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M-38A1 Toy Jeep Still Made

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

John’s mother purchased this plastic M-38A1 toy for him in the 1960s for $.79. He was surprised to learn that it was still being made and sold, though the price is now $17.90:

https://timmeeusa.com/products/jl-timmee-big-jeep-olive

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You can also buy it on a certain online store. I won’t mention them…they have enough money.

As I recall, I eventually got the gun out and painted it white. It’s just a coincidence that 30 years later I bought a very nice restored stock CJ-5, it was also white.

Anyway, I’ll probably pick one up and give it to the shop that is restoring my A1. If I can find a flexible blue paint, I may even paint one in USAF blue like mine.

 
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1956 Jeepers Jamboree Booklet on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

The buy-it-now price is $55. I’m sure it’s a rare one; I’ve never seen another copy. It looks to be around 20 pages(?).

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“Up for auction is an incredibly rare very early Jeep collectible: a 1956 Jeepers Jamboree booklet in excellent condition! The booklet talks about the drive through from Lake Tahoe via Georgetown. I’ve looked online and these are extremely rare and I only found a couple other examples and none close to this old. This is truly a one-of-a-kind Jeep item.”

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Mile High Jeep Club Buckle and Patch on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

These are two separate auctions, both involving the Mile High Jeep Club.

  1. This belt buckle looks unique. The Buy-it-Now price is $20:
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  2. This patch isn’t all that neat, but does go with the all-4-fun theme of the belt buckle above. $19.95:
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Toledo Stack Brick on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

Not too surprising, the cost of shipping ($16.10) is more than the initial bid price ($10).

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“Listed is a rare #294 of 1000 Limited edition smoke stack brick from Willys Overland Jeep Chrysler headquarters in Toledo, Ohio. for those that don’t know. Willys Overland was known for their triple smoke stacks. This is number 294 of the 1000 bricks that were kept and auctioned off to help their local boy scout troop years ago when they knocked down the infamous stacks to build a bigger factory to build the new 4 door Jeep Wranglers. It’s a rare item! TY for looking!”

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Jeep Pens and Pencils on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

Here’s a collection of jeep pens and pencils. There’s one Willys Overland Motors pencil, too.

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1948 CJ-2A Test Drive Video

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Here’s a video of a drive in a rusted CJ-2A. The driver made a few minor mistakes in describing it. At least he had fun driving it.

 
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Jeep Parts Collection $20,000

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts

Art is selling his parts collection. Below is a taste of what he has. If you are interested, contact him at art.carey @ gmail.com (remove spaces around the @)  and he will send a complete list and a link to photos of most of the items. Serious inquiries only pleasePrice is for everything. Will NOT sell items separately.  (Art didn’t include a location with his email, so I’m awaiting that info …).

Price is for everything. Will NOT sell items separately. 

I am selling my collection of jeep parts accumulated over the past 34 years, including several rare items, such as capstan winches and PTO gear. A partial description:

2 capstan winches with complete linkage and running gear and roller fairleads; 2 power takeoffs with intact drums; beautifully rebuilt engine still in its packing crate; engine block; 2 transmissions with levers; 4 transfer cases; 3 starter motors; 3 generators; 2 carburetors; 2 distributors; 4 cylinder heads; 5 Willys heaters, (one NOS, two restored with new cores);; 2 grills; 4 tailgates; 2 CJ-2A windshield frames; 1 CJ-3A windshield frame; driver-side front-seat frame; passenger-side front-seat frame; rear seat frame; 2 gas tanks;; 2 Sparton turn-signal switches; steering rods; steering-knuckle gasket set; bumpers; spare tire mount; several brake drums and brake shoes; several boxes filled with old and new miscellaneous jeep parts, including speedometers and many gauges, too numerous to list.”

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Video Covering Restoration of a Bantam BRC-40 Fire Jeep

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

Shane mentioned the existence of this video about a Bantam Fire Jeep Restoration by Duncan Rolls, who is well known for his other Bantam recreations (such as the original BRC). For some reason, the video won’t appear within the post, so follow the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXbx2MS5GOA

Here is an older photo of a Bantam fire jeep:

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29th Annual Spring Willys Reunion May 20-21, 2022

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

Art let me know that the Spring Willys Reunion is on schedule for May 20-21. This is always a great event.

http://www.willysreunion.com/swr22.htm

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CycleKart Video

• CATEGORIES: Features

This throwback sport to early racing carts was sent to me by Bill. This ‘large’ turnout of these race carts happens only an hour north of me and, coincidently, is where I bought my racing jeep last spring.

 
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Part 2: Epic Willys Oregon Trail Adventure

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Here’s the just-released second video from the Epic Willys Adventure this past summer.

 
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January 22nd Auction w/Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

This auction video was shared by Grant. It includes a CJ-2A trencher jeep and a GPW. Start around the 10:30 mark.

 
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Receiving a Ticket in an M-38

• CATEGORIES: Features

Bill shared this odd story of a jeep owner getting a ticket. The comments are odd/amusing, too. The writer claimed the jeep is a WWII jeep, but it looks like an M-38.

https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-most-unprofessional-thing-a-police-officer-ever-said-to-you-while-giving-you-a-traffic-ticket/answer/Craig-Reid-17

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Kaiser SV-102 H Military Audio/Visual Wagoneer on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Other 4x4s

Bill spotted this highly unusual audio/visual jeep called an SV-102 H.

