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My ‘New’ FC-150s

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

I have been meaning to get a couple FC toys so that the next time I show up at a FC event I can be an official FC owner, even if they are FC-minis.  A couple weeks ago I finished up eWillys early, so I trolled through a variety of FC toys on eBay.  I came across two low priced, imperfect Corgie FC-150s out of the UK that would fit my minimal budget. I figured if I bid on a couple of them I’d walk away with at least one of them.  Instead, I guess no one else wanted them.  Thus, I ended up with two FCs.

These toys are a nice heavy weight metal, much heavier than I thought they would be. In fact, they feel heavier than some of the plastic Tonka toys I’ve seen.  Both toys could use some TLC, but I think I’ll keep them just the way they are.

Here’s an example of how the FC w/ the conveyer belt ought to look like.  Mine works, but the conveyer belt is missing.

Here are some more Corgi Jeep Toys on Flickr, too.  Apparently, Corgi made all kinds of vehicles.  A wide variety of Corgi vehicles have been photographed and placed on Flickr.

 
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Jeep Train Postcard **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

UPDATE: Here is more information about the Jeep Train at St. Simons Island.

“Here is a vintage linen postcard from the late 1940s or early 1950s, featuring a historic view of the Jeep Train, formerly known as the Mule Train, transporting tourists at St. Simons Island, Georgia. This is a Colourpicture postcard (#K7993.) It has never been mailed and is in very good to excellent condition with minor edge and corner wear. This vintage St. Simons Island, Georgia linen postcard will be carefully shipped to you in protective packaging.”

 
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Jalopnik Article on Colombian Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, International • TAGS: .

Benjamin Preston just published an article on Jalopnik about Colombian (that would be the country of Colombia) jeep owners and their passion for owning and using jeeps on a daily basis. He also breaks down the different type of Yipao contests.  Of course, anyone who knows Sebastian probably isn’t surprised by this article at all 🙂

Read the article here: http://jalopnik.com/5951074/i-found-the-biggest-jeep-fans-in-the-world-and-theyre-not-in-the-us

 

 
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Texaco Gasoline Toy Fire Jeep Dalmation Sign on eBay

I just won the auction on this sign for $4.95 + shipping.  There were no other bidders.  There was no information on the size of it, but I estimate it is around the size of a sheet of paper .

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Racing Jeep in Alaska from the NGS Collection

• CATEGORIES: Features, Racing

I don’t know when this image was taken, but it’s a fantastic racing shot.  The racer was photographed by Melissa Farlow at Naukati, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska.  I wish I knew if this appeared in a specific issue of the magazine.

To find this photo: To find the photo, go to the NationalGeographicStock.com website and then enter the id of  1075130 in the “quick explore” box.

 
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1954 Willys Jeep Ads on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

These are two separate ads, but appear to have been in the same magazine.

“Ad size is 8″x11″. All of my ads are not trimmed so you can decide how to frame or display them. They are all original,”

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2nd Ad:

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1961 Fleet Van Blueprint on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, FJ

This is unusual (I think?)

“Here is a vintage 1961 Willys Motors Kaiser Frazier Fleetvan Delivery Van blue print. The blue print is in very good condition. It measures 36 by 24 inches.”

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Photo in America’s National Parks Book from 1966

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images Jeeping

UPDATE:  After some relatively quick searching, I discovered this image is available via National Geographic’s Stock Imagery. Below is an example of the original image.

The photograph was taken in Horse Canyon in Utah.  The photographer was W. Robert Moore.  The picture ID is #614798.

To find the photo, go to the NationalGeographicStock.com website and then enter the id of  614798 in the “quick explore” box.

(10/10/2012)

I bought a book from the 1960s full of photographs from America’s National Parks, called “America’s Wonderlands The National Parks National Geographic“.  As you can see in the link, I paid a whole $1.60 for it.  On Page 222-223 I found this photograph of two jeeps wandering through Canyonlands National Park.  It’s too bad the photograph is slightly split by the binding.

