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Finding Virginia: Adventures Along the Rocky Trail of Life

• CATEGORIES: Biscuit, Books, Features

I am proud to announce that “Finding Virginia” is now for sale at CreateSpace.  It has been the culmination of a year’s worth of writing and editing (and 46 years of living).  Please shamelessly encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to purchase this book.   Give it as a present to your spouse (really, they will enjoy it), your kids, other jeep lovers, car lovers, or whomever you know.  It is also useful for filling spaces in bookshelves.

What’s the book about?  
It’s about jeeps, love, the history of the jeep, love lost, the San Juan Islands, my dad’s health fight, how to get kicked out of college, how to  grow up in a jeep club, how not to sail, how to get stuck in the woods, cooking, my thoughts on a variety of subjects, and the reasons why I started eWillys.

Who’s the target audience?  
Readers of eWillys are  first and foremost the target.  People who like adventure and travel should enjoy it too.  Women especially enjoy the ‘love’ story aspect.  People who are frustrated with the economy will, I believe, relate to my frustrations with it too.

The book can be ordered through CreateSpace and, later, through Amazon, though Amazon pays me less.  The price is $18.39.  If you want a signed copy, I will need to order some books, sign them and then mail them to you.  You can email me for more info — d@ewillys.com and put “signed copy” in the subject line.  These will cost a little more due to the cost of me shipping to you.  I will take a check or paypal as payment.

I am willing to both sign books and attend signings.  I can even bring Biscuit if necessary, depending on the weather and distance.

https://www.createspace.com/3748035

 
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WILLYS JEEP CJ-3A home made WOODY, flat fender, old car photo 4″ x 6″

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Wood bodies • TAGS: , .

Bidding starts at $1.99.

“Beautiful new professional print (4″ X 6”) from a old 35 mm slide (KODACHROME TRANSPARENCY, no date imprinted) of a WILLYS JEEP CJ-3A (I think) with a HOMEMADE WOODIE BODY . Neat looking Willys Jeep with a wooden enclosure over the driver/occupant compartment. Don’t know the year for sure. No idea where or when the picture was taken. Written on the slide is, “Feb 1952”. Much better than scan, crisp and clear. Any distortion or glare is from my digital camera. Ruler does not show up on actual photo.

Please note, my prints are not made from a home computer, as some have questioned, they are printed by “Denver Digital Imaging Center” a division of “The Slideprinter” in Denver, Colorado U.S.A. From their web site: “For 33 years The Slideprinter has set the standard in making prints from transparencies… We are still the experts at making beautiful prints from slides…”

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250975538622+

 
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Mini Jeep Article from 1956

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles, Unusual

Glenn forwarded this article from 1956 and featured in “Willys News”.

 
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1955 CJ-5 Davison, Mi . . .Priceless

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Features, Unusual

This just made my day.  It will run, too!

“According to the internet, “The Jeep was the most reliable and favorite vehicle of the armed forces.” This one won’t be any of that, but here’s a brief ‘Ratrospective’ on this creation. We took a stunning, low mileage and rust free Willys Jeep, tore it off the frame and cut it into several pieces (settle down, we’re just kidding).

This salute to our armed services started life as a 1955 Willys Jeep. We pulled the body off the frame, lengthened it twenty inches and narrowed the back half of it eleven inches. We then channeled the body over a 1984 Chevy S-Blazer 4×4 frame that had a small-block Chevy transplant. We added the dual quad intake and a couple of old Holley carbs. We fabbed our own zoomies, took some Army-issue backpack frames and direct mounted them to the floor for back rests. Seats are U.S. issue blankets torn in pieces. Some of the flooring and the seatbelts are courtesy of a wrecked Michigan State Police cruiser. We’ve got 4 Jerry cans out back for a fuel tank and a canteen over-flow tank for the radiator. Air Cleaners are drilled helmet liners and zoomie covers are olive drab soup cans wired together (we kept losing them when we fired it up). If you plan on ever driving this, there’s a pick and shovel mounted so you can dig your own grave. Battery box is U.S. Army issue tool box. It’s got a pre-historic Mallory coil and distributor for fire power. Zip ties hold the tilt front end closed (for now) but you’ll need a better solution. We don’t quite have the shift linkage figured out so you’ll have to come up with something. Right now the shifter is out in front of the windshield.

The Rat does run but we haven’t had the guts (stupidity) to drive it. We will be selling this vehicle as ‘PARTS ONLY’! It does come titled as a 1955 Willys. Miles are not actual. Buyer will have to pay a document fee of $190 or 5% of the sale price (whichever is less). Plus 6% Michigan sales tax and a title transfer of $15. Sorry, but we all have to pay taxes.

You’re gonna need a trailer (Rat trap) to pick this up. We will help you push it on board, but you’ll have to handle everything else. Any questions? We check email once a day. You can also call Fergy at(810)653-4111.

There is no reserve on this auction but we think it’s worth millions.

This will make a great project, art study or urinal for the discerning buyer.”

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=130631739087+&viewitem=

 
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Anderson Township’s Fire Volunteers’ Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

Roy sent this Jeeps News’ page.  The caption is self explanatory.  You can see the jeeps much better if you click on the image below.  I think Anderson Township is in Ohio.

 
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MB from Flickr in Utah

• CATEGORIES: Features

Here’s a beautiful shot from what appears to be southern Utah.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tdhirschi/3899283306/sizes/z/in/photostream/

 
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CJ-3Bs out of India on Flickr

• CATEGORIES: Features

I spotted these Mahindra 3Bs on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nirvo/5701286862/sizes/z/in/photostream/

 
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MB from Europe, France Maybe?

