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Kaiser Jeep Cafeteria Tray on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

Chris spotted this Kaiser Jeep cafeteria tray on eBay. It’s price at $50, plus $30 shipping.

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“Kaiser Motors Jeep Cafeteria Tray Toledo Vintage 1950s

Fiberglass Composite Material. Condition is “Used”

From the employee cafeteria Kaiser Jeep Assembly Plant in Toledo Ohio after the Kaiser & Willys Motors merger in the early 1950s

Unique piece of Auto Memorabilia Both SiLite trays and Jeep memorabilia items are both highly collectible

Marked of back by manufacture of the tray (white lettering hard to see in photo)

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1952 Photo of Jeeps in an Issue of National Geographic

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Old Images

The January 1952 issue of National Geographic included an expansive article on the King Ranch in Texas, which at the time was America’s largest ranch. One of the photos included in the article showed a CJ-3A (in black) and a CJ-2A (in green) towing farm implements.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Justin Locke using Kodachrome.

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Circa 1945? Danish-Made British Paratrooper Jeeps on ebay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Anyone know anything about these unusual wood carvings? The buy-it-now price is $140, but the seller will take offers. They don’t look very big, but look pretty interesting.

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“3 model Jeeps with British Paratroopers. Probably made just after WWII when British Soldiers were extremely popular in Denmark. No factory given. Could be kitchen made, or prison work.”

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Delaware Jeep Surf Fishing License Plate on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

With tags dating to 2005, this used plate probably hasn’t been on a vehicle in a while.

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“Deleware Division Of Parks & Recreation Surf Fishing License Plate Jeep Willys. Condition is “Used”.”

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1945 “Invasion Scenes” Video

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

There are multiple jeeps that appear in this video, but more interesting is how youthful the German prisoners look, some as young as young teens. It’s one thing to read about this, but another thing to see their faces.

“Various shots of civilian refugees walking along road, American Military Police on side of road. Various shots of boy soldiers (very young) marching along road with American jeep leading them. The boys sitting on railway platform. Several close up shots of boys talking to American soldier, eating, smiling to camera.

Several shots of American soldiers on a lorry on empty road, men firing at plane flying overhead.

Long shot of a small town with river in the middle and hills around.

Burning lorry on side of road, vehicles moving past. German prisoners being rounded – some women amongst them. Several shots of dead bodies scattered on ground. American soldiers search and question German women prisoners.”

 
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Year? Dictograph Ad Featuring Willys-Overland on ebay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This ad cites Willys-Overland’s use of the Dictograph as part of an advertising campaign. Given the war references, this was likely printed between 1942-1945.

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“This is a vintage original ad, not a copy or reproduction. Neatly removed from magazine. Would look beautiful framed. Measures 10 and 1/2 by 14 inches”

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Patterson’s “Bruise”

• CATEGORIES: Features

How did Patterson’s accident occur? It’s the result of a cascade of several events.

Patterson has sat for the better part of two years, which likely caused the fuel pump to stop working. Already knowing it didn’t work, and because I was going to have to drive it on the trailer on Saturday (loading a vehicle at my mother’s place is awkward due to the terrain), I tried to buy a cheap electric fuel pump on Friday, I found some $12 cheapy electric ones on Amazon, but it was too late to order off of Amazon, so I figured I could pick up a cheap one at AutoZone or NAPA. Right?

Wrong. The cheapest ones that had were $50 and up. Worse, they were eight inches or bigger. I just wanted a small, two inch fuel pump to get it on the trailer. Even worse, I have a brand new electric fuel pump somewhere; but, given the move, it’s impossible to find right now.

To complicate things, Ann was sick on Friday, so I had to take her mom in for her bi-weekly post-cancer infusions, so that ate up time I had hoped to use to hunt for an electric fuel pump. With time disappearing, I fell back onto an old school idea: rig up a gravity feed setup.

On Saturday morning I had planned to waked up at 3:30 am to head to Renton so I could build the gravity feed, get Patterson running (so it would be ready to load when Steve arrived with the car trailer, as we had a tight time table), and load a cargo trailer that I was towing. Unfortunately, I woke up at 1:30am and couldn’t get back to sleep. So, by the time I arrived in Renton at 7:00am, despite my coffee injection, I was already feeling a little tired.

My mother’s garage looks like it was destroyed by a tornado, but in reality, it’s her storage system (sorry mom). So, hunting down 1) extra fuel tubes and 2) a useable reservoir in which I could hold some gas proved difficult and frustrating. Eventually, I cut some hoses off of Biscuit and cobbled this device together:

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The “fuel overflow” container was a plastic Costco Mixed nuts container. A handy steel funnel was just wide enough to sit on the mouth of the container, yet had a perfectly sized opening at the bottom to slide into a rubber fuel line.

