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2 Off-Road Racing Jeeps Shamokin, PA Estate Auction

• CATEGORIES: Features, Racing

These two racing jeeps will be auctioned Saturday October 8th, 2022.
LOCATION: 883 LOWER ROAD, STATE ROUTE 3004, SHAMOKIN, PA
(Approx. 1.5 miles east of Route 225/Hunter Station)

https://dockeyauctionservices.com/auctions/

Sneaky Snake:

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Timber Rattler:

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Interesting Wood Jeep from 1999

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

Here’s the model I mentioned a few days ago. The date still looks to indicate that it was built in 1999. The builder’s name looks more like “Arbets” to me, but I can’t tell for sure.

The workmanship is great. It assembles easily and precisely. It’s a cool jeep. I’ve included the Ogelsby for comparison. Here it is disassembled.

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Name and date on bottom of chassis:

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Body on chassis:

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Seats on chassis:

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Front clip on chassis:

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More Jeep ‘Toys’

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Joe-in-Mesa and his wife Jan like to explore antique stores while exploring towns throughout Arizona. Every once in a while I get a call or text from Joe telling me he found a good deal on a model jeep, which usually ends up costing me money, lol. Thanks for being on the hunt Joe!

This time he spotted three models at the same shop. The Ogelsby was in particularly good condition, so I couldn’t pass that one up. The pink Surrey was another good price. Finally, the Tonka Jeepster Convertible was one I didn’t have, so I told him to throw that in as well.

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Year? ‘Jeep’ News V. 1 No. 6

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

UPDATE: Thanks to Jan for pointing out that on page 4 are two photos of a 2A with a driver’s side spare tire. That would suggest that this issue was printed later than around mid-1948. Given the Santa highlight on the cover, I’d say the Fall/Winter of 1948 prior to the introduction of the CJ-3A. If that’s the case, then maybe these came out every six months? 

Thanks to Jan in the Netherlands for sharing a scanned version of the late 1940s issue of ‘Jeep’ News Volume 1, Number 6.  The “Cristie’s” at the top of the banner is a reference to Cristie’s Garage out of Monticello, New York.

I wonder if the Mahl Loader shown in a photo on Page 6 out of Minnesota is the one that was restored here.

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Jeep-looking Domino Machine Project

• CATEGORIES: Features

Peter shared this ” domino machine” that has a jeep-look to it. It auto-arranges dominos so they can fall in an orderly manner.

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Nellybelle Pedal Jeep Fishers, IN $850

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Roger Martin spotted this original-condition Nellybelle Roy Rogers pedal jeep.

https://www.facebook.com/commerce/products/rare-nellybelle-roy-rogers-pedal-car/4865265890240613

“1950’s pedal car Nellybelle from Roy Rogers TV show. Bought new tires but not installed. I was debating on restoring but decided to leave as is. Shows value from 2015 auction (not this jeep.) Windshield folds down. Mecum is selling one in September.”

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Kentucky Mountain Scenic ‘Jeep’ Tours in an FC

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

This June 28, 1970, article form the Lexington Herald describes tours of Kentucky’s Red River area via a modified FC-170. The business was started by Mr. and Mrs. Joe Bowen with a VW bus, but it’s easy to imagine that a better vehicle was needed.

I looked for additional articles about this endeavor, but didn’t have any luck locating anything.

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1959 FC-150 Drag Jeep Grayson, KY $32,500

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

Roger Martin shared this old school modified FC-150 called Jumping Jeep.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/348607694129993

“Great wheelstander
1 of a kind
Runs on alcohol
Body great condition
Blower motor runs great
Trades ”

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July 1948 Color Jeepster Ad from Newspaper eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

The seller only wants $10 for this ad. I suspect there aren’t many of these ads out there. It appeared in the July 22, 1948, edition of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

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“This ad is included in a full page that came from a July 22, 1948 edition of a Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper. ”

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2022 FC Jamboree Sept 9th and 10th Lake Mills, IA

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

UPDATE: September has arrived; this is only 9 days away!

Just never a week from the FC Jamboree in Lake Mills, Iowa. Dan welcomes all jeep FC’s in ANY condition, running or not!! This year Smoking Joe’s will be providing lunch on Saturday.

https://www.facebook.com/Jeep-FC-Jamboree-104006774784933

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UPDATES

• CATEGORIES: Features

It’s been a long two months, but the bunkhouse exterior remodel is almost done. In the last week I have finished up the side deck and the front step. Unfortunately, the first time I installed the front step posts I was off by half an inch on one side and an inch on the other. So, I had to dig them up and re-position them. Ugh … anyway, I got everything fixed yesterday.

