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1947 Photo of Young Boy in Good Humor Toy Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

Blaine spotted this 1947 adorable photo of Lance Borman that’s located at the Smithsonian Institution. It shows Lance in a Good Humor Ice Cream-themed toy jeep.

http://edan.si.edu/slideshow/viewer/?eadrefid=NMAH.AC.0451_ref15

“Lance Borman / Baby Parade / Lake Mohawk [ink on verso)] [photoprint], July 1947
Photograph of child, wearing Good Humor unifrom and cap, in toy truck with “Good Humors” [sic] ice cream sign. Photographer unidentified. Lake Mohawk, New Jersey?
In Box 1, folder 6.
Silver gelatin on paper, 10 x 8″.
Local Numbers: AC0451-000003.tif (AC scan no.)

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October 1941 Article About Jeeps as Anti-Tank Solution

This article was published in the October 26, 1941, issue of the Birmingham News.

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1941 Photo of Ford GP near Holabird on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE: Another version of this photo and caption are on eBay.

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“1941 Press Photo Colonel Herbert Lawes & the Duke of Kent ride a jeep in MD camp. This is an original press photo. George. Duke of Kent. The Duke of Kent, youngest brother of King George VI, inspected defense facilities in the Baltimore and Camp Holabird, Maryland area today. He toured the Glenn L. Martin airplane plant which is making millions of dollars worth of aircraft for the Royal Air Force, and later inspected Canadian troops at Camp Holabird transport school. Photo shows left to right: seated in an Army reconnaissance car: Colonel Herbert Lawes, Commanding Officer of Camp Holabird, Maryland, United States Army Quartermaster Depot.; Duke of Kent. Photo measures 8.5 x 6.75 inches. Photo is dated 8-26-1941.”

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The press photo was published in several newspapers, including the Charlotte Observer on August 29, 1941.

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Originally Posted 12/16/2019: The Duke of Kent got a ride in a Ford GP as part of his visit to Baltimore, Maryland.

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“1941 Press Photo Colonel Herbert Lawes shows The Duke of Kent an Army Jeep in MD. This is an original press photo. George … Duke of Kent. The above soundphoto, transmitted to San Francisco, shows The Duke of Kent, youngest brother of King George VI, when he toured Glenn L. Martin airplane plant at Baltimore, Maryland, and Camp Holabird, Maryland, during inspection of defense facilities in this area. Shown inspecting Army reconnaissance car “Jeep” – near Camp Holabird transport school. Left to right, Colonel Herbert Lawes, Commanding officer of Camp Holabird and the Duke of Kent.Photo measures 9.75 x 7.25inches. Photo is dated 8-26-1941.”

 
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Warn Auxiliary Transmission

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

Originally Published November 03, 2019: 

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Originally posted in September of 2018:
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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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April 1961 “To Get The Lion’s Share …” Brochure

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

This jeep family brochure is one of that last of the “animal series” that I didn’t own. The brochure includes plugs for Maverick, Hong Kong and Jack Paar Shows. It is Form No. DM61-04.

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This is how it looks when fully opened:
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This is the entire back when opened:

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1966 Master List of Meyer Hardtop Parts

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features • TAGS: .

According to this first document, there was a need for more detailed information about Meyer Hardtop parts. So, the company created Form No. 1-387.

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Circa 1966 Meyer Half Cab Instructions

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features • TAGS: .

Below are the instructions for installing a Meyer Half Cab on a CJ-5. It is Form No. 1-383.

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Circa 1966 Supplemental Instructions for Meyer Full Cabs

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These are supplemental instructions for CJ-5s & CJ-6s Meyer Full Cabs. This first is Form No. 1-182-S.1966-form-no-1-382-s-cj5-hardtop1-lores 1966-form-no-1-382-s-cj5-hardtop2-lores

This is Form No. 1-396-S for the CJ-6 and CJ-6A Meyer Full Cab.1966-form-no-1-396-cj6-hardtop-lores

 
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Andy Gard Utility Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

This toy jeep includes the packaging.

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“THIS AUCTION IS FOR A PLASTIC ANDI GARD BRAND “UTILITY JEEP” IN ITS ORIGINAL PACKAGING.

JEEP AND BOX HAVE GOOD COLOR AND GRAPHICS.

JEEP IS COMPLETE WITH NO BREAKS.

BOX HAS WEAR FROM AGE, STORAGE, AND PLAY. TEARS AND FOLDS IN BOX AND PLASTIC WINDOW.(SEE PHOTOS), BUT STILL PRESENTABLE.

A NICE, RARE, JEEP TOY”

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Mego Model US Army Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

This rare Megow wood model US Army jeep is currently priced at $40.

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“THIS AUCTION IS FOR ONE/1 MEGOW WOOD AND CARDBOARD JEEP MODEL KIT – IN ORIGINAL BOX. LOOKS COMPLETE.

THE BOTTOM PIECE OF THE MODEL IS APPROX. 5 INCHES LONG TO GIVE A SCALE TO THE SIZE OF THE MODEL JEEP.

KIT CONTAINS BOTH WOOD AND CARDBOARD PARTS

A NICE EXAMPLE OF THIS NICE JEEP WOOD AND CARDBOARD MODEL KIT. HARD TO FIND IN THIS CONDITION.”

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My “New Civilian Jeep” California Moulder Plastic Agri-Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

I spotted this plastic jeep on a buy-it-now eBay ad, but didn’t recognize it. It looked unusual due to the spare tire placement (CJ-2-like), so I made an offer and scored it. After some research, I learned it is pretty unique.

According to Fred Coldwell (you can see his collection of these below), “in 1945 California Moulders, Inc., Los Angeles 11, California, produced plastic models of the 1944 CJ-2 jeep named the “Agrijeep”.  These first 20 CJ-2 civilian jeeps can be identified by their spare tire mounted mid-body on the passenger side, as faithfully reproduced in the plastic models below. These CJ-2 models came in a variety of colors, and the red and white and blue and white model pairs shown below have opposite colored hood, bodies, tailgates and tires. I have yet to find the complimentary models to the blue and yellow and white and green plastic CJ-2 jeeps.  These very first plastic models of “The New” Civilian Jeeps are not easy to find, but over the decades I have collected the ones shown here. Enjoy!”

Mine is all one color (I have yet to find a comparable one on the internet), but lacks the windshield. It seems like it got too hot (see the front bumper), so it’s hardly a perfect specimen. There are no markings on it, other than “39” is printed on the box; I’m unclear what that signifies (no company name on the box either).

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Other California Moulder models:

This first photo shows Fred’s collection (from this link):

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CJ-5 in Lucite Cube on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This is an unusual item that Maury shared. It’s priced at $99. A similar type of jeep sold without the lucite for $57 in August of 2020.

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1943 Willys-Overland Trailer McMinnville, TN eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, trailer

Bill shared this trailer. No reserve with starting bid of $395.

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“Selling my unrestored WW2 Willys 1/4 Ton trailer. Needs to be restored. Needs handbrake and brake linkage, wheels are post war, needs landing leg. I have two fenders which are included. Original paint on back side which has not been cut for tailgate. Bottom panel needed. Please look at the pics and ask all questions before bidding. If you want more images, please ask. A;; sa;es final no returns. Located in Central Tennessee, near McMinnville 37110, pick up only. Can arrange delivery a short distance for fee to be negotiated before sale. TN Bill of sale as TN does not title trailers unless used for out of state commercial use.”

 
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1941 Full-Page Look at the “Leaping Jeep”

This full page article published July 22, 1941, in Baltimore’s Evening Sun includes photos of Bantam BRC-60s and Ford GPs.

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1941 Full-Page Article on the Jeep

This is a second full-page article on the jeep, this time with two large photos in the May 04, 1941, issue of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat.

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Year? Jeepney Riverside, CA $15,000

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

It doesn’t run at the moment. It has a Missouri title for some reason. There’s nothing to indicate it is a 1946 or was ever a WW2 jeep.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/687047558645517

“$15,000 Here is the real deal WW2 willys Jeep Jeepney from the Philippines. Was built in the 1960’s with old war Jeeps left behind. This is a real deal with Isuzu diesel and 4 speed transmission. Old owner was a maga millionaire that took his family in the annual parade every year in this. It was part of the Schats bakery collection. Has a clean Missouri title and had over $5000 invested in the running gear years ago. Been sitting maybe 4 years and will run and drive in a few hours.”

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Article and Photos of the Bantam T2E1

UPDATE: This article from August 28, 1941, published in the Daily News (New York City), describes the Bantam BRC-40 T2E1. This is the second generation of of the T2E1, (reportedly, the first generation of the T2E1 had a the full body, which itself was a derivation of the T2, an anti-tank jeep that had the gun between the seats; however, there apparently is some debate on how to define the versions).

Also mentioned below is the Ford Swamp Angel. I’ll have more info on that in an upcoming post.

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This is a T2E1 from an angle I’ve never seen. It was published yesterday on the Quest Masters Museum Facebook page:

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Originally published May 31, 2020:

An article from 1941 appears to describe the T2E1 Bantams shown in photos below (a few more photos here also).  The article describes the rifles as 47mm, while the photo captions correctly describe the rifle as a 37mm. Perhaps the difference is that the article was written in July, while the photos were taken late in August? So, maybe, 47mm rifles might have been initially considered? (47mm anti-tank guns were developed by France as early as 1931)

This article was published July 21, 1941, in the Lansing State Journal out of Michigan:

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This is likely a reprint, but still a good photo of the Bantam BRC-40 T2E1.

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“Streamlined” Jeeps From the Pacific

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Sedan-jeep • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: This post has been updated with a better version of the video:

The photos below are snapshots from the above video. They resemble the jeep shown below that was built by Wayne K. Pike. It was built by members of the 9th Service Squadron at the 13th Army Air Base on the island of Moratai. Note that it has a chrome/stainless trim strip absent from the car featured in the Popular Mechanics article below.

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ORIGINAL POST FEBRUARY 11, 2013:  You can view the entire Popular Mechanics’ issue on Google.

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Dec 1945 Popular Mechanics Page 6 Streamlined Jeep

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Dec 1945 Popular Mechanics Page 72 Jeep with Odd Body

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Dec 1945 Popular Mechanics Page 77 Men using Jeep like a plow horse

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Dec 1945 Popular Mechanics Page 73 Men us jeep to fix propeller

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Dec 1945 Popular Mechanics Page 70 Fixing Jeep Frame

 
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RedYcut Ford GPA Amphibious Model Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, GPA (SEEP), Models

Not many of these Amphibious jeep Ford GPA models around.

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“THIS AUCTION IS FOR ONE/1 REDYCUT U.S. ARMY AMPHIBIAN JEEP WOOD KIT IN ORIGINAL BOX
THE KIT LOOKS TO BE COMPLETE.
DIRECTIONS INCLUDED
A NICE EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE WOOD AMPHIBIAN JEEP MODEL KIT.
HARD TO FIND IN THIS CONDITION.”

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Fleet of Toy Jeeps on eBay

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The seller indicates these were from M*A*S*H toy sets.

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“Metal diecast US military jeeps and trailers, 18 Jeeps and 16Trailers, made by Zylmex, 1983. 12 are OD green, 6 are desert camouflaged. First time I saw them was in the 1980’s they sold as part of M*A*S*H* sets. Selling to reduce my collection of soldiers and vehicles. Scale is possibly HO scale. Condition is “Used”.”

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Philippos Jeep Models

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

UPDATE: Philippos has created some newer jeep models, this time building it based on a pic of a Ford GP that was modified into a crane. However, instead of a Ford GP, he made it a Bantam BRC-40. Here’s the original pic:

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https://www.facebook.com/groups/WWIIG503/permalink/10157377382976046/

Here is the model (FB link):

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1941 Photo of Bantam at DC Steps **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay. This photo was floating one of the Facebook groups, but didn’t include the caption, which describes the passengers. This was originally published here Dec 23, 2014. 

The question of the license plate came up on Facebook (as in, why does it have a license plate), while the question of “giant jeep” came up in a previous post on eWillys. The thing that’s been a head scratcher for me is that this jeep is carrying three grown men in the front, with space between the driver and the two passengers.

What is for certain is that in May 1941 Charles Payne (exec assistant to Bantam President Frank Fenn), was in Washington to promote Bantam’s efforts (see newspaper article at the bottom of this post). 

So, thinking out loud, is it possible that the below verbiage is true, that Bantam made a “giant” or larger jeep to promote its effort to obtain a contract? It would explain why it has dealer plates (as it wasn’t owned by the military). Here’s a comparison with another face-front Bantam:

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Photo on the left is a press photo with a standard Bantam BRC-40. The one on the right is the press photo with Congress men and Bantam Rep Charles Payne.

The angle of the jeep on the right going up the steps makes it appear a little larger, so that’s not helpful. One unusual aspect is that it seems to sit taller, with a greater distance between the tires and the front fenders; yet, the spring shacks still have more play in them than the photo on the left. However, all this could be the effect of being on the stairs with six people piled in it.

The license plate, unless enlarged, suggests that the jeep on the left is not giant, but rather a standard sized jeep. Therefore, my suspicion is that this isn’t a larger jeep. So, why the “giant jeep” comment was used by the reporter is still a mystery to me. Thoughts?

From the original eBay ad: “A Vintage1941 Original Photo depicting a Giant Jeep carrying politicians in Washington D.C. The vehicle was made by the makers of the U.S. Army’s newest midget to promote their new vehicle to the suits in Washington. The small four-wheel drive utility vehicles would become an icon of World War II. Original press stamp and caption with a MAY 25 1941 stamp date are on the verso.”

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This photo was published in the May 26, 1941, issue of the Star Tribune out of Minneapolis, Minnesota:

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This article from May 04, 1941, published in the Dayton Daily News (Ohio) provides additional information on Charles Payne’s visit, but doesn’t elaborate on the “Giant Jeep”, which may have been an Associate Press reporter creation:

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1941 Articles, What is a Jeep?

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

This first column describes seven different uses for the term ‘jeep’. It appeared in the November 15, 1941, issue of the News Journal, out of Mansfield, Ohio:

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A few days later, this blurb was part of a column called the Daily Knave, published November 18, 1941. It highlights some of the alternative uses of the term “jeep”.

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1962? Chicago Fire Department Parade Clown FC-170

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This photo was floating around Facebook. It shows a Chicago Fire Department FC-170 dressed up as a clown carrier. Anyone know where the photo originated (the FB poster didn’t know). He did have a date of 12/5/1962.

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David Tracy’s Seattle Trek for an FC-170

• CATEGORIES: Features

UPDATE: We have a video update to David Tracy’s FC-170 adventure

https://jalopnik.com/i-bought-the-worlds-most-hopeless-jeep-bringing-it-bac-1846836392

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Originally published April 1, 2021: (no, this is not an April fools) … This Sunday, David Tracy of Jalopnik plans to buy a vehicle in Chicago, drive to Seattle, pick up an FC-170 he’s bought, get it running, then attempt to drive it home. I’m sure nothing will go wrong with this plan. You can read all about it here:

https://jalopnik.com/my-5-000-mile-road-trip-in-a-275-000-mile-fancy-toyota-1846591932

Here’s an interior look at the FC:

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