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Ventura Manufacturing’s Harrow Brochures

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

These two two-page brochures from the Venture Manufacturing and Implement Company appeared in an early Willys-Overland Equipment Book. One advertises a “spiketooth” harrow, while the other advertises a “springtooth” harrow.

The Springtooth Harrow:
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The Spiketooth Harrow:

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Pics From the 2019 FC Jamboree

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

Dan Devries’ FC Jamboree is happening this weekend in Lake Mills, Iowa. Here are some pics from Dan along with some pics from Dave.

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JeepRod Pull Wagon Ride-on Toy Rosco, IL $389

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

This unusual build appears to be a kids’ ride-on toy.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/347361319295335/

“This is one bad to the Bone custom built pull wagons built by the one and only radio flyer wagon “Pete”. This is a must see!! Unbelievable build by Pete”

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Unusual Rear Extension on a CJ-2A

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: , .

This photo appeared on Facebook. The rear bed extension is either a one-off customization or a dealer-related modification. Either way, I’ve not seen another one of these.

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The photo was take of Joe Smith by his son Albert Smith, Sr. It was posted to FB by Douglas Elliott.

It reminded me that these two unusual, extended 2As were also from Seattle (taken at Arthur Warn’s service station. I’ve never seen another like this or the one at the top.

 
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The WWII Jeep’s Engineering Flaw

• CATEGORIES: Features

David Tracy writes about the engineering flaw that makes the WWII jeep dangerous, taking a close look about how that happens. The article’s title (The Legendary World War II Jeep Had a Dangerous Engineering Flaw) seems a bit hyperbolic, but, as usual, his article is good.

https://jalopnik.com/the-legendary-world-war-ii-jeep-had-a-dangerous-enginee-1797186236

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The Rat Patrol – Iron Monster Book **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

Sounds like it is a fictional book based on the Rat Patrol. It is 210 pages.

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“THE RAT PATROL – THE IRON MONSTER RAID 1968 TV PROGRAM RAT PATROL

210 PAGES HARD COVER GOOD CONDITION, YELLOWED PAGES

REFERENCE THE TV PROGRAM “RAT PATROL” KIND OF STORY ABOUT COMBAT ACTION FICTION USING WW2 WWII WILLYS FORD JEEPS MB GPW IN DESERT RAIDS.”

 
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Photo of Giant? Man Next to Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Given the signature on the back and the size and fancy dress of this gentleman, it appears this guy may have been someone famous, at least in Mexico? He also looks like he is REALLY tall.

View all the information on eBay

“Mexico Man in Sombrero Hat with Jeep Car Real Photo Vintage Postcard ”

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A Slat Grille Rebuild

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features
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Kees’ nearly restored Slat Grille MB.

There was some debate on G503 back in 2016 about whether a modified jeep for sale was a slat grille MB or not. After seeing the jeep for sale in October of 2016 on eWillys, Kees took a chance that it was a slat grille and bought it.

He had it shipped to Rotterdam, only to learn it was in worse shape than he’d hoped. What happened next was several years of hard work to bring it back into drivable condition. Here’s his story:

Hi Jeepers,

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In October 2016, I bought a Jeep that I saw for sale on Ewillys. I had hoped it the Slat Grille I had been seeking, but was it really a Slat Grille?? A lot of folks on G503 were not convinced. Nonetheless, I took the risk.

When it arrived in Rotterdam I was shocked. It was in VERY bad shape. The body was covered in a layer of bondo, up to one inch in places. The sidepanels were almost gone. The gas tank was a drum bolted onto the cargo bed and the body was bolted to the frame with pieces of scrapmetal. There was a giant dent in the dashboard and the front of the jeep was a mess, replaced by bubba modifications. No effort had been made to clean the jeep, so it was covered with rust and dirt.

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Did I feel lucky? Not at all. But, it’s not like I could send it back! So, I started forward, one step at a time.

The first thing I did was bring it to our version of the DMV for inspection. The VIN in the title was 11358, but we could not find it on the frame. Fortunately, we did find a body number of 15160. With those two ID numbers the department did some investigation with their American collegues and found out the VIN is 111358. That was great, because they were able to determine that it was an original Slat.

Once that was settled, I sent a lot of detailed photos to an friend who is an expert on Slats. It was from him I learned I had a lot of rare Slat details like axles, body, frame and some engine parts.

The first year was no fun at all. None. Zip. Nada.

