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2 Women standing in front of a Ford GP

UPDATE:  John decided to take on the challenge of restoring this photo.  He did a fabulous job.

I found this on the Genealogy Guys Podcast site.  I can almost, but not quite, make out the serial number on the hood.

Here is the Before Pic:


Here is the After Pic: https://picasaweb.google.com/104219391648738472802/ILovePhotoShop#5722193307032376162

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Moonshiner’s Swapmeet Pics

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

I was a little delayed in posting these pics from the swapmeet a week and a half ago, so I will push the pics of the WAAAM visit off until tomorrow.  At the swapmeet there were a few pics of jeeps and racers I wanted to include in this post.  But, I couldn’t leave the booth because the two times I did leave readers dropped by to say “hi”.  My faithful photographer did make it out to snap some pictures, getting wet in the process, but couldn’t quite read my mind as to which pictures I wanted;  Of course, my mind, like the rest of me, was cold that day, so I doubt there was much going on inside my mind for Ann to read.

As you can see, the booth design was compact, but efficient.  Herm was nice enough to give me some front space.  In exchange I even managed to sell something for him while he and his kids were off purchasing all kinds of deals (and he found a couple of astonishing deals on parts).  I have books, tshirts, signage and, most importantly, warm liquids.

In this picture you can see Herm wheeling and dealing on the phone, with his son Richard to his right, and their friend Dan to Richard’s right.

Here is a good example of the type of trailers that are brought in by sellers.  Trailers are piled with as many parts and pieces as they can put on them.  The building in the background is full of sellers and is only one of several buildings.  Many more sellers were outside.

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Dan Routh’s Photos of a CJ-2A & it’s Owner

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

Here are some great photos taken by Dan Routh.  You can see the other two photos at his website: http://danrouthphotography.blogspot.com/2009/06/willys-jeep.html


Here is  1952 Willys Truck: http://danrouthphotography.blogspot.com/2011/03/52-willys.html

Here is a 1948 Truck: http://danrouthphotography.blogspot.com/2010/08/1948-willys-pickup.html

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Jeep Comics

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Comics, Features

Here are the first three issues of Jeep Comics from 1944.  As far as I can tell, only three issues were created with jeeps on the front (at least, I can’t find any others).  You can these covers here: http://superitch.com/?p=14130

Jeep Comics Issue 1

Jeep Comics Issue 2

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CJ-2A in the Desert with a Cactus

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Features, Postcards

From the postcardcollectors website comes this car.

According to the website, “This card is about the Giant Ocotillo Cactus that “grow profusely in the Southern California and Arizona Deserts.” It is a “Union Pacific Railroad Color Photo” but doesn’t seem to be a Union Pacific card.”

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Kids Race at the 2006 Autoshow

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys • TAGS: .

I never thought of an Autoshow as a good place for kids, but apparently in 2006 DaimlerChrysler was all prepared for them.


“Kids had the opportunity to drive battery-powered mini Jeep Wranglers around a circular track on the show floor, situated next to the full-size vehicle driving courses in the DaimlerChrysler exhibit.”

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Tonka Toy Jeep Tempe, Az eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

I had one of these that towed with a string all over the place.

“This is a vintage Tonka DUNE BUGGY WILLY’S CJ-2 style JEEP. This is a nicely engineered rig that has been lifted and has the large Tonka off road tires added.

Please review the photos as this is the exact item that will be shipped.

Excellent overall original condition; no cracks in the plastic exterior/exterior or wheels/rims; Paint is in excellent condition with minor wear and NO rust. Decals are nice but do show slight wear.

Measures 11″ long pressed tin;

Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for looking!”

View all the pics and info on eBay

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Bunny from Bunnyland Riding in a CJ-2A on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

There are two of these image for sale on eBay.

Black & White glossy is about  8″X10″.  Easter Bunny from 1948 in Pennsylvania at Lazarus Department store in a Willys Jeep”

View the pic and info on eBay


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Wagon at Nick’s Cove in Marshall, Ca

• CATEGORIES: Features, Willys Wagons

Yesterday Ron contacted me, asking if I had see the wagon on the Can-Am commercial.  Well, I couldn’t remember seeing a Can Am commercial.

Then, last night I was watching the Temple/USF game and updating eWillys when I looked up to see Can-Am flash across the screen.  I thought to myself, I wonder if that was the commercial Ron mentioned.  So, I rewinded it and spotted the wagon.  There it was, very briefly shown in the background.  A red wagon with white trim sporting the name Nick’s Cove.  After a quick search that focused on Nick’s Cove only.  I found the pic below.  Thanks Nick!

