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1943 GPA/Seep Model Kit **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, GPA (SEEP), Models

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

Here’s a rare kit that looks complete.

“U.S. Army Amphibian Jeep (Quack)
MOD-AC Manufacturing Co
Los Angeles, Calif.
1/2 Inch Scale Wooden Model
I believe it is from 1943.
Very hard to find in used good condition.
Please examine all pictures carefully as I do not know if all the pieces are there.
The body of the Jeep is in very good condition as are the pieces and parts I do have.
The box does have wear and tear (see picts).
The paper portion of the kit does have some of the pieces cut out (see picts).
I am selling this model “as-is” with no warranty or returns.
I can only accept PayPal as the form of payment.
I will only ship within the United States.
If you have any questions please feel free to email me.
Thanks for looking.”

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1958 Saturday Evening Post Jeep on Cover on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

Only the cover is being sold. Apparently, a flat tire on the jeep has stalled a parade. Seems an odd cover?

“COVER ONLY. Bottom right corner damage; scuff at mailing label. Border creases.”

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1949 Carcraft Brochure on eBay

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

(06/24/2013) Marc spotted this pricey, but interesting brochure.

“Original part color catalog , 8.5 x 11 , 8 pages , has a small hole near the top border on all pages , shows and describes the custom Carcraft body for Willys CJ3A . Produced by Carson Machine Company , Oklahoma City , Oklahoma . This item is AutoLit Part #wt3764-WKSDCG.”

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January 1968 School Bulletin Article

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images Jeeping, Old News Articles

I found this jeep related article in a School Bulletin from 1968. Not a lot of information, but I thought it was interesting it was there in the first place. It documents a trip into the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in New Mexico.




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National Four Wheel Drive Association Photo From Ad

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

This National Four Wheel Drive Association Photo appeared in the February 1964 issue of Four Wheeler Magazine near the back cover.



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September 1943 Campbells Soup Ad

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This Campbell Soup ad was published in the September 18, 1943, issue of the Saturday Evening Post, pg. 31.



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1944 Pullman Transportation India Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This isn’t a whole lot different than that Pullman ad above.

“One page, approximately 10″ x 13″ in size; this ad exhibits no significant condition problems.”

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1944 Pullman Transportation Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Pullman was busily shuttling troops during the war according to the ad.

“One page, approximately 10″ x 13″ in size; this ad exhibits no significant condition problems.”

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1944-pullman-china-adMarc found another version of the same Ad.

1944 PULLMAN AD Soldiers in Jeep Splash Sergeant in China

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Matchbook Cover for Bill’s Texaco Willys Jeep Service on eBay

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

Here’s an old Colorado Texaco Matchbook cover from Seibert, Colorado.

“You are bidding on: Matchcover Seibert CO Bill’s Texaco Gasoline Service Willys Jeeps Phone 26. 1948 Name on inside cover.”

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1943 Poster from World War II on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This 16″x20″ poster shows an unidentified scene from 1943.

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Good Humor Pedal Car Poster

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE: Was on eBay

Craig forwarded this great photo of a little boy ‘peddling’ Good Humor bars.

“LARGE SIZE: 19″ X 13″ Canvas ~ Image size: 16″x13″ READY TO FRAME”


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Photo of Unusual Hardtop from Germany on eBay

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

Marc spotted the photo of this unusual hardtop from 1946 Germany.

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1978 Ad for Sears Super Trac Hunting Tires on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Tires and Rims

Neat old ad.

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CJ-5 Renegade Stripes from the Early 1970s

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Features

Gary contacted me tonight to ask if I knew which year of jeep body my father used for his CJ-5 rebuild. It was a good question I didn’t know. I’d never studied the Renegade stripes. My research was not exhaustive on this, so please feel free to correct any mistakes.

Based on my review, I believe my Dad’s body came from a 1974 CJ-5. I started with the below picture.


Notice the stripe falls vertically. So, I just had to find a comparable vertical stripe. I just didn’t know how many years jeep produced the stripe. It turned out to be just 1974.

I looked up 1971 and 1972 bodies. During those years the Renegade had a straight stripe that didn’t drop over the side of the cowl as you can see below:


In 1973 the renegade had a straight back, then drop-angled stripe:


Note how the stripe is angled over the cowl and splits. This is a supposed to be a factory photo.

In 1974, the stripe fell straight as seen in these photos:1974-cj5-renegage-brochure


This is a factory photo.

Possible Late 1974 Style? Notice how the name drops lower. This stripe is being sold on eBay as a 1974/1975 style.


Here’s another example, though this jeep was listed as a 1973 (can’t find the original link). It may actually have been a 1974:1947-cj5-anglestripe

Here’s another jeep listed as a 1974:


In 1975, the style changed to one that dropped, then went straight back.


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Future Mechanic

• CATEGORIES: Features

Bob forwarded this cute photo from Facebook.


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Ad for Hickey 4×4 in Four Wheeler Magazine

I ran across this unusual ad for the complete setup for an unusual 4×4 in the February 1964 issue of Four Wheeler Magazine. The prototypes and parts were being sold by Vic Hickey (or he was acting as an agent). Anyone have more information on this? It appears to be a four wheel drive dune buggy.


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Jeep Truck Sign Akron, OH $125

• CATEGORIES: Features

I’m guessing this is a plastic from piece from a sign?

“Vintage JEEP truck dealer sign. This is from a lighted sign. Measures roughly 46″ x 49″. Call 33o-8ol-l4ol.”



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1975 CJ-6 Sweden

• CATEGORIES: CJ-6, Features, International

Jerk spotted this unusual CJ-6 with what I assume is a custom bed. It’s another odd ball.

“Google translation of ad;
Willys Jeep pickup sold due to lack of time!
It is 4×4 and right hand drive. Is the course so no sms or e-mail hears
I was by myself for the end! Sincerely Tobbe”



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Mini Jeep Honor, MI $4800

• CATEGORIES: Features

Brian forwarded this mini-jeep listed at a real-jeep price.

“Mini Jeep CJ3B. A must-have for the little Jeepster in your life!! You will not see one like this anywhere else, it truly is ONE OF A KIND. Mini Jeep, tube frame (not lawnmower based.) Front & rear working lights plus off road lights, 10hp Kohler engine with electric start in excellent working order, hydrostatic transmission forward and reverse, electric winch. How about a trade? Mike 231-218-0ne zero55.”



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Surfer Roxy in Alex’s CJ-3A

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Women & Jeeps

A US surfing celebrity called Roxy dropped by Moorea in Tahiti and borrowed Alex’s CJ3A  for some fashion shots. I personally think they cropped too much of the jeep, but I guess it is all about the model these days . . . On the bright side, he made a few bucks on the rental 🙂

Roxy Tahiti CJ3

To Roxy’s credit, she could drive the jeep well. You can see more pictures of Alex’s jeeps (without Roxy) here

Here are some additional photos from the photoshoot

Finally, you can catch a quick glimpse of the jeep racing through the pinapple fields. You’ll have to watch a bunch of women in small bikinis to see it though. I’m sure you’ll all suffer through it just fine.


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More Photos from Europe

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Old Images

Charles forwarded these photos for our enjoyment.

1) entac rockets launched from belgian army jeep


2) belgian army – 5th Company Medical -Kassel (germany)


3) willys ran upto landmine – place ‘herkenbosch’ netherland


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2013 MVPA Conference in Portland, OR

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features

UPDATE: It seems that a number of posts I’d created over the last few weeks hadn’t published correctly. My visit to the July MVPA Conference was one of them. So, there are a bunch of extra posts today!  Enjoy.


Vern and Dennis in front of Vern’s Ford GP. Vern has restored a number of different jeeps. Dennis is working on his first, a 1943 GPW.

On my way to Seattle today I detoured through Portland so I could spend some time at this year’s MVPA Conference. The event was held at the Portland Expo Center. The event seemed well attended, with many different vehicles and vendors. There were over thirty jeeps, too!


I couldn’t stay at the event too long, so I didn’t get a chance to mingle much. Besides Vern and Dennis, I spent some time talking with Joe from Vintage Wiring of Maine. He and Josh were discussing a wiring harness for Josh’s GPA project. I also spoke with the guys organizing the convoy trips that honor/celebrate some of the early trans US Highways. We discussed both using eWillys to promote the event and joining the 2015 Bankhead Route Convoy for part or all of the thirty day venture.

I’ve landed back in Renton for the next week. My mother has a long ‘sonny-do’ project list. I’ll also be disassembling Biscuit. I’m gonna be busy!

Here’s a bunch of pics from today. That’s all I have time for:

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US Navy Jeeps

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

Here are several pages that specialize in US Navy Jeeps.

1. https://picasaweb.google.com/jeepballade/OnlyAuthenticWW2USNJeeps#
2. https://picasaweb.google.com/jeepballade/USNJeepsAroundTheWorld#
3. http://bathead.com/wc51blue.html

Here are a couple random pics:



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Sand Castle Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

Bob forwarded this cool sand castle jeep. I wish I could build something like that!


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Motor Trend Compares a Farm Jeep vs. a Wrangler

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Leo spotted this video. The comparison is a silly one, since the Wrangle can’t perform any PTO tasks. Instead, it looks more like a Wrangler promo and less like a real story. That said it’s still fun to watch the 3A.