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Odd Jeep with House-Like Top

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I can’t remember where I found these photos of an unusual house-like top on a MB/GPW.

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Muller Top Upland, CA **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $380. I’ve contacted the seller and explained what he had (apparently, someone else had called him, too). He’d like to find this a good home. 

(08/02/2018) This is likely the only Muller top to be found that’s not installed on a jeep (See the directions for making a Muller top here). It’s a great piece of history.

“Selling a hard/soft top for a M-38 CJ-3A or Dispatcher Jeep. I’ve never seen another top like this one before. My dad bought this over 30 yrs ago to put on his flatfender. But it never was installed. And now I own the Jeep but it won’t fit over the cage. It’s got a metal/wood frame it looks like a soft top from the outside but is full framed with a headliner. The doors and side,rear windows all store in a compartment inside the roof . No tears or rust it’s dirty but it’s been stored indoor’s as long as we’ve owned it. I’m running out of room so it’s up for sale”

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CJ-3B Heading West on I-84

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While returning from our short camping trip, we spotted this 3B motoring down I-84 at 60MPH heading from Pendleton to Echo, Oregon. It was perfect weather for a jeep drive.




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2018 Southeast Willys Get Together October 6th

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The Southeast Willys Get Together is only a month away.


1) Our special guest will be Carol Mowry’s 1960 Willys Surrey. Think of Elvis Presley in the movies driving a tropical coral-mist canvas-top Willys.

2) Our “Lunch ‘n Learn” speaker is David James of Ironman Restoration. His family members were among the first to tricked-out jeeps and their business is still going strong today.

3) We’ve got a new T-shirt design. Please order your T-shirt order by September 6 so we’ll have yours ready, at the sign-in table, on October 6.

4) We’ll have some new sponsors in your Goodie Bag, and a few big donations. I won’t tell you what or who just yet. You will have to show up to be as surprised and excited as I am!

5) Local lodging and accommodations can be found on the website at http://www.southeastwillysjeepgettogether.com/accommodations2.html. Book early, it’s leaf season.

6) Visit http://www.southeastwillysjeepgettogether.com to pre-register for lunch, T-shirts (orders due by 9/6/18), tickets, exhibitor and swap-meet space.

7) Same location as in the past: Grace Arts Center; 496 Cardinal Road; Mills River, NC 28759 (3 miles SW of the Asheville, NC Airport)

⏱️ Register today at http://www.southeastwillysjeepgettogether.com. I hope to see you in 31 days.

P.S. Trophies are awarded to the “Top Vote Getter” in each Willys category.

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27th Annual Military Vehicle Meet Portland, Indiana, Sept. 14-15th

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TJ shared this event. It will be held next weekend at the Jay County Fairgrounds.


“27th Annual Military Vehicle Show and Swap Meet
September 14 to September 15, 2018
27th Annual Military Vehicle Show and Swap Meet

Military jeeps, trucks, and tanks on display, Living History displays, Museum of the Soldier museum open, vehicles and militaria for sale, parts swap meet, and food. Sponsored by the Indiana Military Vehicle Preservation Association in coordination with the Museum of the Soldier.

Sponsor: Indiana Military Vehicle Preservation Association
When: September 14 to September 15, 2018 8AM-6PM
Location: Jay County Fairgrounds, 806 E Votaw Street, Portland, IN, 47371″

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Another Roberto Flores Illustration

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For a second day in a row, Roberto shared an illustration. This one is based on a pic David Wilson of Wisconsin shared on Facebook.


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Ford History in Richmond, California,

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Steve shared some links that provide a little history about the manufacture of WWII vehicles, including the jeep, at the Ford Assembly Plant in Richmond, California.

This first link provides information about jeep contracts and more (http://fordmotorhistory.com/factories/richmond/richmond_jeeps.php):

Assembly of jeeps at Richmond was a fairly simple process. The plant received most components from Dearborn, including the frames, which had already received a first coat of paint there. Workers placed a frame on the assembly-line conveyor and then attached springs and front and rear axle assemblies. Then they gave the entire chassis a second coat of paint. Next they installed the engine, steering gear, transmission, transfer case, battery, wheels, radiator, body, gasoline, oil, and coolant.

