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1950? Willys Sedan Delivery Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

There’s no form number on this Willys Sedan Brochure, but based on the style, I would say it’s a 1950 brochure. This is the front of the brochure. Once I receive on additional brochure, I’ll demonstrate the series of 1950 wagon/truck nose brochures.

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This is the back fo the unfolded brochure:

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When unfolded vertically, this page appears:

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When unfolded once more, this time horizontally, this page appears. One interesting detail is that the other similar brochure refer to the engine as “new”, but this one refers to the engine as “Famous”. Thus, I suspect this is a late 1950 brochure.

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When the brochure is fully unfolded, this page appears:

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This is how the unfolded back of the brochure looks:Photos

 
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1955 Photo of a Leb’s Restaurant Delivery Jeep

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

This May 25, 1955, photo shows a CJ-3B with a Worman hardtop that’s splashed with Leb’s advertising. I can’t tell what the hood advertising states. The photo was taken outside the Bell Telephone Company in Atlanta, Georgia.

https://digitalcollections.library.gsu.edu/digital/collection/lane/id/1427

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PHOTO CREDIT: Georgia State University Digital Collections 05/25/1955, Lane Brothers Photography.

 
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August 1949 Salesbuilder & May News Article

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

UPDATE: Thanks to a May 27, 1949, article in the Rhinelander Daily News (Wisconsin), we now know that the Forestry Demonstration occurred on May 26th. There’s also more in-depth information on the event within the article.

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Originally Posted November 8, 2020: This August 1949, Volume 1, No. 6, Salesbuilder shows off the new 4WD wagon. There’s  a report about a Forest exhibition in May of 1949 near Eagle River, Wisconsin, where the fire jeeps showed their ability to get quickly to fires. The Jeepster’s new inline 6 gets a nod, as does the Bountiful Jeep Posse.

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1957 French Canadian Ad Featuring an FC-170 Stake Bed

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

This is the last French Canadian ad. I don’t know in what publication is appeared. It’s interesting that it includes a Kaiser-Willys ad number at the lower left (KW-6100F)

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Future of eWillys

• CATEGORIES: Features

This is a tease …. Barring something unforeseen, our contract indicates this is the future of eWillys …. And, no that’s not a street, it’s the parking. When all is finalized, I will explain more.

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Alaska Road Trip Puzzle w/ Jeep

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

My wife thought this puzzle was too good to pass up, given our 2017 Alaska Or Rust trip, so she surprised me with it. This puzzle is available through a variety of sellers (one of which is Amazon). The illustration was done by Ken Zella.

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1943 Article on FDR and Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

This article shows FDR in jeeps. It was published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune February 02, 1943.

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1955 Photo of Tornado Damaged Jeep … Udall, Kansas

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This may have been a CJ-3A. It lost a battle to a Kansas Tornado. The photo was taken on May 25, 1955, and is a part of the National Archives of Kansas.

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https://catalog.archives.gov/id/283888 National Archives of Kansas 05/25/1955

 
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1973 Stainless Steel Jeep Las Vegas, NV $6500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, Features, stainless/jewels • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available. 

(03/07/2020) It’s a project. Has curved rather than flat fenders.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/168482501463382

“For sale rare 1973 stainless steal jeep style body . Needs to be fully re-stored (was bought for that purpose) Has title to the jeep Asking 6,500.00 or 6,000 Cash Only”

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Jeeping Videos on Hemmings

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Bill shared this short article written by Daniel Stroh where organized four videos featuring folks and videos you may have seen on Facebook. These guys have been busy the last few years:

https://www.hemmings.com/stories/2020/12/06/these-jeepers-make-black-bear-road-the-most-dangerous-road-in-the-country-seem-like-a-sunday-drive

Here’s one of the videos showing parts of their trip over Black Bear Pass:

 
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March 1957 French-Canadian Ad for the FC-150 + Sign

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

UPDATE: Todd shared a sign that matches the Jeep sign which appears in the lower part of the ad at the bottom of this post. I’ve not seen one quite like this, so I imagine it was only available in Canada?

The sign was double sided, but he separated the halves so he could hang them on the wall. Here are some pics:

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This is the back of the sign. It was made by Tek, a company still in business in Canada.

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This March 1957 ad in an unknown magazine highlighted the FC-150 distributers.

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Photo of Seabee MB on Gaudacanal(?)

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Gayland shared this photo of a Seabee MB NCB 6 (later changed to an MCB in 1949). He added, “I don’t know the location but suspect it is Guadalcanal. MCB6 was the first Seabee unit in combat when it joined the Marines on that island. Seabee equipment, at least in the Pacific theater, was painted the same color Marine equipment. Haze Gray shows up a little too well in the jungle.”

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1948 Photo From Sweden

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Old Images

The good looking MB in this photo has a nice top. What kind of structure is that? A Cabin?

The Swedish translates to English as: “Staff trip to Storvallen 1948. From left: Uno Branden, Britta, Ingrid Hellström, Einar Montén and Astrid Walster.”

https://jlm.kulturhotell.se/items/show/143324

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‘Jeep’ Earth Moving Equipment Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

You can see better pics of this type of brochure here: http://www.ewillys.com/2020/05/18/1951-jeep-moving…uipment-brochure/

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“JEEP Willys Jeep Earth Moving Equipment BROCHURE PAMPHLET. 2 page fold out 1940-50’s has 3 punched holes to fit in 3 ring binder. Condition is good “Used””

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March 1950 Four-Wheel-Drive Willys Truck Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This over-sized 4WD truck brochure folds out to roughly 22″x17″. It’s form number is 4WDTM1-3CM-350. This first image shows the front of the brochure:

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This second image shows the back prior to unfolding:

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When opened vertically the brochure reveals this page:

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Unfolded one more time, and this page showing off the Hurricane engine appears:Photos

When fully unfolded, this great image of the truck is shown:

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This is how the back looks when completely unfolded:Photos

 
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Bruce Meyer, Manx Inventor, Passes Away

• CATEGORIES: Features

The man who launched the dune buggy industry passed away at age 94. He sounds like he was an interesting guy.

https://jalopnik.com/im-so-sad-to-say-that-bruce-meyers-the-man-who-created-1846312022

This is an hour-plus video about the Meyers Manx:

 
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1944 MB? Idaho Falls, ID $9000

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual, Wood bodies • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Price is now $9000.

(10/16/2020) What a crazy contraption. “El Burrito”‘s got style. It even has a mural on the back. I’m not quite sure how the rear extends, but it looks like someone would be safe from bugs.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/379875466485663

“A Prospector’s Dream or a mini RV!
A unique vehicle for the right individual. A fold out six foot bed behind the seats, and a “kitchen” underneath. Email me for videos showing the set ups. A 1944 WWII surplus jeep purchased in 1954. It is a Willy’s 4 cylinder. I think it might be a CJ 6.
Needs new gas tank (has 2 tanks, if you want to replace both) Seals and belts are dry, but should absorb fluids back when added. It was started, but turned off to avoid running bad gas through the carburetor. All the mini-van modifications can be removed to restore to original jeep without too much conversion.
If interested E-mail phone number to pungoriver@live.com and I will call you for further information. If you like make a bid.
It has been garaged.”

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Chuck Prater’s Camper and Dump Bed Prototypes

• CATEGORIES: Camping, Features • TAGS: .

Charles “Chuck” Prater’s (1928-1913) jeep camper has been discussed in the past, but pics of his prototypes are less well known. Chuck must have been a curious kind of guy, because when he was an employee at the circulation department of the Palm Beach Post in Florida he invented an automatic paper bagging machine.

How he got involved with jeeps isn’t well documented, but in the 1960s he developed a unique camper setup that allowed a camper to be ‘hitched’ to the back of a CJ-5. He showed off his prototype to the Palm Beach Post in July of 1968:

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July 07, 1968, Palm Beach Post, Palm Beach, Florida.

From the CJ5camper.com website we have this additional photo of the prototype, year unknown. You’ll note that the camper in the pic above seems to lack the blue color added to the pic below, so this may have been taken after the Palm Beach Post photo?:

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The Palm Beach reported a few months later on September 25, 1968, that Kaiser-Jeep agreed to manufactured Chuck’s camper idea:

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For reasons unknown at this point, Chuck waited almost two years later (August 24, 1970) to file his patent (approved August 15, 1972). The patent included several illustrations. Below is one of them.
1499078752660894799-03684048At some point after he filed his patent, Waldron Motors presented Chuck with camper #1. Curiously, the caption indicates he patented the idea, then sold it. However, the information above suggests he sold the idea, then patented it?:

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This newspaper clipping was posted to thegentlemanracer.com’s site.

Being the inventor he was, Chuck didn’t stop inventing after the development of the camper. He expanded on  his basic camper invention with a similar dump trailer idea. This article comes from the cj5camper.com site and is undated:

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I searched but could not find a patent or another other information about the dump trailer.

According to his brother-in-law Sam Williams (see his comment in this post), Chuck built another camper that fit the CJ-7, one which Sam owns.

 

 
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1950(?) Jeep Station Sedan Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

In 1950 the Jeep Station Sedan line was upgraded with the Lightening 6 engine. Apparently, that didn’t stimulate sales, as the Sedan model was canceled later in 1950. For some reason, there’s no form number attached to this brochure (I can’t figure out why some brochures have form numbers and some don’t). The four-page brochure opens horizontally. Since it didn’t fit on my scanner, I ‘scanned’ it with my phone, but it didn’t scan all that well. It doesn’t look as dirty in person as it does in the pics.

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1942 Photo ‘Demonstrating’ the Walkie Talkie

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This April 03, 1942, photo shows Corporal Joseph Vober and Cecelia Marchio ‘demonstrating’ the new wacky-talkie that is installed in a jeep.

I didn’t learn much about either person pictured in the photo. Cecelia married, becoming Cecelia Maselic (Ceclia’s brother Daniel was a Marine in WWII and Korea). I believe Joseph Vober would go on to marry Evelyn Lau.

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1965? Go-For-Digger Trencher Brochure

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

I *think* this Go-For-Digger brochure features the trench on the back of an International D-1300 1 ton truck. Can anyone confirm this model? This brochure is Catalog No. 1865:

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1965 Photo of CJ-2A From Sweden

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Old Images

As best as I can translate, the Swedes in this CJ-2A are celebrating National (or World) Children’s Day. Maybe the signs provide more information.

 
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Go For Digger Trencher Brochure

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This Go-For-Digger trencher brochure is undated and has no form number. It’s likely from the late 1950s.

This first image shows the front page:

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This is how the brochure looks when fully opened:

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The is the back page:

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Go For Digger Back Hoe Brochure

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There’s no date on this Back Hoe Brochure from Go For Digger, but it is likely from the late 1950s. This brochure was accompanied by a letter:

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1944 Article Says the Big Three Automakers Are Tepid on the Post War Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

The April 27, 1944, article in the Star Tribune out of Minneapolis argues that Ford, GM, and Chrysler did not believe the post-war jeep would be as successful as hoped, due to (1) the hard suspension and (2) a lack of appeal to the “woman of the family”. It seems they were right to be wary from a family perspective, but the big three didn’t foresee the wagons, which attempted to address both of these issues.

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