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Custom ‘Jeepski’ Boat-jeep

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Features, Unusual • TAGS: , .

Seth discovered this one-of-a-kind boat for sale. Perhaps the builder was inspired by the Panther water car?

“This is a 1972 All Fiberglass Jeep CJ5 Tub built up on a Fiberglass hull. It has a 50hp Johnson outboard on a custom bracket with power trim & tilt. It has all nautical lights for running at night plus all the vehicle lights work including head lights, tail light and blinkers. This is a 2014 build.

So let me tell you, this thing is an absolute blast, grab a friend turn up the stereo and you will be turning heads everywhere you take her and you can take her anywhere because its great in any water due to the two 12 ft wind surfing boards that act as outriggers so its real stable and not tippy at all plus it has a full windshield. This thing is custom everything from the beautiful paint job to the detailed shifter console and dash board.
Also comes with custom fitted boat trailer.”

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Fri. May 10th: From Iron Mountain to Mackinaw City

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<– Day 6 – Thurs. May 9th: Rain Rain Go Away | Trip Overview | Day 8 – Sat. May 11th: Fire Engines, 16,000 Toys and A Destroyer –>

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Whitefish Point Lighthouse and the Shipwreck Museum on Lake Superior

Well it worked. I wished the rain away and we didn’t see any all day. However, I forgot to wish the cold away. But, I’ll take the cool temperatures over the rain.

Today, Friday May 10th, our first goal was to drive to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point near Paradise, MI, where a light saving beacon has been maintained in one form or another since 1849.

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On Friday May 10th we drove from Iron Mountain to Mackinaw City.

On our way to the museum, we encountered a couple different jeeps. One was in the form of a wooden jeep at a Big Boy Burger restaurant in Manistique, MI. This one included a slide. Ann tried real hard to get a shot of me on the slide. Unfortunately, our memory card lost the pictures I took of the front of the wood jeep (time for new memory card).

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The next jeep we saw at an old motel near Tahquamenon Falls State Park in Michigan. There was a dog near the jeep that wasn’t too happy to see me taking photos, so I kept my distance. It looks like someone took the time to fabricate a custom hardtop.

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whitefish-point-cj2a-2We finally reached Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point around 2pm. It was later than I expected to be there, by at least one hour, because we crossed into another pesky time zone. I always thought Michigan was in the Central Time Zone. It turns out only a small portion of it is (to be fair, this is my first visit to the great state of Michigan).

The museum costs $13/per adult. However, if you have an active military ID, you and a friend can get in free. However, they don’t advertise that fact, so you’ll have to ask about it.  We had a nice time looking around the exhibits.

There are plenty of harrowing stories of sailors freezing, drowning, and dying. To be fair, many people were saved by life-saving crews as well. If you are in the area, it’s worth dropping by to see. The fact that of the 550 known major shipwrecks lying on the bottom of the lake, at least 200 of them are in the vicinity of Whitefish Point, underscores the importance of alerting sailors to the dangers of the area.

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Here we are at Lake Superior. You can just see Canada behind us in the distance.

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Circus Ice Cream CJ-5 Photo on eBay

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

This CJ-5 looks a little bit surreyish with its striped top.

“Vintage original snapshot, circa 1950’s.
Dimensions: 5″ x 3 1/2”
Condition: Very good, light corner crease, never glued in album, see scan.
“ebay scan” watermark does not appear on actual photograph”

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2 Willys Overland Manuals Colorado, PA $30

• CATEGORIES: Features

HOG spotted these manuals for passenger cars. Maybe someone can use them? The ad is listed in Pennsylvania, but it appears the books are in Colorado.

“1950’s Willys-Overland Motors OEM Manual’s

OEM Mechanic’s and Body manuals for Willys-Overland passenger cars. Models 685 Super DeLuxe & Custom, and 675 passenger cars, vintage early 1950’s.
Complete coverage of mechanical, technical and body specifications.
Both manual’s are in very good condition, and have had seen little to no use. Crisp clean pages with detailed photos and technical specifications.

