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1947 Article About Italian “Jeep Squads”

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE: Mark shared a link to a “Reparto Celere” model jeep: https://www.carmodel.com/edicola/itapolc052/1-43/jeep/willys-reparto-celere-polizia-1945/63694

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Original Post: A December 12, 1947, article in the Austin American-Statesman showed an image of an Italian “Police Squad” jeep breaking up a crowd. The phrase “Reparto Celere” translates to Express Department in English, but I doubt that’s a correct interpretation.

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November 1961 Jeep News

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

Barney from Barney’s Jeep Parts sent November 1961 edition of the Jeep News our direction. The FJ-3A makes a big splash with a variety of images on page 4. Several Jeep Clubs, including California’s Auburn Jeep Club, Denver’s Mile-High Jeep Club, and Washington’s Trailer Breakers Jeep Club get  mentioned. One article highlight’s Buddy’s win of a Surrey and Sailboat from the Del Monte Contest and includes an image.

There’s also a mention of photos and writeup about the Jeep Jamboree in the December 1961 issue of Argosy Magazine, but I cannot seem to find the issue on eBay.

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CJ-5 Glass Coasters

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

These two glass coasters popped up on eBay last week for a reasonable price. Strangely, the image of the jeep is reversed. The gas inlet and steering wheel appear to be on the passenger side in the image.

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1944 Photo of Sgt. Baker Digging Out Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

That soldier looks awfully clean for being in the process of digging out a jeep. Even the lighting looks staged to me.

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“1944 Press Photo Sgt. John Baker digs a Jeep out of the Marianas Island mud. This is an original press photo. A 7th AAF base in the Marianas — Staff Sgt. John W. Baker, 920 York Street, Cincinnati, Ohio, transportation sergeant for a 7th AAF fighter group in the Marianas, slugs it out with General Mud, which occasionally masters even the powerful jeep. A modern building program is rapidly doing away with such troubles as these as Americans convert the Marianas into giant air bases. Baker, a veteran of the Saipan operation, formerly worked as a machine operator for the G & G Manufacturing Company, now the Crosley Corp. in Cincinnati. He holds the Soldier’s Medal for heroism in rescuing trapped crew members from a crashed and burning bomber in the Hawaiian Islands last December.Photo measures 8.25 x 10inches. Photo is dated 12-08-1944.”

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July 1945 Press Release Photo #10

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

This was labeled press photo #10. Like the other press photos, this memorable family picnic photo with the jeep and camper appeared in multiple publications. The marking on the bumper is X32.

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1948 Willys Jeep Pocket Calendar on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: I thought the one had sold, but it’s back on eBay, with a price drop down to $33.49 (Was $49.99).

(02/29/2020) Chris spotted this odd Willys Calendar. It’s got an imprint of a horse head on it, but we didn’t understand why that might be. It appears these were produced for the Ohio Willys Sales Company, of Cleveland, Ohio.

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“6 5/8″ TALL X 3 3/4″ WIDE
ALL PAGES ARE THERE
CONDITION AS PICTURED – PLEASE ZOOM IN AND LOOK AT ALL PICTURES.”

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1943 Willy Jeep Book by Bob Clemens on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

This isn’t in the best of condition, but it’s priced accordingly.

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“Vintage 1943 WILLY JEEP by Bob Clemens Patricia Windrow – School Book. This was handed out in elementary school to a relative during the end of WWII. Cover has stains and one rip on page 3/4. No writing.”

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November 1951 Article on Culpepper Hunting Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles • TAGS: , .

A November 20, 1951, article in the Tallahassee Democrat highlighted Ellis and Horrie Culpeppers’ special hunting jeeps (only Ellis’ is pictured).

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July 1945 Press Release Photo #9

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

Photo #8 from the July 1945 Willys-Overland press kit has appeared widely.

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Jeep in back has no “X”. I think it is 39, otherwise could be 59.

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August/September 1958 Jeep News

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

This popped up on eBay the other day. Curiously, there are multiple mistakes in this issue.

The first appears on page four. Under “1943 Military ‘Jeep’ Vehicle Stars in Big Portland Rose Parade”, the article shares a little about the jeep and the parade. However, the jeep that’s pictured is actually an M-38. I can only suspect that the wrong photo was added to the article?

The second oddity is on the upper left corner of page five. Though the article is titled “Sixth Annual “jeepers” Jamboree ….“, the story is actually about the growing popularity of the Sweepster Rotary Broom. The only reference to the jamboree is a small paragraph that’s a continuation from “page 1”.

However, the Jeepers Jamboree story isn’t on page one, it was on page six under the title “‘Jeep’ Owner and prospects showing interest in snow removal equipment as winter season nears

Meanwhile, the page five paragraph about the jeepers jamboree wasn’t about the jamboree itself, but instead about a page 1 jeep summer jamboree sales contest.

Despite all the errors, it’s still worth a read as there are a variety of interesting articles.

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July 1945 Press Release Photo #8

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

Photo #8 from the July 1945 Willys-Overland press kit shows a PTO-powered post-hole digger.

