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Bernd’s Bad Day at the Gas Pump

• CATEGORIES: Features

Some days you wish you could do over. Bernd had one of those days recently. His goal was to transport a ride-on lawyer mower to the Austrian workshop to repair an oil leak.  After loading the lawnmower, he discovered his CJ-5 needed gas, so he drove to the local gas station and put in about a half tank, then proceeded on his way.

Soon, his jeep wasn’t quite running correctly. Remembering he still had his receipt from the gas station, he pulled it out only to discover that he filled up with diesel instead of standard gas.

So, Bernd sent the CJ-5 to a ‘spa’ for some cleaning and reinvigorating. We hope it recovers soon!

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Surrey Postcard From Hawaii on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards

I don’t believe I’ve seen this postcard.

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2 Smokey the Bear Table Cloths **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Price was $16 for the pair.

(02/18/2019) Not one, but two 54″ x 96″ tablecloths.


“TWO Vintage Smokey the Bear
Prevent Forest Fires Paper Tablecloths-
Both New Old Stock-
Hard to Find Collectible Items

Up for sale in this auction are TWO vintage paper tablecloths featuring Smokey the Bear. A hard to find item that will make a great addition to any Smokey the Bear collection….also great to use if you like. Definitely never opened or removed from the package.

I believe that both tablecloths are the same design…..they just look different due to the way they are folded within the plastic wrap. Made by the C.A. Reed Company….featuring “Futura Stylized Designs”. Only one tablecloth has the label on the back. The tablecloths measure 54 x 96 inches in size.
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Early Newgren/Love Lift **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

Maury shared this rare lift for auction on eBay.

“You are bidding on a vintage NEWGREN (LOVE) under body rear hitch for Willys Jeep CJ Models. It was removed from a 1946 cj2a with column shift, so I know it is an early version of this lift. A little rusty and crusty, but still there for restoration or duplication. These are very rare to find so this may be once in a lifetime find for the avid collector. Listing is for local pickup, but I will aid in shipping and banding to pallet if you are handling a truck freight option. Feel free to email any questions. Watch my other auctions for some other vintage accessories”

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A Good Laugh … $35,000 Jeep Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Thanks to Maury, we can have a good laugh. He spotted this auction. Someone is trying to sell this brochure on eBay for $35,000, with bids starting at $25,000. I have this same brochure, but mine says “Willys Overland Export Company” instead of “Willys of Canada Limited Windsor Ontario” and costed me only $25.

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1963 Panel Delivery Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I am surprised there’s no reference to it being a Jeep Wagoneer, just a ‘Jeep’ Delivery Wagon.

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“1963 Willys Jeep Panel Delivery Sales Brochure. The full fold out has another illustration of the Panel Delivery along with information on features.
Pages: Folds out to 17 x 8
Details: W 8.5 x H 4 x D 0.1″

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1945 Postcard From Camp Butner on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards

This postcard shows a bunch of jeeps at Camp Butner all lined up.

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“Camp Butner N.C. Jeeps At The Motor Pool Postcard Vintage view old card. Condition is Used. Shipped with USPS First Class Package.”

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Krause “9” Plow For the Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This late 1940s brochure was produced by the Krause Plow Corporation out of Hutchinson, Kansas. The Company has a long history and is still in business today.

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Aeroquip Special Equipment Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This rare brochure probably doesn’t mean much to most folks, but hopefully it’s important to someone.

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Monroe Fire Lane Plow and Pumper Unit Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: Barry shared this image from April 1951 Popular Science article. Per the article, at a minimum, twenty-four of these truck packages were sold.



This early Monroe brochure advertises a plow (and pumper unit) specially designed for plowing fire lanes.



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Ed Pranger’s Artworks

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

Jeff Pranger shared the following two wonderful paintings by his father, Ed. Ed Pranger was a WWII US Navy artist and cartoonist for The Hoist in San Diego. According to Jeff, after the war, when surplus Jeeps were plentiful (and Ed was single), his father and his buddies would go hunting and drinking in their Jeeps in the Yakima, Washington, area. Ed produced many paintings and some had Jeeps.

Both of these paintings appeared to have been painted in Anacortes, Washington, one year a part (each has Ed’s name, the year, and the location it was painted on it). The first was completed in 1988 and the second in 1989.

It being a small world, I traveled through Anacortes (to catch the ferry) both of those years, as I was working in the San Juans in 1988 and then got married in the San Juans in 1989.

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Willys MB/GPW From Transformers “Bumblebee” Movie @ Auction

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

UPDATE: Tim discovered that this is back up for sale. The auction is set for August 31, 2019. Starting price is $20,000.



Previous post from August 2018 with updates:

On August 25th, the jeep (GPW frame with MB body?) used in the upcoming Transformers was up for auction. It’s unclear whether it sold or not (I suspect not). The starting bid at that time was $19,000.

As you can see in the pics, this MB isn’t all stock. It appears to have a GPW front crossmember. Another pic, from the top rear, suggests it has MB toolboxes.

In the movie, the Bumblebee character starts off as a jeep, but soon becomes a VW, remaining a VW for the remainder of the movie.




Clip (probably from early in the movie, showing Bumblebee with a jeep grille on his chest.


Movie Trailer for “Bumblebee”:

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Newgren All-Purpose Earth Mover Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Any one know if any of these machines survived?

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Ventura Bean Planter Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This brochure was part of a late 1940s Willys Overland Special Equipment booklet.

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Collection of Old Truck and Car Glass Patterns Delta, CO $600

• CATEGORIES: Features

UPDATE: Price dropped to $600. 

I have not idea what these are worth, but it seems a fascinating bit of history that might be best put into a museum.


“Used old car truck glass patterns for door wind wings windshields and back glass form an old glass shop that closed I was told at 100 if not thousands of patterns for cutting glass for old cars from the 30’s or earlier through the 70’s if you have a rare old car most likely there is a pattern to cut all the flat glass in that car.also included with the sale are books listing the glass codes for those windows.
these are in used loved condition corners are warn but the information is there.
I hauled these by filling a uhaul trailer and pickup There is a boat load of patterns PICK UP ONLY located in Colorado zip 81416 BRING HELP TO LOAD and lots of shrink rap to keep in sequence.
THIS IS NOT AN ITEM YOU SEE FOR SALE very rare to see for sale
I have a wet glass sander I will offer to buyer on pickup at a separate price.
NAGS automotive glass Carlite Pittsburgh Harding glass PPG”

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How to Waterproof Your Willys Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

UPDATE: This video is now included on this website: https://www.motorious.com/articles/news/365606/how-military-waterproofed-willys-jeeps


Original Post appear July 2014:

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1947 Photo GPW Towing Boeing XL-15 on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Interesting photo.

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“1947 Press Photo Jeep tows Boeing XL-15 Liaison plane for United States Army. This is an original press photo. Versatile new liaison plane can be used on land, water or snow is Boeing XL-15 (package unit) for army ground forces – can be towed on its own wheel or dismantled to ride on truck. United States Army – planes. Photo measures 10 x 8.25 inches. Photo is dated 10-29-1947.”



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1950s-1960s Sales/Product Bulletins **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay






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Photos From the Muddy Buddies Jeep Club Jam

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

This weekend the Ohio-based jeep club “Muddy Buddies” held a Jeep Jam at the Clinton County Fairgrounds in Wilmington, Ohio. Roger Margin dropped by to take some photos. Some of the photos include a jeep that participated in TheRoadChoseMe.com, a 53,726 mile trip around Africa:


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Franscico Motors Jeepney Ad

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Roger Martin spotted this Jeepney ad on Facebook.


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Empi Dune Buggy

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual

UPDATE: David Crawford reports that his father built 36 different Empi’s that ended up all over the western US. In the comments below, he wrote,

“My dad, Bill Crawford, of Tuolumne, CA, “sparkplugged” the build, on those 2’VW based cars. He bought a set of plans for the EMPI Sportster, and made a whole bunch of mods. He planned to build one article, and 20 years later, there were @ 36 of them built, and running around.
Three of them went to South Dakota. A friend in the Phoenix area, over the years, took 3 of the cars from Norcal, and sold them in the Phoenix area.

Most of the cars were built in his home shop, and about 10 of the cars were assembled by students in a high school auto shop survey class that he taught. There are still several of them floating around Norcal.


Original Post June 2012:

The Empi Dune Buggy was an early metal kit for VWs. There were several styles.  According to tunacan.net, “The EMPI Sportster was a sheet metal buggy built on a modified VW Beetle floorpan. It was available in a two passenger model or a four passenger model. All Sportsters featured a “Deluxe Folding Windshield” and were constructed of 20-, 18-, and 12- guage steel.

Jim, who pics are shown below, wrote:

“We got the Empi running and driving the night before the Durango car show. I washed, scrubbed and entered this quality piece of early 1960s dune buggy Americana and am shocked that I didn’t win a trophy! Crazy huh? All sarcasm aside, little kids loved it, old men remembered it from “back in the day”, rat rod guys thought it cool, I was really surprised at how much attention and photos it created. Still though, no trophy? People just don’t appreciate a good old fashioned, fugly, all metal dune buggy these days, sigh…”

Jim notes that he strategically positioned himself near the only flat fenders at the show.  You can see some of his older flatties here.

Nelson’s Empi Dune Buggy


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Day 15 Aug 16: The Sun Has Set On Newfoundland 2019

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<–  Day 14 Aug 15: Beach Bums | The Sun Has Set on Newfoundland 2019


Early Friday morning, the Newfoundland 2019 crew disbanded. I believe Joe left first; he’s headed back to Maryland to reunite with Emily and their son. The Ogles and Ingrums departed soon after Joe; they are headed back to the Paris of Illinois. Jim, Kevin and Bill left a little later.

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Exiting the island didn’t quite go smoothly for Jim and Kevin, as they succumbed to a clogged fuel filter. But, forty-five minutes later, they were back on the road.

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I’d guess everyone is still a couple days from arriving at home. If there are any additional reports, I’ll share them. Otherwise, Newfoundland 2019 is a wrap.

Thanks to everyone who met up with the Newfoundland crew, provided local advice, and followed along the journey. I know the crew really enjoyed meeting you all and, as Cowboy said in one of his Facebook comments, it renews faith in people as you meet folks from all walks of life. From my perspective, being able to meet people on our trips always makes traveling so much more satisfying.

Finally, many thanks to Bill for spearheading this trip. I wish more of his fellow Alaska Or Rusters could have joined, but if not in body and jeep, we were there in spirit, following along with each photo you sent and each tale you spun. I believe we all agree that there will be another grand journey together at some point and we have a couple ideas percolating.


Friday morning as Joe pull’s into the US border.

<–  Day 14 Aug 15: Beach Bums | The Sun Has Set on Newfoundland 2019

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Customized MB/GPW(?) in Rock Island, IL, Photo

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This photo appeared on Facebook. It was taken south of downtown Chicago. The flattie has been updated quite a bit. Given the rear hubs and the general mods (like the front fenders), I’d say the is likely an MB or GPW. The front of this has a plow.

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1959 Product Merchandising Manual **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

Ed’s auctioning off this Product Merchandising Manual from 1959. Looks like it’s full of information. He’s also got other Willys-Overland related items.


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March 1950 Willys Overland Sales Builder on eBay

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Ed’s got this rare Salesbuilder for sale on eBay. He’s also got other Willys-Overland related items.

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