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1960 West Yellowstone Postcard with 3 Jeeps on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards

The jeeps aren’t really big, but there appears to be a flattie, a CJ-5 and a wagon or truck.

“WEST YELLOWSTONE, MONTANA — Circa. 1960 Street view with Chevy and Jeep autos parked in front of a STANDARD OIL Co. Gas Station. Chevron, Conoco, and Texaco gas station signs can be seen in the view. The card is unused — very good+ condition. It’s a dandy view for your automobile/gas station post card collection.”

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Unsual Prototype Photos on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Jeepster, Old Images

UPDATE: See Jim’s description in the comments about this very unusual prototype.

These are all original photographs purchased from the “HEAD PHOTOGRAPHER FOR TWIN COACH BUS COMPANY AND THE WILLYS JEEP FIRM IN TOLEDO OHIO ALL PHOTOGRAPHS WERE TAKEN BY HER WHILE WORKING FOR THESE COMPANIES”

1) From the front: View all the information on ebay

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2) From the side: View all the information on ebay

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3) Without hood or doors: View all the information on ebay

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4) From side with Fleetvans behind it: View all the information on ebay

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1942 Vintage Ad with “Fashion Fresh” Shoes on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Women & Jeeps

Shoes and jeeps . . . what more could a woman want?

“Life Stride Shoes
Like The Army Jeep,Fashion Fresh,
Vintage 1942 Print Ad”

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Australian War Memorial Images

• CATEGORIES: Features, Library Collections • TAGS: .

Marc spotted some more Australian War Memorial images. These are all public domain images.

1) http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/014793/

1943-05-05. NEW GUINEA. THIS PHOTO SHOWS TALKIE EQUIPMENT BEING FITTED INTO A JEEP WHICH CAN GET TO AREAS WHERE BIGGER UNITS CANNOT. (NEGATIVE BY BROWN & BAGNALL).

National Collection2) http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/063079/

SOUTHPORT, QLD. 1944-01-13. A JEEP OF THE 4TH ARMOURED BRIGADE, FITTED WITH PETROL DRUM FLOATS NEGOTIATING THE NERANG RIVER. SHOWN ARE: SX28155 SAPPER R. D. SYMONS (1); SX20700 LANCE CORPORAL D. C. HOLLAND (2).

National Collection3) http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/061672/

PALANKO, NEW GUINEA. 1943-12. TROOPS OF THE 26TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE RIGGING UP A FRAMEWORK SO THAT THEY CAN HAUL A CRASHED JEEP BACK ON TO THE ROAD.

Australian-War-Image-saving-jeep4) http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/068818/

NORTH OF CAIRNS, QLD. 1944-08-24. CLOSE UP OF A JEEP CAPSTAN ATTACHMENT WHICH WAS USED TO ASSIST THE JEEP UP A STEEP SANDY SLOPE.

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Rudys CJ Shop in Findlay, Ohio

• CATEGORIES: CJ-7, CJ5, Features, Website • TAGS: .

Doug spotted this ad (http://limaohio.craigslist.org/pts/3736548170.html), which led me to Rudy’s CJ Website: http://www.rudys-cjs.com

Rudy’s is located in Findlay, Ohio, and specializes in 1976-1983 CJ-5s, CJ-7s and CJ-8s (scramblers). They sell both complete jeeps and parts.

According to the website, Rudy’s forte is “selling originally rot free, unpatched CJs for you to take to the next level or personalize or enjoy in it’s original glory as it sits.  Our philospophy is that all the mechanicals can be easily resolved but it is only original metal once.  We do not do any fiberglass Jeeps nor do we ever patch frames.”

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Here’s a very different kind of Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, International

And now for something completely different. I’m a little surprised they’d use the acronym jeep . . . http://www.mtw.gov.jm/JEEP/jeep.aspx

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Willys Knight Motor Paper Sign on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

Marc forwarded this unusual sign. This shows a nice bit of history. Knight created the first sleeve motor after becoming frustrated by the noisy motors of the day. There are a number of advantages and disadvantages. You can read more about the motor at Wikipedia.

Here’s an interesting thread on HAMB about the motors:
http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=200088

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1956 Truck Newspaper Ad from Maine on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Willys Trucks

It’s a neat ad.

“Original newspaper ad , 8 x 8 . This item is AutoLit Part #wp3800-QCPPOH.”

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1958 FC-170 Willys of Canada Ad

Here’s a rare FC ad.

“ORIGINAL 1958 JEEP CJ 5 WILLYS KAISER CANADA AD 4 WHEEL DRIVE TRUCK WINDSOR ONT. Original Ad measures 4.5″ x 5.5″ approximately. Ad is in very good condition. Original Ad not reproduction. We will combine shipping.”

