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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

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

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!


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A Couple Requests

• CATEGORIES: Features

We were on the road all day, so just a few updates today. Ann and I drove over to Kelso to see the Bobcat and Parkette fiberglass molds Al Schaper and I bought back in 2015 and meet with Jerry, a guy who has agreed to buy them. He is the same person involved in the production of the RCD fiberglass hoods that appeared on the market. He’s hoping to expand the offering of fiberglass products for the old flat fenders. Jerry’s been a long time jeep guy and is currently building a CJ-3B. So, stayed tuned!

Now for the requests:

  1. Andy is hoping to find a Garwood Dump Bed instruction booklet (like the one sold on ebay shown below). He’s rebuilding the hydraulics and hoping to have some guidance. If anyone knows of any instructions it would be a BIG help to him. Feel free to comment below or email me directly at d@ewillys.com.
  2. Gayland’s wondering if anyone has any factory Dualmatic hub documentation? I have not run across anything other than this document published by Sean on the CJ-2A page:


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New Fiberglass CJ-3A & 3B Hoods Snohomish, WA $350

• CATEGORIES: Body Parts, CJ-3B, Features • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Seller is now advertising a 3A hood as well. both are $350/each.

3A: looks a little like a cut down 3B hood, as it looks like there is the 3B horizontal bubble at the base of the hood where it meets the fender.


3B: https://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/pts/d/rcd-custom-hood-new-for/6733766315.html

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“New RCD custom fiberglass hood.
Never installed.
Attaches to existing stock hood hinge location.
Shipping or Local pickup available.
Cash, Credit card or PayPal accepted.
Fits Willys CJ3b, and Mahindra CJ340 and CL340.
Reach out and see how you may be able to get this hood for your Jeep at no cost.

Please Note:
This is a brand new custom hood, not a scoop attached to an old or existing hood.
All Fiberglass products require prep-work.
ALWAYS Test Fit prior to painting!
Basic trimming and fitting and finishing may be required to achieve a your desired fit. Some Sanding, Priming & Seal Coating will be required.
Manufactured by RCD.”

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Warn Hub Service Manual WL-2 and WO-1

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features

Micah shared this Warn Hub Service Manual for WL-2 and WO-1 Hubs. You can located the PDF via Maury’s post on the earlyCJ5 page:


Here are a couple of pages:

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1967 Cover of ‘For Men Only’ Magazine

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Women & Jeeps

UPDATE: This was originally posted in April of 2013. I just found a larger version of the illustration by Mort Künstler.


“Original January, 1967 For Men Only magazine. This 8.5 X 11 in. (approx.) 90+ page magazine is in good condition. It shows a couple transporting a Jeep across a gorge while being shot at. See scan.”


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Cameron Oil Tools Ad

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Roberto Flores shared this magazine ad, reprinted in a book.

Roberto wrote: “I have just scanned this image from “The American Jeep in War and Peace”, by Kurt Willinger and Gene Gurney, Crown Publishers. I love the image: at least for me it depicts my idea of jeep: adventure, freedom, friendship, nature… Although I have been searching for this at the net, I couldn´t find it.”


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Aspen’s 1954 ‘Operation Jeep lift’

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE: Andy pointed out that there are a variety of photos of the 1954 Jeep Lift at the Aspen Historical Society’s website. Here are a couple from the site. You can see the remainder here: 


CREDIT: Aspen Historical Society : One color film positive of the Jeep Lift that took place when the Lift One broke down in 1954, and jeeps were used to transport skiers up the mountain. This image shows several women walking away from the jeeps with their skis on their shoulders. Mt. Hayden is in the background.


CREDIT: Aspen Historical Society : One b/w photograph of several people and some ski equipment in a jeep driving by Little Nell. The towers for the t-bar can be seen, as well as several jeeps and a building on the far left side. Probably part of the “Jeep Lift” in 1954, when jeeps were used to transport skiers to the top of the mountain because the lift was broken.


Original post from October 1, 2018:

In 1954 Aspen Ski Corporation’s Lift #1 broke during the ski season. In order to keep folks skiing, a road was plowed to the top of Aspen Mountain and townspeople ferried skiers for an entire week. According to the Aspen Journalism, thirty-five jeeps hauled 2,500 skiers, earning $1,109 in tips.

Among the people who organized the vent was Natalie Gignoux, who’d started the Little Percent Taxi Service using a jeep in 1950.