 
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Battle Attack Comic from the 1950s on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Comics, Features

This features two rocket launching jeeps, though they only somewhat jeep like. Maybe there are more jeeps within the comic.

“Fun 1950’S comic….great  Golden Age issue…….fun 1955 War issue…..Korean War-Fight the Commmie like stories inside….a stain on top of back cover that is not that dark on front…….paper inside is very nice………A Solid  GD  Copy………Winner to pay within 7 days after agreeing to purchase item…..Maryland residents must add 6% sales tax to order…We do combine for shipping….just click items and wait for us to group them for you at the best rate.   We list actual value of items for Out Of Country buyers and will not falsify value when shipping to you….please do not ask us to do that as we will not.”

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1964 Photo of a CJ-6 Fire Jeep at the Atlanta Airport on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles

This is a kodachrome slide showing a CJ-6 Fire Jeep that was employed by the Atlanta Airport.

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Structo Ride-on Fire Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

This needs some work.

“Here we have a Structo Jeep ride on fire truck. There is a dent in the back on the right side (see pics). The steering wheel may not be original. It has great patina! See pictures for condition. What you see is what you get. Selling as is. Please ask questions if you have them. Thanks for looking! Check out my other auctions for more great old stuff.”

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1944 Ad Showing a WWII Jeep as Fire Engine on eBay

This Ad was photographed at an angle. I did my best to correct it in Photoshop.

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Photo of 1965 Mitsubishi J32F Fire Jeep from Japan on eBay

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

I thought the hoses on this fire jeep were unusual.  I would think they would flap around in the wind when driving?

“Factory photograph , 8 x 10 inches . Newly printed on the highest quality photographic paper . Please see scan for exact image . Photo size is 8×10”

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Norb’s unusual Grille on his ’53 Wagon

• CATEGORIES: Features, wanted

Norb purchased this basketcase and is working to transform it into a custom wagon.  However, he is puzzled about the grille.

Norb writes, “I own a 1953 wagon that was a plow truck out in Wyoming for most of it’s life. It came to me with a Ford Y-block motor. The frame and suspension were shot, but the body is pretty good. I chopped the top and put it on a shortened Dodge Dakota chassis with a 318 V8 and 5spd. trans. Should make a nice little hotrod.  I know it was a “Jeep salad” when I got it. It had been hit in the front and repaired many years ago. I cannot ID the grill though. The side aprons have parking lights on them. The air intake hole in mine looks factory, but they are usually below the parking lights.”

I asked Dan for his input.  He wrote, “It looks like someone added a heater inlet hole to an early wagon grill (which were solid and didn’t have a hole) and then added extra marker lights also in a different position than factory. The heater inlet hole looks both larger and higher than what the factory added to the later wagons. I’m not sure when the factory added the heater inlet hole, but my beat guess is late 1950s.”

So, has anyone seen a factory wagon grille with the intake hole where Norb’s is?

For comparison, here is an image search for 1953 Wagon grilles

 
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Vintage Comic w/o cover on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Comics, Features, Jeep Planes and Pilots

I have posted this comic as a reminder that the term Jeep is found in conjunction with planes during world war two.  I suppose I need to track that a little better, because there are a variety of literary references to “Jeep Planes”.  There is no information about the comic in the description.

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Zack’s DJ-5: His Daily Driver

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

Zack has been a regular reader of eWillys for a while now.  Though he comments occasionally, I never got around to asking what kind of jeep he has.  So, I asked.  Turns out he has two:  One a DJ-5 that he uses as a daily driver and the other a nice looking GPW that he hopes to restore to military spec. Here are some photos he sent for us.  All in all, it is a good looking DJ-5 that is a very practical vehicle, inexpensive to maintain, cheap on gas, and posi in the rear for bad weather.  Thanks for sharing Zack!

 

 
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Paul unpacks 60 Year-Old Parts

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features • TAGS: .

Paul wrote to share his experience unwrapping some old parts as he continues his M-38 rebuild.

