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1970s Kent-Moore Special Tool “Posters”

• CATEGORIES: Features

Thanks to Blaine for spotting a Craigslist ad for six unique tool posters. They are each almost 2ft square and made of a plasticized (?)  paper. There is definitely a weight to them. I suspect, given two of the posters have a number (Transmission & Clutch 2) that there were additional types of posters.


The text of the ad explains them well, “Set of six 1970’s vintage Jeep Kent-Moore special tool dealership posters. The six posters include special tool diagrams with associated part numbers for the “Body”, “Transmission & Clutch 2”, “Brakes”, “Axle & Propeller Shaft 3”, “Transfer Case & Overdrive”, and “Steering & Suspension”. Each poster measures 23.5” x 23.5” and has 4 punched holes in each corner for hanging/display purposes. All posters are in very good condition with some very minor paint wear on a few of the diagrams. The posters were found in the basement of an old jeep dealership in Montana and believed to have never been used.”

I picked these up Saturday afternoon, knowing that the proceeds were going to help restore vintage Yellowstone Tour Cars, but more about that in a moment.

The sellers, David and Cheryl, were a delight to speak with and I felt like we became fast friends. They explained that David’s grandfather owned a garage on the Main Street of Red Lodge, Montana. After WWII, his grandfather started selling jeeps, which meant David spent his youth driving a CJ-2A, so he is pretty familiar with jeeps. In fact, David and Cheryl still own two Wagoneers, both of which came from the family dealership.

These days, the garage is no longer a garage; instead, it houses the Buses of Yellowstone Preservation Trust, Inc., a 501(c) nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring and preserving the history of the early Yellowstone tourist vehicles. If you are interested in making a donation to their efforts, you can do so here.

David and Cheryl are also restoring the garage and former gas station back to a 1930s feel. One item they are still seeking is an original or good quality reproduction of a large Mobilgas Pegasus sign/horse. If you have any signage like that, I know they’d be interested in discussing it with you.

Once we can travel again, we’ll be stopping by Red Lodge, as they’ve offered to give a us a tour of the old station.

In the meantime, here are some pics of the tool posters:
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April 1947 Willys Ad in French Canadian Magazine

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

This is the first of a series of French Canadian ads that I found on eBay. This first one was published in the April 1947 issue of Le Bulletin des Agriculture.


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2 Photos Generals w/ Modified Jeeps on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

A couple good photos of a modified jeep used by Generals, including General Hodges, General Bradley and/or General Eisenhower. The cowl on the second jeep below is particularly unusual (armor plating?).

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“ITEM: Original WWII Photo of GENERAL COURTNEY HODGES (1st Army Commander), GENERAL OMAR BRADLEY (in back by Hodges) and GENERAL DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (in front seat) all in the same JEEP at REMAGEN just after the 9th Armored Division captured the LUDENDORFF BRIDGE in tact, March 1945. I cannot tell who the Major General is that they are talking to, but it is probably John Leonard who commanded the 9th Armored Division. See the other Remagen related photos that I have listed separately.

Photo is from Sergeant Robert L. Lambert who was in the III Corps Inspector General Section. III Corps participated in the Tennessee Maneuvers. Later they processed troops arriving in Normandy during the invasion of France and organized the Red Ball Express to supply the drive across Northern France in 1944. Before and during the Battle of the Bulge, III Corps was in Patton’s 3rd Army and consisted of the 26th & 80th Infantry Divisions and the 4th Armored Division which Patton thrust into the flank of the German Bulge to relieve the 101st Airborne Division surrounded at Bastogne. In 1945 III Corps was assigned to the 1st Army and included the 9th Armored Division which captured the Ludendorff Bridge in tact at Remagen, Germany.”

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“ITEM: Original WWII Photo of GENERAL OMAR BRADLEY in JEEP and GENERAL COURTNEY HODGES (1st Army Commander, extending hand) in REMAGEN just after the 9th Armored Division captured the LUDENDORFF BRIDGE in tact, March 1945. Note the three stars for Lieutenant General on the Jeep. I am guessing that the smiling major (who Hodges is reaching to shake his hand) must have been one of the principles taking and securing the bridge, but I do not recognize him. See the other Remagen related photos that I have listed separately.

