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Started in 1941, Jeep was the last successful car company launched

• CATEGORIES: News

UPDATE: (01/29/09) I wanted to thank Gary Wolf, the writer of the article, for responding to my email to him.  He told me he has forwarded the correction to the editors of Wired.

Yes, I read the same thing and about choked on my dinner. That statement was published in Wired Magazine’s most recent issue, February of 2010 page 29. (and yes, the writer of the story got a note from me)

In his effort to defend his theory that the internet was pretty dead in terms of launching new, wildly successful companies, Peter Thiel, co-founder of Pay-pal and the first investor in Face Book (yes, he’s done well financially, which in Silicon Valley turns you into a soothsayer — yes, I used to work there …  ) used the history of the automobile as an example of how all booming industries support fewer and fewer wildly successful startups over time.

Now, I’m not quibbling with his general argument, but he seriously undermines his credibility with one of the biggest inaccuracies regarding the Jeep that I think I’ve seen published.  To quote him accurately, he states “But the last successful car company started in the US was Jeep in 1941.” …. yeah … right.

I mean, it’s not like he’s off by a year or something; instead he’s wildly off the mark in multiple directions.  For starters, American Austin (called Bantam later) was launched in 1929, Willys Overland was originally called Overland and launched in 1903, and Ford was launched in 1903.  Secondly, no one company build the early jeeps.  In addition, no company was called Jeep until 1962 when Kaiser became Kaiser-Jeep.  We could even get picky, such as Bantam built the first jeep in 1940 rather than 1941.  And, I’m sure we could go on, but I think the point is made.

 
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Tim’s willysjeep.com opens Jan 28th

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Willys Wagons

Tim wrote me the other day to tell me that he’ll be officially launching his willysjeep.com website on January 28th, 2010.

He writes, ” I Just wanted to let all 4 wheelers know that www.willysjeep.com will be coming on line in about a week. Its focus is on the advertising literature and manuals of the Willys Kaiser era, all in Hi-Res for downloading. It has many free resources geared to the Willys Jeep owner and the general forum is available to anyone who has an interest in 4 x 4’s. Free information, live chat, photo storage and blogging space are all there as well as many military manual downloads and Willys factory videos, etc. I have been involved with Jeeps for 47 years and it is now, in my retirement, that I can share my printed collection and passion with the world. Hope you have some members that can stop by.”

So join Tim (virtually) on the 28th for his official launch!  Best of Luck!

 
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Brendan’s This-old-jeep.com

• CATEGORIES: Features, Website

In 2009 Brendan launched this-old-jeep.com.  His goal is to capture old jeeps pics, stories or both so that they don’t get lost.  He was spurred on by a post on G503.  In the post someone mentioned what a shame it was that a lot of photo albums were being torn apart and the photos were then separated, identities lost and a piece of history was erased.

Brendan decided he wanted to change that.  He decided to start placing photos he would purchase on ebay online. He feels it is a small drop in the ocean, but if he can gather enough, he’d like to think that he could put together some of th0se histories.

He’s still organizing and gathering information, so stop by and check out what he’s doing.

 
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The 1st Annual Rawhide Rumble Car Show & Swap Meet

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, FC150-FC170-M677, Website

In December of 2009, the ‘town’ of Rawhide held its 1st annual Car Show & Swap Meet.  Now, I’d never heard of Rawhide, so, after a few quick searches, I found and took a look at their website.  It turns out it is a tourist town full of events, eateries and things to do for kids and adults.

I learned about this event from a blog entry by Mr Greenwrench, about whom I know nothing except that he takes good pics and lots of them!  So, thank Mr. Greenwrench for the 3 Jeep images below — all three outstanding Jeeps!

Here is a photo of Jesse Ybarra’s M-667.  You can learn more about it at the FC-Connection website.

According to Dennis, this FC-150 belongs to Bill Thomson.

 
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Jeep/Willys Brochures from Norway

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Website

Gerald sent me a link to Hans Tore Tangerud’s website.  Living in Kristiansand, Norway, Hans is definitely a car lover, building a pretty sizeable site. He’s got a variety of old brochures and images, including a few Willys & Jeep Brochures.

 
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July 1972 Jeep Ad from Popular Mechanics

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Features, Old News Articles

I found this full page ad today while looking through an old Popular Mechanics Magazine online.

 
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1950s CJ-3B Milan, Mo $800

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B

UPDATE:  Price dropped to $800

This might be a pretty good price.

“No title, flathead 4 cyl. Had running 3 years ago. No starter, windshield glass or bumper other than that it is complete. 800 obo. Would consider trade. Call Scott at 660-265-5741

http://kansascity.craigslist.org/cto/1572220349.html

 
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1948 CJ-2A Puyallup, Wa $2500 or OBO

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

This is a project.

“1948 cj2a willys, Very Original, Comes with everything. but complete wireing. Bolts broke but i have a book that lists all the types of bolts and what size they are. I Had A mehcanic look at it he said if i had more wiring on the motor it would fire up. Drove few years back. sat under cover sence i bought it.
Email me and i will send you more pics.And answer any questions you may have. WANT 2500 But Will Take The Best Offer.”

http://seattle.craigslist.org/tac/cto/1573970967.html

 
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1942 GPW Quincy, Ca $4500

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB) • TAGS: .

I’d like to see some more pics.  It appears in good shape, but the color is a bit blurred.

“1942 gpw military jeep in real good condition new tires new seats 4500.00”

http://reno.craigslist.org/cto/1572841164.html

 
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1949 Jeepster Columbia, Ca eBay

• CATEGORIES: Jeepster, Unusual • TAGS: .

This is a beautiful restoration / customization.

“In addition to all of that, this JEEPSTER runs like a champ.  The seats are very comfortable.  The Dodge Dakota V6 engine runs smoothly, burns no oil, and is free of undercarriage drips.  Power steering and cruise control add to the enjoyment of driving.  It is more than capable of highway speeds and climbs the Nevada mountain ranges with ease.  All of the chrome trim is without blemish.  There is no underside rust.  There are no dents, dings, or gouges.  The top and side curtains are in good condition.  The tires are nearly new.

However, there are two things that need to be done if the buyer wants to put it into show condition.  While the paint photographs well, it is not flawless.  Close inspection reveals cracks in the finish.  The Spoke wheels need to be re-chromed.

I can no longer afford to keep my Jeepster and an airplane at the same time.  I love driving the Jeepster, but I put in hundreds of hours building the airplane, and it is the one I have decided to keep.”

View all the pics on eBay

 
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1956 Wagon Calhan, Co $1000

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

I can hear Kevin already …. This sure looks like a solid wagon.  I think someone will get a great deal with this.

“I have a 1956 willys station wagon, it needs a new motor or rebuild, I lost the title so no title but I can write a bill of sale, it would make a good project, I am asking 1000 but am also up for trades, I am looking for a running vehicle to get my family around, if you have any questions feel free to contact Paul 719-360-3054 eastridge_p@yahoo.com”

http://cosprings.craigslist.org/cto/1572979471.html

 
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Post 1956 CJ-3B Golden, Co **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1500.

There might be some value here.  It’s got a PTO Winch. The body looks rough.

“Restoration potential. Body has usual rust spots but all could be restored. I was told the F134 has rebuild top. It runs but the gas tank was bad so it was started fro an external can. Standard 3-speed T90 shifts easily. Has PTO Ramsey winch. There is no top and the windshield goes onto another jeep, so thats not included. It has one seat as shown. The wheels are good and tires about a third left. There is an extra rolling frame that must go with the jeep. sorry but WILL NOT PART OUT & NO TRADES.”

 
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1950 CJ-3B Albia, Ia $1000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B

UPDATE:  This is/was listed as a CJ-3a, but is really a CJ-3B. Pics now listed also.

“I have a 1950 cj3a for sale or trade let me know what you have THE JEEP IS NOT RESTORED BUT DOES RUN AND DRIVE

http://desmoines.craigslist.org/cto/1573052158.html

 
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1946 VEC CJ-2A Escondido, Ca **STATUS?**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

UPDATE:  Price dropped to $1500

(01/12/10) It appears to have tool indents.  It looks like it runs.

“this 1946 willeys jeep cj2a .good roolling .bottom end no top.minor rust under seet..”

 

 
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1964 CJ-6 Owasso, OK **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-6

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3300

(01/23/10) “1964 cj-6 with 4 cylinder f-head, 3 speed and Dana 18 t-case. Runs and drives with an Oklahoma black tag. The engine has new plugs, wires, pertronix ignition to replace points, carberator, water pump, alternator, belts, voltage regulator, exhaust, fuel tank, sending unit and lines. It also has an AGM deep cycle battery (new). The drive train has new u-joints, pinion seals, brake system. The interior has been re-done in original pattern with a 60/40 front bench and standard rear seat. Electric wipers are included, but have not been installed at this point. A warn 8274 8,000 pound winch that has been rebuild and new cable, 150 feet, is also included as well as other parts I have forgotten about. I will take off $600 if you don’t want the winch and mount and price is negotiable with bartering for hunting supplies or other items possible. I am willing to deliver for $1 per loaded mile within a few hundred miles with payment up front.”

 
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1947 CJ-2A Kelowna, BC, Canada eBay

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , .

UPDATE:  This is back on eBay.  I’ve added a few more pics.

(11/03/09) This looks good.

“You are bidding on a 1947 WILLYS CJ2A. Frame off rebuild 10 years ago, garaged & summer driven only since. Original except for front hubs, tires,. top and added roll bar.”

View all the pics on eBay

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Old Car Rally Coventry to Birmingham 1946

• CATEGORIES: videos

This was fun to watch.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmD6pbHKjn0

 
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Jeeps in Production

• CATEGORIES: Features, Library Collections, War Images • TAGS: .

Here are 3 images taken by Alfred Palmer in December of 1941.  These three photographs were taken at the Toledo Willys Plant. There are other images that show the machines used to manufacture parts, but I didn’t really find them very interesting.

Library of Congress Link for the below photo

Library of Congress link for the below photo


Library of Congress link for the below photo

 
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Year? Wagon Grants Pass, OR **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks

UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $800

“4 Cylinder Engine, 3 Speed Transmission.  Project. Buyer to pay all delivery charges, if any
Clear Title.”

 
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1948 Truck Louisville, Ky $5500

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

This Wagon has a pretty plush interior.

“VERY RARE AND HARD TO FIND 48 WILLYS JEEP. HAS 69 CHEVROLET 350 4V, AUTO, 69 NOVA SUB FRAME AND REAR END.  NO E`MAILS – if interested or want more info please call DALE @ 502- 396-9088 NO Scammers Phone calls ONLY.  my friend listed this for me and I don’t have a computer – phone calls only.”

http://louisville.en.craigslist.org/cto/1570302073.html

 
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1955 Truck Holcomb, Ks eBay

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks

Sunglasses required to look at this truck!  It’s a bright one.  I can appreciate a seller telling it like it is.   The seller did the painting and notes “I did the painting, there is no bondo under the paint. Sorry the paint is not great.”

“1955 Willys Jeep pickup, This is a pretty straight pickup.  The paint is bright, but rough.  Someone put a 351-C6 in this pickup, but did a lousy job.  They butchered the firewall and front differential pinion shaft.  It is in there and seems to run good.  Please ask questions ahead of time, I will do my best to answer them,  i will also try to get you any photos you want, feel free to ask.”

View all the pics at eBay

 
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1959? DJ-3A Fresno, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

The seller indicates this is a ’59, however a potential buyer (see Q/A at bottom of ebay page) felt that based on the speedometer design, this was more likely a ’56.  I’d agree with the potential buyer, because this document indicates that the serial number of this jeep, 56337 10425, makes this a 1956 DJ-3A, the 425th DJ-3A made.

“This is a 1959 Willys Jeep 2 wheel drive Gala Surrey or Dispatcher project.  These are rare and valuable vehicles when they are restored, but this one isn’t.  It needs A LOT of restoration, but what’s here is in fairly good shape.  It would make a good starting point for a restoration.  Fortunately, these are not too hard to work on.  I bought this many years ago and have slowly been collecting a few parts, but I have too many projects and not enough time or money.  This project has to go.  This is a body & frame and axles and some parts.  There is no motor or transmission.  I have a correct type motor and correct column shift T 96 transmission with overdrive, but they are listed seperately on ebay and not included with this listing (see my other listings).  The guy I got it from had started to convert it to a 6 cylinder motor and was going to make a sand buggy out of it.  He removed the original motor mounts and put some other mounts in, but I don’t know what engine they are for.  He didn’t do any significant damage to the frame, and the correct motor mounts should go right back on the frame”

 
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1948 CJ-2A Chesapeake, VA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6000

The body looks pretty clean.

“New water pump, head just machined, new fuel tank, new shocks.”

 

 
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1969 CJ-5 Spokane, Wa $3000

• CATEGORIES: CJ5

I would assume this has a Dana 44 in the rear and probably a Dana 27 in the front?

“1969 cj5 rebuilt buick 225, sm465 trans (4spd), dana 18 twin stick, dana 25 front 4.88,dana 27 4.88. dual 10 gal tanks. front bucket seat from jeep cherokee. fold n tumble rear seat new brake mstr cylinder, electric fuel pump. This has been a good rig for me great for hunting, wheelin, or just driving. No longer use so just need to sell.  asking 3000.00 obo  Please call me at 206-227-2302 Pat or Pete 509-533-0741.”

http://spokane.craigslist.org/cto/1568833654.html

 
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1959 CJ-5 Lakewood, CO **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ5

UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $2000. 

(12/26/09) “1959 willys cj body style xtra parts has ford v8 installed. was used for hunnting and snow car. soft top ruff was listed for 2500.00 but wife says sell so price reduced to first 2000.00 takes!