$30.00 for the pair.

Email for further information, include your phone number, and put Willys OEM Manuals in the subject line.”

http://york.craigslist.org/pts/3734222543.html

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Thurs. May 9th: Rain Rain Go Away

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features • TAGS: .

<– Day 5 – Wed. May 8th: Don’s 1962 Wagon and Mr. Jangles   | Trip Overview | Day 7 – Fri. May 10th: From Iron Mountain to Mackinaw City –>

Following a night at a St. Paul Super 8 that we can’t in good conscience recommend — maybe it was the guy we saw peeing outside near the front door that dampened our enthusiasm for the place — we awoke to rain. It rained all day and into the evening. It can stop anytime!

In the meantime, we started the day by returning to the Minnesota History Center to complete our research.  After finishing, we spent some time touring the Minnesota History Museum. The museum’s building is beautiful and many of the exhibits were cleverly designed. We shared the museum with 1,000 grade school kids who must have had sugar injections before they entered. Ok, maybe it wasn’t that many, but it sounded like that many!

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We even located a Wurlitzer Juke box, so of course had to take a photo:

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We definitely had a ‘blast’ at the museum:

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By the time we completed the museum it was lunch time, Ann and I headed to a meeting with Jonathon McDonough, who with his brother Jim, operates the web company and data center out of St. Paul that powers eWillys. Jonathon is a jeep enthusiast who owns a yellow M-38 he’s had since he was 14.

At Jonathan’s urging, we met for lunch at Cossettas in downtown St. Paul. He made a great choice. Ann and I both loved the place. We both chose a lasagna packed full of tasty sausage and covered in a rich tomato sauce. It was fantastic.

After our lunch, we toured the market area of the restaurant. I feel fortunate that we aren’t towing a trailer, because it would now be full of italian food. Forced to limit our selections, we bought some freshly baked italian bread, a small chunk of sheep/cow cheese with black truffle, and some specialty butter. If you are ever near St. Paul, check out Cossettas. It’s a treat for the eyes and the stomach!

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Picking one loaf of bread wasn’t easy.

During our meeting with Jonathon I received an email from Adam. He’s got a 1951 CJ-3A that has a pretty beat up body, but a strong power train. It’s even been featured in JP Magazine. Adam suggested we stop by Max-Bilt in Eau Claire, WI.

Max-Built is a jeep rebuilder and product manufacturer that was started a few years ago by Adam’s good friend Phil Norvold. The company’s first shop was the basement of Phil’s home, but after many late nights of basement work, Phil’s wife strongly urged him to find a space far enough away from their home so she couldn’t hear him working at 2AM.

So, in November of 2012, Max-Built moved into its new shop at 6129 Sandstone Road, Eau Claire, WI. It’s located on highway 93 one mile south of I-94. If you are driving by, you can’t miss the place with all the jeeps out front. So, thanks to Phil and his father Mark for entertaining us and showing us around.

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Phil and I outside the Max-Bilt shop

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Wed. May 8th: Don’s 1962 Wagon and Mr. Jangles

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<– Day 3 & 4 – Mon. May 6th & Tues May 7th: Bismarck, North Dakota | Trip Overview | Day 6 – Thurs. May 9th: Rain Rain Go Away –>

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We started Wednesday morning in Fargo, North Dakota. Ann had been driving more than usual, because I’ve been typing. And typing. And typing.

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Wednesday May 8th’s drive to St. Paul.

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Because she’s been driving a lot, I’ve become aware of two things. First, she swerves to the side of the freeway it she sees a large spider scamper above her head and race towards the windshield. We never did find the spider; our nerves are back there somewhere, too . So was my heart.

Second, she stops for jeeps using a technique strikingly similar to her spider-veering-off-the-freeway maneuver. I bore witness to her using this technique yesterday after she spotted a flattie just south of Albany, MN, next to a fence along Interstate 94.

