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Bob Christy’s Ice-Cream PTO

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Check out Bob’s PTO powered ice cream machine. Well done Bob!

 
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Prototypes at Fort Custer, Michigan

Fort Custer, Michigan, appears to have been a testing ground for Ford and Willys prototypes. Along with the articles below, there are press photos posted from years passed. You’ll also note that some of the press photos have captions that are printed identically, but pencil-marked up differently. It’s possible someone was selling those as originals when they may not have been.

Here’s an article and a photo showing a couple Ford GPs being run hard, originally printed in the March 09, 1941, issue of the Battle Creek Enquirer:

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Clipping from Battle Creek Enquirer - Newspapers.com

It didn’t take long for the offload vehicles to become a hit with soldiers. This article appears in the March 25, 1941, issue of the Detroit Free Press:

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And, just to set the record straight, at Fort Custer a jeep was a jeep and not a ‘peep’.

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These press photos have been gathered from older posts. First, a couple Willys MA photos from eBay:

This was posted on ebay in June 2017: “1942 Photo WW2 Era Fort Custer MI Versatile Jeep Military Push Ball Game RareYou are bidding on an original Press Photo from a newspaper archive. The photograph measures 6×7 inches and is dated 9-25-1942.”

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Battle of The Bulge Stamps and Photos

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Charles shared these photos of the Battle of the Bulge, along with a series of Belgian stamps commemorating the Bulge.

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1961 Willys Wagon Ad

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Old News Articles

This May 17, 1961, ad that appeared in the Boston Glove for the Jeep Wagon has art that feels more like a late 1940s ad than a 1960s ad. On the same  page as this ad was the photo at the bottom.

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1975 Perjeco Jeep Parts Catalogs on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Catalogs, Features

This seller has two Perjeco catalogs on eBay. I’ve never run across that jeep parts seller. Anyone familiar with it?

  1. 1975 Perjeco Parts Catalog
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1958? Koenig Power Take-Offs by Jeep Model

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This Koenig Power Take-Off brochure/chart highlights which PTOs work with which jeep model. It seems like a handy guide.

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1973 Johnson Enterprises Catalog

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Catalogs, Features

I hadn’t heard of a parts reseller named Johnson Enterprises, a company out of Orangevale, California, until receiving this catalog. The side and corner panel skid plates are something I’ve seen on some jeeps, but never knew who made them.

The catalog is pretty small, so the company didn’t offer too many products. All the pages of the 1973 catalog are shown below:

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Late Model CJ-5 Kelly Hardtop

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UPDATE: This model of top was also sold under the Sears brand. This 1977 catalog shows the top, but doesn’t indicate it was manufactured by Kelly. I’d assume that the different shaped door in the catalog pic has to do with that vehicle being a CJ-7.

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Originally Posted May 2, 2020:  People on Facebook were wondering what kind of top this was. After some searching, I learned it was a late model CJ-5 Kelly Hardtop with swing-out sides.

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From https://www.pinterest.com/pin/541839398893087482/
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Possible cut-down CJ-6 hardtop (same doors):

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Video and Photo of M-38 with 106MM Recoilless Rifle on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, videos

This M-38 with a 106MM Recoilless rifle (dubbed the M40). Below is a short video, followed by a press photo that is available on eBay.

 

Press Photo from eBay:

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“1971 Press Photo US troops test jeep-mounted 196mm M-40 anti-tank rifle in MD. This is an original press photo. Guns – Artillery. Crewmen drive the new jeep-mounted 106mm recoilless rifle into firing position during recent tests at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, in this picture released Tuesday in Washington, D.C., Department of Defense. The battalion anti-tank weapon, designated the M-40, reportedly has greater range and more destructive power than any other weapon available at battalion level.Photo measures 8.5 x 7.75inches. Photo is dated 10-12-1971.”

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Pike County Wagon Accident

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

I’m not sure where I found this newspaper clipping, but Herbert Obadda had a bad day. No dachshund puppies were injured as a result!

