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1978 Article on Road Rebels Playday

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles, Racing

An article in the June 22, 1978, issue of the Longview Daily News highlighted an upcoming Road Rebels jeep club payday. The reference to 199 trophies to be awarded reminded me of just how big of an event the Sunday evening trophy awards could be. They could last hours. People usually lumped together by clubs in one large group. Each name would be called. Imagine it takes one minute to hand out each trophy; in the case of this event you’d be looking at over three hours for 199 trophies.

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Warn Belt Buckle

• CATEGORIES: Features

Thanks to Dave for sending me this custom Warn hub belt buckle that he made! I’ll have this one on a belt next week. If you are interested in one, he charges $50, but can reduce the price a little if you can donate a hub.

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1950 Willys Makes Sense Postcard

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Postcards

This oversize 5″x7″ postcard arrived as part of a multiple postcards from eBay.  The postcard was part of the 1950-1951 Willys Makes Sense campaign and was the first image published in magazines as part of the campaign.

It’s unclear to me just how many different images were used from the campaign for Willys Makes Sense postcards, but beware that there are a variety of newly printed postcards on eBay and Etsy.

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1953 Photo of American Relief for Poland Wagon on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This 7″x5″ photo shows a Jeep Station painted up for an American Relief of Poland campaign.

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” US Shipping is $4 per photo/lot as listed. Photo shipped in archival plastic sleeve & in greeting card w/ stamp.”

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Happy Thanksgiving

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Thanksgiving is a sign that 2020 is almost over …

Mark shared this photo of a CJ-2A and a successful turkey hunt. Per a website about Texas license plate history, the plate indicates this is a 1950 plate, meaning it is likely a 1950 photo. Unfortunately, the KT on the left side of the plate is not a county abbreviation or code.

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Early Tractor Race Video

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

They aren’t jeeps, but they are definitely off road (and through buildings). Thanks to Roger Martin for sharing this unusual video. The race took place in 1920s New Zealand according to youtube.

 
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CJ-2 Fire Jeep Photos

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Old Images

This nice little nugget of Willys history has been posted since 2011, but somehow I missed it. The Kaiser Willys blog has three photos of a CJ-2 (not CJ-2A) Fire Jeep that includes the “JEEP” plate across the front of the windshield.

https://blog.kaiserwillys.com/the-postwar-willys-cj-2-fire-jeep

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1945 Photo of Rocket Launcher

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

UPDATE: The press photo at bottom was published in several newspapers, including the February 04, 1945, issue of the Knoxville News-Sentinel:

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Originally Posted May 14, 2016: 

“1945- Barrage rockets are readied for firing from an experimental rocket firing jeep at test range in Inyokern, California. Photos measure approx. 7″ x 9”.

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Perfect Jeep and Parts Co. Catalog on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I’ve seen a Perjeco catalog (note that name is the cable address), but not a Perfect Jeep catalog. I’m not sure how those two companies are related (or maybe one is just a DBA). The catalog is probably not worth much.

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“Vintage 1950s Perfect Jeep and Parts Co. Willy’s Jeep Parts Catalogue”

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Fiberglass Drag Jeep Bodies Monticello, IL $1800

• CATEGORIES: Body Parts, Features, Parts, Racing • TAGS: .

There’s a company out of Illinois selling drag ‘jeep’ fiberglass bodies called Dunn & Gone Racing, Inc. (some of the ads on the racing junk site are old, so, this may or may not be available).

https://www.racingjunk.com/Sand-Drag-Racing-Cars/184108659/RAMROD-JEEP-BODIES.html?category_id=&search=jeep&quickSearch=1&np_offset=32&from=search#6

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“The newset addition to our high quality fiberglass family
—RAMROD—
Each body is hand laid with the best resins and glass available
Specs
overall length 143 inches
cage opening width 30 ½ inches
rear width 63 inches
front width 52 inches
Basic wheel base from rear center to front center 96 inches
untrimed rear wheel well opening 34 inches, trimmed 39 inches
no body work required, just wetsand and paint!!!!
1800.00 in stock and available NOW
Thanks
JD
Dunn and Gone Racing Inc.
Located in Monticello Illinois”

 
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FC-150 Postcards

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards

Here are multiple FC-150 postcards advertising FC-150s.

1. This postcard is Form No. W-FC-10 and is currently on eBay. It opens vertically: 
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2. This postcard is Form No. W-FC-11 and opens vertically. It is currently on eBay:

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I’ve been watching for one of these FC-150 fold-out postcards for a while. I found this one the other day included with some others on ebay. This postcard is Form No. W-FC-12 and it opens horizontally. There is another one on eBay:

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 This narrow track FC-150 postcard lacks a Form No. It does not fold out. It is currently on eBay: Continue reading

 
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1942 Photo w/ Jane Wyman in a Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

Actress Jane Wyman was captured in this photo while visiting Kirkland Field in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in May of 1942. The jeep driver doesn’t seem too unhappy to be escorting her.

