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Pilsen 2018 Liberation Festival

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features, International

John pointed out that In a couple days the town of Pilsen in the Czech Republic will be celebrating its “Liberation Festival”. There’s a great photo on the front page from a previous year’s parade.

Read all about it here. http://slavnostisvobody.cz/en/

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Here’s some footage from 1945 of Pilsen:

And a few more links thanks to John:

  1. 70th liberation celebration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toG_WswIrdQ
  2. Another 70th video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toG_WswIrdQ
  3. Laying of wreaths at Thank You Monument: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYb8wbYv9cs

 

 
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Day 2: Monday April 30th: Life’s Twists and Turns

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

<– DAY 1: Sunday April 29th: It’s a Fluid Situation! | Day 3: Tuesday May 1: Weathering Oz –>

DAY 2: We made it to Rawlins, Wyoming, yesterday. Progress has been made.

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Here’s what happened to delay our departure from Utah …..

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After a stressful morning, a very happy wife.

It was an interesting day of twists and turns. Yesterday morning began with a startle. At 5:17am the motel TV’s audio, but not video, sputtered to life, crackling at first, then clearing up to broadcast some kind of TV news interview. I hunted down the remote in the dark, hit the power, thinking the tv would shut off, but instead the video came to life. I hit the power one more time, then the video and audio shut down. That was weird!

Later, as we were leaving the hotel in search of tires, Ann discovered that she didn’t have her purse. If not in the motel room — and it wasn’t there any of the 74 times we checked — then the only other place it could be was at the nearby Spanish Fork’s Cafe Rio, where we ate the previous night. We called the restaurant at 9am and were able to speak with the manager who closed the night before and was opening it that morning, learning that he hadn’t seen the purse. After another search of the motel room, we concluded it had been stolen after we’d left the restaurant. Gone were her cash, her banks cards, her military ID, her driver’s license, her inhaler, her new glasses, and some other stuff.

We are WINNING on this trip, lol.

Back to the tire search … based on my the previous evening’s research, we ended up at the Springville Big-O tire shop. They had the best local reviews and could get the original OEM tires (which no local tire-shops had in stock). Now, we just had to wait.

How to kill time on a rainy day? First, we thought eating breakfast was a good idea. Not wanting to drive very far on the crappy spare tire, we found a Denny’s just a block away. After being seated, the server asked what she wanted to drink and Ann responded “apple juice”.

Turns out, Denny’s sold out of that the day before. Poor Ann, she just couldn’t win …. having had enough by that time, she broke the soda embargo she’d put in place for the past month and ordered a Dr. Pepper. Since Ann couldn’t see the menu (reading glasses in the missing/stolen purse), she explained to the waitress that she could not read the menu, then described what she wanted: 1 egg over easy, 2 pieces of bacon, a bowl of grits, and the Dr. Pepper. I had the grand slam (2 eggs, toast, 2 pieces of bacon, hash browns). Continue reading

 
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Roberto’s Latest Doodle

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

Roberto Flores recently created this doodle.

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Day 1- Sunday April 29th: It’s a Fluid Situation; at Least No Fluids Spilled!

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

<– Trip Overview MapDay 2: Monday April 30th: Life’s Twists and Turns –>

DAY 1: When folks ask when we’ll be somewhere on this trip, I tell them it’s a bit of a fluid situation until we get closer to the East Coast. Case in point ….

Yesterday we left Pasco, headed for Grand Junction, Colorado. As we passed by Provo, we heard a strange noise like a tire popping, but nothing seemed amiss. We turned off at Spanish Fork and made it several miles up the canyon when we heard another noise followed by a ding: one of our tires was flat. Fortunately, we were able to pull safely off highway 6 (no fluids spilled, no damage, etc).

We put on the wimpy spare, then drove back down to Spanish Fork, where we spent the night. After a bunch of research on tires, we’ll hit Big O tire in Springville at 7AM to see what they can offer us. By the time we are out of here, we’ll have lost about a day.

Below is the planned route for yesterday … We are 3/4 of the way there.

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And, the tire:

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Finally, the phone issue. For five hours on Sat night/Sunday morning my phone showed no signs of life. Then, at 2am, when I happened to be awake, it popped on with a Facebook alert. After talking it over with Ann, we decided we would go ahead and upgrade my phone (it had been three years), as I no longer trusted it. We left early, reaching Twin Falls, Idaho, just as the store opened.

Purchasing the phone went fairly efficiently, though the transfer of info was slow, so slow that after we left some of my apps were still loading. By the time the tire blew four hours later, the apps were still loading. So, no Priceline app to reserve the hotel room in Spanish Fork and no Yelp app to help me locate a restaurant that was open (it was Sunday night in Utah after all). For sure, these are 1st world problems, but they didn’t help my day!

Let’s hope tomorrow goes more smoothly.

<– Trip Overview MapDay 2: Monday April 30th: Life’s Twists and Turns –>

 
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Jeep Stop Sign on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

UPDATE: Maury theorizes that this may have been used by the military as a type of bus stop on bases, where folks could go to grab a ride somewhere. He provided this photo as another example.

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Original post: Scott was wondering if anyone had any history on this unusual sign?

View all the information on eBay

“Original “Jeep Stop” sign, has some rust and damage. The “STOP” portion of the sign is embossed.
The Sign Measures Approximately 24 inches wide by 24 inches tall and is stamped steel.”

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Just a Few Updates

• CATEGORIES: Features

We will be on the road early this morning. We hope to make it to Grand Junction this evening. Tomorrow we hope to reach Kansas.

At 10:30pm last night my phone died (most likely just the battery). What are the chances? The good news is that the phone lasted me four years. I should have a working phone by the time we leave either Boise or, if it is too early, then after Twin Falls.

Prior to the untimely death, we spent yesterday prepping the house, the yard, and the mother-in-law for our long trip, so only a few updates today.

 
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The Yagu, a Tucker-Combat Car-like Vehicle

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

All old is new again? Maury pointed out this vehicle called the YAGU, an Israeli built three-person lightweight, speedy, offroad fighting machine with a gun mounted on the top. Look familiar? Seems like an updated version of the Tucker Tiger Tank, also known as the Tucker Combat Car (see videos below).

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The Tucker Combat Car. First vid is short with sound, the second is a detailed look without sound. One of the innovations the Tucker has that the Yagu doesn’t? All the (very thick) windows are the same size and can be quickly swapped in and out (read more at Hemmings).

 
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Anyone Recognize This Dash?

• CATEGORIES: Features

A reader asked what vehicle used this dash. At first I thought it was an M-38 or M-38A1 dash, but they are slightly different.

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Eastward HO!: 2018 East Coast Trip

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

Day 1: Sunday April 29th: It’s a Fluid Situation; at Least No Fluids Spilled! –>

UPDATE II: Because of events at the beginning of our East Coast trip, we were forced to change our planned routes (see original map at the bottom). As a result, this was actual route:

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Original post from April 28th: On Thursday evening, we made it back to Pasco after successfully repairing the mower and my mother’s computer. Hurray!

We have a pile of things to accomplish before our goal of leaving on SUNDAY APRIL 29th. Ann’s managing the annual launch of the sprinkler system (from lawns to farms, she’s a water pro), meanwhile I did my klutzy best to set us back by sitting on my glasses. Sigh …. so I spent yesterday getting a new set of glasses. Fortunately, I’d already secured a prescription last week when I bought new contacts.

Now that Ann and I are on the same page in terms of travels (there was some initial confusion), we’ve scoped out the early part of our trip. Our first must-be-there date is Black Mountain, NC, on May 11th. The next is Aurora, Ohio, May 16th. Once we get to Missouri (which we think will be two days), we ought to be able to pin down our dates more specifically. Here’s the rough route:

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On our agenda, are several jeep barns, a couple museums with early jeeps, the Pizza Hut museum (who knew?), Omix Ada museum, several family visits, the Midwest Willys Reunion, and much much more. Thanks to everyone who plan to share their jeeps, their homes and their stories with us!

 Day 1: Sunday April 29th: It’s a Fluid Situation; at Least No Fluids Spilled! –>

 
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5ft x 7ft Print Introducing the Jeep to Mexico @ Auction

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This is awesome! Starting bid is $2400, about $2300 over my budget! The auction is in Phoenix, AZ, and happens May 4. I’m surprised to see no bow holders. Looks like the dash plate in a long, single one, and I see no column shift. I’d say this was a mid 1946 or later photo.

https://www.auctionzip.com/auction-lot/lot_8354221869

Description: Hugo Brehme (German/Mexican, 1882 – 1954). “Willys Jeep”. Super grand mammoth vintage silver gelatin print. c1945. Printed c1945. Photographer credit on verso. Two photographic sheets joined together and mounted. Fair to good condition; some staining and surface scuffs and scratches, most of which can be mitigated or eliminated with conservation. Frame size: 64 x 86 in. (1626 x 2184 mm). Image size: 60 1/2 x 81 1/2 in. (1537 x 2070 mm). A huge photograph, approximaely 5 feet high by 7 feet wide. An advertisement for Willys Jeep in Mexico. The sign next to the Jeep reads “New or old you can always rely on your Willys Jeep [Nuevo o viejo ud. siempre puede confiar en su jeep Willys]”. PLEASE NOTE this photograph is mounted on board and is very heavy”

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Dry Gauze Air Cleaner

• CATEGORIES: Features

A big thanks to Tim Ward for sending me this gift, a Dry Gauze Air Cleaner he didn’t need. It’s got a few dings, but nothing that can’t be cleaned up. A big thanks Tim!

