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Dirt Daily Video: Get an M-677 Running

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Hopefully, Fred is able to fulfill his New Years resolution this year.

 
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1966 Ford Bronco Commercial

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Roger Martin shared this classic Ford Bronco Commercial with me. I figured you folks would enjoy it, too.

 
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Getting the Bends (Correct)

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More-months-than-I-care-to-think-about ago (about seven months I think), I bought a cheap Affordable Bender. When it arrived, I was less than impressed with the collar (see this post). So, I called them, only to learn that the collar was designed that way and should work fine (I believe they told me “Billions” of bends have been done with Affordable Benders, or something like that).

So, I decided to test the bender before sending it back; I hadn’t expected to wait 7 months to test it!

Yesterday, I mounted it to my metal work table and tested it with a 90 degree bend, one of two I need for the racer’s main loop (it’s the most difficult bend of the entire roll cage). The bender comes with a 90 degree die, so I was a little worried wether the bender would do a 90 degree bend.

First off, it didn’t take me long to miss my old bender, the one I built from plans: http://www.ewillys.com/2009/10/08/my-tube-bender-almost-done/. But, since I couldn’t access my plan (lock PDF with no password and the author of the PDF wouldn’t answer my emails), I had to buy this AFF bender.

Here are the results of the 90 degree bend .. as you can see, it stops short of a 90 degree bend:

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Ugh .. what It meant is that I had to force the 15′ tube through the collar a few inches so I could add an additional bend. While that worked, I bent it too far (I misread my level .. it went to 90 degrees which I missed, then started down to 88, so I thought it was at 88 and needed to go to 90. UGH .. had to start over).

Eventually, I got the hang of how to do a 90 degree bend with this and managed to create the loop below.

This pic shows the first 90 finished and I’m starting on the second.

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This shows the second 90 done. That is all the 90s I need, so the rest of the bends should be much easier.

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I still have two more bends on this loop (the bars are parallel, though don’t look that way in the pics), which I’ll complete tomorrow.

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Modified Truck on FB

• CATEGORIES: Features, Jeep Rods, Unusual • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Dwayne posted some more pics of his truck on Facebook. You can see them below:

This image was posted a few days ago by Dwayne Brown. I am guessing the the back bed is a modified wagon back? It reminds me a little of the “Tender” wagons. Looks like a great rig!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2382510764/permalink/10159262655025765

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1953? Magazine Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This unusual ad appears to include an M-38A1.  It also shows a CJ-3B, but not a CJ-3A, so my guess is 1953.

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“The actual ad you are buying is the one pictured above. Please look at it closely and ask any questions you want.
These are advertisements that are carefully removed from vintage magazines – please read the full description and ask any questions if you are unsure of anything.
You are buying the advertisement, not the product in the advertisement.
Original 1 page print advertisement, measures approximately 8.5″ x 11″. (Not a reprint or reproduction, all of my items are originals). These ads are from various publications and are all vintage – no reprints or reproductions ever.”

 
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Jeep Model Kits

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

John spotted some vintage jeep/willys model kits at the Old Model Kits website. They seem cheaper than you’ll find on eBay.

https://www.oldmodelkits.com/index.php?searchtext=jeep

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Racer Update

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I’ve spent parts of the last couple of days thinking through how/where the new cage will attach, how the floor should attach, and how the body should attach and where it should sit. For example, the body must be far enough forward so that the solid front clip can slip over the front of the radiator, but back far enough to sit in the right area in the back.

My initial intention was to bolt the cage fo the frame, but this frame (already cut and spread 5″) has enough mods that if I’m at a point that the cage has to be removed to make changes, I’m better off starting with a new frame (and, at this point, I don’t want to do a ground up rebuild).

Additionally, the body has warped some, so I will need to build a jig out of wood so that I can try to straighten the body some (apparently, using a heat gun, I should be able to remove some of the warping. What I can’t re-straighten, I will use fiberglass and/or some (probably) aluminum plates placed strategically to make it look straighter.

Here’s a couple pics of the body. You may not be able to tell, but both sides of the front of the body have flexed outward. So, between the heat gun, the jig, some interior plating, and the use of strategic mounts, I should be able to make it look a little less out of whack.

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Over the next week we are supposed to have (finally) dry weather and temps that will be in the high 40s and low 50s, so I hope to get the cage built and, maybe, the body cleaned up to ready for some fiberglass repair and, eventually, some paint.

Though I dislike the neon green chassis, Ann has acquired a taste for it, so I might start with the body painted black, similar to the narrow body that was on it.

 
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Corgi FC-150 Models

• CATEGORIES: Features, Website

Craig shared this page (I think on FB), It’s as good of an explanation of Corgi FC-150 models as I have seen.

https://www.maronline.org.uk/corgi-toys-jeep-fc-150-models

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1957? Australian Jeep Truck Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I missed out on this rare Australian Jeep Truck brochure (totally spaced the auction). I can see no date or form number on any pages. My guess is that this was published in 1957 or 58.

The description from th auction reads, in part:
“WILLYS 4WD 6 CYL. ALL-PURPOSE MODEL 6-226
GOOD CONDITION OVERALL. CLEAN,GOOD COLOR AND GRAPHICS. SLIGHT WEAR FROM AGE AND STORAGE.
WILLYS MOTORS AUSTRALIA PTY. LIMITED
4 PAGE FOLDOUT
BROCHURE CONTAINS SPECIFICATIONS, DIFFERENT BODY STYLES, OPTIONS, ETC.”

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San Juan Scenic Jeep Trip Postcard and Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Artists/Drawings, Features

These two items from the San Juan Scenic Jeep Trip business were on eBay, so I snagged them.

This postcards shows a FC Tour Jeep climbing a steep trail.

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This tri-fold brochure is undated. It has some good photos and artwork. These first three images show the front side of the brochure.

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This is the inside of the tri-fold:

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Dec 1969 Jeep Family Brochure from Kaiser Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Maury let me know that scans of a 1969 Jeep family brochure (Form 69-12) was posted to earlycj5.com page. There are three particularly interesting things to me about this brochure. Somehow, I never picked up a copy, so I found one on eBay.

1) The red CJ-5 shown with a couple “racing” it is a rare 462 model, perhaps it’s only appearance in a jeep-family-brochure;
2) the brochure doesn’t mentioned the model in the brochure; and
3) this jeep must have been part of a photo shoot (probably not really racing), because this brochure shows two photos of the same shoot and the 2018/2019 Dispatcher Magazine’s article on the 462 shows a third pic of the same jeep and couple.

Before the brochure, I’ll included the Dispatcher Magazine image:

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Here is the full brochure as posted by Dave from the earlycj5.com website:

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2023 Southwest Ohio FC Gathering July 28-30 Ohio

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

The 9th Annual Southwest Ohio Jeep FC Gathering & Swap Meet will be held this summer July 28-30th. Contact Roger for more info:

July 28, 29, 30
Roger and Sharon Martin’s Place
1905 Roxanna New Burlington Road Waynesville, OH 45068
937-477-5270 rogerjm55 @gmail.com2022-southwest-ohio-fc-event94

 
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Different Tire/Jerry Can Carriers

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE II: Another carrier to add to the list thanks to Jim. This was a Husky-built tire and jerry can carrier.

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UPDATED October 31, 2019: More Tire and Gas Can carriers have been added to this post.

1. Con-Ferr offered various options in it’s 1970 catalog. A few of the mounts were made and sold by Con-Ferr. The pages also include a Bestop Tire Mount and another example of a Kayline tire mount:

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2. This page from the 1970s Brian Chucha Catalog provides additional pics of the Kayline and the Con-Ferr carrier options:

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3. Best Top Tire carrier from the late 1970s catalog:

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4. Kayline ski and/or luggage Rack.

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2 1945 Negatives of GPWs on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, GPW (Ford MB), Old Images

These two negatives from 1945 might interest GPW collectors.

