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7 Jeep Postcards on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards

The beginning bid on these cards is $5.00.

“Vintage Post Card Lot of 7 Jeep Postcards
5½ x 3½ inch cards
They are: Jeep Panel Delivery 2 & 4 Wheel Drive, Jeep Gladiator Townside 2 and 4 Wheel Drive (in red), Jeep Gladiator Thriftside 2 and 4 wheel drive (in blue), Jeep Wagoneer Station Wagon, Jeep Universal ( with Meyer Snow Plow), Meyer “Jeep” Cab, Jeep Gladiator (with a Power Balance Meyer Snow Plow).”

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Larry’s CJ-2A

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

Larry forwarded me an ad for the Sawyer Motor Car Show in Saugherties, NY. He included a few pictures of his CJ-2A, so I asked him to send me some more pics.

He writes, “These pictures were taken on the 4th of July. The gentlemen in the passenger seat is Joe Sinnotti a WW2 Navy Seabee. I was asked to put some Stars and markings on my jeep.  Funny how a lot of people don’t know the difference between a real WW2 jeep and civilian one. My family and I enjoy driving around town. I have heard ‘hey look at that old army jeep’ plenty of times and have had plenty of pictures taken. I cant stop at a red light or park without pictures being taken. I love it when dads take their kid’s pictures by it. I tell them to put the kids into it — boy what a smile they get!  Hope years from now they can look back with fond memories.”

Thanks for sharing Larry!

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Larry’s son just got his driver’s permit. I suspect their will be some competition for the driver’s seat 🙂larry-swart-cj2a4

 
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Schools At War Jeep Campaign Poster

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

Marc spotted this classic poster on Flickr.

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Terry’s Jeep Farm in Kingston, NY

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I’m sad to report that Terry Ackert passed away last month. He ran the Jeep Farm in Kingston, NY. We had a chance to meet him in 2011. Tom forwarded this obituary. Below is the summary of our visit with him.

(Published Nov 17, 2011) This past Monday Andy took us over to meet Terry and tour Terry’s ‘jeep farm’ in Kingston, NY.  The entrance to the farm is a jeep tour in itself, requiring a good solid hill climbing vehicle as the jeep farm sits atop a hill like the summit of some holy jeep mecca.  In fact, the entrance is guarded by two luscious beauties … two barbie jeeps that have, admittedly, seen better days.  Once we reached the farm, jeeps began appearing in the woods.

Terry has been collecting jeeps for years and, even despite the rainy day, relishes what he does.  While Andy, Terry and I talked, Ann was busily exploring the scene for the perfect shot.  I’m not sure she even knew it was raining, because she was in her ‘photo zone’.  Terry was impressed enough that he gave Ann a little tootsietoy jeep (which needs some rebuilding).  Though we didn’t get a glass of wine on this visit, as the rain discouraged socializing, if you visit him on a nice day he just might share a glass with you. Give him a call at if you need some parts: 845 657 6692.  Thanks for taking time for us Terry!

Terry and I pose.  I like his eyeglasses holders.

Here are a few pictures from the our time there:

Here is Ann’s first ever jeep (left), given to her by Terry, and Andy’s more complete version of the Tootsietoy jeep:

 
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Merapi Jeep Tour Community in Indonesia

• CATEGORIES: Features, International • TAGS: .

Leslie forwarded this story from the New York Times.  In 2010 Mount Merapi in central Java, Indonesia, erupted killing 300 people. Following the eruption, visitors arrived to check out the damage. An enterprising man named Christian Ignasius bought a CJ-2A to provide tours of the area. That little operation has grown into enough jeeps and guides to serve one thousand tourists a month.

Here’s the article at the New York Times

I also found some great pics. These two are form the this website.

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This image is from an online new article:merapi-jeep-tour-community1I found this picture of the volcano and a jeep on Flickr:

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French ‘Sedan’ Jeep at Bangshift

• CATEGORIES: Features, Sedan-jeep

While looking for something else I ran across this Sedan-modified jeep at Bangshift. According to the article, someone combined a Renault 4L with a MB or GPW. I can’t find any clues as to which jeep was used.

http://bangshift.com/blog/roadside-find-from-france-a-crossover-suv-built-decades-before-the-concept-existed.html

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Coast Guard Lengthened Jeep AKA The Invader Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, GPW (Ford MB), videos • TAGS: , , .

