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Different Versions of the Koenig-Manufactured Hardtop

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The small rear window can be seen on the back of the top at the left top of this 1956 DJ-3A brochure.

Mike raised a question the other day, which resulted in us learning something new. He was viewing the launch-brochure for the DJ-3A when he noticed that the Koenig-manufactured hardtop was illustrated with a small rear window. Up to that point, Mike and I and several other folks were under the impression that all these tops had the same size rear window, but in fact that was false.

Instead, it appears that in 1955, through 1946(?) and possibly into 1957, Jeep used a small window in the back of the top, before moving to a larger one. Especially with the DJ-3As, with their lack of side windows, that small window would have made backing up difficult, as it would have been hard to see anything behind the driver.

Here are the four types of hardtops of this style identified so far.

  1. This top was available as early as 1955. This photo is a 1955 press photo showing a CJ-5 with the small window in the back. The CJ-5 version of the top also came with side windows. The image below is also available on eBay.
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  2. It’s not clear when the transition occurred, but in late 1956 or in 1957 the top began arriving with a much larger window as seen in this photo.
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  3. Though an early photo of the DJ-3A with this style of top showed it with windows, the production version was manufactured without side windows.
    1956-dj3a-buffalo-ny8This photo shows the same jeep from the side. You can see the lack of side windows.
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  4. This image shows a 1964 hardtop on a DJ-3A with the larger window.
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    This photo shows the solid sides:
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Dean Martin and a Jeepster Commando

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Mike shared this photo that was drifting around Facebook. It’s clip of Dean Martin behind a Jeepster Commando. According to the Facebook post, “Dean Martin, Senta Berger, Janice Rule, and a ‘67 Jeepster Commando Station Wagon. From the 1967 Matt Helm film “The Ambushers”.” As Derek Redmond pointed out, it’s not the only Jeep in that movie.

The Internet Movie Car Database has even more pics from the movie. In fact, Jeepster Commandos appeared in a variety of movies: https://www.imcdb.org/vehicles_make-Jeep_model-Jeepster+Commando.html

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Jeepster Wood Model on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

I have one of these wood Jeepster models. There’s another one on eBay currently.

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“Antique vintage new old stock Models of Merit by Ace Products jeep jeepster kit no.7r Balsa Wood Model Kit Condition is nos In box complete with instructions”

These pics are a little nicer, but from a different eBay auction:
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Kaiser Jeep Automatic Transmission Service Guide

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Documents, Features

Maury spotted this one. It was on eBay (sold for $17.50). This 1979 guide seems a clever way to diagnose transmission problems.

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“”Kaiser Jeep Corporation Automatic Transmission Circular Slide Rule Calculator” by the writers and illustrators of Kaiser Jeep Corporation, Toledo Ohio. No Copyright data; research indicates Kaiser Jeep used Borg-Warner transmissions at least 1970-1972 – probably longer. Here is a guide for use while servicing those transmissions. Kaiser Jeep published the wheel as a Mechanic’s tool, and as an advertising piece, for their dealers selling retail product in that era. Note – the photos you see are of this mechanic’s tool and advertising piece – no ‘Stock Photos’.

A tight firm clean double-wheel ‘slide rule’ calculator in tan/black, unmarked, a trifle darkened after a half-Century on a shelf. 7 1/4″ in diameter; the inner wheel is 5 1/2″ in diameter.

A guide to when service is required on these transmissions;
The order in which the tests should be made;
The reverse shows the Pressure Levels, where the Transmission selector (gearshift) should be place and what RPM or MPH should be utilized in those tests;
Speeds at which downshifts should be made.
A solid clean circular slide rule – lots of data on the reverse. Direct from a postwar Jeep dealer’s library. No mustiness, No smoke smell. We do try to describe them correctly – We want you back as a customer – hundreds of repeat customers. “

 
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1957(?) How to Use 4 Wheel Drive Booklet

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Books, Features

This 4 Wheel Drive Booklet was likely produced between 1955-1957. An accompanying order form (seen at the bottom) suggests it was likely a 1957. The booklet was assigned form W-640. It’s not in the best of shape, but it also wasn’t very expensive.

The is a much better version of this booklet as compared to the earlier version from 1952.

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1956 DJ-3A Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Maury spotted this DJ-3A brochure, form number W241-6.

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“You are bidding on an old and original undated 8 1/2 x 11″ folder that is advertising the Jeep Dispatcher. It is in excellent condition with some minor storage stress.”

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Warn “Summer” Hubs Shawnee, OK eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts

Maury spotted these. The Warn “Summer” Waffle-style hubs were the first type produced by Warn. Warn followed that up with the dimpled version. Learn more about these and other “summer” hubs here.

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“We found this in a old Jeep we were restoring ,Willys Jeep Warn Hub . Condition very good in the BOX”

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‘Jeep’ Combat 6 Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I hadn’t run across this Combat 6 brochure. You can learn more about the Combat 6 here.

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“Soft Cover
c. 2 pages
Condition: Fair, light pencil writing at the bottom of brochure, no missing pages, no loose pages, no significant tears. Slight marks, yellowing and creasing.”

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Willys Audio-Visual Unit Brochure **Status Unknown**

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: Status Unknown. Was $17 + $10 shipping.

My guess is that this Australian produced brochure was probably released circa 1955.

“Soft Cover
c. 5 pages
Printed in USA.
Condition: Fair, no writting, no missing pages, no loose pages, no significant tears. Slight marks, yellowing and creasing.”

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I’ve flipped the top image below to make the text easier to read:

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1957 ‘Jeep’ Vehicles Help Fight Disease Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Here’s another rare ‘Jeep’ Vehicles Help Fight Disease Brochureform number MFS-8-57-X. You can view the whole brochure here.

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Australian CJ-3B Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This is a seven page brochure, but only a couple pages were scanned for the eBay auction. This is roughly $24 USD (which includes shipping) at the current price.

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Vintage Dealer Photo from Galax, Virginia

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

Chris spotted this Jeep dealer photo taken in Galax, Virginia, on a Carroll County Facebook page. If you look carefully, you’ll see the round ‘Service’ Jeep sign (painted?) on the building with an extra large “P”.

There’s still a Mink Motor Sales company that sells used cars. I can’t tell if this venture is the same location as shown in in the pic below.

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Verne Simons’ Identifies Early CJ-2As

• CATEGORIES: Features

Verne Simons tackles identifying the early CJ-2A in the article posted to Four Wheeler.

https://www.fourwheeler.com/news/features/early-cj-2a-id/

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Pictured is a 1945 VEC CJ-2A that’s been converted to a floor shift.

 
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Image of CJ-2 on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This image shows a CJ-2 jeep with a welding setup(?). The “JEEP” on the windshield coupled with the position of the spare tire are clues to the model. This image is placed atop a metal sign as part of the purchase.

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Image of Jeepster Commando w/ Camper on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Camping, Features, Old Images

This image seems to show a Jeepster Commando version of the CJ-5-camper concept. It’s unclear to me whether this was a prototype design or someone’s custom creation. Anyone ever seen other pics of this?

For this eBay auction, this image has been applied to a metal sign.

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“Vintage Jeep With Camper Extension New Metal Sign: Toledo, Ohio

Suitable for framing or hanging, has pre drilled holes. A nice piece of 20th century history.
Great coloration in the sign.
The sign measures 9″ x 12″
Watermark will not appear on your purchased sign.

This sign is also available in 12″ x 16″ size for $29.88
Please message if you are interested in the larger size.
This sign has a high quality baked on gloss finish, and is made in America

Sign is crafted of aircraft grade quality aluminum.”

 
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1950’s Truck Brochure from Australia **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

I haven’t seen a similar version of this brochure for the US market.

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“Soft Cover
2 pages
Condition: Fair, no writting, no missing pages, no loose pages, no significant tears. Slight marks, yellowing and creasing.

“4-wheel drive Willys Jeep Australia’s Most Versatile 1 Ton Truck Model 6-226, 6 Cyl. “Super Hurricane” Power, Bodies to Buyers Specifications, Made in Australia, ‘If It’s not a Willys… It’s Not a ‘JEEP’ 4-Wheel Drive Truck!'” Brochure with specs.

 
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1945 Photo of Destruction in Berlin on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This photo appears to show a GPW in the foreground and a decimated street in the Berlin in the background.

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“THIS IS RUSSIAN WWII LARGE SIZE PRESS PHOTO: WILLYS JEEP VEHICLE ON RUINED BERLIN STREET, MAY 1945. Black and white, size approx. 175mm x 125mm.”

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1953 Ramar of the Jungle Program

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Mike shared this episode one of season one introduction to the Ramar of the Jungle TV program. It opens with an MB overheating. At one point one of the guys removes the radiator cap (I kept wincing, waiting for water to explode out of it). At another point, the same guy starts to “work” on the brakes by banging on something (didn’t sound like the brakes) with a wrench.

 
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Image on Metal of US Airforce Dispatcher on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This unusual photo (which for the purposes of this ebay sale is a metal sign), take on January 6, 1955, documents the existence of what appears to be a Two-Wheel-Drive Dispatcher model based on the M-38A1, designed for the Air Force. I never knew one (or more?) of these models were created.

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“1955 Willys Jeep New Metal Sign: US Airforce Dispatch Model from Press Photo. Suitable for framing or hanging, has pre drilled holes. A nice piece of 20th century history.

The sign measures 9″ x 12″
This sign is also available in 12″ x 16″ for $29.88. Please message if you are interested in the larger size.

This collection of Jeep images come from the former Jeep Museum in Toledo, Ohio. The former custodian of the museum, before it closed, saved these pictures from being thrown away. He has allowed me to scan them in high resolution and put them on metal.”

 
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Image of DJ-3A w/Tubes on Roof on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Here’s another Dispatcher photo, this time of a DJ-3A with tubes of some kind on top. This has the Koenig built hardtop, the Dispatcher logo sticker, and one-ring hubcaps.

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“Jeep New Metal Sign: Toledo Jeep Factory Security Vehicle inside Plant. Suitable for framing or hanging, has pre drilled holes. A nice piece of 20th century history.

The sign measures 9″ x 12″
This sign is also available in 12″ x 16” for $29.88. Please message if you are interested in the larger size.

This collection of Jeep images come from the former Jeep Museum in Toledo, Ohio. The former custodian of the
museum, before it closed, saved these pictures from being thrown away. He has allowed me to scan them
in high resolution and put them on metal.

Watermark will not appear on your purchased sign.

 
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Worlds Largest Bison, Jamestown, ND

• CATEGORIES: Features

Just a few updates today, as I’m wiped.

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That’s one big bison behind us!

Yesterday morning Ms. Betty Page woke us up at 6am. She slept all night on her own, so we weren’t too unhappy with her morning wake up whines.

We’d spent Saturday night in Jamestown, North Dakota. Since it wasn’t quite light out yet, we piled in the jeep, filled up the tank, and found an open Caribou Coffee as we waited for the sunrise, because we wanted to see a special bison.

One of Jamestown’s claims to fame is its giant bison Sculpture, standing 26′ tall and 46 feet long. We decided that before we left town, we’d drive on over to the bison to get a ‘family’ photo. We figured we’d have the bison to ourselves, as who would be crazy enough to get up at day break on a 30 degree Sunday morning to look at a giant fake bison (besides us)?

It turned out, there was a whole frontier town that lined the street leading up to the bison! The cold, quiet morning and some low lying clouds gave the old, empty frontier town an eerie feeling. It was cool.

Here are a few pics.

Just before the Frontier town gates, there was a two story viewing platform (on the left) and a large Prairie Schooner shaped chuckwagon to its right. Both overlook a herd of bison (we couldn’t tell if the bison were there at this time or not).

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After driving through a set of gates (which we were surprised to see open), we encountered an old train depot, a few other buildings, then this general store and church.

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Just beyond the church was a museum, though it was closed (we didn’t have time for it anyway). After the general store and church was a series of buildings that we had to drive through to get to the bison (the bison is behind me in the below pic).

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Here’s another angle with the jeep in the photo:

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WWII Jeep Gets an Honorable Discharge

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

UPDATE: Steve spotted a second version of this on Youtube (same video, but different URL address). I first posted the video below in 2015. It’s worth a second look.

This video is called “WWII Jeep Gets an Honorable Discharge” and shows Mayor Fred Heine’s Ford GP. The video shows the jeep working on the farm. Lots of great shots. Wyatt’s father was the first person to work on it when Fred Heine couldn’t get it started. The jeep is now at the U.S.Veterans Memorial Museum in Huntsville Alabama, which was featured last week.

 
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Scheneker Iron Works Snow Plow Brochure **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

Maury spotted this one. Listed as a 1943 Ad, this clearly was a post war ad. The first clue is the CJ looking grille. The second clue is the suggestion that folks could find a plow at their “Jeep Dealer”. It’s likely a late 1940s brochure, as it has shown up in late 1940s Willys-Overland Special Equipment booklets.

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Welcome Ms. Betty Page

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On Saturday we made it to Minneapolis to pick up our new family addition, Ms. Betty Page, aka Page, a Shiranian (Pomeranian and Shi Tsu mix).

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10 week old Betty Page

Our ten-year-old dog Zollie (also a Shiranian) had been become very needy following the death of his beagle pal “Jelly”. So, Ann began looking around for a companion for him. She had gotten Zollie in 2010 in Omaha when she lived there. So, when she tried to find a Shiranian locally, it proved impossible. In fact, only two locations had Shiranian pups ready for purchase: Minnesota and Kentucky. A third location, Missouri, had a very young litter, which won’t be ready until early May.

Since Ann needed a short break from her mother, and since family was going to be in town this weekend, we decided to “high tail it” to Minneapolis. After all, the weather was perfect for the drive (sun, no snow, and moderate temps). And, it’s only a 22 hour drive (and 1500 miles one way).  Our return trip will take two days (be home Monday at some point), as Page will require a few more potty breaks.

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The pic that inspired the name.

Now, why the name Ms. Betty Page? Ann thought Page looked like a diva in the pic we received of her (pic above on the pink blanket). So, she did some research and thought Betty Page a good match for how she imagined Page might be. Sure enough, when we met the pup, she was a rascal. She’s not shy about pushing Zollie or chasing him, not that she can keep up with him yet. And, given the fact that I write, the name “Page” was also a fun fit.

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Ann and I both thought that once Zollie passed away in a few years that we’d be dog free. Clearly, that plan is not longer the plan. 

Zollie isn’t quite a Page fan yet. That’s because he’s been a bachelor for most of his life. I haven’t written much about him, but Zollie (his full name is Zoloft) began as Ann’s PTSD dog, acquired a year before Ann acquired me. She’d only had big dogs until she got him, but with her injury issues, she decided a smaller dog made more sense.

He was an energizer bunny when she first got him. Since those early days, he’s become calmer and is now a sweet, smart, and super well-behaved dog. Zollie doesn’t shed (Hypoallergenic) and doesn’t like to get dirty/muddy/wet, so he’s a great inside dog. He can sit through a movie at a movie theatre and not make a peep. He can sit through dinner at a restaurant and not beg.

However, over the years, he’s developed more neuroses than Ann; he’s the one who needs the therapy (he’s afraid of fires, hate’s camping, hates traveling in the motorhome, hates being outside most of the time, hates having to eat out of a bowl, …. the list is a long one).

Anyway, that’s all for now. I need to get to bed. We need to get up early Sunday so we can find the largest Bison in Jamestown, ND, and get a “family” picture with it.

 
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January 1955 NEW CJ-5 Ad

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This ad for the all new CJ-5 model of jeep was published in the January 8, 1955, issue of the Saturday Evening Post.

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