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Pima Air and Space Museum MBs in Tucson, Az

• CATEGORIES: Features, MB, Museums • TAGS: , .

Jim forwarded me the following images he took of the MBs at the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, Az.

Jim writes, “The 390th Bomb Group Museum has a B-17 flying fortress on display, a long with a MB that has been restored and donated to the museum. It needs a fuel tank flush, new radiator hoses, and I bet a carb rebuild. I hope to assist them on this the next time I make it home. There is also a MB on display in another hanger that is part of a display dedicated to the Red Tails fighter group. I am sending a few pics of them. They have one of the largest aircraft display’s around!”

Here’s the 390th Bomb Group MB:

And this is the Red Tails fighter group MB:

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James Breaks the Oil Line Fitting — Could use some suggestions . . .

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features, How To

Well, we all eventually arrive at one of these places where the unexpected happens, inevitably followed by the ‘what do I do now’ question.  That’s where James is at and he needs a few suggestions.  You might remember James from when I visited his father and him in Denver back in October.

“I was replacing the old inlet oil line into the engine (below the fuel pump). I was loosening the oil line that went into the 90 degree brass fitting oil line bracket (Walck4wd part number 384569) and accidently torqued the bracket. The fuel line came off, but the thread from the 90 degree brass fitting oil line bracket broke off inside the engine in the oil inlet. Great.. So, I bought an extractor from Sears and have been trying to extract the remaining thread left inside the oil inlet (below the fuel pump) with no luck. There is hardly any room to hammer the extractor into the block. So now here I am, stuck. Any idea how to remove the remaining thread? Thanks, James DeBartolomeis”

Here’s a pic:

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“JEEP” means WILLYS Ads

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Paul forwarded this.  I have a variety of brochures & Ads, but not this one.  The slogan “JEEP” means WILLYS is an interesting intellectual property strategy.  Just another way to intertwine the two meanings.

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Year? Mitsubishi Annapolis, MD **Status Unknown**

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

UPDATE: Status Unknown. Was $5700.

“I purchased this jeep 5 years ago in Washington State where I restored it and used it on mountain trails, hunting/fishing while based at Fairchild AFB near Spokane. After being transferred to Andrews AFB it’s spent most of its time in my garage, other than trips into town, etc. It has a very efficient low mileage (under 45,000 miles) 4DR6 2.7L diesel engine mated to an iron 4speed manual transmission and transfer case. The steering is right hand drive as is typical for these late model willy’s from Japan. It’s been well maintained but shows some wear for its age such as repairs in the soft top, worn seats, etc. I also have the driver, passenger, and rear doors that are included in the sale. About 3 years ago the windshield wiper motor stopped working, so I’ve relied on the back up manual wiper in its place. I don’t have the time to research a new wiper motor or have it rebuilt, which is why I’m letting my jeep go at such a low price… While doing some research on this vehicle I discovered through discussion boards that individuals are paying up to $14K for these jeeps by the time the import cost, taxes, and all other expenses are calculated. It’s never been driven in the rain/snow here in Maryland due to rust concerns. This jeep has proven extremely reliable to me and capable of anything I’ve put in its path, you won’t be dissapointed.

Since I’ve owned it I’ve addressed the following:

-New windshield
-5 new 8 ply tubeless tires
-resealed the front and rear axles
-replaced all of the brakes (11″ drum brakes)
-installed new rear driveshaft
-replaced driveline parking brake
-eliminated rust from rear fenders by removing old sheet metal and welding in new
-Water pump was rebuilt 1 month ago
-New fan/alternator belt last month
-replaced thermostat & hoses
-installed inline coolant block heater
-M38 speedometer (replaced old unit that was in kilometers per hr)
***note*** speedometer works great but odometer recently stopped working
-installed turn signal control (unit was missing when it arrived from Japan)
-new pintle hitch with 2″ ball
-new shovel, axe, & jerry can
-installed farm jack on front bumper
-new M38 mirrors
-installed passenger seat from a CJ-5 (seat was missing when it arrived from Japan)
-installed Warn Locking hubs for the Dana 30 front axle
-engine oil & filter have been changed every 3,000 miles or 6 months (which ever comes first)