To put it together, I drilled a hole in the nuts container, then slid the rubber fuel line into the container, sealing it with silicone. Then, I used a steel fuel line and a second rubber hose to feed the carb. I then taped the whole assembly to the driver’s side mirror, which put it high enough to feed the gas into the carb, yet it hung over the side of the jeep so that gas wouldn’t spill onto the jeep.

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This shows the system before it was taped to the mirror.

With the system in place, I poured some gas into the funnel and Pattrerson started right up.

So far, so good.

However, I noticed that the brake and clutch were both really tight. If I push the brake, the clutch also went down. To get the clutch to release, I had to physically reach down and pull it up by hand. I didn’t have time to address this issue on Saturday morning, but figured I could work around it.

With the jeep in “neutral”, and me in the jeep, I released the clutch with my foot, but it remained depressed. I figured, given the jeep was in “neutral”, that I could exit the jeep, block the tires, and let it warm up a little. Before I exited the jeep, I double checked that the column shift transmission was in neutral by wiggling the shifter up and down.

I hopped out of the jeep, but before blocking the tire, I reached down to pull out the clutch (why, I don’t know why I felt the need to do that .. should have let sleeping dogs lie) …

Anyway, when I pulled out the clutch, instead of remaining in neutral, somehow the jeep was in reverse. Suddenly, with the clutch-plate engaged, Patterson began rapidly moving backwards.

It was a moment of horror, the realization that there’s nothing I can do but watch Patterson jerk backwards. And, at that moment, I realized the cargo trailer I had rented was Patterson’s prime target. Why Patterson took exception to the trailer isn’t clear, but he ran into that trailer with all that power he could muster (thankfully, he doesn’t have all that much power). Fortunately, the trailer stood its ground, with the only damage being a broken running light. Patterson definitely got the worst of it, sigh.

I suppose the good news is that Patterson was never a trailer queen. I can pull out the dents and fix the bumper.

The thing that haunted me for several hours was how it happened. I was sure I had it in neutral and had tested it several times. Eventually, as I was driving back to Prosser, it finally dawned on me that neutral on the column shifter was “back and forth”, not “up and down”. What I thought was neutral was the shifter moving between 1st and reverse. The gears were so well aligned that it just felt like neutral.

So, it was partly stupidity on my part and partly something that wouldn’t have happened had the clutch been working correctly and/or the fuel pump working correctly, as that had definitely been my focus.

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As Colin notes, this is a great excuse to upgrade my lights back to stock.

The next challenge is moving Biscuit….

 
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Newgren Plow and Parts Storrs, CT eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts

Ted’s got these parts for sale.

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“Willys Jeep CJ2/3A VEC Farm Jeep Newgren Single Bottom Plow Front Counter Weight. Condition is “Used”.

For sale is a Willys Jeep specialized equipment combo consisting of a Newgren brand single bottom land plow and front counter weight. The Newgren brand plow was designed to be used on Willys Farm Jeeps equipped with either a Newgren , Monroe , love , or Stratton Three Point Hydraulic lift or Hitch on back of Jeep. The front weight was mounted on front of Jeep as a counter weight to any of the specialized equipment being used on rear of keep with hydraulic lift.

The front counter weight weighs 265 lbs roughly and is in great shape.

The Newgren single bottom plow is also in very good condition for its age with original Newgren serial number tag still intact. This original Willys specialized combo would be a great addition to any correct Farm Jeep restoration or working Jeep.

These items are way too heavy to be shipped so local pickup will be best, I’d be happy to store them for a reasonable time period once they are paid for

 
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1975 Wolverine Baja New Braunfels, TX $8000

• CATEGORIES: Features, M-151, Other 4x4s

UPDATE: Price dropped to $8000.

(12/27/2020) I don’t know much about these or what these are worth. Here, it is described as an M-151A2, but I couldn’t verify that the model number was used to identify this. My guess is that it’s built on an M-151 chassis, but that could be wrong, too. It reminds me of the lightweight airborne jeeps.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/208571300809823

“Baja Jeep military rebuilt engine needs alternator ,lights ,and tires rare keep Selling don’t have the time to fix it up to many projects message me for more info”

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This appears to be original, or close to original:

 
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2021 Spring Willys Reunion Photos

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

Jonah Hodkins posted a bunch of pics from this year’s Willys Spring Reunion. You can see them all on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=1147017852392638&set=pcb.1147020379059052

Here are ten of them.

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Patterson’s in Prosser

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Patterson arrived yesterday on Steve’s trailer (a big thanks to him), but things didn’t go smoothly at first (I will explain more tomorrow).

For example, some days you have to resort to old school carb techniques to make the jeep roll..

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Late 1940s(?) Ad For Lewis Auto Service

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Mike spotted this ad posted by Andy Fuhrman on Facebook. I’d guess it is a late 1940s ad from a Dansville, Virginia, newspaper.  It seems an odd promotion. Is the wink by “Lewis” supposed to mean that you can bet on the jeep breaking down, so bring it in for service today?

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UPDATE …

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You may have noticed that regular updates have returned. I hope to keep them going, though I may still need a few more days off than normal.

For example, we discovered yesterday that some of our outlets in the living room didn’t work. Three of them each had their bottom portions of the outlet on a three way switch, but the wiring was never completed. I made them work, but not via the three-ways switches. Whoever wired it, did it oddly, so I bypassed the switches. Because we hope to remodel the living area next year, my fix will do for now.

Our back pasture has three and a half new ‘squatters’ in the form of three cows and a calf. A neighbor offered to managed the back pasture in exchange for keeping his cows there. He rebuilt some sections of the fence and brush-hogged much of the grass. He’s getting a good deal, but, for this summer at least, it’s one less thing I need to manage.

Today I left early for the “west-side” so Steve Carter and I can bring back Patterson. I tried to purchase a cheap electric fuel pump yesterday, as the one on Patterson isn’t working at the moment. I only need it to get Patterson up on the trailer, but neither NAPA nor Autozone was capable of selling me a cheap pump. All the ones they had were 8″ long and $70 or more. That was overkill for what I want. So, I’ll do a simple gravity feed setup.

Progress has slowed on unpacking as Ann hasn’t felt good for a couple days.

We had a few amazing, golden sunsets over the past few days. This place will be a bunch of work for the foreseeable future, but evenings like this make it worth it.

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1945 “Invasion Scenes” Video

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

I can’t remember seeing a spare tire being carried on a wire cutter like the jeep shown early in this video.

“Various shots of American jeep and trailer crossing a river on pontoon type raft. It seems that the raft has motor – it is more like a ferry. More vehicles crossing river. More shots of the ferry travelling across with German prisoners. American soldiers escort prisoners ashore.”

 
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The Huffman Hub Company of Albuquerque, NM

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UPDATE IV: Well how about this …. There was an early Huffman hub that didn’t have the fancy ‘weapon-looking’ topper (as seen in the pics below). Instead, a cylindrical key was supplied to help select whether the hub was engaged or not. This ad is from the September 1962 issue of Four Wheeler Magazine.

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UPDATE III (May 17, 2020): In September of 1964 the Huffman Hub company posted this full-page ad in Four Wheeler Magazine —

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September 1964 Four Wheeler Magazine

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(UPDATE II: Finally got a look at the 1967 article about Floyd Huffman that appeared in the August 20, 1967, issue of the Albuquerque Journal (pg 28):
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1941 Slat Grille Pics

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These pics featuring the newly designed jeep appeared in the December 05, 1941, issue of the Ithaca Journal, two days before Pearl Harbor. I feel bad for those women having work the line in a dress and high heels.

The blurb below states:

THE JEEP TAKES ITS PLACE IN ARMY AND IN DICTIONARY: Officially designated as “quarter-ton four-by-four trucks,” but known to the U.S. Army as jeeps, the fast little scout cars, being turned out by thousands to serve as liaison between advanced mechanized units and infantry follow-ups, now are recognized as among the most important contributions of modern American assembly-line methods to the service. Powered with a 63-horsepower, four-cylinder engines, the jeep has a four-wheel drive, can carry three men and a machine gun, and can tow a heavy-calibre anti-tank gun. The pictures, illustration jeep production and testing, were made at the Willys-Overland plant in Toledo, Ohio. Left (in our case top): Women employees at work on a jeep assembly line. In the rear is an assembly line of civilian cars. Center: The cars being tested on the proving-ground. At right (in our case at the bottom): Negotiating an open field choke with heavy brush.

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UK Video Featuring an MB and GPW

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

This video that Mike spotted includes a hood that was used in German as part of a ceiling (several hoods were used, then later auctioned on eBay). You can see this hood, along with other hoods, in this post.

 
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1951 Restored Truck Sold for $38,500

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

Bill spotted this article about a 1951 Truck that was later sold for $38,500 through Sothebys.

The Article ==> https://silodrome.com/willys-4×4-pickup-truck/

The Auction ==> https://rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/0221/open-roads–february/lots/r0013-1951-willys-4-73-4-wheel-drive-pickup/1036426#/

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1949 Trip Into Escalante from National Geographic

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

UPDATE: Many folks probably haven’t seen this older post …

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UPDATED January 20, 2014: Here’s a jeep trip in 1955 that was undertaken after one of the trip’s members read the below article in National Geographic.

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Originally Posted October 23, 2013: 

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This spot is now a couple hundred feet under water. Learn more about the Crossing of the Fathers here: http://www.onlineutah.com/crossinghistory.shtml

In 1949 a joint expedition between the National Geographic Society and New York Explorers Club decided to be the first explorers, by vehicle, to enter the Escalante area of Utah. Accompanying the explorers were two jeeps and, fortunately for us, cameras. Their story, “The First Motor Sortie into Escalante Land”, appeared in the September 1949 issue (pages 169-204).

You can find a variety of inexpensive issues of the September 1949 National Geographic Magazine on eBay. If you are a fan of Southern Utah, this is a neat article.

For the first part of the trip, which began in Cannonville, Utah, the explorers traveled along part of the Cottonwood Road route we drove this past March. Their first big find was the arch we now know as the Grovesnor Arch, which the explorers officially named after the President of the National Geographic Society. What surprised me was that there are pictures showing the group on top of the arch with flags as if they’d conquered the moon. To be fair, I imagine it was a pretty challenging climb.

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Note the explorers at the top of the Grosvenor arch.

From there, the party headed south as far as the Colorado River to an area now flooded by Lake Powell. So, some of the areas in the photos are no longer possible to see.

Below are only the photos that include the red and yellow CJ-2As that accompanied the explorers:

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1944 Video of European Invasion

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

This video documents destroyed vehicles and dead soldiers. At one point a soldier riding a horse passing by some destroyed vehicles. It’s a jarring contrast. A few jeeps appear here and there.

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Allied invasion of occupied Europe – France?

Captured German officer being driven off in jeep. Various shots wounded German prisoners being brought through British front line and put into trucks, a captured German medic appears to be attending to them. Various shots destroyed enemy artillery and vehicles. Various gruesome shots of dead soldiers lying on tank abandoned in road. Various shots corpses in street (not clear in civilian or military casualties). Shots of burnt out Tiger tank, soldier on horseback passes. Various shots American and British troops advancing through town reduced to rubble. More shots of burnt out military vehicles and equipment. More shots captured Germans being brought from front line.”

 
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Article About the Purchase of a 1987 Jeep Grand Wagoneer

• CATEGORIES: Features

Bill shared this article about one author’s experience with buying a 1987 Jeep Grand Wagoneer. It’s a good read, though I don’t think the writer actually answers the question of the headline, “What I Wish I Knew Before I Bought a Jeep Grand Wagoneer”. I suspect the editor of the website where the article was posted created the mis-matched headline.

The author didn’t have much luck hunting through classifieds, so he decided to place a “jeep wanted” ad in Kijiji. That resulted in him finding a rust free Wagoneer. He eventually upgraded the powertrain to a Vortec engine and is very happy with that decision.

https://www.insidehook.com/article/vehicles/wish-knew-jeep-grand-wagoneer

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2021 Willys Rally Day #2

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

Steve shared these images from day two’s ‘Top of the World’ jeep trip.

Steve wrote, “On Sunday, Casey led a group of 12 vintage Jeeps and four modern iron up the Top Of The World trail. Two Jeeps had a mechanical breakdown. All the Willys with factory Jeep engines made it to the top without a problem. Breakdowns included a radiator vs. fan, and a broken steering rag joint. No one was left stranded. The group took care of each other and no one was left behind.”\

Sunrise on the last day of the event:

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All lined-up for Sunday’s trail ride:

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1943 Article on Ford Assembly Plant in Richmond, CA

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

This July 8th, 1945, article in the Oakland Tribune shares information and pics on the Ford assembly plant in Richmond, California. Note the rationing table at the top of the page.

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1964 Australian Jeep Ad on ebay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, International

I thought the doors on the CJ-6 were interesting in this August 12, 1964, jeep ad. I’ve not seen those doors anywhere else, so maybe they were artistic license?

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1970 M-718A2 Upland, CA **Status Unknown**

• CATEGORIES: Features, M-151

UPDATE: **Status Unknown** Was $15,000.

(01/12/2021) “Selling a rare military AM General M718a1 Ambulance. Same as M151a2 just setup in the ambulance configuration. Clean Ca title on planned non-op. Pre-smog. Runs and drives great. New nos carburetor and fuel lines. Clean tub never been cut, wrecked, or rolled. Soft top is in decent shape, no rips or tears. tires all have decent tread. Extremely rare Jeep in this configuration and condition. Asking $15,000 no trades.”
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