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Garwood Dump Bed Manual

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features

Thanks to Andy for sharing a copy of Eric Voytko’s Garwood Dump Bed Parts and Instruction Book for the Universal Dump-O-Matic with Pump and Valve Assembly. Eric runs http://www.classicrefusetrucks.com.









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Sybert’s Garage Rebuilds a 1942 MB

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

UPDATE: Part 2 has been published here.

Tom and his son are rebuilding an MB and video documenting their work. They’ve published the first of four parts. Here’s the story behind the jeep:

“My parents have a summer cottage in Northern Wisconsin. Our neighbors, who have passed away with the daughter living there now, had an old MB jeep. It was painted violet because at the time Janet’s dad asked her what color he should paint it as a little girl.

The jeep sat in her garage for years and each time we went to visit we tried to get her started. The mice had made it their home, eating all the electrical wires. The radiator leaked, brakes and clutch did not function and we realized we never had enough time to truly spend on getting her running whenever we visited. We asked for permission to bring her back to our garage in Wisconsin, fix her up and return her to Janet.

Janet’s dad served in WWII in the Army and I know he would be proud to see Janet driving his jeep today.”

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1961 Photo of CJ-2A in Houston Flood on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

That’s a bad day.

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“1961 Press Photo Jeep’s hood sticks out of water on Ronson Street, Houston. This is an original press photo. Jeep’s hood sticks out of water on Ronson Street, Houston, Texas. Floods. Photo measures 10 x 8.25inches. Photo is dated 06-19-1961.”



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Article With a Reference to Thanksgiving and Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

2019: Roberto Flores

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

For us it will be a quiet one, as we have relatives scattered all over. But, we are thankful that everyone’s made it through this month, lol!

If you’d like a nice story to read this Thanksgiving, you can try an article about Durwood J. Smith. The story contains both a jeep and a Thanksgiving memory on the Western Front (see Durwood’s pic below) … do you know how hard that combo is to find?? If not for Roberto Flores, we wouldn’t even have art depicting jeeps and turkeys together!!

So, I was very happy to stumble on this nice story called:

Thanksgiving on the Western Front


PHOTO CREDIT: Charleen Smith-Riedel and Smithsonia Magazine

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Coker Group sold to Wade Kawasaki

• CATEGORIES: Features

Colin shared the news that the Coker Group (makers of vintage tires) has been sold to the Wade Kawasaki/Capital Investment group partnership. Coker has been run by Wade Kawasaki for last five years. Under him, the company has seen five years of consecutive growth, so I’d expect to see the company continue in its current form.

  1. https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/breakingnews/story/2018/nov/15/coker-family-sells-tire-business/483105/
  2. https://newschannel9.com/news/local/chattanooga-based-coker-group-sold-to-wade-kawasakicapital-investment-group-partnership
  3. https://www.hemmings.com/blog/2018/11/20/coker-group-sold-to-ceo-wade-kawasaki-and-company-management-team/


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1943 Photo of Allied Troops in Kaipit, New Guinea on ebay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Hopefully the original photo is clearer than this posted image.

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“1943 Press Photo Allied Jeep by Huts 1940s Kaiapit New Guinea WWII. You are bidding on an original press photo of Allied Jeep by Huts 1940s Kaiapit New Guinea WWII. Photo measures 7.25 x 10.25 inches and is dated 10/23/1943.”



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Give Fast Service Brochure w/CJ-5 on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I don’t think I’ve run across this one.

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“Original mailer non color folder , 8.5 x 3.5 folded , 8.5 x 11 unfolded . Shows Jeep from Russ Cooley Service Station , Hillcrest , Binghamton , New York.”


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Anyone Recognize This Seat?

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts

Robin just purchased this unusual seat. The seller told him it was removed from a jeep. Anyone recognize it?

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1946 Road Service Jeep Photo on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This is a neat photo. The phone number of VE5-9728 *might* be a Michigan number (I got a few hits from Michigan with “VE5” as the prefix when I searched for the number on Google). The date “1946” is printed on the back fo the photo.

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The “Jeepers” Posters Have Arrived & More Updates

• CATEGORIES: Features

UPDATE: I’ve sold out of posters. 

Yesterday, the Jeepers posters arrived. They turned out better than the original image.


I would have had most of the posters in the mail yesterday, but instead I spent the day cleaning up the garage. The garage has been a mess ever since Ann’s mother decided to hold her annual Halloween bash, one that includes animatronics, pumpkins, bats, furniture, specially made walls, etc, etc.

Ann and I BOTH urged her not to hold it this year, as we had more pressing health issues, but Ann’s mother (how has her own set of health issues) refused to listen to us and held it anyway. Once Halloween was over (we were in Seattle that night), Instead of cleaning up after Halloween, her mother got sick with a severe bowel blockage. She struggled for several days, throwing up all over. Eventually, we forced her to go to the hospital (she nearly died, because she refused to go to the hospital … Ann had to lie to her, telling the doctor ordered her to go to the hospital to get her cooperation).

