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December 1948 “4-Wheel-Drive Farm Vehicles” Ad

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This December 1948 Willys-Overland “4-Wheel-Drive Farm Vehicles” advertisement appeared in the Farm Journal.

It’s currently for sale on eBay

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1976 Struck Mini-Beep Jeep Fairborn, OH **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Other 4x4s • TAGS: .

UPDATE: This rare Struck Mini-Beep hit the market, but only briefly as it quickly sold. It was $400.

Roger Martin spotted this Struck Mini-Beep project.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/576790182895969/

“Bought for project but want the garage space back. It’s a Struck Mini Beep painted John Deere Green. Includes a new torque converter, clutch, belt, chain, brake, tie rods, and a Roper mini jeep steering wheel. Needs steering sorted, brakes attached, and drivetrain finished. No hood or engine. Want this to go to a good home. Willing to pass on at cost: $400 firm”

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1950 Truck w/ New Hurricane Engine Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This is one of the introductory brochures for the new 1/2 ton truck powered by the new Hurricane engine. It’s Form HTTMI-3CM-350, a form number I’ve yet to decode for any meaning. This folds out to roughly 11″x17″. Here’s another one of these on eBay at a good starting price.

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1944 Ad For United States Steel on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This ad from United States Steel promotes the toughness of steel. Unclear where this ad was published.

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“Magazine ad size is approximately 8″X11″
Original advertisement, not a copy”

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1949? Report Jeep in Conservation on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Documents, Features

Here’s another version of the “A Report on The Universal Jeep in Conservation” available on eBay. You can view all the pages of the report here. It’s listed as a 1949 report, but I thought this was from 1948. It appear to be the same as the 1948 report.

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Tootsie Toy Jeep, Tractor, And Implements on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

The starting price for this set of Tootsie Jeep, Tractor and farm implements is only $10.99. Seems like a neat little set.

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1957 Hemet Jeep Cavalcade Article

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images Jeeping, Old News Articles

This article and photo appeared in the April 07, 1957, issue of the San Bernardino County Sun. The two jeeps shown are part of the 14-member Rialto Sidewinders Jeep Club. The two men pictured are W. H. Casaday(seated) and Bill Deal.

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1994 AAA Jeep Station Wagon Sign on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

Its not all that big, but has a pretty good vintage feel.

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“Jeep Station Wagon Willys-Overland Sign by AAA Sign Co Coitsville New. Condition is New. Shipped with USPS Priority Mail. Item measures 16″W X 11″H, sign back dated 1994. Sign is embossed. Whether new or used everything is as is.”

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The FC-150 Mobile Cocktail Bar

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Features • TAGS: .

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Craig shared the news that the FC-150 Mobile Cocktail Bar has been finished! You can view all the information and details on the build here: http://www.thefcconnection.com/fc-150_mobile_cocktail_bar.htmBelow are some highlights

This project began with a rusty FC-150 cab that was found in a field. It was paired with an equally rusty FC-150 bed. Coincidently, their colors matched pretty well. The owner decided it was not worth the money and time to repair the body and cab, so he went a different direction, creating a cocktail bar. Moreover, this contraption can travel as independent single units or be joined together and transported as a four-wheel rig thanks to some clever engineering!

The captions are from theFCConnection.

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Believe it or not this cab and bed came from two different vehicles. Most all of the body suffered from severe rust and would take quite a bit to repair. (The bed was found laying in a field)

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The idea here was to build a full scale bar that can be easily moved around inside a building and even moved outside for parties. The only real modification to the sheetmetal was the removal of the bed floor which was toast already.

Independent jigs were built under each body part so they can be separated for easy movement. The bartender can serve from inside of the bed with the floor removed and the custom tool box on the right side will make the perfect serving counter. The original look was preserved and all lights function to give it a completely opperational look.

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A receiver was also added to the front of the cab so it or the complete truck could be towed.

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Here we are with the tow hitch installed for easy transportation. The receiver tubes on the bed can be used as shown above OR the Tongue can be removed and the receivers used to join the bed to the cab.. 

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1950 French Poster on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

This French Army poster has a buy-it-now price of 136,50 Euros.

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“ORIGINAL FRENCH LITHOGRAPHY POSTER
ORIGINAL FRENCH VINTAGE POSTER IN LITHOGRAPH
LEARN A GOOD CAREER IN THE ARMY (1950)
Format : 60x77cm / size : 23×31 inches”

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Early Documented Post War Jeep Races

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

Doing some random searches, I learned that during the summer of 1946 several jeep races popped up across the country. One of them was very organized (#2), one was more of a performance (#1), one was impromptu (#4), and one provided no additional information (#3)

  1. On the night of June 1, 1946, in Ogden, Utah, jeep races and jeep-jumps-jeep events were planned by the local American Legion, along with other event. The jeep events were part of Lt. Dick Ryan’s traveling jeep rodeo, so I’d argue they were more of a performance than an organic race. (Ogden Standard-Examiner, June 1, 1946).
  2. A mid August 1946 five-mile jeep race for veterans was organized for the Plumas County Fair in California. Only standard jeeps and qualified WWII veterans could participate. Four jeeps were entered, with Clayt Joslin of Quincy  winning the event (As reported in the Feather River Bulletin August 22, 1946). First prize was $100, while second price was $50 (Indian Valley Record, Greenville, California, August 1, 1946).
  3. Around September 14, an impromptu jeep race was held at the West Tennessee District Fair. It was organized by folks were were driving jeeps that were servicing the race track for the fair (The Jackson Sun September 15, 1946).
  4. In October, jeep race(s) were held on October 04, 1946, at the Montana Youth Fair, in Kalispell, Montana. I could find no results or more information. (The Daily Inter Lake October 01, 1946, Kalispell, Montana)

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In unrelated news from 1953, this Yakima Ridgerunners photo hit some newspapers across the country. The example below was published in the June 24, 1953, issue of the Spokesman-Review, out of Spokane, Washington. Chet Thompson and Wally Klingele, both names synonymous with the early days of the Ridgerunners, are shown practice-racing for a July 4th event.

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Bantam BRC-60 Vac-U-Cast VS-105 Model Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

It is only $20 (includes shipping). This Vac-U-Cast VS-105 “Bantam Prototype 2” model tempted me. But then I spotted the “Bantam Prototype 1” Vac-U-Cast model jeep. I went with that instead.

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August 1953 Article “Jeeps Goes International”

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

I bought this August 1953 issue of Cars magazine for the jeep article, but it also has all kinds of interesting information in it. The article “The Jeep Goes International” by Evan Jones highlights how various companies in different countries were capitalizing on the demand for jeep vehicles by manufacturing jeep-like vehicles of their own. The story discusses the new Austin Champ, the Fiat Campagnola, the Land Rover, and the Delahaye V.I.R.

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Fabulous Tuckers Museum & Road Show

• CATEGORIES: Features

The jeep-related story in the August 1953 issue of Cars Magazine was interesting, but what really caught my eye was reading a letter-to-the-editor by someone named Nick Jenin. In his short note, he mentioned that he owned five Tucker Torpedo cars and operated a museum called “The Fabulous Tuckers” in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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August 1953 issue of Cars Magazine. Nick Jenin’s letter-to-the-editor.

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January 23, 1953, in the Fort Lauderdale News

Jenin purchased a total of ten Tuckers between 1952 and 1957. Jenin loved his Tuckers, enough to operate a traveling Tucker show that was also called the “Fabulous Tuckers”. TheOldMotor.com website has some great vintage photos of the traveling road show.

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Photo Credit: http://www.tuckerclub.org/contact/

In 1959, Nick Jenin was interviewed by the Miami Herald:

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February 27, 1959, in The Miami Herald.

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February 1949 Ad “3 … Useful Farm Vehicles” on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This “3 of American’s Most Useful Farm Vehicles” ad was published in Cappers Farmers Magazine in February of 1949.

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“DESCRIPTION:.. Original magazine ad from 1949. This taken from a magazine called Cappers Farmer so was directed toward the farm community. Shows various uses of the Jeep on the farm. A little bit of natural age tones —the item shown is the item you will receive–please look closely. The size is about 10 x 13.50″ ….”

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April 1943 “Jeep Club” Ad with Ford GP

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

This April 21, 1943, ad in the Victoria Advocate, out of Victoria, Texas, might just be the first organized ‘jeep club’. Though, to be fair, this was organized to buy a jeep for the military rather than to organized a group of jeep owners.

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Willys Audio-Visual Unit Wagon Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This Willys Audio-Visual Unit brochure is undated and lacks a form number. I’d guess this was published circa 1956.

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June 1946 Article on the 30,000 Jeep Produced

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

This short article appeared in the June 24, 1946, issue of the Daily Times out of New Philadelphia, Ohio. I assume that the 30,000 production number relates to CJ-2As. Interestingly, 35% of jeeps were for ‘agricultural’ uses while 43% were heading to ‘industry’. The remaining 22% fell under the ‘miscellaneous’ category.

