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Vintage Wagon, Plane and Family Photos on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Willys Wagons

This is an interesting set of photos. The wagon looks early.

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March 20th Part I: Dead Horse State Park

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<– Day 1- March 18th-19th: Phoenix Az or Bust! | Overview | Day 3 Part II – March 20th Part 2: Canyon De Chelly National Monument –>


Exploring just northwest of Moab, Utah, with the La Sal Mountains int he background.

We began the morning in Moab. Our goal was to explore Moab some, then head south for Canyon De Chelly, then onward to Phoenix.


This post covers the first part of our drive, from Moab towards Canyon De Chelly. Canyon De Chelly is covered in follow up second post.

Our first stop of the day was north of Moab along Highway 313. It’s BLM land were I used to camp when visiting Moab. I’d throw a sleeping back on the slick rock and sleep under the stars. That was back in 2000-2003. Now, this area is closed to camping.  It is one of the downsides of the rise in tourism in the area.


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Next, we continued along Highway 313 toward Dead Horse Point State Park. It’s has amazing vista overlooking Canyonlands National Park, with it’s twisting, turning rivers wriggling amongst a vast rocky landscape. The views are incredible, even on a cloudy morning. I’m sure on a sunny, cloudless morning, the rock would be a bright reddish-orange.


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Supply Sergeant in Bakersfield, CA

• CATEGORIES: Features

Art’s favorite military supply store, Supply Sergeant, is in his old stomping ground of Bakersfield, CA. The store includes a M-38.

Here’s the original post from Facebook at Jeep Thing


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Photo of Jeep at Gas Station **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

UPDATE: This could be a blue star hardtop. The photo was on eBay.

The jeep is small in the photo, but I thought the hard top looked interesting. The rear window has an angle in back and it looks like the front door has a very small window. This is a reprinted photo.


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1945 Mobiloil Mobilgas ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Good price on a large, hard to find ad.

“This is a 1945 Vintage magazine advertisement for Mobiloil/Any G.I. on Any Jeep will tell you Regular machine service in “Gospel in the Army.” This is an original advertisement that was featured in Life magazine.

Size: approx. 10.5 x 13.5″

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Photo of WWII Jeep in Welding Shop on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Here is a copy of a photo from the National Archives. This seller has more great photos on eBay.

“This is a 8″ X 10” U.S. MARINE CORPS GLOSSY PHOTOGRAPH FROM THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES. “No photo date or information is available other than USMC PHOTO stamped on back”. Condition is excellent.”

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Brian’s CJ-3B

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

Just one post tonight. I have a meeting in the morning and then will try to do some posts on our way south Tuesday in the late afternoon.


Imagine heating up a pan on the stove. Now, imagine the sizzling sound of a water droplet landing on the hot skillet. That’s what I heard this morning as Ann piloted the jeep amongst the beautiful mountains south of Baker City, Oregon. The sounds of sizzling might be appropriate inside a kitchen, but it is not the type of sound one wants to hear while inside their new jeep.

The first time I heard a sizzle, I thought it was my imagination. The second time I heard it, I began to notice the smell of smoke; still, I thought it was my imagination. I would have asked my wife if she heard it, but she was busy cruising down the road wearing her earphones and listening to a book on tape, while I tackled more edits on my book. With no sanity check available, I returned to the dire situation faced by my characters.

The third sizzle sounded longer and more clear. No longer suspecting it was my imagination, I reached down to the passenger floor where the small portable pump for an air mattress was charging. One touch of the pump and I knew we had a problem. I immediately unplugged the pump and held it up so Ann could see it. She looked over and saw smoke coming out of the top. I too saw the smoke. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t supposed to do that.

As I held it, I heard another sizzle. I began to wonder if I was holding a potential bomb. Shades of the Boeing Dreamliner batteries and cockpit fires flashed before my eyes. I looked at my wife. She looked at me. Figuring we need to do something, she hit the brakes and veered off to the side of I-84, no doubt freaking out the few drivers behind us.

