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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

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

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

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

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

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July 1945 Press Release C

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

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

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features • TAGS: .

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

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

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

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Unique Jeeps, Unusual • TAGS: , .

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.

http://www.locust.org.uk/about/brochures/wrv/page2.html

 
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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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Jeep-Branded Can of SAE 90 Lubricant on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts

Here’s something unusual.

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“Vintage Jeep Willys Kaiser CJ2A CJ3A CJ5 Jeepster Wagon Pickup lubricant can NOS”

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Interesting Sign w/ Photo of Wrecked Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This cautionary sign about speed was placed atop this wrecked jeep.

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“Original WW2 photo (3.3 x 2.25 inches), slightly curled from age. No writing on the back. The sign reads “Here lies the body of G.I. Joe – He broke his neck while on the go – His nickname was ‘Speedy’ his last name Burney – He’s had it, brothers – His Sentimental Journey”.”

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July 19, 1945, Press Release A

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features • TAGS: .

This press release was part of a package of press releases and photos from eBay. It’s appears to be a press kit of some kind. There are four press releases total, each varying in size. This 14-page version A is the largest.

What is “pulling stone boat”? Apparently, the post-war jeep could do that better than the war-jeep (page A-6).

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1953 CJ-3B Ads

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This first CJ-3B focused ad was published in the April 09, 1953, issue of the Barre Daily Times out of Barre, Vermont. It demonstrated how the Universal ‘Jeep’ “Pays its way Fast!”. It was paid for by Vermont-Willys, INC.

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April 09, 1953, in the Barre Daily Times out of Barre, Vermont.

This next ad appeared two weeks later in the April 21, 1953, issue of the Sentinel out of Carlisle, Pennsylvania. It was sponsored by the William Peiper Garage.

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Motor Trend’s Short History of the Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features

Maury shared this recent article from Motor Trend o the history of the jeep. The author does a pretty good job with it.

https://www.motortrend.com/news/1944-willys-mb-jeep-review-americas-real-sports-car/amp/

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Model? Hardtop Dearborn, MI $350

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts • TAGS: .

I don’t recognize this hardtop, but there’s quite a few rivets for a non-production top.

https://detroit.craigslist.org/wyn/pts/d/dearborn-heights-willys-jeep-steel-top/7192597944.html

“Original steel top & doors. MB, M38, CJ2 & 3, maybe others. From a CJ3.”

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1942 Photo of Soldiers in Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

This June 03,1942, photo shows some men taking a ‘peep’ at the Will Rogers theatre to see if it suited their needs for a show. Whether the writer of the cutesy headline was aware that some folks were calling jeeps ‘peeps’ isn’t clear.

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June 03, 1942, in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

 
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Former Kamikaze Yukimasa Nishiyama Goes to College

• CATEGORIES: Features

While doing research on Maynard Roberts I happened upon the story of the first Japanese citizen who attended college after WWII. There’s no jeeps involved in this story, but I thought it was an interesting story and an unusual, gutsy move by the family of Robert Johnstone.

Yukimasa Nishiyama was a former Kamikaze pilot who won a scholarship from a family in Pennsylvania, a scholarship funded by the death of their son, Robert Johnstone, during WWII in the Pacific. It was the family’s way to honor their son by using the insurance money paid to them to fund the scholarship for a Japanese citizen to attend Lafayette College. They wanted to bridge the divide between the two countries.

His story made the news when he first arrived. In 1948 his story made the October 4th issue of Life Magazine, complete with photos. This story about Yukimasa was published in 1950:

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January 23, 1950, article in the Pomona Progress Bulletin.

After college, Nishiyama went on to work for AMP, a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, company for three decades before retiring. You can read more about his life and experiences in this 1989 article.

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September 14, 1989, in The Morning Call out of Pennsylvania

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September 14, 1989, in The Morning Call out of Pennsylvania

I could not find any more information about his life following 1989.

 

 
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NOS(?) Willys Stencil Kit Part NO 953049 on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

Chris spotted this cool but pricey Willys stencil kit. Given a couple of these have been used, it doesn’t quite seem like it is an “NOS” kit, but still a rare find.

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“NOS WILLYS JEEP STENCIL SET PART # 953049 9 STENCILS FOR TRUCK, WAGON,JEEPSTER AND FORWARD CONTROL TWO STENCILS USED ONCE BUT ALL SERVICABLE AS NEW VERY RARE ITEM!”

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Ice Racer “Dirty George” (not for sale)

• CATEGORIES: Features, Racing • TAGS: , .

This image was included as part of the sale of a CJ-6 axle (pumpkin removed). It’s an ice-racer with an extended body and a mustang convertible top (reminiscent of the DJ-3A convertible top). It’s sort of an art-car ice-racer. Nice to see folks just having fun with their rigs.

According to the seller of the axle, “I used the [CJ-6] tub and frame to extend a CJ3B to add a Mustang convertible top.”

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September 1949 CJ-3A “How to Cut Costs” Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This brochure has a form number of CJ3A-M1-250M-9-49, which I believe means it was published in September of 1949. It appears that some of the art for this brochure was completed a year and a half earlier for a newspaper ad (see bottom of post).

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Vac-U-Cast Plastic Bantam BRC Model

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Here is a rare model of the Bantam BRC I bought a couple months ago on eBay; It is quarter-sized (1/76th scale) produced by Vac-U-Cast Plastics, Inc. On the one hand, I’d really like to assemble it; on the other, I like it’s original condition the way it is. The model number is VS-106 Bantam Jeep Prototype I.
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