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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″.”

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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.”

 
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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.

 
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1963 Tonka Jeep Runabout with Boat & Box on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

This has already hit $316.99!  I think building a look-alike real-scale of this would be a neat project.

“VINTAGE 1963 TONKA NO. 516 JEEP RUNABOUT WITH BOAT AND ORIGINAL BOX. THERE IS A COUPLE BLEMISHES IN THE PLASTIC ON THE WINDSHIELD ON THE BOAT. ON PICTURE 4 JUST IN FRONT OF THE BLACK PLASTIC BAND IT HAS DISCOLORED. TOY HAS NOT BEEN PLAYED WITH. THERE IS 2 BOOKLETS THAT CAME WITH THE TOY ALSO INCLUDED. SHIPPING WILL BE $20.00 FOR INSURED SHIPPING WITH DELIVERY CONFIRMATION.”

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Fix-All Toy Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

It’s not perfect.

“VINTAGE FIX ALL WILLYS “JEEP” ORIGINAL BOX! MISSING FOUR WAY SPEED WRENCH & HEAVY DUTY SCREW JACK. MADE BY LOUIS MARK & CO. INC.

JEEP IS IN VERY GOOD SHAPE CONSIDERING ITS AGE. I TRIED TO PUT BATTERIES IN THE JEEP BUT LIGHTS AND HORN DID NOT WORK BUT CAN BE FIXED.”

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1946 CJ-2A Jeep is Versatile Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Blaine pointed out this ad.

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1954 Kaiser Motors Annual Report on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE:  This is back on eBay

(10/18/2012) This might make an interesting read.

“Original part color catalog , 8.5 x 11 , 20 pages , shows Jeep CJ5 on cover and on first page . Also shows Jeep Pickup with Backhoe , Jeep Ambulance , Jeep Fire Engine , Willys Bermuda , and Jeep Experimental Mechanical Mule . There are no Kaiser vehicles shown in this report . It also includes financial information for the year ending in December 1954 for Kaiser and Willys Motors , etc .”

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US Dept of Agriculture Forest Service CJ-3B Photo

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B, Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Old Images

I ran across this neat old photo of a USDA Forest Service CJ-3B at their site.  I couldn’t pull up the actual page.  You can view the original picture here: http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_MEDIA/stelprdb5354294.jpg

 
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Early PTO Plows for Fighting Forest Fires

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

Looking for USDA jeeps I found these two different plows used for fire fighting in the late 1940s/early 1950s.

The “V-shape plow” was featured in the August 1949 issue of Popular Mechanics:

This plow was featured in the May 1951 issue of Popular Mechanics on page 151.

 
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Correct Spare Tire Oak Block Isolation Kit on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts

Glenn spotted this replacement spare tire oak block isolation kit on eBay

“This is a brand new Willys spare tire oak block isolation kit. These are correct in every way and very high quality, will fit Jeep CJ2a CJ3a CJ3b with 15 inch wheels. These mount between the body and the spare tire. We do sell the correct block for 16 inch wheels. These are hand made in a professional shop with the highest standards. The correct mounting hardware is included. They are excellent quality, Made In USA.”

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3 Jeeps in Motorized Building Set on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

This must not have been in the Sears Toy Catalog, because I would have circled this as a kid.  It includes three jeeps!

” Neat piece here, looks to be complete (no Guarantee) Original box with manual , booklets , even some vintage batteries, Has three jeeps , Look at the pictures , have a great day!!!! Selling as is comes as seen in box.”

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Emenee Formex 7 Military Casting Set **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

According to the description, you can cast your own jeeps.  No examples of how good (or poor) they are.

 You are bidding on a Formex 7 casting set made by Emenee. This casting set is a create your own casting set featuring “Military Company” including soldiers, jeeps, and cannons. My research shows that this set dates back to 1964. This is a used set as the items are not in their original package and some of the molds have been used.”

 
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Bounce the Jeep by Barbara Jane Snediker on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

UPDATE:  Staring bid is $7.50

Bounce the Jeep was published in 1945.

“ENLARGED PICTURES!! Please scroll ALL the way down to view LARGER images.
KA355. Illustrated by Harold Peterson. Pub. Rand McNally 1945.
6 ¾” 45 pages. Small split bottom rear hinge. Otherwise. Very Good condition.”

 
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The General Purpose Car?

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

I received the June 19, 1943, issue of Liberty Magazine today.  I bought it because it has an article titled “The Amazing Blitz Buggy”.  I don’t have time to scan it tonight, but should have it read, scanned and posted in the next couple of days.  But, I did want to make a quick comment about it.

Having glanced at the article, two things surprised me.  One, it was written by the President of Willys Overland Joseph W. Frazer. Two, he claims the official name of the vehicle was “General Purpose Car”.  You can see that claim in the highlighted portion of the article.  That could be the reason the term “General Purpose” vehicle has been appeared numerous times.

 
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1951 Willys Overland Employee Handbook on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This is unusual.

“Here is a vintage 1951, Willys Overland, What You Should Know, Employee Handbook. The handbook is in very good condition. The handbook is complete with 14 pages in it.”

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1950s Jeep-A-Trench Ad

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

I found this ad in what I think was a business directory of some kind. It looks like someone used their CJ-3B and their jeep-a-trench to make money.  To get the logo removed from the image, you have to purchase the full resolution version from Historicalmapworks.com.

