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Vintage Trans America Trail Tour in 2020

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

Peter Heyniger is organizing a cross-the-US vintage 4×4 tour along the Trans American Trail for the summer of 2020. He’s looking for participants, sponsors, and helpful folks along the route. The tour welcomes vintage jeeps, landcruisers, broncos, and other older 4x4s. He expects that to complete all 5200 miles will take seven to eight weeks; folks have the option of doing all or part of the route.

You can learn more at his website: https://sites.google.com/view/vintagetransamericatrail2020

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More CJ-2A Launch Photos

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Old Images

UPDATE: Thanks to Tremaine for supplying better pics of the CJ-2 grille guards seen in a couple of these photos. 

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Original Post March 4, 2019: These photos were published in the July 22, 1945, issue of the Sunday Star Gravure Section of the newspaper. I don’t think I’ve seen a photo of the jeep pulling the trailer from the driver’s side.

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1950 Photo of Korean War on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

It feels dramatic.

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“1950 Press Photo Medical Team Carries Wounded to Jeeps in Masan Sector of Korea.
This is an original press photo. Korean War, United States Wounded Evacuation: Wounded in the desperate battle for the hill in the background, a 25th infantry division soldier was carried to a waiting jeep in Korea by medical department men. The action took place in the Masan sector on the southern front. Mountain heights and other elevations are of prime importance in this area, and some have changed hands several times. Photo measures 8.25 x 8.5 inches. Photo is dated 09-11-1950.”

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1946 Patent For a Body Extension

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

I can only guess that this design was used by Newgren, as I *think* it was the only firm that built a collapsable body extension. See many of the body extensions documented here. The only thing is that Newgren had double supports, while the patent only shows a single support underneath.

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Berth Dupre and All-Black WAC Units

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Women & Jeeps

Mark shared a story about the death of Bertha Durpe, one of the few women who served with the 6888th CPD Battalion, an All-Black WAC unit that went overseas to help the war effort. The photo below doesn’t show the former Master-Sergeant Dupree, but it’s still a neat photo.

You can read a little about Ms. Dupree here: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article226817444.html

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More on the 6888th:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/6888th_Central_Postal_Directory_Battalion
  2. https://www.history.com/news/black-woman-army-unit-mail-world-war-ii
  3. https://blackthen.com/charity-adams-earley-commander-black-female-army-unit-serving-overseas-wwii/
  4. National Archives: https://catalog.archives.gov/search?q=6888th
 
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Sponge Jeep(?)

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Mike shared this older photo of what could be a jeep ‘dressed’ in a sponge. Anyone know any history about it? The photo is supposed to be from 1964.

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Jeep Toy & Trailer Fairfield, OH $275

• CATEGORIES: Features

Roger Martin shared this unusual toy. If it is handmade, it is well done.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/394286091144333/

“Very high quality HANDMADE toy army jeep. All steel construction. This thing is rough and rugged. Has toggle switch to turn on the headlights, battery compartment under hood. Steering wheel actually turns the wheels. Windshield folds down. Has detachable plow and trailer. This thing is nice and one of a kind. I took it to a couple antique shops and they all told me they believe it has a higher price tag than what I’m asking. There just isn’t another like it to base true value off of. Asking $275 ”

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1954 Garage Print(?) from Germany on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

UPDATE: Price dropped to $602.

(01/18/2019) Maury spotted this unusual print/illustration. From the description, I can’t quite tell if this is a print or an original illustration. The size is roughly 2.2′ x 3.25′

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“Mural Auto Mechanic Workshop Jeep Willysmb 99×66 ~ 1954 Vintage Mechanic Card (see more on eBay)”

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Paul Finished His Stainless M-100 Trailer

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features • TAGS: .

As always, Paul’s detailed work has resulted in a work-of-art. Well done Paul!

Paul writes, “The earth has calmed down these last few months so I’ve made good progress on the M100 trailer rebuild. In fact, other than measuring the length necessary for the trailer safety chains and the electrical harness everything else is finished. While I still spent over 300 hours to build the stainless steel box and rebuild everything I planned on reusing it was easier than I’d anticipated. I had no idea I’d need so many 2X4’s but the local Home Depot store was happy to take my money.

