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United Airlines Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

UPDATE:  MIke has a toy that looks similar to the ones below, only it is branded differently (shown at the bottom)

Does anyone know if United Airlines had any real jeeps that looked anything like these in terms of coloring/branding?


Here is a Japanese tin friction toy United Airlines Jeep


This is a Cragston Friction tin jeep with KO trademark

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Old Coloring Book

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

Dennis purchased this coloring book at a local swap meet.  I’ve never seen one for sale.  The title is “Things That Go” and was published in 1955.

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Old Sedona Jeep-Trip Business Card

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

Here’s a neat old Sedona, Arizona, business card for Jeep Trips.

PHONE 7184 OR 3622

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Andy Gard Gee-I-Jeep Remote Control Toy **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

“Andy Gard Toys are rare to begin with. Gee-I-Jeep with Box. One of the first remote control cars on the market. Orginial box. The later models had a steering wheel on the controller. I tried a couple of D batteries but could not get it to work. It may be a simple wire fix? The windshield has broken off but is included and maybe able to be glued back on? This is a very rare plastic toy in this condition and the box makes it so collectable.”

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FC-170 Tests a Chute

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

Craig spotted this at the Life Magazine Archives.  You can go here to see more archives:

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T.N. Nomura Fire Jeep Toy in Germany

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Here’s a cool jeep toy from Japan.

“60er Jahre Blechspielzeug

1960s Police Patrol Jeep Tin Toy Car with Battery Operated Actions (Bump-and-Go; Driver manipulates steering wheel; Light on hood is on while Jeep runs; As Jeep stops, buzzer sounds and policeman picks up reveiver).

Polizei Jeep mit batteriebetriebenen Aktionen. & Original Box

T.N Nomura
Made in Japan

Größe/ measurements: 28 cm long/ lang ;”

View all the information on eBay

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Willys 2-sided “Courtesy Service” Sign on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE:  Starting Bid Price dropped to $750.

“If you’re into collectable automotive signs, then you know just how difficult it is to find anything for Willys.

This item is an original two-sided Swinger sign from the Willys / Jeep Company. Just the simple wording brings you to an earlier time when buying a car was an exciting time for most folks. What makes this sign so special is the die-cut design and further complimented with the vivid red and yellow colors that Willys was know for. This sign is two-sided with side one in super condition. This sign would be a great contribution to anyone’s sign collection. The sign measures 27′ x 25″ . If you even think you would like to own a Willys / Jeep sign then don’t miss this rear opportunity to own this piece of history.

The images speak for themselves with regard to the quality of this item. I have included some close-up and sun shot images to show the details of the sign. This sign has vibrant colors and would make a great collection piece for any collector.  This price includes Ebay / Paypal fees on item and shipping – Shipping cost include special packing and insurance.”

View all the information on eBay

Here is side one of the sign:

Here is side two of the sign:


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Postcard of Jeep Tourists in Fantastic Caverns

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

I’ll have to see if more pics of these trains exist.

“For The Collector We Feature This Unused Standard Size Vintage Chrome Postcard Showing Jeep Drawn Vehicle, Fantasic Caverns in Springfield, Missouri. Back of card reads: FANTASTIC CAVERNS, the only cave that is large enough and level enough to drive through. You can see this cavern from the comfortable seats in a jeep drawn vehicle. Old postcard does have some corner/edge wear.”

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Can of Willys Anti-Freeze

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts

Here’s a rare can of Antifreeze for auction on eBay

“WOW! WOW! WOW! Up for bids is a super rare WILLY’S MOTORS ANTI-FREEZE Can. This beauty is a 1 quart can and has had the lid removed. This would be a great addition to any oil or Jeep collection! Feel free to email me with any questions!”

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FC-150 Postcard on eBay

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Features, Postcards

I haven’t seen this postcard.

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Sebastian and Falls Leaves

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

Sebastian took a drive among the fall leaves and shared this beautiful pic!  Winter is on its way. Brrrrr

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Connie and Kids in Australia by Constance Helmericks

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

Published in 1971, this is supposed to involve a jeep.  I will purchase and let you know.

“This is one of the last books in a series that started with “Connie and Bud” discovering Alaska in the late 40’s. True pioneers and adventurous in nature, after years of Artic living they both went their separate ways. Bud deciding on becoming a Bush Pilot, hunting guide, explorer, and expert on the Alaska outback. Connie, with her two teenage daughters, continued on in life’s many adventures by heading to Australia for an extended “walk about.

With her usual in depth observations about life, she visits all that Australia has to offer. From the small outback villages to the “Big” cities. Her observations on the aborigines has proven, by history, to be quite concise and accurate. Her observations on the lifestyles of the Aussies is most interesting when compared with observations of todays visitor.

A book worth reading more so if one is contemplating a visit or has been on one and wishes to compare.
Mrs. Helmericks has lived a lifetime in adventure. Anyone reading this book will find the earlier ones most interesting and will simply wonder: “How did they do that?””

Another review from Kirkus Reviews.

View more information from eBay.  This book ships from Australia.



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Four Wheel Parts Wholesalers History

• CATEGORIES: Features, Website

Here is the story of George Adler and the launching of Four Wheel Parts Wholesalers in 1961. Starting at the kitchen table making catalogs, the company grew into an off-road parts empire.


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The Four Wheel Steer Bantam in Pop Mechanics

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

I spotted this brief note about the four-wheel-steer Bantam BRC-40 on page 167 of the May 1946 issue of Popular Mechanics.  Why it appeared five years after it was built seems a little strange.  I can’t imagine the army keeping this model top secret for any reason.  Maybe they needed some filler for the issue?

