon capable of lobbing a conventional or atomic warhead into nearby enemy positions. U.S. Army. Photo measures 10 x 8.25 inches. Photo is dated 06-12-1960. ”

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Original Post  Feb 14, 2013: The photograph highlights a M-38A1D model also known as the Davy Crocket.

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1952 Article Introducing the M-38A1 in Popular Science

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine • TAGS: .

This article appeared in the July 1952 issue of Popular Science (pgs 79-82). This is article is interesting in that is covers some of the complaints GIs had about earlier jeeps and how the M-38A1 attempts to address those issues.

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1953 French Ad for Slip Kangourou on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Here’s a 1952 French ad for underwear that includes a jeep.

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“This is an original 1953 print ad size : 6.7″ x 5.1″”

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1956 Custom Wagon Priest River, ID $4800

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual, Willys Trucks, Willys Wagons • TAGS: , .

Ken shared this cool custom utility wagon.

https://spokane.craigslist.org/cto/d/oldtown-1956-willies-custom-club-cab/6998308677.html

“Custom Willies with manually operated snow plow, dump bed, hydraulic boom lift. Chevy 283 V8 engine. Ready to plow. Cash.”

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Photos of the Willys Quad

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, Old Images

Over the past ten years a number of photos of the Willys Quad (the first ‘jeep’ produced by Willys-Overland) have emerged from dusty files, library depositories, and photo archives. Assembled below are the photos that have been published on eWillys, as well as some others that help tell the Quad story.

I’ve seen it mentioned in a couple places that five Willys Quads were manufactured. While I haven’t seen any specific evidence to back that claim, we do know that two prototype Quads were delivered to Holabird: one was 2-wheel-steer and one was a 4-wheel-steer. I *think* the one with the “3211” license plate on the front was the two-wheel-steer model, while the one marked “USA QMC 1/4 4×4” on the bumper was the four-wheel-steer (but I could be wrong).

Later, circa 1943, one of the Quads was rebuilt with an MB windshield (was this an early Holabird test model or what that didn’t go to Holabird?) and appeared in a few photos.  What happened to the rebuilt Quad and the remaining four Quads (if there were really that many)? No one seems to know.

1 (From July 18, 2019): Mario Maipid shared this great photo taken on the steps of the DeKalb Post Office. According to him the sign reads,

THE WILLYS OVERLAND
GO-DEVIL QUAD;
U. S. Army Mobile Machine Gun West;
Same Motor as WILLYS Americar

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2. (From May 20, 2019): This press photo was produced in 1990 (mostly likely from an original negative) probably for the 50th anniversary of the Quad. It was featured for auction on eBay.

“This is an original press photo. 1940 Jeep Willys Quad – The original Willys-Overland pilot model delivered to the US Army on November 11, 1940 Photo measures 10 x 8 inches. Photo is dated 10-08-1990.”

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Here’s another version without the lettering:

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3. (July 17, 2018): This photo was auctioned on eBay.

“1941- U.S. Troops Testing Willys Quad Prototype Jeep on Rough Terrain. Photo measures approx. 6 1/2″ x 8 1/2”
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There was a crisper, cropped version of this photo used as part of a 2011 Toledo Blade article.

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4. (Feb 28, 2017): This was auctioned on eBay: “1941- Sen. James Mead driving Willys Quad prototype jeep up the U.S. Capitol steps in Washington, DC. Photo measures approx. 6 1/2″ x 8 1/2”

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And, a slightly different, smaller version that doesn’t show the senator twisting his head:

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And, from what I believe is the same event, but from a different angle, we have this photo.

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Hamm’s Beer Commercial and Stickers

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, CJ5, Features

UPDATE II: More Hamm’s stuff thanks to Maury:

  1. Here are some Hamm’s Thermo-Serv plastic mugs with Hamm’s on them.
    View all the information on eBay
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  2. A second TV commercial (no jeep, but includes the guy and the bear):
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzfJ9_nVJlY

UPDATE: Maury shared a TV commercial that accompanied the Hamm’s beer ad campaign shows in the stickers below. For those old enough to remember Grizzly Adams, which I watched as a kid, it sure feels like an episode of that show. It turns out there was a John “Grizzly” Adams (1812-1860), upon whom the movie/show may have been based, who lived a pretty wild life.

