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Light Duty Rescue Truck Brochure Form W-F56-1

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: Dan’s got a good thread related these trucks at the Old Willys Forum. The 1956 June-July issue of Willys News included a reference to this vehicle.

I suspect this brochure, Form W-F56-1, was published in 1956, so I’ll republish it here as we are attempting to move through the 1956 brochure year. My guess is that this eight page brochure was a lunch brochure for the light duty rescue truck.

One great thing is that it has a list of all the equipment that is supposed to come with truck, plus a picture showing how it was organized in the back.

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1946 Photo of a Waterproofed Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE: This was one of at least two press photos taken and published that included Roy Harmon and this waterproofed jeep. The other, available on eBay in 2017, is shown below.

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“1946 Press Photo Marine Sergeant Roy Harmon with Jeep at Bay Ridge, Maryland. This is an original press photo. Trucks – US – Marine Sergeant Roy Harmon of Washington, DC, shows the periscope-like manifold extensions and other waterproofing installations on a conventional jeep, just prior to an actual demonstration at Bay Ridge, Maryland, Thursday. He drove under water to a depth of six feet. Navy plans to use submarine jeeps along beaches and in fording streamsPhoto measures 9 x 7inches. Photo is dated 10-19-1946.”





Original Post in 2017: As part of the post, Luis added the following comment: 

“Its a true USMC jeep as seen by the use of the electric “Dynamo” windshield wiper motor which were used only on Marine Corp jeeps, this motors are quite rare and highly desirable for a true USMC jeep restoration.”

“1946 Press Photo Bay Ridge MD Sgt Roy Harmon USMC in underwater jeep. .This is an original press photo. Photo measures 9 x 7.25inches. Photo is dated 10-17-1946.”



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Hamilton US Air Force Pedal Jeep Glen Burnie, MD $375

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Ed shared this link for this nice looking Hamilton Air Force Pedal Jeep.


“1950’s vintage Hamilton U.S. Air Force Military Jeep Pedal Car. This pedal car is mostly original from what I can tell and in amazing condition. It is fully functional and turning and pedaling work great. Asking $375 or best offer. Can deliver on base.”

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18th Annual and Final FC-Roundup End of March, 2020

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

The last week in March is the final time Jesse and Andrea will be hosting the FC-Roundup. I will be down there for sure, but Ann may not make it this time. However, in her place may be my oldest son. So, we’ll see how things go. I look forward to seeing everyone down there!



“Andrea and I, personally invite all Owners and friends of Jeep Forward Controls and Jeep FleetVans. This will be the Last  “Most Excellent” FC-Only International event in Phoenix. There is no charge for the event. On this property, all parking is limited to Jeep FC / FJ Only.  

Learn and see a lot more in a weekend, see how other FCs and FleetVans look, take detailed pictures, talk to other owners. Bring your imagination and any FC items, toys, memorabilia, photos, artwork, literature, or manuals to display. See new FC related products and parts, special tools will also be on display. FC Roundup event hats, T-shirts, will also be available.

There is no charge for the event. We welcome and we are always so very grateful for your donation of any FC related items that are given away during the Saturday afternoon free raffle. Also on Saturday are the XXL BBQ Hot Dogs and much more, for lunch. Free refreshments daily.  One of the best things that happens everyday, is that you are also invited to drive your FC.

We have FC-Only groups that cruise to and from breakfast and dinner. We offer transportation to and from the nearest lightrail station that connects to Phoenix International Airport.  Make your reservations now for the GCU Hotel and other hotels nearby.”

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1962 Photo of Bob Pearsall Motors Promoting Hatari

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE: Just for kicks, here is a CJ-5 pic from Allpar taken at about the same angle. To me, the CJ-6 seat looks farther away from the spare tire than the Pearsall Motors jeep. The step is also farther away from the rear tire on the blue jeep vs. the Pearsall Motors. 


Original Post: Since I posted this, Barney has determined that this is likely a 1963 Tux Park III CJ-5. He reports the following:

“I went to my library and W-1155 particulars for the Mk III show it CJ5 only. The one for the Mk IV printed in 1964 W-1175 show availability as a 5a and 6a.”

