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1957 Photo of M-38A1; Merry Christmas!

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This old Christmas photo featuring a decorated M-38A1 and trailer is for sale on eBay. It’s a pretty faded photo, but just seemed perfect for this year’ s pandemic Christmas … things are just a bit off this year!

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“Vintage 1957 Christmas Photograph Santa Merry Christmas Jeep Reindeer Funny.”

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Jeeps For Georgie

• CATEGORIES: Features

Bill shared this story about a 1000 jeeps and drivers in Martinsburg, West Virginia, giving a young cancer patient home for Christmas a parade to remember. The event was called “Jeeps for Georgie”. Read more here:

https://wjla.com/news/local/gallery-more-than-a-thousand-jeeps-gather-to-surprise-young-cancer-patient

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Neil Young & His 1951 Jeepster

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

UPDATE: Mark found this photo which seems like it could have been taken at the same time the video was shot: https://www.morrisonhotelgallery.com/photographs/T9XmZX/Neil-Young-Broken-Arrow-Ranch-1971

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Mike spotted this video of Neil Young driving his 1951 Jeepster. Unfortunately, I cannot embed the video, so a screenshot will have to make do. You can see the video snippet of the Jeepster at the start of a video with Neil Young playing “Old Man”. It appears the old man rancher that inspired the song can also be seen.

I believe this is the same Jeepster that Vernon (and his aliases) have mentioned over the years. Neil’s Jeepster has the Lightning (inline 6) engine. It also has the JEEP brass tag and a 673 has the emblem, plug Vernon’s overdrive solenoid.

Per Vernon, “noted rock star NEIL YOUNG opted for the 51 — in 69 he drove it from LA to his new ranch in LA HONDA , guitars in the back , gold records , the TURTLES drummer JOHNNY BARBATA rode shotgun — he had to get out of LA and hide in the wilderness , people were picking him apart”
… and …
“NEIL YOUNG wont drive his fossil fueled classic cars anymore — he’s went utterly , completely GREEN ( listen to his GREENDALE album ) — his 1951 WILLYS OVERLAND JEEPSTER PHAETON is now a ” museum piece ” gathering dust”.

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Neil Young in his 1951 Jeepster. Standing next to it looks like David Crosby to me.

 

 
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Willys MA Photo on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, Old Images

Here’s a photo of a Willys MA in action.

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“Offered is an original WWII time period photograph. It belonged Lt. Salvador Joseph Cuttitta who was enlisted with the 6th Armored Infantry and trained with 1st Armored Division. He was then transferred to serve with the 5th Armored Division. There is some tape on the corners as seen. Picture measures approximately 3 1/4″ x 4 1/2″ inches.”

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Customized WWII Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Sedan-jeep • TAGS: , .

This photo is part of a collection of photos of the 333rd Engineers. No date is given. It looks like this jeep was nicely updated until a wreck or something else caused damage.

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Jeepsters and the Sunkist Lady

UPDATE: This article provides more information about this stunt Jeepster and plane. It was published in the March 20, 1949, issue of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

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Originally Published Dec 8, 2012:


The Sunkist Lady was an Aeronca 15AC Sedan airplane flown by Dick Riedel and Bill Barris used to set a world-record for endurance flight.  They spent a total of 1008 hours and 2 minutes aboard the airplane, ending their flight in April of 1949. Unfortunately for them, their record was broken six months later.

What makes this relevant for jeep fans was that to keep the plan in the air, the crew used Jeepsters borrowed from local dealers to race down the airport runway so the crew could hand fuel and food to the two pilots.

Thanks to Colin for forwarding the story!

Here is a link to a story and a video about the flight (124 MB): http://www.cityoffullerton.com/depts/airport/the_sunkist_lady.asp

Here is a second article:  http://vintageairphotos.blogspot.com/2012/03/saga-of-sunkist-lady.html. The picture below is from that article.


 
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1946 Ralph McGill Column: Jeep Jockey in Germany

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

I’d be very interested to know if the driver’s kidney issues improved once he his jeep driving days in the military were over. This article appeared in the February 21, 1946, issue of the Atlanta Constitution.

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Knox Trailers

• CATEGORIES: Features, trailer

UPDATE: Scott recently refurbed his Knox, making it capable and durable for modern activities. He’s had a hard time finding information on these trailers. Does anyone know more about them? Here are a couple pics of his trailer:

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Here are two Knox trailers that were listed on eBay back in 2013:

1) This Knox trailer was on eBay and has a serial number of 15.

