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1953 Metamet Parts Catalog

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Documents, Features

This rare Metamet catalog came from the UK via eBay. I had hoped there would be information and pics in side about the twelve different style of jeeps sold by Metamet, but this truly only covers the parts. The best part of this might be the back page, which lists the different jeeps. The catalog also has some well-done diagrams.

This is the cover:

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This is the back cover, which is slightly longer than the rest of the catalog. On the left is a list of the Metamet jeeps:

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Here’s the inside of the front cover, followed by the pages in order:

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FC-170 Smoke Ejector Photos

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

Roger shared this color photo of a Chicago Fire Department FC-170 designed to eject smoke. It was posted to this Fire Engine Facebook group. This appears to be engine #1.chicago-fc-color-photo-smoke-ejector

A similar black and white photo was printed in the February 1969 issue of Popular Science. This appears to be engine #2.

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1952-1963 Wagon & Pickup Parts, Accessories, & Bulletin Manual on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Books, Documents, Features

This collection of literature also includes some J-Series documents as well. It’s hard to tell if this is mostly just a manual or a large number of Bulletins.

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“Willys Jeep Dealer Manual 1952-1963 Parts & Accessories & Bulletins.”

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2 CJ-5 Smokey Saucers on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

These look like the same type of saucers that I got off ebay a couple months ago.

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“Up for sale is a PAIR of new old stock, in the box Willys Jeep CJ5 coasters (possibly ashtrays or small plates).  They are in perfect, brand new never used condition, but the box has some water staining on the corner of it.  There are no identifying marks that show a manufacturer on them, but they certainly are vintage, most likely from the 1950’s.  I’m assuming they were some sort of dealer or manufacturer promotional item.  They show a detailed picture of a light green colored Willys Jeep CJ5 on smoked colored glass and they measure about 4-1/2″ in diameter.”

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Black Bear Road Story on Hemmings

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Bill shared this link from Hemmings published today showing jeeps going over Black Bear Road.

https://www.hemmings.com/stories/2020/12/06/these-jeepers-make-black-bear-road-the-most-dangerous-road-in-the-country-seem-like-a-sunday-drive

 
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Just a Few Updates for Sunday

• CATEGORIES: Features

Just a few updates for Sunday. Regular updates Monday, including a post about an original Metamet catalog.

 
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1964-65 FC-170 Fire(?) Jeep at New York City World’s Fair

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Mark shared a link to this great photo of a Fire or Special Utility FC-170 working at the New York City World’s Fair in 1964-1965. The photo can be found here.

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Free-Lock Hubs on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts • TAGS: .

UPDATE: These Free-Lock hubs are still available.

(11/18/2020) This ebay ad for Free-Lock hubs provides the most detailed pics I have for this version of the hub. These are 27 spline, which means they were produced after 1972? If that’s the case, then for some reason the Free-Lock brand that was abandoned circa 1959 was resurected for these hubs.

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“Vintage Free-Lock Locking Hubs Jeep CJ CJ5 27 Spline – Warn 9062 – 27 Spline (Wanted: new old stock locking hubs in small or large quantities)
Used
Engage and disengage properly
Same application as Warn 9062
Heavy duty hubs
6 Bolt
27 Spline”

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1946 CJ-2A JeepRod Elgin, IL **SOLD*

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Features, Jeep Rods • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

Thanks to Mike for sharing this detailed, interesting jeep rod. The grille redesign seems particularly creative.

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“1946 Willys Jeep CJ2A “WILLYS FURY” Completely custom, all hand-made, all steel! Absolutely one of a kind!
New build, just finished!
Professionally built, 36 years of experience
Custom grill
Metal skeletal hands on steering fenders
350 Chevy small block service block, rebuilt, no miles
350 turbo trans with a shift kit
400 horsepower
Ford 8.8 differential
Baffled pipes
Custom made frame
Mickey Thompson tires, 15″ wide by 29″ tall rears, 8″ wide fronts
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Meyer Snow Plows ElectroLift Service and Instruction Documents

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features

These there documents should help someone service their ElectroLIft units for the Meyer Snowplows.   Neither has a date, but I would guess these are close to 1960.

There are two ElectroLift control types, one mechanical and one electrical, so make sure you know what type you have. This first form provides installation instructions for the mechanical type. It is Form Number 1-101. Page 2 shows only. a partial electrical diagram. I’m not sure why only the partial diagram shows.

