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Rolligon: Picture of the week @ theFCConnection

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Website • TAGS: .

I thought this picture was pretty unusual.  Surf over to the FC Connection website to learn more about the Rolligon, a vehicle based roughly on the FC-170.

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Dune Buggies

• CATEGORIES: VEEP (VW Jeep), Scamp, Others, Website

dunebuggyGrowing up, I had a friend Tim who was my age and lived across the street. Hi father’s name was Bud and he was a machinist for Boeing.  Bud had a magical lathe and valuable skills that created a few of the valuable pieces I needed for putting together my first jeep. Bud also told me one day, near the end of building that first jeep, how he was talking to my Dad and how proud Dad was that I had built the jeep.  Of course, when Bud told me this, I just stared back, as Dad only told me what I was doing wrong … aahh, father and sons.

Anyway, one of Bud’s projects was a beautiful red, sparkly Dune Buggy he built (not the one to the right, but similar).  It was pretty much just a road machine toy.  For those who knew the Renton, Washington, area back in the 70s, Bud would drive his dune buggy down to the middle of the out door retail mall downtown (the one anchored by Sears on one end and QFC on the other) and park it in the middle of the mall (no there were no parking spots there), because he could do it and people loved to check out his Dune Buggy.

One day I was trying to find the body style (it was a flat fenderish hybrid buggy) and I ran across this amazing website called the  It includes a BODY ID Section that is very useful; there are SO many different buggy designs that the person managing this website built a database to help people navigate all the different kinds of buggys.  It also includes a history section that’s interesting.

Of course, there was even the flat fender dune buggy based on the M-38 and I have featured some of them for sale on ewillys.

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Brief History of the CA4WDC

• CATEGORIES: News, Website

Here’s an article from the BlueRibbon Coalitions’s website.  The California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs (CA4WDC) is celebrating its 50th anniversery.

Here’s an excerpt:

1959 was a momentous and pivotal year. Fidel Castro became prime minister of Cuba. Alaska was admitted to the Union as a U.S. state (with Hawaii soon to follow). Rock’N’Roll was heating up the airwaves, and the California Association of Jeep Clubs was formed in April in Tulare, California.

Steve Morris, a member of the Sacramento Jeepers, was elected as the first president of the Jeep Association, an organization that would retain that name until 1962, when it officially became the California Association of Four-Wheel Drive Clubs.

Read the rest of the story here

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Vehicles of the Red Army – Oliver Missing’s Website

Oliver Missing operates a unique website out of Germany.  He is drawing all kinds of vehicles of the red army, whether they were built, borrowed or hi-jacked from other other countries.  Started in 2003, Oliver now has over 1,000 drawings, including 5 different ‘jeeps’:  a Bantam BRC-40, Willys MA, Willys MB, Ford GP, and the Ford GPA. The drawings are created using Jasc Paint Shop Pro and Xara Xtreme.  He plans to do many more drawings as time permits.

Here’s a couple of drawings:

Bantam BRC-40:


Willys MA:


Go to this web link to see all the different truck drawings (scroll down to US to see the jeep drawings)

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30 Epic Failures at

• CATEGORIES: Features, Website

This list of 30 images of epic failures from was funny.  I’m sure we could all add a pic or two to this list.

“We’ve seen some pretty crappy DIY craftsmanship before, but these examples take the cake. What’s amazing is these DIY’ers know how to post on the internet, but not how to research.”

Here’s a couple images:



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Old Willys Image Archive — Brian finds a treasure trove

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Website • TAGS: , .

Our eWillys Michigan bureau, lead by Brian (and staffed only by Brian), uncovered a treasure trove of images, most I haven’t seen before, of early jeep demonstrations, publicity images and more.

Brian writes, “the source is the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library and, best of all, it is free!!!   Here is the Search link  To Link to the library image collection explanation, go here  I think one of the best sets are the Farm Jeep trials in New Hudson Michigan..Wow”

Here is some of the searches he has done: (Willys jeeps) (willys workers) (Jeep automobiles) (farm Jeep) (Willys factory) (Military).

