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Rowdy’s Tracked Flattie in the Snow

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Mike shared this video show RowdyWelder’s track-equipped flat fender tackling the snow.

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Gevarm Frence Jeep Model on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Roger Martin shared this French jeep with a Gevarm mark on its underside. I haven’t seen another one of these. Given the box shows the jeep 1) in olive drab, 2) with a trailer, and 3) with armaments, I am wondering if this jeep should have those extras and be painted olive drab?

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Mail Carrier Put 138,000 Miles on Wagon

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

UPDATE: First posted October 15, 2017.

The February 1955 issue of Kaiser Willys News showcased a mail carrier who put 138,000 miles on a wagon in the Idaho/Yellowstone area.

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Repairs To the Front Frame Rails

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Roger shared this Youtube video by RowdyWelder who shares how he rebuilt the badly damaged front frames rails on this old jeep.

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Willys Jeep Dealership Sign Salem, OH $5900

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Tom shared this sign for sale.


“49 1/2″x 13 1/2″x 8″ 1 original Willys dealership flickering flashing sign”


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Merry Christmas

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

Mike shared this photo of a jeep turned present with Santa. It’s not one I can remember seeing. I hope you all have. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!



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1949 Modified CJ-3A Lincolnton, NC $9450

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual • TAGS: , .

UPDATE II: **Status Unknown** Was priced at $9450. 

“1949 Cj3a fire truck one of a kind built by factory for fire protection then used by ambulance service runs and drives some work done”

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Willys Overland Christmas Song

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This Willys Overland Christmas song was performed by Ms. Ellie Stewart and sponsored by https://www.thejeepsterman.com/. According to the information, The Epic Willys Adventure folks & Jeep Hunters Productions were also involved.

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Fermel Utility Jeeps from South Africa

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles • TAGS: , , , .

UPDATE: Originally published February 17, 2015, it now looks like these vehicles are no longer produced. Jim notes that Fermel is no longer in business.

After publishing the post about the Union Mine Jeeps, Marc found a website that features new ones. A South African company called Fermel makes four different utility vehicles. The webpage for each jeep includes a video of each respective jeep.

1. Mini UV Emergency Vehicle: A light utility vehicle with permanent 4 wheel drive and a maximum payload capacity of 1500 kg. Built on a unique Meccano Type chassis
Features Include :
Blue Flashing Light , Siren , Roller bed & locking point for stretcher , Lockable cabinet , Overhead oxygen bottle rock , Drip hooks, Defibrilator carring points , Rubberlined rear , Fabric Lattice tailgate , Foam cushions , Flourescent lights at rear.

2. MIni UV LDV: Categorized as a light utility vehicle, the MINI UV LDV is a 2 seater, 1500 kg payload capacity underground machine. The loadbay is ideally suited for materials transportation. The vehicle features permanent 4 Wheel Drive , a unique meccano type chassis and wet multi disc brakes inboard axles. Load area for carrying general materials.


3. Mini UV LWB: A permanent 4 Wheel Drive , light utility transporter with a payload capability of 1000 kg. A seating capacity of 4-6 passengers. Built on a unique meccano type mining chassis , the MINI UV is a mining vehicle designed for use in harsh operating conditions. The vehicle is equipped with a DEUTZ 4 cylinder air-cooled motor , COMII , EPA II Emission compliance and wet-multi disc. Service and failsafe service inboard axles.



4. Mini UV SWB: A permanent 4 Wheel Drive , light utility transporter with a payload capability of 1000 kg. A seating capacity of 4-6 passengers. Built on a unique meccano type mining chassis , the MINI UV is a mining vehicle designed  for use in harsh operating conditions. The vehicle is equipped with a DEUTZ 4 cylinder air-cooled motor , COMII , EPA II Emission compliance and wet-multi disc. Service and failsafe service inboard axles.


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Wood Rocking Jeep Apple Valley, CA $425

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

This is unique.


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“1942-1945 military CJ-2A style rocking jeep custom made by High Desert wood workers association. One of six made. We gave one to our sponsor Lowes of Apple valley, and the rest went to call for life for kids for Christmas gifts as well as 24 doll carriages we made. We would like to sell this one asking price is 425 or a reasonable offer. It does rock and is painted with Sherwin Williams paint and all hand made by the members of our wood club. Please message us or text at [hidden information]. Would make a great collector item and or a gift. Located in Apple Valley, CA may consider trades.”

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1950 & 1950 Color Selector Brochures

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I ran across these rare brochure on eBay. They aren’t in the best of shape, but  better than nothing!

The first one became effective April 1, 1950, for The Willys Station Wagon and The Willys Jeepster. It is a simple four-page brochure with a choice of six palettes.

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The second brochure does not include the Jeepster. It also pairs the color choices down to three and (for marketing purposes?) gives a branding name to each color choice: Jamaica, Grand Canyon, and Caribbean. Note that this four-page brochure includes the Willys Makes Sense slogan from the Willys Makes Sense campaign the company implemented across it’s adverting in 1951:
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CJ-2A Al-Toy Elletsville, IN $85

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models, toys

UPDATE: Price has dropped to $85.

Thanks to Tom for spotting this. Asking price is $150, but it lacks a steering wheel and is a little rough. This is the tow-seat version. It has a casting number of 8.


“Very rare antique 1946 metal toy Willys CJ 2A Jeep. All wheels move freely when rolled and have no cracks, color is light tan, hood opens, windshield folds down, IS missing the steering wheel. Have found the exact same one on a antique toy website for $275 (pics 7-10). My asking price is very fair, so please no lowball offers. Reasonable offers considered.”

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1944 Photo of Modified Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

Mario shared this photo of a highly modified jeep on Facebook. “A field modified up-armored jeep from the 17th Airborne Division, ca. 1944.”


