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Jeep Promo-Kit Sammamish, WA $50

• CATEGORIES: Features

Ted shared this one. It’s on the newer side, but for $50, seems like a cool thing to have in your jeep (old or new).

“Jeep promotional toolkit from 2006. In a plastic case with hatchet, multitool, knife, etc.”

https://seattle.craigslist.org/est/pts/d/jeep-promotional-tool-kit/6475403955.html

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1943 Photo of Slat Grille in Italy on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

Not much info on this road’s location other than Italy.

“1943 Press Photo A jeep rolls up the newly finished Italian Road. This is an original press photo. A jeep rolls up the newly finished Italian Road Photo measures 7.75 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 10-15-1943.”

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1954 Photo of Early Mighty Mite? on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Mighty Mites, Old Images

The hood and windshield on this jeep are different from the standard Mighty Mite. This may have been an early prototype. See the photo at the bottom for another view of a vehicle that may be one until earlier than the vehicle in the press photo. (the one in the press photo is #179849).

“1954 Press Photo Jeep being loaded into Sikorsky XHR25 helicopter, Connecticut. This is an original press photo. Three loaded jeeps or 26 men can be carried by a new giant helicopter demonstrated at Bridgeport, Connecticut, Monday. The Sikorsky XHR25 is being built in quantity for the armed forces. It has twin engines, retractable landing gear and rotors that fold, making it easy to handle aboard aircraft carriers. It will fly faster than 150 miles an hour. (Aero-Helicopter) Photo measures 10 x 7 inches. Photo is dated 01-19-1954.”

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This is #197848 (from G503): http://forums.g503.com/viewtopic.php?t=195524

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Willys Rally May 18th-20th

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

Casey shared this followup reminder about the Willys Rally. They expect a bigger crowd this year due to the recent JP Magazine article.

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1952 Story About Boy Scout Trip in a Willys Truck

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Scott shared a link to this 1952 story about eleven Boy Scouts who drove for 73 days across the country and back in a single Willys truck. It’s worth a read:

http://www.oldwillysforum.com/forum/showthread.php?13083-5000-miles-73-days-11-Boy-Scouts-1-Jeep-Truck

Here’s how the story begins: “In the summer of 1952 I was one of 11 Boy Scouts from Glen Ridge who joined Troop 3 Scoutmaster George Gimbel on a 73-day cross-country adventure. The trip took in 22states and two Canadian provinces. Nineteen fifty-two was years before the construction of the Interstate Highway System, so all of our travel was via state and local roads. We saw the country up-close. We camped out every night in national parks, state forests, and Boy Scout camps.”

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4 Door Wagon w/ Suicide Rears

• CATEGORIES: Features, Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

Scramboleer Dan shared an Old Willys Forum thread that has pics and a discussion of a 1954 four door wagon that has two rear suicide doors. Later on, the thread contains a video link with Paul Barry sharing a photo of a 3 door wagon with one rear suicide door. At this point, the unknown question is … was this modified at the factory, at Fairmont, or somewhere else? In the meantime, we all seem to be unanimous in our jealously of the new owner 🙂

http://www.oldwillysforum.com/forum/showthread.php?13094-Suicide-door-Wagon-Does-exist (there are more pics in the thread)

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Maury’s New Batter Topper

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

Maury share how he tackled making his new-style battery look old school. you can follow the thread at earlyCJ5.com.

http://www.earlycj5.com/xf_cj5/index.php?threads/new-battery-topper.128802/

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1943 Photo of China/Burma/India Theatre on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This is nicely framed.

“1943 Press Photo Chinese Soldiers In American Jeeps On The Move In Jungle Road. This is an original press photo. Chinese soldiers in American Jeeps on the move along a jungle road. Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 10-22-1943.”

