Features Research Archives

To Top

“If Jeeps Could Talk” Photo of Drawing on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

As I understand it, this is a vintage photo of a drawing.

“All photos are original and of period. No reproductions unless otherwise noted. Photo Size: 3.5″ by 3.5”

View all the information on eBay


To Top

1959 Photo of a Proud Hunter with his Elk on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Perhaps the elk head held down the hood, because if you look at the fender you’ll see the hood clamp is missing.

“You are bidding on lot # 59079 Original 1959 Press Photo 2×2 Negative Hunter Vtg Jeep 12 PT Elk Head
This is an original press photo negative from Southeast Kansas. I have copied all the info from the original negative sleeve onto the sleeve that this will be mailed in. The auction description and title may include info from the sleeve, the negative itself and additional info I have researched (such as car make/model, etc.) The date is the date of the negative, NOT necessarily the date of a car pictured.”

View all the information on eBay


To Top

Willys MA Photos on eBay

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

Several other photos are included with these two Willys MA photos.

“From a lot of 29th Inf Regt photos I’ve selected a small group showing highlights from the motor pool. Of particular interest are the two shots of the early Willys MA jeep. You can just barely make out the unit stencil on the front bumper. I’ve included shots of a couple Dodges with better unit markings – all vehicles are parked in front of same garage (Ft. Benning?) Period photos of the MA jeep are not all that common. All images have same back mark and are all 3.25″ x 4.5″.”

View all the information on eBay



To Top

Midway Sweep Rake Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This rare brochure just sold on eBay. Anyone ever run across a working rake? It was sold by the Midway Lumber Company out of St. Paul, MN.



To Top

Sad truck wasting along the roadway

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, Willys Trucks

Mike shot this cool, but sorrowful picture.


To Top

Vintage Metal FC Toy on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

How about this neat old FC Toy?

“Vintage Jeep toy. I think this would be a great toy for someone looking to start collecting, or someone who likes to fix vintage toys up. I have a bunch listed.”

View all the information on eBay


To Top

Wyandotte Tin Jeep and Trailer on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

This may be a rare toy. I didn’t find any references to it on the CJ-3B Page or anywhere else.  Wyandotte was a brand name used by the All Metal Products company out of Wyandotte, Michigan.

“This vintage tin toy jeep and trailer is made of heavy sheet steel and resembles a real WW II jeep. The windshield will fold down flat and the hood raises. It has a spare tire. There is a small hole on the right rear side that you could bolt the spare on. It is marked Willys on the front bumper and the windshield frame. Each tire is marked WYANDOTTE TOYS MADE IN U.S.A. This is a good sized toy. The jeep is 11″ long, 5″ wide, and 5 5/8″ high with the windshield up. The trailer is 10 1/2″ long, 4 1/2″ wide and 3 3/4″ high. The wheels all turn and are made of rubber. The tailgate on the trailer opens and closes.

It has some spotty surface rust but is still solid. The hitch is missing from under the jeep. I would have made one for it but have not found a picture of one. It should be about 1 1/2″ long with a hole in it and attaches with a single bolt.”

View all the information on eBay


To Top

Postcard of Huntington Beach Jeep Tram

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

UPDATE: Was on eBay. **SOLD**

Here’s a jeep tram that is pulling tourists along the Huntington Beach Pier.



To Top

Always FOLLOW a Half Track . . .

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features, M-38, Reader Stories • TAGS: .

Paul forwarded these pics to consider. The moral is, always follow a half track!

Last Saturday I visited the local military vehicle show and I saw an amazing sight.  Among the various military trucks, Jeeps and one half track on display there was a Willys  M 38 which had suffered a bit of body damage when the previously mentioned half track didn’t quite stop soon enough.  I don’t know the reason for the meeting of these vehicles but the attached pictures show the results of contact between one very light and one very heavy military rig.  The poor M 38 got the worst of this bump but the half track also suffered when it received a scratch in the paint on the front drum.  Sad to see but I don’t believe anyone was hurt.”

m38-halftrack-rear-ended1 m38-halftrack-rear-ended2 m38-halftrack-rear-ended3

To Top

1943 Newsweek Ad

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

Here’s another Newsweek Ad from 1943. I will have to fill in the issue information later, as I don’t have it with me. This was a two page ad in the center of the magazine.


