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1946 Jeep Rod Truck Gorham, Me **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Jeep Rods, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $27,500.

The seller claims this is the only one of these, but I’ve seen 3 or 4 of them.  Nonetheless, it is custom.

“1946 CJ2A Roadster pick-up Street Rod ,Rat Rod ,Hot Rod, Fresh Build BEST of everything!! SbC, B&M th350. 9″ rear three weeks old, go’s great strait & fast One of a kind willys Never made one $27,500.00 B/O”


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M & M Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

I’ve been exploring Manhattan today by foot.  One of the places I wandered through was the M&M store at Times Square.  I couldn’t resist photographing the jeep display.  I may or may not have more posts later tonight.

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Jonas’ M-606

• CATEGORIES: Features, M-606 (military CJ-3B)

Jonas wrote me the other day telling me he’s got a rare M-606. I asked him if the Data Plate was stamped ‘M-606’ and he said it was and that the speedometer is in KMs.  He’s invited me to drop by and see for myself, so I hope to report on it in early October. Thanks for sharing!  Cool pics, too! I love the contrast between the sky and the trees, jeep and grass.

He wrote, “I own a actual M606 jeep made by Kaiser in 1966. This is not a military CJ3B. It was exported (to Argentina I think) and then repatriated back to the US. Or it never left, nobody knows really. But It is here now and it is pretty original with all the features unique to the M606. I have acquired a Koening winch and hard cab for it in the past month and put a set of proper traction type tires on it.”

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Roberto’s Mahindra Illustration

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features • TAGS: .

Roberto emailed me this unusual illustration. I haven’t seen much Mahindra artwork.

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Ohio Flat Fender Gathering

• CATEGORIES: Features

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Busy Busy Busy

• CATEGORIES: Features

This month there have been a few more interruptions than normal with eWillys because I’ve been busy, busy, busy.  Here is why ….

First off, I’ve been dating someone, throwing off my time schedule a bit, but I’m happier for it!

Second, the book is nearly ready for publication; I have decided to do one more large revision based on some comments from my Aunt.  Those should be complete by month’s end.  Below is a mockup of the book with its cover.  I think I have a book printer, but am still negotiating that.  Until that time, I will release the book electronically and will encourage as many people as possible to buy it. The reason I need to sell the book is because my financial contract is up with my previous employer.  So, my ability to continue to support eWillys is slightly endangered.  However, I won’t give up hope just yet, especially since responses to the book from women have been excellent, so I have pretty high hopes!  Also, I have made some mockups of another book that teaches people how to identify all the models of jeeps.  In addition, I now have a professional photographer that I can work with to create the shots for the new book (you might have seen her work form the San Juan Island GPW we found). I’m hoping I can put that book together over the next year, but that time frame is dependent on a variety of issues.

Third, I’ve been doing legwork on securing some art pieces created by my Great Aunt Emma Eilers about 100 years ago.  Thirty paintings popped up from a single collector in early September, so it took some effort and negotiations to come to a satisfying financial solution to get them back into the family.

Fourth, I’ve been preparing for a trip to NYC/Long Island from Sept 19th through Sept 29th to do family research, review the paintings mentioned above, and visit with a jeep collector in the area.  During my stay in Sea Cliff, LI, I will also be staying at my Aunt’s former studio which still sits on the property that was the former family estate.  So, I’ve very excited about this unusual opportunity.  I’m hoping all the family research work I’ve done over the past 10 years will result in another book, though it isn’t jeep related in the slightest.

So, the timing of updates and my response times will be uneven for a week and a half.  It’s just been that kind of September!

Below is the back cover:

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PNW4WDA Go-4-All Kid’s Jacket from the early 80s

• CATEGORIES: Features

My sister found this jacket at a garage sale the other day.  So, she bought it.  The Go-4-Alls are a Seattle club based originally in Midway, Washington (perhaps still based there), though there were several members of club just a mile from me in Renton (and I went to high school with three pretty members of the club).  This kid’s jacket shows playdays/conventions from 1981-1983 that I attended as well. These club jackets were very popular with clubs back in the 70s and 80s and are still seen around today if you attend PNW4WDA events.  I have large version of both pics so the details can be seen. Just click on the images.

And just for kicks, this image was taken in late 1981 during of a joint Wandering Willys and Go 4 Alls jeeping trip over the Naches Pass and Manashtash Ridge in the Cascades.  Dad’s jeep is the CJ-5 in the middle front of the picture.  I was 16 and this was the first trip where I did most of the driving during this trip.

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17th Annual Fall Midwest Reunion This Weekend Sept 16th-17th-18th

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

The 17th Annual Midwest Willys Jeep Reunion & Swap Meet is this weekend at Jefferson City, Mo.  September 16-17-18, 2011.  This year they will not only feature Willys and “Jeeps”, but have also opened the Reunion to ALL MILITARY VEHICLES.

