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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.

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Ohio Flat Fender Gathering

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Busy Busy Busy

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This month there have been a few more interruptions than normal with eWillys because I’ve been busy, busy, busy.  Here is why ….

First off, I’ve been dating someone, throwing off my time schedule a bit, but I’m happier for it!

Second, the book is nearly ready for publication; I have decided to do one more large revision based on some comments from my Aunt.  Those should be complete by month’s end.  Below is a mockup of the book with its cover.  I think I have a book printer, but am still negotiating that.  Until that time, I will release the book electronically and will encourage as many people as possible to buy it. The reason I need to sell the book is because my financial contract is up with my previous employer.  So, my ability to continue to support eWillys is slightly endangered.  However, I won’t give up hope just yet, especially since responses to the book from women have been excellent, so I have pretty high hopes!  Also, I have made some mockups of another book that teaches people how to identify all the models of jeeps.  In addition, I now have a professional photographer that I can work with to create the shots for the new book (you might have seen her work form the San Juan Island GPW we found). I’m hoping I can put that book together over the next year, but that time frame is dependent on a variety of issues.

Third, I’ve been doing legwork on securing some art pieces created by my Great Aunt Emma Eilers about 100 years ago.  Thirty paintings popped up from a single collector in early September, so it took some effort and negotiations to come to a satisfying financial solution to get them back into the family.

Fourth, I’ve been preparing for a trip to NYC/Long Island from Sept 19th through Sept 29th to do family research, review the paintings mentioned above, and visit with a jeep collector in the area.  During my stay in Sea Cliff, LI, I will also be staying at my Aunt’s former studio which still sits on the property that was the former family estate.  So, I’ve very excited about this unusual opportunity.  I’m hoping all the family research work I’ve done over the past 10 years will result in another book, though it isn’t jeep related in the slightest.

So, the timing of updates and my response times will be uneven for a week and a half.  It’s just been that kind of September!

Below is the back cover:

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PNW4WDA Go-4-All Kid’s Jacket from the early 80s

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My sister found this jacket at a garage sale the other day.  So, she bought it.  The Go-4-Alls are a Seattle club based originally in Midway, Washington (perhaps still based there), though there were several members of club just a mile from me in Renton (and I went to high school with three pretty members of the club).  This kid’s jacket shows playdays/conventions from 1981-1983 that I attended as well. These club jackets were very popular with clubs back in the 70s and 80s and are still seen around today if you attend PNW4WDA events.  I have large version of both pics so the details can be seen. Just click on the images.

And just for kicks, this image was taken in late 1981 during of a joint Wandering Willys and Go 4 Alls jeeping trip over the Naches Pass and Manashtash Ridge in the Cascades.  Dad’s jeep is the CJ-5 in the middle front of the picture.  I was 16 and this was the first trip where I did most of the driving during this trip.

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17th Annual Fall Midwest Reunion This Weekend Sept 16th-17th-18th

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

The 17th Annual Midwest Willys Jeep Reunion & Swap Meet is this weekend at Jefferson City, Mo.  September 16-17-18, 2011.  This year they will not only feature Willys and “Jeeps”, but have also opened the Reunion to ALL MILITARY VEHICLES.

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Roberto’s ‘FrankenJeep’ Restoration Continues

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos • TAGS: .

Roberto has been restoring a ‘FrankenJeep’ CJ-3A and capturing some of it on video. Thanks for sharing these Roberto!

Here are links to all 7 videos:

Video 1:


Video 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2lAtRUUm0s
Video 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gQF4vSnevk
Video 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjF8O4qlENE
Video 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ht8yDDywgs
Video 6: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiegdIb_3Kk
Video 7: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYrG0EyiWm0

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Classic Car and Jeep show at Perryville High School, Perryville, MD

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

Brendan from This Old Jeep asked me to put the word out about a soccer team fundraiser that includes a teen who built a very nice Willys Truck.  You can learn more about it here.  The goal is to raise $300 for the club, but a side goal is to get as many classic jeeps there as possible.

