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Old Time Swamp Buggy Racing

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Steve shared these two videos showing swamp buggy racing from the 1950s and swamp buggy racing today. I remember seeing similar videos on the Wide World of Sports back in the late 1970s.

This first video highlights some crazy looking buggies (and no helmeted-drivers):

This video shows some vintage looking jeeps and how slow they go in the swamp (9:46 mark).

 
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September 1955 Service and Parts News

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Page three of this four-page September 1955 issue includes a long article on Warn Hub servicing. Warn determined that 98% of problems folks were having with the hubs was due to users not reading the instructions properly. From our perspective, I think it shows just how new and unusual a selective hub was for consumers.

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2024 Southwest Ohio FC Gathering July 26-28

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UPDATE: Next weekend is the 10th Annual Southwest Ohio Jeep FC Gathering & Swap Meet. If you aren’t attending, but want to order a T-shirt, you can use this link to do that.

https://www.designsnow.biz/product-page/jeep-fc-gathering-tshirt-2024

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If you are interested in attending, contact Roger or Sharon for more info:
Roger and Sharon Martin’s Place
1905 Roxanna New Burlington Road Waynesville, OH 45068
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Tour de France set w/ Jeep on eBay

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This is listed at $130 or best offer. It’s a pretty unusual set, likely from the 1950s.

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“Tour de France set. Bicycle racers, Motorcycle with figurines, Jeep, camera man, driver, assistant. Racer from the time I played (1950s).. with.
Eddy Merckx, Jacque Anquetil, Federico Bahamontes and others. This set is old. From my personal collection.
One of a kind. Plastic racers and metal cars, motorcycle.”

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Oswalds in the Neighborhood

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Will, Sam, Gerald and I.

On Tuesday’s triple-digit afternoon, Gerald and his two kids dropped by for a short visit. Gerald and his son Will, from Pennsylvania, are visiting daughter Samantha, who now lives in Washington State, for the week.  They’ve been exploring some of the state and on Tuesday their travels brought them to our humble home (technically, we never really made it past the shop).

The last time I’d seen the kids was eleven years ago at the 2013 Bantam Festival, and they were pretty young, so I didn’t recognize them at all. But, Gerald still looked the same … I’m not sure he’s even aged!?! Anyway, in 2013, Gerald gave us the grand tour in his CJ-3B of the Cooper Lake campground, a place they had camped for years.

Gerald was an early reader of eWillys (circa 2009 maybe?). As he put it on Tuesday, his online world consisted of The CJ-3B page and eWillys. Outside, of that, he really didn’t want much to do with the internet. His parents were involved in a local jeep club and also raced, so Gerald and I had shared, via email, many stories of growing up in the old jeep world, desert dogs, camping, etc.

While we talked on Tuesday, Will was checking out the racer, so it wasn’t long before I was running him around the property in it. Here’s a quick clip.

Then he climbed in, all smiles, for a chance to drive it. He didn’t go all that fast, but seemed to be enjoying himself.

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The visit was all too short as they needed to make their way back to the Kelso area by nightfall, so we said our goodbyes. Perhaps we’ll see them if we make our way to the Willys Reunion next year.

 
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August 1955 Willys Service and Parts News

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Many thanks to Glenn Byron for sending me a box of documents to share with everyone. Some of the docs, like the one below, are copies made for Glenn by Dave Antram. So, thanks to Dave as well. This is Volume four, Issue number 1.

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Wood Model Jeeps on eBay

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Here are a few oddball wood jeeps that I thought might interest folks.

1. These two jeeps were marked down to $65 as of this writing, but that expired yesterday. I suspect if you made an offer near that amount, the seller might accept.  View all the information on eBay:
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2) This jeep is listed at $25 or best offer. View all the information on eBay:
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1958 CJ-5 w/ Trailer Paris, IL $10,000

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Scott’s selling this unique combo nicknamed “Long Jeep”. The CJ-5 is stretched and includes a trailer for ferrying additional people. Email Scott at scottingrum @ reagan.com (remove spaces around the @) or via his cell at 217 712 0097

“Operation Long Jeep is for sale. It is a 1958 CJ5 stretched with matching Jeep-themed trailer for moving people. The 4 cyl F head runs great. The 4WD works great and there are dual rear wheels. It includes a the framing to install a canvas top on the jeep, but no canvas top is included.”

