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1960s? Postcard of Wagon in Austrailia on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards, Willys Wagons

Here’s a wagon ‘guarding’ the US Embassy in Canberra, Australia, circa 1960s.

“On offer is a vintage chrome postcard of the United States Embassy in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia. Shows the embassy, cars and a Jeep.

Postcard Title: Canberra, A.C.T. The United States Embassy.

Era: 1960/70s. Size: Standard. Maker: None given. Series: C 174”

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July-August 1985 Willys World Magazine on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine • TAGS: .

The buy it now price is only $8.79.

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Just a Couple Updates Friday

• CATEGORIES: Features

Just a couple updates today. I’m doing backups as part of upgrade my laptop with more ram and a backup hard drive. It turns out copying 200 Gigs of jeep photos, videos, and more takes a LONG time.

btw, thanks to Dave Antram for my new T-shirt!  Here’s a pic,

david-tshirt-dave-antramHere’s the photo the t-shirt is based on: (see photo on eBay)


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M-677 **Scam**

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

Watch for a new M-677 Scam. Someone is trying to sell a M-677 that is owned by Dan Horenberger that isn’t for sale.  I don’t have a link to the ad yet. Here’s a list of a few other car scheme scams that I found on the net.

The scammer’s is going by the name ‘Kelvin Hardy’ and uses the email kelvinhardy9880@gmail.com. The scammer is asking only $4000 and claims the vehicle is in Kansas.

Please let me know if you spot a current ad for it. Here’s one of the photos:


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Young Teen Tackles a M-38A1

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features, M-38A1

Here’s a good story about a young Teen named Ben Zenger reported in the Winston-Salem Journal on Wednesday. At 9 years old he decided he wanted a jeep. He saved up his own money and, with his parents approval, bought one: A 1954 M-38A1 that needs some work. Check out all the information at the website:


I did have a video below, but it auto-started with commercials, so here’s a still of Ben instead. Go to the website to see the video.


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February 1957 Motor Trend Article on the FC

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

Motor Trend has a short throwback post about the February 1957 article on the FC-150. The author of the 1957 article made at least one error, accidentally indicating the engine was a Jeep six cylinder. I haven’t read the article, so I don’t know how through it is. You can view the short post here. Below is one of the story’s pics.


There are several issues of the Feb 1957 issue on eBay. Here’s a link to one of the cheaper ones along with a picture of the cover:

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Photo of CJ-3B Tour Jeep Circa 1962 on eBay

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B, Features • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Brett noted the jeep is transporting the elephant. I originally thought the elephant was behind the jeep (after all, who transports an elephant in a jeep). Of course, sometimes they’ve been known to drive one.

Marc pointed out that this ‘Tour Jeep’ CJ-3B appears to have an extended rear. It looks like to me it  can carry extra people. The photo is circa 1962 and is probably from Africa. I wish we had a side shot of it. The photo is located in France, but shipping is free.

“vintage silver press print,
Tirage argentique
Circa 1962”

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1941? Ad for Ethyl Gasoline on eBay

Those are a couple hybrid jeep illustrations. Kind of a Ford GP with an early Bantam BRC side.

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1944 Odd Jeep Maui, HI **Status Unknown**

• CATEGORIES: Features, MB • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **Status Unknown** 

How about this odd ball.

“1944 army willi jeep project takeing offers all areginal parts”

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Mike’s Family of Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

Like Lays Potato Chips, Mike just couldn’t stop with one. He recently picked up the yellowish CJ-2A on the left off of eWillys.

Mike wrotes, “I just finished the shop about a month ago. The picture is a little dark but I had to wait for the last one,(Jeep) to come home. A grandson was out checking his game camera with “His Willy”, I do love to see the grandkids drop by and ask to take a jeep out, they all seem to have their favorites. All ‘46’s except the one ’47, it was the city of Nixa Mo fire engine in its last life.”

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Register Now for the 2014 Bantam Jeep Festival

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

For those heading to the 2014 Bantam Jeep Festival, registration for the event is now open (online only). This year the Festival takes place June 13th-June15th. You can learn more about the Festival and make reservations at Cooper’s Lake Campground by heading to the Festival’s site; http://www.bantamjeepfestival.com. We stayed at Cooper’s Lake and found it very convenient.

New this year, don’t miss the Bantam Garage presented by Diehl Automotive Group, Jeep Corral presented by Simpson Family Jeeps, Historic Travels Tour and Bantam Jeep Muddy 5K Race.  We’re also extending hours until 6 p.m. on Saturday.


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A Couple Pics from Charles

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Women & Jeeps

This photo shows Brazilian’s rounding up Italians during WWII.


Anyone recognize the woman in this pin-up photo? I don’t know her.


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More Photos of Jeeps in the Everglades on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Marc found another set of Everglade photos. This time there are multiple CJ-2As with a push-bumper setup. Here’s the previous set of Everglade photos. This seller also has some photos of early swamp buggies, too.

“As described in the title and shown in the scans below, this is a set of three original snapshot photos that were taken around 1950 with diagnostics being the “Kodak Velox Paper” watermarks on the back and in comparison to other dated photos from the same estate. The area is the Florida Everglades somewhere in the vicinity of the Collier and Dade County lines. We don’t know who the uniformed men or the civilians are. The photos are in bright and clean condition though they have corner clipping, tape residue, photo paper curl and even some creasing. They each measure approx. 3.25″ x 4.5″.”

