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R&Ps New Dual Master Kit

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

John Vahey, from R&P 4WD, and I have been exchanging emails ever since the company started advertising on eWillys. We finally got a chance to meet at Brian’s in Kennewick a couple days ago. John wanted to share with me R&Ps cool new Dual Master Kit for vintage jeeps. To help promote  its launch, R&P will be donating the kit as part of a contest eWillys will be holding next month. I’ll describe more about the contest later and will be announcing the winner at the Willys Spring Reunion in May (you won’t have to be at the reunion to win).


One of the slick parts about this system is the simple way it mounts. You actually use the bracket itself as a template using the clutch bar (see pics below).  If you want to learn more, you can contact R&P at 503-557-8911 or through its contact page.

Brian mounted the kit and recorded his experience yesterday. He posted pictures and a review at his facebook group, Jeep Thing. Here is his review:

John said it would take about 4 hours. To the average guy, in his driveway, this job will take 4 hrs. The best part was the engineering and attention to detail, oh and the great directions. Hell the entire thing is great. NO frustration factor! This thing is a pleasure to install and looks very clean. R & P hit this one out of the park!”

Here the pictures Brian took of the mounting process. He is testing this out on his M-38A1 project.


An inner frame shot of Brian’s M-38A1


An outer photo of Brian’s M-38A1


Brian removed the outer plate.


Note how the bracket uses the clutch bar to line up the bracket in the proper place for drilling.

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Paper Wagon Model $7.00

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models • TAGS: .

Buz spotted this paper model of a Willys Overland Jeep Station Wagon at papercruiuser.com. You can even select the color.



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Photo of Flatbed Truck loading Jeeps on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Nick spotted this unusual photograph of a flatbed truck lifting and loading M-38s onto an unknown transport.

“Shows a loader with 2 Jeeps, Fort Bragg, NC, backside has description w/ dates. 7×5 inches.”

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Custom Jeep Golf Cart Little River, SC **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6000.

This is the most jeep looking golf car I’ve seen. They usually don’t sit so high.

“Custom Jeep body on a Club Car DS chassis.
Many custom parts.
10″ lift, 14″ tires, DVD player AM-FM-MP3-CD player New marine speakers
Diamond plate accessories,
New shocks, New suspension and most of all…brand new batteries.
One of a kind. a real headturner
Phone calls only…….I will not respond to emails.”



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Station Wagon & Panel Wagon Model on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

Anyone ever come across these?

“HO/HOn3: Two rare out-of-producton styrene craftsman kits #s C-203 & C-204 by Highway Miniatures: Jeep Station Wagon and Jeep Panel/Sedan Delivery. Please note: these are not toys. Very detailed and extensive instructions, two types of wire, some of the parts must be bent to fit.”

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Winneco Palmer Plastic Jeep Model on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

I don’t know how vintage this is, but it looks like it’s never been assembled.

“Winneco Palmer Plastics 1/35 US Army Willys Jeep. I had no idea Palmer Plastics did WWII military kits until this item crossed my desk. It’s complete and unstarted with all parts still sealed in the factory polybag. Decals (a bit age-yellowed) and instructions are both included.”

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Jeep Family Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This includes shipping, so it’s not a bad price.

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CJ-3Bs in Vietnam

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B, Features, International, Mahindra, Old Images

Roberto forwarded several links to CJ-3Bs from Vietnam in the 1960s. Interestingly, they all had tool indents. I suspect these are made by Mahindra rather than Willys. Any thoughts?



Here’s a link for the entire index: http://summitlake.com/graphics/Jalbum-Vietnam/index.html

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A Ford GPA Makes James’ Day


James was driving today in Colorado and spotted this Ford GPA SEEP parked just off the road.

He writes, “I found this gem along side of the road today. I was on my way to pick up my 1947 cj2a. It turns out the owner is also an eWillys reader! It’s amazing that these cars are still being driven and not stuck in a museum. This made my day!



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Ten Year Old Jeep Birthday Card on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, Postcards

This must be a British jeep! Steering wheel is on the “wrong” side.

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Sidebander Out of the Blues QSL Card on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Artists/Drawings, Features, Postcards • TAGS: .

Here’s another QSL card with a jeep. The Blue’s refers to the blue mountains which are just over an hour south of us in Oregon.

“QSL HAM RADIO CARD: About the same size as a Standard size postcard (about 3 1/4″ x 5 3/8″), but on slightly lighter weight paper. Our inventory number: QSL 4 ”

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1943 New Georgia Wounded Soldier Evac Photo on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This seller has a variety of WWII reprints for sale.

“Title: Evacuating wounded, New Georgia
Date Created/Published: 1943.
Summary: One wounded soldier on top of jeep and another being carried on a stretcher.
Photoprint by U.S. Army Signal Corps.
This record contains unverified data from caption card.
Bookmark /2002716069/
Approximately 8×12 inches. (20.3cm x 30.5cm)

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Jeep Sign Defiance, MO **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was priced at $75.

“Jeep 6ft Plastic Sign
Great for the Jeep enthusiast for garage/den/mancave decoration.
Sign has a part of the top left broken off and a crack as shown.”


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SAS in World War II Book

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features • TAGS: .

Scott spotted this good price on a SAS in WWII Book at Amazon. If you ever had any interest in the SAS, you might check out this book. I’ve ordered a copy.

The SAS in World War II: An Illustrated History (General Military)


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Russell’s Truck Stop in Ende, NM

• CATEGORIES: Features, Museums

Bob sent me an email a few days ago about this jeep he spotted in Endee, New Mexico. The town of Endee is located near the border of New Mexico and Texas on near I-40. The folks on Yelp really like this place.

He wrote, “The wife and I made a weekend trip to Amarillo for a steak at the Country Barn. We spotted this really clean CJ2A at the free car museum at Russell’s truck stop in Endee, NM.”

Russels-truck-stop-enden-nmHere’s another picture I found on Trip Advisor:


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Provincetown, MA, Fire Department’s CJ-3A and Trailer

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles

In 1950 Provincetown added this CJ-3A and pumper trailer to their equipment.

The caption under this page reads: Provincetown Engine No.6 – c.1950, Willy’s Jeep with Maxim 500 gpm trailer served as Engine 6 from c.1950 into the 1970’s. The pump trailer may have been made by Maxim, as they made many during WWII, probably 500 gpm.



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1949 National Foam System Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This ad shows a CJ-2A with what I think is a trailered foam system. Or, am I wrong?

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1943 Jeeps & Jests Bruce Bairnsfather on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Books, Features

UPDATE: **WARNING** There are only two jeeps pictured in the book!!! Buyer beware.

“This auction is for a 1943 book filled with cartoons about WWII. It is titled “Jeeps and Jests” by Bruce Bairnsfather. The book has cartoons on every page– about 60 pages in all. The condition of the book is good. The binding is solid and there are no rips. The main flaw is that there are some faint spots on the covers and scattered in the book.”

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Hogan’s Heroes Model Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

If you are a Hogan’s Heroes fan and a jeep fan, then this is for you.

“For your consideration is a vintage Hogan’s Heroes’ WWII Jeep model kit. The model kit was made be MPC in 1968. It appears that the previous owner started this kit, but never completed it. Because it has been started, I cannot guarantee the completeness of the kit.”

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Cragstan Tin Deluxe Beach Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

No bids on this toy at the moment.

“Vintage Cragstan Tin Litho “Deluxe” Beach Jeep – Japan
Very nice vintage Tin Litho Cragstan Tin Litho “Deluxe” Beach Jeep. Rolls Smooth. Nice Paint. Missing 1 Hubcap”

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No Updates on Tuesday

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Features

I’m taking the day off. Next posts wednesday morning.

Here’s a cool picture of a custom FC. I found the picture on Flickr. There are a couple more there. http://www.flickr.com/photos/gregjsmith/94785408/in/photostream/


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1943 Issue of London News Includes GPA Article on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, GPA (SEEP), Old News Articles

It may only be one page, but the May 1, 1943, issue of Illustrated London News includes a full page of Ford GPA pictures.

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Match Box Packet Label on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I don’t completely understand what these are, but it looks interesting.

“India JEEP Automobile Transport Match Box Packet Label. Large Size – 2.00″ X 2.25”

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Jeep Gets a Name Book by Jean Avant Veasey

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

UPDATE: this is back on eBay

(02/12/2013) This is a first edition (1988) children’s book signed by the author.

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Jeep at Walt Disney Studios Park in France

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

I spotted a picture of this faux jeep at DisneyShawn, which is a website dedicated to Disney attractions. This particular jeep is inside the Toy Story Playland at Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris in Mame-la-Valle, France.

Shawn included a little trivia along with the picture. He wrote, “Fort Emery, the name of the post where we’re doing our parachute training, is a nod to Pixar Animation Studios’ hometown of Emeryville, California. The ID number on the Jeep in the outdoor area of the queue, 112295, is actually the date the original Toy Story opened in theaters (Nov. 22, 1995).”