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1941 Ford GP Clackamas, Or **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features

UPDATE:  Was available at $15,000.

(03/25/2012) This needs some work to get return to its original glory.  That driver’s side has been hacked a bit.

“1941 ford gp pre war prototype for willys jeep…It is in good condition and runs ( all though not at the moment) It has a 9n tractor engine in it now… The orignal engine block goes with it and appeares to be in good condition…”

 
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Risqué Photo of Woman on a Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Women & Jeeps

UPDATE:  I had the wrong link associated with the pic.  It is fixed now.

Mike forwarded me a drawing of women in bikinis on a jeep from Stag magazine.  I remember the drawing as I had stumbled upon it a few years ago myself. That got me thinking, so I did a quick search of bikini’s and jeeps.  I was surprised to find the following image.  I had made it family friendly.  You can see the original along with a few others at the “relevant married guy” website in a post called ‘Jeep girls … it’s a Jeep thing?‘.

 
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Hiking to the M*A*S*H Set in Southern California

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Glenn alerted me to this.  If you are a fan of M*A*S*H, then you might be interested in hiking to the mountain set of the TV Series.  The are is located in Malibu Creek State Park just north of Malibu, California.  There’s a few old vehicles still there, including an earlyish CJ-2A.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8Q9-ixBCIE&feature=related

 
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Willys Overland Panel Delivery Van (Going to Jesse’s)

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, FJ • TAGS: .

UPDATE II:  See the latest — The Van is headed West.

From August, 2011:  Glenn recognized the Willys Van for sale.  Even more impressive, he found a brochure for one!  Well done! He bought the Sales Folder off eBay about a year and a half ago. Mfg. by Plaza Motors, Inc. Englewood, NJ and was Willys-Overland Factory Approved.

Based on the emails between Colin and Glenn, there were at least three groups of Willys-Overland Delivery Trucks produced:

1) One group was produced during or just prior to WWII (as seen below)

Here is a 1942 Panel Delivery Truck:

2) One group was produced during post WWII and pre 1950, which appears to include the Willys Van owned by Mike. The brochure provided by Glenn also appears to be related to this second group.

3) One group was produced between 1951 and 1953, based on these serial numbers.

The numbers below are for post 1950 FJs. This one appears to be a pre-1950 FJ. We are still awaiting a serial number.
1951 FJ 451 GC1 10001— none
1953 FJ 452 GC2 10001—10065 65 built
1954 FJ454 GC2 10001—10012 12 built

 
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Lucy’s Strange CJ-5

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual

Bob forwarded a picture from the IMCDB.org of what appears to be a CJ-5 on an episode of The Lucy Show.  Both he and I tried to find additional photos, without luck.  Note both the odd headlights and the use of alternative fenders.

http://www.imcdb.org/vehicle_467022-Jeep-CJ-5.html

 
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Searching for a 1948 CJ-2A Named “Whiplash” in Silverdale, Wa

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

Jeri Norris contacted me today wondering if I could help her track down a jeep she and her husband sold in the early 1990s.

She writes, “I’m looking for a jeep we sold over 20 yrs ago. It’s a 1948 Willys flat finder. At the time it was sold it was blue with white top. On the driver’s side we had the name Bill and on the passenger side the name Jeri.  We called it Whiplash. It was powered by a V-8.  I believe she was sold to someone in silverdale WA. I’ve been trying to find her for over 15 yrs. Any help would be great. Thanks.”

So, if anyone recognizes any of this info, let me know.  Jeri and Bill jeeped in California as part of the Kangaroo 4wd Club.  They moved up to the Puget Sound area, bringing the jeep with them,  and then sold the jeep.

Here is one picture:

 
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Press Photo of Tuxedo Park CJ-5 eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, CJ5, Features, Old Images

I thought this was an odd photo due to the passenger seeming to pretend to be holding a steering wheel.   This photo is being auctioned on eBay.

View the eBay Auction here

 
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Ford GP Photo eBay

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features

Here’s a nice photo of a GP chained down, possibly for transit?

