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More Photos from the Pictoral WWII Book

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Here are a few more photos from the “Pictoral History of the Second World War”.

This first photo is really interesting. Here’s the caption:

OUTWITTING THE NAZIS: A little thing like a capsized ship doesn’t stand in the way of the U.S. Army engineers. Here, in the Naples Harbor they have outwitted the Nazis and turned a deficit into an asset by transforming an overturned ship into a pier. Nazi demolition ships in the harbor at Naples, like this one, did not count on the ingenuity of the Engineers. The ship’s superstructure, digging into the harbor bottom, steadies the hull. All five hatches of a Liberty ship can be unloaded at once alongside this improvised pier. All during the campaign through Italy the Allies came across numerous scenes of destruction like the one pictured here, designed to slow up the Allied march to  victory in the former Mussolini stronghold.

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I wish the light had been better for this photo:1944-08-26-gpa-seep-eiffeltower

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Container of 1940s Letters on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features

No jeeps here, but lots of interesting history.

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“Interesting Lot of WWII era LETTERS –

some might be considered somewhat rare and/or unusual.

Lot of WWII letters that had belonged to my father-in-law, who served in the Army Air Force from 1943-1946.
He was trained as a photographer, trained at several bases and also stationed at the Stars and Stripes office in Erlangen, Germany.

I believe I counted over 240 letters in this lot.
There could be more than one letter in one envelope I noticed…
The bulk of the letters are from my father-in-law to his girlfriend, who later became his wife. Some are from her to him, a few are to and from their parents, one or two from her siblings to Ed when he was stationed away.

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FC-150 w/Signboard near Amarillo, TX

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Features

Evan was visiting Amarillo College in Texas when he spotted this FC-150 with a signboard just off of I-40 on Jackrabbit Rd in front of the I-40 Convenience Store. You can even view it on Google Maps. It’s just north of I-40.

Here’s a photo of it using Google Maps:


These are Evan’s photos:

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22nd Midwest Willys Reunion in Hudson, OH May 16-18

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

The 22nd Annual Midwest Willys Reunion will be taking place May 16-18, 2014, in Hudson, Ohio, this year. This year’s Banquet Speaker will be Paul Barry, of Willys America.

Learn more about the reunion here: http://www.midwestwillysreunion.org/smwwr14.htm


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1944 Goodyear Rubber Ad with a Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

The rubber coating on the canvas in the ad was pliable to 50 degrees below zero, water and fire proof.

“This ad is from a large format magazine such as Life, Saturday Evening Post, Colliers etc and measures approximately 10.5″ x 14″”

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1973 Issue of World of Wonder on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

I assume this story is about Ben Carlin and Half Safe. Wonder of Wonder was a kids magazine.

“World Of Wonder Magazine No. 190 November 1973 – Across the Atlantic in a Jeep!”

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Original DJ-3A Parts List Book on eBay

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Documents, Features

Priced at $80, you can make a lower offer. View all the information on ebay
Bid on this version starting at $18.95: View all the information on ebay




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1930s Chassis with Home Made Body Williams, OR **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $500.

(11/30/2013) This crazy contraption looks sort of like a lengthened CJ-3B, but it is even stranger than that.

“Willys car chassis with motor and. tranny. 800 also has radiator and two original wheels. Also have homemade body to fit. 800 for body . Very cool project whether u decide to go original willys or stick with the new body 1300 ad is or best offer”





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VS-57 McCulloch Supercharger Toledo, OH **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $900

Brian forwarded an ad for a Supercharger. It is $900. I don’t if it is a VS-57 or not though.

“Orginal super charger for willys 226 hurricane. Complete with brackets,belt tensioner,supercharger,carburator housing and carb. This unit is off 1957 willys pickup. I have a lot of other willys parts engine,drive train,axles ect.”


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UPDATE: Still Available

“Nice copy of Mechanics manual for a VS-57 supercharger as fitted to Studebakers, Fords and Willys. 26 pages of text and diagrams. Great for restorations.”



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Lion Country Safari

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

What goes better together than Lions and Jeeps, right?  Apparently the Lion Country Safari founders agreed. I’d never heard of the parks until I ran across this ebay photo showing a child sitting in a Zebra striped M-38A1:

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Curious about the park, I dug through the interweb for more info. According to Wikipedia, the company provided drive-through park experiences. They were started in “1967 by a group of South African and British entrepreneurs who wished to provide a safari experience for families who would not normally be able to experience it. The park originally exhibited only lions. The original South Florida park is the only one remaining in operation. Lion Country Safari previously operated parks in Irvine, California (1970–1984);Grand Prairie, Texas (1971–1992); Stockbridge, Georgia; Mason, Ohio (1974–1993) and Doswell, Virginia (1974–1993); all of them subsequently closed.”

Given the sign above mentions “Laguna Hills” at the bottom, I think it is safe to assume this is the Irvine, California, park. Here are photos of the Laguna Hills park when it was running, here are additional photos, and before/after photos of the park after its demise.  I found two more photos of the jeep above lead me to believe it was especially for photos:


This photo shows Terri Tolliver posing on the jeep for Western Photo Magazine (Neither a search for Terri nor a search for Western Photo Magazine yielded any results). An 8×10 of the photo is for sale on eBay:


As mentioned earlier, the park in Florida still exists. It has been voted one of the top ten zoos by The Weather Channel (do they know zoos?) and received other accolades. It even has (or had?) some jeeps, but they look like they are only for the kids, as this flickr photo from 2009 demonstrates:


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Barbie Jeep Racing in Southern Utah

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Mom sent this video. What other use is their for old Barbie Jeeps?


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Valentine Greeting Jeep Card

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards, Women & Jeeps • TAGS: .

I just spotted this vintage card, so I got it for Ann. Or maybe, I’ll give it to her, so she can give it to me? Somehow, I’ll make sure she is happy and I get the card!

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Debbi’s Dates #5 Cover

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Comics, Features

This is a comic book cover. Was on eBay.

Great thrills highlights this must have piece of COVER ART…from the 1970’S and DC comics this is the ORIGINAL COVER COLOR GUIDE to DEBBI’S DATES #5……..This is the ORIGINAL COLOR WORK FOR THE COVER, done by the COLORIST…a truly important part of the comic making process…IT CANT BE IN BLACK AND WHITE….here is the work done by the COLORIST with COLOR NOTATIONS so the PRINTERS know how to finalize the color schemes!!!……Approx size is 7″ by 10 1/4″, in nice shape!……….. ONE OF A KIND — their importance and collectibility has become well known!!!…GET THIS GREAT PIECE OF ORIGINAL PRODUCTION ART WHILE YOU CAN!!!…….a super cool piece for any collection!!!”


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John Guinta Jaguar/Gorrilas/Jeeps Art on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Comics, Features

LIke Gorllias, Jeeps and Jaguars, then you’ll love this unusual original art for a comic magazine.

“This is the original art for page 5 of Laugh Comics #140 (1962 / Archie Comics). This art for a Jaguar superhero story was penciled by John Giunta. This is large size art (art area about 12″ x 18″), in nice, clean shape. There’s some very minor use of whiteout in and around some word balloons.”

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1950s Willys Brochure 24 pgs on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This 24 page Willys Brochure has lots of great images in it. This version doesn’t appear too often.

“Original non color catalog , 8.5 x 11 , 24 pages , rusty staples , shows a variety of Jeep models , also vehicles in use in various situations , etc.”

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Warn Early Hubs Quincy, WA eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

Leland spotted these early warn hubs are just up the road from me.

“Fourth in a lifetime opportunity to own the original Warn freewheeling hub. Removed from 1948 Jeep cj. Complete with inner sleeve, inner bearings all complete and not warn out. no holes or rust, light dings and scratches exceptional for sixty plus years”

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Jeeps Over the Pacific by Yasuo Ohtsuka on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

This rare book is for sale on eBay

“Jeeps over the Pacific
Yasuo Ohtsuka
White&Black Photo, 183 Page, English
Super Clean Books,”

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VEEP Brochure and Assembly Instructions

Paul was kind enough to share this very rare Hadley Engineering VEEP brochure in the hopes that it helps the VEEP owners out there who struggle to find information about their vehicle. Below are photos of the basic brochure. I also have assembly instructions that I haven’t scanned yet. Great stuff! One unique item I hadn’t notice before was the stamped ‘VEEP’ in the hood. I’ve never seen that in any production VEEPs. If you ever run across a hood with VEEP stamped in it, I’d be interested to get some photos.