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Hanging Wood Jeep CA $85

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

Roger Martin shared this interesting, kind of quirky, unusual bit of jeep wood art.


“Jeep made of wood for wall hanging for man cave or garage”


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Glenn’s Decorated Flatfender

• CATEGORIES: Features

Thanks to his grand daughter Kim and other family members, one of Glenn Byron’s jeeps in Maine is now a Christmas lawn ornament.


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Hay, Time for a Workout

• CATEGORIES: Features

Tom Cruze helping with the hay

It’s been a busy week this week (and just another example of why jeep work has been delayed). With temps hovering in the 20’s and cold fog making it even colder, on Tuesday morning we had an opportunity to improve our garage gym by buying two Precor Cardio items–a strider and a treadmill– from a local Gold’s Gym for $500 a piece. At 400-500lbs per unit, most folks likely can’t move them nor have the room for them. So, we feel like we scored price-wise.

Now, you might think with all those strong folks inside the gym that we could get some help moving the items, but no. So, two female employees and I moved the equipment out to the truck, then I winched them up the trailer (thank goodness we bought a tilt trailer!).


Precor AMT 885 Strider with a P80 display on the left and a Precor Treadmill 885 w/ 4hp motor (though I discovered it needs a dedicated 20amp circuit, which we happened to have in the garage).

We’ve also added a functional trainer, which I used to use all the time when I had a gym membership. Unlike the rest of our equipment, we bought that new as a Christmas present for us both. Ann simply doesn’t have the hand strength to manage the free weights.

Here are the pics of our new setup. We are going to get some flat mirrors to place next to the posters  along the wall and add some more barn mats under the rack in the back, but this setup will really help keep us in functional shape. All the weights, the bars and some other items were mostly from Dad, as he lifted weights for almost 40 years.

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After sliding the machines off the trailer on Tuesday, we then drove an hour west of us to pick up 4500lbs of hay (Alfalfa and some Timothy). We got back late, so, I waited until Wed morning to unload the hay, but, of course, it started snowing. So, as the snow fell, I unloaded as quickly as I could, because I had to make another run to get another 4500lbs of bales that afternoon.


It was snowing and slick as I unloaded the truck and trailer.


Our life here would be impossible without a tractor. Those tractor forks are invaluable!


I can stack seven ables on the front forks and add one to the lift in the back, for a total of eight, which I then moved to our “barn”, which is really just a series of lean-tos.

Having returned on Wednesday with the second load, and having learned my lesson early in the morning, I decided that since it wasn’t snowing, I ought to unload the hay that night. So, working into the dark, I eventually got the trailer unloaded and the remaining hay cleaned up.

The 140 bails ought to help us make it through the winter, especially as the warming temps next week will melt the snow, which will allow the cows to once again grave the neighbors pasture.

Turning to jeeps, I’ve been planning out my roll cage for the racer over the past few days. The cage’s major requirements include: 1) protect the driver and passenger, 2) support the seats, 3) provide the upper shock mounts, 5) support the flimsy fiberglass body 6) support the steering column and brake/clutch system, 7) the rear gas tank, and 8) some electronics.  I hope to reposition the racing chassis in the shop this coming week so I can more easily work on it.

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Kubota Swapped Willys Video Update

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Bill shared this update for a satisfied Kubota engine owner.

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1950-51 Master Parts Book Rhode Island $75

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

Steve spotted this one. Maybe someone can use it?


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Field Modified Airborne Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Mario shared this photo on Facebook of a 17ty Airborne Division jeep circa 1944.



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Jeep Grille Key Holder $20

• CATEGORIES: Features

Roger Martin spotted this key holder that might interest folks.


“Jeep Grille Key Holder 8”x 4 1/2””


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Police Department Testimonials from Toledo & NY

UPDATE: It’s been almost nine years since I posted a series of Testimonials to the early jeeps that were part of a very rare early sales book. Most, but not all, included images. A friend of mine shared them with me. You can see them all here: http://www.ewillys.com/tag/1946-testimonials/


Originally Posted September 16, 2013: 

Here are several examples from Police Departments from the sales book:

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And from New York City:


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1957 Blitz Buggy Truck Oneonta, NY $14,500

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Willys Trucks

Thanks to Andy for sharing this rare rig. I believe less than 40 of these were produced. Learn more at the CJ-3B Page: https://cj3b.info/Fire/BlitzBuggy.html

“1957 Willy’s Blitz Buggy. 200 mile on complete engine overhaul. Never any rust. Way cool.”


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Marx Jeep Mooresville, NC $25

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

This imperfect Marx toy seems a good price. Thanks to Tom for sharing. I haven’t seen a steering “box” on a Marx; I suspect it has been added.


“Antique Willy’s Jeep toy from 1940-1950. Front hood opens and windshield lowers. Listed below market value. Very well loved toy looking for new owner.”

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The Military Jeep Willys Model CJ-V35/U

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

I hadn’t heard that Bob had a new book out about the CJ-V35U, but discovered the book while looking for something else. So, I bought a copy. It’s 80 pages are devoted to this rare jeep. You can pick up a copy through Walck4x4.


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1944 Willys MB Stolen near Ohio

• CATEGORIES: Features, MB, Stolen Vehicles

The Ohio Motorpool Facebook page announced a stolen MB: https://www.facebook.com/1991omp/posts/pfbid0EGLdZ7kv24opuPLXQTaG18kvk8FEMNqrzJjhrsDw6R4va5FyD2V1omHcupmx2Ur6l

“JEEP STOLEN – We received word that 1944 MB (Willys), VIN Number W6745035 was stolen from a shop on the east side of Indianapolis, Indiana on Saturday evening. If you come across this HMV, please call your local authorities and report it as a stolen vehicle. Attached are photos of the vehicle.”

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