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The Story of Walt’s CJ-2A

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Mark at Sellajeep published this neat video.

 
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Guy Seal’s Himself in Kaiser DeLuxe to Drive 50 States

• CATEGORIES: Features

Scott shared a link to this crazy story on Jalopnik about Don Haynes and his attempt to drive to all 50 states while sealed in a Kaiser DeLuxe.

https://jalopnik.com/a-guy-once-sealed-himself-in-a-kaiser-and-tried-to-driv-1827846802

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1950s Photo From Norwich, NY

• CATEGORIES: Features, Museums

Joe saw yesterday’s photo from Seattle, which made him think of a similar period photograph. It hangs on the wall inside the offices at the Northeast Classic Car Museum in Norwich, New York, showing a portion of Broad Street in Norwich. (Broad Street is the main street).

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Cool Photo From Hemmings

• CATEGORIES: Features

Ted spotted this story. Daniel Strohl at Hemmings shared this vintage 1950s photo that features a wagon, among many other vehicles. My two Seattle experts (my aunt and her boyfriend who have 150 years of combined Seattle living experience) think it is either University Village or Holman Road Center. My aunt also informed me that she and I are related to “Ray”, the man who started Ray’s Thriftway, a grocery chain in the Northwest (grandma’s aunt’s sisters’ mother … or something like that). I wonder if I can get a family discount?

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SW Ohio Jeep FC Gathering & Swap Meet in Waynesville

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

This weekend is Roger’s FC Gathering In Waynesville, Ohio.

Call him anytime at 937-477-5270 or email: rogerjm55@gmail.com
His address is: Roger Martin
1905 Roxanna New Burlington Road
Waynesville, Oh 4506

There is plenty of room for trucks, trailers, and RV’s (no RV hook-ups). There is an RV Campground and one-room cabins about a mile away.

These are the nearest places to stay:
-Frontier Campground. Waynesville, OH 45068 937-488-1127
-Creekwood Motel of Waynesville 513-897-1000
-Ramada Inn Xenia 937-372-9921

Bring your FC’s and FJ Step Vans, whether they’re cleaned or still have on their “work clothes” right out of the field. Let’s see what you have…running or not. Bring your extra parts for sale or trade. It would be nice to see photos of your project, in progress or completed.

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Merrimack Valley Military Vehicle Collector Rally This Weekend

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

Tim wanted us to know that the Merrimack Valley Military Vehicle Collector Rally is happening this weekend in Weare, NH. The show features vendors with jeep parts and military surplus, etc. along with a wide variety of very interesting military vehicles both old and new, including a number of beautiful jeeps, WWII-Vietnam. The show is open to the public Friday and Saturday, 7/27 & 7/28.

Learn more here: http://mvmvc.org/weare-rally/

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Dan’s Trip to Packwood and Mud Lake

• CATEGORIES: Features

Dan, his boys, and a friend drove from Auburn to Packwood, Washington, in Dan’s CJ-2A and GPW the other day. The weather was perfect for their trip (It has been beautiful here all week). As you can see, they had a great time!

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Willys Motors Bulletin About Illuminating Jeep Signs

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Documents, Features

An anonymous reader we shall call “Mr. Packrat” has offered to share from time to time a collection of documents he’s gathered. So, many thanks to him for his ‘donation’ to our collective educational efforts!

This is the first item, an interesting look at the selling of signs to dealers by Willys Motors.

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1943 Photo of Jeep in Glider on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE: This is really interesting. Here’s a photo op from the same day, but from slightly different angles. I’m wondering if it is the work of two separate photographers. The top one is for sale on eBay and the bottom one sold back in 2014. 

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eBay pics from 2014.

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Pics from the Pennsylvania All Breeds Jeep Show

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

Don shared these pics from this weekend’s all breeds jeep show in York, Pennsylvania. Apparently, it poured on Saturday; Sunday, when these pics were taken, was much nicer.

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1956 Photo of Shriners in Seattle Parade on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Since we were in Seattle today, this photo seems appropriate. Downtown has changed a little bit since this was taken.

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“1966 Press Photo Shriners Ride in Jeep Parade 1960s Downtown Seattle Washington”

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23rd Fall Willys Reunion Sept 7&8 in Fulton, MO

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

Art shared this announcement regarding this year’s Fall Willys reunion in Fulton, Missouri, at the Auto World Museum.

“This is our 23rd year of the Reunion, and it is open to the public, and all makes, models, and years of Jeep are welcome.  If you register for the Reunion, entrance to the Auto World Museum is free.  We hold a wonderful banquet on Saturday evening with door and raffle prizes.  There are also vendors attending to sell new and used Jeep parts.  There is also the Off-road trail rides.”

