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Dollhouse-sized Jeep Comic Reproduction **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Comics, Features

UPDATE: This sold on eBay.

Well, this is an odd one. You can view a full size original Jeep Comic here.

“This little comic book is a vintage reproduction of a JEEP COMIC BOOK! FROM 1944! Completely handmade. The cover is illustrated on the front and back. Each of the 10 pages ARE EXACT REPLICAS OF THE ORIGINAL COMIC BOOK and tells the complete story! Most dollhouse comic books do not open or have blank pages. This one has 10 real illustrated pages! A hard-to-find item! So heart-warming and cute in such a tiny version!! A darling and funny story! The back cover is a vintage comic book ad for a GAG BOOK! It has been reproduced so small the images can be seen, but the font would need magnification to be read. This comic book measure approx 7/8 inch tall by 5/8 inch wide. Not a toy. Chocking hazard! This is an adult collector’s piece.”


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Willys Wagon Charm on Ebay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

Here’s an unusual piece of jewelry.


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1960 CJ-3B Government Data Plate on eBay

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B, Features

Here’s an unusual item for auction on eBay.


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Saturday at the FC Get Together

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features


On Saturday I continued the big sonny-do project of my visit to my parents house: replacing rotten footers under the kitchen. To access them, one of my tasks was to break up some nearby concrete. After working the jack hammer for ten minutes, I remembered why I became a writer; I’m too old to be doing heavy construction. Another two hours passed before all the cement was removed. By then half my body weight had melted out through sweat; I was soaked. But, at least I was done with that step of project. Yeah!

So, how did I celebrate? By abandoning the project for the day and driving down to Tacoma to hang out at the FC Get Together.


The 2pm timing of my arrival couldn’t have worked about better, because there was still some lunch available and I was hungry after digging up half of Renton. I chowed down while enjoying the company of old friends and meeting a few new ones. After lunch, we spent a couple hours basking in perfect weather, staring at the FCs, sharing stories, and discussing the finer aspects of how the Americans consume water from western Canada, yet Canada gets the better view of Niagara Falls. We concluded we have no control over any of it, so we should just play with our jeeps.

One of the more interesting FCs was the FC-150 Blaine dragged to the event late Friday night. He purchased it up north. I think the only thing holding it together is the green moss.



The grand event of the afternoon involved moving of a heavy duty International rear axle from Blaine’s truck to Steve’s truck. Since all of us are handsome and strong bucks, you’d think we’d each grab a part of the axle and move it with manpower.  But, no, we couldn’t possible do that when we had a tool for the job: Jim’s Holmes 440 wrecker setup on his FC. So, with Jim, Blaine and Steve doing all the work and an international community of supervisors, including me, Canadian Dave, and other, providing all manner of advice, they set out to make the transfer. Here are a couple photos:


The wrecking arm getting positioned inside the back of the truck. The wrecker runs off the PTO of the T-98.


Even father inside . . .




They had to set down the axle and hand crank the big arm upward until it was high enough to drop the axle into Steve’s truck.

 Thanks again to the Mingo’s for putting on the event!



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The Northwest FC Get Together this Weekend

• CATEGORIES: Features

This afternoon I’ll be heading to Tacoma, Wa, for the 5th Annual Northwest FC Get Together. I’ll be heading there right after I rent a jackhammer and break up some concrete, so I think I’ll be in the mood for some relaxation!

I’d planned on doing posts, but got busy with the book. So, updates will go up Sunday along with a report on the FC event.

I didn’t get a chance to mention this, but when I picked up my V6 short block from Daryl, I discovered he had a set of rims I’ve been seeking for years: vintage 10×15 Turbines!  We worked out a very fair deal. I’m thrilled!

turbine-wheelsSince I also have two sets of four Hurricane rims, I plan to sell one set. Below is a picture of what they look like. If you are interested, email me at d@ewiillys.com. The tires on them are still good and hold air, though there is three one one type and one of another kind.


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JP Magazine’s New Web Address

• CATEGORIES: Features, Website

There weren’t many jeeps for sale yesterday, so not many updates today. On another note, I received this JP Magazine update yesterday. The new website’s address is: http://www.Fourwheeler.com/JP-Magazine. After a quick review of the site, it’s easy to see the site has received a major facelift and the JP brand has been suppressed in favor of the Four Wheeler Network brand.

“The JP Magazine website has moved, and we’d also like to welcome you to what we feel is the ultimate site for off-road content on the Web — the Four Wheeler Network.

What is the Four Wheeler Network? A group of six publications, including: JP, FourWheeler, Petersen’s 4Wheel & Off-Road, Off-Road, 4Wheel Drive & Sport Utility, and Mud Life. While the network will carry the FourWheeler banner, JP Magazine and each publication will have its own unique landing page with the same great stories and personalities you’ve come to expect.”