Now, I don’t remember how fast our jeep goes from zero to 75mph, but I can say without reservation that it can brake 75mph to 0 in the time it takes my wife to say, “there’s a jeep!”.

And, I’m not saying she backed up along the shoulder of I-94 to get this shot, but I am saying she’s the kind of wife who’d do that for me so I could share a pic like this with all of you! (funny story, this was shot with my iPhone, which I’d done as a backup shot. The ‘real camera’ with the zoom lens apparently didn’t have the disc inside it . . . sigh).  Through the zoom lens I could easily see the CJ-2A’s bow holders on the driver’s side. It actually looked in decent condition. There was no evidence of a for-sale sign.

A couple of readers later commented on this jeep, one writing: I think I spotted it. … 45.61396,-94.511097 (near Albany, MN) .. Looks like its on the edge of that property but what an odd place to park it and leave it.

The other reader added: We checked on this a few years ago and at the time this jeep was owned by the same people who own the Chrysler/Jeep dealership in Albany MN that you guys passed through. They own this property where the jeep sits on and use it for groups to drive around with jeeps and 4 wheelers. They also owned a 3B jeep painted like a military jeep that they would take to car shows and parades in the area.

(In March of 2020 Ann and I through the area, but did not see the jeep … it no longer appears on Google’s street view.)

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A CJ-2A was parked for several years just off of the southwest side of I-94.

When we mentioned we were heading to St. Paul, MN, to do some research before heading to Michigan’s Upper Penninsula, Don dropped me a note and suggested I drop by to meet him and his wagon. So, after Ann and I got done at the Minnesota Historical Society (more on that tomorrow), we dropped by and visited with Don.

He’s got a 1962 Wagon sold in 1963. Don said the original owner of this wagon was named Don (I’ll call him Friend Don). One day, just before Don was old enough to legally drive the wagon, Friend Don gave the wagon to Don. That was 1980. Don had owned it ever since. He used it as his daily driver throughout High School. Eventually, Don decided to add the stenciling to the side of the wagon, so a buddy of his just down the street painted it on. It give is a great look.

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The wagon is nearly bone stock, though there have been a few minor repairs to keep it running. Don seemed to waffle a bit about whether he wanted to fix some of the rusted body. He likes the idea of it being original, yet he wouldn’t mind have it fixed. At one point Don said a jeep can only be original one time, so I suspect this wagon won’t see a body shop for some years to come.

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1957 Helicopter Carrying Jeep for Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Just don’t drop the jeep. I don’t think it will land well.

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Vintage Jeep Jamboree Postcard on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards

Here’s a great shot of some early Jamboree folks. The seller mislabels Georgetown, CA, as Georgetown, UT.

“STANDARD SIZE CHROME ERA POSTCARD VIEW – 3.5″ X 5.5″
Published by Eastman’s Studio (Susanville, CA).
CONDITION: Minor corner nicking. Clean and good original color. Postally unused.”

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Runaway Bay Hotel Jamaica Surrey Postcard **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

Here’s a rare Surrey in Jamaica.

“Chrome postcard is in very good condition with chipped corners and edges, a scuff at the top near the left side and corner wrinkle at the top right. Back is numbered H-10 and 72397 and is addressed to M. Forward, Beverly, MA. Publisher is Novelty Trading Co. and photo is credited to Hannau.”

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1951 US Army Reserve Recruiting Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Only one jeep in this ad, but it’s in front.

“Original Vintage 1950’s Magazine Advertisment
Condition Scale: Fine
This collectible magazine ad is about: 7 3/4″ X 11”

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Postal Jeep Parts Website

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts, Website

Need DJ-5 or postal jeep parts? You might try this resource I just stumbled across.

http://www.postaljeep.net

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Mon. May 6th & Tues. May 7th: Bismarck, North Dakota

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<– Day 2 Sun. May 5th: Cowboys, Vistas, and Pirates  | Trip Overview | Day 5 – Wed. May 8th: Don’s 1962 Wagon and Mr. Jangles –>

On Monday May 6th we drove east on I-94 from Theodore Roosevelt National Park to Bismarck, North Dakota.

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We spent two days visiting a family that used to live across the street from Ann Pasco.

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On Tuesday evening, we left Bismarck to spend the night in Fargo, North Dakota.

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By the time we arrived in Fargo it was dark and cold. We toured the town very briefly (learning years later we missed downtown entirely).

On the morning of May 8th, we left Fargo for St. Paul.

<– Day 2 Sun. May 5th: Cowboys, Vistas, and Pirates  | Trip Overview | Day 5 – Wed. May 8th: Don’s 1962 Wagon and Mr. Jangles –>

 
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The Chang 46

• CATEGORIES: Features, International

George forwarded this blog post about the Chang 46. It started production in 1959 and ended in 1963. There weren’t many made. They started with 38 in 1959 and by 1963 only 1390 were produced.

http://www.carnewschina.com/2012/01/18/history-chinas-first-jeep-th-changan-changjiang-46/

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1947 Photo of Wrecked Jeep on eBay

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Marc spotted this interesting photo.

“San Francisco Car wreck photograph / 1947 Willy jeep on it’s side
this photo measures 8 x 10 inches. It is an original not a copy. There is some wear. This photo was used in the newspaper and has writing on the back. Shipping is free in the US”

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Sun. May 5th: Cowboys, Vistas, and Pirates

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<– Day 1 – Sat. May 4th: Miracle of America Museum, Polson, MT | Trip Overview | Day 3 & 4 – Mon. May 6th & Tues. May 7th: Bismarck, North Dakota –>

UPDATE: Busted!  On our way out of the National Park we spotted the ‘pirates’ car off to the side in a parking area parked by itself. We believe they were arrested and their car left there, because there was no sign of them 🙂

2013-05-05-montana-ndakota-TRNP-david-ann-overlookOur goal for today (Sunday)  was to reach Theodore Roosevelt National Park at the western edge of North Dakota. Since we spent most of our time driving through Eastern Montana, I’d love to share that experience with you, but I had my nose buried in my computer, so I didn’t see much. Occasionally, Ann would point out something of interest and I would look up. But, I had my reading glasses on, so everything looked pretty blurry beyond the car. However, the weather was beautiful and sunny, the temperatures a perfect seventy degrees. Fortunately, she didn’t see too much interesting either. Just lots of rolling grassy hills. I can see why cowboys like it here.

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We saw this sign at a rest stop

I have to say that I will gladly take those endless grassy hills and the sunny weather over last week’s weather along I-94: it was closed due to a blizzard. Yikes!

Around 3:30pm we reached the campground at the National Park. We found a nice campsite and got it set up, before touring the 25(?) miles long loop trail.

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Sat. May 4th: Miracle of America Museum, Polson, MT

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<– Trip Overview | Day 2 – Sun. May 5th: Cowboys, Vistas, and Pirates –>

2013-05-05-miracle-museum1Saturday May 4th, our two month trip begins! We will be on the road until the end of June.

For the first leg of our East Coast trip our principal objective today was to make it to the Miracle of America Museum just south of Polson, MT. We left Pasco at 10am knowing it would take 5 1/2 hours to drive there and a 1/2 hour stop for lunch (we had to stop for some pho at our favorite place in Coeur D’ Alene, ID). Doing the math, we realized we’d arrive at the museum at 4pm, which gave us an hour to look around it before it closed at 5pm. Simple math, yes? . . . Wrong.

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Our first day of driving, from Pasco to Livingston, Montana.

