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The Qualls’ Cross Country Adventure

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Randy Qualls is on the left and Carson on the right. Here, they are just entering Arizona.

Randy and his son Carson are currently part way through a cross country trip in two flat fenders. Their journey began a few days ago in Jacksonville, Florida. Their western destination is Ventura, California. From there, they plan to drive back, heading slightly farther north through Utah and Colorado, before angling back south towards Florida. They’ve been documenting their trip on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100085873092539

Here are a few pics.

This is a map of their route. They are currently in Arizona driving west along the yellow line.

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From Florida, they drove to Alabama, but had a few mechanical issues at one point.

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Then on to Mississippi:

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They got caught up in some rain, but that didn’t stop them:

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Soon, they were in Arkansas (cool stickers ;-)):

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Eventually they hit Texas (and likely had good weather from there):

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They’ve are equipped to camp at night:

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Jeep Station Sedan Model

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

This rare Jeep Station Sedan model came from eBay. This seems to be a pretty rare item (I’ve never seen another one). Given the Station Sedan was produced in 1948, I imagine the model is from that year as well.

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As a reminder, here’s the color scheme for the Jeep Station Sedan:

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Kubota V2203 Engines Battle Ground, WA $2200

• CATEGORIES: Engine, Features • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(12/04/2020) At the bottom you can see a video of a Kubota V2203 from a refrigeration unit installed in a flattie. You can learn more about this swap at overlanddiesel.com.

https://portland.craigslist.org/clk/pts/d/battle-ground-kubota-v2203-d1105/7535174056.html

“Engine will be strapped to a pallet.
These engines are easily swapped into Jeep’s, bobcats, or even used for standby generators. Perfect for projects

I can send a video of the engine running or you can come check it out.
Contact with any questions you might have.
These V2203 engines can be swapped in place of older V1902, V1903, V1702, V1703 models.
D1105 will include an inline electric fuel pump

All you need to run these are fuel and a battery. Fully mechanical. Fuel solenoid can be removed and blocked off, or you can wire into ignition power. All engines have a manual shutdown lever on the fuel rack.

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If you are unsure if this model will be a direct swap, message me and I will let you know if it will work for your application. Engines are sold “as is” with no warranty.

Conversion kit links;
https://www.overlanddiesel.com/

https://kubotaswappers.myshopify.com/”

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Here’s the video of a used Kubota engine installed in a a flattie that I mentioned:

 

 
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No Updates This Weekend

• CATEGORIES: Features

Ann’s family will be here this weekend, so the next updates will likely be Monday. So, we’ve been busily tidying up the property, inside and out. However, we did sneak away on Thursday to pickup some items Ann won at a local auction.

The principal purpose was to buy some corral panels (we couldn’t justify buying new ones at $200+ per panel), scoring about 200 feet of 12′ long panels at a great price. But, she also spotted a meat slicer for sale at the auction.

Ever since working at restaurants, I’ve always wanted a quality slicer, but it’s hard to justify the purchase. So, Ann surprised me by winning an auction for a Bizerba GSP HD 13″ slicer! Plus, it came with a stainless steel cart. Priced new (to my surprise) without the cart at between $4k-$7k. Meanwhile, a stainless cart goes for a minimum of $1500 all by itself. So, I was pretty shocked that she snagged the slicer plus a cart for less than $600.  I’d say she scored!

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Jan 1950 Salesbuilder

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Finally, another Salesbuilder landed on eBay. This one is from January 1950. One of the interesting things to me was the 12-postcard campaign shown on page 17; I’ve only documented a handful of the postcards.

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1957 FC Brochures

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This 1957 FC-150 Brochure is Form No. CS-4-57. I’m sure most of you have seen this brochure, but I hadn’t documented it. I got it off eBay and it came with an unopened FC-170 brochure Form No. CS 5-57 I.S.B. I’ll think I may have another one of those brochures. I’ll have to check my folders.

This is the front of the brochure:

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This is the back:

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The brochure opens horizontally:
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Then, the brochure opens vertically:1957-04-form-no-cs-4-57-fc150-brochure1-4-lores

Here is the back fully open:

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Nick’s Garage Works on a 1947 CJ-2A

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Nick takes a look at this mostly stock 1947 CJ-2A. Note the unusual location the steering box mod (it does not appear mounted against the frame rail; rather, it is slid towards the passenger side six or more inches. I could only catch a few glimpses of it, such as time stamp 20:01-20:03 (there might be others). An additional cross member was welded between the bumper and the standard cross member, then a support was welded between the new crossmember and the bumper. It’s to that support that the steering box is attached.

 
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Steve Magnante Video: CJ-5, Rollovers, and Other Info

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Mike shared this Steve Magnante CJ-5 video about the later model CJ-5s. The CJ-5 portion starts at the 0:56 mark.

