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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.


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The Selouki 1/4 Ton Truck Model 4WD-25T

• CATEGORIES: Features, Other 4x4s

UPDATE:  CapnJohn obtained the following info related to Selouki:

We don’t have a photo of the front of this vehicle but this manual covers the Selouki 1/4 Ton Truck model 4WD-25T.This Jeep like vehicle was produced by Highway Products Inc, Kent, Ohio.

Highway Products, Inc., Kent, Ohio was formed by Joseph Thomas ‘Joe’ Myers in 1960 to manufacture truck bodies for specialty markets such as mobile post offices. In addition to mail trucks and mobile post offices the company also manufactured small boats for both military and commercial use, missile launchers and engines. In 1968 Highway Products introduced a 25-passenger bus and sold it under the Twin Coach name. Joe Myers sold the company to Alco Standard in the early 1970s. Alco Standard bought the Cortez Motor Home line of products and manufactured the motor homes in the Kent, OH production facilities of Highway Products. Approximately 900 buses were built under the Twin Coach name when production stopped in October, 1975, due to bankruptcy. Joe Myers also served as the President of the Davey Tree Expert Company and was married to John Davey’s granddaughter, Marilyn Davey.


Glenn spotted this unusual manual.

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Hanging at Herm’s during Sunday’s Swapmeet

• CATEGORIES: Features

I wanted to thank Marty and Herm for sharing  some warm and dry space for Sunday’s swap meet in Puyallup,  so stop by and say hello.    I’ll be more specific about our location after we visit Saturday for the setup.

I’ve got signs, books, and maybe event some t-shirts (if Ann and I can perfect the emulsion process, which is proving slightly problematic).  Ann got some shirts and a jacket embroidered for the event, so it will be easy to spot us.  I will also have some examples of the Dolan’s posters, too.

Here are our embroidered shirts:

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Custom Shift Knobs

• CATEGORIES: Features, Website

This arrived in my inbox today, so I thought I’d pass it along.

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Seeking a 1947 CJ-2A sold in 1996

• CATEGORIES: Features, wanted

JJ is looking for the following jeep:

“I bought this 1947 CJ2A in 1996 from a guy named Martel south of Chicago in Palos Park, Illinois for $600 and sold it for $600 in 1997 for $600 to an elderly gent who was from the area east of where I lived in Tinley Park, Illinois. It had been well restored before I owned it but financial problems and mechanical inexperience back then in my misspent youth prevented me from proper upkeep. It was painted a metalflake emerald green and sported a unique front bumper and a vent cover in front of the drivers side on the front panel. I have no record of the serial number from the engine block and it had no title. I was wondering if anyone had seen it? Ever?”

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Barbie Jeep Racing

• CATEGORIES: Features, Racing, toys, videos

Once again, something I couldn’t make up ….

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The Snow Cone FJ

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Features, videos

Here is a crazy Snow Cone FJ.  I spotted these pictures the other day while looking for the swiss army CJ-5.  Steve must have spotted this crazy thing too, because he found the video below.



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Marx Jumpin Jeep **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on Etsy for $40.

” have for sale an old windup toy called the Jumpin Jeep by Marx.. It is tin and from the late 1940’s after the war. It has been well played with and does have quite a bit of rust. The jeep, the front tires and one large tire isn’t that bad and the lithograph design is in good condition with minor rust. There is one large tire that needs to be replaced or repainted. The toy looks as though it was left outside laying on its side with one back tire perhaps in the dirt for some time. The bottom of the toy also shows signs of rust. The key is still present but it has been overwound. It moves a little but I can’t wind it. Overall I would rate it good simply because the lithos are still in pretty decent shape. The size of the toy is 5 1/2″ long about 4 1/2″ tall and 4″ wide from back tire to back tire”

Here’s pictures of a couple other jumping jeeps that realized $210 at auction in 2008.


There’s another example at the CJ-3B Page, too.

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Vintage Ed Roth Decal eBay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

I saw this tonight and it brought back lots of memories of bubblegum cards I used to collect that had similar “Rat Fink” illustrations.  These were done by Ed Roth.

Here is another flatfender design I found on this website: http://timlehi.blogspot.com/2011/03/ed-roth-rat-fink.html

See more illustrations here

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GPA Model Plans at Etsy $8

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

This looks cool.

“These model car plans were taken from a book printed in the 1950s. Great for framing and numerous paper crafts. The plans are original and in good vintage condition. The image measures 5.5″ x 8″ and would look good in a 5″ x 7″ mat or frame. I’ll always include a gift in your order, (always vintage, of course) because presents make me happy.”


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Wood Jeep from Etsy $375

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, Wood bodies

UPDATE: I was a bit off on the price. The real price is $375 and shipping is $30 in the US.

I jumped onto Etsy today and did a ‘Willys’ search.  One of the things I spotted was this neat little jeep.