On exactly that same day, my dad had a ‘mild’ heart attack, forcing him to the hospital. On top of those two issues, Ann is trying to do as little as possible as we wait for an upcoming surgery near the end of November.

So, this first part of the month has been crazy. Ann’s mother was released on Tuesday night, but needs our help more than ever. Dad was also released from the hospital, but his blood pressure continues to be low; He has also let it be known that he refuses to go through any more surgeries. I can’t really blame him at this point.

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E-Z-Kraft Army Jeep Model on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

Usually these models have pics on the box, but this one doesn’t.

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“Up for auction is a vintage Scale E-Z-Kraft Model U.S. Army Jeep made in Evanston, Illinois. This particular model is wood and thick cardboard. It appears all the parts are present and none of the cardboard cards have had their parts punched out. Model also comes with the original instructions and box is open. Please take look at all the pictures as they are part of the description”





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1944 Kidde Fire Engine Magazine Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Are there any Kidde fire systems left in any known jeeps?

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“This is not a reproduction or photocopy. It is an ORIGINAL advertisement that was carefully removed from a vintage magazine. It is a beautiful and would look great in a frame. It could be used to decorate your home, living room, hobby room, man cave, garage, bar, rec room, office, bathroom, etc.

Measurement: This is a full page ad and is measures approximately 13″ x 10.5″.”


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Austin-Craft Wood Model Kit on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

Shipping’s free on this jeep model.

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“This an Original, “U.S. Army 1/4 Ton Jeep” Kit, Produced by the Master Craftsmen of Austin-Craft Company of Burbank, California, Circa 1940’s or so. I BELIEVE this kit to be complete, but I have not done a parts check and I make no guarantees. So, I am selling this kit based ENTIRELY on the photos, so please look them over closely. The box is very nice, as is the instruction sheet.”




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“15 Crazy jeeps From Sema” at Gear Junkie

• CATEGORIES: Features

Gearjunkie.com featured photos of jeeps at SEMA 2018.



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1944 “Beach Jumpers” Photo

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Buz shared this Ocracoke Preservation Society photo. We were hoping to determine whether the hood has been repainted something shiny or whether it is bare metal.


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1940s/50s Meow Model Jeep (Ford GP?) on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

This model might be a Ford GP.

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“This is a vintage Megow Hobbycraft Construction Kit of a U.S. Army Jeep M-10 in original box. It has not been assembled and looks complete but I’m not sure. Includes instructions. The colored cardboard body panel sheet has the front grill panel punched out but it is there as pictured. Thanks for looking.”






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Baraboo Circus Jeep Train Postcard on eBay

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UPDATE: There’s another Baraboo Postcard on eBay.

(08/04/2014) This CJ-5 used to ferry visitors around Baraboo. I visited Barboo about two decades ago, but never saw it. It must have already been gone.


This jeep and tram toured through Baraboo, pointing out various circus sites, including final resting spots in Walnut Hill Cemetery.

This jeep and tram toured through Baraboo, pointing out various circus sites, including final resting spots in Walnut Hill Cemetery.

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Willys Bed Extender Gold Hill, CA **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $50.

Was this a one-off or an aftermarket piece? Looks like a good price.

“Willys jeep bed extender for a flat fender jeep or a CJ5
Fits a cj2a-3a, 3B or cj5
50 bucks FIRM”

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General Jeeps Illustration

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

Mario Maipid posted this illustration to one of Facebook’s groups. It was used as part of a patent or trademark filing in the State of Wisconsin.



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Wooden “Red Cross” Jeep in France on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Anyone familiar with these. This is also listed here.

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“Jeep Red Cross Wooden Tole Toy Western Front 1945 Jeep “Red Cross” in wood and tole made by US Army for the french kids to the Libération of France. 2 wheels are missing included spare wheel, the front axle was replaced. 8 5/8″ length, 4″ width, 4 3/8″ height.”






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Vintage Dealer Jeep Sign? Coldwater, MI eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Given it’s got some damage (it has some dents), it seems aggressively priced.

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“Vintage dealership sign, very good condition for age. Measures 12″ x 60″.”


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1950-51 “Quality and Present” Training Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Documents, Features

One more 1950ish salesman training brochure on eBay.

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“Original salesman’s part color catalog , 8.5 x 11 , 12 pages , 3 file holes at edge , also includes non color sales sheet , 8.5 x 11 , 2 pages , shows various Willys features , descriptions , etc.”

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Qualify and Present Quiz

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Documents, Features

This salesman brochure was a part of the salesman training brochure above.

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Ron’s 1946 Boyer Fire Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles

UPDATE: Here’s another, much longer post about Ron’s jeep.

Maury shared Kaiser Willys’ post about Ron Foss’ 1946 Boyer Fire CJ-2A.



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1950-51 “Joe Booth Gets A Break” Training Document on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Documents, Features

Here’s another training document on eBay.

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“Original salesman’s part color catalog , 8.5 x 11 , 12 pages , 3 file holes at edge , also includes non color sales sheet , 8.5 x 11 , 2 pages , shows various Willys features , descriptions , etc .”

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