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1944 “Beach Jumpers” Photo

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Buz shared this Ocracoke Preservation Society photo. We were hoping to determine whether the hood has been repainted something shiny or whether it is bare metal.


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1940s/50s Meow Model Jeep (Ford GP?) on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

This model might be a Ford GP.

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“This is a vintage Megow Hobbycraft Construction Kit of a U.S. Army Jeep M-10 in original box. It has not been assembled and looks complete but I’m not sure. Includes instructions. The colored cardboard body panel sheet has the front grill panel punched out but it is there as pictured. Thanks for looking.”






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Baraboo Circus Jeep Train Postcard on eBay

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

UPDATE: There’s another Baraboo Postcard on eBay.

(08/04/2014) This CJ-5 used to ferry visitors around Baraboo. I visited Barboo about two decades ago, but never saw it. It must have already been gone.


This jeep and tram toured through Baraboo, pointing out various circus sites, including final resting spots in Walnut Hill Cemetery.

This jeep and tram toured through Baraboo, pointing out various circus sites, including final resting spots in Walnut Hill Cemetery.

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Willys Bed Extender Gold Hill, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $50.

Was this a one-off or an aftermarket piece? Looks like a good price.

“Willys jeep bed extender for a flat fender jeep or a CJ5
Fits a cj2a-3a, 3B or cj5
50 bucks FIRM”

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General Jeeps Illustration

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

Mario Maipid posted this illustration to one of Facebook’s groups. It was used as part of a patent or trademark filing in the State of Wisconsin.



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Wooden “Red Cross” Jeep in France on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Anyone familiar with these. This is also listed here.

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“Jeep Red Cross Wooden Tole Toy Western Front 1945 Jeep “Red Cross” in wood and tole made by US Army for the french kids to the Libération of France. 2 wheels are missing included spare wheel, the front axle was replaced. 8 5/8″ length, 4″ width, 4 3/8″ height.”






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Vintage Dealer Jeep Sign? Coldwater, MI eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Given it’s got some damage (it has some dents), it seems aggressively priced.

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“Vintage dealership sign, very good condition for age. Measures 12″ x 60″.”


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1950-51 “Quality and Present” Training Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Documents, Features

One more 1950ish salesman training brochure on eBay.

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“Original salesman’s part color catalog , 8.5 x 11 , 12 pages , 3 file holes at edge , also includes non color sales sheet , 8.5 x 11 , 2 pages , shows various Willys features , descriptions , etc.”

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Qualify and Present Quiz

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Documents, Features

This salesman brochure was a part of the salesman training brochure above.

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Ron’s 1946 Boyer Fire Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles

UPDATE: Here’s another, much longer post about Ron’s jeep.

Maury shared Kaiser Willys’ post about Ron Foss’ 1946 Boyer Fire CJ-2A.



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1950-51 “Joe Booth Gets A Break” Training Document on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Documents, Features

Here’s another training document on eBay.

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“Original salesman’s part color catalog , 8.5 x 11 , 12 pages , 3 file holes at edge , also includes non color sales sheet , 8.5 x 11 , 2 pages , shows various Willys features , descriptions , etc .”

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“Joe Booth Gets A Break” Quiz

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Documents, Features

This quiz was part of the Joe Booth training brochure above.


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1950-51 “Willys Makes Sense” Training Brochure **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Documents, Features

Andy shared the Willys sales training document. I’d buy it at a cheaper price.

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“Original salesman’s part color catalog , 8.5 x 11 , 12 pages, 3 file holes at edge , also includes non color sales sheet , 8.5 x 11 , 2 pages , shows various Willys features , descriptions , etc .”


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Quiz from the 1951 Willys Overland Sales Training Doc above

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features

This quiz is part of the sales training document above.

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1941 Ford GP w/ Trailer Tucson, AZ Auction (BAT)

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features • TAGS: , .

Matt spotted this nice looking Ford GP.


“This 1941 Ford GP  (#9223) is an early model Series 1, one of 1500 from the earliest series. Restored over 30 years ago by an active member of the MVCC (Military Vehicle Collectors of California), it was sold to the most recent Montana owner over 20 years ago. It is powered by the original spec 120 cubic inch 4-cylinder engine with a 3-speed manual transmission and includes a matching military trailer. This GP checks all the boxes with correct top, trailer with canvas, all of the blinkers , reflectors, extinguisher, flashlight, engine crank handle, and correct lighting.

The correct instructional tags are mounted on the dash, and the combo gauge is center mounted. There are 2341  showing on the odometer, but the true mileage is unknown.

The genuine GP engine # 9547 and drivetrain were rebuilt at the time of restoration. The seller says that it runs and drives great, and smokes a little when cold but clears up once warm. An oil service was completed five miles ago and coolant was also flushed. Brakes and steering operate as designed, and the engine does drip some oil after driving.

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1942 Photo of Floating Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Here’s one I can’t remember seeing. By the size of the river, and guessing that was most likely near the former Fort Lewis (now JBLM), I’d say that’s the Puyallup or Nisqually river. Either way, it would have been a cold splash in February.

