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1942 Alaska Highway Report (and more) by Sigrid Arne

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

As I mentioned yesterday, Sigrid Arne (1894-1973) enjoyed a second big jeep adventure. This time it was a trip to Alaska, then a trip down part of the Alaska Highway while it was still under construction. As you’ll see below, there were a variety of photos that were included in newspapers related to her story about the highway.

Below the Alaska Highway articles are more information about Sigrid and other articles by her. Unfortunately, I can still not locate an obituary nor a biography related to her. So, I’m attaching these articles to this thread so that later I can draft a good wikipedia biography about her.

THE ALASKA HIGHWAY ARTICLE AND PHOTOS:

This first photo was published in the June 15, 1942, issue of the Decatur Journal. It shows Sigrid interviewing Pvt. Levi Schrock and and Prv. Albert Tomaino.

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A day earlier, in June 14, 1942, the Knoxville Journal published Sigrid’s experience watching the military build a road through thickly wooded and boggy areas.

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The June 15, 1942, issue of the Spokesman Review featured this series of photos on its back page. It’s hard to believe that Melba Bergeron Mince was working with the military in that outfit (how did the mosquitos not attack all the exposed skin?

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A month prior to the above articles, Sigrid wrote about a woman who lived by herself in Alaska and remained unafraid of the Japanese Military:

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Roplas Bodies and Hardtops for Mahindra Jeeps

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

The brochures below show brochures from Roplas, a manufacturer out of India that produced Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic  (FRP) aftermarket bodies for 91″, 101″, and 104.5″ Mahindra jeeps. These brochures were assembled by Mr. Rahul Ram Amin and shared via the Flat Fender Jeepers Association — FFJA group on Facebook. I’m surprise that none of these bodies made it to the US, at least I’ve never seen them, especially in the Pacific Northwest where fiberglass bodies were readily used.

This fascinating brochure shows a range of special-purpose jeep bodies produced by Roplas, including service vans, police bodies, and ambulance models:

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This shows a Roplas body on an MM 540/440 Jeep:

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This brochure shows a “Ranger” body on a Mahindra NC 640 DP:

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This brochure shows a variety of Jeep body styles built by Roplas for Mahindra models CJ-500D (2Dr & 4Dr) and the NC 665 DP 4Dr Van and Truck. The body products include the Roplas Universal, the Chieftan, the Highlander, the HiRider, and the Cabin. hardtop-mahindra-facebook-8 hardtop-mahindra-facebook-9

This brochure shows a Mahindra NC 665:

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1954 Press Photo of Caged Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE: Here’s a second example of these press photos that includes a different caption. I could not locate an example published in a newspaper.

View all the information on ebay

“1954 Press Photo Sgt Curt Anderson of Sweden Army Does Stunts in Special Jeep. This is an original press photo. Sgt Curt Anderson shows students at a mechanics school how a specially-equipped jeep can be made to turn somersaults and still come out alright. Photo measures 7.25 x 9.25 inches. Photo is dated 07-07-1954.”

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Originally Published Aug. 5, 2015: “You are bidding on an original press photo of Swedish Army Sergeant Demonstrates Rolling Caged Jeep. Newspaper markings on photo. If listing shows thin red and/or green lines, they are the result of a bad scan & they are NOT on the actual photo. Photo measures 7 x 9 inches and is dated 7/9/1954.”

View all the information on eBay

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1962 FC-150 Gansevoort, NY $3200

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677

Lacks brakes, but runs.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/365713177826600

“65 jeep fc 150 4 cyl 3 speed 4wheel drive needs some body work motor tune up has no brakes cash or trade for a vehicle”

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1952 M-38 Riverhead, NY $5000

• CATEGORIES: M-38 • TAGS: .

Peter Debella‘s selling this M-38.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/724324441769922

“M38 military original condition with rare artic top. 4cyl 24 volt good body, not running great restoration project”
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1943 Flattie Willamina, OR $6500

• CATEGORIES: MB, Racing • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(10/06/2020) Former PNW racer?

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/701712834055357

“Chev small b 400 turbo 400 2500 stall 513 gears”

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1948 CJ-2A Webster, NH $13,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Has a variety of updates.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/694615301433483

“Frame off. Frame blasted, welds fixed and painted. Body sanded down and painted, left most of the dents in it though. All new wiring, 4 wheel disk brakes, 3.73 axle swap, VW TDI with mechanical pump mated to a t18 and d18. Both axles locked with mechanical lockers, 2.5” lift, New gas tank and gauges, soft top, heat etc. I really need a bigger rig to fit the whole family. Only thing I haven’t finished is the trans tunnel cover but most of it is there. Message me with questions. I will not be giving this away and if it doesn’t sell the that’s fine too. Would also trade for a FSJ or a Willys Wagon(prefer the Willys wagon). Or combo of trade with cash.”

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CJ-5s & M-38A1s

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, M-38A1

CJ-5s: 

  1. 1965 CJ-5 Chico, CA $4500: https://chico.craigslist.org/grd/d/chico-1965-cj5/7222169685.html
  2. 1962 CJ-5 Ripley, WV $2500: https://charlestonwv.craigslist.org/snw/d/ripley-1962-willys-jeep/7224715406.html
  3. 1962 CJ-5 Perrysburg, OH $3900: https://toledo.craigslist.org/grd/d/luckey-1961-willys-jeep-overland-4×4/7231513574.html
  4. 1961 CJ-5 Klamath Falls, OR $1750: https://klamath.craigslist.org/pts/d/klamath-falls-1961-cj5-jeep/7219334708.html
  5. 1955 CJ-5 Washtucna, WA $2900: https://spokane.craigslist.org/pts/d/washtucna-1955-willys-cj5-jeep-project/7229667101.html
  6. 1977 CJ-5 Sultan, WA $3700: https://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/cto/d/startup-1977-cj5/7228904342.html
  7. 1980 CJ-5 Florence, AZ $3000: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/394798735306199
  8. 1979 CJ-5 Parowan, UT $3500: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/207315974119346
  9. 1955 CJ-5 Azusa, CA $3000: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/383850582954867/
  10. 1960 CJ-5 Shingle Springs, CA $3900: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2835774080081669
  11. 1973 CJ-5 Thermal, CA $4500: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/344416766597666
  12. 1967 CJ-5 San Martin, CA $5000: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1081036902346386/
  13. 1972 CJ-5 Keene, NH $2700: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/793322947877923
  14. 1974 CJ-5 Kenilworth, NJ $5200: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/3225544084190776

M-38A1s:

  1. 1953 M-38A1 Johnson City, TX $6000: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/351717962582229
  2. 1953 M-38A1 Eugene, OR $12,500: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1021866948333221
  3. 1955 M-38A1 Canyon Lake, TX $6000: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/851266012275928/
  4. 1954 M-38A1 Hattiesburg, MS $14,000: https://hattiesburg.craigslist.org/cto/d/forest-1954-army-jeep-m38a1/7229517516.html
  5. 1955 M-38A1 Katy, TX $10,530: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/389561255750762/
  6. 1953 M-38a1 La Habra, CA $500: https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/pts/d/la-habra-jeep/7220061049.html
  7. 1952 M-38A1 Bozeman, MT $7500: https://bozeman.craigslist.org/cto/d/bozeman-1952-willys-m38a1/7233064746.html
  8. 1953 M-38A1 Durham, CA $3500: https://chico.craigslist.org/cto/d/nelson-1953-m38a1-willys-jeep/7229274275.html
  9. 1953 M-38A1 Lacomb, OR $5500: https://corvallis.craigslist.org/cto/d/lebanon-1953-willys-jeep-m38a1/7227153785.html
  10. 1962 M-38A1 Portland, OR $4500: https://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/bar/d/portland-1962-m38a1-military-cj5-4500/7230877574.html
  11. 1962 M-38A1 Yuma, AZ $3500: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/797653424145849
  12. 1965 M-38A1 Monterey, CA $4500: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/3227813497314814
  13. 1953 M-38A1 Eagle Creek, OR $2500: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/351603259284515
  14. 1953 M-38A1 Rogue River, OR $4500: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/379739593069657/
  15. 1952 M-38A1 Huntington Station, NY $625: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/763312940875339
 
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Year? CJ-3A East Stroudsburg, PA $2500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

Looks to be a CJ-3A.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/767701680754543

“Willys for sale or trade , comes with plow , was running. Not sure of year and not actual miles.”

