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1945 Photo of Jeep Pulling Boxcar on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

I wonder who the woman is?

“1945 Press Photo Military personnel in a jeep in front of railroad cars. This is an original press photo. Railroads – Misc. Cars Photo measures 8 x 6 inches. Photo is dated 03-03-1945.”

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Somerset Jeep Club Sign

• CATEGORIES: Features

interesting sign. This must have been Somerset, PA? 18×10 inches.


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1963 Tonka Ad with Surrey on eBay

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

The January 1963 issue of Playthings Magazine included this neat Tonka ad. I tried to find a full issue of Playthings Magazine on eBay, but there weren’t any 1960s that I could find. I suspect this is probably a rare ad.

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1944 Photo of Family Around Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This family seems to have been happy to see the GIs.

“1944 Press Photo German Family near Aachen Germany surround American Jeep. This is an original press photo. A large German Family near Aachen gathers around an American Jeep which formed part of the first Column to enter Germany and talk with men of General Bradley’s First Army Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 09-16-1944.”

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Postcard w/Bantams on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, Postcards

This postcard shows some Bantam BRC-40s.

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Turkey Day is Coming …

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

This seemed appropriate in anticipation of Thanksgiving. It was published in the October 1954 issue of Willys News.


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CJ-5 Tie Clip Longview, WA eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

If I wore ties, I’d snag this.

“1960s Jeep original dealership showroom salesmans promotional gold colored tie bar, size 2 inches, condition is good, any questions please send an e-mail, USA shipping will be $4.00”

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More Pics From Charles

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Some more random jeep photos courtesy of Charles.



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Note the cool billboard!


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2 Wagons Brochures on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This seller has a couple wagon brochures circa 1960 that I hadn’t seen. One is a 2WD brochure and one a 4WD brochure. The seller has a few other jeep brochures, too.

  1. 4 WD Jeep Utility Wagon Brochure
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  2. 2 WD Jeep Station Wagon Brochure
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Anyone Recognize This Hub?

• CATEGORIES: Features, Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

Is this an early Watson Hub? Something else? I don’t recognize it. It is on a 1952 truck for sale in Los Angeles right now.


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Brian’s 1942 MB

• CATEGORIES: Features

Nevada’s “The Union” newspaper shared an article on a 1942 Slat Grille owned by Brian Miner.



PHOTO CREDIT: Ron Cherry – The Union

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Poster/Brochure Purchased on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features


When I purchased this brochure on eBay, I didn’t expect it would unfold to such a large size! Even better, I got it using “make offer” on eBay for only $16. Here is how it unfolds:

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1944 Photo of Catherine Rogers on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

I expect this was a posed photo, Neat nonetheless. I found a second photo online from a different angle (see bottom pic). I was unable to learn if Catherine was someone famous. Anyone know?

“1944 Press Photo WAC Pvt. Catherine Rogers Rides on Jeep in New Guinea. This is an original press photo. WAC Pvt. Catherine Rogers of Boston, Mass., gets a ride in a Jeep soon after her arrival in New Guinea with a small advance contingent of WACs. Aussie Sgt. Len McTavish is her chauffeur, and two natives, who wanted a lift down the road, come along for the ride. Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 06-23-1944.”

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On page 5 of the Northern Recon Group’s “Jeep News” (pg 5) there is a second press photo of the group from a different angle.


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German actress Christine Kaufmann on Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Women & Jeeps

Mike shared this photo he found on Facebook of the lovely actress Christine Kaufmann on a jeep. She was born in 1945, so I imagine this was from the early to mid 1960s? This also made the rounds on Pinterest, saved by Roberto Flores. Christine would go on to marry Tony Curtis, among others.


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1948 Photo from Lamia, Greece on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE: Same seller is selling a second version of this press photo on eBay. See the first one sold in 2014 at the bottom.

“1948 Press Photo Lieutenant Colonel William E. Jennings in Jeep through Greece. This is an original press photo. Lieutenant Colonel William E. Jennings, Watervliet, Michigan, drives Jeep through mud caused by unseasonable rains and snows which plagued the Roumeli offensive, first spring drive by the Greek National Army against Guerrillas. Jennings is one of the U.S. observers advising the Greek army in its push on rebel positions in mountains near Lamia which are interfering with U.S. construction gangs. Rebuilding the Athens-Salonika highway and railroad. Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 05-11-1948.”

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1944 Photo New Zealanders Passing Sign on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Seller seems to be getting more aggressive with the pricing. Interesting photo just the same.

“1944 Press Photo American jeep stops and read the signage in Highway “6”
This is an original press photo. New Zealanders, who probably got their information from a close contest with Nazi Bullets, erected his sign which temporarily halts an American Jeep on famed Highway “6” which leads to Rome. “Achtung” is the German word for “attention” and the warning it headlines is situated a few miles from where the Rapido River crosses the highway south of Cassino. Photo measures 8.25 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 3-18-1944.”

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Willys-Am Tegernsee’s Fall Jeep Trip

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features


CeePee and the Willys Am Tegernsee group enjoyed a beautiful Fall drive through Bavaria. You can see all the photos here: http://www.willys-am-tegernsee.de/?p=2041

CeePee writes, “With some of the most beautiful kind of Bavarian weather we had a great day of jeeping in fall.

Together with some of the finest jeeping people we had everything to make it such an extraordinary day!

Jörg, the photographer, who made those great pictures on our summer convention – despite all the rain – joined us for the whole trip this time. Thanks to his great skills, I‘m able to share these fantastic impressions with you.

After 1300 kilometers round trip to join us on our tour Gero impressed me, when he said: Every single kilometer was worth it coming! Thank you, Gero!

The trip took us along the Tegernsee, over the Achenpass, then to a stop on the Sylventeinstaumauer, Wallgau, with a sensational view of the Zugspitze Massif. We went took a sensational drive to the Walchensee filled with the most beautiful autumn color, then onward with a journey through the Jachenau. The last few miles were driven to Tölz under the direction of the local guide Martin. The premium parking lots in front of the Jailhouse were already reserved by Peter, where we enjoyed a meal of spare ribs and hamburgers. Thankfully there was no rain, so we had lots of opportunity for jeep talk.

A great day, which put that special smile on everone‘s face! We‘ll keep‘em rolling!”

– CeePee
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1941 Ford GP #9419 Rapid City, SD $24,500

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features • TAGS: , .

Nice looking GP!

“The Ford GP offered for sale here is serial number 9419 and was built 24 April 1941 and assigned the US Army hood number W 2018213 at the factory. Ford GP 9419 was purchased from the family of a hunter at Deer River, Minnesota in 1984.

GP 9419 is complete with its original data plates (fairly rare for prototype vehicles) and the data plates match the frame serial number * 9419 * (which is also quite rare for prototype vehicles). This rare 76+ year old vehicle is 95% complete and almost everything has been restored or rebuilt by experts – the front and rear end, transmission and transfer case, engine, headlights and taillights, gauges, carburetor, etc. The sheet metal is all original except for the floor pan in the body, and there are quite a few rare bolts and nuts and some new-old-stock parts. The vehicle has never sat outside since it was purchased in 1984 and has spent the last 20 years in a tight, dry garage at 4500 feet elevation in the high desert climate of the Black Hills in southwestern South Dakota. The GP has a South Dakota title and is located only about 20 miles off the I-90 freeway on a good tar road.”


1941 Ford GP prototype, WW2 jeep for sale, jeep USA hood number W2018213, 1941 jeep with South Dakota title

1941 Ford GP prototype, WW2 jeep for sale, jeep USA hood number W2018213, 1941 jeep with South Dakota title

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Tim’s Texas Trip

• CATEGORIES: Features

eWillys’ senior field correspondent Tim Evan’s filed this report.

Tim wrote, “Last week we found cheap airline tickets ($34) from Cincinnati OH to Dallas TX so we decided to spend a few days there. Our agenda was to see a rodeo, and eat BBQ, chicken fried steak, and just plain steak. Of course, as always, I was on the lookout for jeeps.

At the Dr. Pepper museum gift shop in Waco TX, I found this reproduction advertisement, for sale, $30, from the WWII era with thirsty Soldiers in a jeeps being served a Dr Pepper.




A few blocks away at the Magnolia Silos from HGTV, we found this 1953 Willys wagon on display. If you think jeep parts are pricey you should see the home decor stuff in here!

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We visited the G.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Southern Methodist University. I asked if President Bush drives a Jeep on his ranch. I already knew the answer (no he drives a pick-up truck). I did see this photo of him with Thomas Lasorda CEO Chrysler from 2007 with a Grand Cherokee Jeep powered by bio diesel fuel.


After returning to Ohio, on November 4th I had the honor of driving WWII veteran Corporal Hoda Young, aged 101 years, in my M-38A1 at the Bowling Green KY Veterans Day Parade. CPL Young served with 3rd Armored Division in Europe. He had a an very memorable day looking over the Jeep and its engine and then riding shotgun in the parade. He was very knowledgeable about Jeeps, telling me that he’d purchased a jeep following WWII. He used it primarily as a farm vehicle.


Happy Veterans Day everyone and thanks to all the veterans for your service!

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6 Early Wagon Ads **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Were on eBay.’

These six ads are $9.95. Not a bad price.

“SIX original 10×13″ magazine ads in very good condition.”


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Back in Pasco

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I made it back to Pasco today after a few days with my kids in Salt Lake. Karson, my oldest, has become an avid rock climber, so he invited me to the Front Climbing Club where I showed my age … In fact I think I was the oldest person there!

Having never climbed, I gave it a go. It was not pretty, but I made it a little ways. I had plenty of arm and hand strength, but the holds that required a couple fingers doomed me.2017-11-06-climbing2


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1954 Photo of M-38A1s w/ 106mm on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Cool pic.

“1954 Press Photo Pfc Crousehora, Cpl Copeland with jeep mounted 105 mm guns. This is an original press photo. Pfc John D Crousehora at eft and Cpl Buel O Copeland, members of Co D 6th Inf Reg check their position with the jeep mounted 105 mm recoiless rifle as they set up a defensive perimeter during the annual combined training exercises of French, British and US troops held at Grunewald training area in Berlin, Germany Photo measures 10 x 8.25 inches. Photo is dated 04-01-1954.”

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1946 Jeep Testimonial w/ Hay Baler

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Another satisfied customer.

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Ted’s Spooky Farm Jeep

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Ted included his farm jeep in his outdoor Halloween display. Meanwhile, his daughter bought a tandem bike and attached a skeleton to the back for Halloween.

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Welliver, Floy Fox, & Rapport Dual Adapters

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Ted assembled these photos to highlight the differences between three different adapters: the Welliver, Floy Fox, and Rapport. You can learn more about adapters here: http://www.ewillys.com/2017/04/05/dual-wheel-adapters/

Ted’s also got a variety of parts for sale. You can see them all here:
View all of Ted’s parts on eBay (if for some reason that link doesn’t work, then use this one: https://www.ebay.com/usr/careyj103)

Ted writes, “I changed over from a set of Wellivers on my rear of the 2a to a set of Rappaport’s. The Welliver’s are very rare and nice in the fact that they fit on front or rear of Jeep. The third type I have are exact copies from an original set of Floy Foxs that I found on an old Willy’s Truck many years ago. A good jeep buddy of mine, who’s a really great machinist, makes them for me when he’s not booming with his other work. All three of these types bolt right up to original Willy’s rims and, importantly, do not require the second wheel to be mounted backwards like on the Hickey type and shorter versions like the pair that have been on ebay forever. I think the Willys’ guys are smart enough to see there too short .”

Welliver adapters:

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