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1946 Testimontial from John S. Yaryan

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

The writer of this testimonial must have had a very low numbered VEC.




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1951 Photo of New Year Wishes From Scots on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Nice New Years message from some Scots to the Yanks.

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“1951 Press Photo Scottish soldiers in Korea chalked New Year greetings on a jeep. This is an original press photo. New Year greetings were extended to GI’s by these Scottish soldiers in Korea. They chalked the greetings on the upraised hood of a jeep while waiting for canned food to warm on the engine of the vehicle. The tam wearers are Pvt. Thomas Dunn and Pvt. George Cameron. KW – Troops – UN Photo measures 8 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 01-04-1951.”



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No Updates Sunday

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

No Updates planned for Sunday. Here are two neat Ford GPA videos shared by Mario on Facebook.

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2018 Willys America Open House and BBQ

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

Willys America’s open house is this coming weekend (Saturday July 14th 10am to 4pm). Dan Bowermaster will be leading the caravan from San Francisco to the event in Cazadero. I *thought* I’d be attending it this year with Ann and my daughter Kasia (who is completing an internship in Walnut Creek this summer), but complications forced me to put it off again this year.

The Event: http://willysamerica.com/events/index.html

Caravan Information: http://www.oldwillysforum.com/forum/showthread.php?13902-2018-caravan-to-Willys-America-Open-House-Saturday-July-14-2018

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CJ-6 Replacement Side Panels

• CATEGORIES: Features, wanted

Blake is looking for some replacement side panels for a CJ-6 project he has, but can’t located any replacement panels for the 20″ spacer installed into the body. Anyone know of either a template or someone that makes them?


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FC Cuff Links White House, OH **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: These sold on eBay for $35.


“Promotional cuff links and tie bar
Late 50’s – early 60’s”




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Photo of Army Pictorial Services with Willys Slat MB on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

Neat photo that includes a Willys MB slat grille.

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“WWII Army Pictorial Service Soldiers Jeep Photographer Theater Press Real Photo
MEASURES: 3.5 inches by 5 in.
CONDITION: shows some wear (some staining)”

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H & Z All-Purpose Willys-approved Mixer Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This mixer was featured in the 1949 Willys Overland Equipment Book. It was manufactured by Hertzler and Zook, a company established in 1899 out of Belleville, Pennsylvania, that manufactured an array of machinery and farm implements. There are still a few catalogs left out there, such as this 1926-27 catalog for sale at Abe Books.

Read more about the company here: http://vintagemachinery.org/mfgindex/detail.aspx?id=439&tab=0



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1951 Truck Article in The Norman Transcript

• CATEGORIES: Features

This story is out of Oklahoma and features Neal Morris’ restored truck.

Read all about it here: http://www.normantranscript.com/opinion/columns/willys-workhorse-truck-becomes-show-horse/article_b44da909-1905-513b-8928-2c25e06419ad.html


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U.S. Army Transportation Museum at JB Langley-Eustis

• CATEGORIES: Features, Museums

Gayland recently visited the U.S. Army’s Transportation Museum at Joint Base Langley-Eustis and shared these photos. Ann and I drove right past there, but didn’t have time to stop. I will have to visit there the next time I’m visiting my cousin in Virginia.

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Kids Crawler Stephens City, VA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

UPDATE **SOLD** Was $6500.

John shared this interesting Kid’s crawler.


“1/2 scale Omix-ADA mini MB Jeep body kit.
1988 Honda TRX350D engine, gear box, wire harness, oil cooler, fan, fuel pump, and computer.
Holley fuel pressure regulator.
2.5 gallon jerrycan fuel tank.
Suzuki Samurai front and rear axles. Rear axle is spool locked.
Samurai transfer case. (2H, 4H, 4LO)
Front and rear disc brakes.
Wilwood master cylinder.
Monroe air shocks.
Double triangulated four links in front and rear. (Tractor top links for heim joints).
Full hydraulic steering. (Seastar helm pump and balanced hydraulic cylinder).
30″ UTV tires on 15” Jeep wheels.
LED lighting
Rustoleum Professonal “safety red” paint.”

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2018 Southwest Ohio FC Gathering July 27-29

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

Just ONE month until the “Ohio Gathering” at Roger Martin’s Place near Waynesville, Ohio. It is scheduled for July 27, 28, 29 with the main day on Saturday.

Call him anytime at 937-477-5270 or email: rogerjm55@gmail.com
His address is: Roger Martin
1905 Roxanna New Burlington Road
Waynesville, Oh 4506

There is plenty of room for trucks, trailers, and RV’s (no RV hook-ups). There is an RV Campground and one-room cabins about a mile away.

These are the nearest places to stay:
-Frontier Campground. Waynesville, OH 45068 937-488-1127
-Creekwood Motel of Waynesville 513-897-1000
-Ramada Inn Xenia 937-372-9921

Bring your FC’s and FJ Step Vans, whether they’re cleaned or still have on their “work clothes” right out of the field. Let’s see what you have…running or not. Bring your extra parts for sale or trade. It would be nice to see photos of your project, in progress or completed.

Also,: This year you’ll be able to see Roger’s “new” 1960 FC-170 with an Ottawa Backhoe.

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Orchard Sprayers By Field Force Manufacturing

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Documents, Features, Old Images

These documents were in a late 1940s Willys Overland binder.

