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Hy Lo Pump Hydraulic Pump Question

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Dan Moreton asked a question that I can’t answer. Anyone have thoughts? You can contact him directly here ttlmidcounty @ gmail.com (remove spaces around the @)

“I have a 1967 Power King Tractor that utilizes the large Square Model Jeep Hy-Lo Hydraulic pump to lift/lower the plow. It has a 1/4″ intake and output that connects to a dual action hydraulic cylinder. The unit is well suited for this operation.

I have a manual hitch and wanted to make it hydraulic. I saw a Jeep Hi-Lo self contained unit UHT 37046. When it arrived I noted it was smaller,( almost square) had almost identical hardware and fitting on top except it only has one 1/4″ street elbow.

How do I connect this unit to operate a dual action hydraulic cylinder? This tractor is my first experience with hydraulics so keep that in mind when you answer.”

 
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Gran Manufacturing’s Hydraulic Loader

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE II: Todd’s got a near complete version fo the loader/fork lift. You can review all the photos along with a brochure that accompanied it on this page: http://www.willys-overland.com/forklift/

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Todd Paisley’s Gran Hydraulic Forklift / Loader

UPDATE: Barry shared a link to the video, likely from late 1954 or early 1955, below that demonstrates the Gran Loader in action between minutes 9:24 to 9:50.

In October of 1954, Willys Motors announced the introduction of the Gran Manufacturing Hydraulic Loader. The Loader was unique in that it was essentially a rear facing forklift attached to a jeep. It was available in two sizes, one with 108″ lift capability and a smaller one with 69.5″ lift capability, and in two styles, adjustable or non-adustable forks. One feature noted was that it ONLY took 8 hours to install, which made it pretty much a permanent jeep feature it would seem to me.

Gran Manufacturing was based in Perrysburg, Ohio, but I couldn’t uncover any more information about that company. Below are some brochures that depict the loader.

Note that the 1954 brochure is from a series of photos on eBay that were taken at angles. I straightened them out to make them more readable, but the quality is still pretty poor.

This first image is out of the 1955 Specialize Equipment Booklet.

The October 29, 1954 Willys Motors announcement of the Gran Manufacturing rear facing fork lift:

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1954 partial brochure from Gran Manufacturing (view a better, complete scanned version here at the bottom of Todd’s page) :

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1951 Photo of MPs Managing Traffic on eBay

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The windshield frame appears to have a taller tube attached. I wonder if they were setup to use a CJ top of some type?

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“1951 Press Photo American MPs & jeep somewhere in Korea. Photo measures 9 x 7 inches. Photo is dated 3-2-1951.”

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Dealer’s Choice Maverick Contest Award(?) on eBay

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What exactly is this item? Is it a tie clip? A money clip? It’s at least 5″ long. It was given away as part of the Maverick promotion. But, what is it? It’s priced at $26 +$8 for shipping.

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Willys New Car Order Booklet on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features

This is an odd thing that Willys Auto folks might find interesting. I’d think they would have had something similar for jeeps??

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“Vintage 1952 Willys New Car Orders Motors Jeep Dealer Parts List book original. Condition is Used”

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Kelly Manufacturing Hub Brochure

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This 8.5″ x 11″ brochure from Kelly Manufacturing is from approximately 1960.

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1957 Shenco Full Cab Enclosure Brochure

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UPDATE: Better quality scans have replaced the poorer images.

This rare 1-page Shenco sales brochure demonstrates that the Cab Enclosure Hardtop was available outside the military, which I hadn’t known. This does explain why we’ve seen this version of a top on some non-military vehicles.
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Random Jeepster Photos on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Jeepster, Old Images

Some random vintage photos of Jeepsters on eBay:

  1. 1950 Press Photo — 1950 OH Horse Raiser Howard Gustin n Jeepster Daughter on Palomino:
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  2. 1950s Photos with Jeepster:
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  3. Another photo from the same shoot as above:
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  4. No date on this photo, but the photo identifies it as a 1950 Jeepster:
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  5. 1948 Photo that might have been taken in Michigan:
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  6. This color photo is actually a calendar page 10″ x 14″:
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  7. There might be some grille damage on this Jeepster:
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1944 Photo of Duffield Intermediate School and Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

The Duffield Intermediate School was featured in this January 29, 1944, photo in the Detroit Tribune after successfully enough war bonds and stamps to buy a jeep.

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Body Extensions For Early 1/4 Ton Jeeps

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UPDATE: Someone in Georgia is selling newly built beds (see post below). So, I thought it would be a good time to rerun this post.

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Originally published in 2016: This may come as a surprise (not) that early jeeps weren’t known for their vast amounts of space. We’ve all seen military photos showing jeeps packed full of stuff, like this SAS desert fighter:

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When the war ended and CJ-2As were introduced, a couple companies recognized the need for more room and solved the problem by creating add-on bed extensions (also known as bed extenders and body extensions). These bolted to the back and, usually, had supports that dropped to the PTO bar to help support the extra weight. Then, the tailgate was fixed to the very rear of the extension. The goal of this post is an effort to identify the different companies and their products.

As early as August and September of 1946, two different patents were filed, both by the same people.I have been unable to discover if that first patent model was ever built, but the second one has two sides that fold down similar to the Newgren (shown in #2).

Various Bed Extensions identified so far:

  1. Porter Reed Bed Extension: One of the earliest known bed extensions was produced by Porter & Reed. It was marked along with a half top, creating a truck out of a jeep.
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  2. Newgren Bed Extensions: The Newgren Company also entered the bed extension field in the later 1940s with two different versions. The first was their standard bed extension:1947-special-equipment-newgren-body-extension2
    The second model Newgren offered was a collapsable version.
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  3. S & B Corporation’s Jeep Panel Body: About the same time Newgren and Porter & Reed introduced their extensions, the S & B Corporation made their own spin on adding more room by selling a kit that converted the jeep into a panel van.
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  4. Koenig Bed Extensions: By 1955, Koenig had entered the market. Whether the company designed their own or bought out one of their competitors isn’t know (to me), but Koenig sold the extensions for at least a decade. This first ad is from 1955, the second from 1960, and the third from the mid-1960s.
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    1966-koenig-hardtops-brochure4-extendedHere is an example of a Koenig data plate:
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  5. Wall & Borg Bed Extender: In the 1960s, a Lake Tahoe, California, company called Wahl & Borg introduced a unique bed extension. Rather than bolt on to the rear of the jeep, theirs slid out.
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There have been a number of bed extensions that have resold over the last ten years on Craigslist and eBay, some attached to jeeps and some by themselves. I have found it difficult to distinguish between them, never having owned or seen that many up close. You can see all the ones documents thus far on eWillys: http://www.ewillys.com/tag/bed-extension/

Derek Redmond also has some excellent information on extensions over at the CJ-3B Page. https://cj3b.info/Tech/BodyExtension.html

 
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Built-to-Order Bed Extenders Gainesville, GA $450

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These might be based on the Koenig bed extender (see a variety of extenders here). I’ve not interacted with the seller and have not seen one in person yet. Has anyone ordered one of these?

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2499950016884911/

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“Listing for a friend that is not on FB. Built Willys Jeep Extend A Bed. 7 cubic ft more room!! Will fit CJ models 2a, 3a, 3b, 5, 6. I had this made exactly from an original 1946 extend a bed. For sale is the base and sides only. Included are nuts and bolts for mounting. Price does not include shipping. Send me your address for shipping quote. Local Pick up is available. These are made to order.”

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1955 Jeep Specialized Vehicles And Equipment

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Seems I had scans of this 1955 Jeep Specialized Vehicles And Equipment brochure after all (not sure where I got them). The brochure is twenty-eight pages, but does not have a Form number (confirmed by the order form in this post).

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WANTED: Photo of an Early Monroe 3-Point Lift Tag

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Ted Jordan is hoping to find a good photo of a data tag from an early Monroe 3-Point Lift. Apparently, the early lifts did not have stampings; instead they had a tag attached as shown in the poor photo below. Ted would like to get a good photo of one so he can have the tag recreated. If you have something, either comment below, email me d @ deilers.com or email Ted direction willysted @ charter.net.

