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1941 Photo of Bantam BRC-40 in Longview, WA on eBay

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

Good photo of a Bantam BRC-40 laying in wait during some war games in Longview, Washington.

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“This is an original press photo. Trucks – United States. One of the army’s newest and most lethal weapon carriers is this tiny “jeep” or 1/4 ton truck, mounting a machine gun. Behind the gun is Private Earl Bever and at the wheel is Corporal Anton Stefanski, of the 32nd Infantry of Fort Ord’s 7th Division, now engaged with the defending/Blue forces in resisting the “Red” attack in southwestern Washington. Longview. Photo measures 10 x 8.25 inches. Photo is dated 8-21-1941.”

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Photo of Jeep Being Carried by Cable Car on Ebay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This photo shows a jeep being carried up to the remote city of Valais, Switzerland.

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“This is an original press photo. Air Lift: Iserables, a mountain village with a population of 1500 located in the Canton of Valais, Switzerland, is so completely isolated that it must depend on this aerial cable car to get supplies from the rest of the world. In addition to the jeep, the special attachment under the aerial car has carried everything from a baby carriage to a cow. Photo measures 8.25 x 10.25 inches. Photo is dated –none.”

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Kermath Sea Engine w/ Hydro Jet Seven Valleys, PA $500

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Engine, Features

Jordan spotted this unusual combo. This package creates an early jet powered boat using a Kermath modified L-134 and a Hanley Hydrojet. I’ve included a Kermath brochure and links to the development of the Hydrojet by Keenan Hanley at the bottom of the post.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/514685359087523/?ref=messenger_share

“Willys Jeep engine block casting number 804380, and Hanley Kermath HydroJet. I’ve never attempted to start. $500”
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W-O Canvas Soldenized Duck Soft Top

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features
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Rear view of the W-O Canvas Top on a VEC CJ-2A. The PTO pump looks to my untrained eye to be an MP Universal Jeep Packaged Pump Model 12M-WJ.

UPDATE II: I’ve added a second version of the W-O Canvas Top brochure (tan brochures). they come from a Willys-Overland Equipment Book that, based on other brochures contained in that book, was likely published earlier than the brochures that appeared in the original version of the post.

This jeep brochure from an early Willys-Overland Special Equipment catalog highlights the first production soft top for the CJ-2A. It was labeled a W-O Canvas Top. The material used wasn’t your average canvas, at least according to the brochure. Instead, it was 10oz soldenized duck. That description meant nothing to me, so I attempted to decipher it.

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These two brochures were published in a Willys Industrial Equipment book. It appears Willys-Overland changed up the name slightly to the Willys Canvas Top, though in the text the W-O Canvas Top name remains the same as above.

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The biggest mystery was the term “soldenized”. Not even the internet knows what “soldenized” means. The fact that the term probably describes a means of mildew or waterproofing makes sense, and Robert Ackerson described it similarly in his jeep book, but that’s more a description of the result of the process, not a description of the process itself.

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May 1957 FC-170 Postcard on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This appears to be an introductory mailer for the FC-170.

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“Hello, You are looking at an ORIGINAL bi-fold Postcard
1957 Forward Control JEEP FC-170
Eccher’s Jeep, Ferndale, Pa.”

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Smithsonian Article on the Zamboni Company

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

I suppose the timing of this article is appropriate, given those of us in the north half of the blue ball are plunging into winter quickly (at least the weather in Washington State feels wintery), as a recent Smithsonian Magazine article on the Zamboni Company featured several photos I hadn’t seen of Jeep-based Zamboni vehicles. Here’s the article: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-zamboni-changed-game-ice-rinks-180973352/

The article also included this ad featuring the CJ-3B as Model D from the Zamboni Company’s archives:

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If you are not familiar with the use of jeeps as early Zambonis, check out my post about the various jeep models that were used for which Zamboni machines. The CJ-3B Page also has background information about the Zamboni Ice Resurfacers.

If you really like pics of Zamboni machines, check out the Zamboni: The Coolest Machines on Ice.

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Jim Beam Decanter With Box

• CATEGORIES: Features

This mid 1980s Decanter looks to be in great condition and includes the box, also in really nice condition.

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“THIS JIM BEAM REGAL CHINA DECANTER IS IN GOOD CONDITION FOR ITS AGE. IT WAS PRODUCED IN 1986.
NO CHIPS OR CRACKS AND THE DECANTER
IS STILL MINT IN THE ORIGINAL BOX.
IN LIKE NEW CONDITION…..”

 
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1951 Photo Shows Casualty Evac Demonstration on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

What I like best about these images is that the eBay seller takes the time to include the names of the soldiers. You never know when some offspring will search and find the photo and write in the comments, “Hey, that’s my [insert relative affiliation]”.

