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The Scheneker BackHoe: Anyone Familiar with it?

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

Glenn has a friend working on a restoration of a Scheneker Backhoe.  Due to the lack of information about these, he wondered if anyone out there in Willysland had any additional information about them.  You can either comment or contact me if you want to email me (d@ewillys.com).

He writes, “A local friend is working on a ’55 Willys Pickup with a Schnecker Iron Works BackHoe mounted on back. It looks just like the one in the Willys Special Equipment Catalog. We have been playing with this unit for several years and have never seen another.

We would like to communicate with anyone knowledgeable about these. Probably not many were built as it was not strong enough to take the beating.

As this is being dismantled, it is obvious that much rewelding was required after each use. Complete replacement of the frame is the only answer and a California pickup is here. Frame reinforcements were everywhere and we are trying to find any information as to what was done at the Buffalo Factory.

Somewhere there must be another of these in order for owners to compare notes. This is totally different from the Ottawa on the FC170 later in the 50’s, and also different from the half cab FC170 shown in the current AACA Club Magazine “Antique Automobile” There are many special parts on this vehicle including heavy duty split rim 15″ wheels and a banjo type rear end housing.”

Here are the few brochures found so far:

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1950 Wagon 4×4 63 Brochure on eBay

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

This is kind of a hokey brochure. It is 16 pages.

“original Dealer’s Non Color Catalog , 8.5 x 11 , 16 Pages , “New 4 X 4-63 Station Wagon”

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Koenig Iron Works Bumper Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This is a handy one for keeping track of different truck bumpers. It is one page with two printed sides.

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M38a1 vs The Mighty Mite

• CATEGORIES: Features, M-38A1, Magazine, Mighty Mites • TAGS: .

Here are two different stories from two issues of Popular Mechanics comparing the size of a M-38A1 to the Mighty Mite.

1. Popular Mechanics May 1953 on Google Books | Purchase a copy of the magazine on eBay

2. Popular Mechanics March 1954 Page 140 on Google Books | Purchase a copy of the magazine on eBay

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The Jeep Wheel Book on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

Here a book for budding capitalistic kids.

“The Jeep Wheel Book, Published by Samuel Lowe Company. No date but early 1950s.

Neat little book has movable wheels attached to front cover. This copy of the scarcest title in this series, is in near fine condition. There is a bit of light rubbing near the tops of front and rear. Pages are clean and very tight. No names or other markings. It shows some of the uses a jeep can be put to.

Overall condition is Near Fine”

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Wooden Model Flattie by Military Mohagany on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, Models

Here’s a wooden jeep from Military Mohagany.

” This handcrafted mahogany wood model is an extremely beautiful replica of a World War II Willys jeep with machine gun. Weapon is optional and can be easily removed if desired, it also rotates 360 degrees. Model has an extremely detailed interior with gauges, foot and brake pedal and steering wheel that rotates.

This is not some cheap wood toy, each model takes an average of 18 hrs to complete and is coated with 3 coats of polyurethane for a super high gloss finish. You will not find a better more detailed model than this.

Don’t see what your looking for, feel free to email as I have over 150 different models in stock and please be sure to take a look at the other mahogany models I have listed. All my models are new in box opened only to inspect for any possible damage before shipping.

10″ Length
5″ Width
5.5″ Height”

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Custom Flattie Honda Mower Bridgeton, NJ **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

I don’t know if this seller has made others or if this is a one-off custom piece.

“Built from the ground up.  All steel components to include the drive train and axles.  Durable 3/4″ plywood body finished with automotive paint.  Honda GZ series gas engine (200cc) for great performance and efficiency.  Rechargeable AGM battery for the headlights.  Padded leather bench seat with automotive carpeting on interior surfaces and the under carriage finished with undercoating. ”

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Zamboni Ice Resurfacer Livermore, CA eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual • TAGS: .

This Zambonia Ice Resurfacer is old enough to be built on a jeep frame.

“We have a used Zamboni that needs a new home.  In good used  condition,  4wd jeep frame with 1600 VW engine.    Located in Livermore CA….  may trade for WWII Stuff.”

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Kevin’s FC-170 Chopping Wood

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Kevin’s wrote me the other day to tell me about some of his videos.  He’s got a variety of PTO related videos, including one of his FC operating this neat wood splitter. Just don’t get your hands caught in it!  You can see a listing of all Kevin’s videos here.

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FC-150 Fire Department Truck from Austria

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Features

Craig just posted a good article about a FC-150 Fire Truck an Austrian owner shared with him.


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Wooden Toy Jeep Happy Land Brand **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

Anyone seen one of these toys in person?

“This toy is in excellent condition. It comes with all parts for the Jeep as well as extra parts for all other builds available. All parts are in great condition including the wrench. Take it apart and build something else! Looks like a wooden erector set!

This item is only the wooden pieces. No box is included. No instructions are included. It will be shipped in the form of the Jeep pictured with the extra wooden pieces. If buyer wood like I can dismantle the toy and ship in pieces.”

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Jeep to Harney Peak in the Black Hills of South Dakota

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Postcards • TAGS: , , .

From the 1950s until 1968 visitors to the Black Hills of South Dakota could purchase tickets for a ride in a jeep to Harney Peak.  The ride would take visitors up to the CCC built lookout at the top of the peak, the tallest point in the United States east of the Rockies (visitors could also hike or ascend via horseback).  You can view various pictures of and from the lookout here. Erosion due to the jeep trail ended the trips by jeep.  The area around the peak was also turned into a wilderness area (and one could argue given the road how that might happen, but that’s another a debate for another time), so no vehicles are allowed anymore.

Black Hills National Forest: Harney Peak and the Historic Fire … – Page 51

This picture was taken at Sylvan Lake. They employed both flatties and CJ-5s. Custer State Park – Page 104

Gerald sent these digital versions of this postcard to me a couple years ago.  You can also buy it here.

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Line of Jeeps in WWII Photo on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This is part of a collection of photos, but none of the other photos have jeeps.


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Handmade Flatfender Tin Sign on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

Anyone know anything about these?

“These signs are hand made. Each sign is made one at a time on recycled or scrap metal so that, no two signs are exactly the same.

The metal may be scratched, dented, bent or intentionally distressed to make the sign look old. They are made on 24 gauge steel and then the enamel paint is baked, and clear coated. 17 X10.”

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Photo of Truck Powering a PTO Saw

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine • TAGS: .

The September 1947 issue of Popular Science has this cool picture of a truck powering a saw.

Popular Science – Sep 1947 – Page 111

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Mobile Arc Welding Unit from Welders Supply

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Welders Supply out of Cleveland Ohio purchased an ad for a mobile arc welding unit in the May,1950, issue of Popular Science. Anyone seen or have one of these? (This same ad appeared in Popular Mechanics — here is one example)

Popular Science – May 1950 – Page 270

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Jeep Patrol Game on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Unfortunately, this Jeep Patrol game is being sold as one of six other vintage games.

“Frontline Jeep Patrol – 13″ x 9.5″ Made in USA – A Lido Toy.”

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1966 Photo CJ-3Bs lined up on Africa(?)

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Old Images

Cool photo, but a bit pricey.

And tractor in the left?
Date: 1966
Size: 11 X 8 cm.
This is a original photo of the period, not reproduction.”

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Yogi Bear Game with a Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Bob spotted this Yogi Bear game sporting a jeep today. The jeep  looks CJ-3Bish to me.  Looking on eBay, I found four different games for sale.

1. View a Yogi Bear Game on eBay
2. View another Yogi Bear Game on eBay
3. View still another one on eBay
4. View one more on eBay


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Farm-Aid Implement Company from Norwalk, CA

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual

UPDATE II: Clint did some research on Farm-aide and uncovered some additional information.

This is an ad for the Mellen plow that was used in conjunction with the Farm-Aid Hydraulic attacher.

If you click on this link you can see one of Farm-Aid’s patents: http://www.freepatentsonline.com/2553826.pdf
This article  indicates the Krause Manufacturing Company bought Farm-Aid in 1948: http://ifphc.org/pdf/Heritage/2000_03.pdf

UPDATE:  John found a couple pics related to Fair-Aide


John from Saskatchewan, Canada, has a question about the Farm-Aid Implement Company from Norwalk, CA. John wanted to know more about the company or about the implement. I did a few searches, but all I could learn was that the company was sold in 1948 to Krause Plow.  Anyone have any additional information about this rare disc equipment?

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March 1944 Popular Science on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, GPA (SEEP), Magazine • TAGS: .

The March 1944 issue of Popular Science has an article about the “Seagoing Jeep” and an article about the Tugg.

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You can also view this issue at Google books. This is the link to the Sea Going article:

This is the link to the Tugg article:


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1954 Truck ‘Extended Cab’ Alpine, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Willys Trucks • TAGS: , .

UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was on eBay

“this is a super nice 1954 willys truck 2 wheel drive.power steering,power disk brakes .the cab,frame and drive shaft have been extended all professionaly done.it has a rebuilt 327 sb chevy with a mild cam,rebuilt turbo 350 trans ,rebuilt ford 9 inch rear end I have $28.000 in reciepts.It has a mustang inependent front end with stainless “A” arms all professionally done.stainless steel gas tank (new).has (vintage air) air conditioning blows super cold ,new lumbar leather seats.there was no corners cut on this build,this truck was built about 15 years ago and has only had 2600 miles put on it since it the owner is retiering and selling off some of his collection.runs and drives perfect.it is curently registered.drive it anywere no disapointments.Good luck and happy bidding”

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Puzzle Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

I bought this wooden puzzle jeep the other day.  It came assembled, so of course, I took it apart.  It turns out that putting it together wasn’t as easy as I thought, but I did get it together.  You can see me celebrating my ‘victory’ (well, that’s the fuzzy version of me — I am celebrating no-shave November)

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Grogan’s War Surplus Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Museums

I ran across a Salt Lake Tribune article that includes this militarized CJ-2A decoration.  The article shares a little bit about Salt Lake Valley’s Grogan’s War Surplus Store.  If you are in Salt Lake and have some time to kill, drop by and get your picture taken with the jeep and send it in to me!  I’m sure I’ll get down there at some point and do that too :-).   The store is located at 5000 S. Redwood Road and marked with a Sergeant Missile at one corner.


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Bruce Wadlin’s Jeep Shop in Bradenton, FL

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts

Jim wrote to tell me a little about Bruce Wadlin and his Florida 4 Wheel  Drive & Truck shop.  The sixty-nine year old Bruce  runs the shop himself, selling “OBSOLETE JEEP & Willys Parts”.   Jim grew up with him and said that Bruce has been buying and selling new (old) parts since the 1970s.  Bruce is pretty old school, still using only a phone or fax machine.  He doesn’t even advertise.  So, Jim thought he would place ads on Craigslist and contact eWillys.

The shop is located at 6110 17th Street E, Bradenton, FL.  The phone number is (941) 756-7844.  Bruce generally keeps hours from keeping hours from 11am until 5PM daily (though the ad says noon to 6pm).

You can see all the shop pics here or view the ones below. As you can see from the pics, Bruce has shelves stocked with all kinds of parts.


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