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1959 Seasons Greetings Calendar for 1960

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This was listed on eBay, but didn’t sell. The form number is DM59-9 and the calendar matches the year 1960 (including that year’s leap year). This can also be made into a mobile.

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“THIS AUCTION IS FOR A COMPLETE, RARE, ORIGINAL , USED, (1955?) WILLYS JEEP SALES/DEALER CALENDAR.

THE CALENDAR CAN BE BUILT INTO A HANGING ORNAMENT OR AS A DAILY DESK CALENDAR. THE CALENDAR ALSO HAS COLORED DRAWINGS OF THE WILLYS CJ5, PICKUP, UTILITY WAGON AND FC-170.

GOOD COLOR AND GRAPHICS. VERY GOOD CONDITION OVERALL. SOME PERFORATION SEAMS ARE LOOSE IN PARTS, BUT CALENDAR IS COMPLETE AND IN ONE PIECE.

MADE FOR THE WHYCO COMPANY, PA.”

 
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Weighing the Race Jeep

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The site/internet was really slow last night, so I only have a handful of updates for today.

2024-07-11-race-jeep-weightIt’s been a few days since I’ve been in the shop working on the FC. Things first came to a stand still when Ann’s cousin and his family to drop by for a visit. We all had a good time. The kids wanted a ride in the race jeep, so I zipped around the property with them, which, by the large smiles on their faces, they seemed to enjoy.

On Wed night we discovered one of our calves (spending the summer at a neighbor’s pasture) had gotten pink eye in the same eye that had it last year. So, we spent Thursday morning prepping our chute and corral, then cowboy’d over all three calves to our pasture. The hurt one got an antiobiotic shot in the chute. We ran the other two through the chute for practice (to their credit, they went through pretty easily).

Ann’s cousins left Thursday following our cattle rustling. After a shower (it’s still hot here, so I’ve been sweating tonsl) and a nap, I spent some more time looking through toy haulers, class A and class C motorhomes. We still haven’t decided how much of a rig we want to get (how much will we really use it, how much do we want to spend on upkeep, what’s the most practical, etc). I also wasn’t quite sure how much our tilt trailer and race jeep weigh together. So, yesterday I decided to get them weighed.

It turns out the race jeep weighs 3140lbs
The tilt trailer weighs 3180lbs (10k GVWR)
The truck weighs 7760lbs

We originally bought the dual axle, heavy duty tilt trailer for the tractor and the zero turn mower. That it could tow the race jeep (or be winched onto the trailer) was a bonus. However, if we had the race jeep on an aluminum dual axle trailer (it looks like they run about 1500lbs or less), our total weight would be 4600lbs, allowing most motorhomes to be able to tow the jeep and trailer without modifications (5000lbs max towing capacity seems fairly common).

Ann’s mother’s 27′ class C Forest River motorhome (Ford 4350 chassis) worked fine for our travels, though it was uncomfortable for me to drive at times due to the short seats. We also never towed anything with it. And, the low quality build elments were beginning to show some wear by the time we sold it. So, I’m not in a rush to get a cheap Class C.

Here’s what we do know … We know that when we go east with the FC Tour Jeep, it will be pulled by our truck, either on the tilt or on the three wheeled trailer that came with it. My guess is that the Tour jeep will prob come in around 4500lbs, so with either trailer, I’d plan on the pair weighing 8000lbs.

Beyond that, we can either get a used Class A (preferably with new tires and upgraded suspension parts at the very least). With it, we’d probably return to making some longer spring and fall trips (we plan to sell the breeding cows and switch to just raising a few summer cows … this will give us more freedom);

OR a Class C (if we can’t find the right Class A), which would likely be a cheaper option and likely having us use it locally for a race event;

OR a Toy Hauler, but one that has a 3500 ramp and cargo capacity, which we could tow with the truck.

We hope to make a decision soon, as I’d like to take the race jeep to summer convention this year.

Decisions, decisions.

 
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1961 Meyer Plow Dealer Brochure & Poster

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This brochure doubled as a dealer poster. When unfolded it measures 22″ x 17″. The brochure is dated 1961, which was several years before the company introduced it’s Orrville produced hardtops.

This is the folded front:

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This is the folded back:

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The brochure opens vertically, revealing this “Sell Power” page.

