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Roberto’s Latest Works For Sale

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Robert has added these works to his list of items for sale. Email him at robflores @ robertoflores.com (remove spaces around the @) if there’s something you’d like (or to have a custom illustration done).

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1978 Brian Chuchua Coloring book

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

UPDATE: I originally wrote this post prior to the end of the auction, as I new I’d be busy all night. I should have known that someone would sweep in and snap this up for more than the $10 I was willing to pay. So, I actually missed out on this one.

I could imagine there are few, if any, left. I’ve considered doing a coloring book, but have no way to gauge the interest on something like that.

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Day 4 Aug 5th: Lobster Tales and Other Stories

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<– Day 3 August 4th: Maine’ly Driving Late Day 5 Aug 6th: Scooting Across to Nova Scotia –>

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Jim, Kevin and Merlin parked for the night Monday night at the Rockwood campground in Saint John, NB.

Amazingly, the Canadians allowed the Newfoundland 2019 (or Rust) crew into Canada yesterday. Clearly they must be desperate for tourists! Well, that and the fact that New Brunswick is so far from the Yukon that they probably still haven’t received word about our 2017 visit to Canada. Whew!

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My guess as to the route they took on Monday August 5th.

The crew started the morning in Sanford, Maine, at a Walmart Parking lot.

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Beginning at the Sanford, Maine, Walmart.

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My guess is that the crew hit Highway One along the Maine coast line, then followed it to Bar Harbor. Now, if you are new to this adventure, you may be wondering, why doesn’t the narrator know what’s happening? Well, that’s because the crew’s phones are being jammed and they are unable to communicate with the rest of the Western Hemisphere … it’s the only possible explanation. So, I’ll make a few literary leaps …

I HOPE they got themselves a Lobster Roll, as great ones can be found all along the coast (the best one we found in 2013 was actually in Massachusetts). Even some McDonalds sells lobster rolls during the summer! Just don’t fall for lobster rolls that brag about their Langostino lobster (It’s no more lobster than Almond milk is milk). Here’s a lobster they may have seen in Bar Harbor.

This sums up much of the Maine we saw in 2013: Lobster, Lobster Rolls, and Ice Cream. We saw more signs for those three items than anything else!

From Bar Harbor, they likely followed the picturesque Highway 1 north to the border with New Brunswick. Fortunately, Merlin has saved me from using stock photos at this point, as he shared a few pics along the route:

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Article on Nick Oxender’s Jeep Obsession

• CATEGORIES: Features

Check out this article on Nck Oxender at JeepWave.

https://www.jeepwave.com/news/article/jeep-life/2019/08/fate-and-a-navy-secret.html

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1959 Photo From Yellowstone

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Marty spotted this cool photo from 1959 on the USGS Volcanoes Facebook page. According to the caption, “The M7.3 Hebgen lake earthquake, on the western margin of Yellowstone National Park, occurred on August 17, 1959. This week’s #Yellowstone#CalderaChronicles takes a look back at that spectacular event and it’s impact on Yellowstone and the surrounding area.”

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1959 Zamboni FH Wilmington, NY $750

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Features, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available. Now priced at $750.

This is a unique item that Roger Martin spotted. If you are a CJ-5 collector, you probably don’t own a CJ-5 chassis sporting an original Frank Zamboni-created Model FH!

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/635283360312653/?ref=messenger_share

“This is a 1959 FH model zamboni built by Frank Zamboni himself. The serial number is FH197 less than 20 of these were ever built. It is the high capacity model designed for outdoor ice rinks. It needs a complete restoration it’s built on a Jeep cj5 frame and Jeep 4cyl concerted to propane. It was running and being used in Lake Placid up until about 6 years ago when a new machine was purchased. At that time this one started to be stripped down to restore bc it’s such a fascinating piece of history, but have run out of time to put into it. I am going to put the listing up for 7 days no reasonable offer will be refused”

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Day 3 August 4th: Maine’ly Driving Late

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<– Day 2 Aug 3rd: Newfoundland Found, First Group Camp | Day 4 Aug 5th: Lobster Tales and Other Stories –>

The crew’s goal today was to reach Sanford, Maine.

They began the day bright and early, as this photo shows. I think we all know that it’s the Gladiator that makes the scene so impressive. They had roughly 8 hours of driving ahead of them, so, literally, they were both mainly driving and Maine’ly driving.

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Today, shortly after leaving Bill’s property in Monticello, the Newfoundland crew had to bid adieu to Russ. Due to a family health issue, he felt an obligation to be with his family. We all wish him and his wife Stacey all the best in this difficult time.

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Then, they began their trek to their destination, a spot near Portland, Maine. I do not keep the location secret so they can avoid the paparazzi; nor are they hoping to avoid all their adoring fans. Instead, I just don’t know! But, when I do, I will share the news! Their route should be close to the one shown below.

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Here they are on their trek, a photo taken by Pete.This sure looks a lot like Alaska to me … I wondering they are sneaking back there without me? Guys? Guys … you are breaking up.