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Photo of Henry J Kaiser in an Aluminum Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

UPDATE II (July 20, 2018) : Keith provided portions of a document that show the agreement between Karl Probst / R.N. Harger and KAISER.

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UPDATE (July 1, 2018) : Barry found a set of specs that could be a match to this prototype. Also, Keith noted that there were 6 different designs from the Probst-Harger” collaboration.

Original Post June 26th: Barry spotted this photo on the Kaiser Permanente history site. The jeep is listed as a 1943 Model 1160 “Kaiser Lightweight Jeep”. I’m not sure if this was supposed to be an Airborne prototype or just a concept lightweight jeep. Henry J. Kaiser is on the right. I think that’s Karl Probst on the far left; Rollin N. Harger might be seated in the middle.

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Miami-Dade County Transportation Building Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Museums

Steve reports that this jeep can be seen inside the Miami-Dade County (Florida) Transportation Building. It appears to be a militarized CJ-2A with some MB parts (frame could be MB) with some diamond plating added to the rear cargo area.

As you can see in this pic, it is claimed the jeep is a 1945 WWII jeep. But, the CJ parts suggest otherwise. It appears the jeep is on loan form the Miami Military Museum at Zoo Miami.

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This pic is from Yelp and shows the sign on the jeep and more of the display.

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McCluney & Brown’s Wheatland Chisel

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This farming equipment was manufactured out of Texas by the Mcluney & Brown Manufacturing Company and included in a circa 1948 Willys Equipment Book.

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German Kaiser-Wilys-Simca Ad

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Buz spotted this interesting advertisement on a Facebook post.

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1940 Ford Pygmy Photo on eBay

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

The bottom is a more familiar photo. I can’t remember if I’ve seen the top one.

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“1940- Ford Pygmy during testing at Camp Holabird. The Ford Pygmy is the pilot vehicle submitted by Ford Motor Company in response to the U.S. Army’s requirement for a “light reconnaissance and command car” during the military buildup prior to World War II. It is the only known survivor of the original pilot vehicles built by Bantam, Willys, and Ford and tested by the Army. Photo measures approx. 6 3/4″ x 8 3/4″ ”

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Fords Hammermill

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

It’s a “honey” of a combination, a Ford hammermill and a jeep.

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Newgren Post at Farm Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features

Barry added some useful information to the Newgren story. Check it out at Farm Jeep:

http://farmjeep.blogspot.com/2018/07/more-newgren-history-thanks-to-ewillys.html

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2018 Willys America Open House

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

This past weekend was the 2018 Willys America Open House. Thanks to Paul Barry for hosting and for Scramboleer Dan for posting photos and reports at the Old Willys Forum. You can see all the photos here (you must be logged in to see most of the photos). I’ve posted a few pics below.

http://www.oldwillysforum.com/forum/showthread.php?13902-2018-caravan-to-Willys-America-Open-House-Saturday-July-14-2018

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Jeep at the 2018 Bad Sachsa Schützenfest

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

A distant relative of mine was vacationing in Bad Sachsa, Germany, when he spotted this jeep. They city has an annual Schützenfest that includes a parade.

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It looks like the same jeep was in the 2017 parade.

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Vintage Jeep Gather Sept 7-9, Windham, VT

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

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The Vintage Jeep Gathering at Petes Camp is a very casual event. Camping , on site trails, and daily tours of the local trails and back dirt roads. Come join us for a weekend of old Jeeps, great people, camp fires, and more. Check our website for event information, and updates.

Learn More at the Pete’s Camp website

 
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1944 Photo with Two Lt. Generals on ebay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Neat photo.

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“1944 Press Photo Lt. Gen. Walter Kredger Gets In Jeep With Lt. Gen. Eichelberger. This is an original press photo. Lt. Gen. Walter Kredger, commander of the 8th Army, gets in his jeep while Lt. Gen. Robert L. Eichelberger, who commanded the American forces furing the Papuan campaign, scrambles for a back seat. The two officers were making a tour of an advanced base in the Southwest Pacific after Lt. Gen. Kredger made the presentation of the “Streamer” award to the headquarters I Corps of the 6th Army, which was cited for its outstanding performance in repulsing the enemy on Papua, July 23rd, 1942, to January 23rd, 1943. Photo measures 7.25 x 9 inches. Photo is dated 5-3-1944.”

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Newgren Plow Brochures

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Barry asked about Newgren pull plows, so there are some examples that I have (I hope this is what you were seeking).

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Funky Jeep Photo

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

This photo appeared in what I think was a 1979 issue of Jeep News (I couldn’t find an exact date). It’s a funky setup!

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