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oops .. Sorry for the downtime

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Apparently, there was a problem with the plugin that crashed the site.  Well, things are fixed now!  Hopefully, not too many people noticed!

– Dave

 
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1948 CJ-2A Ronald, Wa $3000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE:  Price dropped to $3000

(08/30/09) I’ve never heard of Ronald.  It appears to be next to Roslyn, Wa (the stand in town for the TV series Northern Exposure).

“48 Willys, original except for the 289 V8 and the front bench seat. $3000 obo. May trade for same value 2 horse slant load trailer. 360-808-5400”

http://wenatchee.craigslist.org/cto/1504855869.html

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The Topeka Hiway Mower

• CATEGORIES: Machinery, Unusual • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: I recently ran across an article discussing a pre-war Topeka Hiway mower built from Ford truck parts: http://www.farmcollector.com/tractors/mowing-tractor-zmbz14octzkel.aspx I haven’t looked any deeper into this information.

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This is Joe’s DiMaggio’s Topeka Mower in Wisconsin (see more pics here)

One source argues that the Topeka Hiway Mowers were built by ‘Shorty’ Meinhardt, who founded Meinholt Machine and Welding in Topeka Kansas. Shorty’s grandson Dean Fechter now runs the business. According to Meinhardt’s cousin, the first mower they built rolled over and broke Shorty’s back. But, that didn’t stop them from building more tractors.

Yet, according to at least one data plate, the Topeka Hiway mower was produced out of Irwindale, California, a product of the American Hoist & Derrick Company. Can anyone clear up the discrepancy between producers of the mower?

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According to Marty Henson in 2009 there were three versions of the mower:

I have kept records of all of the people I know who have these mowers and information about the style, age and attachments. So far I have found three distinct styles. The oldest style appears to date to the late 1930s and uses Ford-style sheet metal and running gear. Examples are owned by collectors near Seattle, Wash., and Hartsville, Tenn.

The second style closely follows a CJ Willys/Jeep and uses a Continental 4-cylinder flathead engine, 3- or 4-speed transmission, and Dana 18 transfer case. The mower attachments on these were either a sickle bar or rotary. I think later mowers of this style included a windshield. I have found two examples of the later style Topeka Hi Way mower. One was recently sold by the Montana Highway Dept., and the other is in Lyons, Colo.

Most, if not all, of the mowers were painted yellow. To date, I have recorded the names and addresses of 11 owners in eight states. Just today I added two more contacts. By including my previous letter in your magazine, you have generated many of my contacts. I’d like to receive information from your readers about anyone who has one of these mowers or knows where one might be found. Thank you for producing such a wonderful magazine and assisting me in researching the Topeka Hi Way mower.

Here are some examples of the jeep version of the Topeka Mower:

This was for sale in December of 2014:
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This one was for sale on eBay in Ohio in 2009 (see more pics here):

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This one was for sale in Baker City, Oregon, in 2010 for $400.

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From the CJ-3B Page.  There’s a second pic here with the windshield up.

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Here’s a fancy one from the Antique Tractors Page

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  1. Farm Collector Magazine
  2. My Tractor Forum
  3. Lesser known tractors
  4. CJ-3B Page
  5. Here’s a tractor called a Topeka, but looks different
  6. 1960 article about Topeka Mower
  7. Partial article from 1959
 
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1953 Topeka Hiway Mower **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Machinery, Unusual • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

“RARE WILLYS TOPEKA MODEL. ASSEMBLED IN TOPEKA KANSAS. ALL HYDRAULIC WITH POWER STEERING. HAS A CONTINENTAL FOUR CYLINDER INDUSTRIAL ENGINE WITH ABOUT 1100 HUNDRED HOURS. FOUR WHEEL DRIVE, TWO WHEEL DRIVE, HIGH LOW RANGE, FOUR WHEEL IN AND OUT AND HAND THROTTLE FOR THE REAR HYDROLICS SUCH AS LOG SPLITTER, DISC ETC.  FOUR WAY PLOW, HEATER, WITH DEFROST AND REMOVEABLE CAB. GREAT FOR THE SUMMER ALSO. A SICKLE BAR OR ROTARY MOWER CAN BE ADDED ON THE RIGHT SIDE. HAS REAR HYDRAULIC REMOTES FOR ATTACHMENTS. TITLE NOT NEEDED AS ITS CONSIDERED AS A MOWER OR YOU COULD GET ONE AS IT HAS ALL THE STREET LEGAL ITEMS. NEW TIRES AND RUNS AND DRIVES GREAT.”

