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Willys News Article on Modified Jeeps

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This May 1957 article shares two jeeps with unusual modifications.

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1943 Photo of Soldiers Entering Eboli, Italy on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This photo was taken by Charles Corte, Acme Photographer for the war picture pool and ‘flashed’ to the U.S. by the Signal Corps Radio Telephoto.

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First FC-150 To Alaska Via Plane

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A May 1957 article from Willys News reported that the first FC-150 to Alaska was sent by plane. Unfortunately, to fit on the plane it had to be disassembled. Look how close that cab is to not fitting. Someone in Alaska sure wanted that FC badly!

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1943 Photo of Ford GPA at Fort Knox

• CATEGORIES: Features, GPA (SEEP), Old Images

The Seep’s name is Mud Hen.

“1943- Troops riding in Ford GPA Jeep Amphibious Vehicle “Mud Hen” at Fort Knox.”

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Early Warn Manufacturing Co. History

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This May 1957 Willys News article provides some interesting history about the Warn Manufacturing Company. Apparently there was some early resistance to using the first generation of the warn hubs, because jeep owners felt they’d purchased their jeeps for the four wheel drive capability. The initial hubs turned the jeeps into two wheel drive, which some owners felt defeated the whole point of owning a jeep. However, through education and marketing, the Warn folks slowly turned naysayers into advocates.

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From a 1995 Field & Stream Magazine article:

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These were the first locking/unlocking hubs Warn developed. These were advertised as early as October of 1953 in the Popular Mechanics:

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More Photos from Charles

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Neat follow me jeep from the belgian air force 1ste wing-1950

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Note the accordion on the front of this jeep.

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Louisville Apothecary Used Wagons and DJs

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This February 1956 photo and caption from Willys News reported that the Louisville Apothecary, which had used jeeps for delivery since 1946, was welcoming their first DJ-3A Dispatcher to their lineup.

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1942 Photo of MP Jeeps in a line on eBay

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It looks like the first and third military police jeeps are Slat Grilles to me.

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1941 Photo of Ford GP on ebay

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, Old Images

Nice shot of the Ford GP from in front.

“WWII Engineers Test Bridge in Ford GP Jeep at Fort Custer Original Press Photo”

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Jeep Zanzi Tipper Truck Photo on ebay

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This boxy forward control must have been built in Europe? I found a picture of an orange one below the ebay photo.

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This one might be for sale: http://www.tutti.ch/ticino/veicoli/veicoli-commerciali/offerte/jeep-zanzi_5606153.htm

 

 

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Jeep Ambulances in Australia

This May 18, 1959, article from the Sydney Morning Herald announced the assembly of Jeep Ambulances in Australia.

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Jeeps @ the World Championship Burro Race

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This September 1957 article from Willys News highlights an 11 mile jeep race as part of the World Championship Burro races that year (Burro races are still held). The course was originally from Leadville to FairPlay over Mosquito Pass, but heavy snows shortened the course from Alma to FairPlay.

If I read the article correctly, Denver’s Mile High Jeep Club had 600 members in 1957? No wonder it was considered the largest jeep club in the world!

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This map roughly highlights how far the race was. Cutting the race back to Alma shortened it considerably.

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The Jeep is a Working Girl Newspaper Ad

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

This Milwaukee Sentinel ad from May 25, 1947, filled an entire page. Part of the ‘Jeep is a Working Girl’ ad campaign Willys Overland published different versions of the ad in magazines as well. This ad also promoted a 1947 Jeep Caravan tour that included demonstrations of eleven pieces of equipment.

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1946 Article on Love Hydraulic Lift

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This August 21, 1946, article from the Toledo Blade introduces the Love Hydraulic Lift.

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Photos of United Nations Jeeps

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Charles forwarded these UN jeep photos.

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1945 Willys Overland Ad

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This ad was published in the October 21, 1945, issue of the Spokesman Review. It announced the appointment of Sandifur Motor as a distributor in the Spokane, Washington, area.

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1940 Photo of Ford Pygmy on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, Old Images

That’s a great early photo!

“WWII Ford Pygmy Pilot Vehicle during Test at Camp Holabird Jeep Orig Press Photo”

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1943 Photo of a Jeep Convoy on the Burma Road

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That’s the most solid portion of the Burma Road I’ve ever seen.

“WWII Convoy of U.S. Jeeps on Narrow Supply Road to Burma Original Press Photo”

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Photo of 1946 1st Cavalry in Japan on eBay

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Cool photo!

“1946 US Army 1st Cavalry Soldiers in Jeeps Parade Tokyo Japan Press Photo”

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Wrecker from Jack Tipple Motors

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

UPDATE: Paul Barry shared some photos of the truck shown below. The hamilton toy wrecker is cute.

Paul wrote, I kept asking about the tow truck. I guess the owners got tired of me asking and said if I wanted the tow truck I had to buy all the Willys stuff left over from the dealership. Shucks!

The story behind the truck is it was ordered from Toledo with a Canfield wrecker and was delivered in 1955 along with a new CJ-5. The truck arrived in red primer, as it was to be painted the yellow and blue AAA colors, the business was a AAA station since 1927. The pair of jeeps arrived very late at night and as was the custom the transport just dropped them off in front of the store. When morning came, only the CJ-5 was there, no tow truck to be found. I suppose phone calls were made and the truck was supposed to be right in front. Someone came into the station later that morning and said they saw a tow truck stuck in the riverbed back at the crossroads. So they took the old wrecker and recovered the new one In the Eel River (ed note Ferndale is just south of the Eel River). The local hooligans stole the truck and since it was delivered with only a couple gallons of fuel, ran out of gas while “wheeling” it.

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A Ferndale Willys dealer originally used this truck wrecker to tow disabled vehicles. He also used it as a customer demonstration vehicle.

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Howard & Ora Boyd’s Jeep Trip to South America

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This interesting collection of news articles captures Howard & Ora Boyd’s 1958 trip in an FC to South America. The first article was published prior to the trip. The second was published during the trip. The third was published following the trip. I was only able to find one photo and it was poor at best. It may have been that the Boyd’s got the idea from the Schreiders, who did nearly the same route three years before them.

Howard Boyd died in 1993, but Ora Boyd lived until 2009, dying at the age of 106, meaning she was born around 1903. Living much of their lives near Eugene, Oregon, according to her obituary their year-long jeep trip was one of her all-time favorite memories. The obituary was published in the Talent, Oregon, Historical Society newsletter, so I’ve written them to see if we can learn more.

1. This October 31, 1958, EugeneRegister-Guard article discusses trip preparations. The Boyds had a custom camper built for their FC (though no articles mention the model of the vehicle — it looks to me like an FC based on the pic below). They named their jeep “El Borrego”.

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2. One February 15, 1959, the Eugene Register-Guard published an article that updated readers on the Boyd’s progress.

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3. The Eugene Register-Guard reported on May 31, 1959, that the couple had returned safely to Eugene after seven months, 13 countries, and 23,000 miles.

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A ‘Big’ Texas Pipeline Business

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According to a February 1956 article in Willys News This jeep owner was using a jeep-a-trencher to launch his pipeline business.

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The Laffly French Vehicle

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Charles shared pictures of this odd French vehicle called a Laffly.

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M-38A1 Pics from Charles

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The first jeep is was mounted on boxes to remind drivers to drive carefully.

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1944 Article on Jeep Testing at Washington State College

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In July 1943 the Ordnance Department released a jeep to the Washington State College (now University) for farm testing. A year later the College produced a bulletin titled “The Jeep as a Farm Truck-Tractor for the Post-War Period.” Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a copy of that document online. But there’s a hard copy at the WSU library (which is only a couple hours from me). Anyone have copy of that?

In August of 1944 the Spokesman Review published this article based on the information.

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