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Famous “Sand Hills Jeep” Postcard

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I just bought this for a few buck on eBay. How about this crazy contraption for running dunes? The postcard is a jumbo 6.5″ x 9″. I looked for more information about it, but all I could find was a reference in a book by J. Conrad and Kathyln Dunagan about a Jeep developed in the sand dunes (see bottom pic).

“Jumbo Antique Postcard 1970’s Chrome Famous Sand Hills Jeep Texas Sand Dunes”



Google result that shows a reference to a “jeep ride”


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1956 Harney Peak Article & Photos

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

The February 1956 issue of Globetrotter featured a short article about using jeeps to take tourists to Harney Peak in South Dakota. You can see more pics and information about Harney Peak jeeps on a couple other posts.

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More from the 2016 FC-Roundup

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Four handsome jeep guys. Left to Right, Craig Brockhaus (, Jesse Ybarra (A most excellent roundup host), Mark Smith (, and me.


Tom Smith of put this video together: Tom Smith’s 65-Sec Tour Jeep Video:

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Tour Jeep in Africa

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This unique tour jeep truck was featured in the April 1955 issue of Willys News.


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Ranch Tour Via Jeep in Julian, CA

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I ran across this ad for a jeep tour in eastern San Diego County, California.

“Hello there! I am here to tell you theres a new adventure in eastern San Diego. It takes place on a very private ranch on the outskirts of Julian. We are offering private weekend jeep tours, to discover an unseen landscape not before explored. This is the first year it is ever being done. We will travel through select areas of julian, to wine taste, have a delicious lunch, or even to the local brewery. We will then travel through the oldest apple/pear orchard in Julian. Then the last stop to view old growth trees and views of the ocean from the mountain with which most the wildlife will be seen. There will be a daytime tour and an evening tour in your choice of Jeeps! Give us a call/email or text for more information, we look forward to hearing from you!”

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Willys America Photos from the FC Roundup

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Paul Berry uploaded photos from his visit to the FC Roundup on Facebook. You can visit the Willys America’s page here:


Jesse Ybarra’s FC Tour Jeep. Looks great Jesse!

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Photos from Don Pratt Sedona Jeep Tours

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The 1966 Volume 12, No. 5, issue of Jeep News featured these photos from Don Pratt’s Pink Jeep Tours from Sedona, Arizona. The company now offers tours in four Arizona locations.

According to this site, Pink Jeep Tours is the oldest continuously operating Jeep Tour Company in the United States. It was started in 1958 by a Sedona Realtor named Don Pratt, who would drive clients to see homes at Broken Arrow Estates. The Broken Arrow tour is the original Jeep tour and is still today the most popular tour in Sedona.Why did he make the jeeps pink? Mr. Pratt got the idea while visiting the Royal Hawaiian Hotel on Waikiki Beach, where everything was pink.


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1975 CJ-6 Pine Mountain, GA $4500


UPDATE: Price dropped to $4500

(12/17/2104) Brake lights need rewiring.

“This jeep is my daily driver. Runs perfect. It is a rare 1975 Jeep CJ6. Made from 1955 to 1975 most were sent to Swedish and South American militaries. Body is in good shape with one patch below driver door and few holes behind passenger seat. Engine is a 4.2 6 cylinder stock. Have soft top and doors also. Don’t know the mileage as it has a new speedometer. Manual 3 speed tranny. Jeep is my daily driver and runs perfectly. Rebuilt motor few thousand miles ago. Beefy front and rear bumper, with hitch receivers on both ends. Top rack and fold down bench seats. Also have removable seat for rear with seat belts. Back of the tub has a welded in diamond plate. Only things wrong are it needs a parking brake cable and handle, and rewire brake lights. Also, the new speedometer doesn’t have the temperature gauge or fuel gauge hooked up. Body is in good shape with one patch below driver door and few holes behind passenger seat. Bedliner sprayed inside and out. New windshield, starter and alternator.”

