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Unknown Cutlas Selective Hub Model

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

Bob shared the photo at the bottom that appeared on a Craigslist Ad for a 1977-J10. It shows what appears to be a Cutlas hub, but it’s a design I don’t have documented. Let’s review the Cutlas Selective Drive Hubs:

The first design was model 100-2 and had no slot:

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Later, Cutlas came out with the slotted form of the hub. Note that the slated knob has a “506-1” part number, suggesting that this whole hub was model 500-1.

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Arguably, the Bulldog was the next iteration of this general design. It too has the slotted knob, but lacks a model number:

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The hub Bob spotted was on a later model jeep, so maybe Cutlas offered this version of the hub for a short time? It seems to be an further iteration of the Bulldog; unfortunately, I have no brochures that document it.

 
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September 1960 Finding the Going Tough Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This 1960 brochure labeled Form No. DM60-09 took some patience to finally locate on eBay, though I had to purchase 10 brochures (8 of which I already had). At least the price was low.

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1963 Brochure For New Gladiator and Wagoneer

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This 1963 one-page double-sided brochure printed in Canada announces the new Wagoneer and Gladiator models. What I found interesting was on the back. The chart shows the electrical setups for all vehicles as of 1963. I was surprised to see that while the Surrey DJ-3A still had the 6 volt battery option, the standard Dispatcher DJ-3A did not. I was surprised to see the FCs also had a 6 volt option still.

It is possible this was unique to Canadian made jeeps, but I can think of no reason that would be the case.

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Flatfender Desk Wheat Ridge, CO $1000

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts

This desk comes with drawers.

https://denver.craigslist.org/fuo/d/wheat-ridge-willys-jeep-desk/7478669675.html

“This a one-of-a-kind, Willys Jeep desk that is perfect for a Jeep enthusiast or anyone looking for a very unique piece of furniture. This originally sold for $1500.”

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Kelly-Branded Dualmatic Hub

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A set up Dualmatic-style two-lever hubs appeared for sale on Facebook the other day. What made this set unique was that the hubs were private labeled for Kelly Manufacturing. It’s the first set I’ve seen with Kelly’s information on it. I doubt there are many other hubs bearing these stickers.

This shouldn’t be too big of shock, as Kelly also private labeled Kayline tops for sale in the late 1950s. And, of course, Dualmatic was offering to private label their hubs for Sears, Allstate, and other entities.

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Parmley-Bodied Jeep Sold Recently

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This rare Parmley-Bodied sold quickly on Facebook. Not many of these around and even fewer with a hardtop.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/WillysSwapMeet/posts/3202586826681241

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1951 Ads with How 4-Wheel Drive Works Section on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I haven’t seen ads with a “How 4-Wheel Drive Works” section quite like these two ads from 1951 have.

1. View all the information on eBay

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2. View all the information on eBay

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Snug and Warm Postcard on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards

I’m guessing this is a late 1940s or early 1950s postcard.

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“Unwritten, undated, unstamped, unmailed UNLESS stated otherwise above.”

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Don Takes Us Around the Willys Reunion

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

I should have some updates on Friday morning. In the meantime, thanks to Don for giving us a guided tour of the 2022 Willys Reunion.

 
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No Updates Wed

• CATEGORIES: Features

Mom’s house is under contract, so I need to make one last trip to round up the misc stuff in the garage, along with a bunch of boards. So, I’ll be away from my computer all day Wed and probably some of Thursday. The new folks are excited about the place, so that’s great. And they are even taking mom’s cats, so that’s a plus as well.

Given the above is a boring paragraph, we’ll turn to Blaine and a photo he shared with me that appears to be a Tri-ang pedal jeep out of Australia driven by a young girl.

https://www.shannons.com.au/club/enthusiasts/popsss/garage/1955-jeep-1942-ww-ii/

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1961 FJ-3A/Fleet Van “Installer’s Model” Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I lucked out on snagging this unusual FJ-3A brochure. It focuses on the repair industry. It is form number 61-14.

