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1950 Sunset Fishing Line and Twine Contest Ad

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on ebay.

(07/07/2020) In May of 1950, Fishing Line and Twine sponsored a contest that is described in the Field and Stream ad below . The grand prize consisted of a Willys-Overland Station Wagon, Trailorboat, Harris Trailer, 7 1/2 h.p. Marting outward motor, My Buddy tackle box, Hodgman wader, Montague rod, Ocean City reel, set of Voo Doo Lures, and a spool of Sunset fishing line.

To win the contest, a person simply had to write down their favorite fishing ‘tall tale’ in 150 words or less and send to the Sunset Line and Twine, located in San Francisco. There were 22 weeks of weekly prizes and then the five top prizes.

“1950 Print Ad Sunset Fishing Line Willys Overland Station Wagon Contest”


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Valentine Welder & Mfg Co. Lightweight Jeep Prototype Photos

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

Nick Oxander found and shared these photos on Facebook. It appears this lightweight prototype was manufactured by the Valentine Welder & Manufacturing Company; yet, this same vehicle has been credited in other places, such as Hemmings and on eWillys, as the KEL Kaiser extra-light jeep. Anyone have an insight into this conundrum?

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1958 Jeep Race Video from Europe (Belgium)

• CATEGORIES: Features, Racing, videos

UPDATE: According to Jordi, this Spanish language news film describes a jeep race in Belgium.

No helmets, no safety equipment … craziness! This video from Europe shows some gutsy folks running WWII jeeps hard through the mud. (if the video embed doesn’t work, go here).

Rodes i fang 1958 from Peter G Mozzone on Vimeo.

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Marx Nellybelle Jeep with Pat, Dale and Bullet w/ Box on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

I don’t know what this is worth, but they have some good pics of this rarely seen Nellybelle Marx jeep and box. The eBay seller is asking $750.

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“Marx NellyBelle Willys Jeep ( car Truck) with Pat, Dale and Bullet. This listing is for a really nice condition Willys NellyBelle Metal Jeep with the Original Box. Also included is Pat Brady, Dale Evans , Bullet the Dog and one Hammer.”





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2004 “Corveep” Build

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

Here’s a unique build that married a wrecked 2004 Corvette with a free 1968 Jeepster Commando. The builder calls it a “Corveep”. There’s a series of pics that document some of the challenges involved in marrying the two vehicles, including lengthening the Commando body.



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1963 Article on AZ Search and Rescue Meeting Fashion Show

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

The Maricopa County Jeep Posse held the 4th Annual National Jeep Search and Rescue convention in 1963. As part of the event, wives and daughters of the Maricopa County Jeep Posse planned to pose as models for a pool-side fashion show. They would model clothes from the Scottsdale Wigwam. I can’t speak for the Scottsdale outlet, but I am just old enough to remember our local Wigwam store and ‘fashionable’ isn’t a word I’d use to describe it. It was more like the precursor to the Dollar Store.

Clipping from Arizona Republic - Newspapers.com

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More 1960s Meyer Snow Plow Installation/Instructions

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features

Below are there additional Meyer-related Installation, service and instruction documents. First is four-page Form No. I-318R for installation of Meyer Power Angling:

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Next is Form No. 1-119R9 for installation of snow plow lifts powered in several different ways:


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1945 Christmas Card w/ From Budapest, Hungary on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, Postcards

Neat little unscripted and signed card with a jeep and Christmas tree from Hungary.

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“Original signed old Xmas card without envelope from Budapest 1945. Good condition, (please see scan). Dimensions are (folded): 108 X 155 mm.
I will send this item Worldwide. Shipping by registered Air-Mail only (Worldwide) is 4.20 $ for 1-3 Postcards.”

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December 1945 Popular Science Jeep for Young GIs

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models • TAGS: .

There are two different project jeep designs described in the December 1945 issue of Popular Science, pages 162-166.  The simpler one was designed by Herbert Pfister of New York City, while the second was designed by H. A. Machlan of El Campo, Texas.


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1954 Photo Willys Project Engine eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Is this some kind of diesel engine? This photo comes with a second photo of a fluid cargo carrier.

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“Here I have a set of 2 Willys File Photos featuring:
* PROJ. 8511-01 T.C.P. Engine Number 14371 (1) Dated 5-28-54
* Fluid Cargo Carrier

Photos measure about 8 ½ x 11 inches including the borders and are punched. Punch holes do NOT affect the photos (See Scans).

Here’s the Fluid Cargo Carrier photo:


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1966 Photo of M-38A1 w/ Mine Detector on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This M-38A1 press photo with a mine detector made it into a lot of newspapers. Here’s an example from the April 20, 1966, issue of the Crowley Post-Signal out of Crowley, Louisiana:


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“1966 Press Photo U.S. Army jeep mounted mine detector shown in St. Louis. This is an original press photo. St. Louis: New mobile mine detector perfected for Vietnam will allow the jeep mounted detector to clear 6 foot path at speeds from 10 to 1 mph depending on terrain. The transistorized probe is counterbalanced by large spring in front of jeep to prevent the wheels of the device from exerting enough pressure to set off a mine. On detection of mine the device automatically brakes and declutches the jeep. The mine detector was demonstrated at United States Army Mobility Equipment Center in St. Louis 4/19.Photo measures 9 x 7.25inches. Photo is dated 04-19-1966.”

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2 8″-Long Wooden Jeeps on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models, toys

This pair of wood jeeps has a buy-it-now price of $27, plus $8.25 shipping. They are stamped 2013, so they aren’t very old.

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“High Quality, Handcrafted Wood Jeep. These are vintage style toys. No metal was used to make the Jeeps. They are crafted with wood and glue only. The wood varies but pine and alder were primary used. The wheels turn and the windshield goes up and down. Each Jeep measures approximately 8″ x 4″ x 2.75″.”




