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Doug and the Old CJ a Book by Bill Nelson

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Books, Features

UPDATE:  Bill has an updated price structure for his book.

On Amazon paperback—$12.95 plus shipping
On Amazon Kindle—$2.00
From Author—$10. It will cover book and shipping. I will autograh it if they tell me who to sign it for. It must be cash , check or money order. (I can’t do pay pal)
My address is:
Bill Nelson
1208 Green Lane
Chester Springs, PA 19425
email Bill at brillx@yahoo.com.

(10/31/2012) A couple weeks ago Glenn wrote me about a book he ran across call the “Doug and the Old CJ” by Bill Nelson.  Based on Glenn’s recommendation, I wrote Bill and recently received a signed copy of my own.  I still have a few books in front of it, but I’ll write a review once I finish it. I leafed through the book and it includes a nice collection of illustrations, too.

Bill published the book in 2009 and according to him, ” It was loosely based on my boy’s adventures with a 1960 cj5. Beyond a good kids story, I tried to present many mentoring lessons, shop safety, thinking out problems, it is ok to get flustered when talking to a girl, the proper way to talk to a girl, the value of knowledge, setting goals,and general constructive living.”

 
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It’s Halloween Time

• CATEGORIES: Features

Ann’s mom really likes Halloween.  Drop by and get some candy, if you dare . . .

Ann’s mother Rosemary preparing Dracula (he sits up and then lays back down).

 
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No, these aren’t Corgi Models . . .

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Features • TAGS: , .

No, these aren’t Corgi toys.  These are the real deal.  Check out the entire image at theFCConnection.com

 
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The Adventures of Tin Tin: Destination Moon

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

Belgian writer George Remi wrote and illustrated the Adventures of Tin Tin, a series of comic strips and books, which have been adapted for radio, television, theatre and movies. The sixteenth series of comic strips is called Destination Moon, which features a great illustration of our heroes in a jeep racing for a rocket. If you do a search for “tin tin” and “jeep” on eBay you’ll run into a variety of toy jeeps for sale. I’ve never read the comic series, so I really know very little about how much the jeep is involved in the series.

 
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Photo of Slat Grilles in an Army Convoy on a Snow Lined Road on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

This is a neat old photograph. The first two vehicles are slat grille MBs.

“This is a gloss finish 8″ x 10″ black and white photograph of a WWII Era military convoy traveling on a cleared road between majestic snow covered fir trees. It would be nice to know their destination. Does it look cold! There are no markings on the back of this picture, but it is pristine and very professional. I am selling numerous pictures taken during the WWII era which are of great historical interest and need to be preserved. Many are from Kashmir and other places in the Far East where the previous owner was stationed. The owner was a photographer for the military.”

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Zamboni: The Coolest Machine on the Ice Book

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features • TAGS: .

UPDATE: This is back on eBay.  Initial bid is $6.99.

I purchased a copy of this book. There are some good pictures and stories of the jeeps used to make the first few Zamboni Ice Resurfacers.  If you haven’t seen it, here’s my post about the Zamboni Ice Resurfacer.

 
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T-Shirts and JeepTruck.com $12

• CATEGORIES: Features

Mark has some t-shirts for sale.  I’ve included a picture of the back of the jeep-truck.com shirts and the front of the women’s aqua blue v-neck.

Mark writes, “JeepTruck.com t-shirts feature all of the new Jeep Truck concept vehicles such as the Mighty FC, J12, Gladiator and Nukizer 715. t-shirts come in white or tan for men and aqua blue v-neck for women all shirts are $12 which includes free shipping in the Continental U.S.  Contact  marksmith@jeeptruck.com  to get yours today!  Please specify color, size and quantity when ordering. PayPal, Visa/Master Card/Discover, check or money order are all accepted.

Don’t forget we also have SellAJeep.com t-shirts available at the same great price of $12. These shirts feature all of your favorite Willys Jeep vehicles!
 
Special note: Women’s v-neck aqua blue JeepTruck.com t-shirt has the JeepTruck.com logo on front of shirt. Back of women’s shirt does not have the concept trucks on the back of the shirt it is a plain back.”
 
