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PostalJeep.net Out of Business

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Word has it that postaljeep.net, a resource for folks with DJ-5s, is no longer operating and the shop cleaned out. However, there is another resource for DJ-5 parts on ebay: https://www.ebay.com/str/postaljeeppartsplus .. I don’t know anything about them.

 
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1963 Vol. 9 No. 6 Jeep News

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This eight-page issue of Jeep News, volume 9 number 6, begins on page one with a few plugs for The Greatest Show on Earth.

Page two plugs a completed Jeep race out of Michigan, hosted by the Michigan Four Wheelers Club of Dearborn. Page three highlights, once again, The Greatest Show on Earth.

Pages four and five share images of jeeps from around the world. It also includes a short note about the annual ‘Jeep’ Caravan to the Gila Cliff Dwellings. Page six includes a nod to the Sussex County Jeepster Club out of New Jersey, along with a story about the development of a mobile camera tied to a CJ-3B. The Jeeporama out of Boulder, Colorado, fills the entirety of page seven. The issue ends on page eight with two stories of jeeps in the Peace Corps.

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May 1960 Jeep Service and Parts News

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The more I read these Jeep Service and Parts News issues, the less they look like news and the more they look like reminders to Sell, Sell, Sell! (See “The Parts Department Manager” on page four). It’s not that there isn’t a place for encouraging selling for this department, but whether it belongs in a news bulletin is less clear to me.

In the “not all air bath cleaners are made the same department”, the note on the lower right portion of page four highlights a new air bath cleaner for the FC-150 that includes “a water deflector to eliminate the possibility of water entering the air cleaner from the back of the fire wall”.

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Four Postcards eBay $14

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Here’s a good price on three FC-150 and one wagon postcards. That’s a buy-it-now price.

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“4 Vintage post cards. 3 fold outs for the Jeep truck. One for the wagon, which is a standard card.”

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1974 Dealership Poster $125 on eBay

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This model identification poster is almost 3’x4′. This isn’t one I’ve seen very often.

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“1974 Jeep Model Indentification large dealership showroom poster, size is 33 3/4 by 44 inches, condition is used with some flaws, This is original factory dealership poster, not the copys you see on E-Bay, any questions please send an e-mail, USA shipping will be $10.00”

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“Enter the Baby Buggy” Video

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Just a few updates today’s , as we spent the day in Seattle and returned to find one of our dogs having locked herself in our garage (for who knows how long) … she was a bit traumatized …

This British “Baby Buggy Video” is an edited version of the Ford video that introduces the Ford GPs to the world, so much of the video may look familiar:

 
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M-18 Warn Hub Dash Sticker

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Josh is looking for a reproduction of the rare orange Warn dash sticker below, though his original one (damaged in a fire) was blue

Does anyone know of any reproductions or even a quality image that he could get reproduced? Josh explains things below ….

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The blue one below is apparently similar, but, like the one above, his did not include a reference to “Warn MFG CO” at the bottom).

These are examples of M16 hubs (he has M18 hubs).

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Josh wrote: “I’m hoping you might have run across a locking hub dash sticker like the one attached at some point. My 1956 GMC NAPCO 4×4 had WARN model WL-15828 hubs, which are more commonly referred to as M18’s. My truck had a dash sticker ( actually it was inside the glovebox door ) that was identical to the orange image I attached [ed note … the image at top], except that it was printed in a medium blue color. I believe this type of sticker to be the predecessor to the more commonly seen type with the illustration of the WARN style locking dial. This particular sticker that I’ve attached a picture of was in an NOS set of hubs for a heavy duty IHC that was dated from 1956 or 57, as I recall.

Anyway, I’m hoping someone has this sticker and I can get it reproduced. I believe it to be the correct sticker for any WARN model hubs that predate the addition of the raised stamped area where the “M” series model number is typically stamped. That was added some time around 1965 or 1966 as best I can tell. As an example, I’ve attached a picture of  what are typically referred to as M16 hubs, also a late 50’s NAPCO 1/2 ton application, but the one without the raised stamp area would have been stocked under the part number WL-54-21 originally.

My truck was severely damaged in a forest fire. Otherwise I’d go scan my own sticker and get it reproduced. Eventally I’d like to resurrect my truck, and this is a detail I want to be faithful to.”

 
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Tour Jeep Bed Removed II

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The tour jeep bed is now on rollers so I can moved it around. In the meantime, I drove the chassis outside so I could blow off the dust (a little chilly for washing it just yet).

Looking more closely at the transfercase, the tag on it has been removed, but it looks to me to be an NP 207, but I’ve never worked on these, so I could say for sure. After doing some research online, I see one challenge to making the 207 usable is that there isn’t a cable setup for shifting being offered as an option.