Paul wrote, “One of the first jobs on my Willys rebuild list from many years ago was to overhaul the axles. Naturally all bearings and races were replaced with new, new ring and pinion gears with 4.27 ratios were installed along with a complete set of 11 inch backing plates and brake drums. Well, sometime during the past 25 or so years the new steering knuckle seals failed due to old age. Geeze, I haven’t even driven this thing yet and now I’m having to replace the replacement parts which are still new but old.

Oh well, it was time to go shopping once again. I was able to purchase a set of heavy duty steering knuckle seals from the local parts store (that can even be rebuilt when necessary) in addition to an extra set of replacement rubber seals for future use. Today I installed one seal kit on the left front knuckle with no problems, everything fit like factory, nothing was missing and the quality was perfect but that’s just what I’d expected. You should understand that these steering knuckle seal kits were packed by Willys Overland Motors for military use in May of 1952. The package had never been opened and all the parts were still coated with a preservative grease like coating, which required lots of paper towels to remove.

I can’t imagine whoever packed these parts so long ago had any idea that 60 years into the future some guy in Alaska would need these parts for his M-38 but I’m sure pleased the packer did such a good job protecting these seal kits. I took pictures of each step as I opened the package and the final photo shows the clean, new parts visible for the first time in over 60 years.”

 
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Radio QSL Postcard on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Artists/Drawings, Features, Postcards, Women & Jeeps • TAGS: .

I knew nothing about QSL Cards.  Turns out there are a variety of collectors and a variety of cards to collect, including some with jeeps. Here are a few.

qsl-caveman-cavegirl1 qsl-postcard-evans-mo

 
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1974 Hotwheels Jeep “Grass Hopper” on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

I was nine when this came out.  I should have owned one of these.  Santa, where were you when I needed you??

“Up for Bid is a 1974 Hot Wheels Grass Hopper. Nice car with some play-wear. I took plenty of clear pictures so there are no misunderstandings. My camera takes super close shots so any imperfections are really magnified. Need more info or pics please let me know. * I continuously list early Hot Wheels, Matchbox and other brands so please check-in often.”

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Smokey the Bear Auto Litter Bag on eBay

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

I’m not sure how to classify this this unusual item.  This bag shows appears to show Smokey driving a jeep.

“Vintage 1960’s Smokey The Bear Litter Bag. 1960’s, 9” x 12”, pictures full figure Smokey driving a Jeep, from Nevada’

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1973 4 Door CJ-5 Custom Jeep Sunnyvale, TX eBay

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Features, Other 4x4s, Unusual

This was made from 2 CJ-5s.  The seller provides a variety links and pictures for this neat project.

“This auction is for a custom four door CJ.  The Jeep was built using all CJ5 parts.  The front door is modeled off of a CJ7.  The rear door is modeled off of a CJ5.  The bed is extended to the length of a CJ6 or CJ8 Scrambler.  The frame is stretched 36 inches in the middle and 14 inches behind the rear axle.  The frame was boxed from the front to to the rear spring perches.  It has Dana 30 and Dana 40 axles both are open diffs.  The transfer case is a Dana 20.  The transmission is a 3 speed.  I believe it is a T150.  The engine is an AMC 360 from a 1972 Wagoneer.  It was rebuilt about 15,000 miles ago.  It was bored over.  The crank was turned.  It got all new bearings, new pistons, new valve guides, and hardened seats.  It has an RV cam, an Edelbrock SP2P low rise dual plane intake, and a Holley Street Avenger 570cfm carb.  The motor has more than enough power for a vehicle this size.  I drove it about a month on the new motor when I broke the input shaft on the old transmission.  I then put the heaviest spring in the secondaries of the carb and backed up the timing a little bit to take some of the grunt out of the motor.  The Jeep was built in 2009.  It got all new floors.  There is no rust in the body or frame.  The color is Rescue Green from a 2008-2009 Wrangler.  The seats are new from Bestop.  The seat belts were new in 2009.  It has a super thick aluminum radiator, power steering, and front disk brakes.  It has a 20 gallon gas tank from an 86 CJ7.  The tires are 33 10.50 15 BFG Mud T/A KM2.  The fronts have about 5k miles on them and the rears are new.  I have no idea how many miles are on the Jeep.  It has about 15k since built.  Almost everything was replaced at that time.  The tub and bed have bedliner throughout.  It looks funny in the pictures, because it is a little wet from washing the Jeep.  The leaf springs were upgraded to the wider springs from a 76 model CJ7.  It has front sway bar mounts on the frame, and I have a sway bar for it.  It will need new rod ends and bushings if you plan to install it.  I will also include the stock front bumper if you want it.  You can see pictures of it on the link below.

