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Barney’s New Willys Jeep Sign

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Barney Goodwin shared the exciting news that his parts business acquired an early neon Willys Jeep sign to hang in his Waverly, Ohio, store. It is 80″ long and 30″ tall.

Barney is hoping to learn more about this sign’s place in Willys-Overland history. I shared with him my thoughts on it, but he is hoping to find documentable evidence about the sign. So, he figured he would reach out here.

In my opinion, he has two challenges. One, finding evidence for a date of manufacture would help place the sign in context (though there is plenty of physical circumstantial evidence in my opinion) and, two, finding documentation that indicates this was an OFFICIAL design offered and promoted by Willys-Overland (and not some dealer-created custom item).

I will update this post with the thoughts I shared with Barney at a later point, but I hoped to get some input from others before then.

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Barney wrote, “I had wanted to announce this last summer but life got in the way. Last Spring we purchased this 1946 Willys Jeep neon sign to display inside our business.

We found it at the nation’s largest indoor antique mall in Springfield Ohio, and after 6 months was able to negotiate a price.

After we do more research, we hope to have an article in the Dispatcher Magazine about it.

In the meantime, we wanted to share it with the forum and invite comments about it, perhaps helping our research.

We believe, and have been told by the sign collecting world. That his is Willy’s first dealership marque sign from 1946. Notice that it does not have “CARS” or “TRUCKS” on it like the later ones did.

One sign collector said it was the only one of 2 known to still exist and the only one operational.

It is a 2-sided, bull-nosed, neon sign. It’s about 80” long and over 30” high.

The can is original paint – much more valuable than repainting it. The neon has been completely restored by a neon professional here in Ohio.

For our research, we are especially looking for comments with verifiable details.

With over 50 personal years involved with Jeep since high school, the appreciation of owning this cannot be overstated.”

Barney,

Barney’s Jeep Parts LLC

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To the best of the my knowledge, the only other sign like this that I’ve documented on eWillys is this one: http://www.ewillys.com/2015/10/29/rare-jeep-sign-bloomington-in-4500/

 
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1946 Press Release Packet for the ‘Jeep’ Station Wagon

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features

I thought I would score this incredibly rare July 24, 1946, Willys-Overland Press Release packet for the ‘Jeep” Station Wagon so I could share its contents with everyone, but $302 wasn’t high enough (it sold for $308). So, congrats to the winner. I did win a few other cool items though.

It’s construction and elements is similar to the previous year’s CJ-2A Press Release packet, documented here: http://www.ewillys.com/tag/1945-07-21-press-release-kit/?orderby=date&order=ASC&more=1

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Photo of M-151 With Odd Wheels on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

The price ($99) is steep, but the photo is interesting. Anyone recognize those odd wheels?

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“Vintage Army Jeep Photograph Weird Prototype Tires
8 1/2 x 11″
I can not find another image like this anywhere/please advise
Rare
There is a reflection from my lights on the photograph”

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Year? CJ-5 Nevada City, CA $4500

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Features

Bilil spotted this rare CJ-5/Camper for sell. It’s listed as a 1966, but that seems to be an error given the large grille lights, which made their appearance in 1969, as did the camper.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1294301324757145

“Super rare jeep camper, original, needs engine and restoration, great project for someone who wants to rebuild and maybe make a tiny home that disconnects from the jeep”

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1975 San Juan Scenic Jeep Tours Brochure & Post Card

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

This 1975 tri-fold brochure from San Juan Scenic Jeep Tours out of Ouray, Colorado, doesn’t show and FC Tour Jeeps, but it does have a wide photo that includes a Wagon Tour Jeep. Below the brochure is the front and back of a Scenic Jeep Tour postcard that features a wagon.

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Here is the postcard I mentioned:

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Roy Evans Jeep Sign in Bartow, Georgia

• CATEGORIES: Features

A few different people shared this jeep sign highlighting Roy Evan’s connection with the town of Bartow, Georgia. I didn’t know about the sign when we were in Georgia in 2018. We weren’t too far from it on our trip.

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Cutlas Bulldog(?) Hubs Wickenburg, AZ $125

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(10/02/022) These hubs look similar to Cutlas Bulldog hubs, but the design of the mid-section sides just below the “knob” is shaped slightly different (larger side scallops) than the image on the Bulldog brochure. Given the two section design, I will guess that these were a transition hub from the Cutlas Model 100-2 conical design to the later Bulldog hub design? Anyone have insights on these? I don’t have a brochure for these.

https://phoenix.craigslist.org/wvl/pts/7555714076.html

“Cutlas lock hubs, 10 spline for old jeeps and scouts. May trade for ammunition or towards firearms. No reloads!”

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Bulldog example:

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Here is another example in my archives. I also labeled these, perhaps incorrectly, “Bulldog” hubs:

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I just discovered this set of Cutlas hubs for Chevys on eBay. They look like Bulldog hubs, but have no scallops at all along the mid section’s side:
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Epic Willys Adventure 4: Concord Cup

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

UPDATE: Check on out this recent video that shares more information about this year’s Concord Cup.

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Initially published June 22, 2022:

epic-willysThe 2023 Epic Willys Adventure 4 was announced at this year’s Bantam Festival. This time, there will be new twists to the event, including turning it into more of a competition or rally. Text from the video post:

“@mrmaxbilt and @jonahmhodgkins laying out the details for EWA 4! Pseudo live. June of 2023 we will depart from @bantamjeepfest on a 2000 mile adventure up through New England in 40s-60s period correct Willys Jeeps! New twist this trip, it’s a race! A challenge. A rally. Each day, each rig, it’s driver and co-pilot will be timed from stop to stop, with an array of challenges to complete. All while keeping their Willys running and rolling. Best time overall at the end wins the coveted Concord Cup!

Applications to compete will open this fall and all the rules, regulations, and stipulations will be announced later this summer. Follow Epic Willys Adventure here on IG, on FB, and at epicwillysadventure.com for updates!”

Here’s the video: https://www.facebook.com/EpicWillysAdventure/videos/710182950204126/?_rdr

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EpicWillysAdventure/
Website: https://www.epicwillysadventure.com

 
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Marx Steel Pressed Toy Jeep St. Louis, MO $50

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

G. Binks shared this toy jeep that badly needs a restoration.

https://stlouis.craigslist.org/tag/d/saint-louis-vintage-1950s-marx-pressed/7552990677.html

“Vintage 1950s Marx Pressed Steel Willys Jeep 11″ L.”

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Anyone Know Who Made the Corn Picker for W-O?

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

UPDATE: Any experts out there familiar with 1950s corn pickers? Barry Thomas from Farmjeep.com asked me to ask you all if anyone knows who built the Corn Picker branded by Willys-Overland (see brochure below). He thinks it was CO-OP, but doesn’t know for sure. You can view his whole corn-picking post here: https://www.farmjeep.com/farm-jeeps-at-corn-harvest-time/

In the meantime, enjoy this video of a CJ-5 pulling a corn picker:

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Originally Posted May 15, 2020: 

This ‘Jeep’ Corn Picker brochure is form FS-514014. Any of these pickers survive?
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The Moby Dick Rally Cherokee Story

• CATEGORIES: Features, Racing

Bill shared this story from DirtFish the introduction of a Jeep Cherokee to the Rally circuit in Michigan, and the subsequent banning of 4WD from the Rally circuit.

https://dirtfish.com/rally/how-a-jeep-led-to-fias-infamous-4wd-ban/

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PHOTO CREDIT: From the Mark Henderson collection

 
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Storming Friday Night

• CATEGORIES: Features

UPDATE: Updates should start appearing shortly today (Monday).

A wind storm blew through Friday night, knocking out power and dropping branches from numerous trees. We spent yesterday cleaning up, with more to do today. So, next updates will be Monday.

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11/04 Storm. branches, leaves, and debris everywhere!

 
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Unknown Green Hardtop

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts • TAGS: .

UPDATE: I learned this top was manufactured by a metal worker who manufactured tops for custom tractor trailer companies. He couldn’t find the top he wanted, to he made this one. 

I was asked to look at a top located in Oklahoma last night on a Facebook group. It turned out to be one I’d never seen. Anyone ever seen one like this?

This first photo shows multiple unusual accents. First, the rear roof lines are unlike any other top I’ve seen. The rear of the roof looks to be a 90 degree angle, but at the sides, there is a slope that moves towards the front to hug the rounded edges. The roof’s edges look to be sectioned as goes over the edge, rather than round.  The hinge-type is different. The existence of a wiper suggests it may have been constructed later than most vintage tops (or added onto the top at a later date). The windows appear appear standard sized, as if reused from a Kelly, Koenig, or Meyer hardtop. The front of the top edges inward towards the front, suggestion it was made for a flat fender.
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These doors have been indented in a way that allows for a flat piece of glass or plastic. They also look to be suicide doors, with the handle at the front and hinges in back.

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The windshield might be the most unusual aspect. Given its short heigh, I think it might be for a CJ-3B.

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Green Plastic CJ-2A Jeep Toy

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

UPDATE: Thanks to readers for the additional info. The tires are original and it is a Marx Fix-All, a jeep that included the tools shown.

I won this green CJ-2A toy jeep on eBay a couple weeks ago. Other than the tires, which are marked “Marx”, there is no identifying brand. However, it isn’t clear to me that the tires are original (especially given that a couple different nuts hold the tires to the jeep).

The jeep has lots of details. On the underside, there are body mounts, a PTO, a crossmember, a transfercase brake and other identifiable objects. The engine seems about the right size. The windshield looks CJ-2Aish. It’s got a relatively accurate grille and front weight. The spare tire location is fairly accurate.

Curiously, the dash has a glove box and there are six spark plug wires on the otherwise L-head-looking engine. The fact that the toy is “stamped” JEEP in ways that remind me of a CJ-2 is also puzzling.

The plastic quality isn’t the best, which means it does have some broken parts. In addition, the soft top is missing it’s roof. So, not a perfect specimen. Can anyone identify this toy’s manufacturer?

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The tires have “Marx” on them, but it’s not clear to me they are original. Certainly, the some of the nuts holding the tires to the jeep aren’t original.

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The grille, lights, and windshield give it a pretty accurate jeep look. The JEEP stamped on the hood and windshield give it a CJ-2 feel.

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I would say the green jeep is about half the size of an Ogelsby jeep, but in several ways has more accurate details.

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Electric Jeep Concept Vehicle

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

For this year’s SEMA show, Jeep created the CJ “Surge”, an electric prototype with a few nods to the past, include the look of a CJ-6. Thanks to Barry for sharing the video.

 
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1952 Fire Truck “Blitz Buggy” Canfield, OH Make Offer

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Willys Trucks

This is a later model version of the Blitz Buggy, identified by the sloping body in the rear. Learn more about Blitz Buggy Fire Truck Jeeps here: https://cj3b.info/Fire/BlitzBuggy.html

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/427688366138753

“52 Willy’s fire department truck… it’s called a “blitz buggy “…it was the first year they made these….has a 6 cylinder “super hurricane”motor that runs great (no smoke) the previous owner said mileage is original (13,000) on odometer..cab needs all the normal repairs of a truck this old… good frame, only one spot could use attention… nice bench seat no rips…trans and transfer case shift… didn’t get to drive it down the road… don’t ask if it’s available…..if it’s listed it is…. make me a reasonable offer.”

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Jeep Duriez Ads

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, International, Unusual, Wood bodies • TAGS: .

UPDATE: The latest issue of the Europe-based 4X4 Story Magazine has images of a rare surviving Duriez jeep (see ads for the various Duriez models here).

https://www.4x4story.fr/index.php/2022/10/20/jeep-willys-de-1944-carrosserie-duriez/ 

There is also a video of the jeep here (in French): https://www.facebook.com/jeepvillage/videos/1170152156865967

Here are some additional pics:

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Originally posted Dec 14, 2014:  Marc found these vintage Duriez Ads from France. Duriez used the jeep platform (and other vehicles) to create more transportation options.

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1966 Empi-like Stallion Winlock, WA Hemmings Auction

• CATEGORIES: Features, VEEP (VW Jeep), Scamp, Others

Bill forwarded this 1-of-about-10-produced Stallions that is currently up for auction on Hemmings. Learn more about these here: https://www.hemmings.com/stories/preserved-1966-stallion-dune-buggy/

Auction here: https://www.hemmings.com/auction/1966-other-other-265395#&gid=1&pid=1

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Pine Ridge Bison Farm Videos

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

You might remember that last May Ann and I had a chance to visit with Dan and April and their kids at their Eastern Montana Bison Ranch. At the beginning of October, they began creating videos of their ranch experience.  They have currently produced four videos with plans for more. Though jeeps make a small, short appearance, mostly it is about learning how their lives have changed as they learn to do without the things most of us take for granted, including utility-backed running water and electricity. So, check them out!

Here is their Youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsidyGphAz3QzDx1qanIJbQ

Here is their first video:

If you want a good look at their bison, this video of theirs show them wrangling bison with a Jeep Cherokee:

 
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Daytona Beach Trains & Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Here’s an additional Daytona Beach photo sent by Chris of a CJ-5 advertising Dog Racing on Daytona Beach. (note photo #3 below is a 3B also advertising Dog Racing)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/140426483169388/?multi_permalinks=1258870947991597&ref=share

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Originally Posted Feb 22, 2019: Thanks to Roger Martin for pointing out these series of jeep pics from 1950s Daytona Beach. These were all posted to the Greetings from Daytona Beach Facebook page.

  1. These 1959 photos show Charlie Fogg’s Beach train, which ran a four mile round trip pulling one or more trams. You can see it’s a jeep under that train facade. That might even be a CJ-3B.
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  2. This one looks to be a second version of Mr. Fogg’s beach train:
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  3. CJ-3B sporting a dog racing sign:
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  4. This ice cream vendor might be a CJ-3A:
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  5. Mr. Jules “Ted” Tieder, the Ice Cream Man, at Daytona Beach with his CJ-5:
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  6. Two 1946 photos of an early jeep (MB/GPW) tram at Daytona Beach:
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1960ish Toledo Made ‘Jeep’ Vehicles Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

The four page brochure on the right is one I haven’t seen previously. Given the vehicle outlines shown in the second pic, I’d put this at around 1960. If I didn’t already own the Jeepster brochure on the left, I’d get this combo.

View all the information on eBay

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1968 Postcard of Tour Jeep in Virgin Islands

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

I just purchased this Tour Jeep postcard off of eBay that shows an FC-170 tour jeep in the Virgin Islands in 1968. I searched for additional information on FC jeeps in the Virgin Islands, without success.

Back in 1987 (like 10 lifetimes ago!) I toured St. Thomas in a tiny Suzuki Samarai and in the back of a taxi. The FC would have been a much cooler way to see the island.

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1978 Hinkle’s Sales Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

The Clemson 4-Wheeler Center shared this vintage 1978 Hinkle’s brochure. Hinkle’s billed themselves as the world’s largest jeep dealer.

The center seats shown on page 9 for the CJs was something I don’t think I’ve seen. I also thought it was interesting that the company listed X-style and PCV-style Desert Dogs, but not the standard type.

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CJ-3A Fire Jeep Photos on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Museums, Old Images, Women & Jeeps • TAGS: .

UPDATE: These three General Electric Fire Jeep CJ-3A photos are for sale on eBay.

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” 8 x10 images and all in very good condition.”

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Originally Posted May 1, 2013: Marc uncovered these two Fire Jeep Photos

1) This photo was in the Allen County Community LIbrary.

General Electric Company’s new fire jeep loaded with women at the GE gate. The talking dummy and a fire prevention display are on the right. Ladies are unknown. Photo is from a Fire Prevention Book made in 1951.
http://contentdm.acpl.lib.in.us/cdm/singleitem/collection/coll3/id/5480/rec/6

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2) This is on Flickr. Apparently, this photo was taken at the Le May Museum, but we never saw it there.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/socal_photography/7975032426/in/pool-jeepexperience/

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Driving a CJ-6 to Parsan, Pakistan

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, videos

Bill shared this fascinating video of a CJ-6 owner in Pakistan attempting to find a part to fix his jeep so he can ferry goods and passengers along a dangerous rode towards a land-locked village in the mountains of Pakistan.