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Builds: Gary updates his CJ-5

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

Gary sent me an update on his CJ-5 project.  Thanks for sharing Gary.

Gary writes, “I wanted to share a few pics of my project. I am very close to putting my body back on. (hopefully this weekend)

Also, I included a couple pics of an idea that I have for the old style master cylinder. I always hated having to unbolt the plate to check the fluid.

This is my solution- I took the cap and drilled and tapped it to 1/8 pipe threads. Then I took a small drill bit and opened up the vent hole that is on top of the cap so it could be filled with a JB weld type material. I threaded a tubing adapter to the top of the cap.

I purchased a fluid reservoir off ebay for around $10, this has a cap with a modern style vent and your brake fluid can be checked at a glance.

I don’t know if anyone else has tried this, but I see no reason yet why it will not work, but I will let you know if I have problems with it.

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MB in England from Flickr

• CATEGORIES: Features

Here’s an altered photo that turned out interesting.


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Flickr Photo of a MB

• CATEGORIES: Features

Here is Flickr photo of a MB by Sebastian


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Peddle Car Eustis, Fl **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $675.

This looks a little like a Surrey pedal car.  I wondering why it is right-hand drive.

“Willys Jeep Peddler Car was restored approximately twenty five years ago. In mint condition.”

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The Mini-Beep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual • TAGS: , .

UPDATE:  Oopos .. managed to forget the link to the cj2a page.

A reader pointed me over to the CJ-2A page where there is a video of a cool MBish mower.  Not wanting to just snag the video, I thought I’d do a search and landed on the mini-beep.html page.  It turns out they’ve been around since the 1960s!  Head on over to the CJ-2A page to see the video.

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My Cousin Eric’s 1978 CJ-5 Project

• CATEGORIES: Builds, CJ5, Features

UPDATE:  Eric shared some early pictures of his work.  

This summer my cousin Eric bought a CJ-2A in Idaho and trucked it back to his new home in Enumclaw.  This was his first jeep and it has been disassembled, now awaiting assembly.  It seems the Willys but has bit him, because he while waiting to assemble his CJ-2A, he bought a 1978 CJ-5 project that needed some cosmetic work.  He recently got that together and it looks pretty good.  I really like the copper color. Between our busy schedules I have yet to see this in person, but I hope to soon.

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Great old Jeep Sign at Brileya’s Chrysler Jeep Dealership

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

Rikk shared a picture of a great old lighted sign that still hangs at Brileya’s Chrysler Jeep Dealership, 1253 US Route 7, North Rutland, Vt.  It still works and  flashes between blue, pink, and white.  So check it out the next time you are in Vermont. http://www.brileyaschryslerjeep.net/index.htm


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Highly modified CJ-3B with Parkette Body on Stacey David’s Video

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos • TAGS: , .

Roberto forwarded this.  I’m not sure how old the show is, but this build has been around a few years.  You can see many more pics of it here.

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Finding Virginia: Adventures Along the Rocky Trail of Life

• CATEGORIES: Biscuit, Books, Features

I am proud to announce that “Finding Virginia” is now for sale at CreateSpace.  It has been the culmination of a year’s worth of writing and editing (and 46 years of living).  Please shamelessly encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to purchase this book.   Give it as a present to your spouse (really, they will enjoy it), your kids, other jeep lovers, car lovers, or whomever you know.  It is also useful for filling spaces in bookshelves.

What’s the book about?  
It’s about jeeps, love, the history of the jeep, love lost, the San Juan Islands, my dad’s health fight, how to get kicked out of college, how to  grow up in a jeep club, how not to sail, how to get stuck in the woods, cooking, my thoughts on a variety of subjects, and the reasons why I started eWillys.

Who’s the target audience?  
Readers of eWillys are  first and foremost the target.  People who like adventure and travel should enjoy it too.  Women especially enjoy the ‘love’ story aspect.  People who are frustrated with the economy will, I believe, relate to my frustrations with it too.

The book can be ordered through CreateSpace and, later, through Amazon, though Amazon pays me less.  The price is $18.39.  If you want a signed copy, I will need to order some books, sign them and then mail them to you.  You can email me for more info — d@ewillys.com and put “signed copy” in the subject line.  These will cost a little more due to the cost of me shipping to you.  I will take a check or paypal as payment.

I am willing to both sign books and attend signings.  I can even bring Biscuit if necessary, depending on the weather and distance.


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WILLYS JEEP CJ-3A home made WOODY, flat fender, old car photo 4″ x 6″

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Wood bodies • TAGS: , .

Bidding starts at $1.99.

“Beautiful new professional print (4″ X 6”) from a old 35 mm slide (KODACHROME TRANSPARENCY, no date imprinted) of a WILLYS JEEP CJ-3A (I think) with a HOMEMADE WOODIE BODY . Neat looking Willys Jeep with a wooden enclosure over the driver/occupant compartment. Don’t know the year for sure. No idea where or when the picture was taken. Written on the slide is, “Feb 1952”. Much better than scan, crisp and clear. Any distortion or glare is from my digital camera. Ruler does not show up on actual photo.

Please note, my prints are not made from a home computer, as some have questioned, they are printed by “Denver Digital Imaging Center” a division of “The Slideprinter” in Denver, Colorado U.S.A. From their web site: “For 33 years The Slideprinter has set the standard in making prints from transparencies… We are still the experts at making beautiful prints from slides…”


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Mini Jeep Article from 1956

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles, Unusual

Glenn forwarded this article from 1956 and featured in “Willys News”.

