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1951 Jamaica Wagon Reference Book on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Willys Wagons

I like this.  Nice way to check out a stock wagon, too.

You are bidding on an original 1951 WILLYS JAMAICA DEALERS FOLDOUT BROCHURE and a 1951 OVERLAND ACCESSORIES GUIDE…NEW OLD STOCK…near mint, with original mailing envelope….I am listing other similar items and will combine shipping….thanks and have a good day.”

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LeMay – America’s Car Museum

• CATEGORIES: Features, Museums

Last month LeMay – America’s Car Museum (ACM) opened its downtown Tacoma location.  The location can hold up to 350 vehicles, many from the LeMay collection, but others are there, too, making it one of the world’s largest automotive museums.  However, as Ann pointed out, it isn’t so much a museum as a gallery.

The building complex is four levels and uses a parking garage as its organizational metaphor.  Visitors begin on a main, very spacious area with curved wooded beams that have a nice warmth.  As you walk slightly upwards on this main floor, the vehicles at the pinnacle are a Dusenburg and a Tucker.  As I’ve mentioned, I always wanted to see a Tucker in person and I wasn’t disappointed.  Fortunately, the car is positioned so you can walk around the entire vehicle, unlike most of the vehicles.

Once the first level is complete, visitors can walk down ramps as they begin the descent into the garage portion.  A ramp leads to a flat floor, then another ramp leads down further until the bottom floor is circled.  At that point, visitors begin ascending  the other side with another set of ramps that lead back to the surface.

My main goal of this trip was to see the Tucker and explore the museum.  I didn’t expect to see any jeeps, because my last review of the museum’s online records didn’t indicate there were any.  However, on one of the underground floors we were pleasantly surprised when we spotted the familiar WW2 grille.  Unfortunately, as we got closer, I discovered this was a poor example of a jeep.  Even the sign said the vehicle was “titled a 1945 MB, but made with parts from 1941-1944”.   Problems with this included a passenger side fender had lots of rust underneath (not evident in the pics).  Brackets were welded on to the rear and sides of the body.   There was no windshield.

Despite the jeep experience, the museum is beautiful with a large number of mostly American cars.  Poor Ann had to listen to my occasional frustrations about how the museum was missing opportunities to educate and entertain people.  She bore my rants well, as usual. Guess that’s why I’m marrying her 🙂

Note, due to the low light and the banning of tripods, Ann had to use her cell phone to take pictures, so these aren’t as good as usual.

 
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A Man, A Beer, And A Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Looks like a nice relaxing day at the beach.

“Original Vintage Snapshot Photo of Willys Jeep Man w/ No Shirt Holding Beer”

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DJ-3A Surrey Photographic Reprints

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

There are two separate ebay auctions here.  Both are reprints from 1961 photographs.

These two are part of this auction

And these two are part of this auction:

 
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WWII Jeep Willys Postage Stamp

• CATEGORIES: Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

I thought this was unusual. I don’t know anything about stamps.

“This is a nice detailed Original Stamp showing a Historic Scene: PRESIDENT FRANKLIN-DELANOR – ROOSEVELT REVIEWING U.S. TROOPS IN LIBERIA IN 1943.

RIDING IN A WWII MILITARY WILLY’S MB or FORD GPW JEEP. This 67 Year old Stamp is unused and is in MINT Condition.

This is the first time in the World by any Nation to show the mighty Jeep on a official Postage Stamp.

The Country of LIBERIA Honored President Roosevelt Death with this Special Stamp.

This COMMERATIVE Stamp was also issued in a 3 cent (PURPLE) and a 70 cent (BROWN) version that I have on ebay now!

Don’t miss out on this one! It Reads 5 CENTS

1882 * FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT * 1945 This Stamp is made by E A WRIGHT BANK NOTE CO PHILA. (PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A.

The Size is: 1 2/8 x 1 6/8 inches. 31 x 45 mm”

 
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The Duke arrives in a CJ-5

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

John forwarded this photograph from the March 2012 issue of Driven Magazine that shows John Wayne arriving to the Hollywood premiere of his movie Hatari in a striped CJ-5.  There were a few FCs in the Hatari movie, too.

 

 
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Pictures from the Willys America BBQ and Caravan July 7th @ Cazadero, CA

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

UPDATE:  Dan posted a whole bunch of photographs from the Willys America BBQ and the Caravan on July 7th at the oldwillysforum.  Sure looks like it was fun.  Here are three photos:

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VISIT OUR WEBSITE: willysamerica.com FOR PICTURES OF PAST YEARS EVENTS OR OUR WILLYS AMERICA FACEBOOK PAGE FOR MORE PHOTOS.

 
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Ford Pygmyish Poster on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Artists/Drawings, Features • TAGS: .

