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1946-1949 Bike and Jeep Trip from Argentina to Alaska

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine • TAGS: .

UPDATE: This is an extensive update to the 2017 post about Pedro and Carlos Rocasalvo’s 1946-1949 trip from Argentina to Alaska and back.


CREDIT: February 1955 issue of the Willys News. The photo shows Pedro Rocasalvo and some helpers using boards and a railroad track to help the jeep cross a deep gorge. This was part of the return trip to Argentina.

On June 5, 1946, two brothers, 24-year-old Pedro and 19-year-old Carlos Rocasalvo, mounted bicycles at their home in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and began an adventure north. They carried 80lbs of baggage and $100. Their ultimate goal was to reach Fairbanks, Alaska. They expected the trip to last five years. Their father, a clothing goods salesman, was against the trip, but the boys were confident that they’d be okay.


CREDIT: March 16th, 1948, issue the Wilmington Daily Press journal, Wilmington, California.

A budding journalist and photographer, Pedro and his brother supported their trip through serialized and syndicated reports to twenty-six newspapers back in Argentina. The pair planned to film their journey and use their notes and articles to write a book about their adventure.

During their trek to the United States, the pair survived four crossings of the Andes, a “ringside seat at Bolivia’s revolution”, and hacking their way through 300 miles of Colombian Jungle that proved the worst part of their trip. During their 26 days in the jungle, they shot and cooked their own food. In the evenings, the brothers slept in trees, but had to select the trees carefully due to snakes and other animals.

At Colon, Panama, the exhausted boys were diagnosed with Malaria; they were treated for the disease and slept for four days.

Once in the United States, the pair’s lack of English didn’t slow them down. Eventually, after twenty-seven months of riding, they reached Los Angeles, arriving in March of 1948. While in Hollywood, Pedro studied photography at Paramount’s photography school for a month.


CREDIT: Pomona Progress Bulletin, Pomona, California. Pedro and Carlos Rocasalvo receive American Youth Hostel passes.

Soon, they were back on their bikes again, arriving at the YMCA in Portland, Oregon, in June of 1948. There, an interpreter named Celita Dextre, fluent in Spanish and English, was brought in to help the boys tell their story. There may have been some sparks between Pedro and twenty-three-year-old Celita, because she surfaced again later in the trip.


June 17, 1948, issue of the Dayton Herald, Dayton, Ohio.

After additional stops in Seattle and Vancouver, the pair made a hard ride for Fairbanks.

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Old Jeep on the Palmyra Atoll

• CATEGORIES: Features, Library Collections, Old Images

These images were located at the Hawaii State Archives, Digital Collections. The front bumper on this jeep was pretty beat up! All photos are from the Palmyra Atoll and include Jean Hobbs and Leslie Fullard. The site was very slow when I was exploring it, so searching is a little tedious.

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This second photo includes the front of the jeep and was taken at the local laundry mat.

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This third photo was taken at the same laundry:

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1942 Durkee-Atwood Windshield De-Icer / Defroster

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts

A friend donated this Durkee-Atwood Windshield De-Icer / Defroster to eWillys. It looks like it was stored well, as everything looks in good shape. It comes in the original metal box. I don’t know anything about these and not sure what the value should be. If anyone’s interested, let me know (d @


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1949 Movie ‘Come to the Stable’

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features


The movie Come to the Stable includes a jeep in the movie and on many posters about the movie. Based on how often a jeep appears on advertising literature, I thought a jeep might have played a prominent role, but after reading a movie synopsis, it doesn’t seem that way. I couldn’t find a full version of the movie online to see for myself, but there is a version on Apple TV (and likely elsewhere).

The movie features a song titled “Through the Long and Sleepless Night“, with a record jacket that includes a jeep image. It was the reason I began researching the movie:


These are posters found online:

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1946 CJ-2A Fordland, MO **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1500.

Matt’s helping a friend sell this CJ-2A. It does not have a title.





“I am listing this Jeep for a friend of mine. It’s a 1947 CJ2A that is mostly complete and will run with a little work. It ran a couple years ago and has been sitting since. It does turn over and sputter with some fuel poured down the carb. The body needs work as there are some patches in the floor and rust in a few spots. Frame is solid and the rest of the drivetrain is in good complete shape. As you can see in the pictures someone added some different seats to it. The Windshield is NOT included with the Jeep and it does NOT have a title.

The Jeep is located in Fordland Missouri, roughly 30 miles east of Springfield. He is firm on $1500 which I believe is a great price for a CJ2A that will run and drive with a couple hours of work. If you are interested give me a call or text and I will put you in touch. 8603043639. Thank you.”

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1945? CJ-2A? Greenfield, IN $12,555


UPDATE: Price dropped to $12,555.

(04/10/2020) The seller suggests that this is a 1945, but the dash plate looks more like a post column shift (33xxx-45xxx) plate … (has the script “JEEP” and does has the “ONE QUARTER TON FOUR WHEEL DRIVE” slogan rather than the preceding “ONE QUARTER TON FOUR WHEEL DRIVE TRUCK”). More on 2A plates here:

“1945 willys CJ-2A Production #S-1824 Elec:6volt Transmission:3sp T-90 Transfer Case: 2sp Dana. Front axleDana25. Rear axle:Dana 41. Wheel base 80”. 2-Piece Military Windshield Tailgate, side my spare, draw bar. Willys Overland ( Go Devil ) 4 cylinder L Head 134 cu. in. Motor. Complete $4,000.00 Engine rebuild”

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CJ-5s & M-38A1s



  1. 1971 CJ-5 Sidney, TX $2500:
  2. 1968 CJ-5 Sale City, GA $2800:
  3. 1963 CJ-5 Key West, FL $4500:
  4. 1979 CJ-5 Spring Hill, FL $4500:
  5. 1962 CJ-5 Hermiston, OR $2900:
  6. 1982 CJ-5 Jacksonville, FL $3500:
  7. 1976 CJ-5 Oviedo, FL $2500:
  8. 1978 CJ-5 Hastings, FL $3000:
  9. 1956 CJ-5 Bend, OR $3250:
  10. 1979 CJ-5 Seffner, FL $4500:
  11. 1979 CJ-5 Robert Lee, TX $4500:
  12. 1972 CJ-5 Chassis Citra, FL $650:
  13. 1978ish CJ-5 Sebring, FL $4000:
  14. 1977 CJ-5 Archer, FL $1000:
  15. Year? CJ-5 Bushnell, FL $4000:
  16. 1975 CJ-5 DeLand, FL $2800:


  1. 1952 M-38A1 Arnaudville, LA $2500:
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1947 CJ-2A Lincoln, CA $3250


It’s got some rough spots, but it runs. Seller uses the hand brake to stop. The hardtop (what’s left of it) may have been a Porter and Reed.

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“I didn’t want to sell this but I have to pay for a new truck.

She’s not a show queen, but great around the farm, ranch, and trails. 1950s Willys F-head motor. Motor runs, clutch shifts well, and 4×4 works. Front brake hoses are cracked (available from so I’ve been using the hand brake. Tubes/tires hold air but are showing their age. Clean CA title on non-op.

More pics and videos available.

Recent carb rebuild and master cylinder rebuild. New spark plugs, points, and condenser. Timing still needs to be set. New Swepco motor oil and oil filter. Electric fuel pump. Headlights, brake lights, and turn signals work. Heavy duty galvanized hardtop. Doors are removable. Glass is good. Rollbar has not been bolted in.
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Front Weight Shelby, OH $175


UPDATE: Still Available.

(04/24/2020) Looks in good shape.

“265 lbs front weight for Willys Overland jeep cj2a, cj3a, cj3b. $175. Shelby Ohio. Good shape, just needs painted”


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1945 MB Central Point, OR $900


UPDATE: Price dropped to $900.

(05/12/2020) This still has the frame tag. This would make a great odd-body project if you wanted to do something unique on the back of an MB.

“1945 Willys MB WWII Jeep .
Frame and rear of body has been modified, money is in the 9 slot grill and front sheet metal dash and floor.

No engine trans or T-case, axles and steering are original as is windshield .
$1200. offers and trades entertained.”

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1947 CJ-2A Nashua, NH $8000


UPDATE: Still Available.

(11/25/2019) Not quite ‘all original’. or

“all original runs great”


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1948 CJ-2A St. Cloud, FL $800


Not sure how much value is here. It looks like it has a replacement body.

“No title, needs new body, noes not run now , motor is not locked up , been sitting, power steering , Buick V 6 , 12” lift for 44” tall tires, 14” rims , spare axles, transfer case , transmission,leaf springs and more.”


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CJ-3A/DJ-3A? Clifton Park, NY $2500


UPDATE: Still Available. 

(05/07/2020) Probably a DJ-3A body on a CJ-3A chassis, but not enough pics to confirm it. This has the CJ-5 version of the hardtop with the rear windows. It is also an early version with the small rear window.

“I have up for sale a cj3 or its a dj3. Not sure.”


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Year? MB? Sorrento, FL


UPDATE: Still Available.

(11/19/2016) Not sure how much value is here.

“No titles. Rusted pretty bad. Many salvageable parts”


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Year? CJ-2A Port Angeles, WA $500


Not sure how much value is here.

“for sale CJ2A No Title, its missing, will provide last owners B.O.S. and my Bill Of Sale. To much of a project for me needs windshield and its’ frame and a new tub great project. Comes with roll cage and canopy. no motor. just tranny and t-case. will consider partial trades”

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1942 GPW Warriors Mark, PA $12,500


Been stored for thirty years.

“GPW 1942 – in storage for over 30 years in Utah. I will check mileage details soon.”


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May 1957 Willys News

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features • TAGS: .

This issue of Willys News includes a variety of FC-related articles, but also takes a full-page look at the Truth-or-Consquences, New Mexico, 2nd Annual ‘Jeep’ Derby.

Photos Photos Photos Photos Photos

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Bleick “J” Logo Mechanical Pencil

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I bought this off of eBay. I imagine this pencil is from the late 1940s based on the “J” logo. The lead remains nice and snug in the pencil, so it’s still very usable. Thanks to Marty for spotting it!

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Unknown Hubs … Anyone Recognize Them?

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I am looking for more information on these hubs. Anyone recognize them?

Austin Smith posted this unusual hub to G503 Facebook. He theorizes they may be a freewheeling hub of some kind, as he can find no way to spin the hubs nor, after disassembling it, did he find any internals to do so.

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This is installed on an Australian jeep. The hubs look similar to a Selectro type, but these have only three nodules around the outside:
selectro-dualmatic-unknown-versionRoger Martin spotted this odd hub on Rick Reilly’s Commando in 2019. This might be a free-wheeling hub:



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Hard Carved Colombian CJ-3B on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

I suspect this was made in Colombia. It’s cool piece, but doesn’t come cheap.

View all the information on ebay

“Wood Hand Crafted Willyz Jeep Coffee Truck – Quindio Colombia Burlap Coffee Bags”





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1947 CJ-2A Toms Brook, VA $8500


Looks solid.

“1947 Willie’s jeep, runs good. Brand new 31×10.50 tires all around. New head and new top. Everything works as should. Message for details”

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1960 CJ-3B Kissimmee, FL $12,500


Appears in good shape. Passenger drain hole looks filled.

“Nice condition”

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1987 Mitsubishi St. Augustine, FL $8000


Seems like a good price.

“Mitsubishi license built CJ3B Turbo Diesel cj3b. 80,000 miles, 4 speed 3 stick. Right hand drive 100 hp 150tq. 29mpg. runs great no leaks”

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1951 M-38 Summerfield, FL $20,000

• CATEGORIES: M-38 • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(03/19/2020) Looks great.

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“1951 Willys M38 Jeep. Off frame restoration. Frame media cleaned, primed and painted. Front and rear differentials rebuilt using new bearings and seals. Transmission and transfer case rebuilt also. Work performed by Sumpter County transmission in Leesburg. Engine dismantled, block boiled out and cylinders re sleeved. Engine reassembled using all new parts. Work performed by Dave Latarte Machine Shop, Fruitland Park. Painting done by Johnny’s Hot Rod Leesburg. New wiring harness, brake lines, wheel cylinders and brake shoes. New fuel lines.

Asking $20,000 or will consider trade for a late model Trike or Pularis UTV.”

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1946 CJ-2A Ocala, FL $18,000


UPDATE: Price dropped to $18,000.

(10/26/2019) It appears the body has had a great deal of work done to it. Certainly not original, but looks like pretty good work. I imagine there isn’t much demand for a Gator-themed CJ-2A.

“1946 Willys CJ2 in as new condition, original drivetrain with the addition of a Buick Odd Fire V6, UF Gator colors, drive it to the game to support your team.”

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