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It takes a Jeep to talk to Parachuters

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Check out this photo from the Australian War Memorial!

“Richmond, NSW. 1945-07-28. Flight Officer Joyce Cain (right, at wheel of jeep) and Corporal Gloria Freeman (left, in jeep) on duty with the Landing Control Officer (right) at No. 1 Parachute Training Unit, RAAF Station Richmond. During their descent, parachutists receive instructions from the Landing Control Officer through a loud speakers system mounted on the jeep.”

 
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Willys Tattoo

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

I’m not quite sure where this image originated, but it was the only ‘Willys Tattoo’ I could find when I did a search on it (for no particular reason other than curiosity).  Everything is backwards, so I’m wondering if it was taken using a mirror.

 
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Really Cool Wooden Top from Iceland

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Features, International, Wood bodies • TAGS: , .

Here’s a great shot of an unusual wooden hardtop for a CJ-2A.  The wood appears knotless, too.

And here is a link to the CJ-3B that sits right new to it.

 
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A Lineup of Jeeps from Eglisstadir, Iceland

• CATEGORIES: Features, International

Here’s a cool image from 2006  taken in Iceland that I found on this Flickr Site.

You can see an imagine of a CJ-3B falling apart here, but the image is copyright protected.

 
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Android App — CraigsNotifica Craigslist

• CATEGORIES: Features

Last night installed a free App for my Android phone called CraigsNotifica Craigslist.  There is both a free version and a $9 version. (here is something similar for the iphone, but i’ve never used it)

What this App does is allow you to create different searches of one or more craigslists to auto search for items and then notify you if someone uploads an item that matches.

For example, I have a ‘Willys|cj2a|cj3a|cj3b|dj3a’ search string for 6 different craigslists in the northwest that allows me to now keep tabs on local jeeps.

I also have a search on any free stuff listed in the Boise Craigslist (partly, simply because it’s amazing what people will give away).

Here are a couple examples of screenshots.

 
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Here’s a Nice Story About Owning Flatties

• CATEGORIES: Features

Here’s a guy (I couldn’t find a name) who has traveled and lived in several countries.  He’s owned a variety of jeeps.  He saw his first jeep in Spain, owned his first jeep in Colombia, and has enjoyed them ever since.  He recently finished restoring a CJ-3A, though the link no longer works.

You can read his whole story here.

 
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Unusual CJ-2A/Truck Build

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual

I found this photo at Vindy.com.  Here is some info:

The stats on this Jeep owned by Ron Stevens of Washingtonville: red 1948 CJ2A Jeep Truck Pro Street 2WD, 350cid Chevy Crate Motor 290hp, Turbo 400, Dana 44 w/Detroit Locker. The hand-built body and frame were a combined effort of Clarence, Don and John Stevens.


 
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Civil Defense FC-150

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles • TAGS: .

I accidentally wandered across these unusual photos from the Timberlane’s thoughts blog.  I’ve never seen a Civil Defense FC. Maybe someone out there knows more about it?  I *think* this is in California, based on the front license plate.  I have lightened all four shots.  You can see the originals in the original post at the website.

 
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Location of WWII Jeep Monument Kyiv, Ukraine

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, International, Monuments/Statues

For quite sometime I have wondered where the below monument was located.  I finally found out, from G503.com, where it is located.  It is the Monument of Red Army WW2 drivers in Kyiv (Ukraine).  Check out a variety of great pics from G503.com.

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From G503 we can see the other side.

 
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Cool Photo by Robert Wesley Stone

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

I found this great black and white shot of an MB taken by Robert Wesley Stone at Flickr.

 
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Great Video Posted by This Old Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

HOG forwarded me this great video from Youtube that Brendan, from This Old Jeep

 
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EC4WDA Jeep Racing Videos

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

HOG spotted these videos of some east coast racing from the last few years.

OBSTICLE COURSE

FLAT DRAGS: Kempton EC4WDA Jeep Racing – October 2009

HILL CLIMB: Gravelrama 37 August 24th, 2007. Includes a CJ-5 called Indian Uprising powered by a Pontiac 4 Cyl.

Here is a shot of the motor:

FLAT DRAGS: Gravelrama 37 August 25th, 2007
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlVJVSUyuOg&NR=1

 
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Legends Race of 2009 from the EC4WDA & Jeep Fan

• CATEGORIES: Features, Racing • TAGS: .

