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Inyo Mono Jeep Trailers by Roger Mitchell

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

Someone from California might find this rare book interesting.

“Inyo Mono Jeep Trails by Robert Mitchell
La Siesta Press;  1991 reprint.
Softcover booklet; stapled wraps; 36 pages. Measures 5.5 x 8.5 inches.
The cover is in fair condition, the interior are very good.”

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Holt Forklift with Willys Engine Coachella, Ca $2000

• CATEGORIES: Features, Industrial-Welder-Generator

UPDATE:  Still Available

(04/30/2012) I tried to uncover more information about the use of Willys engines in Holt Forklifts, but I found nothing.

However, regarding forklifts, I found that Mercury forklifts were stamped ‘JEEP’ prior to the development of the jeep. Here is what I read:

Otis Elevator and Baker Electric Truck combined to produce the first Lift Truck in
1907. It had a nickel iron battery and it had a chain lift. The company was know as Otis-Baker. Baker manufactured the Baker Electric Car but then switched to industrial tow tractors and pushers. They had tiller steering. Otis Elavator was the preeminent expert in all things lift so the marriage was perfect.

Mercury electric trucks were competition for the Baker and they eventually became Pettibone-Mercury. Mercury had nothing to do with the Ford Motor Company and their use of the name pre-dates Ford’s. Mercury was the first company to use the word “jeep” on it’s forklifts. The use of the name pre-dated the famous Willys Jeep. Forklifts to this day are still called Jeeps and occasionally in an old industrial scap heap you may still see a counter weight for an original Jeep.

Read more: What year was the first forklift made? | Answerbag http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/2136154#ixzz1tXwQxWfI

I tried to locate the year in which Mercury forklifts were first called jeeps, but have yet to find it.  Instead, I found this brochure on ebay that clearly labels the forklift as JEEP as early as 1950.


Below we have the Holt Forklift that is for sale:

“holt forklift don’t know what year it is. the motor is a flathead 4cyl willys manual shift 4×4 drive.right now it needs electric fuel pump to run. asking 2000.00 obo call manny 760-250-9975 after 5pm or leaeve message before then.”


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Pictures from the Korean War

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

David forwarded these images.  He wrote, “Found some of my dads photos he took while stationed in Korea ……note the soldier standing outside the flatfender has a rifle pointed at the cameraman”

I especially like the photo of the kids leaning on the jeep.  I can relate to doing that as a kid.

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Don’t Be A Joe Dope

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

Alex forwarded me a variety of Joe Dope posters from WWII.  I posted a couple several years ago, but didn’t realize how many others there were.


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PIctures from the Great Willys Picnic 2012

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features, Unusual

Mark from sellajeep.com took a variety of pictures and a couple great videos from last month’s Great Willys Picnic.  If you’ve never seen a working saw driven by a PTO, then check out his page:


Here’s a line up of some of the jeeps:

This truck has an neat paint job:

This is a picture of the pto driven saw:

This is a rare CJ-5 factory compressor:

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Brochure for Wagons and Trucks

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, International

Jon forwarded this unusual brochure that I haven’t seen before.  This is a Swedish brochure and not a Norwegian brochure.

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Auto Show in Costa Rica

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features, International

This past weekend Gustavo and his CJ-3A participated in a vintage car show in Costa Rica.  He took some pics for us.

He writes, “Last weekend I was invited by the Costa Rican Antique Car Club to an Expo they organized and I wanted to share some pictures with you guys.  There were around a hundred different cars, from Fords Model T up to a DeLorean, and obviously Jeeps where there, including my 1949 CJ-3A.  It was a great Jeep weekend.  The 1932 Hot Rod was Meguiars Car of the Year (at Costa Rica) and they are taking it to SEMA.”

These first pics are of the jeeps.  More pics of the car show are on the next page.  Gustavo’s is the blue CJ-3A.

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1952 Motor Trend Cover M-38A1 Dually

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

UPDATE:  John pointed out that “Hickey” is Vic Hickey.  It turns out he was heavily involved in off road racing and four wheel drive vehicle and parts development. See the comments for some links.

I haven’t run across this issue of Motor Trend.  The M-38A1 is very interesting, especially spun as a sportsman vehicle.  Anyone know what a “Hickey enhanced Jeep is”?

