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1943 Australia Photo of Jeep Train on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Another jeep pulling a train photo.

“1943 Press Photo American versatile jeep used as switch engine in Australia. This is an original press photo. The versatile jeep now is used as a switch engine, somewhere in Australia, with tires and wheels removed and a steel wheel substituted. The famous American jeep tries its skill in pulling a long line of freight cars. In the front seat making the test are Lt. Colo. R. L. Fry of Pocatella, Idaho and Brig. General C. W. Connell of Birmingham Ala. (right). In center (rear seat) is 1st Lt. D. Thomas, also from Pocatella, Idaho.Photo measures 9 x 7.25inches. Photo is dated 8-20-1943.”

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Gun Racks For Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This hard-to-find brochure from the San Angelo Die Casting and Machine Company explains why there are a number of jeeps with similar gun racks in them. That “No. 20” model is particularly prevalent in jeeps.

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2017 Tegernsee July Convention

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

This year’s 2017 Tegernsee Convention in Bavaria was, once again, met with some heavy rain. Still, they participants soldiered on with their fun. A professional photographer named Jörg Friedrich took a variety of photos at the event, four of which are shown below. I think we can all relate to that first photo! You can see the rest here:

http://www.willys-am-tegernsee.de/?p=1990

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1960 Article Test of CJ-6 on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

A March 1966 article from Wheels Magazine reviewed the 1966 CJ-6 for Australian readers. This is being sold out of Britain. Their are four pages, but only two were scanned.

“Original Australian market black & white sales brochure being a factory issued reprint of a road test from Wheels magazine illustrating & describing the Willys Jeep CJ-6 Station Wagon.
No publication number.
Dated March 1960 and covers 1960 models.
4 page folder, well illustrated, English text.
20x28cm approx.
Very good condition, date stamp to rear cover.”

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1970 Kelly Manufacturing Brochure

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

Will asked if I’d scan this brochure for him. In a post a couple days ago I though the Bonanza III hardtop had wide glass pieces where the brown indents are, but it turns out those are just indents with dark brown simulated walnut stickers. This also shows that Kelly made Jeepster Commando and Bronco hardtops.

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1944 Photo of T-14 6×6 on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

This is a print from an original negative, though the seller doesn’t specifically say that he printed it (but I get the sense that is what he did … I have enhanced the photo to make it easier to see). It’s a Willys T-14 6×6. Mark Askew, in his Rare WW2 Jeep book, has a couple photos of it from different angles, but not this one. It is one of four photos for sale as part of the auction.

Here I have an 8 ½ x 11 inch print from the original negative number 10B-36 of 4 Willys Overland Jeeps, 3 of which are tracked

Photos are marked as:
RT-284 TRACK LAYING JEEP – TJ MARK I – NO 1 WILLYS OVERLAND ENGINEERING NO. 2491-5-20-44

TRACKED JEEP – MODEL WT-0, SERIAL 02 – WITH GOODRICH TRACK RT-245 WILLYS OVERLAND – ENGINEERING NO. 2993-12-5-44

WILLYS MODEL MT-14 6×6 GUN CARRIER TOP AND SIDE CURTAINS INSTALLED W. O. ENG. NO. 1894-1-24-44

Very rare Piece for the Willys / Jeep Collector!”

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Post Trip Items: Interview with Hugo Vidal

• CATEGORIES: Alaska Or Rust Trip, Features

<– Day 22: Aug 11, Patterson Ends His Alaska Journey | Post Trip Items: Alaska Or Rust Article in Dispatcher Magazine –>

Here’s the interview the CBC Yukon did with Hugo Vidal on August 1st in Whitehorse, Yukon, which was also the night of his 84th birthday. It recounts his trip through Whitehorse in 1955.

I was sitting with Hugo when he did the interview. Unfortunately, during parts of the interview, Around the 4:42 mark he asks “have I told you the little poem” well that was him turning to me (away from the microphone). I was thinking at the time, NO … keep talking to the interviewer!!

<– Day 22: Aug 11, Patterson Ends His Alaska Journey | Post Trip Items: Alaska Or Rust Article in Dispatcher Magazine –>

 
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1954? Service Wrecker Mailer on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

The seller lists this as a 1954 brochure, but given there’s a chart dated “May 1955”, I’m gonna guess this is more like 1955 or 1956. The auction ends about 8am PST Saturday.

“Up for Auction is a Very Rare and Amazing 1954 Operators Like Mr.Service Find Profit in The ”Jeep” and Jeep Wrecker with 4 Wheel Drive Universal Brochure/Advertisement, top right corner has a tiny piece missing in very good condition.”

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CJ-5 Brochure From South Afrika on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This brochure was designed in Zurich. This copy was sent to Willys Afrika circa 1960(?). It’s for sale out of Great Britain, so there’s a hefty charge for mailing to the US.

“An original Willys Jeep CJ-5 sales brochure – Willys Jeep Universal CJ-5 Emblem of 4-Wheel Drive Transportion brochure
Contents Include:
Worlds Most Useful Vehicle
Jeep Versatility
Functional Design Jeep Economy
Jeep Durability
Power to all Four Wheels
Petrol of Disel Engine – Jeep Balanced Power
Specifications
No of Pages: 8
Format: Stapled booklet
Reference No/Part No: CJ-5 100
Measurements: 8.25 x 8.25 inches ( (210 x 210 mm)
Condition: Very good. The back page has some wear marks on it, blurring the print a little. There is an ink stamp for a dealership in South Africa. Please see photographs for details.”

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Light Duty Rescue Truck Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: Dan’s got a good thread related these trucks at the Old Willys Forum.

Here’s another rare brochure that I scored on eBay for very little. It’s the first I’ve seen this eight page brochure for the light duty rescue truck. One great thing is that it has a list of everything that is supposed to come with it, plus a picture showing how it was organized in the back.

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Unusual Hardtop from Uruguay

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

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

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

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

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

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

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

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 **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

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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