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1949 Trip Down Africa in a Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles • TAGS: .

On December 06, 1949, New York Artist and former Gallery owner Elenore Lust drove her WWII jeep  into Capetown, completing a 13,000 mile trek from France to South Africa. Their trek took them across ten countries. During one long stretch in the Sahara Desert she and her husband Paul Koston, who didn’t know how to drive, had to spread wire mesh on the sand, drive atop it, then roll it up, move it to the front of the jeep, then drive forward again, a process they repeated many times.

Unfortunately, I could not locate a photo of her and her jeep, but I was able to find a photo and an obit, which shared that after teaching art in South Africa, she returned to the US and began teaching art in Pennsylvania up until her death.

This article from the December 07, 1949, issue of New York’s Daily News provides some details about the trip.


Here’s the only photo of Elenore I could find. It was printed in the June 08, 1988, issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer:


Her obituary was published in the April 24, 1997, issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer:


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IH Scout Toy on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Other 4x4s

Brian shared this post from the AACA site that shared information about an IH Scout toy, a dealer promo that was given away or sold. I’ve never seen that toy, but I was also never around Scouts much either.



There’s one of these on eBay, with the box. It’s pricey, but cheaper than a similar quality Al-Toy would be.

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1955 French-Canadian Ad From Kaiser-Willys of Canada

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

This ad appeared in a 1955 magazine, but I can’t say for sure which one. This mostly shows the CJ-5 busily at work, though a 3B and the truck make an appearance.


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1951 CJ-3A Scituate, MA $10,000


UPDATE: Better pics of the CJ-3A. Now the price is $11,000. It looks in good shape.

“Selling off a bunch of extra equipment. I’ll be servicing and making any necessary repairs. Let me know if you guys are interested in anything…
1951 Willys Jeep – $10,000

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1951 CJ-3A Bangor, PA $12,000


Looks solid.

“Antique 1951 Willys Jeep In great condition, the seats are all intact, runs well, manual transmission, garage kept.”

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1945 MB Albany, NY $7000


Has an MB body with some CJ parts. It has a rare set of Hub Lok hubs.

“1945 jeep solid and clean. Fresh paint and new battery”

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1951 Wagon Colbert, WA $6500

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons

Runs and has a PTO winch. It sounds like the seller must sell.

“1951 Willys 4×4 · Wagon · Picked this up on a whim ! Can’t afford a divorce! It must go! Really nice runs excellent, pto winch , great tires , amazing interior, minimal rust. 6500$”

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1946 CJ-2A Folsom, CA $4495


Either the bumper has been replaced or the frame has.

“1946 Jeep Willys · Other_body_style · Driven 43,000 miles Willys project. Comes with $500 in new parts, misc parts and a tow bar. Message me if you are interested and I can tell you more about it.”

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1947 CJ-2A Washburn, ME Make Offer


I”m surprised the seller hasn’t switched the title if he’s owned it a few years. Needs work of some kind, but runs.

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“1947 Willy’s Jeep shipped from Oregon a few years ago and has been in storage every winter since. Frame is in great shape for its age and bed was sprayed with black truck bed spray long time ago. Good tread on tires. Has tow bar up front to take it on trips or to the trails. Original Willy’s go-devil engine. It runs good. Needs some work, but mechanic buddies say it wouldn’t take much. Not desperate to get rid of “Gretchen”, but could use the space and thought if someone wants it bad enough and throws me the right offer or trade, I would be willing to pass it on to the next guy. A total blast to drive and there’s nothing like an all American Willy’s. So throw me an offer for cash or trade – or a combination – and we’ll see if it makes sense. When it comes to $, would accept the best offer. When it comes to trade, I would be most interested in bare land, camp, possibly the right vehicle (good truck, off road vehicle, motorcycle, etc) musical equipment, farm/homestead equipment, etc….things of fair trade obv. Open to other ideas as well.”

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Rear PTO Gearbox Perris, CA $450


Seems in reasonable shape.

“Used rear mount farm Jeep pto gear box, good used condition”

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1956 CJ-3B University Park, PA $10,750


UPDATE: Price dropped to $10,750.

(01/06/2021) It looks like the body has seen some body work. This might have the selector-style Free Lock hubs.

