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Image of CJ-2 on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This image shows a CJ-2 jeep with a welding setup(?). The “JEEP” on the windshield coupled with the position of the spare tire are clues to the model. This image is placed atop a metal sign as part of the purchase.

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Image of Jeepster Commando w/ Camper on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Camping, Features, Old Images

This image seems to show a Jeepster Commando version of the CJ-5-camper concept. It’s unclear to me whether this was a prototype design or someone’s custom creation. Anyone ever seen other pics of this?

For this eBay auction, this image has been applied to a metal sign.

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“Vintage Jeep With Camper Extension New Metal Sign: Toledo, Ohio

Suitable for framing or hanging, has pre drilled holes. A nice piece of 20th century history.
Great coloration in the sign.
The sign measures 9″ x 12″
Watermark will not appear on your purchased sign.

This sign is also available in 12″ x 16″ size for $29.88
Please message if you are interested in the larger size.
This sign has a high quality baked on gloss finish, and is made in America

Sign is crafted of aircraft grade quality aluminum.”

 
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1950’s Truck Brochure from Australia on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I haven’t seen a similar version of this brochure for the US market.

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“Soft Cover
2 pages
Condition: Fair, no writting, no missing pages, no loose pages, no significant tears. Slight marks, yellowing and creasing.

“4-wheel drive Willys Jeep Australia’s Most Versatile 1 Ton Truck Model 6-226, 6 Cyl. “Super Hurricane” Power, Bodies to Buyers Specifications, Made in Australia, ‘If It’s not a Willys… It’s Not a ‘JEEP’ 4-Wheel Drive Truck!'” Brochure with specs.

 
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1945 Photo of Destruction in Berlin on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This photo appears to show a GPW in the foreground and a decimated street in the Berlin in the background.

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“THIS IS RUSSIAN WWII LARGE SIZE PRESS PHOTO: WILLYS JEEP VEHICLE ON RUINED BERLIN STREET, MAY 1945. Black and white, size approx. 175mm x 125mm.”

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1953 Ramar of the Jungle Program

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Mike shared this episode one of season one introduction to the Ramar of the Jungle TV program. It opens with an MB overheating. At one point one of the guys removes the radiator cap (I kept wincing, waiting for water to explode out of it). At another point, the same guy starts to “work” on the brakes by banging on something (didn’t sound like the brakes) with a wrench.

 
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Image on Metal of US Airforce Dispatcher on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This unusual photo (which for the purposes of this ebay sale is a metal sign), take on January 6, 1955, documents the existence of what appears to be a Two-Wheel-Drive Dispatcher model based on the M-38A1, designed for the Air Force. I never knew one (or more?) of these models were created.

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“1955 Willys Jeep New Metal Sign: US Airforce Dispatch Model from Press Photo. Suitable for framing or hanging, has pre drilled holes. A nice piece of 20th century history.

The sign measures 9″ x 12″
This sign is also available in 12″ x 16″ for $29.88. Please message if you are interested in the larger size.

This collection of Jeep images come from the former Jeep Museum in Toledo, Ohio. The former custodian of the museum, before it closed, saved these pictures from being thrown away. He has allowed me to scan them in high resolution and put them on metal.”

 
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Image of DJ-3A w/Tubes on Roof on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Here’s another Dispatcher photo, this time of a DJ-3A with tubes of some kind on top. This has the Koenig built hardtop, the Dispatcher logo sticker, and one-ring hubcaps.

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“Jeep New Metal Sign: Toledo Jeep Factory Security Vehicle inside Plant. Suitable for framing or hanging, has pre drilled holes. A nice piece of 20th century history.

The sign measures 9″ x 12″
This sign is also available in 12″ x 16” for $29.88. Please message if you are interested in the larger size.

This collection of Jeep images come from the former Jeep Museum in Toledo, Ohio. The former custodian of the
museum, before it closed, saved these pictures from being thrown away. He has allowed me to scan them
in high resolution and put them on metal.

Watermark will not appear on your purchased sign.

 
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Electric Stainless Flattie Sausalito, CA $18,050

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, Features, stainless/jewels • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $18,050 (starting eBay bid, no reserve). 

(01/20/2020) This was the seller’s demo electric vehicle. It has a modified VW Chassis. Needs a couple things fixed.

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“Runs and drives good. I designed and built this as a prototype for a classic EVs startup it passed DMV inspection and is licensed clean title registers as a ‘specialty’ vehicle my Farmers agent insured it less than 100 miles everything still essentially brand new it was my demo vehicle to launch the company.

All the electronics and LiFePO4 battery bank bottom balancing (no BMS headache and potential Li batteries overheating to deal with is a *major plus*!) completed by one of the best EV conversion shops in CA – so everything has been done right batts still holding same charge they did day installed so vehicle should run trouble free and last for many years.
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Worlds Largest Bison, Jamestown, ND

• CATEGORIES: Features

Just a few updates today, as I’m wiped.

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That’s one big bison behind us!

Yesterday morning Ms. Betty Page woke us up at 6am. She slept all night on her own, so we weren’t too unhappy with her morning wake up whines.

We’d spent Saturday night in Jamestown, North Dakota. Since it wasn’t quite light out yet, we piled in the jeep, filled up the tank, and found an open Caribou Coffee as we waited for the sunrise, because we wanted to see a special bison.

One of Jamestown’s claims to fame is its giant bison Sculpture, standing 26′ tall and 46 feet long. We decided that before we left town, we’d drive on over to the bison to get a ‘family’ photo. We figured we’d have the bison to ourselves, as who would be crazy enough to get up at day break on a 30 degree Sunday morning to look at a giant fake bison (besides us)?

It turned out, there was a whole frontier town that lined the street leading up to the bison! The cold, quiet morning and some low lying clouds gave the old, empty frontier town an eerie feeling. It was cool.

Here are a few pics.

Just before the Frontier town gates, there was a two story viewing platform (on the left) and a large Prairie Schooner shaped chuckwagon to its right. Both overlook a herd of bison (we couldn’t tell if the bison were there at this time or not).

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After driving through a set of gates (which we were surprised to see open), we encountered an old train depot, a few other buildings, then this general store and church.

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Just beyond the church was a museum, though it was closed (we didn’t have time for it anyway). After the general store and church was a series of buildings that we had to drive through to get to the bison (the bison is behind me in the below pic).

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Here’s another angle with the jeep in the photo:

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WWII Jeep Gets an Honorable Discharge

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

UPDATE: Steve spotted a second version of this on Youtube (same video, but different URL address). I first posted the video below in 2015. It’s worth a second look.

This video is called “WWII Jeep Gets an Honorable Discharge” and shows Mayor Fred Heine’s Ford GP. The video shows the jeep working on the farm. Lots of great shots. Wyatt’s father was the first person to work on it when Fred Heine couldn’t get it started. The jeep is now at the U.S.Veterans Memorial Museum in Huntsville Alabama, which was featured last week.

 
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Scheneker Iron Works Snow Plow Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Maury spotted this one. Listed as a 1943 Ad, this clearly was a post war ad. The first clue is the CJ looking grille. The second clue is the suggestion that folks could find a plow at their “Jeep Dealer”. It’s likely a late 1940s brochure, as it has shown up in late 1940s Willys-Overland Special Equipment booklets.

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Welcome Ms. Betty Page

• CATEGORIES: Features

On Saturday we made it to Minneapolis to pick up our new family addition, Ms. Betty Page, aka Page, a Shiranian (Pomeranian and Shi Tsu mix).

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10 week old Betty Page

Our ten-year-old dog Zollie (also a Shiranian) had been become very needy following the death of his beagle pal “Jelly”. So, Ann began looking around for a companion for him. She had gotten Zollie in 2010 in Omaha when she lived there. So, when she tried to find a Shiranian locally, it proved impossible. In fact, only two locations had Shiranian pups ready for purchase: Minnesota and Kentucky. A third location, Missouri, had a very young litter, which won’t be ready until early May.

Since Ann needed a short break from her mother, and since family was going to be in town this weekend, we decided to “high tail it” to Minneapolis. After all, the weather was perfect for the drive (sun, no snow, and moderate temps). And, it’s only a 22 hour drive (and 1500 miles one way).  Our return trip will take two days (be home Monday at some point), as Page will require a few more potty breaks.

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The pic that inspired the name.

Now, why the name Ms. Betty Page? Ann thought Page looked like a diva in the pic we received of her (pic above on the pink blanket). So, she did some research and thought Betty Page a good match for how she imagined Page might be. Sure enough, when we met the pup, she was a rascal. She’s not shy about pushing Zollie or chasing him, not that she can keep up with him yet. And, given the fact that I write, the name “Page” was also a fun fit.

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Ann and I both thought that once Zollie passed away in a few years that we’d be dog free. Clearly, that plan is not longer the plan. 

Zollie isn’t quite a Page fan yet. That’s because he’s been a bachelor for most of his life. I haven’t written much about him, but Zollie (his full name is Zoloft) began as Ann’s PTSD dog, acquired a year before Ann acquired me. She’d only had big dogs until she got him, but with her injury issues, she decided a smaller dog made more sense.

He was an energizer bunny when she first got him. Since those early days, he’s become calmer and is now a sweet, smart, and super well-behaved dog. Zollie doesn’t shed (Hypoallergenic) and doesn’t like to get dirty/muddy/wet, so he’s a great inside dog. He can sit through a movie at a movie theatre and not make a peep. He can sit through dinner at a restaurant and not beg.

However, over the years, he’s developed more neuroses than Ann; he’s the one who needs the therapy (he’s afraid of fires, hate’s camping, hates traveling in the motorhome, hates being outside most of the time, hates having to eat out of a bowl, …. the list is a long one).

Anyway, that’s all for now. I need to get to bed. We need to get up early Sunday so we can find the largest Bison in Jamestown, ND, and get a “family” picture with it.

 
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January 1955 NEW CJ-5 Ad

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This ad for the all new CJ-5 model of jeep was published in the January 8, 1955, issue of the Saturday Evening Post.

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Jeepney Ashtray on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

This is a wooden ashtray with a Jeepney image on it. Seller wants $20.

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“This auction is for a vintage Philippines Jeepney molded wood ashtray souvenir.
Measures about 6 inches across.
In good preowned, but unused condition (see pictures).”

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Jeep Hubcap Key Chain on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This is a neat piece.

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1955 Saturday Evening Post Rolligon Article

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine • TAGS: .

This June 04, 1955, article about the Rolligon goes into great depth about the history of the invention. You can see more pics here. The pages below are much clearer once you click on them.

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1954 KW Magazine AD on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This Willys 4-Wheel-Drive Vehicles: Help Keep Work on Schedule ad from 1954 includes the KW logo.

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“DESCRIPTION:…Original magazine ad from 1954 which features the Willys Truck and Jeep. Two farms were highlighted in the ad–one shows a farmer by the name of W. G. Watt of Murrayville, IL.–the other one shows a Mr. Herbert Edwards of Cedar Brook Farms in Prospect, KY…..Nice condition except for some light tan age toning caused by type of paper used nearly 60 years ago. About 8 x 11″ in size”

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Tornado Banner on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Here’s an unusual bit of marketing.

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“Has some soiling, the middle portion has two weights under the yellow part to hold it down. I believe these were used on fenders in show rooms or shops but I’m not very sure. Made of cloth, measures 58”x14.5””

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Wood and Metal Folk Art(?) Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, Models

Seller is asking $115 for this unusual jeep made of wood and metal. It’s missing the driver’s side fender. Appears delicate.

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“RARE WWII ARMY JEEP. MADE OF METAL AND WOOD, 14in LONG, 6 1/2in WIDE, 8in TALL

HOOD, FENDERS, WHEELS, BACKRESTS OF SEATS ARE MADE OF METAL, REST MADE OF WOOD
NOT SURE IF THIS WAS A MODEL KIT, OR SOME KIND OF TOY YOU COULD BUY ??
I HAVE NEVER SEEN SOMETHING LIKE THIS, VERY COOL, NEED A LITTLE TLC,
PICS ARE PART OF DESCRIPTION OF ACTUAL ITEM”
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1977 Stainless Steel Jeep Las Vegas, NV $6800

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, Features, stainless/jewels • TAGS: .

It’s a project. Has curved rather than flat fenders.

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“For sale 1977 Rare stainless steel body jeep.
Made in the Philippine in the shape of an old World war 2 Willys military Jeep.
Make is SPCNS Stands for Specialty Constructed Vehicle.
This Jeep has been stored for several years, need to be refurbished / rebuilt. Needs
a little metal work has small bend not a crease on the body that can be straiten out.
Jeep has;
straight 4 gas engine
manual transmission
all interior / exterior pads, seats, door panels, side panels, top, rear panels with rear view
plexi glass, 1 luggage rack for the top.
Spare tire / rim.
No under carriage damage / rust.
This Jeep has different front fenders from others than does from the same year.
Clean / clear title
Price is $ 6,800.00 or best serious offers.
CASH ONLY , no pay pal, checks, credit, payments, help selling , or will not donate.
Must pick up, need towing or trailer.

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Quick Trip to Minnesota ….

• CATEGORIES: Features

Very early this morning we headed to Minnesota to pick up a new puppy. We won’t be stopping or sightseeing, as we can’t linger away from Ann’s mom for too long. I’ll have time to do updates, but my email/comment response time will lag.

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CJ-3B Adventure on Cape Hatteras

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Old Images Jeeping

This adventure was recorded in the April 30, 1955, issue of the Saturday Evening Post.

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WAAC Recruitment Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Women & Jeeps

I think it is interesting that there’s rope wrapped around the front bumper on this vintage ad. I guess that was a ‘thing’ at the time.

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“The original 8×11″ magazine ad in very good condition.  NOT a reprint.”

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1959 Article on Ted Bullimer’s Jeep Movie

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This article from the April 15, 1959, issue of The Sun (out of Stark County, Ohio) highlights Ted Bullimer’s a second film, “The Four Seasons of Scandinavia”, an exploration of the four seasons in Scandinavian countries. As far as I can tell, it doesn’t have anything to do with jeeps. His first film, a travel-adventure movie “By Jeep Around the World”, shared his world trip in a Wiillys Wagon. Thanks to Merlin for spotting this article.

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Ted’s daughter Elizabeth wrote a book and included an acknowledgement to Ted and his wife Ruth Ann for teaching her how to travel and for inspiring her to explore the world. In it she mentions a third film by Ted, “Eternal India”.

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June-July 1956 Willys News

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

This issue of Willys News highlighted a new advertising campaign, the “Gets there . . . works there . . .  anywhere!” magazine ads (will highlight those on Thursday). Page 3 has some advertising reprints (lower left pic), showing the diversity of ‘Jeep’ ads (I hope to find examples of all of these for a future post). Also on page three appears to be “NEW LIFE” ads that include concentric circles. Maybe that was a local parts dealer campaign. I’ll have to see if I can find newspaper examples of that campaign from DC newspapers of the time. On Page 2, there’s an image of the Light Rescue Truck, featured in yesterday’s post about the Light Rescue Truck brochure.

Ted Bumiller’s trip around the world was highlighted in this issue as well. More information this trip, including reference to a film about it, can be found in this 2016 film and lecture post.

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