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At some point, the group pulled into a cozy Walmart late last night. If you’ve never stayed at a Walmart parking lot, they are great, free places to pull in for the night. There’s even a list of which Walmarts don’t support camping, as not all do.

And, as I mentioned to Jim, the pro tip of the day is that the Super Center Walmarts all seem to have a bathroom at the rear of the store that, in my experience, is cleaner and less crowded.

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Camped at the Sanford, Maine, Walmart.

<– Day 2 Aug 3rd: Newfoundland Found, First Group Camp | Day 4 Aug 5th: Lobster Tales and Other Stories –>

 
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Patee House Museum

• CATEGORIES: Features, Museums

Joe Keefhaver shared this on Facebook. The Patee House Museum in St. Joseph, Missouri, is owned and operated by The Pony Express Historical Association. Inside you’ll find two miniature jeeps on display. According to the signage, the larger 3/4-size jeep was built from a 1950 Crosley Station wagon, while the smaller 1/2-size jeep was all custom.

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This looks like a pretty cool place. Check out this exhibit: 

 
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Terminal Apex video of Modified MB

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

I can’t remember who shared this video (my apologies), but it’s nicely produced one. I’m might get a little geeky and quibble with some of the history as presented, but overall it’s a video about a guy who loves his jeep.

 
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1962 Photo of FC-150 Pulling Boat on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This was Rensselaer County’s emergency jeep.

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“1962 Press Photo Rensselaer County Sheriff’s emergency Jeep and boat, New York. This is an original press photo. New York – Eugene Rist, Deputy Sheriff and Rensselaer County Navigations Officer, with emergency jeep and boat – inhalator, 1st aid, grappling hooks, 2-way radio, 45 mph, covers 30 miles of Hudson River plus Burden Lake, Snyder Lake, Crystal Lake, Nassau Lake, Deykin Pond, Forest Lake, Long Pond, Glass Lake, and Crooked LakePhoto measures 9 x 7.25inches. Photo is dated 05-17-1962.”

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1945 Press Photo of Weasel & GPW **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

This looks like a neat photo. This ends in a couple hours (7:38 PST).

“1945 Press Photo Men driving a Jeep and an Amphib. This is an original press photo. You can get a Jeep–or an Amphib Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 09-23-1945.”

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Day 2 August 3rd: Newfoundland Found, First Group Camp

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<– Day 1: Newfoundland 2019 (Or Rust) | Day 3 August 4th: Maine’ly Driving Late –>

The Ingram’s and Ogles won the Newfoundland 2019 (Or Rust) trip yesterday by reaching Newfoundland first on Saturday. The problem is, they reached the wrong Newfoundland … I don’t know how they found it, but apparently there’s a Newfoundland, Pennsylvania. Those folks from Paris (Paris, Illinois), weren’t messing around! Well played folks!

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After celebrating their achievement, they left for Monticello, New York, where they joined most of the rest of the crew for the first group camp. Below we have Bill’s CJ-5 and trailer from Alaska Or Rust 2017.

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Russ has got himself a new trailer, with his rebuilt wagon well tested on the drive up to Monticello.

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The 2019 SouthWest Ohio FC Get-Together

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features
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To the left is Roger Martin next to his 2A and on the right is his friend Don Ray, who just purchased that Mitsubishi 3B (he owns two others).

Roger filed this report with pics from his 2019 SouthWest Ohio FC Get-Together last weekend. Roger found himself very busy all weekend, so didn’t get as many photos of from Saturday as he’d hoped. 

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One of the special events this year was a 60 mile ride in Craig Brockhaus’ tour jeep along the Little Miami River, then down through the gorge at Fort Ancient. Roger notes that it was supposed to be just a short drive to get some ice cream … that’s what happens when Craigs is at the wheel!

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This blue FC 170 on the trailer belongs to Willard Brown he bought it this past winter. It has twenty-nine thousand miles on it; the same families have had it since 1975. Previously, it was a water truck at the fairgrounds in Celina, Ohio.

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The NEW Early Ford V-8 Museum, Auburn, IN

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In 2018, the Early Ford V-8 Museum tripled its size. Housed in an original deco-style dealership in Auburn, Indiana, it looks worth a stop on our next trip. We didn’t have time to stop at the old museum when we visited Auburn in 2013, but it sure looks worth a stop now. Anyone been there?

http://www.fordv8foundation.org

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Newfoundland 2019 (Or Rust)

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The NF Trip 2019 (Or Rust) | Day 2 Aug 3rd: Newfoundland Found, First Group Camp –>

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Russ (at the wagon) and Joe Bee’s CJ-3B are filling up for their meeting with the group.

Over the last couple of days a group of intrepid explorers–tough, thoughtful, highly trained, without fear, able to withstand the worst summer conditions–have set out for the wilds of Newfoundland, Canada. Many of these brave souls participated in the 2017 Alaska Or Rust trip.

Having survived western Canada two years ago, they are ready to join forces once again to explore the wilds of eastern Canada. They are equipped only with the latest techo gadgets, GPS locators, and A/C units in their trailers, along with healthy doses of humor,  Some are in classic jeeps and others in modern ones, but all have joined to share in the goal of adventure, friendship, and camaraderie.

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This is a rough estimate of the Newfoundland trip. I don’t know what the final route will be.

Together, they’ll be exploring the other worldly area of Newfoundland, places with strange names, such as the unique town of Dildo, where they might just get a photo with Captain Dildo … yes, I kid you not.

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Ann and I will not be joining them on this trip, so I’ll do my best to keep folks up-to-date on their travels. In fact, I haven’t been involved in the planning process, so I’ll only be learning where they are going as they travel. I also don’t know who all the participants will be.

Naturally, a trip like this can’t begin without some last minute heroics. This year’s award goes to Joe Bee, who worked his butt off to finish up engine and brake upgrades to Russ Lawton’s Wagon.

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Bill Reiss also spent time checking over his Dually CJ-5, which turned out to be a good idea, as he discovered a tire-popper in one of his tires.

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Allstate Locking Hub Rebuild

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Here’s a nicely detailed look at the rebuilding of the Allstate Locking Hubs/aka Husky Hubs.

https://imageevent.com/dad2nick/allstatelockinghubs

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Baron Rudolph Von Ripper

• CATEGORIES: Features

I was reading one of Ernie Pyle’s books and ran across his description of Baron Rudolph Von Ripper, a man who probably would have fit in with Taratino’s Inglorious Bastards. I did a little research on him. He was a well regarded artist who developed a taste for warfare.

Read about Von Ripper here: https://www.historynet.com/von-ripper-painter-gun.htm (It’s worth a read … he had a fascinating life)

Here’s one of his works that include a jeep:

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When Time Magazine named Hitler Man of the Year, the magazine used Von Ripper’s gruesome illustration; Von Ripper had some up-close experience with the SS and was as anti-Nazi as anyone.

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Jeeps @ Work

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Bernd was busy again using his CJ-5 to haul a repaired motor in Austria, then later carried garden material to the dump, while Dan used his jeep to tow his boat to Puget Sound for a ride around the south Sound area.

Bernd’s photos

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Dan’s photos:

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Flattening a Mitsubishi Fender

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

Gary shared this Instagram post by catskill_mtn_customs that demonstrates how to alter a Mitsubishi fender into a CJ-3B style fender.

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Ramsey & Koenig Winch Brochures Circa 1949

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Given these brochures show a CJ-3A, but only early trucks and wagons, I’d say these brochures are from 1949 or early 1950.

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1970 Con-Ferr Catalog Pages 1-19 plus Covers

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE:

View pages 1-20 plus Covers and History:
View pages 20-42:
View pages 42-96:

Below is the Initial post of Con-Ferr Catalog, pages 1-19 plus covers.
This post contains 24 pages from an undated Con-Ferr 100-page catalog, one that I’d guess is from 1970.

The Southern California company of Con-Ferr was founded in 1961 by Pete Condos & Frank Ferro (hence the Con-Ferr), though eventually Pete bought out Frank to become sole owner.

Pete had a background in Scouts, while Frank had a background in Jeeps. Their goal was to provide speciality off-road products for both types of vehicles. To that end, not only did they run their parts shop in Burbank, California, they also built custom jeeps like the Convert Cougar and the Super Jeep. Pete’s driver, Bill Haddad, drove Condo’s race jeeps to 18 victories in the 21 races in which he entered.

Pete would go on to co-found the National Off-Road Racing Association (NORRA) in 1966, which produced races like the Baja 1000 and Mint 500. During that time, Condos also produced racing vehicles for other folks, such as  off-road racers for Steve McQueen and James Garner.

At the time the catalog was published, Con-Ferr billed itself as America’s largest Off-Road vehicle accessory provider and had more than 44,000 square feet of storage, work, and retail space. It was an authorized dealer of Kaiser Jeep, Toyota Land Cruiser, and Manx.

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10th Annual Northwest FC Get-Together Aug 2-4 Olympia, WA

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This year’s Northwest FC Get-Together happens August 3-5th in Olympia, Washington. If you have any questions, contact the folks in the ad. It happens this coming weekend!

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Yipao Video Article

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Russel shared this video article subtitled in English about the Colombian Yipaos.

 
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M-38 @ World’s Largest Truck Stop

• CATEGORIES: Features, Museums

Jan posted this to her Facebook page. There is an M-38 located inside the “world’s largest truck stop” in Walcott, IA. We drove by that place and, had I known, we would have stopped and taken pics ourselves (that’s what we get for being in a hurry … grrrr).

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This random video of the world’s largest truck stop is from a “wheretheheckarethealbans” video.

 
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Nelly Belle Pin

• CATEGORIES: Features

I just picked this pin up off of ebay thanks to Maury!

There are two more, though not quite as nice, on eBay right now (you can make an offer on them), from a different seller.
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