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The M-38 Rear Patches

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Tom pointed out something I didn’t know. Some M-38s have patches along the top of the rear of the M-38 body over both rear vertical seams. This was a technical recommendation was the result of a problem caused by the weight of arctic tops, leading to the separation of the rear body seams.

Below are two unpatched examples:
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This example shows the crude patch example:1953-05-14-mwo-m38-body-patch-lores

This tub looks to have been patched on both sides:

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August 1960 Surrey Contest Ads

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

UPDATE: View the Miss Gotham winner hereAdvertisements for the summer of 1960 Miss Gotham contest also appeared in newspapers. I also have learned who won the Surrey, but I need to scan the info still.

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CREDIT: August 25, 1960, Chicago Tribune

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CREDIT: August 21, 1960, issue of El Paso Times

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Originally posted May 13, 2020: A contest ad featuring a DJ-3A Surrey appeared in an August 1960 issue of Seventeen Magazine.

“Seventeen 8/1960.
Original magazine page.
NOTE: You are buying a magazine page, a piece of paper. Sheet size given is approximate. [10 1/2 x 13 1/2″]. 2-page ads noted. Occasional small edge splits not affecting image or type may be present.”

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1960 “Go in Snow” Ad for Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Old News Articles

The Ithaca Journal printed this ad on November 10, 1960. Long’s Motor Sales out of Ithaca, New York, paid for the ad. It features an FC-150 and a CJ-5, while also promoting the tv-series Maverick.

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Newgren Brochure Goes For $124.50 on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This rare Newgren 3-point lift brochure just sold for $124.50.

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January 1958 Willys News

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The January 1958 issue of Willys News includes a rare article on the Willys Economy Delivery Truck, which was new for 1958.

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Learn(ing) About Blitz Buggies

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, Old Images

This post began as a single newspaper photo and caption titled “Learn About Blitz Buggies”  that Mario posted to Facebook. Just before I readied the post, I figured I’d see if there was a better quality version of the photo he posted.

To my surprise, when I searched for “About Blitz Buggies”, the results returned numerous seemingly press release photos over the summer and fall of 1941. No credit for the photos are provided. Given the titles are mostly identical and all showed various soldiers “working” (but probably posing) in front  Ford GPs, I can’t help but wonder if this was a subtle campaign by Ford Motors to encourage the adoption of the Ford GP “Blitz Buggy” by the military.

So, here are some random newspaper photos from 1941 (there are many more during 1941).

June 26, 1941, Manhattan Mercury out of Kansas:

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June 17, 1941, Montgomery Advertiser out of Alabama (looks to me like the same person as above, yet the caption shows a different name):

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August 16, 1941, Star Gazette out of Elmira, New York:

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August 24, 1941, Austin American out of Texas (that Ford logo looks a little too obvious):

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1947? Photo of a CJ-2A Spraying in South Dakota

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Old Images

Taken by Jay Higgins on May 28, 1947, and published by the USDA Forest Service, this photo is shared on archive.org. The confusing part is that this is a May 1947 photo, but CJ-2As with passenger side bow holders weren’t supposedly built until 1948. The photo does not appear reversed, as the reflector is on the correct side in the rear.

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2 – 1954 Willys Commercial Data Fact Books on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features

Two different 100+page Willys Commercial Data Fact Books on eBay. One is listed at $95.99 and the other at $159.99. I’ve never seen one of these, so I’m not sure all of what is inside them.

  1. This appears to have more cover wear than the 2nd one and priced at $95.99.
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  2. This one is the more expensive one at $159.99.
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The interior pics appear the same for both:
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September 1941 Article on Loosing The Army Contract

This September 28th, 1941, article covered the ‘cold shoulder’ given to American Bantam by War Department.

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Odd Ball Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, Sedan-jeep, Unusual • TAGS: .

A few items I found on my phone. I think all these photos were on Facebook?

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Some thought when into the mods on this jeep:

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This sedan jeep is odd even for custom hardtop jeeps.

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Manley Wrecker Brochures

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UPDATE: This brochure appeared on Facebook a while back.

