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Year of the Jeep by Keith Robertson **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

UPDATE:  Here’s a version that starts at $19.99 on eBay (ends Friday 10am PST)

The story is straightforward:  “By taking gardening jobs, catching bats and thieves, diving for bricks in a swimming pool, and inciting the interest of some helpful friends, a young boy makes his daydream of owning a jeep come true.”

For comparison, here is the hardback cover:

Here is another softback cover:

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Jeep Train in Colombia

• CATEGORIES: Features, International • TAGS: , .

Sebastian’s in Colombia for a week and forwarded this article regarding a jeep train in Colombia. Here are a few photos and the link to the article (it is in Spanish).


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D-Day Conneaut, OH, August 16-17, 2013

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

UPDATE: Scott reminded me that this coming weekend is D-DAy Conneaut. Learn more at http://www.ddayohio.us


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Crosley Fire Jeep at Hemmings

• CATEGORIES: Features, Other 4x4s • TAGS: .

John forwarded this great article about the Crosely Fire Jeep, whose restoration was revealed at the Crosley’s Annual Meeting.  See all the pictures and info at Hemmings.



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Joe Frazer and his Willys MA on eBay

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

Here’s a reproduction of Joe Frazer with his Willys MA.

“I have here a nice reproduction 8 x 10 photograph. The picture shows 1940’s era co owner of the Willy’s Jeep Joe Frazer. The picture shows Joe at the smoke house getting a nice Ham and of course driving a Jeep”

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1944 Echophone Ad **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

Here’s an unusual ad that appeared in Radio-Craft magazine.

“This is an original 1944 black and white print ad for the Echophone EC-1 and Jeep.

Period Paper is excited to present a radio-rich collection of advertising and articles from the Radio Craft and Popular Electronics magazine. This collection is chalk full of World War II advertisements featuring radios, electronic tubes, Echophone communications and fantastically beautiful covers. The articles give an insight into Nikola TeslaÕs life and the Worldwide Station Lists that contain a list of usable radio channels.”


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Merlin’s Looking for a Few Good Projects

• CATEGORIES: Features

Merlin’s crew in Maryland is looking for some restorations. If you’d like someone who knows jeeps to do some work, give him a call. You can learn more at  http://www.hansonmechanical.com or view their craigslist ad: http://baltimore.craigslist.org/aos/3900669336.html


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Museum of the Ozarks Coast Guard Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Museums • TAGS: , .

John forwarded a link to the Air and Military Museum of the Ozarks in Springfield, MO. The site includes a reference to the restoration of a Coast Guard Jeep.

I found this picture of the jeep on Flickr. Most of it is MB, but unclear why the civilian grille was added. http://www.flickr.com/photos/dustinholmes/4872679542/lightbox/


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Structo Toy with the Siren

• CATEGORIES: Features

Brian shared these pics of his great looking Structo Jeep that includes the siren.




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CJ-2A Video

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Gary forwarded this odd short video of a rough CJ-2A that just keeps going . . . at least until it gets stuck.

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1962 DJ-3A Surrey Ohio $9500

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Features, Unusual • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE:  Still Available

(12/01/2012) “This is a 1962 Willy’s Jeep Surrey Gala with 26,127 miles. It has been in our family for 30 years. We used the Jeep in parades only to advertise our business. Price $9,500.00. Only 1100 ever made. They came in Blue, Pink and Green. This jeep was refurbished from pink to red prior to us aquiring it. Serious collectors only please! I also am willing to sell the trailer that it sits on for an additional $1,000. It is a full size car hauler. Please call Jim Cira at 419-722-8801.”


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When Utility Delivery Met Traveller by Bill Norris

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

Dan pointed out that the October 2103 issue of Vintage Truck Magazine has a great looking article about the Traveller by Bill Norris. I’m going to get a copy of that magazine right away!

You can read it online here: http://www.vintagetruckmagazine.com/current/index.html



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1955 Truck from Photobucket

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles

Buz spotted some photos on Photobucket of a Willys Truck. He thought it might have been a fire truck. I can’t tell for sure. Anyone else think so?

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March 1964 Issue of Four Wheeler Magazine on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine • TAGS: .

I like the cover photo.

“Some of the articles in this issue
supercharger kit for jeep and scout
land rover conversion chevy V8 swap
jeep wagoneer can holder easy way to solve a tricky problem
lady on the trail wives take to four wheeling too,with a little humoring
mighty 1944 military jeep the fanciest military in years
new convertible top for jeep gladiator
pancho villa land four wheel drive trip over old mexican trails
ghost towning in southern CA in the pinto mountains”

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Dollhouse-sized Jeep Comic Reproduction **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Comics, Features

UPDATE: This sold on eBay.

Well, this is an odd one. You can view a full size original Jeep Comic here.

“This little comic book is a vintage reproduction of a JEEP COMIC BOOK! FROM 1944! Completely handmade. The cover is illustrated on the front and back. Each of the 10 pages ARE EXACT REPLICAS OF THE ORIGINAL COMIC BOOK and tells the complete story! Most dollhouse comic books do not open or have blank pages. This one has 10 real illustrated pages! A hard-to-find item! So heart-warming and cute in such a tiny version!! A darling and funny story! The back cover is a vintage comic book ad for a GAG BOOK! It has been reproduced so small the images can be seen, but the font would need magnification to be read. This comic book measure approx 7/8 inch tall by 5/8 inch wide. Not a toy. Chocking hazard! This is an adult collector’s piece.”


