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Postcard of Jeep Tourists in Fantastic Caverns

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

I’ll have to see if more pics of these trains exist.

“For The Collector We Feature This Unused Standard Size Vintage Chrome Postcard Showing Jeep Drawn Vehicle, Fantasic Caverns in Springfield, Missouri. Back of card reads: FANTASTIC CAVERNS, the only cave that is large enough and level enough to drive through. You can see this cavern from the comfortable seats in a jeep drawn vehicle. Old postcard does have some corner/edge wear.”

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Can of Willys Anti-Freeze

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts

Here’s a rare can of Antifreeze for auction on eBay

“WOW! WOW! WOW! Up for bids is a super rare WILLY’S MOTORS ANTI-FREEZE Can. This beauty is a 1 quart can and has had the lid removed. This would be a great addition to any oil or Jeep collection! Feel free to email me with any questions!”

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Sebastian and Falls Leaves

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

Sebastian took a drive among the fall leaves and shared this beautiful pic!  Winter is on its way. Brrrrr

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Connie and Kids in Australia by Constance Helmericks

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

Published in 1971, this is supposed to involve a jeep.  I will purchase and let you know.

“This is one of the last books in a series that started with “Connie and Bud” discovering Alaska in the late 40’s. True pioneers and adventurous in nature, after years of Artic living they both went their separate ways. Bud deciding on becoming a Bush Pilot, hunting guide, explorer, and expert on the Alaska outback. Connie, with her two teenage daughters, continued on in life’s many adventures by heading to Australia for an extended “walk about.

With her usual in depth observations about life, she visits all that Australia has to offer. From the small outback villages to the “Big” cities. Her observations on the aborigines has proven, by history, to be quite concise and accurate. Her observations on the lifestyles of the Aussies is most interesting when compared with observations of todays visitor.

A book worth reading more so if one is contemplating a visit or has been on one and wishes to compare.
Mrs. Helmericks has lived a lifetime in adventure. Anyone reading this book will find the earlier ones most interesting and will simply wonder: “How did they do that?””

Another review from Kirkus Reviews.

View more information from eBay.  This book ships from Australia.



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Four Wheel Parts Wholesalers History

• CATEGORIES: Features, Website

Here is the story of George Adler and the launching of Four Wheel Parts Wholesalers in 1961. Starting at the kitchen table making catalogs, the company grew into an off-road parts empire.


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The Four Wheel Steer Bantam in Pop Mechanics

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, Magazine • TAGS: .

I spotted this brief note about the four-wheel-steer Bantam BRC-40 on page 167 of the May 1946 issue of Popular Mechanics.  Why it appeared five years after it was built seems a little strange.  I can’t imagine the army keeping this model top secret for any reason.  Maybe they needed some filler for the issue?

Here is a link to the Google page that shows the whole article

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Contourtop from an April 1967 Four Wheeler Ad

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

**** If you have any Four Wheeler Magazines from the 1960s or 1970s and you don’t want them, I’d love to get them.  I’d like to record more of these unusual aftermarket items. Just email me at d@ewillys.com ****

I ran across this unusual Controurtop Hardtop in an ad from the April 1967 issue of Four Wheeler Magazine.  I’ve never seen one of these for sale on Craigslist.

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Topless Top in Four Wheeler Magazine on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine • TAGS: , .

This “Topless Top” article appeared in the March 1966 issue of Four Wheeler Magazine.  Given the top was made of plexiglass, I suspect it is unlikely there are many remaining (if any).  I have bid on the issue, so I hope to have better images and more information if/when I win it.

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2012 Barfrosttreffet in Norway this past Weekend

• CATEGORIES: Features, International

Last weekend was the 2012 Barfrosttreffet.  It looks like a variety of jeepers participated. It sure looks  like a beautiful country to explore.  I have posted a few pics from their event below.  You can see more here:  http://www.facebook.com/events/146187395522035/

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A Drawing by “Darkinalina”

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

Guy spotted this list of DrawSomething Jeeps.  I only know about the iPad/iPhone game because my wife, my mother and my daughter all play the game.

The one below was drawn by someone named ‘Darkalina’.  You can see more here.

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Rare Tin Police Jeep w/ TV Screen **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

On the back is a screen that has animations. The CJ-3B Page shows a similar, but not the same model: http://cj3b.info/Toys/PoliceToys2.html

“Win this nice one for your collection. Very rare Movie Screen Police Willys Jeep by MODERN TOYS. Has an amazing illuminated and animated screen which rolls through freeway scenes, traffic snarls, the highway patrol on the road & issuing infringement notices. I’ve included a video showing this but it’s pretty out of focus. The toy moves about the floor in a random fashion. Think the light on the front is supposed to flash but isn’t working. This may need some tinkering and another small project would be a new steering wheel and seat base. Too good to be called a toy! Scans and photos are of the actual item & form part of the description.

22.5cm long x 10.8cm wide x 12cm high. 1-2 kilos packed weight. Item No: 800016”

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Popular Science Compares Winches (in 1974)

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

From the April 1974 Issue of Popular Science comes this comparison of winches of the time.  The analysis included the chart below coupled with three examples of creative winching.

View the issue of Popular Science on Google

Creative solutions for winching:

Comparing mechanical and electrical winches:

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1943 June Motor Age Magazine on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, Magazine

Here’s a rare magazine that shows Hitler falling out of a jeep.


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1949 Jeepster Brochure Targeting Women on eBay

Here’s an unusual brochure that appears to target women.

“You are viewing an original 1949 Willys-Overland Motors Jeepster lithographed sales brochure.  It is numbered VJ 3M-I-500M-4-49.  There is a small tear at the bottom of it near a sticker that was used to seal it.  It is in good condition otherwise.

It measures 4″ by 7″ when closed and opens to 8″ by 14″.”

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Mighty Mite at the 1961 Auto Show

• CATEGORIES: Features, Mighty Mites, Old Images • TAGS: , , .

Steve forwarded this photo of a Mighty Mite at the Chicago Auto Show yesterday.

Coincidently, yesterday Ann’s mother saved part of an episode of Pawn Stars for me to view (Episode called PONY UP from December 2011), which included a man trying to sell a Mighty Mite to the Pawn Stars guys for $22,000.  They offered $13,000 (based on their expert’s opinion).  Unfortunately, I can’t find a free way to view that episode.


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Willys Powered Railway Maintenance Cart **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Industrial-Welder-Generator • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Price Unknown

Car, Railway Maintenance, Mutigage , 8-Man, 60 HP Gasoline engine Willys Model MB Motor Car / Speedster

If this is not the most unusual and the most rare WWII vehicle I have had the opportunity to sell it is definitely in the top three. It was built for the U.S. Army Transportation Corp by the Kalamazoo Manufacturing Co. Kalamazoo Michigan. It is serial number 5913 USA number M1013 and was delivered January 1945. What makes it interesting to me is they used everything they could from the MB, purchased right from Willys. The engine complete with oil filter, air filter, regulator, battery, bell housing and T-84 transmission and all of the gauges are the same as the MB. They even used the MB fuel tank and radiator. It is 4 wheel drive and that is accomplished through chain drive and a forward-reverse lever which gave three gear speeds in each direction so the transfer case was not needed. When it was found and purchased 5 or 6 years ago, it was still in very good running condition and had never been allowed to set outside. Most of the vehicle is wood and due to inside storage for 60 years 95% of the original wood was saved in the total restoration. You can see in the as purchased photos (yellow trim) how good the wood was, only the side rail boards had to be replaced mainly from being kicked and broken. Before restoration it was used on several Sunday rail trips in the Jackson Ohio area. It will go much faster that you will want to drive it. As you can see from the photos it was professionally and totally disassembled rebuilt, researched for paint scheme and reassembled. With the wood being in such good condition it was easy to sand down to the original colors and markings. It was shown at the 2006 MVPA convention in Dayton Ohio.”

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Fire Jeep Photograph from Netherlands

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

UPDATE:  Roberto believes this was taken in the Netherlands.

How about this photograph from Flickr.  The information with this photo suggests it was taken in 1953.


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1955 King Winch Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This is the first of three King winch Brochures from Koenig Iron Works.

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1960 King Winch Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Here’s a 1960 King winch brochure from Koenig Iron Works.

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1961 King Winch Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Here’s a 1961 King winch brochure from Koenig Iron Works.

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Seep Pulling Trailer

• CATEGORIES: Features, GPA (SEEP), Old Images

I ran across this photo of a Seep pulling a trailer from the water at the Army’s website.  The vehicle is pretty deep in teh mud.  I wonder if it made it out of that.


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Jeep Mule Train at St. Simons Island in Georgia

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual • TAGS: .

I put this together based on some research tonight.  If anyone has corrections or additions, please let me know.

For years, though I couldn’t say how many, Marvin Long ran a Jeep Train that was also known as the Mule Train. As these photos show, he used at least two different types of jeeps to pull a series of two wheeled carts along the beaches of St. Simons, Island.  At least one source mentioned the train rides were for going out to the beach to collect shells.  Whether this was the principle reason or just one of the events is less sure.  Whatever it was they got to do, the ride was popular, as this article from the September 6, 1952, issue of Billboard Magazine described:

An early Jeep train can be seen in this photo from a book called St. Simons Island by Patricia Morris, which was also made into a post card.  It looks like there might be a jeep all the way in the reason, too.

 The use of a CJ-2A was followed up in 1955 (or later) by a CJ-5. This image can be found at this website:  http://ga67.herobo.com/island6.html

Mr. Long arrived at St. Simons in the late 1940s to take over the stables there.  He managed these for decades.  The land (all or most of it?) on which the stables were situation has been turned into  the St.Simons Land Trust.



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Photo of Betty & Genes Fox Hole w/Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This is a neat photo.

“Greetings! The bidding is on a 3″ x 4.75″ vintage snapshot of ESSO GAS STATION DOG ON JEEP BETTY & GENE’S FOX HOLE VINTAGE SNAPSHOT PHOTO.”

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June 1954 Roy Rogers Comic Book **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Comics, Features • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

According to the description, on the back of this comic book is a picture of Roy, Dale and Bullet in a Jeep.  No indication they are in Nellybelle or some other jeep.

“ROY ROGERS Western Comic Book, JUNE 1954, DELL Volume 1 No.78. 100% Complete With NO MAJOR DAMAGE, No Writing On Inside Pages. Comic Book Lays Flat, With No Water Or Mildew Damage. With Tight Spine. Very Nice Condition For Age. Some Covers May have Slight Minimal Nicks, Scratches, Minimal (slight) Spine Separation Etc., So See Scan For Details, As All Items Sold As Is, Due To Their Age. COMPLETE COVER SEPARATION WITH TIGHT SPINE AND ALL COLORFUL PAGES PRESENT, LAYING FLAT. The Rear Inside Cover Is An Ad For THE SCHWIN PHANTOM BICYCYLE, And The Rear Outside CoverShows Roy, Dale, And Bullet, In A Willys Jeep.”

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My ‘New’ FC-150s

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

I have been meaning to get a couple FC toys so that the next time I show up at a FC event I can be an official FC owner, even if they are FC-minis.  A couple weeks ago I finished up eWillys early, so I trolled through a variety of FC toys on eBay.  I came across two low priced, imperfect Corgie FC-150s out of the UK that would fit my minimal budget. I figured if I bid on a couple of them I’d walk away with at least one of them.  Instead, I guess no one else wanted them.  Thus, I ended up with two FCs.

These toys are a nice heavy weight metal, much heavier than I thought they would be. In fact, they feel heavier than some of the plastic Tonka toys I’ve seen.  Both toys could use some TLC, but I think I’ll keep them just the way they are.

Here’s an example of how the FC w/ the conveyer belt ought to look like.  Mine works, but the conveyer belt is missing.

Here are some more Corgi Jeep Toys on Flickr, too.  Apparently, Corgi made all kinds of vehicles.  A wide variety of Corgi vehicles have been photographed and placed on Flickr.