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1960 Utility Box Truck Northwood, NH **Status Unknown**

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

UPDATE:  Last listed at $2500. **Status Unknown**

(05/29/2012) I rarely come across these.  It’s in good shape, too.

“1960 Jeep Willys truck, with utility body. rebuilt Hurricanse engine, 36,000 original miles. original owner. Frame rebuilt, little rust, new brakes, plow set up and plow available. Last inspected 2010, needs little work. Please email for more details.”

 
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St. Augustine, Florida, Jeep Tour Train

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards • TAGS: .

Anyone ever ride this jeep train? I’m still searching for more information about this tourist train.

This picture is from a postcard on eBay: View all the information on eBay

This is another postcard I found on eBay: View all the information on eBay

This is a little fuzzier.  I found this postcard for sale at jumpingfrog.

 
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1943 Great Pines Camp, California, Photo

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

I’ll bet this guy was having a fun time!

“VINTAGE 8.25″ BY 5.5″ 1943 COLOR TINTED PHOTO OF SOLDIER & JEEP. Marked 1943 Big Pines Camp California — great photo.”

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3 Tonka Dune Buggy Toy Jeeps on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

When I was a kid I drug one of these all over our property.

“Here is a vintage lot of three, vintage Tonka red DUNE BUGGIES from the early 1970’s.  Made of steel.

Not mint, but good condition given their age.  They measure about 10 inches long by 8 inches wide.  All the tires spin freely and have their nut caps on the wheels.  All have their stickers.  All have their steering wheels.  One is missing a headlight and that one has some paint wear and sticker/label peeling”

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Photo of the Day

• CATEGORIES: Features

Steve spotted this photo on a Cragislist ad.  I’m just not sure about the wisdom of putting kids under the jeep.  Sure, mostly likely nothing will happen . . .

 
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Pewter Jeeps and Truck on Flatcar on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

I’m not sure if this is a toy or a collectible.  It’s new. I’m pretty sure that’s not a forty foot flatcar.

“N SCALE
NEW
CUSTOM
KENRAY
HANDCRAFTED
PEWTER WWII
ARMY
2 – JEEP & 3/4 TON TRUCK
40′ FLATCAR
ROAD NUMBER # 35282
STEPS, MTL COUPLERS, AND MTLTRUCKS ARE INTACT
MICRO TRAIN LINE TRUCKS AND COUPLERS”

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There is one in blue, too: View all the information on eBay

 
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Veteran’s Day Weekend in Shasta Lake City, CA

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features, Reader Stories

Steve snapped some photos of the Veteran’s Day Events on Saturday and Sunday.  He also added some information, too!

Steve writes, “Sunday I photographed Jack and his restored MB and M-100 trailer at the ceremony on Veteran’s Day,at the new Veteran’s Cemetery 10 miles West of town. Jack restored this Jeep exactly like the one he drove in the Korean War from 1950 to 1953. It’s complete with machine gun mounted on the passenger’s side. I asked, and he said that most of their Jeeps were beat up MB’s left over from WWII. They didn’t see many “new” M38A-1 Jeeps during his tour.

Jack is a great man because he goes around to the local schools teaching kids how war is not a good thing, but it is necessary to protect our freedom from those who want to change us. He saw heavy action. Now he see that we are gradually losing our freedom as time goes on. He is now growing frail, and cannot go to as many schools as before. I told him I know someone who can make a professional video tape of him to preserve his presentation. He would like to do that.

He has a Korean friend who was 8 years old living through the Korean War. She accompanies Jack to the schools and shares her story of what their civilian family endured throughout the war in Korea. I don’t know her name, but she was the lady in the back of his Jeep in Korean attire during the Saturday’s Shasta City parade shown below.

The medallion Jack holds was from the Mayor of Seoul, South Korea marking the 50th anniversary of the war. The Mayor visited all the Korean Veteran’s groups and awarded that medallion to those who fought for his country. His gratitude meant a lot to that soldier, who never went back to that forsaken land, until much later in life. The City of Seoul was devastated during the war, and is now one of the most modern cities in the world. He didn’t recognize the airport when he landed several years ago. The old airport he remembered was a swampy land that was weathered by war.

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Jeepalopes

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

Hugh forwarded these unusual images, calling them Jeepalopes.

 
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Snow Facts Meyer Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, FC150-FC170-M677, Features

This brochure demonstrates the correct ways to plow.

