Features Research Archives

To Top

Modified MB @ FourWheeler.com

• CATEGORIES: Features

Maury shared this photo of an MB modified in ways to keep it looking relatively stock. There are pics and videos exploring southwest Utah in this story by Traci Clark.



To Top

1979 EasyLok Hub Brochure

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

A big thanks to Jim for finding this brochure in old box of files, then sending it my way gratis. It shows the EasyLok Hub, manufactured by the Mechanex Corp, a devision of Tenneco, out of Englewood, Colorado.  You can learn a little more about the EasyLok hub’ s history in this post.

Mechanex Corp patented another hub in 1978, but I don’t recognize the hub.

1979-04-easylok-hub-brochure-650px-1 1979-04-easylok-hub-brochure-650px-2 1979-04-easylok-hub-brochure-650px-3 1979-04-easylok-hub-brochure-650px-4



To Top

RB & W Bolt and Nut Company Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I have no date yet on this ad from the Russell, Burdsall, & Ward Bolt and Nut company.

View all the information on eBay

“This is a vintage original ad , not a copy or reproduction. Neatly removed from magazine. Would look beautiful framed. Measures 10 and ½  by 14 inches.”


To Top

The New “It’s a Jack”; Planned Price is $1500

• CATEGORIES: Features

Gayland shared the news of this unusual car jack, one that tilts the car to make it easier to get underneath.

Learn more here: https://newatlas.com/its-a-jack-tilts-cars/58404/


To Top

Dean Joy “60 Days in Combat”

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

Gregg Stoerrie shared several stories and photos of his uncle’s time during WWII on his Facebook page.

One image shows a sketch by Dean Joy, a soldier who served with Gregg’s uncle. Dean went on to write a book, 60 Days in Combat, as well as sharing his story on youtube:

Here’s is Dean’s sketch of some jeeps during an ambush by 88mms. Dean wrote:

“Front Jeep took a direct hit, drivers headless torso still behind the wheel and other GI’s on the side. They hit the end Duce and a half. Col Wooten came running along the convoy yelling everybody off the trucks now. A few GI’s worked around to out flank the 88’s. The firing stopped as they captured the first 88 and found it was maned by kids. As they approached the other 88’s they could see the crews were dead and it was clear they were knocked out by their own guys. It was the first 88 who turned the gun on their own guys. We assumed that they knew the war was lost. Had they not it would have been a massacre.”


Gregg also shared this photo taken by his uncle of a plane that was hit by Japanese flak. Greg wrote, “This picture was taken by my uncle joe Stoerrle during the Second World War. This is the tail section of his B25 bomber. He told me a story how they barely made it back after their tail was shot up from Japanese flak. Uncle joe told me how accurate the Japanese flak was. I would like to thank my cousin Shelly (uncle Joe’s daughter) for providing me with these pictures at a family get together on 1/6/18.”


To Top

Fan Under Passenger Seat??

• CATEGORIES: Features

Charles just purchased this CJ-2A. He’d been watching eWillys for a long time and finally found one that was near him with a body in great shape. However, what’s unusual about this 2A is that it has an electric fan installed under the passenger seat. He said it’s a pretty heavy fan, too. Anyone ever heard of that?


To Top

Ford Company AEF Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: This was published in Coliiers on September 11, 1943, pgs 66-67. This issue also contains the Willys WWII Ad, “Ordnance Doctors Operate Under Fire”, pg 57.

Fred Caldwell mentions the ad in his book “Selling the All-American Wonder“. According to him, this is one of the few Ford-sponsor, jeep-related Ford ads.


To Top

Odd Looking Jeep/Truck

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Roger Martin spotted this odd looking jeep-truck on Facebook. The caption indicates it was taken in December of 1960 in Vienna, Austria.


To Top

B.F. Goodrich Ad with Jeep on ebay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Old Images

This ad was published in the March 6, 1943, issue of Collier’s. I wish I could locate an online archive for that magazine. Anyone know of one?

View all the information on eBay

“This is a vintage original ad, not a copy or reproduction. Neatly removed from magazine. Would look beautiful framed. Measures 10 and 1/2 inches by 14 inches.”


To Top

Wally Cohn — Jeep King?

UPDATE 3: I’m taking Wednesday (03/06/2019) off of posts to write an article, so here’s an oldie, but a goodie.

UPDATE 2: Daniel Strohl over at Hemmings provided a solid background update about Wally Cohn.

