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Ten Million Page Views!

• CATEGORIES: Features

Yep, I’ve pulled out some confetti to celebrate the ten millionth page view, which occurred at approximately 11:50PM September 14th PST.  To give a little context, every time a web page on eWillys is viewed, my webhost software records it.  The count began January of 2008.  It has taken over 4 1/2 years to reach ten million, with most of that coming in the last two years.  I’ve been watching the numbers closely over the last few months, waiting for the final day to arrive.

Ok, that’s enough celebrating.  The next milestone should be hit sometime around Halloween when I put up the 20,000th post.

 
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1953 Jeeprod Truck Ringgold, GA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Jeep Rods, Willys Trucks

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5800.

It’s got a Willys Truck cab.

“This truck is a everyday driver if you want it to be.it is a lot of fun and a blast to drive.i traded my harley for this a couple weeks ago and now need to sell it to buy my 17 year old daughter a first car.i may trade this for a good clean,lower milage(less than 150k) car or small sub.it needs to be 2000-up and a automatic.may also trade for another classic car or hot rod,rat rod but must be pre 1972.i like all brands,models and years so send me some pics via tex.now lets talk about the truck.It is a 1953 willys pick-up cab,1941 international rear fenders,1959 volkswagon bug front fenders and all on a injected s-10 frame and drivetrain.i was going to put a small block and turbo 350 in it.we all know that they make small block mounts designed for the s-10 frame.the truck has led brake lights,power brakes,a very kool interior and much more.please understand that this is a rat rod and although it is put together very well it does squeak or rattle a little but its better than a lot I’ve seen.i have a piece of lexan to replace the red one in the back glass.nice wheels and tires are brand new with 50 miles on them.the chopped top looks kool and the body drop is right on time.”

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Jeep Book Collection on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

The two All American Wonder books go for around $38 a piece by themselves.

“Getting out of the WW2 hobby and have a collection of jeep books (most deal with WW2 jeeps) that I used to restore my 1945 Ford GPW jeep. If your already a jeep enthusiast, or contemplating perhaps getting into the hobby, this would be a great set of books for you.”

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1952 Baier Lighter **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $51.

Here’s a pretty good price on a Baier Lighter.

“This is a Vintage aluminum Jeep Willy cigarette lighter incised Baier on the front and Ges Gesch beneath and manufactured in Germany. In heavy cast aluminum, this unique WWII lighter measure 2 3/4″ long, 1 1/2″ high and 1 5/8″ wide. The lighter is in good condition with 4 rubber tread tires that spin and the rubber is appears unused. There are very small/short, shallow cracks radiating from the hubs on the front tires and on the spare.

The aluminum is a heavy guage and is in good condition for its age with some scratching, a few knicks and minimal tarnishing. The lighter does need some cleaning however I’ve left it untouched. The bottom panel slides out to reveal a clean compartment holding cotton material and allowing acces to the wick and filling with fluid.

In the actual lighter cavity on top of the lighter you will find a relatively clean compartment. The flip lid on this compartment operates easily. I have not tested the lighter and cannot speak to its usability.

This lighter was owned by only one gentleman, a WWII vet who acquired it while stationed in Germany.

These lighters were manufactured during WWII. The lighter is a 1948 design by Walter Baier who also patented. These lighters were meant as souvenirs for soldiers stationed primarily in Germany. It was designed to commemorate the Berlin airlift/blockade.”

 
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Photo of Unusually Tall Hard Top on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Unusual • TAGS: .

Here’s an odd looking top.  The caption from eBay suggests it is a homemade.  The jeep appears to be a MB/GPW.  The photo is for sale.

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LT. Dick Ryan’s Army Rodeo

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

I received a copy of the book “The American Jeep In War and Peace” By Kurt Willinger and Gene Gurney today that I bought on eBay.  Between the purchase price and the shipping I don’t think I paid more than $7 total.  With more than 350 illustrations, the book contains some drawings and some photographs I’ve never seen elsewhere.

 

One of the photographs I hadn’t seen shows a Jeep jumping over another jeep in a large Tokyo stadium.  The captions reads “A rodeo put on by the military command in Tokyo in November 1945 would not have been complete without a demonstration of jeep-jumping”.  After reading that, I jumped on the Googler to see what I could find.  I didn’t find much in the picture department, but I learned plenty about Lt. Dick Ryan and his Army Rodeo. For example, I found this post by Wade Burck at The Circus No Spin Zone:

Army Rodeos were staged by Lt. Dick Ryan throughout the South Pacific. Many Rodeos were held for the entertainment of servicemen stationed in overseas bases–including Brisbane, Sydney, Grafton and Townsville, in Australia…Port Moresby, New Guinea; Hollandia, Dutch Indies and Manila…and a final victorious show in Tokyo on Armistice Day in 1945. Dick Ryan a Lieutenant in the United States Cavalry had an interesting and varied career. He was a circus rider, rodeo performer, Hollywood stunt man, motion picture double and finally the owner and producer of his own world famous rodeo and stunt show.

