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The Pee Wee Jeeplet

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Models, Old Images • TAGS: .

This 600lb jeep-like vehicle was built by O.L. Munding of Glendale, California. It was included in the October 1953 issue of Popular Science (page 124). On the same page, the magazine also featured a rat rod vehicle built by Munding that was powered by two air-rolled Ranger engines, war surplus items originally used to start big bomber engines.

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Cab Enclosure Hardtop Cheney, WA $400

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

Maybe someone can put this to good use.

https://spokane.craigslist.org/pts/d/four-lakes-willys-m38-arctic-top/7049174102.html

“Aluminum arctic top for Willys M38 flat fender Jeeps. Good shape. All windows are there but cracked. Have a set of metal doors but I believe they’re for a CJ5.”

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1968 Jeep Parade (Canada) Issue No. 1

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

This Kaiser Jeep of Canada-sponsored magazine featured the Jeepster Commando, complete with a College Bowl winner of a Custom adorned Jeepster Commando. The issue also highlights the Repair Corps of Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, which dismantled jeeps quickly across Canada (200 appearances from Victoria BC to St. Johns). (Great find off of eBay!)

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1945 Photo of the ‘Luzon Express’ Jeep-Powered Train on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Good jeep-train photo.

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“as shown … … approx 7 x 9 .. … vintage original authentic press photo ( most are Army radiotelephoto from Acme Newspictures ) … date listed is transmission date … most of these are not perfect ..some are a little blurry… some are sharp.. they may have bends and minor damage from poor storage .. please use the pictures to see the actual condition ”

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Ideal Plastic Jeep w/Box

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

This auction just expired yesterday ($24 starting bid). This is one case where the box may be better than the toy itself. I can’t imagine there are many of these boxes left.

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“DATES TO THE LATE 1940s or early 1950’s.
BEAUTIFUL RARE LITTLE 4″ TOY PLASTIC JEEP ,MOLDED IN CAMO COLORED SWIRL PLASTIC AND IN THE SUPER RARE ORIGINAL BOX WHICH SHOWS SOME WEAR AND A BIT WARPED BUT DISPLAYS WELL WITH THE TOY AND IS A VERY HARD BOX TO FIND!”

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Photo of Fisher Motors Dealership in Vermont

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Old Images

UPDATE: Chris noted that this photo is back on ebay. Cool sign!

Fisher Motors out of Brattleboro, Vermont, has an interesting sign that highlighted Willys Jeep, Sales-Service, and Cars & Trucks.

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1943 Photo of the ‘Mechanical Jack of All Trades’

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

This photo was featured in the September 24th, 1943, issue of the Sugar House Bulletin (SLC, UT).

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1944 Opinion Piece: A Future For The Jeep?

• CATEGORIES: Features

Originally appearing in the Christian Science Monitor, this opinion piece was published in the Milford News, a newspaper out of Utah, on August 31, 1944. I think this piece is right on in terms of honestly evaluating consumer desires vs. the new jeep, hence part of the struggle Willys-Overland encountered at the turn of 1950.

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Jeep Patches on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

Maury spotted these three jeep-related patches on eBay. I suspect they were removed from a jacket, as they look to have been sewn onto something.

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August 1954 Ad For Jeeps as Versatile Vehicles

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Magazine

This ad was published in the August 1954 issue of Fortune Magazine. When Kaiser bought Willys, one of the early advertising decisions was to use the KW logo on various marketing documents. I suspect this was an attempt to brand across the jeep and Willys Aero lines. This strategy was dropped by 1955, followed shortly with the dropping of the Aero vehicles.

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Happy New Year, 2020!!!

• CATEGORIES: Features

Happy New Year everyone!

The biggest event for me in 2019 was Dad’s passing; he had a good run. Last year at this time he was pretty sick; so, we knew what would happen, just not when. Now, this time, it’s Ann’s mother who is in that same situation. We know what’s going to happen, but not when. It’s just that time of life for us.

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Dad in the foreground, a few days before his death. Me in the background grabbing some zzz’s. Yep, I was a big help!

EWILLYS: 

I mentioned last year that eWillys, as we know it, might change in April of 2020. I have pushed that date back to January 2021. My goal with those changes is to free up more of my time for other projects. Moreover, during this last year, it feels like prices have really skyrocketed on 1940s-1960s jeeps of all types; the variety of jeeps feels like it has declined as well. Deals are less frequent, which means providing daily content has become more difficult.

On top of that, it’s getting more of a challenge to find new content for ‘feature’ posts. I’ve built a pretty substantial collection of brochures/magazines/books/misc and, from that, have been able to generate new content over the years. But, there are fewer and fewer items on eBay that I don’t already have, so locating rare items takes more time and money. For example, I know there are other mid-1950 Willys News magazines that remained undocumented and more than twelve mid-1950 Globetrotter magazines (maybe as many as twenty of them) that would be of interest to everyone. But, I’ll keep at it.

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This excerpted pic is from the July/August 1955 issue of Globe-trotter magazine.

Currently, there are 53,726 posts on eWillys. While I will add approximately another 4000 posts this year, I also plan to be cutting much of the dead weight throughout the year; these are posts that provide no useful insights, modifications, or other aspects that might be interesting to me or readers.

2019 TRAVEL:

For the first time in seven years, we didn’t take an eWillys trip that lasted longer than a month. Dad’s illness (and frequent trips to Seattle) combined with tight finances kept us around home. On the positive side, the summer in Pasco was perfect temp wise––like Goldilocks porridge, not too hot and not too cold––so I spent a good deal of time pouring through Ernie Pyle’s old columns next to our garden-pond area (Ann’s flowers and plants were beautiful this year).

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Summer 2019 Backyard courtesy of Ann (well, she selected the plants, while we dug).

I found Ernie’s account of pre-WWII America fascinating (he traveled all over the US between 1935-1941). Then, when he finally got the chance, he traveled with troops from the frontest of the front lines to the most removed troops far in the rear performing critical, but often forgotten, roles. I believe his columns provide a comprehensive, perhaps unequaled look at why the behind-the-scenes military operations are so important to fighting conflicts.

The one major two-week trip Ann and I did manage to accomplish was a fast trip to Pennsylvania and back during early July, to deliver Rusty the DJ-3A to its new owner. We were very lucky to leave after the rains finally subsided in the Midwest, but before the heat arrived on the East Coast. It was a wonderful to be on the road again, even if it only lasted two weeks.

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Rusty the DJ-3A all ready for his trip east in July of 2019.

LOST BISCUIT: As for work on Biscuit, that’s come to a halt again. Time is proving difficult to find, and will so for at least the next year. So, I plan to sell Biscuit (and all the trimmings); I just hate to see it sit there. Meanwhile, I’ll keep Patterson and fix some of his small issues. Then, in two years, I’ll have the money to buy another flattie.   Continue reading

 
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100 Year-Old WWII Vet

• CATEGORIES: Features

Our own Joe-in-Mesa had a chance to drive a WWII vet to his 100th birthday party. I bet he enjoyed that! Great work Joe!

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January 1961 ‘Need a Friend’ Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This hard-to-find brochure is currently on eBay (see the full brochure here).

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This is Why I Don’t Connect My Phone to Vehicles

• CATEGORIES: Features

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This year, 2020, it is estimated that 75 percent of new vehicles sold globally can be linked to the internet. I’ve discussed this issue before, but I thought this article https://www.dailywire.com/news/washington-post-hacks-into-chevy-to-show-how-much-cars-are-spying-on-owners does a good, short summation of how much data is downloaded by new vehicles when phones are connected to them (the full WP article is here).

