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Johnny Lighting Calendar Coke Jeep


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on ebay

Though made in 2003, it looks pretty retro.

JOHNNY LIGHTNING, Coca-Cola, CALENDAR GIRL SERIES, 1:64 Scale.  MILITARY WILLYS JEEP, Tan Jeep with Date-Matched Coca-Cola Graphics. Featuring Diecast Metal Body & Chasis. Includes Reproduction May & June 1943 Calendar Photocard. MINT CONDITION BLISTER & CARD!

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1952 Truck Spanaway, Wa $4000

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

The truck looks solid.  The ad includes a video.

“Still lookin for a possible trade for the willys. anything that is say pre 1970, runs and drives, and is of comparable or maybe lessor value. has to be at least equally cool though. let me know, doesnt hurt to ask.”


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1953 Truck Walla Walla, Wa **SOLD** … Meet Clarence!

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2500. It’s a great ad though.

Clarence needs a good home.  I’m not sure if this ad is more art exhibit or more detailed explanation of the problems, but I really liked the pics; Enough to present them in full, though there are so many, I regulated most to the main page.  Enjoy.

“NUTSHELL VERSION:  1954 Willys Overland “jeep” truck, 134ci 4 cylinder engine (original), 4×4, Borg-Warner T-90 transmission (3 speed), Spicer 18 transfer case (hi, lo, neutral), 15″ wheels, Original “jeep” hubs, Runs well, Drives well.”


Clarence is a 1953 Willys Overland “Jeep” truck.

I purchased Clarence from an older gentleman in Caldwell Idaho, who bought him from his original owner. Clarence had not been driven for over 2 years when I had bought him. He ran just enough to get him onto the car hauling trailer.

Being that Clarence is 57 years old, he has some wrinkles and hic-ups I like to call “character”. Clarence and I went for a nice drive out in the country today to find a nice spot to take some pictures. I will try to express in pictures and writing all the “character” traits that Clarence has that makes him, I believe, so wonderful.

This one is on the drivers side fender. Fortunately it did not require any welding. Also note the “4 wheel drive” emblem is on this side.

Clarence is 4 wheel drive (4×4) with the original “jeep” hubs. I have used the 4 wheel drive in the snow and in the hills and it works great! He has the original 15″ wheels (3 black and 2 white). Which have radials on them that have over %50 life left. Although throwing some sealer in them or possibly some tubes wouldn’t be a bad idea. I currently stop by Les Schwab once a month to have them top them off with air

He also has the original Borg-Warner T-90 3-speed transmission. Which is still paired up with the original Spicer 18 transfer case

The inside is not to bad, although far from perfect. The bench seat has two storage spaces underneath. The seat appears to have been re-upholstered by a “non-professional”. It has some broken springs, but no tears. I did put in seat belts so that I could take my daughters around with me.

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1942 GPW McHenry, IL **SOLD**


UPDATE: Was $2800 **SOLD**

(11/04/09) “42 GPW, Ford jeep- ex military, was going to be a future project, was purchased in Colorado from the owner who had obtained it from his uncle and was ulitized on both of their farms, I had the vehicle shipped to Illinois- has clean frame ( no road salt used in state) main reason I bought the vehicle. GPW runs but has untill recently has been in inside storage, and is parked outside and needs a little work. Unit is missing original gas tank and support strap but I will donate a cj2a fuel tank to get you going.”


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1948 CJ-2A Phoenix, Az $2000


UPDATE:  The price dropped to $2000. No engine/tranny and needs wiring.  The Body has been customized to look MBish.

(11/13/09) “1948 Willy’s CJ-2A 80″ wheel base, with a custom built roll bar. Body has been customized to appear as an MB. No engine or transmission, original Dana 18 transfer case. Original front axle, Dana 44 rear. Missing front drive shaft. Needs some minor wiring on lights and gauges. Fuel tank and battery needs secured. Has 33/12.50r15 all terrain tires with good tread. No rust, just needs a little TLC. Questions, call 602-404-7899 leave message if no answer.”


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1957 Wagon Eastpointe, Mi **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Status Unknown. Was $2200

(12/22/09) This might make a good resto project.

“Looking for a good home!! Here is a great find that needs some restoration. Southern car/ runs fine/ needs brakes. Other than the rear bumper, the body appears to be original and in very good condition. Floor does need some work. Engine is a big Chevy straight 6 and runs strong. Transmission wheel drive shifts and works smoothly. All doors and windows are tight. Steering is also very tight and smooth. Newer shocks and tires. Four wheel drive. This is NOT a rust bucket – just an antique wagon looking to be beautiful again!!! $2,200 OBO. Also have several parts that could be included.”


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Some Ice Racing Pics

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: .

Gerald found these good quality Ice Racing related pics on Flickr.

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Question regarding wheel size 16.5 x 8.25″


A reader asked if anyone is familiar with any vehicle using a 16.5 x 8.25″ wheel with 33 x 12.50 x 16.5 tire?  The reader has some rims that he was told were original, but he can’t find anything about them.

More pics here

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Fiberglass Tub Grays Harbor, Wa $800

• CATEGORIES: Body Parts • TAGS: .

This is likely somewhere near Aberdeen.  I can’t tell much about it from this angle.

“good shape…has title…360 500 7895… or trade for?”

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1943 GPW Everett, Wa $700


For $700, this might be a decent price.  That front sure looks a bit twisted though.

“1943 cj2a Ford Flatfender (willys) Much more rare than the willys. Ford produced some of the flatfenders for the military during the war to keep up with demand…. HAS TITLE Decent body. Excellent Front Fenders. Ford 2.8L V6. No Tranny or t case. Excellent candidate for project. $700.00 OBO CLINT 253-820-2484 I work nights so please no calls betwwen 2am and NOON”

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FC-150 toys on eBay


I had no idea how many different toy FC-150s were made.  There’s a list of them under this search term ‘FC150‘ and this search term ‘FC 150‘.

Here’s an example of a WILLYS JEEP FC150 EMERGENCY FIRE TRUCK NO 1 T.N

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Year? CJ-2A Middletown, NY **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2000.

The price appears high on this project, but the seller isn’t the owner. It will likely drop.

“1948-49 Split window Willys Jeep. Was in the process of being restored. Many new parts installed. Engine rebuilt by machines shop, with reciepts. Owner was unable to complete and relocated down south. I am selling this for a friend. I was helping him with the restoration. Call me for details any questions. Asking $2000.00 or best offer. ”

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1946 CJ-2A Portland, Or eBay


You gotta love the ‘flower’ box on the windshield … well, at least is looks like a flower box. According to the CJ-2A page, there was only production of 73,378 CJ-2As produced by the end of 1946, which would make this CJ-2A, with a serial number of 73459 as an early ’47 (assuming VINs, bodies, etc etc weren’t switched).  I didn’t realize this had the 6 cylinder in it.  It fits snugly. No title!

“1946 Willys Jeep CJ-2A. I’ve owned this jeep for about 16 years. We use it every year during elk and deer season. Other than that it’s stored inside undercover. The body is pretty straight for it’s age and  has very little rust, although there is some under the driver and passenger seat pans. The seats are just the steel frame with no cushions. The speedometer is missing but has the other gages. She starts easily and runs good but don’t plan on going anywhere fast (top speeds about 45mph). The original flat head 4 has been replaced with a Willys Super Hurricane 6 cylinder 226 cu. in. engine (produced by willys after 1954 for their pick ups.) It fits very nicely and delivers about 115 lots of power for climbing or dragging that big one out of woods. Transmission and transfer case are stock and work fine, although half of the rear driveline is missing (I think it dropped off during the tow home this year). The paint is mostly camo with the original red showing inside the cab area. I have’t had it registered since I bought it and can’t find the original title so I’ll issue a notarized bill of sale.”

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1955 Truck Inland Empire, Ca $2900

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks

It’s unclear what 10% still needs restoring.  I’m not sure what’s causing the backward sloping.

“90% Restored; New, rebuilt 305 Chevy V8, manual transmission, new alternator; new battery, new water pump, new electric fan, new wiring, new starter, 31″ tires & spare tire, new paint, new shocks, rebuilt carburetor. Call Flint @ (951)775-4051 or email me:”

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1949 CJ-3A Delaware, Oh $1000


This might be a reasonable price.  It’s got a fiberglass body and the rest of the parts look good.  But, it sure is dirty!!  Note there is not motor.

“1949 willys project could be cool ! bought years ago never touched it ! body in good shape all fiberglass ! no motor ! but once had 351 small block ! has adapter to trans i think it has org. trans and t case should be lots of good parts but i didnt build it so i dont know alot about it ! got it some years back was gonna rob body for another project and sell all the rest but as u can see that never happened ! it also has good title a little time and money could be cool ! shoot me some offers !”

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1948 Wagon Detroit Lakes, ND **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $900


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1947 CJ-2A Egg Harbor Township, NJ **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3000.

Here’s a good looking solid, stock CJ-2A.



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1961 CJ-6 College Station, TX **SOLD**


1961_cj6_collegestationUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2000

(11/25/09) This is still a project, however it runs, but doesn’t drive yet.  Only one pic, but it sounds like work has been done since the pic was taken.  Check out the Ad for a full list of new parts.

“For sale is my 1961 Willy’s CJ-6. It has a longer wheel base then the CJ-5(110” vs. 97” wheel base). It is an unfinished project that will make a great jeep someday. The engine is running and the jeep rolls but the drive shafts and steering are not hooked up. I have put a lot of time into this but have no more time these days with school to finish it. It has many new parts but is mostly original. Lots of rust on the body. All body parts are there. Most parts that are missing can most likely be found in a junk yard. If you were going to fix the rust, it would be easy sheet metal work. I will try to list everything, but email me if you have questions. The only picture I have is from when I was working on it last, email for more pics …”

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1956 CJ-3B Jefferson, Ga **SOLD**


UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $3900

(10/09/09) “Up for auction is this 1956 Willys CJ3B. This Jeep is in great shape with nearly no rust and mechanically sound. It does have its typically willys seal leaks, but very little. This Jeep was bought about a year ago and, have been working on it little by little to get it to where it is today. I run around town locally in it, take the kids around and use it as a great conversation piece at car shows. If I go to one next time it may win. I have gone as far as I want to go in the restore, it’s time for someone else look after this piece of American history.  This Jeep has many new parts and all steering, brakes, transmission, 4X4 and engine work very, very well. This jeep will only run at about 45 miles an hour, but this little one will climb anything. I am selling this Jeep locally and have the right to stop the auction at anytime. I accept cash, PayPal or check, but I will have to go to a local bank with you to verify funds. This Jeep does not have a title as it is not required in Georgia for older vehicles.”


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


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1300

(12/17/09) It’s still a project.

“new paint diamond plate on the corners and rockers bed liner inside willys 6 cylinder runs good pto winch the carburator needs rebuilt clutch adjusted some wiring done windshield mounted seats bolted down call jesse”


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1947 CJ-2A in Parts, Vancouver Island, Canada No Price

• CATEGORIES: Body Parts, CJ-2A, Parts

UPDATE: Price no longer listed.  Seller can deliver.  Price was around $5k

“Lots of VINTAGE Willys Jeep Parts HOODS, GRILLS, FENDERS, AXLES ect ect.  Can deliver if required. Call 250 266 1365

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1945 MB Gilbert, Az **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2500. 

(10/1/09) Needs work.

“1945 Willys MB. Data Plate #427057. Title in hand. Engine ran when i bought it in august but needs new wiring harness. Frame and suspention in excellent condition. Have the title in hand and a Willys MB matinence manual. Have the seats, hood and fender. Started working on it so its in a couple minor parts. Make an off and it’s yours. Willing to trade for a Dirt Bike in decent condition. Make me an offer and come get it and its yours.”


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Jeep Graveyard Videos

• CATEGORIES: videos • TAGS: .

Somewhere, I think I have posted the pics from this place.  But, I can’t find them.

Here’s some videos of what would best be called a Jeep Graveyard, located somewhere near Virginia I believe.  There are four videos total.  Obviously, not the best video, but still interesting. You can see still pics here:

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Book Review: Michael Pollan’s ‘Food Rules’


I’m sure, if I stretch and twist, I can make this post about Willys, but, frankly, it really has nothing to do with them.  So, fair warning….


As I’ve mentioned occasionally in posts, I like cooking and studying food related issues.  While I’ve thought about creating a 2nd blog related to these issues, I just haven’t gotten around to it.

About four years ago I asked myself a simple question, for reasons too long winded that I won’t go into them here, exactly what am I supposed to eat?  Along the way, I’ve read as many studies, books and articles as I could find that seemed reasonably interested in finding grounded answers, versus sources attempting to champion some superior form of eating.  Michael Pollan’s books were some that I felt met those standards (well, until his latest book anyway).

Michael Pollan

A few years ago, a journalist named Michael Pollan jumped square into the middle of the food discussion with a book called Ominvores Dilemma, which I felt was a very good first attempt at exploring the food system within which American’s operate and the viability of those systems.

In his second book on the topic, In Defense of Food, was less memorable, though still an interesting read.  This cemented his stature in the “what in the hell should we eat” consciousness of those interested in the topic.

In his third book, Food Rules, which I read last night, his journalistic senses went rogue (in my opinion), creating a book of food rules that I think, while generally helping most people,  are supported by a framework of vegetarianism that undermines the research credibility he gained in his first two books.  More to the point, the book ticked me off enough to write a review on Amazon.

I’ve published my review of the book below because, I suppose, I can; And, maybe, because some of you, maybe one of you, might find it interesting?


My Book Review of Food Rules:

I found this book disappointing.  After reading this book, I had to ask myself whether the person who wrote the Ominvore’s Dilemma, which I felt was a well done piece of journalism, was the same person who wrote this book.  While Omnivore’s dilemma reflected an earnest attempt at investigation and analysis, this book appears void of many of the lessons learned from that book. While Mr. Pollan notes that much of the ‘science’ for Food Rules comes from In Defense of Food, I can’t say that the conclusions I reached from In Defense were the same as the conclusions Mr. Pollan spells out in this new book (which means I need to re-read In Defense I suppose).

Now, let me note that most of his rules make good sense and will likely help many average Americans improve their health. However, I cannot ignore the glaring faults of this book.

There are two major concerns I have with Food Rules, the initial supposition and the conclusion.  The first concern, his definition of a Western Diet, one of two core facts he simply states are generally accepted facts in the world of nutrition, seems more to serve his conclusion (eat lots of vegetables) than to be a real attempt at definition. If we truly don’t understand the problem, how can we develop a rational conclusion?  I believe his hypothesis provides zero insight, when in fact it could provide a great deal of insight into the specific problems with most of the food that ‘Westerners’, or more specifically Americans, consume.  Based on the studies, literature and lay materials I have read, I see nothing to indicate that his interpretation of the ‘western diet’ is an accurate reflection of any kind of generally accepted wisdom.

The second, and bigger concern I have is Mr. Pollan’s perpetuation, without a shred of discussion, on page 51, of the argument that “Vegetarians are noticeably healthier than carnivores and live longer.”  One of the problems with this statement as fact (there are several problems here, but I won’t get into them all) is that most people aren’t carnivores; they are omnivores.  For a writer who wrote a book with the word OMNIVORE in the title, I expect him, if anyone, to understand this is not a minor issue.

In fact, this vegetarian vs. carnivore perception exists throughout this book.  For example, his rule number 19 states:  If it came from a plant eat it; if made at a plant, don’t.  To put it bluntly, where’s the beef here?  There are problems with the way beef is created!  So, I’d change #19 to:  If it came from a plant or dined on plants, eat it.  If it was made at a plant or grown at a plant (aka CAFO), don’t.  The point here is that a large portion of ‘carnivore products’, such as meat and dairy products, that are sold in most stores are nutritionally deficient (in Omnivore’s Dilemma, he made some fantastic points about this) because they are as manufactured as some vegetarian products (processed cereals come to mind).

Moreover, going back to my omnivore point, most people in the US consume nutritionally poor starches (french fries, baked potatoes, etc) or refined foods (burger buns, rolls, etc) along with their poor quality meats which likely undermines some of the potential value of meat/fat consumption.  In sum, we have a huge portion of the American population trying to be omnivores, eating a federally encouraged ‘balanced diet’, but, instead, can only consume low quality meats, dairy products, vegetables and refined foods that represent the mainstream foods (in most stores and restaurants) available to most Americans. To classify these people as carnivores misleads people who are truly trying to figure out what they should eat, along with muddling omnivore and carnivore research undeservedly together.

Mr. Pollan can do better and has done better.  Hopefully, his next book will be better.

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Rusting Jeeps in Okinawa, Japan, and Puson, Korea

• CATEGORIES: Features, GPW (Ford MB), MB, Old Images, Website

UPDATE: I added this post in January of last year with just the single image (the first one below).  Today, David pointed me to the website that has a few more images, which follow the first image.  You can learn more about these pics at that site.

(01/31/09) Robert pointed me to a collection of Life Magazine photos of old jeeps hosted at Google.  Click on the photo and then click on it again to see all kinds of details.