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Chuck Prater’s Camper and Dump Bed Prototypes

• CATEGORIES: Camping, Features • TAGS: .

Charles “Chuck” Prater’s (1928-1913) jeep camper has been discussed in the past, but pics of his prototypes are less well known. Chuck must have been a curious kind of guy, because when he was an employee at the circulation department of the Palm Beach Post in Florida he invented an automatic paper bagging machine.

How he got involved with jeeps isn’t well documented, but in the 1960s he developed a unique camper setup that allowed a camper to be ‘hitched’ to the back of a CJ-5. He showed off his prototype to the Palm Beach Post in July of 1968:

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July 07, 1968, Palm Beach Post, Palm Beach, Florida.

From the CJ5camper.com website we have this additional photo of the prototype, year unknown. You’ll note that the camper in the pic above seems to lack the blue color added to the pic below, so this may have been taken after the Palm Beach Post photo?:

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The Palm Beach reported a few months later on September 25, 1968, that Kaiser-Jeep agreed to manufactured Chuck’s camper idea:

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For reasons unknown at this point, Chuck waited almost two years later (August 24, 1970) to file his patent (approved August 15, 1972). The patent included several illustrations. Below is one of them.
1499078752660894799-03684048At some point after he filed his patent, Waldron Motors presented Chuck with camper #1. Curiously, the caption indicates he patented the idea, then sold it. However, the information above suggests he sold the idea, then patented it?:

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This newspaper clipping was posted to thegentlemanracer.com’s site.

Being the inventor he was, Chuck didn’t stop inventing after the development of the camper. He expanded on  his basic camper invention with a similar dump trailer idea. This article comes from the cj5camper.com site and is undated:

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I searched but could not find a patent or another other information about the dump trailer.

According to his brother-in-law Sam Williams (see his comment in this post), Chuck built another camper that fit the CJ-7, one which Sam owns.

 

 
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1950(?) Jeep Station Sedan Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

In 1950 the Jeep Station Sedan line was upgraded with the Lightening 6 engine. Apparently, that didn’t stimulate sales, as the Sedan model was canceled later in 1950. For some reason, there’s no form number attached to this brochure (I can’t figure out why some brochures have form numbers and some don’t). The four-page brochure opens horizontally. Since it didn’t fit on my scanner, I ‘scanned’ it with my phone, but it didn’t scan all that well. It doesn’t look as dirty in person as it does in the pics.

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1942 Photo ‘Demonstrating’ the Walkie Talkie

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This April 03, 1942, photo shows Corporal Joseph Vober and Cecelia Marchio ‘demonstrating’ the new wacky-talkie that is installed in a jeep.

I didn’t learn much about either person pictured in the photo. Cecelia married, becoming Cecelia Maselic (Ceclia’s brother Daniel was a Marine in WWII and Korea). I believe Joseph Vober would go on to marry Evelyn Lau.

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1965? Go-For-Digger Trencher Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features • TAGS: .

I *think* this Go-For-Digger brochure features the trench on the back of an International D-1300 1 ton truck. Can anyone confirm this model? This brochure is Catalog No. 1865:

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1965 Photo of CJ-2A From Sweden

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Old Images

As best as I can translate, the Swedes in this CJ-2A are celebrating National (or World) Children’s Day. Maybe the signs provide more information.

 
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1948 CJ-2A Richland, IN $9000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Looks solid.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2199572673507911/

“1947 Willy’s CJ-2A Rebuilt in 2018 Rebuilt Motor in 2020 All new… Suspension Cooling System Electrical Brake system (drum) NOS transmission (lucky ebay find) Exhaust Steering components minus tie rods (tie rod ends are new) and has orginial steering shaft New floor pans Converted to 12V with alternator Starter has been rebuilt Interco TSL Swampers The jeep is great little jeep for its age. Still needs a windshield inner frame and glass but those are available aftermarket. The jeep has not been abused since it was rebuilt, just used for dragging out deer, getting groceries, and running trail cameras. Great little jeep, message for questions.”

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1948 CJ-2A Aurora, MO $5995

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Has a few mods.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/354416815703833

“I have a 1948 Willys CJ2A for sale. Starts and runs good. Could use a tune up. Very solid body. A couple of rust spots but very minor. $5195”

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GPW JeepRod Cranford, NJ $10,000

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB), Jeep Rods

No title.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/434954274377439

“I’ve decided to sell my “flat rod” It’s a Ford GPW body, M38 frame with a rebuilt 302 and a C4 trans. Scout II front end with GM truck outers, Dodge truck rear end. I’ve got a lot of build pics on some Facebook groups. It’s all wired, starts, runs and moves, needs front shocks (I was trying to decide between friction and tube) and some minor finishing work, check everything’s tight, etc… Gauges, lights, signals, and horn all work. I don’t have a title but have a line on one through a guy from Washington state. Depending on where you are you might not need one. I know I’ll never get out what I put in but I’m thinking $10k obo if anyone’s interested.”

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1965 FJ-6 Fleet Van Denver, CO $12,000

• CATEGORIES: FJ

UPDATE: Price dropped to $12,000.

(10/30/2020) This isn’t running at the moment.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/687405578491428

“I have a very cool and rare Jeep Willys Fleet Van for sale. These vehicles went into production in the sixties for the use by the USPS. The van was bought to fix up and then COVID. It did start and run, but it has been sitting for several months and does not start now. It has an airbag suspension system that works and raises and lowers the vehicle. This is van will turn heads everywhere you go. Just needs some love. Let me know if you have any questions.”

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1951 CJ-3A Wellington, KS $10,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

UPDATE: Still Available.