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Fermel Utility Jeeps from South Africa

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles • TAGS: , , , .

After publishing the post about the Union Mine Jeeps, Marc found a website that features new ones. A South African company called Fermel makes four different utility vehicles. The webpage for each jeep includes a video of each respective jeep.

1. Mini UV Emergency Vehicle: A light utility vehicle with permanent 4 wheel drive and a maximum payload capacity of 1500 kg. Built on a unique Meccano Type chassis
Features Include :
Blue Flashing Light , Siren , Roller bed & locking point for stretcher , Lockable cabinet , Overhead oxygen bottle rock , Drip hooks, Defibrilator carring points , Rubberlined rear , Fabric Lattice tailgate , Foam cushions , Flourescent lights at rear.

2. MIni UV LDV: Categorized as a light utility vehicle, the MINI UV LDV is a 2 seater, 1500 kg payload capacity underground machine. The loadbay is ideally suited for materials transportation. The vehicle features permanent 4 Wheel Drive , a unique meccano type chassis and wet multi disc brakes inboard axles. Load area for carrying general materials.


3. Mini UV LWB: A permanent 4 Wheel Drive , light utility transporter with a payload capability of 1000 kg. A seating capacity of 4-6 passengers. Built on a unique meccano type mining chassis , the MINI UV is a mining vehicle designed for use in harsh operating conditions. The vehicle is equipped with a DEUTZ 4 cylinder air-cooled motor , COMII , EPA II Emission compliance and wet-multi disc. Service and failsafe service inboard axles.



4. Mini UV SWB: A permanent 4 Wheel Drive , light utility transporter with a payload capability of 1000 kg. A seating capacity of 4-6 passengers. Built on a unique meccano type mining chassis , the MINI UV is a mining vehicle designed  for use in harsh operating conditions. The vehicle is equipped with a DEUTZ 4 cylinder air-cooled motor , COMII , EPA II Emission compliance and wet-multi disc. Service and failsafe service inboard axles.


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1973 VW Custom Bus College Station, TX **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $20,000

This fun looking VW bus popped up on my searches because it is belng sold by Willy. So, I figured I’d share it. It reminded me of a tour-jeep.

“1973 VW Beach Bus! Fully restored, Lots of fun to drive, beefed up new engine. A true head turner. Clean Blue TX Title. Serious inquiries only.”

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Custer State Park, South Dakota, Jeep Tour

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Looking for a unique way to see the Buffalo herds near Custer State Park (map)? You might look into a Jeep Tour. Here are pics showing a Wagoneer and a later model jeep built to hold a small group. Here are some links that might be helpful. It’s not clear to me if there is only one tour operator or multiple ones.

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Photo of Tampa Bay Tour Jeep **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

Craig spotted this Tampa Bay CJ-6 Tour Jeep photo on eBay.

“1969 Jeep Tour Guide Ybor City Tampa FL Street Scene 1 Color Slide(s) 35mm”


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1962 Wagon San Marcos, TX **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6800.

This was for sale last year. It looks like it sold and is being resold.

“62 willys jeep wagon custom chop top convertible. 4×4 Original Flat head 6 super hurricane 226 engine. T90 3spd. Dana 44 4.27 gears. Original/restoration, no rust. Runs and drives perfect. Gets excellent gas mileage with the single barrel carb. Is not perfect by any means but that is the point it is better with its little imperfections.”

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Photo of CJ-3B Tour Jeep Circa 1962 on eBay

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UPDATE: Brett noted the jeep is transporting the elephant. I originally thought the elephant was behind the jeep (after all, who transports an elephant in a jeep). Of course, sometimes they’ve been known to drive one.

Marc pointed out that this ‘Tour Jeep’ CJ-3B appears to have an extended rear. It looks like to me it  can carry extra people. The photo is circa 1962 and is probably from Africa. I wish we had a side shot of it. The photo is located in France, but shipping is free.

“vintage silver press print,
Tirage argentique
Circa 1962”

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1979 CJ-7 Tour Jeep Glendale, AZ **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Other 4x4s • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

Dennis noted that the VIN indicates these are CJ-7s.

Craig spotted this CJ-7 tour jeep. Seems like a good price. I suspect this jeep comes from the same tour Tucson company as these CJ-7 tour jeeps that were auctioned back in 2012.

“Up for sale is a rare az 99 % rust free survivor. Very straight solid body,my mechanic has gone through the jeep and restored it correctly.
very reliable starts rite up every time.
Runs and drives good, power steering, brakes work as they should, 4×4 works good, stop tail lights headlights all work, turn signals not working not sure why, gauges fuel, temp ,oil pressure, all work as they should, overall rust free very solid jeep trail, street ready. New parts paint, Tires wheels wrangler Kevlar $200 each ,weber carb conversion, radiator overflow tank, new battery, brakes, seats, ss grill, many more new parts, jeep runs and drives nice and shifts smooth through all gears,has been well maintained over the years. Check my feedback score and bid with confidence. I have a new ss gauge bezel plate. This may be a modified custom extended cj7 or a factory cj8 prototype, I can’t tell.
But it is well done and solid, the title says 2DSW model year 1979.
Its unique and fun, passenger seat moves forward and step to load people easy. very straight body, new paint.”

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Tommy Barlett’s Deer Ranch


From the Lost Parks website I learned that Tommy Bartlett’s international Deer Ranch in Silver Springs, Florida, was a petting zoo “in the early 1960’s. The land was only rented from the Springs, and there was at least one lawsuit between Bartlett and Silver Springs over the terms of his lease. Eventually the land was reabsorbed into the Silver Springs attraction and Bartlett left to concentrate on his Wisconsin busineses. He died in September, 1998.”

The pic below shows a CJ-5 wrapped by advertising and reindeer.

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Old Ghost Town Jeep Tour Brochure

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

Marc forwarded this ghost town jeep tour brochure from Salida, Colorado. I can’t tell how old the brochure is.



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1961 Cape Cod Jeep Tour Photo on eBay

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Doug spotted this neat photo of a Cape Cod Sand Dune Tour Wagon.

“Original 35mm film slide.
Subject: Mitch’s Beach Taxi, on Cape Cod.
Date: Sept. 1961
Mount/Film Type: Ektachrome, Processed by Technicolor”

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1962 Topless Wagon Katy, TX **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: Was listed at $5500. It appears to have sold. 

“This is a 62 willys wagon. Dana 44 rear axle, super hurricane flathead straight 6, 4 wheel drive, all original drivetrain, original motor, original transmission, and original transfer case. Clear title in hand. Runs great and gets lots of attention everywhere you go

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Postcard of Wagon Tour Jeep on eBay

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Marc forwarded this cool postcard.

“Advertising Postcard showing one of the Jeeps operated by San Juan Scenic Jeep Tours out of Ouray, Colorado.
This is an unused, standard-sized (3-1/2″ x 5-1/2″) modern chrome postcard. (c.1950s/60s)
It is in very good / excellent condition.”

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OOH! Point Post Card on eBay

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Here’s another OOH! postcard. It’s not hard to see how OOH! Point got its name! (this photos below are from a previous version of the card).

“San Juan Scenic Jeep Tour, from OOHI Point looking down towards Hensen Creek Canyon midway between Ouray, and Lake Ciy, Colo.
mailed in 1969 from Ouray to Galesburg, Illinois.
Published by Noble Post Cards, Colorado Springs.
Condition very good.”

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1959 Harney Peak South Dakota Jeep Trip Brochure

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UPDATE: This sold on eBay in 2013.  Here is more information about the Harney Peak Jeep Trips.

“This is a Vintage Regional Travel Brochure: Jeep to Harney Peak, Sylvan Lake Resort, Black Hills, South Dakota.

Features: Measures 4″ x 9″ folded;
Black and white, 2-fold;
Reads: Don and Betty Clifford, Managers;
We believe this dates to 1958 or 1959;
Nice pic of the Jeep Train on back.
condition: Good – slight wear at edge and corners, light soiling.”

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1965 Postcard of Don Pratt Jeep Tours

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UPDATE: This was on eBay. **SOLD**

This postcard pictures Don Pratt’s tour jeeps at Oak Creek Canyon out of Sedona, Az.

“Don Pratt Jeep Tours postcard
This auction is for (1), 3-1/2″ x 9″ postcard, unmailed.
The condition of this card is good.
Unusual 9″ wide postcard showing a split scene of Jeeps in Oak Creek Canyon. Card has bent corners, edge wear and light staining on back.
Check out my other postcards.”


Here’s a closeup:


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June 17th: Escaping Indiana

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We hit our goal on Monday of seeing three car museums in Indiana and enjoying lunch with Steve at an old fashioned diner called Schoops. The downside was . . .  when we tried to leave Indiana, we encountered road construction and blocked traffic (I-80 westbound was standstill). What should have taken an hour and a half took three hours. We went right to bed and just woke up a little bit ago. So, there will likely be no updates today.

However, I do have this neat photo Randy shared. The wagon below may have been one of several (exactly how many we haven’t determined) built by Kaiser for touring Hawaii. Note the four doors, extended bodies, and sun roofs. kaiser-extended-wagon-hawaii-randy-colin

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1974 CJ-6 Salt Lake City, UT eBay

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UPDATE: This is back on eBay (thanks Steve).

(04/14/2013) This CJ-6 was originally purchased as a Tour Jeep for Ouray tours.

“This super rare, all original Jeep CJ6 with the factory 304. It is a great little Jeep with 41,000 original miles, I bought this gem back in ’09. I searched high and low for a CJ6 for years and was after 3 things, a rust free body, original V8 and one painted originally “Copper Poly” which is like a burnt orange, real cool color. You can see a lot of the Copper poly peaking through everywhere, The original paint is under the toolbox cover.

This Jeep has rich history, I bought it from where it lived its whole life, Ouray Colorado, the “The Jeep Capital of the World”. It was originally purchased as a Tour Jeep and used as part of the historic “San Juan Senic Jeep Tours” back in the 70s and 80s and remained there until I bought it, hence why the low miles, it never got far out of southern Colorado. For those who are not familiar, the “San Juan Senic Jeep Tours” was the first Jeep tour company in Ouray, established in 1946 and is still in operation today (see there website You can see several original pictures of other Jeep tours back in the day in the book “JEEP” by David Fetherston.

As mentioned before, this Jeep is rust free. The body is completely original, rust free original floors, fenders and tub, only a very light haze of surface rust on the underside of the floors. The original windshield frame is rust free as well unlike most that have cancer developing. The undercarriage and floor supports are amazingly rust free. The floor supports are super solid, unlike all the other CJ6s I looked at. As mentioned before, the original paint is Copper poly code 526. The paint code is stamped on the cowl tag as seen in the picture. I bought an original 1974 Jeep brochure after I bought this Jeep that contains a picture of a CJ6 painted Copper poly. All the original stickers are still intact including the engine data sticker on the grille, the VIN sticker on the dash, the Warranty sticker on the dash, and bronze data tag on the dash (really cool looking).

The drivetrain is in excellent condition and all original numbers matching, the data tag on valve cover corresponds with the VIN sticker build date on the dash (see pic). The engine code 708h13 breaks down as 7~1974, 08~August, H~304 V8, 13~13th day of the month. You can verify all this information at The 8th digit in the VIN # contains is an H which designates that it originally came with the 304. It starts and runs perfectly, it has a lot of power and sounds good, it doesnt have any noises or lifter noise. It drives like a dream, it has power steering which is super nice.

This is a very rare CJ6, they only made 2826 in 1974 and less than 1/3 of them came with 304 V8s. Not to many left around and not to mention worth saving”

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