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September 1980 Offroad Magazine on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, stainless/jewels

It appears this might be an article about creating or purchasing stainless body parts.

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Bantam Festival 2012 Update

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

There will be seven concept jeeps at this year’s Bantam Festival.

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The July 23, 1945, issue of Life Magazine has a three page article by Joe Weston that describes a jeep trip through Sweden in what I would guess was May or June of 1945.  Based on the three cartoons (show below) they were driving a Willys MA.

The article describes crowds of people gawking at the jeep wherever they went.  In Stockholm people started removing parts off of it.  The article was a funny read.

Read the entire article within Google Books or

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Below are the three cartoons:

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Mid-1950s 38″ x 50″ Poster of Jeep Family **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

The seller is from Canada, so shipping to the US is expensive.  This would be a cool piece to have, but between shipping and the purchase price it’s a bit steep for me.

” Bidding for a so-so condition vintage Willys dealer poster.This was on a wall at an old dealership that was also a garage of course.I have actually spent some time to clean this up quite a bit.There are numerous rear clear tape repairs I had to do at quite a few edges and in the main body itself,water staining,dust discoloration,pin or staple holes,crinkles etc..Large pics should provide an idea of the condition.SX-233-4 form number I believe at bottom left corner.I had some other items from the garage that were all dated either 1954 or 1955 so this would be from the same time I`d say.Listed it because I know these are hard to find these days,better than nothing at all.Old original dealer stock,great for the collection.Questions have to be asked a day before sale end.Will combine shipping whenever possible,multiple or frequent bid winners will benefit,so check out my other listings.Shipping is $22.50 $US to the USA,$18.00 to within Canada.I`ll have to roll it up as well as possible and ship in square or tubular box.I ship one to three times a week now,depending when I go to town,fuel is super expensive up here now,and my local post office can no longer ship parcels.Canada post from up here to the US may take one or two weeks,border,travel time,size of item being shipped,destination,etc.,often for something like this it is much faster,please be patient,it`ll get there.I pack very well. pst in Mb.”

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Mexico’s Tourist Patrol Service

Bruce uncovered this unusual reference to Mexico’s Tourist Patrol Service.  I believe this group is also referred to as the Angeles Verdes (Green Angels).  According to a 2003 book, the Patrol Service still exists; However, I’ve been fortunate enough not to have had to need it.  I tried to find some historical photographs showing jeeps, but didn’t have any luck.

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Unusual Way to Haul a Motorcycle

• CATEGORIES: Features

Paul reports from Alaska . . .

“Pickup trucks are very popular here in the northland so what do you do when you have to haul a motorcycle and you drive a two door sedan?  Not a problem!  Grab the saw of your choice and it’s conversion time.  Heck, winter won’t be for another three months so there’s no worries.  We don’t need no steenkin safety nannies to tell us what to do!  Just another example of thinking outside the bag.  I took this picture four years ago while I was out cruising with the top down, I figured a picture would be easier to believe than any description I could come up with.”

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1958 CJ-6 (?) Airplane Lavatory Jeep Photos on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Old Images

Here are several photos of a Lavatory Jeep.  I wonder how many of these were made?  You can read more about this and other Aircraft Ground Support at the CJ-3B Page.

Here’s a link to this one:

Here’s another link:

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View information about this photo here

And a view from the top

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1951 Ad for the Dozerette **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

Here’s a neat ad for the Scheneker Iron Works Dozerette.

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1960 FJ3 Bossier City, LA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, FJ • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: Was on eBay. **SOLD**

Bill unearthed this from eBay.  The Genius Sno Balls FJ-3 Truck is for sale.  It lacks a motor.  It also doesn’t steer.

“Custom built snow cone truck with Southern Snow shaved ice machine, freezer, roof a/c, custom 20″ wheels & tires. This truck does not have an engine nor does is steer. It is an enclosed snow cone trailer that needs to be trailered to events. Very light weight. Plugs into 30 amp 110v electrical plug. Turns heads at all events!!! $9995 FIRM! ”

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Roberto’s Newest Illustration

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

This Roberto Flores illustration was commissioned by Mike Hardesty, for http://www.jeepchasm.com/

See the entire process at Roberto’s website.

