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Nov. 1941 Article on Jeeps in Libya

This November 22, 1941, article in the New York Daily news about a British strike force in Libya that used some jeeps. The jeep pictured appears to be the original Ford Pygmy.

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Year? Truck Brochure From Australia on eBay $21US

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

The shipping on this is $25US; otherwise, I’d get this rare brochure.

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“Original Willys Jeep 1 Ton Truck brochure”

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1943 Metamet-Modified Flattie UK £10,995

• CATEGORIES: Features, GPW (Ford MB), MB • TAGS: .

Blaine spotted this Metamet-modified jeep that was owned by the Metamet family. This doesn’t seem to match any of the models on the list of models from the Metamet brochures. The split window windshield doesn’t not appear to fold down, the doors look to be of a suicide style, and the top appears to be a soft top. It’s kind of Jeepsterish.

https://www.carandclassic.com/car/C1468062

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“This is actually a 1943 ww2 jeep that has been converted into a 4wd roadster , lots of the original inner bodytub remain, Its running and driving but will need renovating , chassis is superb condition , there are lots of options with this jeep, leave as is, change it a bit or revert it back to a ww2 jeep again, Its the only one made by the Metamet company back in the late 1950s, TAX and MOT exempt, UK registered, this unique ww2 jeep conversion, been stored unused for 40 years, this conversion done by the well known metamet jeep conversion company in the 1950s/ 60s, this model never ended up going into production and this is the only one made despite it being shown in the sales brochure, I have fitted original jeep wheels and personally think it looks better and gives it back a bit of its former DNA but the original wider road wheels and tyres go with it

It was kept by a member of the Metamet family as his private vehicle until he recently passed away , this willys mb jeep was built in 1943 and served in the war , the dvla mot history records show that it left the military service and was registered for road use in 1958, sometime after this date the conversion was done , Its been stored unused for the last 40 years , engine is now running , I have a whatsap of the jeep driving, it will need recommissioning brakes refurbishing, fuel line checking through but the chassis is excellent , exhaust all good, radiator holds water and it starts and drives , the engine is smooth, includes extra fitments like free wheeling hubs, radio, clock, folding front bench seat , sports car type fold down hood, hinged doors, drop down boot, this is the only one of its kind in the world and should really be in a collection or museum , most of the original bodytub remains , It could easily be re bodied back to its former ww2 jeep bodywork with a new reproduction body tub , large leather bound file containing many photos and drawings of the build has since been found and I’m hoping to collect that soon”

 
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Four Willys-Overland Sales and Service Postcards.

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards

I just missed out on these postcards. There were no other bidders when I made a high bid of $31, but apparently someone came in at the last second with a higher bid. Well, they can have them for that price (besides, I already have the “Snug and Warm” card).

Still, these cards are pretty interesting. I would guess based on the Worman hardtops and CJ-2A styling that they are likely from the late 1940s.

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October 1953 Worman Hardtop Brochure

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

UPDATE: I finally found an original of this brochure by Laurel Worman, Inc. I was surprised to see it printed as late as October of 1953. It is an 8.5 x 11 inch brochure that folds out to 17 x 11 inches.

Its primary purpose was likely to promote the new Worman hardtop for the CJ-3B. I’m not sure how many of that style of tops sold, but I sure haven’t seen many. Instead, I’ve always wondered if the design was sold or made for Sears, which promoted a similar “Deluxe top”.  Interestingly, this was more than just a top. The brochure highlights that the top was the result of Worman’s 5-year attempt to turn the CJ-3A into a station wagon type vehicle. Given Worman faded quickly after this brochure was made, it seems the company’s goal wasn’t met. 

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Pedal Jeeps via Mecum Auction in September

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Ed shared the news that there will be some pedal jeeps auctioned by Mecum this September. They are a part of the ELMER’S AUTO & TOY MUSEUM COLLECTION 2022 auction September 14-17 in Fountain City, Wisconsin. I’ve never been, but the pics make it looks like an interesting place. Unfortunately, 2022 is the last year for the museum. Learn more about the museum here.