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Jeep Wagon Goes Nuclear

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Guy found these videos with jeeps and nuclear blasts. Here’s a wagon before and (seconds later) after a blast (see 1:00 minute mark of video)

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Here are a couple more vids he found.

http://youtu.be/r9UwBOhyJSI See time mark 10:35
http://youtu.be/5dG76lkGC8w See time mark 2:30

 
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1948 Letter Indicating Metal Shortages

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features • TAGS: .

Marc spotted this interesting letter. It sold on eBay last month. It goes to show that even hard top makers were having problems finding material to build their aluminum top.

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Shot of Jim Carter from Vintage Four Wheeler Magazine

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

I bought a May 1975 issue of Four Wheeler Magazine, because it was cheap. I didn’t find anything interesting in it until stumbled across a picture of Jim Carter racing through mud on the last page. Jim and his wife Patti were long time friends of my parents and encouraged them to join the fledgling Wandering Willys Jeep Club. Those that have read my book might recognize the name.

For an unknown reason, JIm isn’t racing their jeep Otis, but someone else’s (or this photo is earlier than 1975). I do recognize that helmet though.

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1948 Russian Jeep Manual and other Information

• CATEGORIES: Features, International

Marc uncovered several great G503 Russian site links.

This link includes information on jeep (and seep) manuals in english and russian. Here are a couple shots from the Russian book from 1948:

http://www.g503.ru/info/phpbb2/viewtopic.php?p=1460#1460

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And here is a thread with many different pictures:

http://www.g503.ru/info/phpbb2/viewtopic.php?t=143&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0

 
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Photo of Fleetvan Assembly on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, FJ, Old Images

There is a seller with a variety of 8×10 black and white photos of the FJ Fleetvan. Some auctions end soon. This seller also has photos of a three-wheeled delivery van made for the post office.

They are all original photographs purchased from the “HEAD PHOTOGRAPHER FOR TWIN COACH BUS COMPANY AND THE WILLYS JEEP FIRM IN TOLEDO OHIO ALL PHOTOGRAPHS WERE TAKEN BY HER WHILE WORKING FOR THESE COMPANIES”.

1) Here’s a rare picture of the assembly plant. View all the information on ebay

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2) Here’s a line of vans on train cars: View all the information on ebay

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3) Back of van: View all the information on ebay

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1945 Photograph from Kiev, Ukraine on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Old Images

Nice shot of an MB and several other jeeps.

“100% Authentic Original SOVIET RUSSIAN WAR PHOTO SOVIET OFFICERS IN US MILITARY OFF ROAD CARS WILLYS PARADE KIEV UKRAINE 1945.
FROM PRIVATE COLLECTION.
SIZE 18 X 12 CM.
NOT POST WAR REPRINT.”

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Spotted this M-677 & Wagon Yesterday

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Features

Just a few updates tonight.

We were out for a short drive to downtown Pasco and back. Instead of taking our normal route, I returned home via some side roads. We were a couple miles from home when we spotted these two jeeps. Not often I see a M-677 parked in a driveway (unless I’m at Jesse’s house).

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Sand Pounders at Padre Island

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

I ran across an article about “Sand Pounders”, a name given to the soldiers that patrolled the beaches off of the Gulf of Mexico. The article included these two jeep pictures.

http://southpadretv.tv/here-lies-red-lady-85/

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1942 Wickwire Rope Ad

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Here’s a neat ad.

“1942 HAULING JEEPS ACROSS RAVINES…ANOTHER JOB FOR WICKWIRE ROPE SALES ART AD.
AUTHENTIC MAGAZINE AD.
OVERALL MEASURMENT IS 7.5 X 10.5
IN GOOD CONDITION
I MAIL ITEMS DAILY AND PACKAGE THEM VERY WELL IN A POLY BAG AND DOUBLE CARDBOARD.
DELIVERY CONFIRMATION IS ADDED TO EVERY ITEM AT NO CHARGE.
COMBINED SHIPPING…….NO EXTRA POSTAGE……REGARDLESS OF HOW MANY YOU PURCHASE”

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Giclee Print of a Follow-Me Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

You don’t see many follow-me jeeps illustrated.

“This museum quality Giclee print is part of a series by photographic artist Michael Malak:
Series: Wings of Angels is a project being created to honor the veterans of WWII and as a tribute to pin-up and aviation of the era.
Model: Tala Marie.
Assigned Plane: P-38 Lighting.
Posed with the Follow Me jeep.
(Follow Me jeeps were used at airfields helping to control airplane ground traffic. Those jeeps used close to the front remained the OD (olive drab) color, but at bases to the rear, the jeeps were painted bright yellow.)
Art by Michael Malak of MALAK Photography.
Photo sessions were located at the Yanks Aircraft Museum in Chino CA. (Video Below)

Fine Art Giclée professionally printed on museum quality Photo Metallic Silver Paper with archival inks. The paper, printing ink and process used producing this print gives it that unique, vintage, antique look and feel from the era. The quality, detail and depth of color in this Giclée is exceptional. Size: 11″x17″. Print comes in an acid-free archival sleeve and backing board.”