I looked up the artist’s name, Pettinato, but couldn’t find anything else by him/her.  The body style seemed like a Ford Pygmy to me.

“Newly printed photo poster on the highest quality photographic paper . Photo poster size is 16 inches x 20 inches , image size may be slightly smaller . Please see scan for exact image . This beautiful poster is a great item to frame and display on your wall! It will fit in a commonly available 16 inch x 20 inch frame.”

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Jeep Trencher? Galveston, IN **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $350.

Philip forwarded this.  I’m try to get my brain around this, but I can’t quite picture a trencher here.

“Willeys jeep trencher. Seems to all be there. $350.00”

 

 
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Classic Jeep Racing Photos from Yakima, Washington

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

These photographs were taken by Ron Day, who wrote articles about the races and has hundreds of additional photos.  I’ve contacted him, thanked him for publishing the photos, and asked if he had any additional information he could share.  Ron now lives in Alaska and continues to photograph.  You can see his website here:  http://rondayvous.com/

This is a link to his jeep photos: http://rondayvous.com/YakimaJeeps.html

Racer driving modified racing willys jeep through the mud in Yakima

Not all the vehicles were modified.  Many 1970s racers were trail jeeps with winches and tow bars still attached, such as this drag racer.

Tags: Yakima Ridge Runners : Jeep Jockeys

 
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Bill’s Fine Sunday

• CATEGORIES: Features

Bill from Lime Street Carriage Works was enjoying himself today, lining up some jeeps and photographing them.  You’ll note the FC-170 he scored recently.

 
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Poster: Help Eliminate Waste

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Artists/Drawings, Features • TAGS: .

Here’s a rarely seen WW2 poster with a jeep that Alex shared.

 

 
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Commuter FC Photos at theFCConnection

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Features

Craig managed to snag some vintage concept Commuter FC photos off of eBay recently.  He’s organized and posted them at http://thefcconnection.com/the_commuter.htm along with a brief history.  The quality of these photos are excellent and could provide clues to recreating one of these, should someone have the money, time, and energy to tackle the project.  The whereabouts of the three concept vehicles produced are unclear.

Here’s an image of one of prototype #2:

 

 
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Sunday Morning nowhere near the Island of La Grande Jatte

• CATEGORIES: Features

Sebastian has been busily exploring Pennsylvania in his CJ-3B.  Last Sunday morning he had breakfast with his wife and a friend in a park.  I was reminded of George Seurat’s famous painting, Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.  Inspired, I attempted to create a version of that using Sebastian’s photo, but I believe it was a failure as you can see below.  You can view the real version of this photo and more at his website.

He writes, “We did a breakfast picnic in a park last sunday with my wife Ana and a friend.  During the picnic I realized that this was getting very close to a part of your book when you had breakfast in a park with “Virginia”, and you were even wearing an orange shirt!, haha, I hope that is were the similarities end. Anyway, it was a great day, and beautiful to take the willys out for this.”

 
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Feb 1949 Popular Science Weatherproofing Hint

• CATEGORIES: Features, How To, Magazine, Old News Articles

Dexter spotted this 1949 issue of Popular Science at a local swap meet the other day.  A reader of the magazine sent in an idea for waterproofing a jeep for only $.75.  Not a bad price.  Probably wouldn’t cost much more today.  Note that it was in 1949 that the CJ-3A came out with a mini gutter to distribute water similar to the role the weather stripping hint accomplishes.  I still have one of those gutters if anyone needs it.

And some other neat hints that aren’t jeep related

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The eMB from MD Juan

• CATEGORIES: Features, MB • TAGS: , .

Alex spotted an article about eMBs. The Electric MB is supposed to be made to order and cost 755.000 PhP, which is about $18,500.  I did not see the electric jeep listed at MD Juan’s website, though I didn’t do an exhaustive search.

According to this excerpt from the article, “the [electric] Willy’s MB which will be powered by a 4-kilowatt, 48-volt electric motor deriving energy from eight units 6-volt batteries. Its manufacturer – MD Juan Enterprises – calls it the eMB.

The new model of the vintage MacArthur jeep, the latest product of MD Juan Enterprises and PhUV, Inc., made it debut last week at the Philippine Die and Mould Association exhibit at the World Trade Center. The body of the electric MB was made using locally-made dies and moulds and manufactured in MD Juan’s stamping plant.

Here’s the official press release from MD Juan.

 

 
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Johnny Cash’s 1975 Christmas Album

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

Sebastian spotted the cover of this 1975 Johnny Cash Album.  That red jeep looks very similar to the one in the pictures from last month.

 
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Love, War, and Hate by Washington Davis **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features, Women & Jeeps

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

The price is a bit steep at $50, but this might an unusual look at WWII.