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Fagen Fighters WWII Museum

• CATEGORIES: Features, Museums

Built as a tribute to his father who participated in D-Day invasion of Utah Beach in Normandy, Ron Fagen opened the Fagen Fighters World War II Museum in September of 2012 at his hometown of Granite Falls, MN,  Along with a collection of WWII airplanes, the collection also includes the GPW used by Omar Bradley during the Invasion. I’ve only found this one:

fagen-fighters-wwii-museum-jeepHere’s a neat overview of one diorama taken by Jody Phipps. The jeep isn’t shown.


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Crosley ‘Pup’ Variant – Photo on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Airborne Lightweight Jeeps, Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

This appears to be a variant of the Crosley Pup (see post from Jan 1). The size, the front end and the wheels look similar. The fenders are rounded. Possibly it is a prototype?

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WWII Photo of Jeep on Jerry Cans on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Not sure if perching a jeep on jerry cans was an approved mechanical strategy, but seems to work for these guys. I don’t remember ever seeing that done.

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Home Made (?) Tin Toy Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Marc found this unusual hand made toy jeep.

“Vintage Tin Toy US Army Jeep
Windscreen moves up and down. Metal wheels.
No visible maker’s mark. Looks handpainted and possibly handmade.
measures approximately 9.75″ long, 4.75″ wide (side mirror to side mirror)”

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Race Jeep Roseburg, OR **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Other 4x4s, Racing • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $21,000

“Race jeep for sale. Modified wrangler chassis with lift off body. Custom aluminum floor pan. Custom full race cage. Engine Sbc 406 with many modifications est at 700 hp, dart cnc ported heads, cull roller cam, rev kit, wesmar gear drive, 2″ headers, flow master exhaus. 850 proform carb. Turbo 400/205 full manual race tranny. 4 link front and rear. 18″ travel ORI struts. Trail ready wheels. Good year tires. Psc/krc full hydro steering Custom paint. Corbeau suspension seats. Tom woods driveshafts. 32 gallon fuel cell, turning brakes, dana 44 front, dana 60 rear spooled with 40 spline dutchman axles. And much more. Willing to seperate engine & tranny from jeep. Sand tire combination available for extra fee.”

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1944 Colorized Photo of Eisenhower in Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

These are reproduction photos, but still pretty cool. It may be Omar Bradley in the rear of the jeep.

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1948 Photos of Everglades Tamiami Arch Everglades on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Anyone ever seen a grille guard quite like this one? It has kind of a Road Warrior feel to it in the first photo.

“As described in the title and shown in the scans below, this is a set of three original snapshot photos that were taken from 1948 to about 1950 of, what seems to be, the same Jeep (or similar) parked in the shade under the Collier Archway on the Tamiami Trail at the Collier County and Dade County lines in the Everglades National Park. We don’t know if the officer in the swamp prepared Willys Jeep with large police light on the front is a Park Ranger, Sheriff’s Deputy or Police Officer. He is parked on the Dade County side but they may just be because of the shade. One of the photos is marked “1948” on the back and the other two are not marked. However, one of the unmarked ones has the “Kodak Velox Paper” watermark on the back which would place at least to 1950 and the Jeep now has a radio in the front center of the roof which is not present in the other two photos. The approx. measurements range from 3.25″ x 3.5″ to 3.5″ x 5″. The photos are in bright clean condition though two have been clipped, there is photo paper curl, some scuffing and crinkle. Please view the edge to edge images below for further details on condition and image quality. The thin white vertical lines are artifacts of our scanner and not actually on the photos. If you are interested in original historic Everglades snapshots from the late 1940’s to the early 1950’s, please check our other listings as we have a few more to sell.”

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