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Paul unpacks 60 Year-Old Parts

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features • TAGS: .

Paul wrote to share his experience unwrapping some old parts as he continues his M-38 rebuild.

Paul wrote, “One of the first jobs on my Willys rebuild list from many years ago was to overhaul the axles. Naturally all bearings and races were replaced with new, new ring and pinion gears with 4.27 ratios were installed along with a complete set of 11 inch backing plates and brake drums. Well, sometime during the past 25 or so years the new steering knuckle seals failed due to old age. Geeze, I haven’t even driven this thing yet and now I’m having to replace the replacement parts which are still new but old.

Oh well, it was time to go shopping once again. I was able to purchase a set of heavy duty steering knuckle seals from the local parts store (that can even be rebuilt when necessary) in addition to an extra set of replacement rubber seals for future use. Today I installed one seal kit on the left front knuckle with no problems, everything fit like factory, nothing was missing and the quality was perfect but that’s just what I’d expected. You should understand that these steering knuckle seal kits were packed by Willys Overland Motors for military use in May of 1952. The package had never been opened and all the parts were still coated with a preservative grease like coating, which required lots of paper towels to remove.

I can’t imagine whoever packed these parts so long ago had any idea that 60 years into the future some guy in Alaska would need these parts for his M-38 but I’m sure pleased the packer did such a good job protecting these seal kits. I took pictures of each step as I opened the package and the final photo shows the clean, new parts visible for the first time in over 60 years.”

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Radio QSL Postcard on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Artists/Drawings, Features, Postcards, Women & Jeeps • TAGS: .

I knew nothing about QSL Cards.  Turns out there are a variety of collectors and a variety of cards to collect, including some with jeeps. Here are a few.

qsl-caveman-cavegirl1 qsl-postcard-evans-mo

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1974 Hotwheels Jeep “Grass Hopper” on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

I was nine when this came out.  I should have owned one of these.  Santa, where were you when I needed you??

“Up for Bid is a 1974 Hot Wheels Grass Hopper. Nice car with some play-wear. I took plenty of clear pictures so there are no misunderstandings. My camera takes super close shots so any imperfections are really magnified. Need more info or pics please let me know. * I continuously list early Hot Wheels, Matchbox and other brands so please check-in often.”

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Smokey the Bear Auto Litter Bag on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Artists/Drawings, Features, Unusual

I’m not sure how to classify this this unusual item.  This bag shows appears to show Smokey driving a jeep.

“Vintage 1960’s Smokey The Bear Litter Bag. 1960’s, 9” x 12”, pictures full figure Smokey driving a Jeep, from Nevada’

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1973 4 Door CJ-5 Custom Jeep Sunnyvale, TX eBay

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Features, Other 4x4s, Unusual

This was made from 2 CJ-5s.  The seller provides a variety links and pictures for this neat project.

“This auction is for a custom four door CJ.  The Jeep was built using all CJ5 parts.  The front door is modeled off of a CJ7.  The rear door is modeled off of a CJ5.  The bed is extended to the length of a CJ6 or CJ8 Scrambler.  The frame is stretched 36 inches in the middle and 14 inches behind the rear axle.  The frame was boxed from the front to to the rear spring perches.  It has Dana 30 and Dana 40 axles both are open diffs.  The transfer case is a Dana 20.  The transmission is a 3 speed.  I believe it is a T150.  The engine is an AMC 360 from a 1972 Wagoneer.  It was rebuilt about 15,000 miles ago.  It was bored over.  The crank was turned.  It got all new bearings, new pistons, new valve guides, and hardened seats.  It has an RV cam, an Edelbrock SP2P low rise dual plane intake, and a Holley Street Avenger 570cfm carb.  The motor has more than enough power for a vehicle this size.  I drove it about a month on the new motor when I broke the input shaft on the old transmission.  I then put the heaviest spring in the secondaries of the carb and backed up the timing a little bit to take some of the grunt out of the motor.  The Jeep was built in 2009.  It got all new floors.  There is no rust in the body or frame.  The color is Rescue Green from a 2008-2009 Wrangler.  The seats are new from Bestop.  The seat belts were new in 2009.  It has a super thick aluminum radiator, power steering, and front disk brakes.  It has a 20 gallon gas tank from an 86 CJ7.  The tires are 33 10.50 15 BFG Mud T/A KM2.  The fronts have about 5k miles on them and the rears are new.  I have no idea how many miles are on the Jeep.  It has about 15k since built.  Almost everything was replaced at that time.  The tub and bed have bedliner throughout.  It looks funny in the pictures, because it is a little wet from washing the Jeep.  The leaf springs were upgraded to the wider springs from a 76 model CJ7.  It has front sway bar mounts on the frame, and I have a sway bar for it.  It will need new rod ends and bushings if you plan to install it.  I will also include the stock front bumper if you want it.  You can see pictures of it on the link below.

This Jeep was my daily driver for almost 3 years.  It draws a crowd everywhere you go.  You can’t buy gas or go into Home Depot without someone stopping you to talk about it.  Since it was my daily driver, it has all of the scratches and dings you would expect of a truck used for that period of time.  It runs and drives good.  The four wheel drive works fine.  Since I had to rely on this as my driver, It hasn’t been thrashed off road since built.  The four wheel drive has been used in the snow, pulling trailers out of the muddy pasture, and around the deer lease.

Negative issues:  This is no trailer queen, so it has normal dings and rock chips and scratches that you would expect from a driver.  There is one good dent in the left rear fender well.  I included a picture of it.  The speedometer doesn’t work.  The gas gauge half ass works half the time.  The gauge is new, it needs a sender.  While you are replacing the sender, you could replace the oring on it that leaks gas if you overfill it.  The oil gauge works, but is falling apart.  It needs a new horn switch.  You have to hit just the right spot to make it honk.  If you romp on it in reverse, it will pop out of gear.  Driving sensibly prevents it from happening.  The transfer case shifter needs new bushings, but it shifts fine for me, so I don’t worry about it.  It has a top and doors that need recovering.  I don’t have any pictures of it, but you can see it in the snow video below.

See it run and drive on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5oef9OP4lE

See it play in the snow in four wheel drive http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-P8n3qoWf8

See some of the build pictures at http://myaffordaplane.com/jeep

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Jeep from Amusement Park Ride on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

UPDATE:  this is back on eBay

This amusement ride jeep weights sixty pounds.

“Jeep Lovers, this is a fantastic find from the early 1950’s. This red Jeep measures 4 ft long and 2 ft wide and easily accomodates a child up to 10 years of age. All original condition, tires, axles, steering, body, even the chain they used to use to strap us in! The Jeep when it was in use, was connected to a center motor by an arm that moved a gang of 6 different Jeeps in a circle with some steering allowed. This is not a peddle car and doesn’t have any power feature of it’s own. Heavy metal construction. A wonderful piece of childhood nostalgia! Very sturdy, steers straight, (no brakes). Very, very rare! Bid with confidence, you’ll be the only ‘kid’ on your block (or state) with one. Research shows they were made from 1950-1952. See you tube video regarding the Kiddie Jeep ride some guy was rebuilding if you’re interested. Available for inspection at Red Rooster, New Braunfels, TX M-Sat 10-6 while auction is open. Available locally so auction could end early to cash-in-hand buyer. Weighs about 60 lbs.”

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1966 Color Slide of DC Fire Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Old Images, Unusual • TAGS: .

Thanks to Dennis for correcting me.  Admittedly,  I hadn’t had my caffeinated tea before deciding what this was.  With that in mind, check out how this CJ-6 is setup for lighting.

“For sale is one 35mm Kodachrome color slide.
Washington, DC Fire Department Floodlight Unit.
1966 Willy’s Jeep.
Photographed by Charles Marcus on 10/7/1983.
From the collection of the late Richard M. Adelman of Memphis, Tennessee.
Shipping and handling is 75 cents in the USA.”

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Photo of Jeep at the Start of the Alaska Highway on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

I wish there was a date stamp on this photo.

“Very good Condition, nice size 4.25″ x 5″, inscription on the back”

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Tow Truck Photo on eBay

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

this photo was taken in 1992, so it is possible this truck still exists.

“RGB Original Slide. 1992. Jersey City, NJ. Edward T Gibbs.”

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Highways Across the Horizon by Dorothy Rogers

• CATEGORIES: Books, FC150-FC170-M677, Features, Women & Jeeps

Highways Across the Horizon was written by Dorothy Rogers, who previous wrote Jeopardy in the Jeep.  I received a copy of it in the mail last week.  I knew the book was about traveling through Asia, but there were two things I didn’t know.  The first think I learned was that she and her travel partner Louise, traveled all the way around the world, starting and ending in New York.  The second surprise was their vehicle of choice:  a FC-170 with a camper.   Craig confirmed today that Dorothy and Louise piloted only the third known FC to make it around the world.  I can’t wait to read about their adventure.

Here are FC related pics:

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Coke Ad and Sign on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Artists/Drawings, Features

Here are a couple items that mix jeeps and Coke. The ad is supposed to be original, while the sign is a reproduction.

1. 1943 Ad

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2. Sign with a scene from Italy (reproduction)

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1948 Lineman Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Here’s an ad I hadn’t seen.

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2011 Bluey & Dingo’s Outback Adventure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

Here’s a ‘jeep’ book that was released last year.

“Beautifully illustrated over 40 pages and aimed at the 4-7 years’ old age group, Bluey and Dingo’s Outback Adventure follows the exciting adventure of a farmer who has to travel deep into the Outback to save a sick camel. When his Jeep breaks down, Bluey and his pet, Dingo, are left stranded in the middle of the Australian desert. They have to contend with snakes and frightening wildlife while trying to figure out how to get home safely…”

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Avon & Beam Jeep Decanters on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE:  I found some pictures of the Wild Country box.

I had seen the first avon decanter but hadn’t seen the others.  There is also supposed to be a CJ-7 decanter, but I didn’t find any pics of it.

1. Avon Wild Country Green Jeep Decanter




2. Avon Postal Jeep Decanter

3. Avon Renegade Jeep Decanter

4. Beam Jeep Decanter

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1961 FJ-3a Fleetvan Ad on eBay

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

Here’s a neat ad.

Year/Era: 1961
Origin: Print Advertisement
Condition: Very Good
Size: 7.25″ x 10″

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Rubber Stamp Inkpad with “Jeep” **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on ebay

This seems like an oddity. A rubber stamp inkpad with a Jeep logo added.  Maybe this should have a “Jeep” Stamp, too?

“Vintage Jeep Tampon Pour Timbres Caoutchouc Inkpad, With Tin
Tampon Pour Timbres Caoutchouc translates as “Buffer for rubber stamps,” pour encrer du reencrer votre tampon as “to ink your stamp of reencrer” and l’encre ideale dans le flacon parfait as “the ink bottle in the ideal perfect.”

J. Herbin was established in 1670, when Louis XIV, the Sun King, was 32 years old. M. Herbin was a sailor, and from his many journeys to India he brought back to Paris formulas for manufacturing sealing wax.

His special lacquer formula improved the quality of the seals in adhesion and neatness, helping him to become famous throughout the kingdom.

J. Herbin is also the oldest name in ink production in the world. By 1700, the company was producing “l’Encre de la Tete Noire,” followed by “Perle des Encres,” (The Jewel of Inks) and “l’Encre des Vaisseaux” (The Ink of Ships).

J. Herbin made ink for Louis XIV, and a black ink for the sole use of Victor Hugo, author of the Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Miserables. these formulas still reside in their company headquarters in Paris.”

In good condition with some wear {tattered edges} and soiling. Measures 4 1/2 by 3 inches. Weighs 3 ozs.”

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1947 Wagon Cumberland, WI **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

“This is a three off frame build /// new small block 400 engine /// 3000 rpm stall converter /// turbo 400 transmission /// power streering /// four wheel disc brakes with separate front and rear master cylinders /// Dodge Dakota front end and Dodge Dakota 3.73 rear end /// power windows powered by Dakota Digital window regulators /// 45 pound popper remote key fob entry all three doors, hidden emergency latch in case of dead battery /// Sony CDX-MP3 reciever with four Infinity Reference 6952i 6″ x 9″ speakers, StreetGlow Auto Neon w/Xplod with remote /// AVA 400 A DVD player with video & audio input with remote /// Icon TV TFT LCD 7” screen monitor with back up camera /// Sirius radio with remote /// carpet and leather interior ( beige cordovan leather ) it took 7 hides to complete the interior /// DuPont B9008 torch red paint, four base coats, four clear coats /// heat and A/C supplied by Vintage Air /// rear air shocks /// Mustang Two seats /// center console and shifter is from a Wrangler Jeep ( new ) /// easy access to fuse block ( glove box ) /// Goodyear Eagle Tires front P235 60R15 rear P275 60R15 /// power antenna works manually or automatic with the radio /// easy access to battery treminals under the hood as the battery is located behind the drivers side seat /// under dash lights along with four dome lights /// no electric fan it’s the real deal /// speed regulated electric windshield wipers /// Willy’s Overland center wheel caps and horn button are tooled from 5 oringnal horn buttons /// inside black door buttons and stainless surround round door openers are original /// extra storage area under rear bench seating /// Frenched in tail lights and shaved door handles /// locking gas cover with inside release /// very rare Greenfield original windshield visor /// Ididit tilt steering column with cruise control /// Painless wiring harness /// all CLassic gauges with clock /// wood and chrome banjo steering wheel /// front seat shoulder and lap seat belts.

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1961 Ad interlinking Jeeps with Major Companies on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This is a short list of major companies using Jeeps.

Year/Era: 1961
Origin: Print Advertisement
Condition: Very Good
Size: 7.25″ x 10″

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Bram Van Buuren Jeeps in the Netherlands

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Museums, Website • TAGS: .

Mike forwarded a link to this jeep dealer.  The Van Buuren’s launched their shop just after World War II ended. It is still family owned.  The website has jeeps for sale, projects they’ve completed (including the restoration of a seep), and more.


