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October 1961 Issue of the Jeep Merchandiser on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Another four-page news piece directed at salespeople.

“original non color folder , 8.5 x 11 folded , 17 x 11 unfolded , this is volume 1 #4 of “Jeep Merchandiser” . Published by the merchandising and advertising department for Jeep salesman.”

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1959 Jeep Family Brochure: Built to do a Man’s Job

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

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May 1961 Jeep Merchandiser Package on eBay

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

This package introduces the Merchandiser to the Jeep sales staff. I can’t tell how many pages it is.

“Original dealer’s part color folder , 8.5 x 11 folded , 17 x 11 unfolded , this is volume 1 #1 of “Jeep Merchandiser”. Published by the merchandising and advertising department for Jeep salesman , also included are two advertising bulletins introducing the Jeep Merchandiser , all items are in the original cardboard binder , 9 x 11.5.”

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Jerry’s Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features

Jerry was having some fun the other day. He writes, “Took this picture the other morning and added the caption “Why soar like an Eagle when you can drive two of the coolest Jeeps on the planet?”” 

He then noted, “The  MB was overheard asking the JK8 — “Who’s you Grand Daddy?””

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Counterfeit Jeep Parts Dealer @ SEMA

• CATEGORIES: Features

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Thanks to Glenn for forwarding this article. Four Wheeler Magazine reported yesterday from the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) that OMIX-ADA reps had spotted a parts dealer from China named Unity 4WD Accessories selling parts that violated patents O-A owned. They quickly notified authorities, who then contacted the Federal Marshals, who seized the goods and shut down the booth. Read more here:

http://www.fourwheeler.com/sema/2016/1611-video-counterfeit-manufacturers-caught-at-2016-sema-show-u-s-marshals-serve-papers/

This event follows an article I read last week about a guy who developed the Forearm Forklift and has been selling it on Amazon, only to have counterfeiters copy his product and sell it on Amazon, too. They’ve used the same name and even his photographs, ones that include the guy’s family!

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/10/24/how-amazon-counterfeits-put-this-mans-business-on-brink-of-collapse.html

 
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Willys Engines Can Fly, Too!

• CATEGORIES: Features

Maury spotted this story of a guy who built a custom plane. As he considered different engines, he finally sleeted on a L-134 to power it. Learn about his plane and the engine on the Kaiser Willys blog:

http://blog.kaiserwillys.com/a-willys-4-134-l-engine-in-the-sky

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September 1961 Jeep Family Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Here’s another 11×17 inch foldout brochure with a “GRIN and BEAR IT” theme. 

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To the Crazy Ones, the Apple MBP 17 inchers …

• CATEGORIES: Features

[Editorial note … Friday’s updates have been superseded by this piece. It began as a comment on another site, but roiled into a full essay. Most of you eWillys readers won’t care, but it was something I wanted to say and this is a place where I can say it. Next updates will be Saturday morning.]

I have read with immense interest the stories of the MacBook Pro 17 inchers, those folks that are waiting, against all odds, for another 17” MacBook Pro to appear, something that will require nothing short of a miraculous conception (the comments by these folks are just an example).

I have felt your pain for several years. The recent release of the underwhelming new MBPs, better described as Macbook Airs with MBP colored lipstick, added to my growing frustration with Apple. That event, along with other 17 incher stories, inspired me to write this, not for Apple, but for those folks, in solidarity of their anguish. I feel at this point, we are the true crazy ones, not for any genius we might have, but for holding on when hope seems so far away.

I still use a mid-2010 17 incher I purchased in January 2011. It’s one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. At this point I am hard pressed to believe there is a better, more stable, more flexible, and more dependable laptop ever produced. I use it seven days a week (I am a workaholic, sorry honey). I have authored three books (last one over 500 pages), written 30,000 posts on my (not all gloriously rich, but still …), received and answered over a hundred thousand emails (not including spam), manipulated tens of thousands of images, created videos, and built dozens of websites.

I’ve done all this without having a single issue with my mid-2010. Even though my fifty-one year old eyes have aged (I now need reading glasses to see the screen), my laptop still feels as useful as the day I bought it.

At this point, I don’t need another laptop; yet, I would greatly appreciate one that is newer, just for dependability sake.

But, that’s my beef. The product I want no longer exists. I keep asking myself why I came to this dead end. Unsure of how it what happened, I decided that since Apple looked back during their recent presentation, so will I. I’d like to believe that having used Macs since 1986 (my first was a Mac 512ke), I may have some perspective on the history that landed me at this no-man’s land.

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More SEMA 2016 Photos

• CATEGORIES: Features

Buz shared these photos from his rounds yesterday at SEMA.

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Scott’s Navy CJ-3A

• CATEGORIES: Features

Scott just bought this Navy CJ-3A. He was hoping someone could help him learn more about its history based on the Navy plate.