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Patterson Working For His Keep … Mower Fixed

• CATEGORIES: Features

UPDATE: I finally got the Tractor flywheel to release. The key was sheered. Got a key, reassembled, and Mom is mowing the lawn!

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We made a quick run up to Seattle yesterday to fix my parents lawn mower and mow the lawn with our mower. To work on the mower, I needed to pull it out of the barn and get it to the garage. My options for moving the John Deere L110 were limited. After considering my options, I decided to enlist Patterson to pull the mower.

It turned out that the mower wasn’t easy to pull up hill, especially when my mother had her foot on the brake. I suggested she jump off the mower. Once she did that, it was much easier to pull, though without low range and only 2WD, it was still a bit of a challenge.  Still Patterson persevered. Eventually, we got it in the garage. … who said a DJ-3A isn’t a real jeep?!!??

The mower is proving to be a challenge. It looks like the key has sheered between the flywheel and the crankshaft, keeping the flywheel from releasing off the shaft . I have a good puller and it is still be stubborn.

Anyway, that kept me busy last night, so just a couple updates today.

 
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Identifying This Model of Ramsey Winch

• CATEGORIES: Features, wanted

A reader was wondering if anyone knew what model of Ramsey winch this was? Most of my books are back in Pasco and the internet wasn’t too helpful. Anyone know?

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The Heath Hitch & Dirt Moving Outfit

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Using the Heath Hitch, a person could attach several different attachments. This brochure came from a late 1940s Willys-Overland Equipment Book.

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1948 ‘CJ-2B’ Attack Engine Riot Control Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Derek did the initial research and writeup on this project, correctly identifying it as a CJ-2A. Check out the pre-restoration pics and info here: http://cj3b.info/Fire/NewSalem.html

The folks at the New Salem Fire Department near Albany, New York, recently ‘restored’ what they call a “CJ-2B Attack Engine”. And, to be fair, I suppose this CJ-2A has undergone some major changes. Perhaps it should be relabeled a 1948 CJ-2RC (Riot Control) jeep?

You can read about it here: http://newsalemfire.com/new-salem-fire-apparatus-Jeep-CJ-2B.php

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1972 Salem Mud Bowl Poster

• CATEGORIES: Features, Racing

TJ shared this cool 1972 Salem (Oregon) Mud Bowl Poster he go from a friend of his, Ken, who used to race jeeps in the Pacific Northwest. That’s Ken in the photo.

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1953 “I’ll take the Jeep” Ad For a CJ-3B

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I’ll take the jeep, too! This early CJ-3B ad is in the May 7, 1953, issue of the Heppner Gazette Times one I hadn’t seen.

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1942 Illustration of an early “Jeep”

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

The September 24, 1942, issue of the Nyssa Gate City Journal out of Nyssa, Oregon, published this interesting illustration.

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Packaged Pump Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This is a brochure for an early pump.

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Photo Negative of FC-170 Howe Fire Truck on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

I’ve inverted the photo to give a sense of what it might look like printed.

View all the information on eBay

“Original factory photograph negative , 8 x 10 , also includes factory envelope , 8.5 x 10.5 , listing is for both items.”

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1961? Howe Commando Fire Truck Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

The numbers at the bottom suggest to me the date of this brochure is September, 1961. But, this still has the split glass, so those numbers might not be referring to the date.

View all the information on eBay

“Original non color sales sheet , 8.5 x 11 , printed both sides , three file holes at edge”

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Several Interesting Photos from eBay Seller

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Darrins, a seller on eBay, has these two photos, plus a few others you might enjoy viewing.

View all of Darrin’s Jeep photos here

  1. This FC appears to have a custom camper:
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  2. I wish I could see more of this jeep! Note the unusual hardtop and front bumper/fenders.unusual-mods-to-jeep
 
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Restored MB Custom Truck

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: , .

This 2013 post from Offroad Action popped up while I was searching for something else. It highlighted the rebuild of an MB-turned-truck in Europe. There are a variety of photos showing the rebuild process.

http://offroadaction.ca/2013/04/05/restored-1953-willys-in-germany/

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Willys Sign on the ACAA Facebook Page

• CATEGORIES: Features

Anyone know the history of this unusual Willys sign. I know I’ve seen it floating around before, but can’t remember where. Was it ever an actual sign?

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Redlands Geckos Jeep Club Plaque **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

Seth shared this vintage jeep club plaque. The Redlands Geckos Jeep Club was based out of Redlands, California. It was in existence by 1963 (based on this article) and was around as late as 1977 (based on this article).

“You are viewing a 1960’s Vintage Relands Geckos Jeep Club Metal Oval Plate Plaque! You will receive exactly what you are viewing. This plaque is a unique handmade item and weighs over 1 lb.”

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