Here is a link to the Google page that shows the whole article

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Contourtop from an April 1967 Four Wheeler Ad

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

**** If you have any Four Wheeler Magazines from the 1960s or 1970s and you don’t want them, I’d love to get them.  I’d like to record more of these unusual aftermarket items. Just email me at d@ewillys.com ****

I ran across this unusual Controurtop Hardtop in an ad from the April 1967 issue of Four Wheeler Magazine.  I’ve never seen one of these for sale on Craigslist.

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Topless Top in Four Wheeler Magazine on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine • TAGS: , .

This “Topless Top” article appeared in the March 1966 issue of Four Wheeler Magazine.  Given the top was made of plexiglass, I suspect it is unlikely there are many remaining (if any).  I have bid on the issue, so I hope to have better images and more information if/when I win it.

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2012 Barfrosttreffet in Norway this past Weekend

• CATEGORIES: Features, International

Last weekend was the 2012 Barfrosttreffet.  It looks like a variety of jeepers participated. It sure looks  like a beautiful country to explore.  I have posted a few pics from their event below.  You can see more here:  http://www.facebook.com/events/146187395522035/

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A Drawing by “Darkinalina”

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

Guy spotted this list of DrawSomething Jeeps.  I only know about the iPad/iPhone game because my wife, my mother and my daughter all play the game.

The one below was drawn by someone named ‘Darkalina’.  You can see more here.

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Rare Tin Police Jeep w/ TV Screen **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

On the back is a screen that has animations. The CJ-3B Page shows a similar, but not the same model: http://cj3b.info/Toys/PoliceToys2.html

“Win this nice one for your collection. Very rare Movie Screen Police Willys Jeep by MODERN TOYS. Has an amazing illuminated and animated screen which rolls through freeway scenes, traffic snarls, the highway patrol on the road & issuing infringement notices. I’ve included a video showing this but it’s pretty out of focus. The toy moves about the floor in a random fashion. Think the light on the front is supposed to flash but isn’t working. This may need some tinkering and another small project would be a new steering wheel and seat base. Too good to be called a toy! Scans and photos are of the actual item & form part of the description.

22.5cm long x 10.8cm wide x 12cm high. 1-2 kilos packed weight. Item No: 800016”

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Popular Science Compares Winches (in 1974)

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

From the April 1974 Issue of Popular Science comes this comparison of winches of the time.  The analysis included the chart below coupled with three examples of creative winching.

View the issue of Popular Science on Google

Creative solutions for winching:

Comparing mechanical and electrical winches:

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1943 June Motor Age Magazine on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, Magazine

Here’s a rare magazine that shows Hitler falling out of a jeep.


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1949 Jeepster Brochure Targeting Women on eBay

Here’s an unusual brochure that appears to target women.

“You are viewing an original 1949 Willys-Overland Motors Jeepster lithographed sales brochure.  It is numbered VJ 3M-I-500M-4-49.  There is a small tear at the bottom of it near a sticker that was used to seal it.  It is in good condition otherwise.

It measures 4″ by 7″ when closed and opens to 8″ by 14″.”

View all the information on Ebay

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Mighty Mite at the 1961 Auto Show

• CATEGORIES: Features, Mighty Mites, Old Images • TAGS: , , .

Steve forwarded this photo of a Mighty Mite at the Chicago Auto Show yesterday.

Coincidently, yesterday Ann’s mother saved part of an episode of Pawn Stars for me to view (Episode called PONY UP from December 2011), which included a man trying to sell a Mighty Mite to the Pawn Stars guys for $22,000.  They offered $13,000 (based on their expert’s opinion).  Unfortunately, I can’t find a free way to view that episode.


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Willys Powered Railway Maintenance Cart **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Industrial-Welder-Generator • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Price Unknown

Car, Railway Maintenance, Mutigage , 8-Man, 60 HP Gasoline engine Willys Model MB Motor Car / Speedster

If this is not the most unusual and the most rare WWII vehicle I have had the opportunity to sell it is definitely in the top three. It was built for the U.S. Army Transportation Corp by the Kalamazoo Manufacturing Co. Kalamazoo Michigan. It is serial number 5913 USA number M1013 and was delivered January 1945. What makes it interesting to me is they used everything they could from the MB, purchased right from Willys. The engine complete with oil filter, air filter, regulator, battery, bell housing and T-84 transmission and all of the gauges are the same as the MB. They even used the MB fuel tank and radiator. It is 4 wheel drive and that is accomplished through chain drive and a forward-reverse lever which gave three gear speeds in each direction so the transfer case was not needed. When it was found and purchased 5 or 6 years ago, it was still in very good running condition and had never been allowed to set outside. Most of the vehicle is wood and due to inside storage for 60 years 95% of the original wood was saved in the total restoration. You can see in the as purchased photos (yellow trim) how good the wood was, only the side rail boards had to be replaced mainly from being kicked and broken. Before restoration it was used on several Sunday rail trips in the Jackson Ohio area. It will go much faster that you will want to drive it. As you can see from the photos it was professionally and totally disassembled rebuilt, researched for paint scheme and reassembled. With the wood being in such good condition it was easy to sand down to the original colors and markings. It was shown at the 2006 MVPA convention in Dayton Ohio.”

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Fire Jeep Photograph from Netherlands

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, International

UPDATE:  Roberto believes this was taken in the Netherlands.

How about this photograph from Flickr.  The information with this photo suggests it was taken in 1953.