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Maple “K” Farms’ Jeep Truck Sign in Colfax, WA

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On Monday we took our Pom-Schitzu mix ‘Zollie’ to Washington State University for a neurology exam. To our surprise, on the way out of Colfax we spotted an early Jeep Truck with a sign for Maple “K” Farms, a ranch that raised grass fed beef. They’ve been raising cattle for twenty years and sell direct from their farm in 1/4, 1/2 or whole selections. They are located on the east side of Colfax along US 195. The pics aren’t very good, as they are from Google Earth.

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1949 Ad For Coatesville Implement’s Happy Family

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This Jeep ad claims everyone is happy with a new Jeep Station Wagon! The ad appeared in Greencastle, Indiana’s, The Daily Banner on April 05, 1949.

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1946 CJ-2A Ad “Gets To The Job”

• CATEGORIES: Features

This “Gets to the Job… and Gets It Done!” ad appeared a couple times in the Sullivan Daily News out of Sullivan, Indiana. The ad below appears in the September 27, 1946, issue (and August 30, 1946)

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CJ-5 Camper Frame Dayton, OR

• CATEGORIES: Camping, CJ5, Features

UPDATE: Brian bought this frame and now has it for resale. Contact him for the price

http://www.earlycj5.com/xf_cj5/index.php?threads/1969-cj5-camper-information-needed.139340/#post-1526103

THIS INFO ABOUT THE FRAME IS FROM A March 16, 2018, ad:

“THIS IS A FRAME FROM A 1970 JEEP CJ5 CAMPER. I AM THE ORIGINAL OWNER. I BOUGHT THE JEEP & CAMPER IN 1970 NEW IN SO. CALIF.

WE MADE A MOVE TO OREGON IN 1990 & I DISMANTLED THE CAMPER BECAUSE IT WAS LEAKING BADLY & MY THOUGHT WAS TO BUILD A NEW CAMPER ON THE FRAME. I NEVER GOT TO IT. I SOLD THE JEEP A FEW YEARS AGO & NO NEED FOR THIS FRAME.

THE CAMPER WAS MADE BY EL DORADO CAMPERS IN RIVERSIDE CALIFORNIA. THEY MADE CAMPERS FOR PICKUP TRUCKS & THIS WAS EQUAVALENT TO AN 8 FOOT PICK UP CAMPER.”

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Camper before it was dismantled:

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1949 Directions For Building Toy Willys Wagon

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features, Models

On August 04, 1949, the Wolcott Beacon out of Wolcott, Indiana, published directions on how to build a toy Willys Wagon for kids. The length of this toy is about 7″.

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Slide of a CJ-2A or CJ-3A on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

It looks like this has a set of hubs, so this was probably taken in the mid 1950s at the earliest.

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Stock CJ-5 Engine Compartment Photos

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Maury’s assembling a thread at the Early CJ-5 page of factory images or nearly original CJ-5 engine compartment photos. Hopefully, some more folks have photos they can contribute.

http://www.earlycj5.com/xf_cj5/index.php?threads/factory-engine-bay-photos.139291/

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Random Jeep Photos on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

These photos/slides all have jeeps of one kind or another in them and are for sale on eBay.

1. Photo of a VEC CJ-2A:
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2. Photo taken in 1964 of a late model CJ-3B:
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3. December 1959 Icelandic Press Photo of FC Van:
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4. Young man holding a present(?) standing in front of a 1960s Wagon:
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5. WWII(?) Photo of Soldier in Front of WWII Jeep with Wood Enclosure:
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1948 Newspaper Jeepster Announcement

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

This August 17th, 1948, ad for the Jeepster was published in the Sullivan Daily Times, out of Sullivan, Indiana.

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1947 and 1948 Comparison of Ads for the Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

Both of these ads from the Sullivan Daily Times, out of Sullivan, Indiana, cover the features of the jeep, but do so in slightly different ways. The March 18, 1947, ad focuses on the job-task utility aspects of the jeep, how consumers can use the jeep. The July 13, 1948, ad is less about what the jeep can do task-wise and more about what it can bring consumers beyond specific tasks, such as great mileage, physical comfort, and convenience. I have not studied other ads to see if this was a general trend in Jeep advertising (in other words, I do not know if this shift directed by Willys-Overland or something Citizen’s Garage did on their own).

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1959 Jeep Cavalcade Slides on eBay

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These slides appear to be from the 1959 Centennial Cavalcade tour, based on the date listed on the eBay description.

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“For sale is a Lot of Nine (9) Vintage Color Photo Slides of 1959 Outdoors Jeep Train Tour Vacation.

Pre-owned condition. I didn’t do any color corrections or touch ups in the preview pictures. May show some slight wear from age. No serious damage.

Please see photos for more details. Photos are part of the description. I make all effort to list any defects or damage in my listings.”

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1944 vs. 1947 Photo Comparison of St. Lo, France

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

These two photos were published in the Sullivan Daily Times on June 6, 1947, which was the three year anniversary of D-Day. One photo shows St. Lo, France, in the summer of 1944. The other, taken from about the same location, shows St. Lo in 1947. After wasting far too much time examine the town via Google Earth, my guess is that the bottom photo was take just below a castle near the victim’s memorial, pointed south with the La Vire River along the right hand side.