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Sportif, Dispatcher, Beach Comber, Commuter & DJ-6A

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Features

UPDATE: Roger Jordan posted this rare photo of a DJ-6A concept vehicle on Facebook. It reminds me of the Dispatcher-100 and Sportif models, so I’ll add it to this page

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Originally posted April 8, 2019:

As most folks know, Brooks Stevens was instrumental in numerous production and concept car designs. One of the lesser known projects was, apparently, an offshoot of the DJ-3A 2WD line. There are four documented designs, two of which became concept vehicles.

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The Dispatcher and the Sportif concept cars.

  1. The Sportif: This DJ-3A-like vehicle appears to use the DJ-3A convertible windshield and hood, to which some stylistic designs have been added. There are a variety of undated pics at the Milwaukee Art Museum’s website which tags the images as being prototypes for the Canadian Market. A March-April 1995 Willys World article dates the pics to 1959. Brook Stevens is pictured in both images.

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    Link to Milwaukee Art Museum

  2. The Dispatcher (aka Dispatcher Sportif) and Dispatcher 100: The Milwaukee Art Museum labels this simply as the Dispatcher, but other placed identify this as the Dispatcher 100 or Dispatcher Sportif. You can see all the pics at the Museum’s website.

    Dispatcher 100: Derek Redmond published a slightly different version of this concept at the CJ-3B page. It’s titled the Dispatcher 100 (has an insignia with the name on the passenger door) and it may represent a slight update or next evolution of the “Dispatcher” above. The cover on the passenger side cowl suggests this might have been made from the later model DJ-3A body (which used the hole for a heater vent).
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  3. Jeep Beach Comber: This fanciful 2WD vehicle looks inspired by the DJ-3A Surrey, one designs for beaches and vacation rentals. There’s only one image of it at the Milwaukee Art Museum. This appears to use the later model Willys hubcaps seen on the Surreys.
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  4. Jeep Commuter 100: It looks to be a roomier version of the other vehicles, but with a top that allowed lots of visibility. There’s only one image of it at the Milwaukee Art Museum. This jeep also appears to use the later model Willys hubcaps seen on the Surreys. I can attest that the low windshield and low soft top (if that is a soft top) would have made it difficult for 6-footers like me to climb back into the rear seat.
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2023 Willys Jeep Rally June 2-3 2023

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This year’s Willys Jeep Rally will be held June 2-3 2023 at its usual location in Houston Woods, College Corner, Ohio. Thanks to Russ for letting me know! You can learn more here: http://www.mw-willysjeep.com

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Unusual Windshield on MB

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UPDATE: As Barney notes in the comments, it appears to be a windshield adapted from a Mighty Mite. You can see an example here: http://www.ewillys.com/wp-content/uploads2/2020/11/year-m422a1-imperial-ca1.jpg

Buz just acquired this MB that has an unusual windshield setup. I have seen some bubba jobs similar to this windshield, but someone did this much better than most. It does not appear to be an M-38A1 windshield (too narrow), but it doesn’t appear to be a CJ-3A/DJ-3A windshield (curved top holder). Anyone recognize it?

He described the windshield this way:

I bought this 1943 Willys MB with this unusual style M38A1 windshield assembly. It is narrower than the M38A1 windshield and this one has not been cut and welded. Also a very precise adaptation to the cowl to mount the windshield. No doubt it probably harms the value of the 1943 model, but it has to have been some sort of factory modification, it’s not a home brew bubba job. Have you ever seen anything similar to this?  I have the history of this jeep back to 1947. The first civilian registration was issued in 1947 to E. W. Worrell who paid $800 for it in Hillsville, VA.

Here are some pics.

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Back to the Racer

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features • TAGS: .

After an unexpected detour of 6 months, I finally had a chance to return to working on the racer.

My first project was to create the side bars by reusing the 2 1/2″ side bars from the yellow racer. You can see them mounted on the old racer here (my finger is accidentally pointing out the driver’s sidebar in this pic). I cut both of them off this chassis.

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Here is a side view of the old chassis. These sidebars are angled upward to attach at the angled portion of the frame near the engine mounts. I liked the look of them, so figured I’d reuse them. At this point, I also plan to build the new racer cage similar to what you see blow, but with a few changes.

