I got on a good writing groove Wednesday night and finally completed the first draft of my ‘family’ book. At 600+ pages it’s definitely the largest writing project I’ve undertaken to date. However, because of my authoring efforts I didn’t have time to do updates. Look for them Friday Morning.
A 1943 an interview with Barney Roos appeared in a Palm Beach newspaper that explored his automotive history. In the article, Roos promoted the jeep as a practical alternative to the standard tractor. Another article in the Milwaukee Journal seconded farmer’s optimism regarding the jeep (there were many articles promoting the jeep as a farm tractor. Here’s a September 06, 1943 article).
A year later, two Canadian Agricultural specialists were much less confident in the jeep’s potential, suggesting the jeep drove to fast, the transmission was not strong enough, and the jeep lacked power to be a good farm vehicle. Willys Overland must have agreed with those researchers, because they addressed those issues by installing lower gears, which both added power and slowed down the jeep. They also updated the transmission to the T-90.
I’ll begin with the 1944 Canadian article first as that is comparatively short.
By April 1942 newspaper editors weren’t sure what to call the new fangled quarter-ton bantam-willys-ford invention. The problem was highlighted in this Sarasota-Herald-Tribune article which surveyed editors’ uses of different descriptive words. Note the naval editor’s response at the very bottom of the article.
Eventually, a decision was made. In May of 1942 newspapers announced the armored division officially named the quarter-ton command/reconnaissance car the ‘Peep’, while the half-ton armored car was called the ‘Jeep’. The Milwaukee Journal published two photos to help readers distinguish between the two.
This article in the Pittsburgh Press, in May of 1942 confirms that the names “jeep” and “peep” had been transformed from slang into legitimate words that could appear in dictionaries.
As late as 1984, some WWII vets didn’t know why they called the jeep a peep. According to this article in the Spokane-Review, Patton’s 3rd Army Armored Division continued to call the jeep a peep throughout the war.
This is interesting. I don’t know how rare it is. One of the charms is a jeep.
“Circa 1940’s-50’s military-themed silver charm bracelet
Willy’s Jeep, tank, USN symbol, plane, machine gun, paratrooper, sailor charms”
Nice looking wagon.
What you are about to see is a rare 1962, Willy’s Utility Wagon. This is an original survivor and was the very first one off the production line in 1962. It has the original engine, frame, and body with matching numbers. Its teal blue paint mimics its original factory paint color. The exterior and interior is all real wood which is Koa and red oak trim. It has a Hurricane 226 motor that purrs like a kitten. This unique Willy’s Wagon is a four wheel drive with a high and low in good working condition. It also is a manual three speed transmission on the floor in good working condition. We believe this was either an ambulance or city, county, or state work vehicle because of the original light on the roof. All electrical is working and we have reached over 70mph with it for highway driving (but its not recommended due to the speed limits back then were 55mph). This is truly a rare unique piece of history because there is only a handful of original survivors left in the world and being #1 off the production line.
UPDATE: Still Available.
(11/20/2014) Not many farnsworth & middlekauff welders still installed in flat fenders. The seller included the video link below. I’ve included a brochure below that.
“This is a rare factory equipped welding jeep, it has a factory 200 ampere arc welder by general electric in stalled by farnsworth & middlekauff from ohio, below is a link on the welding jeep working it is a 17 min video, not mine but a new one. The jeep starts, runs, drives, and stops the jeeps body and motor is in above adverage shape the welder is working at the time, the welder is pto driven the link below is more pictures by phone only no texting”
UPDATE: Price dropped to $6000. Also willing to trade for an FC0150.
Joe bought this and repaired it.
“This was a one owner Willys that I got a few months ago. I have made the following repairs. New master cylinder, 4 new wheel cylinders, all new brake shoes, all new rubber brake hoses, one new rear steel brake line. New gas tank, new 6 volt battery and voltage regulator. New correct battery hold down. New coil, plug wires, cap, rotor, plugs and points. New 6 volt battery cables. New clutch fork and throw-out bearing, new clutch pivot arm assembly. One NOS vacuum wiper motor. New exhaust manifold gasket. Almost new front tires. It needs a few items to be 100 % such as two new matching rear tires and a muffler and tail pipe. It runs and drives great all the gauges work correctly.”
