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Jeeps Now ‘Swim, Climb and Fly’

• CATEGORIES: Features, GPA (SEEP), Old News Articles

This April 4, 1943, article in the Sunday Star shares more about the things the military was doing with jeeps (not the best scan, but it’s all I got).

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1943 Photo of Jeep Crossing Bridge in New Guinea on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

That looks like it could be a Slat Grille MB.

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Postcard of Wagon in Knoxville, IA on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards

I thought this early delivery sedan with a half window installed on the back driver’s side was interesting.

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“VINTAGE POSTCARD – CONDITION: EXC – SEE SCANS. DATE/ERA: c1950s-60s. Standard Size 3.5×5.5 Inches. “

 
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1943 Photo of Jeep Transporting Wounded on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Thats’a full load.

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“1943 Press Photo New Guinea – a jeep & crew transports wounded Allied soldiers
This is an original press photo. Wounded Allied soldiers are shown being carried to the rear from a fighting front in New Guinea. An American (left) and an Australian …. bumper of the jeep.Photo measures 9.5 x 8.5inches. Photo is dated 02-09-1943.”

 
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1950 Wagon Brochure: Selling the Unseen Values on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Interesting brochure. It includes a quiz.

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“Original salesman’s part color catalog , 8.5 x 11 , 12 pages , 3 file holes at edge , also includes non color sales sheet , 8.5 x 11 , 2 pages , shows various Willys features , descriptions , etc .”

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A. J. Parson’s Generators & Compressors Brochures on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

These aren’t the greatest brochure examples, but I’ve never run across brochures for A. J. Parsons equipment. Also included are a couple go-for-digger plow documents. The price is crazy.

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Plow:

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1950s? Woman, Jeep & Eskimo Pies Sign on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Women & Jeeps • TAGS: .

Steve shared this ice-cream related photo.

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“WOMAN w ICE CREAM TRUCK JEEP @ GOLDEN STATE DAIRY 50’s photo ESKIMO PIE SIGN
Vintage original snapshot photo, circa 1950’s.
Dimensions: 5″ x 3 1/2″
Condition: Good, surface creases/wrinkles, bit of album paper remnants on back, see scan.”

 
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1943 Photo of WACS in Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Women & Jeeps

Fort Belvoir was happy with the WACs they had and was hoping to recruit more. An article in the July 25, 1943, issue of the Sunday Star covered the recruitment program.

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Early Willys-Overland Booklet for the CJ-2A on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Maury shared this one. It isn’t pristine.

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“Universal Jeep Willys-Overland Sales Brochure. Undated. 32 pages. With photos. See photos. Creases and stains.”

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Jeep Reconditioning Programs in the U.S & Europe

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Ordnance - Remanufactureing

UPDATE II: Some additional photos of the Esslingen, Germany, recondition facility posted to  Facebook. The first one is similar to the final photo in this post, but the details show it’s a different photo (probably earlier given these have soft tops and military markings.

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UPDATE: This was originally published in 2013.

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The Bechtel-McCone Remanufacturing Process rebuilt from an article in issue #122 of the Army Motors Magazine Winter ’08 by Lloyd White

One topic that appears in my new book is the 1941 attack on Russia by Hitler.  Called operation Barbarossa and named for the medieval Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa it was the largest invasion in the history of warfare. It included three million soldiers, 600,000 vehicles, and 750,000 horses.  For comparison, the D-Day invasion force was approximately 150,000 men.  Even a month later, only a million men had landed on the beaches of Normandy.

Supporting these huge numbers required plenty of logistics. For example, the German military had 250 companies of veterinarians that, at the height of the war, were capable of servicing almost 100,000 horses a day.  Near the end of the war, horses became vital for the Germans on the Eastern front, as the terrain was often too inhospitable for vehicles, if they had any running vehicles at all.

What does this have to do with jeeps? Well, despite their disposable nature, many people don’t know that the U.S. Army’s Ordnance Department created special facilities to rebuild jeeps (and other vehicles).  Facilities were located both in the U.S. and abroad.  Here’s some information about the US divisions.

I spent time last night, probably too much, gathering and organizing some information about these programs.  The idea and much of this information came from Maury Hurt’s efforts to gather and document reconditioning programs.  There are a variety of threads about these at G503.  However, what I didn’t see was a place that gathered the information together as I have below. I expect to add to this post over time with more information about the international programs.

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Steam cleaning jeeps at Bechtel-McCone’s remanufacturing facility in Birmingham, Alabama.

UNITED STATES REMANUFACTURING:
The following companies remanufactured a total of 16,176 jeeps in the United States according to Charlie Weaver via Jim Allen’s book “Jeep”. There are examples of the data plates applied to the dash of jeeps by the companies below.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t find examples for all the companies. Next to the companies are the number of jeeps each is credited with rebuilding.

1. Bechtel McCone 4,986
2. Allison Steel Manufacturing Company Plate 2,865
3. Moore Equipment Co plate and a second one and a third one. 2,443
4. Higgins Plastic Corp 1,850
5. Stewart & Stevenson 1,750
6. W.A. Bechtel plate 1,555
7. Bishop McCormick & Bishop (no examples found) 343
8. International Diesel (no examples found) 267
9. Vancura Motor Company (no examples found) 66
10. A.M. Meyerstein (no examples found) 49

I found these plates in several locations (documented in the links above) and then organized them as you see. I thought it would help people who run into plates, but don’t know what they have.

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1941 Photo of Ford GP

This March 02, 1941, photo from the Evening Star appears to show the original Pygmy.

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Carl Jantz’s Super Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

This article, titled SUPER JEEP: A 1942 WILLYS THAT CAN’T BE KILLED, ran a couple years ago on driving line.com, but is still an interesting look at a unique build.

https://www.drivingline.com/articles/super-jeep-a-1942-willys-that-cant-be-killed/

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Just a Few Posts Today

• CATEGORIES: Features

Just a handful of posts today.

So, I’m supposed to fly out of Virginia on Thursday AND I’m flying standby (hey, it’s free). However, there’s one hitch. An unusually massive snow fall/blizzard hit the Pasco area (well, a good portion of Washington State), which has caused airport and interstate closures. Another heavy snow is supposed to arrive there today and additional snow will arrive Tuesday and Wednesday.

The question is, will I make it home if I leave Thursday? I can probably make it from Richmond to Minnesota (that’s my transfer point), but whether I can make it from there to Pasco remains to be seen, as the closed airports will likely force passengers to filled up subsequent flights.

I like the adventure of it, not knowing if I will get stranded in Minneapolis or not. Stay tuned!

 
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Western’s 1949 Aluminum/Steel Kid’s Pedal Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, toys

UPDATE: These images were posted on Facebook and the toy jeeps attributed to Boeing. However, as a commenter pointed out, these were actually produced by Western Toy Company in 1959. Here are some other examples.

(02/11/2019) These jeeps are pictured in front of the old Seattle Art Museum (we did field trips there in high school) which is inside Volunteer Park in Seattle, Washington.

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1941 Article Introducing the Jeep

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

Mario shared this article on Facebook from the May 25, 1941, issue of the Des Moines Register. A report describes his experience riding in one and imagines how it might be used. I find the claim that it would go “87-miles-an-hour–without opening it up” a stretch, but that was likely just a propaganda plug.

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One Way to Clone Vintage Knobs

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Maury spotted this idea for cloning vintage knobs.

 
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2019 Willys-Am-Tegernsee Willys Convention July 12-14

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

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Ceepee announced this year’s Lake Tegern Willys event. This is one I hope to get to some day.

die Planungen sind abgeschlossen. Der nächste Willys-am-Tegernsee wird vom 12. bis 14. Juli stattfinden.
Der eigentliche Willys-Day in bewährter Weise am Samstag, den 13. Juli.
Eintreffen und gemütliches Beisamensein bereits ab Freitagnachmittag.
Ausklang, kleine Ausfahrt und Brotzeit am Sonntag.

July 12th through 14th we’ll have this year’s Willys-Convention on Lake Tegern.
Save the date and get ready to join in!
Like before the main event will be on Saturday, July 13th.
Beginning on Friday afternoon we’ll have the oppurtunity for jeep talk either on arrival or at the dinner right on the banks of the lake. For those, who want we’ll have another small tour on Sunday morning before we’ll have a Bavarian Brotzeit.

Wie bisher auch Willys MB, Ford GPW und Hotchkiss M201 only!

In der nächsten Zeit wird’s dann weiteres Details geben.

Stay tuned for further details!

Let’s keep’em rolling!
Euer/Yours
CeePee

 
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Maury’s Vintage Tire Post at the EarlyCJ-5 Page

• CATEGORIES: Features, Tires and Rims

Maury has created a vintage tire post for the EarlyCJ-5 page. I expect it will expand as more folks visit it.

http://www.earlycj5.com/xf_cj5/index.php?threads/old-school-mud-snow-tires-and-vintage-look-radials.134511/

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Anyone Recognize This Hardtop?

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

Several of us have never seen this type of hardtop. Anyone recognize it? The top fits an early to mid CJ-5s, while the doors are made for a post 1975 CJ-5s.

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August 1942 Letter-to-Editor Discusses Jeep Name

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This summer of 1942 article highlights some of the confusion surrounding the jeep name and might be one of the first documented instances of someone claiming that GP became jeep. As I’ve argued, I see no reason to believe that’s the case.

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Highland Hammock State Park Jeep Trains, Sebring, FL

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

UPDATE: There’s another Hammock State Park postcard on eBay. The original post is from 2013.

“This is a very cool black/white postcard that shows a jeep “Conducted Tour – Highlands Hammock State Park in Sebring Florida” It is unused, but has a hand written date of 1955 on the back. It is in excellent condition.”

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Original Post from 2013:
Highlands Hammock State Park ran tour trains from at least 1948 – 1962.  As the first photo shows, they started with a CJ-2A.  It looks like a set of benches on a platform with wheels.  By 1962, the park shifted to CJ-5s.  It also appears they added sides.  I images that was safer.  These are all from the State Archives of Florida.

http://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/56346

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http://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/56343

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http://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/78488

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Video Tour of Jimmy Strauss Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Roger Martin shared this tour of Jimmy Strauss’ jeep shop.

 
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WWIIAfterWWII’s Post on Cleaning Up After WWII

• CATEGORIES: Features

While doing some research for my upcoming book, I found a wide-ranging, long post that touches on the issues surrounding the clean up after WWII. There are several photos that include jeeps, but mostly it’s about the challenges of collecting unexploded ordnance, recycling endless salvage, and repurposing made-for-war items.

https://wwiiafterwwii.wordpress.com/2017/02/20/cleaning-up-after-wwii/

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1943 Color Photo of Coast Guard Fire Fighting Group

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

How about his neat 1943 photo from the National Air and Space Museum!

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The photo’s caption: “View of four U. S. Coast Guard firefighters dressed in white asbestos suits with helmets and face plates, two riding in a jeep, the other two on the high pressure water pump and hose it is towing, jeep also carries carbon dioxide fire extinguishers, Hall PH-3 in right background, water in left background, 1943.”

 
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Starting the Morning off w/ a Bang

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Tom shared this video short of 105mm Recoilless Rifle mounted to an M-38.