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2022 Midwest Willys Rally June 03-04

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

UPDATE: Don’t forget the Willys Rally this weekend!

This year’s Midwest Willys Rally is June 03-04 this year. This event takes place at Heuston Woods State Lodge in College Corner, Ohio. Learn more here: http://www.mw-willysjeep.com.

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2022 Great Willys Picnic Kempton, PA June 12th

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

UPDATE: Don’t forget that the Great Willys Picnic is next weekend.

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This year’s Great Willys Picnic occurs June 12th, 2022.

“Sunday June 12, 2022 from 9 am – 4 pm at the Wanamaker, Kempton & Southern Railroad located in Kempton, Pennsylvania.

The Willys Picnic will be in compliance with all regulations in effect on June 12th. Be prepared for possible changes from past events.

https://cj3a.info/picnic/

 
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Closer Look at “Little Miss Sunshine”

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features • TAGS: , .

Ann has dubbed the yellow racer “Little Miss Sunshine”, due to the yellow color. I don’t know if that’s the end-all name, but it’s a fine name for now.

Yesterday, I decided to remove the body so I could get a better look at the condition of the cage and the suspension.

Let’s take a look first at the rear suspension. The suspension in the rear consists of 2.5″ ranch springs that have been outboarded, to which a sway bar and arms have been added. In the pic below you can see the sway bar behind the axle and the arms in front, connected under the frame. The springs are outboarded six inches. For example, the spring holder in the back consists of a 2×4 rectangular tube, positioned horizontally (under which the spring holder is welded), was welded to a 2×3 tube positioned vertically, which was welded to a 1/4″ plate that was then welded to the frame.

The front of this rear setup is similar, only for additional strength, a 2.5″ tube was welded to the spring holder and frame, which is then welded to the side bar that sits outside and under the body.

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One-Lever Dualmatic Hubs

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Blaine forwarded photos of a Willys Wagon with the one-lever-style Dualmatic hubs that include a center bump. I don’t have docs that conclusive identify this one-lever hub as a Dualmatic, but it seems highly probable. Given the design, an attempt to secure the lever with a bump to keep it from shifting, it is likely it was an iteration of the original Dualmatic one-lever hub.

Below is what I have documented for the one-lever Dualmatics and my related guesses as to why. (For two-lever variations of the Dualmatic hubs, try this link)

As a reminder, here is the original patent by Simonsen for the Dualmatic:

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Here’s what I believe that original hub looked like:
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This was likely the second version, this time with two circular bumps:

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One of the issues with both of the early versions was that the internal forces apparently could cause the lever to bend. Here’s an example:

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To halt that from happening, as photographed by Blaine on a Willys wagon, Dualmatic may have gone with this design:

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A similar design was photographed on a Dodge truck (or I was told it was a Dodge truck):

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Perhaps Dualmatic concluded that the simple one lever design simply didn’t hold up, so the company shifted to a two lever design. This is the point where it would be good to compare the internals of the one-lever vs. two-lever design.

 
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Unknown Cutlas Selective Hub Model

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

Bob shared the photo at the bottom that appeared on a Craigslist Ad for a 1977-J10. It shows what appears to be a Cutlas hub, but it’s a design I don’t have documented. Let’s review the Cutlas Selective Drive Hubs:

The first design was model 100-2 and had no slot:

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Later, Cutlas came out with the slotted form of the hub. Note that the slated knob has a “506-1” part number, suggesting that this whole hub was model 500-1.

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Arguably, the Bulldog was the next iteration of this general design. It too has the slotted knob, but lacks a model number:

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The hub Bob spotted was on a later model jeep, so maybe Cutlas offered this version of the hub for a short time? It seems to be an further iteration of the Bulldog; unfortunately, I have no brochures that document it.

 
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September 1960 Finding the Going Tough Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This 1960 brochure labeled Form No. DM60-09 took some patience to finally locate on eBay, though I had to purchase 10 brochures (8 of which I already had). At least the price was low.

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1963 Brochure For New Gladiator and Wagoneer

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This 1963 one-page double-sided brochure printed in Canada announces the new Wagoneer and Gladiator models. What I found interesting was on the back. The chart shows the electrical setups for all vehicles as of 1963. I was surprised to see that while the Surrey DJ-3A still had the 6 volt battery option, the standard Dispatcher DJ-3A did not. I was surprised to see the FCs also had a 6 volt option still.