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Photographs of Flight Attendants 1943-44 on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

These two photos are a part of a package of photos.

” Group of nine photographs of American Airlines stewardesses date from 1943 and 1944. The lot consists of a 7  x  9″ photograph, six 3 1/2  x  5″ photographs and two 3 1/4  x  4 1/2″ snapshots. The top photograph is signed Frances Howley and dated June, 1943, on the reverse. The large photograph is dated 3 – 8 – 44 on the reverse. There is no identification on the backs of the remaining photos. An early Willys Jeep is seen in two of the photographs, most likely taken in front of an American Airlines terminal.
The overall condition of the lot is good. Only the large photograph is damaged, with a tear at the top, right corner as shown in the scan.  The smaller photographs are in very good, clean condition. The large photograph is shown actual size in the scan. The smaller photographs are shown enlarged.”

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CJ-4 Registration from 1955

• CATEGORIES: CJ-4 CJ-4A, Features

Colin writes, “This week, I received from Miguel Ordorica Jr.,  another Willys friend of mine in Michigan, a copy of the 1955 Ohio Registration form made out to his father, Miguel Ordorica for the 1951 Jeep, Model # CJ-4, Serial Number 01, having engine number 4J 49624.  Miguel’s father owned this vehicle from April 13, 1955 until his passing in 1967, at which time Miguel’s mother sold it and a trailer to a man in Michigan. From another source, Derek Redmond’s CJ3B page, I found information that  Miguel’s father bought the CJ-4 directly from Willys Overland for $300 and a photocopy of the title was in that info.  See the attached scan0011.  Miguel’s father was in charge of Willys Chassis Development for many years.”


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Found on the cowl of a M-38A1

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Paul discovered this plate on the driver’s side cowl of his M-38A1.  Anyone know what it does?

Paul writes, “1952 m38a1-thought this was some sort of id plate at first. Looked inside glove box, has a backing plate and bondo fills the holes. any idea what was mounted? thank you.”

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Dealer Ad for 1948 Wagon on eBay

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

Unlike the advertising by Willys Overland, this ad by New York City based A.W. Pickett is sedate and forgettable.

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Unusual Gravelrama Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine • TAGS: .

The auction for this has expired, however this is still an interesting vehicle that made the cover of the 1976 Four Wheeler Magazine.  Looks like it is part jeep and part truck.

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1955 CJ-5 AD **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, CJ5, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

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Just a Squirrel — A George Barris T-Buggy

• CATEGORIES: Features, Other 4x4s • TAGS: .

If you have seen Pixar’s UP movie, then you know what a ‘squirrel’ is, something that distracts you from what you planned or should be doing.  Well, at least that is the terminology Ann and I use.

Obviously, the internet is notoriously full of squirrels.  Today’s squirrel relates to a search I was doing this morning, something I do in the normal course of producing (and by producing I mean borrowing) the incredibly high quality, unparalleled content published herein.  That’s when I spotted this (http://lascruces.en.craigslist.org/cto/3151068039.html only $800!) fiberglass flat fender dung buggy body.  I instantly recognized it as the body style of the dune buggy the my neighbor Bud across the street used to build his dune buggy when I was a kid.  The distinguishing feature were those flat fenders in the front, which for obvious reasons seemed comfortably familiar to a lover of flat fenders like myself.  After spotting this ad,  I spent about an hour this morning, chasing this squirrel of a buggy to learn more about it.  It turns out it is a Barris designed T-Buggy kit that Barris had hoped to sell through dealers in every state (I don’t’ know how far he got creating the dealer network).

Now, my neighbor Bud was quite a character.  He was a machinist for Boeing until he retired and machined a couple parts for me that really helped when I was building my first jeep.  During the 1970s he purchased an electric wedge car like this, which on a full charge had just enough power to allow him to drive down Renton’s South Hill into Kent in the morning and return up the hill in the evening.  When Bud’s son Tim, who was my age, turned 16, we’d go for a drive occasionally.  Thank goodness we never got in a wreck, because that vehicle was a coffin waiting for bodies.

