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Searching for a 1948 CJ-2A Named “Whiplash” in Silverdale, Wa

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

Jeri Norris contacted me today wondering if I could help her track down a jeep she and her husband sold in the early 1990s.

She writes, “I’m looking for a jeep we sold over 20 yrs ago. It’s a 1948 Willys flat finder. At the time it was sold it was blue with white top. On the driver’s side we had the name Bill and on the passenger side the name Jeri.  We called it Whiplash. It was powered by a V-8.  I believe she was sold to someone in silverdale WA. I’ve been trying to find her for over 15 yrs. Any help would be great. Thanks.”

So, if anyone recognizes any of this info, let me know.  Jeri and Bill jeeped in California as part of the Kangaroo 4wd Club.  They moved up to the Puget Sound area, bringing the jeep with them,  and then sold the jeep.

Here is one picture:

 
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Press Photo of Tuxedo Park CJ-5 eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, CJ5, Features, Old Images

I thought this was an odd photo due to the passenger seeming to pretend to be holding a steering wheel.   This photo is being auctioned on eBay.

View the eBay Auction here

 
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Ford GP Photo eBay

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

Here’s a nice photo of a GP chained down, possibly for transit?

View the eBay auction here

 
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Alaskan WWII Hardtops

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

Here are four different custom hardtops built during WWII and used in Alaska:

1. From “Attu WWII Photos” comes this unusually designed hardtop.  I don’t think I’ve featured this previously (at least, if I did, I couldn’t find it).  (It turns out this and some other photos are at the CJ-3B ATTU Hardtop Page)

http://www.hlswilliwaw.com/aleutians/attu/html/attu-wwii-pg3.htm

2. From Flickr and www.throughtheireyes2.co.uk comes this odd hardtop.  The author of the throughtheireyes website collects photo albums from soldiers and publishes the photos.  He has some very good photos there.

3. Here’s one more hardtop from a 1944 expedition.

4.  Jimmy Stephens and his jeep with hardtop in Adak, Alaska.

http://stanstark.blogspot.com/2011/08/war-in-alaska-pieces-of-puzzle-fit.html

 
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S. H. Hunter’s SeaBee Scrapbook

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

The grandson of Samuel Hunter created an online scrapbook of his adventures during World War II in the Pacific.  Interestingly, Sam was 44 when he joined the Navy.  Perhaps due to his age, he understood the uniqueness of this experience and kept a scrapbook.  From the scrapbook comes the entire story along with this picture, one of many images.  It is a fascinating story.

http://robroy.dyndns.info/seabee_scrapbook/index.php

 
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1977 Ice Cream Truck Phoenix, Az $5900

• CATEGORIES: Features, Other 4x4s • TAGS: .

Mama’s Sweet Treats?  That made me laugh.

“1977 Jeep Ice Cream truck 4WD w/lockg hubs,has window a/c unit,has platform for generator,360 CID eng,std. trans.,needs a little wiring work….ran when parked last year,just what you need for a business …….asking $5,900.00 OBO………….better hurry ….SUMMER IS ALMOST HERE……..(602)214-3123”

http://phoenix.craigslist.org/cph/cto/2940873512.html

 
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1957 Willys Bicycle Orange County, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1590.

I know this isn’t a Willys Overland bicycle, but it is a Willys.  That and the fact it is so odd made it worthy of posting.  lol.

“Completely restored, sandblasted & powder coated. 7 speed Shimano gears. Has storage under seat. Must see & ride to appreciate.”

 

 
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1946 CJ-2A Fire Jeep from Polo, Illinois

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles • TAGS: , .

The Polo Fire Department’s Website has nice shots of their Fire Jeep online.  According to the website, this is a “1946 Willys Jeep with front mount pump an pull behind water tank. This vehicle is used for small fires at the park and to try to hold ground until Polo Fire arrives on scene from some 6 miles away. They also use it to clean shelters and other structures in the spring.”

Here’s the website

 
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Posters of CJ-2A with Wooden Top on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual, Wood bodies • TAGS: , .

Each of these posters is purchased separately from three separate eBay ads.  This unique top is not something I remember seeing.  Anyone know anything about it?

Poster 1 Side view ebay link

Poster 2 Front view ebay link

Poster 3 Rear view ebay link

 
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Ypsilanti Machine and Tool Company Hand Crank Heater

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Since this model was on ebay, I contacted the museum’s curator to see if the museum was interested. The curator let me know they already had an original (brand new) version of this heater along with the original box at the Ypsilanti Museum.  

Josh spotted this ebay ad for an unusual hand crank heater.  It is similar to the Stewart Warner Hand Crank Heater, but made by the Ypsilanti Machine and Tool Company.  That is the same company that Preston Tucker owned.

“UP FOR AUCTION IS THIS HAND CRANK MILITARY HEATER.. I DONT KNOW FOR SURE BUT THIS MAY BE A STEWART AND WARNER HEATER.THIS MUST HAVE BEEN USED BY THE US AIR FORCE BECAUSE THE TAG ON IT SAYS PROPERTY OF U.S.A.F. I’AM NOT SURE WHAT THIS IS USED FOR..I’VE HEARD MANY DIFFERENT USES FOR IT I JUST CANT SAY FOR SURE WHAT IT WAS USED FOR. IT IS A HAND CRANK HEATER.. THE CRANK STILL CRANKS OVER AND THE GAS TANK HAS NO REAL RUST AND TANK LOOKS ALMOST NEW INSIDE.. I TRIED TO TAKE A PICTURE OF INSIDE OF THE TANK FOR YOU TO SEE. IT DOES BLOW AIR OUT WHEN YOU WIND THE HANDLE. I HAVENT EVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS.. I DON’T KNOW IF ITS WWI OR WWII OR LATER..IM SURE SOMEONE ON HERE WILL SEE AND KNOW WHAT IT WAS USED FOR.”

 
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My New (Old) Hand Slicer

• CATEGORIES: Features

(This has nothing to do with jeeps, but everything to do with food)

Last fall when Ann and I were visiting with Bob and Mindy in Ohio Bob happened to pull out a hand slicer he used to slice meat.  I thought it was really cool and told him so.  A couple months ago he was at an auction, spotted one, and called me to ask if he should bid on it.  Sure I said.  He got a good price on it and shipped it out west to me. I finally got a chance to boil, clean and reassemble it.

The best thing is that it is all steel and tough and can be taken apart and cleaned; almost no plastic!  It’s called a General 100 Meat Slicer.  I still need some two more footings, but it works great.  Pretty good for a 45 year-old machine.  Even cooler is that someone inscribed their name and a date — June of 1967.  Thanks again Bob!

Here’s is are a variety of them on Etsy for sale.  Here are others on eBay.  Below is a picture of mine with some freshly sliced ham.

 
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Gordon’s Backseat Idea

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

Gordon built this foldup/folddown back seat in his CJ.  If someone is interested he will provide plans for $20.

 
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Jeeper Vineyards and Champagne

• CATEGORIES: Features, Website

Gerald forwarded this story of the Jeeper Vineyards, the full text of which is on Autoblog.  The story is from spring 2011.

“To help commemorate the 60th anniversary of Jeep, vineyard Jeeper has teamed up with Delta 4×4, a company well-known in Europe for aftermarket wheels, tires and other offroad accessories, to produce a limited-edition champagne.”

Visit the Jeeper Champagne website here.

 
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Tuxedo Park Mark IV Package for CJ-5 Questions

• CATEGORIES: Features

A reader had a few specific questions about the Tuxedo Park Mark IV Page related to a jeep he’s considering buying, but needs to know the following:

1. The CJ-5 is missing the chrome rear bumper.  Was the rear bumper also used on any other models? How hard is it to find a replacement.

2. The column shift assembly is missing and it is the stock three speed.  Where these the same ones used on the DJ or Surrey or any other models?

3.  Did all Mark IV Pages have a V6 and the Emblem on the side as shown below (from the early CJ-5 Page)?

If anyone has the answers offhand, that would be great.

 
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Bantam BRC-60

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

Here’s a cool picture from the San Diego Air and Space Museum that was posted on Flickr.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/49487266@N07/5685117554

 
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1951 CJ-3A Featured in 4 Wheel Drive Arcadia, Ca $20,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, Features, trailer • TAGS: .

This combo is now for sale.

“1951 Willy’s Jeep CJ3A W/1948 Bantam Jeep Trailer, Chevy II Engine (153 c.i.), Polished & Ported Head W/Stainless Steel Valves, T.R.W. Pistons .060 Over, Polished & Shot Peened Rods, Howard Cam & Clifford Gear Drive, Engine Blueprinted & Balance, Carter A.F.B. 575 C.F.M. 4 Barrel, Duce Factory Gas Tank W/Overflow, Ford Top Loader 4-Speed Transmission Model 18 Spicer T-Case, Corvette Clutch Pressure Plate & T.O. Bearing, Lakewood Bell Housing, Hard Chrome Crank, Fr & Rr 5.38 Ring & Pinion, Pwr Locks Fr & Rr Ends, Full Floating Rear Axle Kit, Ramsey 8000 lb P.T.Q. Winch, Chevy Steering Box W/Ford Column & Turn Signals, Le Carra Steering Wheel, Kelsey Hays Wheels (15X8), B.F. Goodrich All Terrain Tires 31X 10.50, 11″ Jeep Station Wagon Brakes, Rancho Springs & Shocks, Deist Seat Belts 5 ea., Colt C.B. Radio, Stewart Warner Gauges, Stock Seats W/Custom Center Seat, Trailer Sleeps 3 on WWII Navy Bunks, It has an Attachable Tent Tarp, mounting Hook-ups for Stove, Stand, Fold up Table, Lanterns & Water Cans, Comes with Fold Up Port A Potty, the Grub Box Holds Cooking Utensils and Enough Food for Days, There are 3 Coleman Ice Boxes (2 in the Jeep & 1 on the Trailer, NO TEXT WILL BE ANSWERED, (626) 643.2334.”

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sgv/cto/2947093168.html

Read more and view the many pics about this great looking combo in Four Wheel Drive website

1951_cj3a_and_trailer_4wheeler

 
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Jeep Collages

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

I ran across the below Collage and thought it would make an interesting post to group  some of the collages I’ve run across.

From Ensarf.com comes this Bob Facklam Print.  It is signed and numbered.  Price is $19.85:

Tim Dolan and I were selling these. I haven’t reordered any.

This is a neat illustration I saw at the WAAAM Museum by Yasuo Ohtsuka called “The Jeep . . . A Concise History”

Here are a couple from Roberto Flores:

 
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Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum

• CATEGORIES: Features, Museums

I ran across the cool picture below at roderblog.com during a search for collages.  It was taken by Jeff Roder at the Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum in Pueblo, Colorado.  Neither Ann nor I have been there, but I’m sure in our travels we’ll wander through there as the ‘Eilers Bar’ is in Pueblo.

From Roderblog.com:

Here is a photo of the MB that I found on Flickr.  It was taken by jwm1049.

 
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Hanson Mechanical’s New Blog

• CATEGORIES: Features, Website

Merlin has launched a blog for people who’d like to follow Hanson Mechanical’s projects. Merlin has also moved the shop into a new garage, which looks nice.

http://hansonmechanical.wordpress.com/

 
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Erik’s MB

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features • TAGS: .

Nineteen Year Old Erik and I have been tossing a few emails back and forth over the past two days.  He’s another one of these young kids who has found time to rebuild multiple jeeps.  He shares his story and his jeep below:

Erik writes, “I started getting interested in restoring jeeps when my neighbor got a 43 MB and convinced me to start WW2 Reenacting. I decided that I wanted to get one too and began saving to buy one, This led me to your site were I spent almost every day looking for just the right one. As I was only 17 at the time I didn’t have much of a budget to start with so I wanted to get one that wouldn’t need too much work. I ended up finding one in california and had it shipped here. When I got it I realized that the pictures didn’t reveal how much work would actually go into it.

I began going to reenactments after I got the jeep (It wasn’t restored yet so I couldn’t bring it) and saw that the majority of reenactors who had jeeps did a work as you go kind of thing, Which caused them to not look very good. This made me decide that I would do a complete frame up restoration of mine.

It took me a year to get the jeep torn down, The frame sandblasted, I Rebuilt the engine, Transmission, transfercase, and did some bodywork to the Hood, Fenders, and grill. The body ended up being replaced as I don’t have the tools to do that.  It was then rebuilt, Painted the correct OD green for the time and theater of war. I ended up making the stencils by hand and painted them onto the body.

I was able to bring it to the first Reenactment in October 2011. It was an airshow in Midland TX (I live in Houston). It was there that I was asked by a fellow reenactor to help restore his GPW. He had all of the parts he needed already purchased so it was a pretty fast restore (took around 4 months) with his help. I am now working on a 43 MB for a friend.

More photos of the jeep and My reenacting unit (Able company, 502nd PIR, 101st Airborne) at our facebook site (https://www.facebook.com/#!/ablecompany502pir)”

 
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World’s Largest Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Unusual

UPDATE:  Mark pointed out that Jalopnik has updated the pictures shown below with background information about how why the “Chuck Norris of the Middle East” built the world’s biggest jeep.  

Here is the newest link with the full story: http://jalopnik.com/5509865/middle+eastern-chuck-norris-builds-worlds-largest-jeep

(Originally Published 04/10/2010) Thanks to Rich for finding this information on JalopnikWe saw an early pic regarding this jeep, but here’s the final product.  Note the other large 4x4s as well. Ahhhh, the life of a sheik .. so much money, so little time!

 
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Builds: Claus’ Brother’s CJ-2A

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

FEATURED JUNE 2010

As promised yesterday, here are images of Claus’ Brother’s CJ-2A. Really great work!!