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Monarch Hy-Lo Hydraulic Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Bob scanned this Monarch Hy-Lo Brochure for our viewing pleasure.

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Ok, Joe Book

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

I bought this book because it sounded interesting and because it had a jeep on the cover. “Ok, Joe” is about a Louis Guilloux, who for a short time acts as a French interpreter.  A well respected writer before the start of WWII, Louis kept a diary of his experiences and this book is structured in that way, describing his impressions about the end of France’s occupation and the entrance of the Allies (American’s in particular).   There is not much about jeeps, other than the writer takes several rides in one, driven by a driver named Joe.  If you like WWII history, it’s a different look at it. I enjoyed the book.

From the publisher:
“OK, Joe!” the American lieutenant calls out to his driver. He hops into his jeep and heads out through French countryside just liberated from the Nazis. With him is the narrator of this novel, Louis, a Frenchman engaged by the American Army as an interpreter. Louis serves a group of American officers charged with bringing GIs to account for crimes–including rape and murder–against French citizens. The friendly banter of the American soldiers and the beautiful Breton landscape stand in contrast to Louis’s task and his growing awareness of the moral failings of the Americans sent to liberate France. For not only must Louis translate the accounts of horrific crimes, he comes to realize that the accused men are almost all African American. Based on diaries that the author kept during his service as a translator for the U.S. Army in the aftermath of D-Day, OK, Joe follows Louis and the Americans as they negotiate with witnesses, investigate the crimes, and stage the courts-martial. Guilloux has an uncanny ear for the snappy speech of the GIs and a tenderness for the young, unworldly men with whom he spends his days, and, in evocative vignettes and dialogues, he sketches the complex intersection of hope and disillusionment that prevailed after the war. Although the American presence in France has been romanticized in countless books and movies, OK, Joe offers something exceedingly rare: a penetrating French perspective on post-D-Day GI culture, a chronicle of trenchant racism and lost ideals.”

Learn more about the book “OK, Joe” at Amazon

 
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Wagon Postcard on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Postcards

Here’s a neat old postcard.

“Vintage Postcard showing Jeep 4-wheel drive utility wagon.

Date of postcard unknown, although the New York address is prior to the use of zip codes.

See pictures for details of condition.
If you have a question, please ask before bidding.

Shipping costs:  $2.00 within the US / $4.00 International.
These shipping costs will apply for up to 10 postcards if you wait on a combined invoice before paying.
Email me for other shipping questions.”

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Early Photo of the Alaskan Highway

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Here’s a neat postcard.

“Title: RPPC – Military Jeep on Alaska Highway thru Canada Postcard
Description: Card was mailed, has light wear, no major creases.
We are selling a large number of postcards in the near future. Some will be individual, some in large groups. Be sure to look at our other auctions as we list similar items simultaneously.”

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Mobile Gas Ad from WWII on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Only a couple jeeps, but still a cool ad.

“This is a vintage ad not a copy or reproduction. Neatly removed from Magazine. Would look beautiful framed. Measure 10 and ½ by 14 inches. Please see my other auctions for additional lots. Buyer pays 2.00 postage. International buyers pay exact postage. I will combine multiple wins for lowest postage cost. aad-496”

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Old Photo of Jeep Amusement Ride on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This is another good example of a kid’s jeep amusement ride.

“This listing is for one old photo of a cute boy on a merry go round Jeep. Photo is approximately 3.3 x 3.3 inches.”

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Juan’s Jeep Collection and Story

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Reader Stories • TAGS: .

Juan wrote to me the other day. He wanted to share his life long passion with jeeps that started when he was a young boy in Coatepec, Veracruz, Mexico. Juan doesn’t speak English and my Spanish isn’t much better, so I have done my best to translate his email (and any mistakes are my fault).  Thanks for sharing Juan!

DAVE good afternoon.

I am a 60 year old retired Veterinarian. My Father was born and lived in Coatepec, Veracruz, Mexico, land of the best coffee. My father always used Willys jeeps or trucks to access our ranch because they were the only vehicles that could make it. When I was eighteen months of age he gave me Kings Pedal Jeep as a gift and I treasured it.