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Hemet Jeep Club Cavalcade Photos

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old Images Jeeping

These photos appeared in the 2008 book HEMET, part of which was scanned into Google Books. In this case, the captions suggest that these were photos of the first cavalcade (listed in the caption as ’48, but ’49 according to a long-tim club member),

To me it looks as if there’s at least two M-38A1s, but I can’t confirm that with this lo-res image. The year credited is 1954.
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The caption suggests this was taken in 1948, but the CJ-3A shown at the front places the next two photos later than that. In fact, the CJ-3A pictured appears also appears in the 1949 photos from Life Magazine. So, these were most likely taken in April of 1949.2008-hemet-book-cavalcade-photo22008-hemet-book-cavalcade-photo3

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Walt Disney’s Gem Mineral Club Decal

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

This 4″ Walt Disney gem hunter’s decal is on eBay (I offered $20, seller countered with $25). Apparently, this may have been tangentially connected to the Mineral King project. Unbeknownst to me, in late 1965 Disney was awarded the right to develop the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park. Originally, this area was at the edge of the park, but now the NP encompasses that valley and more. It’s a pretty interesting story. Fun fact: The Country Bear Jamboree was originally designed for Mineral King. The Audio-Animatronic bears were planned as entertainers for one of the restaurants.

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Vintage 4WD Hardware Sign in Ohio on eBay

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UPDATE: Still Available for $250.

(12/08/2018) Steve spotted this cool sign. Has to be picked up in person. Has a little bit of damage.

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“1 VINTAGE ORIGINAL 4WD HARDWARE SIGN: THIS WAS HANGING IN THE ORIGINAL 4WD BUILDING IN COLUMBIANA OHIO IN THE ’80’S. THE SIGN IS MADE OF WOOD AND MEASURES 48″x60″. THIS WOULD BE AN AWESOME PIECE TO HANG IN A JEEP ENTHUSIASTS HOBBY SHOP. PAINTED BY ARTIST DANDY LINES.”

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Throwing Wrenches: A New Youtube Show

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Merlin Hanson, Mike Gardner, and Joe Beadenkopf will be headlining a new youtube show called Throwing Wrenches. Merlin and Joe joined us for the trip to Alaska. Most folks probably don’t know Joe. A testament to Joe’s mechanical ability is that he’s driven his modified CJ-3B across the US and back (a couple years ago) and all the way from Maryland to Alaska and back (via Portland) last year without issue. He also drove farther in his jeep than any other Alaska Or Rust participant.

Here’s the inaugural video. Mike tells a nice story while driving at the end of this episode:

 
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1945 Early 2A Press Photo on eBay

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Another introductory press photo of the CJ-2A.

“This Press photo measures 8×10 inches. Date 7-20-1945.”

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Aluminum? Body Willits, CA $2500

• CATEGORIES: Body Parts, Features

Bill spotted this one. Seller indicates it is aluminum, but to me it looks more like stainless and galvanized steel parts. I’d be the body is a little longer than standard, too. It includes a variety of other parts.

“Hi, I have an Aluminum Jeep Body the body and the frame are in good condition. Motor ran when I pulled it has been sitting out in the weather for a couple of years has been tarped only the past 2 years has it not been tarped. Some of the parts I think are rusted too use any more. Most of the ports in the motor have been taped over. I don’t know the year of this jeep body. No title. 2,500 O.B.O. Please do not email me. Feel free to call or text me with any questions and I will get back to you as soon as I can.”

https://mendocino.craigslist.org/cto/6470804642.html

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Lawrence Elliott’s Jeeps

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Maury spent some time with Lawrence Elliott, a retired jeep mechanic, and took a few photos of him with his jeeps. Lawrence also re-manufactures bell cranks with bearings, so Maury was curious about that, too (see an example here). I’m hoping to visit both during my trip east this May.

Maury writes, “Lawrence thinks he’s owned about 28 jeeps over the years. Now, he has an early 1960’s(?) jeep truck that he has turned into a nice restomod, with a Chevy V6 engine and Ford 9″ rear axle, among many other modifications. He also has a CJ6 under build, as well as an M38A1, which have Chevy motors as well. On the CJ6, he created an adapter to mount a Ford Ranger steering box to replace the original Ross gearbox.”