As I was looking for a picture of Indian Uprising’s engine, I came across this flyer. As the flyer indicates, it was a special gathering of old racers and racing jeeps.  I thought this was a fun idea and thought the PNW4WDA might think about that (or maybe they already have).

Here is a link to a page that shows some of the old jeeps that were on display at Jeep Fan.

Here is one of the old flatties that was shown:

 
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Unusual CJ-3B with Tool Indents

• CATEGORIES: Features, International

Roberto spotted this unusual Mitsuibishi CJ-3B with extended tool indents at Jeep Forum.  I’ve not seen anything quite like it.

 
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Nissan Patrol 4W61, 4W65/4W66

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Nissan

On the heals of last night’s post on the Nissan 4W60, we have the next major model of Nissan 4x4s  which are sort of CJ-3Bish. They were produced from 1955 – 1960.  You can learn about them here:  4W61, 4W65/ 4W66.

The 4W61 was produced from 1955 – 1958.

This is the 4W65 produced from 1958-1959. Now, while these have the correct side pieces, you can see the fenders look more like the 4W61.  So, compare the front of the two below photos with the Black and white photo underneath.

http://www.earlydatsun.com/nissan4w65.html

The 4W66 was produced for six months in 1959 and 1960. I don’t have any good examples of this, but here’s a modified firetruck F4W66.


Links:

http://www.earlydatsun.com/nissan4w61.html

http://www.earlydatsun.com/nissan4w65.html

http://www.patrol4x4.com/forum/members-nissan-patrols-19/rays-restored-1958-4w65-patrol-20479/

http://offroadsz.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=1483

http://rmp-o.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=986&start=20


 
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NIssan Patrol 4W60

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, News

Roberto wrote to me asking if I knew of any manuals or other information for the restoration of a Datsun/Nissan 4W60 for a friend that is considering restoring one  (if anyone knows of a manual, please let me know).  Well, I didn’t even know the 4W60 existed.  So, I started researching. Here are several models that followed the 4W60.

According to this site, Nissan, Toyota and Mitsubishi all submitted prototypes to the Japanese government in 1950 to win the rights to produce government 4wd vehicles. Mitsubishi would win, but Nissan and Toyota continued to develop 4wd vehicles anyway.

The Nissan Prototype submitted for consideration looked like this:

For the first production run starting in 1951, however, Nissan went with a very MB-like design.  I tried to find restored examples of these, but had no luck.

The second version of the 4W60 had a few changes. I found this image on a Russian auto website, but misplaced the link.

Here’s a brochure from the Rocky Mountain Patrol and Offroad Website

The would also make a Wagon (4W60 wagon) and a Truck (4w70 Truck).

Here are some useful links:

http://www.rmp-o.com/literature/pages/4W60%20brochure%20002.htm

http://www.rmp-o.com/literature/index.htm

http://www.earlydatsun.com/nissan4w60.html

http://www.patrol4x4.com/forum/members-nissan-patrols-19/rays-restored-1958-4w65-patrol-20479/

http://offroadsz.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=1483

 
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The Newlywed’s Willys Version 1.0

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

Back in January of 2010, Dan contacted me saying he and his fiancee wanted to trade their Willys wagon for a flattie (wagon is to the left).  After patiently waiting four months, they finally found someone to make the trade.  Their goal was to do a low budget build with more modern running gear.  Even more ambitiously, they wanted to complete the project by the end of summer. Here is their story of creating version 1.  There is plenty of additional work left, but it runs and drives well, so congrats to the newlyweds (may you have many more great adventures together)! And, let me know when the second iteration is complete 🙂

Dan also notes he still has the complete 1946 Willys chassis and drivetrain available for sale if anybody wants it.  (He’s in central Idaho).