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Bunkhouse Updates Keeping Me Busy

• CATEGORIES: Features

The past month has kept me busy not with jeeps, but with the “bunk house”. To be fair, our triple digit days made it a bit too hot to be toiling away on a jeep.

After taking over the job of painting the bunk house, I elected to complete a variety of other changes, such as completely rebuilding the deck (mostly using leftover materials), regrading the area under and behind the deck, installing a better drain system for the gutter, and more. There’s still work to be completed, such as building the steps up to the decking, installing a deck-skirt, adding landscaping, pouring a walkway to the shop, and more. But, we’ve made significant progress to date.

We even had our first guests from eWillys. Jack and Lori spent the night on their way to picking up that real nice CJ-3A I listed a couple weeks ago in Zillah. I hadn’t seen Jack since our visit with him in Boise in 2013, so it was great to get caught up. They invited us to stay with them on the east side of Idaho and they will take us up into the mountains jeeping there. We hope to get over there soon!

Below is a before and a to-date photo.

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August 1949 Article on the “Morality Jeep”

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

This article appeared in the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot newspaper on August 08, 1949. The newspaper titled the photo caption “Morality Jeep”, though it’s not clear that the police department ever revered to it as such. It seems a mischaracterization of a patrolman who used a CJ-3A to patrol the beach.

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Willys-Themed Bench Omak, WA $1600

• CATEGORIES: Features

Here’s a different kind of Willys-themed bench.

https://wenatchee.craigslist.org/for/d/omak-willys-jeep-tailgate-bench/7506415863.html

“Custom Willys Tailgate Art Bench… created from recycled, reclaimed and salvaged materials. Was an order for a business that fell through… asking $1600 for this piece of functional art. If you like this sort of artwork please feel free to check out my Facebook page * Salvage Artistry * https://www.facebook.com/upcyclejunkyard/

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March 1963 Jeep News Front Page **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

This is a reprint of the first page of the March 1963 Jeep News. Notably, it discusses the two main reasons behind the change. 1) Kaiser Jeep was meant to identify the company as ‘one of the growing Kaiser “family of industries”‘. 2) It was meant to align the company with the ‘Jeep’ trademark and insure ‘Jeep’ was applied to the entire line of products around the world.

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Color Slide of CJ-2A with Worman half cab on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

This slide shows a CJ-2A from Bayonne, NJ, with a Woman half cab.

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“Bayonne NJ 1948 Willy’s Jeep”

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1954 KW 170X CJ-3B Line of Brochures

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE II: Thanks to Barney for sending this version of the Service Station brochure shown just below. It is exactly the same as the brochure below it, except that this one has a form number of WO-1257 (which almost seems added as an after thought and seems a random number, as I can find no other brochures with numbers near it), where as the other brochure lacks any form number. My guess is that this was a transitional brochure around the time Kaiser was buying Willys Overland assets. T

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Originally published July 4, 2020: 

UPDATE: This redone post now shows the four single-page double-sided tri-fold mailers published by the newly established Kaiser Willys marketing team. The first one, “Facts about the Universal ‘Jeep'”, does not have a form number, but the others do. Much of the content is recycled from mailer to mailer.

This Facts About the Universal ‘Jeep’ For Service Stations mailer lacks a form number. It also lacks the KW stamp that is seen on the others. Finally, it labels the f-head as a 72-horsepower engine, while the other mailers have it marked at 75-horsepower. Given the changes, I’d guess this “Facts” brochure was the first one of the four printed:

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This The ‘Jeep’ Makes its Roads as it Goes! mailer is marked form KW-1702:

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This ‘Jeep’ Transportation for the Oil Industry mailer is marked form KW-1703:

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Chris’ CJ-2A @ Work

• CATEGORIES: Features

Chris put his CJ-2A to work the other day. His extended bed came in very handy for moving parts.

