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Ron Fitzpatrick Open House Sunday May 23, 2021

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

Ron’s holding an open house, a military vehicle show and sale, this year on May 23, 2021, in Central Point, Oregon.

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Ford GPW Training Engine/Transmission/Transfercase

• CATEGORIES: Features

Thanks to Hans Loix for posting pics of this Ford GPW training engine/trans/tc to Facebook (and to Roger Martin for pointing them out to me).

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1951 Photo of ‘Jeep’ Crate Destined to Thailand on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

I’m a big confused by the ‘Jeep’ image stamped onto the side of the crate. In 1951, Willys-Overland was downplaying the use of jeep as a brand. This photo looks to be more like a post 1953-Kaiser-purchase photo. I tried to find a 1951 time-frame photo of a boxed jeep, but couldn’t find any I could compare to this one. Any thoughts on this?

It’s possible, given the photo was published as part of a 1987 article, that someone just guessed on the time-frame of this photo. Also, the fact that Thailand remained active in South Korea until March of 1955 might also provide an explanation for why these boxed jeeps were heading to Thailand.

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1950 Willys Sedan Delivery Export Company Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This is the fifth of five similar brochures, though it’s the only one described as a Willys-Overland Export Company Brochure. It highlights the Willys Sedan Delivery vehicle. The form number is SD-73-MI–80M–350. Like the others, it is nearly 22″x17″.

The brochure in the post below this appears to be the same, though with different colors, and it states it is from Willys-Overland Motors. Why are they different? I don’t know.

This is how the folded front page looks:

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This is the folded back page:

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When unfolded vertically, this page appears:

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When unfolded horizontally, this page appears highlighting the new Hurricane engine:

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When completely unfolded, this page appears:

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And, finally, this is how the back appears when unfolded:

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1950 Willys Sedan Delivery Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I don’t have a high resolution version of this brochure, as it’s more expensive (almost $50 after shipping and taxes .. it comes from Australia) than I’d like to pay. You can see it was originally sent to Minnesota (Cutler Motors Sales, Mora, MN). How it got to Australia I couldn’t say. Curiously, it has the same form number as the export version in the post above: SD-73-MI–80M–350.

You can view more info on eBay

As with the one above, this is the front of the folded brochure:

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This is the folded back page:

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When unfolded vertically, this page appears:

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When unfolded horizontally, this page appears highlighting the new Hurricane engine:

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When completely unfolded, this page appears:

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1947 Photo of Forestry Jeep in Louisiana

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

The Shreveport Times reported on a forest fires on august 12, 1947, and included a photo of a forestry commission jeep.

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1953 Photo of a Forestry Jeep, Possibly in South Dakota

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Speaking of Forestry Jeeps, this photo of a Forest Service CJ-3A with a Fire pump was taken August 15, 1953. The image resides in the Black Hills National Forest Historical Collection.

https://explore.digitalsd.org/digital/collection/BHNF/id/6549

 
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CJ-2A Body and Front Clip Morro Bay, CA $1000

• CATEGORIES: Body Parts, Features, Parts

That poor CB looks abused. The driver’s step is missing and there are a few mods. Seller has additional parts available.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/422265132365121

“Cj2a tub, fenders, hood, grill, 3b windshield… 1k obo I have other parts that can go with it for more $$$.”

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1950? Willys Sedan Delivery Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

There’s no form number on this Willys Sedan Brochure, but based on the style, I would say it’s a 1950 brochure. This is the front of the brochure. Once I receive on additional brochure, I’ll demonstrate the series of 1950 wagon/truck nose brochures.

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This is the back fo the unfolded brochure:

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When unfolded vertically, this page appears:

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When unfolded once more, this time horizontally, this page appears. One interesting detail is that the other similar brochure refer to the engine as “new”, but this one refers to the engine as “Famous”. Thus, I suspect this is a late 1950 brochure.

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When the brochure is fully unfolded, this page appears:

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This is how the unfolded back of the brochure looks:Photos

 
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1955 Photo of a Leb’s Restaurant Delivery Jeep

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

UPDATE: Thanks to Mark for forwarding this additional info about Leb’s: http://sites.gsu.edu/historyofourstreets/category/lebs-restaurant/

This May 25, 1955, photo shows a CJ-3B with a Worman hardtop that’s splashed with Leb’s advertising. I can’t tell what the hood advertising states. The photo was taken outside the Bell Telephone Company in Atlanta, Georgia.

https://digitalcollections.library.gsu.edu/digital/collection/lane/id/1427

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PHOTO CREDIT: Georgia State University Digital Collections 05/25/1955, Lane Brothers Photography.

 
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August 1949 Salesbuilder & May News Article

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

UPDATE: Thanks to a May 27, 1949, article in the Rhinelander Daily News (Wisconsin), we now know that the Forestry Demonstration occurred on May 26th. There’s also more in-depth information on the event within the article.

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Originally Posted November 8, 2020: This August 1949, Volume 1, No. 6, Salesbuilder shows off the new 4WD wagon. There’s  a report about a Forest exhibition in May of 1949 near Eagle River, Wisconsin, where the fire jeeps showed their ability to get quickly to fires. The Jeepster’s new inline 6 gets a nod, as does the Bountiful Jeep Posse.

