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1948 Popular Homecraft’s Wander Wagon Junior

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Willys Wagons, Wood bodies • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: The complete set of plans for the Wander Wagon is shown below. Previously, I’d only had the first part of the build scanned.

In 1948 Popular Homecraft Magazine did a two article series on the construction of a home built Jeep Station Wagon. The name for the custom wagon was the Wander Wagon Junior. The project was shared with readers over two issues, the 1948 Jan-Feb issue and the 1948 Mar-Apr issue. I was finally able to locate a copy of the Mar-Apr issue, so now the full build is shown below.

PART I: January-February 1948 issue:

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1959 Patent for a Portable Reeling Device

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The patent for this portable reeling device was filed on December 25, 1962. It isn’t just for a jeep, but a jeep-like vehicle is shown and referenced. I’ve never seen any evidence this was ever manufactured; anyone else?



From the patent, “Now with more particular reference to the drawing, FIGS. 1, 2, 3, and 4 show an embodiment of the invention with a jeep as the means to drive a power driven communication wire reel 16. The communication wire is retrieved and wound onto the communication wire reel 16 by activating outwardly an adjustable speed disk 31 with a clutch lever 20. The power to perform this function is derived from a power take-off 38 from the engine.

Persons familiar with jeeps of the military variety know that such jeeps have a transmission which connects the motor to two shafts which are connected in parallel. One of the shafts drives the ground engaging wheels of the vehicle while the other shaft is connected to a power take-off. This power take-01f may be used to drive a hydraulic system or other attachment. In this case, the power take-off 38 is connected to the shaft 37 and thence to a universal joint 36 and, from there, to the clutch for driving the reel. A pressure spring 35 is held in place and away from a spinning friction power disk 33 by means of a bearing 34 which is fixed to the friction power disk 33. The constant pressure which is exerted on the bearing 34 forces the friction power disk 33 outwardly and against the adjustable speed disk 31. By moving the clutch lever 20 to the left, a pivot 40 in a clutch lever support plate 22 will force lever lugs 39 to the right.”

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1944 Jeep Toy Project From Home WoodCraft

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models, toys

The November/December 1944 issue of Home Woodcraft featured this “realistic” jeep toy-of-the-year. If you need high resolution versions of this, comment below or email me.

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Year? CJ-5 Photo on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

I’m guessing this photo was part of the 1955 CJ-5 introduction?

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“Vintage Jeep Vehicles News & Photos Press Photo KAISER JEEP CORPORATION”

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The Caissons Go Rolling Along

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

Carl pointed out that the 1944 sheet music for “The Caissons Go Rolling Along” sheet music included a jeep on the cover (#1 below). After some searching on eBay, some other popped up. I bought the bottom one that features the Ford GP and Willys MA.

  1. Music with jeep pulling artillery and planes on the cover on eBay:
  2. Cover with jeep pulling artillery shown from behind on eBay:
  3. Two jeeps pulling artillery and planes on eBay:
  4. The music I bought:
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My Heart Stood Still (Jeep on Cover) on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features • TAGS: .

Carl found this one as well, a song from the Connecticut Yankee that has a jeep on it for some reason.

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“This is Extremely Rare original Sheet Music from the US for: ” My Heart Stood Still ” From The Musical: A Connecticut Yankee . This original sheet music is from 1957 and is in VG+ Condition. This sheet music is 5 pages long!!”


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Year? CJ-2A & Trailer Project Photo on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Is that a truck-bed trailer?

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“Vintage Jeep Vehicles News & Photos Press Photo WILLY’S 8 X 10”




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1942 Photo of Jeep Lashed to a Raft on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This photo captures a military test of a jeep lashed to a raft in a Los Angeles lagoon.

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“1942 Press Photo La, Calif. Army jeep on a raft in Army demonstration. Photo measures 9 x 7 inches. Photo is dated 7-3-1942.”

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1950s Morrison-Built Snow Plows

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Newgren featured this Morrison-built snow plow in an early Willys-Overland Equipment booklet.

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These SnoDozer brochures were posted to eBay on February 08, 2013:

This Morrison-built SnoDozer snow plow was manufactured in Buffalo. This snow plow employed metal bars that reached all the back to the PTO bar.