“Born in 1924 in Germany, his father and stepmother sent him to the Chicago area in 1937 both to live with family and to escape the increasingly anti-Semitic mood in Germany. After Kristallnacht, his older brother Herman, his father Siegfried, and his stepmother joined him in Chicago. Walter flew 30 missions for the U.S. Army Air Corps as a bombardier during the war, earning a Distinguished Flying Cross and a Bronze Star and rising at least to the rank of Sergeant. After the war, he served as a member of the chief justice’s staff during the war crimes trials in Nuremberg, then returned to the United States and founded W&W Foreign Auto Parts in Blue Island, Illinois.”

UPDATE:  A reader named Clint just determined what type of vehicle Wally was using — A 1936-1940 Opel Olympia.  Here are two links to images:  Link 1 & Link 2. Thanks Clint!

ORIGINAL POST published in 2010:  I ran across the images shown below and others.  I didn’t think much of them until I looked more closely.  It appears the builder, who I assume is Wally Cohn, has merged a 1936-1940 Opel Olympia with a MB to create, arguably, the first Jeepster-like vehicle, except it is four wheel drive. The ‘Wally’ appears to use the entire jeep drive train.  If you look in back, you’ll even see this car can tow a trailer!

Who is Wally Cohn? I have no idea. I can’t seem to find anything about him, other than his name was Wally Cohn and he was nicknamed the Jeep King by photographer Walter Sanders.

Photographer Walter (Wally) Sanders worked for Life Magazine from 1944 to 1961. After growing up and leaving Germany for the US in 1937, he returned in early 1946 and lived the rest of his life in Europe, mostly in Munich. You can learn more about his biography here.

Because Walter was in Europe during December of 1946, and because these photos were snapped during that month, and because of Wally’s uniform (which Bob noted is an Army Airforce Uniform), I have concluded that Wally Cohn was a member of the armed services trying to merge cars and jeeps into a Wally vehicle of some kind (note the name Wally is displayed prominently on the dash in one of the pics).

This would be a great collector’s item — and a cool jeep too!

To Top

1944 Willys Overland Ad

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Old News Articles

UPDATE: I didn’t understand the significance of this ad until purchasing Fred Coldwell’s “Selling the All-American Wonder” (great collection of Willys-Overland WWII ads).  It’s the only WWII Willys-Overland ad that I’ve found which doesn’t appear in his book. Titled “They’re getting the stuff and they’re using it, too!”, the ad seems to have been only published in the newspaper.

Originally published January 12, 2019. This Willys Overland Ad appeared in the September 25, 1944 issue of The CIO News.



To Top

DJ-3A Dispatcher Pizza Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Old Images

Mike spotted this 1960s photo on Facebook. It shows some DJ-3A Dispatchers doing pizza delivery work for Volcano Pizzeria, a North New Jersey pizza place in the 1960s. Mike notes there were a lot of pizza jeeps in the area at the time.


To Top

Mallory Ad w/ Ford GP on eBay

Anyone know when this ad was published?

View all the information on eBay

“This is an original 1942 ad neatly removed from a vintage magazine. Measure 11 by 14 inches.”


To Top

Lawry’s Seasoning Salt Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Mike shared this pic he found on Facebook. It appears to be a lengthened and modified CJ-2A (based on the windshield).  Anyone know what happened to this jeep?


To Top

1945 Article About POWs Spotting Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features

This article tells the story about some POWs who were thrilled to see a jeep after years in captivity. It was published in the May 05, 1945, issue of The Wilmington Morning Star.


To Top

1945 Photo of Jeep & Soldiers on Raft on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Make-shift water crossing. As Race pointed out, “Nectar” should be spelled Neckar River in the text.

View all the information on eBay

“1945 Press Photo Infantry Support Raft Ferries Men & Jeeps Across Nectar River. This is an original press photo. With bridges blown up by retreating Germans, an infantry support raft ferries men and their jeep across the Nectar River. Part of the famous old university city of Heidelberg, now in American hands, can be see in the background. Photo measures 8 x 6.25 inches. Photo is dated 4-2-1945.”

1945-04-06-heidelberg-nectar-river1 1945-04-06-heidelberg-nectar-river2

To Top

Vintage Trans America Trail Tour in 2020

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

Peter Heyniger is organizing a cross-the-US vintage 4×4 tour along the Trans American Trail for the summer of 2020. He’s looking for participants, sponsors, and helpful folks along the route. The tour welcomes vintage jeeps, landcruisers, broncos, and other older 4x4s. He expects that to complete all 5200 miles will take seven to eight weeks; folks have the option of doing all or part of the route.