• CATEGORIES: Features

Here’s a cool picture.  http://www.flickr.com/photos/_pec_/5760936022/sizes/z/in/photostream/

 
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Jeepers Jamboree article from 1981

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

Here’s another article from Roy about the running the Jeep Jamboree.

 
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Navy jeeps from WWII

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Roy forwarded this picture send to him by a friend.

 
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Gussying up the MB at Hemmings.com

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Unusual

Dan put together a great article with a few pics I hadn’t seen about restyling the MB in the field.  Very cool stuff.  Thanks to Roy for forwarding it.

http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2011/12/19/gussying-up-the-mb-jeep/

 
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GPW at Auction Today

• CATEGORIES: Features, GPW (Ford MB)

Bob took this photo and reports, “I shot this today in waynesburg, Ohio. It’s a 1945 GPW that went up for auction. It was good looking from 25 feet but had some bad floor repairs, a bit if painted over rust, wrong motor, wrong seats, etc. went for $4700. There were a lot of little parts to be had also but nothing special.”

 
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Jeeping Outside Tucson in a CJ-5

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

Today, Jim sent me some pictures of his CJ-5 and a recent trip along the outskirts of Tucson.  Thanks for sharing Jim!

Jim wrote, “A few pictures of me and my wife running around in the Rincon Mountains east of Tucson,AZ. There are a lot of forest service access roads around the area. Some are easy, and quite a few are challenging. Our Willys is mostly stock. The only thing not stock and original is the engine and a Warn overdrive. It is a Ford 289 donated from a totaled Mustang. The rims and tires are from a 74 CJ-5 that I sold a while back. I still have the old rims and tires for it in my garage. There is no lift kit on it. The tires on it now are too big, but we like the look. Just have to be cafefull to keep the fenders off of the rubber LOL!!”

 
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Jeep Playground Toy from Flickr

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys • TAGS: .
  1. This looks fun.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mathews_pics/3152497115/sizes/z/in/photostream/

 
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Wartime Jeep Comes Home

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

Here’s a nice Jeep News article from page 9 of the Fall/Winter of 1981.  Thanks Roy!

 

 
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Roberto’s MB Cup

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

Roberto created the illustration for this cup, which will be a gift for a local club.  Looks great!

 
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Early Slat Grille MB in Southern California

• CATEGORIES: Features

Just a few updates tonight . . . I might be wrong, but looking at the slope of the driver’s entrance, it almost looks like a Willys MA curve.   The frame and front clip appear MBish though.  The photo was taken in the Santa Rita Hills of Southern California in May of 2008 by “ManDog”.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/29812201@N00/2473955140/in/photostream/

Compare it to this shot of a MA from the WillysMA website.

 
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Photo of a FC-170 from Curtis Joe Walker

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, FC150-FC170-M677, Features

Craig spotted this photo on Flickr by Curtis Joe Walker.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/curtisjoewalker/1350810361/in/faves-46060235@N02/

 
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Toddler Bed

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys, Unusual

LeGrand spotted this unusual toddler bed (at least I haven’t seen one).

“Military Jeep Toddler Bed
Excellent Condition, looks like new.
Standard size crib mattress fits inside ( crib mattress is not included).
The Bed measures 29 x 53 inches. The entrance is 12 – 13 inches above the floor.
I bought this bed for $300, I am only asking $100.
Comes from a clean and smoke free home.
Hand crafted from laminated Baltic birch and other solid woods.”

http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=218&ad=18399848&cat=&lpid=3&search=jeep

 
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Rendered Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

I did a search for “willys jeep autodesk”.  A variety of images were returned, too many to list here.  So, here are a few.  The remainder can be seen here.

From Roger Emanuel’s blog come these two pictures. See the rest of them here:

Here are a few from Autodesk:

 
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M-677 from the Lone-Rover Website

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Features • TAGS: .

Here’s a nice shot of a M-677 from Lone Rover Photos.

 
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Pinewood Derby Flatfender Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Want to build a Pinewood Derby jeep?  Check out this ‘how-to’ article from Scrollsawer.com.  A pattern is also available there too.

Steve forwarded a picture of the Pinewood Derby jeep his stepson Larry made when he was fourteen.  Steve notes that Larry probably got the idea from looking at Steve’s Jeepster.

Anyone else have a Derby Jeep?

 
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Part III of the Ford Jeepster

• CATEGORIES: Features, Jeepster, Unusual

UPDATE:  Bob reports the vehicle arrived safely in Ohio.  He verified that the frame is a Ford and the body is well-built.   

He reports, “The thing looks pretty solid and seems to be made out of thick steel and very well made. I just can’t imagine some guy in his garage making this thing, but I could be wrong. Someone updated the running gear with a mustang straight 6, auto trans and the mustang differential. You can clearly see where it was column shift originally, and the frame is definitely a 46 ford.”

“The grill does seem stamped from what me and some other guys who looked at it think. There are no indications of it being welded up from pieces. The hood looks the same, like it was made in one piece. The window glass looks like cj3a, 3b era, but the frame is not.”

Continue reading

 
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Steve’s Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Builds, CJ-2A, CJ-7, Features

Steve dropped me a note and shared some pictures of his jeeps.  Both the flattie and the CJ-7 look great!  If you need any help driving them, just let me know 🙂

He writes, “The blue one is a 1978 CJ7 and the Willys is a 1948 CJ2A. I’ve had the CJ7 for 27 years and got the Willys from my dad last year. The Willys has been in the family for 50 years, most of it spent with my late Grandfather in California. When I got the Willys from my dad, it was in rough shape, and I spent about a year fixing it up. I really enjoy driving both, and the Willys gets a lot of attention.”

 
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Lego Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Speaking of Lego Jeeps, here is a custom one I found on Flickr.