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Jeep Puzzle by Terry Redlin on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, toys

Well, maybe it’s more bait shop than jeep puzzle, but it’s a home run if you like fishing and jeeps!

“This is Terry Redlin “WELCOME TO PARADISE” Bait Shop Fishing Jeep Country BOXLESS Puzzle!!
**NEW** in Manufacturer’s Bag… FACTORY SEALED!!
The puzzle is in Excellent Condition!!
This puzzle is 300 pieces & is 11″ by 15″ when complete.
This Puzzle is #5 from the Master Of Memories Collection.
Artist: Terry Redlin”

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7 Jeep Postcards on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards

The beginning bid on these cards is $5.00.

“Vintage Post Card Lot of 7 Jeep Postcards
5½ x 3½ inch cards
They are: Jeep Panel Delivery 2 & 4 Wheel Drive, Jeep Gladiator Townside 2 and 4 Wheel Drive (in red), Jeep Gladiator Thriftside 2 and 4 wheel drive (in blue), Jeep Wagoneer Station Wagon, Jeep Universal ( with Meyer Snow Plow), Meyer “Jeep” Cab, Jeep Gladiator (with a Power Balance Meyer Snow Plow).”

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Larry’s CJ-2A

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

Larry forwarded me an ad for the Sawyer Motor Car Show in Saugherties, NY. He included a few pictures of his CJ-2A, so I asked him to send me some more pics.

He writes, “These pictures were taken on the 4th of July. The gentlemen in the passenger seat is Joe Sinnotti a WW2 Navy Seabee. I was asked to put some Stars and markings on my jeep.  Funny how a lot of people don’t know the difference between a real WW2 jeep and civilian one. My family and I enjoy driving around town. I have heard ‘hey look at that old army jeep’ plenty of times and have had plenty of pictures taken. I cant stop at a red light or park without pictures being taken. I love it when dads take their kid’s pictures by it. I tell them to put the kids into it — boy what a smile they get!  Hope years from now they can look back with fond memories.”

Thanks for sharing Larry!

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Larry’s son just got his driver’s permit. I suspect their will be some competition for the driver’s seat 🙂larry-swart-cj2a4

 
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Schools At War Jeep Campaign Poster

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

Marc spotted this classic poster on Flickr.

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Terry’s Jeep Farm in Kingston, NY

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I’m sad to report that Terry Ackert passed away last month. He ran the Jeep Farm in Kingston, NY. We had a chance to meet him in 2011. Tom forwarded this obituary. Below is the summary of our visit with him.

(Published Nov 17, 2011) This past Monday Andy took us over to meet Terry and tour Terry’s ‘jeep farm’ in Kingston, NY.  The entrance to the farm is a jeep tour in itself, requiring a good solid hill climbing vehicle as the jeep farm sits atop a hill like the summit of some holy jeep mecca.  In fact, the entrance is guarded by two luscious beauties … two barbie jeeps that have, admittedly, seen better days.  Once we reached the farm, jeeps began appearing in the woods.

Terry has been collecting jeeps for years and, even despite the rainy day, relishes what he does.  While Andy, Terry and I talked, Ann was busily exploring the scene for the perfect shot.  I’m not sure she even knew it was raining, because she was in her ‘photo zone’.  Terry was impressed enough that he gave Ann a little tootsietoy jeep (which needs some rebuilding).  Though we didn’t get a glass of wine on this visit, as the rain discouraged socializing, if you visit him on a nice day he just might share a glass with you. Give him a call at if you need some parts: 845 657 6692.  Thanks for taking time for us Terry!

Terry and I pose.  I like his eyeglasses holders.

Here are a few pictures from the our time there:

Here is Ann’s first ever jeep (left), given to her by Terry, and Andy’s more complete version of the Tootsietoy jeep:

 
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Merapi Jeep Tour Community in Indonesia

• CATEGORIES: Features, International • TAGS: .

Leslie forwarded this story from the New York Times.  In 2010 Mount Merapi in central Java, Indonesia, erupted killing 300 people. Following the eruption, visitors arrived to check out the damage. An enterprising man named Christian Ignasius bought a CJ-2A to provide tours of the area. That little operation has grown into enough jeeps and guides to serve one thousand tourists a month.

Here’s the article at the New York Times

I also found some great pics. These two are form the this website.

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This image is from an online new article:merapi-jeep-tour-community1I found this picture of the volcano and a jeep on Flickr:

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