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1946 War Asset Sale of Surplus Jeeps

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

UPDATE: This photo shows the crowds at the Benicia Arsenal. It was published in the June 30, 1945, issue of the Beatrice Times out of Beatrice, Nebraska:

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Originally published November 5th, 2020: The June 25, 1946, issue of the San Francisco Examiner shared the news that more than 5000 veterans lined up begining at midnight to purchase just over 1500 available jeeps, though not that many jeeps would actually sell. For most veterans, there multi-hour waits were in vain. The buyer of the first jeep discovered that his jeep wouldn’t start, but the motor pool helped him get it going.

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Globemaster Airplanes and Jeeps

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

No year listed on this press photo that shows a slat grille MB being loaded into a Globemaster. The photo appears to have been ordered on July 2nd, 1947, but that’s likely not the date of the photo. My attempt to find the photo in a newspaper failed, but I did find a few other photos of jeeps and the Douglas C-74 Globemaster.

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“This is an original press photo. Military – Jeep – Globemaster aircraftPhoto measures 10.25 x 8inches. Photo is dated –NONE.”

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In the summer of 1946, a Globemaster was loaded with 15 jeeps. A few photos of the event made the newspapers. This first one appears to have an illustrated jeep on the elevator:

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CREDIT: June 22, 1946, in The Sentinel out of Carlisle, Pennsylvania

This photo shows a broader look at the lineup of jeeps.

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CREDIT: June 23, 1946, in the Quad City Times out of Davenport, Iowa.

This article in the September 06, 1945, issue of the Daily News out of Los Angeles introduces the world to the new Globemaster. The bottom image shows two jeeps loaded next to one another.

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Jane Bundy’s 1947 CJ-2A

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

This nice looking CJ-2A wasn’t restored to 100% original, but it sure looks nice and will provide owner Jane Bundy with a great vehicle for years to come. The Miller Brothers Hot Rod Barn in Wilkesboro, NC, did the work.

https://statesville.com/news/local/my-classic-car-jane-bundys-1947-cj-2-willys-jeep/article_0b29b0b2-2394-11eb-a8cb-9f13bbeae594.html

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Classy Jeep at Kaneohe, Hawaii

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Sedan-jeep

This undated article and photo from an unknown newspaper was posted to Facebook where Roger Martin spotted it. The “classy jeep” is driven by Lieut. Commander W. P. Tyler, USN, of Medium Seaplane Squadron Three. There were eighteen privately owned jeeps undergoing modifications. My guess is that the photo was taken  post WWII given the jeeps were privately owned.

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December 1942 at Camp Hale in Colorado … Brrr

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This article from the December 30, 1942, issue of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram shares a press photo that has been available on eBay a couple times. Camp Hale was located just north of Leadville. It sat at 9500 felt and must have been a difficult place to train (cold + high altitude .. even the USO didn’t go there). The camp was only active until 1945.

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UPDATE Posted Feb 14, 2018: Here’s the same photo with nearly the same caption on eBay. The one shown at the bottom of the post was for sale on eBay in 2015.

“1942 Press Photo Soldiers driving jeeps through snow at Camp Hale, Colorado.
This is an original press photo. Snow jeeps—Parka-clad soldiers whip howitizer-carrying jeeps through unbroken snow at Camp Hale, high in the Colorado Rockies. The pack artillery of the Camp Hale mountain troops use the rugged little jeeps to carry dismantled sections of 75 millimeter howitzers until the going is so rough that mules have to take over (United States) (Wars) (World War II) (Camp Hale, Colorado) (Mountain troops) Photo measures 9.25 x 7 inches. Photo is dated 12-23-1942.”

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Original Post May 2, 2015: “1942 WWII Parka Clad Soldiers In Jeeps Camp Hale Colorado Press Photo”

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1942 Ad for Santa’s Christmas Jeep

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

This 1942 advertisement in the Capital Times (Madison, Wisconsin) informs readers that they need to get their gifts in the mail by November 1st if they hope to reach military personnel in time.

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1960 Willys of Canada Limited Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

The ad mentions the “yellow pages”; now that’s a dated reference!

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“1960 CANADA CANADIAN CAR TRUCK AD WILLYS OVERLAND JEEP PICKUP TRUCK CAMPER. MEASURES ABOUT 6.5 X 12 INCHES.”

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1958 Willys Essential Special Service Tools Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Documents, Features

Miller Manufacturing provided essential special service tools for jeeps. An earlier edition of this brochure from the 1940s can be seen here and for trucks here.

This particular brochure is Form F-741 A and is 10 pages. It was printed in April of 1958 and includes some tool order forms.