****the engine is barely broke in at 45-50K miles, burns no oil, and there are absolutely no leaks from the engine or drivetrain components.Yea”

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2012 Memorial Day Parade in Yakima, Wa …. Happy Memorial Day

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

I hope everyone is enjoying Memorial Day Parade.  A big thanks to all the veterans out there and the ones that have passed.  I shall make sure to give my vet an extra kiss tomorrow, after all, sacrifices must be made 🙂 !

Thanks to Tony for forwarding these pictures of the Memorial Day Parade in Yakima, Wa.  Tony writes, ” The first M38 belongs to Randy Adams. The next 3 are mine and the M38 A1 aim driving.  I am taking it to Dawson Creek and will be doing the Trail of 42 w/converto trailer.”

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1962 FC-140 (?) Livermore, Ca eBay

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Features, Jeep Rods, Unusual • TAGS: .

Vince spotted this one.  I’m not sure why this is called a FC-140, but it sure has seen some mods!

“1962 Jeep FC 140  351 Ford Cleveland engine, Automatic trans, Independent rear suspension with disc brakes. New Holley carb. HEI ignition. Front air bags, rear coil overs. Fuel cell, Hydraulic bed and touno cover. Unbelievable amount of power. This cars draws alot of attention. Alarm system. digital gauges, tach. Very rare Jeep. Electic Sun Roof. Power windows. any questions please call Perry at 925-455-6666 must sell while i still have a drivers license. Milage is unknown. I reserve the right to pull car out of auction at any time because car is advertised locally.”

View all the pics and info on eBay

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Marx Surrey Jeep Langhorne, PA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $376

Steve spotted this one.

“For sale is a Louis Marx&co. Surrey Jeep battery operated with remote control. In great condition with original box(a bit beat up).”

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Mark Smith’s Jeep Museum in Georgetown, Ca

• CATEGORIES: Features, Museums

I learned today that Mark Smith opened a museum a couple months back in Georgetown, Ca, at what I believe is the Jeep Jamboree Headquarters.  At this point, it isn’t so much a museum as a collection of some rare jeeps, but they are nice looking jeeps.  According to the Jamboree website, Mark organized the first Jeep Jamporee in 1954, traveling across the Sierra Nevada Mountains by way of the Rubicon Trail.  It sounds like he is still going strong!

You can view all of them here:


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Play Jeep at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, Illinois

• CATEGORIES: Features, Museums, toys

If you visit the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, Illinois, and have kids, make sure to stop by the Mary Ann MacLean Play Museum in the basement of the building.  Here’s a pic of it form the State Journal-Register and a story, too.

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Hesse Hornet Info Wanted

• CATEGORIES: Features, Industrial-Welder-Generator, wanted

The Hesse Hornet was an air compressor manufactured by the Hess Manufacturing Company in the late 1940s(?).  The compressor used a CJ-2A engine to run, but only pistons 1 & 4.  The middle two pistons were used to compress air.  Keith recently bought one of these and was going to part it out, but changed his mind and now wants to restore it.  However, there isn’t much online about it.  Below are the links we know about it so far.  If you know of any additional info, please add it to the comments.


Here is a link to Keith’s pics:


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A Wagon in Times Square, Manhattan, NY

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Willys Wagons

One update tonight.  Here is a picture forwarded by a friend of Jon’s.  Cool pic!  Times Square certainly has changed over the decades.

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The Teapot Service Station is Gone??

• CATEGORIES: Features

Last week on our way to my parents, Ann told me she wanted to stop at the Teapot Gas Station (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teapot_Dome_Service_Station), not to be confused with the Teapot Dome Scandal.  The Teapot Dome Service Station is one of those odd side-of-the-highway tourist stops along Interstate 82 in Zillah, Washington.

