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Arcar.com an Argentina Classified Car Website

• CATEGORIES: Features, International

Buz discovered this website in Argentina.  There are a variety of different jeeps for sale, some familiar and some less so.  Visit the website and check it out.  Here is a Willys MB for $15,000:  http://www.arcar.org/willys-mb-14-ton-46729

You can learn more about these IKA (Industrias Kaiser Argentina) built jeeps at the CJ-3B Page.

Here are some other vehicles I spotted in just a minute of searching:

This appears to be a MB/GPW of some vintage –

This is a CJ-2A with an unusual top –

Here are a couple of 2WD IKA Jeeps modeled on the CJ-5, but with a longer wheelbase

 
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1948 Truck Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I thought this was an interesting ad.  The two ‘selling’ points in this 1948 ad for the Willys Trucks are that they save on gas and oil & that they have a tight turning radius.

View all the info on eBay

 
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Pictures from the 2012 Willys Picnic

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

Bill, from Lime Street Carriages, posted some pics of last weekend’s 2o12 Willys Picnic on his Face book page.  He wrote, “I think there were 76-77 Jeeps there this year and the weather was great (hot).  My group took 6 Jeeps up from Lancaster (68 mi each way) and next year we’ll have more!

46 VECJ-2A
46 CJ-2A unrestored
46 CJ-2A newly restored
54 CJ-3B
64 CJ-3B
85 CJ-8 Chase Jeep
We all made the whole trip without mechanical issues…. of course we also spent all day Saturday getting them all ready.  Generators, fuel lines, carb fixes, + painting a windshield on the yellow ’46.    We made it with the windshields down the whole way too….  looked pretty cool coming down the road!”
Here are a couple pics.  You can see all the pics on FaceBook:  http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.466258433386204.107776.338546552824060&type=1
 
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Brass Model Jeep on Flickr

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models, Unusual • TAGS: .

David spotted this model on Flickr.  I don’t much other than it is being well built by someone named Alex.

You can see all the pics here

 
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“Armored Military Jeep” Patterson, NY No Price

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, CJ-3A, Features, Unusual • TAGS: .

This one is priceless.  Based on the back, I’d say this was a CJ of some vintage and not a M-38.

“5/16″ armored jeep. Complete. Body is not rotted. Needs new undercarriage. M38? Awesome piece of history. 845-204-1475”

http://newyork.craigslist.org/fct/cto/3069823371.html

 
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1954 Truck with Hobart Welder Joliet, IL **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Industrial-Welder-Generator, trailer, Unusual, Willys Trucks • TAGS: , .

UPDATE:  Was on eBay

(05/30/2012) This is a cool, well restored combo.

“HERE IS A SUPER NICE TOTALLY RESTORED 1954 JEEP 4X4 THIS JEEP IS A SHOW PIECE THAT COMES WITH A PERIOD CORRECT TOTALLY RESTORED HOBART GAS WELDER. LOOK AT THE PICS CLOSE, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE ANY OTHER PICS LET ME KNOW. THE BUY IT NOW IS BELOW MARKET VALUE  FOR THE JEEP. THE WELDER IS A SUPER RARE ITEM. THE JEEP RUNS GREAT, 4 WHEEL DRIVE WORKS PERFECT IN 4 HI AS WELL AS 4 LO.  JEEP CAME ORIGINALLY WITH RARE PTO. THE UNIT IS STILL WITH THE TRUCK. ALL THE GAUGES WORK,  WATER TEMP. OIL PRESSURE, AMP GAUGE. ALL BRAND NEW TIRES ON JEEP AS WELL AS WELDER.   THE WELDER IS A FACTORY GAS ENGINE WITH A JEEP WILLYS 4 CYL. ENGINE. IT RUNS GREAT AS WELL.  IT IS SUPER DETAILED AS YOU CAN SEE. PRIOR TO THE TOTAL RESTORATION OF IT THE WELDER PERFORMED FINE. I HAVE NOT TRIED TO WELD WITH IT SO THAT PART I AM NOT POSITIVE ABOUT. I  HAVE A FACTORY MANUAL THAT COMES WITH IT. I HAVE A GOOD DEPENDABLE GUY THAT TRANSPORTS FOR A VERY REASONABLE FEE,  IF THE WINNING BIDDER CONTACTS ME I WILL GIVE YOU HIS INFO. AND HE WILL GIVE YOU A PRICE ON GETTING THESE TO GEMS TO YOU ! THANKS FOR LOOKING, I DONT THINK YOU WASTED YOUR TIME !!! I AM NOT SURE ABOUT THE MILES”

 
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Set of 10 Brazilian Jeep ads on eBay

This auction includes a set of 10 ads for the Brazilian Jeep Pickup.  Looks like they have been ripped from a magazine.