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April 1970 Jeep Family Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This April 1970 brochure contains some good jeep photos. I’m not very familiar with the “2-Car Car” campaign, so I’ll see if I can figure out when it began and when it ended.

This jeep family brochure is Form 70-04, which to me suggests it is an April 1970 brochure. However, at the bottom of the brochure is written ” Feb-70′ “.

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1960s Monarch Hydraulic Schematics/Parts Documents

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features

The following Monarch hydraulic schematics and parts documents were included in the Meyer products binder. Hopefully, they will help someone out when rebuilding one of these units.

1. This first page covers the Monarch Hy-Lo Hydraulic Power Control Type UHT-JA. It is dated August 01, 1959:

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2. The next page covers the Monarch Hy-Lo-Jack Hydraulic Power Control Type HFC-5. It is dated August 01, 1959:

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1946 Photos of Roy Harmon and Underwater Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE II: Unfortunately, while the photo sold, the seller was unable to find it.

UPDATE: This photo shows two photographers riding through the water taking photos as Sgt. Roy Harmon, from Washington, D.C., navigates the jeep (named The Reluctant Turtle). Given it was taken in October, the water can’t be very warm. Below this photo are two additional photos that also include Roy Harmon from the same event.

“This is an original press photo. Bay Ridge, Maryland — Photographers hitch a ride to photograph the progress of the “underwater” jeep demonstrated by the Navy today (October 17). Sgt. Roy Harmon, USMC of Washington, DC, clothes in a Marine wading outfit, drives the jeep in 6-foot of water. The underwater operation is made possible by a waterproof kit, which contains an ignition system, waterproof battery, distributor and coil, and aviation-type spark plugs. Two periscope-like pipes serve for the air intake and the exhaust. The jeep, which cannot float, can cavort around in water 6-feet deep for a period of 45-minutes and will make amphibious operations much easier.Photo measures 9 x 7.25inches. Photo is dated 10-17-1946.”

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The October 21, 1946, issue of Hope Star (Hope, Arkansas) featured this image:

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An October 21, 1946, article in the The Morning Call (Paterson, New Jersey) provides some great additional details about the ‘submarine’ kit:

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Original Post in 2017: The below photo was likely taken by the intrepid photographers pictured in the photos above:

As part of the post, Luis added the following comment:  “Its a true USMC jeep as seen by the use of the electric “Dynamo” windshield wiper motor which were used only on Marine Corp jeeps, these motors are quite rare and highly desirable for a true USMC jeep restoration.”

From the eBay ad: “1946 Press Photo Bay Ridge MD Sgt Roy Harmon USMC in underwater jeep. .This is an original press photo. Photo measures 9 x 7.25inches. Photo is dated 10-17-1946.”

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1946 ‘King of Jeeps’ Berg’s Truck and Parts Company Ad for Engines

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Berg’s Truck and Parts Co. placed this ad in the October 13, 1946, issue of the Chicago Tribune. I figure that either engines were selling good and Berg was promoting the sale of more or they weren’t selling good and he had backlog of them that needed to go.

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“Jeep Range” Photos and Articles

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

Tyndall Field in Florida is credited with creating the first “jeep range”, a place where jeeps carried objects for gunnery practice. Here are a few pics and articles about “jeep ranges”.

This photo appeared in the Atlanta Constitution Sun newspaper on June 06, 1943:

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A year earlier, a model plane was attached to a jeep in the first iteration of a jeep range:

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Here are some larger photos of the ones shown above from the July 12, 1942, issue of the Fort Worth Star Telegram:

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Photos of CJ-2A Crossing River in Colombia on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

These pics are likely from the late 1940s and show a CJ-2A being ferried across the Rio Magdalina river in Colombia.

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“(circa late 1930’s, early 1940’s)… A great series chronicling the task of getting your jeep across the Rio Magdalina, Colombia South America… jungle-primitive as one would expect! Great detail showing the car ferry and their local methods of getting across river. Photo Came from an estate where owner spent years in Colombia as a pilot. These are original photos! …as you can see, original owner had one blown up to bigger size… Big one measures about 7.5″ x 5.5″ while the smaller about 4″ x 2.75 inch. $2 DOMESTIC S/H… (or, Worldwide, International S/H $3.95).”

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1996 Book The Military Jeep by Lawrence Nabholtz on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

I don’t know anything about this book in terms of value. Starting price is $125.

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“BOOKLET DOES NOT SHOW ANY WEAR”

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