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The Odograph: A Robot Mapper

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine • TAGS: .

An article about the Odograph was published in the December, 1944, issue of Popular Science. At 200 pounds, the Odograph auto-created maps as soldiers navigated towards some objective. I couldn’t locate any records that indicate how many were made (anyone know), but there it appears there are nine jeeps that still have them (based on the latest info I could find). I found a few different references about it over at G503.
1. G503.com Message Forums • View topic – JEEP MOUNTED ODOGRAPH
2. G503.com Message Forums • View topic – Odograph survey
3. 1944 Willys MB Unrestored Odograph Jeep – g503 …

Here’s a photograph of a diagram from an Australia site:

Here’s a copy of the Popular Science Magazine on eBay:
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Here’s a link to magazine on Google

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Pilonidal Sinus: The Jeep Disease

• CATEGORIES: Features

I’d never heard of the disease. Pilonidal Sinus is called the Jeep Disease or Jeep Seat (and probably others). I’ve taken the following paragraphs below from a Canadian link:

“Pilonidal sinus most commonly affects that area known affectionately as the butt crack, though it can show up in the belly button, genital region, even between the fingers. Basically, it’s an infected area under the skin, frequently containing a tuft of hair. Think of it as a nasty, hairy, painful tunnel and you wouldn’t be far wrong. Often it starts with ingrown hairs, although new evidence shows that’s not always the case. There’s a genetic component; it tends to run in families, and it’s more prevalent among hairy guys, and those who sweat a lot.

According to a document co-authored by Prof. Keith Harding, the head of surgery at the University of Wales, the condition is 10 times more common in adult males than in adult females.

Harding notes that it was called “jeep disease” in the Second World War since it affected many soldiers who sat for long periods on hard seats.”

A couple more links:
From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pilonidal_cyst
From the UK: http://www.wounds-uk.com/journal-articles/pilonidal-sinus-jeeps-disease-an-improved-model-of-care

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1958 Australian CJ-3B Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, CJ-3B, Features

Marc forwarded this ad from a September 1958 Readers Digest (page 75).

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1952 Photos of Italian Policeman Falling From Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This unfortunate policeman fell out of the jeep. I wonder if there were a series of pictures that captured this.

“This is an original press photo. Credit-Cleveland PressPhoto measures 7.25 x 8.75inches. Photo is dated 03-25-1952.”

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Pics from Charles

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

Charles found some jeep pics in the Jalopy Journal archives. This first photo of Edsel Ford in a Ford GP is from Wayne State University.


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A Funny Bit

• CATEGORIES: Features

John forwarded this meme.


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1942 Yale Lock Hardware Dealer Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Here is an early color ad.

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October 1958 Willys News

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

UPDATE: Was on eBay  **SOLD**

Here’s a great piece of advertising literature.

“Original salesman’s non color catalog , 11 x 17 , 8 pages , includes salesman’s messages , salesman’s contests , shows some models , etc.”

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Jeep Yakima Rodeo March 1959 issue of Modern Man

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Old Images, Old Images Jeeping, Racing

It’s a dirty business, but hunting down jeep stories takes me through all types of content. In this case, I had to search through several pages of bare female breasts and bodies until I found this story about a Yakima Jeep Rodeo from the March 1959 issue of Modern Man. I can report that accompanying the enthusiastic models were several other interesting stories . . .

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An Ignominious End

• CATEGORIES: Features

A reader forwarded these photos taken in northern Canada. Rather than recycled or otherwise utilized, the parts and vehicles were bulldozed over the edge of a hill. As you can see, amongst the debris are some jeeps.

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Story about UK MB Barn Find

• CATEGORIES: Features, International

A story about a MB barn find appeared in April at warhistoronline.com. It’s been accompanied by some forum posts with more pics at HMVF.

The Story: http://www.warhistoryonline.com/war-articles/barn-find-willys-jeep.html
The Forum: http://hmvf.co.uk/forumvb/showthread.php?38166-Barn-find-Willys-MB


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Jeep Photos from Flickr

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

Marc spotted this series of a 130 jeeps. This is part of a collection of photos detailing all kinds of WWI and WWII vehicles, armor and more.



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Sir Brit Show in Indiana Last Weekend

• CATEGORIES: Features

Mark and his wife Barbara attended a local British Car Club show last weekend. Though theirs was the only jeep, they still enjoyed themselves.

He writes, “Last Saturday, My wife & I attended an annual British car show in Newburgh, Indiana, along the Ohio River. The group is the Southern Indiana Region British Car Club (Sir Brit). Probably around 40 cars there. There were mostly MGs, Triumphs, etc. but what I thought would be of interest on ewillys is a 1967 Land Rover.

It was a lot of fun to take our 1945? CJ2A there and park it near the show cars. Our CJ2A drew a lot of attention. I’ve attached pictures of my lovely wife (Barbara) modeling with our CJ2A, a few of a Land Rover, and several of a late 40s MG and a late 50s Triumph.”







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Jeep in May 18, 1952, issue of The American Weekly

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

This image was printed in the 1952 issues of American Weekly.

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1950 VJ-3 Frame Specs on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features

This interest anyone?

“8-1/2 x 11″ frame blueprint, look at picture for application and condition, very heavy wear on lower left corner, still useable condition.”

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1966 Las Brisas Menu with DJ-3A Gala Image **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Was on eBay


This 1966 vintage menu is from one of ACAPULCO’S more famous hotels, famed for their “ROOM SERVICE BY JEEP”. It measures 9 1/2″ wide by 14″ long, closed. Excellent condition with just minor soiling on the rear cover.”


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Posts late late Mid Day

• CATEGORIES: Features

My Aunt dropped by for a visit last night, so no posts until about mid day on Tuesday.

Here are a couple vintage shots to entertain until I get to updates courtesy of Charles. The first three are Belgian army photos.

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John Jennison’s Custom Wagon

• CATEGORIES: Features, Sedan-jeep, Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

Charles sent a picture of this wagon. After some research, I learned the unusual modifications were completed by John Jennison, who was an Australian engineer, car builder, motorcycler and more. He had a vision for a jeep as a sports wagon. More information can be found at this vintage caravans forum and at Brendan’s this-old-jeep website.

John started with the old military jeep:


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Hugh’s Jeep and ‘Odie’ the Trailer

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

Hugh sent a couple pics of his jeep with the trailer his father’s calls “Odie” for OD Green. They are about to start its restoration.

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Additional Pics from Charles

• CATEGORIES: Features

Here are some pics from around the web:


See the original photo here:





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V-Mail Letter USMCR Christmas Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features • TAGS: .

Marc spotted this cool V-Mail Christmas holiday letter with the USMC playing Santa Claus.

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1958 Jeep Vehicles Help Fight Disease Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Here’s a brochure I hadn’t seen.

“Jeep 1958 ‘Jeep Vehicles Fight Disease’ Mailer Brochure
Literature type:Non-color folder mailer
Dimensions: 8 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches
Notes: Opens 6x cover size, includes specs and features – Form #MFS-8-57-X
Condition: Very good”

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1940s Photo of Flipped Jeep in Stutgart, Germany on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

If you plant a jeep in a field, will it grow?

“Vintage, original “snapshot” photograph circa 1940s, measures 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ in very good condition. Photo taken by a member of the “205th Transportation Battalion” which was stationed in “Stuttgart, Germany”.”

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Vic Hickey’s Supercharged Flathead from Car Craft Magazine

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine • TAGS: .

There’s an interesting article about Vic Hickey’s supercharged flat fender in the February 1955 issue of Car Craft Magazine.  The cover shows a great color photo of the supercharger. Using a GMC Supercharger, the Vic made a variety of changes to deal with issues related to the installation.

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1950 French Army Prototype Photo on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Old Images

Is this some type of Hotchkiss prototype?

“1950 French Army jeep driving near Paris Press Photo 90
You are bidding on an original press photo See Scan Below ~ Photo is 8 x 10 in size.”

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