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eWillys Ad in Kaiser Willys Catalog

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It’s rewarding to hear how many folks enjoy eWillys with their morning cup of coffee. When Kaiser Willys invited me to send them an ad for next year’s catalog, I decided on this one. It’s part ad and part tribute to all who read, support, and enjoy the site. Thanks go to Roberto Flores for the eWillys bear.


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A Special Tribute From Charles

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Charles asked me to share these with Dave as a tribute to his father, who  fought in the Battle of the Bulge (if I understand correctly). Charles collects photos of that era. Dave, Charles was wondering if you had any of your father from there?

these photo are for dave who commented on my last set photos which included a photo of the battle of the bulge – i believe his father fought in it. A huge monument was especially created for the fallen US soldiers –THE MARDASSON– in bastogne (in that town fighting was very hard – the famous word NUTS was mentioned there)”

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Jim Carter’s 100mph Plaque – Dedication

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UPDATE: Jim Carter Dedication


This  photo of Jim that made it into the May 1975 issue of Four Wheeler Magazine (back page).

This past Friday long-time family friend Jim Carter passed away from a brain aneurysm. It happened very quickly. Those that knew Jim from the PNW4WDA know he was a life long jeeper willing to help anyone. He was one of the first racers to install a welder in his motorhome, making him very popular with folks that broke down.

Jim grew up with my father and uncles in Salt Lake City. Jim’s first “wreck” in a jeep came at the hands of my father around 1950 in the Olympus Cove area of Salt Lake (before the homes and the highway for those that know the area) when Dad tipped his CJ-2A on its side and Jim (who was in the back) fell from driver’s side to the passenger side (That’s a story Dad still likes to tell).

Jim lived just down the block from my grandparents on Walker Lane in Salt Lake. He helped build my grandparents house there, then later went to work for my grandfather at the University of Utah’s Kennocott smelter (it was a mini-smelter on campus). As Jim said to me one day, “One thing I learned from your grandfather is that there’s a right way to do things, a wrong way, and the Eilers way”. So, when grandfather built the house, he Jim, Dad and my uncles bolt the roof trusses together. My grandfather was not about to have his roof collapse!

Jim’s wife Patti went to school with my mother in Seattle. She and mom were both part of a group of girlfriends that still gets together, though they are short a couple friends these days. Patti’s still alive, but struggling with alzheimers.

At some point in the early 1960s Mom, Dad, Patti and Jim all found themselves living in Seattle. I think it was Dad and Jim who figured out they were both dating two women who knew each other.

My parents small home wedding including both Jim and Patti. A year later I popped into the world and it was Patti and Jim who gave me my name. Four years later, it was Jim and Patti who invited mom and dad to the charter meeting of the Wandering Willys in 1969. It’s entirely possible that without Jim and Patti, eWillys might never have been created. So, RIP Jim! Without a doubt you made a big impact on my life!!


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As many of you probably remember, a couple months ago I posted my story about Jim’s plaque, how it came about and how I acquired it. I’d like to run it again in his memory. I never got the chance to call Jim and share the news about his plaque.

Originally posted October 20, 2017

jim-carter-sign1Scott Gilbert from Cincinnati called me last week. We talked about a few Alaska or Rust loose ends, then he asked if I’d seen a 100mph club plaque on eBay.

“No, I haven’t seen that,” I responded.
Scott explained, “It’s a cool plaque with a Willys speedometer on it. I thought it was an unusual piece, so I’ve been watching it ever since the seller listed it at $100. It’s now down to $20, plus $10 shipping.”
“Well, that’s definitely a better price,” I told him.
“The strange thing is, I’ve tried to find out more about the plaque, but can’t find anything. So, I figured I’d try you,” he said. Then he asked, “Have you ever heard of the Wandering Willys Jeep Club or the 100mph club?”
“Well, as a matter of fact I have …,” I paused for a moment, then added, “My parents co-founded the club in 1969. So, I know that club pretty well. In fact, it’s still around.”
At this point I stopped. If Scott was listening carefully, he probably heard the creaking sounds of the gears in my brain slowly grinding, triggered by our conversation. Wandering Willys + 100mph Club. That sounded familiar. Then, I realized he was still talking.
“… and the Wandering Willys name is on the plaque and there’s a person’s name on it, too …”
I stopped him, “Wait, I know the name! It says Jim Carter!”
He was genuinely shocked. “You are right, but how did you know?”
“Because I remember it. I was there the day Jim went 100mph in his jeep!”

