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1948 Report on ‘Jeep’ in Conservation

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Books, Documents, Features

I purchased this cool booklet off of eBay. It has some great pics. I’ll share once it arrives.

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March 1953 AD for Photo Tools

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Steve shared this ad for Proto Tools that included a Jeep. It appeared in the March 1953 issue of Mechanix Illustrated.

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1941 Photo of Ford GPs in Box Car

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This photo is another image-applied-to-plate that’s on eBay. It’s a neat photo showing at least four Ford GPs inside a boxcar.

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“Jeep New Metal Sign: Military Jeep Secured Inside Vtg. Railroad Boxcar 4 Transit

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″

This sign is also available in 12″ x 16″ for $29.88.”

 
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1942 Photo of Ford GPAs(Seeps) in Parade on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Any thoughts on where this photo was taken?

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“1942 Press Photo Soldiers drive amphibious jeeps in Armistice Parade. This is an original press photo. War implements – jeeps in Armistice Parade Photo measures 8 x 3 inches. Photo is dated 11-11-1942.”

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Different Versions of the Koenig-Manufactured Hardtop

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .
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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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