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**SCAM** 1947 CJ-2A

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Now listed in Nashville, TN

This scam is back. It was around last summer if I remember correctly.


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Photo of 1942 Guatemala Parade on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Neat photo.

“You are bidding on an original 7 X 9 Press Photo of Guatemala Sixth Avenue March Jeeps Soldiers US Army Mexico. Photo is dated 1942.”

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Jeep Plaque on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

I’ve never seen one of these, but I can’t say if this is rare or not.

“M. I. Hummel Checkpoint Charlie Jeep Plaque
Rare partial paint!
Guaranteed no cracks, chips or crazing!
Free Shipping in USA and half price for international!
Celebrating our 15th Anniversary of pleasing Hummel collectors!”

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Library and Archives of Canada

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

Marc forwarded some search results form a Canadian Archives website that included this neat photo of Major General F. F. Worthington standing in a jeep with a very unusual top.

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Gaz 67 on Facebook

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Other 4x4s

Marc forwarded a link to a Gaz 67 Facebook page out of the Ukraine.



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Photo of Telefunken Radio Factory in Berlin on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Postcards

This photo shows a variety of WWII jeeps with hardtops.

“Original WWII Photo
Taken at the Telefunken Radio Factory in Berlin!
Postcard Sized
100% Original
I’m a well trusted eBay seller – if you have any issues with your purchase
please let me know! I will work with you to straighten anything out.
100% Original!”

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Korean War Photo and Article

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Bob forward this interesting story about how an American bugler used a Chinese bugle to play the Chinese retreat call and trick the Chinese. The photo below was included in the article from the Akron Beacon Journal Online and shows a Carl Thornton in a M-38A1 when he served in Korea.



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Joe Dope Poster on eBay

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

Here’s a Joe Dope poster on eBay. Here are examples of others.

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Custom Gas Powered GI Joe Jeep Aurora, CO **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $200

Here’s something different.

“Old rare custom hand machined gas powered one of a kind 2wd willis you will never see another like it chassis transmission worm/screw drive rear end clutch axles leaf springs all hand made to fit a 1965 gi joe body 7000 hasbro has old o.s.max-s 30 with a custom fan and shroud to keep it cool trans shifts manually from foreword to reverse by the stick shifter i did not build this looks to been built in late 60ies early 70ies and built very presice every thing looks new but never finished project needs all electronics and mounts for the elects gas tank comes with original trailer and spotlight”


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State Archives of Ukraine

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

Marc found these photos at the Ukraine State Archive website.

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1950s Boat with Willys Motor Spokane, WA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1395.

Blaine spotted this rare boat with a Willys motor.

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“I found this beauty under a tree on my little old lady neighbor’s farm. COMPLETE, no parts missing, last running smooth in the water in 1998. Then her owner died, and his wife just pulled a tarp over her.

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Photo of 1943 Santa Claus at Camp Carson on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Marc found this photo of Santa I hadn’t seen.

“An International News photo showing Santa Claus arriving at Camp Carson, Co. Instead of a sleigh with reindeer, he comes in an Army jeep. Dated 12-22-43. Copyright stamp and typed description on back. 1/2″ by 8 1/2″ size. Good condition with no tears or losses. Crinkling on top and bottom edges.”

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1981 Dominican Republic License Plate on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Unusual

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

Ever seen one of these?

“Authentic License Plates as shown – This is the only place on the entire planet which has issued (and they no longer do it) A special class of plate for a jeep.”


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1989 Massachusetts Dealer Plate on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

Here’s another unusual item.

“Nice MA dealer vanity plate, ’89 embossed….great item for the Jeep lover.”

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1955 Photo of Dispatcher Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Features, Old Images

Here’s a neat photo.

“This is an original 1950’s Jeep Willy’s publicity photo showing the Dispatcher Model. See the Scans.”

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1958 Berg’s “King of Jeeps” Catalog

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Catalogs, Features

UPDATE: Was on eBay. **SOLD**

I think I’ve only seen one other catalog. So these are pretty hard to find.

“19 Pages. Good condition.”


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Jeep Spotted by my Niece

• CATEGORIES: Features

All my family members are always on the watch for a jeep. While driving down the freeway through Montana, my 15 year old niece snapped and emailed this tall wheeled CJ-5(?) rolling down the road with no hood.


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No Jeep sign from Deep Creek, MD

• CATEGORIES: Features

Gerald forwarded this no-jeep sign from Deep Creek, MD. Fortunately, he didn’t have his boat with him.


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Photo from Mexico on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This late 1940s photo was taken in Mexico.

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