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WANTED: SM420 Transfercase Adapter

• CATEGORIES: Features, wanted

Eric is in the New York area and is looking for an SM420 Transfercase Adapter. Does anyone have a used one they are interested in selling? You can email him at schwartz.eric.b@gmail.com.

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Tonka Surrey Lincoln City, OR $40

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Dan spotted this Tonka Surrey at the Little Antique Mall.

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Demo Truck at Boston 4×4 in South Africa

• CATEGORIES: Features, Willys Trucks

Marc and his son were driving in Anderbolt (South Africa) when his son spotted this beautiful truck sitting in a showroom at Boston 4×4 Accessories. If you are in South Africa, check out their store.

He writes, “This truck is their company demo vehicle for the 4×4 accessories and parts they supply under the name of Boston 4×4 Accessories, +27 11 914 3004 or sales@boston4x4.co.za. and are located in Anderbolt, Boksurg, Gauteng, South Africa. I see their web page is down, under construction.

It has a small block V8 (ford) but I didn’t learn the transmission set up. I could not find the data plate for the serial number any where. As noted in the photos, this truck is right hand drive, not a factory mod. Done way after it left the US.”





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Update From Paul on His Stainless Flattie’s Progress

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features • TAGS: .

Paul’s made some progress on his Willys. You can read past posts about his jeep, Knardly Rolls, here: http://www.ewillys.com/tag/paul-m38/paul-stainless-jeep-top-1

Paul writes, I’m using thin poster board to make patterns for the interior panels on the Willys. Since the reinforcing structure for the top and doors will be visible from the inside and not covered by upholstery I’ve had to make 33 individual paper patterns so far. After adjusting the fit of these patterns I’ll transfer their measurements to 3/4 inch thick high density foam and then it’s time for the upholstery wizards to work their magic. Fourteen yards of fabric are on order so that should be enough to cover everything but the floor. All of the top and side wall panels will be covered with a silver gray fabric and this same fabric will be used on the seats with the exception of blue insert panels covering the center of the seats. That’s the plan right now. I still need to buy some thick upholstery foam so I can begin cutting out the padding for the seats but I wanted to finish with the patterns first.


More pattern pictures. To have enough room to make the patterns and install the upholstery pieces it was necessary to remove the fuel tanks and both front seats. The more work I can do myself the lower the cost will be to get the upholstery done so I don’t mind constantly climbing into and out of the Willys all day long. Things would be a lot easier if the Jeep was just a little bit bigger or I was just a little bit smaller. Oh well, I guess I need to call a Waaaaaaaaaambulance. Paul

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1947 Photo of Jeep & Anti Aircraft Gun

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

Here’s an unusual photo.

“This is an original 5×7 black and white photo. Showing an Army Jeep pulling an anti-aircraft gun behind it in a parade. My guess would be late 1940’s by the looks of the cars in the back ground. Great Vintage photo to look at!
Not sure of the exact time frame or location. The back of the photo is stamped with
Photo by Bill Shoopman, Odessa Texas”


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2 Steel Mini-Jeep Bodies Hudson, NY **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Were $750.

“I have two steel Army jeep bodies, Go kart size, Just like the old m38 military jeeps, Picked these up about 20 years ago, A lot of people use quad frames and running gear to power them. this is the bodies only, Lift up hood, fold down windshield, fold out glass,”


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The Textbook Restoration of a M-677 @ TheFCConnection

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

Craig just let me know that he updated “The Textbook Restoration of a M-677” at TheFCConnection. This looks like a great build!



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Volume 1, Issue 1 of The Willys (War) News

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles • TAGS: .

The photo below shows the cover of a rare edition of The Willys War Newspaper. Published on September 28, 1945, this appears to be both the last issue of The Willys War News and the first issue of The Willys News. I base this on three facts: 1) the word ‘war’ is scratched at the top,  2) the small explanation at the bottom of the front page and 3) the publishing date.