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I spent month after month cleaning, sandblasting and torching bondo. Yet, under all that bondo, I found perfectly good, shiny metal in some places.
When the body was clean I brought it to a welding expert, a pensionado who liked to keep busy welding. Thankfully, he was not expensive because it took him many weeks to reshape the complete body. The only replacement he did where the 2 side panels and the fuel tank container. He was able to restore all the other parts. In the meantime I was busy cleaning the frame. Continue reading

 
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Photo of Bantam BRC-60 on Raft on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Great photo of a Bantam BRC-60 powering a raft.

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“1941 Press Photo Lt Col JA Considine & soldier in jeep at Ft Oglethorpe, Ga. Photo measures 9 x 7 inches. Photo is dated 1-24-1941.”

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The Dowden Potato Digger Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This potato digger was featured in a late 1940s Special Equipment booklet. Probably not many of these left.

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The Story of The Legend

• CATEGORIES: Features

Blaine shared Jeep’s take on the history of the jeep. Of course, the company continues to ignore the importance of Bantam and Ford’s role in the origination of the jeep. One of the odd decisions was to select a photo of a 5 lug DJ-3A as representative of the DJ-3A. The history does include a mention of the DJ-5s and CJ-6s, so that’s good to see.

Also, a blurb about the CJ-6 claims the running gear was heavier duty, but as far as I know, the CJ-6 used the Dana 27 and Dana 44. Am I correct on that?

https://www.jeep.com/history.html

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Fall Willys Jeep Reunion This Weekend

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

The Fall Willys Jeep Reunion will be this weekend. There’s a good story in the Fulton Sun about the upcoming 24th Annual event.

http://www.fultonsun.com/news/local/story/2019/sep/07/willys-jeep-reunion-returns-auto-world-museum/794071/

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Bill Barriere’s 1978 Pan American Trip

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

UPDATE II: There’s an additional photo of Bill on eBay, this time with him on top of the jeep.

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Original Post January of 2019 …. UPDATE: I discovered another photo of Bill Barriere and his jeep on eBay (see below). That find sent me once again on the pursuit of the question, “What happened to Bill Barriere’s jeep trip?”. It turns out, he didn’t make it very far. During the early portion of his trip, he crashed into a bridge in the Yukon, which left him with a $7000 repair bill and $1700 tow bill (Yukon to Fairbanks). He decided to abandon the trip idea and, instead, become a mercenary fighter in Nicaragua (and drive his jeep there). Maybe some day I’ll figure out how his life as a mercenary fighter panned out. 

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“1978 Press Photo William Barriere wipes down Jeep in California. This is an original press photo. California – William Barriere will attempt to drive solo from the Arctic Ocean to the Antarctic Ocean. Photo measures 7 x 10.25inches. Photo is dated 11-25-1978.”

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This is a January 4, 1979, article from the Palm Spring’s Desert Sun newspaper that explains why he cancelled his trip.

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Jeeps in the Detroit Salt Mines

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles • TAGS: .

I saw a reference to jeeps in Detroit’s salt mines on Facebook. After a some research, I found a few more images. The salt is used exclusively as road de-icer.

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https://ephemeraldetroit.blogspot.com/2015/06/salt-city-beneath-detroit-booklet-1971.html

 
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Popular Science: Alaska Fire Jeeps & M-170

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

The May 1953 issue of Popular Science including the following 2 jeep-related short blurbs:

Cold Alaska has so much warm water (from volcanic springs) that 17 new Jeep fire engines being sent there for civil-defense duty are equipped with special “heat exchangers.” They’ll cool the water sprayed on fires — cold water put out fires faster.

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The same issue also includes an unrelated mention of the new M-170:

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1952 CJ-3A Smoker/BBQ Standwood, WA $1500

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

For $1500 you can buy a pretty good smoker and a bbq.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/for/d/stanwood-1952-willys-jeep-bbq-smoker/6973556244.html

“1952 Willy’s Jeep BBQ/Smoker. This smoker is tow-able and works great. Has built in fold down table in back with storage in cab area. We’ve used it for many years.

$1500 obo or trades (dirt bikes or boat)”

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Early Willys-Overland Canvas Top Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This early brochure promoted the canvas top.

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Time for a Biscuit

• CATEGORIES: Biscuit, Features

As I may have mentioned, I’m in Renton for the next week at my mom’s place while she’s away. As part of rearranging the garage, I’ve finally pulled Biscuit out of his corner.  My goal is to have him running by February, in part because my mom plans on moving!

