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Ms. Autolite Perched on a Surrey

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

Dave forwarded this beautiful version of Ms. Autolite perched on a Surrey.


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Blog Article about a Search for a WWII Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Reader Stories

Maury spotted this blog article by Brian Albrecht at Cleveland.com.  It’s a great article detailing how some letters led David Keckan on a search for a jeep in his Grandfather was photographed.



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Postcard of 1957 Trailways FC-150 Jeep in Red River, NM on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, FC150-FC170-M677, Features, Postcards

Check out the interesting tarp setup.  Looks pretty clever.

“Great view of what I think is a 1957 Jeep Forward Control pick-up in front of the Red River Jeep Trips Trailway Depot in Taos County New Mexico. “For reservations contact Jack Chambless Enterprises.” Standard size vintage postcard. Not postally used; no message written on the back. Nice crisp postcard with minor edge/corner wear.”

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Go For Digger Brass Dash Tag **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

Here’s an oddball item.  This is actually a Go For Digger Dash Tag (manufactured by the Go For Digger Trenching Machine Company) and not a Jeep-a-Trench Tag (by Auburn Machine Works) as claimed by seller.

“Hi! I have for Auction here a Brass Tag off a Willys Jeep. It is 8″ long and 5″ tall. It is in good condition. It was mounted on the dash for a Jeep-A-Trench Attachment. Happy Bidding!”


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4×4 Magazine GPW Photo Book and More **Status Unknown**

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

UPDATE:  Was on eBay. **Status Unknown**

“Here is a beautiful book that pays tribute to WW II era GPW military Jeeps, made by Ford Motor Co. The book features one particular jeep, S/No.242581, that has been meticulously restored. It was produced in 1997, as a special gift pack for the 20th anniversary of “4X4 magazine”, a Japanese publication. Only 2000 were published, this is #1129.

The Book is a beautifully made hardcover, with OD green canvas wrapped covers, and brass plate title on the front (similar to the Jeep ID plate). It measures 12″ by 11″ and has 132 pages of text, photos, and tech information. All text is written in English and Japanese. The book has sections with detailed photos of the Engine, Power train, Suspension, Frame, Interior, Tools & accessories. There are sections on Specifications, and Restoration notes. There are also many full page views of the complete vehicle. The photos are all studio quality with white background, printed on thick photo quality pages.

The book is packaged in a fitted wooden box with a hinged lid, The box also has a brass title plate, and a brass copy of the original ID plate from S/No.242581. Included is the cardboard shipping box, a mouse pad, and a package of post cards. Everything is in “as new” condition, the 3 brass plates still have their plastic sheet anti-tarnish covers, the post cards are still sealed, there is no address or writing on the cardboard shipping box.”

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Parmley Bodied Jeep in the Wild

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: , .

Bob wasn’t sure what this vehicle was when he photographed it in 2008, but now we know.  Here’s a Parmley bodied jeep in the wild.


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Parmley Engineering’s Jeep Replacement Body

As many of you know, I am very curious about the fiberglass aftermarket bodies made for the jeep.  While I’ve seen most models for sale over the years, I have yet to run across Parmley Engineering’s fiberglass body, one of the more unique ones ever created.

After wrecking his CJ-5 in the early 1970s, Californian Tom Parmley, a machinist by trade, decided to build himself a better body for his still-good chassis.  He wanted the body to legally accommodate  wider tires, a dash box with more room, a hood that was lower, and other features.  So, he built and tested his dream body with great success.  Along the way, he received so much positive feedback that he created a kit so others could easily install a Parmley body on their CJ-5 Chassis.

So far, I have only located two resources that document this body.  One is the February 1974 issue of Four Wheeler Magazine, which featured a multi-page article about the new body.  Additionally, at least two issues of Four Wheeler Magazine also have ads for the Parmley body kit.  The other resource is a June 1975 Popular Mechanics article.  The Pop-Mech article also shows off the fiberglass top he invented (at least I assume it is fiberglass).

Here are a couple publicity photos taken by Tom Parley and published in the Feb 1974 issue of Four Wheeler:

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This image shows the Parmley with a top and is from Popular Mechanics.  Note the top example sports Desert Dogs …


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Willys Truck at Felix’s Fish Camp in Spanish Fort, Alabama

• CATEGORIES: Features, Last Ride, Willys Trucks

Bob’s down in Spanish Fort, Alabama, to photograph the Godaddy.com Bowl on Sunday when Kent State battles Arkansas State.  Of all the events at that bowl, I’m thinking the coaches wives got the best gig:  lunch at Wintzell’s Oyster House (a good place to eat if Yelp is to be believed). Uh oh, now I’m hungry.  Anyway, while down there, Bob spotted this poor old truck at Felix’s Fish Camp (another good place to eat).  It appears rooted permanently to the beach.  Of course, he thought of us ….

About the truck Bob says, “I looked under the hood and the truck still had the straight 6. Frame was almost rusted in half and the top was gone on the truck. Pretty cool though!’



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MB outfitted with a Welder

• CATEGORIES: Features, Industrial-Welder-Generator, Old Images

Dave saw yesterday’s post and promptly emailed this great photo of a welder enable MB.


