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Parkette Body and Bobcat Hood (& more) Yakima, Wa **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Body Parts, Features, Racing, Roll Cage • TAGS: , .

UPDATE:  Last price was $1000. It sold.

The Parkette fiberglass body is an extreme rare, well made body.  One of the best things about this body is that a CJ-3A windshield will properly fit it, unlike the fiberglass Bobcat body.   During the 1970s, a friend of mine bought a Bobcat body, prepped it, and painted it.  When he stuck on the windshield he discovered the cowl was too flat to properly seat the windshield to the cowl.  To say he was angry was an understatement, because he felt he was mislead by the promises the manufacturer made.

So, after talking with the Parkette body manufacturer and getting assurances that the measurements were more accurate, he bought the body and has been happy about it ever since.

The body shownn below has had it’s rear wheel wells cut a bit.  It’s got a good looking rollcage that has been attached to the frame.  If this has been available when I was building biscuit, I would have started right here.

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Kevin’s CJ-3B Farming Demonstration

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Kevin created several good videos of a farm jeep in its natural habitat.  Thanks for doing that Kevin!

1954 CJ3B with Monroe Lift , pulling a Ford 2-12 bottom plow:

1954 Cj3B farm jeep field disking demonstration at North Central Minnesota:

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Need a Crane?

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

One resourceful Mitsubishi owner decided his jeep would work just fine as a crane after reading about the specs in All American Wonder Vol. III in the M-38A1 Section.

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The Ford “Junior Jeep” Lives!

• CATEGORIES: Features

John dropped me a note today, pointing me over to the Hemmings Blog.  Daniel Strohl landed a nice gem of a jeep story.  The “Junior Jeep” lightweight jeep is alive, well and restored in Michigan.  Read all the details at the Hemming Blog.  Review the  information on lightweight jeeps I have found strew across the web.

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Male Call, a Collection of Cartoons

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Comics, Features

UPDATE:  You can view more cartoons here.

Paul discovered this gem in his crawlspace.

Paul writes, “I was digging around in the crawlspace today searching for some long lost item when I discovered a thin book with GI cartoons from WW2.  The book’s by Milton Caniff  (it was published in 1945) and features 112 GI comic strips drawn by Mr. Caniff and supplied weekly to military newspapers for the enjoyment of all branches of the service.  I really enjoyed the attached Jeep comic and I thought you would also.  After all, who hasn’t believed (at one time or another) the Jeep is more than a mere machine and is alive and aware of the tasks we ask it to perform?  I can recall many times I’ve coaxed and pleaded with my Jeep to “Please get me thru this mud bog” or the always popular “Please, please start” on those frigid winter mornings [ed note: I am familiar with that coaxing].  Over the years I’ve talked, yelled, pleaded and praised my Jeep while it took me where I wanted (but not necessarily needed) to go.”

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Steve’s CJ-3B with the unusual Bezel

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B, Features

At the Bantam Festival Gerald took a picture of a CJ-3A(?) with an unusual Bezel.  Steve contacted me today with a similar Bezel on his CJ-3B.  So far, no one has produced any history regarding these.  Anyone know anything about them?

Steve’s Bezel:

Gerald’s Image:

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A New Twist on an old Scam — 1942 GPW $4999

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

Thanks goes to Dexter for spotting this new twist on an ongoing scam by some pond scum.  The famous 1942 GPW that popped up throughout the nation now has its own youtube video.  The price has shifted from $4700 to $4999.



Here is the Ad text, which appear just before I flagged the ad as a scam.

“Rebuilt 1942 GPW Ford Military Jeep -Rebuilt Collection compact military four-wheel drive utility vehicle. 4-cyl. side valves, 134 CID (2199 cc), 60 hp (45 kW). It is an excellent choice, FLAWLESS condition, Very light use. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me on my YouTube chanel: http://www.youtube.com/user/GWilliams429

Here is an original pic found on an earlier ad that now is on the video:

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The Three Bantams: BRC, BRC-60 and BRC-40

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

I guess I should have posted this at the beginning of the Festival, but I was pleasantly distracted all weekend. So, here is a post about the three Bantam generations. As the oral testimony shared by Gerald affirms, there were three different models of vehicles built by Bantam.  Here is more history about the Bantam vehicles.