It is possible this was unique to Canadian made jeeps, but I can think of no reason that would be the case.

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Flatfender Desk Wheat Ridge, CO $1000

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts

This desk comes with drawers.

https://denver.craigslist.org/fuo/d/wheat-ridge-willys-jeep-desk/7478669675.html

“This a one-of-a-kind, Willys Jeep desk that is perfect for a Jeep enthusiast or anyone looking for a very unique piece of furniture. This originally sold for $1500.”

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Kelly-Branded Dualmatic Hub

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A set up Dualmatic-style two-lever hubs appeared for sale on Facebook the other day. What made this set unique was that the hubs were private labeled for Kelly Manufacturing. It’s the first set I’ve seen with Kelly’s information on it. I doubt there are many other hubs bearing these stickers.

This shouldn’t be too big of shock, as Kelly also private labeled Kayline tops for sale in the late 1950s. And, of course, Dualmatic was offering to private label their hubs for Sears, Allstate, and other entities.

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Parmley-Bodied Jeep Sold Recently

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This rare Parmley-Bodied sold quickly on Facebook. Not many of these around and even fewer with a hardtop.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/WillysSwapMeet/posts/3202586826681241

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1955 & 1956 Willys Motors Ads Aimed at Dealers on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I’ve never seen these ads. They appear to be focused on dealers. It’s unclear where these were published. The seller has a variety of other more standard, consumer-oriented ads.

  1. View all the information on eBay

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2 View all the information on eBay

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1951 Ads with How 4-Wheel Drive Works Section on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I haven’t seen ads with a “How 4-Wheel Drive Works” section quite like these two ads from 1951 have.

1. View all the information on eBay

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2. View all the information on eBay

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Snug and Warm Postcard on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards

I’m guessing this is a late 1940s or early 1950s postcard.

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“Unwritten, undated, unstamped, unmailed UNLESS stated otherwise above.”

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Don Takes Us Around the Willys Reunion

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

I should have some updates on Friday morning. In the meantime, thanks to Don for giving us a guided tour of the 2022 Willys Reunion.

 
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No Updates Wed

• CATEGORIES: Features

Mom’s house is under contract, so I need to make one last trip to round up the misc stuff in the garage, along with a bunch of boards. So, I’ll be away from my computer all day Wed and probably some of Thursday. The new folks are excited about the place, so that’s great. And they are even taking mom’s cats, so that’s a plus as well.

Given the above is a boring paragraph, we’ll turn to Blaine and a photo he shared with me that appears to be a Tri-ang pedal jeep out of Australia driven by a young girl.

https://www.shannons.com.au/club/enthusiasts/popsss/garage/1955-jeep-1942-ww-ii/

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1961 FJ-3A/Fleet Van “Installer’s Model” Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I lucked out on snagging this unusual FJ-3A brochure. It focuses on the repair industry. It is form number 61-14.

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2022 Spring Willys Reunion Video

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features, videos

This past weekend was the Willys Reunion. I don’t have much in the way of photos (yet), but here is a video from the Red Eye Cafe Garage that highlights some of the jeeping and, later on, some of the vehicles that attended the reunion. One of the unexpected events was a 3AM fire drill at the hotel!

 
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Worked on Patterson Saturday

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I pulled out Patterson yesterday to being making a few minor repairs. You might remember (though I’d rather forget) that the driver’s side rear got a little crunched when Patterson bumped up against the UHaul trailer last fall (Ugh).

On Saturday, I pulled off the surrounding equipment, then using clamps and counter-force (slow and steady), pulled everything back together. It came together surprisingly well. Next steps are to replace the rear lights, replace the generator, and reduce the friction between the brake and clutch pedal (push one down, the other drops a little).

Once the work is done, I will put it up for sale. Do we want to sell it? Not really, but we are working on getting another vintage jeep to replace Patterson, something far cooler. Once everything is settled, I will announce it.

 
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Willys Overland Rally 2022 Video

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Bill spotted this article from motor1 that included a video of vintage jeeps tackling Moab slick rock  from this year’s Willys Overland Rally 2022.

https://www.motor1.com/news/586094/willys-jeeps-off-roading-in-moab-video/

 
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1966 Cutlas Hub Brochure

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I found this brochure on eBay. It’s the first time I’ve seen this version. The form number is 4-66, which I believe means it was published in April of 1966.
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Jeep Diaper Cake

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

Under the things-I-didn’t-know, Ann tells me that folded material into shapes is 1) a thing and 2) is called a “cake”. To wit, she spotted this jeep made from folding diapers and material together (no glue). This is certainly more clever than if I tried to make a jeep using diapers and material.

From the Facebook Post: “A Jeep diaper cake for a new Mom!! She loved it and doesn’t want to take it apart!! LOL!! 10 washcloths, 6 blankets, 2 bottles, 1 pair of socks, 1 medicine dropper, and 55 diapers. I never use glue!”

https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=1000582063996149&set=pcb.1224982958173993

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The Minnesota Trip

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Dave and I with the racer loaded on the trailer.

What a couple of weeks!

One of our goals before leaving was to put in Ann’s garden. So, prior to leaving for MN, we expanded the fencing (primarily to keep the dogs in and so they can chase out any critters), laid the dirt for corn and squash, laid gravel over the rest of the dirt, and put in elevated planters so that Ann does’t have to bend down. We’d hoped to move the propane tank, but that will have to wait now until Fall. It’s all temporary so we can see how we like the location.

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Last Friday mom’s place went up for sale. On Wednesday, (as Ann and I were racing back from Minnesota) the home went under contract. It came down to a developer who wanted to develop the land (all cash deal) or a couple with a daughter who wanted to live in the house and offered to take mom’s cats. It was an easy call, as mom would have wanted the cats cared for, so we agreed to the deal with the couple. So, a huge step forward in finalizing the estate.

And now for the road trip to MN, here’s what happened.

Our drive to Minnesota was uneventful. We drove 1000 miles the first day under perfect skies, with no storms. Because I was a little paranoid about blowing a trailer tire, we kept the speed art around 70mph for most of the trip. The next day we drove an additional 500 miles in similar beautiful weather, landing in Little Falls, Minnesota, for the evening.

The next morning we stopped by Thielen Meats in Pierz, as recommenced by Dave F. It was a great recommendation (voted the #1 meat market in Minnesota and celebrating its 100th anniversary this year). We bought some beef sausages, smoked mozzarella, a whole smoked white fish (yum), and some smoked pork ribs. Everything was great (we should have bought more).

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Photo Credit: Thielen Meats

A short time later, we arrived at Dave’s place. Dave and I have been communicating about this racer for several years, but for all the reasons you already know, it wasn’t until this spring that it was practical for us to go fetch the jeep.

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Some of the worst damage:

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Made it Home

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UPDATE: We began Wednesday in Dickinson, ND. We stopped in Montana to visit Dan and April’s new bison ranch, then planned to stop in Missoula for the night. However, our concern over degrading weather on Thursday between Spokane and Missoula convinced us to push through to home. We arrived at 3am, Thurs morning, pretty bushed! I will give a full trip update once I recover from our drive.

We had a good time talking with Dave in Minnesota when we picked up the race jeep. He showed us around his collection of jeeps, which was a surprise! We leave from Dickinson, ND, this morning and have about a day and half left of driving, so more to come, including our story of the TICK invasion!

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Minnesota Trip Update

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We’ve made it to Minnesota after two long days of driving. Other than seeing two semi complete flat fenders (2A or 3As) being hauled west on I-90 near the Bozeman area, not much to report. I’ll post pics and a quick Tuesday at some point.

Last night in Glendive, Montana, and tonight in Minnesota my hotspot internet access has sucked, so I can’t do a whole lot.

 
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Video: Collection of 4300 Imported Vehicles

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This video shows an impressive collection of imported vehicles in a Virginia “barn”, including some Mitsubishi Jeeps.

“It’s not often that Tom looks at shiny new cars, but when he heard about a Japanese import specialist who has collected and sold over 4000 Japanese manufactured vehicles, he couldn’t pass the opportunity up. We’re talking Datsun Z cars, GT-Rs, Accord Aerodecks, Figaros, Totota Coronas, Suzuki Jimnys, and many more. But the fun doesn’t stop there! Tom visits a nearby location that holds 300 plus Volkswagen Westfalias that have been collected from around the U.S. by a gentleman to help preserve and maintain the Westfalia population. Among the collection are a few rare utility Westfalias from different countries”