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1965 Diamant Family Trip through the US

• CATEGORIES: Camping, Features

UPDATE: This article was originally published April 11, 2015:

In 1965 Brits R.M.E. Diamant, his wife, and three children completed a five month drive around the United States in a Jeep Wagoneer Camper. Mr. Diamant intended to publish stories of their adventure in travel magazines in the UK and the US, but his article in the 1966 Jeep News was the only one I found.

I’ve created this rough map of their journey based on the places mentioned in the article.



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1944 Article about a Soldier’s WWII Story

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

UPDATE: Originally published March 27, 2015: 

Interesting story from the St. Petersburg Times if accurate.


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Fall 1979 – Winter 1980 Jeep News

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

This is the last of the Jeep News issues from the 1970s and early 1980s that I have. I hope folks have found it somewhat interesting.

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Flyer 1:

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Flyer 2: 

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Our Gang Ice Racing Video

• CATEGORIES: Features, Racing

The Our Gang 4 Wheelers in Georgetown, Colorado, have one more race this weekend (unless the ice holds a while longer). This video gives a short overview of their sport. The club also has an updated website with lots of images.


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Jungle Larry’s African Safari Post Card on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards • TAGS: .

Here’s safari tour jeep train postcard from Jungle Larry’s African Safari out of Naples, Florida. It looks like the CJ-5 jeep is pulling a tram.

There is also a website devoted to the memory of Jungle Larry and his wife Safari Jane.

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This photo is published on the Jungle Larry website on the store page. I don’t believe it is the same CJ-5 as the stripes are a little different along the driver’s side and the rear bodies are different (along with the lack of top and windshield).


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Hemet Jeep Club Photo CJ-6 on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old Images Jeeping

This 8×10 black and white photo shows a Hemet Jeep Club member climbing a hill in his CJ-6. It may have been taken as part of one of their annual cavalcade events.

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“Vtg Photograph Hemet California Cavalcaders Jeep 4 wheel Club By F.J. Wiff 8×10. Cool Vintage Photograph Of a Hemet California Cavalcaders Jeep 4 whelling club get together sometime from late 40’s early 50’s i would guess. Photo is an 8 inch by 10 inch Photo By F.J. Wiff or Wift im not sure.”


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Hickey Dual Rear Adapters on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts

These Hickey dually adapters are priced at $775, but seller will consider offers.

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“They are like New never used . There are no marking on adapters.
Set comes with 2 adapters, 5 left hand thread studs and 5 right hand studs.
Flat Shipping is $95 usd. Worldwide . may ship from other locations.


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1955-1958 Willys Motors Brochures on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This collection of eleven brochures (did I count correctly?) and one postcard appear to be from between 1955-1958.

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“Vintage Lot Jeep Willys Automotive Dealership Advertisement Brochures
New Jersey Based Dealerships
Delivery Wagon Truck Jeep FC-150 FC-170”


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UPDATE to Updates delayed

• CATEGORIES: Features

UPDATE: I *think* things are back to normal? Well, not so much normal. I will do a few updates before our trip, then a few scattered updates plus some reruns during our week-long trip. 

Due to ongoing updates to the site’s software framework, no updates Thursday morning.

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Fall 1978 – Winter 1979 Jeep News

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

This issue is only 12 pages.

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Early Warn Winch Brochures

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

These three Warn brochures are on eBay.

  1. This brochure for the 6000lb winch includes on the back a reference to Kelly Manufacturing as a distributor of Warn winches in the eastern US. I believe the print date is July 1968.
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  2. The print date of this brochure for the 8000 lb winch appears to be December 1970. It does not include a reference to Kelly.
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Broken Facebook Images and Google’s WEBP

• CATEGORIES: Features

For a couple weeks I’ve been having problems loading some images from Facebook Marketplace in my safari browser (I can load the same pages successfully in other browsers like Firefox and Google Chrome). This is an annoying issue because, obviously, it means I can’t see some ads for use on eWillys.

I finally determined  that Facebook is experimenting with using Google’s “.WEBP” format for some pics. The solution is to update my Safari browser. Okay, that’s doable.

My problem is that the WordPress version I run (the platform under the eWillys skin) won’t let me post those files, which means I have to move those images to a photo program, then resave them as jpegs.Well, that’s a pain I don’t need!

