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1941 Ford GP at Photobucket

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

I ran across these images of ‘swedeherbie’s’ 1941 Ford GP project.  He has posted over one hundred pictures.

View all the images at Photobucket

 
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1975 CJ-5 Fire Jeep Thorndale, PA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was at auction.

Thanks go to Steve for spotting this jeep on municibid.com.  Plenty of details provided, though the pics aren’t the greatest.

“The Thorndale Volunteer Fire Company is selling a 1975 Jeep CJ-5 previously utilized as a brush fire unit.  This vehicle is owned by the original owner and it was delivered on June 7, 1975.  The configuration into a brush fire unit was completed by the Brush Buggie Corporation  prior to delivery.  Configurations included the integrated roll cage, water tank, extended front bumper with fire pump, and emergency warning lights and sirens.  The vehicle was refurbished in May of 1993 by Fire Company members.

Specifications:
1975 Jeep CJ-5
258 Cubic-inch 4.2 Liter Straight 6
3-Speed Manual Transmission
Manufacturer Date of Jeep: February 1975
BF Goodrich Mud-Terrain T/A Tires
Size: LT235/75/R15

Tread Depth:
Driver’s Side Front: 18/32”
Passenger’s Side Front: 18/32”
Driver’s Side Rear: 18/32”
Passenger’s Side Rear: 18/32”

GVW: 5,500 lbs

250 GPM Gorman-Rupp Exhaust Powered Centrifugal Pump powered by a 9 horsepower Briggs & Stratton 4 cycle motor (Rebuilt during May 1993 Refurbishment)
110 Gallon UPF Poly Tank (Added during May 1993 Refurbishment)
Hannay Electric Hose Reel with 100 feet of Garden Hose
Mileage: 13,625 (As of 9/23/2012)
Inspection Expiration: April 2012
Front Axle Rebuilt: May 1993
Ball Joints and U-Joints Replaced: May 1993
Shocks Replaced: May 1993
Steering Dampener Replaced: May 1993
Re-sprung Leaf Springs: May 1993
Radiator Replaced: November 20, 2008
Fuel Pump and Filter Replaced: March 14, 2009
Equipment Included:
– Federal AeroDynic Lightbar
– Federal 100 Watt Dynamaxx Siren Speaker
– (2) Brush Rakes
– (1) Spade Head Shovel
– (1) Pulaski Tool

The water tank has a 1-1/2” inlet for filling the tank.  Pump provides water to hose reel as well as 6 foot garden hose stored under the passenger’s seat.  Vehicle is capable of “pump and roll”.

Damage includes a tear on the driver’s seat upright portion, a small tear in the passenger’s side seat upright portion, a dent on the passenger’s side front fender, and dent on passenger’s side jamb.”

 
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Old Jeep Carnival Ride found in 2011 at Garage Sale

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys, videos

The folks at Billy Bob and Company documented a carnival ride discovered at a local garage sale.  I wish I found garage sales that good!

This link shows a photo of a little girl riding what appears to be the same ride.

 
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Johnny The Jeep Coloring Book

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features, toys

UPDATE:  Well, I purchased this coloring book last month.  Let me save you all some money by telling you that the only jeep in the entire book is the one on the front cover (and that one is obviously already colored)!!  Oh well . . .

(08/14/2012) The “Johnny Jeep Coloring Book” from the Merrill Publishing Company #3457 . Copyright 1943. Cover art by Schumacher. It measures 8 /2″ by 11″ and has 48 pages to color.”

 
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Garton Toy Pedal Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Here’s a rare old pedal car in need of restoration.

“VINTAGE RARE GARTON ARMY JEEP PEDAL CAR.
SOLID METAL PEDAL CAR ALL WITH ORIGINAL PARTS AND YELLOW ACCENTS/STENCILING.
DOES NOT HAVE ANY MARKINGS ON IT.
IN FAIR CONDITION. THIS PIECE IS IDEAL FOR A RESTORATION PROJECT. MISSING ITS ORIGINAL STEERING WHEEL AND IS MOSTLY COVERED IN RUST WITH FADING PAINT. THE PEDALS STILL WORK, BUT IT WILL NEED A GOOD CLEANING.
MEASURES 39″ LONG, 20″ TALL, 17″ WIDE.”

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Nellybelle Diecast Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

It’s not pristine, but still neat.

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Given it is Hunting Season . . .

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

. . . this photograph seemed appropriate.  Boy, that jeep is has got some mud on the underside.  The photo itself is from a 2×2 Negative and was a press photo of some kind.

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Book: Jezebel the Jeep by Fairfax Downey

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

UPDATE: Downey also wrote this 1944 article.

