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1961 King Winch Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Here’s a 1961 King winch brochure from Koenig Iron Works.

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Seep Pulling Trailer

• CATEGORIES: Features, GPA (SEEP), Old Images

I ran across this photo of a Seep pulling a trailer from the water at the Army’s website.  The vehicle is pretty deep in teh mud.  I wonder if it made it out of that.


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Jeep Mule Train at St. Simons Island in Georgia

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual • TAGS: .

I put this together based on some research tonight.  If anyone has corrections or additions, please let me know.

For years, though I couldn’t say how many, Marvin Long ran a Jeep Train that was also known as the Mule Train. As these photos show, he used at least two different types of jeeps to pull a series of two wheeled carts along the beaches of St. Simons, Island.  At least one source mentioned the train rides were for going out to the beach to collect shells.  Whether this was the principle reason or just one of the events is less sure.  Whatever it was they got to do, the ride was popular, as this article from the September 6, 1952, issue of Billboard Magazine described:

An early Jeep train can be seen in this photo from a book called St. Simons Island by Patricia Morris, which was also made into a post card.  It looks like there might be a jeep all the way in the reason, too.

 The use of a CJ-2A was followed up in 1955 (or later) by a CJ-5. This image can be found at this website:  http://ga67.herobo.com/island6.html

Mr. Long arrived at St. Simons in the late 1940s to take over the stables there.  He managed these for decades.  The land (all or most of it?) on which the stables were situation has been turned into  the St.Simons Land Trust.



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Photo of Betty & Genes Fox Hole w/Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This is a neat photo.

“Greetings! The bidding is on a 3″ x 4.75″ vintage snapshot of ESSO GAS STATION DOG ON JEEP BETTY & GENE’S FOX HOLE VINTAGE SNAPSHOT PHOTO.”

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June 1954 Roy Rogers Comic Book **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Comics, Features • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

According to the description, on the back of this comic book is a picture of Roy, Dale and Bullet in a Jeep.  No indication they are in Nellybelle or some other jeep.

“ROY ROGERS Western Comic Book, JUNE 1954, DELL Volume 1 No.78. 100% Complete With NO MAJOR DAMAGE, No Writing On Inside Pages. Comic Book Lays Flat, With No Water Or Mildew Damage. With Tight Spine. Very Nice Condition For Age. Some Covers May have Slight Minimal Nicks, Scratches, Minimal (slight) Spine Separation Etc., So See Scan For Details, As All Items Sold As Is, Due To Their Age. COMPLETE COVER SEPARATION WITH TIGHT SPINE AND ALL COLORFUL PAGES PRESENT, LAYING FLAT. The Rear Inside Cover Is An Ad For THE SCHWIN PHANTOM BICYCYLE, And The Rear Outside CoverShows Roy, Dale, And Bullet, In A Willys Jeep.”

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My ‘New’ FC-150s

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

I have been meaning to get a couple FC toys so that the next time I show up at a FC event I can be an official FC owner, even if they are FC-minis.  A couple weeks ago I finished up eWillys early, so I trolled through a variety of FC toys on eBay.  I came across two low priced, imperfect Corgie FC-150s out of the UK that would fit my minimal budget. I figured if I bid on a couple of them I’d walk away with at least one of them.  Instead, I guess no one else wanted them.  Thus, I ended up with two FCs.

These toys are a nice heavy weight metal, much heavier than I thought they would be. In fact, they feel heavier than some of the plastic Tonka toys I’ve seen.  Both toys could use some TLC, but I think I’ll keep them just the way they are.

Here’s an example of how the FC w/ the conveyer belt ought to look like.  Mine works, but the conveyer belt is missing.

Here are some more Corgi Jeep Toys on Flickr, too.  Apparently, Corgi made all kinds of vehicles.  A wide variety of Corgi vehicles have been photographed and placed on Flickr.

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Jeep Train Postcard **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

UPDATE: Here is more information about the Jeep Train at St. Simons Island.

“Here is a vintage linen postcard from the late 1940s or early 1950s, featuring a historic view of the Jeep Train, formerly known as the Mule Train, transporting tourists at St. Simons Island, Georgia. This is a Colourpicture postcard (#K7993.) It has never been mailed and is in very good to excellent condition with minor edge and corner wear. This vintage St. Simons Island, Georgia linen postcard will be carefully shipped to you in protective packaging.”