When you are bulleting past at 70 mph, it is one of those places where it is easy to say “we’ll stop next time”.  Well, I’ve been saying that for more than six years.  Ann has been saying it longer.  So, when she says “it’s time to stop”, I took her request seriously.   Well, almost seriously.  I did give her one of those looks of, “do you really mean it or are you joking”.  She returned the look of, “I am not joking”.  It turns out she really meant it.  I really didn’t mind as it was a beautiful day and we were in no particular hurry.

We pulled off the freeway, crossed the freeway over a bridge, and pulled up to the place where the teapot stop was supposed to be.  Only, it was missing.  Everything was there — pumps (can’t see them in the pic), a sign, a foundation — except for the teapot itself.

Confused, we both immediately reached for our phones and revved up our Googlers.  Truth was, we were also racing to see who could learn the fate of the teapot first.  We do that a lot.  We are both competitive.  In fact, it pains me to say it, but, yes, she won.  The Android beat the iPhone.  Maybe it was operator error?

Humbled by my defeat, we focused on the fate of the teapot building.  We learned that just over a month ago, in March of 2012, the Teapot was moved to a new location closer to downtown Zillah, a town not much bigger than the teapot itself.  Somehow, it had been hit by a car.  We both suspect that probably alcohol had been involved . . . or just plain stupidity.

After taking shots of the non-existant teapot, we raced into town to get pictures of us and this unusual landmark.

It just goes to show that sometimes stopping ‘next time’ will be too late.  Carpe Diem when you have the chance.

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Willys Overland Rally, Moab 2012

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

Pete from the Old Willys Forum wanted to share these pics and videos from this year’s Willys Overland Rally, Moab 2012.  In case you missed them, Kevin also share some pics and his experience.

Here’s a link to all the pictures and videos:  http://oldwillysforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=27208#p27208 

Here are a few . . .




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Newest GPW Scam — “Totally Rebuilt” 1942 GPW at $5999

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

Here’s the text of this newest Scam:

“URGENT SALE – IMMINENTLY! 1942 GPW Ford Willys Military Jeep 4×4 Vintage – For Sale By Owner
Totally Rebuilt – New gas tank, Hydraulic Wilwood Clutch, 44 rear axle,
If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact me. tks”

Here are two pictures from the scam. There’s another one of GPW in a garage, too.

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CJ Dealer Promotion Ashtray Bangkok, Thailand eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, CJ5, Features • TAGS: .

Here’s a CJ Dealer Promotion ashtray that Craig pointed out to me.  However, it’s is located in Thailand.

“You are looking at a authentic old vintage used ashtray & jeep.    6 inch wide by 2 inch high for tray.    Jeep itself is 2 1/2 inch long.    Made of chromed metal.     Extensive oxidation to chrome.    Looks like it may not polish out.    No tobbaco smell.”

View all the pics and info on eBay

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FC-170 Dealer Promotion on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, FC150-FC170-M677, Features

Glenn forwarded this to me, as he’d only seen a couple of these.

“good used shape — rare — all metal — base is 6 1/4″ across — please look at the pictures — please ask questions before bidding — Thank You”

View all the pics and info on eBay

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His Bucket List Checked, Kevin Heads Back to Georgia

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

Kevin filed this report  from Moab at the end of the Willys Overland Rally, Moab 2012.  Thanks Kevin!  Don’t forget to visit the oldwillysforum.com to prepare for next year’s rally.

Kevin writes, “We made it to Moab from Georgia, what an experience! I traveled 1,750 miles @ 25 cents per mile.