“They are original AD’s (not copy).
All different ADs (not repeated ADs).
ADs from 60’s / 70’s
Brazilian rare ADs.
The pages are in big size. Size of each AD: about 35 cm X 25 cm. Can be changed in poster.”

View all the pics and info on eBay

 
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Newspaper Ad for a Mustang Trailer

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This ad for a Mustang Trailer was originally published by a company out of Bangor, Maine.  Though attached to a jeep in the ad, the ad notes you can attach it to a truck, too.

View all the pics and info on eBay

 
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CJ-2 PR Photo on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Here’s a reproduction of a PR photo of an experimental CJ-2 jeep pulling a wagon.

View the photo on eBay

 
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A Model WW2 Jeep Built From Scratch in Macedonia

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

This well done jeep model was built by a Macedonian who wants to own a real jeep some day.  I believe he has the skills to take care of one!

He writes on youtube, “Model Jeep I spent 3 months on. I know it’s not perfect, but it’s better than nothing. Real WWII Jeeps in Macedonia are extremely rare, if not impossible to find. Also I thought it would be far more fun to built rather than buy a model Jeep. Work was done during the summer of 2009, 2-3 hours a day, often late into the night.”

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDNl__vdaIQ&feature=relmfu

Here’s a pic of the finished product:

 
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Shortened Wagons in Brazil

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Unusual, Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

After seeing this ad about the shortened wagon, a reader named Or forwarded me the following links that show these shortened wagons aren’t as rare as we thought.  Thanks for finding these!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykAQ967gxmU&feature=relmfu

From this link comes this picture:

Here’s this one with a slightly different front end from this link:

Or, if you like red:

Here are a few more links, too:

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-cPd-DXN-roo/T8ura4LrSZI/AAAAAAAAAqI/4votwocxN5w/s400/1165413236.jpg
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-og9QbesAeMo/T8urkmL35LI/AAAAAAAAAqQ/NOx-nRG0Xes/s400/1175596299.jpg
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-yL5EOaxZ8ZY/T8urvLQ4slI/AAAAAAAAAqY/8ON9BYVKc8c/s400/1196241655.jpg

 
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Soviet Russia WW2 Photo2 on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Old Images

No details on when this photo was taken.  It is sold out of Kiev, Ukraine.

View all the info here

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The auction on this photo by the same seller fetched a bid of $18.50. I was surprised it went that high.

View all the info here

 
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1945 GAZ Estonia eBay

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

Here’s a rare GAZ out of Estonia. Might be good for a European collector.

“GAZ 67, Jeep, Militaria (Willys Jeep) 1945 ,

The vehicle is moving under its own power.
the car is not restored.
Still retains the original factory work. (80 %)
The car has been standing on the tenth garage.

EU Member States do not have customs and logistics companies to be transported. Transportation Estonia to Germany pays 400 – 500 EUR. –

Shipping will be paid by the buyer. Shipping outside the EU to clarify before you buy. I will help the buyer in dealings.”

View all the info and pics on eBay

 
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The Package Delivery Van Starts its Journey

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

You might remember that we spotted this rare 1948 Willys Overland Package Delivery van a while back.  The buyer decided he had to let it go, so Jesse volunteered to take on the project of restoring it.   To get to Phoenix, the van has made its first stop in Missouri at Craig’s place.

Craig writes, “The 1948 Willys Overland Urban Package Delivery is 430 miles closer to it’s new home in Phoenix, Arizona.  It’s resting at my place in Defiance, Missouri right now before I make the pilgrimage out there to Phoenix and back in a few weeks.  Since the ’48 got its start on eWillys I thought it could use an update there as well.  The pictures were taken just a stones throw south of Roxanna, Ohio where Roger Martin (pictured with me) brought it from its home in Lake Geneva, Ohio.  It looks a little better with some rubber on the wheels! Craig @ thefcconnection

 
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The Story of the Jeepy Pedal Car

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, toys

Even contacted me from Norway with a nice bit of history about the Jeepy Pedal Car.  Thanks Even!

