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March 1956 Willys News

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

Lots of interesting items in this issue.

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“Fat Boy” Stock Car Mockup

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, Racing

Something a little different …. According to Autoeveolution.com, there’s been an increasing number of “Jeep Willys builds” at drag strips. A digital artist, Yasid Oozeear, decided to render a drag jeep with a WWII look (this is an illustration, not an actual build).

You can read more here: https://www.autoevolution.com/news/jeep-willys-fat-boy-looks-like-a-stock-car-for-offroaders-140712.html#

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CREDIT: Illustration by Yaddesign: https://www.instagram.com/p/B76Z8OBFST3/

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CREDIT: Illustration by Yaddesign: https://www.instagram.com/p/B76Z8OBFST3/

 
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1944 Photo of Jeep in Cape Gloucester

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Possibly a Holden Jeep?

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1953 Ad for the New CJ-3B

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This ad was published in the April 16, 1953, issue of the Dillon Daily Tribune.

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1945 Article on the Peace Time Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

This July 25, 1945, article in the Dillon Examiner highlighted the newly released CJ-2A.

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Season 2, Ep 2: What is the Jeep Farm w/ Drew Norman

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos • TAGS: .

This is season 2, episode 2, by Mark and Tom Smith of Jeeptruck.com from his series with Drew Norman at his Jeep Farm in Phoenix.

What Is The Jeep Farm? Drew Norman’s Garage in Phoenix, Arizona:

 
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1950 Photo of Jeep-mounted 105mm on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Another photo showing the test of the 105mm recoil-less rifle.

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“1950 Press Photo US soldiers Ernest Pupo & James F. with jeep-mounted rifle, MD. This is an original press photo. Guns – United States. Aberdeen, Maryland. The Army’s new jeep-mounted 105-millimeter recoil-less rifle (above) is credited with being able to knock out any known foreign tank. It was demonstrated for the first time this week at the Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground for Secretary of the Army Frank Pace. Shown loading the tank buster are Pfc Ernest Pupo (left) and Corporal James F…Photo measures 9 x 8inches. Photo is dated 11-25-1950.”

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1942 Photo of Jeep Crossing Practice Bridge on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

The guy in front of the jeep appears to have lost part of his arm (or it’s an optical illusion).

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“1942 Press Photo Jeep crosses bridge built by Army Engineers for training. This is an original press photo. United States Army – Engineers. On a field maneuver in the Pacific Northwest, the army demonstrated a speedy bridge building project, followed by an even faster demolition job – to train soldiers in both operations. (1) Soldiers laid logs across a swamp; (2) a jeep is first across; Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 3-13-1942.”

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Hardtop Dayton, OH $250

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts

Roger Martin shared this ad. I think it is a Koenig hardtop.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/211987653190421/

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Just a Couple Updates Sunday

• CATEGORIES: Features

A couple updates for Sunday. We’ve had family in town this weekend, so things are busy around here.

One family member brought over these locally roasted beans, so we decided to create our own Yipao scene. We couldn’t have done it without the jeep, a gift from Jerry Huber last year, and the Colombian poncho, a gift years ago from Sebastian Lobo-Guerrero (8 years ago … I had a little less gray hair!).

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Just having some fun.

 
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February 1956 Willys News

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

I don’t have the January 1956 issue, but this February 1956 issue discusses the introduction of the DJ-3A Dispatcher.

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Season 2, Ep 1: Working On the Jeep Farm w/ Drew Norman

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos • TAGS: .

This is season 2, episode 1, by Mark and Tom Smith of Jeeptruck.com from his series with Drew Norman at his Jeep Farm in Phoenix. Drew’s done some nice work updating this 1970 Wagoneer.

Season 2 Episode 1 in the series Working on the Jeep Farm with Drew Norman …Custom 1970 Jeep Wagoneer Build by The Jeep Farm | Axles, Stereo, More

 

 
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2019-2020 Winter Issue Dispatcher Magazine

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

The newest issue of the Dispatcher Magazine landed in my mailbox today. This issue includes a look at Bob Christy’s Empire Tractor “Rena”, along with a pre-jeep look at history thanks to Jim Allen. Dan Fucella continues describing his 10,000 mile journey in a wagon, while Eric Jarvis shares his D-Day-related journey to France.

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1962 Article on a Mobile CP

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

Steve forwarded this article about the development of a mobile CP. The photos show how such a modification might have been done.