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Originally published October 2016: The American Chain & Cable Company’s Manley Division produced these Jeep Wrecking Cranes in the late 1940s. I can’t imagine there are too many of these around. This brochure is from a 1948 Industrial Equipment book.

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September 1957 Willys News

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This issue has some good articles, from new dealers, to jeeps in media, to the Schreiders’ first big adventure in their Ford GPA, Tortuga, from the Arctic Circle to Argentina (opposite direction of yesterday’s adventure).

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1942 “Save Rubber Check Your Tires Poster” Sold on Ebay

• CATEGORIES: Features

This original poster featuring a Ford GP just sold on eBay yesterday for $177.50.

“Original poster printed by the US Government Printing Office. This poster was professionally mounted on what looks like painters canvas so should be ready for framing. Very good condition with sharp color. Measures approximately 43″ x 30-1/2″.”

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1946-1949 Bike and Jeep Trip from Argentina to Alaska

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UPDATE: This is an extensive update to the 2017 post about Pedro and Carlos Rocasalvo’s 1946-1949 trip from Argentina to Alaska and back.

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CREDIT: February 1955 issue of the Willys News. The photo shows Pedro Rocasalvo and some helpers using boards and a railroad track to help the jeep cross a deep gorge. This was part of the return trip to Argentina.

On June 5, 1946, two brothers, 24-year-old Pedro and 19-year-old Carlos Rocasalvo, mounted bicycles at their home in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and began an adventure north. They carried 80lbs of baggage and $100. Their ultimate goal was to reach Fairbanks, Alaska. They expected the trip to last five years. Their father, a clothing goods salesman, was against the trip, but the boys were confident that they’d be okay.

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CREDIT: March 16th, 1948, issue the Wilmington Daily Press journal, Wilmington, California.

A budding journalist and photographer, Pedro and his brother supported their trip through serialized and syndicated reports to twenty-six newspapers back in Argentina. The pair planned to film their journey and use their notes and articles to write a book about their adventure.

During their trek to the United States, the pair survived four crossings of the Andes, a “ringside seat at Bolivia’s revolution”, and hacking their way through 300 miles of Colombian Jungle that proved the worst part of their trip. During their 26 days in the jungle, they shot and cooked their own food. In the evenings, the brothers slept in trees, but had to select the trees carefully due to snakes and other animals.

At Colon, Panama, the exhausted boys were diagnosed with Malaria; they were treated for the disease and slept for four days.

Once in the United States, the pair’s lack of English didn’t slow them down. Eventually, after twenty-seven months of riding, they reached Los Angeles, arriving in March of 1948. While in Hollywood, Pedro studied photography at Paramount’s photography school for a month.

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CREDIT: Pomona Progress Bulletin, Pomona, California. Pedro and Carlos Rocasalvo receive American Youth Hostel passes.

Soon, they were back on their bikes again, arriving at the YMCA in Portland, Oregon, in June of 1948. There, an interpreter named Celita Dextre, fluent in Spanish and English, was brought in to help the boys tell their story. There may have been some sparks between Pedro and twenty-three-year-old Celita, because she surfaced again later in the trip.

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June 17, 1948, issue of the Dayton Herald, Dayton, Ohio.

After additional stops in Seattle and Vancouver, the pair made a hard ride for Fairbanks.

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Old Jeep on the Palmyra Atoll

• CATEGORIES: Features, Library Collections, Old Images

These images were located at the Hawaii State Archives, Digital Collections. The front bumper on this jeep was pretty beat up! All photos are from the Palmyra Atoll and include Jean Hobbs and Leslie Fullard. The site was very slow when I was exploring it, so searching is a little tedious.

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http://gallery.hawaii.gov/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=36132 Machine shop on Palmyra Atoll, formerly used to service military vehicles. Jean Hobbs in jeep with Leslie Fullard

This second photo includes the front of the jeep and was taken at the local laundry mat.

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http://gallery.hawaii.gov/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=36123 Joe Cavahlo, Jean Hobbs and Leslie Fullard-Leo

This third photo was taken at the same laundry: