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Merry Christmas, 1983!

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Merry Christmas (eve) everyone!

I must have seen this commercial when it aired back in 1983, but I don’t remember it. I guess I had other things on my mind? I graduated in the summer of ’83, for which my parents bought me the first jeep of my own (I’d driven Dad’s CJ-5 for a couple years), a patched together, blue, modified CJ-3A with a Buick V-6 and T-15 for $1500. I spent the summer cruising around in it, then the Fall driving it to my first (and last) quarter at a community college, before pretty much flunking out (I just didn’t care about college at that point).

Instead of college, I traded labor for a rundown, hacked together racer, took that apart, and started building what would become my first project jeep. Too young, dumb, and stubborn to fail, I got a part time job cooking and used those meager funds to cobble together a custom jeep over the subsequent year and a half.

 
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December 1961 Jeep News

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The December 1961 issue of Jeep News was only six pages, but still packed into a few interesting items. In the center column of the front page you can see the California Association of ‘Jeep’ Clubs had already come up with rules for jeeping on publics lands. Here in the PNW, we’ve seen a small contingent of folks doing stupid things that ruins it for everyone else. Such is life. Also note the bottom of page one showing the two giant billboards. I’ve never seen pics of these.

An article on page two references a 28-page two-color booklet titled “Your Ten Major Retail Markets”. That’s not one I’ve seen. Anyone else run across it? There’s also a reference to a Fleetvan comparison brochure. You can see pics of that here: http://www.ewillys.com/2016/03/29/1961-fleet-van-c…brochure-on-ebay/ (Not sure if I have a copy).

Page three contains something really unique: An Army FC-170 with a camper! The FC camper, an Army FC-170 with a Stahl bed, and an Army Traveller wagon were all headed to Alaska. Page three also has pics from a Billings, Montana, Rough Riders Jeep Club road event.

Page five and six contain a variety of stories, with several photos of FC-170 Fire trucks. Page seven shares the story of a New Jersey firm that operated pizza delivery wagons. Anything you can add to that story Mike?

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Stainless Steel Truck/Wagon Wing in 1948s?

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Dave discovered he has this wing window with stainless trim in one of his pickups. He’s not seen one before. Anyone know if they were an option?

He writes, “So I have come across a stainless steel wing window in one of my pick ups. According to the Willys America parts restoration book 48-49 pick ups and wagons had them. I have 3 1948 pick ups. None of them have stainless. I am trying to figure out if this was an option or what?”

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Photo of GPW From Warbird Website

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John shared this neat photo from the Warbird Website. You can even see the Ford tires on it. I tried to find the hood number (20145236), but it appears the G503 search has changed. Maybe someone else can have more luck determining if it is in the database.

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Photo of Elvis & Bazooka

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Mark shared this image of Elvis holding a Bazooka posted to the Armory Life website. Even more interesting, this M-38A1 has a rare defroster mounted on the windshield.

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Meyer Mark III Hardtop Glastonbury, CT **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $600.

Paul’s got this Meyer hardtop for sale. I agree with him, that it looks to be a Meyer Mark III.

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“I think this is a Meyer MIII
top. Surface rust. Rain gutters intact, see pic. Doors
included, windows operate up
and down. No body hinges. Rear
side window glasses, uninstalled,
included.
Extra set of parts doors included,
and a bonus hot water cabin
heater for civilian jeep. I’ll try
to answer any questions.”

 
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February 1959 Jeep News

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UPDATE: This was supposed to publish Friday morning, but didn’t for some reason… just discover this Friday night!

This eight-page February 1959 issue of Jeep News begins with a recap of the 1960 Chicago Autoshow, where the all-white jeep lineup on display was called, by some industry veterans, the most attractive commercial display at the show. Page three shows several different FCs adapted to various speciality tasks.

Page four and five share a report and multiple images from the auto show. There’s also a reference to two films played at the show. One was Jeep Frolics, a video shown in the post below, and another video showing a wide variety of tasks jeeps could perform (not sure which video this might be).

Page six contains an article about Warn’s successful hub sales. the article estimated that by 1959 there were 135,000 jeeps using Warn hubs. Page seven covers the use of jeeps in Detroit’s underground salt mines (also captured in pics from this post). Page eight features several stories, including another example of a custom FC camping unit.

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Jeep Frolics from 1958(ish)

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Willys Motors featured this Jeep Frolics film at the 1959 Chicago Autoshow, as explained in the February 1959 Jeep News. It features color clips from the Jeepers Jamboree out of Georgetown, California, ‘Jeep’ Roadeo racing from Yakima, Washington, and the ‘Jeep’ Endurance run staged at Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. According to the Jeep News issue, the film was a popular attraction at the auto show.

 
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Jeeps in the Detroit Salt Mines

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UPDATE: More on the Detroit Salt Mines from this February 1959 issue of Jeep News.

I saw a reference to jeeps in Detroit’s salt mines on Facebook. After a some research, I found a few more images. The salt is used exclusively as road de-icer.

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https://ephemeraldetroit.blogspot.com/2015/06/salt-city-beneath-detroit-booklet-1971.html

 
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1943 Flattie Auburn, WA $12,000

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UPDATE: Still Available.

(09/30/2023) Nice looking build.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/6967622806590640

“350ci Chevy engine, Warn overdrive, new tires, tilt wheel, warn hubs, and more. Fun to drive”

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1949 Truck Pahrump, NV **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6000.

This appears worth a look.

“1949 willys truck. 4 cylinder flathead motor rebuilt. Runs 4wd. 6 volt system must see to appreciate. 6,000 or best offers. Thanks for looking.”

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1948? CJ-2A Bend, OR $1800

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This may well be worth a look. No title.

https://bend.craigslist.org/cto/d/bend-willy-jeep-project/7697237758.html

“Willys Jeep project. Was a farm vehicle in California. Motor and transmission included. Transmission stuck in gear, Motor ran but hasn’t been started in years.”

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1946 VEC CJ-2A Upland, CA $4800

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This is number #14701.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/349897247625710

“All original, no rust in the body and only minor rust in the hat channels. Motor is said to run but needs installation. Clean title on PNO. Must be towed.”

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1947 CJ-2A Carson City, NV $8100

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Seems worth a look. Seller must sell.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2930218087115150

“Custom and very clean fresh 327 Chevy custom wheels and tires everything has been gone through/will trade for nice camp trailer or fifth wheel of same value MUST SELL make me an offer”

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1950 M-38 Seatac, WA $10,000

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No description, other than “perfect condition”.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1061426531655839

“Inmaculate colection car: 1950 Jeep Wilys in perfect condition, $10.000.”

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Koenig CJ-2A Hardtop Missoula, MT **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $500.

This may lack some glass.

“Hard top with hard doors for a CJ2A.”

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1955 Enumclaw, WA $500

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This has an early KS 0-10 speedometer., so I am guessing this is a 1955. There might be some value in parts here.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1092221328695593

“The old Jeep outside of the Use Again Store! Fully complete with engine and transmission still installed. No paperwork, no VIN, not a whole lot of other information available! Come check it out!”

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1951 CJ-3A Susanville, CA $2200

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UPDATE: Price dropped to $2200.

(10/07/2023) Unclear how much value is here.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1572022603604171/

“1951 Willys Jeep Cj3a, THIS IS A PROJECT….Ford 302, Mid 80’s Toyota 5spd trans, transfer case, front snd rear Diffs, I do not have any info or history on the Engine or drive train, comes with extra transfer case, rear differental, there’s extra leaf springs also.Engine will need to checked. The luft us a spring over axle . On NON-OP with DMV. Asking $2500 or best offer”

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1965 CJ-5 Zion, IL $1000

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Might be worth a look for parts at the very least. The doors are Meyer, but the half cab has been modified some.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/738297581553143/

“This is a 1965 Kaiser Willys CJ-5 with a Hurricane 4-cylinder as well as a half cab, and an uncommon dome light on top. Looking for $1000 Or best offer. Pros It’s cool It has a clean title and is the ORIGINAL title Has a snow plow and I believe a willys branded hydraulic pump for the plow Has a rare dome light Has a half cab Has a bunch of good parts and semi good parts! …and bad parts if you’re into that… It is complete other than the natural weight reduction Has a factory heater And the frame is good

Cons DOES NOT RUN DOES NOT DRIVE WILL NEED TO BE PUT ON A TRAILER Tub is VERY rusted out, and the motor is stuck. It definitely a parts deal or a project.”

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1947 CJ-2A Libby, MT $8000

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UPDATE: Still Available. 

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1229653601033907

“1947 cj2a all stock comes with a hard top, runs, drives, stops, 4×4 works perfectly, new wiring thru out,, cj3a windshield frame that came with the hardtop”

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Year? CJ-2A Northeast Oregon $3250

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UPDATE: This may still be available.

(10/25/2023) This has a 1945/46 Willys Overland half cab that I believe was made by Worman.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/WillysSwapMeet/permalink/3578000959139824/

“Posting this for a friend. He is wanting to sell this project Willys to offset some medical expenses. It is located in NE Oregon. He’s asking $3250 OBO. Contact him for more info. 541-786-5067”


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August/September 1958 Jeep News

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UPDATE: A version of this issue was previously run in Oct 2020. I’ve improved the pics and added a little more detail to the introduction.

Here’s another six-page issue of Jeep News for the months August and September, which is followed in the post below by a special four-page “MAVERICK” Extra edition for the month of September.

Page one includes a short article about the US Post Office purchasing ninety FC-170s, all with power tailgates, which could mean that if you find an FC-170 with a power tailgate, it might have been a USPS jeep. Of the ninety, sixty-two had snow plows. All were stake bodies and painted red, white and blue.

Page two is all dealer-related info. Page three is mostly devoted to the Mile High ‘Jeep’ Club’s second annual ‘Jeep’ Endurance Run at FairPlay, Colorado.

Page four shows off a pretty neat truck, set up for fishing and camping. Also on page four, under “1943 Military ‘Jeep’ Vehicle Stars in Big Portland Rose Parade”, the article shares a little about the jeep and the parade. However, the jeep that’s pictured is actually an M-38. I can only suspect that the wrong photo was added to the article?

Page five has a misplaced headline for the Jeepers Jamboree (story on page six), when the story is actually about Meyer snow plows and other equipment (headline on page six). Page six is devoted to the Jeepers Jamboree.

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September 1958 Jeep News Maverick Extra

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This September 1958 four-page issue of Jeep News is devoted to the Maverick show.

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1962 Press Photo of CJ-3B Fruit Fly Sprayer on eBay

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This June 16, 1962, photo shows Dick Burke setting up a fruit fly sprayer on a CJ-3B.

View all the information on ebay

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Hub Dust Covers for Wagons? on eBay

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Anyone familiar with these dust covers? I’m not familiar with any company using that name and font.

View all the information on ebay

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“Offered here are two Reproduction 1950’s Willys Jeep Wagon Wheel Hub Dust Covers. Marked Western on both that I presume to show they were sold by the old and now long gone Western Auto stores. Measure 4.50″ tall x 4 3/8″ diameter at the bottom flange. Acquired with other 1950’s era Willys Jeep Wagon parts from the collection of a long time Ouray Colorado”