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Carolina Safari Jeep Tours in a CJ-7(?) Tour Jeep

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

I ran across an ad from the 1990s on eBay.  A little investigation revealed that the Jeep Tour company still provides tours and is located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.



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2 Different 1970 Jeep GPV Volkswagen Brochures on eBay

UPDATE:  I found a second brochure that identifies this as a Sandman GPV

Has anyone ever heard of this Volkswagen/jeep model?  It doesn’t seem to be a VEEP.  Other searches yielded nothing about this unusual rig.

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“original non color folder 8.5 x 5.5 folded , 17 x 5.5 unfolded . This Jeep replica used a Volkswagen chassis . Produced by General Purpose Vehicles , Sandman Sales , Fortworth Texas.”

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1965 Showroom Gifts Promo Sheet on eBay

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

We’ve seen a few of these promos sold on eBay.  This is a nice reference piece.

“original salesman’s non color folder , 8.5 x 11 folded , 17 x 11 unfolded , shows Jeep and Gladiator Promo Models , Jeep jewelry , pen , playing cards , key chain , ashtray , windshield scraper, etc. Also includes order price information . This was printed by the Jeep factory and sent to the dealers.”

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Vintage Armed Forces Action Set w/ Jeeps on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

I can’t tell how large/small the vehicles are.

“You are bidding on a vintage U.S. Armed Forces Battle Front Giant Set. This set is in the original box. All the items in the set are plastic and are in very good condition. I am noting items that are broken or things that I see, but I am not an expert on these toys. So, please take a close look at the pictures that I have posted. Manufactured by Multiple Products Corporation, New York, NY. Made in the USA. The set includes tank, weasel, exploding bridge, missile carrier, shooting cannon, personnel carrier, 2 jeeps, one with a canapy, army truck, 3 tents (one says U.S. Army N.Q. 351st Infantry), 5 pieces of barbed wire fences, 5 drivers (blue men that are sitting), 30 soldiers, and accessories.

The bridge does not explode. There is a spring on the bottom, and what appears to be a broken part in the box, so it does not work. There is a white missile with a red base (not pictured), but I don’t know what vehicle it goes with, or even if it goes with the set. It is possible that there is a part missing from one of the vehicles that holds this missile. The cannon has the spring, and it pulls back to shoot something, but I don’t know what. The canapy on the army truck does not appear to sit properly and stay on. One of the tents is missing 2 legs. It is possible that there were more than 5 pieces of barbed wire fence. Accessories: There are 6 rifles, some of the soldiers have helmets which can be removed and put on other soldiers. There are a few belts and bullet proof vests, but there were probably more accessories in the original set. The items are clean except for some dust on some of the vehicles. The vehicles appear to have all their wheels and they do not look broken.”

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1960s Official Jeep Stationary Order Form on eBay

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

This is an interesting reference document.

“original non color folder , 8.5 x 11 folded , 17 x 11 unfolded , also order form sheet , 8.5 x 11 . Includes Jeep stationery , business cards , car invoices , new car order forms etc. Auction is for both items.”


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‘Grandpa’ Craig’s Pic of the Week: Jeep ‘Wagon’ Train

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

On the evening (2 nights ago) that Craig became a grandpa, instead of doing whatever grandpas should do to celebrate, he was busily scanning stuff for us!  It’s clear his Willys Sickness is far more advanced than I thought!  However, to his credit, this really is a cool picture. In fact, it’s so cool, that I managed to skip over the part where he said he became a grandpa! It wasn’t until I re-read it tonight that I felt like a total doof.”

This photo comes from the March 1957 issue of Willys News.  The jeep wagon train operated at the Stephen Foster State Folk Culture Center – White Springs, Florida.


Floridamemory.com has a variety of photos related to the wagons.  Below are a few of them.

State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/41660


State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/73660


This photo looks like the jeep is a CJ-5 rather than a CJ-3B.  State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/87462


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Wayne’s Auto and Truck Repair (& Old Jeeps) in Townshend, VT

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts

Abe shared with me the following story:  “While driving thru Vermont this past summer I ran across these jeeps sitting in some very tall grass. Asked for permission to take the pics on cell phone. Ergo lousy quality.”

Not only did Abe take pictures, but he got the owner’s business card, too.  And, on the card, is a website:  http://www.nejeeps.com  So, thanks to Abe, maybe the folks in the Northeast have another resource for old jeeps and parts.

Here are Abe’s pics:





The CJ-2A below was built by a student from the local High School under Wayne’s supervision:



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Aug 1961 Jeep Merchandiser Newsletter **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Old News Articles • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

“original non color folder , 8.5 x 11 folded , 17 x 11 unfolded , this is volume 1 #3 of “Jeep Merchandiser” . Published by the merchandising and advertising department for Jeep salesman.”


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Oct 1961 Jeep Merchandiser Newsletter **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Old News Articles • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

“original non color folder , 8.5 x 11 folded , 17 x 11 unfolded , this is volume 1 #4 of “Jeep Merchandiser” . Published by the merchandising and advertising department for Jeep salesman.”


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Bud LIght Bottle with Willys Jeepster Frost on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

Whatever it is, it wasn’t done that well. But, since it’s odd, it is here.

” Up for auction One frosted beer bottle ..The bottle is a amber ” BUD LIGHT ” beer bottle. It has ” Willys Jeepster ” frosted into It below ” BUD LIGHT “. Above it on the neck is ” B L “. It is about 9 inchs tall and a screw cap top.”

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Jeep in Industry Brochure on eBay

UPDATE:  I bought one of these from this seller. It was in great shape.

Here is another “Jeep in Industry” Brochure for sale.  The picture below is from a previous auction. (the one for sale does NOT have the writing on it like the pic below).

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Checking out a 1943 MB Barn Find

• CATEGORIES: Features

Brian invited me over to his house to meet Brian and see the a new Barn find: A 1943 MB.  They found just outside the tricities area. It’s got some hat channel issues, but otherwise is pretty solid.  It’s also has an engine that Brian got running today.  It’s a great find and, except for a lot of very cold wasps, will make a great stock MB. Since they live nearby, they’ve promised me a few additional adventures that include hunting for jeeps. I look forward to that.

Here are a couple photos taken by my favorite photographer (Ann of course). In front of the stock MB is Art’s recently purchase M-38, which looks and runs great.  A former Navy Seabee, Art has decorated his jeep to reflect his time in the Navy.  Behind that is the ‘barn find’ and then behind that is Brian’s flattie.



And here is one Brian and Art took early of their jeeps on a hill somewhere in the hills somewhere near Kennewick.



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Roberto’s Newest Illustration

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

Roberto shared the following, along with his newest drawing:

“I send you one of the comics drawn for French bimontly magazine “4×4 Story Spécial Jeep”, translated to English, This is the comic published at issue 46. The subject of the comic was the employ of the jeep during the vintage of wine at France. After WW2 many army surplus vehicle were employed by civilians and of course, at the areas devoted to the well known French wines. In fact, there was at least one winery commercialised a product called “Jeep”. One video at “You Tube”:




The magazine website is:



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M-38 on Hawaii Five-0

• CATEGORIES: Features

Guy spotted this M-38 on the January 14th, 2013, episode of Hawaii Five-O. He managed to grab the below picture.  He also found extra links or us too (thanks!).  It looks like someone has smeared dirt in places to give it that ‘rough’ look.

He reports on the right is Steve McGarrett, played by Alex O’Louglin. On the left is Chin Ho Kelly, played by Daniel Dae Kim.Link to info about this new version of Hawaii Five-0:  http://www.cbs.com/shows/hawaii_five_0/about/


Here is some additional Hawaii related links and info he found, too.

 Also, found a vintage Jeep pic at the Hawaii War Records Depository site: http://libweb.hawaii.edu/digicoll/hwrd/HWRD_html/HWRD42b.html
See War Record #494 – Scroll halfway down the tall page.
Upon further looking around the War Records site, I found you can do a search within related sites for Jeep images and Jeeps being mentioned in communications, etc.  I did not have time yet to look through it.

