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Craig travels over Black Bear Pass in Colorado

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

Craig has a chance last month to make a trip into the mountains of Colorado.  He thought everyone would enjoy these pics, which are beautiful!

“Here’s some pictures of our trip to Black Bear road on 9/21/12 . The Jeep shown is a 1978 Wagoneer converted into a tour jeep.  It has been in service since 1978.  I’m going to try to put together something on my site maybe.  It’s not FC related but has to do with the history of my tour jeep.  I might have some time this week before we leave for our vacation.  Some factoids; Wild Bill has been down Black Bear more than any other person living or dead, upwards of 2000 times.  He’s been driving for the company for about 34 years and drove for others and personally drove the area 10 years before.  We were there at the height of the Fall colors out there!  IT WAS AWESOME!!!!!  I put some descriptions on the titles of the pictures.  The switchbacks are below the steps of Black Bear and both are past the summit.  Once you pass the summit Black Bear turns into a one way trail as passing is obviously impossible to do on the trail from that point on.”

Here is the Tour Jeep:

Below is a view of Telluride, Colorado

Black Bear’s swtichbacks:

Wild Bill

Black Bear Pass at 12,840 Feet

Another View of Black Bear’s Switchbacks

This is a 900 foot drop.  Tread carefully!

Steps of Black Bear


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Paper Models at Papercruisers.com

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models • TAGS: .

Patrick forwarded this website.  According to the website, Jesse Smith is a big Landcruiser fan.  He is such a big fan, that he builds Landcruisers (and over vehicles) out of paper.  Below are two non-Landcruiser models he makes that you all ought to recognize.  He sells the models for $7.00.


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Extended CJ-2A in Spain, but there is a small problem . . .

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Features, Unusual • TAGS: , .

Roberto’s friend Mr. Paco, has run into some bureaucracy trying title his Jeep.  I will let Roberto explain the details.

Let me introduce you the Willys CJ2A jeep owns by my friend mr. Paco, who lives at Valladolid, Spain. The jeep was found years ago at a farm (barn find!!!) and have belonged to an aristocratic dame, if I´m not wrong.

As you could see in the pics, it has a very curious extended body conversion with short hard-top and that´s the reason to ask your help. We would like to know if this kind of conversion could be done at the States as an extra ordered by the customer, or the institution which imported to Spain. Paco wants to get a tittle for his jeep as an historic vehicle and it seems that here, he needs to claim that this kind conversion was made at the factory. I mean, that this characteristic is “historical”. If not, he should modify again it to be a standard CJ2A jeep…Absurd, and illogical, as the guy who has pointed him this doesn´t care about the possibility of a local conversion made at Spain…isn´t would be this “historical” too? Burocracy, absurd and illogical burocracy…



I responded to Roberto writing that while I knew a small outfit in California created CJ-2Ls by expanding the middle of some CJ-2As, I was not aware of any aftermarket group nor any Willys option to have the bodies extended in the rear (despite plenty of examples of jeeps that have been extended in the rear).  Does anyone else know anything different?

Here are some examples of jeeps extended at the back.

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1941 Ford GP at Photobucket

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

I ran across these images of ‘swedeherbie’s’ 1941 Ford GP project.  He has posted over one hundred pictures.

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1975 CJ-5 Fire Jeep Thorndale, PA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was at auction.

Thanks go to Steve for spotting this jeep on municibid.com.  Plenty of details provided, though the pics aren’t the greatest.

“The Thorndale Volunteer Fire Company is selling a 1975 Jeep CJ-5 previously utilized as a brush fire unit.  This vehicle is owned by the original owner and it was delivered on June 7, 1975.  The configuration into a brush fire unit was completed by the Brush Buggie Corporation  prior to delivery.  Configurations included the integrated roll cage, water tank, extended front bumper with fire pump, and emergency warning lights and sirens.  The vehicle was refurbished in May of 1993 by Fire Company members.