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1955 CJ-5 Davison, Mi . . .Priceless

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Features, Unusual

This just made my day.  It will run, too!

“According to the internet, “The Jeep was the most reliable and favorite vehicle of the armed forces.” This one won’t be any of that, but here’s a brief ‘Ratrospective’ on this creation. We took a stunning, low mileage and rust free Willys Jeep, tore it off the frame and cut it into several pieces (settle down, we’re just kidding).

This salute to our armed services started life as a 1955 Willys Jeep. We pulled the body off the frame, lengthened it twenty inches and narrowed the back half of it eleven inches. We then channeled the body over a 1984 Chevy S-Blazer 4×4 frame that had a small-block Chevy transplant. We added the dual quad intake and a couple of old Holley carbs. We fabbed our own zoomies, took some Army-issue backpack frames and direct mounted them to the floor for back rests. Seats are U.S. issue blankets torn in pieces. Some of the flooring and the seatbelts are courtesy of a wrecked Michigan State Police cruiser. We’ve got 4 Jerry cans out back for a fuel tank and a canteen over-flow tank for the radiator. Air Cleaners are drilled helmet liners and zoomie covers are olive drab soup cans wired together (we kept losing them when we fired it up). If you plan on ever driving this, there’s a pick and shovel mounted so you can dig your own grave. Battery box is U.S. Army issue tool box. It’s got a pre-historic Mallory coil and distributor for fire power. Zip ties hold the tilt front end closed (for now) but you’ll need a better solution. We don’t quite have the shift linkage figured out so you’ll have to come up with something. Right now the shifter is out in front of the windshield.

The Rat does run but we haven’t had the guts (stupidity) to drive it. We will be selling this vehicle as ‘PARTS ONLY’! It does come titled as a 1955 Willys. Miles are not actual. Buyer will have to pay a document fee of $190 or 5% of the sale price (whichever is less). Plus 6% Michigan sales tax and a title transfer of $15. Sorry, but we all have to pay taxes.

You’re gonna need a trailer (Rat trap) to pick this up. We will help you push it on board, but you’ll have to handle everything else. Any questions? We check email once a day. You can also call Fergy at(810)653-4111.

There is no reserve on this auction but we think it’s worth millions.

This will make a great project, art study or urinal for the discerning buyer.”


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Anderson Township’s Fire Volunteers’ Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

Roy sent this Jeeps News’ page.  The caption is self explanatory.  You can see the jeeps much better if you click on the image below.  I think Anderson Township is in Ohio.

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MB from Flickr in Utah

• CATEGORIES: Features

Here’s a beautiful shot from what appears to be southern Utah.


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CJ-3Bs out of India on Flickr

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I spotted these Mahindra 3Bs on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nirvo/5701286862/sizes/z/in/photostream/

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MB from Europe, France Maybe?

• CATEGORIES: Features

Here’s a cool picture.  http://www.flickr.com/photos/_pec_/5760936022/sizes/z/in/photostream/

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Jeepers Jamboree article from 1981

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

Here’s another article from Roy about the running the Jeep Jamboree.

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Navy jeeps from WWII

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Roy forwarded this picture send to him by a friend.

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Gussying up the MB at Hemmings.com

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Unusual

Dan put together a great article with a few pics I hadn’t seen about restyling the MB in the field.  Very cool stuff.  Thanks to Roy for forwarding it.


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GPW at Auction Today

• CATEGORIES: Features, GPW (Ford MB)

Bob took this photo and reports, “I shot this today in waynesburg, Ohio. It’s a 1945 GPW that went up for auction. It was good looking from 25 feet but had some bad floor repairs, a bit if painted over rust, wrong motor, wrong seats, etc. went for $4700. There were a lot of little parts to be had also but nothing special.”

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Jeeping Outside Tucson in a CJ-5

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

Today, Jim sent me some pictures of his CJ-5 and a recent trip along the outskirts of Tucson.  Thanks for sharing Jim!

Jim wrote, “A few pictures of me and my wife running around in the Rincon Mountains east of Tucson,AZ. There are a lot of forest service access roads around the area. Some are easy, and quite a few are challenging. Our Willys is mostly stock. The only thing not stock and original is the engine and a Warn overdrive. It is a Ford 289 donated from a totaled Mustang. The rims and tires are from a 74 CJ-5 that I sold a while back. I still have the old rims and tires for it in my garage. There is no lift kit on it. The tires on it now are too big, but we like the look. Just have to be cafefull to keep the fenders off of the rubber LOL!!”

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Jeep Playground Toy from Flickr

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys • TAGS: .
  1. This looks fun.


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Wartime Jeep Comes Home

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

Here’s a nice Jeep News article from page 9 of the Fall/Winter of 1981.  Thanks Roy!


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Roberto’s MB Cup

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

Roberto created the illustration for this cup, which will be a gift for a local club.  Looks great!

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Early Slat Grille MB in Southern California

• CATEGORIES: Features

Just a few updates tonight . . . I might be wrong, but looking at the slope of the driver’s entrance, it almost looks like a Willys MA curve.   The frame and front clip appear MBish though.  The photo was taken in the Santa Rita Hills of Southern California in May of 2008 by “ManDog”.


Compare it to this shot of a MA from the WillysMA website.