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Customized Jeep on Top Gear (Philippines)

• CATEGORIES: Features, Jeep Rods

This jeep out of the Philippines might make an appearance at SEMA.



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No Updates Sunday

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Updates resume Monday morning.

Meanwhile, check out Post Cereal’s May, 1954 contest in this video. “Just think what a picnic your family could have with a Willys Jeep!”

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Jeep Sales Kit on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: This is back on eBay.

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“JEEP Sales Kit for CJ-3B, CJ-5, CJ-6, Vintage!
All interior items are in excellent condition. The large envelope is rough around the edges.

Envelope to hold all items “THIS KIT WILL SELL THIS JEEP”
Specifications on CJ-3B, CJ-5, CJ-6
Round Paper Hang Tags
Assoc Salesman’s Prospect Book
List of target clients (Farm, Construction, Automotive, Government
Punch-out paper arrows to apply to vehicle
Master Owner Record
Features fold-out: 4-wheel drive, traction, power, etc”

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1941 Photo of Landing Jeep off Barge Test on eBay

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

I can’t tell for sure, but that might be a Ford GP. The hood doesn’t look very tall to me. The date makes it probable.

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“This is an original press photo. New River, N.C. — Jeep splashes shoreward from a marine landing barge during maneuvers of the Marines Amphibious Force. Sturdy little car tows a light field piece.Photo measures 8.75 x 7.25inches. Photo is dated 11-25-1941.”

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Blue Ridge Jeep Run 2018

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

Some of the folks from Alaska Or Rust got together last weekend for a trip into the Blue Ridge Mountains via Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park, Rockytop Overlook, Blue Ridge Parkway, and a few other places (I don’t have a map of their exact route).  If you have Facebook, you can view all the pics Bill Reiss took here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10156047526007987&set=a.10156047528832987&type=3&theater

See a sampling of Bill’s photos below:




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Photos From the 2018 Southeast Jeep Get Together

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

Maury shared these photos from last weekend’s 2018 Southeast Jeep Get Together. It looks like there was (finally) some good, sunny weather!

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1960 Aspen Jeep Travel “Little Percent” Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE II: Here’s the full brochure:

  1. Front and Back cover:


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UPDATE: Thanks to Andy for inspiration.  I located a photo of the founder of Little Percent, Natalie Gignoux, in a CJ-3A. You can view some other, non jeep photos, here.

Natalie Gignoux (b1940-d2009) first opened the “Little Percent Taxi”, originally a jeep service to help folks around Aspen. In 1955 she bought a taxi service. In 1962 she sold out to another taxi service. In 2009 she passed away in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Some history (which I hope to wind into more of a narrative):

  1. Why Natalie went to Aspen: https://books.google.com/books?id=gr-BAAAAMAAJ&q=natalie+gignoux&dq=natalie+gignoux&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiFz7-E3ePdAhVQb30KHZO4ANkQ6AEIODAD “Natalie Gignoux first came to Aspen because her aunt had asked her to make sure that her cousin went back to .. [college?] .. only snippet displayed)
  2. Article on the Taxi Service: https://www.aspentimes.com/news/local/willoughby-not-everyone-enjoys-a-jeep-tour/
  3. Aspen history: https://www.aspenjournalism.org/2017/01/11/aspen-ski-history-timeline/
  4. Natalie helps with Operation Ski Lift: https://www.aspentimes.com/opinion/columns/tony-vagneur-saddle-sore-169/
  5. Natalie enters jeep race in 1952: https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/cgi-bin/colorado?a=d&d=ADT19520904.2.4&srpos=17&e=——-en-20–1–txt-txIN-Natalie+gignoux——-0-#
  6. Natalie buys Taxi Service: https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/cgi-bin/colorado?a=d&d=ADT19550203.2.3
  7. Wins second place in float contest: https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/cgi-bin/colorado?a=d&d=ADT19550113.2.38&srpos=1&e=——-en-20–1–txt-txIN-Natalie+gignoux——-0-#
  8. Natalie sells out in 1962: https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/cgi-bin/colorado?a=d&d=ADT19621214.2.24&srpos=3&e=——-en-20–1–txt-txIN-Natalie+gignoux——-0-
  9. Jeep Trip to Gen Canyon, Colorado: https://books.google.com/books?id=M4pkDQAAQBAJ&pg=PA2&dq=natalie+gignoux&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiFz7-E3ePdAhVQb30KHZO4ANkQ6AEIMjAC#v=onepage&q=natalie%20gignoux&f=false
  10. By 1976, Natalie was Aspen’s Ticket Sale Manager: https://books.google.com/books?id=uvT6l5Z5bVkC&pg=PA16&dq=natalie+gignoux&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiFz7-E3ePdAhVQb30KHZO4ANkQ6AEILjAB#v=onepage&q=natalie%20gignoux
  11. Natalie’s obituary: http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Natalie-A.-Gignoux-86916951

2018-09-13 — Original Story was about the brochure on eBay.