Claus writes, “I also promised you my brother’s nut and bolt restoration of his late 1947 CJ2a. Both of us are very fond of these vehicles – a passion that developed from a simple photograph of a CJ2a that my grandfather had on his farm in the early 1950’s (Photo attached). As we grew older our quest started and we both started searching to only find the right vehicle some 12 years later.

Parts are always a problem as they are not readily available in South Africa. The majority of parts are refurbished originals – although 60 years old, these are usually still more durable than any reproduction parts you can buy these days. When we didn’t have the right parts, we were always very happy to order from Walck’s in the US.

I am not going to give a description of the restoration – I believe the pictures speak for themselves. Perhaps it must just be mentioned that he is a bit of a perfectionist. As you look at the chassis note the nickel plated parts ….“bling” … they were purposely not painted. All elements that could get damaged by brake fluid or a wrench have been plated. The only other thing that is not quite standard is the positioning of the spare wheel. He liked the view of a complete wheel arch and the thought of a wheel’s weight on the body was a bit daunting to him, hence he opted for a M38 style spare wheel mount. He has gone through great efforts to save the body – again body parts are not available and having to ship these to Africa would have cost a fortune. So this is the best he could do with the limited access to parts.”

Below is the front housing assemply:

Here’s the rear assembly:

Here’s the chassis assembled:

Here’s a closeup of the front assembled:

See many more pics here by clicking the link below ….

Continue reading

 
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Builds: Claus Rebuilds a CJ-2A in South Africa

• CATEGORIES: Builds, CJ-2A, Features

FEATURED JUNE 2010

Claus contacted me a little while back telling me he was from South Africa and asking if I’d be interested in seeing and sharing some pics of a CJ-2A he rebuilt.  Absolutely, I responded.  So, yesterday I received pics and a story of both his jeep and his brother’s jeep, which you can see here.  Thanks for sharing Claus!

Claus writes, “Its winter in the southern hemisphere and unfortunately this means wet weather for us folks in the Western Cape Area of South Africa. Sunny days are few in this time of year and I/we don’t plan many trips. It must be said that the nicest days are however also during the winter months – not too hot and no wind. All very positive aspects if you are day tripping with the old vehicles.

So now for the jeeps – There are not many flat fenders left in this part of the world – quite a few numbers of CJ2a were imported during the 1946-1949 for the purpose of farming. South Africa was also one of very few countries that ordered CJ2a’s in 1948 as Military vehicles. At that time the Union Defense Force (UDF) ordered 289 units, and these came in fact all standard from the factory in olive drap. Not many survived as they had to work hard on the farms or in service. Some that did continue to “exist” where built up as challenge vehicles and so the numbers decreased drastically. To date limited numbers are on the road – we don’t really have a vintage “jeep” club in the country so it is hard to tell how many are actually “alive”. It has however emerged that many people start to convert back to the original spec CJ’s which is nice.

I consider myself very lucky and after about 12 years of intensive searching, both here in South Africa as well as my home country Namibia, found a beautiful 1948 CJ2a in very good condition on a nearby farm. The Jeep stood for about 20 years on bricks in the owners shed so it has worked only for about 2/3 of its life and those must have been gentle years, because everything was still in very good condition. To top it all it had a complete PTO and monarch governor installed. The pto is currently off so I can restore it. I was also very fortunate to pick up a set of early WARN freewheel hubs (seen on the later pictures) So that in short is the story of my CJ2a. Attached are photos for reference.

Photo1: My Jeep when purchased

Photo2: My Jeep during a short day trip on a nice summer day in the Swartland district. (It just fits so perfectly into the landscape – water reservoir and windmill)

Photo3: My Jeep with new 10 piece canvas top ordered from New Life Canvas in USA

Photo4: My Jeep with original half cab installed

Photo5: My Jeep with new Half cab top installed

Photo6: My Jeep surf’ near Camps Bay

 
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Fire Jeeps out of the Netherlands

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, International, Old Images • TAGS: .

FEATURED JANUARY 2011

I was trying to locate some more interesting willys-related museums, but instead stumbled across the atlantic, landing in the Netherlands (back in time no less).  The result were these 2 great images of old Fire Jeeps with extended rears and wonderful details.  There are a few more smaller images of these jeeps at the Netherland focused website Brandweerforum.  They have some other non-jeep firetrucks there as well.

 
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Elizabeth Taylor on a CJ-2A

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

FEATURED DEC 2010.  

(NOTE: The link I had for this picture no longer works, but it was a part of the Getty Images)

I’m not sure if I’ve seen this before or not, but I don’t really care; that CJ-2A makes Elizabeth Taylor look mighty fine … or maybe it is the other way around.

A teenaged Elizabeth Taylor paints while sitting on the hood of a jeep in California, 1947. (KM Archive/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)