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1957 French Canadian Ad Featuring an FC-170 Stake Bed

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

This is the last French Canadian ad. I don’t know in what publication is appeared. It’s interesting that it includes a Kaiser-Willys ad number at the lower left (KW-6100F)

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Future of eWillys

• CATEGORIES: Features

This is a tease …. Barring something unforeseen, our contract indicates this is the future of eWillys …. And, no that’s not a street, it’s the parking. When all is finalized, I will explain more.

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Alaska Road Trip Puzzle w/ Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features • TAGS: .

My wife thought this puzzle was too good to pass up, given our 2017 Alaska Or Rust trip, so she surprised me with it. This puzzle is available through a variety of sellers (one of which is Amazon). The illustration was done by Ken Zella.

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1943 Article on FDR and Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

This article shows FDR in jeeps. It was published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune February 02, 1943.

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1955 Photo of Tornado Damaged Jeep … Udall, Kansas

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This may have been a CJ-3A. It lost a battle to a Kansas Tornado. The photo was taken on May 25, 1955, and is a part of the National Archives of Kansas.

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https://catalog.archives.gov/id/283888 National Archives of Kansas 05/25/1955

 
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1973 Stainless Steel Jeep Las Vegas, NV $6500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, Features, stainless/jewels • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available. 

(03/07/2020) It’s a project. Has curved rather than flat fenders.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/168482501463382

“For sale rare 1973 stainless steal jeep style body . Needs to be fully re-stored (was bought for that purpose) Has title to the jeep Asking 6,500.00 or 6,000 Cash Only”

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Jeeping Videos on Hemmings

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Bill shared this short article written by Daniel Stroh where organized four videos featuring folks and videos you may have seen on Facebook. These guys have been busy the last few years:

https://www.hemmings.com/stories/2020/12/06/these-jeepers-make-black-bear-road-the-most-dangerous-road-in-the-country-seem-like-a-sunday-drive

Here’s one of the videos showing parts of their trip over Black Bear Pass:

 
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March 1957 French-Canadian Ad for the FC-150 + Sign

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

UPDATE: Todd shared a sign that matches the Jeep sign which appears in the lower part of the ad at the bottom of this post. I’ve not seen one quite like this, so I imagine it was only available in Canada?

The sign was double sided, but he separated the halves so he could hang them on the wall. Here are some pics:

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This is the back of the sign. It was made by Tek, a company still in business in Canada.

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This March 1957 ad in an unknown magazine highlighted the FC-150 distributers.

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Photo of Seabee MB on Gaudacanal(?)

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Gayland shared this photo of a Seabee MB NCB 6 (later changed to an MCB in 1949). He added, “I don’t know the location but suspect it is Guadalcanal. MCB6 was the first Seabee unit in combat when it joined the Marines on that island. Seabee equipment, at least in the Pacific theater, was painted the same color Marine equipment. Haze Gray shows up a little too well in the jungle.”

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1948 Photo From Sweden

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Old Images

The good looking MB in this photo has a nice top. What kind of structure is that? A Cabin?

The Swedish translates to English as: “Staff trip to Storvallen 1948. From left: Uno Branden, Britta, Ingrid Hellström, Einar Montén and Astrid Walster.”

https://jlm.kulturhotell.se/items/show/143324

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‘Jeep’ Earth Moving Equipment Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

You can see better pics of this type of brochure here: http://www.ewillys.com/2020/05/18/1951-jeep-moving…uipment-brochure/

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“JEEP Willys Jeep Earth Moving Equipment BROCHURE PAMPHLET. 2 page fold out 1940-50’s has 3 punched holes to fit in 3 ring binder. Condition is good “Used””

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March 1950 Four-Wheel-Drive Willys Truck Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This over-sized 4WD truck brochure folds out to roughly 22″x17″. It’s form number is 4WDTM1-3CM-350. This first image shows the front of the brochure:

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This second image shows the back prior to unfolding:

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When opened vertically the brochure reveals this page:

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Unfolded one more time, and this page showing off the Hurricane engine appears:Photos

When fully unfolded, this great image of the truck is shown:

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This is how the back looks when completely unfolded:Photos

 
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Bruce Meyer, Manx Inventor, Passes Away

• CATEGORIES: Features

The man who launched the dune buggy industry passed away at age 94. He sounds like he was an interesting guy.

https://jalopnik.com/im-so-sad-to-say-that-bruce-meyers-the-man-who-created-1846312022

This is an hour-plus video about the Meyers Manx:

 
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1944 MB? Idaho Falls, ID $9000

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual, Wood bodies • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Price is now $9000.

(10/16/2020) What a crazy contraption. “El Burrito”‘s got style. It even has a mural on the back. I’m not quite sure how the rear extends, but it looks like someone would be safe from bugs.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/379875466485663

“A Prospector’s Dream or a mini RV!
A unique vehicle for the right individual. A fold out six foot bed behind the seats, and a “kitchen” underneath. Email me for videos showing the set ups. A 1944 WWII surplus jeep purchased in 1954. It is a Willy’s 4 cylinder. I think it might be a CJ 6.
Needs new gas tank (has 2 tanks, if you want to replace both) Seals and belts are dry, but should absorb fluids back when added. It was started, but turned off to avoid running bad gas through the carburetor. All the mini-van modifications can be removed to restore to original jeep without too much conversion.
If interested E-mail phone number to pungoriver@live.com and I will call you for further information. If you like make a bid.
It has been garaged.”

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