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Buried under Snow in Colorado

• CATEGORIES: Reader Stories

I’m sure the February temperatures that have blown into this month Boise are the ones that are rippling across the US.  Jim shared with us the effects of storms at his place, along with a note that it dropped to -15 last night …. brrrrr.  Jim, I’m assuming you’ve put that new/old snow plow you got to work?

Jim wrote, “Not a single bit of anything on the ground 2 days ago, then we got slammed! Its gonna be a white Christmas around here for sure!”

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1960 Truck Cedar City, Ut $7900

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: , .

Here’s a good looking truck with an unusual bed.

“Talk about a sweet ride! This 1960 Jeep Willy has been complety restored and is ready for “Date Night” or a “Show and Shine”. Runs like a dream.
http://www.mountainmotorsportsllc.com/Beta/index.php/vehicles/jeeps/1960-jeep-willys-pick-up.html Call for all the details:  Mountain Motor Sports, Cedar City, UT
435-867-0100.”

http://lasvegas.craigslist.org/ctd/1504186621.html

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Wanted: CJ-3B Sacramento area, Ca

• CATEGORIES: wanted

Here’s a buyer looking for a CJ-3Bin good shape.

“Wanted Cj-3B High Hood with Buick V-6 in good condition. Please call David 530-682-0639.”

http://sacramento.craigslist.org/wan/1504745880.html

 
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1942 MB Baton Rouge, La eBay + Trailer

• CATEGORIES: MB, trailer • TAGS: , .

It looks good.

“I am selling this rig only because of seriously failing health. I bought it nearly three years ago so I could fiddle with it and drive it as a hobby. It gets a lot of attention wherever it goes.I can still drive it but can no longer work on it. The previous owner was a mid seventies retired MP who had restored three Willys MB’s. This 1942 was his third and he said it was time to let it go. I liked it so much I had it shipped in a covered trailer all the way from Ruffsdale, PA to Baton Rouge, LA. I was an MP myself in the mid 60’s so I had a lot of Jeep time in the M151 but always wanted a WWII version. It and the trailer have been garaged before and since my acquisition. The Jeep speaks for itself. It’s in really good condition. It was not cleaned up in any fashion prior to the pictures being taken. Didn’t even wash it. I didn’t “shiny” anything up under the hood to try to put a fresh look on it…..

The trailer is a rare Bantam. One source has it as a very early post war where the first two hundred were produced with a military style seamed axle, combat wheels, and were painted olive drab. This trailer fits. The Bantam letters on the data plate are block rather than Italic placing it wartime or immediate post war. It also has the heavy three position shoe and thick lunette for the military pintle hitch, chains and hooks. It’s also got blackout lights. Go figure ….”

View more information and pics at eBay

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1942 MB Elmira, OR **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: MB

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3500.

This is highly customized.  One of the more unusual customizations is the unusual change to the grille.

“1942 Willy’s Jeep, 327 Motor, 400 Auto, Posi-front & rear. 36 inch Tires. New-Carb, Fuel Pump, Starter, Aluminum Radiator, Electric Fan, and Much More.  Clean….and Strong Runner. Will Consider trades for Motorcycles, Guns, ATV’S and Classic Cars”

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Year? CJ-2A Chico, Ca $2000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

UPDATE:  Something strange is going on .. this jeep is listed below for $2000 in Chico.  On eBay it is listed for a single bid of $5500.

This looks a good price on a CJ-2A.  This is listed as a ’43, but I see nothing to indicate that this is anything other than a CJ-2A.

