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Photos from the 1970 Ridge Runners Jeep Race

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UPDATE: Tom just shared this Google view of how the site looks now. The indents of the oval track can still be seen. He added, “The Pin is in the center of the Mud Race Track. The camp ground is in the trees on the right. The view is looking south



Tom shared these images from the 1970 Ridge Runners Jeep Race. There’s a couple video clips of the 1977 race just below this one.

Tom added a few historical details I didn’t know, “the Ridge runners had a camp ground on the south side of Ahtanum Creek about half way between Wiley City and Tampico. They rented the land from a guy whose last name was Herkey. The Mud races were held there every Memorial day weekend. You had to ford the creek to get there.”

The pack hits the first water hole

Notes: The pack hits the first water hole

The leaders plow through the mud and another splashes in

The leaders plow through the mud and another splashes.

Plowing through the mud

Plowing through the mud

2 jeeps drowned out

2 jeeps drowned out

Spectators on the hill sitting on their jeeps

Spectators on the hill sitting on their jeeps


Spectators on the hill

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Videos — The 1977 Yakima Mud Race Yakima, Wa

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UPDATE: I haven’t recycled this point since 2009, so many might not have seen it.


Originally posted Feb 26, 2009: This is another set of excerpts from an episode of Exploration Northwest called ‘Mud Race’. As I reported in the post about the Meeker, aka Naches, Trail post, Linda McCune from the Don McCune Library kindly has given me permission to provide some clips from the Jeeping1 DVD, a collection of 3 episodes of Exploration Northwest related to pacific northwest jeeping. To order this DVD, you can contact Linda McCune at 206 726-2650 and ask for the Jeeping1 DVD.  It costs $24.95.  I encourage you to purchase is as she has the video for a Jeeping2 DVD, but has not created it yet.

The race was sponsored by the Yakima Jeep Jockeys, a club formed in 1963. They began their 4×4 Championship Racing series in 1971.

The Mud Bowl episode was shown in 1977.  Mostly, it follows Jim Merritt as he prepares for the race, discussing a little about how they silicone various items to keep out water.  Plenty of video showing different stages of the race.  It’s a bit reminiscent of the Florida swamp races, though the water holes aren’t quite as deep or long (If you have never heard of it, you can read about the Florida swamp races at four wheeler’s online magazine and here’s a you tube video from a 1996 race).

From the Mud Race episode, I selected two clips.  Clip one shows Jim getting ready to race and shows the driver’s pre-race meeting.  The second clip shows the final race with Bill Smith from Tacoma taking the win.

Here’s Clip One:

Here’s Clip Two:

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Video Primer on the Mitsubishi Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Bill shared this video overview of the Mitsubishi jeep history.

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1953 CJ-3B Orosi, CA $6800


UPDATE: Price dropped to $6800. I’m shocked it is this low.

(06/17/2023) This has a fun paint job.

“53 CJ3 Willy’s 3 speed 4×4 4 cylinder Super fun to drive custom paint clean interior Rag top Roll cage Too much to list”

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1958 FC-150 Crooked River Ranch, OR $20,000

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Appears solid. A good drive-as-is (if it drives) or back-to-stock restoration candidate. No description provided.

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1954 CJ-3B Kettle Falls, WA $14,000


Looks in good shape for the price.


“Fully restored. 1954 Willys Jeep. This Jeep was from Arizona so it is a survivor. With the exception of the tailgate and a few pieces in the drivers footwell, its original metal. In total there’s less than a 1/4 cup of filler and that is in the hood covering an existing weld done years ago. The body was completely stripped, sand blasted and coated with high build epoxy primer so that we could examine for rusty areas. Then coated with 3 coats of Luzon red base and 3 clearcoats. the interior is coated in color matched bed liner, as were the wheel wells. See photos of the d/s floor replacement and top hat stiffeners. The original 15” wheels were blasted and powder coated and fitted with period all terrain tires of the correct proportions.
The transmission including transfer case were rebuilt with new bearings and several “out of spec’n” shafts. A new Saturn overdrive was installed so that you can get down the road at approaching respectable speeds. Most people that pass, just give an energetic thumbs up. (we did see 60mph one time) but typically you’re rushing around at 50-55mph.
The head was removed, and valves recut. The cylinders were still within tolerance, and she exhibits no smoking and uses no oil. The pressures were all within 10% of each other. The drive train has all new CV joints, transmission brake parts and axle seals. The brake master cylinder is new as are the front slave cylinders. The backs had been replaced the year we bought her!
The color is Luzon red, a beautiful deep red that was a Willys color for the 1952 jeeps. The colors for ’54 were slightly better than boring. Just about the first thing people comment about is the color. She has a 2″dia roll bar behind the seats and is fitted with a Bestop top that is easily removed or installed for late fall or spring driving. We keep the top on but doors off and sides rolled up for sun protection.
It’s a fun Jeep, don’t expect to cover hundreds of miles of freeway driving. These post war Jeeps were almost farmers tractors. But with the huge radiator and fan, she will happily rock hop all day.
We literally have thousands of dollars of invoices for the new parts.”