“1956 Willys Cj 3B 54,000 known miles Was redone by owner before me Runs well and starts right up No engine rebuild Updates -Tachometer -Windshield wipers -Air horn -Air tank for tires -Exhaust -Leaf springs -Copper fuel lines -Air intake system -New Paint -Tires”

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1955 CJ-3B Wrentham, MA $20,000


UPDATE: This was listed in Wrentham, but now is in Plymouth, but seems to have the same pics.

“1955 Willys CJ3B, In very good condition, 4-134 F Head Motor, Arena yellow. Recently serviced which includes the following work, new rear main seal, new oil pan gasket, new timing gasket, new front crank seal, re-sealed transmission and transfer case, new rear pinion seal, new rear differential fluid, new wiper motor, new carburetor, new fuel pump, new tie rod ends, repaired emergency brake, rebuilt brake master, new transfer case yolk, new front light sockets and lights, cleaned fuel tank and re-plumbed fuel lines, new seat belts and new speedometer. Heating element is in place but not plumbed. Everything else works as it should.”

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1954 CJ-3B Auburn, CA $11,000


UPDATE: Still Available.

(06/03/2020) It’s been a while since a jeep with a miner on the hood has hit the market.

“1954 Willys Jeep!!! 3B High Hood with original F Head motor. Mostly stock except for a 3 inch lift and tires. Only has about 2000 miles on the drivetrain after it was rebuilt 5 years ago. Custom rack with custom, tow bar and hard, matching yellow, winter top.”

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1949 CJ-3A Holidaysburg, PA $6000


UPDATE: Still Available.

(01/01/20210 Unclear how much value is here. The exhaust strategy is … unique.

“1949 jeep willys cj3a LS SWAPPED with an manual NV4500 trans. Runs and drives needs some body work finished and rear end 4-linked. No title motor was rebuilt and all steering and suspension is from 92 wrangler. Overleaf kit. Frame off build all thing have been coated and rhino lined except outside of body for paint. Taking reasonable offers”


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Year? Model? Rockingham, VT $5500


UPDATE: Still Available.

(01/28/2021) Early CJ-5 chassis with a CJ-3A body? This seems to be a mix of parts.

“1950,s willys Jeep motor was sent out and rebuilt its a project and I have no time for it. has lot of new parts and lot of old parts lots of money invested just trying to get some back has spare frame spare axles mental tub and multiple parts has 12 volt wiring harness new in box if you are serious about we can set up time to take a look $5500 or best offer”

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1953 CJ-3B + Parts Johnson City, TX $1500


There seems like value here for the right person.

“Paypal Friends & Family (Goods & Services if you pay fee) or Venmo ONLY.

Items are located at an acquaintance’s property, I will put you in contact with him to arrange pickup. A large 20+ foot trailer is required to take everything in one trip, you MUST take everything as he is looking to clear out space. – Willys CJ3B project. Not running. No title. – Bare CJ frame with axles, transmission, transfercase – Various CJ axles – 2 F head engine Blocks – L134, F134 and buick v6 cylinder heads – Large pile of starters, generators and misc engine parts”

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Winter 2020 Issue of the Dispatcher is Available

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

The new issue of the Dispatcher Magazine has been released. Jim Allen’s article on the Jeep Creep and other prototypes in the late 1950s was very interesting (something I’ve never documented), as were the restoration articles on the Tonka Surreys and the Jeepster Convertible. As always, there’s lots of good stuff in this issue!



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Mark Felton’s WW2 Bazooka & Rocket Jeeps Video

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Craig shared this video from Mark Felton that focuses on the WW2 Bazooka and Rocket Jeeps.

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January 1951 Brochure for the CJ-3A

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This is a CJ-3A brochure I’d never documented before finding on eBay the other day. It is form no. CJ3A-M2-50M-151-GG.


This is the back of the brochure when folded:


This is the first page seen when unfolded part way:

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This is the back when completely unfolded:


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1953 Photo of Working Model Jeepster

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models, Old Images, Old News Articles

The Tribune newspaper out of Coshocton, Ohio, shared this photo and caption on the May 24, 1953. It shows three-year-old Terry Schley driving a model Jeepster his father built for him. It includes a feature that auto braked when the foot is lifted from the accelerator.


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Photos of early DJ-3A Hardtops with Side Glass

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

UPDATE: 2 more photos of DJ-3A Hardtops with side glass (note also the use of the modified hardtop with glass on the Jeep Creep jeep above). The first is a different 1956 DJ-3A with the same type of hardtop (side windows and small rear window) was posted to Facebook.

So, does this mean Willys Motors had planned on selling DJ-3As with side windows, but for some reason changed its strategy? Or, did they only intend these tops for commercial/governmental use?


Caption: August 27, 1956. New Police Equipment: This new jeep, recently acquired by the City of Ann Arbor – Police Department, is being used to service parking meters throughout the city. The small vehicle has proven ideal for swinging into small spaces while meters are emptied. Patrolman John Biederman drives the jeep and is assisted in the meter collection by George Kaercher.

This second is undated, but shows a DJ-3A with a windowed hardtop for the Triangle Drive-in. It was posted to Facebook by Michael Canup.



The photos of this RHD drive DJ-3A were posted by Andy to Facebook. They show a RHD DJ-3A at work for the Los Angeles School Police Department (that’s the department’s insignia on the door).

This is a 1956 RHD DJ-3A. It has the small rear window top that was halted sometime around late 1956 or early 1957 (, but also has the Hall tail lights which I am surprised to see on a 1956 ( Oddly, it also has the rear side windows on the hardtop, which wasn’t common for the DJ-3As, but the side windows were standard for this model of the CJ-5 hardtop. So, this must have been a special order?

There was another photo taken with what appears to be the same jeep (same number on the door), but having a different driver (at least a different cap) named Officer Verne Schlotzhauer, while Captain Maurice W. Calfee watches the officer. The car to the right is different, also. This appeared in the July 24, 1956, issue of the Valley News, Van Nuys, California:


The top pic was also syndicated to newspapers. The image below appeared in the June 22, 1956, issue of the Des Moines Register:


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1951 CJ-3A Angels Camp, CA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $7110.

(10/02/2020) Appears solid. Note the Oregon plates.

“Vintage CJ3A in excellent condition with all original running gear, flat-head 4 converted 12 volt with alternator and electric fuel pump, new fuel tank, new carburetor. Electric wiper on drivers side, manual in passenger side. Vinyl top with doors. Runs great.”

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1951 Jeepster Sacramento, CA $9500

• CATEGORIES: Jeepster

Has some updates.

“V-8 Camaro Clip
Runs like new
9,500 possible part trade
Please call if interested”

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1948 CJ-2A Wickenburg, AZ $8500


UPDATE: Still Available.

(03/23/2020) Has some cargo and rear bumper mods, along with an updated engine.

“1948 willys jeep, this is a great looking an running jeep, has a chevy 2, 4 cylinder engine. Newly rebuilt transmission, 4 wd works great. LED lights front an rear, extra storage built into roll bar, and above wheel wells, Air shocks, upgrade saginaw Steering box.”

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Wagons & Trucks

• CATEGORIES: Jeep Rods, Willys Trucks, Willys Wagons


  1. 1947 Wagon Saratoga, CA $1000:
  2. 1963 Wagon WY $6500:
  3. 1959 Wagon Maverick? 2WD Machester, NY $7100:
  4. 1961 Wagon Orleans, MA $8000:
  5. Year? Wagon San Diego, CA $1950:
  6. 1962 Wagon New Haven, CT $12,000:
  7. 1959 Wagon Bozeman, MT $6500:
  8. 1948 Sedan Delivery San Jose, CA Make Offer (fire sale … any value here?)×4/7268168050.html
  9. 1948 Sedan Delivery JeepRod Walnut Creek, CA $24,500:
  10. 1955 Wagon Lancaster, CA $7900:×4/7273796307.html
  11. 1954 Wagon Cotopaxi, CO $5000:
  12. 1960 Wagon Victoria, TX $4500:


  1. 1949 Truck Vallejo, CA $19,500:
  2. 1956 Truck Quartzsite, AZ $10,000:
  3. 1948 Truck Fountain City, WI $7800:×4/7261170981.html
  4. 1953 Truck Yerington, NV $3200:
  5. 1947 Truck Rapid City, MI $1500:
  6. 1957 Truck Broomfield, CO $7200:
  7. Wagon and Truck Parts Roseburg, OR $6000 (Must take all)
  8. 1955 Truck Sacramento, CA $4000 (seller has one Willys and other trucks for sale in ad):
  9. 1955 Truck Atascadero, Ca $17,500:
  10. 1963 Truck Solvang, CA $24,000:
  11. 1949 Truck Fox Island, WA $21,000:
  12. 1959 Truck Phoenix, AZ $8000:
  13. Year? Truck Bozeman, MT $3450:
  14. 1949 Truck Big Fork, MT $4500:
  15. 1963 Truck Halbur, IA $12,000: