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Carl Jantz’s Super Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

This article, titled SUPER JEEP: A 1942 WILLYS THAT CAN’T BE KILLED, ran a couple years ago on driving line.com, but is still an interesting look at a unique build.



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Just a Few Posts Today

• CATEGORIES: Features

Just a handful of posts today.

So, I’m supposed to fly out of Virginia on Thursday AND I’m flying standby (hey, it’s free). However, there’s one hitch. An unusually massive snow fall/blizzard hit the Pasco area (well, a good portion of Washington State), which has caused airport and interstate closures. Another heavy snow is supposed to arrive there today and additional snow will arrive Tuesday and Wednesday.

The question is, will I make it home if I leave Thursday? I can probably make it from Richmond to Minnesota (that’s my transfer point), but whether I can make it from there to Pasco remains to be seen, as the closed airports will likely force passengers to filled up subsequent flights.

I like the adventure of it, not knowing if I will get stranded in Minneapolis or not. Stay tuned!

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Western’s 1949 Aluminum/Steel Kid’s Pedal Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, toys

UPDATE: These images were posted on Facebook and the toy jeeps attributed to Boeing. However, as a commenter pointed out, these were actually produced by Western Toy Company in 1959. Here are some other examples.

(02/11/2019) These jeeps are pictured in front of the old Seattle Art Museum (we did field trips there in high school) which is inside Volunteer Park in Seattle, Washington.

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1941 Article Introducing the Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles • TAGS: .

Mario shared this article on Facebook from the May 25, 1941, issue of the Des Moines Register. A report describes his experience riding in one and imagines how it might be used. I find the claim that it would go “87-miles-an-hour–without opening it up” a stretch, but that was likely just a propaganda plug.


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One Way to Clone Vintage Knobs

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Maury spotted this idea for cloning vintage knobs.

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2019 Willys-Am-Tegernsee Willys Convention July 12-14

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features


Ceepee announced this year’s Lake Tegern Willys event. This is one I hope to get to some day.

die Planungen sind abgeschlossen. Der nächste Willys-am-Tegernsee wird vom 12. bis 14. Juli stattfinden.
Der eigentliche Willys-Day in bewährter Weise am Samstag, den 13. Juli.
Eintreffen und gemütliches Beisamensein bereits ab Freitagnachmittag.
Ausklang, kleine Ausfahrt und Brotzeit am Sonntag.

July 12th through 14th we’ll have this year’s Willys-Convention on Lake Tegern.
Save the date and get ready to join in!
Like before the main event will be on Saturday, July 13th.
Beginning on Friday afternoon we’ll have the oppurtunity for jeep talk either on arrival or at the dinner right on the banks of the lake. For those, who want we’ll have another small tour on Sunday morning before we’ll have a Bavarian Brotzeit.

Wie bisher auch Willys MB, Ford GPW und Hotchkiss M201 only!

In der nächsten Zeit wird’s dann weiteres Details geben.

Stay tuned for further details!

Let’s keep’em rolling!

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Maury’s Vintage Tire Post at the EarlyCJ-5 Page

• CATEGORIES: Features, Tires and Rims

Maury has created a vintage tire post for the EarlyCJ-5 page. I expect it will expand as more folks visit it.



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Anyone Recognize This Hardtop?

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

Several of us have never seen this type of hardtop. Anyone recognize it? The top fits an early to mid CJ-5s, while the doors are made for a post 1975 CJ-5s.


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August 1942 Letter-to-Editor Discusses Jeep Name

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: , .

This summer of 1942 article highlights some of the confusion surrounding the jeep name and might be one of the first documented instances of someone claiming that GP became jeep. As I’ve argued, I see no reason to believe that’s the case.


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Highland Hammock State Park Jeep Trains, Sebring, FL

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

UPDATE: There’s another Hammock State Park postcard on eBay. The original post is from 2013.

“This is a very cool black/white postcard that shows a jeep “Conducted Tour – Highlands Hammock State Park in Sebring Florida” It is unused, but has a hand written date of 1955 on the back. It is in excellent condition.”

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Original Post from 2013:
Highlands Hammock State Park ran tour trains from at least 1948 – 1962.  As the first photo shows, they started with a CJ-2A.  It looks like a set of benches on a platform with wheels.  By 1962, the park shifted to CJ-5s.  It also appears they added sides.  I images that was safer.  These are all from the State Archives of Florida.








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Video Tour of Jimmy Strauss Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Roger Martin shared this tour of Jimmy Strauss’ jeep shop.

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WWIIAfterWWII’s Post on Cleaning Up After WWII

• CATEGORIES: Features

While doing some research for my upcoming book, I found a wide-ranging, long post that touches on the issues surrounding the clean up after WWII. There are several photos that include jeeps, but mostly it’s about the challenges of collecting unexploded ordnance, recycling endless salvage, and repurposing made-for-war items.



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1943 Color Photo of Coast Guard Fire Fighting Group

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

How about his neat 1943 photo from the National Air and Space Museum!


The photo’s caption: “View of four U. S. Coast Guard firefighters dressed in white asbestos suits with helmets and face plates, two riding in a jeep, the other two on the high pressure water pump and hose it is towing, jeep also carries carbon dioxide fire extinguishers, Hall PH-3 in right background, water in left background, 1943.”

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Starting the Morning off w/ a Bang

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Tom shared this video short of 105mm Recoilless Rifle mounted to an M-38.

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1946 CJ-2A Newspaper Ad

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This “Jack of all Jobs” ad was publishing in the April 7, 1946, issue of the Sunday Star.


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Escape From Burma in Ford GPs

During a 75,000 mile adventure between 1940 and 1942 Life photographer George Rodger photographed the growing war across Africa, Europe, and Asia. During the latter part of his adventures he found himself using, then abandoning, Two Ford GPs sent to the Chinese as he and his fellow adventurers escaped Burma. He reported on these adventures, through photos, in the August 10, 1942, issue of Life Magazine.


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1955 DJ-3A Postal Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, DJ-3A, Features

UPDATE: Still Available.

(03/20/2016) Here’s a hard-to-find single sheet brochure.

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“Here I have a Single Sheet Flier for the Willys Jeep mail Dispatcher from 1955.
This has some wear and a small tear on the bottom (See Scans) but still displays Very nicely.
Will ship in a protective Sleeve with backing board.
Nice item for the Willys Jeep Collector!”



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1948 Ad for the CJ-2A

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This “Power for the Job” ad was published in the Evening Star on May 19, 1948.


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1952 Test of an Auto Transmission in an M-38A1 on ebay

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features

1952-m38a1-transmission-document6In the March 2015 Inaugural issue of The Dispatcher Magazine, Bob Westerman wrote an article about Willys-Overland’s test of an Allison Transmission in an M-38 and the failure of that transmission to meet the needs of the military. The document below depicts WO’s effort to follow up that test with a second test, using M-38A1s and a slightly more robust automatic transmission. though improved, this transmission still did not meet the needs of the military, as the below report highlights.

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1965 JA3/JA2/JA-3BC Argentina Jeep Brochures

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, International

UPDATE II: This brochure is reminiscent of the Argentina jeep pickup, though this one looks much more CJ-5ish. This is currently on eBay.


UPDATE: Maury found a couple related photos. That top looks kind of similar to one of the DJ-3A tops I’ve seen in pics. Nice half doors, too.

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(Original Post 02/02/2015) This is a single page unfolding brochure.

“original part color folder , 9.5 x 3.5 folded , 9.5 x 11.5 unfolded , Spanish text. Produced by Kaiser, Argentina .”




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Dec. 1945 Popular Mechanics Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Sedan-jeep • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: This Combat Bulletin video was shared by Dee Cook on G503 FB. From 14:07 to 15:05. 

The photos below are snapshots from the above video. They resemble the jeep shown below that was built by Wayne K. Pike. It was built by members of the 9th Service Squadron at the 13th Army Air Base on the island of Moratai. Note that it has a chrome/stainless trim strip absent from the car featured in the Popular Mechanics article below.

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ORIGINAL POST FEBRUARY 11, 2013: Bob alerted me to this first picture. Then, we started going through the whole December 1945 issue and found all kinds of jeep references.  You can view the entire issue on Google.


Dec 1945 Popular Mechanics Page 6 Streamlined Jeep


Dec 1945 Popular Mechanics Page 72 Jeep with Odd Body


Dec 1945 Popular Mechanics Page 77 Men using Jeep like a plow horse


Dec 1945 Popular Mechanics Page 73 Men us jeep to fix propeller


Dec 1945 Popular Mechanics Page 70 Fixing Jeep Frame

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1947 Fleming Newspaper Ads for the CJ-2A

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

During 1947, the Fleming Company pad for some newspaper advertising. Two of their jeep ads are show below.

In April of 1947 the Fleming Company paid for this “Speed up Work” ad in the Sunday Star-News.



Later that year, this ad appeared in the August 24, 1947, issue of the Sunday Star-News in Wilmington, N.C, paid for by the Fleming Company.


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Key Chain Leather Fob w/ Willys Jeep Branding on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This is a neat piece. It is interesting to me that they used the “King of Jeeps” branding, as that was Berg’s branding.

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“Never seen one of these items before. Old Leather key Chain from Hunter Motors Alexandria VA. I believe Hunter motors was formed shortly after WWII. Judging by the phone number on the key chain, this probably dates to the 1950’s, Has been in storage for approx 30+ years.”

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1960 Wagon Four Door Dayton, VA eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual, Willys Wagons • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: Back on eBay (thanks Craig)

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(last listed on ebay in Jan 2015) “This is a custom, one-off Willy’s Jeep. It was made for Henry Kaiser, when he retired to Hawaii and became involved in tourism and land development. He had the custom pink long-wheelbase Willys wagon built for exploring the island. Kaiser’s wife loved pink and all of his construction equipment was painted pink, so that seems to be where the pink color for the Jeep came from. This can all be seen on the following web page, along with a photo (which is the black and white photo provided in the photos of the vehicle) of the Jeep in Hawaii : http://cj3b.info/Siblings/SurreyHawaii.html

We also have documentation from the Kaiser Jeep Corporation stating that this Jeep is an authentic one of a kind Jeep. Please only serious inquiries only and please do not try to convince us that we are wrong about it being a one of a kind, this is most definitely not a railroad Jeep. We know what we have and are willing to answer questions of those with serious inquiries about this vehicle.”

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The seller claims to have documentation to prove that this is the only four door limo-like wagon made. to Willys Country this wagon was once used as a limo for an airport. Whether there was only one built or remains an undocumented issue at this point. Is the wagon above the same one that’s in the photo below? Hard to say for sure.


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1943 Article Announcing The Ford GPA (SEEP)

• CATEGORIES: Features, GPA (SEEP), Old News Articles

The Evening Star shared the news of SEEPs on April 4, 1943.