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1975 Ford Rural Wagon Panama City, FL $15,000

• CATEGORIES: International, Other 4x4s, Willys Wagons

UPDATE: Barry noted that this Willys looking jeep was actually built by Ford.

Needs a little love of some kind.

“1975 Rural Willys
Nice rarity here. Jeep Willys Wagon Rural.
High miles.
4×4.
4 Gears.
6 Cylinders.
No rust,
This vehicle needs some TLC but price is negotiable.”

https://panamacity.craigslist.org/cto/d/1975-rural-willys/6368358514.html

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Brochures for Mistubishi’s CJ-3B on eBay

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

There are several Mitsubishi-jeep brochures on eBay right now.

  1. An early brochure? View the brochure on eBay
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2. This jeep came with a unique platform. View the brochure on eBay

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3. This is a CJ-3B J-10 brochure. View the brochure on eBay

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4. This is a CJ-3B J-3 brochure. View all the information on eBay
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1966 Rural Wagon Oklahoma City, OK eBay

• CATEGORIES: International, Willys Wagons • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Back on eBay

(10/19/2016) These wagons were produced in Brazil between 1960-1977. Learn more at the 3B site. This is likely one of only a couple of these in the US.

“1966 Willys Wagon / Willys Wagoneer. This is a very nice car and runs great The car is in good condition, seats that are in good condition (small tear on passenger side). Car is ready to go.”

View all the information on eBay

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Update From Uruguay

• CATEGORIES: Features, International

Our Uruguayan bureau (Hugo Cicalese) filed this report. Thanks for the update!

I have not looked at you page recently because I was enjoying holidays and driving my CJ-3A. I spent a complete month in the East! In”the East” is where the ocean beaches are located. I took a couple photos while out driving his jeep. The only problem he encountered was a temporally stuck valve seal. Once the engine heated up, it loosened and worked fine.
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Wondering around with the Jeep was fantastic! Very nice weather (not very hot or rainy, it happens sometimes). The day I came back I got some rain in the road, nothing to bother with a bikini top.

Next day looking at the news, I read that only 60 km east of me in Punta del Este there was a huge storm (summer storm with lots of rain) and I found this picture in the newspaper. Funny isn’t it?

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It is a street full of water, and during the storm the MB could not make it (obviously problem of the driver!!!). Notice in the background there’s a new jeep waiting. 

 

One day while on vacation I visited Piriapolis. I spotted several  low hood Jeeps in amazingly very good shape. Around 5. Several CJ5 but these are easier to find. I only had my shorts, no camera or cell!!” 

 
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Jeep Reconditioning Programs in the U.S.

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Ordnance - Remanufactureing

UPDATE: This was originally published in 2013.

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The Bechtel-McCone Remanufacturing Process rebuilt from an article in issue #122 of the Army Motors Magazine Winter ’08 by Lloyd White

One topic that appears in my new book is the 1941 attack on Russia by Hitler.  Called operation Barbarossa and named for the medieval Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa it was the largest invasion in the history of warfare. It included three million soldiers, 600,000 vehicles, and 750,000 horses.  For comparison, the D-Day invasion force was approximately 150,000 men.  Even a month later, only a million men had landed on the beaches of Normandy.

Supporting these huge numbers required plenty of logistics. For example, the German military had 250 companies of veterinarians that, at the height of the war, were capable of servicing almost 100,000 horses a day.  Near the end of the war, horses became vital for the Germans on the Eastern front, as the terrain was often too inhospitable for vehicles, if they had any running vehicles at all.

What does this have to do with jeeps? Well, despite their disposable nature, many people don’t know that the U.S. Army’s Ordnance Department created special facilities to rebuild jeeps (and other vehicles).  Facilities were located both in the U.S. and abroad.  Here’s some information about the US divisions.

I spent time last night, probably too much, gathering and organizing some information about these programs.  The idea and much of this information came from Maury Hurt’s efforts to gather and document reconditioning programs.  There are a variety of threads about these at G503.  However, what I didn’t see was a place that gathered the information together as I have below. I expect to add to this post over time with more information about the international programs.

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Steam cleaning jeeps at Bechtel-McCone’s remanufacturing facility in Birmingham, Alabama.