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Roberto’s ‘FrankenJeep’ Restoration Continues

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos • TAGS: .

Roberto has been restoring a ‘FrankenJeep’ CJ-3A and capturing some of it on video. Thanks for sharing these Roberto!

Here are links to all 7 videos:

Video 1:


Video 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2lAtRUUm0s
Video 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gQF4vSnevk
Video 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjF8O4qlENE
Video 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ht8yDDywgs
Video 6: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiegdIb_3Kk
Video 7: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYrG0EyiWm0

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Classic Car and Jeep show at Perryville High School, Perryville, MD

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

Brendan from This Old Jeep asked me to put the word out about a soccer team fundraiser that includes a teen who built a very nice Willys Truck.  You can learn more about it here.  The goal is to raise $300 for the club, but a side goal is to get as many classic jeeps there as possible.

The event takes place at Saturday Oct. 1st 2011. 11am-2pm perryville Outlets Center Heather Ln Perryville Md. www.perryvilleoutletcenter.com This venue is just off of I95 at exit 93 so its easy to get to for most of us east coast guys. Registration starts at 9am.

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#4844 on San Juan Island, Wa

• CATEGORIES: Features

I’m still catching up on emails, so if I haven’t responded .. that’s why.  We had some internet issues tonight.  Unfortunately, I can no longer blame the Canadians for that.

As promised, finally, below are pics of the 1942 GPW.  We were driving down a street into Friday Harbor when I felt the jeep beckon to me through the glass.  Naturally, none of the driver’s behind me minded when I stomped on the brakes and veered violently to the shoulder for an emergency stop.  In fact their salutes to me seemed quite friendly, but they seemed in a hurry cuz they only had time to wave with one finger …. there’s more to the story, but I’m tired so that’s it for now.

Note the windshield extension that allows the use of a CJ-3A top.

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Colombia Jeep 360 degree Panorama

• CATEGORIES: Features, International

Warren forward this fun link.  Click on the pic.

According to the website that holds the panorama, “This is image was taken in Circasia Quindio Colombia. Its the place where the cattle is sold every weekend. It is also a place where all the farm people go and sell vegetables and meat. The Fire Department is located there. The jeeps are the famous Willys that take people into the mountain to work their farming.”

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Veterans Memorial Museum in Huntsville, Al

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

UPDATE:  Brandon visited this museum recently and files the following notes, “The museum’s collection includes Ford GP #1, Bantam BRC-40, Willys MA, GPA, slat grille MB, GPW, and M38.”

The Veteran’s Memorial Museum in Huntsville, Alabama, houses three early jeep prototypes.

From the Website, “The Museum displays more than 30 historical military vehicles from World War I to the present, as well as tableaus, artifacts, and other memorabilia dating back to the Revolutionary War.  Supporting organizations include the 19th Alabama Infantry, which sponsors exhibits from 18th and 19th Century conflicts, and the 8th Air Force Historical Society, which sponsors a Bomb Group briefing room.  Both of these organizations support ‘living history’ presentations at the Museum.”

Pics of the museum at G503

Pics from 42fordgpw.com

There appears to be a Bantam BRC 40 in the back, a Ford GP to the far left of the photo, a Willys MA just to the left and another Ford Pygmy to the right.  I haven’t found any other info that describes what the museum has.  Anybody been to this museum?

Here is a closeup of the Ford Pygmy from the museum site.


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War Museum in Pyongyang, North Korea

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Museums

In case you plan a trip to North Korea, you won’t have to leave behind your love of Willys, for the War Museum in North Korean Museum has a captured one there. http://www.travelthewholeworld.com/northkorea.html


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Monument to Jeeps in Calcedonia, Colombia

• CATEGORIES: Features, Monuments/Statues

Roberto found this jeep taking center stage in Calcdeonia, Colombia.

Other versions of the same image:


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Yipao Monument of some kind in Colombia

• CATEGORIES: Features, Monuments/Statues

Roberto spotted this possible monument to Yipaos in Colombia.

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WWII Monument & GPW at the Cole Land Trans. Museum Bangor, Me

• CATEGORIES: Features, GPW (Ford MB), Monuments/Statues, Museums

Roberto spotted this unusual monument from the Cole Land Transportation Museum in Bangor, Me.

Here is a GPW and trailer the Museum displays. The image was shot by Gary and Audrey and posted on their blog:

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Jeep in the Air in Moab, Ut

• CATEGORIES: Features, Monuments/Statues

Roberto alerted me to this. I was through there five years ago and didn’t see it.  Anyone know anything about it?

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Pheasant Hunting in India, 1944

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Roberto spotted these two photos from a Pheasant hunting expedition in India in 1944 at Fotolibra.com.  These appear to be GPWs.

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Rare Six by Six Frame in Bali?

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual • TAGS: .

Rudolf forwarded a rare six by six setup which looks pretty willys-ish to me.  This is the second one he has discovered in Bali.

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Ford GP out of Bali **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Rudolph spotted this Ford GP that is dated as a 1938 for some reason.  1941 would be the actual year. It includes a trailer.

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Gordon’s 1954 Unimog 401

• CATEGORIES: Features, Other 4x4s, Unusual

Gordon volunteered to share images of his unusual Unimog 401, which he calls ‘Grog’. It’s a pretty cool vehicle. Gordon got it from Cold War Remarketing in Colorado; in turn, he got it from the Swiss Army

Gordon writes,”Grog is completely street legal, I had him licensed and insured for a while. Top speed with its behemoth 25HP OM636 is 35 mph. (Probably far short of that here at 6000’ elevation). I have a few other 636 engines and have toyed with the idea of trying to turbocharge one of them, but that’s pretty far down on my list. Mercedes also used the 636 in the early Ponton cars (180D).”

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1975 CJ-6 at Red River Offroad Tours in Taos/Red River, NM

• CATEGORIES: CJ-6, Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles • TAGS: .

UPDATE:  See the newest CJ-6 here.

James and Tish run Red River Offroad Tours out of Taos and Red River, New Mexico.  One of their vehicles is the refurbished 1975 CJ-6 shown below.

James writes, “The 1975 CJ6 was used by the US forest service in Colorado. It has a rebuilt stock motor and transmission.  The suspension was modified with a 4′ lift kit and Cooper STT 33×12.50-15 on 8″wheels with a Disk brake conversion on the front. A couple custom built bench seats above the wheel wells in the back have been added for visitors. It also has a Custom built shade/rain canopy.

We do on and off-road Jeep tours in the mountains of Northern New Mexico.  Taos and Red River,NM  reaching elevations of 12,689. May thru the end of October. 7 days a week. www.redriveroffroad.com

So Check out the website to learn more.  Check out their photo album.  That’s a cool effect.  http://www.redriveroffroad.com/album/index.html

After restoration and modifications:

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• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

Here’s a 4×4 event in Nevada, Iowa.    They would especially love to get some FC owners to attend, but it looks like a variety of 4wd vehicles will be there.

The 2011 IOWA ALL BREEDS JEEP SHOW & 4X4 SWAPMEET will be held sept 24-25 at the Story County Fairgrounds in Nevada, Iowa 50201.  We will be on site all day friday sept. 23 for setup and early registration.The show goes from 8am to 5pm ish each day .  We expect several different 4×4 and jeep clubs to be present and including scouts , land cruisers , broncos , land rovers , jeeps , willies , kiasers , buggies , and a wide range of military vehicles . Some of the show highlights include  – 800′ off road driving course.

– Slow crawl contest
– Kids power wheels course
– RTI Ramp
– Blackhawk helicopter landing sat. morning
– Old and new military vehicles on display
– The Bantam Balancer  ( teeter totter )
– Swapmeet
– Winching contest  ( timed vehicle righting event )
– Door prizes and drawings
– Vehicle show and shine
– Rock climbing wall
– New Equipment vendors
– Jeep trailer judging new or homebilt
– Jeep and 4×4 inventions contest

$5.00 admission , $10.00 vehicle in show and shine only , $20.00 vehicle in all games and challenges all weekend  including show and shine.   Swapmeet booth 10’x10′ is $25.00 for the weekend ( most have 110 electicity ) , Business vedor booth 10’x10′ is $100.00 for the weekend , Free booths for 4×4 and jeep clubs.    Note; The usual safety equipment and insurance required for vehicles on cours and challenges .


SATURDAY SEPT 25 ,  2011 7am – 11am         vehicle registration open
8am –  5pm         vendors and swapmeet open for business
9am – – –  on        tech inspect available
10am – 11am       obstacle course demonstrations
11am – 12pm       course open to vendors ONLY
11am –  1pm       vehicle judging , trailer and inventions judging
1pm –  5pm         obstacle course open to all inspected vehicles
1pm –  4pm         RTI RAMP  and BANTAM BALANCER  competition
1pm –  4pm         slow crawl competition

SUNDAY  SEPT 26 ,  2011
8am –  11am       1st place winners staged
8am –  3pm         obstacle course open
8am –  3pm         vendors and swapmeet open
8am –  10am       RTI RAMO and BANTAM BALANCER
open10am – 12pm      roll over contest
3pm –   4pm       awards ceremony  & drawing  for more info call  1-515-708-0080

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Old Golf Range Cart

• CATEGORIES: Features

More updates tomorrow morning ….

Gerald took pics of this old car they got a few years back.  It has various jeeps parts attached.  Gerald reports the frame was pristine, so they sold it to someone who could put it to better use.