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Action Video of an APU Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos • TAGS: .

Nick shared this video of a 1955 airplane test that included multiple shots of an Valentine APU-equipped jeep. You can see some other updates here: https://www.thecj2apage.com/forums/time-capsule-navy-cj3a-by-valentine-apu_topic37074_page6.html

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Vietnamese M-38/CJ-3A Video

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Carl shared the video of what looks to be an M-38 that has multiple mods, including a CJ-3A windshield and an after market dash gauge. However, the body does not have a battery box lid, suggesting it is an after market body. The flat rear wheel wells also raise questions.

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Taking Delivery of an FC-170 in the 1960s

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Features, videos

UPDATE: As Lew notes, there’s an FC-150 in the latter half of the video. It also has a different license plate (white) than the FC-170 (blue plate) shown near the beginning.

Steve pointed me to his video. It shows a family picking up an FC-170 from the factory. Pretty cool memory!

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1955 “Tender” Scottsdale Auction Mid-January

• CATEGORIES: Features, Willys Trucks, Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Turns out we discussed this back in early 2016. http://www.ewillys.com/2016/03/13/1954-wagon-tender-garner-nc-ebay/


Very cool, but not an original 1954 truck (it is listed at Barrett Jackson as a 1954, though the text suggests it was a 1955 model).


Scott Gilbert alerted me to this upcoming truck to be auctioned at Barrett Jackson.

Over the years, following a discussion with an Israeli jeep fan named Or, I’ve applied the designation of “Tender” to this style of truck. At the time, he’d sent me a copy of brochure and translated the model as a “Tender”.

Since then, I’ve been searching for an original US version of the Tender, but have not found one. So, while not beyond the realm of possibility, I highly doubt this is an original 1954 Tender for the following reasons.

1954-tender-truck-jackson-barrett-auction7The seller of this truck is describing it as a 1954 Truck and the serial number is claimed to be 55168 10001. However, as of 1954, the serial number system used was the 654 XX2 prefix system (the “X”s standing for various letters) to describe 4WD Willys trucks. It wasn’t until 1955 that Willys Motors adopted the 55168 system, but that year that prefix started with 55168 5001. At some point, there was a 55168 10001 produced, but that would have been late into the1955 year.


Consistent with a 1955 build, the 1955 55168 trucks model was defined as a cab only version of the Willys truck accompanied by the Super Hurricane engine, same as the truck herein. The “bed” of the truck could have been built from a wagon, so that might be consistent, too.


However, the speedo shown wasn’t produced until late 1956ish. The Willys emblem used on the hood and on the glove box looks more like an Aero emblem than a jeep emblem. The hockey-stick styling of the external chrome didn’t appear until 1960(?). Meanwhile, the two piece windshield was discontinued in 1960. So, there are major inconsistencies.

I’m sure there are other issues that folks can add to this list.

Here’s the listing: https://www.barrett-jackson.com/Events/Event/Details/1954-JEEP-WILLYS-4X4-PICKUP-225070

Here’s the Tender’s description:

“This 1954 Willys was built as a 1955 model and is Serial #0001. A piece of Willys Jeep history, this example has 2,122 original miles and is equipped with 4-wheel drive. It’s powered by a Super Hurricane 226ci 6-cylinder engine backed by a T90 3-speed manual transmission and Dana 18 transfer case. The exterior was repainted in its correct shade of tan.”

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Wooden Jeeps Evanston, IL $20/each

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

I would have bought all four of these, but the seller hasn’t responded. My guess is they came from Colombia. Maybe someone else will have more luck.


“Different colors to choose. $20 each. Approx. Size is 3″ x 1.5″ x 2”

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U.S. Army Amphibian Jeep (Quack) Model & Video

• CATEGORIES: Features, GPA (SEEP), Models

I just picked up this U.S. Army Amphibian Jeep model (1/2″ scale). It’s dated 1943 from the Mod-Ac Manufacturing Company, LA, California. It looks complete. I’ve never run across a reference to these being called “Quacks”, but it makes sense given the larger ones are referred to as “Duks”.


Here’s a video of some “Quacks” in action during their testing dates at the Ford Rouge Plant. Lots of video shots I have never seen.

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Santa Delivers Old Gold Cigarettes **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Artists/Drawings, Features • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Tis the season … Craig shared this ad. Was on eBay until it sold. This was published in the December 19, 1942, issue of the Saturday Evening Post, pg 33.

You rarely see Santa delivering packs of Old Gold cigarettes to all the good boys and girls anymore.

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Whitco Smoked Jeep Plate Duluth, MN**SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** for $86.76 on eBay. I didn’t expect it would go for that much.

This plate might have been made by the same folks who made the Ramsey plate I have.


“Whitco Jeep Colorado Glass Change Tray Trivet Desk Top Advertising. Clean, no chips or cracks. Please be sure to check all the pictures carefully for condition and size.”

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Gentle Ben TV Series w/ A Tux Park

• CATEGORIES: Features

Blaine remembered watching the TV show Gentle Ben and seeing a Tux Park CJ-5. Recently he began searching on line and discovered he was right. Dennis Weaver played game warden Tom Wedloe. Tom drove a Tux Park CJ-5. You can see a couple photos that Blaine found below:

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Film Bulletin: Rubber Tire Substitutes

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

This video was shared on Facebook. The first half of the video focuses on rubber tire substitutes using a jeep as a test vehicle.

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Unusual Chinese Photo w/Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

The auction on eBay ended, but I thought this was an interesting photo.

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“Here is one Chinese old auto studio photo(1952, original), the plate number show year 1952.”



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Willys Ambulance Brochure in French on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This is a neat brochure. Perhaps it’s out of Canada?

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“Original Willys Ambulance folder brochure. Covers MIL-NER model 475 (4WD). Brochure is in French language ONLY. NO English. Measures about 8-1/2″ x 11″”



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Jeep Family of 4WD in Public Service Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This is one of my favorite brochures. It’s a 25 page pamphlet with lots of pics. You can see all the pages here.

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“Jeep 4-Wheel Drive Vehicles for Public Service, vintage 1950’s original dealer brochure

Rare 1950’s era brochure for Public Service Jeep vehicles. Tons of great photos that show the various configurations that Jeeps could be ordered and configured to service Emergency, Fire, Power, Public Lands, Forest, Airports, etc.

Police, Public Safety, Civil Defense Jeeps
Public Health Jeeps
Forestry and Natural Resource Lands Jeeps
Road and Park Maintenance Jeeps
Airport Operation Jeeps
Fire Protection Jeeps
Public Education Jeeps
Public Utilities Jeeps
Specs and Accessories, Attachments Available”

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MB at Omaha’s Surplus in Fort Worth, Texas

• CATEGORIES: Features

Gayland shared these pics of an MB located at Omah’s Surplus, a place he called a “real Military Surplus Store, not one of those Army-Navy stores”.

Omaha’s Surplus

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Edmund’s Dual Intake Fish Creek, WI $1850

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts

Al’s selling this rare Edmunds 2X1 intake manifold. If interested, contact him at Lhead663@aol.com. (Was on eBay)

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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.