“LOVE, WAR, AND HATE
by Davis, Washington M.
Philadelphia: Dorrance & Company, (1976.)
First edition.
Fine first in fine dust jacket with illustration of black soldiers riding in jeep waving at a German girl.
Octavo. Black author not only relates battle stories, but also relates affair with German girl that resulted in her almost being murdered by white American soldiers. Shocking reading. 85pp., photographs.”

 
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1951 Jeep Sale Training Guide Number 7

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This is interesting.  Has anyone seen the film ‘Making Dollars and Sense’ that accompanied this training manual (see bottom of page marked ‘opening remarks’)? There are several additional pages shown on eBay besides what I show below.

“original Part Color Catalog , 8.5 x 11 , 20 Pages , Slightly Soiled , 3 File Holes At Left Edge , Meeting Guide , #7 , “Willys Makes Dollars And Sense”.”

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1946 The Little Jeep on eBay $75

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

The price seems a bit steep, but I’ve not seen another of these.

“THIS IS FOR SALE A VERY RARE CHILDREN BOOK ABOUT A LITTLE JEEP THAT WANTED TO BE A BIG TRUCK OR TANK IN THE WAR. BUT AFTER THE WAR IT PROVES TO BE A BIG HELP TO THE FARMERS WHILE THE BIG TANKS RUST AWAY IN THE SCRAPYARD.
FIRST PRINTING ORIGINAL 1946 ISSUE.
HARDCOVER. DAMAGED BINDING ON THE EDGE BUT THE RST IS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION. A REAL COLLECTORS ITEM.”

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Inyo Mono Jeep Trailers by Roger Mitchell

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

Someone from California might find this rare book interesting.

“Inyo Mono Jeep Trails by Robert Mitchell
La Siesta Press;  1991 reprint.
Softcover booklet; stapled wraps; 36 pages. Measures 5.5 x 8.5 inches.
The cover is in fair condition, the interior are very good.”

 
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Holt Forklift with Willys Engine Coachella, Ca $2000

• CATEGORIES: Features, Industrial-Welder-Generator

UPDATE:  Still Available

(04/30/2012) I tried to uncover more information about the use of Willys engines in Holt Forklifts, but I found nothing.

However, regarding forklifts, I found that Mercury forklifts were stamped ‘JEEP’ prior to the development of the jeep. Here is what I read:

Otis Elevator and Baker Electric Truck combined to produce the first Lift Truck in
1907. It had a nickel iron battery and it had a chain lift. The company was know as Otis-Baker. Baker manufactured the Baker Electric Car but then switched to industrial tow tractors and pushers. They had tiller steering. Otis Elavator was the preeminent expert in all things lift so the marriage was perfect.

Mercury electric trucks were competition for the Baker and they eventually became Pettibone-Mercury. Mercury had nothing to do with the Ford Motor Company and their use of the name pre-dates Ford’s. Mercury was the first company to use the word “jeep” on it’s forklifts. The use of the name pre-dated the famous Willys Jeep. Forklifts to this day are still called Jeeps and occasionally in an old industrial scap heap you may still see a counter weight for an original Jeep.

Read more: What year was the first forklift made? | Answerbag http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/2136154#ixzz1tXwQxWfI

I tried to locate the year in which Mercury forklifts were first called jeeps, but have yet to find it.  Instead, I found this brochure on ebay that clearly labels the forklift as JEEP as early as 1950.

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Below we have the Holt Forklift that is for sale:

“holt forklift don’t know what year it is. the motor is a flathead 4cyl willys manual shift 4×4 drive.right now it needs electric fuel pump to run. asking 2000.00 obo call manny 760-250-9975 after 5pm or leaeve message before then.”

http://imperial.craigslist.org/cto/3118683325.html

 
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Pictures from the Korean War

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

David forwarded these images.  He wrote, “Found some of my dads photos he took while stationed in Korea ……note the soldier standing outside the flatfender has a rifle pointed at the cameraman”

I especially like the photo of the kids leaning on the jeep.  I can relate to doing that as a kid.

 
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Don’t Be A Joe Dope

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Artists/Drawings, Features

Alex forwarded me a variety of Joe Dope posters from WWII.  I posted a couple several years ago, but didn’t realize how many others there were.

 

 
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PIctures from the Great Willys Picnic 2012

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features, Unusual

Mark from sellajeep.com took a variety of pictures and a couple great videos from last month’s Great Willys Picnic.  If you’ve never seen a working saw driven by a PTO, then check out his page:

http://sellajeep.com/ShowsEvents/gwp2012/gwp2012.html

Here’s a line up of some of the jeeps:

This truck has an neat paint job:

This is a picture of the pto driven saw:

This is a rare CJ-5 factory compressor: