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Milk River’s CJ-2A Fire Jeep & T-shirts

I ran across Milk River’s website, located in Alberta, Canada.  To help support the Milk River Fire Department, they have printed t-shirts with an illustration of the department’s 1947 CJ-2A Fire Jeep.  You can email them here for more information:  http://milkriver.ca/government/town-departments/emergency-services/47-willys-t-shirts-for-sale/sendto_form

Here’s a picture of their Fire Jeep:

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Bruce’s Trailer Makeover

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features, trailer

Bruce wanted to share some before and after pictures of a trailer he saved.  As you can see, the before picture shows a pretty tired trailer.  However, after six weeks of work by Bruce, the trailer looks like a great match for his flattie.  Thanks for sharing Bruce.

Bruce wrote, “I purchased this trailer locally (7/2/12) for $600, more than i wanted to spend.  however, it was simple to transport so i bought it anyway.  they are hard to find.

Every nut, bolt and screw was removed, and all 20 leaves from the springs.  All of the u-bolts and one shackle were replaced.  All rust was removed.  The floor had a few rust holes on the side that i duct taped over and then rhino guarded (black spray) the interior. I picked up a 3×6 rubber floor mat from u-line that fits nicely inside.

The trailer had home made fenders that were welded on. Once i removed them, gaping holes were left.  I found new fenders at ‘tractor supply’.



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1968 Montgomery Ward Replacement Parts Book on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Catalogs, Features, Parts

Did you know that both Sears and Montgomery Ward companies both sold replacement parts for jeeps and scouts? See the next post for the Sears version of this catalog.

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1968 Sears Catalog of Replacement Parts on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Parts

Here is the Sears version of a parts Catalog, though this doesn’t mention any Scout parts like the Montgomery Ward Catalog does.

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John Bean FireTruck Ad Include FC-150 on eBay

I show two ads below.  John Bean appears to have built both a FC-150 Model 200-F Fire Jeep, shown in the Ad below) and a FC-150 Model-FJ.  I don’t know what the difference between the two is.

1. This blown up portion of the ad shows the ad for the Model 200-F from a 1960 Ad

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2. This ad is from 1959.  I can’t tell what model is shown.  These are two of 12 pages in the brochure.

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Wooden Flatfender Models, Pictures and Website on eBay

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

UPDATE:  This is back on eBay.  A couple new pictures were add, too.

When I first noticed this ebay ad, I was confused about it.  It took me some digging to understand that this family out of Entlebuch, Switzerland, once sold jeeps.  Then, some members turned to making toy jeeps.  Apparently, there are about 50 toys left?   They have listed the toys, the website, and photos for sale if I understand correctly.

Here’s the eBay auction

According to the seller, “Shortly after the war (1945) Family Enzmann imported 60 Jeeps to Entlebuch, where they were rebuilt and sold to the farmers as commercial vehicles. At the weekends my father together with his classmates from university, drove the vehicles from Geneva to Schüpfheim. ( Which always turned into a big party afterwards.) My grandfather organised special events on which the Jeeps were presented to all customers.

Besides the garage my grandfather also owned a cinema and a hotel and he liked to advertise his garage and Jeeps in between the films. After a while the Jeeps were also sold with a closed driver’s cabins due to the very hard winters in Entlebuch.

The images below are from the website that is part of the auction:

And a couple images of the toys:

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Work’N Woody FC-150 Sprint Car Pusher

I ran across this unusually modified FC named Work’N Woody.  According to this website, it’s a modified FC that has been a fixture at race tracks since 1978.  It even has its own website.  You can see a gallery of pictures here.  Pretty cool!  It must be a great place to watch a race.

Here are a couple pictures from the website:


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1961 Fleetvan FJ-3A Brochure **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, FJ

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

This is a good look at an FJ-3A brochure. It is 8.5 x 4 Folded , 17 x 8 Unfolded.

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1962 FJ-3A Fleetvan Chassis and Parts List on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, FJ

I can’t imagine there are too many of these books around.

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Original FC-170 Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, FC150-FC170-M677, Features

Here are several original FC-170 brochures at a good price.


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Dinky Tow Truck Toy **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

UPDATE: **SOLD** WAS on eBay.

According to the CJ-3B Page, the Dinky Tow Truck, called a Jeep De Depannage, was based on the French Hotchkiss M201 and sold in France through 1971.  In the case of the toy below, the rubber ‘rope’ that held the tow hook has perished and has been replaced with string.”

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Jim’s Uncle Frank Photo from the Korean War

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Jim created a post in honor of his Uncle and Cousin. Below is a small version of one of those pictures.  The caption reads, “Men and Vehicles of Baker Co. 23rd Regft, 2nd Infantry Div. Hong chon (?) May ’51”.  Visit Jim’s site to see a larger version of the photo below and the rest of the pictures. Thanks Jim!


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Maverick TV Show Mailer

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, FC150-FC170-M677, Features • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

This brochure was designed as mailer to promote the TV Show Maverick with James Garner as a joint advertising venture.  This is 8.5 x 5.5 folded , 8.5 x 11 unfolded.

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1957 Export Family of Jeeps (CJ-3B, CJ-5, CJ-6) Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This is a neat Willys Export Corp fold out brochure that highlights the CJ-3B, CJ-5, and the CJ-6.

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Photo of FC-150 Tow Truck Pulling a Race Car on eBay

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Features, Old Images

Here’s a cool photo of a FC-150 Tow Truck at work on a race track, though the FC doesn’t take up much of the image.  I’ve made the FC portion a little bigger in the photo below.

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1962 FJ Fleet Van Photograph

• CATEGORIES: Features, FJ, Old Images

From http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2009/07/bizarre-stuff.html comes this rare fleetvan photo from 1974.  It shows Ron Elizada in front of a 1962 FJ-3 Fleet Van.

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Creep in a Jeep Sticker from Topps Chewing Gum

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, toys

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

This chewing gum card picturing a crazy hopped up Jeepster was part of the 1980 Topps Chewing Gum Weird Willys Sicker #24: CREEP IN A JEEP.

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1955 DJ-3A Dispatcher Mailing Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, DJ-3A, Features

Here’s another Dispatcher brochure.  This was designed to be mailed.

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1951 Salesman Quiz from a Willys Overland Training

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

I found this quiz from a sales training meeting from 1951.  The quiz is available on eBay if you want to purchase it.  I had planned to create an interactive quiz, but for some reason my theme isn’t cooperating with any of the quiz templates.  Of course, I was disappointed, because I planned to have music, flashing lights, amazing colors, audio tracks, balloons, spaceships, prizes, and so much more . . . Instead, just use pencil and paper and imagine everything else  . . . And thanks to Colin for organizing the answers for me!!


1. There are ……….. different Willys chassis.
(1) 2
(2) 5
(3) 6
(4) 8

2. In the Jeepster, the basic rugged frame is made …………………… to compensate for the open-type body.
(1) more flexible
(2) stronger
(3) more streamlined

3. Planadyne suspension provides a comfortable, big-car ride without ……………………..
(1) shock absorbers
(2) unsprung weight
(3) excessive weight and long wheelbase

4. Hotchkiss drive uses the car’s ……………………………… to transmit the push of the drive wheels to the total car.
(1) drive line
(2) rear springs
(3) torque tube

5. A measure of long clutch-life is ……………………, and on this basis, Willys clutches are outstanding.
(1) frictional area per horse-power handled
(2) horsepower per cubic inch of piston displacement
(3) area of clutch throwout bearing surface

6. The Hurricane engine’s ………………….. is in the cylinder head, resulting in better control of the temperature of the air-fuel mixture
(1) intake manifold
(2) carburetor
(3) exhaust manifold

7. The F-head design of the Hurricane engine permits ………………..
(1) a larger intake valve
(2) a smaller exhaust valve
(3) location of the exhaust valve in the cylinder head

8. The Hurricane engine has the high compression ratio of ………………… yet premium priced gasoline is not required.
(1) 7.2 to 1
(2) 7.4 to 1
(3) 7.8 to 1

9. In the Hurricane engine the arrangement of intake and exhaust valves is ………………..
(1) both in the cylinder head.
(2) both in the block.
(3) intake valve in head, exhaust valve in block.

10. On the basis of horse-power per cubic inch of piston displacement, the Hurricane engine is the ………………….full-sized American-built automobile engine.
(1) lightest-weight
(2) most efficient
(3) highest compression

11. All of the Willy chassis are designed and built …………….
(1) identical in construction.
(2) to do their particular transportation jobs.
(3) with excess weight to get comfort.

12. The Willys ………………… is universally recognized as the most dependable 4-cylinder, L-head engine in the history of American motor cars.
(1) Hurricane engine
(2) Lightning engine
(3) ‘Jeep’ “Go-Devil” Engine

Click here for the page of answers ===============>


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Vietnamese Capture French Jeeps in 1954

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

I spotted this picture on Flickr.


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Salesman Selection ‘Tips’ from 1951

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This is listed as a Willys Overland Document, but appears to come from the Studebaker Management Institute.  Either way, it’s a pretty interesting read.  The document has 8 pages total.

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1960s Sierra Nevada Video

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images Jeeping, videos

UPDATE: I didn’t have the link quite right on this video, so I wanted to update it in case anyone missed it.

Roberto spotted this video compilation. The poster of the video describes it as “8mm film by my Grandfather; around 1964-1968. These trips were in the western central Sierra Nevada Mountains.”

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Unusual Body, Anyone Recognize it?

• CATEGORIES: Features

Grant is wondering if anyone recognizes this body?  With the tool boxes in the wheel wells, I think it’s got a MB/GPW rear.  It’s got a small part of the driver’s side windshield (just the angle part) which appears mb/gpw/cj2a ish.

This picture was original published at the earlycj5 forum:

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“Big Red” in the lobby of Warn Industries

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Features, Museums, Unusual • TAGS: , .

Doing some hub research today I ran across images of  “Big Red“, the CJ-2A that lives in the Clackamas, Oregon, facility of Warn Industries.  It’s a beautiful looking jeep that I plan to visit one of these days.

If you haven’t been to the Warn website, stop by the history page and check out the picture of the two odd jeeps taken early in Warn’s history when the shop was located in Seattle.  I contacted Warn about the photos, but they couldn’t provide any additional information about the jeeps.  I’ve never seen the body and frame modifications like those any where else.  It looks like it turned CJ-2As into a truck.

Big Red:

Here’s a shot from the 208 Sema Show from Truckin

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1941 Article from Field Ford on the Ford Pygmy on eBay

From the Magazine “Field Ford” comes a rare article about the Ford Pygmy Prototype.  The article projects that 30,000 of these 4-4s might be used eventually.

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