“original part color folder , 3.5 x 9 folded , 17.5 x 9 unfolded , shows FC170 , Jeep Universal and Jeep Pickup with Meyer snow plows.”

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Marx Toy Jeep with Searchlight **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

Here’s a good looking combo.  The searchlight works, too!

“This auction is for a vintage 1957 Marx Willy’s Army Jeep with Search Light all pressed steel toy. This toy didn’t see much play time; it is in near mint condition with no RUST. The search light does still work and the steering wheel is still present. Size: Jeep 11″, Trailer 12½”, Searchlight 4½” diameter. If you’re a G.I. Joe collector or just a pressed steel toy collector, this piece should be on your shelf. Great Christmas Gift!!”

 
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1943 New Liberty Magazine Cover

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, Magazine

UPDATE: Was on eBay.

This issue of New Liberty Magazine was published April 24, 1943.  The colors still looks pretty vibrant.

 
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1963 Champion AD Includes FC-170 Trip on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This Champion Spark Plug ad includes a description of an around-the-world trip in an FC-170. I would think there is an english version of this somewhere, too?

“Original Vintage Ad from an old magazine year 1963 in SPANISH from CHILE
You are bidding is an ORIGINAL ADVERTISEMENT from a MAGAZINE, not a reproduction.
Perfect for framing. Once framed it will make an excellent addition to your home or office.

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Ad in FINE CONDITION, NEAR MINT.
DOUBLE PAGE: 20 x 13.5 inches
each page: 10 x 13.5 inches approach”

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Refurbished Former Fire Jeep by Edmund Angelus

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles

Matt, the owner of Edmund Angelus, forwarded me a couple sets of pictures this weekend. You might remember the  builds he shared with us a few years ago.  Since then Matt moved his automotive company to Roanoke, VA.  He not only knows his way around jeeps, but he also does complete collision repair on cars as well, along with fiberglass & gelcoat repairs to boats & personal water craft.

His new address is  3239 orange Ave, Roanoke,  Virginia.
His phone number is 540-354-4321.

One of his recent projects was a former Fire Jeep with the data plate BJ-102, indicating at one point it was a Boyer Fire Jeep.  Unfortunately, the fire equipment was long gone.  Matt writes, “The jeep was purchased by a friend of mine from a car dealer in West Virginia. Commissioned to an individual for a off frame restoration, the Jeep was dismantled way beyond what was really needed. Motor, transmission transfer case were in pieces. Every piece of sheet metal was soda blasted to bare metal. When I came a crossed it the rebuild was going nowhere and the body tub was on a trailer, outside with water standing in it. I contacted the owner and negotiated to take on the restoration. The rest is history as they say. Another proud customer.”

 

 
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Matt’s Jeeps at the Roanoke, VA Parade Saturday

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

On Saturday Matt (from the above post) took out a couple jeeps and aired them out at the veterans parade in down town Roanoke, Virginia. He says if anyone is looking for a couple jeeps for movie props, just let him know.

 
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Flat Rate Manual Willys Utility Vehicles

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

Anyone know what’s inside of this manual/catalog?

“1956 Car Parts Catalog
Willy’s Utility Vehicles
Willy Motors, Inc. – Toledo, Ohio”

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2nd Annual Kiss a Veteran Day

• CATEGORIES: Features, MB

UPDATE: With all the talk of parades on Saturday, I thought Veteran’s Day was Saturday and not Sunday.  Fear not, for I kissed my Veteran on Sunday, too.

This year’s Veteran’s Day was much more quiet and uneventful for us than last year’s. None-the-less, I performed my civic and patriotic duty by kissing a veteran, my wife (several times I might add).

We spent Veteran’s day at my parents, as we are up to do a some things for them over the next few days.  Mom was gone today to judge a gymnastic’s meet, which is what she does for most of the winter.  With her away we took over dinner chores for dad and asked him what he wanted.  He couldn’t decide, so I suggested something mom would never cook for him:  brats and sauerkraut cooked in a red wine and beef broth.  Mom doesn’t like anything with sauerkraut, so dad never gets to eat it.

For Ann and I, this was just the excuse we needed to head to Bellevue to visit Whole Foods. After all, Dad deserves the best sauerkraut I can find, right?  That’s exactly what I thought, too!

