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1951 Yakima Ridge Runners’ Life Article

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine • TAGS: , .

This May 14, 1951, article “Life Goes Ridgerunning” from Life Magazine used to be posted in full on the Yakima Ridge Runner’s website, but that site appears to be no longer active. So, you’ll find it below.

If you’ve never seen the color footage of the Ridge Runners jeeping in the Cascade Mountains, that’s worth a throwback look: http://www.ewillys.com/2011/03/29/2-more-videos-from-jpzombie-com/

And, there’s the widely circulated set of two videos that may have been filmed at the same time the writers of the magazine article were visiting Yakima (video 1 and video 2)

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1956 Brochure for the New CJ-6

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This form W-242-6 highlighted the new CJ-6’s additional 50% more cargo area. This isn’t the best example of this brochure, as it has some fading at the top and right side.

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1956 DJ-3A Brochures on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

An eBay seller has four 1956 DJ-3A brochures for sale (should be Form W241-6), each for $7.99 plus $3 shipping. That’s the best price I’ve seen in a while. The below pics are from scans I’ve done (not the seller’s scans).

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1949 Sinclair Opaline Jeep Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: This ad is back on eBay. It is 10.5″ x 14″

“Vintage 1949 – Original Magazine Print Ad
GI’s on the Town in a Willys Jeep – Art by Valentine”

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1943 Buenos Aires Motor Magazine

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

The June 1943 issue of Motor Magazine out of Buenos Aires, Argentina, featured this introduction to the jeep on its front page. I snagged this copy off of eBay in December and it finally arrived. The 24-page magazine printed on newspaper covers a wide range of automotive subjects, most far above my rudimentary Spanish. I’m pretty surprised any of these survived!

Here are the first two pages (the only two that included the jeep as far as I could tell):

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Also included in the magazine was this ad(?) featuring a jeep.

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1951 Photo of Jeep Tests in Chesapeake Bay on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

That had to have been a cold drive in January!

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“1951 Press Photo Soldiers drive amphibious jeep in Chesapeake Bay near Virginia.This is an original press photo. Amphibians – US – A Marine drives an amphibious jeep in Chesapeake Bay, off Little Creek, Virginia, during training exercises. According to the Navy, jeeps such as this will operate with only the driver’s head above the surface. The curved tube attached to the windshield is the exhaust pipe. Straight tube is the air intakePhoto measures 8.25 x 6.5inches. Photo is dated 01-17-1951.”

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1962 Photo of Jeeping in the Dunes of Padre Island on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old Images Jeeping

The seller of this June 18, 1962, photo claims this was South Padre Island, but the original script on the back of the photo labels it Padre island, which is north of South Padre (I know, that location may seem obvious). According to Wikipedia, South Padre was closed until 1962, which makes it more likely that this is Padre and not South Padre. That said, I’m no expert on this region.

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“1962 Press Photo Jeep “Off Roading” on South Padre Island Sand Dunes, Texas. This is an original press photo. Jeep rolls across sand dunes of Padre Island in Texas. Photo measures 10 x 8.25 inches. Photo is dated 06-18-1962.”

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1955/6 CJ-5 Brochures

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This brochure was part of the family of brochures described in this Kaiser/Willys ad post from a few days ago. Curiously, this brochure is labeled form W-239-6, suggesting it was printed for 1956, while the original version of this was form W-239-5.

After comparing the two different versions, I could only find some minor differences between the two. The ‘biggest’ difference was a slight repositioning of the text within the balloons on page 2 of the brochure. Form “5” had misplaced the text slightly, with a few letters extending above a couple balloons. Form “6” seems to have fixed that. It also appears that Form “6” uses a bolder font for the text in the balloons. There could also be some minor differences that I did not detect. Here’s my comparison of the balloons:

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So, now I know I should have bought a W-239-5 version if I wanted the original! Another lesson learned the hard way 🙂 … anyway, here’s the scan of the W-239-6 version:

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Compare those pics to the Form W-239-5 version from Autopaper:

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1959 Brazilian Bulletin Article About Jeeps in Brazil

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

I stumbled upon this article looking for something else.

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1942 Photo of a “Peep” Next to a “Jeep” on eBay

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

Nice front end shot of a Ford GP.

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“1942 Press Photo US soldier pictured with “jeep” and “peep” vehicles in Kentucky

This is an original press photo. Trucks – US – Fort Knox, Kentucky – The Armed Force hopes this picture will end the confusion between the “jeep” and “peep.” The tough little puddle-jumper on the right is affectionately known as the “peep” by men of the army’s Armored Force, while the large command car at the left is the original “jeep,” named after the Popeye comic strip characterPhoto measures 10 x 8.25inches. Photo is dated 01-11-1942.”

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F-head Headers … UPDATE

• CATEGORIES: Features

UPDATE: I’ve been told by Clifford Performance that they will go into production with some F-head headers in March. I don’t have any other details to share, except that I should check back in March. So, that’s what I will do. Stay tuned!

(01/21/2020) This is very preliminary, but there may be an opportunity to have a small batch of F-head headers produced. I don’t know a price yet, but my question is, would there be 5-10 people interested in a header if the price worked out reasonably? These would also fit L-heads, though, as I understand it, they wouldn’t be all that effective in producing extra power for the L-heads. Comment below or email me at d @ deilers.com (no spaces around the @).

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1955 Article on Uranium Mining Includes Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine • TAGS: .

This August 1955 article in Popular Mechanics includes 2 CJ-5s. It took a nuclear scientist to locate the article (long story), but it dove tails nicely off yesterday’s Willys News post that included an article on uranium mining (last page of Willys News) about these two prospectors.
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1956 Willys Utility Wagon Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This was advertised in a late 1955 Willys News, but does not appear to have been published until 1956, based on the form number M-221-6 (My new theory is that the last digit for forms 1954-1957 signifies the year).

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1942 Photo of Jeeps on NY Capital Steps on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE: There’s a second photo of this climb on eBay that precedes the one I posted a couple days ago.

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“1942 Press Photo Military jeeps climb steps of Capitol in Albany, New York. This is an original press photo. Albany, New York – Jeeps in front of Capitol Photo measures 8.25 x 5.5 inches. Photo is dated 04-06-1942.”

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Later in the climb ….

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“1942 Press Photo Crowd watches US Army jeeps climb Capitol steps in New York

This is an original press photo. Albany, New York – Jeeps – in front of Capitol, on steps Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 04-06-1942.”

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1950? Willys Wagon Brochure Knoxville, TN $5

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This is an unopened brochure that Tom spotted. It’s a very good price. Here are examples of the other pages from eBay.

https://knoxville.craigslist.org/pts/7058167072.html

“WILLYS SALES BROCHURE MINT CONDITION NEVER OPENED”

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Just a Few Updates for Wednesday

• CATEGORIES: Features

UPDATE: I accidentally scheduled this for Thursday when it should have appeared today. Anyway, after I wrote it, I endured a second wave of chills and night sweats. Oh joy! Feeling better right now, but I can tell I’m not quite over it just yet.

Strange day Tuesday. I got a 10am haircut. Felt fine. Got home and checked on eWillys: site was down. As I awaited the site’s return, I started feeling achey (it came on quickly). So, with the site down and me possibly getting sick, I decided make good use of that time by cloning my old hard drive on a new SSD hard drive. It wasn’t until i started that process that I Iearned it would take about 12 hours to complete the cloning.

About an hour after that (say noonish), my whole body felt terrible and I came down with chills. Meanwhile, the site mysteriously popped back up. However, by then, I was ready to forget updates and focus on getting better. Also, by then, Ann was coming down with chills as well. So, we pulled multiple layers of covers over our bed, turned on the heating blanket, and watched some TV. We shivered for a couple hours, unable to get very warm.

By 4:00, still having the chills, I had some hot chicken noodle soup. That took me from chills-ville to overheating and sweats. A couple hours more bed time and tv and food started sounding good again. Ann, too, was feeling better.

It’s now 9pm and I don’t feel too bad anymore. So, not sure what we had, but (fingers crossed) it seems to have passed rather quickly. Weird!

So, I’ll save emails and other stuff for Wednesday (assuming I still feel good).

 

 
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March 1955 Willys News

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

This 1955 Willys Newspaper marked the transition away from Kaiser Willys news to just Willys News.

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1942 Photo in Panama with Ford GP on eBay

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

A Ford GP is leading the way through Panama …

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“1942 Press Photo Jeep parades over Panama roadway under construction. This is an original press photo.

Panama: Under the supervision of the United States Public Roads Administration fourteen hundred men are at work constructing a trans-Ishmanian highway which is scheduled for completion (with all weather paving) by the end of March 1942 if the work is not hampered by rain during the present “dry season.”

An Army motorcade of “peeps” and “jeeps” traversed the colon-madden Dam section of the road on February 2nd transporting Army, highway, civil officials and press correspondents. They made the round trip from the Pacific to the Atlantic and then back. Concrete paving for the road is being placed at the rate of one mile of single strip each day. Concrete is carried by barge up the tropical foliage line Rio Gatun to it’s intersection with the highway.

In some places bulldozers and other heavy equipment have to make 100-foot cuts through hog backed hills and also make fills in sheer-dropping, water torn ravines. Photo shows-part of the “jeep” parade over a section of road which has not as yet been laid with concrete. The road is entirely within the Republic of Panama. Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 02-06-1942.”

 
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1951 Photo of Jeeps at Oppama, Japan, on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Lots of jeeps!

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“1951 Press Photo US Army jeeps stockpiled at Oppama, Japan ordnance depot. This is an original press photo. US – Army – Equipment (rehabilitated trucks ready for use)(SX) – Stock piles of used automobile and truck parts at the Oppama, JLC, ordnance depot, Oppama, Japan. Row on row of jeeps which have been reclaimed from rusted wrecks shown at the Oppama Ordnance Depot awaiting shipment back to Korea and the battlefronts. Photo measures 10 x 8.25 inches. Photo is dated 10-16-1951.”

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Jeep-Shaped Cutting Board

• CATEGORIES: Features

Thanks go to Tremaine Cooper for sending me this unique cutting board. I do love cutting boards of all shapes and sizes, so this will go nicely with the others I have. This will get used. Many thanks!

I’ve photographed it next to a Vodka bottle to show the size.

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DJ-5 Electruck Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, DJ-5 & DJ-6, Features • TAGS: .

Thanks to Gayland for sending me this brochure of the Electruck, an electric powered DJ-5E made by AM General.

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1980 DJ-5L Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, DJ-5 & DJ-6, Features

Gayland also sent this standard DJ-5L Dispatcher 100 brochure, form AMG 7-80.

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Parts Jeep Service Patch on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

Maury spotted this unusual patch. Neither of us have seen one before.

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“100% authentic. I do NOT sell reproduction patches. Thank you. Patch came with some of the other items you are seeing us list today. very likely 1970’s dealership or even early 80’s, but considering the group of stuff it came with we are going with the 1970’s. Don’t try using the iron-on backing – it is too old and will likely destroy the patch.”

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1945 Photo on the Champs Elysees in Paris on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Nice shot.

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“as shown … … approx 6 x 8 .. … vintage original authentic press photo ( most are Army radiotelephoto from Acme Newspictures ) … date listed is transmission date … most of these are not perfect ..some are a little blurry… some are sharp.. they may have bends and minor damage from poor storage .. please use the pictures to see the actual condition .”

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February 1955 Kaiser Willys News

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The last of the “Kaiser Willys News” editions. In March 1955 it switched to just “Willys News”.

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