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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:

 
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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”

 
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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.

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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.”

 

 
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Willys Jeep Truck Cars Patch on eBay

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

Here’s a cool old patch.

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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!!”

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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.

 
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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.

 
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1948 Willys Overland Car Display Photo on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Here’s a great 8×10 photograph.

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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!”

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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

 
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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.

 
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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

 
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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.”