The first sign of trouble occurred as we crossed into Montana from Idaho on I-90. I was driving when I spotted a sign that informed us we were Entering Mountain Time Zone. Oh crap! I forgot all about the time change. A quick review of the math meant that we’d arrive at 5pm, just as it closed.

However, there was a caveat. The website indicated that the museum stayed open until 8pm during the summer, but never defined what days were considered summer days. So, as we descended out of the pass towards Missoula, Ann gave the museum a call at 3:30pm and it went like this:

Ann: Hi, how late are you open tonight?
Museum: Depends. Where are you now?
Ann (shocked): We are approaching St. Regis, Montana.
Museum: Ok, I’ll keep the museum open for you. I have some paperwork to do anyway.

With that simple phone call, Gil Mangels volunteered to keep his museum open so we could look around the place all by ourselves! I called at 4:40 to update him and say we wouldn’t be there until 5:15. He said that wouldn’t be a problem.

We finally arrived at 5:20pm, just as the last remaining visitor left. We walked inside and there was Gil ready to take our money ($5 each – BARGAIN!) and explain where everything was. We thanked him for staying open and said we didn’t want to use too much of his time. He said just take your time.

We weren’t there five minutes before we knew we had a problem. There was so much cool stuff to look at that we couldn’t move ourselves along fast enough. Gil and his late wife have done a wonderful job of creating a feast for the eyes. Ann and i were giddy school kids pointing things out to each other, reading stuff, and having a blast. We were there forty five minutes and still hadn’t made it through a 1/4 of the complex yet.

We didn’t want to impost on Gil, so we chose to go to plan B:  See the jeeps real quickly, photograph them, and then return later this summer so we could spend all day looking around the place.

Before we left, we got a chance to spend some time talking with Gil. When we explained about eWillys, Gil explained he grew up on a nearby farm and his parents had an old flattie, but he couldn’t remember the model. He said they did everything with it.

Gil belongs to the Military Vehicle Preservation Association and he restored the M-38 below that he proudly displays in one of the rooms. It’s a very nice restoration. It was featured in the MVPA and GIl was kind enough to copy the article for me, but I haven’t had time to go through it yet.

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In addition to the M-38, there are two more M-38A1s, a Slat Grille MB, and a M-151, a Mule, and a Jeepster for visitors to see. There is a Pedal Jeep in the toy section, a few hot wheel-like jeep toys. I also spotted several posters, cards and brochures in the war-related areas.

The Miracle of American museum is a gem. It reminded me of my experience to House on the Rock in Wisconsin, where each corner was a feast for the eyes. But, unlike HOR, there’s a better educational and museum experience. I can see why it’s been called the Smithsonian of the west. There is enough wonder — cool stuff, historic stuff, and odd ball stuff — to keep a whole family entertained. Military buffs, car buffs, farm buffs, motorcycle buffs, history buffs (how about a whole shed of old washing machines?) will love this place. It is worth the trip, especially since you get to talk to the guy who made it happen.

Here’s a bunch of pictures we took:

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1943 Photo of Wrecked Jeeps on eBay

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This looks more like a jeep fight than a pair of wrecked jeeps.

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1973 Trip Trap Book **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was on eBay

I’ve never read this. But, it comes with a wagon on the front. How bad could it be?

“A rich slice of Beat history, Trip Trap is Albert Saijo’s account of driving Jack Kerouac with Lew Welch from San Francisco to New York in 1959. It includes the poems they jotted down in notebooks along the way; their experiences in the city; a visit to Jack’s home in Northport, Long Island; and Lew’s letters to Jack about the return trip and his life in Reno.

This newly-revised edition-originally published in 1973-of the haiku Jack Kerouac, Albert Saijo, and Lew Welch jotted down on the road from San Francisco to New York in 1959, are dense, earthy incarnations of life on the road: “A coral colored Cadillac/ in Texas/ Threw gravel all over us,/ our beat jeep/ -Our windshield is nicked/ but our eyes/ are/ CLEAR…” Albert recounts their November trip in Lew’s Jeepster, making the big city scene, visiting Jack’s home in Northport on Long Island, and the long drive back west. The book also includes letters to Kerouac from Lew Welch in Reno.”

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2013 Cross Country Tour: Summary

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2013-may-june-mapOur seven week journey was the most memorable trip I’ve ever taken. There were so many unexpected opportunities only made possible by all the wonderful people we met along the way. We appreciate everyone’s patience with our ever changing schedule as folks contacted us and said “if you are near, come visit!” We tried to meet as many people as possible, but at times the timing just didn’t work out.

Here are some stats from the trip:
1) We drove over 10,043 Miles
2) Trip lasted 49 days
3) We passed through 27 States (It would have only been 26 states, but Ann accidently drove into Colorado, before I looked up from my computer to see we were going the wrong way . . . lol)
4) We saw all 5 Great Lakes
5) We had 0 car problems!
6) Number of tickets . . . 0 (warnings 0)
7) Total cost of trip (unknown at this point, but would have been higher without all the generous jeepers)
8) Amount of debt from trip — $0. We don’t use credit cards.
9) Number of museums visited: 20
10) Number of National Parks: 4
11) Number of fights between Ann and I: Zero
12) Total amount of fun we had: incalculable!

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Paper FC-150 at Papercruiser.com $7.00

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Marc spotted this Papercruiser model.

“My Willy’s Jeep FC-150 paper model now for sale! You can grab it here for $7 – or check out thephoto gallery here. It’s available in 8 colors, shown below.”

http://papercruiser.com/?p=891

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The Peach Truck

• CATEGORIES: Features

What do you get when you combine marriage, business, a Gladiator, and peaches? Check out the Peach Truck story over at jeeptruck.com.

 
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Nags Head, NC, Jockey Ridge Sand Dunes Postcard on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards

Wish we could see more of the jeep. The Jockey Ridge Sand Dunes show here are the tallest sand dune system in the Eastern US. This area is now Jockey Ridge State Park. I’m guessin that driving over the sand dunes like the jeep below isn’t possible anymore?

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From Ducks Unlimited to Shore Patrol

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Joe has this story to share:

A few years back, a friend purchased a stretch-version of a 1947 Willys CJ2A that had actually been raffled off to benefit the organization “Ducks Unlimited”.  We assume the jeep was modified before the raffle to better accommodate the duck hunting sport but the winner sold the rig instead.  

The frame on the 2A and the drive shaft were lengthened about 12 inches by bubba in a back alley somewhere, based on the welding technique used.  They used heavy grade angle steel and welded it like it was a Navy ship.  The rear of the body was also lengthened about 18 inches and cantilevers over the frame to accommodate longer troop seats.  When we first saw the jeep on the trailer, the rig looked like a CJ-2A; 

The new owner happened to be a US Navy veteran and decided the jeep would better serve as a “Shore Patrol” replica jeep than a hunting jeep.  The large oversized tires were replaced and the windshield frame was straightened, among other things too numerous to mention.  And a few other items were added (ie. siren, 50 cal. MG, etc.) to complete the new image.  Here are the before and after pics of the transformation of Ducky.  Needless to say that “Ducky” was a huge hit in parades and car show.

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A Couple Dock Shots

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Marc spotted these photos on eBay. The auctions are over.

This photo included some information: 0248 Orig 1946-49 Japan Kodachrome Slide Utsunomiya US Army Offloading Jeep Dock. Taken by a US Army CID officer who lived in Japan unti; the mid 60s.

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2 Viasa Fire Jeeps in Barcelona on Flickr

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This 1974 shot show 2 Viasa Fire Jeeps in Barcelona, Spain.

“1974 – Barcelona – Parc de l’Eixample – Parque Central.
Vehículos auxiliares A-5 y A-6.
Jeep Viasa.”

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kimpol/7825805328/in/pool-1634177@N23/

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