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“1951 Press Photo Jeep driver and soldier show how jeep can evacuate casualties. This is an original press photo. A jeep can go where an ambulance can’t. Sometimes the large army ambulance cannot be brought in close enough for litter bearers to load a casualty right in the field. In that case, a jeep is used to evacuate the patient. Here 1st Lieutenant Lawrence a. Doherty, Cincinnati, Ohio, and driver Bill Farrell, Houston, Texas, demonstrate the jeep method of removal, with Leonard Bell, Jr., Pigott, Arkansas playing “casualty” for the occasion.Photo measures 10 x 8.25inches. Photo is dated 05-24-1951.”

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The Clara Rose Ice Cream Truck

• CATEGORIES: Features

Florida’s Tampa Bay Times published an article about local mobile businesses a couple weeks ago. One of those businesses included a beautiful 1964 FJ-3A ice cream truck, run by Carlos Velez: The Clara Rose Ice Cream Truck.

Before he opened his business, Carlos worked as a Sheriff’s deputy at a maximum security jail. Wanting a change of life, he decided to open an ice cream business, but one that was of a better quality than the standard ice cream distributors. That led him to search for an FJ. He found the perfect one and it’s a beautiful rig as you can see below.

Learn more about his FJ in the article: https://www.tampabay.com/arts-entertainment/fun/shopping/2019/10/22/9-mobile-businesses-wheeling-around-tampa-bay/

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Historic Registry For Vehicles?

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

There’s a proposal to create a national registry for unique or historically significant vehicles (and boats and planes) with documented stories. Importantly, such a registry would not keep the owners of such vehicles from being sold, driven or even modified. The Library of Congress would be the keeper of the documents, specs, photos, and other information.

If the national registry becomes a law, twenty-six vehicles already listed by the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) would be the first vehicles added to the registry. Two of the vehicles are jeeps: The Ford Pygmy (currently at the U.S. Veteran’s Museum in Huntsville, Alabama) and Ronald Reagan’s 1962 CJ-6 (along with one of my personal favorites, the Tucker prototype).

 
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Drifters Jeep Club Jacket on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

The San Gabriel Valley area Drifters Jeep Club still exists. The current price is $199, but by clicking on the “watch” button I received an offer of $175 from the seller.

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1950s M-38A Heater Kit Instructions

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features, M-38A1

I found this M-38A1 Installation Instructions Conversion Power Plant Heater Kit 32 page manual on eBay. It seems a well done and detailed look at how to install the heater kit. Hopefully, someone can use the information.

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Early 1950s Photo of Centralia, WA, Willys Dealer on ebay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE: As Mark notes, and I missed, the truck pictured is a 1954 at the earliest, so the pic must have been taken after that.

This is likely a reprint, but it’s still a neat photo. It also show the early “J” logo sign. I’m not a Packard expert, but I’d say based on the grille on the car in the window of the auto shop that this photo must have been taken circa 1954-56.

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1940s Postcard of Jeeps in Rocky Ford Parade on ebay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards

This is the cheapest of several postcards showing this parade in Rocky Ford, Colorado.

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“1940s E. C. Kropp Linen postcard: “Street Scene, Rocky Ford Colorado. North Main Street showing part of the main business district. Crowds of people watching the big parade on Fair Day. Rocky Ford is one of the leading towns in the Arkansas Valley.” Jeeps and tanks (in background further down the street) are in the view. Never mailed.”

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Warn Auxiliary Transmission Information

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Documents, Features, OD Saturn/Warn

UPDATE: I’ve added a scanned vintage brochure of the Warn Auxiliary Transmission to this post:

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Blaine spotted a discussion at the Ford-Trucks.com forum on Auxiliary transmissions that included the rare Warn Auxiliary Overdrive. A user named “38 Coupe” shared a bunch of smaller Auxiliary transmission documents that included a Parts and Instruction manual for the Warn AO. So, here it is, along with some photos of a Warn unit that was for sale in April of 2015.

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Jeepster Door Mechanical Parts

• CATEGORIES: Features, Jeepster

 UPDATE: In his search for Jeepster door mechanicals, George learned that the parts used in a 1952 Dodge Truck were nearly identical to the Jeepster, just shorter. However, since he was able to eventually source a set of Jeepster doors, he didn’t try out this possibility. So, I thought in case someone else needed these parts that I’d let folks know that NOS parts are available for the Dodge Truck.

“A restorer messaged with a picture of one mech from the Jeepster and one from a 1952 Dodge truck this afternoon. They were identical except for the length of the connector between inside/outside handles. They can be found for $90 nos.”

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Original Post: George is nearly done with a 1949 Jeepster restoration, but needs to locate the mechanical parts for both doors. If you think you have the parts he needs, contact him at gjasek @ yahoo.com (remove spaces around the @).

And, yes, he has looked for the parts at the Jeepsterman, WO Jeepster club, and other places on the web, but with no luck so far.

 
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1942 Photos of Soldiers, Jeeps, and a C-46 on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE: Below you’ll find several press photos showing two different angles of the same loading event from 1942.

This press photo shows less of the original picture than the two images further below:

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This version of the press photo appeared in mid-2014:

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This version of the press photo was put on eBay in early 2014:

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Warn 800G Gasoline & 400E Electric Winch Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Maury spotted a collection of brochures and parts booklets on eBay that I was lucky enough to win. One of the brochures describes the portable, gasoline-powered Model 800G Warn Winch. On the other side of the brochure is an Electric Marine Model 400E Winch. A post from 2017 about the 800G includes pics of it.

