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“Of Metal and Earth”, A book by Jennifer M. Lane

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Jennifer recently finished a book about a CJ-5 called “Of Metal and Earth”. She wrote me a short note announcing her book. “I am the co-owner of a 1964 CJ-5 and author of a new book titled Of Metal and Earth. The story follows a 1964 Jeep CJ-5 as it passes through seven owners on their way to restoration and redemption.” I ordered, but have not read the book yet. Currently, the online book is free for Kindle readers.

 You can learn more about her book on Amazon.

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She also include a pic of here CJ-5:

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The Mutant Jeep “Big Willy” is Going to Burning Man

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Vernon was right. The Mutant jeep named Big Willy is heading to Burning Man. Thanks to TJ for pointing it out the article.

https://www.hemmings.com/blog/2018/08/23/built-for-blasting-reggae-big-willy-scratchbuilt-jeep-heads-to-the-playa/?refer=news

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Dave’s 1948 Dually CJ-2A

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Dave just scored a Dually adapter kit off of eBay. He’s also got a set of fenders. I really like those Free-Lock hubs, too.

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WWII Vet Don Foran and his 1942 MB

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Just a couple updates for Wednesday …

This article is from last year’s Wall Street Journal. Photo by Della Moyer.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/from-world-war-ii-to-today-a-veteran-and-his-restored-jeep-1507641024

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Lewis and Clark Cavern Jeep Railway Postcards on eBay

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UPDATE: This was last published in 2012. A couple of the postcards are back on eBay.

Originally published November 10, 2012: The Lewis and Clark Cavern was Montana’s first State Park and is located here. You can read about the history of the caves here.  In 1947 the Montana Standard published an article about the cavern accompanied by the photo and caption below. You can view the entire article in this PDF file.

Here are three postcards related to this Jeep Railway.

1. View all the information on eBay

2. I haven’t seen this one on eBay in a while …

3. View all the information on eBay

 
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Butch’s 1949 CJ-3A on Farmforum.net

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Vern Parker wrote this article that was published on farmfum.net about Butch Soetenga’s CJ-3A.

https://www.farmforum.net/ag_news/willys-jeep-fun-for-bouncing-around-with-abandon/article_48586033-8ccf-5b28-a3a9-e614dc7a663a.html

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GPW/Truck From Indonesia

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Rahadian Dhian of Badung, Indonesia, shared on Facebook this custom jeep made from a GPW and a 1950’s Truck. The top really finishes it off nicely.

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2018 Jeep Jam in Wilmington, OH

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The Jeep Jam was this past weekend in Wilmington, Ohio. Roger Martin was there with his CJ-2A and FC backhoe and shared these photos via his girlfriend Sharon, who wrote about the event:

“Friday night, Roger Martin, had his 1947 CJ2a parked in the prime location at the Show and Shine Cruise-in. On the way down the street to park, his Jeep was one of several tagged by THE JEEP MAFIA.COM, and he was koozied with a cold drink cover that said “Nice Rig!”

The event took up 4 blocks of downtown Wilmington, from Spring Street to North South Street, and there were hundreds of jeeps and thousands of people. His Jeep was on one corner of Main and Spring Street ad Greg Houk’s Jeep FC150 was on the other corner of the street. Most other Jeeps were newer and many were showing off before the “muddy” events this weekend.

There are trail rides, obstacle courses, mud pits and many other events at the fairground and in other local locations. Also at the fairground, there is overnight camping, and there are Jeep vendors, food concessions, live music, a Show & Shine competition, and a Jeep “Museum.” Roger’s FC170 DRW with a rare Factory Mounted Ottawa Backhoe is on display in the event’s historical display along with his CJ2a.”

