Features Research Archives

To Top

1949 Wagon Painting by Rex Brandt on ebay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

The painting is noted and signed by Rex. As you can see here, other originals by Rex Brandt aren’ t quite priced so high on eBay, but most don’t have notes on them.

View all the information on eBay

1949-wagon-painting-rex-brandt1

1949-wagon-painting-rex-brandt2

1949-wagon-painting-rex-brandt3

“riginal 1949 REX BRANDT watercolor painting depicting a Willys Wagon kicking up sand in the desert (beach?). This is a CLASSIC California Scene Painting by one of California’s most famous artists. Painting comes directly from the estate of a close personal friend of Brandt’s. It is signed, dated and inscribed “To Jay – XMAS 1949 – with memories of many fine trips – REX”. Painting measures 10″ x 14″, is in pristine condition and has been professionally framed (frame is in good condition). You won’t find another one like this! Please call or email ANY time with questions. Acquired directly from friend of the artist.”

 
To Top

Bestop Tigertop Deal on Amazon **Sold Out**

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Looks like this deal is not longer valid.

Jon shared the news the Amazon is currently offering a CJ-3A Bestop Tigertop for only $609.88. It’s part of their “Warehouse deals” program. He bought one of the tops and he says it fit his jeep perfectly.

https://www.amazon.com/Bestop-51403-01-Tigertop-Replacement-1948-1953/dp/B0002SA25I/

cj3a-bestop-tigertop-amazon-deal

 
To Top

Overlanders Jeep Club Badge (in Australia)

• CATEGORIES: Features

This item looks unique, but I can’t get a sense of how large this is. Looks more like an Austin Champ than a jeep.

View all the information on eBay

“For auction is a Jeep club badge ( overlander)  It seems to be cast from alloy. Post free Australia, International $25”

overlanders-jeep-club-badge1-lores overlanders-jeep-club-badge2-lores

 
To Top

2013 Book La jeep dans l’armée française Tome 1

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

UPDATE: I received my copy of this book. Published in French, the book is full of French-specific photos (over two hundred). Most are from WWII, but some are from later years other areas around the world. Besides jeeps, photos of GPAs during the war years appear and, from later years photos, a few military CJ-3As along with a five-star Jeepster.

The author also explores the inscriptions/markings of French WWII jeeps in-depth, but lacking any background in that information, I can’t say how accurate (or not) the information is.

On the downside, the book promotes the phrase “General Purpose” and “Government purpose” as the words behind “GP” in GPW. The book also only recognizes some prototypes, but not others in it’s brief chart of production numbers (pg 16). 

This book is written by Paul Gaujac. It’s a 144 page book that you can purchase on Amazon (I’m sure it is available elsewhere, too).

616YAIRKJRL._SX418_BO1,204,203,200_

 

 
To Top

1975 AMC Jeep Cover-Ups Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: Barney corrected me. The tops in the first brochure were Whitco tops.

I bought this hoping for more Bestop info (thinking they were Bestop tops), but Bestop isn’t mentioned in this brochure at all.  I’m guessing the date of 1975 based on the fact that I don’t see any later dates on ‘the facts’ list.

amc-bestop-brochure2-lores amc-bestop-brochure3-lores amc-bestop-brochure4-lores amc-bestop-brochure5-lores

Continue reading

 
To Top

1989 Bestop Soft Top Selling Guide

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

This selling guide is a four page plasticized brochure for identifying and selling the proper top for the proper jeep.

1989-bestop-plastic-identify-jeep-brochure1-lores 1989-bestop-plastic-identify-jeep-brochure2-lores 1989-bestop-plastic-identify-jeep-brochure3-lores 1989-bestop-plastic-identify-jeep-brochure4-lores

 
To Top

Jeep Knife on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

I don’t know when this was produced, I imagine it is more modern than vintage.