So, I need to update my WordPress instance, but sometimes that breaks things. So, if Ewillys goes down, I tried updating and things didn’t go well. (I have other sites that update just fine, but my eWillys webhost has locked down the eWillys files tightly, which is both good (for security) but bad (for me manipulating things).

Anyway, if some of you also have the problem with broken images in some Facebook Marketplace ads, that’s likely why (Only seems to happen in some auto ads).

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1979 Spring Summer Issue of Jeep News

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

UPDATE: I had this as a 1978 issue, but I think it may actually be from 1979.

After a year of 20 page newsletters, this one and the next one were cut to twelve pages. This includes an extra flyer advertising jeep equipment. The readers letters section (pg 2-3) contains descriptions of clubs that match my memories of being in a club.

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Winter 2022-2023 Issue of Dispatcher Magazine Has Been Released

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

I received the latest issue of Dispatcher Magazine yesterday. In it, John Gunnel discusses Howard Tibbal, his huge circus model, and circus jeeps, while Barry Thomas shares how Henry Ford saved the jeep.


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Willys Jeep-A-Trench Sandia Park, NM No Price

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

Andy shared this one.


“Willy’s Jeep-A-Trench Price is just a placeholder Open to all reasonable offers Located in Sandia Park”

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Klairmont Kollection’s CJ-2 #6

• CATEGORIES: Features

Barry Thomas let me know that this rare CJ-2 #6 has found a new home. Keith Buckley and Brandon  from Jeep appear in a video discussing the jeep. Check out the video on Barry’s Farmjeep site:



Photo courtesy of Farmjeep.com.

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Davis Scenic Tours Brochure

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

I purchased this rare Davis Scenic Jeep Tours brochure from eBay. According to the CJ-3B page (which has a brief history of the company), Davis Scenic Tours was launched in 1946. It was eventually sold in 1959. At that time, the name was changed to San Juan Scenic Jeep Tours.

The brochure is 5.5″ x 8.5″ (half sheet of standard page) and folded in half. So, it’s pretty small.

The brochure’s cover photo of the CJ-3B isn’t very good, so below is a pic that shows how the modified-stretched CJ-3B actually looked, courtesy of the CJ-3B page:

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Spring Summer 1978 Jeep News

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

This twenty-page issue of Jeep News includes a second advertising flyer, but one focus on special equipment rather than swag.

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14th Annual Willys Overland Rally in Moab May 19-21, 2023

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

The 14th Annual Willys Overland Rally takes place this May 19-21 in Moab.

Learn more here: http://www.willysrally.com/index.php



Image from 2021 Willys Overland Rally

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Fall 1977-Winter 1978 Jeep News

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

This issue of jeep news is 20 pages and includes another Jeep Products flyer.





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Seattle Belly Panners Jeep Club Patch

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

I lucked into finding this original Seattle Belly Paneers Jeep Club Patch! Can’t be many of these left. It is 7″tall x 5″ wide.

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1942 AD For the Ethyl Corporation on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This unusual ad features a jeep in part of it. What looks like a “what’s in a name” ad, is really an ad for the Ethyl Corporation.

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“This is an Original old Vintage Trade Ad. This print ad Measures Approx: 14″ x 10 1/2″. This is Not a Photocopy or reproduction.”


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1942 Barbasol Ad With Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Here’s another ad featuring a jeep, but this time it is for Barbasol Shaving Cream.

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Racer Update

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

I wasn’t planning on doing a racer update today, but both Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist were having issues last night loading pages. So, since, I took pics with the body yesterday, I figured I’d throw these up here. The cage is almost done, then on to floors and seats. OR, maybe shock mounts and rear sway bar.


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Jeep Rodeo in the 1959 Issue of Man’s Magazine

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Racing

UPDATE: This post originally appeared April 2, 2016


The February 1959 of Man’s Magazine contained photos and short report from the annual Jeep Rodeo in Yakima, Washington. Unfortunately, most of the pics aren’t a whole lot different from the March 1959 issue of Modern Man Magazine, featured in 2013.

Man’s magazine turned out to be a lot less risqué than the cover image and headlines might suggest. There was even an opinion article expressing concern over how American college football was fast becoming too professionalized.




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