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Jeep Print Block on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

This seems unusual.

“JEEP Printers Block Plate ANTIQUE/VINTAGE letterpress print 9926. This type of print block was used by printers, newspapers, magazines, and advertising typesetters to create printed media.
Copper plate on wood block. Dimensions (approximate): 1 1/2” x 3/4” x 7/8”.

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Knardly Rolls

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features • TAGS: .

Paul gives an update on his jeep build. (View past posts by Paul here)

 

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“I’ve been making some progress on the Willys this winter but my wallet can’t keep up with my plans so I’ve had to scale my work back to consist of lower cost but necessary tasks which must be done but aren’t the flashy jobs that get noticed. One of these simple items was fabricating a license plate mount on the front bumper. I didn’t want to mount the plate on the grille where it would restrict the airflow heading toward the radiator and attaching the plate right above the bumper could restrict the visibility of the front turn signals. Hanging the plate below the front bumper would expose the plate to damage by snow piles and make it more difficult to see so I ended up mounting the plate on the center of the front bumper with some 1/8th inch thick angle stainless providing the needed support. These angle sections were cut so they were slightly wider and taller than the plate, the edges were filed and contoured to match the plate and riveted to a 16 gauge stainless sheet which fits just behind the license plate for added support.”

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“With these parts together I riveted this assembly to the upper and lower surfaces of the front bumper. All rivets were flush head style which not only look smoother but prevent interference with the mounting of the license plate. The attach hardware for the license plate ended up being too close to the bumper structure so I had to hand file four openings in the bend radius of the reinforcing angles to allow clearance for the washers and nuts. The license plate mount is pretty sturdy and doesn’t restrict airflow or visibility so I like it. I’ve attached pictures of this mod so you can make sense of what I’m talking about.

By the way, the license Rolls is an old joke which began in either late 1972 or 1973. With the original four cylinder engine and the 5.38 axle ratios this poor Willys was slow. I drove many miles down the shoulder of the roads while faster vehicles (furniture vans, garbage trucks and kids on bicycles) zoomed past me. Naturally, my friends seemed to notice how slow my Jeep was and were often surprised to see a speedometer in the gauge cluster. They thought since the Willys was so slow I’d use a calender to measure my driving speed. Somehow the general opinion came to believe this Jeep was not built by WillysOverland but by a company called Rolls Knardly because the Jeep Rolls down one hill and Knardly make it up the next one. The name stuck and I paid extra to have Rolls as a personalized license plate much to the enjoyment of my friends. I still have the plate and someday I hope to have the all new and improved Rolls Knardly back on the Alaskan roads, I might even try to pass someone!”

 
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Pat Brady Coloring Books

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Comics, Features

Roy Roger’s sidekick Pat Brady had a couple color books made under his name that feature a variety of nellybelle images. You can read more about nellybelle at the CJ-3B page.

1) This coloring book is for sale in a few different places.  The cheapest price I found was on Etsy for $8.00 (plus shipping) and includes a few pages colored.

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2) The cover of this coloring book was on a Pat Brady Biography page.  I haven’t found it for sale anywhere yet.

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3) I found this copy of a page from “In Trouble”  at comic art fans.

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Half Safe Toy GPA

• CATEGORIES: Features, GPA (SEEP)

UPDATE: Was on eBay. I never knew someone made a Half Safe Toy. This looks like Half Safe following the rebuild in the UK.

“(1) GPA JEEP “HALF SAFE” WWII WW2 PLASTIC MODEL, MAKER UNKNOWN

“HALF SAFE” AMPHIB JEEP CONVERTED TO CIVILIAN USE FOR AN AROUND THE WORLD JOURNEY AS KNOWN IN THE BOOK BY THAT NAME

PLASTIC ITEM, USED TO HAVE AN ELECTRIC MOTOR BUT INTERNAL PARTS ARE MISSING, ON OFF SWITCH IS THE LIFE PRESERVER ON THE TOP OF THE CABIN, HAS THE BATTERY HOLDER STILL HOOKED UP, MISSING HEADLIGHTS AND SOME OTHER SMALL ITEMS

INCREDIBLY RARE ITEM.

SIZE 9-1/4″ LONG, 3-1/2″ WIDE, 3-1/2″ HIGH”

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1954 Scheneker Iron Works All Purpose Lift Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

I guess you can lift anything with a Scheneker lift.

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1954 Willys Industrial Equipment Binder on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

Here’s an interesting binder.  I wish it included more pages.

“Up For Bid Is A Original Rare 1954 Willys Jeep Industrial Equipment Book And Made For The Willys-Overland Motors Yoledo Ohio. You Don’t See These Originals Everyday. This One Is In Used Condition But Nice For It’s Age. Book Has No Rips Or Tares And Binding Is Nice. Inside Has 2 Original Pages 1st And 2nd. Book Measures 11 1/2″ x 10″. Books Color Is Still Nice Also. Heres You Chance To Get A Nice Hard To Find Original Willys Jeep Collectible. Please Feel Free To Email Me With Any Questions You Might Have. GOOD LUCK AND HAPPY BIDDING!!”

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Adventure Team Zippo Lighter 1998

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

It’s not very old, but it sure looked unusual to me.

“UP FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION IS A ZIPPO WINDPROOF LIGHTER
FEATURES – RARE MARLBORO ADVENTURE TEAM AND JEEP
YEAR: 1998
CONDITION: UNUSED
FINISH: BRUSHED CHROME
USE PHOTOGRAPHS FOR MOST ACCURATE DESCRIPTION
EVERYTHING IN PHOTOGRAPH IS INCLUDED

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Four in a Jeep — International Posters

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

Die Vier im Jeep (Four in a Jeep) was the original title of this 1951.  It was filmed in Austria. Anyone seen it?  I found some neat posters about it. Here’s more on Wikipedia.

“In post-war Vienna, occupied by the Allies, four sergeants representing each of the occupying nations (USA, England, France, Soviet Union)patrol in the same Jeep. One day they are given the mission to capture and arrest a prisoner who has run away from a Soviet war prisoner camp. But when they learn the truth about Karl, the runaway, and Franziska, his wife, they decide to help him instead. The trouble is that the Soviet sergeant is held on a short leash by his superiors. He has strict orders not to let the fugitive slip away and he comes into conflict with his fellow military policemen. In these conditions, Will Karl and Franziska be reunited and live free again?”

You can find Four In A Jeep: Director’s Cut at Amazon.com

I found a variety of posters at comicartfans.com.  These were all posted by the owner of the originals, Roy Mann.

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Mass on a Jeep from the Catholic Harold Newspaper

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

The Catholic Herald Newspaper published this photo on page one of the November 17, 1944, issue. The caption reads, “MASS ON A JEEP! Troops of the West Yorks Regiment attending Mass conducted by Chaplain J. Nolan, of Bradford, Yorkshire, in a jungle clearing in Manipur State.

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1951 CJ-3A Compressor Post Card on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Postcards

Here’s a good shot of a compressor in a CJ-3A.

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Scramm Corporation Air Compressor Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This looks like the one in the postcard.

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1955 Farnsworth and Middlekauff Welder Brochure

Here’s a rare brochure that was sold on eBay a few years ago.

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Schwimmwagen Porto Azzurro, Italy on eBay

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

You’ll need to reach deep to purchase this rare vehicle.

“This car has never been restored since WW2, and in Italy is well known like to be the best example existing since the first ’50, there is also a car magazine that show this car for sale in 1968.Very original car and very nice body, never demaged, the car belonged to a FJ division and was founded in 1945 near Po river. Still original motor plate and gear plate, all original color inside motor area, original motor remade new 3 years ago.Unique and irripetible opportunity ti get a car like this one. Please, no curious or timewaster, only serious collectors. tel.  0039-320-4044732”

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January 1943 Popular Mechanics “Jeeps on the Farm” Article

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

Here is an early article that highlights the potential for jeeps following the war. You can see the online version at Google Books. I couldn’t find an issue for sale on eBay.

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January 1943 Pop Mechanics Jeep Flies Target Plane

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine • TAGS: .

A couple additional references to the jeep were made in the January 1943 issue of Popular Mechanics. You can see the online version at Google Books

1) Page 33: “Jeep Flies Target Plane to Help Gunner’s Aim”

Apparently, a plane was mounted to a jeep and driven across an open field.  I’ve never seen any other pictures of this.

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2) Page 64: Perhaps this is the first running model jeep? It certainly was an early one!

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Willys Overland Ad from the Advertising Archives

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Roberto spotted this unusual ad at the Advertising Archives website. Searches using Jeep and Willys yields some others as well, but none as unique.  There are no indications regarding which magazines published the ad.

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August 1953 Wild Jeep Desert Run Article

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Old Images Jeeping • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

This two page article describes the 5th annual Cavalcade event in 1953. It was published in an August 1953 magazine, publisher unknown.

“original magazine article , 8.5 x 12 , 2 Pages , describes Cavalcade from Hemit through Coyote Canyon to Calexico, CA”

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Goofy Driving a Willys Jeep Toy on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

I tried to find another example of this toy elsewhere on the web, but had no luck.  Maybe that’s why it is priced at $100?

“Near Mint condition. 4 1/4” long. Says “Willy” on hood and windshield. Marx Logo on bottom. A RARE and Cool Goofy & Willy’s Collectible!

I have been a Goofy collector for over 30 years and have decided to sell my collection. Please check my store often as I am continually adding items! THANKS for looking!”

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1963 Ad for Tonka Toy Sets

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, toys

This advertisement includes a couple Tonka jeeps with descriptions.

“Great ads from a 1963 W D Gousset Co publication. These ads are over 49 years old and are excellent for framing. Pages are mostly good condition, see scans for details. Measures about 8″ X 11″. Combine orders at the same shipping rate for these ads no matter how many ads you buy at a flat rate of $2.99 in the US, $3.99 Canada & $5.99 Worldwide.”

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Barlow Jeep School in Arizona

• CATEGORIES: Features

Looking for something else, I happened across the Barlow Jeep School website today.  The school is also on Facebook.

According to the website:

Barlow Jeep School provides professional 4×4 driving instruction and training. Jeeps are our specialty, but all makes of 4wd vehicles are welcome.  Based in Arizona, regular group courses are conducted in the Table Mesa area, north of Phoenix, Arizona. Private, custom training or consultation is available at a variety of locations throughout the western U.S.

 
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Steve’s Christmas Mug

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

Steve received this really neat mug from Santa.  It was a custom mug created by a local (northern California) artist. The artist will do other custom mugs.

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1944 GPW Jasper, IN **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, GPW (Ford MB)

UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was on eBay.

Here’s your Christmas Day laugh . . . Robin forwarded this amusing ad. Action figured included!

“PEOPLE ! PEOPLE ! PEOPLE ! WHO’LL GIVE ME ? A WW2 CLASSIC 1944 FORD GPW. I MESSED AROUND MILITARIZING CJ-2s FOR YEARS , I FINALLY LAY CLAIM TO THIS ORIGINAL FORD GPW 4 YEARS AGO ,THEN MY DAUGHTER DIVORCES MY MECHANIC ( I should’ve sided with him.) ESPECIALLY WITH ME HAVING THE MECHANICAL APTITUTE OF A GRAPE (I KNOW I should’ve sided with him.),…. SO INSTEAD OF PIECING HER OUT..SO HERE SHE SITS….. I’VE BEEN FORCED TO GIVE UP MY ORIGINAL PLANS,( REENACTMENTS, PARADES AND JUST A GREAT SHOOTING PLATFORM.) AND TURN MY PRIZE GPW INTO A HALLOWEEN DISPLAY. INDIANA TITLED AS A FORD, ORIGINAL GPW serial #ed 4 CYL. FLAT HEAD ENGINE (TURNS OVER EASY & FIRES RIGHT UP, NEEDS GAS LINE HOOKED UP…EXHAUSTHOOKED UP TO THE MANIFOLD& A COUPLE OF BELTS . HAS HAD A PREVIOUS UP GRADE TO 12 VOLT).. 12 VOLT… HAS ALL 3 SEAT FRAMES & CUSHIONS…CANVAS TOP & BOWS …NICE EXTRA RT. FT. FENDER…PINTEL HOOK…FIRE EXTINGUISHER… BLACK-OUT LIGHT…, AIR PUMP, HAVE PICs OF ENGINE COMPARTMENT NOTHING MISSING THERE, BUT THE EXHAUST PIPE, AND A COUPLE OF FAN BELTS…( I’VE BEEN TOLD MY AIR CLEANER IS UPSIDE DOWN , ( BUT THAT’S THE INTERNATIONAL DISTRESS SIGN, FOR I NEED A MECHANIC …. PROBABLY NEEDS A BRAKES JOB TOO, ..N EEDS AN EXHAUST SYSTEM , CLUTCH ? NEEDS A GAS TANK ( HAVE THE OLD ORIGINAL ONE WHICH HAS HOLES.) …. THE TUB IS IN GOOD SOUND CONDITION, IT’S NOT A RUST BUCKET… PLEASE ASK IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS, ”

 

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Canadian Military Education Centre Chilliwack, BC, Canada

• CATEGORIES: Features, GPW (Ford MB), International, MB, Museums • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Originally published 12/24/2012

The Canadian Military Education Centre museum at Chilliwack, Canada, has three nicely restored jeeps.  Here is a nice set of pictures that shows a number of the vehicles they have: http://www.flickr.com/photos/unclegal/sets/72157627666293766/with/6142314877/

1942-45 GPW:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/unclegal/6142314877/in/photostream/

1942 MB:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/unclegal/6142887298/in/photostream/

1942 Slat Grill MB: http://www.flickr.com/photos/unclegal/6142889178/in/photostream/

 
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Happy Holidays!

• CATEGORIES: Biscuit, Features • TAGS: .

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Poor Biscuit has been run so little this year that we had to get him a new battery for xmas.  That perked him right up!  We took him for a spin between rain showers and snapped some pics.  There might be some updates on Christmas day . . . or there might not be.

 

 
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More on Circus Jeeps

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

Yesterday I received a book I purchased earlier this month called “Circus and Carnival Trucks 1923-2000″.  Though mostly about trucks, the book includes several pictures of jeeps.  One of the pictures shows a jeep modified into a performance  prop called the “Little Red School House”.  Essentially, it’s a mobile school house that can be brought into a performance and then quickly driven away.

Trying to find other examples of this, I discovered a great thread from the CJ-2A Page about a jeep ownerwho managed to track down the history of a early CJ-2A his father bought from the Ringling Brothers Circus.  After some help from the forum and some research, he discovered several photos of his jeep all dressed up as “Lilliput”.

The Illinois State University has some pictures of Lilliput.  Here are a couple.  You can view more pics and the entire thread related to the re-discovery of Lilliput at the CJ-2A Page.


1) http://digital.library.illinoisstate.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/circus/id/1073/rec/119

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2) http://digital.library.illinoisstate.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/circus/id/908/rec/109 (you can just see the pto bar sticking out from the rear of the jeep).

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Here’s another example of a performance jeep.  This is the “Little Red School House”. The picture is from the side.  The second looks more like a jeep.

3) http://digital.library.illinoisstate.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/circus/id/2651/rec/1

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4) This picture is on page 50 of the book I mentioned at the beginning of this post.

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