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1957 Scheneker Snow Plow Brochures

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

These 1957 Scheneker Iron Works snow plow brochures sold for $29 on eBay this weekend, more than I thought they’d go for.

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Arps Snow Plow Brochures

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This set of 1957 Arps snow plow brochures sold on eBay this weekend for $12.50. Learn more about Arps/Blackhawk plows here.

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1944 Photo & Caption of Model Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models, Old News Articles

The June 24, 1944, issue of the Detroit Tribune shared the below caption and photo. I do with the picture is better. I was unable to discover any more about George Carr or the Jeep. Because the text is hard to read, I’ve transcribed it below.

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YES, YOU’RE WRONG AGAIN!–But you’re correct when you say it’s a Jeep. The model of the famous 1/4 ton Army vehicle Brough two first prizes to Private George Carr, of Des Moines, Iowa, Negro member of a Quartermaster Trucking Company of the 13th Army Air Force at an “Ingenuity Contest” sponsored by the American Red Cross in New Caledonia, South Pacific. About one-twentieth the size of a real Jeep, this model has a hood that raises and latches, real springs, transmission, and rear differential, a windshield which may be raised and lowered, and a steering gear that actually moves the front wheels. (U.S. Army Signal Corps Photo.)

 
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Kaiser Jeep Order Pad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features

Maury shared this unusual item.

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“NOS 1969-70 KAISER JEEP CHEROKEE FAST ORDER PAD DEALERSHIP ADVERTISING NEW RARE
THIS AUCTION IS FOR A 1970 JEEP DEALERSHIP ORDER PAD
THIS ORDER PAD IS IN GOOD SHAPE BUT DOES HAVE SOME WATER DAMAGE TO THE PAGES
VERY RARE TO FIND ONE
THESE ARE HARD TO FIND

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1957 Mobile Bumper Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This explains the origin of some bumpers we’ve seen on trucks. I *think* I’ve also seen that winch a few times. Also, it appears that Kelly Manufacturing was a reseller of them.

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“”Mobile Bumper Inc.” Brochures for Willys, Jeep and all Pickup Truck lines, by the writers and illustrators of Mobile Bumper Inc., Indianapolis Indiana. No copyright date, but the a Price List included is effective February 15, 1957. Published by Mobile Bumper Inc. NOT Ex-Library. No ISBN – there were none in those years. Note – the photos you see are of thess brochures – no ‘Stock Photos’.

Three splendid brochures and a price sheet, various sizes, drilled for a 3-post binder (binder not included). A trifle of roughening around those holes after 2/3 Century. Lots of good Illustrations, splendid information for these 1950s-era Jeep and other brand aftermarket accessories. Here was the equipment you needed, and a bit of ‘How-To’ for improving that vehicle.

The marketer, Mobile Bumper, advertised these items for sale – interestingly, the price list is titled ‘Mobile Bumper’ but was printed by Kelly Sales, Charleston WV. In many cases equipment for aftermarket Jeep applications was made in Toledo Ohio, home of Jeep, and was marketed by other companies. Not sure if that’s the case here.

Mobile Bumper Accessories – Truck bumpers for Farm, Delivery and Service trucks with many additions beyond just the bumper. 8 1/2″ x 11″, two-sided;
A new Truck Bumper – Combination Rear bumper – Step – and Trailer Hitch, Ring or Ball, 17″ x 11″, folding down to a 4-page brochure, 8 1/2″ x 11″, advertising equipment for Willys, Ford, Chevrolet, GMC, International, Dodge and Studebaker. Heavy steel, lots of extras;
Price list, blue-purple ditto printing, parts for Jeep, Willys, Chevrolet, International, Studebaker, Ford, Dodge – GMC & Chevy are interchangeable. One page, 8 1/2″ x 11″;
Mobile All-Purpose Winch advertising from Mobile Bumper Inc. Well pictured, heavy-duty, red accents, 8 1/2″ x 11″, one side.”