At some point before he purchased the ‘cheese wedge’, Bud built a dune buggy.  Every so often we would go for a ride in it, sometimes on the roads and sometime down a power line trail (that was the good old days when you could still go down a power line trail).  One day, we drove into downtown Renton to the former Sears outdoor shopping mall off of Rainier Avenue.  However, instead of parking in a parking spot, Bud drove onto the sidewalk, between a couple stores, and into the middle of the walking mall.  We drove by a few stores until he got right in front of the store he wanted to enter, where he came to a stop as if he belonged there.  We got out and people walked by checking out the cool dune buggy as if it belonged there.  When we were done at the store, we just hopped in and drove back out.

I never knew what type of dune buggy he had, until today’s search.  Based on what I’ve read below, he must have purchased a Barris T-Buggy kit.  The dune buggy he built had all the Model-T elements you see below.  His body was painted a metallic dark red.  It had the faux leather straps across the hood, the chrome roll bar, and a small soft top.  Bud ended up selling that in the 1980s I believe.  I’ve never seen it since.

If you want to chase some dune buggy squirrels of your own, check out the Dune Buggy Archives or Samba.

Here’s an example that is as close as I’ve found to Bud’s:

This is example the way I remember Bud’s, only it was red and didn’t have the stripe around the edges.  Bud had wider, more aggressive slicks that improved the ‘hot wheel’ look, too.

Here’s an example of a kit.


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Two Ads from a few years ago on Advertolog

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

I”m not sure what these ads were used for, but I found them on Advertolog.com.  They were released during 2001 by Ogilvy & Mather Frankfurt for the Chrysler company in Germany.



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The King of Jeeps: Berg’s Truck and Parts Co., Inc

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

UPDATE: Brochure sold on eBay.

I spotted this 1960 Catalog from Berg’s Truck and Parts Company tonight.  Hyman Berg, a Ukrainian by emigre,  was possibly the first distributor of Willys Parts (though I have no information that definitively backs this claim).  Mr. Berg founded the international truck and jeep parts company in the 1940s. In the 1950s, he founded Amsco Parts Co. Both were at 1608 S. Wabash, Chicago, Illinois.  Apparently, JC Whitneys was right down the street from Bergs for some period of time.  According to Berg’s grandson, the family was immersed in Marketing for decades, hence the decision by Hy to be known as the “King of Jeeps”.

In addition, as suggested by this G503 thread, Hy sold Sears Jeep parts and also sold Jeep parts to the Phillipines.  He bought some early prototype jeeps and housed them at this same location, which is where this photograph was taken.  There is more information about Berg here, too, from G503.

Hyman Berg died in 1986 at the age of 75.

The CJ-3B Page has a cover of a 1958 Catalog.

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1st Annual NCFFC Southern Jeep Meet October 27th, 2012

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

The President of the Tennessee Flat Fender Club William Dabney just dropped me an email saying the North Carolina Flat Fenders Club (NCFFC) has announced the 1st Annual NCFFC Southern Jeep Meet October 27th, 2012 at Freeborne’s Eatery and Lodge: 14300 Nc Highway 18 S, Laurel Springs, NC.  It’s great to see the growth of Jeep meets!

Drop by the CJ-2A Forum to learn more

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A Jeep Cake off of MySpace

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Apparently, MySpace is still out there!  I found this jeep cake there.  http://www.myspace.com/couturecakesandconfection/photos/230884

There are more jeep cakes here:  http://www.ewillys.com/tag/cakes/

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CJ-3B from Germany on Flickr

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B, Features, stainless/jewels • TAGS: .

Here a CJ-3B with an unusual dash and steering wheel design.  It’s got kind of an antique feel that I find interesting.  It was photographed and posted by RUD66.





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From a 1947 Racing Program **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

There’s a neat drawing of a dealership on the back of this program.  The Schotts owned a Willys Dealership (more than 1?).  This is the same Schotts that would eventually own the Cincinnati Reds.  There are a few items from their dealership still around, including this altoy jeepster and this ashtray plate.

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1962 CJ-5 with Goodyear Neothane Tires

I spotted this ad with some unusual tires.  Anyone ever seen these?

“VINTAGE MAGAZINE ADVERTISEMENT page measuring approximately10 x 13 inches in very good condition, two separate pages of boys & girls fashions, kids ride in “Willys Jeep with Goodyear’s experimental Neothane tires” the text says.”

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