Of course, even if you don’t pair your phone, your new vehicle still provides a variety of metrics to automakers. Why do automakers want that data? For a wide range of reasons, as this report points out: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/carmakers-are-collecting-your-data-and-selling-it/ . Though automakers will shout “safety and convenience” every time when cornered on the topic, it seems much more about increasing revenue outside of vehicle sales.

Worse, some new vehicles are arriving to showrooms equipped with cameras to monitor driver behavior, such as warning drivers when they appear to be distracted or monitoring their eye-lids to detect fatigue: https://www.consumerreports.org/automotive-technology/who-owns-the-data-your-car-collects/

My personal belief is that, in the end, it will become very difficult to avoid being monitored by both corporations and the government, the former possibly being even more insidious and impactful than the latter. Perhaps the best hope for anonymity is not to try to escape it, but try to make it worthless by flooding it with disinformation (for example, a disinformation app that produces false location geo tags). A simple example of this was how Miami police were falsely reporting their positions to Waze to prevent drivers from knowing their true locations.

Good luck out there in 2020!

 
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Champion Post Hole Digger from Southwest Equip. Co.

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This 1948 brochure indicates the Champion post hole digger (aka an Earth Auger) was manufactured by the Southwest Equipment Company out of Los Angeles, California. According to a 1948 filing, the company was operated by Kenneth J. Browne.

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1947 New Truck Ad

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This December 12, 1947, ad was published in the Sullivan Daily Times by the Citizens Garage out of Indiana.

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1943(?) Pennzoil Ad

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This Pennzoil ad was posted to Facebook by Mario, but there was no information on when it was published, other than maybe in 1943.

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American Central Manufacturing (ACM) Ad

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Mario posted on Facebook this great ad for American Central Manufacturing.

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1944 Photo of Jeep Stuck in New Guinea

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

Certainly it isn’t the first jeep to be stuck in New Guinea! This photo included a February 25, 1944, article from the Healdsburg Tribune that updated on New Guinea operations.
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Fairchild Gardens Jeep Train Postcard on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still available.

(05/20/2019) This jeep-train carried visitors through Fairchild Gardens.

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“Postcard Florida CJ-5 Rambler Jeep Fairchild Tropical Garden”

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1962 Photo of Men Who Completed Hemet Run

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

This April 20, 1962, article in the La Habra Star highlighted Sam Winner, Frances Hughes, and Cruz Gomez, who had recently completed the two-day, 300 mile Hemet Run and camp-out. The planned to followed that up with the Indio Jeep Run in May.

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1943 Photo of Jeep & Grumman aboard Carrier

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Good photo of a stripped(?) jeep maneuvering a Hellcat aboard an aircraft carrier.

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“1943 Press Photo Jeep toying US Navy Hellcat aboard an aircraft carrier. This is an original press photo. Autos – Jeeps – Somewhere off Wake Island – They say there’s nothing new under the sun, but here’s a picture of a Jeep, familiar to all as one of the most useful of the many instruments used in this war to date, at a novel task – that of jockeying a “Hellcat” aboard a carrier. This was one of the “flat tops” used to pummel the Japanese on Wake Island, October 5-6. Note two other similar ships in the distance Photo measures 8.5 x 6.5 inches. Photo is dated 10-15-1943.”

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Yellow Fleet, Black Bear Pass, CJ-6 Postcard on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards • TAGS: .

I wonder if all the Yellow Fleet rental jeeps were painted light yellow like this one? I’m guessing the color of the photo might be off a little, which gives the CJ-6 a bit of a green tint. This was taken by Bob Petley.

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“Colorado Jeep Trail Telluride Ouray CO Tomboy Road Jeep Rentals Advertising Black Bear Jeep Road Vintage Postcard”

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Black Bear Pass, CJ-6 Postcard on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards

This image was taken by Bob Petley also, perhaps on the same trip as the image above.

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CJ-7 Pulling a Trolley in Delaware

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards

This trolley used to be towed by a CJ-7 along Rehoboth Beach, North Shores, and Dewey Beach in Delaware.

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