Dan writes, “My fiancée (at the time) and i decided to get ourselves a Willys since both of us had always wanted one ever since we were little…

We thought that we would spend our weekends working on it in the months preceding our wedding and then use it as our getaway car for the ceremony (I even suggested a 4×4 trail out into the hills for the wedding but that was pushing it a little bit too far 🙂
We found our specimen (see below)  on eWillys and traded our ’62 wagon for it. *sniff sniff*

The motor was shot, but that didn’t bother me as i was planning on putting a toyota chassis and running gear under it.  The original plan was to put all of our time into the chassis and suspension and engine to make it SOLID and drivable. Then, later, restore the body at our leisure. However, once i started stripping down the body it became apparent that the body wouldn’t hold together without immediate work; the floors had galvanized metal screwed over them to give them an appearance of -something- but underneath was just rust held together by an occasional shred of metal. So, diamond plate and 18g metal were quickly purchased to make new floorpans with and the welding and grinding started.

For 2 months of weekends all we did was cut, grind, weld, grind and assemble (see pics). As we wanted to keep the budget tight, we gathered a variety of parts, including:

1965 toyota 4runner chassis
1983 toyota pickup axles
Completely rebuilt 22r motor
1987 5sp tranny/t-case
Rear driveshaft shorted to 11″
Front driveshaft lenghtened aprox 14″
Bought an m38 arctic top from an ewillys user over the hill in montana

We were pushing the limits trying to get it done in time for our wedding in august of 2010, but then a week before our wedding K got in a serious car accident and all work on the Willys stopped (of course) as we attended to her broken bones.

We still got married the next week -her with her jaw wired shut and on pain meds but, sadly, the Willys wasn’t able to attend the wedding. The following months we focussed our energies on work ($$) and working on our house. After Christmas passed I again had some free time available and set about finishing the project which was mostly connecting the new engine, building a clutch/brake pedal assembly and creating a wiring harness.

Finally, after many long weekends, last week she ran! We took a weekend trip up to see the in-laws in it the very next day. Other than a clogged fuel filter (old tank) and the brakes being sticky from disuse, he did awesome! The power steering is nice; K says that he’s even easier for her to drive than my toyota pickup.

Today i built a rear bumper for him and put in some better (hopefully) seats. There is still much to do like a complete front bumper, custom fuel tank (today i spied an air-compressor tank that looks like it might be perfect to modify and bolt underneath the back end.) and create a new tailgate.  Sometime this summer we hope to get around to doing some body work but for now maybe we can just try our different colors with rattle cans to see what we like (hey, we could have a different color every week!)

Can’t wait ’til the warm weather comes and we can take off the hardtop!

 
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Want to Ditch that Mechanical Speedometer?

• CATEGORIES: Features, How To, Tips & Tricks • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Paul forwarded a pic of the parts for the speedometer:

I’ve included a pic of Paul’s topside dash as an illustration of Paul’s dilemma/solution. You can read all of Paul’s adventures here.

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Paul writes, “I recently hit a bit of a snag with the speedometer sending unit and I thought other Willys modifiers might be interested in the problem and solution.  Since I repositioned the instrument panel above the windshield (the hard top will not be removed and the windshield is not a folding unit) I realized there would be a problem with the mechanical speedometer.

The speedometer drive cable would have to have many tight bends as it snaked it’s way from the rear of the speedometer, down the windshield post, behind the dash and under the body where it would screw into the drive unit on the transfercase.  Taking into account the numerous tight bends, the length of the drive cable and the space necessary for the drive cable routing I figured it would be much easier to use an electric speedometer.  This way I’d only have to string some wires from the speedometer to the sending unit (a hall effect device) attached to the drive gear in the transfercase.

Really rather simple but I discovered the original Willys speedo drive unit was made for a flanged drive cable and the electrical sending unit was made for a square drive cable.  The stub cable supplied with the electrical sending unit is only two inches long but both ends are square so this wouldn’t work with the original shaft in the transfercase.

A friend of mine suggested I talk with the local marine diesel parts guys because he remembered the Detroit diesel engines used similar adapters as tach drives and they might have something which would work.  Less than five minutes after I explained my adapter problem and showed the items I wanted to connect, Jim (the parts guy) found a two inch long flex shaft with a square drive on one end and a round, flanged end on the other.  Not only was this the exact part I needed, the right length, and the right ends, but it was also the right price …FREE!

I realize most of the eWillys folks are keeping their Jeeps closer to stock when it comes to the instrument location, but it’s something to keep in mind if you do decide to go with an electrical speedometer.  Jim sure saved me hours of work since I won’t have to build what I need; I believe a few dozen donuts delivered early in the morning are necessary as a special thanks.  THANKS JIM !!!”

 
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Puffer Engineering

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

You can easily turn your CJ-2A into a Wagon!  Just follow the easy turn-my-cj2a-into-a-station-wagon-kit from Puffer Engineering. I spotted this image via a British site that linked me to oldcarandtruckpictures.com. Strangely, when I go to oldcarandtruckpictures.com’s jeep area, I can’t locate the image.  The web works in mysterious ways!

I tried to learn more about the manufacturer, but searches on ‘Puffer Engineering’ revealed nothing, to me anyway, other than this image.

 
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Jean Luc & Toot Sweet

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, Reader Stories

As a five year old in 1944 Belgium, you can only imagine that Jean Luc’s experience with soliders, jeeps and planes left a indelible landmark upon his imagination.  During his life as a successful illustrator, you can see him revisit that landmark many times over in his drawings.  You can read a brief biography of Jean Luc here (click on the biography link) and view some of his amazing work.

Below is an image of Jean Luc’s 2010 Christmas Card.  It features an image of him as a boy leaning up against ‘Toot Sweet”, his 1942 GPW which he still drives around the L.A. Area.  Recently, Jean Luc got a taste of how few old jeeps are seen by kids these days.  He was “driving my GPW the other day and some teenagers asked me if I built that “contraption” myself . . .”  As he noted, “Not very encouraging but we can not blame them.”

Now ‘retired’, Jean Luc is working on a graphic novel about G.I.s, Jeeps and Piper Cubs in Paris in 1944-45.  Below is an example of his drawing talent.  Thanks for sharing!

 
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When Good Engines Go Bad

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

HOG forward this video and link to Bang Shift of an engine exploding in the Netherlands.  In the comments section, a commenter had some additional explosions.  So, here are a few of the videos from youtube (there are others).

2 explosions to the same tractor in 2008 and 2009

 
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Roberts Armory Traveling Museum Rochelle, Il

• CATEGORIES: Features, Museums • TAGS: .

Roberts Armory is a traveling museum located in Rochelle, Illinois.

According to their website, the museum “specializes in the acquisition and display of light armored vehicles and artillery used by the U.S. Army in World War II. During World War II reenactments the museum usually portrays the 70th Tank Battalion. The museum participates in WWII related displays, parades, motion pictures and reenactments throughout the United States.”

Roberts Armory has also been asked to participate in movies and shows.  Though Roberts appears to have a facility, unlike traditional museums, Roberts is only open for visitation on special days or by special appointment.

While Roberts only appears to have one 1945 MB, they do have a few different outfits for it.

1. Here it is with and without a top.

2.  Here it is with the 50 Cal gun mounted.

3.  Here it is in full armor.

 
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1941? Oddity Captain Cook, Hi **STATUS UNKNOWN**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE:  This was for sale for $1000.  Status currently unknown.

This is precious … More pics, I want more pics!  These two were listed the next day (& just down the road from Captain Cook, Hi, too).

“4 Wheel Drive; All Original; Haul Away; Complete Classic”

 
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Multiple Older Jeeps for sale Minnetonka, Mn

• CATEGORIES: CJ-6, Features, M-38, Willys Trucks, Willys Wagons • TAGS: , .

UPDATE:  These are nice and have been available for a while.

I admit a little confusion.  On the one hand there are many available, but on the other hand he is selling only one or two?

“1956 panel van,1959 CJ6,1960CJ5 all are originals,low miles,paint,interiors,motors, ect. Call for more details or find them listed craigslist minneapolis. Phone calls only Paul 952-472-1046 Please leave message if no answer,let ring at least 8 times”

http://houston.craigslist.org/cto/2210326268.html

 
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Drag Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, Racing • TAGS: .

UPDATE: An update on Rapid Transit

Jeff and I were exchanging emails about drag jeeps the other day.  We were both sharing our memories about Roger Monson’s drag jeep, Rapid Transit. As Jeff notes, it certainly had its own sound!

Jeff wrote “it had an actual belt driven blown 4cyl pontiac motor in it.  A small 471 blower, insane RPMs and crazy loud! If ya didn’t cover your ears when it came by it HURT.  I saw it run @ the old firemountain drag strip @ washougal in the mid 1980s”

I’ve included a pic of it below.  Wes has collected a variety of old school Sand Drag vehicles at offroadracecanada.  Check it out!