It’s got a fiberglass body.
“1947 Willy’s Fiberglass body Jeep, Chevy 350, 350 Trans w/ B&M shifter , 5.29 gears, Aluminum Radiator, Headers, fuel cell, Roll cage, Unlimited Paddle, race belts both seats, overhead lights….. and more !! Weight is 2281 Lbs. ran last year at Avenal sand drag 6.45 et at 50 mph that’s 100 at yards, would make a great entry level racer or Beach Cruiser. Green stickered. $6500 or OBO possible CASH and Trade”
Looks in good shape.
“Old jeep for sale runs rebuilt original engine I believe. will take best offer”
“1947 WILLY’S JEEP 302 Ford engine, C-4 Trans, New Tires, New Radiator, New Battery. Warn Winch, Locking Hubs, Roll Cage and Tow Bar ”
Two jeeps, one title.
“here a 2 willys jeeps they both run.i have a title for one of them they are sold as a pair.i have a new gas tank that also goes with”
Looks good. Was listed here in Feb 2013.
“Very rare 1966 CJ6 with factory hard top. Super clean! Stock V6 and 3 speed manual. A couple modifications. Could easily be take back to stock or modified for the ultimate offroader! Already replaced all brake shoes, stainless steel brake lines, upgrade to GM alternator, ignition coil, radio (w/Bluetooth), speaker boxes, aftermarket rear bumper with tire swing, electronic points/ignition, CB installed but not hooked up, also have AC system if wanted. I don’t carry my phone vary often so leave a message, text, or e-mai”
Not many of these RHD J30s in the US.
“1966 Mitsubishi Jeep J30 4 Door 4X4
Built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries under license from Kaiser Jeep.
These were made from the late 1950s through the late 1990s. However, very rare here in the US.
It features a 4 Cylinder gas motor with a 3 speed manual column shift. (Three on the tree).
It has a THREE speed transfer case 2 Hi, 4 Hi, 4 Med, 4 Lo, and N.
The motor runs quite well. It shifts fine. We drove it to the lot.
However, the brakes need work before it can be driven.
Overall the Jeep is pretty solid. There is some minimal rust in various rocker and door spots.
The frame, floors, and underside look remarkably well. The truck came from Texas.
The interior appears to be mostly original. The seat upholstery is good, but the cushioning material has deteriorated.
The door panels need recovering and the headline is missing (the insulation is still there).
After market gauges and radio have been added many, many years ago. The radio actually works.
The tire look fairly recent. It looks like it was probably repainted eons ago.
Here is some info on this EXACT unit I found on Google
This could be a really cool, unique vehicle. Stand out from the crowd at cruise nights!
Asking $4995 cash. I am out of time and space! Make me an offer! I might take a trade.
Call Finish Line Motors
(918) 688-5932 By appointment only.
1410 E 6th St. Tulsa
UPDATE: Still Available.
(09/19/2014) I don’t know if this is an ad for a jeep or for a vacation! The jeep looks good. So does Hawaii!
“Clean 1946 Willys CJ-2A. Restored to excellent working condition. Original color scheme; Pasture Green with Autumn Yellow wheels painted 2 years ago. It is regularly and properly maintained. No mechanical issues: Original L-Head 134 holds good oil pressure, no overheating, 4wd works, etc. New Clutch, transmission rebuild, transfer case rebuild and rear end rebuild within the past year.”
Runs and drives.
“1977 Mail Jeep 6 cyld. Automatic Trans. Runs & Drives Great
Good Heat, Lots of New Parts Good Tires ,Doors all lock,”
Runs and drives.