This photo shows the jig I made to keep the trailer box in alignment while I fabricated the upper tube reinforcement and rolled the sheet metal before tack welding the edges.”

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The upper tube has been fitted and held in place with strips of plywood and 24 6 inch C clamps.

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I used a plastic hammer to gently form the sheet metal over the curve of the reinforcing tubing. The C clamps were repositioned often to allow hammer access to the 20 feet of 18 gauge stainless sheet metal around the upper edge of the trailer box.

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The tack welds are complete so the 2X4 jig can be removed

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The replacement box is bolted to the original trailer frame and tie down straps hold the frame to the work tables. I had to plan my work around earthquakes.

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1942 Rice Krispies Ad with Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

One of the places this Rice Krispies with a Jeep appeared was in the October 24, 1942, issue of the Saturday Evening Post, pg 6.

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Jeep Board Game on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Matt spotted this jeep board game set on eBay. The only “jeepy” thing about this is that name, but still kind of neat.

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“This is a nice looking vintage pocket game from WWII..its called the Jeep Board and contains 15 games and 10 puzzles..its new in the box condition-still all wrapped up in cloth…all in good structural condition with no damages or excessive wear-box shows a GI playing a game..its never been played with and is 3 1/2 x 3 1/2…. looks and displays well and is guaranteed original and authentic”

 
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FC-170 Power Hoe Patent

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

I had this post all completed, then went to add some background information when I discovered that Craig had already added the first page of the patent to his post about the FC-170 Power Hoe. So, lots of heavy lifting in terms of content can be found here, while below you can view the whole patent. I think the illustrations are pretty neat.

Craigs FC-170 Power Hoe page: http://www.thefcconnection.com/Historical%20Literature/Custom%20Built%20Vehicles/The%20Lafian%20Powerhoe/FCaaca/FCaaca.pdf

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Ethyl Research and Service Ad With A Ford Pygmy

UPDATE: Through Fred Coldwell’s “Selling the American Wonder“, Maury learned that this unusual ad featuring the Ford Pygmy was published in the August 18, 1941, issue of Time Magazine.

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Ramsey C7R Capstan Winch Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Given this brochure suggest the winch would fit on a DJ-3a, this must be post 1956. I didn’t realize the Ramsey was still advertising them so late.

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“Here I have an
Excellent Condition
Single-Sheet Mailer

NEW!
The Ramsey C7R Capstan
For
CJ-5 CJ-6 CJ-3B CJ-2A ‘Jeep’ Universals and DJ-3A ‘Jeep’ Dispatcher
Measures about 8 ½ x 11 inches
Has been folded
Bulletin 141”

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1967 Photo of Macaw and Toy Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

I thought this was a strange photo.

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“You are bidding on an original press photo of Cute Macaw Bird Checks Under Hood of Jeep. Photo measures 8 x 10 inches and is dated 11/5/1967.”

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1945 Patent for a Jeep Bulldozer Attachment

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On October 11, 1945, George W. Mork patented the first bulldozer attachment for a jeep as part of his work with Caterpillar Global Mining company. I don’t recognize the design, so I don’t think this was ever produced commercially, but maybe Caterpillar used it??

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Undated Photo of Soldiers Resting on Jeep **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

They look exhausted.

“Press Photo US soldiers rest next to Jeep during military conflict.
This is an original press photo. US soldiers rest next to Jeep during military conflictPhoto measures 5.5 x 7inches. Photo is dated –none.”

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Jeep-A-Loader

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, CJ-3A, Features, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE: This is the original patent for the Jeep-a-Loader! The application was first filed on February 07, 1955, by the Minneapolis Freeman Mfg, Co. (Out of Minneapolis??). I am guessing that the Jeep-A-Loader Corporation was a subsidiary or offshoot from the above parent company. The drawing shows that the Jeep-A-Loader was designed to fit over a CJ-3B (perhaps a CJ-5 as well), though the only one I’ve seen documented is fitted on a CJ-3A.

The filing date likely means this was manufactured around 1955, plus or minus a year. The patent was granted February 11, 1958.

