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James’ 1950 CJ-3A Project

• CATEGORIES: Builds, CJ-3A, Features

Seventeen year old James emailed me the other day asking if I’d like to stop by and see his jeep while I was in Denver.  Of course, my answer was yes, so we arranged a time to visit yesterday.

After meeting him and his father, I learned that this was James’ first vehicle project.  After deciding he wanted an old flat fender, he looked around some before he found a great deal on a 1950 CJ-3A with an overdrive, a sound body and frame, and a running engine.  Unfortunately, after buying the jeep, he quickly discovered his 6’8″ body was a little lanky for a flattie.  Since he is a little big for it, his goal is to give it a light restoration, get it running good, and then sell it.  It looks oike a great father/son project and I wish them the best of luck with it!  So, expect to see this CJ-3A available on eWillys at some future point. Thanks goes to James for emailing me and sharing his jeep.

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Roberto’s latest drawing

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

Roberto decided to track the evolution of this illustration as he created it.  Below are a couple of pics, but you can see them all here.  Thanks for sharing Roberto!

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Pikes Peak

• CATEGORIES: Features

I made my first ascent of Pike’s Peak today. Accompanied by Ann and her nephew Michaes, we braved the beautiful blue skies and perfect temperatures to wind our way to the 14,110 foot summit.  From Colorado Springs it took about an hour to reach the peak.  Three things surprised me about the ascent.  1) The toll road cost $39 to drive (car plus 3 passengers); 2) Santa’s workshop sits at the base of Pike’s Peak (who knew)?; 3) The concessionaire at the top of the peak is famous for its donuts (which were pretty good).

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A Unique Hunting Jeep

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

Paul forwarded me some images from a friend of his who built this hunting jeep for a client.  I think there is some nice work here.  Thanks Paul! My weapons specialist gf thought it was very cool!

Paul wrote, “this M-38 was built by a friend of mine (Rob Fife), who is a master at fabrication. He restored the M-38 for a customer, who then decided he wanted a hunting rack on it. He built the frt/rear racks to be quick attach, with quick pins,  and the rear seat mounts on pedestals so it can be used front or rear. Then the customer decided he wanted to use in parades so gun mounts were added for (3) airsoft m60’s for crowd control. It handles good and isn’t too top heavy.”


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Paul’s 2WD Street and Parade Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

UPDATE: More pics added to this post that show the build process.  Thanks for sharing Paul!

Paul wrote to me a couple days ago to share his nearly completed project.  I’ll bet it will be a kick to drive.  He notes that eWillys “gets part of the blame for my madness.”  Yeah, I’ve heard that a few times 🙂

“My project is a 1949 CJ-2A that i inherited. It has a custom tube chassis, 2wd, rack and pinion steering and 4 link rear suspension.  The body is stretched and frt wheels moved forward. The 5.0 ford engine has an aluminum head and a roller cam.  The tranny is a c-4 auto.  The rear end is built with a narrowed 3.73 8.8 inch ford with traction lock.  The fuel cell mounts under rear seat.  Finally, the markings on the jeep are from my unit in vietnam. It is going to be a street rod and parade car. I have had a blast building it so far and hope to have it on the road soon.”





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Pete’s Sawtooth Mountain Video

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos, Willys Wagons

Pete from the Old Willys Forum created and shared this mini video.  It sure looks like the summer has set on Idaho.

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Nate Completes Another Build

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features • TAGS: .

Readers will remember that at age 17, Nate finished his first flat fender build, a 1953 CJ-3A.  Not content to spend 2011 driving his jeep, Nate emailed me today sharing with me that he spent the past year building a second jeep with a custom suspension.  He’s been sharing his project with the folks over at earlycj5 site and has a variety of pictures that show build from start to finish.  Well done again Nate! (Some readers might also remember Nate’s ideas)

I only posted one pic below.  Here are all the pictures:  http://www.earlycj5.com/forums/showthread.php?88481-Building-a-new-and-improved-Jalopy-frame

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One time I carried a moose on the front of my jeep ….

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

From the Missoulian, a newspaper in Missoula, Mt, comes this picture.  A friend of mine spotted in the Sunday paper and thought of us (she’s a historian, not a jeep person — good to have friends all over 🙂 ).

The caption with the picture: In another photograph from the end of a successful hunt, Eddie Churchwell displays his bull moose in front of Missoula’s Fire Station 1 in 1955. The moose was taken from the Lolo Creek area and brought home on a Willys Jeep.

