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WWII Jeep at Small Museum in Auchonvillers, France

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Museums

If you happen to be in France and staying at the Avril Williams Guest House, in Auchonvillers, France, you must take a trip across the street and visit the small museum.  There you will find a set of compact dioramas from several wars.  In the World War II diorama sits a restored MB or GPW of some vintage.

I found a pic of the jeep at this website, which follows someone’s journey through the battlefields of France.

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Yakima Ridge Runners Early Jeeping Videos

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

JPZombie has posted several vintage videos on Youtube. Here are a few showing the club in the Naches Trail area west of Yakima in Washington State.

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A FC Roundup of my own — My First Ride in a Forward Control

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Features • TAGS: .

As I mentioned a couple days ago, the FC Round up was this weekend in Arizona.  Well, I didn’t have time to make it down there.  But, that didn’t stop me from having a FC Round Up of my own.

A reader asked me to check out a Forward Control for sale about 45 minutes north of me.  I had some time today, so I drove out to meet with the seller, Daryl, who was awfully nice and very informative.

Well, it turns out Daryl didn’t just have 1 FC, he had 5:  2 FC-170s, an FC-170 DRW, an FC-170 with an expertly extended frame and aftermarket Dually setup, and an FC-150.  Daryl had a story about each one and pointed out some things I didn’t know.  Daryl and his son developed an interest in them a few years ago, brought them home, and hope to get working on them soon.

The nicest one, which Daryl has for sale, runs and drives, so he took me for a ride.  It was the first ride in an FC for me and, hopefully, not the last! We cruised up the road a bit, then cruised back. I had hoped to take a video, but the video on my phone stopped working (turns out it was operator error, but I didn’t figure that out until later).

He said he didn’t mind if I posted a few pictures, so here they are.  Thanks for a fun afternoon Daryl!

Here’s a shot of their collection:

Here’s an FC-170 that was used for years by a farmer to feed his cattle.  But he had a problem, how could he stand on the back of the FC and toss the hay off the back and drive at the same time?  His solution was his custom auto pilot contraption. He would get the Jeep going, attached his ‘auto pilot’ and then climb into the back and throw out hay as he drove along.

This FC-170 DRW has a racheting system to raise and lower the spare tire. I don’t remember ever coming across other FCs with that.  Unfortunately, it was hard to get a great shot of this.

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Brian’s 1945 MB on Display

• CATEGORIES: Features

In July of 2010 Brian found a 1945 MB on eWillys which he purchased.  After getting it home and getting some repairs done, he decided that it should go to work for him, so he’s been lending it out for people to use for photos or as a display.   So, many of you have probably seen pics of jeeps doing just about everything, but have you ever seen it used to sell books? I thought it was a great idea!

Brian writes, “I’ve actually rented the jeep out already to people for photos and display use – it all helps with the costs.  I recently rented it to be on display at a Book Launching (Surviving Your Serengeti by Stefan Swanepoel) attended by over 10,000 people.   There are also more photos from their book launch and people around my jeep at the Author’s facebook  http://www.facebook.com/album.php?id=99032510438&aid=332726″

Here are a couple pics:

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The Second Set of Pics — The Southwestern Utah 1961 Trip

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

Here’s another round of pics from the 1961 Four Corners trip his father-in-law and his father-in-law’s father took.  You can see the earlier round here.

Now, for a bit of trivia, the four corners monument is actually 1800 feet away from the real point where the four states meet.  You can learn why here.

And here they have arrived at the Four Corners, a place which looks a bit different than it looks now!

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The FC Roundup this Weekend & Blaine finds a Champ

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

A reader named Blaine couldn’t resist getting a shot with this Champ.  You probably remember it from this post.  Apparently, it’s still available.   They do sort of grow on you ….

Blaine writes, “Here is the restored Champ in Scottsdale, AZ with me standing next to it. My son wanted to show me a car lot with collector cars ,and lo and behold, here is the Champ. I’m in Phoenix for the FC Roundup right now.

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The Overland Tent Trailers

• CATEGORIES: Camping, Features

HOG pointed out these unusual tent trailers.  This comes from an article at Jpfreek.com about outfitting a multi-day adventure.

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Builds: Diego finishes his CJ-2A

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

After initially purchasing this CJ-2A, Diego shared some pictures with me.  It was pretty rough and I knew he was had plenty of work ahead of him.  He recently completed it, especially considering the rough condition of the original, has turned out really nice.

Diego write, ‘I finally finished my project after almost two years.  It has sometimes been a pleasure and sometimes a pain in the neck, but at least I’m pretty happy with the results.  And even though is CJ2A post war jeep, I gave it a military theme.   I always like the military style.”

Well done Diego!

You can see the entire transformation here.



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1974 CJ-5 Frame with a Boat Body Bronx, Ny eBay

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Features, Unusual

HOG forwarded this.  Who thinks up these things?  What’s the thought process like?  Well, I have this jeep and I have this boat … what to do, what do …. maybe I should install the boat on the jeep frame, but not make it able to float. Brilliant!  Whoever did it gets a point for daring to do something really different.

“Who doesn’t want a 4wd JEEP powered 17′ Stick shift Galaxy boat! I wish I had the time to put this thing back on the road myself, but my lack of time and loss of storage is your gain! What I have for sale here is a 1974 Jeep CJ5 with the body cut off and a Galaxy 17′ boat hull attached!

It has been in storage since the early 1980’s. It was really well done! No it’s not amphibious but it is fun and you know there will not be another one at the drive thru or out on the trail! It ran and drove when it was put away but needs some work to go back on the road now. The 258ci strait six Jeep motor turns free and the manual transmission feels ok. The brakes need to be gone thru totally, the master cylinder is missing but is a stock jeep piece and can be bought at any auto parts store, all of the mechanical parts are actually readily available because they are jeep.

Its a fiberglass 17′ Galaxy hull that can be painted or polished back to a shine! I flat towed it from where it was so I know everything spins and turns. Unfortunately THERE IS NO TITLE OR PAPERWORK for it so it will be sold with just a bill of sale for the Jeep vin number. This is 100% as is no warrantee no guarentee!”

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4 Jeeps in Museum Im Zeughaus Schaufhausen, Switzerland

• CATEGORIES: Features, Museums • TAGS: .

According to the photographer, Massimo Foti, the Museum Im Zeughaus, located in Schaufhausen, Switzerland, is a very good museum, though it’s open infrequently.

Massimo writes on this Flickr Page: This is a very nice museum, solely focused on material used by the Swiss Army. It has an impressive collection of 20th swiss artillery and soft-skins, plus some cool AFVs. Its only drawback is that it opens only less than ten days each year… But since it’s enterely run by volunteers, I don’t complain. The pictures in this set were taken during various visits, using different equipment, so quality isn’t consistent and some older shots aren’t that great. But since the Museum isn’t very well know, I am including them to give as much visibility as possible to this excellent collection.

All of these photo’s were snapped by Massimo:

Here’s a CJ-3B:

Here’s a CJ-3A

Here’s a CJ-5

Here’s what appears to be a M-38A1 C, though it doesn’t have the ‘gapped’ split windshield.

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Hotchkiss M201 ENTAC at Musee Des Blindes, Saumur, France

• CATEGORIES: Features, MB, Museums, Website • TAGS: .

According to the M201.com website, in 2009 the Musee Des Blindes in Saumur, France, unveiled a Hotchkiss M201 ENTAC.  I do not remember ever seeing one of these.

As far as I can tell, this M201 is the only jeep at this particular museum.  These first and last pics are from this page on the M201 website.  The 2nd pic was on Flicker and taken by Massimo Foti.

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Unique Collection of Jeeps East Haddam, Ct

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, CJ-6, CJ-7, CJ5, Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Unusual • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE:  Brian’s selling his unique collection of jeeps.  Among them is a CJ-6 Wrecker, a CJ-5 Trencher, CJ-5 Snow Blower and the first CJ-5 ever produced. 

You are bidding on a massive collection of jeep vehicles, literature, memorabilia, dealer items, toys, and much more.   This is the collection of Jeep restorer and enthusiast, Brian Hainer, of Brian’s 4wd Parts, LLC.   This list of vehicles is as follows:

1946 CJ2A,
original survivor with 7000 miles on it.  Original top, chaff screen, rear seat.  Even has original key and invoice from Willys/Overland.  Has the patina of a 50+ year old vehicle and is one of the most original examples of a CJ2A in existence.

1962 CJ6 Garage Service Vehicle. This has been restored from the ground up and is flawless.  Original Koenig Wrecker Boom, and Front winch.  Twin Stick PTO powers the front winch, rear wrecker winch, and air compressor.  Since the photos posted were taken I have made some top bows and sewn a full lenght bikini top for it.  Made out of black canvas.  I also added a Extend-a-Bed to this vehicle.  There just isn’t any room back there to carry anything and I wasn’t planning on using the boom so I added the extension.

1977 Jeep CJ7. This satisfied my need to go fast every now and again.  V8 304, 4.10 gears, ……  This jeep is a perfect driver and restored with the same care as every vehicle that comes thru my shop.

1968 CJ5 Jeep-a-Trench. This is an unrestored CJ5 bought from the original owner a couple years ago.  Everything is there and is a great example of a trencher.  Runs and drives but smokes like crazy.   Awaiting restoration.

196?  CJ5 Snowblower Jeep. Not exactly sure of the year.  This came from an airport and has 109 miles on it.  Runs perfect, has the T-98 4 speed in it, but it is very rusty.  Body will need replacing.

CJ5 10001 Cut Away Jeep Chassis . This jeep chassis is a cut away display model made by Willys.  It has every option you could install on a jeep at the time and everything is cut open so you could see the operation of it.  Front winch, governor, twin stick pto, rear gearbox, and right angle pulley.  A true piece of history.

That about covers the vehicles.  Also included in this sale is every piece of literature, memoriabilia, jeep toy, etc.. that I have collected over the past 30 years.  If it is jeep related I probably have it…. bought out a lot of dealers and collected a lot of signs, and early salesmens books.