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Suzuki at the Mesa’s Cruise Night

• CATEGORIES: Features

Joe spotted this rare 1971 Suzuki LJ10, also called a Brute IV, at Mesa, Arizona’s, Cruise Night. This looks in good shape. You can learn more about these vehicles at http://www.LJ10.com

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Atlanta Auto Show

• CATEGORIES: Features

Jay shared pics of this modified Jeepster Commando that appeared at this year’s Atlanta Auto Show.

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RIP Karl Emrich Eilers 1933-2019

• CATEGORIES: Features

My father passed away yesterday at the age of 85 after a week of family hospice care at his home of fifty-five years. He’d had a good, full life. The Navy veteran, long time Boeing Engineer, and, after retirement, Home Depot employee, struggled physically after his stroke in 2002, but it never dampened his will or drive.


I took this pic just as the first basketball game started on Thursday. I had no idea it would be the last pic.

Before he passed on Thursday, Dad and I did something we’d never done. We turned on the March Madness basketball tournament at 9:30am and began watching March Madness together. I love basketball, so I thought I could share this with him (and I had control of the remotes). Though he likes sports, he always preferred football more.

Dad could no longer see the TV too well, so I ran the play-by-play scores by him and explained who was playing. He seemed to enjoy it. It was mostly just he and I as we rooted for the underdog teams as we juggled multiple games and channels. But, what he was really looking forward to was the 4pm game, which featured #1 seed Gonzaga, as that was his college Alma Mater.

Gonzaga is a Catholic school, but dad was no Catholic. In fact, I’d only learned the day before that while at Gonzaga, he got As and Bs in everything, except for the Ds he received in the religious classes. That sounded about right to me.

Just after 2pm on Thursday he decided, with his usual certainty and determination, that he was going to stand again and do a couple “pushups” (knee-bends using his walker). He hadn’t been out of bed in a week and a half, so we knew he was pretty week to be attempting this. His heart was only pushing about 20% of normal, due to heart failure, but, as he put it, “Goddammit”, he was going to do it. So, my wife, my mother and I helped him. He proceeded, with our help, to push himself off the bed twice.

By the second push, he was pretty tired, so we put him back into the bed. He immediately asked for my hand. That’s when I knew something was wrong, as he wasn’t one to hold my hand. Then, his breathing started to increase and a concern flashed across his eyes. While we soothed him, we could tell something had happened. He, of course, knew it, too.

The end came quickly and he suffered little. If he hadn’t been in the middle of dying, I am certain he would have appreciated the irony that a little exercise led to his passing, as loved to exercise, mostly lifting weights. Exercise made him feel alive most of his life, but in the end it led to his passing. I doubt he would have wanted it any other way.

We will miss him, but we are universally happy in his death. Between his stroke and increasing heart failure, he was a shell of his former self. At the end, he went out quickly and with dignity at home knowing he was loved (and with some gallows humor about the exercise). He was a good man and got what he deserved: PEACE.

PS…. for the record, Dad and I did share the Gonzaga game, though he showed little emotion as the Zags crushed their opponent, remaining pretty stiff throughout. It was only after the game that the funeral home came for the body. (I’m pretty sure dad is smiling, but shaking his head at me by this point).


Summer of 1981. Dad and I at Milk Lake in the Cascade Mountains jeeping with our Jeep Club


Dad and I in 2013.


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Liftmobile Patent

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This Liftmobile patent was filed by Schultz Kurt-Gunnar on January 16, 1960. This seems to be the only patent related to the jeep that he filed. I can find no evidence that this

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According to the patent, “The present invention aims at providing an improved elevator-type motor truck or liftmobile, repowered, equipped and counterbalanced for faster transportation of the load under care, to more distant places, even off the road, where they may be urgently needed under adverse conditions, as after accidents, during strikes, rebellions, forest fires, etc.

More particularly, the present invention aims at adapting a motor vehicle or truck, for example, a commercially available vehicle such as a Jeep, by appropriate modification and reconstruction thereof to quickly pick up the load at a depot from the ground or from a lorrys platform, for instance, canned food and refreshments, packed in boxes, first-aid material, barbed wire spools, bundled on pallets, and various other auxiliary and protective articles, to expeditiously travel with the load at the usual convoy speed, about 25-30 m.p.h., even over rough ground and in roadless country, and to promptly deposit the load in dangerous places under fire from rebels, at dark, by dumping, i.e., without necessity of stopping the vehicle for purposes of unloading.”

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Han-D-Crane by the Construction Machinery Company

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Anyone ever run across one of these cranes. It was manufactured by the Construction Machinery Company out of Waterloo, Iowa.

