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Runnels-Wiggins Dealer Ads Feb. 1948 – Apr. 1948

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Old News Articles

The firm of Caver-Wiggins advertised jeeps for sale in the Pascagoula, Mississippi, Chronicle Star newspaper from July 1946 to November 1947.

In October of 1947, the Caver-Wiggins corporate charter was changed and the firm renamed to Runnels-Wiggins, with Julius Wiggins and Davage Runnels taking control of the entity.

In November of 1947, a week after the final Caver-Wiggins jeep ad, Runnel-Wiggins began advertising jeeps in the Chronicle Star. The ads only appear to last through April of 1948. No additional information appeared in the Chronicle Star about Runnel-Wiggins.

Later that year, in December of 1948, Coast Cities Motor Sales announced its status as a new jeep dealer in Pascagoula and began advertising in the Chronicle Star.

Below are some Runnels-Wiggins ads:

November 14, 1947 The Farm Vehicle That Works 12 Months a Year:

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February 06, 1948 Get the Facts and You’ll Get a ‘Jeep’:

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February 13, 1948 Winter Chores are Easier with the Universal ‘Jeep’:

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1967 Ramsey Winch and PTO Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This Ramsey brochure highlights some of the different Dana 20 PTO options avaialble.

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January 1958 Willys Salespower

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This issue of the Willys Salespower notes multiple fleet sales citing specific vehicles to specific clients.

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1943 Photo of Sicilian Kids Filling a Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE: Still Available.

(09/25/2019) This scene was part of a Signal Corps News Reel, so there may be film of these kids waving on some internet news reel footage somewhere.

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“943 Press Photo Sicilian kids ride American jeep, World War II, Sicily. This is an original press photo. World War II – Sicily. Friendly youngsters crowd themselves into an American jeep, parked on a street in Sicily. Scene is from U.S. Army Signal Corps Newsreel Film. Photo measures 9.25 x 7 inches. Photo is dated 8-10-1943.”

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1959 CJ-5 Gunnison, CO $3000

• CATEGORIES: CJ5

It’s got pretty dented fender, and a little damage in the rear, but otherwise seems like it’s in good shape.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/551167715805016/

“Runs excellent, no rust, body has some character. Has been stored in a garage at a mountain cabin. Great candidate for a restoration project or just a summer daily driver.”

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1947 CJ-2A Great Falls, MT $3000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

The jeep doesn’t run. May have a Porter & Reed Hardtop. It also has some kind of carrier(?) above the top.

https://greatfalls.craigslist.org/pts/d/great-falls-1947-willys-jeep-cj-2a/7114555776.html

“1947 Willy’s Jeep. I have owned this Jeep for numerous years and have too many projects to complete. The jeep has original equipment and it currently does not run. I have a second engine that works well with a transmission and transfer case that goes with the jeep. There is a new fuel system installed, as well as a new gas tank with a professionally rebuilt carburetor. I have receipts for many of the parts. It is currently licensed and titled. Mileage unknown”

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1955 CJ-5 Greeley, CO $4000

• CATEGORIES: CJ5

Looks like it has the original KS 0-10 speedometer in it (but the needle is broken). Has an f-head header, too.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/660804581370304/

“This is an original 6 volt cj5 has 4 cylinder engine runs great and drives great has twin stick transfer case and 4wd works great have 3 of the 4 stock rims and have 4 newer rims and 3 newer tires no title but have off road tags for it new steering wheel and wiper motor sprayed bed liner in floor of it and just a small amount of rust in floor under fuel tank”

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1946 CJ-2A Farmington, NM $5000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

It runs. Looks like something was eating the outside of both seat sides.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1161436804197977/

“1946 Willys CJ2A. Manual Transmission. Has been converted to 12 volt system. Does run. Have Title. Good project vehicle. Someone tried cutting dash for a radio, needs windshield, no taillights, seats need to be redone, odometer is broke. Willing to consider trades for things that pew, or reasonable offers”
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1958 Austin Gipsy Deming, NM $2600

• CATEGORIES: Other 4x4s • TAGS: .

Rare Austin Gypsy project.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1015400368835717/

“Check it out. Rare Austin Gypsy 4×4 . Not running but motor turns by hand. Have good title. Located in Deming NM”

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1955 M-38A1 Monticello, UT $5500

• CATEGORIES: M-38A1

This has a CJ-5 grille, but an M-38A1 body. The rear has been extended on the body. This might have a set of Thor Auto-matic hubs on it, but I can’t tell for certain.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/225162265596202/

“V-6, 227 Conversion, hard top and hard doors included, and tow bar”

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1948 CJ-2A Amarillo, TX $3500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE: Still Available.