Coast Guard Super-Jeep at the National Guard Militia Museum in New Jersey.

Posted at bangshift (though I couldn’t find this original link), referenced by Jalopnik, linked to by Kaiser Willys, and forwarded by Colin, here is a great video  of a coast guard “super jeep” in action.

NEWS ARTICLES:

1) From the May 06, 1944, Perth Mirror in Australia:

TRAVELS 60 MPH OVER SANDY BEACHES
At a Coastguard Station on the Atlantic Coast, U.S. Coast Guards men recently demonstrated a new super-jeep, carrying 10 men and traveling up to 60 miles an hour over sand. Officials said the super-jeep was developed to meet special problems of Coast Guard shore patrols. Chassis of a regulation jeep was halved and steel shafts inserted to add one yard to its wheelbace. Seats for 10 were installed and specially designed wheels employed to permit travel over any kind of beach.

2) Volume 70 of the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings discusses the results of the Coast Guard Jeep. Unfortunately I don’t have access to the whole document. I do have this:

As a basis for comparison, the regular Army jeep tried to follow the super-jeep over the same course, but foundered in the deep sand. The super-jeep was developed in the Coast Guard transportation office to meet the special demand that branch of services has for a vehicle capable of moving through sand . . .

LINKS:
http://g503.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=108&t=177213 (three good photos of an original coast guard jeep)

 

 

 
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Mechanical Grenade Launcher on a MB

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

I spotted these pictures at Dieselpunks, though the pictures appear to originate from a Russian site. The grenade launchers were designed by the NKEP (Narodnyy Komissariat Elektricheskoy Promyshlennosti – state commissariat for electrical engineering) to be flameless and quiet.

Go to the dieselpunks website to learn more.

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Jeep Tie Tacks and Cuff Links **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

Here’s an unusual set of items.

“Here is a super cool lot of vintage lot of 1960s Jeep Tie Tacks and Cuff Links featuring the 2 Jeep Tie Tacks, a Jeep Gladiator Pickup Tie Tack, and Cuff Links featuring the 60s Jeep Wagoneer and Gladiator. The Jeep Gladiator Pickup Truck is marked Mercury Industries, with the rest are not marked. The lot is sold as pictured, looks and displays great with very good colors, and would be a very nice addition to your collection!

Please take a look at my vintage collectible listings, and I will gladly combine shipping to save you money.”

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LeMons Thunderhill Organizer’s Choice DJ-5

• CATEGORIES: DJ-5 & DJ-6, Features, Racing

DJ-5 owners . . . take heart! Who says a mail jeep isn’t fast? This modified — ok highly modified — DJ-5 won the 2012 Organizer’s Choice Trophy at the 2012 24 Hours of LeMons Thunderhill in California.

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Jeep Sweep in Popular Science

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine • TAGS: .

The December 1949 issue of Popular Science highlighted this unique attachment for the jeep. You can view this article on Google books.

You can also buy the issue on eBay

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S & B Corporation Panel Modification for the CJ-2A

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Willys Wagons

This rare brochure details a panel wagon modification for the CJ-2A. It was created and sold through the S & B Corporation.

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1980 Photo of the Hallandale Broward County Jeep Tram **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

The original Broward County Jeep Tram was launched by Hugh B. Cramer in 1946. Hugh brought five jeeps with him from Buffalo that could be linked together and drive out onto sandy beaches.

Hugh’s plan didn’t succeed, but a jeep tram did root itself in Hallandale. According to this article, the jeep trams were begun in 1982 as an adjunct to the bus system, but this photo suggests it happened earlier. The city paid for the majority of the costs. As of 1990 the trams were still running based on the picture at the bottom.

1. “You are bidding on an original press photo from 1980 featuring Tram in Hallandale. . Photo is 10” x 8” in size.”