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2022 Spring Willys Reunion Video

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features, videos

This past weekend was the Willys Reunion. I don’t have much in the way of photos (yet), but here is a video from the Red Eye Cafe Garage that highlights some of the jeeping and, later on, some of the vehicles that attended the reunion. One of the unexpected events was a 3AM fire drill at the hotel!

 
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Worked on Patterson Saturday

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I pulled out Patterson yesterday to being making a few minor repairs. You might remember (though I’d rather forget) that the driver’s side rear got a little crunched when Patterson bumped up against the UHaul trailer last fall (Ugh).

On Saturday, I pulled off the surrounding equipment, then using clamps and counter-force (slow and steady), pulled everything back together. It came together surprisingly well. Next steps are to replace the rear lights, replace the generator, and reduce the friction between the brake and clutch pedal (push one down, the other drops a little).

Once the work is done, I will put it up for sale. Do we want to sell it? Not really, but we are working on getting another vintage jeep to replace Patterson, something far cooler. Once everything is settled, I will announce it.

 
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Willys Overland Rally 2022 Video

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Bill spotted this article from motor1 that included a video of vintage jeeps tackling Moab slick rock  from this year’s Willys Overland Rally 2022.

https://www.motor1.com/news/586094/willys-jeeps-off-roading-in-moab-video/

 
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1966 Cutlas Hub Brochure

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

I found this brochure on eBay. It’s the first time I’ve seen this version. The form number is 4-66, which I believe means it was published in April of 1966.
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Jeep Diaper Cake

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

Under the things-I-didn’t-know, Ann tells me that folded material into shapes is 1) a thing and 2) is called a “cake”. To wit, she spotted this jeep made from folding diapers and material together (no glue). This is certainly more clever than if I tried to make a jeep using diapers and material.

From the Facebook Post: “A Jeep diaper cake for a new Mom!! She loved it and doesn’t want to take it apart!! LOL!! 10 washcloths, 6 blankets, 2 bottles, 1 pair of socks, 1 medicine dropper, and 55 diapers. I never use glue!”

https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=1000582063996149&set=pcb.1224982958173993

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The Minnesota Trip

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Dave and I with the racer loaded on the trailer.

What a couple of weeks!

One of our goals before leaving was to put in Ann’s garden. So, prior to leaving for MN, we expanded the fencing (primarily to keep the dogs in and so they can chase out any critters), laid the dirt for corn and squash, laid gravel over the rest of the dirt, and put in elevated planters so that Ann does’t have to bend down. We’d hoped to move the propane tank, but that will have to wait now until Fall. It’s all temporary so we can see how we like the location.

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Last Friday mom’s place went up for sale. On Wednesday, (as Ann and I were racing back from Minnesota) the home went under contract. It came down to a developer who wanted to develop the land (all cash deal) or a couple with a daughter who wanted to live in the house and offered to take mom’s cats. It was an easy call, as mom would have wanted the cats cared for, so we agreed to the deal with the couple. So, a huge step forward in finalizing the estate.

And now for the road trip to MN, here’s what happened.

Our drive to Minnesota was uneventful. We drove 1000 miles the first day under perfect skies, with no storms. Because I was a little paranoid about blowing a trailer tire, we kept the speed art around 70mph for most of the trip. The next day we drove an additional 500 miles in similar beautiful weather, landing in Little Falls, Minnesota, for the evening.

The next morning we stopped by Thielen Meats in Pierz, as recommenced by Dave F. It was a great recommendation (voted the #1 meat market in Minnesota and celebrating its 100th anniversary this year). We bought some beef sausages, smoked mozzarella, a whole smoked white fish (yum), and some smoked pork ribs. Everything was great (we should have bought more).

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Photo Credit: Thielen Meats

A short time later, we arrived at Dave’s place. Dave and I have been communicating about this racer for several years, but for all the reasons you already know, it wasn’t until this spring that it was practical for us to go fetch the jeep.