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This photo is from 2009:

From June 2008:  A reader named Ed sent me some pics of a rare find he just purchased:  A front end loader for a jeep from a manufacturer called Jeep-a-Loader.   The serial number is 1001. The hydraulics system is powered by a Hy-lo hydraulic pump, which has been used to power other Willys devices.  You can see an example of a Hy-lo pump here and here.  Here are some pics below.

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1946 Ad For a New Willys Dealer

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Old News Articles

This particular Wilmington, North Carolina, dealer was selling trucks, cars, jeeps, tractors, and much more. The ad appeared in the February 7, 1946, issue of the Wilmington Morning Star.

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1943 Photo of Mechanics at Army Base on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

The front passenger jeep wheel looks like it is barely on the wood.

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“1943 Press Photo Mechanics work on Jeep at Birmingham Army Air Base.
This is an original press photo. U.S. Army, WAC, Birmingham Army Air Base Photo measures 8.25 x 10.25 inches. Photo is dated 08-20-1943.”

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Stratton Hydro-Implement Lift Information

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

UPDATE: Nate’s hoping to gather some Stratton-related information. So, I’ll be using this post to gather that info. If anyone has any more insights into this lift, email me at d@ewillys.com or post it directly to Nate’s thread on the earlyCJ-5.com page.  Also, Clint Dixon and Barry Thomas have authored a five-part series of articles for the Dispatcher Magazine titled “The Making of the Farm Jeep”. The Fall of 2018 issue includes information on the Stratton Lift. 

As early as 1949 Stratton Equipment out of Cleveland, Ohio, was marketing hydraulic products. One example was their truck lift, a hydraulic lift used for placing cargo onto truck beds. The lift is pictured at the top of page 146 in the October 1949 issue of Popular Mechanics. This was just one of multiple patents filed over the period of three decades (1940s-1970s) by Alfred F. Foote, product designs both jeep-related and non-jeep-related.

1) On July 27, 1960, Alfred F. Foote filed a patent for the Stratton Lift with the Stratton Equipment Company as the assignee. Due to the lack of information related to Stratton lifts, it was unclear to most when this product hit the market. Given the patent date, the lift likely entered the market in late 1960 or later.

As part of his patent, Foote references both the Monroe and the Love designs. The patent for the lift was granted on Feb. 26, 1963.

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2) This Stratton brochure is currently on eBay (Nate has better scans of this brochure):

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1946 CJ-2A Ad with Top

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This ad with a CJ-2A sporting a canvas top was published in the November 24, 1946, issue of the Evening Star.

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Daytona Beach Trains & Jeeps

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Thanks to Roger Martin for pointing out these series of jeep pics from 1950s Daytona Beach. These were all posted to the Greetings from Daytona Beach Facebook page.

  1. These 1959 photos show Charlie Fogg’s Beach train, which ran a four mile round trip pulling one or more trams. You can see it’s a jeep under that train facade. That might even be a CJ-3B.
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  2. This one looks to be a second version of Mr. Fogg’s beach train:
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  3. CJ-3B sporting a dog racing sign:
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  4. This ice cream vendor might be a CJ-3A:
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  5. Mr. George Tetter, the Ice Cream Man, at Daytona Beach with his CJ-5:
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  6. Two 1946 photos of an early jeep (MB/GPW) tram at Daytona Beach:
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1946 Red Light Cartoon

• CATEGORIES: Features

This cartoon appeared in the March 18, 1946, issue of the Evening Star.

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1950 Revision Poster for Wagon/Jeepster Poster on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This is an unusual item.

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“THIS AUCTION IS FOR ONE Original Vintage STICKY BACKED PICTURE OF A 1950 WILLYS JEEP STATION WAGON MODEL POSTER WITH DETAILS OF ITS FEATURES. THIS POSTER WAS TO BE USED TO CORRECT A SALES POSTER ALREADY PRINTED THAT HAD THE WRONG INFORMATION ON IT. THIS STCKY WAS TO BE PLACED OVER THE ORIGINAL POSTER TO CORRECT THE ERRORS. ERRORS HAD TO DO WITH THE FRONT END DESIGN, AND MOTOR.

THE POSTER COMES WITH A WRITTEN LETTER FROM WILLYS OVERLAND ON WHY THIS POSTER IS NEEDED AND HOW TO USE IT.
DATED MAY 20,1950
MEASURES 22 X 11-3/4 INCHES.”