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2. You are bidding on an original press photo from 1990 featuring Voyager Tram… Broward . Photo is 10” x 8” in size.

View all the information on ebay

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1955 Roper Pump Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

Here’s a good brochure for a Roper Pump.

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1948 Assembly Line Drawing on Flickr

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

Marc discovered these drawings on Flickr. I’m not sure where they were published originally.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/autohistorian/8607955035/in/set-72157620825781760/

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Ads from Automotive Digest **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Magazine

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

This June 1943 Automotive Digest has several jeeps ads.

“This is a nice original example of AUTOMOTIVE DIGEST magazine from mid 1943. In most ways it is like any other example of AUTOMOTIVE DIGEST, but this issue contains several nice ads from various manufacturers featuring a variety of World War II jeeps like the Ford GP, Ford GPW and / or Willys MB slat-grills, the standardized Ford / Willys jeep and the GPA or amphibious jeep.”

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1969 Vagabond Adventures #2 **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

This is Volume 1, #2 of Vagabond: Adventures in 4-Wheel Drive.

“NOS Jeep Vol #1 Issue#2 “Vagabond” Adventures In 4WD, Factory Magazine sent to customers,  5 1/2 X 8 1/2, 30 pages of articles that would appeal to a broad band of potential “JEEP” customers and sprinkled with liberal doses of Jeep product ads and tie ins.”

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Alii Drive Kailua-Kona, Hawaii Postcard

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

“G-VG Condition – Size: 3 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches.
Postcard may have some edge or corner wear.
Please view large scans for details and condition”

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Postcard of Jeep Train in Marblehead, OH **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards • TAGS: .

UPDATE: this was on eBay

The Prehistoric Forest & Mystery Hill park in Marblehead in Ohio once featured these jeep trains.  I guess jeeps and dinosaurs go together?  The park closed at the end of 2010 based on what I’ve read.  There is no date associated with the below card.

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1955 AC Spark Plug Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Just a small jeep was included in this ad.

“Date: 1955
Company: General Motors Corp.
Product: AC Spark Plugs
Size: Aprox. 8″ by 10-7/8″
Condition: VGC. No tears or stains. Picture may appear shaded on one side but is actually uniform in color.”

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Rocking Jeep Toy Phoenix, AZ $40

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

This looks kind of M-151ish to me, but still a cool toy.

“HIS IS A COOL ROCKING JEEP TOY, YES SOME PIECES ARE MISSING, BUT FULLY FUNCTIONAL.
IT’S MADE OUT OF WOOD. YOU DON’T SEE THIS EVERYDAY.

ASKING 40.00 FIRM

CALL GINA 602-904-3484 THANKS FOR LOOKING”

http://phoenix.craigslist.org/nph/tag/3720687180.html

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April 3: Burgers and the Terra Tires Challenge

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<– Day 15 – April 1: From Cathedral Valley to I-70 | Overview  –>

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Checking out Jack’s M-38A1 and Randy’s CJ-5 at the Boise Fry Company in Boise, ID.

Day 16 April 2nd: We spent Tuesday night, April 2nd, in Salt Lake City.

Day 17 (final) April 3rd:  On Wednesday April 3rd, we arrived home in Pasco after 5,198 miles of adventure. However, earlier in the day we had one last meeting and a large bet to settle. A little history . . .

In February of this year I spotted a set of mounted Terra Tires in Boise for only $50. Since he lives in Boise, I asked Josh if he could pick them up for me, but he told me his wife was having a baby that day. I asked if they could reschedule the whole baby thing since the tires were a great deal, but for some reason they didn’t think that was a good idea.

So, I asked Jack if he could pick them up, which he did for me (thanks Jack!). It just so happens that my darling wife was listening to me as I made final arrangements for the tires. I told Jack that we’d pick them up in early April on our way back from our Southwest trip.

After finishing my phone call, I hung up, only to see Ann giving me an odd look. She asked why we were going to Boise on our way back when we were supposed to return through California from the FC event. Well, that didn’t register with me. My brain suddenly kicked into high gear, sorting through thousands of jeeps posts and other useless information in an attempt to remember any conversation regarding a trip through California. Finally, there was a brief hint of some conversation months ago about us celebrating a honeymoon by driving north up highway 1.