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“Available for you to consider is a 1967 Kaiser Jeep 4×4 6cyl w/3spd manual 3 on the tree. This vehicle has been stored away indoors for years. Engine spins freely and will run you will need a radiator , carb rebuilt, 2) 12 v batteries (24volt system) most likely clean up brakes and will need fuel system flushed with new fuel. This is a very rare unique vehicle. This Jeep was used in Vietnam for Audio Visual. This Jeep is out of Fort Knox. I really know nothing of this particular history of actual usage and very little information to be found on the web.

I understand it was a very low production vehicle with very few left inexistence. What I do know it is a great conversation piece. It really grabs attention. Check underneath pics. Floors, frame all very solid. Floorboards all solid, rust free….The patina is awesome. Has not been touched since back in the day….Rear barn doors… Seat in great shape as well as dash. Just a unique vehicle..”

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Anyone Recognize This CJ-5 Toy?

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

This jeep toy appears at around the 4:30 mark of the video at the bottom of the post. Anyone know what company produced this toy jeep?

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Some Days, An Inch is a Mile!

• CATEGORIES: Features

UPDATE: I got things turned around and mounted the headers. I also got the sliding door done correctly, the first time :-). I think I measured about 17 times, lol.

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Slider after trim:

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As mentioned, I’ve been working on trim for our master bedroom. Ann wanted a Craftsman look to the trim, so I put together this look to the header, constructed out of four pieces, two of which require the table saw and planer to meet the right specs (I love having the wood working equipment at the ready!!). The first iteration of this turned out great on Wednesday.

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Still needing to finish two other doors, both 36″ wide (closet was only 29″ wide), I decided to do both headers at the same time on Thursday. I measured. I remeasured. I cut. I painted. Everything seemed to be assembling fine. But, somehow, I wrote down the wrong initial measurement, one inch too narrow, which led to this foul up (albeit, much stronger language was used when I set the header atop the boards in this photo!

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Yep, I was exactly one inch short! *%@*@!! So, I spent Friday rebuilding another set of headers exactly one inch wider, lol …

On the bright side, it turns out, after walking through the house measuring doorways, that we have two different doors in the future tv/office that have 35″ doorways, so the now-extra headers will work perfectly in there … whew!

 
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2021 Fall Colors Tour Video

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Here’s a neat look at a video from the Fall Colors Tour.

 
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Video on Rebuilding Headlight Rings

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Jason put together this video on how he, just for the challenge of it, rebuilt a set of headlight rings. You can see his other videos here.

 
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Controlling a Lift From the Dash

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

A few years ago Barry finally solved the riddle of which hydraulic lift offered by Newgren used a dash control. You can read about it here:

https://www.farmjeep.com/2020/05/27/the-old-newgren-control-on-the-dash-mystery-finally-solved/

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Nate Tests “Snowshoe” in the Snow

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Nate got out his camera and his track-enabled CJ-5 named Snowshoe to see how it would do in the snow. He’s suitably impressed.

 
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Rescuing a 1949 Jeepster

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Bill shared this TWO-HOUR video of a 1949 Jeepster rescue. I haven’t had time to review it all, but it looks like in pretty good condition and will make a good restore or drive-as-is project.

 
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Kid’s Jeep in Old Photo

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Blaine shared this photo that includes this toy jeep. It was included in a thread on pedal cars, but I can’t tell if this is pedal or foot driven. There is no date on the photo.

https://www.autopuzzles.com/forum/featured-imagery/vintage-pedal-cars-your-posts-are-wanted!/

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2 Structo Toy Jeeps Middletown, CT $90/each

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Bill shared these two structo kids’ toys for sale.

  1. Red Structo Jeep:
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  2. Structo Toy Jeep “Doodle Bug”:
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Transport Motor Company

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

UPDATE: I’ve added information to the bottom of the post which discusses the shift of employees from the Transport Motor Company to the Kurland Motor Company in late 1948.

Unfortunately, I don’t have time to export this topic further, but Barry Thomas is doing research into California’s Transport Motor Company, which was the earliest supplier of Willys farm equipment in California. If anyone has more info about the company, Barry of would like to know about it. Comment below or email me at d@deilers.com and I’ll connect you.

Transport Motor was already a strong Willys reseller by the time WWII started, so they were were well positioned for post-war sales and service. This ad was published in the October 19, 1941, issue of the Oakland Tribune as part of a larger article:

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After the war, the company pushed Willys Jeeps and the associated farm equipment, though it is unclear which specific models/manufacturers of the equipment was being sold, as evidenced by this October 27, 1946, classified ad in the Oakland Tribune:

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This article from the March 28, 1947, issue of the Ventura County Star claims that Transport was the first company to make farm equipment especially for the jeep (I would need to see more evidence to believe that):

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For unknown reasons, in late 1948 many key personnel from the Transport company left Transport for a new Willys dealer, Kurland Motors. Whether Transport survived this event is unclear (perhaps the Transport company was already defunct by this time).

 
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Bantam Jeep Festival June 10-12, 2022

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

This year’s Bantam Jeep Festival will be taking place June 10-12th.

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