One of Ryan’s signature events was jumping a jeep over another one, as shown in the picture above.  According to the US Military Forum (here and here), this image is photo of Ryan jumping a jeep in Brisbane, Australia.

And here is a program from a November 1946 event in Japan that was auctioned in 2007:

Not every one was a fan of the rodeo though. I found an  excerpt from a diary written by Herbert L. Martin and published in a book in 2003 where Herbert recorded traveling eighteen miles to see “the much publicized rodeo at the Meiji Stadium in Tokyo” on November 11th, 1945.  (This could mean that Herbert saw the very same rodeo in the picture at the very top of this post).   Herbert wrote, “To be frank, the rodeo was a flop.  The cowboys had no wild steers.  They were tame and evidently tired. . . . the bronco busters had no vicious broncos either.”  The only good news Herbert recorded that day were two football scores:  “Army over Notre Dame, 48 to 0; Navy over Michigan, 33 to 7.”

Finally, I guess Lt. Dick Ryan made enough of an impression on the troop entertainment circuit, that Dick Haynes would play him in the movie “Four Jills in a Jeep“.

 
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4 Photographs of an early Wagon on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

I think the plates are from New York?

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Lobsters and a CJ-2A Willys Slide

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE: SOLD Was on ebay.

I guess nothing makes lobster look more tasty than being photographed in front of a Willys Overland CJ-2A.

“Original vintage small slide transparency, circa late 1940s. Couple holding up lobsters in front of “Bailey’s Seafood.” The man is smoking a cigar, and there is a dog sitting in their Willys Jeep with Virginia License Plate Tag, tag topper and Mack Truck bulldog hood ornament. FAIR-GOOD conditon – shows some fading, minor dust and other defects common to old slides, otherwise as seen in scan. 2″ x 2″”

 
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Modified Truck at the Car and Bike Show in Atlanta, GA

• CATEGORIES: Features, Jeep Rods, Willys Trucks, Willys Wagons

Here’s an unusually modified Truck (or wagon?) from the 10th Annual Car and Bike Show in Atlanta, GA last weekend.  I found it on the American Resto Mods Facebook Site.

 
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‘Folk Art’ Willys Wagon/Truck Grille **Sold**

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, Willys Trucks, Willys Wagons

UPDATE; Sold for $300 on eBay

(09/11/2012) Now I know what to do with the old grilles I have . . . The price starts at $350.

” Vintage Willys Jeep Grille w/ working Headlights  Painted Folk Art
Solid Piece Great Vintage Condition. Has been wired to plug light in.
The grille pieces form a V shape, the front is not flat.
Please email any questions before bidding. Final Sale.
Local Pickup Only.   Thank You.”

 
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1955 CJ-6 Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, CJ-6, Features

Here’s an early CJ-6 brochure.

“Some bidders are not seeing all the photos. I use my own photo service so they are larger and shown below. Please scroll all the way down.
Factory original 1955 first year Willys Jeep CJ-6 sales brochure. Measures 8 1/2″ x 11″ and folds open to 11″ x 17″ and is in excellent condition. Has details and specs.

All my items are guaranteed original. I do not believe in owning or selling reproductions.

I am listing some other interesting items in different catagories so please see my (view seller’s other auctions) and combine to save on shipping.

Auction ends Thursday night.”

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Rare Sheet Music on eBay

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

Buz spotted this unusual bit of sheet music.

“Home Front – WARTIME
Jeep interest: Original wartime sheet music in excellent condition.
Measures: 11″ x 9″.
Condition: Excellent.
Postage £1.20 UK £3.00 World”

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1958 Yue Loong Jeep Family Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, International

This is an interesting brochure.

“Original part color sales sheet , 7.5 x 10.5 , Chinese text . Shows CJ3B YL1 , CJ5 Pickup YL2 , Jeep Pickup YL3 , and Jeep Station Wagon YL4 . Yue Loong produced Willys Jeep vehicles and Nissan Trucks as well as others under license . Produced by Yue Loong Motor Company , Miaoli County , Taiwan.”

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Warner Overdrive R-10 & R-11 Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I am a little surprised that this brochure was published in 1999.

“The Warner Automatic Overdrive Instruction Manual

Instruction Manual relates only to post-war Overdrive types Warner R-10 and R-11 used on Ford, Fraser, Hudson, Kaiser, Lincoln, Chevrolet, Mercury, Nash, Packard, Studebaker, and Willys
Performance
Operating Principles
Mechanical
Electrical
Service Operations
Tracing and Correction of Electrical Control Troubles
Mechanical Faults
Common Causes of Trouble
Servicing of Overdrive Unit

16 Pages
Good Condition. Back cover has a coffee stain on the bottom.”

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Constabulary Jeep at Fort Knox Museum

• CATEGORIES: Features, Museums

Not too surprisingly, the General George S. Patton Museum, at Fort Knox, Kentucky, has a few jeeps.  I read that the museum was supposed to be relocated to Fort Benning, GA, but I don’t know if that happened or not yet.

