Magazine Research Archives

Jeeps filled magazines in various ways. Some magazines reported on brand new ‘Blitz Buggy’ and other important develops about the jeep during WWII. Others reported on the changing models during its civilian life. Still others showcased how jeeps were used and the modifications done to them.

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1948 Article About Modified Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine • TAGS: .

The February 1948 issue of Mechanic Illustrated included this blurb about a sedanized jeep.

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Custom Built Woody on Jeep Chassis

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Sedan-jeep, Wood bodies • TAGS: , .

The February 1948 issue of Popular Science included a small blurb about this custom wood jeep out of Seattle built on a WW2 chassis.

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Dec. 1945 Outdoor Life Magazine Story on the Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, Magazine

UPDATE: Originally Posted July 26, 2014.

The December 1945 Issue of Outdoor Life Magazine contained an article titled “A Jeep Will Get You There”. It is filled with photos of a VEC CJ-2A used for a fishing trip. The photos aren’t the best, but still an interesting article. Outdoor Life also featured the story on the front cover.

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1947 Popular Mechanics Photo of Front Axle Thaw

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine • TAGS: .

The machine shown below was used to thaw front axles, among other things I’m sure. It was published in the January 1947 issue of Popular Mechanics.

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1947 Popular Mechanics Article on Submarine Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine • TAGS: .

Using the fording kit, a jeep could operate for more than 15 minutes while under a foot or more of water. It was published in the January 1947 issue of Popular Mechanics.

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This December 1943 article from Popular Mechanics highlighted an early attempt at a water proof jeep. In this case it was accompanied by a waterproof trailer.

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1944 Popular Mechanics Article on Target Jeeps

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This April 1944 article from Popular Mechanics explains how target jeeps work. The photo shows a slat grille MB sacrificed for the greater good.

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Exploring the Santa Fe Trail in 1950 by Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine • TAGS: .

The January 1950 issue of Popular Mechanics featured a story about airline pilot Heath Proctor and his trip by CJ-2A along the Old Santa Fe Trail. I’ve included a few pics below. I’m not sure what’s on the front bumper? Are those push bumpers?

Here’s a link to the entire story online: https://books.google.com/books?id=vtgDAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA88&source=gbs_toc_r&cad=2#v=onepage&q&f=false (Page 88).
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1945 Photo of Experimental Farm Jeep

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This photo and caption were published in the February 1945 issue of Popular Mechanics.

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1945 Photo & Caption of Armored Jeep in Pop Mech

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This photo and caption shows an armored jeep in the March 1945 issue of Popular Mechanics.

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1945 Jeep Saw Reference In Popular Mechanics

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine • TAGS: .

On page 41 of the April 1945 issue of Popular Mechanics is this photo and caption. Curiously, it doesn’t appear the jeep has lights; it looks more like the jeep was partly illustrated.

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This photo was in the same issue:

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1944 Article on Tandem Towing in Popular Science

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A December 1944 article in Popular Science highlights tandem towing:

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1943 Article Adventures of the Yankee

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A July 1943 Popular Mechanics article looks at young men training for war and, in part, how the jeep plays a useful role.

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1943 Article From Popular Mechanics on Hub Winching

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This is the earliest use of jeep hubs as winches that I can remember documenting. It was publishing in the July 1943 issue of Popular Mechanics. The McCain hub was a similar, much later idea.

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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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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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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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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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Feb. 1957 Willys News Magazine $25

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine • TAGS: .

I accidentally ordered an issue of Willys News I already had. So, I’m putting this one up for sale. It has eight pages of pictures and information. These sell for between $28 – $38 on eBay. 1957-02-willys-news1

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January 1946 Motor Magazine Fixing Army Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

The January 1946 issue of Motor Magazine has an article about fixing the Army jeep.

View all the information on eBay

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1957 Jeep Jamboree on South Padre Island, Texas

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Old Images

This March 1957 article from Popular Mechanics highlighted the 1957 Jeep Jamboree in Texas. A few days ago a press photo showing the photo of the DJ-3A (just the front of it) landed on eBay for sale. 
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1944 Issue of Canadian Home Journal

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

The January 1944 issue of the Canadian Home Journal featured a baby and jeep on its cover. This particularly magazine was advertised for sale on Facebook.

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January 1957 Issue of True Adventures

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

It took a chance on this January 1957 issue of True Adventures and bought it on eBay hoping to find an article that included jeeps. But, I struck out. There was nothing but scantily clad women (not that I was complaining), fantastical stories, and silly advertisements.

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Photos Circa 1956 From Colombia

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These photos appeared in the February 1956 issue of Globe-trotter. I especially like the CJ-5 with the ice cream maker!

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1948 Popular Homecraft’s Wander Wagon Junior

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Willys Wagons, Wood bodies • TAGS: , .

In 1948 Popular Homecraft Magazine did a two article series on the construction of a home built Jeep Station Wagon. They named it Wander Wagon Junior. This past weekend Rolfe spotted the February issue of the magazine at a garage sale (for only a quarter!) and then shared scans of the article. We still lack the March-April version of Homecraft, but I’ll buy it should it land on eBay. Thanks to Rolfe for this article!

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“Gypsy Rose Lee” Airborne Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Airborne Lightweight Jeeps, Features, Magazine

The Gypsy Rose Lee Jeep is a stripped down version of the regular jeep for airborne troops (one of a variety developed). Made of “plastic plywood”, it was almost a 1,000lbs lighter than the standard 2,200lb jeep. You might also know the jeep as the MB-L. This article, of which the Gypsy Rose Lee was a part, was published in the December 1947 issue of Willys Overland Unity Magazine.

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