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Atomic Camper From Alaska

• CATEGORIES: Features, trailer

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This isn’t jeep-related, but can you imagine towing this behind a jeep? Ann spotted this Atomic-themed camper from Alaska. It even has a ‘ray gun’.

Go here for pictures: https://www.motor1.com/news/276837/atomic-camper-crazy-cool-spaceship/

And go here for information on who built it and what he hopes to build next: https://www.motor1.com/news/276837/atomic-camper-crazy-cool-spaceship/

 
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Thanks for the Colombian Gifts!

• CATEGORIES: Features, International

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On Monday I received an unexpected and wonderful letter and gift that brightened my day.

A reader named Kerry sent me a box. Inside the box was a letter, some postcards, and a CJ-3B ‘yipao’ toy from Colombia. The letter explained that Kerry, who lives in Wisconsin, had visited Santa Rosa de Cabal, Colombia. While there he discovered some garages that only serviced jeeps; so he began taking photos to share with all of us (sadly, the photos were later lost).

A local man approached Kerry and asked him what he was doing. Kerry responded, telling him that he was taking pics for eWillys. Upon hearing that, the Colombian smiled. He said he reads eWillys every day.

Realizing they had eWillys in common, the Colombian gave Kerry a tour of the area. At the end of it, the Colombian asked Kerry to transport the toy jeep to the US and mail it to me.

So who was this mysterious Colombian? He said he did not want to be named or photographed, which only adds to the mystery of the tale. 

A big thanks to Kerry for everything and to my unknown Colombia benefactor; I home I can repay the kindness some day!

In the meantime Kerry, you should watch for a thank you package….

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The three postcards:

This first postcard contains several images of the market and plaza in Santurario, Risaralda, Colombia. I most definitely want to visit Colombia, but I’m not sure if I would enjoy the jeeps, the coffee, the people or the markets the most!

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Lest you think there are only CJ-3Bs in Colombia, check out these round-fendered jeeps from what I believe is the same square as shown above. They look to be either CJ-6s or a variant of them:

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December 1946 Ad in Time Magazine

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Time Magazine seems to have had some unique ads that only appeared between its covers. Here’s another example. There’s no corresponding ad that appeared in the Saturday Evening Post or Colliers Magazine.

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December 09, 1946, Time Magazine.

 
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The Jeep-Engine Powered Chum

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

Gayland shared this do-it-yourself boat project that’s designed around a jeep-engine. It’s called the Chum. Below is the first page. Download the PDF to see all the instructions. There’s even a Willys marine engine for sale right now.

https://www.diy-wood-boat.com/support-files/chum.pdf

 
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1955-1956 News Articles About Operation Pineapple

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

Just this update for Tuesday.

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April 22, 1956, Los Angeles Times. Strangely, this photo was published months after arriving in Los Angeles (they were likely here in late December 1955 or early January of 1956). See map below.

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The trio began and ended their trip in San Paulo, Brazil. This map shows that they passed Los Angeles on their way home, then headed east towards New Orleans, the trio’s last stop in the United States.

Most folks are already familiar with this trip, but I wanted to add these news reports to the database of Operation Pineapple information. One of the articles noted that the three travelers did not try an American hamburger, because hamburger was fed to dogs in Brazil.

This first article was published shortly after Jan Stekly arrived in New Orleans, because he wasn’t allowed to travel through Mexico. It was published in the August 11, 1955, issue of the Shreveport Journal:

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August 11, 1955, issue of the Shreveport Journal. Jan Stekly is shown in the photo.

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June 1954 Willys Wagon Ad Poster For Sale

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: I’ve got 20 posters of the Better Homes and Gardens ad I posted last month for sale. They are 28″ x 22″, the same size as the poster I sold a two years ago (I also ordered twenty additional 1956 Jeep Family posters that I plan on selling, too). 

Posters are $25 each (shipping is included in that for the continental US). Two posters are $45 (shipping included).  EMAIL me at d@deilers.com if you’d like one or more. I will accept a check or PayPal.

This better shows the size as compared to my guitar:

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Here’s the other poster, one based a 1956 brochure;

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Original post from June 2020: This June 1954 Willys wagon ad was published in Better Homes and Gardens. It’s such a cool ad that I thought it might make a good poster.

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Postcard of Death Valley Desert Camping in a CJ-3B on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images Jeeping, Postcards

Neat old postcard showing a campsite in the desert with a CJ-3B. The photo was shot by Al Christman (presumably, there were at least two folks camping).

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