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Pulaski Motors Jeep Dealer Plate Topper and Docs on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features

Cool bit of info, but the price is steep! I especially like the flier.

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“For sale is a vintage Pulaski Highway Motors, Willy’s Jeep Dealer, license plate topper, sales brochures and sales invoices. The topper has great color and graphics. The topper is 9 1/2″ x 3″. The papers are a nice piece of history.”

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Winter and Christmas Time Here

• CATEGORIES: Features

We (as in Ann and her son) managed to get lights up in time to beat the snowstorm which came through a few days ago. She’s done a great job! Tom Cruz approves!

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Outside is frightful!

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1948? Willys Sales and Service Postcards on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Postcards

This may represent all the postcards in this series from what I believe is either 1948 or 1949.

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“THIS AUCTION IS FOR 10 VERY RARE,ORIGINAL EARLY WILLYS JEEP SALES & SERVICE DEALER POSTCARDS, & AN ORIGINAL WILLYS OVERLAND LUBRICATION AGREEMENT BOOKLET FOR THE GLOVE COMPARTMENT

ORIGINAL – NOT A REPRODUCTION.
40’S VINTAGE
10 DEALER SALES AND SERVICE PAPER POSTCARDS.
ALL THE BACK SIDES ARE THE SAME AS PHOTO SHOWS.
THE PHOTO’S SHOW THE 10 DIFFERENT FRONT SIDES WITH THE COLORED GRAPHICS AND ADVERTISING INFORMATION.

AS AN EXTRA ON THIS AUCTION LISTING IS AN ORIGINAL, UNUSED, WILLYS OVERLAND LUBRICATION AGREEMENT
BOOKLET FOR THE VEHICLE GLOVE BOX.”

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1950? Sedan Delivery Postcard on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Postcards

The starting price on this rare oversized (11″x8.5″) postcard from about 1950 is $30.

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“THIS AUCTION IS FOR AN ORIGINAL 11X81/2 INCH WILLYS JEEP SEDAN DELIVERY WAGON DEALER SALES POSTCARD
ORIGINAL – NOT A REPRODUCTION.
40’S VINTAGE
FEATURES THE NEW WILLYS JEEP MODEL SEDAN DELIVERY WAGON
GOOD COLOR AND GRAPHICS. HEAVY PAPER STOCK MATERIAL. VERY GOOD CONDITION
A RARE AND ORIGINAL PIECE OF WILLYS JEEP SALES LITERATURE”

 
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Nice CJ-2A (or CJGA) Story From the Pocahontas Times (WV)

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

I found this nice story on Facebook about a CJ-2A, but I no longer have the link to the post. The article writer, Suzanne Stewart, has accidentally invented a new model of jeep, the C2GA.

https://pocahontastimes.com/old-jeep-holds-many-memories/

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PHOTO CREDIT: Bill Hevener, via the Pocahontas Times.

 
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2023 Open House Near 2023 MPVA Convention in Iowa

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features
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One of T15 Weasels and Liberty Auto Restoration. I don’t know if it will be for sale or not. There are other pics and a vid of it being run on Facebook.

Joe in Mesa shared this announcement from Michael Howard about an open house at Liberty Auto Restoration in Elkhart, Iowa,  this coming June. It will be about an hour and a half away from the 2023 MPVA Convention in Des Moines, Iowa. It will be open before and after the convention. Here’s a map showing both the open house location and the MPVA Convention location:

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Map showing the Liberty Auto open house and its distance to the MVPA convention in Des Moines.

Background Information: Liberty Auto Restoration is 88 miles (1hr 21 min drive West) from the Iowa State Fair Grounds where the 2023 MVPA convention will be held. We will be hosting an open house for anyone prior to and/or after the MVPA convention to come to our open house.

Open House Dates: Monday June 12th to Wednesday June 14th and from Sunday June 18th to Monday June 19th from 9:00 AM to 4PM. We will be closed during the MVPA convention from June 15th to June 17th.

Location: Liberty Auto Restoration is located at 2008 High St., Elk Horn, IA 51531
We will have free hamburgers/hot dogs around noon of each day of our open house.

Parts for sale: We will be selling off a large portion of our inventory which includes
-WWII/Korean Era Jeep parts
-WWII Weasel parts
-WWII T15 and M7 parts
– Misc Military Parts from WWII to Vietnam era.

