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Overground Railroad Book

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

A reader (and my pea-sized brain can’t remember who) noticed that the front of the Overground Railroad, a book by Candace Taylor, had a Jeep Wagon on its cover. It looks to be a 1950-1951 wagon to me.

I haven’t read the book just yet, but look forward to it. The book is about 300 pages, but has at least 100 pages of photos. The reviews for it have been very good. Here’s a review from a Route 66 website.

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1954 Photo Mighty Mite & Helicopter on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Mighty Mites, videos

This photo appears to show one of the prototype Mighty Mites. It’s hood number (179849) is 3 numbers away from another Mighty Mite (179846) that appeared in the press video at the bottom of this post.

View all the information on eBay

“1954 Sikorsky S-56 Helicopter Backing Jeep into Cargo area … Press Photo”

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Here’s the Mighty Mite press video:

 
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1948 Willys Jeep Pocket Calendar on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Chris spotted this odd Willys Calendar. It’s got an imprint of a horse head on it, but we didn’t understand why that might be. It appears these were produced for the Ohio Willys Sales Company, of Cleveland, Ohio. It’s currently priced at $49.

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Oglesby Jeep w/ Trailer Nappanee, IN $160

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Looks in better shape than many I’ve seen.

https://southbend.craigslist.org/clt/d/nappanee-1950s-oglesby-red-cast/7083343894.html

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“1950’s Oglesby Red Cast Aluminum Willy’s Jeep.
Made in Peru, IN.
All original paint and tires.
Condition is used but very nice.
Jeep measure approximately 10.5 ” in length.
Also includes Oglesby Red cast aluminum Trailer.
Very rare to find these together.
Trailer measures 8.5″ in length.
Overall both pieces in very nice condition.”

 
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1951 CJ-3A Lake Tenkiller, OK $10,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(09/09/2017) Has a drivetrain update.

https://tulsa.craigslist.org/snw/d/cookson-51-willy/7074149749.html

“51 willys with V-6 and auto transmission. Power steering. Great little jeep. Canvas top also. Tandem trailer can also be purchased.”

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1949 CJ-3A? Okemah, OK $4500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

This has full floaters in the rear.

https://tulsa.craigslist.org/cto/d/okemah-1949-jeep-willys/7083622308.html

“1949 Jeep Willys for sale!!! This Jeep is the bombdiggidy!!! Perfect for hunting or putting around town. It runs! I have a clean title! Asking $4500 or best offer.”

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1948 Cj-2A Lindale, TX $3500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Might be worth a look.

https://easttexas.craigslist.org/atq/d/lindale-antique/7084352880.html

“Finish this restoration. 1948 Willys Jeep CJ. Due to illness, cannot finish. Good body with primer coat, new gas tank, new seats, rebuilt starter, 12volt alternator. With a little TLC, this jeep will be ready to roll.”

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1954 M-38A1 Winder, GA $10,900

• CATEGORIES: M-38A1 • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: This is also on eBay, but with a lower price of $10,900.

This M-38A1 looks in good shape.

http://www.warjeeps.com/mjs/sale20/adm023/adm023.html

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“Lots of work done, good driver/parade truck. This is my client’s Jeep and I’ve done 99.9% of the work to it since he acquired it. He is moving in a different direction in the hobby and is putting the Jeep up for sale and since I’ve done all the work for the last 4+ years, I’m helping him sell it.

Details: Currently registered and tagged in Georgia, current owner has the title from the prior owner in Florida (Georgia will not title anything built prior to 1963). Located in Winder, Ga. Vehicle has recently been serviced with new oil and filter, all fluids checked, all zerks greased, etc. All systems on vehicle function as they should: Engine, drivetrain, 4wd, gauges, lights, parking brake, etc.

