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Free Library of Philadelphia Digital Collections Photos

• CATEGORIES: Features, Library Collections, Old Images

These photos are located in the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Digital Collections. I’ve posted eight photos below. There are many more “jeep” related photos on the site. See all 124 of them here: https://libwww.freelibrary.org/digital/search/home/page/5/q/jeep

  1. Keystone Automobile Club Road Patral Service CJ-2A:

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    PHOTO CREDIT: Free Library of Philadelphia .. PHOTO CAPTION: Keystone Automobile Club – Road Patrol Service

  2. This photo was taken in 1946 in Denmark.

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    PHOTO CREDIT: Free Library of Philadelphia .. PHOTO CAPTION: This Danish reporter was so bent in following his nose for news, he mounted the stairs of the Parliament building, Copenhagen, here with his Jeep. He was the first buyer of the Danish post war Jeeps sold in this city. It cost him about $2,000.

  3. 1946 Photo of Surplus Jeeps:

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    PHOTO CREDIT: Free Library of Philadelphia .. PHOTO CAPTION: Willys-Overland Motors, Toledo, Ohio. Some of the 2,700 army Jeeps which will be sold to veterans by the War Assets Administration are shown parked in Atlanta. Sale will begin on June 10, 1946. There have been many complaints from veterans that they buy army surplus material only through dealers. These Jeeps will be sold directly by the W.A.A.

  4. 1948 Photo of CJ-2A plowing sidewalks in St. Louis, Missouri:

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    PHOTO CREDIT: Free Library of Philadelphia .. PHOTO CAPTION: STL 46………………………………….NEW YORK BUREAU “OPERATION SNOWPLOW” ST. LOUIS: “SIDEWALK SNOW SCOOTER” IS THE AFFECTIONATE NAME GIVEN BY THE STUDENTS OF ST. LOUIS UNIVERSITY TO THEIR SCHOOL-OPERATED JEEP. THE VERSATILE VEHICLE IS BEING USED AS A SNOWPLOW TO CLEAR SIDEWALKS AFTER THE YEAR’S HEAVIEST SNOWFALL, MARCH 11. NY-A-B CREDIT (ACME TELEPHOTO) 3/11/48

  5. Postcard of Pocket Testament League Jeep Truck in China (FRONT & BACK):
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  6. This 99 year-old Civil War Vet wished he was a little younger so he could fight in WWII:

    PHOTO CREDIT: PHOTO CAPTION: Franke E. Ross, age 99 of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, fought in the the infantry away back in Civil War days and now he would like to fight against the Nazis. He said, "If I could go back a few years, I'd be figting with you fellows." He proudly steers a Jeep in front of his home during the pause of a unit there while on the maneuvers of the Second Army in middle Tennessee.

    PHOTO CREDIT: Free Library of Philadelphia .. PHOTO CAPTION: Franke E. Ross, age 99 of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, fought in the the infantry away back in Civil War days and now he would like to fight against the Nazis. He said, “If I could go back a few years, I’d be figting with you fellows.” He proudly steers a Jeep in front of his home during the pause of a unit there while on the maneuvers of the Second Army in middle Tennessee.

  7. Customs Inspector checking jeep:

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    PHOTO CREDIT: Free Library of Philadelphia .. PHOTO CAPTION: Ralph Overall, U.S. Customs inspector, inspecting Jeep.

  8. Jack Hoffman and his CJ-2A (bought with proceeds from the sale of a champion steer):

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    PHOTO CREDIT: Free Library of Philadelphia .. PHOTO CAPTION: Jack Hoffman, whose champion steer brought him a fortune of $43,005.77 at Kansas City’s American Royal Livestock Show, checks the water in the radiator of his new Jeep. January 1947, Ida Grove, Indiana

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Jeep Posse Article in May 1948 Issue of Outdoor Life Magazine

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine • TAGS: .

I’ve found a May 1948 Outdoor Life article called “Jeep Pose Fights Fire & Flood”, but I can’t find a reasonable priced issue (one on eBay is $30 with shipping). If anyone happens to have that article or  the magazine, I’d be interested in sharing the story.

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Cover of the May 1948 issue of Outdoor Life with the Jeep Posse article.

This issue includes (from a worthpoint auction),  “Jeep Posse Fights Fire & Flood”, ” Turkeys of the Tall Peaks” and ” This Happened to Me”. There is also a print suitable for framing titled ” The Battle with the Wolves” by Fred R. Zepp. There are to many vintage ads such as Champion Outboards, Remington, Dupont, Heddon, Dipsy Doodle Wood Manufacturing Co., True Temper The Rod of Champion, Calvert, and more to mention, there is a color ad for Old Thompson Brand Blended Whiskey on the back cover.

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Year? VEEP Grand Ledge, MI **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: VEEP (VW Jeep), Scamp, Others • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5500.

(08/16/2016) Looks fun.

“This is a kit car project from the 70s. It uses an all steel Willys body with a steel 2×3 steel tube frame. It uses a VW Link pin front beam, A VW sedan extended rear trailing arm/ adjustable torsion beam suspension. Standard VW bus 4 speed trans. All gas shocks. Two removable poly seats with covers. Standard 5 point racing harness, Front mounted 6.5 gal RJS fuel cell. rack & pinion steering. Aluminum front and rear wheels. Aluminum skid pan. Air horns. Complete tig welded roll cage. 1600cc dual port VW engine. Remote Oil cooler and filter. Rear mounted aux start switch in engine compartment. Nerf bars and front bumper. This vehicle was used as a promotional race jeep in the traveling short course series, The Michigan Off-Road Championships. Great for the street, sand or trails. No Rust. No trades, no green stamps, no calls from Europe with wire transfers, no unclaimed lotto tickets. Call or text only. E mail not answered because of spam”

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1945 MB Roy, WA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: MB

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4000.

Has a Buick V6.

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“45 Willy’s MB Jeep. $4000 obo
Buick odd fire that runs like a champ, but needs a carb rebuild
New suspension/shocks and springs
New aluminum radiator
New brakes
New fuse box
Yellow top optima
Jegs sears and 5 point harnesses
Transmission and transfer case rebuilt
There’s a hole in the floor board to make room for the odd fires bell housing.”

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1961 CJ-5 Boring, OR **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ5

UPDATE: **SOLD** $2700. Paul pointed out that his probably has a ventilating windshield.

Runs and drives. If the rust isn’t bad, it could be a reasonable price.

“U.S. Forest service Low time unit. Has been stored for long time, runs like a champ.”
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No Updates Sunday

• CATEGORIES: Features

Another long day on Saturday (fortunately, we spent lots of it talking and very little of it driving), so no updates on Sunday. Rusty has a new home. After a short visit with Merlin Hansen to see his new place, we are heading home. We should make it to Champaign, IL, by Sunday evening, where we plan to take a photo with Roger Ebert.

This April 22, 2013 photo provided by Thompson-McClellan shows a bronze statue of Pulitzer Prize winning film critic Roger Ebert giving his famous 'thumbs up" sign in Champaign, Ill. The statue will be unveiled Thursday, April 24, 2014, outside the Virginia Theatre in Champaign where Ebert held his annual film festival. Ebert died in April 2013.  (AP Photo/Courtesy of Thomspon.McClellan)

This April 22, 2013 photo provided by Thompson-McClellan shows a bronze statue of Pulitzer Prize winning film critic Roger Ebert giving his famous ‘thumbs up” sign in Champaign, Ill. The statue will be unveiled Thursday, April 24, 2014, outside the Virginia Theatre in Champaign where Ebert held his annual film festival. Ebert died in April 2013. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Thomspon.McClellan)

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1956 CJ-5 Taos, NM $4500

• CATEGORIES: CJ5 • TAGS: .

This has a few updates, but also has a Ramsey PTO winch and appears to have a set of late model Free-Lock hubs, along with a Meyer halftop.

https://santafe.craigslist.org/cto/d/taos-1956-willys-jeep-cj-5/6918726770.html
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“1956 Willys CJ-5 –
6 cylinder Studebaker Champion engine with less then 5K
Very powerful low torque machine (top end is 50 mph).
Legendary Willys 4 x 4
Powerful Ramsey winch on front end.
New shocks
Heater
Windshield wiper and wash
Tire chains
2 – Five (5) gallon Jerry gas cans (both straps to rear of Willys)
Clean New Mexico title

I’m truly hoping that a person who knows and appreciates Willys can purchase this.
I’ve have to let it go due to relocation (I can’t take it with me).
I’m not desperate but do need to sell. Please know I will accept OBO within reason (No low ballers please)”

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1946 CJ-2A Lewistown, MT $3150

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(03/17/2019) A 3B hood has been added to the 2A and a funky grille mod was installed to make it work. This looks to have a rare aluminum Worman hardtop.

https://montana.craigslist.org/cto/d/willys-jeep-cj2a-1946/6908876078.html

“1946 CJ2A Willys Jeep. Good running order. Has Studebaker Champion 6 cyl. flat head engine and full metal cab. Also have spare transmission and transfer case.”

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1958 Brochure of 4 Wagons … Kaiser Foil Contest

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Willys Wagons

UPDATE: Mike found a much better image of the back of this brochure on Facebook. 

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Original Post from Aug 2013: This is one of the stranger brochures I’ve come across. It’s part of Kaiser Foil’s 1st Annual Barbecue contest. The brochure is 28 pages. This one sold on eBay.

“Original color catalog , 7 x 6.5 , 28 pages . Covers and pages have bending at the corner , also all pages are stained and wrinkled at the corner . This brochure is filled will barbecue hints and many recipes showing various products . The rear cover shows a Jeep Station Wagon which was an award in the Kaiser Aluminum Championship . The covers of this catalog are made from aluminum .”

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1946 CJ-2A San Pedro, CA $3000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Has some mods.

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/wst/cto/d/san-pedro-1946-willys-cj2a/6877598895.html

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“1946 Willys CJ2A $3000
Willys Go Devil L134 – 4 cylinder engine
T90 3 speed transmission
Model 18 Dana Spicer transfer case
Selectro heavy duty front locking hubs
Bikini top
Floor is solid
Clear title – currently licensed and insured
I purchased late 2006 / early 2007
Odometer reading is most likely not correct!
Major modification made prior to me:
Converted to 12 volt system
Wheels, hubs, etc. changed out to ‘74 International
Steering wheel changed to tilting steering wheel from Chevy Cavalier
Rear folding bench seat installed
Roll cage
My 1st modifications/repairs:
Remade alternator bracket Continue reading

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1954 CJ-3B Ramona, CA $6000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B

This has a variety of updates.

https://sandiego.craigslist.org/esd/cto/d/alpine-1954-willys-cj3b-cj-3b/6819353930.html

“This Willys has a 4 cylinder 2.5 L Jeep motor with a 5 speed manual transmission. The drive-train, braking system, and transfer case are original. Runs great, not for freeway driving, 55 is top speed. Rancho suspension kit, 31 inch BFG Baja Champion tires. Also have some extras like gas can, high lift jack, co2 tank for tires. Just replaced the battery, fuel pump and filters.”

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Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

There are a bunch of jeep-snow pics on eBay, so thought I’d share an array of them given that a number of you got hit with snow in the last few days.

  1. Color Photo of CJ-2A in Snow (looks like a lefty, but the photo is reversed):
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  2. Modified Jeep in the Snow (photo from Bulgaria):
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  3. Photo from Washington State with a CJ-2A (The woman in the driver’s window looks ghostly):
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  4. MB/GPW Dragging Sled(?) in the Snow: 
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  5. 1962 CJ-5 Photo:
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  6. 1954 Champion Spark Plug Ad with CJ-2A:
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  7. Classis (and reproduction photo) from WWII:
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  8. 1962 Meyer Postcard (Meyer top and plow):
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  9. 1950/51 Delivery Sedan with 4WD:
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  10. Looks like there was a lot of snow, given how much is still on the wagon’s fenders:
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  11. Jeep Wagoneer Ad with Snow (Wife will be safer): 
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1946 CJ-2A Houston, TX $9500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE: Still Available.

(10/28/2018) May be a  VEC.06

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/436695926848221

“Clean 46 with a Buick 4.1l v6 swap. Runs like a champ sounds like a beast. Has a 12ish gallon aluminum fuel cell, new aluminum radiator, quick release steering wheel 3 inch lift on 33×12.5×15 wheels tires with a matching spare. Looking to trade for a two door sports car, old trucks, vans, oddballs must be 1987 or older.”

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1947 CJ-2A Fall River Mills, OR $14,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , .

Was a former high school project. Looks solid. The floors have some liner.

https://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/cto/d/1947-willys-cj-2a-jeep-body/6729358367.html

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“This jeep was my project in high school about 5 years ago. It’s been kept in the garage since then. Starts and runs like a champ, the engine (original 4 cylinder L-head) was rebuilt just before I got it, so very low hours. We had the transmission rebuilt, shifts like the day it was built. Body and paint (’46 Harvest Tan scheme even though this is a ’47 by serial number) is in excellent condition, interior protected with color matched bed liner. Hat channels are like new, no rust.
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1969 CJ-6 Lebanon, OR $6500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-6

It has an automatic.

https://corvallis.craigslist.org/cto/d/1969-cj6-original-factory-v6/6685923013.html

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“that’s right, the rare CJ6. this is a hell of a rig, one of the survivors. the douche that sold it to me 2 years ago didn’t tell me that the engine was in need of a total overhaul. SO, that’s what it got. still the same engine that came with it from the factory, but has been rebuilt and runs like a champ. this has an auto trans, and the seats (that someone went through a lot to fabricate) allow more leg room than i’ve ever seen in a CJ at all. they need to be recovered, but are an amazing upgrade. wheels could use a sandblast and re-coating (paint or powder coat) the tire rack is made to hold a high lift, a shovel and an axe. body is in amazing shape for the age. full soft top and doors, zippers are not that great but work well enough. has a set of half doors also. full roll cage.

this is an amazing rig. and after i had the cracked head, and shot pistons replaced during the rebuild it’s become one of my fave rigs.

NEEDS- Shocks, better tires. larger fuel tank (personal opinion)

got the rig broken for 6k, and put 3k into it. it’s a jeep, and i know i wont get my money out of it, but it’s worth what it’s listed at. tire kickers and people that complain about dirt will get laughed off the property. it’s a jeep, i expect jeep people.”

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1947 CJ-2A Tucson, AZ $3000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Needs work.

“Great project Jeep for someone. CLEAN TITLE Starts right up, runs and drives. Will need some work to be road worthy. Needs some wiring (chassis wiring) Needs brake work. (Master cylinder) One tire leaks down after a few days, will need new tube. Had some oil leaks that should be fixed before it is driven much. Currently has no seats but I’m working on getting some mounted. Motor is a Studebaker Flathead I6 170 from a early 50’s champion or similar The rest of the drivetrain is all original Willy’s. Chassis is rust free but the body has some rust. Will be a fun project for someone. Won’t take much to get it on the road.”

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/822243497948409

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1954 CJ-3B Norco, CA $2800

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B

UPDATE: Price dropped to $2800.

(11/30/2017) It needs some work.

“1954 Willys CJ3B – V8 conversion. Front disc brake upgrade. Have the rear drum rebuild kit. It’s a project but definitely a classic. 33″ tires and Comes with new smitty built seats. New fuel tank. 52″ LED. Engine does run. Brand New Champion Radiator. I started this project but have to many other projects going. Comes with a lot more not shown in pictures. Dirtworx rear bumper and ammo box center console. Hate to see it go but have a baby on the way. Title in hand and current registration.”

https://inlandempire.craigslist.org/cto/d/1954-willys-cj3b/6398262966.html

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1966 Video of the 14th Annual Jeep Jamboree

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This video demonstrates how many different types of vehicles were participating. At several points you’ll see a rare siting of an Austin Champ going offroad. Note also the nearly brand-new looking Tux Park. Great stuff!