“Handmade Willy’s WWII Jeep. Made from Walnut, Cherry, and Maple wood. Lovingly hand cut, carved, and sanded with great attention to detail. Length – 10″ Height – 5 1/2″ Width – 5”


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Ted’s Glass Bottle Jeep Clock

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

A friend of Ted’s is an artist who creates clocks out of melted bottles.  Ted asked him to make this unusual jeep clock.  I’m sure Tom will make one for you if you are interested.

Tom writes, “For the most part the bottle bottom fold sup, if the bottom has an indent in the bottle, which is found on smaller bottles, it will melt straight down. The type used on Ted’s bottle basically comes out the same.  The bottle can be mounted either horizontally or vertically.  The vertical bottles have the neck wrapped so they can be hung.  The clocks are battery operated.  It takes 12 hours to melt one bottle and about 35% of them break while drilling the hole for the clock arms. The cost is generally $35 to $40 plus shipping and sales tax.”

Here is Tom’s bottle.  Below that is an example of another clock.

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Good Humor Truck

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

UPDATE: This truck is now owned by Mike in Texas (this differs from the Mike who originally forwarded the information).

Mike forwarded these pictures of a Good Humor Ice Cream Truck in need of restoration.

Mike writes, “How about this for a unique Willys Jeep Vehicle: A Willys Jeep Good Humor Truck.  There were a few of these running around NJ back in the 1960’s. A few years ago, I was able to track one down in PA. The owner was in the process of restoring it. As of last year, he had run out of time and money.”

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A Couple Pedal Jeeps from the UK

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

I happened across these pedal cars tonight at an old classic car website:  http://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/pedal-cars.htm.  You can see other pedal cars at the CJ-3B Page: http://cj3b.info/Toys/ridingtoys.html

On a separate search I found a bunch of pedal cars for sale through http://www.prices4antiques.com .  Unfortunately, you have to subscribe to find out the prices.


(jeep dump truck) http://www.prices4antiques.com/search/resultsse.asp?searchID=1330755700&start=32

(patrol jeep) http://www.prices4antiques.com/search/resultsse.asp?searchID=1330755700&start=48

5 jeeps on this page: http://www.prices4antiques.com/search/resultsse.asp?searchID=1330755700&start=64

Fire ladder truck: http://www.prices4antiques.com/search/resultsse.asp?searchID=1330755700&start=96

Surrey Pedal Car: http://www.prices4antiques.com/search/resultsse.asp?searchID=1330755700&start=112

Here is a brand new jeep pedal car for sale out of the UK, but it is pricey: http://woodentops.coffeecup.com/viewitem.php?productid=1056

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Merlin’s Bantam BRC Paperweight

Merlin shared the unusual find with me today.  There is picture of another one at the CJ-3B Page.

“This is a Bantam BRC Syrocowood paperweight.  As far as we know these were given out by Bantam to officers testing the Bantam Jeeps.  I found this one sitting in a local antique shop!”


After seeing this post, Josh forwarded me a picture of his syrocowood Bantam paperweight that includes an image of his tank syrocowood too.  He wrote, “I’ve been collecting those bantam paperweights for years.  They are syrocowood and should have a little sticker gold and black on the bottom that says ‘Made in the USA SYROCOWOOD SYRACUSE NY’.   Here’s one of a pen holder I have, also I a few tanks; one of the tanks a pipe holder.”

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A DJ-3A Gala Pedal Car

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

Here’s a rare photo from Bruce of a pedal car from the Las Brisas Resort in Mexico.

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1945 CJ-2A “Flat Rod” Jeep Rod Phoenix, Az **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $24,500.

“1945 CJ 2-A Willys Jeep Hot Rod. This is the one you have seen driving around town, in the magazines, on the internet, at the shows and in the soon to be released book “Rat Rods” by Scotty Gosson a Car Tech book. Professionally built by Randy Ellis Design and custom from top to bottom. Custom chassis with air ride so it can be sat on the ground. Front suspension is a custom 8″ drop beam, linked with cantilevered air sleeves. Rear suspension is triangulated 4 link on double convoluted air bags. Air system uses a 3/8″ 3-Position 200psi, 10mm (3/8″) Orifice 40watt coil, 8-Cyl Air-Engine Manifold Valves. Slowdown and Speed Control Valves, CheckValves and muffler. 3 gallon stainless air tank and 3/4 HP compressor with gauge and switch for each wheel. Chevy 350 engine and TH 350 transmission, 12 bolt rear axle with 3.73 gears, Ron Davis aluminum radiator with Spal fan, KC SlimLite headlights, 31 X 10.50 X 15 General mud tires on Pro-Comp Street Lock wheels with matching themed custom aluminum air cleaner, quick disconnect aluminum steering wheel, headlight bezels, aluminum glove box door and aluminum rear hatch cover. Stewart Warner gauges and Rocksford sound system. Everything is powder coated and the body is painted. The car has been driven to Vegas, LA, Tucson, Havasu and all over Phoenix. Super fun to drive and is the ultimate attention getter.”