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“Here’s a classic & very scarce 8″ tall by 10” wide B&W glossy photo from a Chattanooga, Tennessee Jeep dealer advertising the John Wayne movie “Hatari” back in 1962 -Photo features a real photo image of a man (presumably a local radio DJ from WKDA radio named Eddie Kilroy) dressed in safari gear with a pith helmet and rifle seated in an open jeep with signs all over the outside of the vehicle reading: “See and Drive the new Jeep Tornado OHC Powered Bob Pearsall Motors”… “Kilroy is Here! to see Hatari! Starring John Wayne NOW Tennessee Theatre.”… “See and Drive the new Tornado OHC Powered Jeep at Bob Pearsall Motors”… “I’m Eddie Kilroy the great game player from WKDA 1240 on the dial. Follow me to Hatari! at the beautiful Tennessee Theatre”… “See Hatari! Tennessee Theatre. See Jeep Vehicles in Action! Bob Pearsall Motors”

The vehicle is parked in a downtown lot with other billboard signs all around too-The photo has some wear with a minor center crease, but still a neat dual collectible item that will display nicely! How many of these throwaway items survived? This is an ORIGINAL item, NOT A REPRODUCTION item!

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1955 Willys 4-Wheel Drive Brochure W-1772

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This brochure form W-1772 (see full version here) is currently priced at $11.95 on eBay (with $5 shipping). It does have a stain on the cover.

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“1950’s original Willys 4 wheel drive book 23 pages advertising / sales brochure.
Brochure remains in nice collectible / visual condition and may show normal minor signs of age, storage and handling such as light creases, spotting, edge or crease wear, micro tears etc.
Any issues beyond normal wear and tear that may impact aesthetic value (larger tears, writing, stains etc.) will be specifically noted and pictured.”


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April 1956 Willys News

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

Regarding the back page article, it’s a bit hard for me to believe that the motorhome the Murray’s built on a truck chassis (with an inline 6?) was capable of sustained cruising of 70 MPH, especially given that modern interstates had yet to be built (the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956––aka Interstate Highway construction bill––hadn’t yet been passed when this issue of Willys News was published).

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1947 Beaverhead Willys Motors Ad

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

This ad was featured in the Dillon Daily Tribune on May 06,1947.


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Overground Railroad Book

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

A reader (and my pea-sized brain can’t remember who) noticed that the front of the Overground Railroad, a book by Candace Taylor, had a Jeep Wagon on its cover. It looks to be a 1950-1951 wagon to me.

I haven’t read the book just yet, but look forward to it. The book is about 300 pages, but has at least 100 pages of photos. The reviews for it have been very good. Here’s a review from a Route 66 website.


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1948 Willys Jeep Pocket Calendar on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Chris spotted this odd Willys Calendar. It’s got an imprint of a horse head on it, but we didn’t understand why that might be. It appears these were produced for the Ohio Willys Sales Company, of Cleveland, Ohio. It’s currently priced at $49.

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Oglesby Jeep w/ Trailer Nappanee, IN $160

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Looks in better shape than many I’ve seen.



“1950’s Oglesby Red Cast Aluminum Willy’s Jeep.
Made in Peru, IN.
All original paint and tires.
Condition is used but very nice.
Jeep measure approximately 10.5 ” in length.
Also includes Oglesby Red cast aluminum Trailer.
Very rare to find these together.
Trailer measures 8.5″ in length.
Overall both pieces in very nice condition.”

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Jeep-shaped Lighters

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Dennis noted that the was a CJ-5-shaped lighter. I was able to find a picture of one, but it is unclear to me how it works.



Original Post: I just returned from a quick trip to Seattle, so limited updates today.

While there, I picked up three different sizes of Jeep lighters (thanks to Dan)! I plan to keep one of each and will sell some of the others. I tried to price these on eBay, but none of these are currently on eBay.

The largest one is particularly cool (far right). To ignite it, you collapse the steering wheel; the fire shoots out the hood. I’ll get a video of it tomorrow. The smaller ones are surprisingly heavy.

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The medium and small jeeps came with refill instructions (both the same). They paper is roughly 4″x4, folded in half. Given “printed in Japan” is on the paper, I imagine the two smaller lighters were produced in Japan.


There’s another, similar version of the smaller jeep lighters above that’s an LRDG jeep model. You can see one pic below and more pics of that jeep here: http://www.ewillys.com/2020/01/08/jeep-cigarette-lighter-on-ebay/


The jeep-shaped lighter (and ashtray) I run cross most often for sale is the German Walter Baier type, which apparently was only sold on US Bases in Germany after the war (I have no documentation of that, other than this info was part of an eBay ad). Here’s a good example of the lighter:  https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Walter-Baier-Aluminum-Willy-Jeep-Lighter-Holder-Ashtray-West-German/293491239068?




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1948 Article on Elk Hunting with a CJ-2A

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

I wish the pic and caption were better reproduced in this scanned newspaper, but the December 02, 1948, article in Montana’s Choteau Acantha newspaper demonstrates how surprised some civilians were by the jeep’s capabilities. The writer mentions Black Leaf Canyon, which is south of Glacier National Park.

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Season 1, Ep 2: Wagoneer Restoration

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This is season 1, episode 2, by Mark and Tom Smith of Jeeptruck.com from his series with Drew Norman at his Jeep Farm in Phoenix.

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Willys Jeep Sign Lawrenceville, IL eBay

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Maury spotted this cool sign. Price is $2500, but seller is accepting offers. Looks like ti was for the Bobe’s K-W Motors dealership.

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“VINTAGE Willys Jeep Double Sided Sign . Condition is Used. One of a kind RARE keeper!!!”

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March 1956 Willys News

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

Lots of interesting items in this issue.






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“Fat Boy” Stock Car Mockup

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, Racing

Something a little different …. According to Autoeveolution.com, there’s been an increasing number of “Jeep Willys builds” at drag strips. A digital artist, Yasid Oozeear, decided to render a drag jeep with a WWII look (this is an illustration, not an actual build).

You can read more here: https://www.autoevolution.com/news/jeep-willys-fat-boy-looks-like-a-stock-car-for-offroaders-140712.html#


CREDIT: Illustration by Yaddesign: https://www.instagram.com/p/B76Z8OBFST3/


CREDIT: Illustration by Yaddesign: https://www.instagram.com/p/B76Z8OBFST3/

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1944 Photo of Jeep in Cape Gloucester

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Possibly a Holden Jeep?


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1953 Ad for the New CJ-3B

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This ad was published in the April 16, 1953, issue of the Dillon Daily Tribune.


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1945 Article on the Peace Time Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

This July 25, 1945, article in the Dillon Examiner highlighted the newly released CJ-2A.


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Season 2, Ep 2: What is the Jeep Farm w/ Drew Norman

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This is season 2, episode 2, by Mark and Tom Smith of Jeeptruck.com from his series with Drew Norman at his Jeep Farm in Phoenix.

What Is The Jeep Farm? Drew Norman’s Garage in Phoenix, Arizona:

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1950 Photo of Jeep-mounted 105mm on eBay

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Another photo showing the test of the 105mm recoil-less rifle.

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“1950 Press Photo US soldiers Ernest Pupo & James F. with jeep-mounted rifle, MD. This is an original press photo. Guns – United States. Aberdeen, Maryland. The Army’s new jeep-mounted 105-millimeter recoil-less rifle (above) is credited with being able to knock out any known foreign tank. It was demonstrated for the first time this week at the Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground for Secretary of the Army Frank Pace. Shown loading the tank buster are Pfc Ernest Pupo (left) and Corporal James F…Photo measures 9 x 8inches. Photo is dated 11-25-1950.”

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1942 Photo of Jeep Crossing Practice Bridge on eBay

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The guy in front of the jeep appears to have lost part of his arm (or it’s an optical illusion).

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“1942 Press Photo Jeep crosses bridge built by Army Engineers for training. This is an original press photo. United States Army – Engineers. On a field maneuver in the Pacific Northwest, the army demonstrated a speedy bridge building project, followed by an even faster demolition job – to train soldiers in both operations. (1) Soldiers laid logs across a swamp; (2) a jeep is first across; Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 3-13-1942.”



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Hardtop Dayton, OH $250

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts

Roger Martin shared this ad. I think it is a Koenig hardtop.



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Just a Couple Updates Sunday

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A couple updates for Sunday. We’ve had family in town this weekend, so things are busy around here.

One family member brought over these locally roasted beans, so we decided to create our own Yipao scene. We couldn’t have done it without the jeep, a gift from Jerry Huber last year, and the Colombian poncho, a gift years ago from Sebastian Lobo-Guerrero (8 years ago … I had a little less gray hair!).


Just having some fun.