We would like to send out a HUGE THANKS to all those who participated in this year’s Cover Photo Contest! We would like to congratulate Todd Phelps for winning a spot on the Front Cover of the 2013 Kaiser Willys Catalog, and David Beasley, our Back Cover Winner! Keep reading to see the winning photos!
Judging this year’s contest was tough – we had SO many great submissions! That’s why we’ve decided to give those who didn’t win the cover spot another chance to get something for being a part of the contest! We’ve posted one photo from each entrant on our Facebook Page and are asking YOU to be the judge! The three photos with the most “likes” will receive a $100 Gift Certificate to KaiserWillys.com! What are you waiting for? Check out the competition, leave our participants some comments, and START VOTING!
Winner of the 2013 Catalog Front Cover – Todd Phelps 1958 CJ-3B
Todd’s Story: I guess we’ve been a Jeep family for a long time–sometimes just at heart, often as owners. My two brothers and I grew up camping with our dad, mostly in Boy Scouts. For years, our ’70 Wagoneer was my dad’s daily driver, often becoming one of the camping vehicles for our troop’s monthly outings. My older brother and I both learned to drive on that Jeep. After my brother bought a new ’83 CJ-7, the Wagoneer became mine until college. When my younger brother opted for a ’63 Impala, the Jeep sadly, was sold. Years later, my older brother sold his ’83 and we became a Jeepless family again.
Then, last year, my older brother and I discussed our families jointly buying a Jeep to restore and drive. Within a few days, my wife had found our ’58 CJ-3B on E-Bay in Flagstaff, AZ. After two phone conversations with the owner, we bought the CJ sight-unseen and the rest is history.
The attached photos are taken on family land in Reeds, NC. This field has been a common campsite for decades. Our goal is to take the CJ back to factory. Thankfully, the engine and drivetrain are original. Our immediate job is bodywork, paint, seats, electrical, but we have an engine rebuild in our future as well. To date, we’ve replaced wheels/tires, rebuilt the carb and starter, added a back seat. Our winter project includes patch-welding the holes cut in the dash for a radio and speakers and a full rewire including new gauges. Working on the jeep has become a family affair that even my 11 year old daughter enjoys.
Many thanks to Kaiser Willys for providing such great parts and help!
Winner of the 2013 Catalog Back Cover – David Beasley 1953 Willys Truck
David’s Story: My love for Willy’s started in 1975 when I was 11 years old. My oldest brother hada ‘47 Willy’s panel truck and he let me help him do the bodywork. Now that I am 48, I have my own ‘53 Willy’s pickup. When I bought the truck the part that was in the best shape was the newly reupholstered seat. When I took the doors off to work on them, Thunder the dog quickly tore it up to match the rest of the truck. I am slowly but surely fixing everything up.
If you would like to share your Willys Jeep Story please send us a line. We ‘d love to meet your Jeep.
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