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1943 Photo of Ford GPA (SEEP) Hitting the Water on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Great action photo.

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“1943-Ford amphibious jeeps loaded with U.S. troops plunging into the water. Photo measures approx. 7″ x 9″”



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Early Meyers Hardtop Brochure

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

This brochure suggests that a company called Meyers Aircraft developed the hardtop that was eventually sold/taken-over by Sears. It makes sense that an aircraft company would make an aluminum hardtop. So, there may be a few Meyers’ made hardtops mistaken as Sears or Allstate tops.


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More Pics From Charles

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images
BRITISH FORCES IN BERLIN, GERMANY 1949 - 1960 (BER 49-189-013) British forces demonstrate an assault river crossing in Berlin, 29 June 1949. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205217789

BRITISH FORCES IN BERLIN, GERMANY 1949 – 1960 (BER 49-189-013) British forces demonstrate an assault river crossing in Berlin, 29 June 1949. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205217789

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1945 Photo of Vaslav Nijinsky in Jeep **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

For you ballet fans, here’s Vaslav Nijinsky in a jeep in post-war Vienna.

“1945 Press Photo Ballet dance Vaslav Nijinsky in jeep at Schonbrun Palace. This is an original press photo. Vienna Delighted as a child with his 1st ride in a jeep, famed ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky enjoys his trip over the rounds of the Schonbrun Palace in Vienna.Once reported eliminated by the Nazis, the Ballet Russe star is in good physical health today. Accompanying him are his wife Romola and the driver Pvt Arnold Henius, Indianapolis Ind Photo measures 8 x 6.25 inches. Photo is dated 08-28-1945.”

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1946 Testimonial For the Jeep & Buzz Saw

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

Another satisfied customer.

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1976 DJ-5E Electruck Grove City, OH **SOLD**

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UPDATE: The seller stopped the auction. It may have sold locally.

Not many of these Electruck DJ-5E jeeps around. Seller indicates it is only 1 of 352. There are also two different brochures available on eBay for them. Brochure 1 and Brochure 2. Thanks to Ted for spotting this one.


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This is a one of a kind right hand drive electric jeep. I bought this in 2011 and just “put it back” with my other collection of postal jeeps. It is now coming up for sale as I need room. It is showroom perfect, just drop in some new batteries.
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“Easy-Way” Post-Hole Digger

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

The “Easy-Way” post-hole digger was manufactured by Standar Steel Works out of Kansas City, MO. I thought i’d done a post on the early post-hole diggers that were available, but I hadn’t. So, expect that one soon.

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FC & DJ-5 Model Resin Kits

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

Roberto Flores forwarded these resin model kids. I am unfamiliar with the sellers or the product.

FC-150 Kit $45: http://ppvintagekits.com

DJ-5 Kit $69: http://www.motorcityresincasters.com/mailjeep.htm


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Willys Online **CLOSED**

• CATEGORIES: Features

UPDATE: I have closed the Willys Online website. 

No updates Sunday, but if you like old cars, you might want to check out Willysonline.com, a site I just took over and revamped (much work left to do). The central theme is Willys Overland automobiles (such as Overlands, HenryJs, Willys-Knights and others) and any other vintage auto that I happen to run across while doing eWillys.

It won’t have the regular updates and features that eWillys does, but it’s something I’ll build and perhaps hand it off to someone else down the line (as I really don’t know much about these vintage cars).


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Zoo-Jeep Wine Bottle Holder on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

For that jeep lover who has everything?

“Vintage Wine Bottle Holder. Kooky Zoo. Safari Animals Jeep with Hanging Monkey. Excellent previously owned condition. Some minor wear noticed on piece, a few minor marks from use.”

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1952 Wagon-Ambulance Brochure **SOLD**

UPDATE: This brochure was originally sold on eBay in 2018.

“1952 Willys Overland 475 Utility Ambulance Specification Sheet.”


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Nate’s Hydraulic Assist For His CJ-3A

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features • TAGS: .

Nate’s at it again. He got to thinking about upgrading his steering on Ted, his CJ-3A. One thing led to another and soon he was developing a fairly non-invasive (no saginaw-like alterations) way of improving his steering. He’s spent the past month and a half writing it up on the earlyCJ-5 page.


Here are a few pics.