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1958 German CJ-3B Manual on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features, International

This is the first German 3B manual that I’ve seen. I’m not sure how many of these re still out there.

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“Original Willys 1958 CJ-3B reprint in size A5
Original reprint of the Jeep Willys manual in original size A5: manual for the vehicle owner of the famous Willys Jeep.”

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Cutlas Power-Lock Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Maury spotted this Power-Lock Brochure on eBay. I bought one of these a couple months ago from the same seller (scans below):

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1958 Photo of the FC Leveloder

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

UPDATE: This press photo was sold back in 2013. The image has been recently circulating on Facebook, but without the description (though as Mike pointed out to me, it is a brief description).

Marc forwarded this rare photo of a unique FC.

“This is an old Chicago Sun-Times staff photo of the very unique Thompson Jeep Leveloader Truck in Action. See the Scans. Measures 8″ x 10″.”

1958-fc-leveloader-hyrdraulic1The company also built a leveloder out of a Chevrolet truck. This brochure is on Amazon. This brochure better shows on the truck can shift from being level with a loading dock to being level with a sidewalk.

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1958 FC-170 Mulberry, FL $4500

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles • TAGS: , .

This cool-looking oddball is a long-parked FC that has a hunting bed on the back.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1815171195302244/

“1958 Jeep fc170 with hunting bed Truck has been parked since 1976 Will need brakes,tires gas tank, carb rebuilt ect but is pretty much complete Has a little bit of rust here and there but a good solid truck for the most part Has a super hurricane 6cyl flat head and a 3 speed manual Pto winch 4×4 Clean Fl title asking 4500 obo or possibly trade for something cool that runs and drives no bikes or boats”

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National Guard’s Red Feather “Flying Squadron”

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

In 1948, the Massachusetts National Guard used two jeeps adorned with giant red feathers to aid community communications as part of a community Red Feather Campaign. This news was reported in the November 06, 1949, issue of the Boston Globe. Unfortunately, I could not track down a color image of this jeep.

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July 1945 Press Release Photo #7

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

Photo #7 from the July 1945 Willys-Overland press kit shows a PTO powered mobile wood saw.

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Newcomer Racing’s Straight Six 861HP Mods

• CATEGORIES: Features

Jerry shared this article about New Comer Racing’s attempt to add some power to the Jeeps’ 4.0L inline six workhorse. The result is a 861HP thoroughbred. Now, how long such an engine could bear that HP is less clear.

https://www.thedrive.com/news/36982/tuner-pushes-the-legendary-jeep-4-0-liter-straight-six-all-the-way-to-861-hp

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Blue Jeep Matchbook Cover on eBay

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

This matchbook is interesting in that there’s no dealer name printed on it. We’ve seen another example of this same matchbook earlier this year.

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For comparison, this one was on eBay in 2019 with Wasson Motor Sales printed on it:

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Year? CJ-5 Brochure from Switzerland

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, International

There’s not specific year printed on this CJ-5 brochure out of Switzerland. I’m guessing circa 1958 given the blue jeep logo.

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July 1945 Press Release Photo #6

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

Photo #6 from the July 1945 Willys-Overland press kit is this iconic photo of a CJ-2 pulling a trailer full of hay.

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FC PTO Mechanical Drawings on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features

There are three different auctions for FC-170-related PTO mechanical drawings.

  1. 1963 FC-170 PTO Drawings $29.95:
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    Mechanical Drawing
    ‘Jeep’ FC-170
    PTO INSTALLATION
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  2. 1960 FC-150 PTO Drawings $39.95:Mechanical Drawing
    WILLYS MOTORS
    FC-150 P T O INSTALL
    This original Mechanical drawing measures about 21 ½ x 11 inches
    Dated 9-16-60
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  3. 1960 FC-170 PTO Drawings $39.95:
    “Mechanical Drawing
    WILLYS MOTORS
    FC-170 P T O INSTALL
    This original Mechanical drawing measures about 21 ½ x 11 inches
    Dated 9-16-60”
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Aug 1948 Jeep Stand-Off at Potsdamer Platz

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

An August 23, 1948, article in the Tampa Times shared the news of an American and Soviet jeep standoff in Potsdamer Platz as tensions ran high between the East and West. I’d say tensions were high!

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The above photo was part of this larger story:

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1946 Article on Lincoln’s New Police Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Old News Articles • TAGS: .

This February 9, 1946, article shares the news of the Lincoln, Nebraska, police department’s new surplus jeeps. These war surplus jeeps out of nearby Fort Crook were equipped with radios obtained from the Omaha police department.

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Photo of M-606(?) with Extender and Little Girl

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Old Images

Steve spotted this photo taken on September 10, 1968, in Encarnacion, Paraguay. Given the military tank, I was thinking this might be a M-606. However, this does have a PTO bar. Though it has “WILLYS” badges on the tailgate and hood, it appears these are actually a separate plate that’s been added. The rear seat looks like some kind of sideways seat.