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Happy 2018 and a Happy 10th Anniversary!!

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August 3rd, 2017, just entering Alaska.

August 3rd, 2017, just entering Alaska.

It’s the 10 year anniversary of eWillys! Whoo hoo! Below are some thoughts, memories and photos from 2017, along with a brief preview of 2018.

eWillys now boasts more than 45,000 posts, which averages out to 12 posts per day for 10 years. In terms of photos, I’d guess there are more than 150,000 jeep photos. It’s a unique treasure trove (in my eyes anyway) of information bits, a gigantic database/puzzle that sometimes add up to interesting discoveries and articles. It also continues to serve as my jeep brain, as I have forgotten so much of what I’ve posted. The summer traffic was particularly good this year, reaching 300,000 page views a month. Given the niche-nature of this site, I’m pretty happy with that.


Ann and I on the Alaska Highway just south of Watson Lake, entering the Yukon for the first time.

This year was certainly a unique year for me. I notched my 50th state (Alaska, finally) with the Alaska Or Rust group. In addition, over the past year I’ve published three Dispatcher Magazine articles (Laurel C. Worman’s biography, Free-Lock Hubs and The Alaska Or Rust trip). Worman’s family has been surprisingly appreciative of my efforts, as I uncovered some history they didn’t know.


My Free-Lock hub article in the Dispatcher Magazine

I was gratified this year when my book SLAG received critical acclaim from a professional historian who wrote, “Reading SLAG was a real pleasure for me – it was SO WONDERFULLY READABLE – and moreover, I believe it’s a real contribution to the historical body of work on American mining/smelting.” The woman who wrote that had encouraged me years ago to write a book on my family, so to hear her acknowledge the quality of the work was particularly special.

Ann and I at lake Mead in March on our way to the FC-Roundup.

Ann and I at lake Mead in March on our way to the FC-Roundup.

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Paul’s Deflecting the Heat

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features • TAGS: .

Paul shared this update on some custom heat shields for Knarly Rolls.

Paul writes, “The exhaust manifold is closer to the steering linkage than I’d originally intended but there isn’t any easy way to increase the distance between these two systems so I decided the best solution to this problem was to make some stainless steel heat shields that would bolt to the fender and fit between the exhaust manifold and the steering linkage.  

First I quickly made a test shield from some leftover poster board so I could check how this paper part would fit before I cut any stainless sheet.  Once I had the shape of the heat shield figured out I made a test piece from thin gauge aluminum.”


“First I made a test heat shield from poster board to check for the correct shape.  Once I was satisfied with the shape of the heat shield I made one from thin aluminum to double check any clearance issues.  After the aluminum shield was modified I made a third shield from thin stainless sheet but I saw a need to fit the fourth and final heat shield a little closer to the manifold and also use a thicker gauge of stainless to prevent unwanted flexing during use.  Once the fourth shield was fitted I drilled the attach holes and bolted the shield to the front fender.”


“Here’s the final heat shield temporarily attached to the front fender using Clecos so I could drill the fender and the heat shield at the same time.”

“As you can see, the double U joint between the lower end of the steering column and the first steering shaft is still exposed to heat from the exhaust manifold so another heat shield was necessary.  This smaller heat shield will be attached to the steering column by adel clamps so it’s easily removed for maintenance.  The two adel clamps are bolted to the column with enough threads exposed on the fasteners to attach the aft end of the second heat shield while the forward end of the second shield attaches to the aft end of the first heat shield where the two empty holes can be seen.  If you read that last sentence fast it sounds like a square dance call.”


“Here’s the paper pattern and the finished stainless steel second heat shield ready for installation.”


“With the second heat shield installed I think most of the exhaust manifold heat will be deflected away from the steering linkage thus preventing damage to the U joints and shafts.”

2017-12-31-heat-shields7“An underside view shows the clearance between the steering linkage and the heat shields”

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1959 Argentinian Wagon Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, International

This brochure highlights IKA’s “Estanciera” wagon.

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August 1960 Jeep Family Brochure **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Here’s a Jeep Family Brochure I hadn’t yet seen. It sold on eBay.




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Alaska Paul’s Placard Progress

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features • TAGS: .

Today’s the last day of the year, so let’s go out in style with Alaska Paul’s placard progress. Paul understands that his one-of-a-kind electrically and mechanically designed jeep will require information assistance just in case any of us lesser mortals attempt to drive it. So, he spend some time over the holidays playing with placards.

