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Jeep to Harney Peak in the Black Hills of South Dakota

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

From the 1950s until 1968 visitors to the Black Hills of South Dakota could purchase tickets for a ride in a jeep to Harney Peak.  The ride would take visitors up to the CCC built lookout at the top of the peak, the tallest point in the United States east of the Rockies (visitors could also hike or ascend via horseback).  You can view various pictures of and from the lookout here. Erosion due to the jeep trail ended the trips by jeep.  The area around the peak was also turned into a wilderness area (and one could argue given the road how that might happen, but that’s another a debate for another time), so no vehicles are allowed anymore.

Black Hills National Forest: Harney Peak and the Historic Fire … – Page 51

This picture was taken at Sylvan Lake. They employed both flatties and CJ-5s. Custer State Park – Page 104

Gerald sent these digital versions of this postcard to me a couple years ago.  You can also buy it here.

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Line of Jeeps in WWII Photo on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This is part of a collection of photos, but none of the other photos have jeeps.


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Handmade Flatfender Tin Sign on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

Anyone know anything about these?

“These signs are hand made. Each sign is made one at a time on recycled or scrap metal so that, no two signs are exactly the same.

The metal may be scratched, dented, bent or intentionally distressed to make the sign look old. They are made on 24 gauge steel and then the enamel paint is baked, and clear coated. 17 X10.”

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Photo of Truck Powering a PTO Saw

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine • TAGS: .

The September 1947 issue of Popular Science has this cool picture of a truck powering a saw.

Popular Science – Sep 1947 – Page 111

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Mobile Arc Welding Unit from Welders Supply

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Welders Supply out of Cleveland Ohio purchased an ad for a mobile arc welding unit in the May,1950, issue of Popular Science. Anyone seen or have one of these? (This same ad appeared in Popular Mechanics — here is one example)

Popular Science – May 1950 – Page 270

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Jeep Patrol Game on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Unfortunately, this Jeep Patrol game is being sold as one of six other vintage games.

“Frontline Jeep Patrol – 13″ x 9.5″ Made in USA – A Lido Toy.”

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1966 Photo CJ-3Bs lined up on Africa(?)

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Old Images

Cool photo, but a bit pricey.

And tractor in the left?
Date: 1966
Size: 11 X 8 cm.
This is a original photo of the period, not reproduction.”

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Yogi Bear Game with a Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Bob spotted this Yogi Bear game sporting a jeep today. The jeep  looks CJ-3Bish to me.  Looking on eBay, I found four different games for sale.

1. View a Yogi Bear Game on eBay
2. View another Yogi Bear Game on eBay
3. View still another one on eBay
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Farm-Aid Implement Company from Norwalk, CA

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual

UPDATE II: Clint did some research on Farm-aide and uncovered some additional information.

This is an ad for the Mellen plow that was used in conjunction with the Farm-Aid Hydraulic attacher.

If you click on this link you can see one of Farm-Aid’s patents: http://www.freepatentsonline.com/2553826.pdf
This article  indicates the Krause Manufacturing Company bought Farm-Aid in 1948: http://ifphc.org/pdf/Heritage/2000_03.pdf

UPDATE:  John found a couple pics related to Fair-Aide


John from Saskatchewan, Canada, has a question about the Farm-Aid Implement Company from Norwalk, CA. John wanted to know more about the company or about the implement. I did a few searches, but all I could learn was that the company was sold in 1948 to Krause Plow.  Anyone have any additional information about this rare disc equipment?

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March 1944 Popular Science on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, GPA (SEEP), Magazine • TAGS: .

The March 1944 issue of Popular Science has an article about the “Seagoing Jeep” and an article about the Tugg.

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You can also view this issue at Google books. This is the link to the Sea Going article:

This is the link to the Tugg article:


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1954 Truck ‘Extended Cab’ Alpine, CA **SOLD**

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

UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was on eBay

“this is a super nice 1954 willys truck 2 wheel drive.power steering,power disk brakes .the cab,frame and drive shaft have been extended all professionaly done.it has a rebuilt 327 sb chevy with a mild cam,rebuilt turbo 350 trans ,rebuilt ford 9 inch rear end I have $28.000 in reciepts.It has a mustang inependent front end with stainless “A” arms all professionally done.stainless steel gas tank (new).has (vintage air) air conditioning blows super cold ,new lumbar leather seats.there was no corners cut on this build,this truck was built about 15 years ago and has only had 2600 miles put on it since it the owner is retiering and selling off some of his collection.runs and drives perfect.it is curently registered.drive it anywere no disapointments.Good luck and happy bidding”

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Puzzle Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

I bought this wooden puzzle jeep the other day.  It came assembled, so of course, I took it apart.  It turns out that putting it together wasn’t as easy as I thought, but I did get it together.  You can see me celebrating my ‘victory’ (well, that’s the fuzzy version of me — I am celebrating no-shave November)

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Grogan’s War Surplus Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Museums

I ran across a Salt Lake Tribune article that includes this militarized CJ-2A decoration.  The article shares a little bit about Salt Lake Valley’s Grogan’s War Surplus Store.  If you are in Salt Lake and have some time to kill, drop by and get your picture taken with the jeep and send it in to me!  I’m sure I’ll get down there at some point and do that too :-).   The store is located at 5000 S. Redwood Road and marked with a Sergeant Missile at one corner.