“This is soooo rare there is barely ANYTHING on Google except this listing now..
From what I can gather from old guys in the military vehicle circles, these were made by Knox company who also made utility bodies and truck tool boxes. These were optional equipment for international trucks and some Jeeps. Serial #15, Rated at 1500 pounds”

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2) This one is from the Inland Empire in California and was priced at $800

“Rare! It is an Old School Truck frame and 4’x6′ bed, converted into a trailer. Wood bed floor needs work but Im using ply wood right now. Hi clearance,very heavy duty used for Hualing Quad,offroading and camping. Comes with a Metal storage box on front. It has a Heavy Duty Dexter 6000lb mobile home axle with 3” tube,big spindles, narrowed to fit frame. It still has electric brake backing plates but not complete, You can buy the e-brake Hub/drum kit to fit backplates in future? Use it for parts to restore your Old truck or Rat Rod or As a Wagon for your Willys / Jeep or Offroad Truck. I would like to sell $800 or trade/Barter for A Low milage Jeep/Dodge 4.0L-4.6 Stroker or 5.9 v8.

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1942 Santa w/ Kids in a jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles • TAGS: .

This 1944 newspaper photo of Santa in a jeep shows a military jeep with a taller-than-normal windshield, almost 2A like. This was published in the December 28, 1942, in the Bull Horn out of Norman, Oklahoma.

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1947 Press Photo of Japanese Kids in Toy Jeeps on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

This press photo was taken March 30, 1947, at a Japanese department story where kids got to test out riding jeeps from a Japanese manufacturer who added “Kiroy was Here” to the dash. I don’t think these models of riding jeeps have been documented.

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“1947 Press Photo Children playing with toy jeeps at a department store in Japan. This is an original press photo. Japan (General). Japanese children, visiting a Tokyo department store, try out toy jeeps bearing the slogan “Kilroy was here,” placed on them by the Japanese manufacturer.Photo measures 7 x 8.75inches. Photo is dated 3-30-1947. ”

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I was able to locate a corresponding photo in a newspaper. This one appeared in the March 31, 1947, issue of the Des Moines Tribune out of Iowa:

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November 1946 Carl’s Motor Co. Dealer Ad

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

This looks like it may have been a full-page ad for Carl’s Motor company, despite the news stories sprinkled within. Note the photo of Bob Hope in a CJ-2A that seems to be promoting Carl’s Motors (I wonder if Bob Hope knew it).

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1946 Photo of Jeep Supplying Rural WV Schools

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

As of December 1946, Wyoming County Schools in West Virginia still had 52 one-room schools attended by 1200 students. To serve and maintain those schools throughout the year, the county purchased a CJ-2A.

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More details about the rural schools in this article from the December 27, 1946, issue of the Beckley Post Herald out of West Virginia.

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DJ-3A Gala in Ride the Wild Surf

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos • TAGS: .

Roger Martin pointed me to a Facebook photo from the 1964 movie Ride the Wild Surf. Pictured is Shelley Fabares (who had a higher billing than her female co-star) and Barbara Eden. The beach party movie also starred Fabian and a DJ-3A Gala.

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This is a video clip from the beach scene:

Here’s another short video clip of a Gala in the movie:

 
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Philadelphia’s Road Patrol Service

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Old Images

This article in the June 28, 1948, issue of Newsweek covers how the Keystone Automobile Club’s three jeeps were transformed into mobile video units for the 1948 Republican and Democratic Conventions that were being held in Philadelphia.

Six months earlier in January, the same jeeps had been setup with radios to help manage road patrol issues (multiple news articles mentioned this), so adding television service expanded, albeit temporarily, the capabilities of the jeeps.

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Last year we saw a different pic of one of the jeeps that is housed in Philadlephia’s free library:

 
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1972 The Salzburg Connection Jeep Scene

• CATEGORIES: Features
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Screen shot from The Salzburg Connection.

Bill spotted a scene with a jeep in the 1972 movie The Salzburg Connection (it might appear other places, as I didn’t have a chance to watch it). You can see the jeep scene between 41:45 and 42:35. It looks to be an MB.

By the end of the scene, the driver is deliriously (Psychotically?) happy. Maybe he was just really happy to be driving a jeep?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7RyQw1g8fU

Here’s a photo that was posted to the IMCDB site:

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Unusual Exhaust Modification

• CATEGORIES: Features

Jay just purchased a WWII jeep with this unusual exhaust modification. There are lots of guesses on Facebook about what it is or why it existed. Any thoughts?

(This is the only pic he currently has, as he is still awaiting delivery of the jeep.)

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1943 Santa, Jeep, War Bond Card on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards

This Merry Christmas card with Santa in a Jeep promoted war bonds for the 1943 Christmas season.

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“1943 Santa Claus World War II Military Jeep Buy War Stamps Merry Christmas Card. has some glue and paper on the back from the scrapbook it was in. See photos for details.”

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Old Christmas Photo Card w/CJ-2A on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Postcards

The Dolds’ family wishing their friends and family Merry Crhistmas. The windshield and the passenger step have already both been modified on this jeep.

