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Metamet and Garden Parties

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Metamet employees driving jeeps for a Garden Party

Thanks to Anita Long for these images and for introducing me to Garden Parties. I had no idea such events had taken place. It was at one of these events that her parents met.

She wrote, “As a teenager my Mum was an avid film goer and her main interest was writing to movie stars and studios for autographs. In the summer time she would attend the Sunday Pictorial Garden Parties at Morden Hall Park in Surrey to see more film stars and hopefully ‘get’ their autographs.

The staff at Metamet would drive to the Movie Stars hotels and take them to the Garden Parties. I don’t think they drove them around at the park as my photo shows them at the temporary fencing where they parked them. The jeeps were the best way to chauffeur the stars to all their scheduled meet and greets for the fans on the day. Everyone got to see them as there were definitely no open top limos in those days! The boys at Metamet must have really enjoyed those days and I thank fate for the opportunity given to my Dad. If he hadn’t met my Mum there then I wouldn’t be here now!”

Anita shared this video from Youtube. At the 40sec mark you’ll see a couple jeeps behind Bette Davis:

Here are some photos:

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You can learn more about Garden Parties and see some more jeeps here:

https://alondoninheritance.com/eventsandceremonies/the-sunday-pictorial-film-garden-party/

The site includes this photo, which gives a good look at the side of the 5-in-1 Jeep. It has a little bit of a Holden Ambulance look.

 
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Metamet: British Jeep Rebuilders

UPDATE: This post has been updated to reflect some more information and images. It was originally posted in March of 2013.

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Metamet was a British company that refurbished WWII jeeps and civilian jeeps, creating a slew of different models. According to the G503 Forum, “Metamet was run by an expat Pole, and latterly his son. It was a wonderful Aladdin’s caves of wartime Jeeps and Jeep bits and pieces located in a series of old mews stables in Daleham Mews. These places were commonly garage workshops in post-horse London, but nowdays are worth untold fortunes as residences.”

At one point in the early 1950s there were twelve different models of jeeps offered by Metamet, only one of which was the standard production model jeep. The rest were all customizations of one type or another. Seven models were 80″ wheel base, while the other five had 100″ wheel bases.  The models include, the Standard, De-luxe, Farmer, Five-in-one, Saloon, Shooting Brake, 10 CWT Truck, Metaplan, Station Wagon, 15 CWT Van, 20 CWT Lorry, and a 2 Ton Loadmaster.

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Metamet’s early 1950s models. There were seven 80″ wheel base jeeps and five 100″ wheel base jeeps.

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Here’s an example of Metamet’s advertising.

A 1952 Ad posted to Flicker by Johnathan confirms there were twelve models also:

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Finally, here’s a 12 page brochure that provides examples of different models that used to be linked to on the jeep farm website:

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1943 GPW Metamet Saloon Body £14,995

• CATEGORIES: Features, GPW (Ford MB) • TAGS: .

Here’s a rare Metamet Saloon body jeep for sale in the UK.

http://www.milweb.net/webvert/78018

“Just one owner since military release, genuine 28,400 miles.
Metamet Saloon body fitted early 1950`s.
A very unique vehicle, chassis no gpp82293, supplied to a Mr HJ Odell the on 30/04/1952 and the only owner since.
Trade advert.”

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Vintage Jeeping on the Barrett Lake Trail

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

This video circa 1969 shows a Contra Costa Jeepers trip on the Barrett Lake Trail in California.

 
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“The Oregon Trail” by Rinker Buck

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

My son bought me The Oregon Trailer: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck for my birthday. I just finished reading it and really enjoyed it.

The book’s author, Rinker Buck, is a New England columnist who decided he wanted to do a crazyass (his description) thing: drive the Oregon trail in a covered wagon. To my surprise, it turns out that, despite all the Oregon Trail re-enactments, there had been no documented drive of a wagon from Missouri to Oregon since 1910 when Ezra Meeker did it at the age of 80 (Ezra’s credited with igniting interest in saving the trail back in the early 1900s). So, in 2011, Rinker and his brother Nick (along with Nick’s Jack Russel Terrier Olive Oyl) set out for Oregon with a 3-mule team, a wagon, and a trailer.

As Rinker shares the success and failures of his adventure, he also delves into the history of wagons, pioneer emigrants, famous landmarks, and important events that have shaped the trail.

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Twenty-Nine 1960s Four Wheeler Magazines **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $28.

Here’s a good price on some 1960s Four Wheeler magazines (currently $28.49 w/ free shipping). I’d buy the lot myself, but it appears I have all of them.

“All of these magazines have been 3-hole punched, previously stored in a binder. The magazines show to be used with edge and corner wear. Some of the covers exhibit crinkling and all of them show some degree of age wear. Several of the magazines have address labels. Some of the magazines are curled at the binding edge from being in a notebook binder for years. The insides look to be clean without markings.”

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Jamie Farr & Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features

I didn’t know much about Jamie Farr (Klinger on the show M*A*S*H) and his connection with jeeps. Here’s an interesting story about him in Motor Authority.

https://www.motorauthority.com/news/1123867_a-life-during-wartime-jamie-farr-the-most-famous-jeep-driver-in-history

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A Different “Super” Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

This vehicle, dubbed a “Super” Jeep, was featured on the cover of Mechanic Illustrated magazine in April of 1968. Unfortunately, the article provides very little information. Hopefully, this is still sitting in someones garage, somewhere.

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1946 Testimonial for the CJ-2A

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Charles Bachman wrote a testimonial for Willys-Overland for his Parkhurst Motors company out of Syracuse, New York. The accompanying photo is interesting as it has a mid-mounted spare tire.

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Instructions for Koenig Bed Extender 3J90

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Another installment of my series on how to assemble Koenig stuff. These instructions help guide the installation of a Koenig 3J90 bed extender.

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Circa 1950 Wagon Foldout Ad

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I spotted this circa-1950 foldout-wagon ad for a good price on eBay. The wagon folds out horizontally to reveal the interior of a wagon.

It starts like this:

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The wagon then flips horizontally to reveal the wagon interior and more text.

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The backside of the image shows the exterior of the wagon:

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Koenig Super Cab Instructions for Flatfenders

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features • TAGS: .

This 1959 instruction document ought to be helpful for the owners of Koenig Super Cabs Models 350 Full and 355 Half Cabs.

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Press Photo of Three DJ-3A Surreys on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

The seller dates the photo to 1950, but it’s more likely 1959.

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“Details: W 10 x H 8 x D 0.1”

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Africa U.S.A. and Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Old Images, Postcards

There’s a post card of a jeep train from the Jungletown area of Africa USA on eBay. Also on this post, I’ve aggregated all the Africa USA images.

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From 2015: Africa USA, was part of a theme-park movement in the late 1950s that included New York’s Freedomland, Disneyland, Wisconsin’s Fort Dells, and others. By 1959, these parks were collectively generating revenue of $2 billion.

There is a feature article about these parks in the August 1, 1960, issue of Life Magazine. The picture below is from that article. You can take a ‘virtual’ jeep-train tour of Africa USA here (don’t expect much)

This article appeared in the December 1955 issue of Willys News. That’s the jeep train behind the animals.

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Meyer Half and Full Top Postcards

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

These postcards accompanied some other documents I received.

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Don Pratt Jeep Tours

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

UPDATE: I’ve combined various Don Pratt posts into this single post. One set of postcard photos has been updated from poor quality ebay photos to scans of the actual card. Thanks go to Chris for buying and sending it to me earlier this month!

According to this Pink Jeep Tour site, Pink Jeep Tours is the oldest continuously operating Jeep Tour Company in the United States. It was started in 1958 by a Sedona Realtor named Don Pratt, who would drive clients to see homes at Broken Arrow Estates. The Broken Arrow tour is the original Jeep tour and is still today the most popular tour in Sedona.Why did he make the jeeps pink? Mr. Pratt got the idea while visiting the Royal Hawaiian Hotel on Waikiki Beach, where everything was pink.

But, that’s only part of the story. In her book Echoes of Sedona Past, Mary Lou Keller explains how her and her husband cleared the first trail and how, when Glenn Keller decided not to open a jeep tour business, their friend Don Pratt asked if he could do it instead. Mrs. Keller covers the story in five pages of her book available to read on Google.The book also includes the image below of Mary Lou Keller with her do Pico in her (probably) 1946 CJ-2A:

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This 1960s(?) postcard pictures Don Pratt’s tour jeeps at Oak Creek Canyon out of Sedona, AZ. This is the one Chris bought me.
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From a 2015 Post: The 1966 Volume 12, No. 5, issue of Jeep News featured these photos from Don Pratt’s Pink Jeep Tours from Sedona, Arizona. The company now offers tours in four Arizona locations.

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From a 2013 Post: There was at least one other double-photo postcard produced by Don Pratt.

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Customized MB on Facebook

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Sedan-jeep • TAGS: .

This photo was posted by George Manousakis on the FB G503 group page. It’s got some style of its own. I wish there were more pics of it.

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Jeepster Invitation Mailer

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This Jeepster invitation mailer(?) was included in some other items I got a few months ago. I would imagine it was part of the introductory campaign in 1948?

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Koenig Standard Cab Hardtop Instructions 530/630 Full 535/Half

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The models covered in the pages below are the Koenig Standard Hardtops 530 Full and 53 Half for the CJ-5 and Models 630 Full and 535 Half with adapters No. 3863 for CJ-6 Jeeps.

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1943 Photo of Carl Buehler Getting His Jeep Ride on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Carl must have penned a powerful letter! Carl J. Buehler, JR, passed away in 2001.

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“1943 Press Photo 10-year-old Carl Buehler’s first jeep-ride, Verona, NJ. This is an original press photo. World War II – United States. Verona, New Jersey. Carl Buehler of Verona, New Jersey, wrote to the president saying that he had been promised a jeep ride for selling war bonds and that such promise had not been kept. The jeep showed up by presidential order, driven by Major Arthur J. Lonegren and here we see the 10-year-old boy getting his much desired jeep-ride. Photo measures 7.75 x 6.25 inches. Photo is dated 11-10-1943.

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In 1943, Carl was honored for his 1942 efforts when he joined a New York City parade in 1943. Later, in 1944, Carl was back in the papers as a twelve-year-old hoping to break his previous war bond drive effort.

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Koenig Super Cab Hardtop Instructions 550/650 and 535

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The models covered in the pages below are the Koenig Super Cabs 550 Full and 555 Half for the CJ-5 and Models 650 Full and 555 Half with adapters No. 3863 for CJ-6 Jeeps.

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1943 GPW Cody, WY $17,000

• CATEGORIES: Features

Lots of updates.

https://wyoming.craigslist.org/cto/d/cody-1943-ford-gpw-flat-fender-jeep/6915326909.html

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“New almost everything, motor has 100 hours. New seats, wheels, tires, brakes, hubs. Newly repainted. Sharp looking jeep! Original: body, windshield, differentials, transfer case and more.
350 Chevy motor
400 turbo transmission
Dana 30’s front and back
Dana transfer case
Custom drivelines
Warn locking hubs
Overdrive system on original transfer case
Ruff Stuff front steering
PSE steering box
Rock Hard front bumper, custom built steel rear bumper
LED light bars
Rancho shocks
Pro Comp steel wheels, Goodyear ATS tires
7” disc brakes in front, drum in rear
4 point racing harness for driver and passenger seats
High lift jack”

 

 
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Converto Trailer Photos

• CATEGORIES: Features, trailer

UPDATE II: Below are some new photos showing his restored Converto HA hydraulic trailer bed after it’s been sand blasted and re-assembled. 

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Sheriff’s Jeepfest Aug 29th-Sept 1 Jasper, GA

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

This popped up on an unrelated Google search. There’s a Sheriff’s Jeepfest in Jasper, Georgia, August 29th – September 1. I don’t know anything about it.

https://www.sheriffsjeepfest.com/

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Every Day is Sundae — Ice Cream in Salem, OR

• CATEGORIES: Features, FJ

A reader named Chuck mentioned on Facebook that an ice cream shop called On any Sundae in Salem, Oregon, uses an FJ for its outdoor marketing and sales. There’s no website for the business, only some Facebook pages. Here are some pics:

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