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Photo of GIs Wearing Tophats on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Here’s an odd pic.

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1954 Nissan 4W60 Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, International, Nissan, Other 4x4s

Here’s a rare brochure.

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Service Station Brochure on eBay

Here’s a brochure targeted at Service Stations.  It is 8.5 x 3.5 Folded , 17 x 10.5 Unfolded.

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Delivery of FC-150 in South Dakota

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

David sent this image showing the delivery of the first FC-150 to South Dakota.  He was wondering if anyone recognized the dealership?

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Letter about Woodie Tops by Station Wagons, Inc

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

Here’s a rare letter that advertises woodie kits from Station Wagons, Inc, for CJ-2A and MB/GPW models.  This 2 page letter shows both a full and a half cab.  Below the two page letter is an example of an ad that appeared in Popular Mechanics.

Popular Mechanics Ad from the January 1948 issue of Popular Mechanics, pg 266.  This ad appeared in the February 1948 issue as well. I haven’t done a full accounting to determine how many other issues had the ad.


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1947 Brochure of CJ-2As and Planes on eBay

Here’s an add from the 1947 issue of Time Magazine showing two different jeeps involved with airplanes.  There is a reference to National Skyway Freight Corp and the “Flying Tigers”.

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Gorman-Rupp Irrigation Pump Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

Here’s an unusual jeep attachment.  Anyone ever see one in person?

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A Delivery of DJ-3As

David sent this image showing a delivery of DJ-3As.  It was printed in “Willys News” in January, 1957.  I need to get my hands on some more copies of Willys News.

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Wayne’s Wagon

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

After searching around the NY area, Wayne finally spotted a wagon he wanted.  Here’s a pic of it.

Wayne writes, “I am spreading the Willys disease; here is my 16 year old son and his friend after a canoe trip. The jeep gets used as a backdrop for quite a few pics around here.”

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Dorsey Rotary Cutter Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Here’s a rare brochure for a Dorsey Rotary Cutter.

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1942 MB JeepRod Inland Empire, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Jeep Rods, MB, Unusual

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2500.

There is still a little work to be done on this project.

“1942 willys mb jeep ratrod.
runs good, unique has chevy small block, turbo 350, ford 9″ rearend, 1952 chevy drop axle front
bagged all around. lost interest in it, looking for something new.
the jeep is 98% done and drive able. it needs a new air compressor, valves for bags, and trans cooler, and a set of seats.
there is no registration on this jeep yet, i have pinkslip but haven’t done anything with it.
air system works but everything works slow. this jeep is fast, but cramped inside.
2500 obo open to trades or offers. thanks mike.”

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Unique Farm Jalopy Truck

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual

HOG forwarded me an email with the following pics.  This is a work of art . . . well farm art anyway.  If anyone knows the origins of this, please let me know so I can properly attribute it.

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Old Flattie Racing Photo

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Racing

This flatfender looks like it’s speeding down a hill pretty fast.  I can’t tell if they are wearing helmets or not.

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Go-For-Digger Trencher Brochure

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

UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was on eBay.

Here’s another type of trencher.  Go-For-Digger also made  also made back hoes (see bottom image).


Here is an example of the go-for-digger backhoe:

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Just a few Updates Today (Monday)

• CATEGORIES: Biscuit, Features

Just a few updates today.  Part of the reason is that we are heading back to Pasco today.  The other reason is that there just aren’t very many old flatfenders for sale at the moment.  I guess everyone is enjoying the heat wave?

We got a chance to drive biscuit in the pasture a few days ago, but didn’t get any pics.  Kasia took her turn at doing some technical driving and did pretty well.  Karson handles the jeep well.  Colter still prefers to ride.

I was messing around with Biscuit yesterday, testing out my paddle tires.  It turns out, rather than holding air for a day, my paddle tires only hold air for about five minutes.  This is a problem.

I guess I will need some inner tubes if I want these old tires to work for longer than five minutes.  That’s low on the list.  But, they do look cool, though they need a bath and some paint on the rims.



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1944 Article “By Jeep to Alaska” (Late One)

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

UPDATE: Herbert Lanks wrote a newspaper article with the same name that was published in February of 1944. You can read it here.

Here’s a magazine article from the September 1944 issue of Popular Photography.  This must have been quite the trip, as the Alaska Highway had been completed less than two years previously in November of 1942.

The magazine was on eBay, so I decided to purchase it.  You can view the article at Google Books.

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Ira Fryer Associate Jeep Dealer

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

UPDATE: David Silberman has filled in some gaps from a story told by Jacques yesterday.

David writes, “Ira Fryer was an associate dealer, did not have a franchise. He was located at 714 Walnut Street in Reading. During the mid to late 50’s into the early 60’s he also sold Simca and Goliath cars. They knew their product, had a good service department and an excellent parts department. Mr. Fryer wore a shop coat while at work, something you don’t see now.

His son, Robert, also worked there. They had a 1940 Willys pickup and a 3-wheel Harley Davidson for the parts/service department. They went out when Hettinger Brothers got the franchise. The building was torn down to make way for a parking garage.

I seem to remember that he also sold Renault Dauphine at the time. It was an old fashioned garage, showroom in front, passage to the rear along side of the showroom. Mack, the parts guy, rode a motorcycle.

Hettinger Brothers got the franchise and Mr. Fryer disappeared from the scene when the building was torn down to make room for a parking garage. I think that was in 1965.

Hettinger Brothers didn’t last long as the Jeep dealer, as they had the Chrysler/Plymouth dealership and didn’t push the Jeep line. J.F. Kohler ended up with the dealership in 1963, and had it until the Renault fiasco of the early 80’s, at which time many of the dealers turned in their franchises due to the actions of the company.

An interesting side note on Hettinger Brothers. They had the Chrysler/Plymouth dealership for many years, and when the building was demolished they didn’t even take the time to remove the old parts inventory from the basement.”

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1948 Military Police Photo from Germany on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Old Images

This is an unusual photo that shows MP jeeps parked in Oberammergau, Germany.

“1948 photo US Military M.P. Willys jeeps in Oberammergau Germany along with other Trucks The Photo has been handled a lot threw out the years but will still look great in a frame.”

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Color Photo of a 1946 CJ-2A

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Features, Old Images, Reader Stories

Jacques emailed me yesterday with a digital copy from a color slide of a 1946 CJ-2A.

He writes, “I was raised in Reading PA but have been living in Australia for the last 37 years. Attached is a colour slide I scanned of my Dads 1946 CJ2A when very new.  He bought it 1n 1947 as a demo model from a dealer in Reading who gave rides in it at the airport, now Spaatz Field to promote sales.

It was Harvest Tan with Harvard Red wheels. He had it until 1962 when he traded it for a new IH Travelall 4 x 4. Believe a mechanic at the IH dealership bought it.

Seem to remember the Jeep dealership in Reading was named Ira J Freyer. Wonder if it still exists?

Forgot to mention Dad so loved the military jeeps he used in New Guinea in the Signal Corps in WW2 that was the reason he bought a “new” CJ2A after the war.”

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Unusual CJ-2A Windshield

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Features • TAGS: .

Bill spotted this unusual CJ-2A windshield the other day.  He noted the welds look professional and as stock as other windshields he’s seen.  Anyone seen anything like this one?

He writes, “It didn’t appear homemade and I didn’t see any welds or cuts that don’t look factory. I did roll it back and looked at the sheet metal on the front – it was neatly rolled and spot welded – very factory-like.”

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1955 Warn Hub Brochure on eBay

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

This Warn brochure from 1955 highlights the differences between automatic and semi-automatic hubs.  I didn’t know there were such things as the automatic hub.

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Craig’s ‘new’ Trav-L-Aire Camper

• CATEGORIES: Camping, FC150-FC170-M677, Features

After a 570 mile journey, Craig nabs himself “the ever elusive FC-170 with the ‘Jeep’ Factory Approved “Trav-L-Aire Camper.” See a brochure about the camper here. You can read more about the purchase at the Forward Control Forum. Congrats Craig.

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Vintage Drag Race Photo

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

When’s the last time you saw a drag race between a truck and a wagon?  Ron Day forwarded this unique drag race photo from the early 1980s in Tampico, Washington.  You may remember the Yakima Jeep Jockey photos he posted on his website.  Reader responses were so positive to these, that Ron has begun to spend some time looking through his negatives to see what else he has.


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Alexander Bush and Bog Harrow Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This is a neat little little brochure for the Alexander Bush and Bog Harrow Brochure.

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1954 Kaiser Willys Signage Rules

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This document outlined the signage rules for Kaiser Willys Parts and Service Departments.  Unfortunately only part of it is shown on eBay.

“Original dealer part color sales sheet , 8.5 x 14 , also factory letter describing this sheet . Shows two different Kaiser Willy Outdoor Service Signs .”

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