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Unusual Hardtop from Uruguay

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Hugo, our eWillys correspondent from Uruguay, filed this report. He spotted this strange jeep, possibly a CJ-3A, with an unusual hardtop. He would have taken more pics, but its proximity behind the US embassy made snapping photos a little uncomfortable. So, he was in and out quickly!

I shared the photos with Fernando Vidal. He wrote back, “Actually, you can see ANY of weird adapting on vehicles in Uruguay… Uruguayans are customization specialists! Everyday on the roads and streets of Montevideo we use to spot many strange things on wheels of every kind. Uruguay never produced cars or trucks, which have always been imported as an expensive commodity, and its replacement parts were usually hard to find. The long term result is that they were used to the maximum (it’s common to find vehicles from the 40`s and 50`s being used as daily drivers). Creativity led to some horrendous (sometimes really funny) “frankensteins”, of vehicles from different decades stitched together on the most bizarre ways… “

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MAK-A-CAR Aluminum Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

Not sure about the price, but an interesting item. I thought there was also a  listing for this that included the box, but now I can’t find it.

“Ultra rare assembled vintage MAK-A-CAR aluminum Jeep model kit in great condition for its age. Info is scarce on these, but found a site which indicated these kits were produced in the 40s. The first image below is of the box, found on google images. NOTE: The Jeep in this listing does not include the box.”

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1943 Photo of Jeep Next to Plane on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

The caption of this one is interesting. It reads “Two kinds of jeeps”, a reminder that both planes and jeeps were called jeeps. Of course, the command car was called a jeep by some in the Army, further complicating the history of the name.

“News Agency 1st Generation AKA Original Press Photo Size: 6.75×8.67 inches (paper size) with some minor variation”

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Ad for an Autodyne Hardtop

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

UPDATE: A search revealed a second ad, this time in the December 1968 issue of Desert Magazine (pg 34). That same issue also included ad for VW fenders by the same company (pg 42). 
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This fiberglass hardtop for CJ-5s was advertised in the November 1968 issue of Four Wheeler. I’ve never run crossed one.

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1968 Desert Magazine Ad of the VW fenders:

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Crime Ring “Selling” Vehicles on Craigslist

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craigslist-scam-alertA reader who shall remain anonymous shared the story of how pictures of his jeep mysteriously appeared on Craigslist without his knowledge. It turned out someone had taken the pics off a different craigslist ad and was using them to trick buyers into sending the thief money for a vehicle he didn’t own.

Our faithful reader only discovered the issue thanks to eWillys. He was quite surprised to see an ad for his vehicle! So, he contacted the police, which led to the takedown of twenty people working together to “fake sell” vehicles across the US. He’ll be testifying in court later this year.

Here are a couple links discussing Craigslist scams:

  1. https://jalopnik.com/how-a-craigslist-scammer-tried-to-steal-my-moms-car-1789696074
  2. https://www.csoonline.com/article/2875832/security/how-to-stick-it-to-craigslist-scammers.html
  3. https://www.tred.com/test-drive-blog/how-to-spot-a-craigslist-car-scam-and-what-happens-when-you-dont/
  4. https://www.komando.com/tips/349850/craigslist-shopping-and-selling-scams/all

So be careful out there!

 
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Koenig Hardtop Brochure

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

This was another good score off of eBay. I’ve seen the first few pages before, but not the last page with the all steel grain boxes.

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Super Jeep Belt Buckle

• CATEGORIES: Features

My wonderful wife found this Super Jeep belt buckle for $5 at a local swap meet. They are being peddled on eBay for $30 or more.

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1962 Kelly Hardtop Brochure

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I snatched this awesome Kelly hardtop brochure off of eBay for a good price. It includes information on the Kelly Safari hardtop. What I like is that the brochure also documents the models numbers.

Also included was the price list (one that includes two different types of dispatchers) and an original order envelope. I also didn’t know that Kelly interacted with Kayline tops at one point. Based a Kaoline brochure, it appears that Kayline handled the territory west of the Mississippi, while Kelly sold Kaoline tops east of the Mississippi.

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1944 Photo of Jeeps in France on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Which direction do you go when you see a sign like “Mines”?

“1944- U.S. soldiers in jeeps make a detour in a street of Coutances, France, mined by retreating Germans. Behind the “Mines” marker is a knocked out Stuart light tank.”

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1942 Photo Troops Floating Jeep on eBay

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Another image of troops practicing the floating of a jeep.