View all the information on eBay

“Jeep knife. Condition is Used.”

jeep-knife-1 jeep-knife-2 jeep-knife-3

 
To Top

Adrian’s Electric Toy Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models, toys

Adrian provided some details on a 1/3 scale jeep model he built from Toylander plans. He bought the plans in 2008.

https://www.adriantuckwell.co.uk/2017/03/11/i-built-an-electric-car/

toylander-jeep-model

The jeep now pictured on the Toylander website appears to be an improved version, as Toylander’s MB43 looks like it is more jeep-like. Prices vary depending on how complete you want the jeep to be.

toylander-jeep-model2

 
To Top

1950 Willys Overland Accessories Booklet

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This was on eBay. I’d say it was published between 1948 and 1950.

View all the information on eBay

“Up tonight I have the beginning of a collection of literature I just acquired. Here I have a Genuine original 1950? Willys Sales brochure. This is about 4 by 9 and 1/4 inches with around 22 pages. Fair shape with some wear and deterioration to the covers as shown. This is a neat piece of Advertising to display with your classic. As with all my parts, if you feel it has an issue once you receive it, please contact me to have it resolved.

I value my reputation and try to provide hard to find parts at great if not down right cheap prices to keep our old cars on the road. . Keeping NOS Affordable. You can buy directly from me at sometimes down right cheap prices or buy from one of the many dealers I ship to weekly for a much higher price. Remember the government is still printing Money but this is decades Old. A nice finishing touch to your Authentic restoration. These little parts really make your restoration stand out. The part number on this is not available. Remember always use genuine parts in your restoration. Don’t miss out!!!”

year-booklet-willys-overland-accessories10

year-booklet-willys-overland-accessories11

year-booklet-willys-overland-accessories12

year-booklet-willys-overland-accessories13
Continue reading

 
To Top

Ames Single Bottom Plow Plymouth, MA $650

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts

John shared this ad. The plow was used behind a CJ-2A.

https://boston.craigslist.org/sob/grd/d/plymouth-ames-single-bottom-plow-1940s/7006285011.html

“Ames Plow Company 45 antique single bottom plow. It was used on the rear of a Jeep CJ2A back in the mid 40s. Its been stored indoors for 70+ years.
Good condition $650”

ames-single-bottom-plow1 ames-single-bottom-plow2

 
To Top

Headlight Bezels Over the Years

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

The other day someone asked me about headlight bezels (or if you prefer, headlight ‘heads’) and how they changed through the years. I did not have a good answer to that reader’s question, so this working thread about bezels is the result. Along the way, I learned that some folks call these parts “heads”, but perhaps that is more military related?

1. 1945-1946 Early Painted Bezels on CJ-2As
Early CJ-2A bezels were painted, not chromed, until approximately #38687, according to the CJ-2A page. As far as my research indicates, only Walcks carries new, unpainted bezels. This is the flatter style of bezel without the tab.

bezel-1945-1946-vec-cj2a

bezel-1945-1946-vec-cj2a2

2. 1946-1953 Later CJ-2As, CJ-3As and 1956-1959 DJ-3As
After roughly CJ-2A #38687 the bezels were chromed, but their shape was the same. They lasted through the end of the CJ-3A production run and into the early DJ-3A production run (1956-1959). These example images are from Kaiser Willys.

bezel-1946-1953-cj2a-cj3a-2 bezel-1946-1953-cj2a-cj3a-1

3. 1950-1952 M-38s, 1953-1971 M-38A1s, and M-170s:
I didn’t realize that M-38 and M-38A1 bezels were the same. It’s on the M-38a1 site that I encountered the alternative term “head” for the bezel. Peter Debella has NOS rings.

bezel-m38
bezel-m38-top

4. 1950 USMC CJ-V35 Blackout Lights ‘bezels’
Thanks to Mike Wixom for helping me out with these rare blackout lights.

This type of headlight bezel, or more correctly blackout ring (although not that effective), was used only on Marine Corps Radio Jeeps as far as I know. Specifically on the CJV35/U and possibly on the MZ-2 and MZ-3 Radio Jeeps from Late WW2. They were installed at the factory on all 1000 CJV35/U Jeeps built in May of 1950. These were eventually replaced by the actual blackout lights found on the M-38.

Because these aren’t readily available, someone posted this writeup on how to inexpensively recreate them:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Here is a different, larger version of a CJ-V35 bezel. Mike believes the ones shown below may have been fabricated and not original, but perhaps the owner can offer input on this.

bezel-cjv35-larger

Continue reading

 
To Top

1947 Jeep-Trucks and Pinup Girl Envelope on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

As I interpret it, the envelope and stamp are real, but the seller has added the pinup girl and Jeep-Truck illustrations. The seller has created a variety of similar “retro-like” envelopes, even creating signatures such as this Miracle On 34th envelope.

View all the information on eBay

1947-envelope-willys-overland-trucks

“Up for sale is a limited edition collector’s reprint envelope. The postage stamp is a genuine old USA postage stamp. Since genuine postage stamps were used the stamp may vary in design on your envelope.”

 
To Top

1948 CJ-2A Fire Jeep Stamp on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles

Here’s an unusual item being sold out of Austria. It’s a 1998 stamp of a 1948 CJ-2A fire jeep.

View all the information on Ebay

1998-stamp-1948-cj2a-firejeep

 
To Top

1943 Photo of Jeeps in Tunisia on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This photo shows soldiers ducking from snipers.

View all the information on ebay

“1943 Press Photo Soldiers and jeeps, Bizerte, Tunisia. This is an original press photo. World War II – Africa. As these years rolled into Bizerte in their jeeps to capture the city, snipers opened fire and the Yanks took over behind the jeeps and a handy well. Official Signal Corps Radiophoto. Photo measures 8.5 x 6.25 inches. Photo is dated 5-12-1943.”

1943-05-12-jeeps-tunisia-1

1943-05-12-jeeps-tunisia-2

 
To Top

Model/Prop Jeep Elk Grove, CA $300

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

UPDATE: Still Available.

(10/09/2019) This is fun and a reasonable price, too.

https://sacramento.craigslist.org/tag/d/elk-grove-jeep-replica/7002840552.html

replica-jeep1 replica-jeep2 replica-jeep3 replica-jeep4

“This replica Jeep is 3/4 scale model loosely based on an early 40’s Willy’s Jeep. I built it for a prop for kids to play on at Vacation Bible School. The frame and body are wood construction plenty sturdy for kids (and small adults!) to sit in / play on. Tires are made of styrofoam, plastic lids, and irrigation drain pipe. No, it does not roll; it is stationary, although with a some imagination and skill you could modify it. There are headlights and marker lights in front connected to a 12v battery and switch in the dash.

Would love to keep it, but don’t have the space for it. Could be for a kid’s playroom, or maybe a Jeep dealer could use it for a kid space!”

 
To Top

RLT Development’s Husky R.V. Jeep Kit

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Unique Jeeps, Unusual • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: This post about the rare Husky jeep kit has been updated with four more images at the bottom.

============================

Originally posted August of 2013:

1991-husky-look-a-like-brochure2

Sometimes called the Husky R.V. or the R.L.T. Husky, this Jeep Kit was sold out of the UK and used atop a Ford Taurus or Ford Escort Mark IV (and other cars?). It was available for an unknown period during the 1980s and 1990s.

“R.V. – Rugged and Versatile aptly describes these tough, reliable and inexpensive all-weather vehicles. The unique exterior MDF body combines great strength with structural rigidity and will not rust, crack, craze or splinter, yet is easy to repair.

The sturdy steel chassis, with substantial (de)fenders front & rear, is built for long life, stability and to cope with rugged conditions. Seating can vary from 2 fronts with a rear load space, which can be fitted with forward, rearward or inward facing rear seats, accessed via a ‘walk-thru’ from the front can be accommodated by simple modification to the cutting and assembly process, or the rear zip up rear hood window, with or without the optional opening tailgate

Fold-flat windscreen. Ford front engine/RWD ensures safe predictable handling, amazing traction and reliable mechanics. Nimble as an Escort, the HUSKY turns tighter than a London Taxi and yet provides a comfortable ride even over rough terrain. Safety options include a hefty Roll Bar, front Nudge Bar and chassis mounted Side Impact bars/steps”

Some pictures:

1991-husky-look-a-like-brochure1

escort-mk2-husky-kit

husky-rv-kit1

RLT-husky-images

IMAGE LINKS:  Use these links to see the above large res images herehere, here, and here.

http://www.locust.org.uk/about/brochures/wrv/page2.html

 
To Top

Crankshaft PTO Pulley Questions

• CATEGORIES: Features

Richard’s got a crankshaft pulley. He’s going to be selling it, but in trying to determine a fair price, there are a couple questions we could not answer. So, we are hoping someone can educate us.

  1. Was this pulley used for the crankshaft-driven Ramsey 101 Winch and/or for Capstan winches?
  2. Any other equipment use this?
  3. Any idea on what folks are paying for these?

crankshaft-pulley-pto1 crankshaft-pulley-pto2

Capstan winch example:crankshaft-pulley-pto3 crankshaft-pulley-pto4

Ramsey Example:
willys-overland-equipment-ramsey-winch

 
To Top

1952 Photo M-38s Stuck on the Dock on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

A strike grounded these jeeps before they could be loaded onto ships.

View all the information on eBay

“1952 Press Photo U.S. Army Jeeps at Caven Point pier in Newark, New Jersey. This is an original press photo. Trucks – United State. Newark, New Jersey. Walkout yesterday of longshoreman on Jersey City waterfront brought loading of these jeeps at Army-leased pier at nearby Caven Point to standstill. Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 3-13-1952.”

1952-03-13-m38s-on-dock1

1952-03-13-m38s-on-dock2

 
To Top

1942 Photo of Ford GP in London on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, Old Images

UPDATE: Still Available. The caption and date are slightly different between this current pic on eBay and its predecessor from 2013 (at bottom).

View all the information on eBay

“1942 Press Photo U.S. Army Soldiers ride down London street in Military Jeep. .This is an original press photo. Four American doughboys ride down a London street in a peculiarly American vehicle, one of Uncle Sammy’s jeeps. Note how they are overshadowed by the familiar London double-deck bus. U.S. Army in London Photo measures 6.25 x 9.5 inches. Photo is dated 03-15-1942.”

1942-03-15-ford-gp-london1 1942-03-15-ford-gp-london2

This version of the photo was auctioned in 2013 on eBay. It has the date of March 13, 1942. The caption includes the verbiage, “A ‘Jeep’ comes to London Town”.

ford-gp-england

 

 
To Top

Yankee PTO-Driven Saw Mill Windsor, CT $400

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts

Dave shared this PTO powered saw mill. It even includes a guard … almost looks safe!

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/510679169479292/

“Older yankee pro portable sawmill”

yankee-pto-powered-saw-mill-ct1 yankee-pto-powered-saw-mill-ct2 yankee-pto-powered-saw-mill-ct3

 
To Top

Bestop Manufacturing Company

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

As often is the case with these company bios, I rarely know the full story, so this is a working draft.  (note, I have seen Bestop as BesTop and BESTOP, but I feel Bestop is easier to read for our purposes). If you have other interpretations, thoughts, or corrections, don’t hesitate to comment below.

Bestop Launches:

In the early 1950s, Tom Bradley ran an auto upholstery shop in Boulder, Colorado. After some customers came to him wanting repairs to their soft jeep tops, Tom decided he could build a better top, so he launched Bestop on a part-time basis in 1954. According to the Bestop website, “Working out of an old brick schoolhouse with seven employees, Bestop quickly developed a reputation for quality and the word spread.”  And, from 4wd.com, “To [Tom’s] surprise, the Jeep replacement tops began making more profit than the upholstery projects. It wasn’t long before Bradley decided to sell his upholstery business and focus on designing and manufacturing tops.”

The Bestop site notes that the business continued to grow for ten years under Tom. At that point, the story on the company’s website advances to the mid-eighties, but skips additional history in the process.

Bestop Expands Product Line:

The only evidence I could find that Bestop expanded it’s produced line under Tom was this 1961 brochure introducing rear seats. The seats have a flat, simple design.

1961-01-14-besttop-backseats1

The Stengel’s Obtain Control:

In September of 1966, forty-year-old James (Jim) Joseph Stengel filed a patent for a plastic tab that, when placed on the front edge of a soft top, allowed it to hook into the down-facing channel that is attached to most vintage 1/4 ton jeep windshields. This improved the speed at which a top could be mounted to a jeep. What Jim’s relationship to Bestop was at that point isn’t clear to me yet.

1966-09-06-james-stengel-softtop-patent-lores

As of the 1966 patent filing, there was no assignment to any company, just to Jim himself. In the meantime, at some point between 1964 and 1968, Jim and his wife Marj acquired Bestop (from Tom?) and began operating it, as her obituary notes “Marj and Jim ran their business, Bestop Mfg., which grew to be a leading manufacturer of cloth “tops” for Jeeps and other recreational vehicles”.

One bit of evidence that the Stengels were connected to Bestop by 1966 was that Jim filed the above 1966 patent under the address “P.O. Box 318, Boulder, Colorado”, the same address that appears in this May 1968 brochure published by Bestop.

Two years later, in 1968, Bestop Manufacturing filed for a Trademark on the name Bestop, again under the same PO Box 318 address :

1968-bestop-trademark

Now, this is where it becomes a little confusing. At some point in 1968, Bestop acquired or expanded into several lines of additional products and, around the same time period, Husky Products appears to have dropped a similar type of products.

Below is a visual comparison of a 1966 Husky brochure and the 1968 Bestop brochure. The first three pages of the Bestop brochure kind of look like reworked versions of the 1966 Husky brochure (it’s this comparison that started my dive into this topic). And, yes, I realize the tops are somewhat different, especially at the back (Husky continued to advertise the full top into the 1970s, but dropped advertising for the half tops, the multiple doors, and other items).

Continue reading

 
To Top

1960 Photo of M-38A1 Near Transport Ship on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Not many photos (that I have seen) of M-38A1s coming off of a transport ship.

View all the information on eBay

“1960 Press Photo United States Army Transportation Corps Jeep and Carrier. This is an original press photo. United States Army Transportation Corps Jeep and Carrier. Photo measures 10 x 8.25 inches. Photo is dated 08-25-1960.”

1960-08-25-m38a1-off-transport-ship1

1960-08-25-m38a1-off-transport-ship2

 
To Top

Brewer Beer Can w/ Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

Maury shared this unusual can featured the rear of a jeep. I’m guessing the beer has been consumed?

View all the information on eBay

“HERE ARE 2 BRAND NEW, CRAFT BREWERY BEER CANS FROM THE CRAFT BREWERY IN NANTUCKET MASSACHUSETTS. GETAWAY IPA WITH A COOL JEEP CJ-5 ON THE BEACH LOGO AND CRAN-TUCKET WITH A CRANBERRY FARMER. COOL PAINTED LABEL CANS. BOTH IN EXCELLENT CONDITION.”

cisco-cranberry-jeep-can

 
To Top

Summer 2019 Dispatcher Magazine & Holy Toledo! 2020

• CATEGORIES: Features

The Summer 2019 issue of Dispatcher Magazine is out, along with the Holy Toledo 2020 calendar, just in time for Christmas!

dispatcher-calendar-issue2

dispatcher-calendar-issue

 
To Top

De Jeep, a Dutch Jeep Book

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

I can’t remember how I obtained this photo of a Dutch jeep book cover, but I see no evidence that I ever posted it (found it on my old computer). So, here it is. The publishing date appears to be 1949.

dutch-jeep-book-lores