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Roof Palomino “mini jeep” Lawn Mower White Plains, NY **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

“Rare ROOF Palomino “mini Jeep” Lawnmower. Good overall condition and very original. Serial #1505 as per tag on hood. These were built from approx 1969 to the early 70’s and were very expensive in their day, hence not too many were sold and not too many left.

This one has been in barn storage for the past 10+ years. It was parked due to no spark; the coil is suspected too be bad, but I haven’t tested it yet. It ran and drove fine before that and was great for putting around the property and moving stuff (beer, parts, people and tools) around the property. It is 40 years old, so despite its good preserved shape, it will need a good service before getting it going.

-Original Kohler k482 motor, seats (with cushioning springs), air cleaner, rims, grille, tailgate, etc, etc..
-Very little rust ( just a little on the outside edges where the floor meets the body in the footwells),
-All mechanical pieces are intact. Rear tires are pretty dry rotted, but I have a nice set of 2 used tires that match the front that come with it. There is some kind of small patch on the right rear corner. Front bumper has had a small hitch added. Motor has good compression and oil pressure; turns right over.
-This originally had a 60″ belt driven mower deck. This one has been stripped of its PTO, engagement and lift levers, as well as the mower deck and its attachment points. NO MOWER OR PARTS for the mower. I have read that the Roof 60 mowers used many of the same parts, but can not confirm that.
– It will need a complete service before being taken out to have fun with! Should be easy to get going again!”

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1943/1976 Jeeprod Knightstown, IN eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Jeep Rods

You don’t see one of these every day.




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FC-170 Press Release on eBay

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

This is a press release from July 11, 1957, announcing the FC-170.  It contains four pages and is printed on 8.5×11″ paper.

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Craig travels over Black Bear Pass in Colorado

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Craig has a chance last month to make a trip into the mountains of Colorado.  He thought everyone would enjoy these pics, which are beautiful!

“Here’s some pictures of our trip to Black Bear road on 9/21/12 . The Jeep shown is a 1978 Wagoneer converted into a tour jeep.  It has been in service since 1978.  I’m going to try to put together something on my site maybe.  It’s not FC related but has to do with the history of my tour jeep.  I might have some time this week before we leave for our vacation.  Some factoids; Wild Bill has been down Black Bear more than any other person living or dead, upwards of 2000 times.  He’s been driving for the company for about 34 years and drove for others and personally drove the area 10 years before.  We were there at the height of the Fall colors out there!  IT WAS AWESOME!!!!!  I put some descriptions on the titles of the pictures.  The switchbacks are below the steps of Black Bear and both are past the summit.  Once you pass the summit Black Bear turns into a one way trail as passing is obviously impossible to do on the trail from that point on.”

Here is the Tour Jeep:

Below is a view of Telluride, Colorado

Black Bear’s swtichbacks:

Wild Bill

Black Bear Pass at 12,840 Feet

Another View of Black Bear’s Switchbacks

This is a 900 foot drop.  Tread carefully!

Steps of Black Bear


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Paper Models at Papercruisers.com

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Patrick forwarded this website.  According to the website, Jesse Smith is a big Landcruiser fan.  He is such a big fan, that he builds Landcruisers (and over vehicles) out of paper.  Below are two non-Landcruiser models he makes that you all ought to recognize.  He sells the models for $7.00.


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Extended CJ-2A in Spain, but there is a small problem . . .

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Features, Unusual • TAGS: , .

Roberto’s friend Mr. Paco, has run into some bureaucracy trying title his Jeep.  I will let Roberto explain the details.

Let me introduce you the Willys CJ2A jeep owns by my friend mr. Paco, who lives at Valladolid, Spain. The jeep was found years ago at a farm (barn find!!!) and have belonged to an aristocratic dame, if I´m not wrong.

As you could see in the pics, it has a very curious extended body conversion with short hard-top and that´s the reason to ask your help. We would like to know if this kind of conversion could be done at the States as an extra ordered by the customer, or the institution which imported to Spain. Paco wants to get a tittle for his jeep as an historic vehicle and it seems that here, he needs to claim that this kind conversion was made at the factory. I mean, that this characteristic is “historical”. If not, he should modify again it to be a standard CJ2A jeep…Absurd, and illogical, as the guy who has pointed him this doesn´t care about the possibility of a local conversion made at Spain…isn´t would be this “historical” too? Burocracy, absurd and illogical burocracy…



I responded to Roberto writing that while I knew a small outfit in California created CJ-2Ls by expanding the middle of some CJ-2As, I was not aware of any aftermarket group nor any Willys option to have the bodies extended in the rear (despite plenty of examples of jeeps that have been extended in the rear).  Does anyone else know anything different?

Here are some examples of jeeps extended at the back.