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Willys Overland Documents on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features

This collection has a few interesting items, such as early (factory?) photos of the Porter & Reed Hardtops. But, I don’t see a ton of value here.

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1977 Flood Damages Postal Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This photo from 1977 shows some postal jeeps that were caught in a July flood. This was featured on the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum site.

“Postal inspectors were deployed to western Pennsylvania following a devastating flood, which was caused by a massive thunderstorm on July 19-20, 1977. These jeeps, swept away by the enormous force of the floodwaters, were recovered half a mile from the Windber Post Office.”


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Willys America @ the Portland Swap Meet

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Features

Paul, from Willys America, spotted an FC for sale outside the Portland Swap Meet. He also has a booth setup at location Hall E-2 #4389-90.


And, the FC-150 he spotted:



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Russell’s Travel Center

• CATEGORIES: Features, Museums

One place I’ve yet to reach is Russell’s Travel Center, a gas stop on historic Route 66 along I-40, exit 369, Glen Rio, New Mexico. Don recently stopped in their to take photos of their 1948 CJ-2A, along with some other vehicles. This year, on my return trip, I plan to stop and see it!

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UPDATE: Photos from Expedition Sauterelle

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE II: Thanks to Fred, we have a facebook link to a couple color photos and a link to diaries (in French) thanks to the Guy’s grandson David: http://www.vehiculesmilitaires.com/viewtopic.php?f=159&t=355&hilit=sauterelle

UPDATE: Jalopnik published this story in March 2017 that gives more background to photos Charles forwarded back in 2015 (see pics below). I couldn’t find much info on the trip pat the time.

Jalopnik’s story: https://jalopnik.com/the-incredible-25-000-mile-road-trip-through-africa-tha-1823690388

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Thoughts on T-Shirts

• CATEGORIES: Features

I’ve been playing with some t-shirt designs. I’ve narrowed it down to three. Any thoughts?

  1. Basic eWillys logo. Nothing fancy:
  2. ewillys-tshirt-flat-loresThis one is ‘louder’ and more colorful:
  3. ewillys-tshirt7a-flat2-loresI didn’t overthink this one too much. Just whipped it together:ewillys-tshirt4-willys-sickness1-flat-lores
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Episode 2: Throwing Wrenches

• CATEGORIES: Features

Check out the second episode of Throwing Wrenches. Didn’t catch the first one? See it here.

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Jeep Sales & Service Sign Pacay, PH **Status Unknown**

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: **Status Unknown** The listing has been removed from eBay for some reason.

This is a 13.5″ sign spotted on eBay by Chris. It’s located in the Philippines.

“This Auction is for this Vintage Jeep Dealer Sign . It is rusty in places and a little dirty but I did try to clean it and may not be completely flat as well but it may still need more cleaning after you receive it. I treated the rusty places so it’s not too bad anymore .

It measures 13 1/2 Inches at its longest measurement And is heavy metal sign not plastic or decals stickers.

I auction signs for customers here and I keep contact information if you need more information on this I will contact original owner of this and see if can get more information for you . or if you like I can get you contact information from the owner just let me know in advance

The age and condition of this is seen in pictures so look closely before deciding to bid because by bidding you are in agreement to bid to win and keep this item as The pictures are part of the item description.”


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Year? Press Photo of DJ-3A **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Features, Old Images

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

I’ve seen full-color postcards of this image (see bottom image), but not a black & white press photo. Seller lists this as a 1954, but I doubt it was any earlier than late 1955.

“Original factory photograph , 8 x 10 , original factory stamp on reverse , ” Kaiser Willys Motors , Toledo , Ohio” ”




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Motor Patrol Colorado Jeep “Long John”

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual • TAGS: , .

I can’t remember where I found this, but I thing it was part fo the Denver, Colorado, St. Patrick’s parade. Anyone know anything about this jeep?


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Unusual Sedan CJ-3B From Facebook

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

Those folks not on Facebook might have missed this well done CJ-3B with a sedan top.

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1957 Press Photo of Mine Detector eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, M-38, Old Images

UPDATE: Another example of this photo was posted to eBay back in 2014 (see photos at bottom).

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“1957 Press Photo Edmond Kulanski checks a jeep-mounted mine detector in Virginia. This is an original press photo. Mine “Sweeper” Fort Belvoir, Va.: Developed by the Army Engineer Research and Development Laboratories at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, this jeep-mounted mine detector is checked by Specialist Edmond Kulanski, of Shaker Heights, Ohio. The device automatically stops the vehicle when it locates a buried mine. The movable search-head can be controlled by the driver of the innovations worked out by the military and civilian scientists engaged in vital research for the U.S. defense establishment, which offers unlimited opportunities for qualified applicants. Photo measures 7 x 9 inches. Photo is dated 03-14-1957.”

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Happy Birthday, Happy Easter, Happy April Fools

• CATEGORIES: Features

It’s Ann’s birthday, the big 50! And, no, this is no April Fool’s joke. So, Happy Birthday to my lovely wife and Happy Easter to all of you!

My out-of-this-world wife!


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Tom’s Jeep Weathervane

• CATEGORIES: Features

Tom added a Tonka jeep to his weather vane. I like it!


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1942 Photo of Ford GPs in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, Old Images

Here’s evidence of Ford GPs in Brazil.

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“1942 Press Photo American Jeeps in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This is an original press photo. “Jeep” cars of U.S. manufacture pass through a Rio de Janeiro street February 13, as Brazilian War Minister General Gaspar Eurico Dutra reviewed units of Brazil’s motor-mechanized forces before their departure for Recife. (Brazil – Defense). Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 02-13-1942.”



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1944 Photo of Ford GP(?) At a Beach on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, Old Images

Looks like a Ford GP to me.

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“1944- A U.S. Army soldier in a jeep watches a Piper J-3C 65 Cub, re-designated L-4 Grasshopper, liaison plane take off from a gravel road. Photo measures approx. 8″ x 10″”



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1947 Ad 1001 Jobs For The Jeep

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

I’m still looking for the 1001 list. You can see the original ad at this link.


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• CATEGORIES: Features

UPDATE: this is a follow up to my March 1st post (you’ll note there are some comments from some readers from that day).

I’m ready to order posters. The original was almost 28″ tall by 22″ wide. I’ve decided to make the final version exactly 28″x22″ rather than my initial 18×24 size. The printing is being done by the same folks who printed all our Alaska Or Rust stuff. They do good work. I’ve already received a  18×24 proof and it looks great.

The per poster cost means I would need to charge $20 for each poster. One poster would be $20 plus $5 shipping. Two or more posters means free shipping in the continent US. How does that pricing sound? I plan to order 100 posters, so the supply will be limited. I will be selling them online and in person as I travel around in May and at the Willys Reunion in May.




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Willys BBQ Chicago, IL $2000

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $2000.

(10/13/2017) Nice looking barbecue.


“selling a 1940s willys tow behind bbq grill il, title all led lights built 4yrs ago all steel const, very heavy duty, leaf spring suspension”

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Tim’s Father-In-Law Edward Gentile in Cuba

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Tim shared this photo.

“I just saw this picture for the first time last night.  We were at my father-in-law’s house, Edward Gentile, from RI,  looking through his old Marine photo album from 1950-54.  This picture is him driving on the Marine Base in Cuba checking the outside perimeter in 1951.  It looks to be a WWII Jeep.  He turns 88 Easter Day.

Sad to say, and hard to believe, but we are now at a point in history where we have not only lost most of our WWII veterans, but we are now even losing many of our Korean War vets. Both my dad and my step-father served during this time and neither is with us any longer.”


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1947 Photo of Johnnie Price Headstand CJ-2A on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

That’s some skill right there!

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“1947 Press Photo Johnnie Price baseball entertainer head down on Jeep. This is an original press photo. Johnnie Price. Photo measures 8 x 9.75 inches. Photo is dated 06-01-1947.”



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Sturdee Hardtop Brochure

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

This is the only information I could find on this rare hardtop.

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1950 Photo of Injured – Korea on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

Tough day!

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“1950 Press Photo An American jeep patrol returns to friendly lines after ambush. This is an original press photo. An American jeep patrol returns to friendly lines after it was ambushed in the Chungdon-ni area on the Masan battle front. A wounded man sits in the front seat with his head bandaged. Photo measures 8.5 x 7 inches. Photo is dated 08-29-1950.”


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Saturday @ the 2018 FC Roundup in Phoenix

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

I couldn’t attend this year’s FC Roundup, but Joe-in-Mesa filled in and snapped some pics for us. Thanks Joe!


Joe left and Craig Brockhaus on the right chatting and waiting for the door prizes to be distributed.

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Modified 1965 Wagoneer

• CATEGORIES: Features

Craig shared this Jalopnik article about a modified 1965 Wagoneer that is both retro and a concept.



PHOTO CREDIT: Jalopnik and David Tracy