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Here is mine in 1945. Owner picked it up in 1945 at the factory. They then drove it into Canada and down to CT where they lived. I have the dealers invoice and the Capstan winch wasn't on the invoice. I asked about that and he said it was a gift and may be the 1st one with a civilian Capstan winch.

The shifter is black, you cannot tell the headlight bezel color. The rear bow bracket has two holes in it that no one knows what it is for.



Edited by Oakes - 13 Aug. 2020 at 2:27pm
SOME PEOPLE ARE LIKE SLINKIES, THEY ARE NOT REALLY GOOD FOR ANYTHING BUT THEY STILL BRING A SMILE TO YOUR FACE WHEN YOU PUSH THEM DOWN A FLIGHT OF STAIRS
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Ol' Unreliable Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Aug. 2020 at 5:26pm


It's not the best photo add but it's there.


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It wasn't an advertisement. Certain dignitaries of the industry were given, free, jeeps. Since there was no interstate highway systems it was a great way to have jeeps on hand that could then be brought to auto and agriculture shows in the area. 
The driver in the picture was a show producer that Willys advertised in. The show brought him to NYC for a show and Detroit. He was an engineer before he emigrated here. He used to visit the assembly lines as his heart was in engineering. They lived in CT. 
That's a picture of them in front of the Toledo OH factory. They then drove into Canada and then down to CT where they had a house. 
The second owner was a caretaker for them. He ended up with the jeep and then it was acquired by owner 3. He had the idea of restoring it but then saw my ad and I bought it on a below 0 degree day in CT. 
I found the owners son and he sent me this picture. I also have the dealers invoice which did not list the capstan winch. So I asked how that came about and he said it was also a gift that was on it when they got it. It may be the first civilian capstan winch on a civilian jeep. I have the second owners, the caretaker's, number and he said that Willys would come down and he would collect the jeeps in the area and they, collectively, would clean them up for the shows. When the shows were over they would go back to the owners. Note the picture is signed my Charlie Sorenson. 
I call the caretaker in the next few days but the number is 20 years old and he may not be with us any longer.
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Do you know where that photo was taken? 
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Originally posted by 3-48s 3-48s wrote:

How about this Service Station JEEP-Nice white walls!

Do you know where this photo was taken?   
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That was the front of the Toledo OH headquarters I was told.

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Atlas was/is a Chevron/ Standard Oil brand. As a kid I sold Atlas batteries Tires & Accessories we got a nice commission on sales.. I worked at a Chevron co. Service station for a while.

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The camera angle on that Toledo photo makes the 2A look enormous. The gas-station 2A with the half cab looks properly 'to scale.'
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The owner was tiny. Look at the size of the steering wheel.
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Originally posted by Oakes Oakes wrote:

It wasn't an advertisement.


I meant to say it wasn't the best photo addition, not to imply the photo was an advertisement.  Sometimes I'm too lazy for my own good.  Five more letters but I was too tired to type them?  Embarrassed 
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The photo was professionally taken and the company was listed on the back of the photo. You can't make people that are vertically challenged tall and some overweight people would never be able to get in that front seat.
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Description - In this black and white photograph farmers are using a saw powered by a Jeep during a demonstration at the Cesor Farm in New Hudson, Michigan. "Jeep Day" at the farm took place July 18, 1945 to highlight civilian Jeeps and their usefulness beyond the military.

Looks like one of those CJ2 testing vehicles judging by the hood Jeep plaque.
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It has an interesting grill guard.  Looks to deflect as well as filter. 
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Great photo. Can't get over the lack of protection with the PTO buzz-saw accessories in that era. That enormous blade is the Wheel of Amputation, even for woodcutters who were paying attention....
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  The whole story of that jeep and the others like it, as well as their chaff screens and other equipment, and that day at Cesor Farms is told in Fred Coldwell’s book, Preproduction Civilian Jeeps. You can contact Fred by PM here to get a copy. If you have any interest in the development history of the CJ2-A, you need a copy. 
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Originally posted by LuzonRed47 LuzonRed47 wrote:

Great photo. Can't get over the lack of protection with the PTO buzz-saw accessories in that era. That enormous blade is the Wheel of Amputation, even for woodcutters who were paying attention....

You should see the pictures of them using jeeps to spray fields and orchards with pesticides. Let's just say there might have been a large turn-over for that job. 
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Bill M,

Are there any similar pictures where you got that from? As big as that day was, there don’t seem to be many photos for whatever reason. 

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Hello Bill Norris,

there were only 4 photos that came up in the search. I think they are high resolution. Yes I will get Fred's book on the CJ pre production models as I find it fascinating. All the best to you all.
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