Features Research Archives

To Top

Bill Visits the Fantastic Caverns

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: Learn more about the green jeep in the comments section.

Upon learning about the jeep at the Fantastic Cavern’s Visitor Center in Springfield, Missouri, Bill had to see it for himself.  Fortunately for us, he took along his camera.  Since Friday is the official start of the Christmas season, even though ‘Black Friday’ has now leaked into the evening of ‘Turkey, Christmas presents in the back of jeep just seemed a perfect way to launch the season (for us Willys nuts anyway).

Here’s photos of the original jeep.  Bill was told it was a CJ-2A, but it seemed more 3A to him.

Here are some pics of the new propane fueled jeeps:

 
To Top

1947 Willys Prototype Car Photo on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

According to Glenn, “My buddy in Sylvania, Ohio says this car didn’t survive long as it was hit at a railroad crossing. This is the only one they did, announced in a few press outlets, and the project promptly (quietly) abandoned.”

This photo is printed on 16″x20″ paper.

View all the information on eBay

 
To Top

Willys Overland Aircraft Division Badge on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

Glenn spotted this rare badge.  I hadn’t known about the Aircraft Division.

“Up for auction is a Vintage WWII Security ID Badge from Willys Overland Aircraft Division the badge is in great shape please the Badge size is 1-3/4 inches by 2-1/4 inches see the pictures.”

View all the information on eBay

 
To Top

Male Call Cartoons With Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Comics, Features

John took the time to scan Male Call comic strips that contain jeeps and post them at his google page.  Surprisingly, most of the drawings appear to be Ford GPs. You can view the cover of the book here.

He writes, “My Dad had a copy of this printing of Milt Caniff’s Male Call and had it stashed in the back of a dresser drawer. Fair game for a 12-year-old when I ‘discovered’ it in ’64. Don’t know what happened to his copy. Saw a copy on Amazon and grabbed it. I scanned all the images that include all or part of a Jeep in the strip. Consider this a fresh look, enjoy!”

You can see all John scanned here

 
To Top

An Unstoppable Brochure from 1965 on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I’d like to see more of this one.

“Vintage original brochure, very good condition. I believe this brochure is from 1965 if I am reading the printing code right.”

View all the information on eBay

 
To Top

1968 Remco Mighty Mike Skyway with Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

I thought I had posted this already, but don’t think i had. Anyway, starting price is only $20.

“Vintage 1968 REMCO Mighty Mike Cobra Skyway Balancing Kit Set with original box and instructions. Has all of the original parts except 1 metal weight. There are no cracks or breaks on any part. The set never came with a Mighty Mike but I will also include a Mighty Mike Jeep body in nice shape (no chassis). Original box has tape but it is all there, no inserts. Everything will be bubble wrapped to prevent damage in shipping and all voids filled to prevent any rattling. Can be wrapped in heavy shipping paper for 3 pounds shipping or in a box for 5 pounds shipping. Quoted shipping price is for 5 lbs, will be less for 3 lbs.”

 
To Top

1955 DJ-3A Owners Manual on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This rare owner’s manual is in good condition.

View all the information on eBay

 
To Top

Tonka Wrecker with an Original Box on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

This has already hit $110 . . .

“if your looking for a very nice Antique or Vintage 1960,s Tonka Jeep Wrecker diecast model toy this is it! this is a 1960’s Model Jeep Wrecker made by Tonka toys. it is about 10 inches long by 6 inches high,and about 5 iches wide something like a 1/16 scale. this vintage collectors Jeep is very rare it is almost like in new condition,only for a few small spots of paint missing and they are very small. and this also comes with its original Box and is also in good condition and its rare to find a Jeep in this condition with a original box this nice also. I have added many pictures to show how nice this Jeep is and there is no rust at all on it also as you can see from top to bottom of Jeep. I am selling this for a friend that needs money pretty bad or he would not be wiiling to sell this special Jeep, for he was giving this from his Grandmother in the early 1960’s and has kept it in storage and never really played with it, it also has the original string and hook from the Jeeps wrecker. he going to star it at a great starting price well below its worth.”

View all the information on eBay

 
To Top

Joseph buys his first car, a 1951 Wagon

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features, Willys Wagons

Joseph might look pretty young to own his first vehicle, but after a trip to Moab with his dad Pete, who runs the OWF, to attend the 2012 Willys Overland Rally Joseph caught a bad case of the Willys sickness. As his father knows to well, there is no cure for this dreaded disease.  With Joseph’s fate sealed, he decided to buy a wagon with his own money that he could rebuild himself (with some help from dad).

The wagon needs plenty of work, so they located a good donor frame that’s already been modified and strengthened, saving them lots of time and work.  They have collected some ’76 Wagoneer axles, XJ rear and YJ front springs to fit the already modified frame.  They also have located a variety of additional parts to help round out Joseph’s project.

You can follow Joseph’s build here: http://oldwillysforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=3549

Good luck Joseph!  I’m sure you’ll learn a lot 🙂

 
To Top

Pete’s drive in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Pete from the OldWillysForum took a break from life and headed to the hills of Stanley, Idaho, with his wagon and a GoPro Hero2 camera. I’m going to check into getting one of those cameras.

Here are two more videos:

 
To Top

Dr. Pepper & Willys MAs Sign **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

I was telling Ann about the Pepsi Surreys, so she asked about Dr. Pepper and Jeeps.  This was all I found.  This sign is from around 1998.

“Newer metal advertising sign for dr pepper still wrapped in plastic dated 1998 great sign for garage barn kitchen wherever measures 17 x 10 1/2″ no reserve”

 
To Top

Photo of Willys Cars from 1903 – 1955 on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This pictorial shows Willys passenger cars, including the Jeepster and the Wagon, from 1903 through 1955.  I don’t see any size indication for this.

View all the information on eBay

 
To Top

1973 Jeepster Postcard **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Postcards

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

This has a Willys Overland Jeepster Club stamp.

“PRIVATE MINTED POST CARD OF THE WILLYS OVERLAND JEEPSTER CLUB FEATURING A WILLYS JEEPSTER ADVERTISEMENT ON FRONT. ITEM MAILED WITH MESSAGE BETWEEN TWO CLUB MEMBERS. POST CARD IN VERY GOOD CONDITION.”

 

 
To Top

Willys Jeep Truck Cars Patch on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Artists/Drawings, Features

Here’s a cool old patch.

View all the information on eBay

 
To Top

Surrey Friction Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys • TAGS: .

Here’s a neat friction Surrey Jeep.

“Vintage Pink Surrey Willies Overland Jeep CJ Wrangler Scale Metal Friction Model!
Please view the images for condition.

Here we have an awesome tin friction car modeled after some old Jeep, not sure of the exact model. Friction motor was locking up at first but appears fine now and seems to work alright. Looks like there may have been a top over the passenger compartment at one time as there are six of the typical tin holes for extra parts to fit into on the rear of the jeep and the windshield frame. Overall great condition, might need some cleaning in the tight areas and does show some minimal wear. No maker mark or country of origin stamp on this one. Totally excellent jeep!!”

View all the information on eBay

 
To Top

The Ambulance Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

This image was drawn by Robert W. Huzzard.  His suggestion won a prize about how a1/4 ton might be converted into an ambulance. The drawing is part of a magazine article I will be posting tomorrow night.

 
To Top

1944 Popular Mechanics Fire Jeep Article

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine • TAGS: .

I found this February 1944 article on fire-fight testing at Willys Overland.  You can view the whole issue on Google.

 
To Top

1948 Willys Overland Car Display Photo on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Here’s a great 8×10 photograph.

View all the information on eBay

 
To Top

Old Jeep Labeled Matchbook on eBay

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

This is unusual.

“Here is a very unique matchbook with JEEP on the front….with the exception of some, dare I say idiot, putting a sticker on the front, this matchbox is in GOOD condition overall…..on the binding edge of the box it says: Mario da Silva Cravo S/A, Salvador-Bahia……on the back side there are some embossed words also that say: Couro Genuinem, Ernesto Rothschild, S. Paulo, Pat. Reg…measures 2 1/4 x 1 1/2 inches and is about 1/2 inch thick……pretty neat!”

View all the information on eBay

Continue reading

 
To Top

Lafian FC Power Hoe Article

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Features

Craig has just posted the Antique Automobile Club of America’s article about the Lafian FC Power Hoe.  It’s an interesting article with some good photos.

http://thefcconnection.com/the_lafian_powerhoe.htm

 
To Top

Alternative Energy for German Cars during WWII

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

After reading the Blitz Buggy article last night, I read through the remainder of the 1943 Liberty Magazine.  I found one of the articles very interesting, though it has nothing to do with jeeps.

Called “Motoring in Germany”, the article describes how gas rationing led to the conversion of automobiles into “gazogenes”, or vehicles powered by wood, gas, charcoal, and coke-burning.  The cars either towed trailers or had washing-machine sized attachments added to the back. Here’s the page below.

 
To Top

MA Jeeps Book from Wings and Wheels

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

Roberto forwarded a link about a book published by Wings and Wheels out of the Czech Republic called “MA Jeeps in Detail”.  It looks like a good book.  496 Czech Korunas is approx $25 US.

Learn more about the book here: http://wwpbooks.com/product.php?id_product=223

You can find more jeep books here:   http://wwpbooks.com/search.php?tag=Jeep

 
To Top

1947 “CM 120” Plastic Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Here’s a rare plastic jeep (at least I’ve never seen one). It includes a rough box.

“For Auction is a HP, Vehicle, made by California Molders Inc. ,that I found at a local estate. It is still in the original box; but, the box is in poor condition. It is as follows:

The New Civilian Jeep”-5.5″-in working order-jeep windshield folds down-the tiny pin, of the tailgate hinge, is broken; but,the tailgate will stay closed-marked: “CM 120″.”

View all the information on eBay

 
To Top

Even Jeepers Need Their Vitamin C . . .

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Here’s an ad for Florida Grapejuice that includes a jeep.

“Here is a hard to find WWII era advertisement for the Florida Citrus Commission. This great Print Ad was removed from a vintage 1944 Magazine.

Page is about 9 3/4 inches by 13 inches with the actual ad perhaps a bit smaller. Condition of this 68+ year old Ad is excellent.”

 
To Top

The Blitz Buggy by Joseph W. Frazer

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

As promised, I’ve scanned and posted a 1943.  I have updated the earlier post with the scans.

I received the June 19, 1943, issue of Liberty Magazine today.  The magazine was published in Toronto, Canada from 1924 – 1950.  My issue includes an article written by Willys Overland’s President at the time Joseph W. Frazer  and titled “The Amazing Blitz Buggy”.

Having read the article, I’m still surprised he claimed the official name of the vehicle was “General Purpose Car”.  You can see that claim in the highlighted portion of the article.  That explain why the term “General Purpose” has been used in numerous historical descriptions about the jeep.

Click on the images below to get larger, readable versions of each page.