“1942- U.S. troops moving a jeep across river by wrapping the lower part in waterproof canvas and floating it through the water.”

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1942 Photo of Fort Story Maneuvers on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

At least a couple of these are Slats. The photo is dated April 22, 1942.

“This is an original press photo. A unit of sand eating jeeps’ climb over the sand dunes at Fort Story during maneuvers developing drivers and men in the operation of these vehicles in deep sand. Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 4-22-1942.”

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1944 Photo of Bantam BRC-60 on eBay

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

UPDATE: The same photo with the same caption, but dated slightly different, is for sale on eBay. The earlier one sold in March of 2016 (seen at bottom of post).

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(03/13/2016 original post) “1944- U.S. Army’s Bantam BRC 60 reconnaissance car on display in the Smithsonian Institute. Note: Still on display at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh.”

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“Last Jeep” Pic From Facebook

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Mike shared this pic off of Facebook. It looks to be a GPW. The message indicates this is #93389, but there were 277,000 built? Can some interpret this one for me please?

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Bestop Back Seat Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I didn’t know Bestop made backseats. Not much useful info on what types they made.

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2017 Dover AFB Air Show Pics

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

Joe and several others had a chance to show their vehicles at the August 2017 Dover AFB Air Show. He’s shared some pics below (thanks!):

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1943 Photo of Nurses in Adak, Alaska on eBay

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Adak Island is part of the Adreanof Islands, roughly 1300 miles southwest of Fairbanks.

“1943- U.S. Navy nurses climb into a jeep to go on a sightseeing trip through the mountains in Adak, Alaska.”

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1945 Photo of Jeep on Rails on ebay

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I don’t think I’ve seen this one published anywhere.

“Original WWII press photo of American GIs using Jeep fitted with railroad wheels as a locomotive to pull supply train on Luzon, Philippines, 1/25/1945.”

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Women Workers at the Willys Overland Plant

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Mike came across this photo on Facebook. I am so happy I don’t have to build jeeps in a dress and heels!

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1945 Photo of Jeep Crossing Bridge on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Some interesting history here.

“This is an original press photo. Thanks To The Fifth Division Germany–In the wake of the Fifth Division advance into Germany, a jeep crosses a Bailey Bridge, spanning the Sube River, marked with a hand lettered sign informing all who pass that they do so through the courtesy of the Fifth Division. A Military Policeman stands to one side as the jeep heads for Germany. Photo measures 8 x 6.25 inches. Photo is dated 02-28-1945.”

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1942 Photo of Jeep Descending Dune on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

The caption refers to the vehicle as a ‘Jeep’ car.

“This is an original press photo. Down a 160 foot incline on the sand dunes at Cape Henry, a ‘jeep’ car from Fort Story makes the descent with ease during maneuvers training drivers to handle these vehicles over all types of terrain. Should American Soldiers see service in desert lands the training these men receive will be of great value.Photo measures 9 x 7.25inches. Photo is dated 4-22-1942.”

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Early Warn Brochures

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I missed out on these early Warn brochures that sold on eBay. There were two hubcap brochures, also known as “summer hubs”. The third brochure (in yellow) touts the Automatic Warn Hub. According to Hugo Vidal, Warn Industries and Hugo’s company AVM had all kinds of trouble with the Automatic hub, so it was discontinued (possibly in favor of the Warn Lockomatic hub?).
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Jeeps at the Museum of Military History in Kissimmee

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Roving eWillys correspondent Tim Evans braved Hurricane Irma to file this report.

He wrote, “I arrived in Orlando, Florida, last Wednesday (9/6) to attend a conference, but found out late Thursday that it was canceled.  That gave me time to visit the Museum of Military History where I found a M38 and a M151 jeep. Then I began a long slow drive home to Kentucky Friday morning, arriving late on Saturday.”

Always good to see people taking their unpaid, completely volunteer, unheralded work as eWillys correspondents seriously. I may have to upgrade his title to Chief Hurricane Correspondent!

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Jeeps at a Pennsylvania Mushroom Fair

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Rick reports that there was a car show this past weekend at the Mushroom Festival in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, that included a couple jeeps. My wife would have never seen the jeeps; she would have been all over the bomb!

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Warn LockoMatic Hub Brochure

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This six page Warn brochure for the Warn Lock-O-Matic hubs sold for $26 on eBay last week.

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Quincy Air Compressor Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I missed out on this Quincy Air compressor brochure model 216-s. It was for sale on eBay last week.

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