The links to posts below show jeeps grouped by models, condition, and other ways. Some of these jeeps are for sale and others have been sold. If you are unsure whether a vehicle is still for sale or not, email me at d [at] ewillys.com for more info.
Importantly, the allure of buying a project jeep can be romantic. The reality of restoring a jeep can be quite different, expensive and overwhelming without the right tools and resources. So, tread carefully when purchasing a "project". If you have any concerns about buying a vintage jeep, or run across a scam, feel free to contact me for help, comments or concerns .
Brian Hainer has begun making some videos showing how he makes body parts out of sheet metal. He’s finished a couple videos already. He’ll soon be completing a series of videos on how to fabricate a complete Willys body.
Currently he has a set of three videos showing how he produced a corner piece for an FC-170.
Here are links to the subsequent videos for the FC corner:
“Last week the stars aligned for the Valentine APU. For months, Tom and Arno have dug through vintage photographs and literature to see what the correct generator was for the NA-4 APU. We finally had it figured out: a Jack and Heintz G32. What would you know, a single G32 was actually for sale on eBay! It was unreal.
The owner purchased the generator from California where it was completely rebuilt. His original plan was to build an electric car with it, but the project was never started. Having original paint was the cherry on top!
This weekend I pulled the PTO system off my Jeep and unseized the shifter. Everything else worked great. The generator slid into the shaft like a glove, and the bolt pattern was perfect. I still can’t believe it.”
I spotted this video on Facebook, but then it disappeared. It took me a couple hours to track it down again, discovering it was called BASIC TRAINING OF GLIDER BORNE TROOPS 78804. It’s a cool 1/2 hour video on loading equipment (first a trailer, then a jeep) aboard a glider. Some good knot techniques, too.
This is the official video of the event. It’s in Italian, but still interesting:
Christian Pawlak and some of his jeep-owning friends just completed a thousand mile trip from Germany to Colonna, Italy, and back. In Colonna, they joined the Liberta/Column of Liberation celebration with 150 vehicles and almost 500 participants. They encountered some mechanical problems and some poor weather, but in Italy they had a great time chatting and eating. He shared a photo of their adventure below and will publish a story about their trip at his website when he has time. Click on the pic to view a much larger version.
Steve let me know that these to jeeps were auctioned this past weekend. One was supposed to be a completely NOS, non-restored jeep in mint condition. However, I thought the data plates looked a little too shiny? There is a good shot of them late in the video. The MB sold for $24,000. The restored GPW sold for $25,000.
This video of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Gen. Omar N. Bradley, Gen. George S. Patton, and others, includes a five star jeep with a rear extension and other mods. There’s also some graphic and grim footage as the men explore a former camp. This video was shared on Facebook a few days ago on the G503 page.
At the 18 second mark is a photo of the fronts of several jeeps, underscoring that multiple jeeps had been modified. At the 2:28 mark is a front look at two jeeps. For the next twenty seconds the video shows the jeeps driving away.
As a former Utahn, I found this video interesting. I never knew that Mexican Hat was named for a rock formation (but I’ve only been through there once). The video is a half hour. To view it, click the photo below. Then, click the “Play” button.
Travelogue produced and narrated by Al Morton for San Juan County, Utah, in 1961. It covers the scenic sights of San Juan County, including Rainbow Bridge, Looking Glass Rock, Monticello, Blanding, Bluff, Recapture Canyon, the Valley of the Gods, Mexican Hat, the Goosenecks of the San Juan, Monument Valley; Hovenweep National Monument; Newspaper Rock; Natural Bridges National Monument; the Canyonlands Needles area, Angel Arch, and Dead Horse Point. A significant portion of the film involves a Jeep tour run by Kent and Fern Frost. Includes references to local industries, the Navajo Indians, and the settlement by the San Juan Mission in 1878-1879. Run time: 30 minutes, 3 seconds;
Listed as a 1940s promotional film, the inclusion of CJ-5s and the exclusion of DJs and FCs suggests to me it was created in 1955. There’s an extended look at a cargo personnel carrier near the end of the video There are also a variety of specialized equipment and hardtops shown.