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CJ-5 Modified Into a Train Engine

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual • TAGS: , .

Roger Martin shared this Canadian Jeep Junkee photo of a CJ-5 that (I think) has been transformed into a train engine. I tried to learn more, but had no luck. It’s unclear to me where this might be located.

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Reporter William Rives’ First Jeep Ride

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

In a June 11, 1941, article in the Austin American-Statesman, William T. Rives describes his first “blitz buggy, jeep or jitterbug, as it is variously called” ride while visiting Camp Bowie in Brownwood, Texas.

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A 1941 Attempt to Ban the Term “Jeep”

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

This article was syndicated through numerous newspapers. So frustrated was one Captain with the multitude of definitions for the word “Jeep” that he warned soldiers not to use it and cited examples of why it was so confusing. This article is from the Johnson City Press out of Tennessee, November 14, 1941:

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Wood Jeep From India

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

I bought this wood jeep on eBay. It’s solid wood with a good weight and some fun designs. One instription suggests this was made in India. A message on the bottom suggests this was purchased or completed on October 07, 1998, and was either for or from someone named Robin.

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1941 Article Shows Jeep Backing Up City Hall Steps

The Argus-Leader out of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, published this photo on November 28, 1941, showing a Ford GP backing up Sioux Falls’ City Hall steps. It includes another “75mph” claim.

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1941 Article Highlights Bantam’s Complaints

This August 07, 1941, article in the News-Herald out of Franklin, Pennsylvania, underscores that Harry S. Truman was going to “blow the lid” off the “lobbying” actives of the OPM as a result of American Bantam being “frozen out” of a jeep contract. Truman showed them, lol.

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Jeep-Herders: The Movie

• CATEGORIES: Features

UPDATE III: Brian left this comment: “Thanks to the work of Eric Steadman at the Serial Squadron, Planet Picture’s “Jeep-Herders” (1946) has been restored and can now be seen in its entirety for free on youtube. See link below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owUmWZIHJRU
You can also help support the preservation of serials by purchasing a DVD copy of the restored Jeep-Herders at the Serial Squadron website: http://www.serialsquadron.com

A quick look through the movie on youtube and one of the jeeps looks to be a Ford GP MT Tug (6×6). There’s also a Ford GP and what looks to be (based on the sides) the original Ford Pygmy.

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Last update April 12, 2018 — UPDATE II: See some still shots from the filming that show a couple Ford GPs.

UPDATE: This post once contained information on the El Dorado Jeepherders jeep club and their association with the placer miner and his pan ornament. I have moved the that information to this link.

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JEEP-HERDERS MOVIE:

In 1945, Planet Pictures, a new venture founded by two stuntmen, produced it’s first movie: Jeep-Herders, a full-length movie shot in color on 16mm film. Planet PIctures’ goal was to produce movies that could bypass theaters for play in schools and churches, as 16mm projectors were very common at the time and much cheaper than the 35mm projectors. In addition, there was growing interest in 16mm for large audiences, as an industrial film on 16mm was shown to a crowd of 6000 in 1945. (click on this link and scroll down a page).

The plot of the movie was pretty pedestrian, “A wildcat oil outfit is seeking to take over the ranch belonging to Pop Martin and his son Bob and daughter Helen. Bob sends his ex-army pals a “stay-way” message, which brings them on the double. The WW II vets use their jeeps, first for a cattle roundup, and then to round up the gang of crooks, including the crooked family-lawyer Thatcher, brains of the gang.”

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1941 Article: 1300 Miles in a Jeep

It sounds like this report and soldier had a very uncomfortable ride in the “roman rack”. I am a bit surprised that the jeep garnered so many laughs. Note the BRC-40 in the top pic. The article appeared in The Morning Call, out of Paterson, New Jersey, November 22, 1941.

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1941 Article Highlights Hollywood’s “Jeep Keepers”

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles • TAGS: .

This is the first time I’ve heard the term Jeep applied to a prop storage box. This article appeared in the March 04, 1941, issue of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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1940s? Paris-Themed Christmas Card

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards • TAGS: .

This neat, undated Christmas card with a Paris WWII theme is $3.95 on eBay. The back side is blank.

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“Vintage flat greeting card, “A Merry Xmas”.
Not dated- I presume it is circa WWII.
5″ x 7″. Stains, creases, edge and corner wear including bends, age tanning. It has an old paper smell.

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1944 Harris Bearings Jeep Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: This is back on eBay.

This Harris Bearings ad appeared in a 1944 trade journal of some kind.

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“This is an Original old Vintage Trade Ad from 1944 This print ad Measures Approx: 11″ x 5″.”

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1941 Photos — Those Incredible Jeeps Can Float!

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

UPDATE: Here’s another floating jeep article that seems appropriate to add to this post. It appeared in the March 17, 1941, issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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These two photos appeared in the August 10, 1941, issue of the Salt Lake Tribune. The jeep pictured is a Ford GP.  There should be one or more press photos on eWillys, but I will have to combine them when I have more time.

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Barney Goodwin’s 1963 DJ-3A

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Features, Old Images

This 1971 photo shows Barney Goodwin in his 1963 DJ-3A. No doubt he was the coolest kid at his Houston, Texas, High School!

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4 Photos of Willys MA and 1st Armored Division on eBay

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

No dates provided on this series of four photos that feature a Willys MA. This basic description describes them all:

Offered is an original WWII time period photograph. It belonged Lt. Salvador Joseph Cuttitta who was enlisted with the 6th Armored Infantry and trained with 1st Armored Division. He was then transferred to serve with the 5th Armored Division. There is some tape on the corners as seen. Picture measures approximately 3 1/4″ x 4 1/2″ inches.

  1. Photo 1 of Willys MA:
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  2. Photo 2 of Willys MA:
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  3. Photo 3 of Willys MA:
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  4. Photo 4 of Willys MA:
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Photos of Modified Jeep with Wood Body on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Wood bodies

These two photos shows a CJ-2A with a modified body made of wood. While there are several similar “woodie” bodies (see all wood-related bodies here), the photos below appear to show a unique build.

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“Two original photographs of Woody automobile. The engine hood reads – Willy. I believe these were mock up advertising photos. The upper photo is mounted from the back – see photo. The lower photo is glued to the board. Photos measure 3 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches. Mounting board is 8 x 10 inches. Please ask questions.”

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January 1950 Review of the Jeepster and Station Wagon

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

Tom McCahill reviews the reviewed the Jeepster and Station Wagon in the January 1950 issue of Mechanic Illustrated . He liked the new four-wheel-drive wagon, but was less a fan of the Jeepster.

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1961 Fleet Van FJ-3A Brochures

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, FJ

This FJ-3A brochure Form No. 61-05.

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Originally published October 31, 2015: This is an interesting FJ-3A brochure. It is Form No. 61-14. The ladder holder is something I haven’t seen anywhere.

“Here I have a 1961 single sheet advertisement issued by Willys for the Willys Jeep Fleetvan. There is some wear along the top and some light creasing (See Scans) but it still displays very nicely.”

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1947 Photo of Young Boy in Good Humor Toy Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

Blaine spotted this 1947 adorable photo of Lance Borman that’s located at the Smithsonian Institution. It shows Lance in a Good Humor Ice Cream-themed toy jeep.

http://edan.si.edu/slideshow/viewer/?eadrefid=NMAH.AC.0451_ref15

“Lance Borman / Baby Parade / Lake Mohawk [ink on verso)] [photoprint], July 1947
Photograph of child, wearing Good Humor unifrom and cap, in toy truck with “Good Humors” [sic] ice cream sign. Photographer unidentified. Lake Mohawk, New Jersey?
In Box 1, folder 6.
Silver gelatin on paper, 10 x 8″.
Local Numbers: AC0451-000003.tif (AC scan no.)

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October 1941 Article About Jeeps as Anti-Tank Solution

This article was published in the October 26, 1941, issue of the Birmingham News.

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1941 Photo of Ford GP near Holabird on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE: Another version of this photo and caption are on eBay.

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“1941 Press Photo Colonel Herbert Lawes & the Duke of Kent ride a jeep in MD camp. This is an original press photo. George. Duke of Kent. The Duke of Kent, youngest brother of King George VI, inspected defense facilities in the Baltimore and Camp Holabird, Maryland area today. He toured the Glenn L. Martin airplane plant which is making millions of dollars worth of aircraft for the Royal Air Force, and later inspected Canadian troops at Camp Holabird transport school. Photo shows left to right: seated in an Army reconnaissance car: Colonel Herbert Lawes, Commanding Officer of Camp Holabird, Maryland, United States Army Quartermaster Depot.; Duke of Kent. Photo measures 8.5 x 6.75 inches. Photo is dated 8-26-1941.”

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The press photo was published in several newspapers, including the Charlotte Observer on August 29, 1941.

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Originally Posted 12/16/2019: The Duke of Kent got a ride in a Ford GP as part of his visit to Baltimore, Maryland.

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“1941 Press Photo Colonel Herbert Lawes shows The Duke of Kent an Army Jeep in MD. This is an original press photo. George … Duke of Kent. The above soundphoto, transmitted to San Francisco, shows The Duke of Kent, youngest brother of King George VI, when he toured Glenn L. Martin airplane plant at Baltimore, Maryland, and Camp Holabird, Maryland, during inspection of defense facilities in this area. Shown inspecting Army reconnaissance car “Jeep” – near Camp Holabird transport school. Left to right, Colonel Herbert Lawes, Commanding officer of Camp Holabird and the Duke of Kent.Photo measures 9.75 x 7.25inches. Photo is dated 8-26-1941.”

 
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Warn Auxiliary Transmission

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Documents, Features, OD Saturn/Warn

Originally Published November 03, 2019: 

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Originally posted in September of 2018:
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Blaine spotted a discussion at the Ford-Trucks.com forum on Auxiliary transmissions that included the rare Warn Auxiliary Overdrive. A user named “38 Coupe” shared a bunch of smaller Auxiliary transmission documents that included a Parts and Instruction manual for the Warn AO. So, here it is, along with some photos of a Warn unit that was for sale in April of 2015.

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April 1961 “To Get The Lion’s Share …” Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This jeep family brochure is one of that last of the “animal series” that I didn’t own. The brochure includes plugs for Maverick, Hong Kong and Jack Paar Shows. It is Form No. DM 61-04.

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This is how it looks when fully opened:
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This is the entire back when opened:

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1966 Master List of Meyer Hardtop Parts

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features • TAGS: .

According to this first document, there was a need for more detailed information about Meyer Hardtop parts. So, the company created Form No. 1-387.

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Circa 1966 Meyer Half Cab Instructions

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Below are the instructions for installing a Meyer Half Cab on a CJ-5. It is Form No. 1-383.

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Circa 1966 Supplemental Instructions for Meyer Full Cabs

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These are supplemental instructions for CJ-5s & CJ-6s Meyer Full Cabs. This first is Form No. 1-182-S.1966-form-no-1-382-s-cj5-hardtop1-lores 1966-form-no-1-382-s-cj5-hardtop2-lores

This is Form No. 1-396-S for the CJ-6 and CJ-6A Meyer Full Cab.1966-form-no-1-396-cj6-hardtop-lores