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Somehow, I managed not to take many pics of this process, but I started with my new metal saw by cutting the side bars so they’d sit flat (I removed the sidebars from the other chassis with a sawz-it-all, so the cuts weren’t great).

Trying to get this angle just right on the front portion of the bars was tricky. So, I cut the back bar first to the optimal length, then dropped the front of the bar over the edge of the table until the tube was level. Then used the flat edge of a carpenter square to draw a straight edge on the bar.

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Here, the cut has been finished.

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Next, I welded plates to each tube end. Then, I clamped the tubes to the sides of the frame. With that done, Ann and I put the body in place to make sure it fit over the angled side bar, which it does.

2023-01-08-racer-build6Here’s a view from the back:
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Since it looks like things will fit correctly, I will pull the body back off, pull the side bars off, clean off the paint where I need to weld on the frame, and attach the sidebars.

Next, I’ll spend some time determining how the floor, cage, firewall, and the seats will mount, and how the side of the body will attach to the cage (the body sides are weak rather flimsy, so it needs a good mounting system).

 
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30th Annual Spring Willys Reunion & Swap May 19-20, 2023

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Art let me know that the 30th annual Spring Willys Reunion will be held May 19-20. This year, it will be held at a new location:  the Hilton Garden Inn, North Canton, Ohio.

http://willysreunion.com/swr23.htm

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Best Top(?) Tire Carrier Reno, NV $250

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This looks like a Best Top tire carrier in good shape (see different kinds here). It was mounted on a CJ-2A.

https://reno.craigslist.org/pts/d/reno-willys-jeep-tire-carrier/7575975309.html

“Willys Jeep rear swing out tire and gas can carrier. Holds 2 jerry cans.
Hard to find , very good condition. Came off CJ2A”

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1951 DeAnza Trail Jeep Cavalcade

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features, Magazine, Old Images • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Originally posted Feb 1, 2018:

1951-07-motortrend-jeep-gymkhana-calvacade-pg1-1The May 1951 issue of Motor Trend captured the 3rd Annual DeAnza Trail Jeep Cavalcade. The author, Ernest Reshovsky, titled the article “Jeep Gymkhana”, possibly attempting to reference timed automobile or equestrian contents designed to test driving skill, though to my knowledge the Cavalcade was not a timed event.

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Postcard & 1942 Photo of Ford GP “Super Jeep” 6×6

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UPDATE II: There’s no date on this rare 6×6 Super Jeep postcard that I just picked up from eBay. I imagine this was published around 1942 or 43. It looks like the postcard was based on this press photo at the bottom of this post.

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Originally poste on February 13, 2014: 

Craig spotted this rare photo. It shows a Ford GP 6×6, which also appears to be called a Ford GP T14 37mm. I’m not clear on how many were made, but this one (or something very similar) can be seen here: http://www.imcdb.org/vehicle_465000-Ford-GP-T14-37mm-GMC-1941.html

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1960 Wooden Nickel w/ CJ-5 on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Starting bid is $10. I’ve not listed another one of these, so I suspect they aren’t too common.

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“This is a vintage Wooden Nickel.
It’s from the Toledo Coin Club, Ohio.
1935-1960 Silver Anniversary
On the back is an advertisement for ‘Willys Motors, Inc’
Shows a topless Jeep in the center with ‘Beware of Imitations’ and ‘JEEP Universal’
It’s a real wood ‘coin’ .
It shows some color variation, either due to light staining or just the natural variations in the wood. (see photos)”

 
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2 FC-170 w/ Dump Bed Photos on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

There are two photos of this FC from a 1959 show in Australia. Both are 8×10 photos.

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Jeep Willys Matchbook From Brazil on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This (probably) rare matchbook comes from Porto Elegre in southern Brazil. It’s priced at $39, but seller is willing to consider offers.

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“Jeep Willys rare antique matchbook advertising vintage USA
Brazilian
Good condition
Very rare and collectible
Good condition
Shipping with tracking number and protected package”

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