The two jeeps below are supposed to be part of the museum.  If there are others, I didn’t run across any photos.

One unusual model at the museum is a Constabulary Jeep, which was part of the Constabulary Force in Europe following World War 2.  You can read more about this Force here.

This picture was taken by Patrick Keenan and posted at warwheels.net, where there are several more photos from different angles.

The museum also has his Division Commander (Major General) jeep.  You view more pictures from the warwheels.net site as well.

 
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1948 Constabulary Police Force Toy Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys • TAGS: .

I’ve not run across one of these Military Police / Germany Tin toy jeeps.  Here are some additional photos of constabulary jeeps.

“Arnold J2600 Willys Jeep. made in US-Zone Germany 1948”

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Willys Hood as Awning

• CATEGORIES: Features

Paul forwarded me this picture of the awning for his workshop door.  As he says, “it keeps the rain off and looks good!”

  John also has a hood-as-awning, too (click here and scroll down to last pic).

 
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2012 Great American Jeep Rally in Ellington, CT Sept 15th

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

Mike let me know that the 2012 Great American Jeep Rally takes place in Connecticut September 15th, 2012.

“We are pleased and excited to announce that the 2012 Great American Jeep Rally will take place on Saturday, September 15th at Valley Truck and Off Road. The address for all your TomToms, Garmins, and good old map and compass is 43 Lower Butcher Rd., Ellington CT.”

View the Jeep Rally website here

 
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The Bodnar Private Collection

• CATEGORIES: Features, Museums, toys • TAGS: .

While going through the pictures of his new jeep, Frank found these images he took at a Ron Bodnar’s personal museum in Edmonton, Canada.  After doing a little research, I learned more about Ron and the cars and memorabilia he has amassed. This Edmonton Journal news article explains more about this unusual collection.

“I came across these old pics from christmas time. a willys sign , a nelly belle pedal car, and some tonka jeeps ( at least 20 ) at a private, family museum. Thought it relevant since the post of the nelly belle ad posted a couple of days ago.”

 
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Paul Buford’s Wagon Watercolor

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

Paul Buford painted this cool rendition of a wagon.  We’ve all seen a wagon or two or more in this condition.  The original of this has already sold.

You can visit Paul’s site here to see more:  http://www.artpromotivate.com/2012/06/paul-buford-vintage-watercolor.html

 
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Jeep Pulling a Corn Binder

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Old Images, Old News Articles • TAGS: .

I’ve seen a variety of PTO items, but this is the first Corn Binder I’ve seen.  This short reference was published in the January 1946 edition of Popular Mechanics.

 
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1942 SlatGrille MB Stationary Envelope on eBay

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

Brian from Brian’s Military Jeeps is selling this rare envelope.

“NOS – Original New Old Stock
Would look great in the glove box of early, mid, and late war jeeps, GPA, etc.
Would look great framed and mounted on the wall.
Stationary Envelope (Color Print Postal Envelope) of:

WW2 GI’s Riding in a 1941 Willys Slat Grill MB JEEP
Dated 1942 on reverse
EXTRA LARGE 3 7/8″ x 8 13/16″ SIZE
fits up to 8 3/4″ wide stationary
ORIGINAL WWII VINTAGE
High Quality – High Color”

View all the information and see all the pics on eBay

 
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1942 SEEP/GPA Postcards on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, GPA (SEEP)

Brian from Brian’s Military Jeeps is selling these postcards of a SEEP on eBay

View all the information and the entire postcard here

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View all the information and the entire postcard here

 
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The Mufflermobile Fredericton, NB, Canada eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Unusual

UPDATE: This is back on eBay

(06/18/2012) This is truly one of a kind.  Like the Oscar Meyer Mobile (on a FC), this is built on a jeep platform (CJ-2A).

“The Mufflermobile!

What is The Mufflermobile? It’s a fully-functional four wheel drive 1948 Willys Jeep CJ2A that’s licensed for the road. The body has been replaced with a custom made wood framed, aluminum skinned replica of a muffler that’s 8 feet high and 11 feet long.

This is the most unique advertising vehicle since the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile!

Purchase The Mufflermobile, wrap it with your company’s advertising message, park it around town or show it off at different events, and people will come to your business just to tell you that they saw it! They’ll tell their friends about it; they’ll post pictures of it on facebook and twitter. They will promote your business for you! You can’t buy advertising like that! Oh wait, yes you can! Bid to win or Buy It Now!

The Mufflermobile is located in the Fredericton, NB area and is being sold as-is, where-is, no warranty expressed or implied. It is, after all, a 64 year old muffler.”

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Jeep as Engine Hoist

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Mark forwarded me this great picture, but I don’t have any additional information about it.  The jeep behind the men is being used as a hoist, with the man marked as ‘3’ doing the pulling.