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FC Jamboree Sept 13-14 2019

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

Just one update tonight.

Dan Devires plans to hold his FC Jamboree again this year on September 13-14 in Lake Mills, Iowa. It should be a great time! I wish I could be there; instead I’m cleaning out my mother’s basement for the next few days.

http://thefcconnection.com/3rd_annual_fc_jamboree.htm

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1942 PhotoS of Soldiers, Jeeps, and a C-46 on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE: The photo at the bottom was put on eBay in 2014. Another photo from that same event (same date on the credit and same plane) was recently put on eBay. 

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“1942 Press Photo Army Jeep Moves up Ramp of Army’s Curtiss Commando Transport. This is an original press photo.

Designed to accommodate men and equipment Buffalo, New York – A. U.S. Army scout car or “jeep” is shown moving up the ramp preliminary to entering the unusually wide doors of the new, giant, 25-ton Curtiss Commando (C-46) military transport, the world’s largest twin-engined airliner, during tests by Curtiss-Wright Corporation to determine how quickly mobile equipment including field artillery, tractors and aircraft engines may be rushed to critical points in widely scattered battle zones of the United Nations.

After the mobile units are loaded, fully-equipped troops pour into the plane to occupy lightweight folding seats along the walls of the fuselage. The giant “troopship of the sky” is being produced in large numbers for the U.S. Army Air Forces. Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 07-30-1942.”

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Original Published January 2014:  The rear jeep is a GPW.

“1942- Long column of U.S. soldiers & jeeps boarding new Curtiss-Commando C-46 transport during test by Curtiss-Wright Corp. in Buffalo, NY.”

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Newgren Porto-Mill Feed Grinder Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I published the green version of these (seen below) of this brochure, but not the red/black/white version. This red version really pops.

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1944 Photo Henry Larsen Talks to Alexander Vandegrift on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This might interest someone.

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“1944 Press Photo Henry L Larsen talks to Alexander A Vandegrift in jeep, NC. This is an original press photo. Vandegrift, Alexander A. (Lieutenant General). Lieutenant General Alexander A. Vandegrift, Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, recently made a four-day inspection tour of the Marine Corps training base at Camp Lejeune, New River, North Carolina. It was his first visit since he became commandant and the first trip back there since he left it in the Spring of 1942 to lead the Marine assault forces that drove the Japanese out of the Solomon Islands.

Lieutenant General Alexander A. Vandegrift (front seat of Jeep), listens to Major General Henry L. Larsen (right), describe a re-enforced rifle company’s field problem on a musketry range Camp Lejeune, New River, North Carolina, during his inspection tour. General Larsen, Commanding General of Camp Lejeune, and Colonel William N. McKelvy (rear seat), of Washington, District of Columbia, Commanding Officer of the Instructors’ Group, Replacement Battalions, accompanied General Vandegrift during the field problem. Photo measures 10 x 8.25 inches. Photo is dated 3-2-1944. “

 
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BCA Film Services, Jeeps and More

• CATEGORIES: Features

Need military items for a film shoot? Are you near Toronto? Look no further than BCA Film Services, a company spotted by Gary that provides military set dressings, props, and vehicles.

https://bcafilmservices.com

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Farm Jeep Bio on Me

• CATEGORIES: Features, Website

Barry Thomas and his son Evan have been working hard to expand Farmjeep.com, a resource for early farm implements and other jeep information. As they note in the “about us” section, they are a “father and son documenting that we don’t know what we are doing since 2002” … I can relate to that as well.

If you haven’t been there in a while (or never), check it out, as the father and son duo have rebuilt the earlier site into a larger one with lots of information. The jeep lift research area is especially valuable. You can even learn a little bit about me, as Barry generously asked me to contribute a short bio for the site.

Visit farmjeep here: https://www.farmjeep.com

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Bernd’s Bad Day at the Gas Pump

• CATEGORIES: Features

Some days you wish you could do over. Bernd had one of those days recently. His goal was to transport a ride-on lawyer mower to the Austrian workshop to repair an oil leak.  After loading the lawnmower, he discovered his CJ-5 needed gas, so he drove to the local gas station and put in about a half tank, then proceeded on his way.

Soon, his jeep wasn’t quite running correctly. Remembering he still had his receipt from the gas station, he pulled it out only to discover that he filled up with diesel instead of standard gas.

So, Bernd sent the CJ-5 to a ‘spa’ for some cleaning and reinvigorating. We hope it recovers soon!

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