One b/w photograph and negative of about 10-15 jeeps and cars parked up near the top of Aspen Mountain. The Sundeck and lift towers can be seen in the background. There are skiers near the cars getting their equipment out of the cars. Sitting in the jeep is Dave Stapleton, John Thorpe is standing next to him (white shirt, buzz cut), Neil Beck is standing in front of John (grey shirt), and Euclid Worden in black cap. 1954-.

PHOTO CREDIT: ASPEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, COURTESY OF ASPEN JOURNALISM. One b/w photograph and negative of about 10-15 jeeps and cars parked up near the top of Aspen Mountain. The Sundeck and lift towers can be seen in the background. There are skiers near the cars getting their equipment out of the cars. Sitting in the jeep is Dave Stapleton, John Thorpe is standing next to him (white shirt, buzz cut), Neil Beck is standing in front of John (grey shirt), and Euclid Worden in black cap. 1954-.

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Mile High Jeep Club License Plate Topper on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

This is neat.

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“This listing is for one 1975 to 1985 MILE HIGH JEEP CLUB Denver Colorado License Plate Topper Tag. It is in used condition with original paint. ”


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Hugo Vidal Has Published His Book

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

UPDATE: Here’s the contact information for Hugo’s book if you are interested in purchasing a copy. Hugo’s son Fernando is handling the books and has copies on hand at his place in Florida:

Fernando Vidal: 386-898-2217 or by email op.pineapple.book@gmail.com:


Original Post September 17, 2018: 


The book was larger than I expected. It was a pleasure for me to read.

Hugo Vidal, that 85 year old intrepid traveler from Brazil (and founder of AVM) has published his book. I received a copy last week and tore right through it. It’s written in both Portuguese and English. Since Ann and I traveled with Hugo and his son Fernando last year for four weeks, I knew most of the stories he included in his book. But, there were a few new ones and some fuller explanations on others. It’s also full of photos, some I hadn’t seen.

Most of the book centers on the 1956/1957 trip. But, there’s a little bit at the end about the 2017 Alaska Or Rust adventure. And on that, I have a minor quibble. Hugo remembers me contacting him about joining us on the trip. Actually, it was Hugo who contacted me. His eagerness was infectious, as this email extract, the second email he wrote me, underscores:

“…. Since we only heard about the Alaska or Rust caravan yesterday, my son and I rushed to try and find a way of joining in. But I understand now that participation is closed. Even though we don´t even have a vehicle yet, if there is a chance for a place in the waiting list we will somehow purchase, lease, borrow or steal one….”


Hugo dressed as a Dutch Maiden while on their jeep trip. You’ll have to read the book to learn why.


On the left is Hugo’s restored CJ-3B. On the right was the 3B for the trip. Note the custom bed extender on the back.


Ann took this photo of Hugo and Fernando, I believe in Jasper National Park in Canada.


From left to right we have Charles Downey, Hugo Vidal, and Jan Stekly.


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1955 Lift-o-Matic Hydraulic Tailgate Brochures

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Here’s a second set of Lift-O-Matic Hydraulic Tailgate brochures.

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ORIGINAL POST (02/23/2013):  This was sold in 2013 on eBay.



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Willys Overland/ Worman Hardtop Contract

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

I think I found this photo on Facebook last month. To me, this looks to be a hardtop contract from Willys-Overland with tops supplied by Worman (based on my discussion in this Worman-Related post). I tried to find out more about the contract number, but all I could find was a mention at G503: https://forums.g503.com/viewtopic.php?t=189059&start=75


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Thor? Hubs Petal, MS **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Thes were on eBay.

They appear to be Thor Automatic Hubs.

“this is a good used set of 10 spline – 6- bolt lockout hubs for willys jeeps – the screwdriver slot is how you lock them in and out -”

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2018 Drive Through Gettysburg

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

Just one post today. We spent the weekend helping my cousin move, returning later than planned to Pasco.

Roger Martin shared these pics of the group drive through Gettysburg on Saturday. Looks like a beautiful day for exploring the area!

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More Photos From Charles

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Here’s another round of photos from Charles:

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Strange collection of toy-cars piled as if in a junkyard. I’d guess that the jeep bearing out in the middle is a Hamilton of some type.

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1956 working on power lines (in Belgium?).

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Operation Husky in Sicily, 1943

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6th airlanding brigade – Normandy, France

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Issue, Germany, 1945.

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Paul’s Stainless Trailer Build

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paul-stainless-trailer-build11As the days grow shorter in Anchorage, Paul’s getting busy with his trailer. Thanks to Paul for taking the time to document another beautiful build!