“1981 AM GENERAL DJ MAIL JEEP 2 WHEEL DRIVE. 4 CYLINDER IRON DUKE ENGINE, AUTO TRANS 38967 MILESTIRES LIKE NEW, MOTOR AND TRANS RUN AND WORK GREAT,NEEDS FLYWHEEL INSTALLED I HAVE A NEW 1 INSIDE OF IT . ”
UPDATE: Still Available.
“50 cj-3a runs and drives, needs brakes, has a new battery, carb rebuilt, fuel pump, four wheel drive is good. 12 volt and is in fair shape has rust but the frame is good. Come for a test drive, make good farm or trail machine. Good tires but dry rot, hold air. Bill of sale and cash only, must sale for medical reasons. Please no calls after 9 pm and leave a message.”
UPDATE: Still Available.
Interior- New Bestop seats, original rear seat (military canvas covering), rhinolined dark green, OEM replacement gauges, tachometer on steering column, ’74 Chevelle tilt steering column, original downward dash light, original dash plates, full roolbar/cage, TUFFY locking stereo roll cage box, roll cage dual speakers, stereo with iPod/phone plug, Full Tigertop soft top.
Exterior- Painted fluorescentlime green PPG paint, quadruple hood latches, manufactured front and rear bumpers, Rancho steering stabilzer shock, 2″ rubber lift, Pro-Comp 33″ tires on 15″ aluminum Centerlines, all new wiring via Paintless Wiring kit (spade fuses), Secondary rear gas tank built and installed in rear with baffle (front under driver seat in great condition, with manual knob twist tank selector, Underbody and firewall rhinolined in black, 11″ front drum brakes (9″ were stock), LED Stop/Turn lights, New hat channel underbody in 10 gauge steel, CJ3A windshield frame with vent.
No description provided.
Rough, but runs.
“Up for sale is a cool project motor runs drive train is good body is rough have paperwork and I’d tags”
UPDATE: Price dropped to $3250
“1947 Willys Jeep. Has clean title, currently non-opped. Has CHP assigned new vin #, pink slip in hand. Runs great, fires up every time even after sitting for a while.
The body is a little rough but the drivetrain is solid. Custom 2″ x 4″ steel box frame, Chevy 327 small journal motor with Edelbrock Quadrajet, intake manifold, and aluminum valve covers. HEI ignition, Electric fuel pump with automatic shut off. Chevy T-10 4 speed tranny mated to a Dana 20 T-Case. Axles are out of an ’86 CJ-5, Dana 35 front with ez-locker and AMC 20 in the back with Superior 1-piece axles and a brand new Detroit locker. 4.56 gears. Manual steering and brakes. Jeep also has full roll cage, welded by a professional shop. Cage bolts to fabricated frame mounts and can be removed. 4 point harnesses, Summit 16 gallon poly fuel cell replaced the under seat tank. This jeep is a blast in the desert or on the trail, will go anywhere you want. Also has a tow bar. Sitting on 33-12.5×15 tires and steel wheels with full size spare. Since it is non opped it will need to be towed, or I may be able to deliver on my flatbed trailer for some extra $$. Email preffered for any questions or clarifications, I’m not interested in any trades. Just had a baby and have to downsize, not acquire new projects.”
UPDATE: Price dropped to $1000.
(11/05/2014) Has some parts value.
“original fc150 jeep, some parts been removed for resto, all parts there, minimal rust. 4×4, flat 4 cyl.”
“Willys Jeep Aluminum Hartop and Doors, super light weight, came with a CJ3A, needs some work which is why they are cheap but has a lot of potential.”
The parts look useful.
“’48 Willys body, frame, seats, roll bar, steering wheel and box, wheels, fenders, windshield, hood, grill, all in good cond. CA title, current non-op. Flat rod, Jeep rod start. Price is firm.”
“Good body & interior, V8 motor. Doesn’t run currently. Selling this out of an estate, so I apologize in advance for not knowing much about it. It was a restoration project but never completed. Great opportunity for a rebuild undertaking. ”