Paul writes, “It’s been a while, so I figured I’d send some Willys progress photos your way. This photo is of the fuel valves between the front seats with an engraved placard sitting on the metal cover. A local sign shop (Alaska Laminated Signs) made up some test placards so I could see how different colors would look with the stainless, gray and blue interior of the Willys.  While this placard has all the necessary information and the correct shape to fit the metal cover plate I wasn’t too happy with the black background and the white lettering.  I wanted something with more visual appeal so Dave (the sign shop owner) duplicated this placard using a brushed aluminum outer layer over a black base.(see next pic)”

“This aluminum/black combination looks good by itself but I didn’t feel it looked good when it was placed next to the stainless steel parts so Dave made a third placard using a dark blue upper layer and a white base (see next pic).”
“Now this is what I was looking for.  While the blue on the placard isn’t a perfect match to the blue on the seats they’re close enough so they look good together and the contrast between the white letters and the blue background makes it bright and easy to see.  Now that we had a color selected I gave Dave my metal full size patterns for the five placards needed for the little Willys and he began the cutting and engraving process.”
“Here’s the finished product. From left to right we have the overhead switch placard, the circuit breaker placard and below that is the fuel tank selector placard and the final two placards are for the 12 Bosch relays (two rows of six each) in the electrical bay just aft of the passenger seat.

The placards fit perfectly which made installing them a fast and simple task.”

“The electrical bay with the placards installed.  It’s hard to see but just below the row of number 1 thru 6 relays is another row of 7 thru 12 relays but not all are in use right now.  I wired in some extra relays and extra circuit breakers incase someone wanted to install additional electrical equipment in the future.” Continue reading

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1956 Kelly Mfg. 200 Series Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

What I find interesting about this brochure is that the front cover includes a small information bit noting that the Kelly All-Steel Jeep CAB was “KNOWN ALSO AS THE KEMCO CAB”. If the date is accurate, this suggests the shift in branding from KEMCO to Kelly around 1956.

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1959 CJ-5 Hardtop Brochure **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: SOLD, Was on eBay.

This brochure makes it clear that the CJ-5 hardtop with sliding doors also provided an option for hinging the door instead. I think Mike might have told that was an option, but I’d never seen documentation of it until now.



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Datasheets From 1958(?) on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This is a series of datasheets from circa 1958 on eBay. The start prices are $12 each.

  1. CJ-5: View all the information on eBay1958-datasheet-cj5-1 1958-datasheet-cj5-2
  2. CJ-3B: View all the information on eBay1958-datasheet-cj3b-1

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1940-1954 Willys Production Story

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** It was listed at $899.95.

The price for this is way outside my budget (currently priced at $899.95), but it might have some great pieces of info. The most interesting thing I see documented is that we can finally put to rest the question of whether the military purchased any CJ-2As for military use. According to the chart on the second photo below, Willys-Overland sold the military 605 CJ-2As (along with 140 station wagons and 190 trucks) between 1946-1948.





“Here I have an Excellent Condition Book The WILLYS STORY
1940 TO DATE MARCH 1954

Book measures about 11 x 10 inches and is 90 pages counting the dividers 94 pages counting the covers. Has a Comb Binding

Pages are printed on heavy Posterboard stock
Is filled with great photos

This is a prohibitively RARE piece. I am only able to present 12 photos, which does not do justice to this book. I have described in great detail, section-by-section of what is included. If there are pics you would like to see that I have described but are not shown, please message me and I will get them to you.

Has a great photo of perhaps the RAREST of all Willys Products The 1949 WILLYS JEEPSTER Total units produced 8,804
(for 1949 & 1950 combined)
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More Pic From Charles

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

Here are some more pics from Charles.

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1945 Photo with CJ-2 on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Here’s a photo with an experimental 2A pulling a seeding machine.

“1945 Press Photo Farmer operates seeding machine from the postwar jeep. This is an original press photo. The Postwar Jeep, especially adapted for peacetime work, combining the four basic functions of tractor, light truck, mobile power unit and passenger conveyance. Photo shows the new Jeep, just unvelied to the public by Willys-Overland Motors, operating a seeding machine. Among the many and various farm applications of this modern vehicle are: disking, plowing, mowing, raking, threshing, baling, shelling and grinding corn, operating manure spreader, filling silo and sawing wood. Photo measures 8 x 5.25 inches. Photo is dated 07-19-1945.”

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Cox Gas Engine Toy Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Models

UPDATE II: Greg added a comment to this post from 2013 indicating he has one of these gas powered toy jeeps for sale. If interested, either comment below or email me (d@ewillys.com) I can share his email address with you.

Update from January, 2013 Last night we saw the eBay ad for this toy jeep.  Tonight, thanks to a reader named Eric, we have pics of the actual toy.

“Jeep looks good. Looks like all parts are there. Motor turns over. It has a fuel tank. No fuel line. All body mount are good. Antenna is good. I will take it off to ship. I will add a reprint of manual. A very nice show piece. I would not use to run. Check out the pictures.”


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1962 Station Wagon Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Here’s a look at the May 1962 Station Wagon Brochure purchased off of eBay.

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1962 Utility Wagon Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Here’s a July 1962 brochure highlighting the latest features of the Jeep Utility Wagon.