Here’s some of the images found using the search term “jeep” — note that the term search term jeep doesn’t yield other pictures that I saw while surfing this site this morning.

I’m not sure I’d want to be in the vehicle in the pic below….

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MudDuck Central — Axle Strengths


While surfing this weekend, I came across MudDuck Central that is full of various stats, some I’ve seen before and some I haven’t.  One of the more interesting stats was a table of axle strengths. You can see the graph here borrowed from this page.  The one thing that caught my eye was that the Dana 30 is actually stronger (due to it’s slightly larger axle size) than the front Dana 44. Anyone run across this before? And does anyone know if the front Dana 44 housing is stronger than the Dana 30 (in some measurable way)?

Axle Strength Based on Material and Size



Yield Torque

Axle Model

1.10-inch 1040 carbon steel 3,550 lbs-ft front D44, front GM 10-bolt
1.11-inch 1040 carbon steel 3,640 lbs-ft D30(27-spline), D35(27) rear,
8.25(27) rear
1.18-inch 1040 carbon steel 4,389 lbs-ft Ford 7.5-inch 28-spline
1.19-inch 1040 carbon steel 4,484 lbs-ft D60(30) full-float
1.20-inch 1040 carbon steel 4,643 lbs-ft Ford 9inch(28) rear, GM 7.63,
GM 8.5(28) (10 bolt)
1.21-inch 1040 carbon steel 4,706 lbs-ft AMC-20, Chrysler 8.25(29) rear
1.25-inch 1040 carbon steel 5,206 lbs-ft D60(30) front, D50(30) front,

D44(30) rear, GM 8.5 and 8.6(30)

1.29-inch 1040 carbon steel 5,707 lbs-ft Ford 8.8(31) rear, Ford 9inch(31),

Chrystler 9.25(31)

1.34-inch 1040 carbon steel 6,394 lbs-ft GM 10.5 (14 bolt) full float


1.36-inch 1040 carbon steel 6,699 lbs-ft Ford 10.25 and 10.50 rear

full float 35-spline

1.37-inch 1040 carbon steel 6,828 lbs-ft D60HD rear full float 35 spline,

D70 rear full float 35-spline

1.42-inch 1040 carbon steel 7,619 lbs-ft GM 9.5 (small 14 bolt) rear

semi-float 33-spline

1.45-inch 1040 carbon steel 8,097 lbs-ft D60 rear semi-float 35-spline
1.46-inch 1040 carbon steel 8,283 lbs-ft Ford 10.25 rear semi-float
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Builds — 1945 MB Navy/Shore Patrol Resto from Argentina

• CATEGORIES: Builds, International, MB, Website

willys_argentina_logoI’m assuming this is a 1945 MB based on the title of the forum.  I found these pics from a spanish website I stumbled across called Willys Argentina.  I thought they had a pretty cool logo, so I’ve included a copy of that.  There’s plenty more pics and information about Flatties.

Here’s some 1945 MB pics I’ve linked to from the website.  You can see more pics on this forum page.

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To Top Website — Some Great Pics

• CATEGORIES: International, MB, Website

I believe the author of this bilingual (french/spanish) site ( about a 1942 MB is from Europe, though I didn’t get a sense of exactly where they were located.  Neither my French nor my Spanish will save me in an emergency, let alone let me navigate a site about jeeps.

Fortunately, the excellent pictures make the site worth visiting even for the most linguistically challenged of us.  I especially liked the pic below (there are other pics that provide similar comprehensive views of parts).  If anyone knows who operates the site, I’d gladly add their name here so i can properly credit them.

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Locating the F script on your GPW

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB), MB, Website

So, you think you have a GPW, but you have no idea where to find that F script?