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Some of the worst damage:

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Made it Home

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UPDATE: We began Wednesday in Dickinson, ND. We stopped in Montana to visit Dan and April’s new bison ranch, then planned to stop in Missoula for the night. However, our concern over degrading weather on Thursday between Spokane and Missoula convinced us to push through to home. We arrived at 3am, Thurs morning, pretty bushed! I will give a full trip update once I recover from our drive.

We had a good time talking with Dave in Minnesota when we picked up the race jeep. He showed us around his collection of jeeps, which was a surprise! We leave from Dickinson, ND, this morning and have about a day and half left of driving, so more to come, including our story of the TICK invasion!

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Minnesota Trip Update

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We’ve made it to Minnesota after two long days of driving. Other than seeing two semi complete flat fenders (2A or 3As) being hauled west on I-90 near the Bozeman area, not much to report. I’ll post pics and a quick Tuesday at some point.

Last night in Glendive, Montana, and tonight in Minnesota my hotspot internet access has sucked, so I can’t do a whole lot.

 
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Video: Collection of 4300 Imported Vehicles

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

This video shows an impressive collection of imported vehicles in a Virginia “barn”, including some Mitsubishi Jeeps.

“It’s not often that Tom looks at shiny new cars, but when he heard about a Japanese import specialist who has collected and sold over 4000 Japanese manufactured vehicles, he couldn’t pass the opportunity up. We’re talking Datsun Z cars, GT-Rs, Accord Aerodecks, Figaros, Totota Coronas, Suzuki Jimnys, and many more. But the fun doesn’t stop there! Tom visits a nearby location that holds 300 plus Volkswagen Westfalias that have been collected from around the U.S. by a gentleman to help preserve and maintain the Westfalia population. Among the collection are a few rare utility Westfalias from different countries”

 
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Trip to MN Begins Sunday Morning

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Map of our drive west this week. We plan to return that same route, unless a weather change directs us differently.

Early Sunday morning we head for Minnesota on our quest to retrieve the Parkette bodied racer from Dave. If all goes as planned, we’ll be in Mora on Tuesday late morning.

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Unfortunately, it is pouring rain this morning here in Prosser, so trip-prep on the trailer will have to wait until the expected sunnier weather this afternoon.

Given we’ll be pulling our trailer there and back, we won’t be doing much sight-seeing. We do plan on meeting with a reader in Montana on our return trip. It turns out that one conversation between him and I radically changed his family’s life and I couldn’t be more happy for them. More on that later.

 

 

 
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1947 Ad for Poole Motor Co. Jeep Dealer in Steele, MS

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

This full page ad for the Poole Motor Company out of Steele, Mississippi, appeared in the October 06, 1947, issue of the Courier News out of Blytheville, AR. It’s too bad the pics aren’t clearer.

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Nine months later, on June 01, 1948, the Poole Motor Co. published this ad in the Courier News:

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1946 Toledo University Ad in Year Book $29.99 (obo)

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Books, Features

Under the strange-places-to-find-a-Willys-Overland-ad category, someone is selling this 1946 Toledo University Yearbook (aka Blockhouse) with a ‘Jeep’ ad inside it.

View all the information on eBay

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1946 CJ-2A With Custom Body and Top

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features, Unusual • TAGS: , .

Eric postedthis cool little jeep to the Willys CJ-2A Facebook page. His grandfather did the original work. The redesigned jeep had fallen into disrepair before Eric began the work necessary to resurrect it back to how his grandfather’s build.

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https://www.facebook.com/groups/18657808157/permalink/10159871614563158

 
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FC-170 Tie Clip and Cufflinks **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, FC150-FC170-M677, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** These were two separate listings.

  1. FC-170 Tie Clip: BUY-IT-NOW Price is $35
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  2. FC-170 Cuff Links: BUY-IT-NOW Price is $45
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