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1965 Jeep News Volume 11 Number 2

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This eight-page 1965 Jeep News Volume 11 Number 2 begins by announcing the Vigilante V-8 engine. Unmentioned in the news article was the response by recent purchasers of the six cylinder models, which was a unanimous, “Wow, I coulda had a V8!” .. or am I confusing that with another product? Pages 2-7 continue with more V-8 info, along with marketing and dealer info.

Page eight reports on the 1965 Chicago Auto Show. Jeep showcased eleven vehicles, all decked in a prairie gold color with black vinyl interior trim, which got me thinking … what did Willys Motors and Kaiser Jeep do over the years with their specially trimmed auto show vehicles? Looking back to the 1959 Chicago Auto show (Feb 1959 Jeep News), it was reported that all the vehicles at that show had been sold. Moreover, the display featured a full line of “Willys approved special equipment”, but by 1965 note the second largest word that appears on the display wall: “fun“… the word is written in what might be described as a playful font and style. Moreover, it’s hard to see a piece of special equipment (but the pic on page eight doesn’t show the best view; I tried to find some better pics). I’m beginning to wonder it the marketing firm hired in 1964 had something to do with the shift in perspective, from “useful” vehicles to “fun” vehicles. That could explain it.

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Keith Buckley and Bob Westerman Narrates Cutaway Jeep Video

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UPDATE: My apologies for leaving out Bob’s name from this post! Thanks Barry.

Keith Buckley (aka Joe Friday) and Bob Westerman (aka Bob W.) narrate a video for Klairmont Kollections Automotive Museum showing off the museum’s cutaway jeep. It’s pretty neat setup. The museum is located in Chicago, Illinois.

 
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Tour Jeep Steering Challenge

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With the warming weather, I’ve spent some time removing wiring, disassembling the brake (no clutch) and taking apart the steering. It’s clear there is more work than I anticipated, so eWillys will likely drop to an every-three day event or so, especially with Ann pretty much bed-bound for the time being (aggravated shoulder and migraines from the season changing). So, I have limited time.

Back to the FC … Formerly, the steering shaft used three knuckle joints to go from the steering wheel shaft, make a 90 degree turn to head towards the passenger side and over the frame, then a roughly 70 degree turn to head along the frame before reaching the rack and pinion.

To make those turns, the column began its first angle while in the cab, which caused it to dive into the floor near the brake pedal. Given I am moving the break pedal into it’s original location (with a dual brake master cylinder following this strategy** .. see bottom of post for additional note), that means I want to make a straight shot from the steering wheel to the floor, before making my turn under the floor. But, to do that, I need something to make a ninety degree steering turn. It turns out that in 2019, Flaming River built an award winning product to do just that.

Here’s how it looked before I disassembled it:

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Here’s the dash off and much of the wiring removed:

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Here’s where the brake was positioned (easier to see with parts removed):

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This shows it with the floor panel removed:

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This is the best pic. It shows how I need to go over the frame, travel about 10″, then make a 90 degree angle upward, with a slight angle toward the back.  The best solution seems the most expensive. Note the shaft isn’t bent; that’s an optical illusion due to the wide-angle.

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November 1962 Jeep Service and Parts News

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This November 1962 four-page issue is all about the new J-series jeeps.

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1958 AAA Triptik From the Toledo Automobile Club

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I thought the inclusion of an ad from Willys Motors of a CJ-5 with a wood bumper (presumably for pushing vehicles) was an odd choice. Why not instead include it with a 3rd party metal push plate? After all, Canfield was making an all metal “pushwood” bumper attachment by 1952, so it’s unclear to me why Willys Motors would feature a wooded bumper in a 1958 ad? Perhaps this was a little known 3rd party wood bumper?

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Service Jeep Photo

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Speaking of service jeeps, Glenn shared this photo of a neat looking dually service jeep off of Facebook.

The caption reads: “Here is a postcard of the Pig Hip Restaurant and Edwards City Service station (later the Phillips 66), 101 West Oak St., Broadwell, Illinois on Route 66.”

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1965 Jeep News Volume 11 Number 1

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This eight-page 1965 Jeep News Volume 11 Number 1 kicked off 1965 with the announcement that 1964 had been the best sales year in history. The article specifically targets the Tux Park CJ-5s as an important driver of the success. Page two shares the news that the Kaiser-backed Willys Overland do Brasil had begun building a second plant in Brazil; also noteworthy is that the Brazilian company was the largest publicly held company in Brazil at that time.

