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Shepherd of the Hills “Jeep” Tour (and Postcard)

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This postcard, currently on eBay, verifies the that the Shepherd of the Hills Farm, in Branson, Missouri, used to have a jeep-train (in this case a CJ-7)  that ferried visitors around the property.

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However, while the tram still ferries visitors, the vehicle advertised as a “jeep” on the website looks more like a Roxor …

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Happy Father’s Day

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Happy Father’s Day everyone. Blaine shared this photo and information about his father. The image shows his father shortly after the purchase of his brand new 1959 CJ-5.

Blaine adds, My Dad is Leon Higginson, a Pearl Harbor survivor (service info and obituary). He was not on a ship at the time of the bombing, although he was on Ford Island.

The CJ5 was the replacement for a Ford GPW, which went on to a new owner who used it later to tow a parade float and overheated the engine during the parade. I don’t know what parade. 

I don’t think I remember ever being in the Jeep as I was 3 years old when he bought a new 1962 Scout. Maybe “Jeep” was ingrained in my memory unknowingly by that time. I remember going to the dealership to pick up the Scout (and to say again, 3 years old).”

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Ticking Off the Checklist …

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2023-06-16-seat-mounts-miscSlowly, but surely still making progress. Though the garden is done, we are having to re-organize the lean-tos area to accommodate all the hay we need to make it through winter. It’s actually a useful exercise, because there’s a bunch of junk that we just need to take to the dump, especially now that we have a better feel for what we need and don’t need.

I have continued to make progress on the racer.

√ overhead control panel
√ center bar in front (primarily as a conduit for bringing the wiring up to the overhead control panel)
√ seat mounts welded in place
√ mounting bar for shoulder straps (I realized just before I was going to weld in the seat mounts that I didn’t like my original plan for mounting the shoulder straps, so I designed something different.
√ tach holder
√ top drilled and temporarily attached .. need to pull off to clean top and for painting cage.

Next,
1) weld mounts for the side bars and netting
2) finalized body mounts
3) finalize front clip mounts
Getting there ….

 

 
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1965 Photo From the Iowa Highway Patrol

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Jan Shafer shared this flashback photo from the Iowa Highway Patrol. Those look like two well-maintained M-38s.

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1958 FC-150 Naples, ID $5000

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This one has been parked a while.

https://www.facebook.com/commerce/listing/1241620130052265

“58 Willys FC150 cab over jeep Has a 350 Buick from a 68 jeep wagoner. Ran when parked in 1990 $5000 obo part trade.”

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Uranium ‘Gold’ Rush

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UPDATE: This was originally published April 22, 2015

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Credit for posting this rare magazine cover with a CJ-2A on it goes to: http://national-radiation-instrument-catalog.com/new_page_14.htm

The hunt for Uranium during the late 1940s and into the 1950s in the American West was a big deal. It’s also the last great mineral rush with-in the continental United States. Uranium’s grand paradox, as author Tom Zoellner puts it, is that “[t]he stability of our world rests on a substance that is unstable at the core.”

So large was the hunt for Uranium, the May 23, 1955, issue of Life Magazine noted that more man-hours had been spent hunting for Uranium between 1952 and 1955 than were spent seeking all other metals in history, at least according to the Atomic Energy Commission. Having spent considerable time thumbing through decades of mine related information prior to the 1900s, I find this claim dubious, but maybe someone can explain how this could be?

Still, the uranium boom captivated the imagination of the public. Uranium Fever was written and sung by Eliot Britt in 1955 and included jeep references. This great site shows how the search affected popular magazines of the time. In the Life Magazine article referenced above (pg 26), the author included a list of ultimate gear for prospecting. At the very top of the list was a brand-new four-wheel jeep for only $1,685, along with equipment and a map of the best places to hunt:

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Willys-Overland Herman Panel Delivery Van

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Recently I got a great price on 30+ Willys World news letters from 1974-1985. There were a few interesting nuggets in several issues.

One the cover of the March-April 1982 issue appears this Willys-Overland photo, taken February 2, 1950. The pic shows what W-O called a “Herman Panel Delivery Van”. The model-name itself is curious, as Willys had referred to the earlier (and later) versions  of this van as a Package, Economy, or Delivery Van.

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Herman was a van-body manufacturer, as this brochure shows. Note the dual windows on the door. This is similar to what the company designed for Willys-Overland.

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My guess is the Herman Panel Delivery van was a prototype. For some reason, it appears it was never a production model. However, Willys-Overland did work with the Boyertown and Montpelier companies to create a similar version in the late 1950s.

MONTPELIER DELIVERY TRUCK ARTICLE:

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‘Grandpa’ Craig’s Pic of the Week: Jeep ‘Wagon’ Train

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UPDATE: Here’s is a postcard from White Springs (data unknown) that highlights the jeep-train-wagons. It appears the train was still being pulled by a 3B, but this color photo shows some black styling was added to the cow, giving it a Holstein look.