Searches of “The Willys War News” yielded the following:

The Willys War News, Vol. 3, No. 3, May 19, 1945 http://www.utoledo.edu/library/canaday/HTML_findingaids/MSS-072.html
The Willys War News, Vol. 1, No. 10 in 1943 (8 pages) http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/vintage-1943-jeep-willys-overland-war-238396381

Based on those clues, I would estimate that there were were at least 24 editions IF there were 10 issues in 1943 and 10 issues in 1944 and at least 4 issues in 1945. Anyone know of other examples of this? This seems as rare as the Globe Trotter Magazine.

This was sold today on ebay. The buyer has agreed to let me scan this document and share it. So, look for more info in the future.


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1955 Jeep Journey to Hole-in-the-Rock in Utah

• CATEGORIES: Features, Reader Stories

The author is leaning on his white CJ-3A. I do not know the author’s name (but would like to know).

I stumbled across this neat forum article about a group of friends who decided to check out Hole-in-the-Rock, Utah, in 1955 after reading a National Geographic article (probably this one). So, in a fleet of three vehicles (looks like a 1949 CJ-3A, a CJ-3B, and a MB/GPW), they set off from Los Alamos, NM and drove to Escalante, Utah, before venturing into the Hole-in-the-rock area. Most of the photos that were taken are in areas now under the water of Lake Powell.

According to the article’s author, “My jeep was a 1949 CJ3 and it was a wreck when I got it. I think it had never been lubricated. I had to replace all the universal joints and overhaul the engine. The cab was aluminum and I bought it at Sears. The red jeep was an old military model. My friend had bought it and built a wooden cab for it himself.”

I wanted to contact the author of this story, but I can’t figure out how to register (says registration is closed) to the popphoto.com forum. Furthermore, I can’t figure out to contact an administrator. I’d like to contact the guy (he was 94 as of 2007 — likely passed away by now), because he doesn’t know what to do with the photos he’s taken.

The author’s notes in a separate post, “I wish I knew some historical society or such that would be interested in the slides I have. None of my relatives and friends are interested in these things. I suppose eventually they will be put in a big cardboard box and auctioned off for a high bid of $1.”

Since that was his wish, I’m going to preserve his story in total here, so I’ve post it below. You can see the original post here: http://forums.popphoto.com/showthread.php?151510-Kaiparowits-Plateau-A-journey-from-the-archives-to-Hole-in-the-Rock-Crossing-1955 along with the follow up comments.


Kaiparowits Plateau: A journey from the archives to Hole -in-the-Rock Crossing 1955

This trip was inspired from a National Geographic article in the 1950s. This magazine had several articles on little known areas of the southwest. Most were in very isolated areas with few, if any roads and trails.

A party of three Jeeps set out from Los Alamos NM to Escalante Utah. We arrived in Escalante about noon time, and then proceeded to find our way to the Hole in the Rock crossing. So named because early Mormon Pioneers lowered wagons and horses to the Colorado River, and then rafted across the river at this point.

Leaving Escalante we headed off in a South-easterly direction. The maps we had showed the distance to be approximately 50 miles.

We passed some remarkable formations, This was known as Dance Hall Rock. Locals had dances here periodically.


The Dance Hall Rock in Utah, 1955

After awhile we came to the dreaded fork in the road. As we debated which fork to take, a man appeared on horseback. He asked if we knew where we were going, we said we knew where we wanted to go, but not how to get there. He gave us directions, and on we went. He neglected to tell us what obstacles we would find. After several miles, we came to an enormous outcrop of slick rock, and the tracks we were following ended there. It was obvious that we had to cross the rock, We did that rather easily.


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Abandoned Jeep in Argentina

• CATEGORIES: Features, Last Ride

Now here’s a challenging project! Miguel Ward captured this 2011 photo in Bahia Bustamante, Argentina. I checked Google Maps, but couldn’t see it (45° 7′ 32.00″ S  66° 32′ 11.58″ W)


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• CATEGORIES: Features, Website

Maury forwarded this jeep-related website. It’s not entirely clear to me what the site is about, other than to encourage jeep owners to wave. I always wave in Biscuit, but never think about it in our new jeep.



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2 Jeepsters @ the Mecum Auction This Past Weekend

• CATEGORIES: Features, Jeepster

Roger had a chance to move vehicles for the 2014 Mecum Auction in Kissimmee, Florida, this weekend. He reported that a 1948 Jeepster went for $42,000 (blue one below) and a 1950 for $39,000 (red). Roiger says both were perfect, better then new.

Here’s pics of both. First the ’48 and then the ’50.

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2 CJ-3A Rear Seats **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts

James has two rear seats from CJ-3As for sale. **SOLD**

1) Rear Seat: Was $495
CJ3a Rear seat frame and original green vinyl cushions in
excellent unrestored condition (no tears or rips). Frame in
excellent rust free condition (just some very light surface




2) Rear Seat Was $275
‘CJ3a Rear Seat frame, needs a little restoration: legs on
one side are slightly bent and has small bracket welded on
bottom of rear legs.


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Belgium Military Photos From Charles

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Charles hunted down these Belgium related military photos. Some are from 1954 and celebrate Belgium’s “Can-Do Too” spirit. This is Padre Van Der Goten’s jeep.

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It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Robin found a great short clip of the Willys Wagon that appears in the movie “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World“. I remember watching this movie as a kid, because it was one of my favorites. It’s a bunch of silliness.

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1950s Photo of Broken Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Poor jeep.

“These 2 1950’s snapshot photos were taken by a soldier in the 28th Infantry Division 899th AAA Bn. in Germany. The photos show a wrecked jeep and some soldiers. Painted on the front bumper of the jeep is “28 899 AA”. The photos measure approximately 3 1/8 x 4 1/4 inches.”

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Thickness of an M-38 Frame?

• CATEGORIES: Features

Neil has some concern about the rust on his frame and wondered if anyone knew what the correct thickness of a M-38 frame should be. I did some searches, but I couldn’t find anything.

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1945 Photo of Australian Soliders on Tarakan Island on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images Jeeping

This jeep looks more like a mobile home than a fighting vehicle. The soldiers are located on Tarakan Island.


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1943 Photo of GPA from Fort Wayne, IN on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, GPA (SEEP), Old Images

Marc spotted this great photo of a GPA emerging from the river.

“1943- Soldiers from Fort Wayne give Ford amphibian reconnaissance cars a workout on river in Detroit.”

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1943 Photo of a GPAs in Dearborn on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, GPA (SEEP), Old Images

I’ve seen similar photos, but always nice to have the accompanying press photo info.

“This is an original press photo. Dept – US Army, Credit – NEA and ACME Photo measures 9.25 x 7inches. Photo is dated 03-16-1943.”

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Unusual Door on Jeep at Yokota, Japan

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UPDATE: This photo is back on eBay.

Taken at the USAF Base at Yokota, Japan, the photo shows a jeep with an unusually narrow window on the door.

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Cadillacs in a Dumpster

• CATEGORIES: Features

Along the Miami River, among the island freighters, machine shops and boat yards is this bizarre sight at the Byrd Commercial Divers’ yard. Is it art, trash or a statement?  While a jeep is not visible, we can only assume there is a stout CJ-2A holding up the turquoise Cadillac. Maybe an someone knows what this display is about? And the model & year of each car?   Google map link: https://goo.gl/maps/REbwn

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Jeep Postcard w/ Skunk as Hitler on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards

Here’s an unusual postcard. The sender had plenty to say, leaving very little white space.

“Military Comic Postcard linen WWII army soldier jeep Hitler skunk plane AC-10 Art Tone cancel 1944 free frank”

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1945 Farm Jeep Press Photo on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Here’s a great early original farm jeep press photo. Interesting enough, that’s not a CJ-2A, but an MB in the photo.

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1945 Photo of CJ-2 (Not A) at work on eBay

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Here’s an early CJ-2 at work.

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