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Yesterday, instead of doing updates,  I felt my age as I moved 65 bales of hay in 95 degree heat from the neighbor’s pasture to our place. It proved to be a good workout! We’ll likely buy all of his next batch (last cutting of the year) as well, making us well-stocked for the winter.

Tom Cruze has been a busy body. Here he is checking our the huge nectarines that have emerged (to our surprise). It seems trimming the tree this spring did wonders for both the nectarines and the peaches (also much bigger than last year).

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When not climbing, Tom Cruze continues to be “one of the dogs”. Here he is showing the girls how tough he is. He’s also begun accompanying the girls outside to close the gate (a nightly excuse to take the girls for a walk). The first pic is pre-mayhem:

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1954 Universal and Farm Jeep Parts List

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features

Barry snagged this rare documents off of eBay, then posted it to share with everyone. It’s a great find!

https://www.farmjeep.com/2022/08/22/1953-cj3b-part-list-universal-and-farm-jeep/
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Redycut Post War Sport Jeep Sedan Model eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

This is a rare, unusual “sport jeep” model. It’s priced at $40 with free shipping.

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1946? Issue of ‘Jeep’ News

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

Many thanks to long-time reader Dave Nelson for sending me this rare copy of ‘Jeep’ News. While there is no date stamp that I could find, there is a reference to an April 1946 study in one of the articles; yet, none of the jeeps pictured has the later 2A grille. So, I’m going to guess this is a summer 1946 document.

Also strange is that this wasn’t published out of Toledo. Instead, the mail address is listed as “Jeep” NEWS, Room 700, 305 East 45th South, New York 17, NY.

Finally, also strange, is that a colorized version of this was also produced and it included a reference to the magazine being Vol 1 No 1. If there was a second ‘Jeep’ News made, I have not seen it. My guess is that this was meant to be an advertising piece for dealerships, but it didn’t pan out, so was pulled after one (or a few) issues.

I published this last year

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Evan Gillenwater posted the cover of this magazine to Facebook. He seems to think it came from Furgason’s Motors in La Grande, Oregon. The magazine was found at an antique store in New Hampshire.

Here’s the full issue from Dave:

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Sept 1954 Farm Jeep Newspaper Ad

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Old Images

I was surprised to see this ad published as late at September 3, 1954, because it highlights the CJ-3A-based “Farm Jeep” (see halfway down in the ad). It was printed in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

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Hy-Rails at Curbside Classic

• CATEGORIES: Features

This short article (with far too many ads) shows some of the Hy-Rail jeep examples over the years. Thanks to Bill for sharing it.

https://www.curbsideclassic.com/blog/vintage-ads-and-brochures/vintage-pr-shot-willys-jeep-pickup-with-hy-rail-equipment-back-when-they-had-to-widen-the-track-to-fit-the-tracks/

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1948 CJ-2A with Mahl Loader at Bring-A-Trailer Auction

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Features • TAGS: , , .

Glenn spotted this rare and restored Mahl Loader and CJ-2A. There are a ton of detail photos at BaT’s auction page. Note that the serial number used for the title is an engine number and not the original serial number. So, a buyer might want to consider that it your state is extra picky.

https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1948-willys-cj-2a-18/

“This 1948 Willys CJ-2A is powered by a 134ci Go-Devil inline-four paired with a three-speed manual transmission and is fitted with a MAHL Jeep Loader attachment produced by Standard Iron & Wire Works Inc. of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The pair was acquired by the seller around 2010 and subsequently refurbished before installation of the loader in 2016. The truck is finished in black over green vinyl and features white-painted 16″  steel wheels, a fold-flat windshield, a dual-range transfer case, a power take-off unit, a Gre-Sen hydraulic pump, and cab-mounted hydraulic controls. This CJ-2A and Jeep Loader are now offered with an award, articles about the project, and a clean Minnesota title in the name of the seller’s company…..

The factory chassis tag has been replaced with a reproduction unit that shows a blank serial number, and the seller is unable to locate the chassis number on the vehicle itself. The last six digits of the VIN on the title—J172095—are consistent with that of a 1948 Willys CJ-2A.”

Here is a video:

More info on the Mahl Loader from the CJ-2A page: https://www.thecj2apage.com/forums/topic19682_post526669.html#526669

Here’s an article from the Dispatcher Magazine with more info from the auction:

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And here are pics:

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Jeep Willys Service Sign on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I’ve not run across a sign quite like this one with the text accompanying the round part of the sign in this way.

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“The sign is previously displayed it is made of metal not tin its painted measures 48 in width by 24 in height. I am selling it as shown with no claim of originality. An excellent sign to add to your collection if your looking to own a really unique sign. I am selling this item with no reserve.”

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1960s(?) Postcard Pete’s Cave “Shepherd of the Hills Farm” on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Here’s another one of these postcards on eBay. Starting bid is .99.

(08/04/2020) I don’t know much about Shepherd of the Hills Farm, but I did learn that it was a book from 1907 by Harold Bell Wright that became a tourist destination that then played some role in the rise of Branson, Missouri, as a tourist destination.

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“Vintage Postcard of the Farm Tour pulled by an old Army Jeep at Pete’s Cave in Shepherd of the Hills in Branson MO
Size Standard 3 1/2 by 5 1/2
Circa 1960s”

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The J-Bird Fiberglass Hard Top

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

This ad took me by surprise. I’ve never heard of the J-Bird Fiberglass hard top made by Stanley Aviation. I wonder if there are any left anywhere? I’m guessing it was made in Colorado given this ad was in the Mile-Hi Jeep Club archives.

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I was able to find some information about Stanley Aviation, but nothing related to Snaley Aviation and a jeep top.

 
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WANTED: Info For Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame

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

Rick Krueger is hoping to pull together some information for the folks at the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame. So, if you think you might have some information that would help Rick, email him at das.krueg @ gmail.com (remove the spaces around the @).

Rick wrote, “I have a line on Larry Hughes son Cameron. Dean Richards, Lonnie Richards grand father was a friend of my fathers and Gary Lowes. Dean and Gary played an important part in a boating accident I was in. The name Toy Hall has come up as Commander on a certificate I have found for and award to SNORE in the 70s. So any info from Lionel would be great. Also tracking down a ambulance buggy snore donated to the posse in the 70s. The ORMHOF seems interested so I would like to pull as much together as possible.”

MILE-HI Jeep Club History: Among the online collections at the ORMHOF are some great old photos and history from the Mile-Hi Jeep Club (How is there no PNW4WDA history/race-history here?): https://ormhof.org/mile-hi-collection

Here is one example of what is posted there. This photo shows the inaugural issue of the Mile HI Club’s Jeep Club News in December 1956.

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PHoto Credit: The Mile Hi Jeep Club and the ORMHOF

 

 
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November 1944 Photo of Fake Jeep in Australia

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models, Old Images

Here’s. neat photo of a “dummy jeep” cobbled together in Australia, posted by Morihisa Ochi to G503.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/WWIIG503/permalink/10158341777561046/

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Custom CJ-3B Build

• CATEGORIES: Builds, CJ-3B, Features

Robert Baxter posted this “CJ-3B” to Facebook the other day. He spotted it at a car show in El Segundo, California. The chassis is a deuce-and-a-half. It looks like the body is extra tall and stetted, which gives it an unusual look. Cool rig!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/502884336980336/permalink/1100033907265373

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More Updates Later Sunday

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Our final view of the motorhome. We sold it on Saturday. We weren’t using it and it would only be declining in value, so we felt it was prudent to let it go. We will eventually buy something else, but unsure whether that will be a slide-in camper (which requires a new, beefier truck, which we need anyway), another motorhome (likely not), or a fifth wheel (maybe).

More updates later today …. It’s been a busy few days. We sold our motorhome to the folks that own the water system company that installed our filtering system (we hadn’t used it to camp in two years). So, as a part of the deal, we are getting a new water system for our house, a new drinking system for the kitchen, and a water filter system for the bunkhouse.

We have rented a bull for our heifers, but there isn’t a whole lot of action (a regular Ferdinand perhaps?), other than chewing down our grass, which has meant getting some hay to supplement their diets. Thankfully, our next-door neighbor just swathed his grass hay yesterday, so we’ll be buying up all his hay.

We are shopping for a squeeze chute and panels so we can build a corral.That way, we can just artificially inseminate them rather than host a bull, which is more expensive than insemination, something another neighbor of ours can do.

The side deck on the bunkhouse is near done, another stretch of triple digits looks behind us now.

 
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2 Structo Toy Jeeps Middletown, CT $90/each

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

UPDATE: Still Available.

(01/20/2022) Bill shared these two structo kids’ toys for sale.

  1. Red Structo Jeep:
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  2. Structo Toy Jeep “Doodle Bug“:
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