There seems to be a very slight difference between the two sprayer packages offered by Field Force Manufacturing. One package used a pump with stainless steel non-magnetic plungers that gave the pump higher capacity and more pressure capability. It weighed slightly more, too.

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Warn Hub Thread

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

Maury has assembled a useful Warn Hub thread. I’ve been meaning to write a Warn article, but have yet to get to it. The warn hubs can be confusing, as the Warn Locking Hub, Lock-O-matic Hub, and Automatic hub all look similar.



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1944 Photo of Jeep Crossing Siegfried Line on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Neat, symbolic photo.

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“1944 Press Photo World War II – American Jeep Crosses Siegfried Line. This is an original press photo. World War II – Through a gap in the “dragon’s teeth” barricade of the Siegfried line goes a Yank jeep. It carries a machine gun. The picture was taken in Germany near Aachen as American forces advanced into enemy territory. United States, Germany, wars. Photo measures 11 x 6.75 inches. Photo is dated 09-20-1944.”



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1951 Photo of Jeeps on Ship to Korea on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

I don’t run across to many photos of jeeps on ships going to Korea.

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“1951 Press Photo American Jeeps on deck in preparation for landing in Korea. This is an original press photo. American troops are ashore at a South Korean beachhead after the fastest amphibious operation in history. Here jeeps are shown lashed to the deck in preparation for the landing. Note other ships on the convoy in the right background. Photo measures 6.75 x 8.5 inches. Photo is dated 5-25-1951.”



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Ben’s Yellowstone Trip in His Wagon

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Thanks to Joe for sharing this story about Ben and his family’s 3,270 mile trip in a 1957 wagon from Kansas to Yellowstone and back over the past few weeks.

You can view the trip here: http://www.oldwillysforum.com/forum/showthread.php?13689-YNP-by-Wagon-from-Kansas (there are 11 pages, but no page links at the bottom of the page, so advance to the next page using the links at the top.)


You can also view Ben’s 1957 wagon build here: http://www.oldwillysforum.com/forum/showthread.php?10450-My-1957-L6-226-Wagon-Build

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1951 Photo of Hobby Horse on Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Unusual mascot.

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“1951 Press Photo 1st Cavalry MPs Near Jeep with Hobby Horse Head Attached, Korea. This is an original press photo. Korean War, United States Troops Recreation: The only “horsey” touch remaining to the 1st cavalry division is said to be this hobby horse head attached to one of the division’s jeeps in central Korea. The Military Police (MPs) are Corporal Ernie Ernie Aguillar (left), Youngstown, Ohio, and Lieutenant John Haskell, Duluth, Minnesota. Photo measures 8 x 8.25 inches. Photo is dated 04-14-1951.”



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1945 Photo of Jeep in Tokyo on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

It appears someone spent time highlighting the image during or post processing.

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1945 PRESS PHOTO WWII Bomb Damage In Tokyo Jeep Near Rubble  10599  Measures 6.5 X 8 inches”

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Lot of Parts from former Jeep Dealer Fredericksburg, VA $10,000

• CATEGORIES: Features

Thanks to Joe for sharing this link. The sale includes a 1956 CJ-5. Should someone buy the lot and finds there’s a bunch of interesting brochures or documents, I’d be interested in them (or sharing them). No pics provided.


“We were a previous Kaiser Willys Jeep Dealer from 1950-1974. We have over 3,000 new Jeep parts; all different types. From Steering, Transmission, Rear, Motors, Joints, Springs, Axles, etc. To include a 1956 CJ5 that runs good. Manuals and Parts catalogs included. Total package price- $10,000”

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1944 Drawing by Artist Ken Riley **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

This is a great illustration. Turns out, he became an accomplished artist.

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“1944 Press Photo A drawing depicts a soldier relaxes in a jeep at a battle zone. This is an original press photo. A Jeep At Ease Coast Guard Combat Artist Ken Riley catches a jeep in a rare pose–at ease–in this drawing from the South Pacific battle zones. Reliable companion of the fighting men, these tough little fellows roll off Coast Guard-manned landing craft with the first waves of invaders. Artist Riley, who lives in Parsons, Kansas enlisted in the Coast Guard and carried his sketchbook into the Pacific war theatre. Photo measures 10 x 8.25 inches. Photo is dated 05-04-1944.



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All Breed Jeep Swap Meet Sat. June 30th Kingston, GA

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

I spotted this on Craigslist.


“Open to all!!! If it has a Jeep brand on it, it’s welcome!
We will still have our CJ only Swap meet & shows last Saturday of March & September”


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Poppa Pig Has Arrived!

• CATEGORIES: Features

My newest cutting board arrived today, thanks to an eWillys reader named Tom Gallagher. His boards earned a great write-up in the National Barbecue news a few years ago. He carefully selects the wood and makes each one himself.

This is a great addition to my growing collection of cutting boards (I like kitchen stuff as much as jeep stuff), so many thanks to Tom for sending it! You can learn more about his boards at his website: http://pigcuttingboard.com/


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All-Purpose Advertising in Late 1955

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Old News Articles

The Truck ad is from the September 8, 1955, issue of the Heppner Gazette-Times, while the wagon is from the October 27, 1955, issue. I guess the 1955 fall advertising theme was “All-Purpose”.

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Action Traction Truck Ad

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This ad was featured in Oregon’s Hepnner Gazette Times newspaper on March 5, 1953.