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1947 Ad For the Jeep as a Service Station Vehicle

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Old Images

This June 3, 1947, ad published in the Sullivan Daily Times, out of Sullivan, Indiana, highlights the ability of the jeep to be an efficient, low-cost option as a road-service vehicle.

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1947 Jeep Caravan’s Coming to Town

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

This July 08, 1947, article from the Sullivan Daily Times announced the upcoming arrival of the Jeep Caravan to the town of Sullivan, Indiana. It was one of four Jeep Caravans traveling the United State at the time.

The caravan consisted of eight jeeps. One was the CJ-2A fire jeep. Four other CJ-2As sported attachments, including an arc welder, a generator, a compressor, and a line of hydraulic lift implements. Based on the pic below, it looks like 2 wagons and a truck, brand new to the line-up in the summer of 1947, rounded out the caravan.

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This July 09, 1947, article from the Sullivan Daily Times announcement was published the next day and featured the CJ-2A fire jeep.

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1961 Slide of a DJ-3A on eBay

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Features, Old Images

Not the best pic of a DJ-3A.

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1943 Photo Promoting War Bonds

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

This photo and caption appeared on the second page of the Daily Nebraskan on February 24, 1943.

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Draining Away the Water

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UPDATE II: There are additional updates throughout as several folks suggested other drain holes in various bodies and windshields. 

UPDATE: Barney Goodwin noted that MBs/GPWs also have drains on the gas tank sump, front and rear. He also shared some pics (thanks!). Also, some MB/GPW bodies had 3/8″ drain holes in the tool boxes (seem more here).

A couple months ago Chuck asked a question about drain holes, so I collected the information below. It’s hardly exhaustive, so if I’ve missed something, please comment. Also, I did not find any drain strategies for Wagons, Trucks, Jeepsters or FCs; did they have any interior drains? I’m also unsure if the prototype jeeps had drain strategies.

MBs & GPWs:

MBs and GPWs did have drain holes in the far left of the driver side and far right of the passenger side corners, stopped with brass plugs. There seems to be some debate about whether the plugs should have square tops or slotted tops. You can imagine it might not be easy to locate and remove a brass plug once the floor of an MB was full of dirt/mud/water. Here’s a photo of a square plug from G503 in the left corner of the floor:

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Arrow points to the drain plug on the driver’s side of this MB.

Fun fact, the drain plug for the floor is reportedly the same size as the drain plug for the MB and GPW gas tank.

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Here’s an example of the square plug alternative, a slotted plug. I would think this could be especially difficult to locate when filled with water/mud:

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I didn’t know about the fuel tank sump drain holes (of course, on hindsight, it makes sense they’d have them). Barney Goodwin adds, “MB/GPWs had 2 large drains on the fuel tank sump to clear water out, especially after fording. They are basically a radiator cap and gasget without the temp pressure spring. Even the neck on the drain looks like a radiator neck.  There was one fore and aft of the sump.  It was especially important because there was  felt or horsehair insulators between the tank and the body that would be prone to retain moisture and rust the tank if not maintained.”

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CJ-2As/CJ-3As/CJ-3Bs/DJ-3As:

These jeeps had drain holes on the sides near the outside step on either side of the body. When purchasing a jeep, If the body is missing the drain hole, then it’s worth examining the body to see if it has been altered in some fashion. Sometimes the lack of drain hole is also a sign that the body is an M-38 or that the body is fiberglass.

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Drain hole for CJ-2As, CJ-3As, CJ-3Bs, and DJ-3As.

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Auburn Jeep-A-Trench & CJ-2A Slide on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

That might be a 1947 Luzon Red CJ-2A. An early Auburn Jeep-A-Trench is mounted on the back. One of the fellows is wearing overalls with “Lincoln City Line, Inc.” (Bus/Transit Company) on the back, a company that was based in Lincoln, Nebraska. Meanwhile, Auburn Machine Works was based out of Auburn, Nebraska. So, I’d wager that this photo was taken somewhere in Eastern Nebraska, probably in 1947 or 1948.

The Burke-Schneider Motor Company out of Lincoln, Nebraska, was also involved in this event. The company had a Willys dealership, which explains the fellow in the center with his white overalls. As early as December of 1946 Burke-Schneider was advertising the new CJ-2A (perhaps earlier, but I have no evidence).

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CJ-2A ‘Jeep’ Fire Truck Brochure on eBay

This is one I’ve bid on a few times, but never seem to get. At some point I will.

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“Vintage Willys Jeep Firetruck Brochure CJ2 CJ3 as pictured. Condition is Used. Shipped with USPS First Class Package. Thanks for looking. Let us know if you have any questions”

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Late 1950s Jeep Sign Meriden, CT eBay

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Reproduction sign? With over 1 hour to go the auction is only at $162 (plus $33.80 shipping).