 
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1963 Condensed Jeep Specs Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

As I recovered in bed on Sunday, I forgot all about a host of items I was hoping to win on eBay. While this was not one that interested me, there were others …

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1949? Universal Jeep Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This 24-page Universal Jeep Brochure provides a look at both the CJ-2A and CJ-3A, with pics of both. That led me to believe this was most likely published in early 1949. Most of this appears to be images/info that we’ve seen bundled in other brochures and documents.

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1943 Photo of Joe Louis Driving a Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

This photo and caption about boxing champ Joe Louis driving a jeep made the Detroit Tribune newspaper on October 02, 1943.

The biographical book Joe Lewis: The Life of a Heavyweight includes a short look (pages 193-196) at his time in the military during WWII. The book explains that he had a unique opportunity to advocate for black troops, due to his substantial connection inside the War Department. He took advantage of his connections to overcome discriminatory practices that he witnessed.

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2002 “M-151A2” Carolina Growler Little Rock, AR **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, M-151, Other 4x4s

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $9250.

Sold by Growler Manufacturing and Engineering in the early 00s, this 4×4 tactical vehicle was designed atop a new M-151A2 chassis and sold, at least for a while, in kit form. You can view an old version of the website from 2001 via Archive.org: Carolina Growler.

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Feb 03, 2001, snapshot of the website from Archive.org

**SOLD** “For Sale M 151A2 Jeep, 2002 by Carolina Growler. Full cab, roll cage, seatbelts, heater, 5 New Hancock tires, no rust, runs as it should, Great condition. Clear AR title. Asking $9250 Located in Little Rock, AR” **SOLD**

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February 1957 Willys News

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

The last issue of Willys News I posted was from the summer of 1956. I don’t have any others for 1956. I also don’t have the January 1957 issue, but I do have some eBay pics (from 2013). It looks like a good one (see post below this one).

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January 1957 Willys News

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

UPDATE: This was on eBay.

Some good DJ-3A & FC-150 photos and some rare early swamp racing photos.

“Original salesman’s non color catalog , 11 x 17 , 8 pages , includes salesman’s messages , salesman’s contests , shows some models , etc.”

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Jalopnik Story About a CJ-2A

• CATEGORIES: Features

This jeep was up for sale earlier this year. Somehow, I missed this David Tracy story about it on Jalopnik.

https://jalopnik.com/this-one-owner-1946-farm-jeep-has-a-fascinating-but-mys-1841002113

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Year? Photo of Johnny Shoemaker Conducting Tour in Berlin on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Note all the bullet pitting on the pedestals.

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“Press Photo Pfc. Johnny Shoemaker conducts Berlin tour in jeep to nurses. This is an original press photo. Pfc. Johnny Shoemaker, of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, shows points of interest to four American nurses making a sightseeing tour of Berlin in a jeep. In the background is the “Dome” famous cathedral, and on either sides are the horses in front of the Imperial Palace.Photo measures 8.5 x 7inches. Photo is dated –none.”

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1951 Photo of CJ-2A w/ Wood Hardtop

• CATEGORIES: Features, Wood bodies

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John spotted this CJ-2A in a Westchester, NY, local history book. As he read through it, he spotted the jeep with it’s unusual hardtop. He was wondering if I knew what it was. (is that possibly the Yorktown Heights train station?)

My best guess is that it is a modified V-7 Body Works hardtop (modified on the lower door along with the front corner extension that appears to go down to the step). Here are some links and photos for comparison:

V-7 hardtop http://www.ewillys.com/2013/04/28/v-7-body-works-out-of-chicago/ which first went on sale in 1948, so the timeline works.

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A few other examples of similar hardtops:

http://www.ewillys.com/2016/07/12/cj-2a-custom-wood-top-sullivan-pa-ebay/:
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http://www.ewillys.com/2017/02/12/1946-cj-2a-yuma-az-ebay/:
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Unusual Dualmatic/Selectro-Like Hub

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

As part of a discussion on hubs on Facebook, someone from Australia posted a photo of his CJ-6 that came with these unusual hubs. They are similar in external design to the Dualmatic/Selectro, have only 3 “bumps” or “tabs” rather than the standard six around the side of the hub. There’s no brand name on the hub or any other identifying characteristics. A search on Australian 4WD sites and on the Australian patent site did not reveal any information.

Anyone ever seen these?

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For comparison, this is a Sears private branded Dualmatic/Selectro (sears branded) hub in the first pic and a Free-lock branded hub in the second pic.

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A Jeep Rambler on Flickr

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual, Willys Trucks

UPDATE: Originally posted to Flickr in 2012 (https://www.flickr.com/…/71473…/in/set-72157629836314396 )
According to the photographer:

This was taken in Durkee, Oregon – about 1 block from the Durkee, Post Office. (I am not sure if the Post Office is still open). You can actually see this vehicle in Google Street View if you look in the field at the southeast portion of the intersection of Old US Highway 30 and Oxman Ranch Road in Durkee. ….

Link to Google (you can see all sides of it pretty well): https://www.google.com/maps/@44.5810948,-117.4643278,3a,75y,91.3h,96.26t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1syRerHg5QL0Xrk9L1y8brfg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

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Originally posted in 2014:

Doug sent this beautiful photo of a Jeep Rambler hybrid he spotted on Flickr. One commenter called it a Jambler. All-in-all, this combo could have looked a lot worse! Note the builder even stenciled ‘JEEP’ onto the back tailgate.

The photo was taken by ‘Old White Truck’. There are some beautiful photos and some humorous captions on his Flickr photostream.

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1942 Photo of General Krueger on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This is a great photo of General Walter Krueger, Commander of the Third Army.

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“1942 Press Photo Army Commander Lieutenant General Walter Krueger in “War” Jeep. This is an original press photo. When a three star general roams the maneuver country, no cushioned limousine will do the job. Lieutenant General Walter Krueger tries out the two way radio with which his “war” Jeep is equipped. As commander of the Third Army, General Krueger will use the Jeep directing the strenuous maneuvers in the battle-tough Louisiana area.Photo measures 8.5 x 7inches. Photo is dated 07-29-1942.”

 
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The 1959 Willys Malibu Prototype

• CATEGORIES: Features

Websites Macs Motor City and Curbside Classic shared information on this 1959 Willys prototype that looks quite a bit like a Ford Falcon station wagon. You can see additional jeep/car prototypes on the CJ-3B Page: https://cj3b.info/Factory/FactoryDesign.html

I’m sure someone else has more info on this Willys Malibu.

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Ford developed the Falcon Station Wagon in 1959, so it’s possible that the Malibu and the Falcon were developed completely independently, but it sure looks like one could have influenced the other.

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In 1961, this prototype was considered (was an actual vehicle ever built?) with a CJ-5 looking grille:

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In 1961, Willys Motors came out with a different prototype wagon, the J-100, with a more familiar face.

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However, the original Malibu grill concept wasn’t completely abandoned. In 1966 (Thanks Mike), the luxurious Super Wagoneer was introduced with a grille very similar to the 1959 Malibu prototype (with a small hood bump as a nod to the Wagoneer styling).:

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Later, in 1974, AMC Jeep used the same look on the new Jeep Cherokee line.

 
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M-Series(Military FC) Operator Manual

• CATEGORIES: Documents, FC150-FC170-M677, Features

This rare manual was up for sale on eBay last week. It sold for $82.25!

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Dan Details the Thor “Lectro-Matic” Hub

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

UPDATE: I posted this Thor post over a decade ago (how times flies). Below is a look at the switch used to engage the Thor “Lectro-Matic” Hub, which came from this post. Since the below post was first published, there’s also been some history about Thor Products on a shared on another post.

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Originally posted January 2010: 

Dan dropped this into my inbox this evening.  It’s a detailed look at the Thor “Lectro-Matic” Hub (or lectromatic hub). Dan completed this 18 page document, with disassembling the hubs and discussing each step.  You can download the PDF here Great work Dan!

Dan writes, The Thor “Lectro-Matic” hubs off of my 1955 CJ-5 were a bit of a mystery. These must have been some of the first “push button” 4WD systems to come out. There was little to no information on them so I decided to take them apart and see just how they work. Here is what I have learned.

When my Dad said that they were electric, I assumed that they had a little motor that would “spin” them in or out of engagement. What I realized was that they were more like a solenoid or electromagnet.

There is a coil of wire on the wheel side of the hub. When power is applied to the coil it becomes a magnet and draws itself to the axle side of the hub. There are little “teeth” machined into the facing sides of the hub. These teeth engage and the axle side of the hub turns the wheel or magnet side of the hub. A wire is ran through the back of the backing plate through a hole and provides the electricity to the magnetic coil. A contact mounted on a spring transmits this electric power through a slip ring inside the brake drum to the hub.

I imagine that the hubs could be engaged while the vehicle is moving, but I think this would cause the teeth to slip for a moment and lead to premature wear of the teeth. A toggle switch or a maintained push button could be used to turn the hubs on and off. One could even use a limit switch on the 4WD lever of the transfer case to automatically turn them on when the vehicle was shifted into 4WD. The hubs would only remain engaged as long as power is applied to the magnetic coil. If you left the switch on and had run power directly off of the battery to the switch, it would eventually drain your battery after the engine is shut off. If you ran power from the ignition switch to the on/off switch, your hubs would automatically disengage as soon as you shut off your engine.

If for some reason they didn’t want to work, there was a little screw on the outside face of the hub that you could turn to manually engage or disengage the hubs (as you can see below).


On the top of the hub you can see the wire that passes through the brake drum to power the magnetic coil.

Download and read the entire document here

 
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CJ-5 Cuff Links and Tie Clip

• CATEGORIES: Features

These sold on eBay a few days ago for $16. It’s the second set that has sold on eBay in as many weeks.

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“Offered is a Vintage Willys Overland Jeep 3 Pc Cufflink & Tie Clip Set … This set is NOS and was part of a lifelong Willys Overland Jeep executive’s estate. It is marked/made by Mercury Industries on the back of the tie clip. Crisp and clean! Sorry, no box”

 
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Ames Single Bottom Plow Plymouth, MA $400

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts

UPDATE: Price dropped to $400.

(10/28/2019) John shared this ad. The plow was used behind a CJ-2A.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2594926074167164/

“Ames Plow Company 45 antique single bottom plow. It was used on the rear of a Jeep CJ2A back in the mid 40s. Its been stored indoors for 70+ years.
Good condition $650”

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Frédéric’s Mobile Cinema Model

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

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Frédéric lives in France and recently completed a model, shown above, based on the mobile cinema operation shown in the photo below (see more mobile cinema photos here). We tried to find more pics of the mobile cinema setup, but we didn’t have much luck, so he had to use his imagination and experience for additional details. It took a year to complete and he did a great job!

His next project will be a German Car, a Stoewer from 691e Panzer Propaganda Kompanie that will include a couple german war reporters. 

In the meantime, as a health care professional, Frédéric is on the medical front lines in France fighting COVID-19. His region doesn’t have too many cases at the moment, so he’s in a relatively better place than other medical professionals in France. Stay safe Frédéric!

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Tagging A Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features

Chattanooga Times reporter Marion Coleman wrote a piece on jeep tagging in July of 1943, which was then syndicated to at least one newspaper, appearing in the Key West Citizen on July 20, 1943, under the title “Tagging a Jeep”. The problem is that the scan is horrible. Moreover, I can’t find any other copy of the article nor are the Chattanooga News-Free Press archives online, which is where I suspect it was also published.

The reason I found the article interesting is that she underscores the primary purpose of naming (or tagging) a jeep wasn’t for sentimental/inspirational reasons. Instead, it was so drivers could identify their individual jeeps. Given drivers were responsible for their jeeps, creatively marking their jeeps was one way of safe-guarding them. Of course, snagging the distributor when parked was another way to help keep it from being stolen.

I suspect the only way to get a good copy of the article is to visit the local library in either state, which likely won’t be happening anytime soon!

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Terrible online scan from the July 20, 1943, issue of the Key West Citizen.

 

 
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1949 Meyer Snow Plow Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This early Meyer snow plow brochure sold on eBay. I was busy buying a few other things yesterday, so decided to let this one go. If someone out there purchased it, feel free to send me some lo res scans (d @ dealers.com) that I can share with folks.

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