“Turn key ready to go. Overdrive works great. Transfer case smooth and easy. Converted 12 volt system. Immaculate seats and back seats. L4-134 purrs like a kitten.
*Less than 7500 miles on rebuilt original L4-134 (four cylinder) engine  *A rebuilt carburetor  *All steering components are either new or rebuilt  *New speedometer and cable  *A new radiator  *A new master cylinder  *New windshield and rubber  *original four speed transmission and overdrive  *Two speed heater  *New floor pans  *Canvas soft top  *Upholstery and tires in good condition  * AM radio, C.B. ready  *Tow bar and trailer hitch  *Epuipped for hunting with rear mounted deer deck  *Interior lights, lights under hood and back up lights  *Gas, amp and water temperature gauges  *Two locking tool boxes mounted inside the jeep  *Two five gallon powder coated gas cans mounted on the rear with locks  *The jeep comes with more that $500.00 worth of spare miscellaneous parts  *11″ brakes not installed, but still in the box  *PTO  *The jeep is in excellent condition and has been hightly maintained and serviced on a regular basis.  Only addition I put on are knew front hubs. We are not using it. This jeep needs a great home. The only flaw is that hood could use new paint. There are a couple of paint chips. Machanically it is in great condition. For more info you can call or text me at (530) 906-2229 my name is Scott”

http://susanville.craigslist.org/cto/1501735128.html1947_cj2a_chico1

 
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1965 CJ-6 Central Florida **Status Unknown**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-6 • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Was $7800. **Status Unknown**

Looks nice.  Includes Overdrive.

“1965 Jeep Willys CJ6, 4 Wheel Drive, 3 Speed on the floor with additional Over-Drive Gear, 134 Overhead Valve 4 Cylinder Engine, 3 Inch Lift with Big 32X12.50R15 Off Road Tires, New Paint, No Rust, Body and Frame in Great Condition, New Brakes, New Shocks, New Front End Suspension, Full Roll Bar Cage, Runs Strong, California Original now with Florida Title. Rare Find and a Real “Head Turner”. For Show or Fun. $7,800 or make offer.”

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1943 MB Elizabeth, CO **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: MB • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

“Willys Jeep – 1943 MB Jeep in excellent condition.  Restored several years ago in Arizona and has been garage kept except when used for hunting, which has been minimal. Jeep has no visible holes or rust.  It’s in need of a good wash job and detail.  Used only three times in the last four years and it’s time it goes to a new home. Engine is 4 cylinder, 3 speed transmission, 4X4.  Watson, manual lock out front hubs, Viking Winch with electric remote control, new battery, brake shoes replaced by brake shop – less than 100 miles ago.  Has a tow bar, leather seats, a small bikini top, couple of gun holders, and a pair of 5 gallons gas cans and holders on the rear end, next to the spare tire. Mileage,31496, is what shows on the speedometer, don’t have a clue if iit’s accurate.

I bought the jeep from my father in law who is the one who restored the jeep 35-40 years ago. It was restored in Arizona and has only been in Colorado for the past 4 years, but is always garaged. Runs great, starts easy.  I don’t know of anything not working on the jeep.  It just sets around and isn’t getting used so it’s time for it to move on.  Transportation, will be up to the new owner.  Payment will need to be made in full prior to title exchange and transportation.”

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1946 VEC CJ-2A Phoenicia, Ny eBay

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

UPDATE:  This is back on eBay

(10/22/09) There’s something growing out of the driver’s side fender  …..  This seller is selling about 5 other jeeps (CJ-5s) on ebay as well.

“1946 Willys cj-2a column shift jeep. No engine is installed, just the original transmission and rest of drivetrain. Unfortunately, no serial number plates have been left on this jeep. Many very good parts like the hood, grill and fenders. Complete column shift linkage and working transmission is also present. Frame is very good, except for one of the front horns where some metal was welded on to reinforce one side. Looks like it should be removable with frame remaining intact. Snowplow lift is bolted on. The body has rust in the front floors and on the side bottoms. Body can be restored with repairs in the front floor area and the right rear corner. Rear area is pretty good and amazingly not dented up.”

View all the pics on eBay

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1957 FC-170 Bellevue, Wa $5450

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677

UPDATE: Still available .. the price has jumped to $5450.  This was in Hauser, Wa, but sounds like it has been moved to Bellevue, Wa.

“Willys Jeep Forward Control 4 Wheel Drive FC-170 Flat Bed Truck. 6 cylinder L-head model L6-266; 3 speed manual with 4 wheel hi, lo, and neutral gear box. Less than 40,000 original miles and runs good. Has 4 new tires plus excellent spare; new wheel bearings & seals; new brake drums, shoes and cylinders etc. new steering joints and new U-joints; valves newly adjusted and compression checked (good); carburator has been boiled out and new rebuild kit installed; new oil filter; new 12 volt battery and a new GM One-Wire alternator ( not yet installed ) It has the original Owner’s Use Manual and Original Owner’s Operators Manual. New Service Manual and Complete Parts List and Source information. Tow lights and tow bar are mounted using the original holes thru the bumper. Cash only please 208 449 1614

http://seattle.craigslist.org/est/cto/1503507388.html

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1946 CJ-2A Santa Rosa, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1000

It runs and drives.  The motor appears to be an inline six of some kind.  And, where did they put the radiator?  It’s got hydraulic swing clutch and brake pedals.  There was some work done to this jeep at some point.

“46 Willys Navy Jeep, chevy 6cyl , jeep trans and T-case, nice alum hard top &doors. This jeep has been sitting for years but runs and drives”

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1948 CJ-2A Bonita Springs, Fl $450

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

UPDATE:  Price dropped to $450 or Make Offer

(09/25/09) “MAKE AN OFFER ON A 1948 CJ2A!!!! All original, except different fenders and grill, and never painted. Only very shallow dents, no windshield frame, rust in front floors, and not running, however engine spins free. Front frame rails plated, though I don’t know why. They are not bent or rotted and it has the original front bumper with gussets, may have had a plow at some point. Email or call Mark 239-776-4774”

http://fortmyers.en.craigslist.org/lee/cto/1503770061.html

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1946 CJ-2A Hollister, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3300

It appears in good condition.

“1946 Willys CJ2A, Dauntless V-6, headers, 3 speed tranny. Original stamped hood and tailgate. 11.5x32x15 BFG Mudterrains on chrome spokes. 11/2″ lift, KYB shocks. Hydraulic brakes and cluth. Full soft and bikini tops. AM/FM/CD. KC Hiliters. 5751 miles on engine and about 500 on tranny. Needs new mastercylinder, (hence the picture). I have had this CJ for about 19 years. All my kids have learned to drive in it and we all had a blast over the years, but they are all gone and I am ready to find new hobby. $3300.00 or OBO”

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1960 DJ-3A Lynnfield, Ma **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A • TAGS: , .

UPDATE:  Colin reports that he purchased this Jeep and is enjoying it a lot!  Congrats! He also reports below that the original date listed by the seller as 1956 was incorrect and that it was actually a 1960 Surrey.

“Production of the 2-wheel drive Willys DJ3A model began in 1956 and continued until 1964.  The DJ3A utilized the 4 cylinder “Go Devil” engine, T90 side-shift transmission, and a Dana 23 rear end. The DJ3A surrey was marketed to resorts and as a fun beach buggy. This dj-3a gala surrey was Owned by 20th Century Fox where it was used in a few beach movies.  Annette Funicello, Frank Sanatra etc.. Sold to Pioneer Garage in 1982 where it was totally redone. down to the frame and sat on display in the pioneer jeep showroom on Washington St. in Peabody Ma. Until purchased in 5/09 to me when the dealership closed its doors forever. It runs and drives awesome, 3 speed on the column, a true collectible. I have pictures and documentation from 20th century fox showing the vehicles history there.  Also I have pictures of the jeep with Annette and Frank in the vehicle.  Mileage is around 2000 miles, although California determined it as a undetermined value amount because the gauge glass was sun faded and not readable. When you see this vehicle you will know the mileage to be true.”

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A Couple Videos Old & New

• CATEGORIES: videos

Hocus_Pocus_FocusHere’s two videos I found today.  The first video is a compilation of color footage that follows the landing at D-Day.  I thought it was very good.  I believe a little of this footage also was used in the WWII in HD series that was shown on the History Channel (some great footage there).

This video also includes a jeep called Hocus Pocus Focus. I searched for the phrase Hocus Pocus Focus, thinking I might come up with some meaning for it, but the only thing I found was that a band would name themselves Hocus Pocus Focus several decades after WWII.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvZCDfhoNxA

The second video is a nicely shot video that shows a rebuilt 1943 GPW and trailer. It’s one of the better videos I’ve seen on YouTube in terms of quality of shots and editing.

 
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Year? CJ-2A Swamp Racer Tarpon Springs, Fl $3500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Racing, Unusual • TAGS: .

Hurray!  I finally have some pics of an flattie swamp racer.  I knew one of these would pop up sooner or later!

“F-Head 4 cyl jeep engine complete, T-90 transmission fresh rebuild. Dana 18 or 20 transfer case. Complete racing elctronic ignition. Spare duplicate ignition system. Autometer gauges, Autometer procomp memory 9K 5” tack. Removable steering wheel
pass and driver seats with 5 point harness. Sweet racing rack and pinion. Sway bar.  Dana 30 open knuckle ft. diff. 5:38 gears.  “44 flanged axle rear” 5:38.  1- piece tilt front end. Full roll cage.  Ldder bar coilover shocks rear. 3 gal alum. fuel cell.  Fire extinguesher. # plate.  Ar pick up box. Rear mounted alum. core radiator with all plumbing. Battery box with acc cables + hold down. Pan hard bar.  Drive shaft loops F+R. Tow hooks F+R. Smached 9000X16 military tires. Fresh blue paint. Rear mounted kill switch. Metalic clutch disc + pressure plate. 2X2 into 1 header.  New 500 holley carb (raced one time). Carb adapter. Alum. gas pedal. Also some other general spare parts.  $ 3,500 OBO CALL RICK 813-3682730 DONT E-MAIL I WONT RESPOND”

http://tampa.craigslist.org/pnl/rvs/1500529566.html

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4 15″x8″ Steel Rims Agawam, Ma $100

• CATEGORIES: Tires and Rims

I know someone can use these.

“4 Early Vintage Jeep / Willy’s New 15″x8″ Steel Wheels.  Rims Never Mounted, For Drum Brakes Only! Call Ted At 413.786.9529”

http://westernmass.craigslist.org/pts/1503253138.html

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1960 CJ-5 Waddell, Az $2500 w/OD

• CATEGORIES: CJ5 • TAGS: .

Some paint would really help this.

“1960 Willy’s Jeep. Has full roll cage, overdrive, and 4 cyl F Head engine. Runs good.
$2500.00 cash firm. Serious inquiries only please. Contact 623-935-4985”

http://phoenix.craigslist.org/wvl/cto/1503023955.html

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1949 CJ-3A Jericho, Vt $4500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: , .

UPDATE:  Price dropped to $4000.

(08/12/09) This looks stock as far as I can see.

“1949 Willys Jeep CJ3A. Complete, all original. Includes top and doors. Refurbished: brakes, steering, wiring, engine. Maintained, and stored inside Contact: Rob Connelly (802) 899-1969”

http://burlington.craigslist.org/cto/1459451919.html

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1948 Willys M38-CJ-CJ2A-CJ3B Spring Lake, Mi eBay

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B

This is that rare M38-CJ-CJ2A-CJ3B Model … Mixed parts, mixed model numbers, and an unusual VIN Number make this a bit of a puzzle.  The VIN is unusual because, according to all the records I have seen, the highest CJ-2A VIN is 224764. So, something isn’t right here.

VIN NUMBER 235064, 1948 WILLYS M38-CJ-CJ2A-CJ3B, ARMY/NAVY JEEP, VERY RARE, Older Restoration but very nice in its present condition, Full Soft Top With Matching Doors, Also Bikini Top,4 Cylinder Hurricane F-4 Engine 134 CU.IN.,3 Speed Manual, 485 Rear End, Dual PTO’S, Front Automatic Locking Hubs,New Gas Tank, New Stainless Steel Exhaust, Newer Military Tires, Rebuilt Starter-Generator, Rebuilt Radiator, New Battery-Gas Filter-Plugs, Military PTO Wench 1/4 Cable-Weight 2170 LBS., Spare Tire and Wheel, Jerry Can, Shovel and Axe, This Willys Runs and Drives Perfect! Please E-mail us at smithlai@chartermi.net OR 1-888-842-1020 OR 616-638-4995. Happy Bidding and Good Luck 🙂 This is the correct hood registration number 20336688.”

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Year? Wagon Muskegon, Mi **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1500. Later than a ’53.

This might make a good restoration project.

“i have a 1953 willys wagon for sale. it has a 4 cyl that needs to be rebuilt. the body (1960) and frame are absolutely fantastic. the hood has suface rust. i have the bumpers, radiator, original steering column, and many other parts that go with this jeep. these jeeps look really nice after they’ve been restored. this is a restoration project well worth the money.”

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