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Matchbook from the 1950s **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

I did some searches for Einar Lodahl, but only found an arena in Gilette named for him.

“Up for bids a 1 1/2″x 4” empty front striker matchbook from a 1950s Era Texaco Gas service station in Gillette, Wyoming and Jeep-Willys car dealer that used Havoline Motor Oil too-The RWB matchbook reads: “Hi-Way Service Willys-Jeeps Einar Lodahl Gillette, Wyoming” on front and pictures a can of Havoline motor oil with slogan: “Best Motor Oil your money can buy! Havoline Motor Oil Wear-Proofs Engines for longer life” on back-Inside is blank-Striker intact-Nice vintage item with only light wear.”

 
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1941 Newspaper Ad linking the car with the Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, MB

This is an interesting ad that uses the jeep in co-promotion with W/O’s automobiles.  The Jeep in the ad appears to be a Slat Grille.  I wish the seller had mentioned the date of the newspaper, too.

“This is a SMALL size 1941 (it is close to 4″ X 4″) newspaper ad with paper toning.”

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2013 Bantam Jeep Festival Moved to June 13-16th

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

This year’s Bantam Jeep Festival will be held in Butler, Pennsylvania.  This works out well for Ann and I, because we’ll be out that way beginning in mid May and had planned to be in Buffalo June 8th.  So, a trip to Butler should work perfect!

http://www.bantamjeepfestival.com

 
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FC Jeep Variations on Flickr

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Features

No, these aren’t real.  They are mockups using a photoshop posted by David Mosley on Flickr.  Still, they look intriguing.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/uscg_pa/6878482906/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/uscg_pa/6878483112/in/photostream/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/uscg_pa/6876326842/sizes/l/in/photostream/

 
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1950s Watson Towboy Brochure on eBay

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

This brochure is at a good price.

“Late 1950’s Watson Towboy sales brochure. Size is 8.5 x 11 opening to 17 x 11. Light wear.”

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1954 Kaiser-Willys Dealer Brochure on eBay

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

Based on this brochure, getting more profits doesn’t sound too difficult.

“Original dealer’s part color folder , 8.5 x 11 folded , 17 x 11 unfolded , no cars shown .”

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1943 Dictograph Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Nothing sells a Dictograph like a Willys Jeep?

“Details
Year: 1943
Type: Original Print Ad
Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
Authentication: Dual Certificates
Image: Black / White
Approximate Size (inches): 10 x 12.5
Approximate Size (cm): 25 x 32
Description and Condition
This is an original 1943 World War II black and white print ad for Dictograph Intercommunication, which Willys-Overland Motors, Inc. utilizes in their war production assembly lines.

CONDITION

This 68+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. Light aging throughout. Light creasing. No natural defects. Some light surface rub. No tears. No water damage.”

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Willys Service Heavy Duty Steering Knob on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts

This is a brand new item with free shipping.  I looked for interesting knobs when I built Biscuit, but eventually settled for a tractor one.  The seller has a variety of branded knobs also: http://stores.ebay.com/LOST-IN-THE-50S

“For years, I have had bidders ask me about a suicide steering wheel knob that would be good for real heavy duty use on trucks, fork-lifts, tractors riding lawnmowers and will work for handicapped drivers.

WELL I finally found one that will fit the bill for all of these uses and more. This top quality steering wheel knob is constructed from heavy-duty aluminum and steel. Ball bearings give it a smooth turning action and the tough mounting brackets provide a very strong hold on the steering wheel when installed properly.”

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Flattie in Hrifunes, Iceland with Laura and Pete

• CATEGORIES: Features, International • TAGS: .

A random Google search produced an image of this flattie, probably a CJ-2A, with some unusual modifications photographed by Laura and Pete (two people I don’t know) during their trip to Iceland.  Check out the jeep picture at their Iceland page and you’ll find yourself scrolling through all their beautiful pictures. It looks like Laura and Pete travel quite a bit, so hopefully they’ll spot another odd jeep soon.

http://onelucydrive.blogspot.com/2012/07/iceland.html

 
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“A Clean Dump Every Time”

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

The brochure for an Ottawa Dump Bucket is for sale on eBay.  According to the title on eBay, this was usable on the back of Jeeps.

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1969 CJ-5 Camper Brochure **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Camping, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

Here’s a rare jeep Camper brochure.

 
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1959 Jeep Family Mailer on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Here’s a mailer directed at farmers. Though the mailer shows CJ-2As and CJ-3As in the pictures, they don’t appear on the list of ‘Jeep’ family vehicles. And the CJ-3B isn’t shown anywhere.