To Top

A good looking CJ-3B from Colombia

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B, Features, International • TAGS: .

Sebastian’s father spotted this jeep and share the picture with us. Note the extended rear.

He writes, “My dad spotted this nice 3B in Villavicenio, Meta (Colombia). It seems
to be used for work or daily drive, the yellow plate means is registered
as a regular car. The white top looks nice and goes well with the
tires. However, it seems a little larger than normal. It seems there is
a cat or a dog underneath.”


To Top

Postcard of Gold Prospector in Mojave, California on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards

I’m really wondering about the text on the back of this card. I can’t tell what it is promoting. The title claims this is Bruce Minard a gold prospector in Red Hill, Mojave, California.


View all the information on eBay


To Top

Henry Comicus Postcard with Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Comics, Features, Postcards

This card ships from the UK.

View all the information on eBay


To Top

Craig’s Pic of the Week: The Teahouse of the August Moon

• CATEGORIES: Craigs Pic of the Week, Features, Old News Articles • TAGS: .

Craig scanned this photo from an issue of Jeep News. It was take at the set of “The Teahouse of the August Moon“. I’ve never heard of the movie, but it’s rated pretty well at imbd. You’ll likely recognize Glenn Ford, driving the jeep, and Marlon Brando, pointing at something.  It looks like a Ford GPW based on the bumper.


To Top

2013 Military Vehicle Show at Falcon Field

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features, GPW (Ford MB), M-38, MB

Major Joe forwarded some pics from the 2013 Military Vehicle show at Falcon Field in Mesa, AZ. There were quite a few jeeps at the event.  Thanks for sharing!

He wrote, “I attended the annual Military Vehicle show at Falcon Field here in Mesa Saturday (had to find another way to get my Willy’s/Flat fender fix since your site was down!). Anyway, I thought I’d share the pics with you (attached). It’s a great event, and included military motorcycles, dozens of non-jeep vehicles, a half track, helicopter, and many aircraft (always on display since this is the home of the AZ chapter of the Commemorative Air Force).”




Continue reading

To Top

Old Tin Jeep (Custom?) **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

This is a cool model jeep with an unusual look. It looks custom made, but I just don’t know.

“I found this all metal toy at a garage sale and it looked really old so I got it. I did some research and found it was made around World War 2 and that its made out of what I presume to be tin. The wheels are all metal, not rubber, which suggests their manufacturing date is early 1940’s. This is obviously made by hand and all the parts appear to be there with no major damage or missing  attachments. There is a number 41 on the bottom which I assume is the year it was made. I couldnt find this toy any where else online so It’s obvious it is not a common find.  It has a notable sense of quality and is about 9″ by 4″ in size. It has some weight to it because it is made out of solid metal, no plastic. This piece looks great and has a really cool antique charm.”


To Top

Matchbox Jeep Puzzle on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys • TAGS: .

This is a pretty simple puzzle, but I doubt many exist.

“This is a 5″ X 7″ jigsaw puzzle produced in 1969 by the Fred Bronner Corporation, the US importer of Matchbox cars to promote the British line of diecast model cars.  There are 8 puzzles in the set, and I have all eight listed now on eBay. Six of the eight listed are still sealed in the factory shrink-wrap. This particular one, the Standard Jeep number 72, has no shrink-wrap, but all pieces are there, and it is in excellent condition.”

View all the information on eBay


To Top

“Go Chargers” Jeepster Toy Las Vegas, NV **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Jeepster, toys

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $100.

How about this perfect jeep for your favorite San Diego Charger fan.



Continue reading

To Top

1953 Alfa Romeo AR51 Matta 4×4 Surrey, UK on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Other 4x4s • TAGS: .

This is located in the UK, but is being shipped to the US. See the description for more info.

“This rare 1953 AR51 Matta 4×4 has been in my storage for years. It is amazingly original and unmolested, a real surviver. I guess the reason why I never touched it is the fact that it is a real time wrap, never restored or modified in anyway, as many of these AR51-52 were. It still has its original gray paint, with some surface rust here and there. It looks to be complete with all unique parts, windscreen fittings, wiper motors with wipers, headlamps screens, etc. The Matta is very solid, doors shut perfectly (they are detachable by lifting them off when open!), all panels sit properly. As far as I can tell it has never been dismantled or restored in any way. There are rust spots, but generally surface rust, as the metal is very thick.

