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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
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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.

http://www.earlycj5.com/xf_cj5/index.php?threads/teds-steering-upgrade-with-a-twist.128518/

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”

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

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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Facebook’s Marketplace

• CATEGORIES: Features

Everyone once in a while readers have forwarded Facebook Marketplace ads with a jeep for sale. But, for the most part I have ignored this resource. I just didn’t think there was much there. I was wrong.

There are a large number of vintage jeeps for sale that I haven’t seen listed elsewhere. I’ve listed a number of them in posts for today. However, I know not everyone has a FB account, so that doesn’t create a dilemma for some folks. I don’t have an answer of that just yet. I also don’t have a system yet for efficiently searching the Marketplace on a national basis, so I don’t know how using the Marketplace will effect my time.

To see what is possible, I plan to do research into the Marketplace platform. It would be great if I could automate some of this stuff, making less work for me and more jeeps for readers. We’ll see how it goes!

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This is an example from the Dallas Craigslist with a simple “Willys” search. Hopefully, FB will be allow complex searches like I do on Craigslist.

 
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Cross Greenland This Spring

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

Seth shared this unusual opportunity. This Spring a group is crossing Greenland. The event is auctioning off a seat. The price starts at a meager $25k. Learn more on eBay

https://www.ebay.com/itm/202211917676

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Fred Weis and the Bobcat History

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Yesterday morning, SteveK asked to know more about the Bobcat products. Were they race products or something else? The terminology is so second hand, that I thought everyone knew it by now. I decided to send him a link to an article I thought I had published about Fred Weis and the Bobcat body from the February 1970 issue of Four Wheeler Magazine. It turns out I never published that article!

So, I’d like to publish (perhaps I am republishing it) to better explain the Bobcat body and products. At the post’s bottom I’ve included a number of additional examples and information about the Bobcat. Then, on the next post, I discuss the Bobcat & Parkette fiberglass body histories.

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Note the Cascade 4×4 club sticker on the hood.

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The Parkette and The Bobcat Body

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Paul Parker, maker of the Parkette bodies, racing up a hill climb in Calgary in the summer of 1970. Photo courtesy of Ed Bray.

This is a companion article for the Fred Weis and Bobcat Body post. Much of this history is built from conversations, emails and comments on eWillys. I welcome corrections and additions.

In the late 1960s Fred Weis, who I understand ran a fiberglass products company, experimented with a fiberglass jeep design until he found one he liked. At the time he had been jeeping and jeep racing for a decade as part of the Cascade 4×4 Jeep Club. His first complete body was completed in 1969. By 1970, he was ready to produce them for resale. Fred’s bodies were built to be rugged, using fiberglass and wood.

The body was not intended to be an exact replica of the original body; instead, it met the needs outlined by Fred, who styled them (i would guess) to make them a little cooler. For example, the side steps reached the length of the body bend. The rim around the body edge was wider. The dash came with no holes. At some point, the body could be purchased with or without a tailgate and with or without a floor.

Fred also came up with two custom fiberglass raised hoods that provided more room in the engine compartment. One was a teardrop design (few were made) and the other was highly recognizable.

Long time jeeper Paul Parker decided to get into the fiberglass body business about the same time as Fred, so according to Ed Bray, Paul joked about buying Fred’s bodies, adding a side stripe, and calling them Parkettes. Another source told me that Paul did indeed do this, which led to a falling out to some degree between Fred and Paul.

Paul, who had been in the jeep parts business with his brother in Georgia before moving to the Tacoma area, began to build his own Parkette fiberglass tubs out of molds he built. They were very similar to Fred’s body. The biggest difference was that Paul’s jeep included a side stripe, similar to a hockey stick, that was designed to make the body side more rigid and set it apart from Fred’s body. Besides the side stripe, the body of the Parkette was better designed to fit the curve of the CJ-3A windshield. Fred’s body did not support the windshield well at all (I know this from personal experience with my Bobcat body).

You can see the Parkette stripe “hockey stick” on the side of the body. This was likely just a racing shell, given the lack of a tailgate. 

A family friend ran into the windshield issue as well.  Jim Carter bought a Bobcat body in the early 70s. The body arrived rough. The Carter’s sanded and primered the body, but when it came time to mount the windshield, Jim discovered it didn’t fit. He was angry. Many phone calls ensued. Next, Jim turned to Paul Parker, eventually buying a Parkette body. Jim, Pattie, and their two boys raced, trailed and streeted the jeep for years.

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Early 70s photo of the Carter family’s “Otis” not long after the new Parkette body was installed.

At some point, Fred passed the business and molds on to someone else. The Bobcat molds were divided into at least two groups. I have some of the molds. I hope some day to make my own Parkette body.

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A Parkette racing shell mold sits in the middle. A CJ-3B shell is at the far side. A floor is shown in the foreground (I believe that’s a 3B floor).

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1945 Photo Correspondent Robert Massell on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE: Here’s another photo with Robert Massell in it.

“An original to the WWII time period photograph. Measures approximately 2.5″ x 2.5″ inches. This photo belonged to US War Correspondent Robert Massell who reported on the war from overseas for ABC’s Blue Network Company. He traveled throughout Germany with reporters such as Howard K. Smith-CBS, Robert Barr-BBC, Noel Monks- London Daily Express, Frank Conniff INS, and Bjorn Bjornson-NBC. ”

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Color WWII Photos

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Blaine shared two links that show color WWII photos from 1943 Italy, including the one below.

  1. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2527908/Road-Rome-Rare-photos-chronicle-valiant-Allied-efforts-World-War-IIs-brutal-Italian-Campaign.html
  2. http://time.com/3881461/world-war-ii-in-color-photos-italian-campaign/

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Jeep Smoking Pipe on eBay

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UPDATE: Here’s another Jeep-smoking pipe. These jeep pipes don’t appear very often. You can view two other examples here.

“This little pipe looks unused and is a WWII souvenir brought back by a US GI. The wooden part is about 2.5 inches long. See photo. This was in my WWII toy display for many years. It would look great in your toy JEEP or real JEEP collection. Made in FRANCE!”

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