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1953 M-38A1 Stewart Warner Heater & Instructions

• CATEGORIES: Features, M-38A1 • TAGS: .

I spotted this ten page Stewart Warner 978 heater Instruction manual on eBay. Then I found what I believe is the actual heater itself. Seems like a neat combo.


Here’s the heater: It is a Southwind Stewart Warner 978 M heater. This looks to be for a 6V vehicle though.

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Mitch’s CJ-6 Diesel Tackles the Naches Pass

• CATEGORIES: Features, Trips

Not many updates tonight. I sprained my finger playing basketball today, so typing is a bit slow. 

This weekend Mitch Carter and the Wandering Willys Jeep Club drove the Naches Pass. Normally, Mitch would take his M-38 over the pass, but this time Mitch drove his recently purchased (out of a field) rare Perkin’s powered 1966 CJ-6 for its inaugural jeep trip.

You can see from these photos posted in August that his jeep wan’t quite ready to go jeeping when he bought it. However, over the past couple of months his got the jeep back into running shape. Then he added some new wheels and tires. Great work Mitch! The jeep looks good and it appears you had a fun run.

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Craigs’ Pic of the Week: A Mule

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

Craig found this upsized Mule (XM443E1) published in an issue of Jeep News.


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M-38A1 in the Blue Ridge Mountains

• CATEGORIES: Features, M-38A1

My son Karson will be in Virginia another week before ending heading back to Sacramento where he completes his FEMA/Americorps experience. During his travels this past year he’s introduced a variety of people to eWillys (well done!). This weekend he was hiking with friends in the Blueridge Mountains where he spotted this M-38A1 on a trailer all by itself.



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FC-170 Steel Truck Photo on eBay

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

How about this cool photo.

“This 8″ x 10″ B&W Glossy Photo of the Edgcomb Steel Jeep Truck was taken in Philadelphia in 1962. The photo remains in good condition, exhibiting only light signs of vintage wear (faint crease marks, etc.).”

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How Many RAF Men Can Fit On a Jeep?

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Looks like a lot can fit! Marc spotted this unusual photo on eBay out of the UK.

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Driver’s Daily Maintenance Guide on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

This looks interesting.

“This rotating maintenance guide is in good condition.It was in a collection from a WW 2 vet.It measures 8″ in diameter.”

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1943 SEEP Photo on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, GPA (SEEP), Old Images

Here’s a good shot of a SEEP’s underside during a test course run.

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Poker According to Maverick Book

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

Cool book if you like poker.

“You are bidding on a great vintage paperback entitled Poker According To Maverick Written by the Suggestion of Willys Motors Inc.Kaiser Industries – Dell Books #B142 Original Price .35¢ Copyright 1959 October First Printing – A Dell First Edition – Illustrated by Leon Gregori – featuring ABC-TV James Garner and Jack Kelly. Front and back covers show discoloration, creasing , slight tears, spine is straight, pages are firmly attached, no creasing, dings at the top and toe, some paper loss, inside front and back covers show browning around the edges, ink writing and stamp from a car dealership in VA on the inside front cover, pages are browned, some ink writing throughout, no creases, some small tears, pages edges are green with discoloration, no writing. I’ll be glad to provide additional pictures if you are interested.”





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Hamilton Pedal Jeep Dillsburg, PA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Auctions, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was sold at auction.


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Vintage Toy Truck and Cars Omaha, NE In-Person-Auction

• CATEGORIES: Auctions, Features

Somewhere in this collection is a jeep, but there are also some great vintage trucks in this collection. The auction is Saturday November 9th.


Here’s one example;


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Testimonial: Willys of Providence

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features • TAGS: .

Here’s another testimonial, this time from Willys of Providence, Inc.

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Case Trapper Knife with Color Scrimshaw on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

Here’s another Scrimshaw knife. It features a CJ-5. Another version featured a flattie.

“A Color Scrimshaw Scene that I have done of a Willys Jeep and 3 Canada Geese. I signed and dated this knife on the bottom left. A Certificate of Authenticity that I will sign and date will be sent with the knife.

Please Note: When I do Color Scrimshaw, I do NOT paint the color on top of the design. I re-cut every line where each color is to go and apply those colors down into the cuts. This is a very time consuming process, but one in which I feel the results are well worth the added effort.

I have, in my opinion, a very low starting bid with NO RESERVE, so you collectors can decide what this knife is worth.

Thanks for Looking! The knife measures: 4 1/8″ closed.”

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Wooden Model Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

The jeep is made of Ron Ron.

“Beautiful Jeep Willys model made from exotic woods of Costa Rica.
This is an appreciated souvenir from Costa Rica and a great conversation starter.
Size is approximately 1/18 scale. This collectible car model is not a toy, so wheels don’t turn.

The Jeep Willys model in this auction is made from an exotic wood named “Ron Ron”. There are other exotic woods used in our models as “Cocobolo”, “Guayacan”, “Guapinol”. The whiter wood inserts are made of “Teca”.

Please see the wood colors of the other cars in the last photo. These cars only have lacquer clear coat protection ! Costa Rican exotic woods colors are beautiful and vibrant !

Please note that our models are very different than the $1 imported chinese toys, mass made from tinted pine, widely available in US and other countries. These are original products from artisans of Sarchí, Costa Rica, of a family owned shop.

This shop is owned by members of famous Eloy Alfaro family from the artistic city of Sarchí. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarch%C3%AD

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Wildenberg Parts, Netherlands

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Website

wildenberg-partsDavid Wildenberg from Wildenberg Parts emailed me. They will soon be celebrating their 60th birthday! They deal in Jeep (MB, GPW, M38, M38A1 and cj models up to the CJ5) Dodge WC series and M37, GMC 352 and 353. Spare parts and vehicles. If you are in the Netherlands, drop by their warehouse.

Learn more at their website http://www.wildenbergparts.com or on facebook www.facebook.com/wildenbergparts

Here’s a great photo from their early days. Look at all those jeeps!


Some History:
Wildenberg BV was founded in 1954 in Zeist, the Netherlands, by Wildenberg Sr. The son of Mr Wildenberg, Etienne Wildenberg, also worked in the company, and took over in 1988.

Recently David, Etienne’s son, also joined the company. He is the third generation involved with the company, which makes Wildenberg BV a real family-business.

How it went further:
Selling parts was a beginning but the sale of military vehicles also became a part of the business. The company grew steadily and soon outgrew the location in Zeist, and relocated to its current location in Rhenen. The inventory kept growing and eventually the warehouse had to be expanded. This created more space for the enormous number of parts and military vehicles.

The warehouse:

All these years of experience have resulted in a stock of over 2300 square meters! All parts are cataloged and displayed by type.

60th year anniversary:
In 2014 our company exists 60 year. And we are going to celebrate that! With as start the new years drink on January 18 from 2 am to 6 am. The rest of the year we got lot’s of discounts. Package deals and free merchandise. We are also planning a party weekend and a Army-verhicle tour.

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Sales Brochure from Ohio Willys Sales Co. on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Here’s a neat brochure with a great mailing stamp.

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1980s Banana Republic Jeep Gift Box **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Models

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

Here’s an neat box.

“Unique Banana Republic Safari Jeep Gift Box. Assembled, but never used. 3-Dimentional Box Army Green Color with Stand-Up Windshield, Safari-1 License Tag, Accented with Leopard Print, Purple and Orange Accent Colors. Per Old Banana Republic Catalog, This Box Measures 15″x4″x10″ and Will Hold Shirts, Pants, Shorts, Dresses, Skirts, Handbags, Sweaters, Shoes, Etc. Box is in Mint Condition…No Tears.”

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1961 Wagon Ad in Hawaii Winward Fair Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Here’s an interesting ad for Wagons from the 1961 Winward Fair Brochure.

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1963 Kaiser Jeep Air Compressor Milan, IN **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Industrial-Welder-Generator

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $750

Here’s a neat compressor.

“Vintage 1963 Hesse Hornet powered by a 63 Jeep Kaiser 4 Cyl engine. Engine works by using two cyl to pump air into the compressor while the other two function normally. I haven’t started it but it appears to be in full working order. Asking 750 obo”

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SAS Veteran Celebrates 100th Bday

• CATEGORIES: Features

UK paper the Nottingham Post reported on Joe Plater’s 100th Birthday this month. He’s the oldest known surviving “Desert Rat”. Looks like he can still pilot of a jeep, too.

Read more here: http://www.nottinghampost.com/Joe-Plater/story-19929750-detail/story.html


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Ford GP & the Flying Tigers in Burma

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, Magazine • TAGS: .

John spotted this photo on this website from page 29 of the March 30, 1942, issue of Life Magazine. The article covered the Flying Tigers and features some great photos.

Here’s a copy of the magazine for sale on eBay


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Kaiser Willys T-Shirt on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

Always wanted a Kaiser Willys shirt? Well, there are some on eBay.

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Happy Halloween!

• CATEGORIES: Features

We are gearing up for a spooky night, so I won’t be scheduling any posts for Friday. Here are some photos of the prep so far (more later).

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Craig’s Pic of the Week: FC with Hydraulic Hoist

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Craig forwarded this photo from the 1961 January/February issue of Jeep News.


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My Jeep Hunting Wife at it Again

• CATEGORIES: Features

Ann and her mother Rosemary drove over to a friend’s house in Richland on Tuesday59. Along the way, Ann spotted this jeep. After telling her mother to turn around so they could get some photos, she snapped this one.


When they arrived at Rosemary’s friend’s house, Ann discovered they had an old jeep. It turns out to be a CJ-3A that was handed down and hasn’t moved in a while. There seems to be no interest in selling it at this point. Looks like it’s a bit of a project, but at least it is stored indoors.


So, congrats to my wife for her jeep hunting skills!