Photo is from Sergeant Robert L. Lambert who was in the III Corps Inspector General Section. III Corps participated in the Tennessee Maneuvers. Later they processed troops arriving in Normandy during the invasion of France and organized the Red Ball Express to supply the drive across Northern France in 1944. Before and during the Battle of the Bulge, III Corps was in Patton’s 3rd Army and consisted of the 26th & 80th Infantry Divisions and the 4th Armored Division which Patton thrust into the flank of the German Bulge to relieve the 101st Airborne Division surrounded at Bastogne. In 1945 III Corps was assigned to the 1st Army and included the 9th Armored Division which captured the Ludendorff Bridge in tact at Remagen, Germany.”

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1941 Article on the ‘Jeep’ Army Car

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

The jeep has four speeds forward? This article appeared in the Abilene Reporter-News out of Texas on March 02, 1941.

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1956 DJ-3A Dispatcher Mailer Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, DJ-3A, Features

UPDATE: These pics are from a previous eBay ad. This mailer brochure rarely comes up for sale. It folds out to 8.5″x11″. There’s no form number printed. 

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1946 CJ-2A St. George, KS $3500


Does run at the moment. Has rear PTO gearbox and extra parts. Unclear if it is a VC or not. Also includes the drum attachment.

“1946 CJ2A Kansas title Dash, body, frame and ID tag serial numbers all match Not currently running. Head was removed due to gasket leak. Has rear PTO and belt drive attachment Good Spare engine block included also $3500 obo. For quick sale. Must sell.”

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1946? CJ-2A Desert Hot Springs, CA $7500


Listed as a 1945 CJ-2, this looks more likely to be a 1946 CJ-2A.

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“1945 Willys Jeep Model CJ2 Willys Overland Motors Inc Toledo Ohio USA 1/4 ton four wheel drive vehicle Jeep kept in Palm Springs, California. This Jeep is in good running order and in original condition. Many repairs have been done to keep it operational. Four wheel drive works, steering has been repaired and works well. In the past few years, four new Military mud tires were put on. The original color was military green but the current color is red/orange.

The seats have been replaced with more comfortable ones but the original seats are available and are in need of repair. I do have many photos of the Jeep and video of it traveling up a hill in the desert. It has no issue starting and it runs well. The stock steering wheel, front Willys hood and tailgate along with drop down window are all original so this could be a great restoration project for someone. There is a clear and updated title and registration for vehicle. 12 volt system. Six speed transmission 3 high gear, 3 low gear.

Minor oil leak in transmission, along with minor leak in front and rear differential. It currently is using 5 gallon gas can for gas tank. Price is $7500 without delivery for vehicle. Original seats would be no charge. Seats are in need of work”

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1949 Jeepster Gray Court, SC $12,000

• CATEGORIES: Jeepster, Unusual • TAGS: .

I’m less confident in the price than the seller (a dealer) is, but the real reason I posted this was for that unusual spare tire cover.

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“You are looking at a 1949 Willys Jeepster Overland Convertible! Solid vehicle with manual transmission and a flat 4. Just got it running and it is getting a new top and a brake job! Give me a call so we can talk about how we can make my car yours. I feel that my price of $12,000 is very realistic for a collector car like this one with the potential that this vehicle has.”






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CJ-5s & M-38A1s



  1. 1958 CJ-5 Sale Creek, TN $4900:
  2. 1956 CJ-5 Cortez, CO $3000:
  3. 1972 CJ-5 Olathe, CO $4200:
  4. 1969 CJ-5 Kiowa, CO $5000:
  5. 1955 CJ-5 Corpus Christi, TX $2500:
  6. 1961 CJ-5 Tuttle, OK $3800:
  7. 1970 CJ-5 Bluffdale, UT $3250:
  8. 1975 CJ-5 Glenrock, WY $2000:
  9. 1956 CJ-5 Alamosa, CO $3250: (has early Freelock hubs).
  10. 1976 CJ-5 Lyman, WY $1600:
  11. 1960 CJ-5 Springerville, AZ $4800:
  12. 1971 CJ-5 El Paso, TX $5000:
  13. 1975 CJ-5 Laughlin, NV $1000:


  1. 1952 M-38A1 New Harmony, Indiana $10,000:
  2. 1953 M-38A1 Grand Rapids, MI $1300:
  3. 1953 M-38A1 Scottsboro, AL $1200:
  4. 1952 M-38A1 Florence, CO $6500:
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Year? Jeepster Prescott, AZ $3500

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This Jeepster has already been modified with 4WD. It’s also got some early Free-Lock hubs. It might make an interesting project.