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Jeep Family of 4-Wheel-Drive Vehicles in Public Service Brochure on eBay

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This brochure (form W-991-5) is currently priced at $18.99 with free shipping (or make offer). You could probably offer $15 and get it (I made an offer on a different brochure from the same seller and knocked off a few bucks). You can review all 25 pages here.

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1945 Photo of A.J.W in Front of His Jeep on eBay

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I wish they would have provided the full name of the soldier.

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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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Electric Stainless Flattie Sausalito, CA $16,999

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, Features, stainless/jewels • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $16,999

(01/20/2020) This was the seller’s demo electric vehicle. It has a modified VW Chassis. Needs a couple things fixed.

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/cto/d/sausalito-custom-stainless-steel-jeep/7101668729.html

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“Runs and drives good. I designed and built this as a prototype for a classic EVs startup it passed DMV inspection and is licensed clean title registers as a ‘specialty’ vehicle my Farmers agent insured it less than 100 miles everything still essentially brand new it was my demo vehicle to launch the company.

All the electronics and LiFePO4 battery bank bottom balancing (no BMS headache and potential Li batteries overheating to deal with is a *major plus*!) completed by one of the best EV conversion shops in CA – so everything has been done right batts still holding same charge they did day installed so vehicle should run trouble free and last for many years.
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1944 Article w/ Picture of a Jeep Called Buzz Bomb

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Just one update Sunday, next updates Monday.

This jeep was painted by Pfc. Joseph Chesley, who’s come up with some creative jeep names. This article appeared in the December 22, 1944, issue of the Arizona Blade-Tribune.

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Photo of Sailors, Jeep, and Irish Boys on eBay

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No date on this photo from Ireland. Are the uniforms unique enough to date the photo?

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“Photo shows the Irish young boys are studying mechanism of an American jeep. – Vintage photograph. While two Americans sailors recapture a bit of home by watching a game of American baseball at a Northern Ireland naval base, these Irish boys vastly prefer to study the mechanism of an American jeep.Keywords: people, men, sailors, American, sitting, watching, jeep, match, Irish, boys, children, together, mechanism, together, enjoying, smiling. Size of photo 6.8″ x 4.8″.”

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Willys-Overland Tire Sidewall and Radiator Flush on eBay

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Maury spotted these items. The 1/4 jeep looks almost like a high-hood, but given a Jeepster is shown, I’m guess it is actually a 2A or 3A. I would guess these are 1949 or 1950 containers.

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“Vintage Jeep Willys Overland Tins Radiator Flush White Sidewall Cleaner. Both are full”

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“J” Cap Hubcaps Spokane, WA $120

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Did we ever determine the origin of these hubcaps? A similar use of the “J” logo was used on Cutlas hubcaps, but the hubcap was much more plain and the lettering was black, not red. A similar set was for sale in Florida back in 2017. I checked the Brian Chuchua and Conferr catalogs, but there’s sign of them in there.

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1970s Kayline Brochure

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This is an undated tri-fold brochure that I would guess is from the mid 1970s.

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1976 Kayline Tops, Accessories, and Parts Price List

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This four page price list shows just how large Kayline’s offerings were by 1976.

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1974 Kelly Tire Carrier Brochure

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This Kelly brochure provides a good closeup on how the tire carrier mounted to the rear of the jeep. You can see that it bolted to both tailgate hinges and to the center. (view more rear tire carriers/jerry can carriers here)
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1958 Kayline Soft Top Brochures

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This set of Kayline Soft Top brochures cover Kayline’s Delux Quality, Kaylux Quality, and Convertible soft tops. These brochures also suggest that, as of 1958, Kayline was not working with Kelly Manufacturing yet.

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Kayline Ski Rack and Sunliner Top Brochures

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These brochures from the mid-1970s highlight the Ski/Luggage racks offered by Kayline. The top brochure also shows Kayline’s ‘Sunliner’ soft top, which features windows on the top’s roof to let in light and improve visibility. 
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This brochure page included actually swatches of the denim used in making Tan and Blue tops. I have a tan Kayline Denim convertible top, but have not compared the swatch to the top yet.

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