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Sorry for the technical delay

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Hi all. We had a temporary technical delay. Something was gnawing at the sites resources. I suspect bots are attacking . . . again.

We are just entering St. Paul. After an absence of jeeps for the last two days, we finally spotted a CJ-2A perched on the hillside along I-94. More on that tomorrow.

 
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1988 Forumla Desert Dog Ad on eBay

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What interests me about this ad is the date. I thought Formula Tires had been sold and was dead. I bought mine in 1985 and they were hard to find by that point.

“Size is approximately 8″X11”

View all the information on ebay

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1949? M-38 Riverside, CA **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $7500.

(08/13/2012) This appears in good shape.

“A military icon of the 19th century, this W.W. II Style jeep manufactured by Willy’s is rare and sought after by collectors and rein-actors alike. Runs good, 5 new tires, M.P. police lights work, starter is weak.”

 
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Steger Pedal Jeep Tucson, AZ $550

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I don’t remember seeing another Steger appear for sale.

“This pedal car was found in the rafters of a garage in Chicago. It was purchased at an estate sale where it was found. Original wood bodu. Refurbished. Asking 550 obo”

http://tucson.craigslist.org/atq/3763768590.html

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Just a few updates tonight

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I’m working late on the book tonight to finish Draft 4 of my new book, which I expect will be the last major draft. So only a few updates tonight.  I’ll do some more throughout the afternoon on the way to Seattle tomorrow.

 
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No Updates Thursday

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I cooked dinner and enjoyed a movie with my wife tonight, so no updates on Thursday.

 
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CJ-5/FC Jeep Sign Raleigh, NC **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was No Price.

If I could only fit this in the jeep I’d buy it and bring it back with me. I’m sure someone else will enjoy it.

“Sign from a 1940 1950 Willys Jeep dealer lights up and flashes World Largest Jeep ManufactuerOF 4 Wheel Drive Vechicles”

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1951 CJ-3A Blackville, SC $4500

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UPDATE: Was on eBay. Now on Craigslist.

“1951 Willys Civilian Jeep – runs great, everything works except gas gauge, SC title in hand. This model came equipped with factory heater. I call this a Marine Corps Dress Blue Jeep, ready for parades, etc.”

http://columbia.craigslist.org/cto/3735912619.html

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4 Turbine Rims Tri Cities, WA $250

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No pics provided. They are near me somewhere if anyone is interested.

“5×5.5. ford, jeep, dodge, zuk. some raiders. 15″ classic turbine wheels. 40 spokes. $250. no text366 6296”

http://kpr.craigslist.org/pts/3736140689.html

 
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Jeeps along the Way

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I might have mentioned we were going to camp with my two younger kids, Kasia and Colter, but my daughter was too afraid to drive the four hours to meet us to camp. Regretfully, I told her not to worry and we’d meet them after we camped for a couple days. That led to our three day trip through the middle of Utah on Saturday, Sunday and Monday (to be told on Thursday).

Yesterday, It was my daughter’s birthday, so we spent some time shopping for clothes in Salt Lake City with her. After finding some cute outfits we said our goodbyes and drove to Boise. We have lunch plans for Wednesday and then we’ll head for Pasco Wednesday afternoon.

In lieu of pictures of our Utah trip . . . during our drive through Arizona and New Mexico, we saw a number of jeeps in fields, but couldn’t always stop or get pictures of them. Here are a few we did capture.

In only a short while in Holbrook, AZ,  we saw this poor CJ-5 hiding sadly behind a mixer. It’s a project!

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More updates tuesday

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By the time we arrive in Pasco on Wednesday night, Henry will deserve some rest. Besides thousands of roadway miles since the start of the trip, for the past two days he has been fording streams, battling dust, crawling up hills, tip toeing over rocks, and carrying us faithfully through many less-travelled roads in the Capitol Reef National Park/ San Rafael Swell area of Utah.

Even better, we spent the past two days disconnected from the inter web. For 48 hours I didn’t touch my computer, which is certainly a record for 2013. We saw some neat stuff and have hundreds of pics, which I’ll be sorting through tomorrow and sharing over the coming days.