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2 1950 Photos of Unloading Jeep in Korea on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

The price on these two identical photos is good. The photo appears to have been taken on September 20, 1950.

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“Original Korean War Press Photo dated 1950. (2 identical) Jeep unloaded from a Flying Boxcar plane at Kimpo Airport, taken by Photographer Stanley Tretick. 7X9″ the image itself is a bit grainy but theyre in great shape.”


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1942 Saturday Evening Post with A Ford GP

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

On pages 48-29 of the August 15, 1942, Saturday Evening post featured an ad by the United State Rubber Company titled “Here’s Where Your Rubber is Going”. The ad included a Ford GP.

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WWII Airman Compass

• CATEGORIES: Features

You never know what will pop up around my parents’ house. The other day my sister found this tiny compass set, given to my grandfather for my father and his brothers. The set contains a small magnet, what I believe to be a magnetized arrow that can balance on the magnet, a 1925 coin (unsure what type of metal), and a small leather pouch. All of this was stored in a small envelope with a note to my grandfather.

The letter mentions four items. The fourth may have been a small leather pouch, which somehow I forgot to photograph. The coin was in the leather pouch. The arrow and magnet were in the tiny envelope shown in the photo below. Both the leather pouch and the small envelope were inside the large enveloped with the writing.

I tried to find more info online, but didn’t have any luck. Anyone know some history about this? Is the magnet and arrow supposed to be used with the coin?





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Sedan-Jeep From Facebook

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Sedan-jeep

Farrell Fox shared this photo of what I call a “Sedan-Jeep” on Facebook. There was no year or caption. I loosely define a sedan-jeep as one which has had some kind of custom top and/or fenders, added that make the jeep a little more car-like.


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1966 Jeep Ads in Popular Science

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Blaine shared these two ads from the February 1966 issue of Popular Science. The jeep ad appears on page 71 and the engine adapter ad was published on page 227.


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1943 Photos of the Chevrolet Airborne Prototype on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Airborne Lightweight Jeeps, Features

This seller has a series of photos of the Chevrolet lightweight prototype.

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“1942 Chevrolet US Army 1/4 Ton Jeep Truck Prototype Press Photo. Original
Details: W 10 x H 8 x D 0.1”


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“1942 Chevrolet US Army 1/4 Ton Jeep Truck Chassis Prototype Press Photo. Original
Condition: Looks as though it was likely cut from an 8×10, possibly had two photos on 8×10 sheet”


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“1942 Chevrolet US Army 1/4 Ton Jeep Truck Prototype Press Photo. Original
Details: W 10 x H 8 x D 0.1″


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Auburn Machine Works Trencher Patent

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There are some great illustrations that accompanied this patent filed August 15, 1950, by Friedrich Schmidt on behalf of Auburn Machine Works.

According to the filing, “An object of this invention is to provide means for digging trenches particularly suitable for mounting on a conventional vehicle such as a truck or jeep without any substantial modification thereof and driven from the vehicle power take-01f. It is a related object to provide novel means coordinated with the digger portion of the device for enabling the vehicle to be advanced positively at a speed which is only a fraction of the normally obtainable minimum speed and with the engine operating at full rated R. P. M. I”





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1945 Photo of a Jeep stuck in Philippine Mud

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This photo appeared in the February 03, 1945, issue of the Saturday evening Post, page 18.


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Gee-I Jeep Toy Davidson, NC $50

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Dan shared this early Gee-I Jeep toy. Someone ought to like this for the price.


“The Gee I jeep is in good condition with all original paperwork box. Rare piece to find. Was made in different years this is the first. You can color the Jeep any color you want.”



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Newly Chromed Front Bumper Butte, MT $2000 + Shipping

• CATEGORIES: Features

Kris is selling this newly chromed front bumper and parts.

“This is a freshly chromed full front bumper assembly for the Willy’s Wagon or Truck. This should also fit the Jeepster. Not only are these parts very hard to find but chrome shops are getting ever more difficult to find. Especially shops that do work like the top notch work done at Decorative Industrial Plating out of Helena, MT. This bumper is in perfect condition and is truly show quality chrome. All chrome carriage bolts, nuts and washers are included! Bumper is located in Butte, MT. Send me an email with any questions at wyantk@hotmail.com.
Kris. $2000 + shipping”






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Jeep Soap

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Chris snagged this unusual item off of eBay. I’d really like to know when this was produced, because some of the font details are fairly close to the look of the Jeep font in 1945.

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