“Within this issue you will discover the following topics:
1) Off-roading with a Hickey enhanced Jeep
2) Sportsman vehicles made by Coachcraft, Ltd & others
3) Pros & cons of the horsepower race
4) Jose Parada’s custom Buick
5) Testing the new Chrysler Saratoga
6) Testing the new Henry J Corsair
7) Testing the new Packard 300
8) Bob Bettencourt’s sweet custom ’49 Ford
9) Custom dash ideas
10) Testing the new Mercury
11) Checking out the Rover Turbine car
12) Admiring a ’37 Rolls Phantom III by Iskip & a ’30 Duesenberg Model J by Murphy
Plus many other items.

View all the info on eBay

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Wagon Rescue Truck Advertisement

Jon forwarded me some ads I hadn’t run across.  Here’s an interesting one for the wagon rescue trucks.

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Don Prine in the August 2012 issue of JP Magazine

Link to Part 1: http://www.fourwheeler.com/project-vehicles/154-1208-the-old-man-and-the-jeep-part-1/

Link to Part 2: http://www.fourwheeler.com/project-vehicles/154-1209-the-old-man-and-the-jeep-part-2/

You’ll definitely want to pick up the August 2012 issue of JP Magazine, along with the subsequent issue, if you like jeep history (I have yet to see the story online). It features 94 year old Don Prine, who has been driving jeeps since the very beginning of the jeep.  Don Prine was a test driver of the prototype Willys, Ford and Bantam jeeps. Seventy-Two years later he is still involved with jeeps and, at age 94, still goes into his shop daily in Lakewood, Wa.

According to the article, a recording of Don describing the day pictured in the photo below in early 1941 at the US Capital is supposed to be here:  http://www.jpmagazine.com/prine, but I couldn’t make the link work.  Also, according to the article in JP, he was driving up the steps in the below picture.  However, according to this link, it is Senator Meade of NY driving the jeep and Representative Thomas, of NJ, in the passenger seat at the time of this photo.  I can only guess that in the photo Don is seated in the rear?

Don has long been a fixture in jeeping and racing in the Northwest.   In 2008 I called Don and had a very nice conversation with him, which you can read about here, about Stainless Steel Parts.  For those that belong to the PNW4WDA, Marty has posted a few pics of the visit with Don, Herm Tilford, and Christian at their forum.


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Vintage Cracker Barrel Ad with Willys Wagon

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Willys Wagons

This is a neat advertisement Jon sent me.

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Riding to the Rescue: A look back at LA County’s Rescue Vehicles

Over the past 100 years Los Angeles County has used a variety of vehicles to manage their beaches.  As part of a retrospective, the article below shows a few of them, along with welcoming some new hybrids into the County system.  All photos belong to LA County’s Life Guard Association.

Read the article and see more vehicles at Zev’s blog

Here are two GPWs.  The caption reads:  http://zev.lacounty.gov/news/environment/coasts/riding-to-the-rescue-for-100-years.

Bathing beauties were still posing on county lifeguard trucks in 1959.

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Roberto’s Newest Illustration

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features • TAGS: .

Roberto forwarded this to me the other day.  My french is rusty, so feel free to translate.


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Tornados and Jeeps Don’t Mix Well

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

From totophotos.org comes photos of these two jeeps that suffered through tornadoes almost fifty years apart.  The flattie got the worst of it.  There are a few other jeep photos at the site, too.

Jeep damaged by tornado. Udall, Kansas, May 25, 1955. Credit: Department of Agriculture. Weather Bureau. Central Regional Weather Bureau Office. (ca. 1935 – 1965). Kansas City Regional Office: Decimal File, 1938 – 1965. Collection: National Archives.  http://www.totophotos.org/photos/search.asp?word=jeep&page=2#87

College Park, MD, September 25, 2001 – This Jeep was torn apart by the tornado that killed two people and left more than $16.5 million in damages. Credit: Jocelyn Augustino. Collection: FEMA  http://www.totophotos.org/photos/search.asp?word=jeep&page=2#87

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Battery Service Jeep CJ-2A Ad

This ad was produced in 1947.  Was that big bumper part of a service package of some kind?  I’m surprised to see it appear in an ad.

View all the information on eBay

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1952 Fire Jeep M-38A1 Melrose, FL **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, M-38A1 • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

” This beauty has been completely re-painted in hunter green exterior with green & black interior.  4 wheel drive, pump. Perfect for campground security or fire prevention. Purchased from local fire department & converted for private fire prevention. Runs good, lights & siren. We are selling for another party. Runs & drives good. Has many upgrades. Will answer questions to best of ability.  Unit sold complete with fire pump & 75 gallon water tank, hose & one nozzle.”

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1947 Photo of a CJ-2A on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Here’s  a nice shot of a CJ-2A with a nice top.  This is a late ’46 or ’47 jeep.

“Photo size is 4.5×3″ inches”

View all the info on eBay

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A Couple Ads from 1951 and 1957 on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Here are two different ads that are listed on eBay.

This 1951 ad shows two pictures of trucks and two pictures of a farm jeep in action.

This 1957 Ad shows an FC and a CJ-5

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Vintage CJ-2A Photo on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This photo has an unusual feel to it.

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A Visit to Tillamook, Oregon

• CATEGORIES: Features, Museums

We just got back to Seaside, Oregon, after a long trip down the Oregon coast.  During our drive we squeezed in a visit to the Tillamook cheese factory, visited the Blue Heron cheese store, and dropped by to see the jeeps and planes at the Tillamook Air Museum.

The building at the Air Museum was very cool, as it is the largest wooden structure in the world.  According to the website, “Stationed at NAS  Tillamook was Squadron ZP-33 with a complement of eight K-ships. The K-ships were 252 feet long and filled with 425,000 cu. ft. of helium. With a range of 2,000 miles and an ability  to stay aloft for three days, they were well suited for coast patrol and convoy escort. Naval Air Station Tillamook was decommissioned in 1948.”

The facility is now an air museum with thirty air craft.  Also housed at the museum are two jeeps. One jeep is a very nice CJ-3A that may (or may not) have been used by the Navy.  No documentation is provided to show what its history was, but its paint job suggests a Navy affiliation.

The second jeep, according to the documentation, is a “1944 Willys Jeep. However, you can quickly see this is a militarized CJ-2A. The only military Item I could see was the front grille.

Here are a few pics:

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Micro Car Kapi JIP @ the Microcarmuseum

• CATEGORIES: Features, Museums, Other 4x4s

Blaine forwarded a picture of the Kapi JIP yesterday.  The picture was taken at Bruce Weiner’s micro car museum in Madison, Georgia.

While Frederico Saldana is said to have patterned this after the American Army Jeep, it looks much more like a CJ-3B/Wagon hybrid.

View all the pictures here


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Gus and the Model Garage: Gus and the Case of the Councilman’s Car

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Books, Features, How To • TAGS: .

In this story from Gus and the Model Garage, Gus investigates the centrifugal-advance mechanism. “Gus and the Case of the Councilman’s Car” was published in October 1968.


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M-38A1 Fire Engine Card with the Wrong Date **SOLD**

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

Someone didn’t check their facts before producing this car.  The fire jeep looks good.

“CARD IS FROM: 1994 Fire Engines Series 4 cards from Virginia Hobby Supply
CARD MEASURES: 2.5 x 3.5 inches (6.5 x 9 cm) standard trading card size
CARD NUMBER: # 377 (series 4 is numbered 301 to 400)
CARD CONDITION: Near Mint-Mint to Mint condition
Part of a 100 card set from 1994 featuring Fire Trucks from around the USA.”

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Updates Sunday Evening

• CATEGORIES: Features

We are busy at the beach, so no updates until Sunday morning.

Here are a few pics from our trip to Seattle and then down to Seaside, Oregon.  Note that instead of writing something mushy or loveydovey in the sand, Ann took it upon herself to draw and photograph eWillys in the sand.  Why she was thinking of you all while spending time at the beach with me is beyond me . . .

Here we are taking a break from our hike on Chinook Pass (ok, we only hiked from the car to the sidewalk).

Here’s a nice shot with Mt. Rainier in the background.

I’ve heard of food trucks, but not food boats!  Ann had eaten here and said we had to stop.  The place is called Bowpickers and is located in Astoria, Oregon.  They do fish and chips and that is it.  Their fish is locally caught albacore tuna.  It was very very good.

Here’s Ann’s toes showing their creative side:

No, we aren’t married yet.  We happened to have Ann’s veil in the car, so we pulled a practical joke on her family . However, her Uncle Bob really is marrying us July 28th.

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Jeep Monument in Galleta Meadows Estate in California

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, Monuments/Statues

According to the website, “Dennis Avery, land owner of Galleta Meadows Estates in Borrego Springs envisioned the idea of adding ‘free standing art’ to his property with original steel welded sculptures created by ‘Perris Jurassic Park’ owner/artist/welder Ricardo Breceda based in Perris, California.”  One of the sculptures he commissioned was a tribute to the jeep (or jeeping, I don’t have specific information about the sculpture).

You can learn more here

You can see a variety of jeep pictures here

These pictures were photographed by Bob Perry and posted at Flickr.  Note that there are no boulders under the jeep at the time they were taken in 2010.  However, as of 2012 there are now boulders, suggesting the jeep is climbing over them.