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“I’m Getting a Willys” Article

• CATEGORIES: Features

Thanks to Bill for sharing this link. David Conwill shared his thoughts about getting a Willys Jeep in his article on Hemmings titled, “To heck with your crossover, I’m getting a Willys”.

https://www.hemmings.com/blog/2020/02/20/to-heck-with-your-crossover-im-getting-a-willys/#comments-block

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Bell and Buck’s Spruced up Scramblers

• CATEGORIES: Features

Maury spotted this article. Bell and Buck is updating CJ-8’s in conjunction with Kyle Smith of Bird Buggy, to create a more luxurious CJ-8.

https://www.autoblog.com/amp/2020/02/18/jeep-cj-8-scrambler-pickup-restomod-ball-and-buck-bird-buggy/?guccounter=1

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Sierra Overdrive Brochure and Instructions

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Documents, Features, OD Other

I found this cool and rare brochure for the ill-fated Sierra Dana 20 overdrive on eBay. It’s printed on 8.5″x11″ paper, so the marketing budget must have been tight (as I understand it, working capital was an early issue, which played a part in the demise of the company). A few years ago there was a post of an article that also highlighted this rare overdrive.

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The following instructions and schematics were tucked inside the brochure above:

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1943 Image of Wounded on Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

This 1943 image shows a crowd gathered around a jeep as it carries a wounded American. There are several articles about the war with Japan in this August 23, 1943, issue of the Daily Illini, but what caught me by surprise was Northwest Airlines’ attempt to secure a direct air route from Alaska to Tokyo even almost two years before the war eventually ended, as if we weren’t at war with Japan! Talk about advanced planning. 
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1947 Janney’s Toys’ Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, toys

The price of the paper ad from a Janney’s Toys catalog(?) seems crazy to me, but the ad is a neat bit of info if you own one of these two jeep toys.

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1943 Photo of Ford GPA Landing in NY on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, GPA (SEEP), Old Images

Nice shot of a Ford GPW SEEP landing in New York.

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“1943 Press Photo Military officers in amphibious jeep on New York waterway. This is an original press photo. New York – (Swim) jeeps Photo measures 10.25 x 8.25 inches. Photo is dated 04-20-1943.”

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1941 BRC-40 Bantam Gering, NE $110,000

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

UPDATE: I wasn’t sure on the price for this, but it seems this is the asking price for a nicely restored BRC-40 these days. More pics here: https://ibb.co/album/b7Nv1F

http://www.warjeeps.com/mjs/sale20/adm034/adm034.html

“This is a completely restored Bantam BRC witch is show quality. Original correct in every part. May be nicest one in existence Please send me an email for link to picture page or follow link below.

Will consider trades, offers, or just negotiate price.”

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Year? Jeepney Salem, OH $28,500

• CATEGORIES: Features, Other 4x4s

UPDATE: Price dropped to $28,500. Rudy noted that this was sold at auction in 2014.

(07/05/2019) Craig shared this nice looking Jeepney. It’s got a number of cool details, including a map of the midwest painted on the ceiling. Listed as a 1946, I couldn’t say for sure if that year is accurate or not.

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“1946 F-134, T-90 3 speed, if you want a vehicle to take to the car and Jeep shows that will always bring a smile and draw a crowd this is it!! Super rare to find in this country, Jeepneys were made after WWII when we left our Jeeps in the Philippines, the people there were very crafty and creative, they turned the WWII Army Jeeps into colorful people haulers, there are only a few in this country, here is your chance for a cool vehicle for your collection that is guaranteed to stand out.”

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1956 March/April(?) Globe-Trotter Magazine

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

This issue of the Globe-Trotter is undated, but I’m guessing it is the March/April 1956 issue. I’ve published some of this a few years ago. Here is the whole issue.

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1977 Brochure for AM General on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This brochure provides a good overview about how a division of Kaiser Industries began with in civilian government business with the successful post office bid (FJ-3s) in 1960. By 1971, the unit had produced a wide range of government vehicles. That year, American Motors incorporated the business unit into the wholly owned subsidiary AM General Corporation.

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1950? De Luxe Wagon Postcard on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Postcards

Nice early postcard for the De Luxe wagon.

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“1953-1954 Original Willys DeLuxe Station Wagon postcard.
Both sides are shown in the photographs. The photos are of the exact item you will receive.
Measures 4 x 6 inches.”

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