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WWII Jeep Model Lighter on eBay

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This lighter is a little more detailed than the ones I have.

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1944 Photo of Jeep Stuck in Italian Mud on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

I’m sure the driver is explaining, “The mud didn’t look that deep!”

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“1944 Press Photo World War II US troops push an Army Jeep out of mud in Italy This is an original press photo. World War II – Italy. These American soldiers on the Italian front try to free a jeep that has bogged down in the mud. Photo measures 8.75 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 1-9-1944. ”

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1958 Brazil Video Showing the Jeep at Work

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Mike shared this vintage 1958 video from Brazil.

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July 1945 Press Release F

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This is the final press release from the July 1945 press release kit. Customers could rest assured, according to the release, that the new peace jeep would “embody many comfort facilities” compared to the war-time jeep.

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July 1945 Press Release Photo #2

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This photo, marked as photo #2, shows a prototype CJ-2 at New Hudson. The jeep has a crated pig in the cargo area. The caption discuses the 4-in-1 nature of the jeep and lists different ways the jeep was expected to be utilized.

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1950 Photo in Northwest Korea on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This is a photo I hadn’t seen. This photo was taken just before the battle at Chosin Reservoir.

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“KOREA WAR JEEPS TROOPS US MARINES BATTALION 1950 PRESS ORIGINAL PHOTO 290, 9 X 7 INCHES”

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Willys of Indiana Matchbook Cover on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Artists/Drawings, Features • TAGS: .

The starting price on this matchbook is $49.99. Note the illustrative details of the jeep, including bows+holders and a rear pto.

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“Jeep Willys Matchbook Indianapolis Indiana Vintage Rare Dealership 40’s?. Condition is “Used”. Shipped with USPS First Class. This is old and used. The colors and advertising are beautiful! No matches. What you see is what you get.”

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1947/48 Willys Jeep Brochure from Switzerland

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, International

This double-sided brochure is printed in French on one Sid era German on the other. The only driver shown in the pics is a woman at the helm of the CJ-2A. Given the vehicles pictured, my guess this was printed in 1947 or 1948. The paper is extremely thin, so I’m surprised this one survived.

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July 1945 Press Release E

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This brochure highlights the jeep’s ease of operation.

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July 1945 Press Release Photo #1

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As part of the 1945 Press Release packet, this image is included as photo #1 along with a caption.

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Image from 1967 6-Day War in Israel

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Joe spotted this photo showing a partially crushed M-38A1.He accidentally found it on Google while searching for something else. I had no idea an M

Quora.com indicates the tank is an M-50 Sherman that was damaged during fighting along the West Bank during 1967. I had no idea running over an M-38A1 could knock out a tank like that! (my poor attempt at humor…).

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1949 Photo of Jeep Driving Between W. Germany and W. Berlin on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This jeep was the first vehicle to go from West Germany to West Berlin following the soviet blockage of Berlin.

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“1949 Press Photo U.S. Army jeep travels between West Germany & West Berlin. This is an original press photo. U.S. Army jeep is first Allied vehicle to travel land route between West Germany and West Berlin after end of Soviet blockage of West Berlin, May 12, 1949 (Germany)Photo measures 10.25 x 8.5inches. Photo is dated 05-12-1949.”

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Willys Parts Collection Hesperia, CA Make Offer

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts

Seller would like potential buyers to see the parts at his place and his dad’s to see what’s all there. Seller doesn’t have the time to part it all out.

https://inlandempire.craigslist.org/pts/d/hesperia-willys-jeep-parts-collection/7203137778.html

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“Hello, I have a somewhat large Willys parts collection that i would like to sell. Its a collection from my dad and i dating back to the 1980’s. He is 80 and no longer has interest in keeping most of it and honestly there’s so much stuff i don’t really know what all is there. Included are multiple engines, sheet metal, interior parts, transmissions, transfer cases, axles, frames, etc. for wagons, trucks, jeepsters, cj2 cj3, mb and maybe a few cabover parts, trash cans full of parts, containers full of part, etc. There might be a few NOS parts too but I have to look and see what i might keep as i’m likely gonna keep one or two of the Willys vehicles as my kids have been wanting a father kid classic car project. I would like someone who can come to my place in Hesperia and my dads in Riverside to see it all. Keep what you want and sell the rest to other Willys enthusiasts. I don’t have time to part it out or deal with those that are looking for a few parts. Tried that before and it was a big waste of time. Pics only show a part of whats there. Please understand that you will need a decent amount of storage space for all this, preferably inside storage and much of it is very heavy and it will take multiple loads so be realistic. Thanks”

 
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2 Circa 1970? Brochures From Switzerland

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Titled Geschlossener Jeep fur Sommer und Winter, these two brochures came from Switzerland. The majority of the images show configurations for the CJ-6, but a CJ-3A looking jeep is shown as is a CJ-5. You can see one brochure has “72” written on it, which *might* be a reference to 1972? Those seem like some nice configurations of well-built tops.

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Angles National Forest’s New Fire Jeeps

A March 30, 1947, article in the Metropolitan Pasadena Star-News introduced the Forest Service’s ten new CJ-2As to California readers. These vehicles were equipped with two-way radios to aid fire control.

The article notes that a Weasel was being tested, along with the development of a four-wheel-drive vehicle that would be better for forest fire fighting, but I could find no references on the internet to an offload vehicle designed by Ira Funk.

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July 1945 Press Release D

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This one-page press release focuses on the CJ-2A’s engine.

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July 1945 Press Release C

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After the large size of press releases A & B, press release C is a modest 2 pages.

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Jeep Tankers Developed by the Forest Service

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles

A niche journal focuses on forest fire fighting called Fire Control Notes published at article in the January 1947 issue concerning quarter-ton-tanker jeeps made from WWII vehicles. You can see the full journal here: https://archive.org/details/firecontrolnotes08unit/page/n5/mode/2up?q=jeep

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1958 ‘Jeep’ Calendar w/FC-170 on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This vintage calendar featuring an FC-170 looks in good shape.  It’s priced at $29.95 w/ free shipping.

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July 1945 Press Release B

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At five pages, this Press Release B from July 1945 is less than half the size of Press Release A.

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1942 Article on the Jeep-Of-All-Work

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

This July 09, 1942, article out of the Pomona Progress Bulletin (Pomona, California) highlights the ‘Jeep-of-All-Work’ tiny, versatile car. It includes some interesting illustrations.

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1954 Farm ‘Jeep’ Ad on eBay

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The ad for the Farm ‘Jeep’ appeared in an unknown magazine.

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“1954 Willys 4 wheel Drive Farm Jeep AD, taken from a 1954 magazine. AD measures about 5 x 8. Condition is Good with some discoloration from age.”

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RLT Development’s Husky R.V. Jeep Kit

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UPDATE III: Robert’s RLT Husky

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UPDATE II:  Ray sent some pics of a Husky he built in 1992. (Also, if you are in the UK, I know of a Husky kit jeep for sale in Jersey)

Ray built this RLT Husky R.V. atop a Ford Escort MK2 chassis. It took Ray 2 years to build his rig. He combined the kit with original parts. As you can see, it is one of the more authentic looking Husky-jeeps built from the kit. Ray sold his RLT Husky in 1995.

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Originally posted August of 2013:

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Sometimes called the Husky R.V. or the R.L.T. Husky, this Jeep Kit was sold out of the UK and used atop a Ford Taurus or Ford Escort Mark IV (and other cars?). It was available for an unknown period during the 1980s and 1990s.

“R.V. – Rugged and Versatile aptly describes these tough, reliable and inexpensive all-weather vehicles. The unique exterior MDF body combines great strength with structural rigidity and will not rust, crack, craze or splinter, yet is easy to repair.

The sturdy steel chassis, with substantial (de)fenders front & rear, is built for long life, stability and to cope with rugged conditions. Seating can vary from 2 fronts with a rear load space, which can be fitted with forward, rearward or inward facing rear seats, accessed via a ‘walk-thru’ from the front can be accommodated by simple modification to the cutting and assembly process, or the rear zip up rear hood window, with or without the optional opening tailgate

Fold-flat windscreen. Ford front engine/RWD ensures safe predictable handling, amazing traction and reliable mechanics. Nimble as an Escort, the HUSKY turns tighter than a London Taxi and yet provides a comfortable ride even over rough terrain. Safety options include a hefty Roll Bar, front Nudge Bar and chassis mounted Side Impact bars/steps”

Some pictures:

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IMAGE LINKS:  Use these links to see the above large res images herehere, here, and here.

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1956 Report on the 6th Annual Jeep Trip to Lake Tahoe

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

The July 19, 1956, issue of the Auburn Journal reported on the Auburn Chamber of Commerce’s sixth annual jeep trip to Lake Tahoe.

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FC-Ads From Canada on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Here are some Canadian FC ads on eBay. One describes a contest in 1957.

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“1950’S WILLYS JEEP FC-150 PRINT ADS (3). Good to fair condition. One of the ads is a 1957 full page ad measuring 8.5 x 11 inches. The other two are half page ads.”

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