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1970 J-20 Saratoga Springs, NY $2500

• CATEGORIES: Features, Other 4x4s, Unusual • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(10/28/2022) This former race-horse-track jeep has an unusual mod. Might make an unusual restoration. No description provided.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/747155419912323

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Jeep Article with Several Assertions

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

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Bill shared this article that includes several claims I hadn’t encountered. So, I figured I’d shared this to see what others thought:

https://www.quora.com/What-is-a-product-design-detail-that-only-engineers-will-notice/answer/Nelson-McKeeby

  1. “A little known fact is that most United States wheeled vehicles were designed to stack with only limited modification”?
    Was this an actual design goal or a nice to have? Maybe this assertion is true, but I have only see a few examples of stacked jeeps. I can’t imagine the front clip of the Jeep underneath could handle extended shipping in this manner (which, by extension, suggests to me that it was never really ‘designed’ to do this).
  2. “The size of the jeep was dictated by the railroad cars that would carry it”?
    Again, this design aspect is news to me. My understanding is that the design was a carryover from the Bantam design, which was a carryover from the Bantam vehicle size. The short wheelbase was excellent for a light weight design and maneuvarability. 
  3. “The mass of the jeep was dictated by the ability to stack up to four high”?
    Again, I am unfamiliar with this claim.
  4. “Nearly every part of a jeep is catalog ordered…. The basic army Jeep was the same from start too finish”?
    I guess the term “same” would need to be defined, as the basic WWII jeep went through mini alterations over its life.
  5. “Post WW2 when there was a massive shortfall in available farm equipment, there was a period of around seven years when Jeeps were pressed into service as farm equipment.”?
    ummm … they were designed, tested, and marketed as farm vehicles starting during war time.

Anyway, check out the article for other claims.

 
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1946 Willys-Overland “GET A ‘JEEP'” Campaign

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

UPDATE III: I just found an ad from the January 4, 1947, issue of Time Magazine that includes a “Get a ‘Jeep'” campaign. It’s on eBay.

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(April 09, 2019) UPDATE II: There was at least one GET A ‘JEEP’ mailer that was distributed to current and potential jeep owners. 

UPDATE: As Terry pointed out, the GET A ‘JEEP’ campaign was likely a play off of the popular phrase Get a horse, the popular cry that greeted almost every automobile which appeared on the roads during the early years of the automobile. A 1930 article from the Saturday Evening Post also highlights the use of this phrase.

Starting in January of 1946, Willy’s Overland introduced the GET A ‘JEEP’ phrase to their Collier’s and Saturday Evening Post full-page ad campaign.

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Examples of the GET A ‘JEEP’ campaign in the full page ads of the Saturday Evening Post.

The company also introduced a subtler GET A ‘JEEP’ magazine marketing strategy in the form of small cartoons.

So far,  I’ve only identified the publishing date of one cartoon, but I’m sure with time we can identify the others. As of a November 13, 1946, the cartoon ad campaign was still being used, but the December 14, 1946, full-page ad does not include that phrase.

  1. This GET A ‘JEEP’ ad appeared in the October 12, 1946, issue of Collier’s Magazine. Strangely, the only attribution is the “A product of WILLYS-OVERLAND MOTORS”. My conclusion is that this was a sneakier “ad” for the new jeep.

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2. This version of the ad was published in a 1946 magazine. The cartoon print is available on eBay.

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3. This one was found on Pinterest:

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4. I’d published this one a few years ago. It was being sold on eBay.

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5. This was posted on eBay for sale and labeled a 1946 ad:

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Cavalcade of Jeeps, II Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This keepsake brochure lacks any date, but I presume to be the second tour of jeeps around part of the country, probably in 1948. The brochure cover page shows a Mahl Loader attached to one jeep and a Blue Star hardtop on another jeep. I wonder if a similar brochure was made for the first Cavalcade.

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Bendix Willys Radio Service Manuals on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features

I ran across one of these manuals, then a search led to other years of this brochure. Below is information from eBay on the 1961, 1963, 1965 and 1966 manuals:

1) 1961 This is a COPY of the Bendix Radio Service Manual for Willys Motors (but at least it shows the pages) (or there is this original version for much more):

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Jeep-Herders: The Movie

• CATEGORIES: Features

UPDATE IV: I won this original Jeep Herders Movie Poster on eBay the other day. It’s a 40″x27″ lobby poster. It came with a lobby card with a still shot from the movie. I plan to make a scan of it so I can get a digital copy printed for display:

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UPDATE III: Brian left this comment: “Thanks to the work of Eric Steadman at the Serial Squadron, Planet Picture’s “Jeep-Herders” (1946) has been restored and can now be seen in its entirety for free on youtube. See link below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owUmWZIHJRU
You can also help support the preservation of serials by purchasing a DVD copy of the restored Jeep-Herders at the Serial Squadron website: http://www.serialsquadron.com

A quick look through the movie on youtube and one of the jeeps looks to be a Ford GP MT Tug (6×6). There’s also a Ford GP and what looks to be (based on the sides) the original Ford Pygmy.

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Last update April 12, 2018 — UPDATE II: See some still shots from the filming that show a couple Ford GPs.

UPDATE: This post once contained information on the El Dorado Jeepherders jeep club and their association with the placer miner and his pan ornament. I have moved the that information to this link.

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JEEP-HERDERS MOVIE:

In 1945, Planet Pictures, a new venture founded by two stuntmen, produced it’s first movie: Jeep-Herders, a full-length movie shot in color on 16mm film. Planet PIctures’ goal was to produce movies that could bypass theaters for play in schools and churches, as 16mm projectors were very common at the time and much cheaper than the 35mm projectors. In addition, there was growing interest in 16mm for large audiences, as an industrial film on 16mm was shown to a crowd of 6000 in 1945. (click on this link and scroll down a page).

The plot of the movie was pretty pedestrian, “A wildcat oil outfit is seeking to take over the ranch belonging to Pop Martin and his son Bob and daughter Helen. Bob sends his ex-army pals a “stay-way” message, which brings them on the double. The WW II vets use their jeeps, first for a cattle roundup, and then to round up the gang of crooks, including the crooked family-lawyer Thatcher, brains of the gang.”

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Various Updates

• CATEGORIES: Features

As usual, it’s been a busy few weeks around here. By late October, the awesome warm fall weather began giving way to colder than normal temps, so we became incentivized to finish outdoor stuff up before the really cold weather hit.

I added landscaping rock around the bunkhouse, the north side of the shop, and around the newly moved propane tank (still need to add the fence boards around the tank). The best part of this landscaping rock is that it was free, as our neighbor had a bunch of left over rock he wasn’t going to use. That saved us about $1000.

The dirt areas on either side of the walkway will become grass, but we ran out of time to complete the prep on that (may have to wait until Spring).

All the water systems have been blown and heaters installed in a couple areas related to the water systems. We didn’t quite get to burying the pipes underground for the cow’s water trough, so I buried a hose, which should work for the winter. (we did get the booster water pump fixed; didn’t cost much, so that was good)

To save on some feed costs, we lined up some of our panels so the cows can access the entrance for the neighbor’s property to eat down his pasture grass. This also saves me from having to drop hay during this cold snap.

Now, suddenly we are about a week away from Thanksgiving. Time sure does fly!

As a reminder, this is how things looked before the walkways and landscaping:

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Here are some current pictures:

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Wood Jeep and Trailer

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Andy shared this wood jeep and trailer he spotted on eBay. I liked the folk-art aspect and the size of it, so bought it. I’m sure it is a one-off creation of someones. Unfortunately, there are no markings.

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Fall 2022 Dispatcher Magazine is Here

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

The newest edition of the Dispatcher Magazine arrived in my mailbox yesterday. One article in particular caught my eye: Dan’s gauge restoration. I could have used this a few years ago! Thanks for that writeup Dan!

Also, note the classified ad at the end of the magazine: the San Juan Scenic Jeep Tour business is for sale (and has been for at least a little while).

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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?

View all the information on eBay

“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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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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