He writes, “As world war 2 came to a close a Norwegian engineer name Sigurd W. Ødegaard was looking for products he could produce in his mecanical workshop.  One day during the summer of 1945 he was watching a military parade with a lot of jeeps when he got the idea to produce a small version of a jeep as a pedal car. A year later he produced his first pedal car, manufacturing them from 1946 until 1952.  During this time his company made about 3000 units of this popular car .  I was told they cost almost 100$ back then.

These small Jeeps are popular among collectors here in Norway and since Sigurd made them very solid there are still some around.  The car is 1/3 scale from the GPW and  are all steel with air filled wheels.

I have also heard that Sigurd W. Ødegaard was educated in the US  and worked for Mack International Motor Company. At some point he travelled to the US to start production of this pedalcar over there, but returned to Norway after failing to get production going because the Korean War made it complicated to get enough steel for the pedal cars.”

Continue reading

 
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Old Photos from the High Desert

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Women & Jeeps

Here are a couple of old photos listed on eBay from a trip into the high desert in a CJ-2A.

 
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Conner Supermarket Willys Wagon

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

UPDATE:  Buz shot this picture while visiting Ocracoke Island in South Carolina last year.  This year he discovered the history behind the wagon.  Thanks Buz!  I like the way you vacation 🙂

Read about the station wagon,, John Conner, Sr., and the history of the super market here:

http://www.connerssupermarket.com/index_files/Page426.htm

 
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2012 Great Willys Picnic in Kempton, Pa June 10th

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

The Great Willys Picnic Show and Swap Meet:  learn more here http://www.cj3a.info/picnic/

June 10, 2012 from 9 am – 4 pm at the Wanamaker, Kempton & Southern Railroad, located in Kempton, Pennsylvania

It’s time to plan for the 13th annual Great Willys Picnic, Car Show and Swap Meet. All vehicles are welcome: stock, modified, projects, CJs, Wagons, Trucks, Jeepsters, Military, Cars and even GPWs! Every pre-1970 Willys vehicle is eligible to win door prizes. This show has grown into the largest Northeast Willys event. Over 45 vehicles and hundreds of enthusiasts were present at last year’s picnic. There is plenty of space for selling your spare parts in the swap meet area. Bring your Willys memorabilia and interesting parts for show and tell. Be sure to arrive early because at 3:00 PM the door prize winners are announced and awarded. Bring your own picnic lunch or purchase food at the refreshment stand.

The Picnic will be held on the grounds of the Wanamaker, Kempton & Southern Railroad located in the scenic village of Kempton, Pennsylvania. This is a great setting to display our classic Willys vehicles, as well as entertainment for the entire family. Also on-site is the Schuykill & Lehigh Model Railroad Club’s HO model train display.

As always the Willys Picnic, Show and Swap is free. Plan to take the optional train ride for a very reasonable fee.

 
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More Food at this Year’s Bantam Festival

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

One of the updates in the May newsletter from the Bantam Festival folks is that there will be more food.  Since I like food, I have to say I’m all in favor of that!

You can read more on the latest at the Bantam Jeep Festival Site

 
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June 16th Estate Auction in Arlington, Oh … CJ-2As & CJ-3As and More

• CATEGORIES: Auctions, CJ-2A, CJ-3A, Features, Unusual, Willys Wagons

Rob forwarded me the jeep below.  It’s an odd melding of a CJ-2A and a Wagon.  I’d love to get a closer look to see how various problems were solved.

This jeep is one of several jeeps in different conditions being auctioned, though nothing is in amazing condition.  Tools and other vehicles will also be auctioned, including a deuce and a half that looks to me (not being an expert) in very good condition.

The auction takes place on June 16th, 2012, at a place tbd.  You can learn more about the auction by Fenbert Auction Services and see the other vehicles at here.

Here’s the oddball CJ-2A/Panel Wagon hybrid:

A few other jeeps at the auction.  A couple CJ-2As:

A couple CJ-3As:

Other Stuff:

 

 
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Tennessee Flat Fender Club

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features, Women & Jeeps

William, the President of the Tennessee Flat Fender Club, recently contacted me with some kind notes about my book.  I told him I had been planning to do a post about the club, so he provided me some information.

The Tennessee Flat Fender Club is an unofficial association with no dues, no rules, no mandatory meetings or rites of passage. You don’t even need to own a flat fender ‘jeep’ to call yourself a member. Only need to have an interest in these classic vehicles.
The Club is an affiliate of the International Flat Fender Club.  There is a club for most states and the ones where there isn’t a club they are looking for people to lead one.
You can learn more about the club at these websites:
If you are curious about William’s build, you can read all about it at the CJ-2A page.  The very first picture is an image of the engine sitting in the house next to an open tool box.  This picture underscores the support of Wiliam’s family; so, it only seems natural that his mother, wife, and grandmother should have their pictures taken in front of it (shown below).
 