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Originally posted Jan 18, 2013: On the evening (2 nights ago) that Craig became a grandpa, instead of doing whatever grandpas should do to celebrate, he was busily scanning stuff for us!  It’s clear his Willys Sickness is far more advanced than I thought!  However, to his credit, this really is a cool picture. In fact, it’s so cool, that I managed to skip over the part where he said he became a grandpa! It wasn’t until I re-read it tonight that I felt like a total doof.”

This photo comes from the March 1957 issue of Willys News.  The jeep wagon train operated at the Stephen Foster State Folk Culture Center – White Springs, Florida.

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Floridamemory.com has a variety of photos related to the wagons.  Below are a few of them.

State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/41660

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State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/73660

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This photo looks like the jeep is a CJ-5 rather than a CJ-3B.  State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/87462

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1948? Willys-Overland Planadyne Postcard on eBay

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I’ve not documented a Willys-Overland postcard promoting its Planadyne suspension.

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Postcard of FC-Tour Jeep in “San Juans”

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I just bought this postcard. It was mis-listed under “Jeeping on the San Juan Islands, Washington”. Now, Mt. Moran is a pretty good sized mountain (for the San Juan Islands), but pales in comparison to the San Juan Mountains in Colorado, where this photo was obviously taken. This is a 4×6 card and I’m hoping I can identify which tour jeep the is once I get the card. Given the red cage and red bar up the center, I’m leaning towards this being mine.

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Jeep Toys for Sale Lafayette, IN Make Offer

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These toys are being sold by Carl, but I “think” someone is helping him sell them. It could be an in home care person. They are all “make offer”. You can contact the seller at 765 418 5751. He will ship for $12.00 (he says that if the shipping value is over that, he will pay the extra).

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Matchbook with Jeep/Boat on eBay

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It’s unclear why this has an image of a jeep puling a boat on it with the phrase Concessionnaire “Jeep” at the bottom. Given the American Motors, I would assume the is post 1970. Douville, St-Hyacinthe is in Quebec, Canada.

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Willys Rally 2023 Update and Swag

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A big thanks to Tom for buying me a Willys Rally shirt while attending the Hueston Woods event, along with a few other swaggy items. He even picked up a set of gardening gloves so Ann wouldn’t feel left out (turns out she needed a set of gloves, so that worked out great!).

It sounds like this year’s Rally was well attended, with more jeeps than ever. Here’s a message from Rick about the event:

“The Willys Jeep Rally for 2023 was a great success. Mike Mee did a splendid job of overseeing the event. Barb and Bill Marshal were well organized and had plenty of help so they could enjoy the show.

Mary Kindburg prepared a delicious picnic on Friday evening with pulled pork and turkey sandwiches and loads of fruits and vegetables. Both trail rides had large numbers, and nobody broke down!

There were more Jeeps than ever involved in the demonstrations, and we even had a plow champion who showed the boys how a professional does the job. All the demonstrations had larger attendances than ever.

The weather all weekend was gorgeous with high heat but low humidity. We had about 10 vendors with the Jeepster Man joining us with large donations of gift certificates and merchandise. The banquet food was delicious as usual. Barney’s presentation was a story of his journey from his first Jeep to where he stands now. I think everyone could share in some of Barney’s insights and memories.

We are already planning for the 2024 Willys Jeep Rally. Hope to see everyone at Hueston Woods next year.”

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2 Early Brochures Biloxi, MS $15/each

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Andy shared these ads. One is for a General Electric 200 Amp Arc Welder brochure and the other is for the Universal Jeep. Both appear to be from 1945.

“Original brochure kept in protective plastic”

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/279737064408081/

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https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1356368641606565

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Wood Replica Mini-Jeep Lansing, IL $1500

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It needs some work.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1269337530674990

“This is a replica scaled down army jeep made from wood. It has a 9hp motor with a forward and reverse transmission. Needs some work before it can be driven”

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Phase One of the Garden Complete

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Today, phase one of Ann’s garden is finally complete. I had hoped to have it done by Mother’s Day, but I missed that target date by three weeks. The biggest hurdle was that I had some mystery health issue with fatigue, uneasiness, sleep issues, and tightness in my chest (I really thought I might have a heart issue), yet I never felt sick or had a temp. I had attributed it to accidentally handling some strong fertilizer with my hands. However, over the last three days (which was a day after I went to see the doctor .. and he indicated he thought my heart was fine) everything has dissipated. Unfortunately, today Ann seems to have come down with what I had. So maybe it was type of illness after all??

Anyhow, I can now turn my attention back to the racer, finally. I have an extremely happy wife, which was worth all the work.

As a reminder, here’s what the area looked like when we first bought the place in April of 2021.

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In Feb of 2022 we had the willows removed. Then I began tearing stuff down.

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One year later, we have the following … And here we have a short video (yes, I do mention horses mooing and I accidentally call a rail a railroad tie … ) 😄

Before and after pics:

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Friday @ the Willys Rally in Ohio

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The Willys Rally kicked off yesterday with beautiful, but hot weather, or so I am told. Tom sent me a some pics, followed by Roger Martin, who wore out his camera taking pics, so thanks to you both! So, there’s lots to look at. One highlight captured by both kind gentleman included a four-seat empire tractor, which looks really well done.

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Three New Heifer Calves

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For months we wondered if our three breeding cows were pregnant. We were sure about one, but not about the other two. Then, on Wednesday, within the span of 12 hours, all three gave birth to female calves. While we would have preferred steers (for meat), we are well set up with breeding cows for the upcoming years.

Updates delayed until Sat morning.

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Oddly Modified GPA

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Ron Fitzpatrick recently revealed two parts GPAs he apparently has acquired, which I imagine he will transform into one? Anyway, I wanted to highlight the green one, as it is one of the oddest modified GPAs I’ve ever seen. The pics are from this post: https://www.facebook.com/ron.fitzpatrick.g503/posts/pfbid0oJdt1qQ8yYYtgsJ1QkETtynEJpbEWQUJvPtd8ncrXvFeZNB3S8czBzdXie8Qqr1Gl

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Article on the Austin Champ

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Bill shared this article from Silodome on the Austin Champ. It included the below video.

https://silodrome.com/austin-champ-4×4/

 
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No Updates Until Tuesday Morning

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I am taking the weekend off. I had hoped to take the Tour Jeep up to the Moonshiners race in Glenwood, WA, this weekend to share the FC with folks. However, I am not feeling the best, so I’ve decided to get some rest. Meanwhile, it seems one of our cows is showing signs of giving birth soon (we’d given up, thinking she wasn’t going to have a calf this year), so that’s a surprise!

Have a great weekend!

 
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Tacoma Webfooters Jeep Club T-Shirt

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This Tacoma Webfooters jeep club shirt is a size Large. The Webfooters have been around for a long time.

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“Red Tacoma, Washington Webfooters jeep club tshirt-single stitch sleeves and bottom in excellent shape with no flaws and little wear and tear on a Hanes fifty-fifty Tag.

Condition 9/10
Size L 20w x 26H”

 
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Updates

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I had hoped to have the race jeep all done by now so I could take it to the Moonshiner’s payday in Glenwood, but not this year. The priority shifted to Ann’s garden. She’s been such a big supporter of my jeep craziness over the years, that building her this garden was the least I could do. Now that the weather has cooled back down to normal temps, I should have the trip work around the pagoda and boxes done in the next couple of days.

The other thing that has slowed things down has been some weird health glitches. Hopefully, we have those issues under control and that won’t slow me down (for a while anyway).

Yesterday I finished up the seat mounts and the seat belt mounts on the racer. Next, the overhead dashboard needs finishing, but that is nearly done. After that, the side bars need mounting and the mud flaps setup. After that, the body and hood mounts need to be added. There are a few places that need some cleaning (read grinding) on the chassis, but otherwise it should be ready to clean and paint. So, almost there …

 
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Sat. May 18th: At the Reunion; A Brick Shy of a Full Load

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<– Day 14 – Fri. May 17th: Day 1 of the Midwest Willys Reunion | Trip Overview | Day 16 – Sun. May 19th: On the Road to Gettysburg –>

UPDATE: This year is the 10th anniversary of our 8-week, 2013-trip around the east coast. Up to that point, I didn’t really get how the impact this simple website had made. This weekend is the 10th anniversary being given the Toledo Brick award at the Willys Reunion. Here’s a throwback to that Saturday.

Today was another gorgeous, warm, sunny day here in Hudson. The day ended with an honor that caught me by surprise.

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L-to-R: Bob Chrisy, Sebastian Logo-Guerrero, and Me.

Today was another gorgeous, warm, sunny day here in Hudson. More jeeps and people rolled in to make the day even better than yesterday. The most difficult thing about today was finding the time to talk with visitors looking at jeeps in the parking lot and having the time to see the presentations on the inside of the hotel. Here are a few photos of people I met:

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In the end I only had a chance to attend MD Juan’s presentation, which was very interesting. They discussed the challenges the company has faced trying to perfect vintage Willys bodies so that they properly fit the different models (MB/GPW/2A/3A etc).

CEO Rommel Juan noted that the company’s increasing use of the jeep forums combined with access to original bodies has allowed them to tune the bodies and close in on the original specs.

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R to L: Bob Christy with Rommel Juan, CEO of MD Juan, and one of his officer’s whose name I don’t have at the moment.

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1980? Custom Mini Jeep Lancaster, OH $2250

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This is an unusual jeep. It appears to be made of metal. Given the PRODUCTION ENGINEERING label across the windshield, it’s possible this was created by the Production Engineering Corp, out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, which specializes in sheet metal projects and other custom works. The company was launched in 1957, so it is possible.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1288581968729325

“Probably used in a factory”

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