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Wooden Toy Jeep … eBay Find

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models, toys

I couldn’t resist this curious, wooden representation of a jeep. It has some damage, which kind of adds to the oddness. It is about 10″ long, so it’s a good size.

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More Pics from the 2022 Southwest Ohio FC Gathering

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

Thanks to Roger Martin for sharing more pics of his 2022 FC event.

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This is Rogers “new” M-677:

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Saturday @ The Southwest Ohio FC Gathering

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

Roger shared these pics from this morning at the Southwest Ohio FC Gathering.

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1961 Color Slide of Family in M-38 on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

The M-38 pictured in this slide has a Capstan winch. Given the red, it might have been a brush fire jeep at some point. The seller posted this as a 1961 photo.

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1957 FC Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I rarely run across this FC brochure for sale. This time I was able to snag it. It is Form No. M-5-57 ISB.

This is the front of the brochure:

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The top folds up to reveal these two pages:

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The bottom folds down to review this center section:

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1951 Export Corp Universal Jeep Ad

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Given oversize ad is being sold out of the UK, this ad was likely published in a magazine there. Unfortunately, the seller is charging $34 to ship this $3 ad to the states.

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“Jeep Advert 1951 – Willys Overland Export Corporation.
Original paper Advert, size 10.5 x 14 ins, ready for mounting and framing”

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CJ-5-looking Boat

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Jerry shared this CJ-5 Boat combo. It has what appears to be a Florida registration, though Jerry notes it should on the hull.  Anyone know more about it?

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1949 Willys 4WD Wagon Brochures

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: I spotted rarely-seen 4WD Wagon brochure on eBay that has some of the same elements from the brochure at the bottom’s center section.  Note the “Universal Jeep” shown has a Worman hardtop.  There is no date or form number on the brochure:

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Originally published Feb 2, 2021: This August 1949 Willys Wagon brochure was an early brochure dedicated to the newly introduced 4WD wagon. The brochure has a Form No. 4x4SW-C1-2CM-8-49.

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Huntington Pier Jeep Beach Tram

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This 1955 photo of the Huntington Beach Pier / Seal Beach Jeep Tram was posted on Facebook and posted to this forum. I searched for more info and pics about the tram, without success. It looks to be a CJ-2A.

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December 1949 Jeep Truck Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: I snagged this on eBay a few days ago and have updated the previous images I had posted. The brochure is Form No. 4WDT-CM1–215M–12-49.

Here is the first page of the brochure:

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This shows the entire center area:

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Here is the back of the brochure:

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Tom Cruze Update

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Here is a rare moment of harmony. Left to Right: Lizzie, Tom Cruze, Betty Page

John asked how Tom Cruze was doing, so here’s an update.

Once Tom got rehydrated and got some food in him he was most definitely energized! He’s been climbing and exploring the house. The vet said it best, “He’s a feisty one!”

He doesn’t seem to mind that the dogs out weigh him about 10lbs to 1lb; he gives as much as he gets. Lizzy in particular loves to wrestle with him. She is as gentle as she can be (she’s sort of a lunkhead, so she isn’t all that gentle). Still, the two of them seem to enjoy playing.

The dogs are not fans when Tom tries to nurse. That’s about the only time they will growl at him.

They don’t mind napping together (why do we have such monochromatic animals?):
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The girls hovering over Tom is the usual state of affairs:

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Wrestling is another favorite, though mostly it is Tom and Lizzie wrestling (Betty Page mostly just wants to lick him):

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1960? Kaiser – Willys Motor Sale Service Mailer

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I missed out on this sales and service mailer which sold on eBay for $31.77. Rare, yes, but $31.77? It was too much for small mailer.

Given it touts the Maverick show (though the plug is relegated to the back of the brochure), I suspect this is probably from 1960. There is no form identifier.

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