This Jeep was my daily driver for almost 3 years.  It draws a crowd everywhere you go.  You can’t buy gas or go into Home Depot without someone stopping you to talk about it.  Since it was my daily driver, it has all of the scratches and dings you would expect of a truck used for that period of time.  It runs and drives good.  The four wheel drive works fine.  Since I had to rely on this as my driver, It hasn’t been thrashed off road since built.  The four wheel drive has been used in the snow, pulling trailers out of the muddy pasture, and around the deer lease.

Negative issues:  This is no trailer queen, so it has normal dings and rock chips and scratches that you would expect from a driver.  There is one good dent in the left rear fender well.  I included a picture of it.  The speedometer doesn’t work.  The gas gauge half ass works half the time.  The gauge is new, it needs a sender.  While you are replacing the sender, you could replace the oring on it that leaks gas if you overfill it.  The oil gauge works, but is falling apart.  It needs a new horn switch.  You have to hit just the right spot to make it honk.  If you romp on it in reverse, it will pop out of gear.  Driving sensibly prevents it from happening.  The transfer case shifter needs new bushings, but it shifts fine for me, so I don’t worry about it.  It has a top and doors that need recovering.  I don’t have any pictures of it, but you can see it in the snow video below.

See it run and drive on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5oef9OP4lE

See it play in the snow in four wheel drive http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-P8n3qoWf8

See some of the build pictures at http://myaffordaplane.com/jeep

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Jeep from Amusement Park Ride on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

UPDATE:  this is back on eBay

This amusement ride jeep weights sixty pounds.

“Jeep Lovers, this is a fantastic find from the early 1950’s. This red Jeep measures 4 ft long and 2 ft wide and easily accomodates a child up to 10 years of age. All original condition, tires, axles, steering, body, even the chain they used to use to strap us in! The Jeep when it was in use, was connected to a center motor by an arm that moved a gang of 6 different Jeeps in a circle with some steering allowed. This is not a peddle car and doesn’t have any power feature of it’s own. Heavy metal construction. A wonderful piece of childhood nostalgia! Very sturdy, steers straight, (no brakes). Very, very rare! Bid with confidence, you’ll be the only ‘kid’ on your block (or state) with one. Research shows they were made from 1950-1952. See you tube video regarding the Kiddie Jeep ride some guy was rebuilding if you’re interested. Available for inspection at Red Rooster, New Braunfels, TX M-Sat 10-6 while auction is open. Available locally so auction could end early to cash-in-hand buyer. Weighs about 60 lbs.”

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1966 Color Slide of DC Fire Jeep

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

Thanks to Dennis for correcting me.  Admittedly,  I hadn’t had my caffeinated tea before deciding what this was.  With that in mind, check out how this CJ-6 is setup for lighting.

“For sale is one 35mm Kodachrome color slide.
Washington, DC Fire Department Floodlight Unit.
1966 Willy’s Jeep.
Photographed by Charles Marcus on 10/7/1983.
From the collection of the late Richard M. Adelman of Memphis, Tennessee.
Shipping and handling is 75 cents in the USA.”

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Photo of Jeep at the Start of the Alaska Highway on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

I wish there was a date stamp on this photo.

“Very good Condition, nice size 4.25″ x 5″, inscription on the back”

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Tow Truck Photo on eBay

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

this photo was taken in 1992, so it is possible this truck still exists.

“RGB Original Slide. 1992. Jersey City, NJ. Edward T Gibbs.”

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