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1978 DJ-5 Safari-Kar Westminster, CO $6000

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Gayland spotted this great example of a Safari-Kar (more Safari-Kars and brochures).

https://denver.craigslist.org/cto/d/1978-jeep/6635735291.html

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“This is a 1978 DJ5. Used to be a postal service jeep that was converted in 1995 by a company named Safari-Kar. There was less than 1000 of these build. As the company was only in business for 3 years. The jeep has 5,276 miles on the complete rebuild. Inline 6, automatic transmission, 2 wheel drive. I just put 3200 dollars in it to replace or repair the following (battery, all the belts, brakes gone thru, the tires have less then 500 miles on them (and there is 5 of them), the gas tank and all the line have been cleaned (the tank was dropped cleaned and reinstalled. This is a very clean jeep at a good price.

If you want to know more about this unique jeep then google the company ( Safari-Kar ) .It will tell you more about what they have done.”

 
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Big Willy Mutant Jeep

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Chad reminded me that I hadn’t done a post yet on the Big Willy Mutant Jeep, a project meant to be a supersized, trail capable, jeep. The build is being documented on Facebook using both video and photos: https://www.facebook.com/BigWillyJeep/

Here are some pics:

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1947 CJ-2A Rebuild in Minnesota

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This article in the Chanhassen Villager, out of Minnesota, highlights Steve Knigge’s rebuild of a 1947 CJ-2A.

https://www.swnewsmedia.com/chanhassen_villager/news/opinion/columnists/commentary-can-do-guy-takes-on-a-jeep/article_624738c6-6b76-5d4b-acac-2a3f537aa624.html

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Cutlas Wheel Cover Brochure on eBay

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I can’t remember seeing this ad for a Cutlas Wheel cover that included an FC-170.

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“ORIGINAL RARE 1960 JEEP Cutlas Wheel Covers Fact Spec Sheet Folder Brochure, 8-1/2′ x 11″, one page”

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The RC FC-170 (and Other RC Videos)

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UPDATE: Well, there was supposed to be a post above this one (hence the “mutant supersized jeep” comment), but the post scheduler did not automatically post it. That’s a tech fail!

From a mutant supersized jeep, we turn to the Mini FC. Scott reminded me that I hadn’t shared this video of Headquake’s FC-170 RC jeep. A couple years ago I featured another of HQ’s projects, the RC MB. You can see other projects (200 videos) on Headquake’s Youtube channel, including a CJ-5, a Jeep Rural, a Cherokee, and a Wagoneer,

 
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1944 Photo of Jeeps on Guadacanal on ebay

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Eight inches of rain in twenty-four hours sounds miserable!

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“This is an original press photo. Guadalcanal has two seasons, the rainy, between November and May and the wet. The only difference is that during the wet season there are no floods or as the natives put in when the rainy season comes “White men leaves the island, and the native die.

American Marine soldiers and sailors couldn’t leave the island and when the rainy season reached peak recently they were amazed at the vast quantities of water that poured continuously from the clouds. As much as eight inches of rain fall in 24 hours and river rose as high as seven feet above normal in two hours, Frantically everything was under water and most transportation was by boat. Flood Bridged – Two jeeps make their perilous way across a temporary bridge that was constructed over a low spot on Guadalcanal to prevent disruption of traffic. The swirling waters undermined this bridge before it was even completed but the floods caused such a major problems to transportation that anything above water was considered safe.

Photo measures 8.25 x 10.25 inches. Photo is dated 04-30-1944.”

 
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Willys MB/GPW From Transformers “Bumblebee” Movie @ Auction

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On August 25th, the jeep (GPW frame with MB body?) used in the upcoming Transformers “Bumblebee” movie (scheduled to arrive in theaters in Dec 2018)  will be auctioned at https://bid.screenused.com/Bumblebee-Bumblebee-Willys-Jeep_i31014225. The current bid is $19,000. As you can see in the pics, this MB isn’t all stock. It appears to have a GPW front crossmember. Another pic, from the top rear, suggests it has MB toolboxes.

In the movie, the Bumblebee character starts off as a jeep, but soon becomes a VW, remaining a VW for the remainder of the movie.

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Clip (probably from early in the movie, showing Bumblebee with a jeep grille on his chest.