(12/08/2020) Looks rust free. Even the tool box floor looks solid.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/154223736142994

“2 Dr Willy’s with soft top and a clear title! Has a 289 motor, warn overdrive, lock out hubs on rear wheels for pulling, no rust and other added features. Asking $10,000 OBO Pick up in Wellington”

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1948 CJ-2A Montague, CA $6000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE: Price dropped to $6000.

(07/28/2020) The custom windshield looks flimsy.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1120513328411541

“excellent condition has been tarped under canopy when not used,which was rarely. runs like a good watch”

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1966 Dually J3000 Jeep Gladiator Gloucester, VA $7500

• CATEGORIES: Other 4x4s • TAGS: .

Blaine shared this rare dually Gladiator. I couldn’t say if that’s a good price or not, as I don’t follow the Gladiator prices all the closely.

http://topclassiccarsforsale.com/jeep/395282-1966-j3000-gladiator-dually.html

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“ENDANGERED SPECIES, 1966 Jeep J3000 Gladiator 4spd 4X4 DUALLY!
All matching numbers engine and trans. Clear VA title from 1976. If you are a Jeep enthusiast, you have got to appreciate the Jeep Gladiators….Tough and Mean. This rare Gladiator is equipped with the original 327 Vigilante 4bbl, 4spd and 4WD. A true work horse. The truck was purchased by a Virginia Beach Fish Market in 1966 and special ordered as a Dually and with the airplane tire option during that era. The original tires are still on the truck with minimum wear.
The classic jeeps from the 60’s are becoming more and more hard to find especially ones that are not completely molested or rusted out.Do your research and you will find that this particular Gladiator is highly collectible and most are in private collections.
I have had this truck for a long time and need to get rolling on other projects. Took me years to find a decent Gladiator worth restoring. The last pic of the complete jeep is not my jeep, just an example.Thank you for looking at my auction!”

 
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1953 M-170 Yoncalla, OR **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: M-170

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1300.

Project or parts.

“A M170 Jeep motor and trans are there dose run but not ready for the road great restoring project”

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1958 CJ-3B Callahan, FL $2000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B

It’s torn apart.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1887476538067956/

“1958 ,Willy, got body off ,motor pulled..have to sell do to health or trade for running golf cart,,,title in hand!”

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1963 M-274 Mule Beverly, MA $13,500

• CATEGORIES: Other 4x4s

UPDATE: Price dropped to $13,500.

(11/08/2020) Looks in good shape.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/695412961410097/

“Army Vietnam era mule built by kaiser jeep company believe its a a3 twin cylinder model many updates tires clutch seats dual baskets. Back seats trailer hitch full movie prop 50 with original mounts brakes looks runs great 14950bo trades”

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1952 CJ-3A York, PA $12,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

UPDATE: Still Available.

(08/192020) Only the one pic provided.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/227000748837984

“1952 Willy’s Jeep good condition with bikini top”

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1946 CJ-2A Hillsborough, NH $4000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE: Still Available.

(01/08/2021) This has a fiberglass body.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/241847793987436

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“I am selling a 1947 cj2a. It has a nice frame that is all painted. A high quality fiberglass body with tailgate (uncommon to find) the jeep has been swapped to a 225 buick oddfire v6. All new brake lines, upgraded to a duel circuit master. New starter, 4 barrel holly carb. This still need to be finished but is going to be a very nice jeep with only a little more work. The buick v6 is going to make this a great little jeep.”

 
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Year? CJ-2A Canastota, NY $3000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE: Still Available.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/3075431302563288

(11/23/2020) “1949 jeep willy 4×4 , NOT MY VEHICLE, listing it for a friend that doesn’t have Facebook, for any questions call jeff [hidden information]has maintenance manuals, comes with framework to all canvas doors and roof, also a extra front end, extra tires and rims, comes with the hydraulic plow, not parting out, must take all, needs new fuel pump”

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2 CJ-3Bs Powell, TN $1800

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B

Neither runs.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/714149462580324

“Complete jeeps. Not running. Selling for my dad. The jeeps are in Tallahassee Florida. 1800 for the pair.”

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Go For Digger Trencher Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features • TAGS: .

This Go-For-Digger trencher brochure is undated and has no form number. It’s likely from the late 1950s.

This first image shows the front page:

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This is how the brochure looks when fully opened:

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The is the back page:

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Go For Digger Back Hoe Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features • TAGS: .

There’s no date on this Back Hoe Brochure from Go For Digger, but it is likely from the late 1950s. This brochure was accompanied by a letter:

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1944 Article Says the Big Three Automakers Are Tepid on the Post War Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

The April 27, 1944, article in the Star Tribune out of Minneapolis argues that Ford, GM, and Chrysler did not believe the post-war jeep would be as successful as hoped, due to (1) the hard suspension and (2) a lack of appeal to the “woman of the family”. It seems they were right to be wary from a family perspective, but the big three didn’t foresee the wagons, which attempted to address both of these issues.

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Year? Model? North Tazewell, VA $1500

• CATEGORIES: Unusual • TAGS: .

The frame isn’t 2A or 3A and the front clip appears have truck/wagon. The back appears to be a home brew.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/178664650341374

“1946 willy’s, will trade or make offer.”

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1942 MB Walnut Cove, NC $10,000

• CATEGORIES: MB

Unclear if it runs or not.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/245918770398704

“1942 willys mp35 jeep… was fully restored but it sit in a barn for a long time. Yes it has a title and floors are solid”

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1973 DJ-5 Hope Mills, NC $3800

• CATEGORIES: DJ-5 & DJ-6

Looks solid. No description provided.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/471458640689038

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