Here’s the story ….

The Wandering Willys Jeep Club was founded in 1969 in Seattle’s Eastside area. Jim & Patti Carter were charter members as were my parents, Karl & Marge Eilers (there were seven other charter members). 

Karl had grown up with Jim in Salt Lake City and Marge had grown up with Patti in Seattle, so the couples were good friends by the time the jeep club was founded. 

In May of 1982, I was 16 years old. The Wandering Willys Jeep Club was on a jeep trip with about eight members traveling to an area above Cle Elum, a small town in the Cascade Mountains along I-90 east of Seattle. We expected to reach some snow that day and sure enough we did.

Jim was driving his modified fiberglass flattie named Otis (my all-time favorite jeep). He was crawling over some frozen snow on the trail when it gave way and he sunk enough to where he was high centered. Attempting to escape, he tried spinning his wheels, but he was too stuck. At that point he realized there was no friction on the tires, so he slowly pressed the gas pedal. He made it up to 100 mph on his speedometer, before backing off the gas. But, he backed off too quickly, breaking his front driveline. It was a silly thing to do and he, not usually prone to doing things like that, found himself getting teased by everyone. The plaque memorialized the event and was probably presented to him at a later club meeting.


Otis circa 1982 with Patti Carter (Jim’s wife) racing.

So, that might have been the end of it. I told Scott he was welcome to bid on it, as I didn’t want to pay $30 for it. However, subsequently the eBay auction ended with no bids. So, following the auction, I wrote to the seller, telling him where and how he probably acquired the plaque, the story behind it, and the fact that I didn’t think it was worth anything, but for me it had sentimental value. I wished him luck with the sale.

The seller responded, telling me he loved the story and wanting to give the object to me for free. I told him his offer was gracious, but I would only accept if I paid for shipping. He agreed, so I bought the plaque for a penny and paid shipping. It arrived a couple days ago.

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So, for me it is a neat story and plaque, now with an even better history.

And, for a little Otis retrospective … Otis circa 1969 as a truer CJ-3A:

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More Pics From Charles

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Here are some more random pics from Charles!

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The “On Hold” Scam

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A reader is in the process of selling his jeep. He listed it on eWillys and Willysforsale.com. He soon ran into a scam. We don’t know which site “Jay Larsen” used to find the jeep for sale, but I wanted to warn everyone just in case, as this scam has been used before (though I’ve never heard of any problems from eWillys readers).

The seller wrote, “I was contacted by a Jay Larsen. He agreed to buy the Jeep, but told me he wanted to use PayPal. I reluctantly agreed. I received a series of emails this morning indicating that the money was “on hold”. I was told that for the money to be released, I would have to send a money gram to a shipping company. They wanted $2,000. I did not proceed with the deal and told him I knew it was a scam.”

There’s nothing inherently bad about Paypal as I use it a lot to buy things and get paid for advertising. But, it doesn’t mean scammers won’t use it either. So, here are some warnings provided by Papal that include the “on hold” scam mentioned above: https://www.paypal.com/us/selfhelp/article/Scams-on-Craigslist-and-Other-Classifieds-Websites-FAQ3022

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1943 Photo of Nurses & Officers On Adak … eBay

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Yep, this is all about sightseeing. It couldn’t possibly be a double date?? The nurse climbing into the jeep is Mary Louise Eckes of San Francisco and Dickenson, ND. The other nurse is Margaret Allen of Denver, Colorado.

“1943- U.S. Navy nurses climb into a jeep to go on a sightseeing trip through the mountains in Adak, Alaska. Photo measures approx. 7″ x 9”

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1943 Photo of Jeep Hauling Cargo Car on eBay

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One of the better jeep train photos.

“1943 Press Photo Pvt. Ward directs the jeep carrying cargo and three others. This is an original press photo. 6 –The jee takes on cargo at the loading platform in an air depot. The jeep has only one small trailer. In jeep is Sgt. D. Kelly. of Betava, N.Y. Pvt. Ed. L. Ward, of Kenton, Ohio, directs from the platform, while Pvt. Henry Martion. of Great Falls, Mont, is in the truck on platform. Sgt. M. J. Bacciarina, from Merced, Calif., stands at rear of trailer.Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 08-20-1943.”

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1955 Jeeps ‘Stealing’ Auto Show

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According to the February 1955 Kaiser Willys News, Willys Motors was ‘stealing’ auto shows across the country. Shouldn’t someone have been arrested for theft? And, where does someone hide an autoshow??

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1960 Photo of Jeep @ Forest Fire on eBay

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This seems like good timing giving the fires going on in Southern California right now. It’s too bad the jeep doesn’t show up better.

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Parmely Bodied Jeep on Four Wheeler Cover

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I was looking through back issues of Four Wheeler Magazine on eBay and spotted this Parmley bodied jeep on the front cover of the May 1978 issue. I didn’t purchase the back issue, but it sounds like there’s a full article on it. I’m guessing that the article is titled “Super Trick Jungle Jeep”.


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1956 Press Photo of the FC-150

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Colorado’s Steamboat Pilot newspaper welcomed the FC-150 into the Jeep family fold with this December 13, 1956, photo.


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Jeep-Related Press Photos From Down Under

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These photos didn’t scan real well, but show that the jeep held its own in Australian and Tasmanian newspapers. Some of the photos below appeared in multiple newspapers. If you’d like to do your own searches, start at https://elephind.com/. This resource searches several million newspapers.

  1. April 22, 1943 Tunisia Action Western Mail, Perth, WA, Australia
  2. June 23, 1943 The Sydney Morning Herald
  3. July 31, 1943, Examiner out of Launceston, Tasmania
  4. May 25, 1942 Army News Darwin, Australia
  5. August 31, 1944, Newcastle Morn Herald & Miners Advocate, NSW
  6. July 23, 1945, The Mercury, Hobart, Tasmania
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1943 Photo of Soldiers Unloading Jeep in Australia

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This January 11, 1943, photo from Perth’s Daily Newspaper shows American soldiers unloading supplies.


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1942 War Bond Ad

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This war bond ad featuring what looks to be a Bantam BRC40 was published in the April 30, 1942, issue of the Daily Illini.


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Parmley Project Loveland, CO eBay

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UPDATE: Ted share this from eBay. It was for sale this summer, but must have sold. Now it’s being resold. It’s still a project.

“For Sale. 1970 Parmley Jeep Body. THIS AUCTION IS FOR THE BODY, TOP, DOORS, AND ANYTHING ELSE PERTAINING TO THE BODY (Chassis not Included). I will consider selling the Chassis and drivetrain.

This body has had one owner since it was new till recent years. The Jeep was never been finished just stored away since the 70’s. Its in excellent shape. There is no damage at all except a spot where the hood fell and chipped the gel coat. Original Decal on Drivers Side. Door frames are included but have never had upholstery on them. This would make a really cool Old School Jeep.”

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More Pics From Charles

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Another collection of random jeep photos from Charles.
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Charles’ Antenna Question

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Speaking of Charles, he was wondering if anyone knows if this was used during WWII? It’s marked MP57. He believes it was based on his research, but was hoping for some confirmation.

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1946 Wagon Trip Around Lake Superior

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UPDATE II: An eWillys reader named Mike informed me that the state of Wisconsin bought some property from his family for wetlands. The wetlands is named the Gordon MacQuarrie Memorial WetLands, near Superior, Wisconsin. Small world!

Update: This is the first press photo I’ve run across related to the circumvention of Lake Superior in 1946.

“1946 Press Photo Jeep Traveling Near Western End of the Nipigon River in Canada. This is an original press photo. The “circumnavigation” of Lake Superior in a jeep station wagon was accomplished by those intrepid explorers of The Milwaukee Journal. Gordon MacQuarrie, outdoor editor, and James N. Meyer, a photographer. The 2,459-mile trip was made in a clockwise direction and took two weeks. They found this vast Canadian wilderness area easily accessible to Wisconsin sportsmen. Its edge can be reached in a day of hard driving, almost overnight by train and in a few hours by plane. Family tours are not recommended at this time, however, because accommodations on the far northern leg are few and far between. The picture above catches the spirit of the trip as the jeep heads east along the Nipigon River on the north shore. (near western end of branch of Nipigon River in Canada). (Canada – Series – 1946). Photo measures 8.5 x 10.25 inches. Photo is dated –1946.”