The Original Bantam: Below are images of the original Bantam Bantam Reconnaissance Car. Here are some images from Life Magazine from Camp Holabird.  Here is a video of Duncan’s well done original BRC Replica (which also includes a BRC-40).

The Bantam BRC-60: This is the 2nd generation BRC-60.  The easiest way to identify the differences between the BRC and the BRC-60 is to look at the fenders, note the Original BRC fenders are round, and the entry point, which is a smoother slope on the BRC-40 as opposed to the bump in the original BRC.

The Bantam BRC-40: This is the 3rd generation BRC-40.  The easiest way to identify the difference between the BRC-60 and the BRC-40 is the grille.  Note how flat the grille is compared to the rounded grille of the BRC-60. The windshield is dramatically different, as the BRC-40’s appears much stronger.  Of course, there are other differences, but those are a quick way to distinguish between the two. Here is a BRC-40 that was for sale.

I guess I shouldn’t forget the Bantam ‘Checker’: Learn more about this at Bill Spear’s website.

Finally, just to show there seems to be an exception to every rule, Gerald forwarded this image.  I believe the front of this is a Bantam BRC-60, but the door area resembles the original Bantam.  The windshield has a higher ‘bridge’ across the bottom; which doesn’t resemble either the BRC or the BRC-60 in the pics above.   I believe this was a Russian Lend/Lease vehicle, but perhaps someone else could be more specific about it.

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Sunday @ the Bantam Festival

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

Once again Gerald took the time to share some pictures with us.  Bob had some information about the parade. In fact, at some point Bob and Gerald managed to connect (see below pic). From both of their comments, it is safe to say the parade eclipsed the old parade record held by the Colombians. Congrats to all the participated.

Bob writes,”The word was that there were 1106 jeeps in the parade. It went on until 10:30, and there were 35,000 people lining the streets of Butler.”

Gerald writes, “After the concert and I strong storm last night. I’m done. There is always next year. I’ll be better prepared. It’s already on for August 2012. I’m sure it will be even bigger. The parade was what everyone was talking about. It was over the top. The locals lined up deep and main street was full. The official count is 1108, I think. Unofficially 1700. We got the record details will follow.”

Windyhill writes, “Great show! I stopped by the “ewillys” table and saw the brick! lol. We just got home, about a 6 hour trip. I modified my 18 trailer so I could tow two willys as one time, my 3b and my brothers stock 3A for this trip. The parade was great, loved being able to walk down the street after and be able to start at the Bantams go threw the WWII Jeeps,and then threw the 2A’s 3A, 3B’s etc by decade! Saturday we got held up with a trailer bearing so I missed most of the show and shine but we did run my brothers stock 3A and my 3B threw the playground! It rained early Saturday which made for a soggy pack up but all in all a great time and we will return!

Here is Bob’s CJ-3B


Ever see a factory set of 9.00 x 13 high floatation tires?   There was a Navy 3A with an original set.   Wow (btw,
I got alot of comments about the Mini Terras and rims on my Jeep.)

Check out this firepower.

Camp and footlocker

Have you ever seen these bezels? Are they stock? (Ed note: I don’t believe they are stock.  I’ve seen similar ones on Phillipine vehicles that seemed aftermarket.)

Now that’s a trailer.

Random Bantam,  that’s an odd statement, but true at the fest. (BRC-40)

The playground

And that’s a rap. They ran out of shirts at the parade.  Everyone was bummed about that.


ps. I’m drinking lot’s of coffee today and planning for next year.

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Saturday @ the Bantam Festival

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

I’ve been busy all day … any updates will need to wait until later tomorrow.

Sebastain had a great day at the Festival.  He posted pics in two different locations:



Meanwhile, Gerald has been working hard peddling eWillys.  In his spare time he’s been enjoying the Festival.  He starts again at 6:30am.

Gerald starting off at 6:30am Saturday:

The set-up

Gerald notes h may have just become you East Coast Rep.  Little does he know that as the East Coast Rep his salary will not be much different than mine.  Did I mention it is a volunteer position Gerald?

The Jeeps

Bantam BRC 40 (not the original bantam, but the third version following the BRC-60 and BRC)

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Updates from the Bantam Festival

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

Only this update tonight ….

Gerald reported in just a few minutes ago.  Much fun had by all.  There were jeeps everywhere.  He hasn’t gotten the official parade count, but he said people were rolling in for hours.  Thanks Gerald!

Gerald notes, “Things were great tonight at the BantamFest Jeep Parade.  All I can say is there were hundreds………. here’s a couple shots.  i will get an official count on Saturday.”

The staging lot with the Lost Biscuit (Thanks to Gerald, I’m attending virtually.  Rub me for good luck!)


They were coming in for hours

Late model line ups

General shot.  It was packed

Main Street in Butler

Finished off with a late night tire change from NDT’s to the Turbines with Mini Terras for Saturday.

Already met some cool people, Maine to Australia.

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Will They Break the Record?

• CATEGORIES: Features

The Bantam Festival is about to get underway.  One of the goals of the festival is to break the world record for the longest parade of Jeeps, a record currently held by a parade held in Colombia.  With more than 500 jeeps already registered for the parade, it seems breaking the record is a real possibility.

Just some quick math … 500 jeeps at approx 10 ft is a mile if parked end to end.  That means if there is a jeep length between them, the parade will already be 2 miles long.  Other jeeps will certainly join as well.

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Unusual Shriner Flattie

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

This is a Willys Jeep that was assembled from parts and pieces in the early 1960’s by Joe Ferrero and used as a Shriner’s parade vehicle through the early 1990’s. It appears to be a DJ-3A.

They acquired the Willys needing repair. With a minor ressurection – this vehicle is functioning as a parade vehicle. Features include all the bells and whistles (literally), a squirting telephone, bottle openers, and a keg that is accessible through the side of the vehicle.

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Gerald’s Family is Ready for the Bantam Festival

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

Gerald is all ready for the Bantam Festival.  Note that I will be riding with him in spirit, as he will have a picture of me and Biscuit on or near his jeep.  So, stop on by, say hello, and get your picture taken with my picture. 🙂

Gerald writes, “We had my Dad’s 46 (red), Brother’s 48 (blue) and my 63 (cj3b) all in the same place for the first time.  My brother also has a 50 M-38 to add but here’s the 3 at the Butler Farm show with a couple other flat fenders from our club.”

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Tugger: The Jeep 4 x 4 Who Wanted to Fly Trailer

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

UPDATE:  Brian reports the Tugger is now at NetFlix.  Also, it appears Tugger now has his own website.


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Fire in the Hole! Tales from the FC Get Together

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Features

UPDATE:  Click here to read Steve’s Report on the whole weekend, including his personal adventures

I may not be the smartest cob in the corn patch, but one thing I do know, it shouldn’t require gloves to start a M-677 Forward Control Jeep.  But, I quickly learned that Steve’s FC isn’t your ordinary vehicle.  It really does require gloves, because it has a manual choke.  And by manual, I mean he uses his gloved hand.  Ordinarily, I like this bit of ingenuity, but after a couple rotations of the engine, fire exploded out the carb, making all four of us — me in the passenger seat, Steve in the driver’s seat, and Jeff and Mitch in the rear spots where there should have been a rear bench seat — nearly jump out of the vehicle.  Fortunately, Steve had everything under control.  I could tell this by the way he immediately pulled off the glove and beat out the fire with it.  No, this wasn’t a ride in an FC; it was a ride more akin to Mr. Toad’s Excellent Adventure.  🙂

It all started with Mitch stopping by the house this afternoon to join me on a drive in Biscuit to Tacoma to drop by the FC Get Together. I neglected to mention to Mitch that this was Biscuit’s first drive on an interstate. I figured it wasn’t that important.  Given the confidence he already felt in the jeep after it wouldn’t start right away (loose positive cable), I figured we’d test it on the interstate before I mentioned the ‘Hey, did you know this was the first time I’ve driven Biscuit on an Interstate?’ factoid.  Fortunately, Biscuit behaved well throughout the journey.

Upon arriving at the FC Event, Mitch and I were warmly greeted by Blaine, Steve, Dave and others.  Mitch already knew several people as he owns a couple FCs, more for property decorations than actual use I think as they remain future projects — a status held by many FCs it seems — but none-the-less beloved by him.  But, whom am I to talk, as I have plenty of future projects of my own ….

Not long after arriving, Blaine and I enjoyed some fun trading war stories from the relationship and dating fronts.  Between the two of us there were plenty of “what was I thinking” and “should it really be this hard”.  Once we finally dissected the female pysche and concluded we had no chance against such formidable opponents, he suggested I take a look at a flat fender model jeep he made in his early teens from cereal boxes.  It was pretty cool, so he has promised to send pics (don’t forget Blaine!).

Soon, everyone’s attention turned to the repair of a fuel line.  Most of us gathered around the FC-150 like a bunch of lookie-loos.  Some of us pressed against the front windows looking at Jeff install a fuel filter to provide cleaner fuel to the carb.  You’d think with our goofy smiles we were kids all lined up , leaning on a glass counter trying to decide on the flavor of ice cream we wanted; it was a pretty funny site, not lost on the folks behind us snapping pictures. Of course, I was at the glass too, staring inside the cab when the repair was declared successful.  Mission complete, now for the next challenge.

The next challenge didn’t take long and came in the form of Steve’s M-677 that sports a 289 Pontiac (?).  You’d think I could tell you what the engine was because, due to the lack of an engine cover, I was staring right down at it, with the fan blade just a little ways away from sending me to the hospital.  Fear not, for it was all part of the adventure I told myself.

As mentioned, there was fire, but Steve got that fixed and we were on our way.  It turns out that a V8 powers a M-677 really well. As Jeff and Mitch held on in the back, Steve showed us that the old truck still had life in it, accelerating pretty quickly despite a flat spot in the carb.  As Steve chauffered us, passersby were injuring their necks, craning them as they wondered what type of unearthly vehicle it was. As for the passengers, I don’t think any of us stopped laughing the entire time. For Mitch and I, it was only our second FC ride ever and, at least in my case, the best one!  So, many thanks to Steve for taking the time to give us a ride.

Shortly after the ride was over, Mitch and I headed back for Biscuit’s 2nd time on the Interstate.  We had fun and look forward to next  year’s get-to-gether. Apparently, it will need to be at a new location, so if anyone has any ideas for next year, please send them to me.

Oh yeah, the Get Together lasts through Sunday, so you still have time to check it out if you are in the Seattle area.


Below:  This was before we all lined up to ‘help’ fix the gas line problem.


And last, but not least, is Steve’s fire breathing M-677.  The ride was quite literally a blast!  Thanks  Steve.


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The 2011 3rd Annual FC Get Together Tacoma, Wa

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

UPDATE:  Don’t forget, it is this weekend!  I plan to be around Saturday afternoon.  See you there!

Dates:  August 5, 6, 7, 2011.

This is an FC only event open to anyone interested in Jeep FC Trucks and Fleetvans.

People and trucks can arrive at the rear parking lot after 3 p.m. on Friday Aug 5th.  The parking lot has a 6 foot fence and gate that is locked each night.  The gate will be unlocked Sat and Sun at 9 AM.  We will have a barbecue on Saturday.  There are covered areas (for people & barbeque) in case of rain.
Motels in the area are:
Best Western Tacoma Dome Hotel 253 272 7737
Courtyard by Marriott Tacoma Downtown 253 591 9100
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites 253 539 2020
Travelodge Fife 253 922 0550
Please spread the news.
For any questions, please call me at (253) 759-5932, or email.
Gaylord Mingo


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Bantam Testimony about the Jeep Origin

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features

Gerad found this fascinating bit of testimony from Bantam about how the company and the Army worked together.  This seems particularly appropriate given the upcoming Bantam Festival.

BTW.  If anyone wants to take pics and send in reports from the Festival, I will try to do updates based on what I receive. email me about it at d at ewillys.com

Gerald writes,”A few years back I went to the Henry Ford Archives Library in Detroit to research the Jeep.  I found this document.  It is cool.  It was hand typed and the original, Henry read it himself.  The research librarian shook me down, I showed him I knew my shit, then he showed me the good stuff. The Le Croix collection.  I used white gloves and all. Anyways.  Good Bantam history for the record.  This is Bantam’s testimony of what went down.”

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Prototype? M-274 Mule

• CATEGORIES: Features, Other 4x4s, Unusual

Brian spotted this.  I don’t know enough about these to know if this is a prototype or not.

1950? Prototype Willys – M274 Army Mule
Rolling chassis,
4 tires, both axles,
no engine.
Purchased by previous owner’s father
at Kaiser-Willys factory auction (Toledo OH)
Around 1960
(Kaiser bought Willys in 1953,
AMC bought Kaiser in 1970).
Price: $650
Information Email: jonharknes@yahoo.com


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Mike and his Electric M-38 Need Your Vote

• CATEGORIES: Features, M-38 • TAGS: .


UPDATE 2: Bill says Mike needs your vote.  Click on this link and then click the “VOTE FOR THIS FINALIST” (You will have to fill out a short form).

UPDATE: I ran this post a couple years ago.   Mike is now entering an international electric vehicle contest and needs your support.  Head on over to the CJ-2A page to see how your vote can support him.  Thanks for the heads up on this Bill.

Here’s an M-38 that’s mostly original except for the electric modifications.   The owner, Mike Picard, plans on keeping it stock, but restoring it some more.  The drive motor is a Netgain Warp11 Permanent Magnet DC.  It’s got 18 NAPA GC8V, 8.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded Batteries. It is still in progress as of the date of this webpage.  View all the information here.

This picture was from December 2008.  Work is ongoing.


Front Battery rack (8):


Back Battery rack (8):


The charger, controller, fuses, etc are all here, under the driver’s seat where the gas tank used to be.  This provides good access and good ventilation along with protection from the weather.




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2nd Annual Northern Ohio Flatfender Gathering

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Event, Features

On September 25, 2011, Bob will be hosting a flat fender gathering.

The2nd annual Northern Ohio Flatfender Gathering will be held at his house on Sept 25th. Please contact Bob at jeep3b(at)gmail.com. He will provide lunch, restroom facilities and a camp fire.  He has plenty of room for parts to sell and trailers if you haul to it.

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Butler, Pennsylvania, with 70 2D Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

Butler will display 70 2 Dimensional Jeeps as part of the Bantam Festival.

“Our town is taking its own creative spin on the Jeep.  Seventy 2D wooden jeep sculptures have been painted by local artists and are now parked all around Butler.  Be sure and stop by the Information Booth Friday night where you can get the locations of all of the Jeeps.  While you are in town, take some time to explore our streets and see how many Jeeps you can find!  Downtown Butler’s shops are also offering a shopping passport that you can pick up at Parade registration and the Downtown Information Booth.  If you visit several shops, you could win a gift certificate valued at more than $200!

The Associated Artists of Butler County is holding the “Man & Machine” art exhibit opening from 7 to 9 PM on Friday — concurrent with the parade. The exhibit will be held at The Art Center, 344 S. Main Street, below the Court House.  Admission to the exhibit is free, and light refreshments will be served.

The theme is anything related to the interaction of humans and machines, from the art and inventions of Leonardo DaVinci to the development of the Bantam jeep and other modern machines.  The original artwork and unique jeep-related souvenirs and T-shirts will be available for sale.

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Bantam Festival Update

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

The Bantam Festival is nearly here.  Below is an update.  Click on it for more info.

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Sebastian Enters a Car Show

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

Sebastian has been busy touring Pennsylvania and getting to know the locals.  In these shots, his CJ-3B hob nobs with some sophisticated friends.

He writes, “Last Monday I attended the Walnut Street Invitational Car Show here in Pittsburgh with my 1953 CJ-3B. It was a great event; I was amazed by the neighbors I got at the event, a couple Lotus, a Ferrari and an Aston Martin. Take a look of the pictures at the blog (bottom 5 pictures at the link): http://flatfenderclubofbutler.wordpress.com/2011/02/08/welcome-28/

You can see Chuck Curty in one of the pictures. He is the one that restored my Willys and in a very irresponsible moment decided to sell it to me! haha. Unfortunately he left the event early because of rain and I did not have the chance to take a picture of the military jeep he took to the show.

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Jeremy’s Fan Stand

• CATEGORIES: Features

Not letting anything go to waste, Jeremy has put an old rim to good use.

He writes, ” The TRUE Willys enthusiast uses old Jeep tires and rims as a fan stand, rather than donating to the scrapyard. Behind the fan you can see the newly restored frame from my 43 Willys.”