I put the still sizzling and smoking pump on the ground. I watched it, wondering what to do next. Deciding the worst was still not behind us, I grabbed a water bottle and doused the pump. As the water poured into and threw the pump, the smoke and heat subsided and the threat diminished. We were soon back on the road. An hour later, we properly saluted the pump as we unceremoniously disposed of it.

Shortly following our pump adventure, Brian emailed me to see if we could arrange a time to meet near Salt Lake. He said he’d bring his CJ-3B. Of course, jeeps are crack to me, so I couldn’t possibly turn down that offer. Though we only had a brief visit, it was fun to look through what he calls his “Frankenjeep”. It’s got an aftermarket body that’s in great shape and has a few other oddities, but the drive train appears stock and it’s a jeep that the family enjoys.

Thanks for taking the time to meet Brian!



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“The Kitchen of the Undesired Animal”

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features, Industrial-Welder-Generator, International, Unusual • TAGS: .

Nicolle from Amsterdam facebooked me this morning. He wanted to share his jeeps, which both have tiny kitchens in the rear. Based on the food I saw on his Facebook Page, he doesn’t need a large kitchen to create great looking food. When I asked him to interpret the sign on his jeep, he said it translated as “The Kitchen of the Undesired Animal”.

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2013 March/April Trip to The FC-Roundup and the Southwest

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<– 2013 March/April Trip (Ordered by Date) to The FC-Roundup and the Southwest | Day 1 – March 18th-19th: Phoenix Az or Bust! –>

On Monday March 18th Ann and I left Pasco for a trip to and through America’s Southwest. Our initial destination was the 10th Annual FC-Roundup in Phoenix. From there, we drove for another week through Arizona, New Mexico, and back through Arizona, before we began a fun offroad adventure north through Utah. Our total trip was nearly 6000 miles and lasted three weeks.

Here’s a map of our trip.


Below are the pages related to the trip:

<– 2013 March/April Trip (Ordered by Date) to The FC-Roundup and the Southwest | Day 1 – March 18th-19th: Phoenix Az or Bust! –>

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1967 Original Blue Print with CJ-5 and CJ-3B on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, CJ-3B, CJ5, Features

This blueprint looks rare.

“Belonging to my grandfather and stored away flat for years. Original mylar blueprint “C” size of auxiliary fuel tank installation. 10/1967 Kaiser Jeep. Pencil on mylar.

Bonus drawing included “B” sized, Vertical Wall Demonstration Stand, Willys Motors, Inc. 8/14/1962 No border. Pencil on mylar.

Any questions, please feel free to ask.

I do not ship outside the USA (This includes Canada).”

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Original Image of Jeeps Driving Through Rome on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Old Images

Cool picture.

“You are bidding on an Historic 1944 image of U.S. Army Jeeps driving through recently-liberated Rome. This piece measures approximately 4 1/4 by 4 1/2 inches and is in very good original condition, ready to be trimmed, matted and framed.”

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1942 Jeep and Tank Bendix Corporation Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This includes free shipping. They are also running a buy two, get two free. Looks like a Slat Grille MB.


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Banana Republic Jeep Stores

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Merlin from Hanson Mechanical wrote a fun article about the original Banana Republic Stores and their jeeps. I had forgotten all about them.

Read Merlin’s post here: http://hansonmechanical.wordpress.com/2013/03/16/banana-republic-store-jeeps/

Below are a couple of images from old ads I found here.



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Charles’ 1952 Ex-Belgium Military CJ-3A

• CATEGORIES: Builds, CJ-3A, Features

Charles wanted to share some pictures of his sharp 1952 CJ-3A from the Belgium Military. He’s added a few custom items such as the bezels. Looks great Charles!





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Howbill Motors Matchbook Cover on eBay

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

With acres of parts, it sounds like Howbill’s might have been a great place to explore.

“Matchbook cover, has striker, no matches. light wear, nice condition.”

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1957 Reprint of a Mosquito Control FC-150

Here’s another reprint of this Mosquito Control FC

“Jeep 1957 Photo Reprint Louisville Health Department Mosquito Control
Literature type: Photo
Dimensions: 10 x 8 inches
Notes: Identifying info on back.
Condition: Good”

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1963 New Haven Hi Rail FC-150 Photo on eBay

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Features, Old Images

Here’s a great shot of an FC Hi Rail.

“ORIG NEG New Haven Jeep hi-rail pickup truck HR-46 in 1963!
Original 35 MM size negative.
Hartford CT August 26 1963.”

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R&Ps New Dual Master Kit

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

John Vahey, from R&P 4WD, and I have been exchanging emails ever since the company started advertising on eWillys. We finally got a chance to meet at Brian’s in Kennewick a couple days ago. John wanted to share with me R&Ps cool new Dual Master Kit for vintage jeeps. To help promote  its launch, R&P will be donating the kit as part of a contest eWillys will be holding next month. I’ll describe more about the contest later and will be announcing the winner at the Willys Spring Reunion in May (you won’t have to be at the reunion to win).


One of the slick parts about this system is the simple way it mounts. You actually use the bracket itself as a template using the clutch bar (see pics below).  If you want to learn more, you can contact R&P at 503-557-8911 or through its contact page.

Brian mounted the kit and recorded his experience yesterday. He posted pictures and a review at his facebook group, Jeep Thing. Here is his review:

John said it would take about 4 hours. To the average guy, in his driveway, this job will take 4 hrs. The best part was the engineering and attention to detail, oh and the great directions. Hell the entire thing is great. NO frustration factor! This thing is a pleasure to install and looks very clean. R & P hit this one out of the park!”

Here the pictures Brian took of the mounting process. He is testing this out on his M-38A1 project.


An inner frame shot of Brian’s M-38A1


An outer photo of Brian’s M-38A1


Brian removed the outer plate.


Note how the bracket uses the clutch bar to line up the bracket in the proper place for drilling.

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Paper Wagon Model $7.00

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models • TAGS: .

Buz spotted this paper model of a Willys Overland Jeep Station Wagon at papercruiuser.com. You can even select the color.



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Photo of Flatbed Truck loading Jeeps on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Nick spotted this unusual photograph of a flatbed truck lifting and loading M-38s onto an unknown transport.

“Shows a loader with 2 Jeeps, Fort Bragg, NC, backside has description w/ dates. 7×5 inches.”

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Custom Jeep Golf Cart Little River, SC **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6000.

This is the most jeep looking golf car I’ve seen. They usually don’t sit so high.

“Custom Jeep body on a Club Car DS chassis.
Many custom parts.
10″ lift, 14″ tires, DVD player AM-FM-MP3-CD player New marine speakers
Diamond plate accessories,
New shocks, New suspension and most of all…brand new batteries.
One of a kind. a real headturner
Phone calls only…….I will not respond to emails.”



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Station Wagon & Panel Wagon Model on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

Anyone ever come across these?

“HO/HOn3: Two rare out-of-producton styrene craftsman kits #s C-203 & C-204 by Highway Miniatures: Jeep Station Wagon and Jeep Panel/Sedan Delivery. Please note: these are not toys. Very detailed and extensive instructions, two types of wire, some of the parts must be bent to fit.”

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Winneco Palmer Plastic Jeep Model on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

I don’t know how vintage this is, but it looks like it’s never been assembled.

“Winneco Palmer Plastics 1/35 US Army Willys Jeep. I had no idea Palmer Plastics did WWII military kits until this item crossed my desk. It’s complete and unstarted with all parts still sealed in the factory polybag. Decals (a bit age-yellowed) and instructions are both included.”

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Jeep Family Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This includes shipping, so it’s not a bad price.

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CJ-3Bs in Vietnam

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B, Features, International, Mahindra, Old Images

Roberto forwarded several links to CJ-3Bs from Vietnam in the 1960s. Interestingly, they all had tool indents. I suspect these are made by Mahindra rather than Willys. Any thoughts?



Here’s a link for the entire index: http://summitlake.com/graphics/Jalbum-Vietnam/index.html