Page three contains an article about Pope Paul IV conferring the order of St. Gregory upon the President of the Industrias Kaiser Argentina S.A., which, to me, seems a curious distinction given all the other people in the world doing important things and the fact that the Knights Commander seems a fairly rare award (I tried to find the total number of recipients, but had no luck). Lower on the page is a photo of a CJ-3B carrying the Pope in Bombay, which causes the cynic in me to wonder about the timing of these two events. I’m sure it’s a coincidence.

Page four is dealer news. Page five covers the use of Tux Parks in former President Kennedy’s inauguration parade. We’ve seen a couple of these with the dash plaque pop up for sale since the start of eWillys. Page six tells the story of the John B. Calfee family, who traveled Europe driving a Wagoneer that pulled a travel trailer. Pages seven and eight have a few different mini-stories and photos.

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November 1962 Jeep Service and Parts News

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One of the blurbs this four-page November 1962 issue highlights is the introduction of an electric motor kit for the Forward Control Jeeps.

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Form D-119 Parts and Accessories Bulletin: Electric Wiper Kit

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The Airstream-Jeep Rabbit Hole

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Some of you may have seen an image of a CJ-2A setup to pull an Airstream trailer that has gone around Facebook. Unfortunately, there was no history attached to that image. So, that’ got me hunting for more information. Below is my quick education on the Airstream history. I’m sure some of. you folks know more, so correct me if need be.

I was able to find a few more images of that CJ-2A and trailer, which has led me to believe that Airstream founder Wally Byam used that jeep, probably purchased in Europe, to pull his trailer around Europe during Wally’s first trip in 1948, which he used to scout various countries for future caravans. However, I have so far been unable to find anyone explicitly saying that Wally did that. But, the jeep is a CJ-2A, so the timeline fits. The top looks similar to other European tops of the late 1940s, and in Europe I suspect there weren’t many vehicle options at that time. Here are the pics I found, the first being the one circulating on Facebook:

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Wally Byam sitting in one of his early trailers. A Cj-2A with a European style top appears to be the pull-rig. I believe this would be 1948.

This photo, clearly in Europe, was posted on this site taken in Turkey, from the 1948 trip:

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And this photo posted on this site. I assume this is in Europe, but cannot confirm it:

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As the Airstream trailer business grew, Wally began encouraging traveling, leading some international caravans himself.

In 1951, he led a trip into Mexico and Central America, using what looks to be an early Jeep Wagon.

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I found this example of a wagon pulling a trailer, but can’t determine when or where this occurred.

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Eventually, Wally assembled the first around-the-world Airstream caravan that travelled over the course of 1963-1964 30,000 miles through thirty countries with 104 people in 40 Airstream trailers. Here’s a video about one family’s take on the event.

According to the video’s summary, Journalist Mac Smith was hired to document the trip and brought along his wife Jackie and their three children, Lorie, Judy, and Scott. Mac would go on to write an account of the Around the World Caravan in his 1966 book, Thank You, Marco Polo: The Story of the First Around-the-World Trailer Caravan [which appears to be out of print].”

So, as you can see, I kind of fell down a rabbit hole of Airstream history.

 
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Ohio State Patrol’s CJ-2As and Trailers

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While researching the Airstream history, I discovered a couple photos of the Ohio State Patrol’s communication trailers and jeeps, purchased in ’46 or ’47. There were several of these combos used for special tasks, such as enforcing aviation offenses.

This photo was posted to Cleveland.com (have to scroll down a bit):

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This photo was posted onto LInkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/ohio-state-highway-patrol_oshp90th-activity-7126255477654523905-RtsY?trk=public_profile_like_view

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DJ-3A Production Years and Serial Numbers

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This image used to be on Bruce Again’s JeepSurreyGala website. I figured it would be good to repost them here. They show the serial numbers of DJ-3A Dispatcher and Surrey models over the production period 1956-1965. As you can see, the 1962 year is missing.

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Military DJ-5s

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UPDATE: Barney added to this discussion. He had a customer who refurbed a military DJ-5. 

Barney wrote: “Years ago I sold parts to a customer who had a military DJ5. He restored it to USMC tribute because it had been a Marine Corp vehicle. I have attached 2 photos. Note that it is left hand drive.  He said they were used for base runabouts – messengers, delivery, etc. Obviously the graphics are not original but a tribute to his own service with the Corps.

I know the military used CJ5s stateside in the 70s and 80s and even in civilian colors as if they had got it from a dealership. Saw a 73 CJ that was and  metallic green with a white Meyers hard top   and a blue cherry on top as it was an MP Jeep at Fort Ord CA. I saw it patrolling the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey”

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Chris was kind enough to share images of his DJ-5 that was purchased my the military. It just shows that the AM General DJ-5s were used by more than just the USPS.

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Olgesby Cast Jeep St. Charles, IL $25

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This could be good for parts or a rebuild. Replacement windshields can be found here.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1340105314048238/

“Missing sterling wheel and front windshield. 70 years old”

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1964 Jeep News Volume 10 Number 7

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This end-of-year 1964 Jeep News Volume 10 Number 7 was expanded to twelve pages. The issue starts with some dealer news on page one. Page two reports on the success of Meyer hardtops and how demand forced an increase in production at Meyer Products, Inc. Dealers found them easier than most to install with less rattles while driving. On the lower left of page two, it’s noted that Jeep dealers often loaned jeeps to campaign committees of both parties. I didn’t know that happened.

Page three includes a story about Cold Spring, New York, ‘Jeep’ dealer William M. McAndrew and how his firm loaned 4WD vehicles to fire fighters during a hard-to-reach fire. On page three’s lower left is a rare XM-677 sighting, though much of it is blocked by Brazilian Army officers. Page four begins with a letter from Bruce Grantland, who wrote a review of the Wagoneer for Trailer Life Magazine (09/64). Page four also includes a pic from the “Kaiserama” exhibit, then located at the Kaiser center in Oakland, California. Page five has mostly dealer news, though a pic of some the 42 jeeps owned by the Nursery Company out of Azusa, California is included.

Pages six and seven share international news and pics. Page eight includes a photo of the Radio Patrol Club operated by the Keystone Automobile Club that traveled the Philadelphia metropolitan area helping folks in trouble. Page nine highlights some KJC military vehicle news. Pages ten and eleven shows a Gladiator Fire Truck, among other story snippets. Page twelve covers some Canadian jeep news.  It also includes a photo of an FC-150 pulling a big truck with a three-story-house as its cargo; the little jeep that could!

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September 1962 Jeep Service and Parts News

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The four-page 1962 Jeep Service and Parts News didn’t ‘wow’ me, but maybe you all see something I don’t.

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1964 Jeep News Volume 10 Number 6

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Te eight-page 1964 Jeep News Volume 10 Number 6 begins with a record retail sales announcement. These revenue numbers were primarily driven by the three models shown at the bottom of page one, including the Tux Park CJ-5, the Wagonneer, and the Gladiator. Increasing numbers of dealers also helped. Page two mentioned how the golf partnership was already providing beneficial, with inquiries numbering in the hundreds arriving at dealers. Page three shows three of the new KJC-approved “ad mats” available for dealers to place in local newspapers.

Page four highlights a dealer in Ohio that tries to sell a Meyer plow with every jeep sale, claiming it isn’t that hard to do. Page five provides the results of a dealer contest. Page six shares the news of the National Search and Rescue group and their recent election. Page eight turns international, with pics and captions from around the world. On page eight you’ll find the results of Boulder, Colorado’s, 4th annual Jeep-O-Rama. The winner of a brand new CJ-5 was Donnie Beyer, whose father owned a jeep dealership. Pretty good for a 17-year-old kid! Lower on the page is a DJ-3A with an unusual door and top setup. Finally, on the lower right, is a fairly well-know pic of Barb Eden (right) and Shelley Fabares with a DJ-3A Surrey from the movie “Ride the Wild Surf” (see trailer at bottom).

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(yes, a Surrey makes a quick appearance in this trailer):

 
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February 1962 Jeep Service and Parts News

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The four-page February 1962 Jeep Service and Parts News wasn’t all that exciting, lol, but is timely considering it is now February 2024 (yes, 62 years have passed!). Page three mentions a couple service bulletins that can be found at the bottom of this post. Page four mentions the Pedal Slack Adjuster Kit, which is also discussed at the CJ-3B page: https://cj3a.info/tech/pedalslack.html

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Service Bulletin No. 503:

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Fleet Service No. FL-119 (Same info would be on Service Bulletin No. 504, but I don’t have that one):

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Parts and Accessories Bulletin Manual

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For several years, Pascal operated the JeepWillysWorld.com, a website he used to collect documentation and discuss vintage jeep topics. Around 2017, it appears he stopped posting. Fortunately for us, the site remains active, because in 2015 it turns out he posted a manual of Parts and Accessories Bulletins (through 1965 roughly), the very bulletins I was looking for a few days ago. You can read through the manual or download it as well.

http://jeepwillysworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Parts_and_Accessories_Bulletin_manual_compressed.pdf

Here’s the first page of the Emanuel:

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Jeep or Offroad Club Patches

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All these jeep and off-road club patches came from two purchases on ebay: $25 for them all! The two large ones were likely for the back of club jackets. Clubs named include from top to bottom: Tri-State Four Wheelers, Minnesota Go-4-Wheelers, INC., International Jeep-Club Frankfurt M., Cape Fear Four Wheelers, Hawley MTN. Ridge Runners, 2×4’s Sandpoint, Idaho, Midlands Four Wheel Drive Club, Trail Blazers 4 Wheel Drive Allentown, PA., All 4×4 Terrain Gang (assume WI), and the Pioneer Valley Ridge Runners 4WD Club,

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1964 Jeep News Volume 10 Number 5

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UPDATE: I’ve added a few Good Humor truck pics from Mike at the bottom of the post.

This eight-page issue of Jeep news Volume 10 Number 5begins on page one with KJC announcing it would be co-sponsoring the World Series of Golf, which was the first sports tie-in of which I’m aware. In addition, TB commercials for KJC would begin appearing on CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite. I wonder if this rise in visibility was the result of the ad agency KJC brought on board? Pages two and three continue the sponsorship and commercials threads.

Page four shares the news that 16-year-old Howard Bartoo, Jr., won the 1964 ‘Jeep’ Derby held at Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Also on page four is a photo of Good Humor’s new jeep trucks, with specially made insulated bodies by the Hackney Brothers body Company, from Wilson, North Carolina. Just below the Good Humor trucks is a photo of a Deibler Trackless Train, produced by the company of the same name out of Manhattan, Kansas. The train’s “Engine” is a jeep chassis with a special body atop it.

Much of page five covers the three CJ-6s jeeps used for tourists at Chimney Rock Park in North Carolina. You can find more pics of the jeeps here. Page six takes readers around the world for a few stories.

Page seven introduces the Meyer Products Jeep Cabs to dealers, though not mentioned was their previous history as Orrville cabs. Page eight contains a variety of photos.

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These Good Humor trucks have seen better days! Thanks to Mike for sharing them. He notes, “These were from about 15 years ago, the ones in the driveway was in Pa, he was going to restore, and never got around to it.”

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August 1961 Jeep Service And Parts News

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This four-page August 1961 Jeep Service and Parts News issue begins, as usual, with discussions of $$$. Page two notes the important of the correct type and amounts of grease for the cam. Curiously, page two also requests dealer service departments review the 1000-mile inspection information for the FJ-3A Fleetvan, specifically Service Bulletin No. 539. I can’t remember another model mentioned so specifically; Unfortunately, I don’t have that bulletin.

Page four highlights some of the early products from Cutlas (Cutlas had just formed circa 1960, it’s president having previously left the same role at Free-Lock .. still don’t know the reasons for the change).

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2024 Southwest Ohio FC Gathering July 26-28

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Roger tells me he will be holding the 10th Annual Southwest Ohio Jeep FC Gathering & Swap Meet July 26-28.

 

If you are interested in attending, contact Roger or Sharon for more info:
Roger and Sharon Martin’s Place
1905 Roxanna New Burlington Road Waynesville, OH 45068
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1970s? Hells Canyon Four Wheelers Placard $200

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Never heard of this club. I was unable to locate any info about the club. My guess is that it intended to be mounted on a vehicle.

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“Vintage rare 1970’s Hells Canyon Four Wheelers club sign from western Idaho and Eastern Oregon. Made of metal. Measures 12” x 9”. It does have patina, wear, scratching, and has never been cleaned.”

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Mile High Jeep Club Belt Buckle on eBay $58 or Make Offer

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Not sure how vintage this unusual belt buckle is.

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“See pics for details on this JEEP belt buckle. Has enamel color. Not sure if it is brass or just a heavy metal.”

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2024 Willys Rally Heuston Woods, OH May 31-June 1

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This years Willys Rally at Heuston Woods will be held May 31-June 1.

Learn more here http://www.mw-willysjeep.com or on Facebook.

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