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Instructions for Koenig Bed Extender 3J90

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features • TAGS: .

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

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features • TAGS: , .

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

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features • TAGS: , .

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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2019 Toledo Jeep Fest: Aug 9 – Aug 11

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

The 2019 Toledo Jeep Fest will be a three-day event this year, August 9th – August 11th. You can see a schedule of events here: https://toledojeepfest.com/plan-your-weekend/schedule-of-events/. We can’t make it this year, but maybe we can get to the next one.

https://toledojeepfest.com

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Stratton Lift Phoenicia, NY eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts

Andy’s auctioning this rare Stratton Lift. It’s missing the arms. More info on the lift. Also, Andy’s selling the rusty CJ-5 that was carrying the lift (see bottom pic). You can contact Andy at aponcic@aol.com for more info on that.

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Bryce’s 1953 Truck

• CATEGORIES: Features

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Last winter I was standing in my driveway when a guy I didn’t recognize pulled up and asked if I was the guy who ran eWillys. My mind jumped to three things, was he a reader? Was he a stalker? Or was he someone angry at something posted? Before I was done thinking it through, my mouth was answering, “Yep, that’s me!”

Fortunately, he was a reader. His name was Bryce and it turned out he lived just a few houses down and owned a 1953 truck. I told him I’d like to see his truck sometime. Yesterday, ‘sometime’ finally arrived.

Bryce has owned this truck since the early 2000s after his mother spotted it for him. Recently, it’s needed some restoration, especially in the cab area. He’s redone the upholstery and switched the non-stock bench seat for more comfy bucket seats. He’s got a few things to finish up before it’s road ready again, but when that time comes, he said he’d come by and show it off. So more pics to come!

 

 
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Chuck’s “new” 1951 CJ-3A Hits the Trails

• CATEGORIES: Features

Chuck bought this CJ-3A just over a week ago and already got it on the trails. He shared a couple great pics of it.

He writes, “The new Willys was in its element this weekend blazing the trail – first ones in cutting and winching downed tress across the trail. I went with two Rubi TJs and kept up no problem. The Willys doing what it was meant to do and doing it exceptionally well!”

“That said, the 51 Willys wasn’t without issues. The front pumpkin was milkshake and rusty. Had to take it apart /clean. Transmission was a little milky. I just changed every single fluid in everything. It also has electrical gremlins. The battery blew up and I spent the night in a auto parts parking lot. New battery, changed the alternator from a three wire to a one wire, did some rewiring and was back on the road with just hand tools. Can’t do that with a new JK or JL! Anyway, put over 300 miles on the Jeep in three days. It was a great adventure. The Jeep did fantastic but I’ll be happy when I get a chance to rip out all the wiring and start over – it really needs it for me to feel it’s a dependable rig.”

These two pics are way above Bass Lake back by Clover Meadow / Granite Creek area called Jackass Meadows in California:

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This pic is on the Bald Mountain trail above Shaver Lake. (It’s a listed Jeep trail):
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1943 Photo of Camp Croft Submersible Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

The Camp Croft mechanics explored creating a submersible jeep.

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“1943 Press Photo Army Mechanics at Camp Croft Make Army Jeep Submersible. This is an original press photo. The Army Jeep is a “submarine.” Army mechanics at Camp Croft, South Carolina, waterproof the motor and other vital parts and then traveled along the bottom of a shallow lake. The tube in front is an elongated exhaust pipe. Photo measures 9 x 8.25 inches. Photo is dated 07-03-1943.”

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Spotted in Fortaleza, Brazil

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This guy provides rides along the beach in Fortaleza, Brazil. Maybe’ he’s a jeep lover? Thanks to Tom for sharing this cool pic.

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1943 Tunisia Pics From the Saturday Evening Post

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

These two pics featuring multiple jeeps in Tunisia appeared in the May 29, 1943, issue of the Saturday Evening Post, pages 20-21.
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1943 Ad for Wilsonite Sunglasses w/ Ford GP

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features

This Wilsonite sun glasses ad included an illustrated Ford GP. It was published in the October 02, 1943, issue of the Saturday Evening Post.

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Puget Sound Boondockers 4WD Club Patch

• CATEGORIES: Features

I was able to purchase this old jeep club jacket patch. The Boondockers was a club based out of the south sound area, mostly Auburn (minutes from where I grew up). As of 1972 they had 11 members, most of whom had CJ-5s. I can’t remember ever seeing the club logo ever, but the group is documented in the PNW4WDA Region 1 book from 1972.

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I now have jacket patches from several PNW clubs. I hope to secure some more.