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Original Post November 2012: Is this evidence that a Bear is a Jeeper’s best friend? There are two different ebay auctions for this sticker.

1. This seller is offering two stickers for less than the ad below

“2-Vintage Hamm’s Beer Stickers
RARE SET Grizzle w Jeep & Grizzle w Canoe
Cool set with both stickers included.
These are new-unused stickers!
Thank you for looking!”

2.”Up for auction is a rare vintage Hamm’s Beer sticker with a bear riding in a Jeep. Very cool. New old stock. Measures approx. 5.25″ x 5.25″. Multiple available. Please email any questions prior to bidding. Thanks!”

 
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1945 Envelope with the “J” logo on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This unusual envelope was printed with the briefly promoted “J” logo, used by Willys-Overland during late 1945.

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VIDEO: Ford Reconnissance Cars Join The Army

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, videos

I’ve posted something similar to this video, but not this specific one (at least that I can find). This early 1941 film reel is narrated and shares the news that Ford’s Reconnissance Cars would be joining the Army. The video is located at the National Archives.

 
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Photo of Bantam BRC-40 Exiting the Water on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, Old Images

It’s a good photo of a BRC-40.

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“1941 Press Photo Wartrace, Tenn. US Army jeep & Pvt NR McDougle of MPs. Photo measures 9 x 7 inches. Photo is dated 6-7-1941.”

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East Penn Jeepers License Plate

• CATEGORIES: Features

Perhaps this license plate belonged to Del and Ann Parker?

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“Here I Have A 1950’s -1960’s Vintage JEEP PLASTIC license plate East Penn Jeepers AMC JEEP WILLYS.Very hard to find in this condition.3RD pic is as found (DIRTY). the rest of thE PICS are cleaned. no chips, rips, or brakes. some rust around mounting holes. there is names printed on tag DEL & ANN PARKER .”

 
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1952 Navy Foam Fire Fighting Jeep Prototype

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, videos • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Thanks to Ted, below I’ve added an article and more images from a March 1953 Popular Science article about the little fire fighting jeep, also known as the “Little Squirt”.

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This video from the National Archives Catalog shows a special-purpose fire fighting jeep the Navy was testing. The video is divided into two parts. The first part shows the jeep fighting a fire. The second part shows the jeep from various angles. I’ve also included some images from the video below. (If the video is slow or doesn’t work, go here to download the video).


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1952 Photo of Navy Foam Fire Fighting Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

In an otherworldly co-incidence, this press photo appeared on my ebay search a couple hours AFTER I found the video in the post above. That’s just crazy lucky! So, I’m heading out to buy a lottery ticket right now, lol!

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“1952 Press Photo Navy’s foam fire-fighting jeep demonstration, Washington, D.C. This is an original press photo. U.S. Navy – Equipment. Washington, D.C. The Navy’s new foam fire-fighting jeep designed for use on the decks of aircraft carriers is shown extinguishing a blaze during a demonstration at the Naval Research Laboratory today. The self-contained fire extinguishing system is mounted on a jeep and is capable of spreading a protective cone of fire-killing foam 30′ in diameter over a trapped pilot. Photo measures 9.25 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 10-7-1952.”

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US Army Signal Core Telescope/Range Finder on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts

I’ve never heard of one of these. Perhaps someone could use it?

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“5-LB. RARELY SEEN, ALL ORIG. MOUNTING BRACKET FT-511 IS MADE OF O.D. PAINTED SOLID BRASS. ITEM 100% COMPLETE AND IN EXCELLENT WORKING ORDER CALIBRATING DIALS FULLY FUNCTIONAL ETC. . SHOWS NORMAL SIGNS OF USE / PAINT WEAR. SHOULD YOU HAVE NEED TO MOUNT A TELESCOPE / RANGE FINDER TO YOUR VINTAGE WW2 JEEP, THIS ONE IS FOR YOU. TRY TO FIND ANOTHER ? GOOD LUCK.”

 
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More on The New Mexico Jeep Derby’s

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Racing, videos • TAGS: , .

The February 1963 issue of Popular Mechanics included an article about the New Mexico Jeep Derby held annually in Truth or Consquences, New Mexico. It’s a great article about the early days of jeep racing. I’ve also included a video of one Derby race, but the quality is poor. Still, in some clips, you can see just how much the co-pilot shifts his body around the jeep.

 

View Popular Mechanics February 1963 at Google Books

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Model/Prop Jeep Elk Grove, CA $300

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

This is fun and a reasonable price, too.

https://sacramento.craigslist.org/for/d/elk-grove-jeep-replica/6994154022.html

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“This replica Jeep is 3/4 scale model loosely based on an early 40’s Willy’s Jeep. I built it for a prop for kids to play on at Vacation Bible School. The frame and body are wood construction plenty sturdy for kids (and small adults!) to sit in / play on. Tires are made of styrofoam, plastic lids, and irrigation drain pipe. No, it does not roll; it is stationary, although with a some imagination and skill you could modify it. There are headlights and marker lights in front connected to a 12v battery and switch in the dash.

Would love to keep it, but don’t have the space for it. Could be for a kid’s playroom, or maybe a Jeep dealer could use it for a kid space!”

 
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Images From the Los Angeles Public Library

• CATEGORIES: Features, Library Collections

These images are only some of the jeep images within the Los Angeles Public Library digital collections.

1) This August 11, 1964, photo shows Frank Millard’s 4 Wheel Drive Center in Encino. There’s a pretty wide diversity of jeeps, including CJ-3BS, CJ-5s, A DJ-3A, Gladiators, and Wagoneers.

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Photo LAPL Location. Photo Caption: Photograph caption dated August 11, 1964 reads “Val B. B. West, left, and Calvin Strong are the men heading up the new four-wheel-drive center in the Valley, located at Frank Millard’s new 15611 Ventura Blvd. facility in Encino. Strong heads up the dealership and West is assistant manager. Millard, ‘The Man in Red,’ says they will stock a complete line of the four-wheel-drives, including the Jeeps and Datsuns.

2) A September 24, 1943, photo of a Hollywood Bond Cavalcade with numerous stars.

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Photo LAPL Location. Photo Caption: The Hollywood Bond Cavalcade parading down the street. A long line of jeeps carries a multitude of stars who wave and smile at the crowds. The calvacade is on a 21 day nationwide tour for the Third War Loan drive. Photograph dated September 24, 1943.

3) A rare photo of the Antelope Valley Sheriff’s Posse jeep.

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Photo LAPL Location. Photo Caption: Photograph caption dated November 3, 1953 reads, “Members of Antelope Valley Sheriff’s Posse No. 11 take their jeep and mobile kitchen on trips into isolated areas to search for lost children and hunters. The men serve as volunteers in the rescue work on a 24-hour-a-day schedule. Viewing the new 1,200-watt auxiliary power plant are, left to right, Capt. R. M. Boyd, Lancaster Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, commander of the posse; Sgt. R. F. Brown, co-ordinator, and Capt. Jack Bones.

4) These boys were photographed on July 18, 1958, while riding on the African Jungle Safari Ride at the Pacific Ocean Park (aka POP … see more images on PINTREST) in Santa Monica.

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Photo LAPL Location. Photo Caption: Photograph caption reads, “Stanley Radar 13, and Darryl Ferges, 11, ride the jeep through the Safari Ride which has the ‘African Jungle’ replete with gorillas, spear-throwing natives and screeches and roars of the jungle.” Photograph dated: July 18, 1958.

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Another photo from the safari ride that was posted to PINTREST.

5) This photo was taken as part of the Los Angeles Attacks Army-Navy Show on January 4, 1944.

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Photo LAPL Location. Photo Caption: An Army jeep, loaded with soldiers, climbs up the Spring Street steps of City Hall on January 4, 1944, to lead the “capture” of the building as a prelude to the “Los Angeles Attacks” Army-Navy Show to be held Saturday and Sunday at the Coliseum.

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Dodge Command Car Toy

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

I didn’t know there were any Commando Car toys made. This is 30″ long!

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1713378238792862/

“German Military Jeep Removable parts Almost 30” long 10”high”

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Unusual Metal Jeep Warwick, RI $25

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Home made?

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/504368943689791/

“Metal Army Jeep. In good condition! 12″ long X 5″ wide. All is metal except for the plastic tires.”

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1960s Commercial for American Oil

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Robin shared this great vintage ad that includes a jeep.