“4×4 327 chevy out of 69 corvette does not run… with .munncle 4 spd trans . $3500 obo trades possible .no title as is…”

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1961 FC-170 Springerville, AZ $9000

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

UPDATE: Still Available.

(08/30/2020) It’s a dually, too, but doesn’t have the outer rears mounted.


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1954 CJ-3B El Paso, TX $10,000


UPDATE: Still Available.

(03/17/2020) Seller now provides a description.

“Just testing the waters Is a 1954 Willys for trade or sell 350 engine 2 1/2 suspension, trucks is much fun unfortunately couldn’t take it overseas..! We trying to see how much we could get for it (not give it away) My brother had to Deploy and left his toy behind to to sell or trade .! Let me know what u have don’t waist ur time trying to trade me a 1996 Honda no engine or without tires.”

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A World Odyssey-The Epic Voyage of the Sand Ship Discovery

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UPDATE II: Maury forwarded an updated video about the Sand Ship Discovery that was posted to youtube in January of 2020. Loren’s wife provides information on some of the unique details of this CJ-5, modified for difficult terrain and the 6’4″ Loren Upton.


This post was last posted December 26, 2017:  This just appeared in our local newspaper. A couple local folks are helping him out. Here’s an accompanying video:


An article from Spokane’s Spokesman Review alerted me to the story of A World Odyssey-The Epic Voyage of the Sand Ship Discovery. This is actually a local story (for me) as Loren Upton, the man at the root of the adventure, has lived in Yakima and the Tri-Cities and worked at the nearby Hanford  nuclear reservation.

Between 1984 and 1989, Loren piloted a CJ-5 around the world, surpassing 55,000 miles. The jeep holds a Guiness book of World Record for being the first vehicle to cross the Darien Gap. Some of you might remember the 2014 post about the 1959-1960 venture across the Darien Gap in a Willys Truck and a Land RoverHowever, some of that trip was done by floating part of the river.

Loren’s nephew Laurence would like to restore the CJ-5 back to it’s former glory and then take his Uncle on one more world trip. They’ve set up a go-fund-me page and a website with lots of information and photos. Good luck to them!


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4 1957 FC-150 Canadian Ads on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, International

These ads were published in conjunction with Willys Limited of Canada.

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“You are bidding on a lot of 4 different ads for the Jeep Willys FC-150 from 1957. Ads are in excellent condition. Check pictures carefully.”


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1954 Kaiser Willys Notepad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

This seems a strange item, especially marketed in conjunction with the Civic Opera House in Chicago.

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1969 Mitsubishi J20C Katy, TX BaT Auction

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B, International • TAGS: , , .

Blaine spotted this nice looking Mitsubishi J20C that’s being auctioned at Bring-a-Trailer.

“This 1969 Mitsubishi J20C is a right-hand-drive Willys Jeep-based design licensed for production in Japan, and was imported to the US in August 2020 by the seller. The truck is finished in a two-tone gray paint scheme with a white roof over green vinyl, and power comes from a 2.2-liter inline-four paired with a column-shifted three-speed manual transmission and a dual-range transfer case. Equipment includes a pintle hitch, a heater, a Mitsubishi Electric AM radio, fender-mounted mirrors, driving lights, and 15″ Mickey Thompson wheels with 32″ BFGoodrich tires. Since importation, the seller performed an oil change, re-routed the fuel line, adjusted the timing, and replaced the brake booster. This J20C is now offered with a spare wheel and tire, import documents, and a clean Texas title in the seller’s name listing the vehicle as a 1969 Jeep J20. more –>

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1951 CJ-3A Charlotte, NC $7950


This has a new replacement tub.

“Ok frame in great shape I pressure cleaned it up & painted w/gloss black,4cyl hurricane motor rebuilt runs excellent w/3speed manual transmission,Jeep has brand new steel tub $3900,new steering column,new guages,new tires,I bought this Jeep from a family up in Asheville Nc they had it for years comes w/clean title,it’s all original except the new runs&shifts good and all that needs done is new wire harness done to have lites,also go new seat belts-new taillights-headlights I got a roll bar”

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1959 Truck JeepRod Tullytown, PA $14,000

• CATEGORIES: Jeep Rods, Unusual, Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

Another unusual JeepRod build.

“Custom 59 Jeep Pickup rat rod, 430 Buick motor, automatic Trans, with quick change heavy duty rear, fuel cell, new battery, huge wide 5 tires and rims, electric fan, custom air cleaner, Wildwood front brake assembly, all new tires, must be seen.OR OFFER thanks Paul. OR TRADE. RAT ROD”

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1962 CJ-3B Sarasota, FL $8500


UPDATE: Price dropped to $8500.

(12/21/2020) I don’t see mounting holes for the rear spare tire holder, so this may have had some body work.


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Year? Hobart Welder Catawba, NC $1025


This welder looks in good shape.

“1940’s Hobart G-261 welder. Jeep CJ2A industrial engine. Engine sounds great, good oil pressure. No water leaks, no oil leaks. Good running and welding machine. Gas tank has been removed, will require clean out or replacement. Currently running using lawn mower gas tank.”

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1945 Converto Airborne Trailer on eBay

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Bill shared this Converto trailer located in Portland, Oregon.

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“1945 Airborne WWII Converto Dump Trailer
We were in gold country, in central California, hunting for a few things to bring home to the shop when we found this lovely Converto trailer, which is complete down to the last bit, and original. It even has both of the original BF Goodrich military issue tires, which are extremely rare.

The data plates are intact and clear, and the inside of the tub is very straight and clean- No rust or crud piled up- it is ready for sanding and paint-

There are no cuts, dents, or otherwise areas of concern in the tub, gate, and frame. This is a Paint-and-go item. We cleaned out the cement from the tub. If this listing expires without a sale, we may paint it, but the price will be $2500 then.

This is perfect for anyone with a WWII Jeep, wanting to really stand out from the crowd.”

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1958 DJ-3A Callahan, FL $2000


I’m not sure how many parts are included with this project. The dash has the large speedo, so this does appear to be a DJ-3A body, though it lacks the rear gas inlet hole (maybe it was filled?).

“1958 willys,,,have to sell project….motor already pulled and chassis off frame…have to sell bad health…lot of new parts,,,great project”




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1954 M-170 Jupiter, FL $20,000

• CATEGORIES: M-170 • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(04/30/2019) Seller notes there are a few minor items that need repairs.

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“I have decided to let go of my rare M170 Willys Front Line Ambulance. This vehicle is in very good condition and has undergone a comprehensive refreshment with new wiring, a rebuilt engine, new hoses, clamps and fluids, a new top and canvas cushions and it comes with an in-and-out military snorkel kit and a folding stretcher.

The vehicle operates on a 24 volt system with new, twin in-line batteries as well as high and low positons for four wheel drive when taken out of two wheel drive for the pavement. Starts, runs, shifts and stops, just like it should. Note that this vehicle will top out at 50 mph, so it is not meant for the highway.

There are a few minor items that need attention such as fixing the gas gauge and oil temp gauge and possibly replacing the steering wheel (have the correct new one) if desired. Most anything is available through online suppliers. Also, the full enclosure and doors are available as well ($4,500).
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Year? FC-170 Engine/trans/tc Raleigh, NC $650

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677

Maybe some can use this combo?

“I have a Jeep fc 170 engine,trans and transfer case up for sale. It runs and drives. I just don’t need the stock drivetrain. I am not selling the Jeep. If you have questions feel free to ask. I believe it is a 1955.”


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1950 MC-38? Charlotte, NC $6500


UPDATE: Still Available.

The seller of this believes this to be one of the six M-38 pilot vehicles, also known as MC-38s: …. However, after looking at the jeep, it has been modified to such an extent that even if it was one of the pilot models, there’s very little left of it. That said, I can see nothing that identifies it as an early model: 1) Serial number of MC 10149 is too late (serial number on data plates); 2) No full-floating axles (pilots had the WWII rear axles); 3) No battery box (battery box lid hinges were on the sides of the pilot vehicles); 4) wrong windshield setup  … the list goes on.

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