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Jalopnik Article on Colombian Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, International • TAGS: .

Benjamin Preston just published an article on Jalopnik about Colombian (that would be the country of Colombia) jeep owners and their passion for owning and using jeeps on a daily basis. He also breaks down the different type of Yipao contests.  Of course, anyone who knows Sebastian probably isn’t surprised by this article at all 🙂

Read the article here: http://jalopnik.com/5951074/i-found-the-biggest-jeep-fans-in-the-world-and-theyre-not-in-the-us


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Texaco Gasoline Toy Fire Jeep Dalmation Sign on eBay

I just won the auction on this sign for $4.95 + shipping.  There were no other bidders.  There was no information on the size of it, but I estimate it is around the size of a sheet of paper .

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Racing Jeep in Alaska from the NGS Collection

• CATEGORIES: Features, Racing

I don’t know when this image was taken, but it’s a fantastic racing shot.  The racer was photographed by Melissa Farlow at Naukati, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska.  I wish I knew if this appeared in a specific issue of the magazine.

To find this photo: To find the photo, go to the NationalGeographicStock.com website and then enter the id of  1075130 in the “quick explore” box.

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1954 Willys Jeep Ads on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

These are two separate ads, but appear to have been in the same magazine.

“Ad size is 8″x11″. All of my ads are not trimmed so you can decide how to frame or display them. They are all original,”

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2nd Ad:

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1961 Fleet Van Blueprint on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, FJ

This is unusual (I think?)

“Here is a vintage 1961 Willys Motors Kaiser Frazier Fleetvan Delivery Van blue print. The blue print is in very good condition. It measures 36 by 24 inches.”

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Photo in America’s National Parks Book from 1966

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images Jeeping

UPDATE:  After some relatively quick searching, I discovered this image is available via National Geographic’s Stock Imagery. Below is an example of the original image.

The photograph was taken in Horse Canyon in Utah.  The photographer was W. Robert Moore.  The picture ID is #614798.

To find the photo, go to the NationalGeographicStock.com website and then enter the id of  614798 in the “quick explore” box.


I bought a book from the 1960s full of photographs from America’s National Parks, called “America’s Wonderlands The National Parks National Geographic“.  As you can see in the link, I paid a whole $1.60 for it.  On Page 222-223 I found this photograph of two jeeps wandering through Canyonlands National Park.  It’s too bad the photograph is slightly split by the binding.

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Battle Attack Comic from the 1950s on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Comics, Features

This features two rocket launching jeeps, though they only somewhat jeep like. Maybe there are more jeeps within the comic.

“Fun 1950’S comic….great  Golden Age issue…….fun 1955 War issue…..Korean War-Fight the Commmie like stories inside….a stain on top of back cover that is not that dark on front…….paper inside is very nice………A Solid  GD  Copy………Winner to pay within 7 days after agreeing to purchase item…..Maryland residents must add 6% sales tax to order…We do combine for shipping….just click items and wait for us to group them for you at the best rate.   We list actual value of items for Out Of Country buyers and will not falsify value when shipping to you….please do not ask us to do that as we will not.”

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1964 Photo of a CJ-6 Fire Jeep at the Atlanta Airport on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles

This is a kodachrome slide showing a CJ-6 Fire Jeep that was employed by the Atlanta Airport.

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Structo Ride-on Fire Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

This needs some work.

“Here we have a Structo Jeep ride on fire truck. There is a dent in the back on the right side (see pics). The steering wheel may not be original. It has great patina! See pictures for condition. What you see is what you get. Selling as is. Please ask questions if you have them. Thanks for looking! Check out my other auctions for more great old stuff.”

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1944 Ad Showing a WWII Jeep as Fire Engine on eBay

This Ad was photographed at an angle. I did my best to correct it in Photoshop.

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Photo of 1965 Mitsubishi J32F Fire Jeep from Japan on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles • TAGS: .

I thought the hoses on this fire jeep were unusual.  I would think they would flap around in the wind when driving?

“Factory photograph , 8 x 10 inches . Newly printed on the highest quality photographic paper . Please see scan for exact image . Photo size is 8×10”

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Norb’s unusual Grille on his ’53 Wagon

• CATEGORIES: Features, wanted

Norb purchased this basketcase and is working to transform it into a custom wagon.  However, he is puzzled about the grille.

Norb writes, “I own a 1953 wagon that was a plow truck out in Wyoming for most of it’s life. It came to me with a Ford Y-block motor. The frame and suspension were shot, but the body is pretty good. I chopped the top and put it on a shortened Dodge Dakota chassis with a 318 V8 and 5spd. trans. Should make a nice little hotrod.  I know it was a “Jeep salad” when I got it. It had been hit in the front and repaired many years ago. I cannot ID the grill though. The side aprons have parking lights on them. The air intake hole in mine looks factory, but they are usually below the parking lights.”

I asked Dan for his input.  He wrote, “It looks like someone added a heater inlet hole to an early wagon grill (which were solid and didn’t have a hole) and then added extra marker lights also in a different position than factory. The heater inlet hole looks both larger and higher than what the factory added to the later wagons. I’m not sure when the factory added the heater inlet hole, but my beat guess is late 1950s.”

So, has anyone seen a factory wagon grille with the intake hole where Norb’s is?

For comparison, here is an image search for 1953 Wagon grilles

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Vintage Comic w/o cover on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Comics, Features, Jeep Planes and Pilots

I have posted this comic as a reminder that the term Jeep is found in conjunction with planes during world war two.  I suppose I need to track that a little better, because there are a variety of literary references to “Jeep Planes”.  There is no information about the comic in the description.

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Zack’s DJ-5: His Daily Driver

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

Zack has been a regular reader of eWillys for a while now.  Though he comments occasionally, I never got around to asking what kind of jeep he has.  So, I asked.  Turns out he has two:  One a DJ-5 that he uses as a daily driver and the other a nice looking GPW that he hopes to restore to military spec. Here are some photos he sent for us.  All in all, it is a good looking DJ-5 that is a very practical vehicle, inexpensive to maintain, cheap on gas, and posi in the rear for bad weather.  Thanks for sharing Zack!


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Paul unpacks 60 Year-Old Parts

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features • TAGS: .

Paul wrote to share his experience unwrapping some old parts as he continues his M-38 rebuild.

Paul wrote, “One of the first jobs on my Willys rebuild list from many years ago was to overhaul the axles. Naturally all bearings and races were replaced with new, new ring and pinion gears with 4.27 ratios were installed along with a complete set of 11 inch backing plates and brake drums. Well, sometime during the past 25 or so years the new steering knuckle seals failed due to old age. Geeze, I haven’t even driven this thing yet and now I’m having to replace the replacement parts which are still new but old.

Oh well, it was time to go shopping once again. I was able to purchase a set of heavy duty steering knuckle seals from the local parts store (that can even be rebuilt when necessary) in addition to an extra set of replacement rubber seals for future use. Today I installed one seal kit on the left front knuckle with no problems, everything fit like factory, nothing was missing and the quality was perfect but that’s just what I’d expected. You should understand that these steering knuckle seal kits were packed by Willys Overland Motors for military use in May of 1952. The package had never been opened and all the parts were still coated with a preservative grease like coating, which required lots of paper towels to remove.

I can’t imagine whoever packed these parts so long ago had any idea that 60 years into the future some guy in Alaska would need these parts for his M-38 but I’m sure pleased the packer did such a good job protecting these seal kits. I took pictures of each step as I opened the package and the final photo shows the clean, new parts visible for the first time in over 60 years.”

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Radio QSL Postcard on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Artists/Drawings, Features, Postcards, Women & Jeeps • TAGS: .

I knew nothing about QSL Cards.  Turns out there are a variety of collectors and a variety of cards to collect, including some with jeeps. Here are a few.

qsl-caveman-cavegirl1 qsl-postcard-evans-mo

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1974 Hotwheels Jeep “Grass Hopper” on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

I was nine when this came out.  I should have owned one of these.  Santa, where were you when I needed you??

“Up for Bid is a 1974 Hot Wheels Grass Hopper. Nice car with some play-wear. I took plenty of clear pictures so there are no misunderstandings. My camera takes super close shots so any imperfections are really magnified. Need more info or pics please let me know. * I continuously list early Hot Wheels, Matchbox and other brands so please check-in often.”

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Smokey the Bear Auto Litter Bag on eBay

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

I’m not sure how to classify this this unusual item.  This bag shows appears to show Smokey driving a jeep.

“Vintage 1960’s Smokey The Bear Litter Bag. 1960’s, 9” x 12”, pictures full figure Smokey driving a Jeep, from Nevada’

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