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Jan 1976 Vintage Northeast 4WD Racing Newspaper

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles, Racing • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Happy May Day! Below are all the pages from this issue of the newspaper.

This unusual newspaper that popped up on eBay the other day. It was the seventh issue of the Northeast 4WD Racing News. There was no publish date, but one editorial puts this at roughly January 1976. It’s 14 pages published in a full-size newspaper format, so the pics are big! I’d love to see other copies if anyone knows of any (or knows how long this paper lasted).

(The images are extra large to allow folks to read the small text. Click on the image, then most likely you’ll need to click on it again to expand it to full size)

This is the front page:

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1962 Price/Parts Catalog for Various Models on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features

This pics show that the M-38A1, M-170, Trucks and Wagons are covered by the catalog. I can’t tell if it covered all models, including CJ-5s, CJ-6s, DJs, FJs, or other models.

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“Vintage 1962 AMC Willys Jeep Military & Utility Vehicle Parts Catalog & Price List. I know very little about this, I am selling it for a friend whose family member was a mechanic.

The large book is marked on the front Parts List / Price Catalog – American Motor Company.It appears to contain two separate books from 1962.

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MOD-AC Ford GPA/SEEP Model Kit Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, GPA (SEEP), Models

Likely from the 1940s, this seems a good price on an old amphibious model jeep kit. I have one already or I would buy it.

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“Welcome welcome for sale we have a VINTAGE U.S. ARMY AMPHIBIAN JEEP WOOD AND PAPER MODEL KIT BY MOD-AC, CA.Also know as the quack! This model has been started and has a few broken pieces so please review the pictures I believe it’s all here and if your going to finish it I am sure you can fix those pieces”

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MPC “Bottoms Up” Jeep Model on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

Mike spotted this MPC-brand model that allows for the creation of either a Funny Car or a Service Jeep. It seems pretty pricey at $230. I would have been all over this as a kid, as I built model jeeps, Barret-mobiles, and other 60s rat rods. Note that the directions for this are not original (printed off the internet) and the tires have been altered slightly.

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“MPC Bottoms Up Jeep 2 versions. Road service or Funny Car with decals, nice-Rare kit seldom seen on eBay and never reproduced. Looks to be mostly complete. Supersize pictures and judge for yourself. I counted 100 white parts alone! All chrome looks to be there too When I found this rare kit someone had already removed all the wheels from the chrome tree and assembled the stock wheels into the stock tires. Some melting had happened over the years. I Dis-assembled the wheels from the tires and trimmed all the excess from the wheels. Once assembled you can hardly notice.Also there is a small tire burn on the drivers door. There were no directions but I was able to locate them on the internet and print a complete set. They look original. Decals look good with no cracking. Item will be carefully packed and arrive as you see it here.”
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Maine Willys Sales Company Bangor, Maine

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles • TAGS: .

The Maine Willys Sales Co, appears to have launched in 1946 in Bangor, Maine. By 1949, the company was located in multiple Maine cities, including Bangor, Rockland, Lewiston, Portland, and Augusta. At some point, circa 1949, the Augusta branch sold six jeeps to the Forestry Department. The below image posted to the Forest Fire Lookout Association’s FB page documents this purchase:


Here’s an ad from the March 30, 1949, issue of the Bangor News. Note that multiple cities are listed under Maine Willys Sales:


It’s likely that 1949 wasn’t kind to the Maine Willys Sales Company, because the February 09, 1950, issue of the Bangor Daily News reported that Chrysler had taken over the Maine Willys Sales Company property, though nothing was mentioned about what happened to the company.

Later that year, on June 15, 1950, a large ad appeared in the Bangor Daily News, but only the Maine Willys Sales Company of Rockland appeared on this list of dealers.


The above ad strongly suggests that Maine Willys had dwindled to just one city in Maine by the summer of 1950. The company’s name was rarely seen in the newspapers after this ad.

The last reference I found for the company was for a July 11, 1953, article in the Bangor Daily News that mentioned an accident where a driver backed into the Rockland Maine Willys Sales showroom, shattering two large windows.

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1945 Article on the Jeep’s Rough Ride

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

In his Conner’s Corner column for the Lewiston Evening News on October 16, 1945, Sam Conner didn’t have a “Kind Word For Jeep”, at least in regards to the pounding ride it offered. It was a fair complaint.


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1947 CJ-2A Marysville, CA $5500


Some classic mods on this 2A, including a Ford engine update, a chev column install, bucket seats and trailer tail lights. Note the driver side engine mount built to clear the steering column.

“We are selling our 1947 Willys jeep that runs good it’s been in the family for many years and looking for a new home , will make a great ranch vehicle or a ride in the hills.”

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1946 CJ-2A Santa Rosa, CA $8000


This 2A has a variety of updates.

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“1947 cj2a Willy’s Jeep , runs drives 2023 tags registration , clean title , newer rims and tires , New b-top
New Led lights front and back ,
1965 dauntless odd fire V-6 Jeep engine ,
1” body lift ,
power steering ,
Leather seats front and back
Roll cage
Minimal rust”

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1942 GPW Lindon, UT **Status Unknown**


UPDATE: Status Unknown. Was on eBay.

Bill shared this 1942 GPW that’s themed as a British SAS LRDG jeep. Has some passenger floor rust.

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“Runs great. Brakes have been adjusted and the jeep slows and stops as designed.
Shifts smoothly and doesn’t slip out of gear.

Nov 1942 GPW runs well
the wires to lights need to be connected
the grill is not cut but has been painted black
the tires and tubes are new
the floor hat channel rusted out under the passenger seat. It’s covered by a piece of sheet metal. See pics. That’s the only rusted area on the jeep. The floor and tool compartments are solid
The tub, fenders and hood are original.
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Governor, Rear PTO, and more Parts Shasta Lake, CA


UPDATE: Status Unknown.

Someone ought to be able to use these parts.

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“Early CJ2A items. Most off of VEC 18526

Original VEC rear reflector $50
Spicer 18H PTO. $250
Rear PTO Gearbox. $250
Rear Drum Gearbox
and Drum Pulley. $500
Monarch Governor
Dated 9/46. $800”

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1950 CJ-3A Yakima, WA $7000


UPDATE: Still Available.

(12/10/2021) This project needs completion. It has a Bobcat Fiberglass hood.

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“Whats been finished.
Engine conversion to 1989 TBI 350.
New leaf springs. New shocks.
New power steering. New brakes
New Painless performance wiring harness.

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1948 CJ-2A Campbell, CA $11,750


UPDATE: Price dropped to $11,750.

This looks to have some surface mods, including an unusual rear bumper design.

“1948 Willy’s Jeep for sale. Runs great, new suspension, radiator. Pink slip in hand. 12v system”



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1950 CJ-3A Rathdrum, ID $4000


Engine runs.

“Project I’ve lost internet in. Too much to list, starts and runs. I have everything for it I drove it home when I bought it. Tub is in rough shape but the rest is good. I have the 1959 title for it from Hayden.”

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1953 Model? Artois, CA $500


No pics provided. unclear what all is here.

“1953 willys jeep for parts and a 1952 willys m38 frame. Have new 5 rims and tires to it.”

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1949 CJ-3A Leavenworth, WA $2100


UPDATE: Still Available.

(04/15/2022) Looks like a good project.

“1949 Willys CJ-3A Jeep.
E/W monster pto winch..
Po had a Buick v6 engine in it and cut a little of the firewall to accommodate it.
Body and floor metal in good condition except for rusted in normal areas that all.old jeeps were prone to do.”

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DJ-3A Windshield Placerville, CA $200


UPDATE: Still Available.

(01/27/2017) Not many of these around.

“Willys Jeep DJ 3A windshield frame. $200.00. Call Mike. 530-six two two nine three five three.”


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Bird Brains

• CATEGORIES: Features

UPDATE: When we left for Seattle Friday morning there was no nest. However, upon returning from Seattle robin had fully rebuilt the nest (that would be the third nest in three days). So, grabbed some fending wire and have temporarily installed it over the cross beam. I think the problem is solved for now …

Yesterday on my way out to the shop I noticed a new addition: a Robin’s nest2. That’s it is over the sign really ticks me off. So, I checked for eggs (because I’m not a monster) and, not seeing any, I removed the nest.

This morning, I see ol’ bird-brain back at it, rebuilding the nest in the exact same spot (see pics of the new nest being rebuilt below). Well, that ain’t happening! Looks like there will be a battle of wills!

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1948 Jeep Station Sedan Wagon Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This rare wagon brochure popped up on eBay. It’s the first time I’ve seen this one. When fully opened, it is only about 6″ x 9″. the brochure introduces the ‘Jeep’ Station Sedan wagon sporting the lightening inline 6.

This is the front page:


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This brochure opens horizontally to reveal this page:


This shows the backside fully opened:


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Mid 1960s Cutlas Wheel Cover Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I don’t have a specific date for this brochure, but it shows that Cutlas Manufacturing was selling a couple different types of wheel covers, including the “J” covers. It is marked Form 105, but is not dated. This was likely published between 1963-1965.



Maury shared this example of a factory photo with the “J” hubcaps. He says, to the best of his knowledge, this was a 1966 CJ-5 factory photo:


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Jeep Pics from

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Blaine spotted some jeeps on this blogging website with an Oregon State focus. This first photo shows an FC in the background.

This next photo shows an early wagon at the 1948 Strawberry festival:

This photo shows an ad which appeared in magazines, including early Four Wheeler Magazines, so I’m not sure why it appears in this blog.

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The Caissons Go Rolling Along

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, videos • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Grant spotted this video whose first segment includes the music at the bottom and glimpses of some early prototype jeeps (Bantams various points, mostly between :30 and 2:20 and a Ford GP around mark :50): 



Originally published March 27, 2019:  Carl pointed out that the 1944 sheet music for “The Caissons Go Rolling Along” sheet music included a jeep on the cover (#1 below). After some searching on eBay, some other popped up. I bought the bottom one that features the Ford GP and Willys MA.

  1. This was posted on eBay in 2019:
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  4. The music I bought in 2019:
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1946 CJ-2A Tualatin, OR $600


The price seems good on this parts jeep whose body is plenty rusted. The hardtop has be confused. I think it may be a Koenig hardtop with customized “suicide” doors, but the windshield isn’t something I recognize. It may be this windshield allowed the use of a CJ-5 style hardtop.

The windshield doesn’t look like the DJ-3A windshield (shown here) nor does it look like the early Worman windshield (shown here). Anyone recognize it? It certainly looks production quality. I might have seen something similar on a jeep on Facebook, but I can no longer find that post.
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1961 ‘Maverick’ Wagon 2WD Clarksville, MD **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5000.

Mike shared this wagon. It needs some body work (see pic of rear wheel well), but runs and drives.

“The wagon runs great. Brakes work fine, also. This wagon is very complete and original, but it needs some attention everywhere. The drivers window is broken. There are rust issues with the floorboards and rocker panel supports. I have started replacing some of the support brackets but needs more work.

New Virginia title. I have not retitled the car in Maryland. Car is located in Maryland.”




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1960 Wagon Easthampton, MA $12,500

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons

Bill shared this nice looking wagon with an updated power train.

“1960 willys jeep wagon 4×4 with chevy small block and overdrive auto trans. from CA. very solid, runs drives good, not a highway vehicle. 50mph is what it likes, or about there, no speedo. looks wise I call her a 50/50 50ft or 50 mph. I have all the mouldings for the sides and some other parts. check it out, if your interested call me or send message to cl and I will get back to you. scammers need not ask for my email.”

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Old School Steel Wheel Oregon City, OR $250

• CATEGORIES: Tires and Rims

These are getting hard to find.×8-steel-wheels-5×55/7475470418.html

“15×8 Steel Wheels, 4” Backspace, 5×5.5 bolt pattern.
Powder coated black back in ‘07, some rusting coming through the powder coating, will need refinished if want perfect…. Vintage wheels Came off my old GPW, fits a lot of old Jeeps, Dodge, Ford trucks as well as some Geo, Daihatsu etc. Awesome rat rod or 4×4 wheels !!”