You are in luck!  Ren Bernier has posted numerous images of how the F-script appears across all kinds of parts.  This is the first that I have run across a collection of F-script images so extensive.  It’s a great resource to bookmark.  He also has a variety of images from MB restorations as well.

Ren’s home page, Ren’s F-script pics

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Builds — CJ-2A Body and Frame Work by Mike

• CATEGORIES: Builds, CJ-2A, Website

mike_rebuildI ran across some extensively photographed and discussed body and framework (boxing in the frame) on the CJ-2A page forums.  There are plenty of pics and four or more videos.  There’s also some interesting discussions about dealing with hat channels:  to fill or not to fill, that is the question (page 3 of the forum). So, if you are doing some body work on a CJ-2A, you’ll find this interesting.

The pic on the right show’s Mike’s first attempt at welding thin body metal.  After some additional grinding and filler it looks like it will turn out great.

View the all information at the ‘started body work’ topic on the CJ-2A Page forum

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Off Road Action — Old School Off Road Website

• CATEGORIES: Other 4x4s, Website

For those of you who like old school offroad racing, Wes Kibble operates a site called Offroadaction, which he has recently revamped.  He’s got some interesting posts of his own as well as links out to some great offroad racing forums and websites.  Here’s an example of two interesting things I found:

Wes indirectly links to a very interesting article on Parnelli Jone’s buildup of his famous Oly Bronco Racer.  Here’s a before and after pic of it below as part of an interesting story on



From Wes’ site, I followed a link from a post of his to a forum at with a large number of old school racing truck photos.  One of the best was this one image of racing buggys parading down the middle of old downtown Vegas.


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Working Jeeps from Offroad Adventures

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, CJ-3A, Features, Website

offroad_adventures_workingjeepsI’m not familiar with the “Offroad Adventures” publication.  Instead, as usual, I stumbled upon it while looking for something else.  It’s a compact 2 pages article with a variety of pics of cjs accompanied by different hydraulic implements.  I’m not a big fan of the myvirtualpaper’s interface, but the pics are still cool.

See the working jeeps article

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Reproduction Data Decals for CJ-5

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Features, Website

28_autod300wWhile looking up transmissions for the T-98 post, I came across a website that has CJ-5 decals you can purchase.  The website offers VIN Stickers, Data plate decals, Tailgate decals,  and more.  The website carries a wide variety of data stickers.  Check it out.

If I wanted to use a sticker, the one to the right would work perfectly, even though it’s designed for a “3 speed Auto D300 Twin”.

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• CATEGORIES: Features, Website

I stumbled upon the farmjeep website this morning.  It includes two extensive rebuilds, one about Ole Blue and one about Old Yeller.  Both appear to have been in poor shape when they ‘retrieved’ them.  Fortunately, the site authors have documented the restorations well.  Also, a nice jeep family history is part of the site, including an image of a jeep with side skirts, something I’ve never seen before.

For those into farm jeep implements, the site includes a great list of vintage farm jeep ads and an overview of farming aides for the jeep, including PTOs, lifts and more.

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Brian’s Military Jeeps has moved to

• CATEGORIES: Features, Website

Brian’s Mililtary Jeeps website can now be found at  If you haven’t visited the site, you really should.  Brian has a wealth of information and details throughout the site.  For example,’What is Cosmoline?‘ is a question I never thought to ask, because I’d never heard of it; However, Brian not only knows to ask, but also has a ready answer! Below is Brian’s description of his website.

“The WWII Military Jeep Website – Dedicated to restoring WWII Jeeps – the MB, GPW – mfg. by Willys & Ford from 1941 – 1945, and outfitting them with proper parts, accessories, accouterments and militaria. MB/GPW, Slat Grill, “F” Script and other Rare Parts For Sale & Trade. “

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• CATEGORIES: Features, Website

While doing some research on brakelines, I came across, a website that appears to mostly follow CJ-5s and CJ-7s.   There’s some good information on the website.