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1959 DJ-3A & 1950 CJ-3A Griffin, GA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2500.

Several folks forwarded this one. Interesting that this has a top with side windows. It just further demonstrates that the CJ-5 and DJ-3A versions of this top were interchangeable.

“1959 Willys DJ-3a jeep and a 1950 jeep for sale. The dj3a will run but the fuel tank is out of it right now but you can hear it run. 1950 cj3a is a complete jeep minis the motor and windshield. Also have lots of extra parts to go with them. No title sold with bos. Located in Griffin ga”

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1949 Truck Reno, NV $19,995

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: , .

Nice looking truck. I would be surprised if this was a 4-speed?

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“I’ve for sale my 1949 JEEP WILLY’S TRUCK for sale. It was restored and runs and drives great.
Everything works as it should and everything is OEM.
The engine displacement was 134.2 cu in (2,199 cc) with a 3.125 in (79.4 mm) bore and 4.375 in (111.1 mm) stroke, a very undersquare design.

HEATER yeah it does have heater
Head lights
Manual windows
All gauges works
Starts right up
Always garaged
Owners manual
Clean Title in hand
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1951 CJ-3A Crooked River Ranch, OR $20,000


This has a variety of updates, including dual tanks. No description provided.

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1947 CJ-2A Havre, MT $3000


Seems there’s value in this stock 2A. It includes a Koenig(?) half cab and a bed extender.

“1947 Willy’s jeep! It has the original drivetrain in it. Flathead 4 cylinder with a manual transmission and t-case. It ran great until it spun a main bearing last spring so it doesn’t run now and I don’t have the time to get it there at the moment. I don’t need to sell it but would rather have someone fix it then it just sit. It comes with an extra hood, grill, bed extension, half cab, transfer case, one spare wheel, and some other parts like a front bumper.
I’m asking $3,000 and have a clean clear title in hand.”






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1947 CJ-2A Stockton, KS $12,500


UPDATE: Price dropped to $12,500.

Jay is listing this 2A for sale. If interested, contact him at 308 750 4822.

“Selling our 1947 Willys cj2a jeep. It has been updated to the V6 dauntless engine, has Warn hubs, a Warn overdrive, a Ramsey 6000 lb power takeoff winch, Mickey Thompson wheels, soft winter cover with doors and a Sumer Bimini top. It has a roll bar, an electric parking brake and a clean kansas title in hand. It also has a hot water heater with blower under the rear seat.”

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1953 CJ-3B Butler, PA $4200


Has some mods, including redone floors.

“1953 3B Jeep Willy’s V6 Buick motor. Clean title”

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1949 Sedan Delivery Rio Rancho, NM No Price

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons

This looks like a solid build.

“1949 Willys Delivery, sitting on a 1998 s-10 frame
350 engine/ turbo 350 transmission, New Power Steering, Disc Brakes, Power Brakes, tilt steering column, Lokar Shifter and emergency brake handle and brake lines. New wiring and gas tank. New glass, interior. and a whole lot more, to much to list
might be willing to trade for a toyota full size 4×4 automatic truck”

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1946 Fiberglass Project Reno, NV $2500


The body looks relatively untouched. There seems to be some value here. Price includes the trailer.

“46 military jeep project complete Buick V6 ,automatic transmission with overdrive, transfer case , Archer Brothers tub many extra pieces 3 grills, 2 sets of fenders one set new, three hoods, one New, one fiberglass, 1 solid windshield 1 New two piece windshield ,New tailgate, New fuel cell
includes trailer $2500 firm takes all possible trade”

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1946 CJ-2A Prague, OK $7200


UPDATE: Price dropped to $7200.

(08/15/2022) It appears fairly stock. Some better pics would be great.

“Drive it away! Oklahoma Tagged. Clean Title. Street Legal.

1946 Willys CJ2A jeep. 1-1/8 intermediate shaft. 12 volt alternator, steering modifications, Warn Overdrive, Warn Hubs. 11″ Front Drums otherwise stock.. engine starts well.. transmission shifts well. 3 sp T90 and Spicer 18 Transfer case. Go Devil 134 cid engine.

Runs well.
Cash only. No trades.”

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1946 CJ-2A Walden, NY $950


There could be value here.

“Early 46 cj2a for sale , needs a new tub , the rest is great . Engine does not turn $950”

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Bantam? Trailer Barto, PA $100

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Andy spotted this low-cost trailer. Seems worth a look.

“Ball hitch trailer. Top rim of the trailer is 4 foot by 6 foot long. The hitch is an additional two feet. Floor has some holes along the edge and one tire is flat.”


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1950 Jeepster Wichita, KS $6500

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This could be worth checking out if you have a Jeepster with a bad body.

“Restored body only. No title, no motor, no transmission, no interior, no top, Does have axles.”

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1956 Wagon Mt. Vernon, OR $4500

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons

This might be worth a look if the body is as solid as advertised.

“Selling the 1956 willys jeep wagon , good glass ,very little rust ,body in good shape for the year . Has a chevy 283 but needs distributor work to run ,3 speed tranny , good hubs , good four wheel drive . This would make a great project as its in great shape for its age .Does have a clean oregon title . Please call the number provided as i won’t text or email. Thanks”

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Year? CJ-3A Roy, WA $800


Unclear how much value is here.

“Cj3a rolling chassis, missing grill, engine and trans, body tub is rusty no title. Has a very nice windshield. $800. Not parting out”


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1944 GPW Parker, CO $4500


Looks like there is value here.

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“1944 Ford GPW – AS IS. Warhorse project.

Extra parts/missing parts – has a WOF flat-head. If you have any question – let me know. (Text/Email) I’ll answer as best I can.

Just to clarify, this is a project and is in non-running condition.
Please ask any and all questions. I’ll do my best to answer.

Thanks for looking.”

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1942 GPW Aurora, CO **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4000.

Looks like a good price.


“1942 Ford GPW, Willys jeep, WWII
Make a reasonable offer.

V8 engine (extended engine compartment)
T10 Transmission
Roll bar

Mechanic special
Off road vehicle – not for city driving

Tires are newer, but flat. You’ll need an air compressor to air them up. There’s power at the storage unit so you can plug something in. It should start. It’s only been sitting a year. I recommend having it towed/trailered anyway.

I am devastated to lose this. I grew up with it. My father made most of the modifications to it. It was our fishing/camping vehicle.

My boyfriend just passed and I can’t keep it. I want it to go to someone that will love it and use it.

I’m available Sunday to meet.”

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Roger’s New Howe FC Firetruck

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I HAD planned on doing posts for this morning, but yesterday we discovered water near our water tank, which soon lead to discovering one of our pipes (in a wall) was leaking. So, holes were cut in the wall and leak verified (at copper corner piece joint). Several hours and one trip to Home Depot later, I was able to get everything fixed (thank goodness for push joints). Whew.

In lieu of updates, we’ll celebrate Roger Martin’s newest acquisition: A 1960 Howe-modified FC that was formerly in the Toledo Firefighters Museum. It run and drives and is in great shape! Congrats Roger!


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Body Mounted, Front Clip in Progress

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I am typing this while recovering from a wasp sting that caused my right hand to swell (it’s been an odd health year for me!), which sent us to the local doc-in-a-box to get some steroids, which in turn helped reduce the swelling (after 24 hours). I’ve never had a reaction to a stinger like that, so it’s a bit of a surprise!

Last week I finalized the body mounts. Hinges attach the body to the back of the frame in two places. Two single bolts with large washers hold the mid section of the body to a plate on the roll bar. And, two bolts through angled aluminum hold the bottom front portion of the cowl to an angle piece on either side of the body. On the upper portion of the sides of the cowl some rubber taped to the inside of a bracket keep the cowl from shifting back and forth.

The front clip is proving a bigger challenge than the body. First, I had to cut out part of the the driver’s rear-side portion of the front clip because it was too narrow and hit the side of the body. So, I am creating a form and will lay some new glass down (along with patching a few other places).

Then, once the hood fits properly, I will have have to build special mounts for the front clip. The goal is to reduce the stress on the hood, as these things are often mounted with quick release setups that allow the body to flex, making it more prone to breaking and cracking and/or rubbing on the body.

Here are a few pics:

I decided to to throw a couple blocks (made from some of my grandfather’s wood) onto the hood that are a nod to the original hood blocks, but will also tie in a frame underneath the hood to help support and mount the front of the hood.

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You can see part of where the hood is cut out. The form will allow for the new portion of the hood also down fender to flare outward more (or that’s the plan). 2023-07-02-racing-body4

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UFO JeepRod in Roswell, NM

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During a roadtrip with family, Mike spotted this unusual jeeprod with a UFO topper on it, cruising in Roswell, New Mexico. The plates indicate the rig is from Texas.

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