Read more: http://missoulian.com/lifestyles/territory/article_60897224-f11a-11e0-8089-001cc4c002e0.html#ixzz1ajRpjvya

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What about the FC-160?

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Features

I had to update this page because my links I had used no longer work.  Fortunately, I found an image of a FC-160 from India (at least the Flickr page claims it is a FC-160 — feel free to correct me on this).  This picture was taken in January of this year by Vaibhav Bhosale.

“In 1965 Mahindra & Mahindra of India began assembling the Jeep FC Forward Control. Mahindra introduced its versions to include the FC-160. The FC-160 (and later FJ-160) uses a frame which is 2.33 meters in length. The FC-150s frame was 2.05 meters while the FC-170 used a frame of 2.63 meters in length. Thus, the FC-160 was an intermediate truck, marketed to supplement the FC line and the final version was only manufactured by Mahindra & Mahindra.

The pick-up box was designed and manufactured by Mahindra and there were other bodies which were available. Additionally, the base FC-160 chassis was used in the manufacture of a mini-bus which uses the basic front face of the FC. Currently, Mahindra’s FJ-460 and FJ-470 van or mini-bus vehicles still retain the appearance of the original Forward Control. These vehicles can accomodate from 11 to 15 passengers plus the driver”


Caption from flickr: One of the three Jeep models built by Mahindra & Mahindra. This vehicle was used by my school to train the students on Automobile subject. We used to play hide n seek when it got abandoned.

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1949 Fire Jeepster Oklahoma City, OK **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Jeepster, Unusual

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5000

“For Sale 1949 Red Willys Jeepster (Novelty) Fire Truck Excellent Condition, Runs Good, Siren and Horn great for attention, parades, etc. Garaged. Asking $5,000 or Best Offer. My father who died several years ago drove it in many parades, full of kids of all ages. Lots of fun and has been well taken care of, but time to sell as we are losing the storage building it has been stored in ”

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Jeep Trip this weekend to Idaho City, Id (near Boise)

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

Doug contacted me tonight.  He and some friends will be making a trip up to Idaho City to do some Jeeping.  I drove above Idaho City last year in Biscuit and there are some fun places to explore.  I only got lost once.  Below are the details.  Btw, take the bear and mountain lion and heard wolf warnings serious!

Idaho city

“There are a few Willys owners here in the Boise area who are taking a trip this next Saturday, Oct 15. Several of us met up about a month ago and made the trip to Idaho City. We had 2 CJ3Bs, a M38A1, M37 and M35A3, it was really cool. This will be our second trip and the last one for the year.

If there is anyone interested but cannot make this trip, they can contact me at: willysjeepcj3b@gmail.com and we will get them added to our email list.

Old Jeeps and military vehicles: join us for a drive on the Boise National Forest, Saturday, October 15. Travel will be on public roads in and around Boise N.F. Family and friends welcome.

Trip plan: Depart from Reserve St. alongside Fort Boise City Park in downtown Boise at 9:00 a.m. sharp. Travel up Shaw Mtn/Rocky Canyon Road #260 through the foothills to Robie Creek/Clear Creek Road #261, then Grimes Creek Road #364 to #307 and take 307 into Idaho City. Todd lives on the Hwy. 21 side and will be meeting us at the jct. of #260 and #261, so anyone coming from that side can do the same. Idaho City has a long and interesting history.

Here’s a link to the C of C website. http://www.idahocitychamber.com/ Gas and grub at Idaho City, then backtrack to Pine Creek Road #366 .

If time and weather permits, we’ll go up Pine Creek Road to Shafer Butte, circle Bogus Basin Ski Area, get on #275 below Bogus and take it back to Rocky Canyon Road. Total distance, including the Shafer Butte section, will be approx. 100 – 120 miles. Elevations will be between 2500’ and 7500’. Highway 21 is nearby in case you need to leave early.

Maps? There are many roads in this area, some public, some private, some with travel restrictions. The Forest Service office on Overland in Boise (next to Walmart) has two types. There are black and white “Motor Vehicle Use Maps”, one for each of the 5 ranger districts on the forest. They’re free, get all 5. They contain info on this year’s travel restrictions. You’ll need the Mtn. Home and Idaho City maps for this trip. They also have a large, color “Travel Map” for $9. It’s over 10 years old but gives a good overview of the entire forest. Todd, who lives in the area and travels it often in his 3B, has noticed that the forest maps aren’t always complete, so he uses topos too.

A final note: Todd also reminded us that he’s seen bear and mountain lion and heard wolves while travelling in this area. There was a mountain lion attack near his house last week.

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Goose’s CJ-3B

• CATEGORIES: Features

The last time Goose shared images of his CJ-3B, he had just finished a four month restoration.  Over the last nine months he had a chance to make a few additional updates and take some more pictures for us.  You can see his original post here.  Nice angles on the pics Goose!

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Re-enacting the Battle for Tunisia (in Barstow)

• CATEGORIES: Features

Kim forward me some images from the Battle for Tunisia re-enactment at the Marching Through History event three weeks ago in Barstow.

You can check out the California Historical Group website here: http://www.chgww2.net/

And some news footage: http://www.ktla.com/videogallery/65164807/News/KTLA

Also, if you like learning about the SAS check out this diary and a related new article.
http://chgboard.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=new&action=display&thread=244 &

Thanks Kim!

And here is a picture of Kim that I thought looked cool:

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A Couple more Ads in Spanish

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Here are more ads similar to yesterday’s post.

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Collection of Jeep Ads in Spanish **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features


A Mexican collector of Jeep Ads in Spanish wants to sell his collection.  Here are two examples of what he has. If anyone is interested, contact me (d@ewillys.com) and I’ll provide his contact info.

According to the seller, he has “a very complete ads collection of about 40 Jeep Willys to Cj7 jeeps, also Willys Wagon and wagoneer and Pickup Jeeps”

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Hayes 1947 CJ-2A Website

• CATEGORIES: Features

Justin contacted me about something the other day, which lead me to the discovery of his family’s CJ-2A website.  Check it out. http://www.hayescj2a.com/home

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Condo Garage Video

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Steve forwarded this link about a Condo Garage.  I found it pretty interesting.


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Gerald’s Pre-Parade Lineup

• CATEGORIES: Features

Prior to last month’s parade at Butler, Gerald, his father, brother and nephew got their jeeps lined up for pictures.  Pretty cool!

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2011 Northern Ohio Flatfender Gathering

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

Bob reports that this year’s Northern Ohio Flatfender Gathering was a success.  He writes, “We had 24 Willys Jeeps this year. It was a great time and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. Next year we may simplify the food, add windshield tags that kind of thing. The rain held off until 3:45!”

Here are a few pictures from the event.  You can see them all here:

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Sad Flattie in Toledo, Oh

• CATEGORIES: Features

This past January Bob took pictures of this jeep parked coldly in the snow.  It looks like it was ready for a trip, but then got stuck.  Thanks for sharing Bob.

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Auction of Jeeps and Crosley’s Uniontown, PA

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Features, Jeepster, M-38A1 • TAGS: .

Buz spotted this one.  Note the Jeeplike vehicle for auction in the first image.  Check out all the items here: http://www.quarricks.com/Thumb.htm

According to the website, the auction will be held October 1, 2011 at 268 Edison Street, Uniontown, PA.




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1946 Jeep Rod Truck Gorham, Me **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Jeep Rods, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $27,500.

The seller claims this is the only one of these, but I’ve seen 3 or 4 of them.  Nonetheless, it is custom.

“1946 CJ2A Roadster pick-up Street Rod ,Rat Rod ,Hot Rod, Fresh Build BEST of everything!! SbC, B&M th350. 9″ rear three weeks old, go’s great strait & fast One of a kind willys Never made one $27,500.00 B/O”


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M & M Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

I’ve been exploring Manhattan today by foot.  One of the places I wandered through was the M&M store at Times Square.  I couldn’t resist photographing the jeep display.  I may or may not have more posts later tonight.

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Jonas’ M-606

• CATEGORIES: Features, M-606 (military CJ-3B)

Jonas wrote me the other day telling me he’s got a rare M-606. I asked him if the Data Plate was stamped ‘M-606’ and he said it was and that the speedometer is in KMs.  He’s invited me to drop by and see for myself, so I hope to report on it in early October. Thanks for sharing!  Cool pics, too! I love the contrast between the sky and the trees, jeep and grass.

He wrote, “I own a actual M606 jeep made by Kaiser in 1966. This is not a military CJ3B. It was exported (to Argentina I think) and then repatriated back to the US. Or it never left, nobody knows really. But It is here now and it is pretty original with all the features unique to the M606. I have acquired a Koening winch and hard cab for it in the past month and put a set of proper traction type tires on it.”

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Roberto’s Mahindra Illustration

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

Roberto emailed me this unusual illustration. I haven’t seen much Mahindra artwork.