Condition: Vehicle is in very good driver or parade duty condition. Sheetmetal is above average, but not perfect. Both front fenders were wrinkled at some point and straightened. They are acceptable in their current condition but a new owner looking for show quality perfection will probably want to replace them. Tub corners, rockers, cowl and rear panel are excellent. Vehicle had a replacement floor pan installed at some point and the job was done competently. Rear panel is straight and has never had a tailgate cut in. Windshield is correct M-series Jeep (it’s an M170 ambulance Jeep model, but it’s identical to M38A1 other than two small brackets on top for stretchers) and has new glass and weatherstripping. Vehicle retains all of its original 24V system (25A generator, external regulator, blackout lights, etc.). Most of the wiring is new and retains the original Douglas connectors. The paint is older and a few spots have been touched up but overall it’s a clean and presentable vehicle. Vehicles runs very well, will maintain 50mph, transmission doesn’t pop out of 2nd gear like so many T90s, transfer works like it should, etc. Carburetor is the correct Carter YS950, etc.
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1948 CJ-2A Arvada, CO $10,500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Has some mods.

https://denver.craigslist.org/pts/d/arvada-jeep-1948-willys-cj2a-complete/7079163816.html

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“1948 Willy’s CJ-2A Jeep (All Complete Jeep)

– 350 Chevy V8 Engine
– TH 350 Automatic Transmission
– Clean Colorado Title
– Very clean Body with No Rust
– 1 piece windshield with Good Glass
– Power Steering
– 2.5 inch Lift Kit
– Reversed Front Shackles
– Dana 44 Rear Axle with 5.38 Gearing
– 11 inch Brakes and New wheels
– BFG 33″x 15″ Mud Terrain Tires
– Has chrome headers
– Tilt Steering column
– 12 volt electrical system
– Comes with a tow bar

$10,500 OBO
This is a Very Solid Complete Willy’s Jeep with a Clean Title
For more information or questions,”

 
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MB, CJ-2A and CJ-3A Terrell/Elmo, TX $1000/$1300

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, CJ-3A, MB • TAGS: .

The price listed is $1000 in the first ad and $1300 in a second ad, but it’s unclear if the price is for everything or per vehicle.

  1. https://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/pts/d/elmo-1940s-willys-jeep/7084014170.html

“Have several willys jeeps from early 1940s one box one pickup and on 4 passenger reg. Jeep”

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2. This looks to be a Lefty CJ-2A: https://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/pts/d/elmo-40s-model-willys-jeeps/7081924663.html

“Have several willys jeeps in decent condition they are 40 something models so they are rough. Ine pickup one box (mail truck) one arm”

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1949 CJ-3A Eau Claire, WI $2000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

Does not run.

https://eauclaire.craigslist.org/cto/d/eau-claire-1949-willys-cj3a-jeep/7081626651.html

“1949 Willys Jeep from Wyoming with clean title. Some usual rust but is solid. Does not run. In need of restoration. $2000 obo”

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1948 CJ-2A Spokane, WA Estate Sale

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

No pics of this 1948 CJ-2A. It’s part of an estate sale (looks like there are some cool things there)!

https://kpr.craigslist.org/com/d/pasco-pickers-paradise-huge-farm-sale/7082488147.html

“Pickers Paradise, Huge Farm Sale
7118 East Peone Road Spokane WA 99021
Moving! All must GO!
Farmhouse, 2 barns an outbuilding and garden shed filled with items.
1948 Stock Willys Jeep, Boat w/Trailer, Truck, Western Wear, Western and Native American Art, Branding Irons, Books, Old Clothing, Trunks, Spinning Wheels, Church Pews, Furniture, Pump Organ, Old Marbles, Wool Blankets, Coffee Grinders, OldTools, Old Crocks and Butter Churns. Much, Much More.
Sale starts Thursday February 27th at 8:00AM and will be opened every Thursday, Friday and Saturday until Saturday March 28th. Early Entrances Will Not Be Allowed!
Sale opened from 8:00AM – 4:00PM”

 
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1951 M-38 Schluersburg, MO $7500

• CATEGORIES: M-38

Runs and drives.

https://stlouis.craigslist.org/cto/d/defiance-1951-willys-m38-jeep/7079585187.html

“1951 Willys Jeep, Runs like a top, Converted to 12V, Electric fuel pump, Tires like new.”

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1947 CJ-2A Newport, TN $5000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Not quite all original, but close.

https://knoxville.craigslist.org/cto/d/newport-47-willys-jeep/7080405471.html

“All original runs and drives 47 Willy’s Jeep. Has pto switch military Jeep new seats. Must sale. Firm on 5 you won’t ever find another one. Have title”

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L-head Broken Arrow, OK $100

• CATEGORIES: Engine

It’s bored .060, so not a ton of life left.

https://tulsa.craigslist.org/pts/d/broken-arrow-willys-jeep-engine/7074521781.html

“Was running when pulled, .060 0ver needs rebuild, come get it!”

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1946 CJ-2A? Oklahoma City, OK $9000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $9000.

(02/13/2020) Lots of mods.

https://oklahomacity.craigslist.org/cto/d/oklahoma-city-1946-willys-jeep/7072316483.html

“Runs & drives great! Recently got a rebuilt small block engine (manual), ODO has 5 miles. Two-seater with new upholstery on seats. Has roll cage top, originally was outfitting it to be a rock crawler… but life happens… Tire are 35″ tall, 12.5″ wide and the rims are 17″. Front window still folds down like manufacturer intended.”

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1946 CJ-2A Altoona, IA $1800

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE: Price dropped to $1800.

(12/28/2019) It’s a project. It’s got an f-head.

https://desmoines.craigslist.org/pts/d/altoona-willys/7079198297.html

“Willys project 1946. Frame is blasted and powder coated. New front bumper. Selling all parts, engine trans and trans case is what it had in when I got it out of pasture 2.2 overhead 1950’s. Body rough good fenders hood and grill. $2500 obo. Not enough time to fix. Title in hand.”

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1946 VEC CJ-2A Princeton, IN $1800

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(02/04/2020) It’s an early roller.

https://evansville.craigslist.org/pts/d/princeton-1946-willys-vec-cj2a-jeep/7067938356.html

“Very Early Civilian model CJ2A. If this ad is still up it’s still for sale. Ser#18711, ’46 column shift. The frame, drivetrain, and body have been primered. This jeep does not have an engine. The body has had some bad spots cut out and patch panels made. The panels fit great but are not welded in. You can weld in these panels, or buy reproductions and use them depending on how precise of a restoration you want to do. This is a great restoration candidate, still has the column shifter and transmission. I do have other parts available for this project.”

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1946 CJ-2A Princeton, IN $1950

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE: Still Available.

https://evansville.craigslist.org/pts/d/princeton-1946-willys-cj2a-jeep/7067536380.html

The seller has a sense of humor, “the body has been many colors including the ultra-atractive traffic-cone-orange rattle-can coating it now wears.

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“46 cj2a serial #78498. Original color was “Picket Gray” with “Luzon Red” wheels, although the wheels have been painted black and the body has been many colors including the ultra-atractive traffic-cone-orange rattle-can coating it now wears.
This is a perfect entry level/starter jeep. This body is in really good shape. I play with these old jeeps quite a bit, and see a lot of them. This body is in better shape than most of them you see in this part of the country. Sheet metal is all original, no patches or modifications, bubba hasn’t screwed this one up. This is an excellent candidate for serious restoration. Theres still some body work is needed, the toolbox floor needs repair but is still in it (most of them are completely gone), theres one hole in passenger floorboard (above hat channel), and one under driver’s seat/fuel tank location. The engine turns over by hand, and I can source a transmission/ transfer case for added cost if needed.
Frame tag and body ser# tag match, acm is #69097. This is a good, solid jeep for someone to invest a little time into and enjoy. $1800/make offer. Thanks for looking.”

 
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Jeep-shaped Lighters

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Dennis noted that the was a CJ-5-shaped lighter. I was able to find a picture of one, but it is unclear to me how it works.

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Original Post: I just returned from a quick trip to Seattle, so limited updates today.

