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1946 Vintage Engine Marine Conversion Kit Catalog on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Engine, Features

This unusual and rare booklet from 1946 offered marine-conversion kits from the Osco Motors Corp out of Philadelphia for standard engines from several manufacturers, including Willys-Overland. The were called “Convo-Kits”.

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“Vintage 1946 Booklet * Convo-Kits For Marine Conversion Of Ford And Jeep Motors .
Vintage Booklet – Has Lots Of Wear But Complete – From Osco Motors Corp. Philadelphia PA.
Measures App. 9 X 6 – 14 Pages .
Loc. A-39.”

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Year? CJ-3A? Laurel, MT $3500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, Features, Unusual • TAGS: , , , .

Jerry’s father is selling this jeep he found in Wyoming (contact Jerry via FB — https://www.facebook.com/groups/18657808157/permalink/10160120357838158).

Jerry was told this was one of about a hundred that were built by an unknown company. I looked through my archives, but could not find anything exactly like this one. Anyone ever seen one like this?

For all the work that was done to create it, it seems possible that more were made. Jerry indicates that the body is galvanized. The entire top is custom, along with the fenders, and it looks like the work is reasonably good. The doors are suicide doors. The hood looks like an original part. The cowl and dash may be original, but the dash has been modified. The fan shroud is galvanized with an old electric fan.

If forced to guess, I’d say if several hundred were built, that they were older jeeps that were stripped and rebuilt. If all like this one, they were designed for colder and wetter climates (permanent hood, perm dash, and a perm heater blower), so I could imagine these would have been constructed out of Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, or Northern Idaho.

Another theory is that if several hundred built, maybe they weren’t all built the same? Maybe some were more custom than others or more creative than others? That might explain some of the odd designs that we’ve seen over the years out of the northern Intermountain West? My assumption had been these were all home built, but perhaps not?

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Ann’s Heading East …

• CATEGORIES: Features

Ann and her son Daniel will be traveling to NY, Philly, and DC over the next two weeks, so I will be juggling animals, chores, and managing the completion of 200′ of new walkways. I suspect she will be having much more fun than I! This may also affect updates …

The purpose of the walkways is 1) to reduce the dirt tracked into the bunkhouse, 2) to better marry the bunkhouse and the rest of the buildings together, 3) to make an access path for mowers/UTV from the west of the buildings to the east and 4) to prep the area for the new barn. With the pathways in place, we can then finish up the landscaping of the bunkhouse.

Before the walkways:

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Levels found and walkways dug. Forms, gravel bed, and cement to come this weekend.

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This coming Saturday, the forms will be layed, rebar positioned, and concrete poured.

On the jeep front, we have decided that the next project will be setting up our corral system. Once that is done, we plan to set aside other property project updates in favor of me working on Biscuit and/or the race jeep starting roughly in early November.

 
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Willys Makes Sense Dealership Banner on eBay $499

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This Willys Makes Sense banner from 1950 was used to promote the Willys Makes Sense campaign that was part of Willys-Overland’s marketing shift toward “Willys” as an overarching brand, away from the use of “jeep”. It is listed on eBay for $499.

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Four Wheel Drive Club of Fresno Vest on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

This California Four Wheel Drive Club of Fresno’s roots date back to 1953. It’s unclear what size this is.

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“Vintage Four Wheel Drive Club Of Fresno Vest, Green. 8 Vintage Patches. 79-83..”

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Drifters Jeep Club Jacket on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

UPDATE: Here is another Drifters Jeep Club jacket for sale on eBay, this time for $60. The name on this one is “Crash”. It is a Large.

The San Gabriel Valley area Drifters Jeep Club still exists. 

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This jacket sold in 2019/2020. It was priced at $199, but when I clicked on the “watch” button I received an offer of $175 from the seller.

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The Qualls’ Roadtrip Part II

• CATEGORIES: Features

(<– See pics from the westward trip here, Part I)

A few days ago, the intrepid Team Qualls reached the western destination: Ventura, California. This pic celebrates that achievement:

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Wasting no time, they turned north along Highway 1, a magnificent coastal drive I’ve had the pleasure of making several times, but never in a topless jeep!

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It appears Randy and Carson kept driving north until they crossed over the Golden Gate Bridge. There, they discovered first hand the thick summer fog that often inundates the central coast, turning the weather from warm to near-frigid and the views from beautiful to a grayish-soupy-fog (where I lived in Aptos, California, from 2003-2006, the afternoon fog arrival was a near daily summer event).

Eventually, the pair turned east towards Yosemite National Park. Here are a few pics:
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Cutlas Bulldog(?) Hubs Wickenburg, AZ $125

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

These hubs look similar to Cutlas Bulldog hubs, but the design of the mid-section sides just below the “knob” is shaped slightly different (larger side scallops) than the image on the Bulldog brochure. Given the two section design, I will guess that these were a transition hub from the Cutlas Model 100-2 conical design to the later Bulldog hub design? Anyone have insights on these? I don’t have a brochure for these.

https://phoenix.craigslist.org/wvl/pts/d/wickenburg-jeep-willys-vintage-hubs/7538323367.html

“Cutlas lock hubs, 10 spline for old jeeps and scouts. May trade for ammunition or towards firearms. No reloads!”

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Bulldog example:

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Here is another example in my archives. I also labeled these, perhaps incorrectly, “Bulldog” hubs:

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I just discovered this set of Cutlas hubs for Chevys on eBay. They look like Bulldog hubs, but have no scallops at all along the mid section’s side:
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Roger’s Remembrance Ride In Georgia

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

2022-09-30-roger-martin-ga-pics2-loresIn case you hadn’t heard, Roger Martin’s father Jim ‘Pee Wee’ Martin passed away recently. He was one of the “Toccoa Originals”, one of the folks that was there when Camp Toccoa in Georgia first opened.

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Roger Martin at his father’s funeral

To honor his father, Roger drove up Mt. Currahee in a 1942 GPW loaned to Roger by his friend Paul Grice. The mountain road is 2.5 miles and climbs 850 feet. Roger was accompanied on the trip by two daughters, two nieces, and a few other family members. They all enjoyed the beautiful views!

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Of course, Jim was one of several members of the 101st Airborne that were portrayed in the HBO series, The Band of Brothers. According to Roger, the series transformed Jim’s life. Here is unique look at Damien Winters and Jim sharing stories about making the series along with some of Jim’s experiences.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynzOAqTZFUE

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Huge Truck Auction Oct 26th & 27th Sidney, NE

• CATEGORIES: Auctions, Features

UPDATE: A reader noted that the auction site had updated it’s photos with some jeep photos. Here are some of the jeeps that will be auctioned:

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Original Post: Roger Martin shared this truck auctions, which is supposed to include at least one jeep (I couldn’t find any pics of said jeep). Lots of neat old trucks.

https://www.farmauction.net/auction/nebraska-truck-hoard/

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UPDATE: Slicer and Corral Panels

• CATEGORIES: Features

UPDATE: Ann’s family descended upon our place this past weekend. We are only catching up with everything now. The property worked great for the family event and should work great for a jeep event, once we get one organized. 

Earlier this week, we managed to collect all the corral panels Ann won at the auction, including the 24′-long heavy metal fence (with an added 12′ foot gate). With the help of a tractor bucket, I was able to carry it home on our 18′ trailer (Dave, we’ve put those straps you’ve sent us to good use!). 

While loading the gate, a man came by in a truck to check on us. It turns out, he is the owner of the auction facility (Mr. Booker of Booker auctions). He asked where we lived and we said Prosser. Given he’s a long time resident of the Tri-Cities, I jokingly asked if he knew the former owner of our property in Prosser, Merlin Brown, as he was a bit notorious around these parts. Sure enough, somehow Mr. Booker had met Merlin while camping one time. Mr. Booker noted, “I thought I was a pretty good bullshitter, but that Merlin, he was over the top”. 

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Meanwhile, in “slicer” news … I discovered that when I plugged in the slicer, it didn’t work. After dissembling the power box, I found the power lines weren’t attached to anything (see lower left circle and arrow).  Why didn’t they at least cap or cut the ends?

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After some discussions with my uncle, we figured out that the former owner (Walmart) must have disabled/decommissioned before selling it by pulling the wire the power wire between the cord and the board (likely a safety thing). So, after unable to find any schematics online, we made and educated guess and I wired the hot and common wires to the board near that lower arrow on the left. Viola, it now works!

I also discovered one of the foots was an incorrect length (by half an inch see upper right arrow above), making the slicer unstable. It took a while to find at our local ACE store, but I finally found another 4″ metric Phillips bolt to properly adjust the footer to the correct length. 

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Originally Posted Sept 23: 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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1974 ACME Jeep Poster

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I finally found a good price on one of these ACME Jeep posters, so I snagged it. I’ll get a better pic of it when I get a chance. It is 29″ wide x 23″ tall.

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The Qualls’ Cross Country Adventure Part I

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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/ P?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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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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Here is the back fully open:

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Nick’s Garage Works on a 1947 CJ-2A

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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

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