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1950 Photo of the Austin Champ on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This prototype looks a bit different from the finished version.

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“1950 Press Photo Jeep Developed by British, Bagshot Heath, England. This is an original press photo. A new 80 horsepower jeep, developed by the British, was demonstrated recently at Bagshot Heath, England. Larger than the standard model, the new vehicle is specially equipped for beach landings. The engine will run underwater. England, army, defense, equipment. Photo measures 10 x 8.25 inches. Photo is dated 08-10-1950.”

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Palm Canyon Jeep Tours Postcard on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards • TAGS: .

The Palm Canyon jeep tour is still available through Red-Jeep Desert Adventures. Red-Jeep also offers other tours via jeeps.


Here’s one of their postcards on eBay

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Columbine Lodge Postcard on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards

There are still some rustic cabins at this historic mining town of Columbine, Colorado. The jeep looks to be an MB/GPW.

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Happy New Year, 2019!!!

• CATEGORIES: Features

Happy New Year everyone!

It was another fun year of travel, jeeps, and interesting posts. Our trip east was a lot of fun and we got to meet a variety of readers along the way. Here’s the final map of our April/May/June trip.


Now, anytime we sit at the kitchen table, we can look at the painting Ann bought in Spanish Fork and think fondly of our trip, especially of our flat tire, her lost purse, and that rough first day.



Ann’s ongoing ankle and other health problems kept us from traveling much of the rest of the year.  The good news is that we hope that her upcoming surgery in three weeks will fix some female issues that will get he back on track to address her ankle issue.

Dad’s health took a big dip at year’s end. We’ve decided to support him with in-home care, along with family-care, in hopes he doesn’t have to go to a nursing home. His inability to walk at this point (though he can stand) will insure we’ll be around him a lot until his end. Meanwhile, my mother has hip surgery in two days, so the family will have our hands full in January for sure!

I wish I’d had time to get more done on my jeeps in 2018, but time demands and distance kept that from happening. However, rest assured, we do have a plan in place to make that happen.


The good news is that, eWillys will be around for all of 2019. However, assuming everything happens as we expect, in 2020, probably around April or so, eWillys will transform from a system of daily updates to more of an occasional blog.

In fact, the 2020 FC Roundup will be Jesse’s last one and that will likely be where I will end the daily eWillys reporting as well (at least that’s what I’m telling myself right now). Because of some upcoming, most excellent (stealing Jesse Ybarra’s phrase) changes to our lives, we’ll be moving to a new place where I’ll be able to work on my jeeps and get a couple more.

Even better, our goal is to have the room, facilities, and space to begin hosting an annual vintage jeep event somewhere in the Pacific Northwest (we aren’t sure where exactly we’ll end up). The first year could be in 2020, but more likely in 2021. And, again if everything happens as we expect, that’s just the beginning …. So, stay tuned!

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Readycut Sport Jeep Wood Model Owego, NY on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

This is a curious model that Robin spotted on eBay.

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“You are bidding on a Readycut Sport Jeep Wood Model in the box. Box is there but has some staining from age and use. Box measures approx. 12 x 3.5 x 2 inches. Comes with instruction sheet and all parts are there that I can see from instruction sheet. You be the Judge and look at pictures. Has been put together and then disassembled.”

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Argentine Monument to Don Carlos Gesell

• CATEGORIES: Features, Monuments/Statues

UPDATE: Thanks to Blaine for locating a video and some pics!! The below video appeared on this website

Below is a brochure for Villa Gesell, a resort city founded by Don Carlos Gesell. The brochure was posted to this page, one that includes many pictures, some with jeeps. That could be Don Carlos himself in the driver’s seat of the jeep, but I can’t possibility say it.


This shows Don Carlo’s former jeep. The buyer of it is seated in the jeep. More information here.

Original Post 12/31/2018: Moncholo Deniz shared these pics of a monument to Don Carlos Gesell, founder of Villa Gesell in Argentina (map & history). The monument includes his dog Fifi. Not sure why the sculpture had to include a shovel in the top bow holders.

I tried to locate pics of Don Carlos in a CJ-2A, but couldn’t find any online.

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Golden Eagle Playing Cards on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

These aren’t pristine, but still interesting.

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“RARE CJ Jeep Golden Eagle Collectible playing cards Complete Set including BOTH Jokers.”



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1947 Jeep Goes to Sea Article

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

This one-page article was published in the February 1947 issue of Mechanix Magazine.