While there, I picked up three different sizes of Jeep lighters (thanks to Dan)! I plan to keep one of each and will sell some of the others. I tried to price these on eBay, but none of these are currently on eBay.

The largest one is particularly cool (far right). To ignite it, you collapse the steering wheel; the fire shoots out the hood. I’ll get a video of it tomorrow. The smaller ones are surprisingly heavy.

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There’s another, similar version of the smaller jeep lighters above that’s an LRDG jeep model. You can see one pic below and more pics of that jeep here: http://www.ewillys.com/2020/01/08/jeep-cigarette-lighter-on-ebay/

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The jeep-shaped lighter (and ashtray) I run cross most often for sale is the German Walter Baier type, which apparently was only sold on US Bases in Germany after the war (I have no documentation of that, other than this info was part of an eBay ad). Here’s a good example of the lighter:  https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Walter-Baier-Aluminum-Willy-Jeep-Lighter-Holder-Ashtray-West-German/293491239068?

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1948 Article on Elk Hunting with a CJ-2A

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

I wish the pic and caption were better reproduced in this scanned newspaper, but the December 02, 1948, article in Montana’s Choteau Acantha newspaper demonstrates how surprised some civilians were by the jeep’s capabilities. The writer mentions Black Leaf Canyon, which is south of Glacier National Park.

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1946 Sand Jeep Rocklin, CA $9500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Racing • TAGS: .

Has lots of updates.

https://sacramento.craigslist.org/cto/d/rocklin-1946-willys-sand-jeep/7083592394.html

“1946 willys jeep that was one time used as a sand dragster, (wild oats). I bought it as a project with a blown motor and trans. No rust, fiberglass tub and boxed frame. I rebuilt the SBC engine and trans for street use. Zero miles since done. Added all street legal requirements, head lights, tail, turn, stop, high beams, horn, windshield and wiper. Has brand new mud terrain tires and wheels. I added 4.88 gears and a powerloc to the front diff. The rear is a dana 44 with a spool. Chp would not allow me to license for street use. It is licensed for off road use. I do have current registration and pink slip. Come and get it for this season in the dunes.”

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Year? CJ-2A Old Town Fort Collins, CO $1500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

This has an Opel engine. I’ve never heard of that engine in a jeep. Fits nicely. No title.

https://fortcollins.craigslist.org/cto/d/tyro-willys-jeep/7083032597.html

“Cool little Jeep here. No title meaning it’s probably a strictly off-road vehicle. Has an opel 4 cylinder engine with the original gearbox and t case. Ran fine and worked good 2 years ago. Should still be good will definitely need a battery and a carb clean. New brakes and brake lines all around comes with 2 sets of wheels and tires (ALL TIRES ARE VERY BAD. ) it will definitely need to be trailered. I had a blowout towing it behind my 4runner so it will need to be trailered not flat towed now. Unique little rig.”

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1949 CJ-3A Johnstown, CO No Price

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Has a variety of updates.

https://fortcollins.craigslist.org/bar/d/johnstown-1949-willys-jeep/7080502387.html

“I have a 1949 CJ2A Willy’s Jeep that has an upgraded F Head engine, 3 speed with overdrive, internal lockers both axels, hubs on all 4 wheels. Dual shocks on all 4 wheels. It has the PTO but nothing hooked to it. Custom roll bar where all wiring and switches were routed up top. Bikini top, it has a warn 9500lb winch in the pics which I’m keeping however I have a PTO winch if you want to try and mount it and hook it all up. Mounts on the back for gas cans and more. A tough little Jeep that has a lot of life left in her. It is street legal with a clear title.”

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Year? CJ-2A Golden Valley, AZ $3000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, CJ-3A

I doubt this sold at the estate sale this past weekend. Might still be available. Unclear how much value it has. It must be sold, according to the ad.

https://mohave.craigslist.org/gms/d/golden-valley-estate-sale/7072839631.html

“1946 willys Jeep 3000 selling on Sunday bring cash and a trailer”

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