He wrote, “Underneath all that reddish paint is a layer of grey then metal or grey and then o.d green. Windshield bracket last coat is o.d green before I hit metal. It has tags and navy stencil on the tailgate. I need some help figuring out what this jeep used to do. Oh and I got it running with little tinkering. Here are the pictures of the tag and tailgate stenciling. I noticed on the tag where it says USN the ” U ” has what seems to be a ” V ” over it, I’m guessing human error.”

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Part Swapmeets in the Northeast?

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts

Bruce was wondering if there are any jeep parts swapmeets occurring in the northeast?

 
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1958 FC-170 @ SEMA

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Features • TAGS: .

Buz was exploring SEMA today and happened upon this built FC. This jeep is part of the “Battle of the Builders”. Buz sent the description written by the builder.

“1958 Restomod Jeep. In the words of Mark Turner, CEO of Daystar Products International, “This vehicle was built to be driven.” To date, Turner’s classic cab forward 58 jeep has many trips including one down to the southernmost point int he United States, Key West Florida. The jeep is built to embrace both hot rodding and off-roading with specific parts that can handle both responsibilities. Under the hood is a late-model 5.7 liter Hemi engine which supplies power to a transmission and transfercase, suitable for on and off road use. The jeep also features 17-inch vintage wheels wrapped in interco tires. Inside, modern amenities such as air condition, leather seating, and cruise control help define the jeep as a dual purpose specialist.”

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July 1961 Jeep Family Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This 11x17inch “Willing Worker” brochure highlighted the world’s most willing workers, while also give a nod to the Maverick TV Show.

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1944 Photo of Jeeps on the Ledo Road on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

What a mess!

“1944 Press Photo Jeep stuck in mud at Ledo Road between China and Burma. This is an original press photo. Photo measures 9 x 7.25inches. Photo is dated 08-04-1944.”

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Halloween 2016

• CATEGORIES: Features

Just a few updates tonight and some pics from Halloween 2016. The crowds weren’t as heavy as previous years. Sunday’s downpours and Monday’s wind may have discouraged some parents.

I didn’t get many pics this year because I wasn’t feeling all that great. But, here are some.

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The garage’s animatronics

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Ann’s son Daniel was particularly creepy.

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My “lovely” wife.

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More animatronics.

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Happy Halloween

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Thanks to Idaho Todd for this wonderful 2016 Halloween Willys photo.

I will be spending all (and I do mean ALL) day setting up for trick-o-treaters. My mother-law-law likes to put on a big show for the kids, so we decorate on Halloween day then take everything down after they leave. Hopefully it doesn’t rain this year!

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1944 Photo Jeep Pulling French Civilians on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This photo shows Canadian soldiers carrying French civilians to safety near Falaise, France.

““approx. 5″ x 6″ Typewriter Release glued to back of photograph Stae Department issued 1944 Very good vintage condition with only minor waves or creases if any Please see images”

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Berg’s Jeep King Mailer

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

I found this great old mailer on eBay. You can learn more about Hyman Berg here.

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I’ve split the front of the mailer into sections so it can be better seen. This part shows a closeup of the front and back of mailer when folded:

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1944 Photo of Jeep Transporting Wounded on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

British soldiers are being transported over the river Orne.

“approx. 5″ x 6” Typewriter Release glued to back of photograph Stae Department issued 1944 Very good vintage condition with only minor waves or creases if any Please see images”

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Newgren’s Rotary Broom

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This rotary broom by Newgren was published in the 1948 Willys-Overland Equipment Book. It was the only sweeper included in the book. The cost was $725.

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1949 CJ-3A German Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Old Images

One last CJ-3A ad published in a German magazine.

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Amazing 1962 CJ-5 Call for Price

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Features, videos • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: George still has this jeep for sale.

Sell-a-Jeep TV put together this video of a mint CJ-5. The clip is narrated by George Baxter of Army Jeep Parts and filmed by Mark Smith’s son, Tom . If you are interested in buying the jeep, contact him at sales@armyjeepparts.com. Check out the dual spool winch!

For pics, go here: http://sellajeepstories.blogspot.com/2015/11/time-capsule-cj5-jeep-universal-photos.html

 
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2 1950 Ads for a CJ-3A on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Old Images

These two Ads from a 1950 German magazine show off the CJ-3A.

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Dec 9, 1952 Toledo Blade Willys Special Edition on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

This edition of the Toledo Blade celebrated the 50th anniversary of Willys Overland. It includes some jeep photos. It isn’t cheap.

“Rare find, this issue was devoted to the Willys Overland Co, celebrating 50 years of business.  The entire paper has celebratory ads to the Willys Co. Includes history of the co, as well as advertisements for Jeep and Willys cars. Has both sections, 48 pages.  Really nice shape for a newspaper this old.”

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New Hampshire Kids Buy Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

This May 10, 1943, article from The Telegraph shares the news that New Hampshire kids raised enough money through stamp and bond sales to purchase 92 jeeps for the US Forces.

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