“With fall in the air and winter coming fast the first week of September is when I began working on the rebuild of the M100 trailer after I hauled the frame home from the sand blasters. There were a couple of cracks in the frame where the shock mounts attach and a few other areas I felt also needed some attention from the welder so I positioned the frame on a 2X6 and plywood platform and screwed blocks down to hold the frame in alignment. My plan was to fabricate the replacement box on the clean frame and after the box was bonded and riveted together the box would be removed so the frame could return to the powder coat place for a coating off satin black.


I felt the original trailer box floor was a little weak so I planned to add extra hat channels for strength and I needed to design and fabricating the tail light, brake light and turn signals mounts.

Below is the new 18 gauge stainless steel floor being fitted to the original trailer frame.  I’d hoped to have a local company press the reinforcing strips in this floor panel (like the original) but soon learned I couldn’t afford the cost to make the die and pay for the press time just for one floor panel.  I ended up buying 60 feet of 1 inch wide by 1/4 inch thick stainless steel strap for the trailer floor and 24 feet of 3/4 inch wide by 1/4 inch thick stainless strap for the side and end panel reinforcements.  The strap was rectangular but I needed the floor strips beveled and the side strips rounded along the edges so I had to get creative and come up with a cheap solution to recontour these straps.


I used scrap pieces of plywood stapled to the platform along with additional plywood clamps screwed to the wood to hold the strap in position while worked on the strap edge.  By carefully holding a 4 inch grinder at the necessary angle as I rolled from one end of the strap to the other while sitting on a roll around seat I was able to reshape each strap to the contour I needed.  The floor of my garage has a good sized crack down the middle so I had to pay attention and not damage the stainless strap while bouncing across the uneven floor surface.  With my face mask on, my ear protection clamped to my head and nothing much else to do I spent 47 hours grinding theses straps so they would be a reasonable duplicate of the original ridges pressed into the trailer panels.


Here’s the end result of rolling back and forth while holding the grinder against the stainless strap. It’s far from perfect but it’s something I can live with.

After I’d finished with the sides of the straps I needed to bevel the ends in a 180 degree curve.


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Photo of FC w/Camper on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Neat photo. Current bid is $.99. Looks like it has fishing pole holders on the front.

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“Pleased to offer an original gelatin silver glossy photograph circa 1950. Photograph measures approximately 5 x 4 inches and has wear consistent with age. Content is excellent. I am always happy to combine shipping on multiple ephemera auctions won. All Photos Are 100% Original Unless Otherwise Noted….”


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12th Annual 2018 Mason Dixon Show

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

UPDATE: It’s the Mason-Dixon show this weekend. Everyone enjoy themselves!


This year’s Mason Dixon Show will take place October 21st at Union Mills Homestead. However, if the rains return (the Homstead had flooded FIVE times this year), then an alternative will be announced a week before (on Oct 13th).

There will also be two additional events occurring in conjunction with the Gathering. On the evening of October 19th, Merlin Hanson will be holding an open house at his new place in LIttlestown Pennsylvania. On October 20th, Dee Pierini will be leading the annual Gettysburg battlefield drive.

For details on all the events, see Merlin’s blog: https://hansonmechanical.wordpress.com/2018/09/28/2018-mason-dixon-willys-jeep-gathering/ or go to the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/209218449654048/

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1959? CJ-3B/Mitsubishi Poster/Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, International

Here’s an unusual brochure that folds out to a 16″ x 19″ poster. Price would have to drop for me to consider it.

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“Original part color folder , 8 x 9.5 folded , 16 x 19 unfolded , opens to a poster .”

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The 1959 Jeep Calvalcade “Rush to the Rockies” Centennial

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

Photo from the Denver Post. Both Life Magazine and the Denver Post covered the event. Note the white wagon above. It appears in a couple of the color photos below.

UPDATE: These Life Magazine photos and some other information was originally posted in 2011. A couple days ago I confirmed that these photos were from a special 1959 Jeep Calvacade, organized as one of many events during the 1859-1959 Rush to the Rockies Centennial Celebration. 

I’d love to get a digital copy of the below brochure if anyone has one.


Some folks attached these flags to their rigs.


I hope to gather more information about the Jeep Cavalcade soon.  In the meantime, I’ve only been able to document that one of these photos appeared in print in the December 28, 1959, issue of Life Magazine (the one below).

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