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McCahill’s 1947 Review of the Jeep Station Wagon

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

UPDATE ON ME: Like Lazarus, I have risen once again to rejoin the living! Whoo hoo! 

For my first post back, I doubt Willys Overland could have paid a reviewer for a better review of their wagon. This review was featured in the February, 1947 issue of Mechanix Illustrated that I bought off of eBay.

Also, thanks go to several readers who donated funds prior to Christmas. This allowed me to purchase multiple items, including all the brochures/articles featured since Christmas Eve.

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Post Alaska Or Rust Item: FCA Brazil’s Video of Hugo Vidal

• CATEGORIES: Alaska Or Rust Trip, Features, videos

<– Day 21 – Saturday May 19th: Mr. Infamous (Alaska Or Rust Presentation)

UPDATE: I’m still sick so no updates. We made it back to Pasco, where we will stay a few days before heading back to Seattle to help with Dad. In the meantime, Luciano updated the video of Hugo below by adding English subtitles for the Portuguese. Enjoy!

Original post November 14, 2018: On Sunday this video debuted at the Premiere Auto Show in Brazil at the Auto Show’s Jeep Booth. It features our good friend and co-Alaska participant Hugo Vidal. It’s mostly in Portuguese, but some is in English. You’ll see both my wife and I appearing in several clips. The title refers to Hugo as the First Citizen of Jeep Nation. Kudos to Luciano Falconi for his great videography.


Hugo also recently published a book on his trip, written in both English and Portuguese. http://www.ewillys.com/…/26/hugo-vidal-has-published-his-b…/

<– Day 21 – Saturday May 19th: Mr. Infamous (Alaska Or Rust Presentation)

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No Updates Thursday

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

Santa brought me the flu for Christmas Eve….. Thanks Santa! So, between that and helping my parents, I am taking another day off. We head back to Pasco for a few days, so I’ll be able to catch up at that time.


It was a different sort of Christmas this year, lol.

Mario shared this great article from 1943 on Facebook.

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1958 Article From Sunset Magazine

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine • TAGS: , .

This article about exploring southern Utah in a jeep was published in the October 1958 issue of Sunset Magazine. You’ll see a nod to Kent Frost’s guide company and a photo of the front of one of his CJ-5s.


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Product Merchandising Manual Circa 1955

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features

Several months ago a reader purchased a product merchandising manual with over four hundred pages, used by the Willys Motors marketing department. Over the succeeding months, we scanned and assembled this into a PDF. I’m dating it at 1955 because it introduces the new CJ-5. It’s not entirely complete, but there’s lots in it.

I’d like to thank the generous reader for making this available to everyone! I wish everyone the best for 2019!!


Here are a few pages:

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Willys Overland Business Card on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features

Maury shared this one. It’s unclear what year this might have been printed, but for the price you could buy a few thousand current business cards.

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“Here is a vintage, Willys Overland Jeep, The Overland Band business card, from Toledo Ohio. The card is in excellent condition. There are no creases in it. I do ship internationally. Please email me with any questions.”


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1959 Harney Peak South Dakota Jeep Trip Brochure

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

UPDATE: I’ve been looking for one of these since I first saw one on eBay in 2013. I scored one earlier this month on eBay. Along with it came the post card below.

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Christmas Morning Photos on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Steve shared this timely holiday photo.

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“Up for bid we have 2 Circa 1950’s Christmas Morning Photo’s featuring a Young Boy with all his new Christmas Toys.
Visible under the tree is a Toy Truck, Army Jeep, the boys wearing a new gun & holster set.
Cute photos.
Photos measure approx. 3-1/2″ X 3-1/2″ and come in excellent condition”



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1947 ‘Jeep’ Greenkeeper’s Best Friend Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Magazine

Not many of these ads left.

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1960 San Juan Rockies Jeep Cavalcade Brochure

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

Many thanks to Chris for sending this wonderful Christmas present: An original 1960 3rd Annual San Juan Rockies ‘Jeep’ Cavalcade brochure he bought off of eBay. It was completely unexpected!

