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A Drawing by “Darkinalina”

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

Guy spotted this list of DrawSomething Jeeps.  I only know about the iPad/iPhone game because my wife, my mother and my daughter all play the game.

The one below was drawn by someone named ‘Darkalina’.  You can see more here.

 
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Rare Tin Police Jeep w/ TV Screen **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

On the back is a screen that has animations. The CJ-3B Page shows a similar, but not the same model: http://cj3b.info/Toys/PoliceToys2.html

“Win this nice one for your collection. Very rare Movie Screen Police Willys Jeep by MODERN TOYS. Has an amazing illuminated and animated screen which rolls through freeway scenes, traffic snarls, the highway patrol on the road & issuing infringement notices. I’ve included a video showing this but it’s pretty out of focus. The toy moves about the floor in a random fashion. Think the light on the front is supposed to flash but isn’t working. This may need some tinkering and another small project would be a new steering wheel and seat base. Too good to be called a toy! Scans and photos are of the actual item & form part of the description.

22.5cm long x 10.8cm wide x 12cm high. 1-2 kilos packed weight. Item No: 800016”

 
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Popular Science Compares Winches (in 1974)

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

From the April 1974 Issue of Popular Science comes this comparison of winches of the time.  The analysis included the chart below coupled with three examples of creative winching.

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Creative solutions for winching:

Comparing mechanical and electrical winches:

 
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1943 June Motor Age Magazine on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, Magazine

Here’s a rare magazine that shows Hitler falling out of a jeep.

“JUNE 1943….MOTOR AGE MAGAZINE…FOR AUTOMOTIVE SERVICEMEN……GREAT COVER SHOWING HITLER FALLING OUT OF JEEP…..SOME SOILING AND WEAR AND A CREASE DOWN THE CENTER, BUT GREAT OLD MAG… PAGES ARE WHITE AND BINDING STILL TIGHT…LOTS OF GREAT OLD ADS….GREAT OLD AUTO MAGAZINE….”

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1949 Jeepster Brochure Targeting Women on eBay

Here’s an unusual brochure that appears to target women.

“You are viewing an original 1949 Willys-Overland Motors Jeepster lithographed sales brochure.  It is numbered VJ 3M-I-500M-4-49.  There is a small tear at the bottom of it near a sticker that was used to seal it.  It is in good condition otherwise.

It measures 4″ by 7″ when closed and opens to 8″ by 14″.”

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Mighty Mite at the 1961 Auto Show

• CATEGORIES: Features, Mighty Mites, Old Images • TAGS: , , .

Steve forwarded this photo of a Mighty Mite at the Chicago Auto Show yesterday.

Coincidently, yesterday Ann’s mother saved part of an episode of Pawn Stars for me to view (Episode called PONY UP from December 2011), which included a man trying to sell a Mighty Mite to the Pawn Stars guys for $22,000.  They offered $13,000 (based on their expert’s opinion).  Unfortunately, I can’t find a free way to view that episode.

http://www.chicagoautoshow.com/show_history/default.aspx?d=1960&y=1961

 
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Willys Powered Railway Maintenance Cart **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Industrial-Welder-Generator • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Price Unknown

Car, Railway Maintenance, Mutigage , 8-Man, 60 HP Gasoline engine Willys Model MB Motor Car / Speedster

If this is not the most unusual and the most rare WWII vehicle I have had the opportunity to sell it is definitely in the top three. It was built for the U.S. Army Transportation Corp by the Kalamazoo Manufacturing Co. Kalamazoo Michigan. It is serial number 5913 USA number M1013 and was delivered January 1945. What makes it interesting to me is they used everything they could from the MB, purchased right from Willys. The engine complete with oil filter, air filter, regulator, battery, bell housing and T-84 transmission and all of the gauges are the same as the MB. They even used the MB fuel tank and radiator. It is 4 wheel drive and that is accomplished through chain drive and a forward-reverse lever which gave three gear speeds in each direction so the transfer case was not needed. When it was found and purchased 5 or 6 years ago, it was still in very good running condition and had never been allowed to set outside. Most of the vehicle is wood and due to inside storage for 60 years 95% of the original wood was saved in the total restoration. You can see in the as purchased photos (yellow trim) how good the wood was, only the side rail boards had to be replaced mainly from being kicked and broken. Before restoration it was used on several Sunday rail trips in the Jackson Ohio area. It will go much faster that you will want to drive it. As you can see from the photos it was professionally and totally disassembled rebuilt, researched for paint scheme and reassembled. With the wood being in such good condition it was easy to sand down to the original colors and markings. It was shown at the 2006 MVPA convention in Dayton Ohio.”

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Fire Jeep Photograph from Netherlands

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, International

UPDATE:  Roberto believes this was taken in the Netherlands.

How about this photograph from Flickr.  The information with this photo suggests it was taken in 1953.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/42220073@N04/6972415953/

 
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1955 King Winch Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This is the first of three King winch Brochures from Koenig Iron Works.

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1960 King Winch Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Here’s a 1960 King winch brochure from Koenig Iron Works.

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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.

http://www.army.mil/article/72554/7_decades_of_growth__change/

 
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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.

(10/10/2012)

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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