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Wood CJ-5 Jeep with Trailer on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models, toys

Here’s another wood jeep, this time sold with a trailer.

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“Handcrafted Wood Jeep with Trailer. No metal was used in making these items and stay true to the vintage style toys that inspired them. The wood varies but pine and alder were primarily used. The wheels turn and the windshield goes up and down. The Jeep measures approximately 8″x 4″x 2 3/4″. The trailer measures approximately 8 1/4″x1 3/4″x3 1/2″.”




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1972 Raleigh Cigarette Ad with a MB/GPW? on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE. Another one of these ads is on eBay. The image is from a 2012 post.

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Magazine Print Ad
Approx. 9 x 11_inch
Satisfaction Guarantee
I will make right any wrong
I ship every day”

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1948 Article on Utah Reserve Training Center’s Rescue Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

This February 29, 1948, article in the Salt Lake Tribune describes Utah Reserve Train Center’s rescue jeep, describing how it works with the new mobile radar truck.

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1969 Photo of Albany Rescue Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Old Images

I couldn’t locate a corresponding photo of this in a newspaper. The rig looks interesting.

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“1969 Press Photo Rescue Jeep for Albany Police Department, New York. This is an original press photo. Rescue Jeep for Albany Police Department, New York. Police garage. Photo measures 9 x 7inches. Photo is dated 08-07-1969.



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Highland Auto and Truck Supply Folding Knife on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

This is a unique folding knife for a former parts supply company. I couldn’t locate the company after a quick Google search.

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“Vintage Folding Knife Military Jeep & Truck Parts Advertising Japan Great Graphi. Condition is “Used”.”




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Clark County Jeep Posse Patch **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** on eBay for $27.00.

Probably not many of these around.

“Vintage Las Vegas Nevada Sheriffs Clark County Jeep Posse Patch. Condition is “New”. Patch has not been used or attached to clothing. Background is brown and the embroidery is gold/yellow. Approximate patch dimensions: 4 3/4″ high x 4″ wide. It appears the Jeep Posse was an all volunteer unit under the Sheriff’s Office direction from 1952 into the early 1980’s when it was disbanded.”



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CJ-5ish Key Chain Puzzle on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

Here’s an unusual item. Starting bid is $10, with $10 shipping from Canada.

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“This key chain came from our family run smoke shop that was closed in 1959 & stored ever since in a smoke free home in temperature controlled environment. Comes complete with original instruction card”





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Rockford PTO for Water Pumps and Other Devices Longmont, CO $250

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts

Here’s a unique item.


“Good Working Rockford PTO Model # PTA 5852
Was on a Willys L head engine running a pump . I believe it fits all early Willys flathead and L heads along with continental engines and a bunch of other industrial 4 and 6 cylinder engines. Clutches are like new ring gears are really nice. Good to run sawmill generator pumps etc.”

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Steve McQueen and CJ-5 Photos

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Steve shared this link to an article on Con-Ferr, which also had links to the McQueen archive. (I thought I had shared this archive of Steve McQueen and his CJ-5 Super Jeep at some earlier point, but it appears I hadn’t.) There are more details and pics of the build in the 1970 Con-Ferr Catalog… See pages 48-51 on this post: http://www.ewillys.com/2019/10/02/1970-con-ferr-catalog-pages-43-96/

Here’s the article from Steve: https://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2018/08/con-ferr-incorporated-in-burbank-made.html

Here’s the McQueen album: https://archiveimages.com/licensing/public-gallery.php?id=441&pageNum_rsImages=7


Steve McQueen and the CJ-5 Super Jeep from Con-Ferr.


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LEGO Technic Jeep Wrangler $49.99

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Bill shared the news that Jeep and Lego have partnered ups ro a LEGO Technic Jeep Wrangler. It will be available Jan. 1, 2021. With 665 parts, it will take some time to assembler.




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The “Very Mobile” Bath and Laundry Unit

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual

(Originally Posted October 21, 2010): It’s easy to forget about the logistical challenges faced by the military to cover simple needs of the military. Showering in the field is one such example. A New Zealand-focused site has a page on the history of mobile laundry and baths from 1914-1990. Canada also had similar mobile services. How frequently such services actually appeared in the field is less clear to me, especially given the lack of photos of this equipment.

Back in 2010 I came upon the model below, which appeared on a new defunct website. The site showed how the builder created the model mobile bath.

The builder, Dave, had based his model on the picture below. In his post, he notes that the Jeep “was stationed in  Germany in 1945 with the 2nd Battalion, The Kensingtons, 49th Division, Transport Centre, Iserlohn, Ruhr“.

This 1954 example out of France shows a mobile laundry unit of some type. This photo (page from book?) is for sale on eBay. The auction title is “Jeep transport laundry collective”.


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Kaiser Willys Guard Badge on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

Maury spotted this unusual item. It’s pretty small. The starting bid price is $50. I’m not sure what the value should be; the seller isn’t all the sure either.

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“Here we have an original ~ “OBSOLETE” VINTAGE KAISER-WILLYS GUARD HAT BADGE ~ that was recently acquired out of a Toledo, Ohio estate. I would imagine that this is a fairly hard badge to find. We could not find any other examples like it for sale. It measures approximately 1 7/8 inches tall by 1 3/8 inches wide. The over all condition is pretty decent with a few scratches from age and use and it does not have the little nut that screws on to hold it to the hat.  Original untouched as found condition. Would make for a nice addition to any advanced collection.”

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Upgraded L/F-134 Engine Mounts $59.99

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts

Thanks to Aaron for alerting me about these engine mounts. Ian Liljeblad, the builder of Big Willy, sells these L-head and F-head 134 engine-mount upgrades. They look like a good idea to me.