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May 20, 1942, Visalia Times-Delta in Visalia, California.

 
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1943 Willys-Overland Fire Pump Little Rock, AR $400

This Willys-Overland Fire Pump needs an L-head, but it seems an unusual item. It looks like the trailer was not original to the unit, based on these two photos from G503:

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https://www.facebook.com/groups/WillysSwapMeet/permalink/2800695516870376

“1943-dated Willys American fire pump. US Army Corps of Engineers, 250 GPM.
“Willys American” cast into the pump body. Enclosure is gone.
The base is the fuel tank. Mounted on a 2 wheel trailer chassis with antique tires and 2” ball hitch.
No suspension and old tires so needs to be hauled on a trailer.
Has WWII OD paint under the red paint.
I removed the engine and bellhousing for use in WWII jeep restoration. Selling with the engine front plate, manifolds & carburetor, governor, oil filter & bracket, fan and fan shroud and generator. You will need to supply a Willys L-134 motor and bellhousing to put this back in operation.”

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Meyer Plow Instructions for Various Models

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features

Below are Meyer plow install instructions and parts lists for various Jeep models, including CJs, trucks, wagons, FCs, and J-series jeeps.

First up in the  two-page Form No. 1-103r5 for the CJ-2A-CJ-6:

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Next is four-page Form No. 1-109r6 for trucks and wagons:

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Brief IKA History Including the Torino

• CATEGORIES: Features, International
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Hugo shared a link to a brief history of IKA, the licensed builder of jeeps in Argentina. Hugo noted that the last vehicle shown, the Torino, was a popular car that was based on the American Rambler, but was powered by a Tornado engine.

Spanish linkhttps://www.mdzol.com/mdz-autos/2020/11/22/la-historia-de-ika-marca-legendaria-de-la-industria-automotriz-120518.html

English translation linkhttps://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=auto&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.mdzol.com%2Fmdz-autos%2F2020%2F11%2F22%2Fla-historia-de-ika-marca-legendaria-de-la-industria-automotriz-120518.html

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The Future of Electric Jeeps?

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

Bill shared this news. FCA held a sketch competition to solicit independent designs for electric jeeps. Three winners were selected. The first was a futuristic FC design; the second a buggy design; and the third an extreme buggy design.

https://www.autoevolution.com/news/jeep-forward-control-revival-looks-like-electric-truck-perfection-151891.html#

This instagram page has more examples of these: https://www.instagram.com/p/CH0cVPJlned/

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Baier Jeep Lighters Sold on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

These are two pretty good examples of Baier Jeep Lighters that sold on eBay yesterday. Before I get to them, I want to show what alternative versions of both jeeps look like. I’m not sure which version is rarer or worth more.

There was another version of this lighter produced that had the map on the room etched into the roof, as seen here (see ebay for more pics). It was accompanied by a smaller jeep with Weisebden etched into the cowl and a bottom where the door is usually etched. This is priced at $275, but I was received an unsolicited offer of $225 for both:

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Now for the jeep lighters that sold on eBay yesterday. This first one is the jeep lighter/ash tray combo and it sold for $113.50 (plus $12.70 shipping):

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December 1960 Jeep Service and Parts News

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

This December 1960 Jeep Service and Parts News is sixty years old this month!

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1950 Photo of Jeepster & Marino Pieretti on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

To speed up relief pitchers, a bright red Jeepster was employed to run pitchers from the bullpen to the infield. This picture appeared in at least one newspaper, the Times Dispatch out of Richmond Virginia, May 20, 1950 (but the scan of it is terrible, so no need to share it here).

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“1950 Press Photo Marino Pieretti climbs out of jeep for game in Cleveland. This is an original press photo. Cleveland. To hurry up ball games, the Cleveland Indians inaugurated jeep service last night for relief pitchers. Here’s Marino Pieretti climbing out of jeep after that long ride from the bull pen to the infield. He relieved Bob Feller on the mound at the start of the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Athletics and was the first to use the service. Baseball. Mario Pieretti. Photo measures 10 x 8.25inches. Photo is dated 05-18-1950.”

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The use of jeeps did NOT help the Indians defeat the A’s during their first game, as Cleveland dropped the game 7-5:

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May 18, 1950, The Tribune out of Scranton, PA

Not everyone was impressed with the new idea. A few days after the above photo was taken, one writer thought the jeep (or any vehicle) wasn’t going to speed up the game all that much.

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May 23, 1950, Arizona Republic.

 
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Chris’ Jeep Parts on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features

Chris has posted some jeep parts and items on eBay. Here’s a link to his items:

https://www.ebay.com/sch/elijah12012/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=

One of the more interesting items is this jeep logo placement poster:

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1942 Alaska Highway Report (and more) by Sigrid Arne

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

As I mentioned yesterday, Sigrid Arne (1894-1973) enjoyed a second big jeep adventure. This time it was a trip to Alaska, then a trip down part of the Alaska Highway while it was still under construction. As you’ll see below, there were a variety of photos that were included in newspapers related to her story about the highway.

Below the Alaska Highway articles are more information about Sigrid and other articles by her. Unfortunately, I can still not locate an obituary nor a biography related to her. So, I’m attaching these articles to this thread so that later I can draft a good wikipedia biography about her.

THE ALASKA HIGHWAY ARTICLE AND PHOTOS:

This first photo was published in the June 15, 1942, issue of the Decatur Journal. It shows Sigrid interviewing Pvt. Levi Schrock and and Prv. Albert Tomaino.

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A day earlier, in June 14, 1942, the Knoxville Journal published Sigrid’s experience watching the military build a road through thickly wooded and boggy areas.

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The June 15, 1942, issue of the Spokesman Review featured this series of photos on its back page. It’s hard to believe that Melba Bergeron Mince was working with the military in that outfit (how did the mosquitos not attack all the exposed skin?

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A month prior to the above articles, Sigrid wrote about a woman who lived by herself in Alaska and remained unafraid of the Japanese Military:

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Roplas Bodies and Hardtops for Mahindra Jeeps

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

The brochures below show brochures from Roplas, a manufacturer out of India that produced Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic  (FRP) aftermarket bodies for 91″, 101″, and 104.5″ Mahindra jeeps. These brochures were assembled by Mr. Rahul Ram Amin and shared via the Flat Fender Jeepers Association — FFJA group on Facebook. I’m surprise that none of these bodies made it to the US, at least I’ve never seen them, especially in the Pacific Northwest where fiberglass bodies were readily used.

This fascinating brochure shows a range of special-purpose jeep bodies produced by Roplas, including service vans, police bodies, and ambulance models:

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This shows a Roplas body on an MM 540/440 Jeep:

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This brochure shows a “Ranger” body on a Mahindra NC 640 DP:

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This brochure shows a variety of Jeep body styles built by Roplas for Mahindra models CJ-500D (2Dr & 4Dr) and the NC 665 DP 4Dr Van and Truck. The body products include the Roplas Universal, the Chieftan, the Highlander, the HiRider, and the Cabin. hardtop-mahindra-facebook-8 hardtop-mahindra-facebook-9

This brochure shows a Mahindra NC 665:

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1954 Press Photo of Caged Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE: Here’s a second example of these press photos that includes a different caption. I could not locate an example published in a newspaper.

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“1954 Press Photo Sgt Curt Anderson of Sweden Army Does Stunts in Special Jeep. This is an original press photo. Sgt Curt Anderson shows students at a mechanics school how a specially-equipped jeep can be made to turn somersaults and still come out alright. Photo measures 7.25 x 9.25 inches. Photo is dated 07-07-1954.”

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Originally Published Aug. 5, 2015: “You are bidding on an original press photo of Swedish Army Sergeant Demonstrates Rolling Caged Jeep. Newspaper markings on photo. If listing shows thin red and/or green lines, they are the result of a bad scan & they are NOT on the actual photo. Photo measures 7 x 9 inches and is dated 7/9/1954.”

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1941 Reporter Article on the Blitz Buggy

Associated Press Reporter Sigrid Arne was 47 years old when she rode in a Bantam BRC-60. By that time she was an experienced journalist, a fearless investigative reporter with the smarts to decode and explain New Deal programs to the point that the authors of the programs asked her to join their efforts. She traveled all over the United States, even buying a baby for $50 in Oklahoma at one point to expose how babies were being sold like groceries.

Her report on her first jeep ride sounds like she was thrilled/awed by her experience, but I’m unsure how she concluded that the Bantam had 9 speeds. Sigrid’s article landed in the Montana Standard on May 05, 1941, as well as other newspapers.

This ride wasn’t her last in a jeep, as we will see tomorrow morning.

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1962-1973 NOS Parts Catalog on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features

This contains a variety of parts information, including “models 67/71 Jeepster, 62/71 Universal, 72 & 73 Commando CJ DJ 5 6 (various open body, fire engine, gas, diesel, convertible, roadster, station wagon, full cab, pickup, half cab, etc.” So, it might have some interesting info.

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“Item Description: Original Jeep Dealer Parts Catalog, 1962 – 1973, with original reddish heavy 3 metal post binder “American Motors / Jeep Parts Catalog”. Covers: models 67/71 Jeepster, 62/71 Universal, 72 & 73 Commando CJ DJ 5 6 (various open body, fire engine, gas, diesel, convertible, roadster, station wagon, full cab, pickup, half cab, etc.). Illustration and Text, parts only, no price list. About 4″ thick. September 1974 print date. Good for looking up NOS part numbers. Good condition, light wear, metal and edge darkening, scuff, small plastic tab on binding edge 1″ top gone. Item has reddish covers, pages are whitish color (camera error kept trying to correct color to reddish background). Inside printing all good condition.”

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