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1950ish Canfield Wrecker Brochure

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

I really like this brochure. Includes some nice visuals of the Canfield Wrecker stowed in the back of the truck and jeep.

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1960s White Automotive Soft Top Brochures

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

White Automotive was based out of Colorado Springs, Colorado. The company sold different types of soft tops for a wide range of jeeps. They also sold tire covers, half-doors, spare-tire carriers, and other items. The brochures below are currently on eBay. The company also used the brand name Whitco and/or White Mfg. at times.

1. This one page brochure includes a dealer’s note. 

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2. White Automotive’s bikini top and half doors.

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3. This is an example of a brochure that uses the brand name “Whitco”.

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1960s Harris Dura Door Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Here’s a rare Harris Dura-Door one-page brochure on eBay. This fiberglass half door produced out of Bakersfield, California, for CJ-5s was also advertised in Four Wheel Magazine (see ad at bottom).

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This ad appeared in several Four Wheeler issues, including the June 1966 issue.

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Traci Clark’s Stude-A-Willys Article

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Features

It you haven’t read it already, check out Traci Clark’s Stude-A-Willys article over at the Four Wheeler Network. It’s nice piece about a CJ-2A powered by a Model 6-170 Champion Studebaker engine. The roller-chain PTO is pretty interesting, too!

http://www.fourwheeler.com/features/1710-stude-a-willys/

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PHOTO CREDIT: Traci Clark & Four Wheeler Network

 
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Kayline Brochures on eBay

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

1. This Kayline brochure is back on eBay. These were produced out of Colorado but also marketed by Kelly Manufacturing east of the Mississippi.

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More Early Worman Brochures

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

I stumbled upon some more Worman brochures in my archives. I’d meant to include these in my Dispatcher article, but my not so organized organizational methods thwarted my best intentions. These are from either 1947 or 1948. It’s possible that these tops still exist, but are easily mistaken for the later Sears tops (at least, i could have easily made the mistake).

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Laurel C. Worman and the Worman Products for Early Jeeps

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

UPDATE: This article appeared in the 2016 Winter edition of Dispatcher Magazine. The original of this was posted in October of 2106 as a series of notes, but is now updated with text from that article along with some additional photos.

Willys-Overland equipment manufacturers experienced a range of successes and failures. One of those who entered the market at the dawn of the CJ-2A to achieve the former was Laurel C. Worman, a businessman who created the first set of jeep hardtops for different applications, most sold under the brand Jee-Cab.

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Early Willys-Overland branded Laurel C. Worman built hardtop.

EARLY YEARS OF LAUREL C. WORMAN:
Laurel C. Worman was born in 1898 in Toledo, Ohio, to Ernest and Clara Worman. He was the younger of two children. The boy’s father Ernest was a self-made man, who developed a large hardwood lumber business, something Laurel must have watched with fascination. When he was old enough, Laurel married Muriel Florence Jackson. The pair had two sons, Ernest “Ernie” William and Lester Lee Worman. The couple later divorced. By 1940, Laurel had remarried a woman named Ruth.

Perhaps Laurel’s father’s entrepreneurial influence led him to become a self-made man himself. While his early employment history has yet to be unearthed, by 1941, Laurel was president of Packard Toledo, Inc. Well known in Toledo automotive circles, Laurel later that year became a northwestern Ohio distributor for the new Willys Americar. It may have been the car that interested him most, but more likely it was the potential of the jeep, which had garnered automotive interest for more than a year.

About this time in 1941, Laurel C. Worman incorporated a company by the same name, under which he placed the Willys dealership. It was only one of several companies he would co-found. In December 1941, he went to Washington, D. C., as a dealer representative and gathered with other auto industry to reps to establish a ceiling on car prices, perhaps in anticipation of war. Four days after returning from his D. C. meeting, the Japanese struck Pearl Harbor.

The war doesn’t appear to have slowed Worman down. By 1942, he was placing ads in the Toledo Blade, arguing how “Willys Truck Owners Are Lucky!” Laurel noted that Willys-Overland had produced the most economical line of trucks. He told potential customers they would be well-served by the truck’s low use of gasoline and their rugged nature, two characteristics important for enduring war time challenges. Worman also made sure to note that Willys was the producer of the jeep, already famous by September of 1942.

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As an automotive dealer seemingly in the thick of things in Toledo during WWII, there’s no evidence he formed plans for any jeep equipment. But, as a Willys dealer in Toledo, he certainly would have stayed abreast of the CJ’s progress and must have saw potential in the jeep following the war.

THE CJ-2A ARRIVES:
When the CJ-2A was introduced to the public in July of 1945, options included a front soft top ($55) and rear soft top ($39). The first civilian hardtop half-cab, according to Fred Coldwell in his Preproduction Civilian Jeep book, didn’t go into production until the fall of 1945. Somewhere around that time, the Army asked Willys-Overland to design a full steel cab for the late 1945 MBs. The result was a stretched version of the half cab, but it never went into production. One probable reason was that steel was in short supply. Another reason was that they were heavy.

In August 1945, Worman invited prospective buyers to visit his dealership and see the new “Universal ‘Jeep’” for themselves. The amazing “4-in-1” vehicle was advertised as a light truck, a light tractor, a runabout, and a mobile power unit. But, it still lacked the comfort of a full cab, a fact that must have been apparent to Worman as he engaged customers and sold jeeps through ’45 and into ’46.

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Perhaps after hearing from dealers and customers that they’d prefer a hard top over the canvas front and rear tops, the Willys-Overland decided to contract with Laurel C. Worman to produce a line of hardtops. The hardtops would be made of aluminum, which, unlike steel, was amply available and light.

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Koenig Hardtop Brochure

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

This Koenig brochure highlights the early tops made by the company. This brochure was produced circa 1948.

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C. W. McCall’s CJ-5 W/ Four Wheel Drive Song

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

I remember this song fondly. It was on the first and only album (Wolf Creek Pass) my father brought home for me. I think he won it as a door price at some jeep event. Thanks to Maury for sharing the link. You’ll notice that the person who assembled the photos didn’t know the difference between a CJ-5 and CJ-7….

 
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1946 Jeep Testimonial by Unique Variety Service

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features • TAGS: .

Bob Legee, of  Unique Variety Service, a business that provided mowing, snow plowing, and other landscaping services, wrote this testimonial for Jeep in 1946.

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10 Page Garwood Dump Bed Instruction Booklet

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Documents, FC150-FC170-M677, Features

I missed out on this rare Garwood DumpOMatic Hoist Bed Booklet for the FC-170. It sold for $28.97 on eBay yesterday morning. I

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Year? Photo of Performer on Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

That young lady must have been tiny.

“Press Photo Dawn Peterson Performs Acrobatics on Vintage Jeep USO. You are bidding on an original press photo of Dawn Peterson Performs Acrobatics on Vintage Jeep USO. Photo measures 7.5 x 10 inches and is not dated.”

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WSYR’s Testimonial For the Jeep

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In late 1946 radio station WSYR-FM out of Syracuse, New York, sent this testimonial for the jeep touting the ability of it to overcome the sometimes muddy terrain to reach the transmitter site.

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April 1955 Issue of Willys News on eBay

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

UPDATE: The starting price on this is $8.95. That’s a good price! This issue includes an article on the jeepcade with 284 entries.

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May 1955 Issue of Willys News on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

UPDATE: The starting price on this is $8.95. That’s a good price! This issue includes articles on Colorado jeeping adventures and some great photos from the world of Jeep.

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1954ish Instructions for Installing Winch

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Documents, Features

This unusual document offers several pages of instructions for installing a crankshaft pulley powered “Jeep Winch” on a CJ-3B. It’s curious that the winch is not branded as part of the document, but I am guessing is a Braden winch?

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Warn LockOMatic Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

As a part of the purchase of the gun brochure last night, I also received this LockOMatic hub brochure. It starts as a 2″x4″ brochure that folds out.

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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

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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

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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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