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Old Photo of Squamish, BC, Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

The seller believes this photo is from the ALCAN, but the photo is blank on the back, so I’m not sure why the seller thinks this. Squamish is just north of Vancouver and closer to San Francisco than Dawson Creek. Still, it’s a neat old photo. (Squamish has been used as a film location substitute for Seattle-area-based movies like the Walking Tall remake).

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Jeeps @ the Southern Museum of Flight

• CATEGORIES: Features, Museums

GMWillys and his lovely wife visited the Birmingham Alabama’s Southern Museum of Flight the other day and took some photos for us. He notes that the museum is fairly impressive, given the relatively small space. And, the jeep count is at three: an M-38, an M-38A1, and a CJ-V35. See the pics below.

The M-38:
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The CJ-V35:


The M-38A1 (hidden behind a plane):


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1953 2×4 Ambulance Wagon Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This spec sheet is a rare one. It’s not clear to me how the seller arrived at the 1953 date.

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“1953 Willys Overland 2×4-73 Ambulance Specification Sheet.”


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1960 Koenig Winch Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This is reported to be 18 pages, but only 2 pages have been photographed.

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“This packet contains a cover letter/order form in front of two brochure which are:
Ramsey Winches for the Jeep Models:
Koenig King Winches
Pages: 18
Details: W 8.5 x H 11 x D 0.1”



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1944? Jeep Brandywine, MD No Price

• CATEGORIES: Features, MB, Willys Trucks, Willys Wagons • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Still Available. Description has been updated. Was $400. Now no price.

(07/02/2014) Oh this crazy thing is great! It’s got some floating rear hubs, so very well could have a 1944 chassis.


“Experimental? 312 engine was informed by the long retired pilot Air Force. Found locally near Hyde field near Andrews AFB .. 312 virtually identical to 292 without checking numbers on crankshaft. Complete except carb. Parts or restore – pto, Dana 44s, tow bar. One off hand built cap. Still has some military type script on inside of cap, looks like they used recycled ductwork or equiptment steel. Ford mustang type seats. .. no parts this on really needs to be researched. Haven’t been able to locate a VIN. Confusion as to all that have studied it. No parts sell as whole unit. Bill of Sale. Great conversation piece, yard art or rare historical piece. Pretty solid except for some floor pan and rocker repair.

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DJ-3A Airport Baggage Handler

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles

A reader named Randy used to drive this very jeep. He shares his experience below. Note that the DJ-3A fuel inlet was moved to the side to accommodate the ramp.


These pictures were taken in the spring of 1970 and I am no doubt somewhere on the BOAC VC-10. Or I maybe flying the “bucket truck” in the back of the plane cleaning the lavatories


Randy writes, “After high school I got a job with a company that serviced airlines that didn’t have dedicated ground crews. These airlines had only one or two flights a day at our airport. This employer hired and trained people to service the airplanes just like a fulltime ground crew would. Every “ramp rat” was going to be something else after college except for me. I would learn to fly with the meager pay and get employed using friendships and connections made there.

“Anyway, Butler Aviation had a Jeep Baggage Loader and I would drive it on any mission that came up. Summer and winter or rain or snow, I volunteered to position the belt loader and loved each time I drove it. It wasn’t uncommon to reposition that Jeep from one side of the airport to the other. Four or five miles at a time.

“It was a 4 cylinder, 2-wheel drive, three on the tree with the giant loader and hydraulics attached above the center of gravity. The endless belt loader was fixed in the back and raised and lowered in the front. Had a huge rubber bumper on the front of the belt to prevent damage to the airplanes. It only went about 30 mph but, combined with the unstable loader, it could get scary. We use to fill it up with ramp rats and drive across the airport in the summer and get a nice breeze. But in the winter, I was all by myself.”

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1950 Photo of Wounded in Korea on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Looks like a Ford GPW off to the left.

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“Person or Specific Information: A GI in a medical jeep carrying two wounded American soldiers stops to ask directions during the Korean war in July, 1950. Answering his query is Lt. D.K. Paul of San Francisco, Calif., who had been taking time to shave. (for exact info please mouse over the image caption on the photo to read the exact info if there is info )
Date photo was published : 1990
Size of Photo: 7 x 11 roughly”


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M-38 Near Atomic Launch

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Reader GMWillys forwarded this photo after our discussion on the M-38A1D yesterday. You can see an M-38 in the foreground.


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1942 Photo of Ford GP in London on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

A jeep so fast it can pass a double-decker bus!

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“1942- U.S. Troops in a Ford GP Jeep Pass Double-Decker Bus on the Bayswater Road in London. Photo measures approx. 7 1/4″ x 8 1/2”



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1953 Photos of CJ-3B RHD Postal Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

I didn’t realize that this CJ-3B prototype was the first right-hand-drive-US car made for the US since 1923.

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“1953 Press Photo Willys Motors jeep-type vehicle made for US mail delivery, Ohio. This is an original press photo. Right steer for United States Mails—Toledo, Ohio:—It’s easy for this United States postman to service his suburban route in Toledo, Ohio for he’s got a right steer! Made to order for the United States Post Office Department by Willys Motors, the jeep-type vehicle he’s driving is the first American car in 30 years to feature a right-hand drive. The postman doesn’t have to leave his seat to drop off the mail. (Toledo, Ohio) (United States Post Office) (Willys Motors) (Post Office equipment) Photo measures 7.25 x 9.25 inches. Photo is dated 09-17-1953.”



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1961 Photos of M-38A1D (Nuclear) **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE: **SOLD** Both were on eBay. See alternative press photos of the M-38A1D setup here.

“1961 Press Photo Army’s New Davy Crockett Atomic Warhead on Jeep Launcher. This is an original press photo. Washington, January 1 – New atomic weapon displayed – The Army tonight released this first picture of the warhead of its new atomic Davy Crockett weapon and said it would be carried by one man. Here the bulbous shaped warhead is on a launcher mounted on a jeep. The Army declined to give the weight of the device, which is intended t give a small unit of troops the fire power usually possible only from massed heavy artillery. Photo measures 8 x 10.25 inches. Photo is dated 01-01-1961.”



ORIGINALLY POSTED MARCH OF 2018: There can’t be too many press release photos of the M-38A1D.

“1961 Press Photo Davy Crockett hand or Jeep portable weapons system”



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Lambert Industries Steel Hardtop

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

This is the first time I’ve seen a Lambert Industries hardtop ad.




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Sam Werner Military Museum

• CATEGORIES: Airborne Lightweight Jeeps, Features, Museums

I saw this one Facebook. I didn’t realize that the Sam Warner Military Museum in Tennessee had such an extensive collection of jeeps, including some airborne prototypes. I will make it a point to visit there during my May trip.

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Download The Willys Story

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

You may remember that a few months ago a document called The Willys Story went up for sale on eBay. Well, fortunately for all of us, that document sold to an eWillys reader who asked if I would make a high-resolution version available to anyone who wants it. Given the document was a pricey purchase, it’s a very generous offer. So, a big thank you is in order for that anonymous benefactor!

The document is 85 pages and purports to show all the different aspect of the Willys-Overland Company from 1940 to 1954. You’ll see that Willys had their hands into a variety of things, not just jeeps.

I’ve uploaded the file to my google drive, so downloading it should be a snap. It is just under 400MB, so it’s not a small PDF file.

DOWNLOAD HERE: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1An2t8AWJccU9UcEFkfdFizaaVFUvqiZl/view?usp=sharing

(I have never used by google drive space. My test of the download worked. But, the internet sometimes works in mysterious ways, so if you have problems, please let me know!)


Below are some low res pictures of some of the jeep-related images:





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MD Juan’s PhUV Electric Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

This is an interesting strategy by MD Juan. I guess I need to fly to the Philippines and try it!


“The PhUV or Philippine Utility Vehicle Inc., the pioneer manufacturer and assembler of electric vehicles in the country, has joined forces with MD Juan Enterprises, the pioneer and leading Jeep® restoration parts manufacturer and exporter, in promoting an environment-friendly Electric Jeep. The result is a perfect union of “the past and the future” concepts, the classic and the modern, merging both craftsmanships to create this integrated Electric Jeep prototype.

Outside, all the body parts of a classic military Jeep® of World War II fame such as the body tub, hood, fenders, grille, windshield, seat frames, bumpers, canvass top and wheels are supplied by MD Juan. Pop the hood and before you is the powertrain of the future, the electric vehicle technology that includes an electric motor, controller, rechargeable batteries, charger and vehicle control unit from PhUV. This prototype will be exhibited in local vehicle display events only in the Philippines.”

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The Johnny Cash Children’s Christmas Album

• CATEGORIES: Features

I was sick again today, so not too many posts. I feel like I’m getting better. That’s what we get for have eleven children here under the age of five years old! They are germ carriers for sure!

Tim filed this short report on February 26th, which is Johnny Cash’s birthday.

“Cathy and I made a trip to Nashville, Tennessee, and spent a few days there listening to good music, eating hot chicken and of course looking out for jeeps. In the Johnny Cash museum I found this CJ-5 on the cover of the “Johnny Cash Children’s Album” and…..Today is Johnny Cash’s birthday !”


I found a larger image of it here:


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More From Roberto Flores

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

It’s been too long since I featured any of Roberto’s drawings. You can see a number of new ones on his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RobertoFloresCartoonist

Here are a couple:

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Ray’s New Bar

• CATEGORIES: Features

Ray assembled this cool jeep-bar in his shop!

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1943 Photo of Ford GPA (SEEP) Hitting the Water on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Great action photo.

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“1943-Ford amphibious jeeps loaded with U.S. troops plunging into the water. Photo measures approx. 7″ x 9″”



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Early Meyers Hardtop Brochure

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This brochure suggests that a company called Meyers Aircraft developed the hardtop that was eventually sold/taken-over by Sears. It makes sense that an aircraft company would make an aluminum hardtop. So, there may be a few Meyers’ made hardtops mistaken as Sears or Allstate tops.


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More Pics From Charles

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images
BRITISH FORCES IN BERLIN, GERMANY 1949 - 1960 (BER 49-189-013) British forces demonstrate an assault river crossing in Berlin, 29 June 1949. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205217789

BRITISH FORCES IN BERLIN, GERMANY 1949 – 1960 (BER 49-189-013) British forces demonstrate an assault river crossing in Berlin, 29 June 1949. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205217789

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1945 Photo of Vaslav Nijinsky in Jeep **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

For you ballet fans, here’s Vaslav Nijinsky in a jeep in post-war Vienna.

“1945 Press Photo Ballet dance Vaslav Nijinsky in jeep at Schonbrun Palace. This is an original press photo. Vienna Delighted as a child with his 1st ride in a jeep, famed ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky enjoys his trip over the rounds of the Schonbrun Palace in Vienna.Once reported eliminated by the Nazis, the Ballet Russe star is in good physical health today. Accompanying him are his wife Romola and the driver Pvt Arnold Henius, Indianapolis Ind Photo measures 8 x 6.25 inches. Photo is dated 08-28-1945.”

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1946 Testimonial For the Jeep & Buzz Saw

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

Another satisfied customer.

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1976 DJ-5E Electruck Grove City, OH **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

UPDATE: The seller stopped the auction. It may have sold locally.

Not many of these Electruck DJ-5E jeeps around. Seller indicates it is only 1 of 352. There are also two different brochures available on eBay for them. Brochure 1 and Brochure 2. Thanks to Ted for spotting this one.


“I will post better pictures. I am having trouble figuring how to do it.


This is a one of a kind right hand drive electric jeep. I bought this in 2011 and just “put it back” with my other collection of postal jeeps. It is now coming up for sale as I need room. It is showroom perfect, just drop in some new batteries.
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“Easy-Way” Post-Hole Digger

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

The “Easy-Way” post-hole digger was manufactured by Standar Steel Works out of Kansas City, MO. I thought i’d done a post on the early post-hole diggers that were available, but I hadn’t. So, expect that one soon.

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