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A Man, His Dog, and Lizzy

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Features

This picture comes from Elizabeth, Colorado.  Conrad is checking out the beautiful scenery and, perhaps, contemplating the sale of his jeep, because “Lizzy” was sold a few days ago to her new owner Mark.   This CJ-2A is very stock and even has its original black paint (quite rare).

Mark plans to take good care of it and preserve it as is. So, despite being sad it had to go, Conrad is happy it is going to Mark and Mark is thrilled to get it.   Even better, Mark and Conrad have become friends.

 
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Heinrich Bole’s The End of a Mission

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

This isn’t a book so much about a jeep as it is about the burning of a jeep.  The story centers around a court case, in which a man and his father are being tried for burning an army jeep.

I have yet to read it, but it’s on my list.

You can learn more about this book at Amazon.com.

 

 
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Gus and the Model Garage: Gus Goes Hunting … For Trouble!

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Books, Features, How To

In this story from Gus and the Model Garage, Gus explains what happens when synthetic rubber gets old.  The story is called “Gus Goes Hunting … For Trouble” and was published in November of 1953.

http://www.gus-stories.org/html/november_1953.htm

 
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Topps World on Wheels – Willys Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Artists/Drawings, CJ-3B, Features

This is a Topps chewing gum card that shows a CJ-3B.  At Dean’s Cards, this is only $5.00.  I looked for some other Topps cards with jeeps, but couldn’t find any more.

“1954/55, I would grade very good with light wear. Please see scans to make your own evaluation. E-mail with any questions. Thanks for looking!”

View all the info and pics on eBay

 
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Year? M-718 Medina, Oh **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, M-151, M-170, Other 4x4s • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

“Your buying a M-718 Ambulance with a bill of sale. vehicle starts, runs, drives well but needs some brake work. It will need the usual undercarraige kit. Correct canvas top and right rear curtain are N.O.S. Missing left right curtain.”

 
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Johnny Cash in a rare 462 CJ-5

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Features

UPDATE:  Jim notes that this CJ-5 is a very rare example of a 462 model CJ-5.  You can see his comment about it below.  I tried to find some pictures online of a closeup of the decal, but couldn’t find any. 

Also, here’s a picture of Johnny Cash from a 1975 Christmas Album.  It looks like it could be the same jeep.

I stumbled upon these neat old pics of Johnny Cash from the johnny–cash-infocenter.com website.

 
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M-38A1 at Fort Lewis Circa 1958

• CATEGORIES: Features, M-38A1, Old Images

UPDATE:  This has been relished on eBay.

Though it appears stuck in thick Tacoma area mud, there is an explicit declaration on the back of the photo stating that the jeep is NOT stuck.

“Up for sale is a 1958 Original B&W Glossy 7×5 Photograph taken by an Army Photographer and showing what I believe is a US Army Willys M38A1 (MD) Jeep in a Very Muddy Road with Id’d Soldier, most likely at Fort Lewis or Yakima Training Center in Washington State. Back is hand titled: Lloyd McClelland + jeep in mud. Not stuck. Taken while on hill duty. Year is based on some dated images in this collection. Any serious defects will be noted here [curved ends, light roughness to lower edge, old tape, minor tape? staining on back], but since condition is subjective, please enlarge photos & decide overall condition for yourself. This would make a wonderful addition to your collection.

ALL the images I have by this unknown US Army Photographer were taken in Washington State in 1958. However some of his military views do not give location info, so location is a best guess from what is shown. I also have several other Army / Air Force photos from this photographer on eBay.”

View all the info on eBay

 
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Gus and the Model Garage: Gus and the Miracle Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Books, Features, Tips & Tricks • TAGS: .

Buz pointed me to this story title “Gus and the Miracle Jeep”, publish in the August 1950 of Popular Science Monthly.  The story is part of the Gus and the Model Garage series.  I’d never read any Gus stories, and Buz didn’t tell me much, other than I should read it.  So, I didn’t know what to expect.

After reading it I suggest you read it too.  It just begs the question, what other things did the Army try?

http://www.gus-stories.org/august_1950.htm

That is just one of more than 500 stories about Gus and the Model Garage, written by Martin Bunn over the span of three decades.  Who was Martin Bunn?  That was a pen name for a variety of authors who churned out a monthly story designed to describe car problems in ways the average person would understand.  In a way, it’s like Encyclopedia Brown (which I loved reading as a kid) for people interested in automotive mechanics.

Thanks to Mike Hammerberg, there is an entire website devoted to Gus and the Model Garage stories.

 
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Gus and the Model Garage: Gus Helps Land a Big Catch July 1961

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Books, Features, How To • TAGS: .

From Gus and the Model Garage comes this tale.  It is more adventure story than mechanic story, but it does feature a Ford GP.  It is titled “Gus Helps Land a Big Catch” and published in July, 1961.

http://www.gus-stories.org/html/july_1961.htm

 
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Lifted Research Jeep T-Shirt XXL

• CATEGORIES: Features

I’m not sure what to make of this unusual T-shirt. It’s a used XXL t-shirt for or from LRG: LIFTED RESEARCH GROUP WORLD WIDE SURROUND SOUND.

View all the information about this shirt on eBay

 
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Cover of Colliers Magazine in 1946

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, Magazine

Spotted this cover from the February 2, 1946 issue of Collier’s Magazine.

 
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Roberto’s Willys MB T-shirt

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

Roberto has created a new t-shirt picturing a Willys MB.  You can see all his T-shirts here:

http://www.robertoflores.com/tienda/catalog/index.php/cPath/51_21_55

 
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Valley Fire Truck Sales Ad on eBay

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

The Valley Fire Truck Company, based in Bay City, Michigan, converted basic willys truck chassis’ into Fire Trucks. Below is a rare ad from 1957 for their fire trucks.

View the information on eBay

 
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Jeepster Assembly Line with CJ-2A in the Background on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Jeepster

I thought these were a neat photos of the Jeepster assembly line with a CJ-2A in the background.

View the information on eBay

View the information on eBay

 
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Photo of Girls on a MB/GPW

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Women & Jeeps

Here’s a nice photo of two women sitting on a military jeep.  I wonder what it says on the hood.

View the information on eBay

Dexter spotted this second picture:

 
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Get a ‘Jeep’ Ad Quebec, Canada eBay

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

I’ve never seen this ad before now.”  This is the actual ad and not a copy of one. It was published in 1947.

View the pic and info on eBay

Also, there are a bunch of other ads currently on ebay

 
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Arcar.com an Argentina Classified Car Website

• CATEGORIES: Features, International

Buz discovered this website in Argentina.  There are a variety of different jeeps for sale, some familiar and some less so.  Visit the website and check it out.  Here is a Willys MB for $15,000:  http://www.arcar.org/willys-mb-14-ton-46729

You can learn more about these IKA (Industrias Kaiser Argentina) built jeeps at the CJ-3B Page.

Here are some other vehicles I spotted in just a minute of searching:

This appears to be a MB/GPW of some vintage –

This is a CJ-2A with an unusual top –

Here are a couple of 2WD IKA Jeeps modeled on the CJ-5, but with a longer wheelbase

 
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1948 Truck Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I thought this was an interesting ad.  The two ‘selling’ points in this 1948 ad for the Willys Trucks are that they save on gas and oil & that they have a tight turning radius.

View all the info on eBay

 
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Pictures from the 2012 Willys Picnic

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

Bill, from Lime Street Carriages, posted some pics of last weekend’s 2o12 Willys Picnic on his Face book page.  He wrote, “I think there were 76-77 Jeeps there this year and the weather was great (hot).  My group took 6 Jeeps up from Lancaster (68 mi each way) and next year we’ll have more!

46 VECJ-2A
46 CJ-2A unrestored
46 CJ-2A newly restored
54 CJ-3B
64 CJ-3B
85 CJ-8 Chase Jeep
We all made the whole trip without mechanical issues…. of course we also spent all day Saturday getting them all ready.  Generators, fuel lines, carb fixes, + painting a windshield on the yellow ’46.    We made it with the windshields down the whole way too….  looked pretty cool coming down the road!”
Here are a couple pics.  You can see all the pics on FaceBook:  http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.466258433386204.107776.338546552824060&type=1
 
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Brass Model Jeep on Flickr

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models, Unusual • TAGS: .

David spotted this model on Flickr.  I don’t much other than it is being well built by someone named Alex.

You can see all the pics here

 
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“Armored Military Jeep” Patterson, NY No Price

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, CJ-3A, Features, Unusual • TAGS: .

This one is priceless.  Based on the back, I’d say this was a CJ of some vintage and not a M-38.

“5/16″ armored jeep. Complete. Body is not rotted. Needs new undercarriage. M38? Awesome piece of history. 845-204-1475”

http://newyork.craigslist.org/fct/cto/3069823371.html

 
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1954 Truck with Hobart Welder Joliet, IL **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Industrial-Welder-Generator, trailer, Unusual, Willys Trucks • TAGS: , .

UPDATE:  Was on eBay

(05/30/2012) This is a cool, well restored combo.

“HERE IS A SUPER NICE TOTALLY RESTORED 1954 JEEP 4X4 THIS JEEP IS A SHOW PIECE THAT COMES WITH A PERIOD CORRECT TOTALLY RESTORED HOBART GAS WELDER. LOOK AT THE PICS CLOSE, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE ANY OTHER PICS LET ME KNOW. THE BUY IT NOW IS BELOW MARKET VALUE  FOR THE JEEP. THE WELDER IS A SUPER RARE ITEM. THE JEEP RUNS GREAT, 4 WHEEL DRIVE WORKS PERFECT IN 4 HI AS WELL AS 4 LO.  JEEP CAME ORIGINALLY WITH RARE PTO. THE UNIT IS STILL WITH THE TRUCK. ALL THE GAUGES WORK,  WATER TEMP. OIL PRESSURE, AMP GAUGE. ALL BRAND NEW TIRES ON JEEP AS WELL AS WELDER.   THE WELDER IS A FACTORY GAS ENGINE WITH A JEEP WILLYS 4 CYL. ENGINE. IT RUNS GREAT AS WELL.  IT IS SUPER DETAILED AS YOU CAN SEE. PRIOR TO THE TOTAL RESTORATION OF IT THE WELDER PERFORMED FINE. I HAVE NOT TRIED TO WELD WITH IT SO THAT PART I AM NOT POSITIVE ABOUT. I  HAVE A FACTORY MANUAL THAT COMES WITH IT. I HAVE A GOOD DEPENDABLE GUY THAT TRANSPORTS FOR A VERY REASONABLE FEE,  IF THE WINNING BIDDER CONTACTS ME I WILL GIVE YOU HIS INFO. AND HE WILL GIVE YOU A PRICE ON GETTING THESE TO GEMS TO YOU ! THANKS FOR LOOKING, I DONT THINK YOU WASTED YOUR TIME !!! I AM NOT SURE ABOUT THE MILES”

 
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Set of 10 Brazilian Jeep ads on eBay

This auction includes a set of 10 ads for the Brazilian Jeep Pickup.  Looks like they have been ripped from a magazine.

“They are original AD’s (not copy).
All different ADs (not repeated ADs).
ADs from 60’s / 70’s
Brazilian rare ADs.
The pages are in big size. Size of each AD: about 35 cm X 25 cm. Can be changed in poster.”

View all the pics and info on eBay

 
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Newspaper Ad for a Mustang Trailer

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This ad for a Mustang Trailer was originally published by a company out of Bangor, Maine.  Though attached to a jeep in the ad, the ad notes you can attach it to a truck, too.

View all the pics and info on eBay

 
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CJ-2 PR Photo on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Here’s a reproduction of a PR photo of an experimental CJ-2 jeep pulling a wagon.

View the photo on eBay