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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.


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1949 Photo of Boy with a Toy Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, toys

UPDATE: This photo was on eBay

Marc forwarded this great photo of a boy with pedal jeep.

“1949 Press Photo Kenneth Beech in Toy Jeep, Cleveland, Ohio”


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1941 Photo of Woman in Bantam BRC-40 on eBay

She looks pretty happy with the Bantam.

“from soldiers photo album, no  locations, though some from Louisiana  maybe (car with 1941 license plate at barracks, Dr Pepper sign, ) & Oregon marked on one & one photo had Wisconsin on it.”

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Vintage Photo of a Fiat Campagnola on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Old Images, Other 4x4s • TAGS: .

This is a great photo of an Italian Campagnola.

“Photo size is 3.5×5″ inches”

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Two Jeeps at Marine Vacuum Services in Seattle

• CATEGORIES: Features

Ann and I drove to her VA appointment on Beacon Hill near downtown Seattle Wednesday, taking Interstate-5 northbound as usual. As we approached the Cleveland High School exit, I was babbling about something, since forgotten, when I looked west toward nothing in particular. Suddenly, I realized I was looking at two flatties. How I kept from wrecking while I was rubber-necking should be considered a miracle, because one of the two jeeps looked like an early Philippines Jeepney.

Ann realized I was staring at the two vehicles and knew I’d tell her we’d be investigating them a little closer. Fortunately, she’s a good sport.

After a little research, I discovered the jeeps are sitting on a container at the Marine Vacuum Services (Mar-Vac) yard. Here’s our photo (we left the camera with the telephone at home . . . sigh). Pretty neat! I don’t know how I’ve missed them all these years.


Here’s a view from Google Earth:marine-vaccuum-seattle-jeepney-mb-sign1

And a view from farther out:marine-vaccuum-seattle-jeepney-mb-sign2 copy

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Photos from Moscow’s Lend/Lease Museum

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Museums

Charles discovered these photos taken at the Lend/Lease Museum in Moscow, Russia.









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1964 USAF Photo: CJ-3A with Body V7 Works Top?

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

That top looks in good shape. It appears to be a Body V7 Works Top

“Original 35mm film slide.
Subject: USAF airman and Willys Jeep.
Date: Aug. 1964
Mount/Film Type: Kodachrome II”

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Hugh’s Pair of CJ-2As

• CATEGORIES: Builds, CJ-2A, Features

Here’s a photo of Hugh’s CJ-2As from this past weekend. He was having so much fun in the 2A on the right that he ran out of gas :-).

He reports, “Spent the weekend driving my jeeps around.  put new springs, shocks and hardware on the 47 on the left then added a set of sta super traxion tires. Then i went and got em muddy.   I ran out of gas driving the od 47 jeep on the right.”



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Photo of 150,000th Jeep Produced on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Marc spotted this photo. The caption indicates this was the 150th jeep, but the details on the reverse side of the photo confirm it was the 150,000th jeep, which makes more sense.

“You are bidding on an original 6 x 8 press photo of Cornersville IN Eleanor Ferreri Christens 150th Jeep Body at American Central Plant. Photographer Unknown. Dated 7/1/1943. The following stamps are on the back of the photo: NEA;ACME”

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Forward Control Van from HAMB

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Features, International

Buz spotted these two photos from HAMB. The photos were taken by Jack Brands. I tried to identify this European FC van, but didn’t have any luck. Anyone know? Ambulance maybe?

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Jan 1944 Travel Trailer Article about Post War Camping on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

This magazine apparently has an article about post war jeep camping. I haven’t seen the article, but would like a copy if anyone has the magazine.

“Rare original 1944 Jan. issue Automobile and Trailer Travel Magazine
wonderful references to WWII home front activities,manufacture companies’ post war planning,
make way for Johnny Doughboy jeep camping when war ends.
very fine,excellent,well preserved condition”

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Dec 23, 1941, Photo of Jeeps Driven into Box Cars

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This sold a couple days ago, but is still a neat photo. It shows jeeps being driven into box cars.

“This is an original press photo. Credit-NEAPhoto measures 8.5 x 6.5inches. Photo is dated 12-23-1941.”