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1958 Willys Essential Special Service Tools Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Documents, Features

Miller Manufacturing provided essential special service tools for jeeps. An earlier edition of this brochure from the 1940s can be seen here and for trucks here.

This particular brochure is Form F-741 A and is 10 pages. It was printed in April of 1958 and includes some tool order forms.

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April 1970 Jeep Family Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This April 1970 brochure contains some good jeep photos. I’m not very familiar with the “2-Car Car” campaign, so I’ll see if I can figure out when it began and when it ended.

This jeep family brochure is Form 70-04, which to me suggests it is an April 1970 brochure. However, at the bottom of the brochure is written ” Feb-70′ “.

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1960s Monarch Hydraulic Schematics/Parts Documents

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features

The following Monarch hydraulic schematics and parts documents were included in the Meyer products binder. Hopefully, they will help someone out when rebuilding one of these units.

1. This first page covers the Monarch Hy-Lo Hydraulic Power Control Type UHT-JA. It is dated August 01, 1959:

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2. The next page covers the Monarch Hy-Lo-Jack Hydraulic Power Control Type HFC-5. It is dated August 01, 1959:

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1946 Photos of Roy Harmon and Underwater Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE II: Unfortunately, while the photo sold, the seller was unable to find it.

UPDATE: This photo shows two photographers riding through the water taking photos as Sgt. Roy Harmon, from Washington, D.C., navigates the jeep (named The Reluctant Turtle). Given it was taken in October, the water can’t be very warm. Below this photo are two additional photos that also include Roy Harmon from the same event.

“This is an original press photo. Bay Ridge, Maryland — Photographers hitch a ride to photograph the progress of the “underwater” jeep demonstrated by the Navy today (October 17). Sgt. Roy Harmon, USMC of Washington, DC, clothes in a Marine wading outfit, drives the jeep in 6-foot of water. The underwater operation is made possible by a waterproof kit, which contains an ignition system, waterproof battery, distributor and coil, and aviation-type spark plugs. Two periscope-like pipes serve for the air intake and the exhaust. The jeep, which cannot float, can cavort around in water 6-feet deep for a period of 45-minutes and will make amphibious operations much easier.Photo measures 9 x 7.25inches. Photo is dated 10-17-1946.”

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The October 21, 1946, issue of Hope Star (Hope, Arkansas) featured this image:

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An October 21, 1946, article in the The Morning Call (Paterson, New Jersey) provides some great additional details about the ‘submarine’ kit:

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Original Post in 2017: The below photo was likely taken by the intrepid photographers pictured in the photos above:

As part of the post, Luis added the following comment:  “Its a true USMC jeep as seen by the use of the electric “Dynamo” windshield wiper motor which were used only on Marine Corp jeeps, these motors are quite rare and highly desirable for a true USMC jeep restoration.”

From the eBay ad: “1946 Press Photo Bay Ridge MD Sgt Roy Harmon USMC in underwater jeep. .This is an original press photo. Photo measures 9 x 7.25inches. Photo is dated 10-17-1946.”

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1946 ‘King of Jeeps’ Berg’s Truck and Parts Company Ad for Engines

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Berg’s Truck and Parts Co. placed this ad in the October 13, 1946, issue of the Chicago Tribune. I figure that either engines were selling good and Berg was promoting the sale of more or they weren’t selling good and he had backlog of them that needed to go.

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“Jeep Range” Photos and Articles

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

Tyndall Field in Florida is credited with creating the first “jeep range”, a place where jeeps carried objects for gunnery practice. Here are a few pics and articles about “jeep ranges”.

This photo appeared in the Atlanta Constitution Sun newspaper on June 06, 1943:

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A year earlier, a model plane was attached to a jeep in the first iteration of a jeep range:

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Here are some larger photos of the ones shown above from the July 12, 1942, issue of the Fort Worth Star Telegram:

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Photos of CJ-2A Crossing River in Colombia on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

These pics are likely from the late 1940s and show a CJ-2A being ferried across the Rio Magdalina river in Colombia.

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“(circa late 1930’s, early 1940’s)… A great series chronicling the task of getting your jeep across the Rio Magdalina, Colombia South America… jungle-primitive as one would expect! Great detail showing the car ferry and their local methods of getting across river. Photo Came from an estate where owner spent years in Colombia as a pilot. These are original photos! …as you can see, original owner had one blown up to bigger size… Big one measures about 7.5″ x 5.5″ while the smaller about 4″ x 2.75 inch. $2 DOMESTIC S/H… (or, Worldwide, International S/H $3.95).”

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1996 Book The Military Jeep by Lawrence Nabholtz on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

I don’t know anything about this book in terms of value. Starting price is $125.

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“BOOKLET DOES NOT SHOW ANY WEAR”

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1945-6 Willys Jeep J-Logo Business Card on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

Given the “J” logo, this was likely printed in late 1945 or early 1946. I can’t remember seeing the vertical-jeep portion with lines like that one has. I’m guessing that rather than using a two-color printing as was usually for this logo, the lines were added to create the visual separation.

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“VTG ADVERTISING BUSINESS CARD WILLYS JEEP AUTOMOBILE ERIE COUNTY MOTORS ERIE PA”

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1944 MB? Idaho Falls, ID $8000

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual, Wood bodies • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $8000.

(10/16/2020) What a crazy contraption. “El Burrito”‘s got style. It even has a mural on the back. I’m not quite sure how the rear extends, but it looks like someone would be safe from bugs.

https://cars.ksl.com/listing/6765035

“A Prospector’s Dream or a mini RV!
A unique vehicle for the right individual. A fold out six foot bed behind the seats, and a “kitchen” underneath. Email me for videos showing the set ups. A 1944 WWII surplus jeep purchased in 1954. It is a Willy’s 4 cylinder. I think it might be a CJ 6.
Needs new gas tank (has 2 tanks, if you want to replace both) Seals and belts are dry, but should absorb fluids back when added. It was started, but turned off to avoid running bad gas through the carburetor. All the mini-van modifications can be removed to restore to original jeep without too much conversion.
If interested E-mail phone number to pungoriver@live.com and I will call you for further information. If you like make a bid.
It has been garaged.”

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Iron City Garage, Pittsburgh, PA

• CATEGORIES: Features, Willys Trucks

UPDATE: Price for the truck dropped to $7500.

Bill sent a link for Iron City Garage, a unique used vehicle business that both sells vehicles, with a guarantee that the title is good, and rents them for photo shoots and other events.

The business’ goal is to take some of the risk out of purchasing a used project. The owner writes in the about section of the website, “Believe me, “winning” the bid on eBay is just the beginning. Out of the 10 vehicles I’ve bought online myself, 9 have turned out to be completely misrepresented. When we offer a vehicle for sale it is ready to be delivered and pushed into your work shop because we have eliminated any of the risks involved with electronic payments, titling and shipping.”

Iron City currently has a 1950 truck for sale $7500: https://www.ironcitygarage.com/store/p208/1950_Willys_Jeep_Pickup.html

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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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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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