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Willys Clock at Classic Car Auction Sept 29th in New Stanton, PA

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Auctions, Features

Buz forwarded this auction.  It includes a Willys Clock.  Though this clock isn’t vintage, it’s still pretty pricey new at $309 from Amazon.

‘CLASSIC CAR AUCTION: OUTSTANDING VINTAGE AUTOMOBILES, PETROLIANA, GAS PUMPS, NEON CLOCKS, NEON SIGNS, ADVERTISING SIGNAG & RELATED ITEMS. Saturday, September 29 at 9:00 am. Ageless Autos, Inc. 201 East Pennsylvania Ave, New Stanton, PA 15672″

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Canfield Tow Truck Equipment Mailer on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles • TAGS: .

Here’s an old mailer for Canfield Equipment.

“original Postcard , 8.5 x 5.5 , Canfield Tow Truck Equipment”

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2 1948 AL-Toy Jeepsters on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

One is priced at $3000.  The other is priced at $3500. Neither is flawless. Both are aluminum cast AL-Toys for Willys Overland Execs and Dealers.

A) View the information on the $3000 AL-Toy Jeepster

B) View the information on the $3499 Al-Toy Jeepster

 
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Old Racing Jeep Called Sneaky Snake on Flickr

• CATEGORIES: Features, Racing • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE:  Devin noted that Dale is still running “Sneaky Snake”.  Here’s a video clip from 2009 that shows him dragging.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMhKBpHPJm0

I love this old photo from the EC4WDA.  According to the caption, this was “Dale Lenig’s Sneaky Snake off-road racing Jeep. It was powered by a Ford Cobra and it was extremely fast!!!! Line Mountain 4WD Races – EC4WDA Region B – Late ’70s to early ’80’s”

http://www.flickr.com/photos/geepstir/5245293379/in/photostream/

 

 
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Several 1946 Hail to the Jeep Hardback on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

This seller has Multiple hardback copies of “Hail to the Jeep” are for sale, along with paperback copies.  I rarely see the “Hail”  hardback copies of this book for sale.

1) Here’s a hardback copy of A. Wade Wells’ “Hail to the Jeep” with a dust jacket.  Current Price is $300.

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2) Here are 3 different hardback copies without dust jackets.  

A) View the information on eBay for the $200 Book

B) View the information on eBay for the $145 Book

C) View the information on eBay for the $100 Book

3) This seller also has the paperback version for sale, too.

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Ten Million Page Views!

• CATEGORIES: Features

Yep, I’ve pulled out some confetti to celebrate the ten millionth page view, which occurred at approximately 11:50PM September 14th PST.  To give a little context, every time a web page on eWillys is viewed, my webhost software records it.  The count began January of 2008.  It has taken over 4 1/2 years to reach ten million, with most of that coming in the last two years.  I’ve been watching the numbers closely over the last few months, waiting for the final day to arrive.

Ok, that’s enough celebrating.  The next milestone should be hit sometime around Halloween when I put up the 20,000th post.

 
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1953 Jeeprod Truck Ringgold, GA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Jeep Rods, Willys Trucks

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5800.

It’s got a Willys Truck cab.

“This truck is a everyday driver if you want it to be.it is a lot of fun and a blast to drive.i traded my harley for this a couple weeks ago and now need to sell it to buy my 17 year old daughter a first car.i may trade this for a good clean,lower milage(less than 150k) car or small sub.it needs to be 2000-up and a automatic.may also trade for another classic car or hot rod,rat rod but must be pre 1972.i like all brands,models and years so send me some pics via tex.now lets talk about the truck.It is a 1953 willys pick-up cab,1941 international rear fenders,1959 volkswagon bug front fenders and all on a injected s-10 frame and drivetrain.i was going to put a small block and turbo 350 in it.we all know that they make small block mounts designed for the s-10 frame.the truck has led brake lights,power brakes,a very kool interior and much more.please understand that this is a rat rod and although it is put together very well it does squeak or rattle a little but its better than a lot I’ve seen.i have a piece of lexan to replace the red one in the back glass.nice wheels and tires are brand new with 50 miles on them.the chopped top looks kool and the body drop is right on time.”

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Jeep Book Collection on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

The two All American Wonder books go for around $38 a piece by themselves.

“Getting out of the WW2 hobby and have a collection of jeep books (most deal with WW2 jeeps) that I used to restore my 1945 Ford GPW jeep. If your already a jeep enthusiast, or contemplating perhaps getting into the hobby, this would be a great set of books for you.”

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1952 Baier Lighter **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $51.

Here’s a pretty good price on a Baier Lighter.

“This is a Vintage aluminum Jeep Willy cigarette lighter incised Baier on the front and Ges Gesch beneath and manufactured in Germany. In heavy cast aluminum, this unique WWII lighter measure 2 3/4″ long, 1 1/2″ high and 1 5/8″ wide. The lighter is in good condition with 4 rubber tread tires that spin and the rubber is appears unused. There are very small/short, shallow cracks radiating from the hubs on the front tires and on the spare.

The aluminum is a heavy guage and is in good condition for its age with some scratching, a few knicks and minimal tarnishing. The lighter does need some cleaning however I’ve left it untouched. The bottom panel slides out to reveal a clean compartment holding cotton material and allowing acces to the wick and filling with fluid.

In the actual lighter cavity on top of the lighter you will find a relatively clean compartment. The flip lid on this compartment operates easily. I have not tested the lighter and cannot speak to its usability.

This lighter was owned by only one gentleman, a WWII vet who acquired it while stationed in Germany.

These lighters were manufactured during WWII. The lighter is a 1948 design by Walter Baier who also patented. These lighters were meant as souvenirs for soldiers stationed primarily in Germany. It was designed to commemorate the Berlin airlift/blockade.”

 
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Photo of Unusually Tall Hard Top on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Unusual • TAGS: .

Here’s an odd looking top.  The caption from eBay suggests it is a homemade.  The jeep appears to be a MB/GPW.  The photo is for sale.

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LT. Dick Ryan’s Army Rodeo

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

I received a copy of the book “The American Jeep In War and Peace” By Kurt Willinger and Gene Gurney today that I bought on eBay.  Between the purchase price and the shipping I don’t think I paid more than $7 total.  With more than 350 illustrations, the book contains some drawings and some photographs I’ve never seen elsewhere.

 

One of the photographs I hadn’t seen shows a Jeep jumping over another jeep in a large Tokyo stadium.  The captions reads “A rodeo put on by the military command in Tokyo in November 1945 would not have been complete without a demonstration of jeep-jumping”.  After reading that, I jumped on the Googler to see what I could find.  I didn’t find much in the picture department, but I learned plenty about Lt. Dick Ryan and his Army Rodeo. For example, I found this post by Wade Burck at The Circus No Spin Zone:

Army Rodeos were staged by Lt. Dick Ryan throughout the South Pacific. Many Rodeos were held for the entertainment of servicemen stationed in overseas bases–including Brisbane, Sydney, Grafton and Townsville, in Australia…Port Moresby, New Guinea; Hollandia, Dutch Indies and Manila…and a final victorious show in Tokyo on Armistice Day in 1945. Dick Ryan a Lieutenant in the United States Cavalry had an interesting and varied career. He was a circus rider, rodeo performer, Hollywood stunt man, motion picture double and finally the owner and producer of his own world famous rodeo and stunt show.

One of Ryan’s signature events was jumping a jeep over another one, as shown in the picture above.  According to the US Military Forum (here and here), this image is photo of Ryan jumping a jeep in Brisbane, Australia.

And here is a program from a November 1946 event in Japan that was auctioned in 2007:

Not every one was a fan of the rodeo though. I found an  excerpt from a diary written by Herbert L. Martin and published in a book in 2003 where Herbert recorded traveling eighteen miles to see “the much publicized rodeo at the Meiji Stadium in Tokyo” on November 11th, 1945.  (This could mean that Herbert saw the very same rodeo in the picture at the very top of this post).   Herbert wrote, “To be frank, the rodeo was a flop.  The cowboys had no wild steers.  They were tame and evidently tired. . . . the bronco busters had no vicious broncos either.”  The only good news Herbert recorded that day were two football scores:  “Army over Notre Dame, 48 to 0; Navy over Michigan, 33 to 7.”

Finally, I guess Lt. Dick Ryan made enough of an impression on the troop entertainment circuit, that Dick Haynes would play him in the movie “Four Jills in a Jeep“.

 
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4 Photographs of an early Wagon on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

I think the plates are from New York?

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Lobsters and a CJ-2A Willys Slide

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE: SOLD Was on ebay.

I guess nothing makes lobster look more tasty than being photographed in front of a Willys Overland CJ-2A.

“Original vintage small slide transparency, circa late 1940s. Couple holding up lobsters in front of “Bailey’s Seafood.” The man is smoking a cigar, and there is a dog sitting in their Willys Jeep with Virginia License Plate Tag, tag topper and Mack Truck bulldog hood ornament. FAIR-GOOD conditon – shows some fading, minor dust and other defects common to old slides, otherwise as seen in scan. 2″ x 2″”