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National Park Service Archive Aleutian Photos

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Here’s a neat photo from the NPS archives which appears to show a GPW (based on the bumper) parked in front of a B-25H. This was possibly taken in the Aleutians somewhere.


nps-jeep-b25h-alaskaHere’s a photo of Howard Erwin Rummel in front of a jeep from the same archives:



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Still from the 1955 Movie “Jump Into Hell” on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Never heard of the movie “Jump into Hell“.


This vintage original still shows a VERY RARE photo of JACQUES SERNAS (second soldier from the left) and other soldiers firing their guns from the cover of an ARMY JEEP.

Moviephoto from the movie: Jump Into Hell: The Gallant Stand At Dienbienphu
Year of the photo: 1955
Size of the photo: Approximately 8 x 10”

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1946 Jantzen ad with Willy MB Slat Grille on eBay

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

Not too many ads with a Slat Grille MB in them.

“This is an original 1946 print ad for Jantzen clothes! It measures approximately 13.25″ x 10.25″ overall, has no tears, with a light stain in the top edge; comes from a dry, high-altitude, smoke-free environment, and is strictly graded ”

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Jeeps on a Float

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Jerry forwarded this unusual photo of three jeeps on a parade float.


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Radio Jeep at an Airfield in England Circa 1944

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Leo found this photo in the US National Archives. He writes, “I found this incredible picture of an airfield Jeep somewhere in England in WW2. I don’t see invasion stripes on the planes wings, so it must be while training before the invasion june ’44. The C47 Skytrain has its hook lowered and is about to hook on to the towline of the CG4 Waco glider in the front. The radio equipped Jeep is probably guiding the pilot of the C47. It must have been quite a ride to be snatched by a hurtling C47….”


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Truck at Hartselle, AL

• CATEGORIES: Features, Willys Trucks

Tim forwarded these pics of an early truck he found outside Mack’s Paint and Body shop in Hartselle, AL. It’s even sporting a Christmas Wreath on the grille.

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FC with Utility Bed in Bluray Man of Steel Trailer

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Features

Rich spotted this FC with what appears to be a Utility Bed in the Bluray version of the Man of Steel Trailer. I looked through a couple trailers on youtube, without success.



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1942 Ad Announcing Tenite Steering Wheels on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Based on the ad, the armed forces were using Tenite widely by 1942. In this case, the ad announces the use of the plastic as steering wheels for jeeps.

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1943 Photo of Jeeps Delivering Mail on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This convoy of jeeps is delivering mail to American Troops stations in New Guinea. The photo was taken by the Signal Corps March 28, 1943.

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1943 Photo of a Jeep Crossing River on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Here’s a June 19th, 1943, photo issued by the Department of Information, Commonwealth of Australia, that shows a jeep going across the river on a pontoon ferry.

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Jeeping at Copper Creek in the Snow

• CATEGORIES: Features

Last week Troy and some friends were jeeping in the snow at Copper Creek in Washington State. They were kind of looking for Christmas trees, but it was more about playing. Looks like a fun time.


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Looking for DJ-3A Fastback Style Top Measurements

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Features • TAGS: , .

UPDATE II: Charles spotted the 2010 post below that shows a DJ-3A auctioned on eBay from Massachusetts. Anyone recognize it or know the previous or current owner?


UPDATE: Bill tells me they are also looking for pictures of any surviving examples of tops and the bows themselves. The bows are the most important item they need to duplicate. The top is something we can construct but without a correct set of bows we won’t be on the mark. 

Bill and Charles are seeking the measurements for the DJ-3A Fastback Style Top like the one shown below. There’s currently a thread about it here http://z4.invisionfree.com/CJ3B_Bulletin_Board/index.php?showtopic=5356, but so far no one has had any luck finding them.

As I look at these two pictures, it appears to me that top folded up like a Jeepster top. I’ve never noticed that before. I’ve never run across one of these tops in the real world, only in brochures or press photos.

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Loose Fitting Jeep Postcard on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, Postcards

This looks modeled after a BRC-40. I guess “Janet” never got her postcard.

“Military Comic Postcard WWII jeep army soldier scout driver Artway Cards Vintage”

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Postcard of Soldiers in Jeep are Waving at Lady on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards

Here’s another rare postcard.

“Military Comic Postcard WWII linen sexy lady army soldier jeep Art Tone AC-9 cancel 3/26/1942 Tulsa OK”

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“The Jeep Peeps” Postcard on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards

That seems to be one happy jeep.

“Military Comic Postcard WWII linen “The Jeep Peeps” sexy lady army jeep Worrell cancel 1942 Monroe Louisiana LA free frank”

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Photo of Modified Airport FC-170

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Features, Old Images

Bob spotted this photo of a FC-170 built for airports. It’s caption read “New for 1957”. Like the CJ-5 and Jeep Truck airport vehicles, this likely had dual tanks, possibly for water, de-ice or refuse. Here are more examples at the CJ-3B page: http://cj3b.info/Literature/AircraftSupport.html


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Postcard of WAC Women Driving Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards, Women & Jeeps

UPDATE: Was on eBay. **SOLD**

“Military Comic Postcard WWII linen WAC women army jeep soldier #427 Vintage”


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Unusual ‘Peep’ Postcard on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards

That ‘peep’ is an odd jeep.

“Military Comic Postcard WWII linen army soldier jeep Colourpicture #339 Vintage cancel 7/8/1947 Alexandria Louisiana LA”

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1946 Photo Showing Jeeps at Ashiya Base on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Makes you wonder what happened to these jeeps.

“US Army Air Force Photo—-
From Ed Austin 71st A.E.S. WWII 1946-47 postwar occupation of Japan Photo Album,
stationed at Fukuoka, Honsu Japan, Ashiya AAB Cantonment
Ashiya Army Air Base
nice photo size 3″ x 4 1/4″”

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1962 Malathion Spraying Ad with Flattie **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

Give the year of the ad, the use of a CJ-2A sprayer in the ad seems odd.

“1962 Jeep mounted Spraying for Mosquitos Photo Vintage Malathion Ad”


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Chasing the Uranium Dream in Utah

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

Blaine spotted this great article on ‘hunting’ uranium in Utah. I’m sure there were many jeep used to explore southern Utah while chasing uranium, but finding pictures hasn’t been easy. This article written by Brett Huelen and published in the Canyon County Zephyr contains several jeep photos, along with some great stories from his time living in Southern Utah.



Brett Huelen and his brother Jeff’s sleeping arrangement at a claim with their 1951 Willys CJ-3A.

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New Zealand Stretcher Jeep from 1943

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

I didn’t start out to have an ambulance theme today, but here we go. This jeep was part of the New Zealand medical services in the MIddle East during WWII. I can’t remember seeing a rear modified in that manner.


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Jeep Ambulance on Flickr

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I’m not sure  where this was taken, but it is so rare to find one of these jeep ambulances still around. If I have ever listed on for sale, I don’t remember it.



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Will Rogers in The Ropin’ Fool

• CATEGORIES: Features

This has nothing to do with jeeps, but as the plane landed last night at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City I thought it was altogether appropriate I was reading a biography about Will by Ben Yodaga. Despite his far reaching fame during the 1930s, most people today don’t remember much about Will and even fewer have seen his movies.

I won’t go into his history here, but for a brief time in the early 1920s Will ran his own studio and made some movie shorts. One of those movies called “The Ropin’ Fool” showed off his roping skills. For the roping scenes, his lariat (or lariets — he using three in one trick) was covered in chalk so the tricks could be seen more easily. The tricks shown in the three minute clip below will amaze you!

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Tuesday’s Updates and a Battery of Fun

• CATEGORIES: Features

I’m in the process of flying to Oklahoma today. From there, I plan to ride ‘shotgun’ with my sister back to Washington State. She’s doing most of the driving; I’m there for comic relief and to drive occasionally. Looks like we’ll be heading west along Highway 40 and then north on I-5. There won’t be any stopping for jeeps though; my sister puts her foot to the pedal and goes and goes . . . . Therefore, I won’t have a chance to do updates until yesterday afternoon some time.

Speaking of comedy, you might get a good laugh at my antics yesterday. Sunday morning my car’s alarm went off twice. I suspect it was not to ward off thieves, but to gain sympathy for having to endure the frigid temperatures. Sunday evening (having already burnt my pizza dough, forcing me to make more dough from scratch) I decided to pull the battery out of my car, a ’97 BMW with 200k miles I rarely use. That way, the alarm wouldn’t go off again and drain the battery (which I’d just recharged).

Now, some German genius decided to put the battery in the trunk. To pull out the battery out of its recess requires two hands, an awkward stance, and a little profanity. To make it even more fun, the trunk lid doesn’t stay open on its own, so I have to lean inside the trunk and hold the lid with my back.

When it came time to pull the battery, I put down the flash light and everything else in my hands, grabbed the battery and yanked with the appropriate words. Out came the battery. I moved away from the trunk and placed the battery onto the ground. Just then I heard the trunk clink shut.

“Oh shit,” I uttered. That’s when I realized one of the things in my hands was the car key. “Oh shit,” I repeated. As I went through the mental checklist I realized this was going to be a problem. Sure, I have a back up key, but that only opens the door and turns on the ignition. With the battery out, I can’t use the button near the driver’s seat to open the trunk door. I do have one solution, but that will require me to reach through the back seat and fish around for the key through a small hole.

Rather than fish for the key, I left the key where it was and decided to fly to Oklahoma. While I’ll miss my traveling partner Ann (she’s so jealous) on this trip, it’s better that I get away from that car for a while before it REALLY makes me mad.


I was trying to crispen the top of the dough, while watching the Seahawks game. I guess I was never made for multitasking! Even the dog didn’t want anything to do with it.