The event takes place at Saturday Oct. 1st 2011. 11am-2pm perryville Outlets Center Heather Ln Perryville Md. www.perryvilleoutletcenter.com This venue is just off of I95 at exit 93 so its easy to get to for most of us east coast guys. Registration starts at 9am.

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#4844 on San Juan Island, Wa

• CATEGORIES: Features

I’m still catching up on emails, so if I haven’t responded .. that’s why.  We had some internet issues tonight.  Unfortunately, I can no longer blame the Canadians for that.

As promised, finally, below are pics of the 1942 GPW.  We were driving down a street into Friday Harbor when I felt the jeep beckon to me through the glass.  Naturally, none of the driver’s behind me minded when I stomped on the brakes and veered violently to the shoulder for an emergency stop.  In fact their salutes to me seemed quite friendly, but they seemed in a hurry cuz they only had time to wave with one finger …. there’s more to the story, but I’m tired so that’s it for now.

Note the windshield extension that allows the use of a CJ-3A top.

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Colombia Jeep 360 degree Panorama

• CATEGORIES: Features, International

Warren forward this fun link.  Click on the pic.

According to the website that holds the panorama, “This is image was taken in Circasia Quindio Colombia. Its the place where the cattle is sold every weekend. It is also a place where all the farm people go and sell vegetables and meat. The Fire Department is located there. The jeeps are the famous Willys that take people into the mountain to work their farming.”

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Veterans Memorial Museum in Huntsville, Al

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, Museums

UPDATE:  Brandon visited this museum recently and files the following notes, “The museum’s collection includes Ford GP #1, Bantam BRC-40, Willys MA, GPA, slat grille MB, GPW, and M38.”

The Veteran’s Memorial Museum in Huntsville, Alabama, houses three early jeep prototypes.

From the Website, “The Museum displays more than 30 historical military vehicles from World War I to the present, as well as tableaus, artifacts, and other memorabilia dating back to the Revolutionary War.  Supporting organizations include the 19th Alabama Infantry, which sponsors exhibits from 18th and 19th Century conflicts, and the 8th Air Force Historical Society, which sponsors a Bomb Group briefing room.  Both of these organizations support ‘living history’ presentations at the Museum.”

Pics of the museum at G503

Pics from 42fordgpw.com

There appears to be a Bantam BRC 40 in the back, a Ford GP to the far left of the photo, a Willys MA just to the left and another Ford Pygmy to the right.  I haven’t found any other info that describes what the museum has.  Anybody been to this museum?

Here is a closeup of the Ford Pygmy from the museum site.


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War Museum in Pyongyang, North Korea

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Museums

In case you plan a trip to North Korea, you won’t have to leave behind your love of Willys, for the War Museum in North Korean Museum has a captured one there. http://www.travelthewholeworld.com/northkorea.html


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Monument to Jeeps in Calcedonia, Colombia

• CATEGORIES: Features, Monuments/Statues

Roberto found this jeep taking center stage in Calcdeonia, Colombia.

Other versions of the same image:


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Yipao Monument of some kind in Colombia

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Roberto spotted this possible monument to Yipaos in Colombia.

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WWII Monument & GPW at the Cole Land Trans. Museum Bangor, Me

• CATEGORIES: Features, GPW (Ford MB), Monuments/Statues, Museums

Roberto spotted this unusual monument from the Cole Land Transportation Museum in Bangor, Me.

Here is a GPW and trailer the Museum displays. The image was shot by Gary and Audrey and posted on their blog:

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Jeep in the Air in Moab, Ut

• CATEGORIES: Features, Monuments/Statues

Roberto alerted me to this. I was through there five years ago and didn’t see it.  Anyone know anything about it?

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Pheasant Hunting in India, 1944

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Roberto spotted these two photos from a Pheasant hunting expedition in India in 1944 at Fotolibra.com.  These appear to be GPWs.