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Original Post from 11/24/15:

In 1946 reporter Gordon MarQuarrie and photojournalist drove around Lake Superior in a new Jeep station wagon. They provided reports on September 17th and September 18th, 1946.


September 17th Article:
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1944 Photo of Jeeps in Burmese Mud on eBay

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What a mess!

“1944 Press Photo Jeep stuck in mud halts convoy with supplies in Burma jungle. This is an original press photo. Rivers and mud slow the builders of the Zedo road that will replace the old Burma road, supply route to China cut by the Japanese. Top: Chinese engineers build a handmade wooden bridge across the Tanai Hka river. Bottom, a jeep stuck in the road construction receives a helping had after it was bogged down in the mud, deep in the Burma jungle. A convoy of trucks had to wait on the side of the road for the jeep to be extricated before pushing on (United State) (Wars) (World War II) (Burma)Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 08-11-1944.”

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Photos From Spec Equip Training in San Antonio

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These photos from a Special Equipment training event in San Antonio, Texas, were published in the February 1955 issue of Kaiser Willys News. While the Commando Fire Truck was included in the photo spread, I’m betting that the photo was not taken in San Antonio.


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1943 Photo of Seabees in Aleutians on eBay

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There are a few jeeps in this, but I thought it was the photo in its entirely that was interesting.

“1943 Press Photo Tent City US Navy Seabees Bulldozers Jeeps Attu Aleutians WWII. You are bidding on an original press photo of Tent City US Navy Seabees Bulldozers Jeeps Attu Aleutians WWII. Photo has small crease top left corner. Photo measures 8 x 10 inches and is dated 12/26/1943.”

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More Great Vintage Jeep Club Art

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Thanks to Jim for sharing his old club’s design with us. I just love these old jeep club placard designs! The Hill-N-Gully Riders Jeep Club was founded in 1956 in Riverside, California. The club still exists today and has a presence on Facebook.


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1944 Photo of BRC-60 @ Smithsonian on eBay

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Steve shared this early photo of a BRC-60 at the Smithsonian.

“1944 Press Photo Smithsonian Institute – American G.I.s Look at Army Jeep. This is an original press photo. Smithsonian Institute – Grandpa Jeep is in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington now. And three GI Joes look with respect at it, the only one of 62 delivered to the army in the first order of the summer of 1940. Since then thousands of jeeps have gone into service. United States, World War II, Army equipment.Photo measures 10 x 8.25 inches. Photo is dated 04-20-1944.”

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1953 Photo of a Jeep Rolligon

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UPDATE: A great press photo of the experimental Rolligon jeep (More info on the Rolligon from a 2013 post shown below). This just expired on eBay, but I expect it will be relisted. I’ll watch for it.

“1953 Press Photo Man Driving Albee Rolligon Jeep Like Vehicle. You are bidding on an original press photo of Man Driving Albee Rolligon Jeep Like Vehicle. Photo has a small light crease left edge & waving right side due to too much glue being used to attach the information sheet onto the back of the photo. Photo measures 6 x 10 inches and is dated 3/20/1953.”



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Originally published 2013 .. You’ll note the one pictured above seems to be the same as the one in the swamp, based on the hood number. 

This jeep was built by the Albee Rolligon Company, which also built an FC version. William Albee, the inventor, has a son who rode on the FC version. You can see a comment from his son at hemmings.

“This is an original press photo. Credit- US Navy and United PressPhoto measures 9.25 x 7.25inches. Photo is dated –1953.”


The above pictures was published on page 165 of the March 23, 1953, issue of Life Magazine. You can view it in Google without the watermark. It’s still pretty dark. There are several issues of the magazine for sale on eBay.  There is also a story about the roll-on in the September 1955 Readers Digest, originally published in the Saturday Evening Post (date unknown).


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1946 Photo of Campaign w/ A Jeep on Ebay

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This is one way to tour Ohio in ’46.


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