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1947 CJ-2A Lyndonville, VT $8500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

Militarized 2A.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/3206825122763110

“1947 CJ2A runs, drives, stops, charges. Stock L134 motor, T90 transmission with PTO, D18 twin stick transfer, D25 front differential with locking hubs and rear diff D41. Some paint and body has been done previously work kinda shoddy but solid. Completely solid frame has been painted. Great little Jeep”

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1947 CJ-2A Bend, OR $7650

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Includes some parts.

“Old Willys for sale in good shape
Has a gm 4.3 v6
Runs and drives, great for a camping Jeep. Open to trades”

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/3487803297954415/

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1949 CJ-3A Fords, NJ $6500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

Listed as a CJ-2A, it looks to be a CJ-3A that needs brakes at the very least. It likely does not have the original engine.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/677192576327257

“Work in process DOSEN’T come with tow bar its not mine to give Engine runs it drives just needs brakes to be done Everything in the drivetrain works as it should clutch front locking hubs low range high range she will drive whole drive all the syncros all the gears It’s converted to 12 V has a alternator 12 V coil etc. i have a bunch of brand new parts that go with it Full exhaust system old one on it is ok dont need to be replaced Full pre-bent stainless steel brake line kit New rubber brake hoses Brand new wheel cylinders Brand new drums New shoes w hardware  All brand new gauges New master cylinder New gastank”

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1945 MB Providence, RI $20,000

• CATEGORIES: MB

Bill shared this MB for sale. Given the price, it’s a little surprising to see that this likely has a CJ-3A or  DJ-3A engine, along with an extra front crossmember and some patches on the front frame rails. Seller says it has combat rims, but I don’t see any in the pics.

https://providence.craigslist.org/cto/d/providence-1945-willys-mb-jeep/7234274928.html

“1945 Willy’s MB Jeep SN 451888. Jeep has been stripped media blasted and re painted. Solid tub frame, glass. New seat canvas, body mounts, tires, paint, wheel cylinders, brake lines, data plates, canvas top, 6 volt wiring, and rebuilt generator. All lights work to include blackouts. Runs and drives great 4×4 works great. Lots of extra parts and accessories to include tire pump, fire extinguisher, ax, combat rims, shovel ect.
Jeep has a clean title. No rot or rust.”

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1985 CJ-7/Flattie Body Project Hudson, NH $2500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-7 • TAGS: .

This has a fiberglass body. I’m not sure how much value is here.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1223807497989120/

“This is a PROJECT it’s a 1985 cj7 frame and 4 cyl running gear 4 speed trans. The body is a used cj2a fiberglass tub steel frt end. This is a project and needs to be completed”

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1945 MB Randolph, VT $1000

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB), MB

UPDATE: Post updated to remove GPW chassis.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1266653810362345

“1945 Willys MB WW2 Jeep…body and rolling frame only…Kinda rough…no motor, tranny, transfer case…Rolls OK..Tires hold ai”

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1950 CJ-3A Titusville, NJ $900

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

Not sure how much value is here.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/971044266755832

“1950 Willys Jeep CJ-3a. Has title, does not run, needs full restoration. Is complete. Great project and cool looking Jeep. Sold as is. Make me an offer”

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1945? CJ-2A East Wenatchee, WA $4200

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE: Still Available.

(11/31/2020) Has an interestingly designed rear PTO bumper.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/3466563826760699/

“1945 Jeep Willys, runs great, drives great. All original, PTO winch, two bar, extra good and lots of misc. has the windshield frame also. Clean title. Runs very smooth, very quiet.”

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1958 & 1962 FC-170s Yucca Valley, CA $9000

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677

UPDATE: Still Available.

(09/14/2020) Both for $9000. Each has a title. The’ve been stored in the desert since 1992.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/350688452731769/

“Located in Landers, CA 2 Jeep Willys FC170 for sale as a package deal – $9,000 OBO for both 1962 Jeep Willy FC170 – red one 1958 Jeep Willy FC170 – green one Clean titles! These are a rare find. I am looking for the right buyer who can restore these gems and get them back on the road. They have been stored outdoors in the hi desert since at least 1992. They do not run, and there are only 4 tires total for both cars. Please do not ask to buy only 1 Jeep. I am selling both together as a package. Buyer responsible for pick up and tow away. Additional items included: 2 additional seat frames, warn accessory winch.”