Moreover, some forums suggest the 207 is pretty weak and the 231 is a better option (for which there is a cable option). However, most likely any cable option will have to be a custom install anyway, as the cable length will need to be long enough to reach the cab area. Anyone have thoughts on this? Is the 207 good enough? if in 4WD low range is the 207 strong enough to deal with the weight of real trail jeeping?

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Idaho Parks Wagon Poster $15.95

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Richard pointed out that Idaho Parks still has copies of its wagon poster for sale. We first ran across this poster back in 2015 at a gift shop outside the City of Rock State Park in southwestern, Idaho. It’s a neat little place to visit if you have time to make a detour. At the time, you could also head south from there and enter Utah along dirt roads, then drive south until the dirt roads reach the original Transcontinental railroad grades. It was a fun excursion: http://www.ewillys.com/2015/04/14/day-2-mon-apr-13th-rocks-trcks-dusty-roads/.

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1971 Movie Poster Venga A Fare … $80

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This Venga A Fare Il Soldato Da Noi poster is 6.5′ x 4.5′. At $80 (which includes shipping), it’s not a bad price (or make offer). The poster ships from Italy. Released in 1971, this movie is about a “girl is drafted due to a misunderstanding and this gives her the occasion to check on her boy-friend, whom she believes to be a womanizer.”

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Jeep Vintage Literature Eurographics Puzzle $19.99

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I found this puzzle for sale on Amazon. Since I have most of the ads (don’t have any Hondo lit though), it seemed a fun one to get. It’s got me thinking .. maybe I should arrange some of my rarer lit pieces and take high quality pics for a series of unique puzzles. There are several services out there that offer custom puzzles, such as this one: https://www.puzzleyou.com/photo-puzzle

Amazon link: https://amzn.to/3Udl0WQ

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Removed the FC Tour Bed

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Only a couple updates this morning, as I spent all of Friday building a framework to remove the FC’s bed. Unfortunately, my tractor isn’t quite bit enough to lift the bed, so I had to develop an alternative strategy. The framework is mostly made from wood that was formerly a dove coop, so it’s nice to put it to some use after storing it for a couple years.

Of course, the plan went sideways when the FC wouldn’t start. I eventually figured out that the electric fuel pump had stopped working. Once replaced, the jeep started right up (didn’t really want to push the FC around).

With the bed off, I will start with working on the FC’s mechanicals. For example, the transfercase low range was never connected, so that is something I need to address. In addition, some working needs completion and the brakes and break pedal need some attention.

Here are a few photos:

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September-October 1959 Jeep News

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This “Extra” September-October Jeep News issue is twelve pages long. There’s a lot going on with this issue, so enjoy!

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1995 Resin Model Jeep From China Framingham, MA **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $40.

Maybe some of you have seen this model type, but it’s not one I recognize. Apparently, it was manufactured in 1995, but it sure looks older.

“Army jeep made out of resin 1968 in China or 1942 army jeep do usually sell for $70 asking $ 40 or best offer.”

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FC Tour Jeep Progress

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With winter landing hard these past two weeks, along with sub zero temps for a few days, about a foot of snow, and our well-water-system freezing up for 48 hours, the FC project got placed on hold. With warming temps the last few days, I returned to working on the jeep.

Here’s where I am at currently. I’ve removed the doors, the carpet, the seats, and the bolts holding the rear bed. I now have to build a frame work to pulley the bed off of the chassis. Pulling the bed was necessary anyway, as I need to figure out how to hook up the low-range shifting mechanism.

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2024-01-23-fc-tour-jeep-bed1As noted earlier, the problem I faced was that the rear seats weren’t comfortable and weren’t tall enough to give the visibility to passengers I wanted. Moreover, the floor is uneven and was carpeted, making cleaning of the floor a more difficult chore than it ought to be. Finally, the rear wheel wells make the far rear seats unusable for most adults.

After much thought, I have decided to build a new floor as one big one-height platform, raising it all to the height of the rear section, which also makes it as high as the original FC Tour Jeep rear beds (per Craig’s measurements). The platform will also be shifted back about five inches, which puts the second row of seats a little more over the rear wheel wells so that the far rear passengers will have more leg room. The rear wheel well will become more circular, which harmonizes more with the front wheel wells. This also better alights the rear of the bed with the rear bumper.

Currently, the plans have me saving the roll cage, which I can use as a template for the bed, and trimming the four rear doors so that they can be reinstalled on the new bed.

Another advantage of shifting the bed a little farther back is that it provides more room behind the cab and radiator to breathe, which should help pull some of the engine smells away from passengers in the back.

Here is a pic showing the before and photoshopped-after-look of the proposed changes.

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July 1959 Jeep News

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I got this July 1959 issue of Jeep News for free, but it is an incomplete and damaged issue. On page one, the “Millions Will See ‘Jeep’ Vehicle Displays …” article continues on page four, but page four seems to be missing. So, this issue may be six or eight pages in length.