A Ford inspector then started the jeep for the first time and took it for a 5-mile test drive, noting deficiencies that were rectified upon return to the plant. Then Ford turned the jeep over to Ordnance for inspection and acceptance. Ordnance inspected every jeep with at least a 1-mile road test. Ten percent of the jeeps received a 5-mile test, and 1 percent received a 100-mile test. Once accepted. Ordnance returned each jeep to Ford, where it was sent it to a screen room for a radio suppression test under the supervision of an Ordnance inspector. Then Ford took the jeep to the disassembly line where it was prepared for boxing.

The workers at Richmond also did their part to send reading material to the troops abroad (http://fordmotorhistory.com/factories/richmond/richmond_jeeps.php):

Workers at the Richmond branch did more to support the troops in the field than simply do excellent work in preparing tanks and other combat vehicles for shipment abroad. They also undertook a special project aimed at bolstering the morale of soldiers on the front lines, far from home. Under the leadership of Frank Vivian, an engineer in the boiler room, members of UAW Local 560 (who called themselves the “boilerhouse gang”) collected current magazines and newspapers from members of the community, wrapped them in packages, and placed a package in each completed jeep or tank before it was sealed for shipment. By November 1944, workers at the Richmond Tank Depot had sent 40 tons of magazines, bundled and stowed in vehicles, to the troops in the theatres of war.

This next link explains that a new tank contract forced the boxing of jeeps temporarily outside (http://fordmotorhistory.com/factories/richmond/richmond_tanks.php):

The San Francisco Ordnance District received instructions from the Office of the Chief of Ordnance in May 1942 to begin the preliminary work of establishing a tank depot in the Bay Area. By then, the Richmond branch had been assembling jeeps for several months. A short time later, an officer in Washington called the Ford Motor Company to inquire about the availability of the Richmond branch to prepare tanks for shipment overseas ….. When the tank-depot contract was signed, the Richmond branch was using the craneway to box jeeps for shipment abroad. That operation had to be moved outside immediately. Shortly thereafter. Ford built a boxing shed along the east side of the plant to facilitate the crating of jeeps and other vehicles. 

The article also references the known flotation issues with the GPA (SEEP) (http://fordmotorhistory.com/factories/richmond/richmond_tanks.php):

Another accident had occurred the previous month that reflected a different sort of laxity as the war drew to a close. On April 14, two Ford workers took an amphibian jeep for an unauthorized cruise in the bay while a group of the vehicles was being prepared for shipment. Ordnance and Ford managers had received instructions not to test the amphibians because they were not yet ready for travel in water, but the workers evidently had not heard or heeded the instructions. The amphibian jeep sank about 100 feet from shore in 30 feet of water. One worker swam to shore, but the other had to be rescued by some nearby Signal Corpsmen. The depot had to hire a barge and diver to locate and retrieve the jeep.


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2018 Northern Ohio Flatfender Willys Gathering SEPT 16th!!

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*** UPDATE: Bob’s just informed me that they have moved the Gathering from Sunday Sept 8th to Sunday Sept 16th due to the predicted heavy rains (4″ predicted) from the remnants of Hurricane Gordon. ***

Bob’s holding his annual Northern Ohio Flatfender Willys Gathering on Sunday September 9th from 11:00am to 4:00pm.  Contact Bob through Facebook or email him at the email address on the pic below.


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Roberto’s Latest Illustration

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Robert Flores creating this detailed drawing recently, basing it on the photo shown below.

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Famous “Sand Hills Jeep” Postcard

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I just bought this for a few buck on eBay. How about this crazy contraption for running dunes? The postcard is a jumbo 6.5″ x 9″. I looked for more information about it, but all I could find was a reference in a book by J. Conrad and Kathyln Dunagan about a Jeep developed in the sand dunes (see bottom pic).