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1945 Photo of Soldier & Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

No mention as to location for this image.

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“1945 Press Photo a soldier in his combat gear poses beside his jeep. This is an original press photo. A J.W. in front of his jeep. Photo measures 10 x 8.25 inches. Photo is dated 08-13-1945.”


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McCahill’s 1947 Review of the Jeep Station Wagon

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

UPDATE ON ME: Like Lazarus, I have risen once again to rejoin the living! Whoo hoo! 

For my first post back, I doubt Willys Overland could have paid a reviewer for a better review of their wagon. This review was featured in the February, 1947 issue of Mechanix Illustrated that I bought off of eBay.

Also, thanks go to several readers who donated funds prior to Christmas. This allowed me to purchase multiple items, including all the brochures/articles featured since Christmas Eve.

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Post Alaska Or Rust Item: FCA Brazil’s Video of Hugo Vidal

• CATEGORIES: Alaska Or Rust Trip, Features, videos

<– Day 21 – Saturday May 19th: Mr. Infamous (Alaska Or Rust Presentation)

UPDATE: I’m still sick so no updates. We made it back to Pasco, where we will stay a few days before heading back to Seattle to help with Dad. In the meantime, Luciano updated the video of Hugo below by adding English subtitles for the Portuguese. Enjoy!

Original post November 14, 2018: On Sunday this video debuted at the Premiere Auto Show in Brazil at the Auto Show’s Jeep Booth. It features our good friend and co-Alaska participant Hugo Vidal. It’s mostly in Portuguese, but some is in English. You’ll see both my wife and I appearing in several clips. The title refers to Hugo as the First Citizen of Jeep Nation. Kudos to Luciano Falconi for his great videography.


Hugo also recently published a book on his trip, written in both English and Portuguese. http://www.ewillys.com/…/26/hugo-vidal-has-published-his-b…/

<– Day 21 – Saturday May 19th: Mr. Infamous (Alaska Or Rust Presentation)

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No Updates Thursday

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

Santa brought me the flu for Christmas Eve….. Thanks Santa! So, between that and helping my parents, I am taking another day off. We head back to Pasco for a few days, so I’ll be able to catch up at that time.


It was a different sort of Christmas this year, lol.

Mario shared this great article from 1943 on Facebook.

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1958 Article From Sunset Magazine

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This article about exploring southern Utah in a jeep was published in the October 1958 issue of Sunset Magazine. You’ll see a nod to Kent Frost’s guide company and a photo of the front of one of his CJ-5s.


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Product Merchandising Manual Circa 1955

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features

Several months ago a reader purchased a product merchandising manual with over four hundred pages, used by the Willys Motors marketing department. Over the succeeding months, we scanned and assembled this into a PDF. I’m dating it at 1955 because it introduces the new CJ-5. It’s not entirely complete, but there’s lots in it.

I’d like to thank the generous reader for making this available to everyone! I wish everyone the best for 2019!!


Here are a few pages:

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Willys Overland Business Card on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features

Maury shared this one. It’s unclear what year this might have been printed, but for the price you could buy a few thousand current business cards.

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“Here is a vintage, Willys Overland Jeep, The Overland Band business card, from Toledo Ohio. The card is in excellent condition. There are no creases in it. I do ship internationally. Please email me with any questions.”


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1959 Harney Peak South Dakota Jeep Trip Brochure

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

UPDATE: I’ve been looking for one of these since I first saw one on eBay in 2013. I scored one earlier this month on eBay. Along with it came the post card below.

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Christmas Morning Photos on eBay

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Steve shared this timely holiday photo.

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“Up for bid we have 2 Circa 1950’s Christmas Morning Photo’s featuring a Young Boy with all his new Christmas Toys.
Visible under the tree is a Toy Truck, Army Jeep, the boys wearing a new gun & holster set.
Cute photos.
Photos measure approx. 3-1/2″ X 3-1/2″ and come in excellent condition”



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1947 ‘Jeep’ Greenkeeper’s Best Friend Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Magazine

Not many of these ads left.

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1960 San Juan Rockies Jeep Cavalcade Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Many thanks to Chris for sending this wonderful Christmas present: An original 1960 3rd Annual San Juan Rockies ‘Jeep’ Cavalcade brochure he bought off of eBay. It was completely unexpected!

This tri-fold brochure opens to an 11″x17″ size, with photos, information and a map. Anyone know offhand if the entire route is still jeepable?
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2 1961ish Brochures on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

There are no bids on this pair of brochures. It’s one of the better prices I’ve seen lately.

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“2 Jeep brochures and are in very good condition spots where paper clip was holding together!!!”



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More Progress on Paul’s Trailer

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Photo taken at 9am in Anchorage. Still dark out (sunrise was supposed to occur at 10:12 am, but the clouds kept it dark)

As we begin counting longer days, Paul’s toiling away in his warm and cozy garage as the snow falls, the sun hides, and aftershocks rattle Anchorage.

Paul writes, “Since the earthquake November 30th we’ve had almost 5,000 aftershocks in less than three weeks.  Many of the tremors are too light to feel but we’ve had a few strong shakers that concerned me enough to make a trip to the local hardware store necessary where I purchased additional tie down straps.  The trailer and box assembly is still sitting on two work tables and will remain that way until I finish rolling the upper edge of the trailer box.  I’ll rest easier when I get the trailer frame finished, the axle attached and the box lifted off the work tables and bolted to the frame.”

“The trailer box is riveted together so the next step (after the taillights) is to weld the tubing into a big rectangle to match the upper edge of the side panels and then roll the metal over the tubing and weld as necessary.  I’m not quite sure how I’ll accomplish this task but I expect it’s going to cost more than I planned and take longer to accomplish than I’d intended but that’s normal for this project.”


I’ve made 6 or 7 different designs for the taillight/turn signal layout on the M100 trailer but none of them are without problems. Here’s my mockup of the lights mounted to the rear of the trailer. To me they are too close together and would look awkward sticking out from the box.

It would be much easier to position these lights if I went to a smaller size LED light but I want the trailer lights to match the ones I installed on the little Willys so I’m running into location/space issues.

I’ll try again.


Here the taillight brackets would be mounted to the trailer sides just forward of the rear corner sections.  They’d be close to but not interfering with the use of the grab handles bolted to the corners.  The housing for the lights would be stainless steel sheet fabricated into a one inch thick box with a removable access panel on the front side.


Here are some of the poster board mockups of the tail light housings I’ve made while attempting to achieve a reasonable balance of visibility, secure installation and ease of fabrication.  The first mockups were made from white poster board with line drawings to indicate the light assemblies.  

As I refined my design I began coloring in the tail/brake light lens (red) and the turn signal lens (orange) with felt markers to give me a better idea of how these lights would look on the trailer.  I’m pretty sure I’ll use the mockups number 5 and 6 (starting from the first mockup on the left as #1) as the final design so tomorrow I expect to begin cutting sheet metal.


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Odd Turkish(?) Video with a Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

ModMike shared this odd video on Facebook that includes a CJ-2A. I finally tracked down a Youtube version. Can anyone explain it?

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Little General Ride On Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models, toys

This is a cardboard ride on jeep that was never opened. I imagine these jeeps didn’t last long. This particular package remains un opened. The seller has a pretty steep price on it.

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“UP for sale, I have a vintage 1960’s Little General Ride On Jeep. I can’t believe I have decided to sell this, as I have had it in my collection for over 20 years, and have never seen or heard of another. This is still mint sealed in it’s original bag package, which the package boost 2 toys, ride on Jeep and a free military poncho. Well guess what the poncho is part of the bag and you cut it out.

Toy was produced by General Box Co. of Illinois. The bag measures 40″long and about 13” wide. The toy was offered in the comic book ads of the 1960’s as a full ride on Jeep with a dress up military poncho. Who could forget those ads in the comic books? I remember wanting the Polaris Nuclear Submarine, but there were many others including a tank, spaceship and this here Jeep. They were all constructed of printed cardboard and companies like Honor House products seemed to advertise the heck out of these pieces at $4.98.
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TM 10-1513 Manual Indianapolis, IN $10

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

Chris is selling this manual that came with a later model jeep he bought.

“Reprint of maintenance manual for MB series Willys Jeep. Good shape, no torn pages, couple of fingerprints on covers. In great shape, would make a great shop copy for someone. I can invoice via internet and ship within the US for an additional $4.”


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Video — Jeep: The Unstoppable Soldier

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I didn’t get a whole lot done the last few days, as Dad is needing more assistance. No time to do updates for Thursday, but perhaps this 1 hour video from WheelsTV will fill the void. I’ve only seen the first 15 minutes, but it looks promising thus far.

I did spot at least one item that was incorrect. While discussing the first BRC at Holabird, between 15:59 and 16:20 pictures of a BRC-60 are mistakenly shown.