Nick’s cove is a small town in Marshall, Ca, along highway 1 near the Point Reyes’ National Seashore in Calfornia.

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Jeep Cake from Sweet Cakes by Rebecca

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

Now I’m hungry for some cake.  This jeep cake was part of a ‘green army man’ birthday party theme for a boy’s birthday party.

If you missed it, there are more cakes here:  http://www.ewillys.com/?p=34743

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6000 Miles: From Maine to Hawaii with Love (For Jeepsters)

• CATEGORIES: Features, Jeepster, Reader Stories

Glenn wrote this nice story which was published in the June 2010 issue of Jeepster News.

(ABOVE:) At The Pearl Harbor Memorial- ’50 Willys Jeepster, Left- Randy Spangler,  Middle- Glenn  Byron, Right- Maurice Goguen.


Sometimes we take for granted the many benefits our membership in WOJC [Willys Overland Jeepster Club] pro- vides. For example, that booklet you received titled “ WOJC 2010 ROSTER” is just something that arrives. Larry & Shirley Wozniak volunteered a bunch of time and effort to get this quality product to club members. Using it as a tool is a bonus for paying our meager dues. Let’s look at where this can take us. Recently, in planning for a cruise to visit our 50th state, Hawaii, I noticed a scheduled one day port call in Honolulu.

Just for kicks, I grabbed that Roster to see if we had members there. Garage tours and visits with other enthusiasts are always great sidelines to get away from usual tourist activities. Sure enough, all of Hawaii has one lonely WOJC member, Randy Spangler, right there in Honolulu. A quick email to Randy to intro- duce myself and inform him of my visit, yielded a friendly response with encourage- ment to see what we could put together. Nothing concrete, just loose parameters to keep both of us available as all the unknowns could allow. Our first port was Hilo, on the big island of Hawaii, with Honolulu, on Oahu, the following day. “Call me from Hilo and we’ll see what the cards hold” was Randy’s invitation. Here’s how it came down.

ABOVE: Randy Spangler’s Island Cruiser, a ’50 Willys Jeepster mounted on a Chevy Blazer chassis- A great performing unit for Boulevard or Beach. 

Three couples on a cruise ship make too large a load for a Willys Jeepster, so careful strategy had to happen to be sure no one felt compromised. The girls were anxious to see Waikiki Beach, and with great personal sacrifice, I crossed that off my list. The other two guys, though not car oriented, agreed to back seat status and a full load resulted. Contact with Randy was made from Hilo and plans laid down for Willys Jeepster to meet Golden Princess at the dock in Honolulu. How’s that for a welcoming committee? Heads turn when ever we put our Jeepsters on display, but this may be a first! Randy’s 1950 Jeepster is especially suited to the hustle and bustle of Oahu gridlock traffic.

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Wooden Jeep Project @ Woodworking.com

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys, Wood bodies

Here’s a ‘from scratch’ wooden jeep beautifully assembled.  Lots of nice detail work.


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Lars’ Jeep Service in Sweden

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Website

DC forwarded Lars’ website.   Lars runs “Willys Service” in Sweden and has been working with Willys for over fifty years.  He has some beautiful jeeps, too.

Willys Service Lars Svensson

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FC-150 Photo on eBay

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Features, Old Images

Here’s a photo of a narrow track FC.  The ebay auction has ended.

“Photo size is 5×4″ inches”


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Bob’s CJ-2A

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Features

Blaine took these pictures of Bob’s CJ-2A at last year’s FC Roundup.   Looks great!  He says the details are very nice.

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Girl Riding Fire Jeep at Amusement Park

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

These three photos of a girl riding an amusement park carousel were for sale on eBay at different times.

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Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force Mesa, Az

• CATEGORIES: Features, Museums

Blaine forwarded this picture of this jeep from the Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force at Falcon Field in Mesa, Az.  Since Ann and I will be staying in Mesa and will be down there a couple days before this year’s FC Roundup, we plan to visit the museum.

Unfortunately, upon closer inspection, this is a mix of CJ-3A and M-38 parts. Once again, the reason for a jeep museum.  Hopefully, the airplanes are more accurate.  Looks like I need to schedule a meeting with the curator.

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Roberto’s Limited Edition CJ-3B T-Shirt

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

Roberto still has shirts available

– All the t-shirts are 100% cotton.
– Shipping costs for 1 tee to the States, 17 USD.
– Sizes and quantity available:

S ———————— 3
L ————————- 7
M ————————- 7
XL ———————— 6
XXL ———————– 7

– I have printed only in sand colored tees´. At this moment there aren´t any other colors available.
– Payment by Pay Pal or transfer to bank account.  Contact Roberto at robflores@robertoflores.com with any questions.


Roberto informed me he has created a limited edition run of 30 CJ-3B Shirts.  I will publish more info regarding mailing costs (from Spain) as soon as I know more.

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No Updates Tonight (Monday Night)

• CATEGORIES: Features

The pass was too snowy for us to cross today, so we took the long way down to Portland and east to Pasco. I’m tired. So, no updates tonight.  I’ll update tomorrow night.

Just for fun, here are a few pics of the recycled Starbucks in Tukwila Washington we visited on Friday.  It is made out of shipping containers, among other items.

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The DJ-3A Surrey at the Wailea Hotel on Maui, Hawaii

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Features, Women & Jeeps • TAGS: , , .

I received an email from Paul the other day and the subject read ‘Refreshing’.  One quick look at the picture in the email explained what he meant (see the 1st picture below).

Yep, that is one pretty jeep!

Using the keyword “Wailea” I started tracking down more pictures of it.  It turns out Colin has a couple of them too, as does a friend of his.  So, here are a few of this jeep that is still owned by the Wailea Hotel in Maui (boy, after today’s cold weather, Maui is sounding awfully nice!)

More pictures I found on the internet:

And from Colin, you can see the jeep prior to the stenciling:

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Moonshiner’s 2012 Swapmeet Report

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

Thanks to Herm, Richard, Don and Marty for sharing their space with us!

It was a wet and cold morning when Ann and I arrived at the Puyallup Fair Grounds for the 2012 Swap Meet.  Because we dropped our stuff off on Saturday, there was very little for us to bring in, so we arrived at 7:30AM, pulled out some books, tshirts and business cards and began our wait for the gates to open at 9AM.

It was a cold wait as I was under the impression that they would close the large doors to the build where the space was located, so neither Ann nor I were dressed especially warm,  but the windy cold weather blew in all day.  We did our best to keep warm.

I really didn’t know what to expect when the crowds arrived, but eventually we were selling both books and tshirts, so by day’s end I was pleased by the results.  Even better, there were a surprising number of people who hadn’t heard of eWillys, so many business cards were passed out.  Ann also went around letting people with older jeeps know that I would list their jeeps for free if they didn’t sell.  More than a few wondered what the ‘catch’ was.  She tried to explain that there was no catch, but I don’t think everyone was sold on that.

A number of readers stopped by, some to just say hi and that they loved the site, others stayed longer and talked.  Even my cousin came by, though I’d forgotten to text him I was there.  A few of the guys from the space next to us came over.  It turns out they were from the Misfits Jeep Club, which was a club based partly in Renton, so I was familiar with the club (truth be told, I had a crush on one of the female members of the club in high school, but that’s another long story).  Anyway, Bob Miles and Bob Moran were members of the Seattle Jeep Club, so they knew many of the older PNW4WDA and Wandering Willys Jeep Club Member folks that I knew.

So, despite the cold weather, the swap meet was bigger than ever and people found treasures in other peoples junk.  Ann did takes some pics, but I will download and publish them tomorrow.  I’m wiped today.

Looks like snow in Snoqualmie Pass tomorrow (pass is currently closed as of Sunday Evening) so we will be taking the longer way back to Pasco.  We are hoping to have time to drop by the WAAAM to take pictures of the jeeps on our way through The Dalles, Oregon.


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CJ-3A Photo With Balloon Tires

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual • TAGS: .

Colin spotted this unusual photo on eBay.

“1957 JEEP WILLYS CJ-3A. This photo shows the 1957 CJ-3A. The photo is 8×10 in.The cost is $7.95 plus $2.00 shipping and handling.”

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International Women’s Day & the New Willys Toys eBay Page

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Women & Jeeps • TAGS: .

Just a couple posts tonight due to a site issue I’m puzzling through.  Don’t forget to check out the latest jeeps for sale on ebay here and check out the new Willys Toys eBay Page.  Not only are the lists fun to browse (at least I enjoy them), but every time you click, you are supporting eWillys 🙂

Roberto pointed out that it was International Women’s Day and shared some old pictures of women and their jeeps, some you might have seen and others you might not have.  The first one is a picture I found on Flickr.

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“Maverick Special” Willys Wagon Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Here are two brochures for the ‘Maverick Special’ Station wagon.

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Jamaica Station Wagon Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Here are three pages about the Jamaica Station Wagon.  I found the images on Flickr.