I had my share of adventure — Tranny coolant line breaks, gas gauge peg’s at fuel, lost a gas cap and bought a non-vent cap, which caused every hose connected to the tank leak like the Titanic of gas, loose distributor, two plug wires not doing their job, busted motor mouint, spring perches broke (spot welded).   All the particapants made it up the Pucker Hill, but me … oh what fun it is  to get stuck and broke down. Despite all of this, I had a Great Time!!!  These people know how to party and have an honest good time!

All too quickly MOAB 3 – 2012 has come to an end.  So, I’m on my way back to Georgia, carrying plenty of red sand for the ride home.

One more item off the Bucket List.”

These first two pictures are of Kevin’s wagon:

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Jockey Don Howard Featured at JeepTruck

• CATEGORIES: Features

Mark has a nice article at Jeeptruck.com about Don Howard, a former horse race jockey,  who ran a jeep rental business out of Creede, Colorado.  Don’s family has used jeeps for several generations, partly because the family has a ranch along the Continental Divide at 10,500 feet.

Read the entire store over at jeeptruck.com.

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Saturday at the Midwest Willys Reunion Spring 2012

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features • TAGS: .

Sebastian and 13 of his fellow Flat Fender Club of Butler Members made the round trip in a van from Pennsylvania to the Midwest Willys Reunion today.  Sebastian reports it was a fun-filled, but long day.  He took a variety of pictures and has been kind enough to share some with us.  He will be publishing more pictures and full write up at his blog on Sunday.


Below is a group shot from Saturday:

Here is the one-of-a-kind CJ-3B Surrey:

Here is Craig’s tour jeep:

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Cleaning my Parents’ Garage

• CATEGORIES: Features

While the folks in Ohio played with their jeeps and the people in Moab explored with their wagons and trucks, I got to clean my parents garage.  I have wanted to tackle this project for a couple years now, but haven’t been able to for one reason or another.

However, this week, with dad still recovering from surgery (and having a tough time with it — nothing like having a persistent cough after having your sternum sliced open), Ann and I had some free time in between helping him and mom.  So, for the past three days we have been unpiling junk in the garage, sweeping up varmit feecees, organizing the unorganizable, shop vacing, and cleaning.

While we didn’t clean everything, we tackled enough of the garage to feel like we had won the battle.  Even better, when we began there was only enough room to fit one car.  Now, two vehicles can fit with room to spare.  Along the way I discovered some treasures, such as some brass inner tube caps (now on Biscuit), assorted transfercase and transmission rebuilt kits, the vin plate for my dad’s 1960 CJ-5 (which seems an appropriate direction to go with a next build project), and a Warn Overdrive Parts Catalog, which I think might be kind of rare.  I’ll post the entire catalog online in the next few days.  Below is the clean garage and the cover of the catalog.

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Newhouse Hi-Performance Equipment from 1952

• CATEGORIES: Engine, Features, Racing

Glenn forwarded a couple pages of this old catalog for hi-performance parts that included a few for the jeep.  He sent these to me after a short discussion with Scott, who races using F-head and L-head motors (more on that to come).

According to Scott, “I have bored them up to .092 oversized and I have had about 6 different cams made by crane cams.  The motor I have had the best luck with so far is .060 over with dome style pistons.  It has 1.7 ratio roller rockers.  It is a F head. I cut the side of the head open and welded the water jackets and built an intake manifold that is 8″ high.  With a 500 cfm holley ive been able to get 7000 rpm out of it.”

Scott’s experimentation has been done simultaneous to Sam at Flatfender Willys, who experimented, just for fun, with hi-po parts in a flat head with modern honda fuel injection. Sam did a few other things to the engine, but I don’t precisely remember what.  Sam and a friend drove the motor hard, before it finally gave out, though a couple transfer cases and a drive line gave out before the motor did.

Here are the two pages from Glenn.

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Abbreviations 101 – Willys Horn Ass.

• CATEGORIES: Features

Robin shared this humorous advertisement.  The seller either carefully, or not, decided on a peculiar abbreviation for the word ‘assembly’.

You can read the original ad here:  http://willysforsale.com/ads/willys-horn-ass/

Here is a snapshot of it.

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CJ-3B – Mahindra in India

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B, Features

Buz spotted this Mahindra at the team-bhp website.

He notes, “The post below this one mentions “One will find hoards of such jeep rotting” in India. I guess they aren’t going to the scrap mill like over here.”


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Wrestling with the Mighty BIscuit

• CATEGORIES: Biscuit, Features

During my last visit to my parents’ house, I tried starting Biscuit.  The engine would turn over, but wouldn’t fire.  It didn’t take long for me to figure out that the electric fuel pump no longer worked.  So, I decided on my next visit I’d change from the electric to the stock manual pump.

Today, I took on that project.  While a very simple changeover in theory, the practice turned out to be more of a challenge than I expected.  For example, the first step in the process required me to break into my tool box, as the keys to my tool box disappeared during my move last summer.  After spending an hour searching for the keys, I finally gave up and ‘removed’ the lock’ (with hammer, screw driver, and little finesse).

It was surprisingly easy to remove the lock.  However, it was surprisingly difficult to get the lock portion of the drawers to unlock.  I won’t bore you with the embarrassing details, but let’s just say that it took us about an hour and half to finally get the tool chest unlocked.  Oh, good times!

Next, I had to start pulling off the electrical pump and installing the manual one.  It just seemed like I dropped every socked a hundred times, grabbed the wrong wrench with each reach, had to search through the barn to find rarely used tools I had stowed away, and more.  Nothing seemed to be easy about the project.

Finally, about 5pm, Ann wandered out to see how I was.  I was not good.  The socket has just slide off my socket wrench extension again, which meant I had to climb down onto the tarp, scoot under the jeep, and retrieve it, again.  I shared some choice words about Biscuit with Ann.  She decided to take a picture and post it on Facebook  Here is the picture and what she wrote:

Today, under a cloud of tools, grease, and a broken fuel pump came the flood of curse words and the exclamation from Mr eWillys.com himself…. David Eilers “hates Jeeps” 🙁

It took me until about 7pm, but I did finally get the fuel pump installed and the hoses attached.  Even better, everything worked.  So, now Biscuit and I are all lovely dovey again.

So, I’m done with jeeps for today.  Updates tomorrow.


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The Earth Moved Under Paul’s Feet

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features • TAGS: .

Paul sent this to my inbox today. A couple days ago he removed his stainless steel body from his frame so he can complete the work on his frame.  It’s a good thing he listened to his intuition!

“I spent a few hours yesterday in the connex cleaning up my mess and double checking the security of the Willys body resting on the 2X4 support framework.  For the most part I felt the body was safely held three feet above the floor but my mind kept coming back to the thought “Would it stay in position during an earthquake?”  Since it’s much faster and easier to add additional support structure than it is to repair damaged stainless body panels I fitted eight more bracing legs to the existing body holder.  I really didn’t think any additional strength was necessary but I’d sleep easier with this bit of overkill engineering and the cost in time and money was negligible.  

While taking a shower this morning I was surprised when the house started rocking back and forth as several sharp jolts announced the arrival of an earthquake.  The quake was a small one, only about 4.6 but it was close to Anchorage (about ten miles away) and it was over quickly.  After getting dressed I hurried to the connex, opened the door and viewed a beautiful sight. The Willys body was safely resting on the framework undamaged and perfectly aligned on the supports.  

I realize rebuilding Jeeps can be an experience in frustration when money and time conflict with dreams but I really could do without adding earthquakes into the mix.  I’m slow enough as it is, I don’t need Mother Nature increasing my heart rate with exciting special effects.  On the other hand I’m happy the Willys is safe, the body support held and I don’t have to repair any damaged body panels.  Now all I have to do is to hurry to get the frame work accomplished and reattach the body to the chassis before anymore earthquakes visit my workspace.”