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Movie Trailer for “Bumblebee”:

 
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T-Shirts and Hats From Roger’s FC Event For Sale

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Roger’s hoping to sell some of his leftover t-shirts and hats from the 2018 SouthWest Ohio Forward Control Gathering. Here’s the information. All prices INCLUDE shipping/handling.

ITEMS Available:

M, L….. $27 includes s/h
XL,XXL,XXXL……$32 includes s/h
HATS….$15 includes s/h.
(Multiple items will have a reduced rate for
shipping…total amount due will be included in the package.)
To order…email: rogerjm55@gmail.com or FB Messenger for Roger Martin.

Let Roger know:

1) What size or sizes
2) How many
3) Your email address and phone number (for
questions regarding this order)
4) Your complete mailing address: street, city, state, zip
code
Shirts will be mailed when the order is received. A pre-stamped, return addressed envelope will be included with the order for checks or a money order.

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Throwing Wrenches Episode 3 — Saving the CJ-3A-Truck

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As Merlins explains at the beginning of this video, This crazy CJ-3A truck was something he saw listed on eWillys. It proved useful into it broke down a couple years ago. In this newest episode of Throwing Wrenches, the crew gets it running again.

 
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1943 Photo of Infantry Troops in Tunisia on eBay

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Not a great photo of the jeep.

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“1943 Press Photo Jeep & US Servicemen Walking in El Guettar Valley Tunisia WWII”

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More 2018 Toledo Jeep Fest Photos

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Bob Christy shared the photos below. For more photos, check out Jef Price’s “Field Photographer” blog. An owner of old jeeps himself, Jef’s blog walks through his use of different lenses using jeeps as subjects.

The “When Wagoneers Roamed the Earth” display looked well done.

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1944 Article about a Bantam BRC-40 named “Old 72”

Mario shared this on Facebook.

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‘Four Generations” Jeep Video with Vintage Footage

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Steve shared this cool video that was posted recently to Youtube.

“This Video is some of the highlights of our memories with our 1946 Willys CJ2A Jeep – Was purchased in 1953 and 65 yrs later still on the road. Four generations and lots of memories.”

 
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Jeeps From Daktari

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Just a few updates on Sunday

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How Daktari began … it was an offshoot of a 1965 movies called Clarence the Cross-Eyed Lion. I believe this image is from that show.

Mike mentioned the TV series Daktari in an earlier post, indicating that he thought one of the earliest episodes used a Willys Wagon. For those that don’t know, Daktari was a show in the late 1960s lasting four seasons that was set in East Africa. Full disclosure, I have never seen the series…

Well, the internet refused to yield a photo of a wagon, but I did find some other jeeps, along with a Daktari fan site. To give you a taste of the show, here’s a video of the opening and closing credits:

My search for photos was hardly exhaustive, but I did find a few jeep pics. The most difficult part was sorting the non-Daktari photos from the actual series photos (Google was lumping Daktari and non-Daktari photos together). Perhaps readers who watched the show remember other jeeps??

The first jeep I encountered was an MB. These two photos may have been from the same photoshoot:

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Roger’s Toledo Jeepfest Pics

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Roger shared these photos. More are on their way.
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Odd Ramsey Winch Plate

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I saw this odd Ramsey Winch commemorative(?) plate on eBay and thought it was the oddest looking plate. After winning it and looking at it in person, this plate is even weirder. It turns out the thing is see through. So, when looking at it on a table, it looks black with gold and white designs of jeeps and winches. But, when held up to the window (we discovered this accidentally), it is see through and the illustrations stand out in a different way as you can see.

It is light, some type of glass, and pretty much useless functionally. Given the Gladiator, I would guess this was produced in the mid 1960s.
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Toledo Jeep Fest is This Weekend

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toledo-jeep-fest5Thanks to Roger Martin, we have some early pics from the Toledo Jeep Fest. It is happening this weekend.  You can see his FC with the Ottawa Factory Mounted Backhoe on it. He had to work hard to get it ready for this weekend’s event.

We’ll start with Bob Christy’s CJ-3B, which he posted to Facebook (thanks Bob!):

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Here are Roger’s pics:

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