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Early Nissan Patrol 1951 Photo on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This a rare factory photo of early Nissan Patrol 4W60s. It was taken only three months after they began production. The 4W60s were made through 1960.

“1951 Press Photo Japanese workers build jeeps in Tokyo factory, Japan. This is an original press photo. Jeep-Japan – Industry – Bigger and more powerful than their American counterparts, Japanese jeeps receive their finishing touches in the Nissan Motor factory in Tokyo. The jeeps are used by the national rural police to speed up investigation work. More than 100 of the vehicles, which are constructed from materials from Japan, have been delivered. Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 12-04-1951.”

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Marine Exhaust Question

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts

UPDATE: Rudy has a similar exhaust manifold, but it is cast iron.

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Dave writes that he picked up this boat marine inboard exhaust manifold. The former owner said he tried to google it, but could find no information. It came off a Jeep mb motor. Anyone recognize it?

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1942 Camp Hale Snow Photo on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE: Here’s the same photo with nearly the same caption on eBay. The one shown at the bottom of the post was for sale on eBay in 2015.

“1942 Press Photo Soldiers driving jeeps through snow at Camp Hale, Colorado.
This is an original press photo. Snow jeeps—Parka-clad soldiers whip howitizer-carrying jeeps through unbroken snow at Camp Hale, high in the Colorado Rockies. The pack artillery of the Camp Hale mountain troops use the rugged little jeeps to carry dismantled sections of 75 millimeter howitzers until the going is so rough that mules have to take over (United States) (Wars) (World War II) (Camp Hale, Colorado) (Mountain troops) Photo measures 9.25 x 7 inches. Photo is dated 12-23-1942.”

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Original Post May 2, 2015: “1942 WWII Parka Clad Soldiers In Jeeps Camp Hale Colorado Press Photo”



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More Pics From Charles

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

More photos courtesy of Charles!

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1951 Article From Travel Trailer

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

Rudy shared this article from the 1951 issue of Travel Trailer Magazine. That’s one big trailer. According to the author, the tongue weight was 1000lbs, but the jeep was only rated for 800lbs. What could possibly go wrong?


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1954ish Photo of the Willys Overland Factory

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This photo shows CJ-3Bs and M-38A1s on the same assembly line. I would guess this was taken around the summer of 1954.


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Stebbins Service Testimonial

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features, Old Images Jeeping

This 1947 Willys testimonial did not have a signature.

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1960 Jeep Family Jack-Of-All-Trades Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This Jack of All Trade Jeep brochure was published in March of 1963.

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Francis ‘Jeep” Sanza Dies at Age 99

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

David Tracy at Jalopnik wrote a nice piece about the death of Vernal Patton’s Driver during WWII, Francis ‘Jeep’ Sanza. It includes the following video clip and a shot of one of the vehicles Sanza drove, one with a variety of mods.

Read more here: https://jalopnik.com/general-pattons-driver-during-world-war-ii-francis-jeep-1822777372


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1942 Photo of CGs and Jeeps on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

UPDATE: Here’s an original press photo used in the article at the bottom of the post.

“1942 Press Photo U.S. Coast Guardsmen in Armed Jeeps at East Coast Port. This is an original press photo. Anti-saboteur patrol “Vital war shipping must be protected on the docks as well as on the high seas,” was an official order by Vice-Admiral Russell R. Wesche, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, who equipped Coast Guardsmen with armed jeeps to protect valuable war supplies from any attempts at enemy sabotage. These armed Coast Guardsmen are shown getting their orders at an East Coast port before they start their patrol in the blitz buggies. Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 10-20-1942.”

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(From a March 20, 2015 post) These Coast Guard men are protecting the ships and shipyards from saboteurs. The photo was published in the October, 22, 1942 issue of the Spokesman-Review.


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1958 Jeep Calendar

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Niel shared a scan of his 1958 Jeep calendar. He says it puts a smile on his face every time he sees it. The only other calendar I have scanned is the 1961 calendar. Anyone know when these Jeep calendars first began and when (if) they ended?

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News Video About the Upton’s “Last Mile”

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Art forwarded this local (for me) news segment about the Upton’s story of completing the last mile of their around-the-world trip. More information and links here.

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1946 Antenna Installation Diagram on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features

Here’s an oddball document for installing an antenna on early jeep station wagons.

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