 
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1964 Montgomery Ward Parts Catalog **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on ebay

This has 67 pages of jeeps parts.

“You are bidding on a vintage 1964 JEEP PARTS CATALOG. In used condition, the back cover has a wrinkled/torn corner. It has all its 67 pages. The covers read: HEADQUARTERS FOR WARDS RIVERSIDE REPLACEMENT PARTS FOR CIVILIAN AND MILITARY JEEP VEHICLES – REGD. TRADEMARK KAISER JEEP CORP. – SATISFACTION OR YOUR MONEY BACK – MAONTGOMERY WARD – 1964 JEEP PARTS CATALOG.”

 
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Dragon Tinplate Jeep Includes Box on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

I don’t see these with the box too often.

“DRAGON WILLYS GPW TINPLATE JEEP , MEASURES 11CM (4.33 inches) LONG AND AS SHOWN IN GOOD CONDITION AND WORKING.”

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1960 Utility Box Truck Northwood, NH **Status Unknown**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Willys Trucks • TAGS: , .

UPDATE:  Last listed at $2500. **Status Unknown**

(05/29/2012) I rarely come across these.  It’s in good shape, too.

“1960 Jeep Willys truck, with utility body. rebuilt Hurricanse engine, 36,000 original miles. original owner. Frame rebuilt, little rust, new brakes, plow set up and plow available. Last inspected 2010, needs little work. Please email for more details.”

 
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St. Augustine, Florida, Jeep Tour Train

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards • TAGS: .

Anyone ever ride this jeep train? I’m still searching for more information about this tourist train.

This picture is from a postcard on eBay: View all the information on eBay

This is another postcard I found on eBay: View all the information on eBay

This is a little fuzzier.  I found this postcard for sale at jumpingfrog.

 
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1943 Great Pines Camp, California, Photo

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

I’ll bet this guy was having a fun time!

“VINTAGE 8.25″ BY 5.5″ 1943 COLOR TINTED PHOTO OF SOLDIER & JEEP. Marked 1943 Big Pines Camp California — great photo.”

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3 Tonka Dune Buggy Toy Jeeps on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

When I was a kid I drug one of these all over our property.

“Here is a vintage lot of three, vintage Tonka red DUNE BUGGIES from the early 1970’s.  Made of steel.

Not mint, but good condition given their age.  They measure about 10 inches long by 8 inches wide.  All the tires spin freely and have their nut caps on the wheels.  All have their stickers.  All have their steering wheels.  One is missing a headlight and that one has some paint wear and sticker/label peeling”

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Photo of the Day

• CATEGORIES: Features

Steve spotted this photo on a Cragislist ad.  I’m just not sure about the wisdom of putting kids under the jeep.  Sure, mostly likely nothing will happen . . .

 
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Pewter Jeeps and Truck on Flatcar on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

I’m not sure if this is a toy or a collectible.  It’s new. I’m pretty sure that’s not a forty foot flatcar.

“N SCALE
NEW
CUSTOM
KENRAY
HANDCRAFTED
PEWTER WWII
ARMY
2 – JEEP & 3/4 TON TRUCK
40′ FLATCAR
ROAD NUMBER # 35282
STEPS, MTL COUPLERS, AND MTLTRUCKS ARE INTACT
MICRO TRAIN LINE TRUCKS AND COUPLERS”

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There is one in blue, too: View all the information on eBay

 
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Veteran’s Day Weekend in Shasta Lake City, CA

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features, Reader Stories

Steve snapped some photos of the Veteran’s Day Events on Saturday and Sunday.  He also added some information, too!

Steve writes, “Sunday I photographed Jack and his restored MB and M-100 trailer at the ceremony on Veteran’s Day,at the new Veteran’s Cemetery 10 miles West of town. Jack restored this Jeep exactly like the one he drove in the Korean War from 1950 to 1953. It’s complete with machine gun mounted on the passenger’s side. I asked, and he said that most of their Jeeps were beat up MB’s left over from WWII. They didn’t see many “new” M38A-1 Jeeps during his tour.

Jack is a great man because he goes around to the local schools teaching kids how war is not a good thing, but it is necessary to protect our freedom from those who want to change us. He saw heavy action. Now he see that we are gradually losing our freedom as time goes on. He is now growing frail, and cannot go to as many schools as before. I told him I know someone who can make a professional video tape of him to preserve his presentation. He would like to do that.

He has a Korean friend who was 8 years old living through the Korean War. She accompanies Jack to the schools and shares her story of what their civilian family endured throughout the war in Korea. I don’t know her name, but she was the lady in the back of his Jeep in Korean attire during the Saturday’s Shasta City parade shown below.

The medallion Jack holds was from the Mayor of Seoul, South Korea marking the 50th anniversary of the war. The Mayor visited all the Korean Veteran’s groups and awarded that medallion to those who fought for his country. His gratitude meant a lot to that soldier, who never went back to that forsaken land, until much later in life. The City of Seoul was devastated during the war, and is now one of the most modern cities in the world. He didn’t recognize the airport when he landed several years ago. The old airport he remembered was a swampy land that was weathered by war.

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