Vehicles for sale: We are also selling several of our vehicles which include but not limited to:
M38A1 jeeps
M43 Ambulance
M29 Weasels with LAR tracks
T15 Weasels
M7 snow tractors with sleds
Hagglund BV206

Large inventory of WWII radios, antennas and parts
Please contact me directly if you have any questions. Best to call me on my cell during the day from 9am to 4pm CST.

Thank-you
Michael W. Howard, Pres, Liberty Auto Restoration, LLC
Cell: 712 249 0839 or mhowardems @ gmail.com (remove spaces from around the @)

 
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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas …

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Glenn shared this photo of a 2nd gen Jeepster Commando being decorated:

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1956 Magazine Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I don’t think I’ve posted this ad. The hard topped DJ-3A didn’t appear all that often in ads.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1746088179111817

“This is an original ad measuring approx 8″ x 11″ and is in excellent condition.”

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1971 Rural Wagon from Brazil Hampden, MA $19,000

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Willys Wagons

This rare Ford-made Rural Wagon from Brazil was shared by Glenn.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/804163030921684

“Runs amazing one of a kind here in America made in Brazil Ford Rural ”

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1954 Kaiser Willys Sales Promoter Bulletins on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

This is the first I’ve seen of these Kaiser Willys Sales Promotor bulletins, though it is unclear how many bulletins are provided. The ebay ad includes pics of the cover, a foreword, and issues number 1 and number 3. I’ve added additional ones found on the web at the bottom. I don’t think there is a whole lot of jeep info (seems more car oriented), but still interesting.

Apparently, these KW Sales promoters is a carry over from Kaiser Frazier, which also had a similar program. A CD of the KF promoters can be found here: http://circlekf.com/KFNut/forsale/sp.html

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“Kaiser Willys Sales Promoter Bulletins. From a closed down dealer, here is a book of sales bulletins for Willys and Kaiser Sales people.”

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Other Sales promoters (examples 1, 2, 3, 4, and 8) found on the web here: https://www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au/brochures_1954_kaiser

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Brook Stevens’ Command Cars

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Here’s an additional photo. It was posted to the Toledo Region History and Memorabilia Facebook Page by Nelson Shaffer, who found the photo at the UAW Local 12 Office in Toledo.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1026729948030025/

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Originally posted April 10, 2019: During WWII Brook Stevens developed a couple different Command Car concepts. All the pics of these can be seen at the Milwaukee Art Museum’s site.

1. The first one is a 6×6 vehicle. It was made into an actual vehicle. I don’t know what happened to it. I’m pretty sure I have a press photo fo this vehicle somewhere, but I can’t seem to find it. This very well could be on the same platform as other 6x6s of the era.

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M-274 Mule Model @ UAW Local 12 Office

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

These two photos of the M-274 Mule were posted to the Toledo Region History and Memorabilia Facebook Page by Nelson Shaffer, who found the photo at the UAW Local 12 Office in Toledo. I’m not sure why this has a placard for the 1/4 and 1 ton trailers on it?

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Al-Toy Collection Articles

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

These two Toledo Blade articles, one from 1991 and the other from an unknown time, discuss Al-toys and their upcoming sales. If anyone has a truck, wagon, Jeepster, or fire jeep Al-Toy they are considering selling, let me know!

This article shows Jim Cook’s collection, which includes two different fire engine Al-Toys.
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Video of 1942 SAS Airfield Raid

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Mike shared this video from Mark Felton about the SAS.

 
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3-Lever (OD + TC Levers) Transfercase setup

• CATEGORIES: Features, OD Saturn/Warn, Transfer Cases

Mike shared a photo of this shifter combo on Facebook he bought the other day. It’s a neatly done customization of the transfercase levers combined with an overdrive lever.

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1949 Modified CJ-3A Lincolnton, NC $10,500

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual • TAGS: , .

UPDATE II: This has been painted red and is being resold.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/837017479769475

“1949 Cj3a fire truck one of a kind built by factory for fire protection then used by ambulance service runs and drives some work done $10500”

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Transportation Parts Co. “Seal Test” Hubs

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UPDATE: More on Transportation Parts Company thanks to Barney Goodwin of Barney’s Jeep Parts.

Barney wrote, “I hope this helps for your question on Transportation Parts Co.  I put together a little display. Those of us in business who have older inventories have Transportation boxes peeking out at us on the shelves. Shown below are several vintage items from our inventory including a whole tray of gauges.

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The name SEAL TEST® is owned today by someone in Europe who produces quality parts supplying to dealers. An example is the shiny box to the right behind the tray.

In our library we have several of their catalogues and can be valuable quick references which are very accurate compared to some today. Inside the catalogue shown in the back of the display and which I’ve put in a ring binder for frequent use, I have copied the introduction which gives a good, brief history of the company in their own words.

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Original Post November 27, 2022: This photo was posted to Facebook by Quinton. These private-labeled “Seal Test” Dualmatic lever-style hubs were sold out of the Transportation Parts Co, a jeep parts reseller out of Huntington, New York.

I’m sure someone knows more about Transportation Parts (or even dealt with them in the past).

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Hobby Lobby Toy Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

John let me know that there is another Hobby Lobby toy jeep. Made of metal, it is 10.5″ long, about 4″ wide and long, which is a pretty good size, and currently half price at $12.99. The grille is a little different, probably to avoid trademark issues. It is reminiscent of the Italian Campagnola: http://www.ewillys.com/tag/campagnola/

https://www.hobbylobby.com/Home-Decor-Frames/Decor-Pillows/Accent-Pieces/Military-Jeep/p/80987819

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1973 Tour Jeep Ouray Postcard

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards • TAGS: .

I hadn’t documented this Tour Jeep postcard, so I snagged this off of eBay.

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Three Koenig Model 330 Hardtops Asheville, NC $1200

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts • TAGS: .

Rob’s selling these three hardtops. All fit CJ-2As. One hardtop includes rare vertical doors. The ad is on FB, but you can contact him via email at rob @ humblerootslandscaping.com (remove spaces around the @).

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1580466258809022/permalink/2096085677247075

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“I have three complete Koenig Model 330 steel full hard tops for sale. They all fit CJ2A’s. Normal wear and tear for 70+ yr old Jeep tops. Only rust through are minimal spots on a couple of the sections that bolt to the tub. Two exterior door handles missing. All interior window mechanisms complete and present. The black top has rare rear ambulance doors.
Buyer could piece together a fantastic top simply by mixing and matching panels from each top or with even a hint of metal working skill could easily restore all three tops and sell for a healthy profit.
Would like to sell all three as a package deal. Buyer must collect but can help with loading. Please note the tops are just tacked together and on uneven ground for display purposes only.
$1,200 cash. Price is firm. Located in Asheville, NC.”

 
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Ford GP Found in a Junk Yard

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features

Bill shared this video of a Ford GP that was found in a junk yard (The Jeep was found there, not the video). A bit too much patina for my taste.

 
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Happy Thanksgiving!

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

UPDATE: Other than checking emails and comments, I will likely be away from the site until Sunday. Everyone enjoy your Thanksgiving!

Here’s a republished post form 2018:

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2018: Roberto Flores

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

If you’d like a nice story to read this Thanksgiving, you can try an article about Durwood J. Smith. The story contains both a jeep and a Thanksgiving memory on the Western Front (see Durwood’s pic below) … do you know how hard that combo is to find?? If not for Roberto Flores, we wouldn’t even have art depicting jeeps and turkeys together!!

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PHOTO CREDIT: Charleen Smith-Riedel and Smithsonia Magazine

 
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March 1959 Willys-Overland Export Gala Plan Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I won this rare early (first) Gala Brochure off of eBay. It is Form H1-3-59. The marketing document appears aimed at resorts and other tourist businesses. Interestingly, it appears conceptual in scope and doesn’t show any of the actual models available, other than what Las Brisas had done with DJ-3As. Note that on the back page it encourages interested parties to write to “Gala Plan, Willys Export Corp., Toledo 1, Ohio, U.S.A.”

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Perkins Diesel Conversion Packs Brochure on eBay

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

This one page brochure (I’m assuming there is info on the back?) is one I haven’t seen. If it weren’t for the UK postage, I’d grab it.

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“AN ORIGINAL PIECE OF AGRICULTURAL SALES LITERATURE
SINGLE SHEET SALES LITERATURE
IN GOOD CONDITION – HOLE PUNCHED AND HAS BEEN NIBBLED ALONG THE TOP EGDE – SEE THE SCAN”

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Baraboo Circus Jeep Train Postcard on eBay

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UPDATE: There’s another Baraboo Postcard on eBay.

(08/04/2014) This CJ-5 used to ferry visitors around Baraboo. I visited Barboo about two decades ago, but never saw it. It must have already been gone.

http://www.circusworldbaraboo.org/our-treasures/history-of-circus-world/

This jeep and tram toured through Baraboo, pointing out various circus sites, including final resting spots in Walnut Hill Cemetery.

This jeep and tram toured through Baraboo, pointing out various circus sites, including final resting spots in Walnut Hill Cemetery.