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Poor Rudolph

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Comics, Features

Dan shared this cartoon.


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1953 Hemet-de Anza Calvacade

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

This two page article appeared in the July 1953 issue of Hot Rod Magazine. It’s mostly a photographic spread about the trek over the Anza Trail. Six hundred folks in one hundred and sixty jeeps participated in the trip.

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Neon Jeep Sign Cave City, KY eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

Neon is broken, so it doesn’t work.

“Jeep sign. Your getting it in as found condition. What you see in the pictures is everything I have for it. It’s not complete & don’t work. Approx. 18″ deep x 38″ tall & 11′ long. Letter’s are 9″ deep. Fabricated aluminum. Neon is busted on the E’s. Local pickup only in south central Kentucky. Item must be paid for & picked up within 5 day’s after purchase unless other arrangement’s are made with me first.”

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Santa Leaves Rudolph Behind

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features • TAGS: .

Dan shared this Santa & Rudolph cartoon.


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1944 Photo of Jeep Floating Across Mogaung River on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Good photo of a jeep floating across the Mogaung River in Kaman, Burma.

“ORIGINAL PHOTO from 1944 approx. 5″ x 6″ Typewriter Release information glued to back of photograph State Department issued 1944”

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Jeepster Commando Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This is a different brochure.

“This awesome little brochure was printed for Kenosha Jeep, Kenosha, Wisconsin, advertising the Jeepster and Jeepster Commando. I am not sure what year this was for, but assume 1960’s. It measures approximately 5″ x 3.5″ folded. See photos for condition.”

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Brian Hainer Fixes a CJ-3B Hood

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Watch Brian Hainer work his magic on a CJ-3B hood with “oil canning”. There are there separate videos.

1. Part I

2. Part II


3. Part III

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WANTED: Hickey, Chuchua, or Willy Willy Aluminum Head

• CATEGORIES: Features, wanted

Traci Clarke is trying to locate a Hickey, Chuchua, or Willy Willy Aluminum head. If you have one or know of one, let me know and I’ll alert Traci. She is a serious buyer.

Chuchua Head:


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2017 Coming Events

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

There are a variety of events already scheduled for 2017. These are in order of occurrence:

  1. March 24-26: The 14th Annual FC Roundup in Phoenix, Arizona. A great event for FC and FJ owners.2017-fc-roundup
  2. May 19-20: 25th Annual Midwest Jeep Reunion & Swap Meet in Columbus, Indiana. This long running event hosts vintage jeeps of all kinds and includes a swap meet.
  3. May 19-21: 8th Annual Willys Rally in Moab, Utah. This wagon and truck focused event continues to grow in popularity.willys-rally-2017
  4. June 11: The Great Willys Picnic, Kempton, Pennsylvania. This pre-1970 jeep day-event includes a car show and swap meet. 2017-great-willys-picnic
  5. June 9-11: Bantam Fest, Butler, Pennsylvania.If you like jeeps of all types, there’s nothing bigger. 2017-bantamfest

Oh, and one more …. In Mid July a small group of intrepid, brave, dedicated, and somewhat nutty jeepers will begin an epic trip to Alaska. Yours truly will be driving Rusty and reporting on our daily adventures. Expect a formal announcement in the next week or so.


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January 1962 CJ-3B Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I picked this up a few weeks ago.





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CJ-3B Drag Racer and Plow Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Old Images Jeeping

The September 1961 issue of Hot Rod Magazine included this reader-submitted photo. The owner explained that the jeep did well as a drag racer (in the stock 4cyl class I’m sure) when they weren’t using it as a plow jeep.


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Propane Powered Generator Pollock Pines, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Industrial-Welder-Generator

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1500.

Here’s an interesting item. It’s powered by a Hercules engine (according to the seller).

“This is a commercial propane backup generator that was installed in a fire station. It was working when removed. It is approximately 20kw. The best part is the engine is the same engine that was in production Willy’s at the time. It is powered by 1960s Jeep Hercules 6 cylinder flat head. Please call for more info and to take a look.
Cash only and sales will be made in person.’

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Ben & Lil’ Joe, an M-38A1

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

This is a great story form the Winston-Salem Journal about a teenager named Ben Zenger who began rebuilding an M-38A1 named Lil’ Joe at age eleven. Learn more here:



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Hop Town Pizza is Opening A Restaurant

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Features

In 2014, Ann ran into two women who operated a mobile wood fired pizza truck called Hoptown Pizza. The two, Carrie Wright and Lori Roy, didn’t know much about their funky little truck, so Ann explained to them that it was an FC-150 and that there was a whole network of folks who owned FCs.

In 2015, Mark Smith published an article about them: http://jeeptruckstories.blogspot.com/2015/02/hopping-along-in-fc-dream.html

This winter, the pair plan to open up a rustic wood fired restaurant about a 50 minute drive west of us near Yakima, Washington. As part of their efforts, they are running a kick starter campaign. You can learn more and watch their video  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/308695668/help-us-grow-from-food-truck-to-rustic-wood-fired or visit their website here: http://www.hoptownpizza.com. We plan to contribute and visit their place as soon as it opens. Go Hoptown!


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Need to Remove a Rusty Bolt? Try a Candle and a Lighter

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Colin shared this video that demonstrates how to use a candle and a lighter to loosen lug nuts. I have never tried it.

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Brian Hainer’s Restoration of Vince’s CJ-3A

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features, videos

Brian Hainer will be restoring Vince’s CJ-3A. In this video he is beginning the restoration. Tires are removed from their rims and a stubborn steering wheel is removed.

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Standard Oil Modified CJ-2A for Aviation Refills

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Unusual • TAGS: .

Blaine spotted this unique CJ-2A that was retrofitted to delivery aviation fuel to planes. This sold on eBay.

“U.S. Flying Service Standard Oil Co. Willys Jeep aviation fuel truck, at St. Petersburg, FL.”


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1960ish MItsubishi Jeep Mailer on ebay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, CJ-3B, Features, International, Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

Here’s an unusual mailer for the Mitsubishi jeeps.

“Original part color folder , 8.5 x 4 folded , 8.5 x 12 unfolded , has many pieces of tape at tears at folds , has some small tears at the edges , has a rub mark with paper loss on the cover in an area about 1 x 1 inch.”

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1960 RCA 501 Cross Sell Ad with Willys Motors on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I just don’t get this 1960 crossing selling ad strategy.

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V-8 Jeeps & The Sidewinder Cruise

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Old Images Jeeping

In September of 1961, Hot Rod Magazine published this article about the Saleea Al Jemel jeep club’s Sidewinder Cruise (first documented jeep club, formed in 1946) in Southern California. The article covers various V8 upgrades installed in flat fender jeeps, with a focus on Brian Chuchua’s Plymouth V8 install.

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DJ-5 on Display at the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Post Office

• CATEGORIES: Features

Don shared some photos of this DJ-5 on display at the main post office in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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1976 CJ-5 w/ Auger Boston, MA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1000.

Glenn spotted this unusual CJ-5. He tried to contact the seller, but had no luck getting a response. On the back of this is a Marsmith Auguer. Glenn and I couldn’t find out much about it. It appears to have roots in Phoenix, where a company called Dirtrix/Marsmith was located. I’ve included a few extra photos of other CJ-5s that have mar smith augers.

“jeep cj5 with marsmith augor machine. rebuitl motor. amc 6cylinder. everything works. runs great. work horse. have 1 auger. 1000 or best offer”

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Other photos of jeeps with Marsmith augers. I don’t know if these are exactly the same or slight variations of the auger that’s on the CJ-5 above.dipos


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1963 Sidewinder Jeep Cruise Photo

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features, Magazine

This photo and caption appeared in the May 1963 issue of Desert Magazine. Note the camping modifications on the CJ-6 in the foreground. Looks like a pretty interesting rig.

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Another APU Photo

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

Brian shared this photo that shows a couple APUs with the hood bumps.


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St. Augustine Jeep Train

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards • TAGS: .

Another example of a Jeep Train. This one is from St. Augustine.

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