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1958 Photo of Young Boy and FC-150 on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

I bet this kid grew up to be an FC kind of guy. He looks very serious about jeeps!

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“You are bidding on a Nice Vintage Young Boy & 1957 Jeep FC-150/FC-170 Pickup Truck Decorated Crepe Streamers Photograph.
Very nice condition.
Great photo view showing young boy wearing suit & tie, posing beside classic 1957-1958 Jeep FC-150/FC-170 pickup truck. Decorated with crepe paper streamers & sign. Parked in front of church, possibly wedding event.

Border edge has processing/developer date stamp: 1/58 – Church sign has Aug 25, 1957 date.”

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1948 Montana Farmer-Stockman Jeep & Truck Ads

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Willys-Overland ran a series of Universal Jeep and Truck ads in the Montana Farmer-Stockman newspaper through 1948. The ads for the Universal Jeep focused on farming and ranching and appear most, but not all months (The paper is archived at the Library of Congress and appears to have been a bi-monthly publication). Below are 8 ads I could find. In 1949, the number dropped to only 4 ads.

January 15, 1948:

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No February Ad

March 15, 1948:

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April 15, 1948:

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May 15, 1948:

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Hood Strips Ever a Factory Option?

• CATEGORIES: Features

Someone on Facebook claimed that hood strips were a factory option, though without specificity as to which model of jeep in which time period such an option was offered. I was not aware of this option nor have I seen any documentation for such an option. Of course, I’ve seen plenty of jeeps for sale with hood strips, but never saw much consistency among the designs.

So, anyone know 1) were hood strips ever a factory option? 2) were they ever a dealer option? 3) were they ever featured as a special equipment option? 4) if any of these are true, does anyone have documentation?

Here’s an example of wood strips:

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From the CJ-3B Page: https://www.cj3b.info/Tech/HoodProblems.html

 
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1940’s Buddy L Victory Toy **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models, toys

This Buddy L. Victory Toy sold for $42 (+$17 shipping) yesterday.

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Small Wood Jeep Toy on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models, toys

Roger spotted this unusual toy with an etched-in jeep grille.

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“You’re getting the vintage wood folk art toy shown. 5″ red jeep. Nice overall condition”

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General Box Company Toy Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

I’ve never seen one of these. The seller has a variety of jeep-related toys and Willys stuff for sale. The seller also has a variety of toys hanging in his shop. This one really interests me, because it is so unusual, but cost/distance/pandemic precludes me from bidding on it. Cool piece.

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“PICKUP ONLY FROM MIDDLETOWN CT. THIS AUCTION IS FOR A CARDBOARD BOX CAR USA ARMY JEEP “LITTLE GENERAL” PUSH CAR. ITS MADE FROM HEAVY CARDBOARD TYPE PAPER.

CIRCA 1960’S. MADE BY THE GENREAL BOX COMPANY IN ILLINOIS.

VERY RARE. NOT MANY SURVIVE.”

 
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Liquid Iron w/ CJ-5 on box on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This old package of Buckeye Silver Liquid Iron includes an endorsement by Willys Motors, Inc.

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“THIS AUCTION IS FOR ONE/1 USED RARE/VINTAGE ORIGINAL BOX CONTAINING BUCKEYE SILVER SHIELD LIQUID IRON TESTED & INDORSED BY WILLYS MOTORS.

MADE BY BUCKEYE PAINT AND CHEMICAL CORP. OF TOLEDO OHIO, ALSO HOME OF THE WILLYS JEEP.

ITS A 2 PART ADHESIVE AND FILLER. BOTH PARTS ARE IN THE BOX.

THE HARDENER IS STILL IN LIQUID FORM. THE LIQUID IRON LOOKS MORE OF A PASTE. I DID NOT OPEN EITHER ONE OF THE CONTAINERS.

GREAT GRAPHICS ON BOX. GREAT IMAGE OF A WILLYS JEEP CJ5.”

 
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Moriarty Brothers Key Ring Pembroke, MA $25

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

This Moriarty Brothers (Manchester, CT) Willys Jeep Key Ring a neat little piece. Some history behind that dealership.

https://boston.craigslist.org/sob/clt/d/hanson-vintage-willys-jeep-keys/7094362337.html

“estate sale find : vintage 1960’s Willys Jeep Keys I was told and leather clip key chain. Back side says Willy’s- Jeep , and front side says : Moriarty Brothers inc. Manchester Connecticut. Lincoln-mercury, Meteor-comet . Phone mitchel 3-5135.”

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1948 Report on ‘Jeep’ in Conservation

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Books, Documents, Features

I purchased this cool booklet off of eBay. It has some great pics. I’ll share once it arrives.

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March 1953 AD for Photo Tools

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Steve shared this ad for Proto Tools that included a Jeep. It appeared in the March 1953 issue of Mechanix Illustrated.

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1941 Photo of Ford GPs in Box Car

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This photo is another image-applied-to-plate that’s on eBay. It’s a neat photo showing at least four Ford GPs inside a boxcar.

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“Jeep New Metal Sign: Military Jeep Secured Inside Vtg. Railroad Boxcar 4 Transit

Suitable for framing or hanging, has pre drilled holes. A nice piece of 20th century history.
Great coloration in the sign.

The sign measures 9″ x 12″

This sign is also available in 12″ x 16″ for $29.88.”

 
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1942 Photo of Ford GPAs(Seeps) in Parade on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Any thoughts on where this photo was taken?

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“1942 Press Photo Soldiers drive amphibious jeeps in Armistice Parade. This is an original press photo. War implements – jeeps in Armistice Parade Photo measures 8 x 3 inches. Photo is dated 11-11-1942.”

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Different Versions of the Koenig-Manufactured Hardtop

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The small rear window can be seen on the back of the top at the left top of this 1956 DJ-3A brochure.

Mike raised a question the other day, which resulted in us learning something new. He was viewing the launch-brochure for the DJ-3A when he noticed that the Koenig-manufactured hardtop was illustrated with a small rear window. Up to that point, Mike and I and several other folks were under the impression that all these tops had the same size rear window, but in fact that was false.

Instead, it appears that in 1955, through 1946(?) and possibly into 1957, Jeep used a small window in the back of the top, before moving to a larger one. Especially with the DJ-3As, with their lack of side windows, that small window would have made backing up difficult, as it would have been hard to see anything behind the driver.

Here are the four types of hardtops of this style identified so far.

  1. This top was available as early as 1955. This photo is a 1955 press photo showing a CJ-5 with the small window in the back. The CJ-5 version of the top also came with side windows. The image below is also available on eBay.
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  2. It’s not clear when the transition occurred, but in late 1956 or in 1957 the top began arriving with a much larger window as seen in this photo.
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  3. Though an early photo of the DJ-3A with this style of top showed it with windows, the production version was manufactured without side windows.
    1956-dj3a-buffalo-ny8This photo shows the same jeep from the side. You can see the lack of side windows.
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  4. This image shows a 1964 hardtop on a DJ-3A with the larger window.
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    This photo shows the solid sides:
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Dean Martin and a Jeepster Commando

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Mike shared this photo that was drifting around Facebook. It’s clip of Dean Martin behind a Jeepster Commando. According to the Facebook post, “Dean Martin, Senta Berger, Janice Rule, and a ‘67 Jeepster Commando Station Wagon. From the 1967 Matt Helm film “The Ambushers”.” As Derek Redmond pointed out, it’s not the only Jeep in that movie.

The Internet Movie Car Database has even more pics from the movie. In fact, Jeepster Commandos appeared in a variety of movies: https://www.imcdb.org/vehicles_make-Jeep_model-Jeepster+Commando.html

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Jeepster Wood Model on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

I have one of these wood Jeepster models. There’s another one on eBay currently.

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“Antique vintage new old stock Models of Merit by Ace Products jeep jeepster kit no.7r Balsa Wood Model Kit Condition is nos In box complete with instructions”

These pics are a little nicer, but from a different eBay auction:
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Kaiser Jeep Automatic Transmission Service Guide

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Documents, Features

Maury spotted this one. It was on eBay (sold for $17.50). This 1979 guide seems a clever way to diagnose transmission problems.

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“”Kaiser Jeep Corporation Automatic Transmission Circular Slide Rule Calculator” by the writers and illustrators of Kaiser Jeep Corporation, Toledo Ohio. No Copyright data; research indicates Kaiser Jeep used Borg-Warner transmissions at least 1970-1972 – probably longer. Here is a guide for use while servicing those transmissions. Kaiser Jeep published the wheel as a Mechanic’s tool, and as an advertising piece, for their dealers selling retail product in that era. Note – the photos you see are of this mechanic’s tool and advertising piece – no ‘Stock Photos’.

A tight firm clean double-wheel ‘slide rule’ calculator in tan/black, unmarked, a trifle darkened after a half-Century on a shelf. 7 1/4″ in diameter; the inner wheel is 5 1/2″ in diameter.

A guide to when service is required on these transmissions;
The order in which the tests should be made;
The reverse shows the Pressure Levels, where the Transmission selector (gearshift) should be place and what RPM or MPH should be utilized in those tests;
Speeds at which downshifts should be made.
A solid clean circular slide rule – lots of data on the reverse. Direct from a postwar Jeep dealer’s library. No mustiness, No smoke smell. We do try to describe them correctly – We want you back as a customer – hundreds of repeat customers. “

 
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1957(?) How to Use 4 Wheel Drive Booklet

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Books, Features

This 4 Wheel Drive Booklet was likely produced between 1955-1957. An accompanying order form (seen at the bottom) suggests it was likely a 1957. The booklet was assigned form W-640. It’s not in the best of shape, but it also wasn’t very expensive.

The is a much better version of this booklet as compared to the earlier version from 1952.

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1956 DJ-3A Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Maury spotted this DJ-3A brochure, form number W241-6.

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“You are bidding on an old and original undated 8 1/2 x 11″ folder that is advertising the Jeep Dispatcher. It is in excellent condition with some minor storage stress.”

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Warn “Summer” Hubs Shawnee, OK eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts

Maury spotted these. The Warn “Summer” Waffle-style hubs were the first type produced by Warn. Warn followed that up with the dimpled version. Learn more about these and other “summer” hubs here.

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“We found this in a old Jeep we were restoring ,Willys Jeep Warn Hub . Condition very good in the BOX”

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‘Jeep’ Combat 6 Brochure on eBay

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I hadn’t run across this Combat 6 brochure. You can learn more about the Combat 6 here.

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“Soft Cover
c. 2 pages
Condition: Fair, light pencil writing at the bottom of brochure, no missing pages, no loose pages, no significant tears. Slight marks, yellowing and creasing.”

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Willys Audio-Visual Unit Brochure

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My guess is that this Australian produced brochure was probably released circa 1955.

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“Soft Cover
c. 5 pages
Printed in USA.
Condition: Fair, no writting, no missing pages, no loose pages, no significant tears. Slight marks, yellowing and creasing.”

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I’ve flipped the top image below to make the text easier to read:

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1957 ‘Jeep’ Vehicles Help Fight Disease Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Here’s another rare ‘Jeep’ Vehicles Help Fight Disease Brochureform number MFS-8-57-X. You can view the whole brochure here.

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Australian CJ-3B Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This is a seven page brochure, but only a couple pages were scanned for the eBay auction. This is roughly $24 USD (which includes shipping) at the current price.

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Vintage Dealer Photo from Galax, Virginia

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Chris spotted this Jeep dealer photo taken in Galax, Virginia, on a Carroll County Facebook page. If you look carefully, you’ll see the round ‘Service’ Jeep sign (painted?) on the building with an extra large “P”.

There’s still a Mink Motor Sales company that sells used cars. I can’t tell if this venture is the same location as shown in in the pic below.

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Verne Simons’ Identifies Early CJ-2As

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Verne Simons tackles identifying the early CJ-2A in the article posted to Four Wheeler.

https://www.fourwheeler.com/news/features/early-cj-2a-id/

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Pictured is a 1945 VEC CJ-2A that’s been converted to a floor shift.