1975 Jeep CJ-5
258 Cubic-inch 4.2 Liter Straight 6
3-Speed Manual Transmission
Manufacturer Date of Jeep: February 1975
BF Goodrich Mud-Terrain T/A Tires
Size: LT235/75/R15

Tread Depth:
Driver’s Side Front: 18/32”
Passenger’s Side Front: 18/32”
Driver’s Side Rear: 18/32”
Passenger’s Side Rear: 18/32”

GVW: 5,500 lbs

250 GPM Gorman-Rupp Exhaust Powered Centrifugal Pump powered by a 9 horsepower Briggs & Stratton 4 cycle motor (Rebuilt during May 1993 Refurbishment)
110 Gallon UPF Poly Tank (Added during May 1993 Refurbishment)
Hannay Electric Hose Reel with 100 feet of Garden Hose
Mileage: 13,625 (As of 9/23/2012)
Inspection Expiration: April 2012
Front Axle Rebuilt: May 1993
Ball Joints and U-Joints Replaced: May 1993
Shocks Replaced: May 1993
Steering Dampener Replaced: May 1993
Re-sprung Leaf Springs: May 1993
Radiator Replaced: November 20, 2008
Fuel Pump and Filter Replaced: March 14, 2009
Equipment Included:
– Federal AeroDynic Lightbar
– Federal 100 Watt Dynamaxx Siren Speaker
– (2) Brush Rakes
– (1) Spade Head Shovel
– (1) Pulaski Tool

The water tank has a 1-1/2” inlet for filling the tank.  Pump provides water to hose reel as well as 6 foot garden hose stored under the passenger’s seat.  Vehicle is capable of “pump and roll”.

Damage includes a tear on the driver’s seat upright portion, a small tear in the passenger’s side seat upright portion, a dent on the passenger’s side front fender, and dent on passenger’s side jamb.”

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Old Jeep Carnival Ride found in 2011 at Garage Sale

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys, videos

The folks at Billy Bob and Company documented a carnival ride discovered at a local garage sale.  I wish I found garage sales that good!

This link shows a photo of a little girl riding what appears to be the same ride.

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Johnny The Jeep Coloring Book

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features, toys

UPDATE:  Well, I purchased this coloring book last month.  Let me save you all some money by telling you that the only jeep in the entire book is the one on the front cover (and that one is obviously already colored)!!  Oh well . . .

(08/14/2012) The “Johnny Jeep Coloring Book” from the Merrill Publishing Company #3457 . Copyright 1943. Cover art by Schumacher. It measures 8 /2″ by 11″ and has 48 pages to color.”

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Garton Toy Pedal Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Here’s a rare old pedal car in need of restoration.


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Nellybelle Diecast Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

It’s not pristine, but still neat.

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Given it is Hunting Season . . .

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

. . . this photograph seemed appropriate.  Boy, that jeep is has got some mud on the underside.  The photo itself is from a 2×2 Negative and was a press photo of some kind.

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Book: Jezebel the Jeep by Fairfax Downey

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

UPDATE: Downey also wrote this 1944 article.

I finished reading “Jezebel The Jeep” last month, a fun, quick read written by Fairfax Downey.  Mr. Downey was a writer and military historian who served in both World War I and II.  During World War II he went to North Africa, the same place he sends the book’s protagonist.  The book, only 150 pages, tells a story about a soldier, his jeep, and the difficulties the soldier faces, both personal and professional.

The book’s prose is accompanied by sketches from Paul Brown.  I’ve included a few below, scanned courtesy of John. He enjoyed Paul’s work so much he digitized all the drawings, many including jeeps. You can see all of them at John’s Google+ page. Also on the page is a piece of  ‘Jezebel’ jeep art featured on the cover of Adventure magazine in 1944, an issue that included Mr. Downey’s story.


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2 1947 Willys Ads out of Quebec, Canada on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Artists/Drawings, Features, International

Here are two separate listings for jeeps in French.

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Dale Model Company WWII Recognition Model **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models, Unusual

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

This looks interesting. I have no idea what the value is.

“This is an absolute amazing find! Pot-metal coaster made by Dale Model Company; 1:25 scale. Rear spare tire has “Dale Model Co Chicago” cast into sidewall. Underneath rear has “JEEP” cast. Star on hood. Paint has chips (see pictures), but appears to be original. Wheels roll; and steering wheel turns. Measures roughly 5.25″ x2.5 and heavy – weighing roughly 14oz.

During WWII, similar models were used for training spotters. At the end of WWII, Dale purchased the molds, and converted to the toy (recognition models). These models are difficult to find, especially in this condition.”

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Tonka Tow Truck Wrecker BOX ONLY on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, toys

The box is priced at $24.95, but priceless for the right collector.

“This auction is for VINTAGE ORIGINAL 1970 TONKA JEEP WRECKER & PLOW No.2435 EMPTY BOX. The box is in very good condition considering her age (see pic and judge yourself). All complete no missing flap. Perfect for display.”

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1955 Willys Globe Trotter Magazine on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Magazine

Steve alerted me to this magazine.  Has anyone else seen other copies of this magazine?

“original factory magazine , 8.5 x 11 , 16 pages , this is the July August 1955 issue of Willys Globe Trotter factory magazine . It was printed by the Willys Jeep Export Division , it shows dozens of Jeep vehicles around the world and has an interesting 2 page article on the atomic test in Nevada in 1955 and the many Jeeps that were used after the test .”

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Disston Saws: Tools to Build Jeeps Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Artists/Drawings, Features

This mid-WWII ad touts the involvement of Disston saws and wood with the production of the jeep.

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Keep on Jeeping Hat from the 80s on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Artists/Drawings, Features

This is a deadstock hat that was never worn.  It was a sales promotional cap for a Langley BC Jeep Dealer.

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Approved Willys Service Sign on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Here’s a vintage sign that is only at $9.99 with less than a day left.

“Great porcelain sign from Willys…measures 13 1/2″ across and in pretty nice condition, considering……take a look and see if you need this one for the garage wall! Sold with no reserve. $14.85 priority mail shipping on this heavy sign.”

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Photograph of Man Spraying Tree in an Experimental CJ-2 on eBay

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Features, Old Images

This 8×10 photograph shows an early CJ-2.  Note the “JEEP” on the hood in place of the later “WILLYS”.  Also note the position of the spare tire.

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Popular Science Article about the Underground Team’s 1962 Wagon

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

Popular Science published an article on September 25th about this 1962 Wagon, updated on the inside, but stock on the outside.  Below is a picture of the same wagon with Gerald and his kids in front of it at this year’s Bantam Festival.


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Steve’s Ceramic Wagon Model

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

Yesterday Steve shared a photo of this ceramic wagon model of his ’57 Sedan Delivery Wagon that he created when he was 18.  It is 12″ in length.

He wrote, “I made the wagon the first year at Jr. College.   There was a ’57 Chevy I though was pretty cool made in a previous class.  So, I did a “self portrait”, sort of…..    My Willys Wagon was my “wheels” until I got a real job, as opposed to summer jobs.   The engine when bad, so I parked it and bought my first FC-170 in ’82.  I drove that through my University days.  Everyone called it the “garbage truck”.   I was in the sailing club and very few had a vehicle that could tow the boats on weekend saildays.  So, the garbage truck was one of the tow vehicles on the weekends, and on the two campouts each year.  I’m sure everyone has fond memories of that ugly thing.

Now the ’57 wagon has it’s first paint job, and waiting to be assembled.  The body is on the frame, but it not bolted down yet.  The engine and transmission will be next….some day.  I have too many projects in line at the moment.”

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Grrrumbler: Custom Flatfender Model

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models, stainless/jewels • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Was on eBay. **SOLD**. It is similar to the Trailblazer

Where was this when I was building models?  This has desert dog-like tires, a stainless look, and some turbine rims!

“GRRRUMBLER 4×4 Jeep Off Road Custom MPC 1:25 OPENED Vtg Model Kit 70’s”

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1948 CJ-2A Ad for a Hydraulic Control Lift on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I wish this were in better focus.  Neat ad.

“Up for Auction we have this ORIGINAL 1948 UNIVERSAL ‘JEEP’ AD. Approx. 10 1/4X13 1/2″. A nice clean ad, in excellent condition, suitable for framing. Carefully shipped with backer board”

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Model Kit in Box by E.Z.KRAFT on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

This is neat.

“From 1950’s ??? ….. Excellent Condition (see picture) …… U.S. Army JEEP …. Wood Model Kit by E.Z. KRAFT ……….. See MY STORE for other Model Kits > War Tank, Army Tank, and another Jeep with AntiAircraft Gun …. ALL VINTAGE > UNUSED and in the ORIGINAL BOX !!!!!!”

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Tin ‘Safari’ Jeep out of Japan on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

I looks for another example of this toy on the web, but couldn’t find one.


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