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Pima Air and Space Museum MBs in Tucson, Az

• CATEGORIES: Features, MB, Museums • TAGS: , .

Jim forwarded me the following images he took of the MBs at the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, Az.

Jim writes, “The 390th Bomb Group Museum has a B-17 flying fortress on display, a long with a MB that has been restored and donated to the museum. It needs a fuel tank flush, new radiator hoses, and I bet a carb rebuild. I hope to assist them on this the next time I make it home. There is also a MB on display in another hanger that is part of a display dedicated to the Red Tails fighter group. I am sending a few pics of them. They have one of the largest aircraft display’s around!”

Here’s the 390th Bomb Group MB:

And this is the Red Tails fighter group MB:

 
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James Breaks the Oil Line Fitting — Could use some suggestions . . .

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features, How To

Well, we all eventually arrive at one of these places where the unexpected happens, inevitably followed by the ‘what do I do now’ question.  That’s where James is at and he needs a few suggestions.  You might remember James from when I visited his father and him in Denver back in October.

“I was replacing the old inlet oil line into the engine (below the fuel pump). I was loosening the oil line that went into the 90 degree brass fitting oil line bracket (Walck4wd part number 384569) and accidently torqued the bracket. The fuel line came off, but the thread from the 90 degree brass fitting oil line bracket broke off inside the engine in the oil inlet. Great.. So, I bought an extractor from Sears and have been trying to extract the remaining thread left inside the oil inlet (below the fuel pump) with no luck. There is hardly any room to hammer the extractor into the block. So now here I am, stuck. Any idea how to remove the remaining thread? Thanks, James DeBartolomeis”

Here’s a pic:

 
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“JEEP” means WILLYS Ads

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Paul forwarded this.  I have a variety of brochures & Ads, but not this one.  The slogan “JEEP” means WILLYS is an interesting intellectual property strategy.  Just another way to intertwine the two meanings.

 
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Year? Mitsubishi Annapolis, MD **Status Unknown**

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

UPDATE: Status Unknown. Was $5700.

“I purchased this jeep 5 years ago in Washington State where I restored it and used it on mountain trails, hunting/fishing while based at Fairchild AFB near Spokane. After being transferred to Andrews AFB it’s spent most of its time in my garage, other than trips into town, etc. It has a very efficient low mileage (under 45,000 miles) 4DR6 2.7L diesel engine mated to an iron 4speed manual transmission and transfer case. The steering is right hand drive as is typical for these late model willy’s from Japan. It’s been well maintained but shows some wear for its age such as repairs in the soft top, worn seats, etc. I also have the driver, passenger, and rear doors that are included in the sale. About 3 years ago the windshield wiper motor stopped working, so I’ve relied on the back up manual wiper in its place. I don’t have the time to research a new wiper motor or have it rebuilt, which is why I’m letting my jeep go at such a low price… While doing some research on this vehicle I discovered through discussion boards that individuals are paying up to $14K for these jeeps by the time the import cost, taxes, and all other expenses are calculated. It’s never been driven in the rain/snow here in Maryland due to rust concerns. This jeep has proven extremely reliable to me and capable of anything I’ve put in its path, you won’t be dissapointed.

Since I’ve owned it I’ve addressed the following:

-New windshield
-5 new 8 ply tubeless tires
-resealed the front and rear axles
-replaced all of the brakes (11″ drum brakes)
-installed new rear driveshaft
-replaced driveline parking brake
-eliminated rust from rear fenders by removing old sheet metal and welding in new
-Water pump was rebuilt 1 month ago
-New fan/alternator belt last month
-replaced thermostat & hoses
-installed inline coolant block heater
-M38 speedometer (replaced old unit that was in kilometers per hr)
***note*** speedometer works great but odometer recently stopped working
-installed turn signal control (unit was missing when it arrived from Japan)
-new pintle hitch with 2″ ball
-new shovel, axe, & jerry can
-installed farm jack on front bumper
-new M38 mirrors
-installed passenger seat from a CJ-5 (seat was missing when it arrived from Japan)
-installed Warn Locking hubs for the Dana 30 front axle
-engine oil & filter have been changed every 3,000 miles or 6 months (which ever comes first)

****the engine is barely broke in at 45-50K miles, burns no oil, and there are absolutely no leaks from the engine or drivetrain components.Yea”