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“This Auction is for 1 VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPH TYPE CARD
1950’S-60’S ERA? MIGHT BE BY BROAD RIPPLE, INDIANA?
CHRISTMAS CARD-JEEP-DACHSHUND DOG IN INDIANA

THE PHOTO IS CLEAR 1-2 FEET AWAY, THE PHOTO IS CLEAR UNDER MAGNIFY GLASS, BUT DARK. OPEN FACE CARD, BLANK BACK, WITH CAPTION. THESE CARDS WERE MADE MOST LIKELY FROM A DEPARTMENT STORE AND GIVEN TO NEIGHBOR’S, FAMILY & FRIENDS DURING THE HOLIDAYS.

CAPTION:” THE DOLDS? ”

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1942 Tobe Deutschmann Ad w/ Slat Grille MBs on eBay

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

A whole ‘flock’ of Slat Grilles flying over a battle field.

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“What It Is
A wonderful original magazine ad from 1942 for
Tobe Deutschmann Corp. Filterettes and Capacitors – Canton, Massachusetts
wonderfully illustrated by Walter Richards
Those Jeep Riders have an ear cocked for radio instructions.

Specifications
Ad is about 7.5 x 11 inches
Condition Note
It’s rather difficult to get the color and the contrast of the original in a scan AND preserve any flaws, which tend to get muted, so this text will describe flaws, if any.”

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Damn the Torpedo ‘Fuel’, Full Speed Ahead

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

A September 23, 1956, article in the Lansing State Journal (Michigan) tells the story of an auto parts dealer who bought some surplus fuel, only to find out it was a special type of fuel.

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1962 Service Bulletin: The 1000-Mile Inspection

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features

Mike shared this June 18, 1962, Willys Motors Service Bulletin that has an updated 1000-mile inspection checklist. It’s both a handy checklist for the inspection of your current vintage jeep or for use when checking out a new jeep.

PDF Version of Checklist
(or an Alternative Checklist create by a reader years ago)

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1942 Photo of NY Gov Lehman in Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This photo shows New York Governor Lehman and Col. Broadus sitting in a jeep.

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“1942 Press Photo New York Governor takes ride in military jeep. This is an original press photo. New York – jeep – Lieutenant … reviews, Colonel Broadus salutes, Governor Lehman takes a ride Photo measures 8.25 x 5.25 inches. Photo is dated 04-07-1942.”

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1955 Ad w/ Mocked CJ-5 From Prev Photo

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

A 1955 newspaper ad for jeep looks familiar to me. Noticing that the spare tire was mounted like that of a CJ-2, I realized that the CJ-5 portion of the photo had been illustrated and an extra tree added.

Here’s how the ad looks, edited and cropped, in 1955 (ad is on eBay):

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Here’s how the original 1945 press photo looked:

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Newest Jeep Stuff

• CATEGORIES: Features

A guy in Seattle sold several lots of jeep stuff from his collection on eBay and I was a the fortunate recipient. So, Merry Christmas to me! The items that particularly interested me were the two different Baier lighters and the two wooden jeep pipes.

The Baier lighters were heavier and in better shape than I expected, while the two wooden pipes are both from France, each with engraved differently on the bottom.

The jeep toys range in quality, but I didn’t have any of them, so they were just a fun bonus. 
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Here’s a close up of the two Baier lighters. To ignite the lighter on the large jeep with the map on the top, you turn the door handles (either the passenger side and drivers side). Turning the handle releases the hood piece, causing the lighter to spark (no fuel in it currently). The smaller jeep is the same principle, only there’s a single button above the driver’s door and the lighter piece that pops up is in the top, not the hood.

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My growing collection of jeep lighters and smoking related jeeps hasn’t been planned, but does seem to be growing….

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Hallmark’s Sesame Street FJ-3 Ornament $19.95 (and more)

• CATEGORIES: Features, FJ

Jesse shared this FJ-3 ornament information. Last year, I posted about Sesame Street’s use of an FJ-3 as Cookie Monster’s Foodie Truck. What I didn’t know was that Jesse sold an FJ-3 that was renovated into real Cookie Monster Foodie Truck that is now at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. But, it doesn’t serve food. Instead, it is a kids interactive challenge (there’s an online version at PBS):

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Cookie Monster food truck interactive spot. (photo by @bioreconstruct from this website).

Here’s another one:

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When you momma and poppa frogs hop in line for food, let the tadpoles play at the nearby foodie truck challenge. Help Cookie Monster and Gonger prepare delicious meals by following along with the video instructions and pressing the correct buttons for the right ingredients! Photo Credit: Undercover Tourist.

As for the ornament, you can order it here: https://www.hallmark.com/ornaments/keepsake-ornaments/sesame-street-cookie-monsters-foodie-truck-ornament-with-sound-1999QXI2734.html

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And, if you don’t want an ornament, you can buy a kids FJ-3 Cookie Monster Food Truck at Target for $14.99:

https://www.target.com/p/sesame-street-cookie-monster-39-s-foodie-truck/-/A-76614704

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Or, for only $6.99, you can purchase a Cookie Monster Board book:

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