“Jumbo Antique Postcard 1970’s Chrome Famous Sand Hills Jeep Texas Sand Dunes”



Google result that shows a reference to a “jeep ride”


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1942 Jeeps #1 Comic Book on eBay

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The buy now price is only $7.99.

View all the information on eBay

“Very First Edition of this military humor magazine which I think later was just called Army and Navy Fun – military based cartoons and jokes- excellent condition inside and out pages are browned but not torn and fully intact cover shows slight wear very nice condition- please check out all my estate collectible publications in great condition”


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Camping & The JeepGalaSurrey site

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This quick post will cover two unrelated topics.

  1. Ann and I decided to go camping for a couple days. Unfortunately, I couldn’t escape the internet, even out here. So, I will be checking email, but responding little. I already have some posts ready for the next couple days, so enjoy! (see the crab story under #3)
  2. Bruce Agan’s JeepGalaSurrey DJ-3A site may be down permanently. Those who don’t know, Bruce was arguably one of the most knowledgeable DJ-3A/Surrey (he owned several) collectors about that vehicle line. Moreover, he not only shared his information with anyone interested in the DJ-3A family, but he also posted his information on the jeepgalasurrey.com site a few years ago. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2016. His site remained online until last week.

    If I don’t see the site reappear soon (this means his web host received a payment), then I’ll launch the information from files I gathered from his site (SiteSucker is a very handy application). I’ll let you know when the site goes back up.

  3. As you can see, we are enjoying some crab on our first night of camping (Clyde Holiday State Park in Oregon). Funny store that explains why a brain damaged wife can be a good thing.

    Ann had a craving for crab. When we decided to go camping, she went shopping for some camping food and felt 1/2 a crab each ought to be enough. She approved the fish counter and said she wanted 2 crabs (as the crab was already cleaned and separated into halves).

    However, the person behind the counter interpreted that as 1 crab (2 halves) each or 4 halves total. The counter-person went to work, while Ann was blissfully unaware what was happening …. she said she was trying to remember how she had setup the sprinkler system in 2005.

    When the counter-person handed her the package, she thought it looked big, but didn’t think much of it. Only when she got home did she open to find SIX HALVES!

    Now, I don’t know where the disconnect happened, but I can confirm that I had my fill of crab Wednesday night 🙂 🙂

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Opa’s First Post WWII Ride in a Jeep

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Michael shared this Jalopnik story of a 79 year old German man’s ride in a jeep last year, thanks in part to Christian’s Willys Am Tegernsee group. It was the first time he’d been in a jeep since 1945. Read the whole story here:



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1951 Jeep Will Do More Jobs Brochure **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

This is a hard-to-find brochure.

“This listing is for a Vintage 1951 WILLYS OVERLAND JEEP Mailing Brochure. This nice piece is for the Universal Jeep used for Commerce, Farming & industry. This measures 16 1/2″ X 11″ opened, 8 1/4″ X 5 1/2” closed. Dealer stamp “Willys Overland Motors Toledo Ohio, USA, little stains, small tear in seam. Form # CJ3A-M2-50M-151-GG. Buyer pays only $2 USA First Class Mail. See my other vintage items, I will combine shipping to save you money!”





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York-Hoover’s Design of the Original Bantam BRC Body

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This 2015 article in the York Daily Record shares the story of York-Hoover’s construction of the two original Bantam BRC bodies in 1940.



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The Hatari Movie: 43 Jeeps

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Vernon asked me about doing a Hatari related post. Now, put your coffee down before I say this … ready … I have never seen Hatari. Now that we are past that issue …

I spent some time looking for a way to watch the movie. It turns out there’s a website devoted to helping people find movies on different platforms: https://www.justwatch.com/us/movie/hatari . In the end, it appears the cheapest way for me to watch it is to rent it through Amazon or head to a local library in search of a copy. In the mean time, the trailer is available via Youtube:

To see some jeep photos, I highly recommend the CJ-3B page’s coverage of the movie. As Derek notes in his article, Jeep claimed there were 43 different jeeps used for the movie, including CJ-6s, FCs, CJ-3BS, Wagons, and Trucks and perhaps a few others?



The Internet Movie Car Database (https://www.imcdb.org/movie_56059-Hatari!.html) also has some still shots from the movie, including this FC Dually flatbed:


Of course, there are still plenty of Hatari items on eBay:

Hatari Posters and Memorability on eBay, like this Belgian poster:


So, while you all read this post, I’m going to locate a copy of the movie!

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OPVA Raffle Car for 2019: A 1946 CJ-2A

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UPDATE: Here’s the latest link for this event: http://www.oregonpva.org/2019-raffle-vehicle.html

TJ shared the news that a modified 1946 CJ-2A will be raffled in August of 2019 to raise money for the Oregon Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of American. I’m not sure when the tickets will go on sale, but I’ll try to give an update when they do. (The 2018 Raffle vehicle was a 1959 Chevy Truck).

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PNW4WDA Racing Videos

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The PNW4WDA racing year is almost over. Here are a couple videos from past years. The first is a great overhead view of some the tracks, which are changed slightly for every race.

Here are a few clips from the 2017 season.

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1948? Price List For Various Jeeps

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This price list came from Willys Overland Sales book. Given it mentions the Jeepster, but not a CJ-3A, my guess is that this was produced sometime in 1948.


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UPDATE: Aftermarket Parts Provider On The Rox Fabrication

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UPDATE: Seth alert me to  On The Rox Fabrication  and their Facebook page.  The business creates custom parts for the Roxor that make it look more jeep-like. Here’s a pic showing a Jeep and a Roxor. At a quick glance, can you spot the Roxor?


The answer is that neither are jeeps (okay, so it was a misleading question). Both are Roxors.

Below are some of the parts made by On the Rox. I will be interested to see Jeep’s reaction one its legal staff becomes aware of the On The Rox products.

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Original Post August 7, 2018: This post covered Jeep’s Filing with the FTC against Mahindra, the creator of the Roxor.


As many of you know, the Roxor is Mahindra’s newest jeep-like vehicle. It’s a non-highway vehicle capable of a max speed of 45 mph. It’s best thought of as a hybrid jeep/atv(aka side by side). When they were first introduced, many folks wondered how Mahindra could build and sell these in the US. And, furthermore, why wasn’t FCA (Jeep’s parent company) fighting this.

It seems FCA was simply biding it’s time and thinking about how to respond, because just the other day FCA filed a complaint with the FTC regarding the sale of the Roxor in the US. The core of the complaint rests on two principles.

  1. According to the filing, “Most significantly, [Mahindra & Mahindra] exacerbate likely confusion by promoting their vehicle as bearing the Jeep-IP that FCA owns, touting their vehicle as being ‘modeled’ on the … Jeep”. In other words, Jeep is claiming the Roxor looks too jeep-like. With this argument, FCA is relying on the concept of Trade Dress, though I’ve found no evidence that FCA ever trademarked a specific ‘dress’. Of course, FCA has trademarked JEEP and the 7 slot grille, but the Roxor circumvents those. I suspect the argument will come down to whether a judge or the FTC believe that the Roxor dilutes the Jeep brand. Given the number of news outlets that have described the Roxor as a jeep-like vehicle, there may be a solid case for that.
  2. While Mahindra is one of the oldest licensees (since 1947), that license doesn’t give Mahindra the right to sell jeep-like vehicles in the US. Since Mahindra doesn’t own the Jeep IP (some folks on Facebook have made, surprise-surprise, many erroneous claims regarding the Mahindra-Jeep contract, such as that Mahindra “owns” the rights to build and sell jeeps … a license does not equal ownership … in the end, having no access to the contract, we don’t really know the specific details),Jeep feels it is within its rights to put a stop to the Roxors. No doubt this argument will come down to the specifics of the contract(s). Is Mahindra limited from selling only highway vehicles in the US that look like jeeps or are they banned from selling anything jeep-like in the US? Time will tell ….

It’s interesting to me that Jeep didn’t file a lawsuit against Mahindra for violating the terms of its contract. So, either it doesn’t violate those terms OR starting with the FTC is a simpler, cheaper option for now.

Mahindra did offer a response, claiming its “actions, products and product distribution (including Roxor) both honor the legacy of the relationship and the terms of our agreements with FCA.” This is a pretty boilerplate response. To me, it also suggests they didn’t try to work with FCA when planning the Roxor, but instead were hoping for forgiveness or expected protection vis-a-vis it’s license. Still, I’d be surprised if there were terms that allowed Mahindra to sell jeeps or jeep-like vehicles in the US.


  1. Law360 article (have to sign up to view): https://www.law360.com/automotive/articles/1070073/fiat-chrysler-says-indian-look-alike-is-ripping-off-jeep
  2. Jalopnik article on filing: https://jalopnik.com/jeep-is-trying-to-keep-the-mahindra-roxor-from-going-on-1828080605
  3. Australian Take on the Issue: https://www.motoring.com.au/fca-wants-indian-jeep-knock-off-banned-113947/
  4. Bloomberg: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-02/fiat-chrysler-looking-to-block-mahindra-jeep-knock-off-in-u-s
  5. Jalopnik article from the spring of 2018: https://jalopnik.com/this-is-why-mahindra-can-build-tiny-jeeps-1823472625


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Terry’s CJ-3B

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Terry bought this running late model CJ-3B for a great price, then doubled his investment in the jeep by fixing it up and adding some fun extras like rear duallies, a hardtop, and rope (just for kicks). Despite the additions, almost none of it altered the original jeep he bought. He says the changes made the jeep popular with folks and 99% of people didn’t realize it was not a military jeep.

The other day he went into a dealership and the dealer offered to buy it. Though not planning to sell the jeep, the amount offered by the dealer, double Terry’s entire investment in the jeep, was too good to refuse, so he sold the jeep. With his new found cash, he picked up a wagon that he plans to restore. Here are a few pics of the CJ-3B.

Before his changes:

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After his updates, including the purchase of a hardtop:cj3b-5 cj3b-6 cj3b-7 cj3b-8 cj3b-9

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1946 Jeep Herder Movie Pics **SOLD**

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UPDATE II: Here are pics of the Ford Pygmy and Ford Budd to use for comparison with the jeep in the movie. To me it looks like the film makers built a custom vehicle based on the Ford Budd, which Maury points out, in the comments section below, was in Hollywood at the time.



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Note the differences between the two above and the “jeep” below: Angle of the steering wheel, position of the front fenders vis-a-vis the hood, length of cowl at the step, the rolled edges of the body (same as Budd, Pygmy didn’t have them), short rear handle of the Pygmy (Budd had long hand), incorrect hubs ..  I wonder if that is a Bantam chassis?



ORIGINAL POST … these photos were sold on eBay: Thanks to Maury for spotting these pics from the Jeep Herders movie. There are a couple Ford GPs pictured. I’m not sure what’s going on with the side of the Ford GP. Looks like it is similar to the original Pygmy GP.

“Originally by Planet Productions, 1946, re-released by Astor Pictures in 1949. Story is returning vets use Jeeps to herd cattle.”



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“Of Metal and Earth”, A book by Jennifer M. Lane

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Jennifer recently finished a book about a CJ-5 called “Of Metal and Earth”. She wrote me a short note announcing her book. “I am the co-owner of a 1964 CJ-5 and author of a new book titled Of Metal and Earth. The story follows a 1964 Jeep CJ-5 as it passes through seven owners on their way to restoration and redemption.” I ordered, but have not read the book yet. Currently, the online book is free for Kindle readers.

 You can learn more about her book on Amazon.


She also include a pic of here CJ-5:


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The Mutant Jeep “Big Willy” is Going to Burning Man

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Vernon was right. The Mutant jeep named Big Willy is heading to Burning Man. Thanks to TJ for pointing it out the article.



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Dave’s 1948 Dually CJ-2A

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Dave just scored a Dually adapter kit off of eBay. He’s also got a set of fenders. I really like those Free-Lock hubs, too.





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