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Bantam BRC-60ish Postcard on eBay

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

Is this postcard based on art by any particular artist that anyone recognizes?

Published by Artway Cards.
CONDITION: Some corner wear. Upper right corner more severely damaged and lightly crumpled. Thin postcard stock. Postally unused.”

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The Green Row Crop and Field Sprayer Brochure **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

The pictures suggest this is a complicated setup.


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Welders on the Battlefield from Popular Science

• CATEGORIES: Features, Industrial-Welder-Generator, Magazine • TAGS: .

Here’s an interesting article in the May 1945 issue of Popular Science about welding on the battlefield that includes several references to using jeeps as portable welding units. There is a copy on eBay for only $5.99. Here are a couple images from the article:



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A Photo of Bill Mauldin in a Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

Buz found this picture on a biography blog post about Gregory Duncan.  Here, Greg is pictured with Bill Mauldin, a photo neither Buz nor I had seen.  You’ll notice “Up Front” stenciled on the front bumper, which is also the name of a book published that contains a wide variety of his drawings.


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Hand Drawn Ink Poster Originally for Insurance Company on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Artists/Drawings, Features

It sounds like there might be more than one of these posters of the Ford Jeep?

“This is not a photo – it is an artist illustrated Pen Ink Hand Drawn  poster print.We have listed a collection of these oversized prints that are from our Automotive Museum Archives.This was our most popular exhibit.To see the others listed go to our Ebay Store and enter = auto pen ink  =in the search field.During the 1980’s Pacific Standard Life Insurance Company was selling only life insurance and they decided to add auto insurance to their products and they created an exhibit that was going to be displayed thru out the United States but the project never got off the ground as they ended up filing backruptcy and all their clients became part of Hartford Insurance company. Our Museum purchased the entire exhibit and it became part of our Transportation Museum.Each is handdrawn and that also includes all the lettering.No other Ebay seller will list these as this is an exclusive listing.These are GEM MINT and are on a heavy weight cardstock.Each is matted and the size outside matt is  14 x 14 inches.We accept Paypal.Pay one shipping charge of 6.85 and all others selected will be shipped FREE.

Group  your favorite  posters together and create your own exhibit of your antique cars. One of the things that makes these pen ink posters so special are features of that years model are identified and some even have the selling price for that respective year.These were done over many decades and were at times featured in newspapers thur out the US. If you are looking for something unusal and a great converstaion piece = you just found it.LC 110”

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1955 Farnsworth-Middlekauf Generator Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

This brochure shows a generator installed in a panel wagon.

“Original non color sales sheet , 8.5 x 11 , three file holes at edge , printed both sides . Shows and describes the Jeep optional accessories . Also included is a typewritten sheet , 8.5 x 11 , which includes prices of the options.”


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1951 Ringling Barnum Circus Jeeps 3, 4 & 5

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Old Images • TAGS: .

The Milner Library at Illinois State University has a collection of Circus Memorabilia, including a nice digital archive. I’ve selected a couple of images that show jeeps Numbers 3, 4, and 5 from the Ringling Barnum Circus.

As you can see below, No 3 is working hard holding up Carmen Barrigon, while No. 4 lazily watches.



Meanwhile, No. 5 is doing all the heavily lifting. The photographer, Sverre O. Braathen, calls this a Ford Jeep, but it looks like a CJ-3A the way the bumper is bolted onto the frame, though it also has a CJ-2A windshield. The rear PTO is raising the platforms for seating. My circus book has a good shot of the PTO setup from the rear, but I haven’t had a chance to scan that.



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Photograph of a Pepsi Surrey

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Features • TAGS: .

Dave shared this image of a Pepsi Surrey.  This is a little clearer than a similar picture shown on the CJ-3B page.



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1954 Fiat Campagnola Diesel Brochure on eBay

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

Glenn spotted a brochure for this Jeep-like vehicle.  There some great PTO shots, too. You can learn more about them at Wikipedia.

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1954 Willys Boat Motor Flexidrive Brochure

Glenn spotted this unusual brochure. This brochure describes the Lightening Six Motor being used as a boat motor.

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1952 Willys Ad from Mexico on eBay

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

Here’s an unusual newspaper ad spotted by Glenn.

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1950 Fiat Campagnola Brochure **SOLD**

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

UPDATE:  Was on eBay.

(12/07/2012) This is a cool brochure. More pics on eBay.

“original color folder , 5.5 x 8 folded , 16.5 x 8 unfolded . This is the first brochure printed on the Campagnola . It also shows a map from Algeria to Cape Town of a record run in Africa by the Campagnola.”

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Factory Photo of a CJ-2A & Trailer

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

David’s brother bought this factory photo at a car show. This didn’t have any information on the back, but does have a good looking trailer with an interesting box.


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1961 Camp N Cargo Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Willys Trucks

Here is a rare brochure.

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1969 Meyer Rotary Broom Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features


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1969 Meyer Spreader Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

It looks like there are three different type of spreaders. I’ve never seen one of these for resale.

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