Blow are a few pics of Lawrence and his vehicles.

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1944 Photo of Allan Robertson in Florence, Italy on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE: This one is back on eBay.

(11/05/2017) Seeing that “Beware” sign has got to be intimidating!

“1944 Press Photo Private Allan Robertson drives a jeep in Florence Italy

This is an original press photo. Driving this jeep through a street in Florence, Private Allan Robertson, Birmingham, Ala., pauses to read a “Beware Enemy Snipers” sign on the side of a building. Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 8-19-1944.”

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Newton Power Sickle Mower Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Newton made at least two different models of the mower, a “J” and an “L”. It was the “J” that was used on the jeep (according to the ad). (See brochures for the Newton and other mowers here)

“THIS IS AN ORIGINAL 1948 ADVERTISEMENT FOR THE NEWTON POWER SICKLE MOWER; FITS TRACTORS AND JEEPS; MANUFACTURED BY THE H. G. & S. MANUFACTURING CORPORATION IN NEWTON, WISCONSIN. AD IS IN GREAT CONDITION AND HAS EXCELLENT GRAPHICS. AD MEASURES 5 1/8″ X 3 5/8″.”

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Gas Powered Cox Jeep Alpine, MI $75

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

This needs a new tank.

“Vintage toy 1970’s Cox .049 gas powered car. Good condition. Missing fuel tank.”

https://grandrapids.craigslist.org/tag/d/cox-willys-jeep-teather-car/6464617263.html

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The Story of The Hurricane Engine Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I found this Hurricane Engine Introduction on eBay. It’s the first one I’ve seen. It credits Barney Roos for redeveloping the L-head into a more powerful engine without forcing a complete retooling.

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M-151 Mutt Engine Removal Video

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I think this method of filming engine removals of L-134 and other vintage jeep engines could prove useful to folks. I didn’t know the radiator was attached to the “power pack” on the M-151. That’s handy!

 
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Camping at Cottonwood Canyon State Park

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Cottonwood Canyon State Park near Wasco, Oregon, was a delightful surprise (read more about it here). We liked it so much, we spent an extra day there. We’ll be going back again when we get the chance.

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The park is located 2+ hours southwest of us in Oregon’s farming hills.

Opened September 2013, the former ranch has been turned into Oregon’s second largest State Park. It is nestled amongst Eastern Oregon’s rolling hills and what its camping spots lack in amenities–it’s campground has been left purposefully void of hookups: no sewer, water, cable, electrical, or cell service–it makes up for with a peaceful quiet. The camp sites are widely dispersed, farther apart than the houses in many modern suburb developments. In our book, it’s a gem. Here are some pics:

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The wheat fields may be taking the winter off, but we passed endless windmills churning on our way to the park.

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The entrance to the park is on the left. The John Day Rive runs quietly through the park.

The day-use area of the park looks very welcoming. I imagine they do special events on the grassy area. There’s an information booth in the foreground and a barn in the background.
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1944 Photo of Town in Italy on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

There’s a jeep the just appears near the bottom of the photo highlighting the scope of the devastation. I can’t quite make out the town’s name. Castelmuzio would put it in Siena, Italy.

“1944 Press Photo A Military jeep travels along the ruined Italian Streets. This is an original press photo. Dwarfed by towering ruins, a Jeep threads way through streets of battered Castlemouse(? aka Castelmuzio?), Italy, a German stronghold until the second day of current Allied offensive, when the fifth army overwhelmed its defenders. Photo measures 8.25 x 6.25 inches. Photo is dated 5-19-1944.”

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Eye-Catching Ice Cream and Diaper Service Jeeps

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

UPDATE: This was previously published in July of 2014.

This great article from the July 1947 issue of W-O Sales News highlights the use of jeeps as ice-cream distributors and as a diaper service. Companies highlighted include Better Brands Ice Cream Novelties, Swell Time Ice Cream Corporation, and Wee Folk Laundry.

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