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Enjoying Patterson

• CATEGORIES: Features

No updates Monday.

Karson and his girlfriend Mariah are visiting Seattle, so I took them on a short drive in Patterson. Karson wanted to drive, and though he’d never driven a stick, let alone a column shift, he gave it a try. He only stalled it once (though we never got out of first gear).

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1962? Jeep Family Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This one was on eBay. I thought I would win it on Sunday, but someone outbid me at the last minute. Anyone have an electronic scan of the folded-out page? I’d like to use it to make another poster similar to last year’s poster.

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1957 Photo of Landing Craft Retriever and M-38 on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

That Landing Craft Retriever looks like a real-life transformer!

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“1957 Press Photo Fort Story, Virginia-An Army landing craft retriever and Jeep. This is an original press photo. Fort Story, Virginia-The Army’s conventional “jeep” squeezes over to the side of the road to make room for a new landing craft retriever. Weighing 101 tons, the LCR is 75 feet long, 38 feet wide and 23 feet high. It is used by the Army to repair over-turned or beached landing craft. It can drive over the craft and lift it for re-floating or repair, much like vehicles utilized in lumber yards. (US Army-ships-boats & crafts) Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 05-07-1957.”

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FC-170 Ashtray Southern California eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

Neat piece.

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“Up for your consideration is this Vintage 1950s RARE Dealership Promo JEEP Willys FC 150 or FC 170 TRUCK Chrome Desktop ASHTRAY. I’m not certain which year of these trucks this is and will leave that up to the experts. Ashtray is in pre-owned condition and shows some scuffs and light pitting to the chrome from use and age. Measures a 6″ diameter. Don’t miss out you’ll be hard pressed to find another.”


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1944 Photo of Invasion of Hollandia on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

I had to look up Hollandia. The Battle of Hollandia was part of Operation Reckless.

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“1944 Press Photo US Army jeep & troops leave landing boat, invasion of Hollandia. This is an original press photo. We invade Hollandia. Troops and an army jeep leave a landing boat during the invasion of Hollandia by the amphibious forces.Photo measures 9 x 7.25inches. Photo is dated 04-26-1944.”



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Year? Willys 475 4WD Ambulance French Brochure on eBay

Here’s an unusual Willys ambulance brochure in French.

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“Original Willys Ambulance folder brochure. Covers MIL-NER model 475 (4WD). Brochure is in French language ONLY. NO English. Measures about 8-1/2″ x 11″. Used Condition. Shows wear, stains.”



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1940s? Canadian-French Jeep Brochure **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on ebay.

Late 40s brochure based on one of the drawings, which has bumper gussets and the CJ-2A-type transfer case crossmember.

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“JEEP WILLYS 1950s dealer brochure – French – Canada – ST501000818”





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CJ-3B Rebuilt, Then Used to Raise Money for Parkinson’s

• CATEGORIES: Features

Canadians Kurt Luchia and his father Perry, who was suffering from Parkinson’s, rebuilt a 1956 CJ-3B. This past summer (2018) Kurt drove it from Melfort to Moose Jaw, Canada (355 KM), to raise $3550 for Parkinson’s research. You can read the article here:


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1973 Bobcat Body Ad

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Jim shared this magazine advertisement featured in the August 1973 issue of Four Wheeler Magazine.


For comparison, two years earlier, in 1971, this ad below was published in PNW4WDA Region 1 directory.


A 1970 Four Wheeler article that introduced the Bobcat body to folks outside the Pacific Northwest featured this logo, which was used in both ads above.


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1950 Press Photo of William Wilson in Korea on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Pfc. William Wilson isn’t in Arkansas any more! Boy that looks miserable.

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“1950 Press Photo Pfc. William Wilson scoops snow from his jeep in North Korea. This is an original press photo. Pfc. William Wilson, Little Rock, Arkansas, a jeep driver in the 10th Corps, starts the long, hard task of scooping the snow from his jeep by hand. Snow and bitter cold have hampered UN operations in Korea almost as much as the enemy. Photo measures 6.25 x 9.25 inches. Photo is dated 12-08-1950.



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1943 Photo of Patrol Jeep at Pigeon Key on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Nice USCG-related photo.

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“1943 Press Photo Patrol Jeep Checks Out With Guard Before Leaving Pigeon Key, FL. This is an original press photo. To the U.S. Coast Guard falls the task of guarding Florida’s overseas highway, which links Key West, site of a naval operating base, with the mainland. at Pigeon Key, midway on the 7-mile bridge, is a Coast Guard patrol base. Here a jeep on patrol checks out with the guard before leaving the base. Photo measures 10 x 8.5 inches. Photo is dated 3-16-1943.”



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European Fire Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles

The “Just a Car Guy” website featured fire fighting jeeps in a “European Fire Fighting jeeps” post (at least some of which came from the CJ-3B Page).



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JeepKing Hardtops

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

Another interesting item in the 1957 Berg’s Truck and Parts Co (Aka the King of Jeeps) Catalog was this “Jeep King” hardtop advertisement, for both half and full-size tops. It looks like it’s a private branding of the Beck (or Kemco) Jeep Cabs, because the door has the split window. As far as I know, that wasn’t available on the Kelly hardtops manufactured by Kelly Manufacturing (which is the company Kemco became).Also, the Kemco had the small window on the half cab, as does the Jeepking half cab.


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Year? CJ-3B Santa Ana, CA $12,000 **SCAM**

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

This is a scam. The owner of the jeep, Chris, let folks know via G503 on Facebook and Joe is Mesa shared the info with me.


“1942 GPW for sale. Rebuilt from the ground up. Jeep is in great condition, transmission and engine run smooth. Road ready. Garaged after rebuilt. I also have a second jeep that I’m parting out, ie; frame, axle, xmsn, wheels, etc… I don’t want to sell it but I’m moving to New York soon and need the money. $12000 obo. No low ballers please. Call or text if you’re are interested or have aditional questions. I have more photos I can text you as well”


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Ford GP at the Military Air Museum in Pungo, VA

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

John stopped by the Military Air Museum in Pungo, Virginia, the other day. There he found this nicely restored Ford GP. I asked him how he liked the museum. HIs response was,

Dave, The whole facility is extraordinary! Two surprises, 1) a hanger from Cottbus, Germany, was found intact but damaged. The guy bought it, had it disassembled, shipped to the states and restored and reassembled. Every thing inside is German with one Italian with some of the stuff experimental.
2) Same for a British control tower, every brick was shipped here, rebuilt, and what was broken or missing was replaced from Britain, not the States.



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MacArthur Memorial Museum in Virginia

• CATEGORIES: Features, Museums

John also stopped by the MacArthur Memorial Museum in Norfolk, VA. The Willys MB shown in the pics below was donated by Chrysler (along with $100,000) and is supposed to be fully restored. There’s no indication that MacArthur used or drove in this jeep.

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Frank Sinatra’s GPW

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Gordon mentioned to me that Frank Sinatra had once owned a GPW. So, I spent some time searching for Sinatra and jeeps. Here’s what I have so far:

Franks GPW went to a Sotheby’s auction in 2003 (which listed it as a 1942 GPW),


then to a Barrett Jackson auction in 2005 (which listed it as a 1944).


It now resides in the Tebo Museum (private museum approx 400 vehicles) collection (Facebook link) (Flicker Link). Here’s how the jeep is presented:


Back when Frank built his home in 1947 at Palm Springs, California, his daughter noted that the town was still small and the roads rough, so “We . . . needed our jeep to manage the dirt roads, sand dunes, and tumbleweeds,” No indication as to what jeep model this was.

Of course, Frank spent some time in jeeps while acting. For example, this still photo from a French eBay page of Sinatra in a jeep is from his 1958 film “Kings Go Forth”.


According to an April 1966 Esquire magazine article,

“At other times, aiming to please, his men will overreact to his desires: when he casually observed that his big orange desert jeep in Palm Springs seemed in need of a new painting, the word was swiftly passed down through the channels, becoming ever more urgent as it went, until finally it was a command that the jeep be painted now, immediately, yesterday. To accomplish this would require the hiring of a special crew of painters to work all night, at overtime rates; which, in turn, meant that the order had to be bucked back up the line for further approval. When it finally got back to Sinatra’s desk, he did not know what it was all about; after he had figured it out he confessed, with a tired look on his face, that he did not care when the hell they painted the jeep.”

According to the “Remarkable Cars” website, this 1941? MB was used during the filming of the dirty dozen, then purchased by Sinatra, who then gave it to Burt Reynolds. It is now located in the Star Cars Museum in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.


I’m sure there’s much more out there. I’ll add to this thread as I learn more.

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Roberto’s Newest Illustration

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features • TAGS: .

Roberto Flores shared this new ‘doodle’ of a CJ-3A.