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Racer Update

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features • TAGS: .

Once the water got fixed (found a retired local plumber who still does small jobs and did previous work on our house, so that worked great), I returned to the cage.

The front “loops” have been bent and added, along with a top and mid cross bar. I also added one side bar, with the other almost ready to spot-weld in place. Unfortunately, I ran out of materials, so I need to get a couple more tubes.

As you can see below, I found a seat placement I like. My head rests just below the top of the seat, so plenty of room for a helmet. Now, I just have to figure out how I want to mount them. I was going to weld in the seat frames, but I think I am going to bolt them. This will make it 1) easier to install the floor pan and 2) allow me to change up the seats/position if I’m unhappy with how it feels.

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Oct-Nov 1974 Jeep News

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

Here’s another Jeep News. This one has the months, but not year. I used some article details to estimate it is from 1974.

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CJ-2A Al-Toy on eBay ($50)

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

This buy-it-now CJ-2A Al-toy isn’t perfect and has some funky tires, but looks like a good price.

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“1 PIECE CAST METAL JEEP AND UNBRANDED. VERY HEAVY. ITS AWESOME. HAS METAL STEERING WHEEL AND COLUME. Has custom ERTL wheels and tires. Look closely at pictures because this is the item you will get.”

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Unusual Willys Jeep Service Decal and Postcard

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

These two odd items with popped up on eBay. One is a Willys Jeep service postcard and the other is a Willys Jeep service decal. Both are related to Rednor and Rainear, a Willys dealer in the Trenton, New Jersey, area. The decal has already sold, but the postcard is still for sale.

This decal has already sold:

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This post card is still available on eBay:

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Two Bars Forward, One Backward, and A Leak

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

A couple days ago I bent the front passenger side loop. All was well until the very last (bottom) bend. For the passenger side it would have been okay where it is, but for the driver’s side I felt the bar would be better if it angled more quickly once under the dash so it gave more clearance for the clutch foot.

So, after much hemming and hawing, I bent the driver’s side differently. That turned out better, which meant redoing the passenger side.

You can see a comparison of them below. It’s tough to visualize where the floor/firewall will be, but the sheet metal gives a rough idea.

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Once I get the passenger loop done, the remaining bars ought to be completed more quickly.

However, before I could do that Thursday night we discovered a leak underneath the bathroom of our master bedroom. Ugh. We don’t know when it actually broke, but Thursday night, we could hear a strange noise in the bathroom. Of course, we were about ready for bed, which meant getting re-dressed and dropping into our crawl space where I shut off the water to our house. Friday morning I crawled the length of the house, where I discovered where the water was falling on the plastic. The actual break was in the insulation, but I didn’t locate it. I’d rather get a pro to deal with it.

So, we are house-camping again. On the upside, we tried out the shower in our shop for the first time. It turns out, it works great!

We have a plumber (highly recommended and the uncle of our neighbor) coming tomorrow to look at it, as I’d rather not work with the copper pipe. I want to get it done quickly and get it done right … I got a cage to finish!

 
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Winter 1974 Jeep News

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

This issue of Jeep News is printed with Winter 1974 on it, but I think that refers to Jan/-Feb of 74 rather than Nov-Dec 74 and Jan 75. There are other issues (to be posted) that cover that time period.
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Jan 2023 MVCC Arizona Military Vehicle Show

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

UPDATE: The event is today and tomorrow!

Joe in Mesa shared this event flyer for the 32nd annual Arizona Military Vehicle Show in Phoenix, Arizona, January 28th-29th, 2023.

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1967 Kaiser Jeep Military 6×6 Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This Kaiser Jeep brochure features 6×6 rigs. The seller has eight of them.

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“1967 Kaiser Jeep Heavy Duty 6×6 Fold Out Sales Brochure.”

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Jeep News Issues & the Fall of 1973 Issue

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

Thanks to Illinois Larry, I discovered that I had only posted one of my issues of the Jeep News from the 1970s. It’s not clear to Larry (who has 10 issues) or I (who have 14 issues) just how many were produced, but between our collection, there were at least 15 issues published.

Here’s an overview of covers of what I have, followed by a photo of what Larry has that I don’t. Strangely, many of these lack the published year, so figuring out when some of these issues were published is tricky:

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This is the cover page from what we believe is Larry’s Winter Fall-Winter 1981-1982 issue.

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FALL 1973 Issue: This is the earliest issue I have and may be one of the first ones, if not the first.


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Wagon Model Carved From Wood Block

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

Homeskoold Customs on Facebook shared this really cool carving of a wagon emerging from an old post. The artist claims not to be a woodworker, but he is most definitely at artist!

https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=489893496631750&set=a.412736887680745

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More Cage Progress

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

On Sunday, I was able to tack together the basic structure of the rear portion of the cage. On Monday, I began work on the front portion.

