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1944 Photo of Eisenhower in France on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This photo appears to have been published as part of Eisenhower’s 1948 book “Crusade in Europe”.

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“Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower in a jeep at front line positions in France in September, 1944 . . . Get. Eisenhower’s own book of the war, “Crusade in Europe,” to be published Nov. 22, will be a treat to military men in studying the strategy of the war and its campaigns, but perhaps the most interesting part of it to the layman is his inside estimate of the war leaders. . .”

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Willys Special Service Tools Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This Essential Special Service Tools brochure by the Miller Manufacturing Company appears to have been first published in late 1945 or early 1946 (I’m assuming this based on the Willys-Cars-Trucks-J sign on the cover). It was then updated with this second edition in December of 1948.

These aren’t best scans, so I’ve had to do repairs in Photoshop. I’ve actually had this digital brochure scan for several years, but finally had a chance to assembled the scans yesterday, after Maury noted that this has the Willys sign, which would make it the latest document we’ve found with the Willys-Cars-Trucks-J sign on it. There’s a companion brochure for Trucks in the post below.





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Willys Truck Special Service Tools Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This Essential Special Service Tools for Trucks brochure by the Miller Manufacturing Company appears to have been first published in January of 1948. It was then updated with this second edition in December of 1948.

These aren’t best scans. so I’ve had to do repairs in Photoshop. I’ve actually had this digital brochure scan for several years, but finally had a chance to assembled the scans yesterday, after Maury noted that this has the Willys sign, which would make it the latest document we’ve found with the Willys-Cars-Trucks-J sign on it. There’s a companion brochure for CJ-2As in the post above.



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Jeep Day at “The Buck” — June 1, 2019

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

Mark Smith from JeepTruck.com is encouraging any vintage jeepers to join in Jeep Day at “The Buck”, June 1, 2019, in Quarryville, PA. You can show off your jeep, put it through an event, or just watch!


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1944 Photo of Burma’s Lowest Point on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This press photo shows the lost point in the Burma Road (as of 1944).

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“American Jeep on the Burma Road.
An American Jeep Rides through a section of the Burma Road in China that is cut right into the rocky mountainside. This is at the road’s lowest point of elevation, 2960 feet. Picture form the Chinese Ministry of information. Associated Press Photo EEM 10-13-1944 430P CNS.”

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1946 Powered By Willys Engine Badge

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: Maury pointed out that a porcelain sign of this badge sold in 2017 (see bottom).

In the April of 1946 issue of the Saturday Evening Post (same month in Colliers, too), Willys-Overland introduced a new advertising badge for the Willys engine.


As you can see in the introduction ad (A New Chapter), it was matched with the announcement of the Willys-Overland Jeep Station Wagon, though the ad hides the wagon in anticipation of its summer of 1946 launch.


The badge made a second appearance within the release-announcement of the station wagon in the August 18, 1946, issue of the Saturday Evening Post.


The next month, in September of 1946, the badge appears for a third time, again associated with the wagon.


As quickly as the badge appeared, it disappeared with the same speed. For the October 1946 ad, which included a wagon in it, the Saturday Evening Post seemingly replaced the engine badge with a smaller badge, one with a “W” over the “O”. It’s the earliest jeep ad I can find with that badge (if anyone knows of another, earlier ad, please let me know).

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At some point, there was a porcelain version of the sign. One sold on eBay in 2017:


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1946 -1947 Willys-Overland Sat Evening Post Ads

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Below is an aggregation of Saturday Evening Post Ads for the period January 1946 – December 1947.

As mentioned in the post above, there was an engine badge that appeared briefly. Another curiosity is the shift in March 1947 to black and white ads for the CJ-2A. Perhaps that was done to further differentiate them from the wagon and truck ads?


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1957 German Fire/Rescue Wagon

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles

Blaine shared http://oldiesfan67.canalblog.com/archives/2016/11/07/34522726.html with pics of this cool wagon.

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Summer Outlook

• CATEGORIES: Features

My family spent the weekend celebrating Dad. Friends and family gathered together on Saturday afternoon to hear my overview of Dad and share stories about him. I think Dad would have enjoyed the laughter and lovely memories shared by all. Here’s the front of Dad’s flyer.


With that final event passed, life should return to normal, at least until mom decides she wants to move.

We don’t foresee many trips this summer, except a few couple-day drives, so I hope to get some good work done. We will also be spending the summer looking around to see where we want to land when we buy a house (assuming everything goes according to plan).

Finally, if anyone has any interest in Rusty, the 1956 DJ-3A that’s been partly restored, drop me an email. I don’t see any way I’ll be getting to Rusty anytime soon (Biscuit will be the first project I tackle once I have a garage again). So, I’d like to find a home where someone can use it. Here’s Rusty’s rebuild thread: http://www.ewillys.com/tag/rusty-dj-3a/?orderby=date&order=ASC&more=1


Photo of Rusty before work was begun.


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A Big Thanks!

• CATEGORIES: Features

A regular reader, who I’ll keep anonymous unless he’d like to come forward, thought he’d add a few items to my jeep collection, so he sent me a box with all these items in it. So, I big THANK YOU for the donation.


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Spring 2019 Issue of Dispatcher Has Arrived

• CATEGORIES: Features

The newest issue of the Dispatcher Magazine should be hitting your mailbox soon, unless you aren’t a subscriber. If you aren’t a subscriber, then you should be! This week there’s a lenghty article on the Super Wagoneer, something about which I knew very little.