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A World Odyssey-The Epic Voyage of the Sand Ship Discovery

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UPDATE: This just appeared in our local newspaper. A couple local folks are helping him out. Here’s an accompanying video: 


An article from Spokane’s Spokesman Review alerted me to the story of A World Odyssey-The Epic Voyage of the Sand Ship Discovery. This is actually a local story (for me) as Loren Upton, the man at the root of the adventure, has lived in Yakima and the Tri-Cities and worked at the nearby Hanford  nuclear reservation.

Between 1984 and 1989, Loren piloted a CJ-5 around the world, surpassing 55,000 miles. The jeep holds a Guiness book of World Record for being the first vehicle to cross the Darien Gap. Some of you might remember the 2014 post about the 1959-1960 venture across the Darien Gap in a Willys Truck and a Land RoverHowever, some of that trip was done by floating part of the river.

Loren nephew Laurence would like to restore the CJ-5 back to it’s former glory and then take his Uncle on one more world trip. They’ve set up a go-fund-me page and a website with lots of information and photos. Good luck to them!



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Red-Y-Cut GPW SEEP Model on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

It still needs assembly. It’s Red-Y-Cut model #321.

“It in great condition, looks to be complete, and in the original box. Please view the pictures and ask any questions before bidding, all items are sold as described.”

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Some Christmas Cheer

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features • TAGS: , .

Merry Christmas everyone!

This image is courtesy of Roberto Flores!

Lawrence shared his annual Christmas photo with us:


And Jim shared his wreathed jeep as well:


And Charles shared this Jeep Parts JEF Christmas photo:


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FJ-3 Fleetvan Model on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

Jake spotted this rare FJ-3 Fleetvan model on eBay. It’s about 2″ long.

“Lindberg “Mini-Lindy” series, approximately HO scale, plastic model kit. Jeep Fleetvan U. S. Mail delivery truck. Finished model measures 2 inches long. Box is damaged but intact, parts are bagged in zip lock bags. Kit is complete, unbuilt, unpainted.”

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1942 Mini Comic Magazine “Jeeps” on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Comics, Features

UPDATE: Here’s another issue of “Jeeps” Magazine on eBay. Looks like a Bantam. This one has some pencil marks.

“American pulp magazine, 1940’s era humor. In very good condition. Pages may have chipping, pencil marks, sun bleaching or yellowing due to age.
-First issue.
-Mini magazine format, size is about 5 1/4 x 7 1/2
-WWII cartoons and jokes
-Art by Walt Munson, J. Kelly and Charles Wible

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2018 Toledo Jeep Fest Aug 10-12

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features


Jerry Huber let me know that they got a kick start on the 2018 Jeep Fest today: online registration for Participants and Vendors is now active! In addition, this year’s Toledo Jeep Fest will expand from one day to three days. Big crowds are expected. You can learn more here:


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1945 Photo of Fisherman & Willys MA on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

I’ve seen this photo on Getty images, so they likely would claim that the organization owns the copyright on all of these images.

“1945 Press Photo Fisherman Uses A Jeep to Reach Distant Trout Fishing Areas. This is an original press photo. Jeep has a future in postwar America The versatile jeep, which has become known as the “Sweetheart of the Army,” has a future in postwar America, both as an agricultural and industrial machine. All kinds of special bodies, air compressors, and pulley attachments for postwar units can be used with the jeep. Here a fisherman uses the jeep to reach the far-back trout streams and lakes. In low, low gear it reaches these distant pastures which are always too far for the fisherman on foot. Photo measures 8 x 6.25 inches. Photo is dated 05-26-1945.”

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1956 T-Man Comic with Ford GP on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Comics, Features, Women & Jeeps

Strangely, this 1956 Comic book (#31) on eBay features T-Man (Treasury Man) Pete Trask fighting a “Red Agent” in a Ford GP, while four issues earlier T-Man raced bad guys in a more traditional WWII jeep (see bottom photo). I wonder why the comic switched to an older jeep? Maybe we have to read it to find out??


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This was for sale on eBay in 2013.

“This lot is an original September 1955 T-MAN (#27) from Quality Comics, nice solid VG condition, 36 pages including The Great Assassination Plot, The Underground Press, Commie Fire Bomb Plot, and Red Riffs Of Morocco. Violence and good girl content. Very early code comic! Complete, nothing missing. I will update this with more info as needed! US bidders only, please.”


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1951 Jeep Family Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This brochure highlighted the Hurricane Engine. It folds out to a colorful overview of all the models.

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1954-1955 Dealer Price Sheets

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Documents, Features

I bought these on eBay as part of another purchase. Perhaps the most interesting about them are the ambulance prices and standard equipment included (last set of docs), as there seems to be very little info about those left.

Issued November 1954:
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Issued May 1955:

Issued November 1955:
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1962 CJ-3B Dept Agriculture Photo on eBay

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B, Features, Old Images

This is a cool photo.

“1963 Press Photo Willys Jeep modified for the Department of Agriculture. This is an original press photo. Willys Jeep modified for the Department of Agriculture. Photo measures 10 x 8.25 inches. Photo is dated 01-06-1963.”

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