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2012 Bantam Festival Update

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

I had hope to get out there for this years festival, but my kids visit has shifted to August.  We’ll try for next year!

 
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Jeepocalypse @ Leno’s Garage

• CATEGORIES: Features

UPDATE:  I must sheepishly admit that I should have known which US President drove a Scrambler.  President Reason drove a M-38A1, a CJ-6 and, according to ewillys, a Scrambler, too.  

Mark from jeeptruck.com forwarded this jeep quiz at Jay Leno’s website.  I came in 22nd place with my score, probably because I missed one.  I didn’t know which US President drove a Scrambler.  I also didn’t realize I was being timed on my speed, so read fast or repeat the quiz if you want to do better.

Also, there were no extra points for naming the vehicle on the pic below.  I suspect it was used to avoid paying Jeep/Chrysler any royalties.  I guess who needs a Jeep when you have a GAZ.

Give it a try!
http://www.jaylenosgarage.com/games/jeepocalypse/e1d626f0afe93ad3330da7c9596ed8f6

 
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New Yorker Magazines with Jeeps on the Cover

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, Magazine

Here are two New Yorker Magazines with jeeps on the cover.

The first one is from May 27th, 1944. View the Magazine information on eBay

This picture appeared on the cover of the March 11, 1944, of New Yorker Magazine. View the Magazine information on eBay

 
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1950 Top Sales Platter Tulsa-Willys on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Unusual

Here’s a very unusual Willys piece.

“WELCOME TO OUR SHORT 5 DAY AUCTION FOR THIS VERY COOL AND SUPER RARE VINTAGE ONE OF A KIND WILLYS JEEP OF TULSA OKLAHOMA OUTSTANDING SALES AWARD LARGE SILVER (PLATE?) TRAY FROM 1950. IT MEASURES 16.25” IN DIAMETER, HAS A GREAT GRAPHIC OF A WILLY’S JEEP TRUCK AND IS MARKED “AWARDED TO TULSA-WILLYS, INC. IN APPRECIATION OF OUTSTANDING SALES PERFORMANCE WILLYS 1950 COMMERCIAL CAR CAMPAIGN W.S. VENN GENERAL SALES MANAGER”. THE DESIGNS ON THE FACE AND EDGES OF THE TRAY ARE VERY ART NOUVEAU AND ORNATE. ITS PHYSICAL CONDITION IS EXCELLENT ASIDE FROM NEEDING A GOOD SHINE, WHICH I WILL LEAVE TO THE NEW OWNER.”

View all the information and pics on eBay

 
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December 1982 Offroad Magazine on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features, Magazine, Old Images, Racing

Here’s a nice looking race flattie that appears on the cover of Offroad Magazine and taken at Gravelrama.  Gravelrama is held in Ohio and has been since its inception in 1971.  The Magazine is currently listed on eBay for $15.

Here’s a nice looking CJ-3B Hill Climber and Drag Jeep.  You can see more vintage photos here.

 
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Remote Control Jeep from 1952

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

This ad was featured in a 1952 Modern Mechanix Magazine advertisement.  It advertises a remote control jeep that “goes forward . . reverse . . left . . right.  It’s called a “electra-JEEP”.

http://blog.modernmechanix.com/amazing-values/

 
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1951 Willys Overland Franchise Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

“non color catalog , 4 x 9 , 12 pages , describes the Willy’s franchise and shows five models plus small photos of Jeeps and others in dealerships.”

 
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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.”

View all the information on eBay

 
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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”

View all the information on eBay

 
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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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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.”

View all the information on eBay

 
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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.”