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Willys Wagon Charm on Ebay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

Here’s an unusual piece of jewelry.


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1960 CJ-3B Government Data Plate on eBay

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B, Features

Here’s an unusual item for auction on eBay.


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Saturday at the FC Get Together

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features


On Saturday I continued the big sonny-do project of my visit to my parents house: replacing rotten footers under the kitchen. To access them, one of my tasks was to break up some nearby concrete. After working the jack hammer for ten minutes, I remembered why I became a writer; I’m too old to be doing heavy construction. Another two hours passed before all the cement was removed. By then half my body weight had melted out through sweat; I was soaked. But, at least I was done with that step of project. Yeah!

So, how did I celebrate? By abandoning the project for the day and driving down to Tacoma to hang out at the FC Get Together.


The 2pm timing of my arrival couldn’t have worked about better, because there was still some lunch available and I was hungry after digging up half of Renton. I chowed down while enjoying the company of old friends and meeting a few new ones. After lunch, we spent a couple hours basking in perfect weather, staring at the FCs, sharing stories, and discussing the finer aspects of how the Americans consume water from western Canada, yet Canada gets the better view of Niagara Falls. We concluded we have no control over any of it, so we should just play with our jeeps.

One of the more interesting FCs was the FC-150 Blaine dragged to the event late Friday night. He purchased it up north. I think the only thing holding it together is the green moss.



The grand event of the afternoon involved moving of a heavy duty International rear axle from Blaine’s truck to Steve’s truck. Since all of us are handsome and strong bucks, you’d think we’d each grab a part of the axle and move it with manpower.  But, no, we couldn’t possible do that when we had a tool for the job: Jim’s Holmes 440 wrecker setup on his FC. So, with Jim, Blaine and Steve doing all the work and an international community of supervisors, including me, Canadian Dave, and other, providing all manner of advice, they set out to make the transfer. Here are a couple photos:


The wrecking arm getting positioned inside the back of the truck. The wrecker runs off the PTO of the T-98.


Even father inside . . .




They had to set down the axle and hand crank the big arm upward until it was high enough to drop the axle into Steve’s truck.

 Thanks again to the Mingo’s for putting on the event!



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The Northwest FC Get Together this Weekend

• CATEGORIES: Features

This afternoon I’ll be heading to Tacoma, Wa, for the 5th Annual Northwest FC Get Together. I’ll be heading there right after I rent a jackhammer and break up some concrete, so I think I’ll be in the mood for some relaxation!

I’d planned on doing posts, but got busy with the book. So, updates will go up Sunday along with a report on the FC event.

I didn’t get a chance to mention this, but when I picked up my V6 short block from Daryl, I discovered he had a set of rims I’ve been seeking for years: vintage 10×15 Turbines!  We worked out a very fair deal. I’m thrilled!

turbine-wheelsSince I also have two sets of four Hurricane rims, I plan to sell one set. Below is a picture of what they look like. If you are interested, email me at d@ewiillys.com. The tires on them are still good and hold air, though there is three one one type and one of another kind.


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JP Magazine’s New Web Address

• CATEGORIES: Features, Website

There weren’t many jeeps for sale yesterday, so not many updates today. On another note, I received this JP Magazine update yesterday. The new website’s address is: http://www.Fourwheeler.com/JP-Magazine. After a quick review of the site, it’s easy to see the site has received a major facelift and the JP brand has been suppressed in favor of the Four Wheeler Network brand.

“The JP Magazine website has moved, and we’d also like to welcome you to what we feel is the ultimate site for off-road content on the Web — the Four Wheeler Network.

What is the Four Wheeler Network? A group of six publications, including: JP, FourWheeler, Petersen’s 4Wheel & Off-Road, Off-Road, 4Wheel Drive & Sport Utility, and Mud Life. While the network will carry the FourWheeler banner, JP Magazine and each publication will have its own unique landing page with the same great stories and personalities you’ve come to expect.”


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**SCAM** 1947 CJ-2A

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Now listed in Nashville, TN

This scam is back. It was around last summer if I remember correctly.


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Photo of 1942 Guatemala Parade on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Neat photo.

“You are bidding on an original 7 X 9 Press Photo of Guatemala Sixth Avenue March Jeeps Soldiers US Army Mexico. Photo is dated 1942.”

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Jeep Plaque on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

I’ve never seen one of these, but I can’t say if this is rare or not.

“M. I. Hummel Checkpoint Charlie Jeep Plaque
Rare partial paint!
Guaranteed no cracks, chips or crazing!
Free Shipping in USA and half price for international!
Celebrating our 15th Anniversary of pleasing Hummel collectors!”

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Library and Archives of Canada

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

Marc forwarded some search results form a Canadian Archives website that included this neat photo of Major General F. F. Worthington standing in a jeep with a very unusual top.

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View the page related to the photo


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Gaz 67 on Facebook

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Other 4x4s

Marc forwarded a link to a Gaz 67 Facebook page out of the Ukraine.