 
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1959 Truck & Wagon Model Comparison Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This ebay brochure find is not one I’ve seen. Form No. 59-17, it details comparisons between jeep models (FC-150s, FC-170s, Wagons and Trucks) and the competition. I’ll update it with the real pics when I receive the brochure.

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Jeeps and Parts @ Estate Sale Victor, MT

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Features, Jeepster, MB, Willys Trucks, Willys Wagons

This estate sale started yesterday. It includes a variety of jeeps and a bunch of tools.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/est/gms/7534866000.html

“Come join us for this incredible sale. Starts 8 am Wednesday, September 21st. Check out the flyer in photos for specific vehicle makes, this sale is a doozy. WILLYS JEEP accumulation, several cabover jeeps and jeep trucks. (4) Ford pickup trucks, (2) 4×4 Kubota tractors, lawn tractor, equipment / implements, machinist / metalworking tools, Miller welders, alongside a whole house of antiques, furniture , clothing, sporting goods, and Books. Address will be released on Facebook and our website closer to the sale. Don’t miss this long standing Bitterroot estate going up for sale, keep up on our Facebook for updated photos.
Wednesday Sept 21st: 8am-6pm
Thursday Sept 22nd: 8am-6pm
Friday Sept 23rd: 8am-6pm 25% off
Saturday Sept 24th: 8 am open, 50% off, liquidation AUCTION @ 12pm noon”

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CJ-5 Koenig Model 555 Half-top Colfax, WI $500

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts • TAGS: .

Tim’s selling this Koenig model 555 half-cab. The doors do not include the window mechanisms. Colfax, Wisconsin is about 60 miles east of Minneapolis, MN. You can contact him by phone at 715 308 3207.

“I recently bought a second halfcab, a Koenig model 555, not realizing that my half-cab does not interchange with it. I have taken the window mechanisms from that cab, but have no use for the rest of it. It weighs almost 300 pounds, and is obviously bulky, even though it is completely disassembled. I can deliver it within reason”

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1957 FC-150 Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Somehow, I’ve never posted this brochure. I’m sure folks are fairly familiar with it. I’d guess it’s one of the first FC-150 brochures produced, so it likely arrived at some point around January of 1957. It is Form No. W-FC1-CS. It measure 8.5″ x 11″ folded and 25.5″ x 22″ when unfolded.

This is the front when folded:

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This is the back when folded:1957-form-no-W-FC1-CS-2

The front unfolds horizontally to show this wide part of the brochure:1957-form-no-W-FC1-CS-3

The brochure unfolds vertically twice. First, these two frames appear:1957-form-no-W-FC1-CS-4

Then another third is folded down to reveal this full view:1957-form-no-W-FC1-CS-5

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David’s Refurbed Knox Trailer

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David recently refurbished his Knox trailer. Not a lot is known about these trailers, so we are still hunting for information on them. Rather than the standard round fenders, David’s came with some angular fenders, which we assumed replaced the stock round fenders.

Note the mural in the background; OKC is FULL of murals! Here are just some: https://www.camelsandchocolate.com/murals-in-oklahoma-city/

He writes, “I found it on Facebook Marketplace in Hot Springs Arkansas. Quite a drive, but it looked in decent shape. I didn’t know what it was, other than a vintage utility trailer. I replaced basically everything…axle, hubs, leaf springs, taillights, wiring, wood floor, etc. I sandblasted and painted the body Apple Red to match my Jeep. Replaced the 14 inch wheels with 16 inch. Sprayed the inside with bedliner.”

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Jeep Shop Parts Sale Oregon City, OR

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts

Blaine let me know about this sale. The business formerly known as R&P has a big sale on parts this weekend (23rd & 24th). And and I visited the place back in 2014 when it was still R&P 4WD Parts. I’d like to check it out, but Ann’s family reunion is this weekend at our place (think chaos ..)!

https://portland.craigslist.org/clc/pts/d/oregon-city-willys-jeep-shop-sale/7535967277.html

https://portland.craigslist.org/clc/pts/d/oregon-city-willys-pickup/7535961156.html

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Steve Magnante Video on the Hurricane Engines

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Mike shared this video from Steve Magnante on the Wilys truck and Hurricane engine history.

 
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1948 Jeep Station Sedan Demonstration Manual

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Documents, Features

I missed out on this 16 page very rare Jeep Station Sedan Demonstration Manual on eBay. I wonder if they produced similar documents for other models. Thankfully, the seller posted photos of each page.

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Photograph of Modified Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This photo of a modified jeep was posted to Facebook last week by Morihisa Ochi on the G503 page. It looks like the custom parts could be taken off pretty easily.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/WWIIG503/permalink/10158379404956046/

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All American Wonder II Painting

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Books, Features

UPDATE: Just to emphasize, this is a recreated version of the original painting.

Thanks to Scott for this link. The sale is for a 22 x 28 inch painting made by an artist named Daves from the original version of this image by Sessions. According to the seller, this painting was used as the cover image for Ray Cowdery’s book All American Wonder II.

https://willysforsale.com/ads/the-original-22×28-inch-painting-cover-of-all-american-wonder-ii/

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“Here is the opportunity to own the original painting that was used for the by now iconic book on WWII jeeps ‘All American Wonder II’ by Ray Cowdery. The book is a ‘bible’ for any WWII jeep enthusiast and/or restorer. The author had this oil painting made by an artist of the name Daves to resemble a WWII Willys advertising by Sessions. It graces the cover of his book, and this painting is the only original in the world. On the back a large rubber stamp of the author and his former address. It looks amazing, the colors are vibrant, there are of course no holes or other damage. It looks amazing even unframed and will become a centerpiece in anyone’s jeep collection.”

 
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CJ-5 Ashtray

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Today I only listed one-third of the jeeps I found for sale (and I didn’t look that hard to find them). There are a lot of jeeps out there for sale right now!

In other news, I finally snagged one of these CJ-5 ashtrays off eBay at a reasonable price.

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Jan 1948 Willys-Overland Sales News

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Here’s another wonderful early Sales News document saved and shared by Jan. Many thanks to him for these early pieces.

The initial article on the Station Sedan provides some additional history about it’s release and it’s position in Willys-Overland history (first six cal sold since 1932).

Page 7 shows a photo from the Paris auto show with a CJ-2A sporting a unique hardtop. Page 8 includes highlights the aluminum and steel hardtops from Worman. Page 10 introduced the City and City campaign and highlights W-O’s impact in the station wagon market. Page 16 has a photo in the lower-left corner that shows what may be a Woodie Top in action.

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Al-Toy Truck on eBay **SOLD**

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This Al-Toy truck sold on eBay yesterday for $565.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/374244008832

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Been a Busy Few Days

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Monday I’ll have a regular update …

We’ve had family in town the last couple of days, so life’s been busy. The past week we also picked up Ann’s new Ford F-350 Lariat Dually, which will allow us to do some heavier towing, such as moving cattle around, pulling a tractor with our tilt trailer, and potentially towing a heavier jeep (more on this next month if everything goes as planned).

We happened to get lucky that Ann was at the Ford dealership testing out front seats on Wednesday when the new Dually was delivered from the factory, only to be declined by the person who had ordered it and put down a downpayment. That was good news for us, as there is an 8-10 month wait on these trucks. Ann loved the comfort of the seats, so that pretty much sold the truck. (We had been looking at a Cherry Red Silverado Dually 3500, which we really liked, but the seats weren’t very comfortable).

Here are just a couple pics:

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This past week I also got this last of-the-big bunkhouse projects completed. The rear of the house wasn’t very good looking. The crawl space access had a wood lid that tilted down towards the house, so water could run into a portion of the crawl space. In the middle is a septic pump that moves waste from the bunkhouse to the septic tank. To the right of that is the crawl space access. In front of both items is an area where the septic pipe from the pump drops into the ground (so needs to be covered.

Perhaps the biggest challenge was using reclaimed, deformed and twisted pressure treated wood to build this. Between cutting down he pieces and using clamps, I was able to straighten the wood enough to make it usable.  Now instead of two different doors for accessing the pump and crawl space there is one larger door.

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Year? ‘Jeep’ News Vol 1. No. 4

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Thanks to Jan, we can have a look at the No. 4 issue of the ‘Jeep’ News. It’s unclear when this was published, but late 1947 seems most likely. The name Russ Borg is printed just above the ‘Jeep’ News name, though the H&R Repair Service out of Lohrville, Iowa, is listed on the back as a place to go for a free demonstration. The only reference I could find to Russ Borg was that he was involved with on in the Warner Brother’s movie studio.

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1947 Jeep News Vol.1 No. 3

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Thanks again to Jan for sharing another early Jeep News magazine. This one is titled Milt. Henry’s ‘Jeep’ News. There is a reference to a jeep bought in early 1947, so my guess is that this was published sometime in mid 1947. The jeep-related company advertised on the back of this issue is Lincoln St. Garage, 7 Lincoln St., West Medway, Massachusetts.

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1958? CJ-3B Australian Brochure

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I am guessing that based on the reference to right-hand driving, and given that jeep manufacturing was introduced in the summer of 1958 in Australia, that this brochure is likely from 1958.

Here is the front of the brochure:

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The is the back when folded:

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The brochure opens horizontally at first:

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Next it opens vertically:

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Finally, it opens to the full page:
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