Now, having been in several relationships with women one thing I have learned to do is fess up right away if you think you’ve screwed up. So, I told Ann that I had forgotten about the honeymoon trip. While you can imagine that went over well, I countered by explaining the value of getting the tires for only $50 and how important it was to meet with Jack and his friends.  While not swayed by my arguments, she did agree that it wasn’t practical to go through California on this trip. I breathed a sigh of relief!

But then, she threw down the gauntlet. She told me she didn’t think the tires would not fit in the back of the jeep since we’d be full of camping gear and clothes.

And thus, for the weeks before and during our trip, every time I mentioned Boise or the tires she teased me about having to rent a uHaul trailer to bring them home. I replied, confidently, that one way or another I’d get them into the jeep, even if I had to tear out the seats and ship them home. I really hoped I didn’t have to do that.

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Our jeep before we tried packing the tires. It was pretty full. I was confident though.

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Could I fit these tires into the back of our full jeep?

At 1pm on Wednesday we showed up to have lunch with Jack, Randy and Josh at the Boise Fry Company (they have great burgers and fries)!  Jack beat us to the restaurant. In the back seat of his M-38A1 were the tires. One look at them and Ann was sure she would win the bet. Ever confident and cocky, I began to unpile everything from the jeep.

I’m pleased to report that after re-arranging, packing, pushing, flattening, twisting, praying, and jumping up and down, I successfully managed to get the terra tires into the back of the jeep. They are now in Pasco awaiting transport to be tested on Biscuit in Renton. Yeah!

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Victory! By dropping down the seats I was able to push stuff farther towards the ceiling. My wife lost graciously :-)

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1960s Del Monte Sign DJ-3A Surrey **Status Unknown**

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

UPDATE: **Status Unknown** Was on eBay

Steve spotted this great advertising piece! Looks to be 29″ wide and just about  that much tall.

“Del Monte 1960s store display sign PINEAPPLE pink JEEP golf cart sun hat lady.Large thick paper sign (see yardstick in photo) with some light staining on the reverse that does not seem to show much from the front; will be shipped ROLLED; overall fine condition with little if any fading …..”

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April 1: From Cathedral Valley to I-70

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<– Day 14 – March 31: From Wolverine Loop to Cathedral Valley | Overview | Day 16 & 17 – Burgers and the Terra Tires Challenge –>

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The rising sun at Cathedral Valley Campground.

After a night of light rain, we woke up to sun and clouds.  I wished we had a few days to relax, jeep and hike, but we had to return to Salt Lake to have  an April Fools’ dinner in the evening with my kids, so we broke camp early in the morning.

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Cathedral Valley in the morning. Capitol Reef National Park.

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To leave Cathedral Valley we had two options. We could go back the way we came (drive south then take the highways north) or head north towards I-70 and hope we could make it. The day before I asked the National Park Ranger if the roads led all the way to I-70. He said we could make it if we knew what we were doing and had a map of the area.

I felt we knew what we were doing, but we lacked an accurate map. Still, I figured we could make it without a map, because we had tall mountains on our left and the San Rafael Swell on our right. And, we had a compass. We had food, gas and water. All we had to due was keep heading north.

As we packed up camp for the drive north, a miracle occurred. I had thought I packed only one map: a general map of the US. It turns out that I had packed a second map: a map of the San Rafael Swell area. That map showed all the roads we needed to take in order to reach I-70. With the guess work out of it, we could relax and enjoy the trip a little more.

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Our drive through Cathedral Valley.

Before we left the park, we stopped at a spot called the Gypsum Sinkhole. I didn’t see any gypsum, but there was a big hole. You can just see Ann’s shadow at the edge of the shadow.

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Gypsum Sink Hole in Cathedral Valley, Capitol Reef National Park.

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Delivery Package Van Brochures

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

I just purchased the following package van brochures from eBay.

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Below is the Urban Package Delivery Van which Jesse is rebuilding.

1940s-urban-package-delivery-van-adWhile not exactly a package van, the principle was the same with this modification:

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