In 1969 I left my country and moved to the port of Veracruz to study veterinary and animal science. I went to work at the state of Oaxaca. Each week or two back I returned home to help my father in his old age. When I retired, I return to Coatepec to launch a small veterinary pharmacy. My parents had both passed away by that time. After returning home, I found that many friends asked about my father and whether he had any jeep parts for sale. After enough requests, I got the idea to buy some jeeps and rebuild them or part them out.

In 2007 one of my children taught me to use the computer and showed me lots of different willys sites. After seeing the Willys clubs in Colombia, I got the idea to form a Coatepec Willys clubs with some friends. We changed the name to Jeeperos Coatepec, because we have many friends that had 4×4 vehicles other than Willys. We hung out every month, attended cultural events, sports exhibitions, and were invited to participate in events on the beaches of Veracruz chachalacas, where every year all the republic clubs totaling more than 200 jeeps gathered. We have participated in movies of Che Guevara Arnold, in a French movie, in some commercials, and more.

Unfortunately, one of my children died eight months ago. This depressed me to the point where I stopped wheeling and being active in the group. However, I have slowly been overcoming this tragedy with help from my friends. And, thanks to websites like yours, I feel more motivated to keep up with my jeeps. We hope some day you can make it down here [editor’s note . . . so do I!]. If you do, you can enjoy a jeep ride through the plantation, canals and farms of these places .

In the first three photos below show the small collection I have. A 1947 CJ-2A, 1953 CJ-3B, a CJ-5, a CJ-7 and more.

Many Thanks. 

Juan Lopez Badillo

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From these first three pictures you can see that Juan has a nice variety of complete and incomplete jeeps.

This has the potential for a Colorado Tour Rig!

There are some other photos that Juan included:

 
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The Package Van Arrives at Jesse’s

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UPDATE: Jesse forwarded a few more pics showing the floor removed.

This is an update on the 1948 Package Delivery Van, the only one we know of in existence.  When we last saw it, the van was on it’s way to Jesse’s place in Phoenix for a complete overhaul.

You can read the full story of the package van in an article I wrote and published for JeepTruck.com.

Below is the latest picture I have. The body has been stripped and cleaned a bit.

 
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1948 CJ-2A “Tugger” Movie Promotional Mascot Cleveland, TN **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

(08/18/2012) The movie Tugger, the Jeep 4×4 Who Wanted to Fly is based on the book by the same name.

“This is a CJ2A that was used as a Movie Promotional Mascott. The Movie “TUGGER, THE JEEP 4X4 WHO WANTED TO FLY” was released in 2005. I bought this CJ2A from the man that owned the Rights to Movie and the Promotional Items. It is titled and runs great. It has been entered in Car Shows and has won Trophies and “Best of Show”. The paint Scheme is of the Air Force Thunderbirds. It has the Insignia of the Thunderbirds and was rebuilt along with the engine by the Sponsers; The Air Force, Jeep, Shell Oil, Orlando Genesis and Arnald Palmer Hospital for Children and Women. KIDS LOVE IT! Many comments at traffic lights. Beautiful eye catcher! It can be used for Memorial Day, 4th of July, Parades and Funerals (or just plain enjoyable driving). Not many miles since rebuild according to the tires. I fly the American Flag and Air Force Flag on special occasions.”

 
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Carved Pumpkin Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features • TAGS: .

For those who haven’t carved your pumpkins yet, I found a few ideas below.  We (and by we I mean Ann did all the work) grew our own pumpkins this year, so if we make time for carving them we will try something with a jeep flair.

Kaiser Willys is having a Jeep Pumpkin Carving contest with a $25 gift certificate as the prize.  Go to their facebook page to learn more.  The pic below is from the Kaiser Willys Facebook page.

Here’s another carved pumpkin for those that can’t identify what the shapes represent:

 

Here is a different take on a jeep pumpkin that I found here.

Here is a stencil you can use to carve your own pumpkin.  Well, it’s a small size version of the stencil. The original stencil seems to be gone.  If you click here, you can use a version of this pic that I have blown up (maybe it will work?).

 

And then there is this painting of a jeep amongst pumpkins by Daphne Wynne Nixon.

Here are a few other links to carvings:

– http://www.naxja.org/forum/showthread.php?t=1013337

Google images “Jeep Pumpkin Carvings”

 
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2013 Jeep Calendar $13.99

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Books, Features

Bob forwarded a beautiful photograph of his CJ-3B and Trailer that will be appearing in Bill Norris’ Holy Toledo Slot Grill Classics 2013 Jeep Calendar.

You can find the calendar for sale on eBay

 

 
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The Incredible Jeep by Clarence Budington Kelland

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

Clarence Budington Kelland published an one of four parts of a novel called “The Incredible Jeep” in the American Magazine in November of 1941. It appears he followed that by publishing the entire novel in 1942. Is anyone familiar with the story?

Here’s a reference to the Magazine on eBay

Incredible Jeep, The (Gold Seal Novel, presented by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Sunday, November 22nd, 1942)

 
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Ambulance Brochure on eBay

Here’s a rare brochure on eBay

“THIS IS A VERY GOOD, ORIGINAL 1950’S WILLYS 4 WHEEL DRIVE AMBULANCE BROCHURE. SIZE IS 8 1/2″ X 11″ WITH 4 PAGES DONE IN LIGHT BLUE, BLACK AND WHITE. CODE W-228-5.”

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Custom Mini Jeep Bridgeport, NJ on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual

I’m not sure what this is good for, but it’s a neat little mini jeep.

“Built from the ground up.  All steel components to include the drive train and axles.  Durable 3/4″ plywood body finished with automotive paint.  Honda GZ series gas engine (200cc) for great performance and efficiency.  Rechargeable AGM battery for the headlights.  Padded leather bench seat with automotive carpeting on interior surfaces and the under carriage finished with undercoating.  Cashiers check or cash.  Buyer responsible for pick up and/or shipping.”

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Electric Jeep out of Colombia $3700 (Plus Shipping)

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

Sebastian forwarded this to me today.  This is great!

“While driving in Antioquia Colombia my dad found this electric Jeep. It is smaller than normal size and the owner (see picture) is asking for about $3700 US dollars. It is a pure home-made Willys. Only in Colombia!!”

 
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Art of the Jeep by Jerome Hadacek

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

The Art of the Jeep:  From Propoganda to Advertising was published recently.  I spotted this on eBay, but the best price on this appears to be through Amazon.com.  Has anyone purchased this?

ART OF THE JEEP, THE: From Propaganda to Advertising

 
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Case Trapper Knife with Color Scrimshaw

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Was listed on eBay.

(10/24/2012) This is a new knife, not a vintage knife. I’m a bit surprised at the price, which is $142 as of this post. But then, I am no knife expert.

“A NEW In The Box Case XX Amber Bone Trapper Knife with A Color Scrimshaw Scene that I have just finished of an old Willys Jeep and a fisherman sitting on his Canoe. I signed and dated this knife on the bottom right. A Certificate of Authenticity that I will sign and date will be sent with the knife.

Please Note: When I do Color Scrimshaw, I do NOT paint the color on top of the design. I re-cut every line where each color is to go and apply those colors down into the cuts. This is a very time consuming process, but one in which I feel the results are well worth the added effort.

I have, in my opinion, a very low starting bid with NO RESERVE, so you collectors can decide what this knife is worth.

The knife measures: 4 1/8″ closed”

 
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Our Weekend Trip to Idaho

• CATEGORIES: Features

Ann and I drove to Spokane last Thursday for a doc appointment, then returned via the Idaho panhandle.  We made it as far east as Fernwood, Idaho, a small town in the mountains to visit Ann’s relatives, before heading south to Moscow and back.  While in Fernwood, we ran across a couple jeeps.  So, we took photographs.

Here’s a photograph of us at the barn built by my great grandfather at Fighting Creek.  This will mean something to those that have read my book.  The barn is 100 years old, but still looks good (from this angle anyway).

Here’s an old plow jeep we spotted.  We also spotted a jeep across the street, but it was too far back to photograph.

This was located in the town of Santa, Idaho, at the bridge.