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Dare County, North Carolina, Jeep Bookmobile

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles

UPDATE: This was originally posted June 18, 2020:


April 1954, Dane County, North Carolina: The jeep was painted green.

An April 15, 1948, newspaper article in the Winona Republican (Winona, Minnesota) claimed that there were roughly 377 bookmobiles traveling the United States, out of which only one was a jeep.

Two years later, by 1950, the jeep was proving more popular for use as a bookmobile, because it could access rural areas more easily than other vehicles. I doubt there are any records on how many jeeps were used as bookmobiles, but at least one appeared in multiple photos and articles: The Dare County Jeep Bookmobile.

Dare County purchased it’s first jeep in 1950, hence all the photos and news articles on this post. According to the library’s history page: “After the war, the library continued to grow. In 1950, the first bookmobile was purchased – a green Willys Jeep converted for this purpose began making regularly scheduled runs. As there were then no bridges from the mainland or to the Outer Banks, all trips involved ferries. Georgia Harwood retired in 1956, succeeded by Jean Turner Ward, who served as librarian for the next fifteen years.”

This full page article with photos was published in North Carolina’s News and Observer on April 23, 1950. It appears the new jeep bookmobile had just been put into service.


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This next article, which predates the above article by 13 days, was published in North Carolina’s News and Observer on April 23, 1950.

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North Carolina’s News and Observer on April 10, 1950.

Dare County’s digital archives provided additional photos:

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Eye Update


The good news is that the doc confirmed that my retina has fully reattached (yeah!). The bad news is that I still have some bubbles in my eyes, or more accurately, one bubble divided into several parts. It can make looking down very disorienting. I am still sleeping on the couch and can’t lay on my back. The bubbles are supposed to go away in the next couple of days ….

So, updates should return soon …

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What a Difference a Dave Makes

• CATEGORIES: Features

Two new hats showed up in the mail today. I asked family members, but they didn’t send them, so it must have been one of you guys?

My thanks to whomever sent them. Ann was sure a fan of them!  I will get some use out of them (if I can get them away from Ann).


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Mystery 4WD at Low Tide

• CATEGORIES: Features

Blaine shared this pic of a ‘mystery’ 4WD at low tide (I’m assuming in the PNW?). I don’t recognize it (and the bad, but improving eye, doesn’t help), but Blaine does. Can you guess it?

I’m guessing someone had a bad day before time and water turned this to rust.


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1953 CJ-3B Bellevue, WA $15,000


Simone emailed me about selling a CJ-3B that’s been in the family for three generals. The DMV notes the jeep isn’t in the system, so the family couldn’t apply for a lost title. The DMV told them to go the affidavit of loss route in WA state (unsure about other states). The pics do show it has a serial number data plate. If you have questions, email Simone at staff @ (remove the spaces around the @) (or here

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Post appt Update: Well, that was fun…. Doc informed me I had 2 tears and 2 pinholes in my left retina. It was good that I addressed it so quickly. Doc felt he could fix the issues with three outpatient procedures.

  1. Laser: he repaired the two tears with a laser and blocked off the fluid from spreading. more weird than painful.
  2. Freeze: to fix the pinholes he used a special freezing tool to adhere the retina to the back wall, which should solve that issue. A little more pain. I think he had to go behind the eye.
  3. Gas: lastly, he injected gas into my eye to pressurize the eye, which will help push the residue fluid out. Can’t recommend this procedure. Apart from the pain, the worst and most unexpected part is that I have to keep my head angled at about a 10:30 angled for the next SEVEN days. This will keep the gas bubble in the right location. Moreover, no 1000ft elevation gain, which means we will head home via the gorge (aka the long way home).

So, it will be a long week. Also, Probably no updates until after labor day weekend. Have a great week all!


Quick updates ….Good news: race Jeep is ready to test, but ….

Bad news: need to replace the NEW clutch master cylinder. Ugh.

More bad news: found out yesterday evening that I need to go to Tacoma for emergency work on my eye at 8 am Friday. I have fluid behind a small portion of the retina which is causing a shadow. So, no updates for a couple days at least.

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1960 CJ-3B Wisconsin $15,000


UPDATE: Price dropped to $15,000

(08/11/2023) Chris sent me this former Navy CJ-3B dually for sale. You can contact Chris directly via email: romyg504 @ (remove the spaces around the @)

“1960 Willy’s CJ3B Dually. This Jeep came out of Georgia, was told by the previous owner that it was on a Naval base, and had been in the South up until 3 years ago. Stripped down and repainted last year. All new tires, rims, and seats. New speedo cluster, new radiator, mats, and door straps. Roll bar and seatbelts. Jack and camo netting (small bag in back) included. Lights all work including fog light. Directionals work as well. Runs and drives as it should. It’s a fun vehicle to drive, turns heads, especially with the dually package, and gets a lot of attention at car shows. Also comes with extra set of tires and rims.”

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1946 CJ-2A Montrose, CO $13,900


UPDATE: Still Available.

(05/19/2023) Richard is selling his rebuilt CJ-2A.

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“A complete body of restoration with over $10,000 in parts and services. Drive train was either replaced or rebuilt. Build was done for show purposes but it is absolutely off road capable. Suspension,exhaust,brake system,front and rear diffs,steering systems,etc were either replaced or rebuilt as needed. Paint has pinstripes on body,fenders and wheels. Engine was professionally rebuilt by local builder and has 78 miles on it. Custom oak panels overy both wheel wells and bed. Oak center console was added. The upholstery and carpeting professionally done. Custom steps added. A very nicely restored jeep with custom touches. Clean title”

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Jan 1967 Issue of Jeep News

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

Though the issue doesn’t explicitly say it is the January issue, given it discusses things happening in the future in January of 1967, I believe it is the first issue of 1967.

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V6 Emblem Question

• CATEGORIES: Features

Maury found this Jeep V6 Emblem with a green-white-gold/yellow color-scheme on eBay. Anyone know on what models it appeared?

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Race Jeep Instructions

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features • TAGS: .

Ann fired up her Cricket yesterday and printed out some labels that also act as instructions for starting and managing the jeep. She also add “ON” and “OFF” labels to make clear what switches need to be pressed. Starting the jeep is a five step process:

  1. Power
  2. Fan
  3. Fuel pump
  4. Ignition
  5. Start (button)

In the first pic, the “2-” for the fan label is hiding behind the switch.

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1957 Ad and Merchandise Bulletin for Jeep Pens and Pencils

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Documents, Features

UPDATE: I just purchased a set of these off of eBay. The box has a little tear, but the pen and pencil are in good shape.

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Originally posted January 26, 2021: 

Mike shared this September 6, 1957, announcement sent to all dealers about the new Eversharp ‘Jeep’ pens, pencils and sets, now available with the Forward Control ‘Jeep’ FC-170 illustration.

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1946 CJ-2A Greeneville, TN $15,000


Looks like a nice rig. The seller includes more information in two of the pics. He does note that it does have a little hat channel rust. Thanks to Tom for sharing it.

“Early 2000s Restoration with Pictures and Documentation in a Binder. Clean & Clear Tennessee Title (in my name) Original Drivetrain (L134, T90, Spicer 18, Dana 41 Rear, Dana 25 Front) Original Frame with Matching Numbers (frame coated with POR15) 5.13 Gears with Spartan Lockers F&R with Warn Lockout Hubs 2.5” Rancho Lift (new springs and shocks) Slightly Larger Tires (Power King 7.5×16) Monarch Hy/Lo Hydraulic Pump With Meyers Snow Plow Included (rare accessory) PTO on the rear with Ramsey 8K PTO winch (rare accessory) Warn Overdrive (rare accessory) M38 Windshield instead of the 2 piece CJ2A Full Bestop Soft Top with Soft Doors”

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1946 GPW Phoenix, AZ $16,000


Joe-in-Mesa’s friend is selling his GPW. It’s in good shape.

“Only selling due to health changes, willing to negotiate, please make a fair offer. Can deliver for extra fee. This is a WW2 Jeep with low miles, runs like a dream. Very fun to drive in the desert. Recently restored. Majority is original 1940s-1950s parts. Has canvas top in good condition. Military vehicle great for collectors, historical, and the black out lights work too!”

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1958 CJ-3B Athens, TN $12,000


This could be worth a look.

“Restored classic Willys. Clear title and registered. This vehicle is been kept in Athens TN”

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Braden Capstan Winch Palmyra, TN $1200


Tom shared this Capstan winch for sale.

“Working winch very rare item, selling as is make an offer”


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1947 CJ-2A Fordyce, NE $5000


This runs on propane.

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“1947 Willys Jeep. Converted to propane. Runs good. New tires. Miles on it are Exempt. Only Serious inquiries please”

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1947 CJ-2A Dually Blackwater, VA $1500


There might be some value here given the rear duallies.

“If it’s listed it’s still available! no title bring a trailer Willy’s Jeep 4cyl 3speed 4wd Dual real wheels”

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1950 Jeepster Ray, OH $13,000

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It’s been parked for a few years.

“1950 Willys Jeepster, Jeep ran when it was parked about 5 years ago. Needed break lines. Pads swelled up wile it sat. Had to pull them to get it to roll. I’m posting this for my mother. I forgot to look at the mileage. I believe it’s around 40k. If posting is still up, it’s available. The longer it’s here, the more I’ll get done to it. I plan to get it running first. Then it will get brake lines. Which also means the price goes up. Please, don’t send us low ball or pointless messages offering half price. I get messages constantly. We have planned to sell this for over a year. I’ve watched the auctions. I’ve seen some that are far worse go for 20k. The price is 13k… That’s what we need. Show me one for less.. And it’s yours for the price.”

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1951 CJ-3A Springville, IN $1000


Given it includes a couple engines, maybe there is some parts value here.

“Comes with a couple motors and transmissions extra set of axles and doors needs lot of love !!”

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1958 FC-150 Rushsylvania, OH $5000

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The body will certainly need work.

“1958 Jeep Willy’s FC150: will need towed away. Needs fuel tank and brakes will start. Selling this for a co-worker. $5,000 OBO!!!!”

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Porter & Reed Hardtop Cleves, OH $300


Could be worth a look.

“Aluminum top and doors produced by Porter and Reed for a Willys CJ2A . Don’t know much about it, make me an offer.”

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1948 CJ-2A Sedgwick, KS $1250

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Last Ride

This one is rough.

“Early civilian Willys Jeep in rough shape. Parts, project, wall art, yard art, Rat, the choice is yours. Has rust holes but it’s not a salty rot box. Floors have been patched all around. What you see is what I have. No title. Might be able to help with that for expenses,but you would need to help me confirm year and model and serial location correctly so I don’t have it wrong. Not sure of the exact model or year built. I know it’s the internet but please don’t roast me. I’m a Ford/Mopar/GM guy LOL.”

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1946 CJ-2A Cedar Rapids, IA $10,000


UPDATE: Price dropped to $10,000.

(05/25/2021) Is there a little rust along the driver’s side? I can’t tell for sure.

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“***I am helping a friend sell this, please be patient and I will answer questions as I am able to relay them and get a response*** VIN: 38222 1946 Jeep Willys CJ2A 77 year old vehicle in fantastic condition has minor dings here and there but no major dents or damage to body or frame. Has some surface rust on undercarriage as shown. Needs a little TLC and can be a great winter project. Starts every time, but can be a little touchy with a one barrel carburetor. Numbers matching engine, original dash information tags included. Mostly original except basic maintenance items. Also unsure about the paint being original. Unlikely, unless the paint is very faded because research suggests the factory blue would’ve been much darker. New battery in 2019, whole fuel system replaced, fuel filter, fuel tank all done by Hubbell’s Auto Repair in Marion, IA. Had professional welder check over undercarriage and did frame brace welding work. Factory storage bin under passenger seat was professionally refabricated and welded by the same welder and he did a great job. Factory bikini top included. Originally 6V converted to 12V prior

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1947 CJ-2A Central City, NE $5000


UPDATE: Still Available.

(12/24/2022) This has a variety of mods.

“Has a 4 core aluminum radiator, 77 Buick 231 even fire, Muncie Sm 420 4 speed transmission, original transfer case and axils 2 inch lift springs, front disc brakes, power steering, has some rust, needs a master cylinder and a little electrical work, runs good. Mainly needs cosmetic. Clean title”

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