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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.”


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The new eBay section

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual • TAGS: .

There are thousands of Willys and Jeep items over at eBay, but I’ve never had a chance to create the scripts necessary to sort and list them.  However,  support from readers allowed me to create multiple ebay-related sections that I think you’ll enjoy looking at as much as I have.   You can get to them from the “eBay Listings” image at the top of the right column.

Now, even if I don’t do updates, you can still review hundreds of updated listings from ebay without having to go through ebay searches.

This is the only update tonight (Sunday Night).

BTW, check out this odd ball ebay listing:

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1950 Sand Drag Jeep $20,000

• CATEGORIES: Features, Racing • TAGS: , .

This is a nice looking drag jeep.  There are more sand drag jeeps here, too.

“1950 Jeep Willys Sand Drag Jeep. This is an original (Titled & Registered) 1950 steel body Willys. It has been professionally rebuilt. It is one of a kind, no expense spared, best parts money can buy.

Fresh (new) 600 Plus HP 355 SB Chevy (Nitrous Motor) built by Denunzio Race Engines. New powerglide transmission built by Remac. New Curry Ford 9 inch rear end. New driveline, steering, front end (2WD). New digital 6 plus MSD computer. New seats, yellow top optima battery. NEW EVERYTHING….MINT CONDITION.”


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Yard Art

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

Buz spotted this wagon outside the children’s dentist office in Monroe, NC.  He says it is yard art.

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A MB Drawing at Fortitude

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

I spotted this drawing at Fortitude.com.  It is a car website, but had a forum thread of drawings.


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Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum

• CATEGORIES: Features, Museums • TAGS: .

I’d never heard of the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, located in McMinnville.  However, Ann visited there a few years ago and says it’s a beautiful museum.  Moreover, there is a B-52 there that they allowed her to go underneath so she could describe how they used to load and unload weapons.  The Spruce Goose is also there.

Besides all the airplanes, the museum also has a jeep.  This picture was taken by Joe Swallia on 2011.  Note the hubs.  They looks like early Warn hubs.


Interestingly, here is a picture from 2010 which shows a different jeep. You can view it at The Wander Gossage blog.  Maybe there are two jeeps there?

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Unusual ‘Jeep’

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual • TAGS: .

Here’s a strange vehicle posted by Dan over at Hemmings.  It is even a dually!


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A Couple pics from Le Clown Lyrique

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Here are two pictures I hadn’t seen that I found on a french website called Le Clown Lyrique.

1. © Lee Miller Dinard, France 1944

2.  Libération de Paris. Parisienne embrassant des soldats américains. Août 1944. © LAPI Roger-Viollet

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50th Anniversary Model Richmond, BC, Canada

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

I have not seen another one of these.  Anyone else.

“Rare plaster (?) cast model in great detail of a World War II army (military) jeep (Willys MB or Ford GPW) jeep in US service with two crewmen and piled high with kit and weapons. Very detailed! Commissioned by my friend, the late Roy Van Wicklin in Las Vegas, NV, USA. He owned 4WD by Van and was a World renowned jeep collector and reasearcher.

VERY detailed and accurate unlike some that have been produced by peoiple who do not know jeeps well. Sadly “Van” passed away last year. This is the ONLY one I have ever seen of this model.

Specdial for someone who has an MB or GPW or wishes they could afford the real thing.
4-3/4″ long.”


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Jeff’s Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

Jeff has been a reader for a couple years.  Recently he shared some images of his jeeps along with his story.

“In 1970 I bought a 1943 GPW and had a lot of fun rebuilding.  After a few years I sold it and bought a 53 3b.  Living in Denver and having the  Jeeps I couldn’t wait for snow just to try out the 4 wheel drive.  I sold the 53 CJ-3B in 1992 and I always regretted selling it.  I bought the green 46 in 2004. but I really wanted another 3b so I bought one out of Wyoming that was disassembled in a field.

That is the turquoise 3b in the picture. Of course I had to buy a trailer to haul the 3b back to Denver.   I saw a add in craigslist for an original 57 3b so when I went to look,  it wasn’t 100% original but close, so I bought it as well.  The blue 2a I sent you picture of I got after a friend told me he knew a guy with an old jeep. So, thats how I ended up with that one.   I wanted disc brakes and gear reduction starter and electronic ignition. These parts added to the fun building the blue 46, It starts easy and stops great!”

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Flatfender Lighter and Tray

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual • TAGS: , .

These Baier lighter jeeps look in good shape.  They aren’t for sale.


This is just a lighter.

This is a lighter/holder jeep with ashtray.  Here is a jeep/ash tray that was on ebay last year.

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Dually Wheel Adapater in Popular Mechanics

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles • TAGS: .

Hugo spotted this article about the dually wheel adapter in an April 1949 Popular Mechanics article.  I can’t remember seeing duallies on the front.

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Willys Dealership Pictures

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

Bill forwarded the picture of a St. Petersburg Dealership below. That got me searching the net for a few more.

This picture is from Boerne, Texas.  I found it here.

This picture is from Spokane, Wa, and the Spokesman Review (and current good view):

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King of Hearts

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

Honestly, I’m not sure if this is a real card or not.  But, the picture was cool, so I thought I’d post it.

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Peterson Offroad ‘famous’ Images

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This article at Petersen’s 4 Wheel & Off-Road website has some cool pictures.  Here are two.

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CJ-5 at Ecola St Park

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Features • TAGS: , .

Blaine spotted this CJ-5 with a factory V8 at Ecola St. Park along the Coast of Oregon.  The angle top is pretty rare, though it could use some retightening.

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Military Vehicle Show and Swap in New Jersey April 28-29 in Augusta, NJ

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

Steve asked me to post this.

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Iwo Jima Ambulance Jeep in the Sand

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Randy forwarded this link to some Ira Rosenthal photos from Iwo Jima.  Included is a picture of this jeep.

The photo’s caption reads:  A U.S. Marine driving an ambulance jeep struggles in the sandy beach at Iwo Jima during American advance on the strategic Japanese Volcano Island stronghold on Feb. 26, 1945 in World War II. (AP Photo/Joe Rosenthal)  http://blogs.denverpost.com/captured/2010/04/27/on-war-joe-rosenthal-and-iwo-jima/

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Jesse in his Father’s CJ-3B

• CATEGORIES: Features

A reader named Jesse forwarded this picture of him in his dad’s 1954 CJ-3B when he was only 5.  Jesse contacted me because he wanted to know more about this trailer kitchen featured a couple years ago in 4wd and sport utility magazine http://www.4wdandsportutility.com/features/jeep/0704_4wd_1951_willys_jeep_cj3/index.html

Here’s Jesse:

Here’s a picture of the trailer he wanted to know more about.  Anyone know more about it? http://www.ewillys.com/?p=8001


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Tahiti-Pacifique Celebrates with a Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, Magazine

Alex forward this image made by an artist friend of his, who also lives on the island of Moorea in French Polynesia, drew a picture of his jeep.  It celebrates twenty-one years of Tahiti-Pacifique Magazine, of which Alex is the Director of Publishing and the Editor.  Congrats on surviving two decades!