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“1942 Press Photo Army’s “Jeep” is a Vehicle that Can Maneuver Over Water or Land. This is an original press photo. The Army’s “Jeep,” the little car that can maneuver with the greatest of ease, even goes over water. Wrapped in canvas, this Jeep provides a skiff for a squadron crossing a stream “somewhere in the Pacific Northwest.” Photo measures 8.75 x 7 inches. Photo is dated 02-06-1942.”



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Team 503’s Videos

• CATEGORIES: Features

Scott wanted to share some of the “How to” restoration videos he and Ron have been producing. The Team 503 Channel is here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgnSnFtJ3JX41Oh-XBVAK3A?

Here’s a video on the clutch lever assembly:

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Drawing of Four Jeeps on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

This curious set of drawings is about the size of a standard piece of paper. It depicts Ford GP (upper left), an MB/GPW (lower left), a Ford GP “Super 6” (middle right), and a Bantam BRC 60 (lower right). It’s kind of pricey (imho), given at least three of the four are redrawn photos.

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Kentucky’s Frontier Nursing Service & Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Women & Jeeps

The Frontier Nursing Service in one of their jeeps.

Thanks to Bus for spotting this interesting story. Stared in 1925 by Mary Breckinridge, the Frontier Nursing Service (FNS) provided healthcare to rural folks in Kentucky. At first, horses and saddlebags helped them gain access to remote areas, but during WWII the group turned to jeeps. As these photos show, over the years FNS used a variety of different jeeps. There is even a 1931 documentary about the group (with additional information here):

In the late 1930s Edsel Ford donated a reconditioned Model A to the Service, which Mary named Henrietta. Several years later Ford replaced Henrietta with Henrietta II, a jeep. At some point the FNS secured another jeep, a WWII jeep Mary named “Jane”, named for a benefactor Clara “Jane” Ford”.


According to the Henry Ford website, this jeep was “Jane”.


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JEEPERS By Emmett Watson

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

UPDATE: I scanned the this image “JEEPERS” by Emmett Watson and cleaned up the lines and scratches as best I could. The final size is 18″x24″, which should make it easy to put in a frame. It was part of a calendar, but I can find no information or the images from the calendar. 

Some folks have asked for prints of this illustration, as it is difficult to find. I do not yet have a price on that, but I don’t plan on printing many (15-30 depending on requests), so I suspect the price will be around $25/each to cover my costs and shipping, but I haven’t finalized that.

You can’t see it, but the piece has “TDM CO, U.S.A.” printed in the lower right corner. I believe that refers to the Thomas D. Murphy company, launched by Thomas D. Murphy in the late 1800s. Here’s a bit of history on him:

In 1889, Thomas D. Murphy of Red Oak, Iowa, publisher of the local newspaper, had an idea. Adapt his printing plant and expertise and create calendars with exquisite reproductions of paintings by American masters. Murphy invented the advertising art calendar and one of the first painters Murphy contacted was Thomas Moran. The idea was so successful that Murphy calendars would be purchased and given away by banks, insurance agencies, livery stables, auto dealers, shops, businesses and manufacturers for a century.

After searching, I cannot find anyone who owns the copyright to this image (TDM appears dead). So, I feel comfortable getting some of these printed.


In 2014, a lithograph of JEEPERS, possibly an image from another calendar, sold with a frame at auction for $75.00.

Here’s another illustration that might have been a companion piece, given there are bears, a camp site, and two men, one with a red shirt and one with a blue shirt, and the same red blanket. It’s titled Smokey the Bear and it went up for auction last year.



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Baker Drug Store Delivery Wagon Postcard on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards

Interesting Baker Drug Store Wagon. Note the single window. I wonder if it was ordered that way?

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“VINTAGE POSTCARD – CONDITION: EXC – SEE SCANS. DATE/ERA: c1950s-60s. Standard Size 3.5×5.5 Inches.”

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Jon’s Two Types Book on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features


If this didn’t cost so much to ship from the UK, I’d snag it. Vintage book with some jeep illustrations. Rear of book has some damage.

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“Classic 1944/45 comic strips
Famous ‘Two Types’, representing jaded veterens of the 8th Army.
Damage to rear of the booklet, see pics.”



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Who Says Jeeps Are Simple?

• CATEGORIES: Features

A few months ago a writer for Jalopnik thought this GPW would be a good buy, titling an article “You Can Buy An Incredibly Well-Restored WWII Jeep Willys/Ford For $19,500”. 

Unfortunately, the jeep is not quite so well restored. The first obvious clue? The CJ-2A windshield. It just goes to show how difficult it is for most folks to recognize a stock jeep. (I’m not sure if I ever listed this one on Craigslist, so the below pics is the only one I’ve got to share).



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No Updates for Thursday

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No Updates Thursday. They’ll return Friday.

The website https://portraitofwar.com/2012/02/18/awesome-wwii-catholic-chaplain-jeep-negativephoto-willys-jeep-in-germany-1945/ featured this image.


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Pumpkin Carved Willys Grille

• CATEGORIES: Features

Steve shared this carved pumpkin with a Willys-ish grille. It might be a few slots/tines short of a full grille, but it does the job! Happy Halloween!