This tri-fold brochure opens to an 11″x17″ size, with photos, information and a map. Anyone know offhand if the entire route is still jeepable?
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2 1961ish Brochures on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

There are no bids on this pair of brochures. It’s one of the better prices I’ve seen lately.

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“2 Jeep brochures and are in very good condition spots where paper clip was holding together!!!”



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More Progress on Paul’s Trailer

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Photo taken at 9am in Anchorage. Still dark out (sunrise was supposed to occur at 10:12 am, but the clouds kept it dark)

As we begin counting longer days, Paul’s toiling away in his warm and cozy garage as the snow falls, the sun hides, and aftershocks rattle Anchorage.

Paul writes, “Since the earthquake November 30th we’ve had almost 5,000 aftershocks in less than three weeks.  Many of the tremors are too light to feel but we’ve had a few strong shakers that concerned me enough to make a trip to the local hardware store necessary where I purchased additional tie down straps.  The trailer and box assembly is still sitting on two work tables and will remain that way until I finish rolling the upper edge of the trailer box.  I’ll rest easier when I get the trailer frame finished, the axle attached and the box lifted off the work tables and bolted to the frame.”

“The trailer box is riveted together so the next step (after the taillights) is to weld the tubing into a big rectangle to match the upper edge of the side panels and then roll the metal over the tubing and weld as necessary.  I’m not quite sure how I’ll accomplish this task but I expect it’s going to cost more than I planned and take longer to accomplish than I’d intended but that’s normal for this project.”


I’ve made 6 or 7 different designs for the taillight/turn signal layout on the M100 trailer but none of them are without problems. Here’s my mockup of the lights mounted to the rear of the trailer. To me they are too close together and would look awkward sticking out from the box.

It would be much easier to position these lights if I went to a smaller size LED light but I want the trailer lights to match the ones I installed on the little Willys so I’m running into location/space issues.

I’ll try again.


Here the taillight brackets would be mounted to the trailer sides just forward of the rear corner sections.  They’d be close to but not interfering with the use of the grab handles bolted to the corners.  The housing for the lights would be stainless steel sheet fabricated into a one inch thick box with a removable access panel on the front side.


Here are some of the poster board mockups of the tail light housings I’ve made while attempting to achieve a reasonable balance of visibility, secure installation and ease of fabrication.  The first mockups were made from white poster board with line drawings to indicate the light assemblies.  

As I refined my design I began coloring in the tail/brake light lens (red) and the turn signal lens (orange) with felt markers to give me a better idea of how these lights would look on the trailer.  I’m pretty sure I’ll use the mockups number 5 and 6 (starting from the first mockup on the left as #1) as the final design so tomorrow I expect to begin cutting sheet metal.


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Odd Turkish(?) Video with a Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

ModMike shared this odd video on Facebook that includes a CJ-2A. I finally tracked down a Youtube version. Can anyone explain it?

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Little General Ride On Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models, toys

This is a cardboard ride on jeep that was never opened. I imagine these jeeps didn’t last long. This particular package remains un opened. The seller has a pretty steep price on it.

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“UP for sale, I have a vintage 1960’s Little General Ride On Jeep. I can’t believe I have decided to sell this, as I have had it in my collection for over 20 years, and have never seen or heard of another. This is still mint sealed in it’s original bag package, which the package boost 2 toys, ride on Jeep and a free military poncho. Well guess what the poncho is part of the bag and you cut it out.

Toy was produced by General Box Co. of Illinois. The bag measures 40″long and about 13” wide. The toy was offered in the comic book ads of the 1960’s as a full ride on Jeep with a dress up military poncho. Who could forget those ads in the comic books? I remember wanting the Polaris Nuclear Submarine, but there were many others including a tank, spaceship and this here Jeep. They were all constructed of printed cardboard and companies like Honor House products seemed to advertise the heck out of these pieces at $4.98.
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TM 10-1513 Manual Indianapolis, IN $10

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

Chris is selling this manual that came with a later model jeep he bought.

“Reprint of maintenance manual for MB series Willys Jeep. Good shape, no torn pages, couple of fingerprints on covers. In great shape, would make a great shop copy for someone. I can invoice via internet and ship within the US for an additional $4.”


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Video — Jeep: The Unstoppable Soldier

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

I didn’t get a whole lot done the last few days, as Dad is needing more assistance. No time to do updates for Thursday, but perhaps this 1 hour video from WheelsTV will fill the void. I’ve only seen the first 15 minutes, but it looks promising thus far.

I did spot at least one item that was incorrect. While discussing the first BRC at Holabird, between 15:59 and 16:20 pictures of a BRC-60 are mistakenly shown.

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Metal Earth Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

Steve let me know about Metal Earth’s metal jeep DIY kits. I knew about the B-2 model (Ann has one), but didn’t know about the jeep.

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Willys Overland Promotional Movie

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Midwest Jeep Willys republished this promotional video titled: Workhorses of Industry. Thanks to Blaine for spotting it.

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April 6, 1945 Army Day Review Booklet on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

I”ve never documented one of these.

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“Vintage April 6 1945 Army Day Review RARE Roosevelt, Eisenhower, MacArthur, Patton
Grace Line Ships
Pass & Seymour Inc
Tube Turns
Fashion Frocks Parachutes
Monroe Shocks
Cummings Machine Works
Eastern Air Lines
Republic Aviation
Wisconsin Honey Farm
Ward LaFrance
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1943 Postcard “Jeep Ferry” on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards

I bet not too many of these postcards were made.

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“Our large front and back scans show you the exact condition of this postcard. Size: Approx. 5.5″ x 3.5”



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Walter M. Baumhofer’s Jeep Art

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

UPDATE: Someone pointed me in the direction of this Walter Baumhofer CJ-3B calendar image (I can’t remember who, but please take credit in the comments).

There’ s no name associated with this one. At 16″ x 12″, it’s a little smaller than Emmett Watson’s “Jeepers” print. You can see more of Walter’s work over at the CJ-3B page.


Original Post (11/19/2018): Robin recently purchased this Walter M. Baumhofer illustration at an auction. It’s titled “Self Appreciation”. According to intelligentcollector.com, Walter was one of the most prolific Adventure Pulp artists out there. Among other prolific pulp adventure artists mention in the article is Emmett Watson.

Funny how both Emmett’s illustration Jeepers and Walter’s image has two men, a jeep, a tent, a red blanket, and three bears. I find that a big coincidence.


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Oversize Dealer Wagon Postcard **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

This is a nice one. With shipping, this is under $10. It’s 11″x 8.5″.




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No Updates For Sunday

• CATEGORIES: Features

I’m in Seattle for a few days helping my parents. Updates resume Monday.

“They Shall Not Grow Old” is the name of this unusual WWI documentary directed by Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings, etc) that’s being released to some theaters. It’s all made using restored/repair actual footage of WWI. They also employed professional lip readers in the hope of capturing the dialogue seen in the video clips. It’s all wound together with interviews of WWI soldiers in the 1960s/1970s.

Here’s a trailer for the movie:

And here’s a part that shows what the British troops though of German Soldiers:

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Echeverria Field GPW Dedication for Wickenburg VFW

• CATEGORIES: Features, Museums

Joe-in-Mesa’s daughter’s boyfriend’s father (way to suck him in Joe!) took this photo of a 1943 GPW dedicated to the memory of the Echeverria Field near Wickenburg, Arizona, and donated to the Wickenburg VFW. Obviously, it’s not a perfectly restored vehicle, but it does help provide a tangible memory for VFW visitors.


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Here’s the VFW where the jeep is located, though Google did not capture the jeep outside:


Here is some location information about the air field. The location was not available via Google maps, so this is a hacked together location image:


1951 view of the former air field:


Some related links:

  1. Web page on abandoned air fields in Arizona
  2. Wickenburg VFW Facebook page
  3. Ghosttown Arizona information on Echeverria Field
  4. Echeverria Field on Wikipedia
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Christmas Village Article at the CJ-3B Page

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Check out Derek’s Christmas Village article that features a jeep that seems a combination of a CJ-3B and a DJ-3A.



For comparison, here’s a recreated DJ-3A soft top: