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Refurbished Former Fire Jeep by Edmund Angelus

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles

Matt, the owner of Edmund Angelus, forwarded me a couple sets of pictures this weekend. You might remember the  builds he shared with us a few years ago.  Since then Matt moved his automotive company to Roanoke, VA.  He not only knows his way around jeeps, but he also does complete collision repair on cars as well, along with fiberglass & gelcoat repairs to boats & personal water craft.

His new address is  3239 orange Ave, Roanoke,  Virginia.
His phone number is 540-354-4321.

One of his recent projects was a former Fire Jeep with the data plate BJ-102, indicating at one point it was a Boyer Fire Jeep.  Unfortunately, the fire equipment was long gone.  Matt writes, “The jeep was purchased by a friend of mine from a car dealer in West Virginia. Commissioned to an individual for a off frame restoration, the Jeep was dismantled way beyond what was really needed. Motor, transmission transfer case were in pieces. Every piece of sheet metal was soda blasted to bare metal. When I came a crossed it the rebuild was going nowhere and the body tub was on a trailer, outside with water standing in it. I contacted the owner and negotiated to take on the restoration. The rest is history as they say. Another proud customer.”


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Matt’s Jeeps at the Roanoke, VA Parade Saturday

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

On Saturday Matt (from the above post) took out a couple jeeps and aired them out at the veterans parade in down town Roanoke, Virginia. He says if anyone is looking for a couple jeeps for movie props, just let him know.

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Flat Rate Manual Willys Utility Vehicles

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

Anyone know what’s inside of this manual/catalog?

“1956 Car Parts Catalog
Willy’s Utility Vehicles
Willy Motors, Inc. – Toledo, Ohio”

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2nd Annual Kiss a Veteran Day

• CATEGORIES: Features, MB

UPDATE: With all the talk of parades on Saturday, I thought Veteran’s Day was Saturday and not Sunday.  Fear not, for I kissed my Veteran on Sunday, too.

This year’s Veteran’s Day was much more quiet and uneventful for us than last year’s. None-the-less, I performed my civic and patriotic duty by kissing a veteran, my wife (several times I might add).

We spent Veteran’s day at my parents, as we are up to do a some things for them over the next few days.  Mom was gone today to judge a gymnastic’s meet, which is what she does for most of the winter.  With her away we took over dinner chores for dad and asked him what he wanted.  He couldn’t decide, so I suggested something mom would never cook for him:  brats and sauerkraut cooked in a red wine and beef broth.  Mom doesn’t like anything with sauerkraut, so dad never gets to eat it.

For Ann and I, this was just the excuse we needed to head to Bellevue to visit Whole Foods. After all, Dad deserves the best sauerkraut I can find, right?  That’s exactly what I thought, too!

It takes about fifteen minutes on a good day to reach Whole Foods, though the only good time is around 2am in the morning.  Otherwise, it seems the drive along I-405 from Renton to Bellevue is an unpredictable series of stop-and-gos or just stops, but rarely just gos.  It’s often advisable to pack several ready-to-eat meals, a change of underwear, and notify next of kin before leaving for the trip, because you just never know.

On this day, which is Saturday, the northbound lanes were surprising go-ish and not stop-ish, while the southbound lanes were stop-ish.  We were traveling northbound, so we were happy, despite the busy traffic [editors note . . . I have just been informed that you should imagine Ann with combed hair and makeup — but that is the fictional part of this story, for the hair on both of our heads is best described as frightful].

A couple minutes into our trip, I asked Ann to hit me on the head, because I was clearly delirious. She asked why and I said, “because I think I see a MB jeep just ahead of us on the highway. Am I crazy?”  She chose not to hit me nor call me crazy, but instead looked ahead.  She didn’t see anything.  Then, I saw it again.

“There it is.  It’s on a trailer. I’m gonna get it!” I said.
“Go get it honey,” She replied. I started bobbing and weaving through traffic, employing all the skills I learned watching Canadian Dave when he drove an FC through an airport terminal, It took a mile or so, but I finally caught up to what turned out to be a good little jeep.  I’m assure the driver of the truck pulling the trailer and jeep though he was being stalked, because Ann was asking me to speed up, then slow down, speed up, then slow down, until she finally got some good shots of the vehicle.  As I was doing this, it suddenly dawned on me that the jeep had probably been at the Veteran’s Parade in Auburn earlier in the day, which is why it was looking extra special today.  Once we got our pics, we raced ahead, just in case the driver had called 911 to report a pair of crazy stalkers in a black car . . .

So, that was the second best thing that happened to us today. (The kiss of course being the best thing, right honey?)

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Bantam BRC-40 Camp Polk postcard on eBay

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

Here’s a nice shot of a Bantam BRC-40 at Camp Polk, LA, Circa 1942.  The caption reads, “Meet the Jeep – The U.S. Army Blitzbuggy — Camp Polk, LA.

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WEST-CRAFT Super Jeep Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Models

I found this ad for a WEST-CRAFT Super jeep on eBay.  After some searching, I also found a model kit for sale on ioffer.com.

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This is the model kit I found on ioffer.com.  I’ve never used the site: http://www.ioffer.com/i/west-craft-super-jeep-kit-3842404

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1950s Fort Worth Willys Matchbook Cover

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on ebay

How about this unusual matchbook cover from Fort Worth Willys showing a CJ-5 and a PTO/Post Hole Digger in action.

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College Students Restoring a 1943 Willys

• CATEGORIES: Features, News

I ran across this article yesterday.  Some college students at the Ontario, Canada, college of Notre Dame plan to restore a 1943 Willys.  The picture comes from the Welland Tribune’s online article.


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1960s? Bavarian Inn in Frankenmuth, MI Jeep train Postcards

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, DJ-3A, Features, Postcards • TAGS: , .

Here are a couple different postcards of a DJ-3A Surrey towing some kind of visitor car at the Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn in Frankenmuth, MI.  The Bavarian Inn is still there.  I wonder what happened to the jeep?

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Photograph with a Couple Willys MAs

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

Pictured here are a couple Willys MAs.  I spotted the pictured at http://med-dept.com/testimonies/harold_okeefe.php

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Wood Model of Jack Daniels 1957 Willys Truck on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

This is located in Israel.  It’s just kind of unusual, so I thought I’d highlight it.


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Fantastic Cavern’s Display Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Museums • TAGS: , .

Hugh unearthed a couple pics of an old cave jeep on display at Fantastic Caverns.

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Cut and Paste Jeep – Fund Raising during WWII

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

From the National Archives comes this photograph of a document used to record funding raising for jeep parts. There is supposed to be a corresponding blueprint, but I haven’t found the document yet.

“Cut Out Appropriate Photo and Paste Down Over Corresponding Blueprint on Jeep Poster as Each Part is Paid For”


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An Armoured CJ-5 Photo on eBay

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Features • TAGS: .

Steve spotted this photo of an Armoured CJ-5 used by Armoured Banking Services to transport cash.  On July 26th, 1966,  this jeep was used to ferry cash to the Veterans Administration. A couple of men decided to make a withdrawal from the two employees carrying the cash into VA building, knocking them down with a submachine guns.  You can read the whole story in the article below the eBay photo.

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This is an article I found online about the robbery:

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Guillermo Forchino Tour of Duty Sculpture on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, International

Craig spotted this unusual sculpture by Guillermo Forchino.  Born in Argentina, he now lives in France. You can read more about Guillermo at his website.

“COMIC ART OF GUILLERMO FORCHINO TOUR OF DUTY ARMY TRUCK JEEP Brand new with the certificate I Was going to start collecting his work but I changed my mind this is a great piece comes in the original packaged material limited edition 5,000 I have a fair reserve price if it gets close to that I will drop the reserve If it is getting close to what I am asking what I’m asking is cheaper than paid and cheaper than anyone has on the internet Guillermo Forchino Tour of duty art army truck jeep sculpture military”

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FC Tour Jeep Post Card on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, FC150-FC170-M677, Features, Postcards • TAGS: .

Craig forwarded this link.  He says the FC in this postcard is his now (and he already has several of these postcards).  This is another shot of the Ouray, Colorado,area.

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Bristo Screws and the Ford GP

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Old Images

I was searching the National Archives and managed to find a few interesting items.  This little treasure shows Bristo Screws proclaiming its support for the Ford Jeep.


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Fantastic Caverns Jeep Train

• CATEGORIES: Features, Other 4x4s, Women & Jeeps • TAGS: , .

Craig forwarded the below excerpt and photo from his local coop paper.  I went to the website and spotted an additional photo (above). Here’s the location of the caverns.

Here is the text from Craig’s news article:

“Missouri is blessed with a number of remarkable show caves open to the public. One of the most unique is Fantastic Caverns, located just north of Springfield. The cave, which is served by Ozark Electric Cooperative, was first discovered in 1862 when a farmer’s dog crawled through what was then a narrow opening.

It wasn’t fully explored until 5 years later when a group of intrepid women responded to a newspaper challenge. What makes Fantastic Caverns so unique are the Jeep trams that carry visitors through the cave on a guided tour. This makes the 1 mile, 50-minute tour accessible to just about anyone, including seniors, children and those in wheelchairs.
Inside the cave are natural wonders created by the constant drip of acidic water through soluble limestone. Tour guides point out stalagtites and stalagmites, towering columns with colorful mineral stains, large deposits of flowstones and delicate draperies.

They also tell how the auditorium room was once used for weekly country music concerts in the 1950’s and mid-1960’s. A trip through Fantastic Caverns combines equal parts of awe and wonder with a lesson in history and science. In fact, the cavern is known as “Missouri’s oldest classroom.”

The tour costs $22.50 for adults and $14.50 for children. A discount for groups of 20 or more is available. The cave is open from 8 a.m. to dusk year-round except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas.
For more information, call 417-833-2010 or visit www.fantasticcaverns.com

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Jeep Capital of the World Plate

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Dave saw the Ouray Postcard I posted the other night.  So, he forwarded a picture of a plate he bought there forty years ago. It’s a great sign.  Craig, don’t you have one of these, too?

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Scenic Jeep Tour Service Postcard on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, CJ-6, Features, Postcards • TAGS: .

Here’s another Ouray tour jeep post card.  This postcard pictures a CJ-6 and the Scenic Jeep Tour Service.

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Smithsonian Museum Bantam Postcard

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

UPDATE: This post card was for sale on eBay in 2012.

Even the Smithsonian didn’t get the ‘original jeep’ correct as evidenced by the postcard below.  To their credit, this Bantam BRC-60 just might be the next best thing.  I compare all three Bantams here.

For comparision, here’s another good shot of a BRC-60:

And this is the original Bantam BRC — Jeep #1.  The round fenders and scalloped side are two of the biggest differences:

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Postcard with a Bantam BRC-60 on eBay

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

The jeep on the far right has a grille that looks like a BRC-60 to me.  In the foreground is a jeep that looks like a BRC-40.

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1944 Meier & Frank Ad for United War Chest on eBay

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

This is an original ad published in a Portland, Oregon, Newspaper.

“Full page newspaper ad by Meier & Frank Co. is approx 22″ x 16″ and original….1 page only. These came from a very well preserved collection of WWII Portland Oregon newspapers. All are in good to very good condition…this one has some wrinkles toward the middle. Scanned images are blurrier, may appear trimmed, colors darker, lighter or uneven but actual items are not. They are bigger than our biggest scanner so used camera shot and even that doesn’t quite get it all.”

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UAL Modified Flatfender Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual

UPDATE: Marc spotted these pics of the same jeep on Flickr:


Original Post: Terry’s brother works at the United Maintenance Base for United Airlines in San Francisco.  His brother said this was a CJ-2A that still roams the airport.  Terry himself owns a former CJ-3B Belt Loader that still has the United Airlines Hobbs Meter on the Dash.

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Tonka Toy Fire Jeep in Unopened Box on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

There just can’t be many of these around.

“This was found in a house I just purchased.The box has not been opened. This is a rare opportunity. Early Tonka Toys Jeep Fire Pumper Truck No. 425 V RARE 60’s UNOPENED in box.”

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#### If you want to know what this truck looks like or bid on one without a box, here’s an option: View this fire pumper jeep on eBay