The Model 800G Gasoline Warn winch:

According to Warn Industries, the Model 800G ad below is from 1969. 
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Between February 1970 and April 1970, Warn also included the winch in a Four Wheeler inner-cover, full-page advertisement. Given the importance of the company’s hubs and vehicle winches to Warn’s profit margins, I’m surprised the company included the 800G in this full color ad. Perhaps management had high hopes for the product? Whatever the hopes, I can find no evidence that Warn advertised the 800G ever again after April 1970.

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Real-world example from the Warn website, There are also pics on Warn’s Facebook Fan page.

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The Warn Marine Model 400E Electric Winch: 

This brochure appears on the back of the 800G brochure. I could find no other information about it online.

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Nearly Identical Catalogs?

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

As part of the collection of brochures/booklets I received yesterday from my eBay win, I also received three jeep parts catalogs: a 1963 Montgomery Ward, a 1964 Sears, and a 1966-1967 Bergs catalog. I was surprised to discover that the Sears and Berg catalogs are nearly identical. Maury confirmed that his 1968 Sears catalog is also nearly identical. So, if you are bidding/buying late 1960s jeep parts catalogs, I felt folks should be aware of this. Below are some comparison pages.

The covers are customized.

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Sears is shown on the top and Bergs on the bottom. The inner cover and first page (labeled page 3) are custom:
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Interior pages 4-5 begin the identical part of the catalogs:

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1976 Matchbox Flattie, Glider and Trailer **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

UPDATE: After pondering it a while, I decided to get this set for Christmas … better late than never??

I would have been 11 when this jeep and glider set was released by Matchbox. I don’t remember seeing this combo in my 1976 Christmas Sears Wish Book. I’m feeling a bit cheated!

“Original 1976 Lesney England Matchbox Jeep and Glider
Transporter / Gliding Club.

This is a complete set; Condition C-6 due to numerous light marks
mostly on jeep. Not readily noticeable due to color, but can be easily seen under
magnification”

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Here a set that’s in the original package (for $69) on eBay:

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Flatfender Jeep Bar Howell, MI $2500

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $2500.

https://detroit.craigslist.org/okl/bfs/d/howell-1945-willys-jeep-sn2j-bar/7001159560.html

(02/11/2019)  “You may have a cool jeep but you dont have one made into a bar. The only bar ever made from an original 1945 Willys jeep. Great for a patio bar or man cave. seats eight comfortably. Jeep is pretty small compared to newer version. The interior is wrapped in stainless steel for outside commercial food service. Can fit coolers under the dash
and propane grill in back area. Seats 8 or 12 standing. the stainless speed rail is located at the passenger side opening. rolls easily Call 517-599-178six. The only bar made from an original WWII era Jeep.”

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Different Tire/Jerry Can Carriers

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: More Tire and Gas Can carriers have been added to this post.

1. Con-Ferr offered various options in it’s 1970 catalog. A few of the mounts were made and sold by Con-Ferr. The pages also include a Bestop Tire Mount and another example of a Kayline tire mount:

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2. This page from the 1970s Brian Chucha Catalog provides additional pics of the Kayline and the Con-Ferr carrier options:

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3. Best Top Tire carrier from the late 1970s catalog:

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4. Kayline ski and/or luggage Rack. This was posted on the earlyCJ-5 page by CruiserStuff:

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1949 Wagon Painting by Rex Brandt on ebay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

The painting is noted and signed by Rex. As you can see here, other originals by Rex Brandt aren’ t quite priced so high on eBay, but most don’t have notes on them.

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“riginal 1949 REX BRANDT watercolor painting depicting a Willys Wagon kicking up sand in the desert (beach?). This is a CLASSIC California Scene Painting by one of California’s most famous artists. Painting comes directly from the estate of a close personal friend of Brandt’s. It is signed, dated and inscribed “To Jay – XMAS 1949 – with memories of many fine trips – REX”. Painting measures 10″ x 14″, is in pristine condition and has been professionally framed (frame is in good condition). You won’t find another one like this! Please call or email ANY time with questions. Acquired directly from friend of the artist.”

 
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Bestop Tigertop Deal on Amazon **Sold Out**

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Looks like this deal is not longer valid.

Jon shared the news the Amazon is currently offering a CJ-3A Bestop Tigertop for only $609.88. It’s part of their “Warehouse deals” program. He bought one of the tops and he says it fit his jeep perfectly.

https://www.amazon.com/Bestop-51403-01-Tigertop-Replacement-1948-1953/dp/B0002SA25I/

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Overlanders Jeep Club Badge (in Australia)

• CATEGORIES: Features

This item looks unique, but I can’t get a sense of how large this is. Looks more like an Austin Champ than a jeep.

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“For auction is a Jeep club badge ( overlander)  It seems to be cast from alloy. Post free Australia, International $25”

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