You can learn more at his website: https://sites.google.com/view/vintagetransamericatrail2020


To Top

More CJ-2A Launch Photos

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Old Images

UPDATE: Thanks to Tremaine for supplying better pics of the CJ-2 grille guards seen in a couple of these photos. 

cj2-grille1 cj2-grille2

Original Post March 4, 2019: These photos were published in the July 22, 1945, issue of the Sunday Star Gravure Section of the newspaper. I don’t think I’ve seen a photo of the jeep pulling the trailer from the driver’s side.


To Top

1950 Photo of Korean War on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

It feels dramatic.

View all the information on eBay

“1950 Press Photo Medical Team Carries Wounded to Jeeps in Masan Sector of Korea.
This is an original press photo. Korean War, United States Wounded Evacuation: Wounded in the desperate battle for the hill in the background, a 25th infantry division soldier was carried to a waiting jeep in Korea by medical department men. The action took place in the Masan sector on the southern front. Mountain heights and other elevations are of prime importance in this area, and some have changed hands several times. Photo measures 8.25 x 8.5 inches. Photo is dated 09-11-1950.”



To Top

Berth Dupre and All-Black WAC Units

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Women & Jeeps

Mark shared a story about the death of Bertha Durpe, one of the few women who served with the 6888th CPD Battalion, an All-Black WAC unit that went overseas to help the war effort. The photo below doesn’t show the former Master-Sergeant Dupree, but it’s still a neat photo.

You can read a little about Ms. Dupree here: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article226817444.html


More on the 6888th:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/6888th_Central_Postal_Directory_Battalion
  2. https://www.history.com/news/black-woman-army-unit-mail-world-war-ii
  3. https://blackthen.com/charity-adams-earley-commander-black-female-army-unit-serving-overseas-wwii/
  4. National Archives: https://catalog.archives.gov/search?q=6888th
To Top

Sponge Jeep(?)

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Mike shared this older photo of what could be a jeep ‘dressed’ in a sponge. Anyone know any history about it? The photo is supposed to be from 1964.


To Top

Jeep Toy & Trailer Fairfield, OH **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $275.

Roger Martin shared this unusual toy. If it is handmade, it is well done.

“Very high quality HANDMADE toy army jeep. All steel construction. This thing is rough and rugged. Has toggle switch to turn on the headlights, battery compartment under hood. Steering wheel actually turns the wheels. Windshield folds down. Has detachable plow and trailer. This thing is nice and one of a kind. I took it to a couple antique shops and they all told me they believe it has a higher price tag than what I’m asking. There just isn’t another like it to base true value off of. Asking $275 ”

toy-jeep-fairfield-oh0 toy-jeep-fairfield-oh1 toy-jeep-fairfield-oh2 toy-jeep-fairfield-oh3

Continue reading

To Top

1954 Garage Print(?) from Germany on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

UPDATE: Price dropped to $602.

(01/18/2019) Maury spotted this unusual print/illustration. From the description, I can’t quite tell if this is a print or an original illustration. The size is roughly 2.2′ x 3.25′

View all the information on eBay

“Mural Auto Mechanic Workshop Jeep Willysmb 99×66 ~ 1954 Vintage Mechanic Card (see more on eBay)”



To Top

Paul Finished His Stainless M-100 Trailer

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features • TAGS: .

As always, Paul’s detailed work has resulted in a work-of-art. Well done Paul!

Paul writes, “The earth has calmed down these last few months so I’ve made good progress on the M100 trailer rebuild. In fact, other than measuring the length necessary for the trailer safety chains and the electrical harness everything else is finished. While I still spent over 300 hours to build the stainless steel box and rebuild everything I planned on reusing it was easier than I’d anticipated. I had no idea I’d need so many 2X4’s but the local Home Depot store was happy to take my money.

This photo shows the jig I made to keep the trailer box in alignment while I fabricated the upper tube reinforcement and rolled the sheet metal before tack welding the edges.”


The upper tube has been fitted and held in place with strips of plywood and 24 6 inch C clamps.


I used a plastic hammer to gently form the sheet metal over the curve of the reinforcing tubing. The C clamps were repositioned often to allow hammer access to the 20 feet of 18 gauge stainless sheet metal around the upper edge of the trailer box.


The tack welds are complete so the 2X4 jig can be removed


The replacement box is bolted to the original trailer frame and tie down straps hold the frame to the work tables. I had to plan my work around earthquakes.


Continue reading

To Top

1942 Rice Krispies Ad with Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

One of the places this Rice Krispies with a Jeep appeared was in the October 24, 1942, issue of the Saturday Evening Post, pg 6.