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Craig’s PIc of the Week: How to Stoke a Fire with a Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Craigs Pic of the Week, Features, Old News Articles • TAGS: .

Here’s a bonus pic of the week from Craig.  This crazy was of stoking a fire is from the August 1956 Issue of Willys News.

1956 August issue Jeep Breeze

 
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Soap Box Derby Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

Walter spotted this nice looking soap box derby jeep on ebay in Germany

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Kam the Motoring Elephant

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

 

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Kam the elephant starred for the Bertram Mills Circus during the 1950s and into the 1960s.  Initially, Kam drove a modified MB/GPW.  It looks like it had an updated motor.  Unfortunately, the only images I have found of Kam on the jeep are from the above poster and from page 240 of “The Jeep” book (a black and white photo which I don’t show). In the photo, as in the poster, there is a hump in the hood, which I assume is the result of the engine swap.  The jeep has the usual WWII attributes: tool indents, rear floating hubs and other details. Unlike the poster, the photo shows the fenders were left stock and flat, rather than rounded as shown in the poster.

Eventually, according to the site Silodrome, the circus bought a 1959 Series 1 Land Rover and modified it with a “central steering wheel and a huge, padded seat over the rear axle”.  The picture below is also from Silodrome. Here is a very short video of him driving it.  Kam’s customized Land Rover has been found and is being rebuilt.

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Mod AC Amphibian Jeep Instruction Kit **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

These are a set of instructions and the schematics to build a SEEP (GPA).

“Vintage 1940s era 1/2 inch scale model of the U.S. Army Amphibian Jeep or Quack, produced by MOD-AC Manufacturing Company of Los Angeles. Included in the auction are two remaining pieces of the Jeep’s original die cut cards – nothing else remains from the set. Found in an old box of model pieces, the schematics / assembly instructions for this stood out as frameable art, especially for the lover of short-run Jeeps. The assembly instructions are printed only on one side – what you see is what you get. The cards measure about 8-1/2″ long, the instructions, about 15-1/2″ wide and 10-1/2″ tall. The instructions have been folded for almost 70 years, and have no stains or major rips, but there are some pin-size holes and a little damage in one area to the paper, probably from handling or from insects.”

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Remco Pocketbook Dolls + Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Here’s evidence that Barbie wasn’t the only one with a Jeep!

“VINTAGE REMCO POCKETBOOK DOLLS
DINING ROOM SET
BUNK BEDS
FLOOR LAMP
VANITY AND CHAIR
JEEP
PARKING METER COMPLETE WITH CARDBOARD PENNY
YOU GET ALL YOU SEE PICTURED”

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New York Arnold Tin Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

This is located in British Columbia, Canada.  This is the first one of these I’ve seen.

“Vintage New York Arnold Jeep Willys MB Tin Toy
Rare Original US. Export Model
Used played, but good condition, complete with driver.
The wire remote control is perfect working, forward-reverse-left-right.
Please look at the photos and zoom for condition details.”

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Craig’s Pic of the Week: Unusual Jeep Train

• CATEGORIES: Craigs Pic of the Week, Features, Postcards • TAGS: .

For his Pic of the Week, Craig forwarded this unusual train built on a jeep platform that was featured in a 1964 issue of Jeep News.

I found an example of the above train-jeep being used at Africa, USA, though the details were slightly different.  These pictures come from cardcow.com.

I’m wondering if this jeep train out of St. Augustine, FL, isn’t a custom version of the above platform.  You can see the older St. Augustine Jeep Trains here.

 
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1970s Matchbox Jeep and Glider on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

This is a neat combo.

“UP FOR AUCTION, A SWEEEEEEET USED MATCHBOX … no.36 JEEP WITH GLIDING CLUB TRAILER, & GLIDER PLANE, MADE IN ENGLAND, BY LESNEY 1976… THIS IS A VERY COOL JEEP AND TRAILER, IT COMES WITH A GLIDER PLANE YOU PUT TOGETHER, AND IT ALL FITS IN THE WAY COOL TRAILER.. ONLY ONE THING WRONG WITH THIS UNIT, THE PLASTIC GLASS TOP DOES NOT FIT THE TRAILER THAT GOOD, IT’S A LITTLE LOSE ON THE FIT….THERE IS NORMAL PAINT CHIPPING ON THIS TOY, HAS NORMAL WEAR, ALL TIRES ARE IN GOOD SHAPE…… THIS IS A USED TOY AND BUYING AS IS.”

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Holgate Jeep Pull-Toy on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

This one is missing some parts.  Here’s a more complete example, from old toys.com.

“Vintage Holgate wooden Jeep up for Auction. Has all wheels including the spare on the back. The item is in normal age related played with wear which includes paint loss, scratching, nicks, metal wear, some blue markings on the bottom. Measures 6 1/2″ x 2″ x 2″ roughly..Great addition toy your wooden toy collection. Low Start Bidding.”

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Koenig Iron Works Matchbook Cover on eBay

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

UPDATE:  This is back on eBay

(09/30/2012) I imagine there aren’t too  many of these matchbook covers left.  The colors sure are bright.

“OK HERE WE HAVE A (BUY 1 OR ALL MATCHBOOKS OR PATCHES IN USA $3.50) COOL OLD KOENING EQUIPMENT FOR JEEPS MORGAN MOTOR SALES CORBIN KY MATCH BOOK/COVER NEVER USED NO MATCHES OPEN SIZE IS 4 1/2″ BY 3″ IN GOOD CONDITION PLEASE LOOK AT PIC(S) AND ASK ANY??’S ALL OPEN BUILT AND STARTED MODELS ARE SOLD AS IS”

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Truman Library Jeep Photos

• CATEGORIES: Features, Library Collections, Old Images

Buz unearthed these two jeep related photos in the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum online collection.

1) Mascot of 4026th Army Signal Photographic Battalion Sits in Jeep

A monkey named “Lady” who was the mascot of the 4026th Army Signal Photographic Battalion, sits in a jeep, somewhere in the Philppines. Donor: John Paxton.

 

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2) Secretary Pace Talks with People in a Jeep

This photo was taken circa 1952. There isn’t a description.  It is one of the nicer Military Police Jeeps I’ve seen.  The door is particularly unusual.

 
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The Adventures of Mr. Jeeponary

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features, Women & Jeeps

Written by Carolyn London in 1957, The Adventures of Mr. Jeeponary: The Autobiography of a Jeep Truck is a missionary story for boys and girls. It appears someone released a new version in 2011. Used paper back versions from Alibris and Amazon range in the $10 and under range. The new version is in the $40 range on eBay.

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Another version:

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Louis Marx 1953 Home Video

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys, videos

Apparently, Toy King Louis Marx not only made toy jeeps, but also owned a jeep he used to cut his lawn. In this unusual home video being auctioned on eBay, it apparently shows him driving a Lefty CJ-2A with some kind of mower or cutter behind it.

“We are proud to offer:
“The Marx of History” a home birthday movie made for toymaker Louis Marx by his family in 1953.
This lot consists of :
One 16mm film on to 2 rolls
Run time: circa one hour
Type: black and white, silent
Recently found in the archives of Academy Award winning producer Jerry Fairbanks one 16mm home movie for the 1953 birthday of Toy King Louis Marx. This black and white silent work print of the Hollywood producer appears to be the only surviving copy of this 1953 film.
The film is in good condition with moderate signs of use.
By all appearance mostly filmed on the grounds of the Scarsdale Estate and Mansion, this film shows the luxurious life style enjoyed by the family of the at the time largest Toymaker in the World.
This film was put together by his family as a birthday gift to Louis Marx on the occasion of his 57 birthday in 1953.”

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Bear Lake County Jeep Patrol Patch **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

We can add Bear Lake County, Idaho, to the list of Jeep Patrol or Jeep Posse groups.

“Vintage Bear Lake County Idaho Sheriff’s Jeep Patrol Patch

This is a vintage Bear Lake County, Idaho Sheriff’s Jeep Patrol Patch. The patch measures 4 3/8 inches in height by 3 5/8 inches in width. The patch is unused, shows medium wear and is in good condition.

Shipping is $.80 Will combine shipping with other items.”

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Christmas and Holiday Cards from Roberto Flores

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

Below is one of Robert’s holiday cards.  You can see all his holiday cards here and check out other items by him at zazzle.com.

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M-151A2 Rebuild in Vietnam

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features, M-151

Roberto forwarded this link that appears to show the rebuilding of a wrecked M-151A2. My vietnamese is pretty weak (ok, non existent), so I have no idea what the thread’s text says.

View all the pictures here

Before the rebuild:

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Rebuild completed:

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Dress Up Your Jeep to Win Over at Walck’s

• CATEGORIES: Features

Walck’s is sponsoring a “Dress Up Your Jeep” contest.  There are three prizes, with first place winning up to $250.  You have until December 24th to submit pictures to their Facebook page.

Learn more here:  http://blog.willysjeepguide.com/dress-up-your-jeep-to-win/

 
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1960 Amco Bush Bog Harrow Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I’ve seen a black and white version of this from 1955 (which is listed on eBay starting at $2.99
), but not the color one like I show below.

“original Part Color Sheet , 8.5 x 11 , 3 File Holes At Left Edge , Includes Price List , 8.5 x 11 , 3 File Holes At Left Edge , Alexander Reversible Brush And Bog Harrows.”

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1957 FC-150 German Catalog on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, FC150-FC170-M677, Features, International

This is a unique item.

“Item Description: Original 1957 New introduction Jeep FC-150 Forward Control Cab Over Engine fold-out brochure. German language. Measures 11″X8.5.” Excellent condition. Rare.”

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Salem Jeep Club Plaque **SOLD**

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

UPDATE II: Sold, was on eBay.

UPDATE:  Two of the three facts I got from the internet were wrong (imagine that, lol), the date it started and the fact it was no longer around. Thanks to Greg for updating us! This plaque was listed on eBay.

Greg wrote, “My name is Greg Peters, President of the Salem Jeep Club. The Salem Jeep Club was started in 1964, and joined the Pacific Northwest Four Wheel Drive Association in 1965, and are still members to this day. Our club at this time has four member families. In our heyday when everyone was racing, we were in excess of thirty families. At this time, we are somewhat active in fighting land closures, and “anti-access” groups. The club has participated for many years in PNW activities. The placque should have a stamped number on it somewhere, thereby identifying the club member it was assigned to.

This placque was supposed to be returned to the Salem Jeep Club upon termination of membership. This is the property of the Salem Jeep Club, and should never under any circumstances be sold. just for information purposes. The T P shown on the teepee was a way of honoring our sponsor “Taggessell Pontiac” and Jeep in Salem, OR..

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Levi Edition Salesman Dealership Folder on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, CJ5, Features

Anyone know if this is the real deal?  I’ve never seen one of these.

“This is a NOS dealership Jeep Levi edition salesman folder. This came in a folder from a file drawer if a closed down AMC Jeep dealership. New never used piece. 12 1/2 X 16 1/2”

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Several Willys Export Corp Brochures in Australia on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This is being sold in Australia.  See link.

“#1 ORIGINAL WILLYS OVERLAND JEEP FIRE ENGINE. SALES BROCHURE. USA EXPORT EDITION. CLEARLY A RARE PUBLICATION.

4 PAGES PAGES. ORIGINAL PUBLICATION. BROCHURE IS EXCELLENT CONDITION FOR AGE AS PER PHOTOS.

THE BROCHURE IN THE PHOTOS IS THE ONE YOU WILL RECEIVE.

THESE HAVE BEEN IN A FAMILY COLLECTION SINCE NEW. TIME TO SELL DOWN COLLECTION.”

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This is an early Willys Export Corp truck brochure on eBay

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This is a Willys Export Corp wagon brochure on eBay

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1963 Meyer Snow Plow Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Here’s a good Meyer Snow Plow brochure.

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Service Men’s Dairy Protesters Sporting VECs

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

Buz found this photograph in a Detroit forum archive while searching for something else  You have to scroll half way down to see the picture.  The CJ-2A in the rear is a VEC.  I can’t quite tell about the one in front.

http://atdetroit.net/forum/messages/6790/74900.html?1168097409

 
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Acme Jeep Identification Chart Poster on eBay

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

This is cool.  Anyone make reprints of this?

“This is a vintage 23×29 inch Acme Jeep Identification Chart poster.It was original folded so it still has the fold creases but has since been rolled and will come rolled.It has some wear but is still intacxt with no pieces missing or major tears.”

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