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The brochure then opens horizontally, revealing this page:

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The brochure opens horizontally one more time:

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1970 Jeep Corp General Products Brochure on eBay

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The Jeep Corporation General Products Division eventually became AM General. This 1970 brochure showcases a variety of vehicles offered, but also included a brief history, including a few diagrams of FJs. However, they mislabeled an FJ-3 as an FJ-3A. Also, it’s nice to see the difference between an FJ-6 and an FJ-6A.

View the whole brochure here (for sale for $99).

Here’s the FJ page, including a closeup:

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Hotchkiss CJ-3B Brochures

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UPDATE II: A big thanks to Graham for sharing this early brochure on the Hotchkiss licensed CJ-3B for the growing Hotchkiss CJ-3B thread.

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UPDATE (Originally posted in Feb 2020): I’ve combined multiple Hotchkiss brochures into one post, along with some better pics.

1. This first brochure might be the earliest? I only have the front page. It was posted to eBay back in 2020:

“A rare original Hotchkiss Willys Jeep brochure undated c1950’s with French text. Brochure is very small format 4pp fold out illus in line drawings, no photos and is in very good condition.”
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2. This Hotchkiss CJ-3B brochure appears to have been made in coordination with the Willys-Overland Export company, as some of the imagery and design is similar. Given the CJ-3B was considered the “New Jeep”, I’d say this brochure must have been published in 1953. Note the engine.

Below is the French version of the brochure, which is on eBay. The one below that is one from my collection.

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3. Now, compare the one above to the one below. As you can see, there are similarities and differences:

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1951? Truck Postcard on eBay

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Based on the grille, I’m guessing this one is from 1951. Is there any other advertising describing the truck as a “Jumbo pick-up”?

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“GOOD COLOR AND GRAPHICS. VERY GOOD CONDITION OVERALL.
THE NAME “HOWARD L. APPLEGATE” IS STAMPED ON IT.
A RARE AND ORIGINAL PIECE OF WILLYS JEEP SALES LITERATURE”

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1945 Photo of Jeeps in Vienna on eBay

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This Signal Corps photo dated November 27, 1945, shows jeeps following the additions of hardtop and likely other winterization changes.

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“PHOTO CAPTION: Jeeps are lined up after the winterizing process at the Stayr plant in Vienna, Austria. 11/27/45.”

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1957? Jeep Parts Postcard on eBay $4.97

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1958ish-jeep-parts-postcard1 1958ish-jeep-parts-postcard2This rarely available postcard popped up on eBay the other day. Given the grilles on the wagon and truck, plus the FC-170 pictured, I’d say this is a late 1957 postcard.

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“ITEM: c1950 Jeep “PARTS” – Original Car Dealer Sales Brochure / Card
DIMENSIONS: About 8 x 5 inches having 1 pages.”

 
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FC Update

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Progress continues on the FC, though if feels at a snails pace at times. I was near done running wires, but then decided to wire the main electric fan the correct way by installing a relay setup. I also decided to install the somewhat vintage Sun tachometer onto the left corner of the dash (in an existing hole), as it would be good to see the RPMs for when the transmission shifts. The brake lines, the speedometer cable, and all the wires from underneath the cab come up through two holes, so that should help clean up the look of the driver’s side.

I looked into solid state blinker setups, but haven’t found one that fits my needs. I may just go with the old school round flashers.

Here’s a pic of the dash. The spaghetti is laid in place to be cleaned up once all the wires are in their respective locations.
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Below is the e-stopp parking brake installed, with the redone gas line just above it. I will be dropping that one high spot in the gas line, but, over all, I think this setup will work just fine. I’ve tried to leave space for the forthcoming mounting bracket for the rear cage & platform.

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This phot shows the installed rear light switch, with the initiating bracket bolted to the shifter bracket. The wiring to/from the brake light still needs to be secured and won’t be laying on the front drive line as pictured! Everything fits well in there.

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Finally, just for kicks, we finally mounted Ann’s sign. It looks great, though I think the “bunkhouse” should probably be renamed the “paint studio”, as Ann mostly uses it to work on her canvas paintings.

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1957? Willys Export Family Model Line

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I snagged this rare 40+ page  brochure off of eBay. I am guessing that this was printed before the FC-170 was introduced in the summer of 1957, because the FC-170 page was a drop in page without a page number.

One aspect of this I found interesting was that the brochure leads off with the CJ-3B, which wasn’t something happening in the US domestic brochures, where the CJ-5 was more likely to be published first. Also, the last page shows an “Authorized Service & Genuine Parks logo I can’t remember seeing on brochures or signs.

Finally, these scans aren’t quite as nice as others I have done. The scanning app I was using was forcing me to begin paying a monthly fee of $10/mo and I wasn’t interested in doing that, so I’ve been experimenting with other scanning apps, but having found anything that thrills me yet.

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1957 Willys Export Service Station Brochure

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I accomplished a good deal of wiring yesterday, with more to do. We got a 7-day heatwave (+100 temps) coming in a couple of days, so I’m going to try to get as much done as I can before the shop is too warm.

I won this service station brochure off of ebay. I’d never seen another one. The folded brochure measures 11″x4.5″, then folds out to 22″x17″. The Form Number is SF-11-57-X.

Here’s the front of the unopened brochure.

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Here is the back:

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The brochure opens vertically first:

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It then opens horizontally:

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Part of the brochure then folds down to reveal this fully opened page: Continue reading

 
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Pike’s Peak Jeep Posse Envelope on eBay

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The current price for this is $19.99. Some nice bit of art. It’s the first I’ve heard of the Pike’s Peak Jeep Posse.

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Auburn FC Truck and Trailer in Box on eBay

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Andy shared this rare still-in-box toy. It is currently sitting at $75.

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“Vintage 1950’s Auburn Truck & Camper  Set With Accessories. New in Box.”

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Unusual DJ-3A Hardtop Modification

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Tim shared this pic on Facebook (not for sale). It shows a jeep with a DJ-3A body and, possibly, a CJ-5 hardtop, both with a custom extension, atop a four wheel drive chassis. He plans to talk to the owner to learn more about it.

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1958 Jeep Race Video from Europe (Belgium)

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UPDATE II: Am busy, so thought I’d rerun this video. All brackets finished for the eBrake and fuel pump. More wires wired. Solenoids purchased and ready to be installed with new wiring plan. Ann *should* be less busy this week, which will give me more time. Hard to believe we are at the half-way point for 2024!!!

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UPDATE from Dec 12, 2020: According to Jordi, this Spanish language news film describes a jeep race in Belgium.

No helmets, no safety equipment … craziness! This video from Europe shows some gutsy folks running WWII jeeps hard through the mud. (if the video embed doesn’t work, go here).

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Wiring Video for Beginners

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I was looking for an answer to a question when this “HotRod | Race Car | Drift Car Wiring for Beginners” video popped up. It seems like a real useful video and it is making me consider adopting a couple of ideas.

For example, currently there is no solenoid within the electrical system (I was just going to redo what was already there). But, the solenoid makes sense (and maybe two make sense), but now I have to figure out where to put the solenoid(s). My current plan would be to put them on the passenger side of the rear inside the dog house. That would be close to the battery and the starter, so I wouldn’t have to run the starter cables such a long distance. Anyway, still thinking through that ….

Also, in the current electrical design, there was no safety switch (meaning to force the FC to only start in Park or Neutral). This seems like a pretty good idea to have. But, my shifter (late 1960s Dodge A100 shifter) doesn’t have one installed. Nor was there anything installed on the TH350 transmission. However, Lokar makes a solution that can be adapted to a TH350 (and other trannys). The limitation of the Lokar is that you can choose to have a safety switch or a reverse light switch, but not both. That got me on a tangent of wondering if I could also add a backup light switch to that setup.

Another idea I had was to build a custom bracket and install a Chev brake light switch on it that would fit in the front of the shifter. So, when the shifter was in Park, the switch would be pushed in, allowing the ignition voltage to pass through. But, it would only be setup to start in Park (maybe that isn’t a big deal). Then, I’d use the Lokar at the transmission to control the reverse lights.

Anyway, check out the video. I thought it was good. (note that the wire he has going from the alternator to the fuse box via a diode goes, on my set up, to the tach … so I don’t think the feedback he experienced would be an issue??).

 
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1960s(?) Australian CJ-6 Brochure on eBay

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This wants about $53 (plus shipping) for this brochure. One edge is rough. It appears the brochure unfolds twice. The two pics below show both sides completely unfolded.

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“1960’s WILLYS CJ-6 Australian Sales Brochure. VERY RARE. Includes Ute Wagon & Soft Top. Very few CJ-6’s were manufactured in Australia ( perhaps 1000 ). Super rare brochure.   Four A4 pages that fold out to poster. Suit Framing.”

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