UNITED STATES REMANUFACTURING:
The following companies remanufactured a total of 16,176 jeeps in the United States according to Charlie Weaver via Jim Allen’s book “Jeep”. There are examples of the data plates applied to the dash of jeeps by the companies below.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t find examples for all the companies. Next to the companies are the number of jeeps each is credited with rebuilding.

1. Bechtel McCone 4,986
2. Allison Steel Manufacturing Company Plate 2,865
3. Moore Equipment Co plate and a second one and a third one. 2,443
4. Higgins Plastic Corp 1,850
5. Stewart & Stevenson 1,750
6. W.A. Bechtel plate 1,555
7. Bishop McCormick & Bishop (no examples found) 343
8. International Diesel (no examples found) 267
9. Vancura Motor Company (no examples found) 66
10. A.M. Meyerstein (no examples found) 49

I found these plates in several locations (documented in the links above) and then organized them as you see. I thought it would help people who run into plates, but don’t know what they have.

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India’s Rajputana Jeep Club

• CATEGORIES: Features, International

There’s an article on the gulf news website about the Rajputana Jeep Club. The group has 29 members with a variety of older jeeps. Nice to see them fixing and running them.

http://gulfnews.com/culture/people/a-club-of-jeep-enthusiasts-in-india-1.1956225

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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.”

View all the information on eBay

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Roger & Jim Martin near Son Netherlands

• CATEGORIES: Features, International

Roger sent us a second report: “This near Son, Netherlands  where my dad jumped in the Market Garden invasion September 17th 1944. My dad Jim Martin and I rode in a convoy of military vehicle.  This GPW Jeep belongs to Han Pulles. My friend  Kevin and I rode in Han’s Jeep with his son Barry. Dad road in one of the trucks. We had a great time. Thanks to Han and his son Barry for taking us along for the ride!”

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Roger Martin and his Father Jim “Pee Wee” Martin in the Netherlands

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Museums

UPDATE: Roger called me to provide a little additional info. First, the “young lady” with whom Jim is shaking hands is actually the Prime Minister of Defense for the Netherlands. Apparently, there were numerous other dignitaries and security was tight. 

I’m taking a break for the night, but don’t worry. Roger Martin and his father Jim “Pee Wee” Martin have been busy in the Netherlands. Roger’s father was invited over to participate in some WWII events and visit numerous museums. I can’t say exactly which photos go with which musuem, but they are still interesting to look at. Thanks for all the photos Roger!

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Roper Marting (left) and his father Jim Martin (right).

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In 1957-58 4 Italians Drove to Toledo the Long Way

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

This September 13, 1958, article from the Toledo Blade told the story of four italians who drove what appears to be a WWII jeep a distance of 80,000 miles from Italy to Toledo. The men, all newspapermen, planned to drive another 15,000 miles back to Italy. What a trip! I wonder if their counterparts in 2013 knew of their countrymen’s adventure?

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Another Report from Willys Am Tegernsee

• CATEGORIES: Event, International

Christian and his group of jeep enthusiasts gathered together once again. He reports they had fun, despite some heavy rain. Joining them was a couple from the UK, James and Annie, who are traveling around Europe in their Willys MB. I’m hoping to find out if James and Annie are reporting on their adventure online.

http://www.willys-am-tegernsee.de

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3 Interesting Jeeps from South America

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Unusual • TAGS: , .

This first wagon is from Uruguay and was shared by Christian del Manya. It’s an early three-row IKA Rural wagon built on a pickup 4×4 chassis. He included an ad for it down below.

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Photos of the second and third interesting jeeps were found in this collection of photos:

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2016 Willys Am Tergensee Head to Italy

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features, International

Christian shared the news that the jeep-group he started is heading to Italy this year. He wrote, Right now we’re about to prepare for a trip down to Italy, where they celebrate the Liberation (Liberatione) on April 25th and a group of Jeep-enthusiasts started una colonna della liberta in 2006. Every year it takes place in a different region of Italy. This time it’ll be in the Padova area. We’ll roll down to there with a group of 11 Jeeps to join the Colonna with its about 150 WW2-US-military-vehicles.”

You can learn more here (in German) http://www.willys-am-tegernsee.de

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1948 Photos of International Refugee Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Old Images

These images of an International Refugee jeep in West Germany were part of Barbara Reinfeld’s journal. Journals were provided to refugees to document their experiences. You can learn more about the young woman’s diary here:

http://recordingvoices.blogspot.com/2012/08/barbara-reinfelds-refugee-camp-diary.html

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Yue Loong Chinese Jeep Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, International

This CJ-6ish jeep has no fuel inlet on the driver’s side. It also appears to have some kind of Tuxedo Park package (front bumper for example). Price is a crazy $99! It’s listed as a 1958 CJ-3B brochure.

“Original part color folder , 7.5 x 10.5 folded , 15 x 10.5 unfolded , has 2 horizontal folds , text in Chinese and English .”

View all the information on eBay

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Dutch Couple Drives from India to Lebanon

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

In 1966 the Jeep News Magazine reported on a 14,000 mile trip by Mr. And Mrs. J. Th. van Reijsen of the Netherlands.

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Casa Willys Restaurant in Colombia

• CATEGORIES: Features, International • TAGS: .

Gayland forwarded these pics from a co-worker of his who visited Colombia. It’s a Casa Willys Restaurant (notice the sign in the upper right of the first photo) located in Salento, Colombia. It’s well rated by Trip Advisor.

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MBs & GPWs at Tegernsee

• CATEGORIES: Features, International

This article out of Germany includes over forty photos of restored MBs and GPWs. They all gathered at Tegernsee. http://www.merkur.de/lokales/region-tegernsee/gmund-ort65533/willys-tegernsee-oldtimer-treffen-alten-jeeps-5507644.html

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Unique Colombian Jeep Bike

• CATEGORIES: Features, International

If you weren’t convinced yet that Colombians are jeep crazy, check out this unique bike. There are a some other jeeps and a few jeep trucks also shown at this link.

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Jeeps Article from 1953 Cars Magazine

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Magazine

These old car magazines are such fun to explore. The August 1953 issue of Cars Magazine had an article about jeeps. The magazine also contained a strange story from Idaho about the Brink and a Half Club, which seems to involve dunking your vehicle into the Clearwater River. While the article claims US95 hugs the Clearwater River for 150 miles, according to wikipedia the Clearwater is only 75 miles long. I think the author may have confused the Clearwater with the Salmon River.

Finally, I’ve also included an odds-n-ends page which includes a Ford automobile testimonial by noted criminal John Dillinger and the earliest example of a double-ender vehicle I’ve ever seen.

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This is the full two-page jeep article blended together. The text can be read in the image below.

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Page 1 of the article.

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Interestingly, no mention of any asian companies jeep efforts mentioned.

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No mention of Vic Hickey made in reference to the top photo. This article from Car Craft does a much better job of covering Hickey.

 
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1981 Viasa CJ-6 Italy 12,000 Euro

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B, CJ-6, International • TAGS: .

Seth found this Viasa CJ-3B/CJ-6 for sale in Italy. Good condition and nice top.

http://www.autobelle.it/annunci/vendo_jeep_willis_viasa_cj6_182618.php

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Dutch Army M-38A1 Photos

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Old Images

Charles shared a variety of Dutch Army photos with M-38A1s in them.

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French Diesel CJ-3A Ad

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, International

Charles shared this ad for a diesel CJ-3A.

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1965 JA3/JA2 Argentina Jeep Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, International

This is a single page unfolding brochure.

“original part color folder , 9.5 x 3.5 folded , 9.5 x 11.5 unfolded , Spanish text. Produced by Kaiser, Argentina .”

View all the information on eBay

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Australian Review of the 1958 CJ-3B

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Old Images, Old News Articles

The August 11, 1958, issue of the Sydney Morning Herald featured a long review of the CJ-3B, whose parts were imported into Australia and then assembled there. You can review the article at Google news as it original appeared or read my re-arranged version (for space purposes) below. The reviewer’s biggest complaint was due to the way the jeep is converted from left to right-hand drive, leaving the gearshift to the left of the transfer case shifters.

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From the August 11, 1958 issue of the Sydney Morning Herald Page 5.

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