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1952 CJ-3A Poway, CA $10,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

UPDATE: Still Available.

(10/03/2020) Looks in reasonable shape. Has a PTO powered Ramsey winch.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1046845229119456/

“1952 Willy’s Overland Jeep CJ3A – Unmodified, stock, running, driving, one family since new. Rare factory PTO Ramsey winch. Runs great. It is an unrestored driver. Definitely gets thumbs up all over town but is not perfect. We’ve had our fun and it’s time for something different.”

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1941 Reporter Article on the Blitz Buggy

Associated Press Reporter Sigrid Arne was 47 years old when she rode in a Bantam BRC-60. By that time she was an experienced journalist, a fearless investigative reporter with the smarts to decode and explain New Deal programs to the point that the authors of the programs asked her to join their efforts. She traveled all over the United States, even buying a baby for $50 in Oklahoma at one point to expose how babies were being sold like groceries.

Her report on her first jeep ride sounds like she was thrilled/awed by her experience, but I’m unsure how she concluded that the Bantam had 9 speeds. Sigrid’s article landed in the Montana Standard on May 05, 1941, as well as other newspapers.

This ride wasn’t her last in a jeep, as we will see tomorrow morning.

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1962-1973 NOS Parts Catalog on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features

This contains a variety of parts information, including “models 67/71 Jeepster, 62/71 Universal, 72 & 73 Commando CJ DJ 5 6 (various open body, fire engine, gas, diesel, convertible, roadster, station wagon, full cab, pickup, half cab, etc.” So, it might have some interesting info.

View all the information on eBay

“Item Description: Original Jeep Dealer Parts Catalog, 1962 – 1973, with original reddish heavy 3 metal post binder “American Motors / Jeep Parts Catalog”. Covers: models 67/71 Jeepster, 62/71 Universal, 72 & 73 Commando CJ DJ 5 6 (various open body, fire engine, gas, diesel, convertible, roadster, station wagon, full cab, pickup, half cab, etc.). Illustration and Text, parts only, no price list. About 4″ thick. September 1974 print date. Good for looking up NOS part numbers. Good condition, light wear, metal and edge darkening, scuff, small plastic tab on binding edge 1″ top gone. Item has reddish covers, pages are whitish color (camera error kept trying to correct color to reddish background). Inside printing all good condition.”

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British Airborne WWII Jeep Conversion Blueprints **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD (fast)** These were on eBay.

These are copies, but are priced as such. I’m sure they would be interesting to someone. They ship from GB.

“Over the years my interest in British ww2 airborne troops has been high, and amongst my collection I converted my jeep to full glider-borne specifications
The drawings I used were from originals which I copied and give full details on the placing of parts and how to make them, with measurements and good details
They’re on A3 paper and come as 10x sheets. They cover:
Pannier carrier
Spare wheel carrier
Bonnet ammo carrier
Steering wheel quick release
Front bumper
Positioning of parts in the jeep
Jerry can carrier reposition
Radio aerial/battery carrier base
A frame for towing”

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1954 CJ-3B Port Orchard, WA $8100

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B

UPDATE: Price dropped to $8100.

(11/07/2020) Could be worth a look.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/kit/cto/d/port-orchard-1954-jeep-cj3b-high-hood/7233288602.html

“Ranch ready! 1954 CJ3B High Hood jeep! Runs and drives awesome. Recent work includes
-New 7.00×15 tires
-New battery
-New shocks
-Rebuilt steering box
-New brakes
-new fuel pump

Good electrical, lights and signals etc.
Runs and drives down the road like a champ. 4×4 systems work properly, lock out hubs. Nifty one-off winch built from an aircraft starter motor!”

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1944 GPW Gilroy, CA $12,000

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB)

Looks ready for a cruise.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1469179049954467

“World War 2..Original.stamps on frame. More details in pictures”

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1944 MB Fonta, CA $7500

• CATEGORIES: MB

Has a variety of updates.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/705909973641558/

“v8 engine .. runs good.. clean title…”

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