It takes about fifteen minutes on a good day to reach Whole Foods, though the only good time is around 2am in the morning.  Otherwise, it seems the drive along I-405 from Renton to Bellevue is an unpredictable series of stop-and-gos or just stops, but rarely just gos.  It’s often advisable to pack several ready-to-eat meals, a change of underwear, and notify next of kin before leaving for the trip, because you just never know.

On this day, which is Saturday, the northbound lanes were surprising go-ish and not stop-ish, while the southbound lanes were stop-ish.  We were traveling northbound, so we were happy, despite the busy traffic [editors note . . . I have just been informed that you should imagine Ann with combed hair and makeup — but that is the fictional part of this story, for the hair on both of our heads is best described as frightful].

A couple minutes into our trip, I asked Ann to hit me on the head, because I was clearly delirious. She asked why and I said, “because I think I see a MB jeep just ahead of us on the highway. Am I crazy?”  She chose not to hit me nor call me crazy, but instead looked ahead.  She didn’t see anything.  Then, I saw it again.

“There it is.  It’s on a trailer. I’m gonna get it!” I said.
“Go get it honey,” She replied. I started bobbing and weaving through traffic, employing all the skills I learned watching Canadian Dave when he drove an FC through an airport terminal, It took a mile or so, but I finally caught up to what turned out to be a good little jeep.  I’m assure the driver of the truck pulling the trailer and jeep though he was being stalked, because Ann was asking me to speed up, then slow down, speed up, then slow down, until she finally got some good shots of the vehicle.  As I was doing this, it suddenly dawned on me that the jeep had probably been at the Veteran’s Parade in Auburn earlier in the day, which is why it was looking extra special today.  Once we got our pics, we raced ahead, just in case the driver had called 911 to report a pair of crazy stalkers in a black car . . .

So, that was the second best thing that happened to us today. (The kiss of course being the best thing, right honey?)

 
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Bantam BRC-40 Camp Polk postcard on eBay

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

Here’s a nice shot of a Bantam BRC-40 at Camp Polk, LA, Circa 1942.  The caption reads, “Meet the Jeep – The U.S. Army Blitzbuggy — Camp Polk, LA.

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WEST-CRAFT Super Jeep Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Models

I found this ad for a WEST-CRAFT Super jeep on eBay.  After some searching, I also found a model kit for sale on ioffer.com.

Here is the AD: View all the information on eBay

This is the model kit I found on ioffer.com.  I’ve never used the site: http://www.ioffer.com/i/west-craft-super-jeep-kit-3842404

 
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1950s Fort Worth Willys Matchbook Cover

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on ebay

How about this unusual matchbook cover from Fort Worth Willys showing a CJ-5 and a PTO/Post Hole Digger in action.

 
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College Students Restoring a 1943 Willys

• CATEGORIES: Features, News

I ran across this article yesterday.  Some college students at the Ontario, Canada, college of Notre Dame plan to restore a 1943 Willys.  The picture comes from the Welland Tribune’s online article.

http://www.wellandtribune.ca/2012/11/08/revved-up-about-the-past

 
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1960s? Bavarian Inn in Frankenmuth, MI Jeep train Postcards

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, DJ-3A, Features, Postcards • TAGS: , .

Here are a couple different postcards of a DJ-3A Surrey towing some kind of visitor car at the Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn in Frankenmuth, MI.  The Bavarian Inn is still there.  I wonder what happened to the jeep?

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Photograph with a Couple Willys MAs

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

Pictured here are a couple Willys MAs.  I spotted the pictured at http://med-dept.com/testimonies/harold_okeefe.php

 
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Wood Model of Jack Daniels 1957 Willys Truck on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

This is located in Israel.  It’s just kind of unusual, so I thought I’d highlight it.

“WILLYS OVERLAND PICKUP TRUCK 1957 JACK DANIEL DELIVERY WOOD MODEL WILLIS CAR 34.5L x 15W x 14H (cm)”

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Fantastic Cavern’s Display Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Museums • TAGS: , .

Hugh unearthed a couple pics of an old cave jeep on display at Fantastic Caverns.

 
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Cut and Paste Jeep – Fund Raising during WWII

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

From the National Archives comes this photograph of a document used to record funding raising for jeep parts. There is supposed to be a corresponding blueprint, but I haven’t found the document yet.

“Cut Out Appropriate Photo and Paste Down Over Corresponding Blueprint on Jeep Poster as Each Part is Paid For”

http://research.archives.gov/description/513993