“This site is dedicated to all that is Jeep. Mostly CJ’s are depicted and discussed on this site, but it isn’t limited to just CJ’s. We have been live now for for a little over 3 years and in that time we have met and talked with many people. The site has grown by leaps and bounds since its inception. It is still geared towards those who want to enjoy the Jeep lifestyle and gain and share knowledge about Jeeps.”


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Blueprints for Willys

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, Website

Here's an interesting site I found.  claims to have over 24,000 automobile blueprints online (though they appear more like a single drawing rather than full blueprints), including a variety of jeeps.  To the right is a jeep labeled CJ-4.  The site manager states:

"I do not claim to have made, scanned or drawn all of the blueprints on this website. I did on the other collect, edit and host all of them, free of charge, in my spare time.

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Willys Woodies

• CATEGORIES: Features, GPW (Ford MB), MB, Website, Willys Wagons

I wandered across this website in 2008 that showcases old woodies.  There’s a jeep section with a variety of woodies. The woodie at the bottom is made from an old MB/GPW.

“A French coachbuilder’s modification of the American Jeep into a wood-bodied fire fighting squad truck is similar to the work of Duriez.”

See some other old willys woodies here

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Old Jeep and Jeep attachment Brochures

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Website

cj3b_brochure2UPDATE: It appears this site has changed — at least I don’t remember it quite like this …

The “Jeepsterman” Morris Ratner has a variety of old brochures for sale on his jeepsterman website.  You can see an example of one of those to the right, which is about the roper digger.   Did you know the roper digger can be used in multiple ways?  Now you do …  Another interest brochure compares the jeep to the scout.

See all the Jeepsterman brochures here


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1958 FC-150 Green River, WY **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Website

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

“You are bidding on a 1958 Willys Jeep Forward Control FC-150 with low miles. This Jeep comes with a fully functional snow blade. The Jeep has sat for a number of years without running. We decided not to try to start it in fear that we may damage the engine without doing some prep-work. The engine and transmission are all original. We had one of the fender fixed after being damaged and never got around to putting it back on the truck. The truck does not have a lot of visible rust and seems very solid. It is the short wheel base has had the seats reupholstered at some point with a center kids seat.”

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Are Sand Dunes a favorite for Jeeping?

• CATEGORIES: Features, Website

The American Sand Association operates a nice website with plenty of information about sand dunes across the United States. Here’s their bulletin board.

The mission of the American Sand Association is simple: “Unite, Inform and Mobilize: We accomplish that mission throught the use of the volunteers. We believe in responsible resource management for the people. The American Sand Assotiation supports a national cooperation of local and regonal sand sport organization and shares with them ideas and infomration to help them Unite, Inform and Mobilize.”

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Early MB Mods — The SAS

• CATEGORIES: Features, MB, Website

From day 1, adapting the jeep was a necessary part of using or owning one.  In my mind, this is one of the attributes of jeeps that differentiate them from most other vehicles, even from other 4x4s.  Andy Carter highlights early desert modifications in this story with pictures from jeeps used in Africa by the British Special Air Service (SAS) during WWII.  Check out the grille in the picture on the right.  If you read through the site, you'll note that this was a modification done to many of the jeeps, not just this one. They look like a boxer who has been through a few rounds!

Here's an excerpt from the website about SAS Jeeps:

"The jeeps were stripped of all non-essential parts including the windscreen, most of the radiator grille bars and even sometimes the front bumper to increase the effective load carrying capacity of the vehicle. Thus the large amount of fuel and water needed for fast long-range raids could be carried avoiding the need for slower support vehicles. A water condensing unit was fitted to the front to reduce loss from the radiator which would otherwise have had to be topped up from the limited drinking water supplies…"

Learn more at Andy Carter's Military Jeep Pages 

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• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual, Website

UPDATE:  It appears east coast mini classics is no longer making the mini jeeps shown below. they can be found occasionally for sale on Craigslist.

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