There are some rust holes, mainly in the floors, but of course very simple to repair. All original mechanically – engine is original dry sump , still turning by hand, complete with all ancillaries, air filter etc. Interior is very simple, but all original, seat frames, complete instrument panel etc. Seat covers are shot, but springs are there and should be usable. It has a dual spare wheel, one originally fitted on the hood, the other now loose, possibly fitted at rear. Top frame bows are there, the top fabric has deteriorated over the years. The main rust issues that can be seen are some floor rust holes, and some rust at the underside of the hood. One of the side rails at the rear is a bit bent downward, but can be easily straightened.
It is not road worthy and would need restoration (to my opinion a very sympathetic restoration – not to destroy the original look)
I will include the “Matta” book, which is an excellent reference and parts book.

This is a rare and original Matta, I have seen several of these over the years, but never one in such an original condition.
It is located in my storage in the UK, now being shipped over to the US. Since I have decided to sell it on, I thought of advertising it prior to shipping. The new owner can choose the port of destination. Shipping cost of approximately $1200 is to be paid by the buyer.
Please email for more information you might need.”

View all the information on eBay


To Top

Ad from Newsweek

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

How about this great ad from the August 9, 1943, issue of Newsweek. I’ll be posting a different one from Newsweek tomorrow. This is pieced together from two different pages.


To Top

Salesbuilder Magazine from Willys Overland

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

I spotted and purchased it on eBay today.  There were three other issues, but I got outbid with a few seconds to go on the rest.

Continue reading

To Top

Somewhere in Southern France in a Seep

• CATEGORIES: Features, GPA (SEEP), Old Images

UPDATE:  Alex makes a good argument that these images are more likely on the Mediterranean rather than in the Arromanches,  which is an area in Northwestern France.

To Top

More Images from the Canadian Archives

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

Here’s another round of images from the Library and Archives of Canada.

Here’s a shot of a MB Slat Grille, however no description information was available:

Here’s another image with no description.  I thought the blacked out numbers were interesting.

Canadian war correspondents in a jeep, Modica, Italy, 13 July 1943.

Private W.E. Lynch cleaning the engine of a jeep of the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, Luthe, Germany, 9 April 1945.

To Top

Images from the National Archives of Canada

I stumbled upon the National Archives of Canada the other day, discovering a variety of WWII Jeep images related to Canadian forces.  Here are a few ambulance shots:

1945 in GermanyPersonnel of the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps (R.C.A.M.C.) loading a casualty into a Willys MB ambulance jeep, Sonsbeck, Germany, 6 March 1945.

1945 in Germany: Private F.J. Dunn resting on his ambulance jeep while evacuating casualties south of Bad Zwischenahn, Germany, 29 April 1945.

1945 in France: An ambulance jeep of the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps (R.C.A.M.C.), Vaucelles, France, 20 July 1944.

1943 in Italy: A jeep ambulance of the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps (R.C.A.M.C.) bringing in two wounded Canadian soldiers on the Moro River front south of San Leonardo di Ortona, Italy, 10 December 1943.

View more from the Canadian Archives here

To Top

17 Year Old Nate Completes a Restoration

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

UPDATE:  This was originally posted 11/14/2010

Started at age 14, Nate completed his beautiful build this past Easter.  There are a variety of young mechanics working on builds who ping me with questions and comments, so I think it will be a great motivation to them that Nate completed his build. He sets a good example of what hard work can achieve no matter the age.  Congrats Nate!

Nate writes, “I’ve been reading ewillys for about 1 1/2 to 2 years now ….  I fell in love with this jeep when my dad brought it home when I was 8. It was the first first vehicle I learned to drive. I started restoring it when I was 14 in Sept. 2007 (now 17) and the actual jeep was finished on Easter Sunday this past April, 2010. I got the jeep the way I like it last week with the original style soft top. It was a father-son (mostly son) project. I sandblasted the whole frame, and probably spent a week block sanding the body. We made a few modifications: 10” drums, 12v electrical system, overdrive and Cutlas hubs. I got the top from New Life Canvas. I didn’t skimp on anything. I put stainless steel brake lines in, a new harness from Walcks and a lot of original parts from my donor jeeps.. The jeep sports a reproduction body tub (which I made look original), fenders and hood.”

Here’s an image of the pre-restored Jeep:

And post restoration pics: