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1950 Photo of Jeep Landing in Korea on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This jeep seems to be expecting to be deep in water.

“1950 Press Photo American Jeep with supplies for 1st Calvary Division
This is an original press photo. An American Jeep hits the beach in South Korea with supplies for the front lines. The U.S. 1st Cavalry Division smashed a 14-hour tank-led attack by the North Koreans,. Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 07-23-1950.”

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2 USCG Jeep Landing Photos on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Maury shared these two great photos.

  1. View all the information on eBay “SUBJECT: Original WWII US Coast Guard photo of LST (Landing Ship Tank) unloading Jeep on the beach of New Britain, PTO, WWII.”
  2. View all the information on eBay “SUBJECT: Original WWII US Coast Guard photo of landing craft uloading Jeep on beach at Bew Britain, PTO, WWII.”
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Proof of Life!

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On Tuesday afternoon, Patterson sprang to life with it’s new transplant!


We started Tuesday morning working through the wiring. I asked Ann to rewire the low-beam/high-beam floor switch, since much of the fabric had fallen away. That led to rewiring more of the harness than expected, which in turn delayed messing with the engine.

Once I could focus on the engine, the first thing I did was swap distributers, as Patterson’s engine had newer internals (and I knew for sure it worked). When installed, I tried starting the engine a few times, but didn’t have success. So, I rotated the distributor wires 90 degrees. When that didn’t work, I rotated them another 90. When that didn’t work, I rotated them another 90. That’s when I got the engine to fire, but not run. At that point I began rotating it a few degrees, then cranking the engine, then rotating again, so I could get a feel for which position seemed to fire the best. But, after trying this a few times, we still didn’t get it to run.

At that point, Ann suggested we try different spark plugs. I’d forgotten I hadn’t installed the ones that had been on Patterson (still attached to the head). So, we pulled them, checked the gaps, then installed them in the “new” engine. We got it to fire again, but then, mysteriously, it stopped firing no matter where the distributer was located. That was puzzling. About that time, ann noticed some heat at the generator. I suspect the regular got stuck, causing the battery to discharge into the generator, creating heat (at least that’s what I determined later of after doing some reading). So, I pulled the battery cable and let the system cool.

Once it was cool, I rotated the distrbutor back to teh position where it had fired the best, then climbed into Patterson to start the jeep, simultaneously working the choke and gas pedal. Sure enough, Patterson just needed some physical presence in the driver’s seat, because he started right up. At that point, I climbed out and played with the distributor to locate the sweetest sounding spot. (see the video on Facebook … I can’t seem to make it appear on eWillys … it lacks a muffler, so it’s a little noisy).

So, Patterson runs again. But, we discovered the temp gauge and oil gauges are not working, so those will need some attention. Unfortunately, we had to return to Pasco last night, because Ann has a doc appointment Wednesday. I accompanied her back to Pasco, as I have some updating to do to the website and need to organize the sale of some Alaska Or Rust t-shirts. More on that Thursday morning. We plan to be back in Renton early next week. My mother has knee surgery scheduled for the 5th, so we need to be around to help out.

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Looking Like a Jeep Again

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Now, if only it sounded like a jeep. It seems the timing it off, so I’ll be working my way through that Tuesday morning. One fun fact I didn’t know … there’s no top center on an L-head. I wished I’d known that BEFORE I assembled everything. I didn’t check to see whether my flywheel has the flywheel marks.

Anyway, Patterson is all assembled. We only had one oil leak, but that was only because someone forgot to tighten the inlet line at the block. We also had a minor gas leak at the carb, but that was a trivial issue. Some plumbers tape solved that.

So, now I believe it’s down’ to timing. For those looking for a good resource on L-head timing strategies, this thread on the CJ-2A page is helpful: https://www.thecj2apage.com/forums/l134-ignition-timing_topic13819.html. The also may be helpful: http://www.cj-2a.com/techtips/timing/howto/l134-timing.pdf

Here are a few pics from the day:


This rewiring is Ann’s handiwork.


Ann also produced some seat covers that have pockets at the front for things like a phone or wallet.


The grille installed.


The radiator is installed. Just need the driver side fender installed.

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Dana 27 Ring & Pinion NOS Gears Mora, MN $150

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Dave’s got these for sale.

  1. “Picked up some old stock ring and pinion sets. New in box from the early 70’s. Have 3 sets with 4:56 ratio. Good for scouts or jeeps with model 27 axle. 150$ per set. Will ship.”



2. “New in box. Ring and pinion sets. Spicer model 27. One set is 3.31 other is 4.88 will ship”



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More Progress…

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It was a productive evening yesterday.

My wife spent her second-birthday helping me in the garage (The 25th of June is the day of her bombing .. she says it was like a whole new life after that). She’s a great help; she does any task asked without complaint. I couldn’t ask for a better co-mechanic!

It’s late, so I’ll make this short. We made good progress today. We installed the vacuum holding tank, installed the passenger seat, bled the brakes, rewired some of the frayed wires, connected the transmission and engine, and slid the power train back into place. Now we just have to re attached some wires, hoses, and tighten a few things and we’ll get to test it. Here are a few


It’s hard to leave the computer, even in the garage!


Ann’s helping center the engine.


Cleaning up after a long dirty day.

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A Little Confused …

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A couple things confused me today. In this first example, we have at top the original gasket between the intake manifold and carb. On the bottom is the replacement gasket included in a rebuild kit. As you can see, it won’t work. Is the DJ-3A intake that unique? I know it uses a Carter YF 2392, so that’s unique.


Next up, the ends for the dragline. On the left is the new end and on the right the old one. The new one is taller and has shallower slots for installing it. The old end is shorter and has much deeper slots (those deeper slots are really helpful) . Anyone know why these are so different? Between the longer end and longer springs, I couldn’t put all the parts together around the bell crank arm (and I tried). In the end I was forced to use some old and some new parts.2017-06-24-draglink-end-piece-comparison

Note the difference in the spring heights. Try as I might, I could not compress the spring enough to install an end. I changed to the old end.2017-06-24-draglink-spring-comparison

Once I used some of the old parts, I was able to get the draglink installed.2017-06-24-draglink

I also installed the dual master cylinder. The rear brake line connected perfectly. I just had to add one bend. The front brake lines were a big problem. You’d think trying to locate an 3/16-1/4 adapter would be easy, but it turned into multiple trips to the auto store, where I hunted for the right sizes with the right threads. The staffs at two different auto stores were not useful (nice, but not helpful). So, this will work for now, but I’d like to get the proper adapter and remove the connectors and line on the right side. 2017-06-24-master-cylinder-brake

Sunday morning we’ll 1) bleed the brakes and then, if all goes well with that, 2) replace the front springs and then 3) drop in the engine.


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1950 Popular Mechanic Post on an Amusement Park

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In the same January 1950 Popular Mechanic’s issue about the Santa Fe trail, Gayland spotted an article about jeeps (pages 104 and 105). Note that the jeep in the first pic looks to have a CJ-2A body, as the bow holders are there.

View the article here (you will have to search for the article within the magazine).

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1940s Photo of a Ford GP with Female Passenger on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, Old Images

There must be a story with this photo.

“1940s WWII Photo from another unnamed US Army soldiers photo album. Most appear to be at a unknown California army base before heading to the Pacific Theater of Operation. Nothing written on backs nor in album so no other info available.”

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Exploring the Santa Fe Trail in 1950 by Jeep

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The January 1950 issue of Popular Mechanics featured a story about airline pilot Heath Proctor and his trip by CJ-2A along the Old Santa Fe Trail. I’ve included a few pics below. I’m not sure what’s on the front bumper? Are those push bumpers?

Here’s a link to the entire story online: https://books.google.com/books?id=vtgDAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA88&source=gbs_toc_r&cad=2#v=onepage&q&f=false (Page 88).

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1963 Jeep Windshield Washing Kit on eBay

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Here’s a complete 1963 NOS Jeep-branded windshield washing kit. No description provided.

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Photo of Ford GP on eBay

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This undated 4″ x 5″ photo features a Ford GP.

“1940s WWII Photo from another unnamed US Army soldiers photo album. Most appear to be at a unknown California army base before heading to the Pacific Theater of Operation. Nothing written on backs nor in album so no other info available.”

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Photo of Jeep in Elwood Oil Fields on eBay

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Cool photo.

“1942- U.S. soldiers ride a jeep into a shell hole from one of the shots fired by Japanese submarine I-17 at the seaside refining facilities of the Elwood oil fields near Santa Barbara, California on February 23.”

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Creating Patterson’s Transmission Crossmember

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Someone on Facebook the other day claimed that DJ-3As were made from surplus parts. As with any model during those years, there were some DJ parts used on other models. But, as with other models, there are parts unique to the DJ-3A and I’m learning more about them daily, one part at a time.

Today I spent time working on the transmission crossmember. Because finding a DJ-3A crossmember was near impossible (and since Rusty did not have a normal crossmember), I got a CJ-3A crossmember from Chris McKay for Rusty. But, I’ve decided to use the stock DJ-3A crossmember off of Patterson on Rusty and keep that jeep as stock as possible, and DJ-3A-matize the 3A crossmember for Patterson. Here are a couple pics:

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So, to make the CJ crossmember a DJ unit, I will have to remove the transfercase cup and drill several holes.

Unfortunately, as I disassembled Patterson’s crossmember I ran into a couple problems with the rubberized mount for the transmission. Here’s a look at what I pulled off of Patterson. Note how narrow the two holes are for mounting the rubber piece to the transmission (too narrow for a standard T-90 mount:


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The Plight of the Willys Jeep Owner’s Wife

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David and Shila Jones sent Kaiser Willlys a limerick about the plight of the jeep owner’s wife. Included is a reference to eWillys. Enjoy!



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1943 Photo of Dobodura-Toykyo Road on eBay

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Great photo.

“1943- Jeep pause beside sign erected at Oro Bay in New Guinea that points out the “Dobodura-Tokyo Road” and bears the words of President Roosevelt: “There are many roads to Tokyo: we will neglect none of them.” Photo measures approx. 7″ x 9 3/4″

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Photos of Shriner CJ-2A Parade Jeep Truck on eBay

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There are four different 2×2 negatives of this jeep from similar angles.

“Original Photo Negative from the Tulsa, OK area from the 1950’s. There was no information about the photographer, I figured out the location and era based on information in the images of the set I am listing together (Car tags and signs and recognizable landmarks) I have “inverted” the image, so you can see what a print will look like. The quality is fair to good, having some graininess. This is a good quality, albeit amateur image.”

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Humboldt Junkies Willys Truck

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Blaine shared an ad for the Humbolt Junkies Flat Market & Vintage Trailer Rally that includes a Willys Truck. So, I began searching ….


Here’s the main trailer rally website, one that includes the below graphic.


And, then there’s this ad:


Looks like they have a Women’s shirt for $20:


And finally, after multiple searches, I found the actual jeep truck:

Humboldt Junkies in Redcrest.

Humboldt Junkies in Redcrest.

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Photo of Willys MA carrying Push Ball on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, Old Images

UPDATE: This same photo with a different caption was sold back in 2014 (see bottom pics).

“1942 Photo WW2 Era Fort Custer MI Versatile Jeep Military Push Ball Game Rare
You are bidding on an original Press Photo from a newspaper archive. The photograph measures 6×7 inches and is dated 9-25-1942.”

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22 Carat Gold-Plated FC-170 Dish on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, FC150-FC170-M677, Features

Can’t be too many of these around.

“Presenting for a FC 150/170 pickup truck enthusiast consideration is an American made VINTAGE NOS CORRECTLY COMPLETE 22K GOLD PLATED ACCESSORY MASCOT. This super rare all metal mascot FC truck dish is a deluxe collector’s edition personal unique outstanding desktop accessory!! It has always been stored in it’s original red soft cloth custom fit pouch, with original instruction care label, packing tissues paper and complete colorful original dealer display box!! The approx. measurements are a 6″ diameter dish with a 2 1/4″ by 1″ highly detailed elevated/pedestal mounted FC truck. Note: 1 end corner section of this original dealer box has separated over the years while in storage. That being said this ultra rare vintage forward control Jeep pickup mascot truck will be double boxed for proper protection for safe shipment. Both metal dish and pedestal/mounted cast metal truck are in extremely nice overall original vintage condition for their obvious age. I believe this extremely outstanding 22K gold plated collector’s FC truck enthusiast mascot accessory would be the ultimate/special/thoughtful/rare gift for any vintage Jeep truck owner’s mantle or desktop. The written description above is my opinion and should in no way be construed as a guarantee of authenticity, age, or condition. Remember no guarantee was given or implied on this item.”

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The McKay Brothers

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Just a few updates tonight….

I drove up to Sandpoint, Idaho, today to meet with the McKay brothers, aka Minnesota Chris and Idaho Todd. I had a great time with them last year and was looking forward to another visit.

I once again met them at Todd’s business, Big Lake Recreation. We went to lunch (a delicious burrito at Joel’s), then went to see Todd’s newest Tux. In the picture below, you can’t see them, but those two guys are under the blue Tux discussing some finer points of PTOs. I’m pretty sure they forgot all about me. Or maybe I was supposed to join them?

About that time I remembered I hadn’t been taking pictures, so I took the one below. Then, I too fell under the jeep spell and managed to forget taking another photo over the remainder of our time together. Though I didn’t get any more photos, I did get some good parts from Chris. So, thanks go to Todd and Chris for the great afternoon!

Speaking of Chris, he’ll be heading East to Minnesota in a few days. If you need anything transported, contact him at nscustoms@hotmail.com or through his Vintage Willys Parts Page on Facebook and maybe he can help you.



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1945 Photo of CJ-2A Assembly Line on eBay

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Here’s a neat photo that includes VEC CJ-2As on the assembly line.

“This is an original press photo. The peacetime version of the Jeep is in volume production at the Willys-Overland plant here. Shown is a sub-assembly line where bodies get finishing touches. The company which expects a world wide market for the vehicles as a farm and industrial tractor, truck, mobile power unit and passenger conveyance plans to build 20,000 this year. Photo measures 10.75 x 8.25 inches. Photo is dated 07-26-1945.”

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1962 Photo of CJ-3B & Leprosy Team Stuck in Thailand

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Some slow-going through Thailand’s mud.

“1962 Press Photo Anti-leprosy team push the Jeep in Yasothorn near Thailand. This is an original press photo. Fighting the stigma of the outcast Members of an anti-leprosy team struggled pushed a Jeep, carrying supplies, out of the mud in Yasothorn, Northeast of Thailand. The team, sponsored by the Thai Government and the World Health Organization of the United Nations surges out and treats leprosy victims throughout the country. The travel from village to village Setting up clinics in health centers or temples, where they dispense Sulfone drugs. Photo measures 10 x 8 inches. Photo is dated 08-25-1962.”

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Truck Postcard from Australia

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, Postcards, Willys Trucks

Leigh shared this one.  It is a postcard of a Willys Truck with the CFA (Country Fire Authority – Victoria, Australia), one of a series of historic fire appliances with the CFA.



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Camping This Weekend

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There will be limited posts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for sure and maybe Monday. We are camping as part of a wedding in the hills of Eastern Oregon near this location and my mobile broadband wireless hotspot isn’t working well at all. Even my phone calls aren’t working well. At least it is beautiful up here … except for the rain.