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Vintage CJ-5 Photos

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

David sent over these two images of this vintage CJ-5 with some great extras.

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Willys Overland Standard Accounting Three Ring Binder on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

Here’s an unusual binder.  It’s not an industrial equipment book as advertised by the seller, but an Willys Overland Accounting book.

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1984 Jeep Cake Pan on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual

I had no idea there was a jeep cake pan!

“Awesome find! 1984 Wilton rare Jeep cake pan. Love, love, love it. Used, normal wear and tear but great condition! Measures 16” x 9” clean, smoke free home.”

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1964 Vigilante 327 V8 Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I thought this was only one sheet, but it is six pages.

“1964 Jeep 327 V8 Vigilante High Performance Engine Brochure. 6 pages. 6.75″ x 8.5.””

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1966 Austin Mini Moke Stratford, CT eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Mini Moke • TAGS: .

Here’s a rare Austin Mini Moke for sale.

“Austin Mini Moke, 1966
One of only 14,500 built in England, 1964-1968
ONLY 5,500 original miles!!!
A rare, incredibly well preserved Moke, was at Woodstock (Janis Joplin reputedly stood on the hood and sung to the crowd), EXCELLENT original condition… Absolutely rust free, very presentable original green paint, like new original seat cushions.
Runs and drives like new…wheels recently powder coated, new radials, all new brakes, new exhaust, fuel tank cleaned, carb rebuilt, full service and tune up, and new shocks. Excellent wiring, starts instantly, oil pressure light immediately goes out, no smoke, and perfect driving.”

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The Double Wide Wrangler

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual

Maury forwarded this link about the double-wide wrangler.  Someone else did too, but I’ve managed to misplace that email.



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Desert of Maine Jeep Train

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features • TAGS: .

Thanks to Warren for forwarding this lead.  Perhaps it is more accurate to call these mini-jeep trains, but just outside Freeport, Maine, there is a CJ-5 and CJ-7 that still pull tourists in a tourist-trailer around the sand (which I think they call ‘narrated coach tours’).  You can learn more about them here.  I managed to find a few photos of them on Flickr.  It looks like there are two different coaches.





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Fast Eddie’s Jewelry on Facebook

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual

Gerald spotted this jeep ring sold by Fast Eddie’s Jewelry.  You can find them on Facebook. They will custom make all kinds of rings.  Hmm .. not sure I have a category for this topic!


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Ooops … updates didn’t appear

• CATEGORIES: Features

I had updates scheduled to go out early on Monday morning, but they didn’t appear (related to changes I made to reduce resource use on my current server … grrrr).  So, I’ve just pushed them out manually tonight.

Meanwhile, tonight my internet is down.  So, I spent time researching and then playing around with the cover to my new book.  Everything on the cover could change — title, subtitle, arrangement, my pseudonym, colors  — I’m just working it through. Mom’s read the first draft and really enjoyed it. But, hey, it’s my mom. For fun here’s the book front cover draft, and I emphasize draft. Still lots of work left before its ready.


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Flamingo Gardens Jeep Train in Flamingo, FL

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards • TAGS: .

Craig spotted a postcard on eBay about a jeep train in Flamingo, FL.  Some additional investigation revealed the  train was located at the Flamingo Botanical Gardens. It looks like they still use a CJ-5 to pull the jeep train! A tour leaves every hour, on the hour, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

“Flamingo Gardens is a 60 acre not-for-profit attraction with a wildlife sanctuary, aviary, and botanical garden. The Gardens were originally the property of Floyd L. and Jane Wray, who in 1933 built a home and citrus grove on what was then the edge of the Everglades, where they started a botanical collection of tropical and subtropical fruit trees and shrubs.”

From the website:


Here are historical photos of the jeep train:

Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/92849:


State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/131421:


Here’s the postcard: View all the information on eBay


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M-38A1 Flower Planter at the Port of LA

• CATEGORIES: Features, Last Ride

Gerald spotted this M-38A1-turned-flower-planter near the Crafted Warehouse at the Port of Los Angeles. There appear to be salvageable parts left.

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