Here’s a look a the back portion with the body sitting on the frame:

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There are still a number of small things to do to complete the rear portion (such as adding rear shock mounts, adding some corner supports, and, of course, welding all the connection points).

To properly calculate the two long side bars, which will run from the mid part of the frame back to the rear loop, I needed the body to be sitting on the frame.

Each side bar has four bends, so getting them both the same is a good challenge.

After LOTS of measurements, angle considerations, and design thoughts, I finally got around to bending the two most difficult angles on the side bar. Below you can see the passenger side bar temporarily in position, though the lower two bends haven’t been finished yet (next bend will direct the bar vertically at the dash, then the final bend will redirect the bar forward under the dash where it will attach to a still-to-be-added cross bar.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get as far as I’d hoped, because Ann had a bad migraine, so I had to take the dogs to the groomers (which they needed pretty badly, as bad weather forced us to cancel two previous appts over the past two months).

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I expect that by Friday I’ll have all the bars bent, positioned, and maybe even welded.

 
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1981 Spring & Summer Jeep News

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

This 12-page Jeep News issue was a harder one for me to find. It includes a couple advertising inserts as well.

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More Progress, Despite The Great Cow Escape

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .
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Bad cows …

I had big plans to work out early and get out to the shop. But, just as I finished my lifting, our neighbor Andrew texted me at 7:30am, “I got a text from my neighbor Dan Green. Your cows are in his pasture.”

Ugh. There went my early start in the shop.

We piled on clothes (below freezing this morning), loaded up the UTV, and headed over to Andrew’s fence line (the cows have been borrowing Andrew’s pasture). Sure enough, the cows had created a nice wide entrance in the wire fence.

The moment the cows heard our UTV, they recognized it was feeding time, so we lured six of them back to Andrews pasture. Of course, one dumb cow, our 7mo steer, couldn’t figure out how to get back through the fence, so, of course, he went over another part of the non-barbed wire fence, damaging it. Ugh.

Once at Andrew’s pasture, we wooed them over to our pasture with food and closed the access gate to Andrew’s place. With the cows grounded, we went to work on the fence.

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Thankfully, it didn’t take too long to fix the fence. I.believe our two mischievous 2yo steers (they become meat next month) were leaning over the fence to get some tall grass in Dan Green’s pasture, which caused the fence to collapse. Bad cows.

Now for the cage progress. I’ll skip the explanation (am tired) and just get straight to the pics. The big loop is completed, along with the back bars and the rear cross bar. Everything is, level, square, tacked-in-place, and ready for more bars.

There will be no work on Friday (quick trip to Seattle), but I plan to get back to it this weekend. I’ll add more bars for strength, then begin work on the front loop.

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Transport Motor Company (TMC) Brochure at Farm Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Barry has posted on Farm Jeep a really cool and rare brochure with plenty of pics from the Transport Motor Company out of California. During the late 1940s they had a full line of jeep attachments, from Hydraulic lifts, to farm equipment, to fire fighter and sprayers and more.

View it all here: https://www.farmjeep.com/farm-jeep-parts/lifts/other-hydraulic-lifts/transport-motor-company-tmc-hydraulic-lift/

Here a list of the products TMC offered:
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And, this shows a bucket:

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Dirt Daily Video: Get an M-677 Running

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Hopefully, Fred is able to fulfill his New Years resolution this year.

 
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1966 Ford Bronco Commercial

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Roger Martin shared this classic Ford Bronco Commercial with me. I figured you folks would enjoy it, too.

 
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Getting the Bends (Correct)

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

More-months-than-I-care-to-think-about ago (about seven months I think), I bought a cheap Affordable Bender. When it arrived, I was less than impressed with the collar (see this post). So, I called them, only to learn that the collar was designed that way and should work fine (I believe they told me “Billions” of bends have been done with Affordable Benders, or something like that).

So, I decided to test the bender before sending it back; I hadn’t expected to wait 7 months to test it!

Yesterday, I mounted it to my metal work table and tested it with a 90 degree bend, one of two I need for the racer’s main loop (it’s the most difficult bend of the entire roll cage). The bender comes with a 90 degree die, so I was a little worried wether the bender would do a 90 degree bend.

First off, it didn’t take me long to miss my old bender, the one I built from plans: http://www.ewillys.com/2009/10/08/my-tube-bender-almost-done/. But, since I couldn’t access my plan (lock PDF with no password and the author of the PDF wouldn’t answer my emails), I had to buy this AFF bender.

Here are the results of the 90 degree bend .. as you can see, it stops short of a 90 degree bend:

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Ugh .. what It meant is that I had to force the 15′ tube through the collar a few inches so I could add an additional bend. While that worked, I bent it too far (I misread my level .. it went to 90 degrees which I missed, then started down to 88, so I thought it was at 88 and needed to go to 90. UGH .. had to start over).

Eventually, I got the hang of how to do a 90 degree bend with this and managed to create the loop below.

This pic shows the first 90 finished and I’m starting on the second.

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This shows the second 90 done. That is all the 90s I need, so the rest of the bends should be much easier.

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I still have two more bends on this loop (the bars are parallel, though don’t look that way in the pics), which I’ll complete tomorrow.

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Modified Truck on FB

• CATEGORIES: Features, Jeep Rods, Unusual • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Dwayne posted some more pics of his truck on Facebook. You can see them below:

This image was posted a few days ago by Dwayne Brown. I am guessing the the back bed is a modified wagon back? It reminds me a little of the “Tender” wagons. Looks like a great rig!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2382510764/permalink/10159262655025765

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1953? Magazine Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This unusual ad appears to include an M-38A1.  It also shows a CJ-3B, but not a CJ-3A, so my guess is 1953.

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“The actual ad you are buying is the one pictured above. Please look at it closely and ask any questions you want.
These are advertisements that are carefully removed from vintage magazines – please read the full description and ask any questions if you are unsure of anything.
You are buying the advertisement, not the product in the advertisement.
Original 1 page print advertisement, measures approximately 8.5″ x 11″. (Not a reprint or reproduction, all of my items are originals). These ads are from various publications and are all vintage – no reprints or reproductions ever.”

 
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Jeep Model Kits

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

John spotted some vintage jeep/willys model kits at the Old Model Kits website. They seem cheaper than you’ll find on eBay.

https://www.oldmodelkits.com/index.php?searchtext=jeep

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Racer Update

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I’ve spent parts of the last couple of days thinking through how/where the new cage will attach, how the floor should attach, and how the body should attach and where it should sit. For example, the body must be far enough forward so that the solid front clip can slip over the front of the radiator, but back far enough to sit in the right area in the back.

My initial intention was to bolt the cage fo the frame, but this frame (already cut and spread 5″) has enough mods that if I’m at a point that the cage has to be removed to make changes, I’m better off starting with a new frame (and, at this point, I don’t want to do a ground up rebuild).

Additionally, the body has warped some, so I will need to build a jig out of wood so that I can try to straighten the body some (apparently, using a heat gun, I should be able to remove some of the warping. What I can’t re-straighten, I will use fiberglass and/or some (probably) aluminum plates placed strategically to make it look straighter.

Here’s a couple pics of the body. You may not be able to tell, but both sides of the front of the body have flexed outward. So, between the heat gun, the jig, some interior plating, and the use of strategic mounts, I should be able to make it look a little less out of whack.

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Over the next week we are supposed to have (finally) dry weather and temps that will be in the high 40s and low 50s, so I hope to get the cage built and, maybe, the body cleaned up to ready for some fiberglass repair and, eventually, some paint.

Though I dislike the neon green chassis, Ann has acquired a taste for it, so I might start with the body painted black, similar to the narrow body that was on it.

 
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Corgi FC-150 Models

• CATEGORIES: Features, Website

Craig shared this page (I think on FB), It’s as good of an explanation of Corgi FC-150 models as I have seen.

https://www.maronline.org.uk/corgi-toys-jeep-fc-150-models

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1957? Australian Jeep Truck Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I missed out on this rare Australian Jeep Truck brochure (totally spaced the auction). I can see no date or form number on any pages. My guess is that this was published in 1957 or 58.

The description from th auction reads, in part:
“WILLYS 4WD 6 CYL. ALL-PURPOSE MODEL 6-226
GOOD CONDITION OVERALL. CLEAN,GOOD COLOR AND GRAPHICS. SLIGHT WEAR FROM AGE AND STORAGE.
WILLYS MOTORS AUSTRALIA PTY. LIMITED
4 PAGE FOLDOUT
BROCHURE CONTAINS SPECIFICATIONS, DIFFERENT BODY STYLES, OPTIONS, ETC.”

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San Juan Scenic Jeep Trip Postcard and Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Artists/Drawings, Features

These two items from the San Juan Scenic Jeep Trip business were on eBay, so I snagged them.

This postcards shows a FC Tour Jeep climbing a steep trail.

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This tri-fold brochure is undated. It has some good photos and artwork. These first three images show the front side of the brochure.

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This is the inside of the tri-fold:

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Dec 1969 Jeep Family Brochure from Kaiser Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Maury let me know that scans of a 1969 Jeep family brochure (Form 69-12) was posted to earlycj5.com page. There are three particularly interesting things to me about this brochure. Somehow, I never picked up a copy, so I found one on eBay.

1) The red CJ-5 shown with a couple “racing” it is a rare 462 model, perhaps it’s only appearance in a jeep-family-brochure;
2) the brochure doesn’t mentioned the model in the brochure; and
3) this jeep must have been part of a photo shoot (probably not really racing), because this brochure shows two photos of the same shoot and the 2018/2019 Dispatcher Magazine’s article on the 462 shows a third pic of the same jeep and couple.

Before the brochure, I’ll included the Dispatcher Magazine image:

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Here is the full brochure as posted by Dave from the earlycj5.com website:

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