View the eBay auction here

 
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Alaskan WWII Hardtops

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Wood bodies • TAGS: , .

Here are four different custom hardtops built during WWII and used in Alaska:

1. From “Attu WWII Photos” comes this unusually designed hardtop.  I don’t think I’ve featured this previously (at least, if I did, I couldn’t find it).  (It turns out this and some other photos are at the CJ-3B ATTU Hardtop Page)

http://www.hlswilliwaw.com/aleutians/attu/html/attu-wwii-pg3.htm

2. From Flickr and www.throughtheireyes2.co.uk comes this odd hardtop.  The author of the throughtheireyes website collects photo albums from soldiers and publishes the photos.  He has some very good photos there.

3. Here’s one more hardtop from a 1944 expedition.

4.  Jimmy Stephens and his jeep with hardtop in Adak, Alaska.

http://stanstark.blogspot.com/2011/08/war-in-alaska-pieces-of-puzzle-fit.html

 
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S. H. Hunter’s SeaBee Scrapbook

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

The grandson of Samuel Hunter created an online scrapbook of his adventures during World War II in the Pacific.  Interestingly, Sam was 44 when he joined the Navy.  Perhaps due to his age, he understood the uniqueness of this experience and kept a scrapbook.  From the scrapbook comes the entire story along with this picture, one of many images.  It is a fascinating story.

http://robroy.dyndns.info/seabee_scrapbook/index.php

 
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1977 Ice Cream Truck Phoenix, Az $5900

• CATEGORIES: Features, Other 4x4s • TAGS: .

Mama’s Sweet Treats?  That made me laugh.

“1977 Jeep Ice Cream truck 4WD w/lockg hubs,has window a/c unit,has platform for generator,360 CID eng,std. trans.,needs a little wiring work….ran when parked last year,just what you need for a business …….asking $5,900.00 OBO………….better hurry ….SUMMER IS ALMOST HERE……..(602)214-3123”

http://phoenix.craigslist.org/cph/cto/2940873512.html

 
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1957 Willys Bicycle Orange County, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1590.

I know this isn’t a Willys Overland bicycle, but it is a Willys.  That and the fact it is so odd made it worthy of posting.  lol.

“Completely restored, sandblasted & powder coated. 7 speed Shimano gears. Has storage under seat. Must see & ride to appreciate.”

 

 
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1946 CJ-2A Fire Jeep from Polo, Illinois

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles • TAGS: , .

The Polo Fire Department’s Website has nice shots of their Fire Jeep online.  According to the website, this is a “1946 Willys Jeep with front mount pump an pull behind water tank. This vehicle is used for small fires at the park and to try to hold ground until Polo Fire arrives on scene from some 6 miles away. They also use it to clean shelters and other structures in the spring.”

Here’s the website

 
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Posters of CJ-2A with Wooden Top on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual, Wood bodies • TAGS: , .

Each of these posters is purchased separately from three separate eBay ads.  This unique top is not something I remember seeing.  Anyone know anything about it?

Poster 1 Side view ebay link

Poster 2 Front view ebay link

Poster 3 Rear view ebay link

 
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Ypsilanti Machine and Tool Company Hand Crank Heater

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Since this model was on ebay, I contacted the museum’s curator to see if the museum was interested. The curator let me know they already had an original (brand new) version of this heater along with the original box at the Ypsilanti Museum.  

Josh spotted this ebay ad for an unusual hand crank heater.  It is similar to the Stewart Warner Hand Crank Heater, but made by the Ypsilanti Machine and Tool Company.  That is the same company that Preston Tucker owned.