The Jeep Toy collection is an impressive one and includes #92 of the Fine Art Model of the ww2 MB.   Fine art models got into a battle with Chrysler a while back over making these and it is very rare to ever see one for sale.   You will receive #92 with this collection.


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Tired of Driving Your Jeep?

• CATEGORIES: Features

So, say you want to take your jeep out for a spin without actually driving it.  Maybe this crazy setup is for you. Click on the pic to download a PDF about this rig.  Thanks to John for spotting this!

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A Woman and Her Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Women & Jeeps

While surfing Flickr, I found a young lady out of Canada who was given a CJ-2A from her mother, who inherited it from her father.  It looks like a solid build that likely has a replacement body, probably as part of a restoration.  She thinks the jeep is pretty cool, but others think she’s a dork.  I left her a note, explaining there were others like her :-).  Perhaps even more surprising, it’s now her main vehicle, though it’s been put away until winter ends. She notes, “It is a lot of fun to drive but you never have good hair when you get to your destination.”

Here’s  a beautiful shot of her jeep with the Canadian Rockies in the background.  Below that is a quick lesson she learned the hard way:  why you don’t want frost to overtake your jeep.  See a few more pics hereMake sure to check out her other photographs, too.

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Jeeps on their Sides — Australian War Memorial

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

Warren alerted me to the Australian War Memorial Online and found these images of jeeps on their sides.

There are more tipped jeeps here and here.

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Mobile Cinema Units of the Australian Army

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

Warren alerted me to a whole pile of war time Jeep images at the Australian War Memorial Online.  I thought the Mobile Cinema Unit was an unusual group, so here are some images.  Click on the images for additional information from Australia. (See some jeeps on their side, here)


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It takes a Jeep to talk to Parachuters

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Check out this photo from the Australian War Memorial!

“Richmond, NSW. 1945-07-28. Flight Officer Joyce Cain (right, at wheel of jeep) and Corporal Gloria Freeman (left, in jeep) on duty with the Landing Control Officer (right) at No. 1 Parachute Training Unit, RAAF Station Richmond. During their descent, parachutists receive instructions from the Landing Control Officer through a loud speakers system mounted on the jeep.”

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Willys Tattoo

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

I’m not quite sure where this image originated, but it was the only ‘Willys Tattoo’ I could find when I did a search on it (for no particular reason other than curiosity).  Everything is backwards, so I’m wondering if it was taken using a mirror.

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Really Cool Wooden Top from Iceland

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Features, International, Wood bodies • TAGS: , .

Here’s a great shot of an unusual wooden hardtop for a CJ-2A.  The wood appears knotless, too.

And here is a link to the CJ-3B that sits right new to it.

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A Lineup of Jeeps from Eglisstadir, Iceland

• CATEGORIES: Features, International

Here’s a cool image from 2006  taken in Iceland that I found on this Flickr Site.

You can see an imagine of a CJ-3B falling apart here, but the image is copyright protected.

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Android App — CraigsNotifica Craigslist

• CATEGORIES: Features

Last night installed a free App for my Android phone called CraigsNotifica Craigslist.  There is both a free version and a $9 version. (here is something similar for the iphone, but i’ve never used it)

What this App does is allow you to create different searches of one or more craigslists to auto search for items and then notify you if someone uploads an item that matches.

For example, I have a ‘Willys|cj2a|cj3a|cj3b|dj3a’ search string for 6 different craigslists in the northwest that allows me to now keep tabs on local jeeps.

I also have a search on any free stuff listed in the Boise Craigslist (partly, simply because it’s amazing what people will give away).

Here are a couple examples of screenshots.

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Here’s a Nice Story About Owning Flatties

• CATEGORIES: Features

Here’s a guy (I couldn’t find a name) who has traveled and lived in several countries.  He’s owned a variety of jeeps.  He saw his first jeep in Spain, owned his first jeep in Colombia, and has enjoyed them ever since.  He recently finished restoring a CJ-3A, though the link no longer works.

You can read his whole story here.

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Unusual CJ-2A/Truck Build

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual

I found this photo at Vindy.com.  Here is some info:

The stats on this Jeep owned by Ron Stevens of Washingtonville: red 1948 CJ2A Jeep Truck Pro Street 2WD, 350cid Chevy Crate Motor 290hp, Turbo 400, Dana 44 w/Detroit Locker. The hand-built body and frame were a combined effort of Clarence, Don and John Stevens.

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Civil Defense FC-150

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles • TAGS: .

I accidentally wandered across these unusual photos from the Timberlane’s thoughts blog.  I’ve never seen a Civil Defense FC. Maybe someone out there knows more about it?  I *think* this is in California, based on the front license plate.  I have lightened all four shots.  You can see the originals in the original post at the website.

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Location of WWII Jeep Monument Kyiv, Ukraine

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, International, Monuments/Statues

For quite sometime I have wondered where the below monument was located.  I finally found out, from G503.com, where it is located.  It is the Monument of Red Army WW2 drivers in Kyiv (Ukraine).  Check out a variety of great pics from G503.com.


From G503 we can see the other side.