I finished reading “Jezebel The Jeep” last month, a fun, quick read written by Fairfax Downey.  Mr. Downey was a writer and military historian who served in both World War I and II.  During World War II he went to North Africa, the same place he sends the book’s protagonist.  The book, only 150 pages, tells a story about a soldier, his jeep, and the difficulties the soldier faces, both personal and professional.

The book’s prose is accompanied by sketches from Paul Brown.  I’ve included a few below, scanned courtesy of John. He enjoyed Paul’s work so much he digitized all the drawings, many including jeeps. You can see all of them at John’s Google+ page. Also on the page is a piece of  ‘Jezebel’ jeep art featured on the cover of Adventure magazine in 1944, an issue that included Mr. Downey’s story.

 

 
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2 1947 Willys Ads out of Quebec, Canada on eBay

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

Here are two separate listings for jeeps in French.

Ad 1View all the information on eBay

Ad 2View all the information on eBay

 
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Dale Model Company WWII Recognition Model **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models, Unusual

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

This looks interesting. I have no idea what the value is.

“This is an absolute amazing find! Pot-metal coaster made by Dale Model Company; 1:25 scale. Rear spare tire has “Dale Model Co Chicago” cast into sidewall. Underneath rear has “JEEP” cast. Star on hood. Paint has chips (see pictures), but appears to be original. Wheels roll; and steering wheel turns. Measures roughly 5.25″ x2.5 and heavy – weighing roughly 14oz.

During WWII, similar models were used for training spotters. At the end of WWII, Dale purchased the molds, and converted to the toy (recognition models). These models are difficult to find, especially in this condition.”

 
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Tonka Tow Truck Wrecker BOX ONLY on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, toys

The box is priced at $24.95, but priceless for the right collector.

“This auction is for VINTAGE ORIGINAL 1970 TONKA JEEP WRECKER & PLOW No.2435 EMPTY BOX. The box is in very good condition considering her age (see pic and judge yourself). All complete no missing flap. Perfect for display.”

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1955 Willys Globe Trotter Magazine on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Magazine

Steve alerted me to this magazine.  Has anyone else seen other copies of this magazine?

“original factory magazine , 8.5 x 11 , 16 pages , this is the July August 1955 issue of Willys Globe Trotter factory magazine . It was printed by the Willys Jeep Export Division , it shows dozens of Jeep vehicles around the world and has an interesting 2 page article on the atomic test in Nevada in 1955 and the many Jeeps that were used after the test .”

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Disston Saws: Tools to Build Jeeps Ad on eBay

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

This mid-WWII ad touts the involvement of Disston saws and wood with the production of the jeep.

 
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Keep on Jeeping Hat from the 80s on eBay

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

This is a deadstock hat that was never worn.  It was a sales promotional cap for a Langley BC Jeep Dealer.

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Approved Willys Service Sign on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Here’s a vintage sign that is only at $9.99 with less than a day left.

“Great porcelain sign from Willys…measures 13 1/2″ across and in pretty nice condition, considering……take a look and see if you need this one for the garage wall! Sold with no reserve. $14.85 priority mail shipping on this heavy sign.”

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Photograph of Man Spraying Tree in an Experimental CJ-2 on eBay

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Features, Old Images

This 8×10 photograph shows an early CJ-2.  Note the “JEEP” on the hood in place of the later “WILLYS”.  Also note the position of the spare tire.

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Popular Science Article about the Underground Team’s 1962 Wagon

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

Popular Science published an article on September 25th about this 1962 Wagon, updated on the inside, but stock on the outside.  Below is a picture of the same wagon with Gerald and his kids in front of it at this year’s Bantam Festival.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/reviews/preview/trail-rated-time-warp-1962-jeep-willys-underground-concept-13071531?click=pm_news

 
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Steve’s Ceramic Wagon Model

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

Yesterday Steve shared a photo of this ceramic wagon model of his ’57 Sedan Delivery Wagon that he created when he was 18.  It is 12″ in length.

He wrote, “I made the wagon the first year at Jr. College.   There was a ’57 Chevy I though was pretty cool made in a previous class.  So, I did a “self portrait”, sort of…..    My Willys Wagon was my “wheels” until I got a real job, as opposed to summer jobs.   The engine when bad, so I parked it and bought my first FC-170 in ’82.  I drove that through my University days.  Everyone called it the “garbage truck”.   I was in the sailing club and very few had a vehicle that could tow the boats on weekend saildays.  So, the garbage truck was one of the tow vehicles on the weekends, and on the two campouts each year.  I’m sure everyone has fond memories of that ugly thing.

Now the ’57 wagon has it’s first paint job, and waiting to be assembled.  The body is on the frame, but it not bolted down yet.  The engine and transmission will be next….some day.  I have too many projects in line at the moment.”

 
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Grrrumbler: Custom Flatfender Model

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models, stainless/jewels • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Was on eBay. **SOLD**. It is similar to the Trailblazer

Where was this when I was building models?  This has desert dog-like tires, a stainless look, and some turbine rims!

“GRRRUMBLER 4×4 Jeep Off Road Custom MPC 1:25 OPENED Vtg Model Kit 70’s”

 
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1972 Raleigh Cigarette Ad with a MB/GPW on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I suppose using the license plate on the jeep a person could track down whose jeep this was and what happened to it.

“VINTAGE ORIGINAL 1972
RALEIGH CIGARETTE
PRINT-AD
“SPEND A MILDER MOMENT WITH RALEIGH.”
THIS IS A FULL PAGE 8″ x 11″
1972 MAGAZINE AD.
IN VERY GOOD-EXCELLENT CONDITION”

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1948 CJ-2A Ad for a Hydraulic Control Lift on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I wish this were in better focus.  Neat ad.

“Up for Auction we have this ORIGINAL 1948 UNIVERSAL ‘JEEP’ AD. Approx. 10 1/4X13 1/2″. A nice clean ad, in excellent condition, suitable for framing. Carefully shipped with backer board”

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Model Kit in Box by E.Z.KRAFT on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

This is neat.

“From 1950’s ??? ….. Excellent Condition (see picture) …… U.S. Army JEEP …. Wood Model Kit by E.Z. KRAFT ……….. See MY STORE for other Model Kits > War Tank, Army Tank, and another Jeep with AntiAircraft Gun …. ALL VINTAGE > UNUSED and in the ORIGINAL BOX !!!!!!”

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Tin ‘Safari’ Jeep out of Japan on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

I looks for another example of this toy on the web, but couldn’t find one.

“UP FOR AUCTION IS:
A VINTAGE, DELUXE BRAND, TIN TOY SAFARI JEEP. IT WAS MADE IN JAPAN, IT MEASURES 6 3/4″ LONG BY 3 3/8″ WIDE BY 3 1/4″ TALL, AND IT’S IN GOOD CONDITION.”

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Structo Ride-on Fire Jeep on **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

UPDATE: Was on eBay. **SOLD**

More on Structo Ride on Jeeps from the CJ-3B Page.

“Vintage Structo ride on Fire Jeep. Ride on that steers in VG condition , very little surface rust spots and marks. Rare only seen one other one on here. Says Fire Dept #26 on hood and pumper on seat. Shows tools on both fenders. Really nice pressed steel toy. It is missing the cover piece on hood as shown in pictures. Measures 26″ long by 10″ wide.”

 
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Jeopardy and a Jeep Book by Dorothy Rogers

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features, Women & Jeeps

I am a bit behind on writing about my impressions of various jeep-related books I have read.  So, I’m going to try to catch up with that.  First on the docket is “Jeopardy and a Jeep: Africa Conquered by Two Women Professors”, written by a College Professor named Dorothy Rogers.

I’ll forgo a complete summarization of the book, as I’ve included a summarization published on inside of the dust cover.  However, I will say that Dorothy and Louise travelled in a Willys Wagon from France all the way down to the southern tip of Africa, before turning around and heading north again.  For that they deserve plenty of kudos!  For most of the trip their wagon, which they named “Jeepie”, was dependable.  One exception to that was the time their brakes went out going down a hill.  At the bottom of the hill was a one lane bridge upon which some road workers had parked their vehicle.  Having no options and no brakes, they were forced to jump Jeepie off a river bank.  They survived, as did Jeepie.  But, they said they hoped they’d never do that again!

While their book was interesting, I never found it as compelling as, for example, Schreiber’s journey in their Seep from Southern California to the Terra del Fuego in South America (which I’ll describe tomorrow).  That said, if you like a good jeep adventure, or Wagons, or Africa, you’ll likely enjoy this book.

Here is the dust jacket summary:

Here are a couple images:

After doing some research on the women, I learned that they wrote a second book in 1966 called “Highways Across the Heaven“.  It describes their twelve month journey Europe and Asia.  You can read a summary of it from the July-August 1967 Issue of Desert Magazine:

Some Links:

Amazon has a few very inexpensive copies

Alibris.com has links to several copies of the book, some as low as $11.00

Here is a first edition copy at old scrolls.com (I have never dealt with them)

This Old Jeep has a reference to the book