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Photo Demonstrating First CJ-2A on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE: Glenn mentioned a photo, along with this Al-Toy post from 2012. So, I’ve added Glenn’s comment and the photo to which he refers.


Glenn wrote, “All the Overland Heavy Hitters are here. Cast Iron Charlie Sorensen, came to Willys to escape Henry’s Henchmen, Ward Canaday, last of the old bankrupt Depression crew. I don’t remember Mr. Paris, but Colin and I shared Mr. Bell in the photo of the Al-Toy above.”

I’ve seen this photo, but not the included caption.

“This is an original press photo. GH BellPhoto measures 10.25 x 8inches. Photo is dated 09-27-1945.”

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1944 Prestone Anti-freeze Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Marc noted that the Prestone Anti-freeze ads come in Red and Black & Red and Blue.

1. Here’s the Red and Blue version. View all the information on ebay


2. This is the Red and Black version of the same ad. View all the information on ebay


3. Here’s a slightly different version of the Red and Black ad (This has a black border). View all the information on ebay


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Cam Races Priority in this Video

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

I just ran across this video of Cam Carter racing the family race jeep Priority. His parents, Tim and Lynette, are friends of mine and were great drivers (probably still are). The video shows Cam is channeling their skills. Tim is in the passenger seat providing occasional advice. It looks like they are running a cross country course at the Monroe Adventure Park.

Priority is a fiberglass Parkette body with a custom link arm suspension. I rode in the jeep on an early version of the suspension a few years ago, but Tim made some changes to it that improved it quite a bit I’m told. It’s powered by an aluminum V8 with about a trillion horse power that feed in a Ford Toploader four speed that used to be in dad’s CJ-5.

Dad had a side shifter installed when he owned the tranny. First and reverse gear were so close. I was learning to drive it on the road when, after stopping at a stoplight during a training drive, I mistakenly put the tranny into reverse rather than first. I nearly backed into the person behind me when I let out the clutch. Dad was in the passenger seat and was pretty rattled by my near mistake (as was I). Fortunately, I had a good grasp of how to use the brake, which averted an embarrassing wreck 🙂

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1950s Truck Near Hells Canyon, Idaho

• CATEGORIES: Features, Willys Trucks

Here’s a link to a nice store about Donald Fouste written by his kids. As a rancher out of Hells Canyon, Idaho, Don and his family needed the utility and comfort a 4WD truck could offer. This truck came with a stock bed, but Don modified it by installing a flatbed and stock racks. He also added a carrying rack on the top. The truck was equipped with a rear PTO, which allowed him to use a saw or water pump.

Read the entire tribute page here: http://www.cowboypoetry.com/donaldwfouste.htm


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Photo of Caterpillar Dealer’s Jeep Negotiating Ruts in Bolivia on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Marc found this neat photo. This Caterpillar dealer has some guts to drive the old Cochabamba-Santa Cruz Highway without the aide of a winch. Maybe there’s a big truck with a winch in front of it?

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1944 Photo of Willys Overland Jeep Engines on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Lots of drive trains awaiting a chassis.

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DJ-5 Grille From Flickr

• CATEGORIES: DJ-5 & DJ-6, Features • TAGS: .

How about this cool DJ-5 custom grille. The photographer who posted these pics (and others) was also the builder.





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Cotton Candy & Popcorn Jeep at Fifth ave and 50th, Brooklyn

• CATEGORIES: DJ-5 & DJ-6, Features • TAGS: , .

If I’d only known . . . Apparently Ceclia Gomez operates a popcorn and cotton candy stand out of a pink DJ-5 near Sunset Park in Brooklyn (near 5th Avenue and 50th Street). My wife says that is a must stop on our next trip to New York!





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Colin Visits the 2014 Barrett-Jackson Auction

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

Colin dropped by the 2014 Barrett Jackson auction and filed the following report.

“Went to Barrett-Jackson today with fellow Jeepster and DJ3A owner Jim Sullivan and saw several Willys vehicles that I thought would be of interest.  I have attached several photos with a short explanation of each.

1961 FC 150 done in Coca Cola style, might have been on eWillys a week or so ago? (ed note — this FC-Coca Cola is similar, but not the same.)

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A rat rod Willys wagon about a 1950-52 model (here are more pics):

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A nice 50-51 Willys truck

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Military Jeep Detail Photos on Facebook

• CATEGORIES: Features

John recently posted some detail photos of jeeps froma visit to a Wings and Wheels Fly-In at Poplar Grove, Illinois in 2008. It is mostly Jeep detail photos for restoration reference. He hopes the photos will benefit some folks.


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1945 Photo From Burma on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Marc spotted this interesting photo. A British Armoured Division is shown waiting for additional signals near Pyingyaing (near Kalewa, Burma).

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1941 Photo of a Protype Jeep Being Wrapped on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, Old Images

And you thought putting chains on a vehicle during the winter is a hassle? The GIs are finishing wrapping up this jeep for a float across the river at Fort Benning, Georgia. Note that this is a Prototype Jeep. Based on the handles on the driver’s side, the seats and the grille (that is just peeking out), can you guess which one?

“This is an original press photo. At Fort Benning, Georgia.Photo measures 9 x 7.25inches. Photo is dated 07-15-1941.”

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