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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.

View all the information on eBay

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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.

View all the information on eBay

“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.

View all the information on eBay

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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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1958-ish Garden Notes Brochure Booklet on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Books, Features

This is an unusual and neat booklet, if you like gardening.

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“Willys Motors, Inc.
Toledo, Ohio
Garden Notes Booklet Brochure
Measures approximately 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2
Very Cool Automobile Collectible”

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1945 Photo of Starts & Stripes Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This jeep saw some fender action.

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“Vintage photograph of American War shoes respondents’ jeep parked outside the Eden – 29 May 1945.

Size of photo 4.4″ x 5.2″
Location:

Sverige 1945-05-29”

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1943 Article on the Future of the Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

UPDATE: Barry explores this topic (future of the jeep) more on his Farmjeep site: https://www.farmjeep.com/2020/01/14/who-would-want-a-jeep-predictions-from-1943-and-1944/

This article on the future of the jeep was published in The Daily Illini on February 14, 1943.

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George Baxter’s Early 2A w/MB Frame Rebuild

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

This is an interesting story. George Baxter of ArmyJeepParts.com rebuilt this 1946 CJ-2A with a Willys MB frame, one of handful of production CJ-2As with MB frames. Thanks to Mark Smith and WarJeeps.com for alerting me.

 
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1943 Photo of Jeep-Glider Training in Texas on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This September 6, 1943, photo shows a training exercise in Lubbock, Texas, with soldiers emerging from a glider on an MB ready for a fight. These days you can learn more about glider training at the Silent Wings Museum in Lubbock.

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“This is an original press photo. Jeep-in-the-box – The instant this big glider touches earth, up springs its nose, out pops a jeep loaded with soldiers. It’s a magic trick the enemy knows about by now, to their sorrow. But new glider tricks are promised. This is training attack at South Plains Army Air Field, Lubbock, Texas. Photo measures 8 x 10.25 inches. Photo is dated 09-06-1943.”

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1953 Photo of Glenn McCarthy in CJ-3B on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This photo dated 11/12/1953 shows oil tycoon Glenn McCarthy, also known as ‘Diamond Jim’, aboard a CJ-3B. The CJ-3B sits atop some type of rail(?) car.

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“This is an original press photo. Glenn McCarthy, Houston Oilman aboard a military jeep. Photo measures 10 x 8.25inches. Photo is dated 11-12-1953.”

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Early Novak Conversion Catalog on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Documents, Features

It I hadn’t already bought five pieces from this seller, I might have also bought this one.

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“Jeep Vintage Catalog on conversion components by Novak Enterprises Inc. Manufacturers of quality adapters and motormounts.
13 pages in good condition.”

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1951 CJ-3A Seattle, WA $7500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, Features

This modified CJ-3A has a variety of updates. It’s got reversed springs in the front and 4-link suspension in the rear. The seller is a long time jeep guy.

https://offerup.com/item/detail/828973105/

“1951 willys flat fender.
4.3 Chevy with a turbo 350 transmission. Dana 44 front with locker. Dana 44 rear with spool. Rear fender wells flipped for more seat room. Full cage with CB and winch. 4 link rear suspension. 4 wheel disc breaks.”

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1956 Forms W-25X-XX Brochures

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: I had these marked down as 1957 brochures, but they actually appear to be 1956 brochures.

In trying to organize some of the brochures that were produced for 1956, I have acquired these five brochures that have similar form numbers, but differing designs depending on whether they were for the domestic or export market. After all the efforts to harmonize the 1954/1955 product brochures, to have these brochures look different is a bit of a head scratcher to me.

I have three similar domestic brochures and two similar export brochures, yet they all have similar Form numbers. I’ve dated them 1956 based on the “-6” ending to the Form number. Below is an overview of the brochures. Posts with a full look at each individual brochure follow this post.

Additionally, it seems like there should be at least one additional brochure based on the Form Numbers; I’m missing W-251-6 and W-251-6X, if they existed.

  1. Form W-250-6 (CJ-5/CJ-6/CJ-3B):
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  2. Form W-250-6X (CJ-5/CJ-6/CJ-3B) Export:
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  3. Forms W-251-6 or W-251-6X: Anyone have either one?
  4. Form W-252-6 (Trucks):
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  5. Form W-252-6X (Trucks) Export:
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  6. Form W-253-6 (Wagons):
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  7. Form W-253-6X (Wagons) Export: Anyone have this form?