I’ll be doing more updates throughout the afternoon.

– Dave

 
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Henry Keeps Rolling

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Henry at overlook of Moab and La Sal Mountains

Gerald asked about our 2012 Grand Cherokee’s performance during our trip. He also asked if our jeep had a name yet. Yes, the jeep has a name: Henry. It was Ann’s idea, since most of her life she’s owned a Ford. We even traded in her Ford Mustang for the jeep (now there’s a great wife — willing to trade in her car to get a jeep!)

Henry has the basic Laredo GC with the 3.8 with the towing package upgrade. It has fulltime all wheel drive, but doesn’t have low range. We bought it with approx 4k miles for $28,500. Our goal was to have a mildly off-road, a snow, and a camping capable vehicle.

Having put 6,000 miles on Henry in the last five weeks we have found the jeep has exceeded our expectations. Rated at 23mpg we regularly get 25mpg at 75mph without air conditioning (it hasn’t been warm enough to run the air). The jeep handles well enough that I don’t miss touring with my BMW 540i. My BMW has better passing power, but I can live without that.

The jeep is well equipped for working in the passenger seat. Two electrical outlets allow me to keep my computer / phones/ broadband device powered. The windows could use some tinting to help reduce computer screen glare.

Not only are their cup holders in the middle, but the doors have auxiliary cup holders, which work well for bottles of water or empty cans. We really appreciate the door cup holders!

The jeep has the push button starter, which I’d never used, but really like! I keep the key in my pocket and Ann keeps one on her. There is no fumbling with keys to open doors or start the jeep. As long as the electronics and computer work over the long term I will continue to like this feature!

The packing capacity seems good. We’ll know just how good it is when I try to pack 2 terra tires into the back. My wife is convinced they won’t fit. I am convinced I can make them fit!

Here are a few pics of Henry offroad.

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Testing Henry out in the sand. We didn’t want to get into sand that was too deep, but it drove through without issue.

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To get here I had to drive over rocks and branches. Even without low range there we encountered no problem.

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Of course the hill doesn’t look steep in the picture, but it was. We went down and up without any slippage. Now, if it were wet at all, we would have had problems.

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Waiting for us at White Sands.

 
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1942 Hobart Generator Willsboro, NY **SOLD**

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UPDATE: Was on eBay. **SOLD**

This looks very restorable.

“This M5 generator was built for the US Army in World War II, by the Hobart manufacturing Company.  It is built on intergrated steel skids. The generator has a four cylinder ZXB Hercules engine.  From online research, this engine was sometimes used in the Willys Overland Jeep.  The output of the generator set can be field set for either single or three phase operation.  The output is rated at three kilowatts.  This unit has sat for many years, but I believe can be rebuilt to operate correctly, and could be used as a functioning display.  Just to make clear, the unit does not run at this time.  This unit is rare today, and from research, provided electrical power for the BOFERS anti-aircraft gun setups in WWII. I have found similar generators for you to look at on you tube, but I have not been able to download a link due to ebay rules. Type in M5 generator on the you tube search bar.”

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Toy Jeep Collection Orting, WA

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No pics provided.

“Toy Jeep Collection – All or part – Marx, Tonka and more more. Pictures do not show all I have.
Chuck 360-893-8554”

http://seattle.craigslist.org/tac/clt/3697798916.html

 
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Roberto’s Jeepster Illustration

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Roberto just completed an illustration of a Jeepster. He’s thinking of creating some black t-shirts with the Jeepster on it. If you are interested in having him do that, comment below or contact him at http://www.robertoflores.com

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Moab

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We have arrived in Moab. It looks like they are getting all ramped up for Easter Jeep Safari Week. More updates later.

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New Emperor Movie

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Mark forwarded this movie poster for the new movie Emperor.

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VEC Bow Bolt Brackets

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Someone asked me about bow bracket windshield bolts, but I forgot who.

Claus found the answer. Up to S/N 22xxx the bolt heads(?) were square. After S/N the bolt heads were rounded. He can confirm that he had a CJ-2A of 225xx that had rounded ones, so it had to be before that 2A.

 
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1946 CJ-2A Thurston, OR $4600

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That’s one thick roll bar tube. This jeep has a variety of mods, including non jeep axles.

“46 jeep willy. 4600.00 call for details 541 -852-3758”

http://eugene.craigslist.org/cto/3660720608.html

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CJ-3B Soft Top Denver, CO No Price

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No pics and no price.

“Willyz CJ-3B soft top, doors and bars good condition
call Matt
720-620-0101”

http://denver.craigslist.org/pts/3659180833.html

 
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FJ-3 Fleet Van Shop Manual Supplement on eBay

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Someone might find this useful.

“US POSTAL JEEP FJ-3 SERVICE SHOP MANUAL Supplement… 124 pages.. has wear/ stains.. all then info is still good..”

http://www.ebay.com/itm/US-POSTAL-JEEP-FJ-3-SERVICE-SHOP-MANUAL-Supplement-Fleetvan-/160983116252?pt=Motors_Manuals_Literature&hash=item257b5769dc

 
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Bantam Jeep Festival: The Joys & Hazards of Buying a Vintage Jeep

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The folks at the Bantam Jeep Festival have asked me to participate in this year’s history series.  I will be presenting “The Joys & Hazards of Buying a Vintage Jeep”,  appearing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with an official book(s) signing following each event. I don’t know the times just yet.

I shared this news with Paul and he responded with some words of wisdom for potential buyers of vintage jeeps. He wrote:

Please remember that sometimes a free Jeep is still too expensive. Normal people just don’t realize how much money, time and space a disassembled Jeep can suck up. Many clueless males have sadly discovered just how quickly Breaking Up Is Easy (not hard) To Do after becoming the owner of a project Jeep. Don’t even get me started on relationship problems after the Jeep is finished, just be ready for the “Why can’t my car be parked in the garage” vintage whine which is soon followed the always popular “I’m cold and rain soaked, why doesn’t this thing have a top” snivel. For a single guy taking a date out in a vintage Jeep will become an educational experience so long as no police are involved. Many women simply don’t understand that a Jeep really does have shock absorbers, it’s just that they are called passengers. Also a women with a sense of humor and adventure is mandatory to make it thru those events that seem like a good idea at the time and will provide many hours of crazy stories in the future for the grandkids but only if everyone survives.

I simply can’t argue with any of that!

On the BOOK 2 front, after writing all day I completed Draft 2 this evening. The book is approx 450 pages, when properly formatted. Ann is sitting next to me gleefully and busily bruising this draft with a red pen. She’s on page 22 already and hasn’t fallen asleep yet, so I take that as a good sign 🙂  My goal is to have it published in time for the Bantam Festival.

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XL T-Shirt with photo of wagon in Hawaii on eBay

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This was just too odd to pass up.

“Wagoneer wood-sided Station Wagon
Brand – Jeep
Color – Orange
Size – XL XLarge
Measurements in inches and centimeters, measured flat:
Chest – 23″ (58,4cm)
Length – 29″ (73,6cm)
The shirt is short sleeve, 100% preshrunk cotton.

Wood-sided Jeep vehicle on the front of the shirt.
In used, not abused condition.
No rips, holes or stains.”

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1946 Ad for the Jeep Wagon on eBay

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I like this ad.

“This collectible magazine advertisement is original, not a reprint or photocopy. It measures apprx. 10 1/2″ wide by 13 1/2″ tall and is in good condition ready to mat and frame. Due to the nature of vintage paper, most advertisements will show some minor signs of aging and wear. All of our ads are packaged in plastic sleeves with a cardboard backing inside of a mylar mailer.”

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New Server

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eWillys is live on the new server. Now that I’m on the new server, I can finally complete the changes and updates to the site, as well as add some new features. I have also set up a twitter feed which I’ll use to send out updates or announce problems or more.

I will re run a few posts tomorrow. New posts will start Monday.  Enjoy your weekend!