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1958 Early Photo of M-679

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Features, Old Images

This early press photo of the M-679 was on eBay.

“1958 Willys Jeep 4×4 XM 679 Panel Van Press Photo. US Navy. Original.
Condition: Hole punched.
Pages: 1
Details: W 10 x H 8 x D 0.1 Weight 1”


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1958 Brochure of 4 Wagons … Kaiser Foil Contest

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Willys Wagons

UPDATE: Mike found a much better image of the back of this brochure on Facebook. 



Original Post from Aug 2013: This is one of the stranger brochures I’ve come across. It’s part of Kaiser Foil’s 1st Annual Barbecue contest. The brochure is 28 pages. This one sold on eBay.

“Original color catalog , 7 x 6.5 , 28 pages . Covers and pages have bending at the corner , also all pages are stained and wrinkled at the corner . This brochure is filled will barbecue hints and many recipes showing various products . The rear cover shows a Jeep Station Wagon which was an award in the Kaiser Aluminum Championship . The covers of this catalog are made from aluminum .”




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2019 Willys Jeep Reunion May 17-18 Aurora, OH

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

UPDATE: Reminder that the Willys Reunion takes place this coming weekend. No, we won’t be there, but a bunch of other folks plan to go.


The 27th Annual Willys Jeep Reunion will be held May 17-18 at the Bertram Inn in Aurora, Ohio. As usual, we expect to see in excess of 100 Jeeps in attendance. Plus, at the swap meet, there will be vendors from all over the country selling New-Old-Stock and good used parts to help you with your restoration project or to find that rare replacement part you have been hunting for. Who knows what treasures and bargains you might unearth there?

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Dualmatic Hubs Parker, CO $100

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Might interest someone.


“Front axle from a 1957 Willys CJ5, has the original Dualmatic locking hubs manufactured in Longmont, CO.”


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2019 Pics of the Liberation Celebration from Pilsner, Czech Republic

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features, International

UPDATE: Petr took part in the celebration. He recorded some of his experience below.

Our roving correspondent Dallas Durham was able to attend the 2019 Liberation Celebration from Pilsner, Czech Republic. He shared a few pics he took there. (I didn’t realize our correspondent budget was that good … I need to take advantage of an international trip .. hopefully, soon).

There is also a 40 minute video now available about the event. I’ll post the video first.

Here are Dallas’ pics:

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1957 Press Photo of Jeep with Wide Wheels on Tracks on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

We’ve seen this photo in the past, but I’m not sure if I’ve seen a press photo of it. It also just occurred to me (and maybe it did before, too), but that could be a DJ-3A body and front clip.

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“1957 Willys Jeep With Wide Tires on Railroad Tracks Press Photo.
Pages: 1
Details: W 10 x H 8 x D 0.1 Weight 1”

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1958 Photo of an Unusual Boyerstown-built 2wd Delivery Van on eBay

UPDATE II: Mike share a pic of a Boyerstown van from an ebay auction circa 2004.


UPDATE: In 2012 there was a press photo of the rear of the van for sale. Now, there’s a press photo of the front for sale.

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2012 Post: “Jeep Utility 1959 4 x 2 Truck Photo Reprint w. Boyertown Body”

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Chain Control Clutch Waldport, OR $75

• CATEGORIES: Features

Bill share this. It’s a good price compared to new ones.


“Advance adapters pn 716640 chain control for 1946-1970 jeeps. Brand new never used on project”


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Canyonlands Poster W/ Wagon

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

I found this Canyonlands poster while in Moab last weekend. I bought it there but you can find it online also. It’s 14″ x 22″, so it isn’t a huge poster, but I do like the artwork.



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Photo of Willys Quad on eBay

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

This press photo was produced in 1990 (mostly likely from an original negative) probably for the 50th anniversary of the Quad.

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“This is an original press photo. 1940 Jeep Willys Quad – The original Willys-Overland pilot model delivered to the US Army on November 11, 1940 Photo measures 10 x 8 inches. Photo is dated 10-08-1990.”

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Willys Jeeps in the Maze

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Graham shared a link to s series of flat fender videos from an unofficial flat fender run in Moab this past April. This is some old school wheeling:

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Hudson Steering Modification Pics

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

Barry Ogletree has been working on another great project, this time has installed a Hudson Steering system on a Willys frame. I’ve seen several jeeps for sale with this system over the years, but I’d never seen the parts up close. According to Barry:

I have found a unique steering conversion on the chassis of the wooden bodied Willys (Woody) that is worth a look. I have tracked down that it is a Hudson Car box. The beauty is that it sits about perfect in the Willys frame rail. 3 bolts and you are done, and it tucks perfectly against the frame for exhaust/pitman arm clearance. This is the best fit that I have seen in years of this kind of work. Regards Barry Ogletree.

Barry was awesome enough to post a bunch of pics at this location: https://texasflatfenders.smugmug.com/STEERING-BOX-HUDSON/

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1950 Photo of Soldiers After Ambush on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

This occurred early in the war.

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“This is an original press photo. An American jeep patrol returns to friendly lines after it was ambushed in the Chungdon-ni area on the Masan battle front. A wounded man sits in the front seat with his head bandaged. Photo measures 8.5 x 7 inches. Photo is dated 08-29-1950.”

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1952 Photo of M-38A1 w/ Hardtop on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

I don’t recognize that hardtop.

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“Here I have a Near Mint 8 x 10 inch Photograph