“UP FOR AUCTION IS THIS HAND CRANK MILITARY HEATER.. I DONT KNOW FOR SURE BUT THIS MAY BE A STEWART AND WARNER HEATER.THIS MUST HAVE BEEN USED BY THE US AIR FORCE BECAUSE THE TAG ON IT SAYS PROPERTY OF U.S.A.F. I’AM NOT SURE WHAT THIS IS USED FOR..I’VE HEARD MANY DIFFERENT USES FOR IT I JUST CANT SAY FOR SURE WHAT IT WAS USED FOR. IT IS A HAND CRANK HEATER.. THE CRANK STILL CRANKS OVER AND THE GAS TANK HAS NO REAL RUST AND TANK LOOKS ALMOST NEW INSIDE.. I TRIED TO TAKE A PICTURE OF INSIDE OF THE TANK FOR YOU TO SEE. IT DOES BLOW AIR OUT WHEN YOU WIND THE HANDLE. I HAVENT EVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS.. I DON’T KNOW IF ITS WWI OR WWII OR LATER..IM SURE SOMEONE ON HERE WILL SEE AND KNOW WHAT IT WAS USED FOR.”

 
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My New (Old) Hand Slicer

• CATEGORIES: Features

(This has nothing to do with jeeps, but everything to do with food)

Last fall when Ann and I were visiting with Bob and Mindy in Ohio Bob happened to pull out a hand slicer he used to slice meat.  I thought it was really cool and told him so.  A couple months ago he was at an auction, spotted one, and called me to ask if he should bid on it.  Sure I said.  He got a good price on it and shipped it out west to me. I finally got a chance to boil, clean and reassemble it.

The best thing is that it is all steel and tough and can be taken apart and cleaned; almost no plastic!  It’s called a General 100 Meat Slicer.  I still need some two more footings, but it works great.  Pretty good for a 45 year-old machine.  Even cooler is that someone inscribed their name and a date — June of 1967.  Thanks again Bob!

Here’s is are a variety of them on Etsy for sale.  Here are others on eBay.  Below is a picture of mine with some freshly sliced ham.

 
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Gordon’s Backseat Idea

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

Gordon built this foldup/folddown back seat in his CJ.  If someone is interested he will provide plans for $20.

 
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Jeeper Vineyards and Champagne

• CATEGORIES: Features, Website

Gerald forwarded this story of the Jeeper Vineyards, the full text of which is on Autoblog.  The story is from spring 2011.

“To help commemorate the 60th anniversary of Jeep, vineyard Jeeper has teamed up with Delta 4×4, a company well-known in Europe for aftermarket wheels, tires and other offroad accessories, to produce a limited-edition champagne.”

Visit the Jeeper Champagne website here.

 
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Tuxedo Park Mark IV Package for CJ-5 Questions

• CATEGORIES: Features

A reader had a few specific questions about the Tuxedo Park Mark IV Page related to a jeep he’s considering buying, but needs to know the following:

1. The CJ-5 is missing the chrome rear bumper.  Was the rear bumper also used on any other models? How hard is it to find a replacement.

2. The column shift assembly is missing and it is the stock three speed.  Where these the same ones used on the DJ or Surrey or any other models?

3.  Did all Mark IV Pages have a V6 and the Emblem on the side as shown below (from the early CJ-5 Page)?

If anyone has the answers offhand, that would be great.

 
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Bantam BRC-60

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, Old Images

Here’s a cool picture from the San Diego Air and Space Museum that was posted on Flickr.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/49487266@N07/5685117554

 
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1951 CJ-3A Featured in 4 Wheel Drive Arcadia, Ca $20,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, Features, trailer • TAGS: .

This combo is now for sale.

“1951 Willy’s Jeep CJ3A W/1948 Bantam Jeep Trailer, Chevy II Engine (153 c.i.), Polished & Ported Head W/Stainless Steel Valves, T.R.W. Pistons .060 Over, Polished & Shot Peened Rods, Howard Cam & Clifford Gear Drive, Engine Blueprinted & Balance, Carter A.F.B. 575 C.F.M. 4 Barrel, Duce Factory Gas Tank W/Overflow, Ford Top Loader 4-Speed Transmission Model 18 Spicer T-Case, Corvette Clutch Pressure Plate & T.O. Bearing, Lakewood Bell Housing, Hard Chrome Crank, Fr & Rr 5.38 Ring & Pinion, Pwr Locks Fr & Rr Ends, Full Floating Rear Axle Kit, Ramsey 8000 lb P.T.Q. Winch, Chevy Steering Box W/Ford Column & Turn Signals, Le Carra Steering Wheel, Kelsey Hays Wheels (15X8), B.F. Goodrich All Terrain Tires 31X 10.50, 11″ Jeep Station Wagon Brakes, Rancho Springs & Shocks, Deist Seat Belts 5 ea., Colt C.B. Radio, Stewart Warner Gauges, Stock Seats W/Custom Center Seat, Trailer Sleeps 3 on WWII Navy Bunks, It has an Attachable Tent Tarp, mounting Hook-ups for Stove, Stand, Fold up Table, Lanterns & Water Cans, Comes with Fold Up Port A Potty, the Grub Box Holds Cooking Utensils and Enough Food for Days, There are 3 Coleman Ice Boxes (2 in the Jeep & 1 on the Trailer, NO TEXT WILL BE ANSWERED, (626) 643.2334.”

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sgv/cto/2947093168.html

Read more and view the many pics about this great looking combo in Four Wheel Drive website

1951_cj3a_and_trailer_4wheeler

 
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Jeep Collages

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

I ran across the below Collage and thought it would make an interesting post to group  some of the collages I’ve run across.

From Ensarf.com comes this Bob Facklam Print.  It is signed and numbered.  Price is $19.85:

Tim Dolan and I were selling these. I haven’t reordered any.

This is a neat illustration I saw at the WAAAM Museum by Yasuo Ohtsuka called “The Jeep . . . A Concise History”

Here are a couple from Roberto Flores:

 
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Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum

• CATEGORIES: Features, Museums

I ran across the cool picture below at roderblog.com during a search for collages.  It was taken by Jeff Roder at the Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum in Pueblo, Colorado.  Neither Ann nor I have been there, but I’m sure in our travels we’ll wander through there as the ‘Eilers Bar’ is in Pueblo.

From Roderblog.com:

Here is a photo of the MB that I found on Flickr.  It was taken by jwm1049.

 
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Hanson Mechanical’s New Blog

• CATEGORIES: Features, Website

Merlin has launched a blog for people who’d like to follow Hanson Mechanical’s projects. Merlin has also moved the shop into a new garage, which looks nice.

http://hansonmechanical.wordpress.com/

 
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Erik’s MB

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features • TAGS: .

Nineteen Year Old Erik and I have been tossing a few emails back and forth over the past two days.  He’s another one of these young kids who has found time to rebuild multiple jeeps.  He shares his story and his jeep below:

Erik writes, “I started getting interested in restoring jeeps when my neighbor got a 43 MB and convinced me to start WW2 Reenacting. I decided that I wanted to get one too and began saving to buy one, This led me to your site were I spent almost every day looking for just the right one. As I was only 17 at the time I didn’t have much of a budget to start with so I wanted to get one that wouldn’t need too much work. I ended up finding one in california and had it shipped here. When I got it I realized that the pictures didn’t reveal how much work would actually go into it.

I began going to reenactments after I got the jeep (It wasn’t restored yet so I couldn’t bring it) and saw that the majority of reenactors who had jeeps did a work as you go kind of thing, Which caused them to not look very good. This made me decide that I would do a complete frame up restoration of mine.

It took me a year to get the jeep torn down, The frame sandblasted, I Rebuilt the engine, Transmission, transfercase, and did some bodywork to the Hood, Fenders, and grill. The body ended up being replaced as I don’t have the tools to do that.  It was then rebuilt, Painted the correct OD green for the time and theater of war. I ended up making the stencils by hand and painted them onto the body.

I was able to bring it to the first Reenactment in October 2011. It was an airshow in Midland TX (I live in Houston). It was there that I was asked by a fellow reenactor to help restore his GPW. He had all of the parts he needed already purchased so it was a pretty fast restore (took around 4 months) with his help. I am now working on a 43 MB for a friend.

More photos of the jeep and My reenacting unit (Able company, 502nd PIR, 101st Airborne) at our facebook site (https://www.facebook.com/#!/ablecompany502pir)”