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Bruce Wadlin’s Jeep Shop in Bradenton, FL

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts

Jim wrote to tell me a little about Bruce Wadlin and his Florida 4 Wheel  Drive & Truck shop.  The sixty-nine year old Bruce  runs the shop himself, selling “OBSOLETE JEEP & Willys Parts”.   Jim grew up with him and said that Bruce has been buying and selling new (old) parts since the 1970s.  Bruce is pretty old school, still using only a phone or fax machine.  He doesn’t even advertise.  So, Jim thought he would place ads on Craigslist and contact eWillys.

The shop is located at 6110 17th Street E, Bradenton, FL.  The phone number is (941) 756-7844.  Bruce generally keeps hours from keeping hours from 11am until 5PM daily (though the ad says noon to 6pm).

You can see all the shop pics here or view the ones below. As you can see from the pics, Bruce has shelves stocked with all kinds of parts.


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Panel Wagon Trailer Houston, TX **Status Unknown**

• CATEGORIES: Features, trailer • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **status Unknown** Was listed at $1200.

This is a perfect trailer for a panel wagon.

“Converted black 64′ Willy Jeep station wagon, covered cargo trailer.

FEATURES: New tires; new receiver; recently painted and stored indoors; real axle; leaf spring suspension; newer tail lights and wiring; locking vertical access doors;
Roughly 8 x 5
Clean Texas registration”




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1956 Volvo TP21 Suggan Command Car **Status Unknown**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Other 4x4s, Unusual

UPDATE: Status Unknown. Was on eBay.

“This car is quite complete, including one of the Swedish bikes (hand operated front drum and Bendix type rear brakes with leather hand grips and leather seat) that the Swedish Army used on them.

It even has the original oil can mounted on the fire wall under the hood and the original bike tool kit contents (adjustable wrench with tire changing tool handle, skeleton handled screw driver, little pry bar wrench and what seems to be a spoke wrench along with a tire pump stamped with the three crown insignia of Sweden) in the little tool box on the back of the bike.

The bike generator and headlamp are still in working order although the tail lamp appears to need a bulb. The car also has the original, operating Swedish Army radios on the counter top table in the back seat area.

The drive train is original and quite complete, all working well. The transmission is a un-synchronized four speed. The reverse lock out lever on the shifter and both independent dash controlled differential locks all work.

The engine always starts with no trouble no matter how cold or how long it sets unused. There is a cold weather hot water starting system dependent on another similar vehicle with the same system. The engine is a Volvo flat head six-cylinder gas engine. The engine and drive train are original.

It shows 84,400 plus kilometers on the speedometer which too is in working order. Four of the five tires are nearly new with probably less than 500 miles on them.”

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The Jeep Board Games and Puzzles

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

This rare game was listed earlier this month at a live auctioneers.com.  It didn’t sell.  I contacted the auction company and was told the consigner isn’t sure whether they will list it again or not.  You can also learn more about the Jeep Board at the CJ-3B Page.

“Rare first edition the only one I can find is in a museum The Jeep board a second World War period board game produced by the George S Carrington Company of Chicago Illinois usa in 1943 The game is complete with its original components comprising box rulebook and pegs”


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1970s? Earl Norem Painting on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, Magazine

I like the motion in this illustration.

“Original illustration (painting) on board (not paper). See blue ruler and oatmeal container to estimate size. It’s LARGE, and in nice shape! Probably done for a 1960s or 1970s men’s magazine.”

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1950s GI Combat Unity Playset (2 Jeeps) on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

This playset includes a couple jeeps.

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2 Flattie Smoking Pipes and a Lighter on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models • TAGS: .

Here are two examples of jeep pipes.

Of the two, this is the nicer one

Of course, you’ll need a lighter . . . This isn’t in idea condition.

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1964 Jeep Replacement Parts Catalog on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This is still a good price with no bids so far.


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Super Jeep Mug on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Here’s a cool mug.

“What a very cool piece of Jeep history. This mug is made by Buntingware. Super Jeep. Toughest 4-letter word on wheels. Mug is in nice condition. Looks new and unused”

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Puzzle Jeep (and several other puzzles) on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

How about a puzzle jeep?  I’ve never seen one of these.  There are a variety of puzzles here.

“from a local estate..a few were in the original bag, but the bag was falling apart.. the original price was 15 cents…about 3 were never used…..USA BIDDERS ONLY….I always insure………Most of my items are vintage or collectible , unless there is a problem they are sold as shown…..please call or email any questions if needed before bidding……..Linda 352-503-6652…thanks”

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Special Equipment Parts Binder for Dealers **SOLD**

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UPDATE:  This sold for $323.  A couple of us banded together to get this. At some point I’ll be scanning the documents.  


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Ballantine Series: Indestructible Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

This is a great little book for sale.

“Ballantine Series of informative topics dealing with many WW2 subjects by various experts.  Shows   no use other than shelf wear for over 40 yrs.”

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