(10/29/2019) Has a few mods.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/618132645439188/

“1948 willys runs and drives with title. Brakes need a little attention has lots for new parts. Lights work front and rear. Rebuilt carb After market starter New dizzy New battery Located in Amarillo Texas”

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1950 CJ-3A Florissant, CO $5500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

UPDATE: Still Available.

(03/14/2020) Has a variety of updates.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/605008903645815/

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“1950 Willys CJ3A / V-6 Conversion $5500.00

• 1995 Chevrolet Vortec 4.3L V6 CPI complete computer and OBD-II port
(VIN 1GNDT13W3S2140797)

• Hood scoop / air intake

• Advance Adapters engine to transmission adapter kit

• Rebuilt T90 3-speed transmission and transfer case

• Warn Overdrive

• FlowTech headers with Thrush mufflers

• All suspension and wheel bearings replaced

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Year? CJ-2A Model, CO $3240

• CATEGORIES: News

Listed as a 1949, it looks to be a 1946 CJ-2A based on the grill and the spots where three data plates ought to be. It has a Porter and Reed hardtop.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/172226450752984/

“1949 Willys complete last time it runs smoked a little bit !! 3,800 firm trades equal value”

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1946 CJ-2A Weston, CO $750

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Looks like it’s been sitting a while. No description provided.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/619103908949398/

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1962 DJ-3A Hemet, CA $3500

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A

UPDATE: Still Available.

(03/03/2020) This might be a DJ-3A convertible, given the column shift. The serial number indicates it is a 1962 DJ-3A (listed as a 1949). It includes a 4.3gm engine.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2302920480007411/

“Willys 2wd with a 4.3 gm vortec v6 and 5 speed trans”

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Year? CJ-3A Sterling, CO $2000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

UPDATE: Still Available.

(04/18/2020) The rear’s been chopped a bit.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/508573973403973/

“For sale In Sterling Colo 2.000.00 obo Cj3a roller pm me with any questions.Trades considered.”

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5 Jeeps for Sale in Riddle, Or **Status Unknown**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, M-38, trailer

UPDATE: Status Unknown. These jeeps were listed in the Farm & Garden section of Craigslist, so the ad was likely flagged for that reason.

Seller has 2 M-38s and 3 CJ-2As for sale. The pics are upside down in the post.
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“2 M38’s, 3 cj2a’s, 1 ww2 trailer.
#1- 49 cj2a, just rebuilt engine, body in good shape ( minor rust in tool compartment and passenger floor. New gas tank, good tires and seats. Drivers good,4 wheel works great. Needs the following, no brakes ( need complete rebuild, carburetor work (I think just break down and cleaning). Has flat spot. Can’t find title bill of sale only. Great fun little jeep. $ 4550.00.

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#2- 1950 M-38 Complete less seats, was running when parked (4 years ago). Has original engine converted to 12 volt. ( have most of 24 volt parts)
Drive train complete. Have title and will make bill of sale. M38’S are getting hard to find , won’t last long . Asking $ 3500.00

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#3 – 50 m38, all parts are there. Started to disassemble to restore but lost interest. Was running when parked , no windshield or seats. Asking $2550

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#4 CJ2A all part are there, has been setting for many years. Has a aluminium top. Needs a lot of work or a great parts jeep, $ 1100.00 bill of sale only. Still trying to find title.

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#5- cJ 2a parts jeep asking $550.00

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#6 – ww2 1/4 ton trailer. Complete, in great shape. Has ball hitch. Very rare hard to find . $ 1200.00″

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1956 CJ-3B Loveland, CO $2000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B

Engine runs.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/619103908949398/

“Jeep runs and drives. Has no brakes. No tailgate. Is pretty much all original. I have a clear colorado title and a manual for it”

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Caver-Wiggens July 1946 – November 1947

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Old News Articles

Just a few updates today…

Jeep dealer Caver-Wiggins began operations in January of 1946 with three people incorporating the company: W. Ed Wiggins, Julius E. Wiggins, and J. B. Caver. Mr. W. Ed Wiggins was President of Pascagoula’s Rotary Club at the time.

The firm of Caver-Wiggins advertised jeeps for sale in the Pascagoula, Mississippi, Chronicle Star newspaper from July 1946 to November 1947. Caver-Wiggins also advertised Crosley automobiles in October of 1946 and Kaiser Frazier vehicles in November of 1946.

In October of 1947, the Caver-Wiggins corporate charter was changed and the firm renamed to Runnels-Wiggins, with Julius Wiggins and Davage Runnels taking control of the entity.

Subsequently, in February of 1948, Runnel-Wiggins became the Chronicle Star’s main jeep advertiser. Runnels-Wiggins ads began in February of 1948, then stopped in April of 1948.

Later, in December of 1948, Coast Cities Motor Sales would supplant Runnels-Wiggins as the main advertiser.

Below are some Caver-Wiggins ads:

July 05, 1946 Get a ‘Jeep’:

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July 19, 1946 If you have Tough Jobs … and lots of ’em GET A ‘Jeep’:

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March 28, 1947 The Versatile Farm Vehicle: 

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April 25, 1947 Speed Up Work with the Vehicle that Does More Jobs:

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Bros Rotary Sno-Flyr Snow Blower

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Originally several different posts, this post aggregates some of the Bros Rotary Sno-Flyr brochures.

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This was from circa 1955:

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Testing The Mighty Mite

• CATEGORIES: Features, Mighty Mites, videos

UPDATE: These various photos show the early testing of Mighty Mites.

(02/29/2020) This photo appears to show one of the prototype Mighty Mites. It’s hood number (179849) is 3 numbers away from another Mighty Mite (179846) that appeared in the press video at the bottom of this post.

“1954 Sikorsky S-56 Helicopter Backing Jeep into Cargo area … Press Photo”

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Here’s the Mighty Mite press video:

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Originally Posted May of 2018: The hood and windshield on this jeep are different from the standard Mighty Mite. This may have been an early prototype. See the photo at the bottom for another view of a vehicle that may be one until earlier than the vehicle in the press photo. (the one in the press photo is #179849).

“1954 Press Photo Jeep being loaded into Sikorsky XHR25 helicopter, Connecticut. This is an original press photo. Three loaded jeeps or 26 men can be carried by a new giant helicopter demonstrated at Bridgeport, Connecticut, Monday. The Sikorsky XHR25 is being built in quantity for the armed forces. It has twin engines, retractable landing gear and rotors that fold, making it easy to handle aboard aircraft carriers. It will fly faster than 150 miles an hour. (Aero-Helicopter) Photo measures 10 x 7 inches. Photo is dated 01-19-1954.”

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This is #197848 (from G503): http://forums.g503.com/viewtopic.php?t=195524

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Originally Posted September 2018: Cool, but odd photo, given the roadway behind it. Lots of competing visual angles.

“This is an original press photo. Light enough to be airlifted by helicopter but tough enough to pull through knee deep mud, the mighty mite is to be produced by American Motors Corp. for the military forces. The mighty mite weighs 1,300 pounds less than the jeep and is 43 inches shorter. It is capable of climbing an 87% grade and can do 57 miles an hour on the highway. Its powerful aluminum die cast, air cooled engine enables the vehicle to carry a payload of 500 pounds while towing another 1,000 pounds over rough terrain. United States – Army – Equipment – Vehicles Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 12-05-1954”

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1967 M-715 Northern Virginia $6000

• CATEGORIES: News

Tremaine is listing this M-715 for his cousin. Contact him at Ccdcooper @ aol.com (remove the spaces around the ‘@’)

This M-715 has a new stainless gas tank, new top, rebuilt carb and fuel pump. Virtually no rust – straight body. Very small hole in drivers floor board (see photo). 12v, runs & drives well.

Needs: tires, water pump (leaks), wheel cyl (brakes fade after sitting a while). I might also tidy up the wiring done by PO (fire co)
Have bed mounted water tank, pump and engine if wanted.
Have title etc.

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Spring 2020 Dispatcher Magazine Now Available

• CATEGORIES: Features

The newest issue of the Dispatcher Magazine arrived at my mailbox. It’s another great issue full of vintage jeep info, including a listing for the “world’s oldest jeep touring company” out of Ouray, Colorado, that is for sale (yes, the owner is considering retirement).

However, the article that really snagged me was Bill Norris’ Maverick article (Thank You Bill!). I now finally understand the Maverick Wagon history (1958-1964) and how some Maverick TV show drama resulted in the 1960-1964 ‘Maverick’ wagons not really being Maverick’s anymore, despite having the Maverick pre-fix. It’s also why some folks are pro ‘1958-1959 were the years that the only true Maverick wagons were produced’, while other folks point to the pre-fix in the years 1959-1964 and argue that any wagons that used the pre-fix are actual Maverick wagons.

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1944 Ad with Jeep for Pan Am Oils, Gas, and Lubricants

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This Pan-Am ad was published in the June 04, 1944, issue of the Chronicle Star. The three-column-wide ad was a large one.

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1943 Photo of Jeep in Deep Mud in Italy on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

That’s some muddy muck.

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“1943 Press Photo Front-Bound Yank Jeep Moves Through Ankle Deep Mud in Italy. This is an original press photo. Italy: It’s tough enough to make headway against a well organized German Army, without mother nature too. A front-bound Yank jeep at home on any terrain, has no trouble moving through ankle-deep mud, but the muck did tend to slow it down. Photo measures 9 x 7.25inches. Photo is dated 11-3-1943.

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