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“Used Previously displayed Jeep Willys lighted sign Sign. Silk screen lens with metal ribbed frame. Measures 37x3x10.5 inches. Recently purchased with other Mopar related items. Has wood backing and the light source is a tubular bulb. Tested in working condition. Has newer cord. Ships priority insured ”

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1944 Photo of MacArthur in Jeep on eBay

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Here’s another example of MacArthur visiting the troops.

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“Press Photo Douglas MacArthur Jeep Shown forward Area troop Lloyd Lehrbas. This is an original press photo. Douglas MacArthur, in his 4 star Jeep Shown During a visit of his troops in a forward Area, Photo measures 10 x 8.25inches. Photo is dated 02-02-none.”

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Originally Published August 27, 2017

“1944- General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Allied Commander of the Pacific, in his four-star jeep on a visit of his troops in a forward area in New Guinea on his birthday. General Robert Eichelberger is driving the jeep and his acting aide Colonel Lloyd Kehrbas is in back.”

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Dale Model, Inc., Model Jeep

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Dale Model Co. Cast model jeep

Our normally dull lives were upended last week as a neighbor dog we watched during the day passed away, then our dog Zollie suffered a slipped disc, meaning he needs some special attention, and one of Ann’s relatives suddenly landed into the middle of a messy divorce, with Ann lending a hand in that process.

Amongst all of that, on Wednesday I spotted an unusual model jeep for sale for only $15. The seller lived a few hours away from me in Portland, so I expressed interest and sent her an email, asking if she could mail it. A 67-year-old woman named Jan responded with an email explaining that it was her deceased husband’s jeep and that she has some medical issues that would prohibit her from mailing it. This led to more emails between us, as it took me a while to identify the jeep (A Dale Model Co. jeep, which is a derivative of a Fromburg model jeep). As we got to know each other better, I decided to drive to Portland and meet her. She just seemed like a nice person.

I ended up spending a couple hours with Jan, learning about her much older husband (he was born in 1914), about his teenage years working in the CCC in Oregon, his Navy experience in Hawaii during WWII building plane hangars and his long work as an engineer with the city of Portland, erecting buildings, parks and fountains.

We also walked through some of the stuff she has left to sell (she’s downsizing), most of which isn’t really worth much. However, she does have an cool machete from her husband that has a leather sheath. I had a suspicion that it might be something of value, as it has a great weight to it. She was willing to give it to me and have me pay her once we figured out a value. I told her I was concerned that it was quite valuable and beyond my budget, but I took some pics and promised I would figure out what it was.

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#128 Collins & Sons Legitimus Machete and a #13 Leather Scabarrd.

Last night when I returned home I did some research, discovering the machete is a Collins & Sons Legitimus 27″ Machete #128 with a number #13 leather scabbard. It was likely made around 1941. Values range from up to a couple hundred dollars, though that’s someone’s asking price on eBay. I reported my findings to her and we struck a fair deal, one that includes returning to Portland to help her with some more of her stuff.

So, in the end, that little $15 jeep will cost me more than $200 after gas, food and the cost of the machete! But, helping someone out and making a new friend seems worth the cost.

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Size comparison between the Al-toy CJ-2A and the Dale Model Co WWII jeep.

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Late 1940s Willys Sign Peoria, IL **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3800.

Has working neon.

“Willys Jeep porcelain sign with an original can single sided. 70″ X 35″ X 10″. No touch ups.”

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1957? Family of 4-Wheel Drive Vehicles

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I bought this brochure years ago. I’m glad I did, because I think I’ve only seen one other appear on eBay. The is high on my list of favorites. It’s a high quality print job on textured paper. The downside of the textured paper is that I had to manipulate the images to turn them into decent scans, but doing so made the yellows brighter than they ought to be.

This brochure has no date, but given that includes the FC-150 and FC-170 models and labels those models “New”, then my guess is this brochure was published in mid-to-late 1957. Curiously, the brochure also includes the new ‘Hockey Stick’ style 2-Wheel Drive Wagon, but doesn’t mention that the design is new or anything about ‘Maverick’.

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L-134 Factory Heat Shield

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UPDATE II: There’s a reference to the shield in a 1943 Tech manual (pg 23). Still no part number.

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UPDATE: Another heat shield on an industrial WWII L-134 spotted today (at bottom).

Barney Goodwin from Barney’s Jeep Parts shared a pic of this rare heat shield (he has several in his parts inventory). It mounts between the carb and the intake manifold. We’ve been trying to document a part number, pics, or other evidence of its use. The only evidence so far are two industrial engines with heat shields.

Here’s the heat shield Barney has in stock. Anyone have a part number for this?

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As sometimes happens, when I know what to look for, things sometimes pop up. In this case, after writing this post, I ran across a WWII Industrial engine for sale in Santa Cruz that has a heat shield installed. It’s hard to tell how far the wing sticks out.

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When searching the industrial equipment archives, an image from 2015 of a civilian industrial engine with a heat shield with a heat shield popped up. The wing is more easily seen. Whether this heat shield is the same as Barney’s or not I couldn’t say for sure:

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This Navy unit is powered by a L-134 with a heat shield:

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