The last page of this edition might be the most interesting. On the lower left is an article showing an FC-170 modified to handle parking an maneuvering big trailers. One the lower right of the page is an article about Tootsie, a South Dakota coyote that became the official state animal, who got to ride in a jeep station wagon on some of her trips.

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1959 Jeep Commercial

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I can’t find where I have published this 1959 commercial, so here it is.

 
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March 1960 Jeep Service and Parts News

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The best part of this four-page March 1960 Jeep Service and Parts News is how to fix an annoying “rumble” in a CJ-5. According to page three, get yourself a pry bar and increase the clearance between the floor pan and the Flywheel housing bolts.

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1954 Wagon Charlotte, NC $34,000

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This fancy wagon is a mobile bar as well. It looks like it may have a set of Cutlas Bulldog hubs.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/649390953969028

“Mobile Bar FOR SALE!!! VaNy’s Willy Wagon, a successful mobile bar business 3 TAPS with all equipment and cleaning tools included! Run beer, wine, cider, lemonade, prosecco through any of 3 tap lines! Roll out custom shelving and serving area! Great for any event, large or small… weddings, showers, birthdays, farmers markets The Willy Wagon is an always welcomed addition at any event and it shows – we were chosen for Best of 2023 on The Knot!!! Reach out with any questions! -Trailer 2022 Big Tex wood deck, available with purchase -Delivery available for additional charge -Jeep Willy runs, probably needs a new battery, we trailer it long distances and drive it on site of event Great business we absolutely LOVED doing! ”

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2024 Arizona Military Vehicle Show Jan 26-28

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Joe-in-Mesa tells me this will be the biggest AMVCC show yet! I wish I could attend, but I’m busy with things around here right now. Learn more here: http://www.armytrucks.org/

Joe wrote, “This year promises to be a truly great one, with over 100 military vehicles on display representing every era from the World War One to the Global War on Terror.  There’s a Swap Meet of militaria, surplus and parts for sale, plus Food Trucks!  Luke AFB is setting up a cool display. We’ll even have the large towed models of both the USS Arizona battleship and USS Phoenix submarine on hand. Come on out; buy a T-shirt and raffle tickets.  Help support both our non-profit Military Vehicle Club AND Dogs4Vets (the American Service Animal Society).”

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June 1959 Jeep News

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It seems I neglected to post three Jeep News issues from 1959. So, here’s the first one, an eight-page issue from June of 1959. One page one, apart from dealer info, an article shared the news that several gatherings of jeeps would tour the Colorado Rockies as part of the “Rush to the Rockies” Colorado Centennial celebration during the summer of 1959 (an event detailed here).

Page two includes a story of Roy Nickerson and his family’s trip from the tiny town of Smelterville, Idaho, to Toledo to  see how jeeps were made and to then drive six vehicles back to their Nickerson Brother’s Willys Dealership in Idaho. Page three tells how then Baltimore Colt’s fullback Alan “The Horse” Ameche participated in a Jeep television commercial (I couldn’t locate the commercial online).

Page four shows some images and stories from the 1959 Tulsa Oil Show Jeep Exhibit. Page five includes a reference to a new, easy-to-install Capstan winch from Ramsey. Page six highlights the large number of jeeps plying the Atlantic Coast-line, including at least two fire trucks. Page seven discusses the Etowah County ‘Jeep’ Club, which doubled as a civil defense unit. Page eight shares pics from the beaches of North Caroline, where jeeps proved popular for fishermen.

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Transport Motor Company (TMC) Hydraulic Lift Document

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We’ve discussed the Transport Motor Company, out of California, a few times. Clint reminded me that Farmjeep.com published a wonderful overview document of the TMC Farm and Industrial Equipment. Clint added his thoughts about the equipment in a comment at the bottom of this post.

Here is the full document: https://www.farmjeep.com/lifts/other-hydraulic-lifts/transport-motor-company-tmc-hydraulic-lift/

What caught my eye was TMCs body extension, a full-width body extension that attached to the back of vintage jeeps. I’ve documented the extension several times, but didn’t know what company made it. It turns out, some of those full-body extensions are from TMC. (here is my compendium of document 1/4 extensions)

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February 1960 Jeep Service and Parts News

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The February 1960 Jeep Service and Parts News is another four-pager. One item on page three that caught my eye was FC-170 frame re-inforcement that became effective with 61568-17824 and 61568-13-10417. Prior to that, a May 1959 (I don’t have) issued announced a kit that was available for frame reinforcement.

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1963 Jeep News Volume 9 No. 5

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The 1963 issue of Jeep News Volume 9 Number 5 was eight pages. The entire issue covers “The Greatest Show on Earth”, a short-lived series back by some Kaiser-Jeep advertising. A dealer contest was also held as a part of this event.

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January 1960 Jeep Service and Parts News

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This four page issue of the January 1960 Jeep Service and Parts News includes a reference to a DJ-3A kit allowing the service department to install a passenger seat. I wonder how many DJ-3As were sold without passenger seats?

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