On Tuesday we drove from Dallas to Denham Springs, Louisiana. The drive itself was uneventful, but not without its challenges:
Our drive from Dallas to Denham Springs, LA.
Uh oh … this is a tight squeeze!!
1) When returning the rental car we had for two days, I was driving the motorhome and missed the turn for car rental returns. Instead, I headed straight towards Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport…….. There were no other options. I had to drive very slowly going through the concrete barriers to get my entry ticket. I fit, but barely. I estimate that I had two inches on either side of the motorhome. Ann was behind me and took a photo. Well, I did have to sacrifice a little bit of the generator tailpipe, which apparently stuck out the side a little too far.
Hmm … something’s not quite right, but it will work.
2) I turned over the driving to Ann after we left Dallas so I could get some eWillys done. I took off my wedding ring to type (which I always do) and set it in front of me on a sweater. That sweater got upended at some point and the ring rolled somewhere in the motorhome. Sigh.
3) When we arrived at the KOA trailer park about 9pm (reserved and paid for a site), we discovered the staff had left NO check-in info, so we took the LAST available site even though earlier in the day the reservations gal said only a back-in sit was available.
4) It seems this park includes much of Baton Rouge. We’re guessing a good number of these folks are recent flood victims 🙁
5) Our trailer neighbors just got done partying, but left a friend passed out on the bench 5 feet from our door. The scene is complete with bottles scattered everywhere. Oh well. Maybe they are finally watching the toddlers that were running in front of our rig as I tried to park it.
6) On the opposite side of us was a couple from New York who asked for help getting their cable to work. We were never able to make that work.
8) Our trailer was invaded by some local bug life as we searched for my ring.
Yet, we are still having fun. It’s all part of the adventure!! Once we get done with our visit, we have to decide how to proceed home. We are unsure of which route to take.
This looks like it has potential. That’s nearly, low hoop.
“1950 Jeep Willy’s for Sale
Fold down wind-shield
Perfect for hunting in the hills”
UPDATE: Still Available.
(02/18/2016) Looks nice.
“1947 Willys-Overland CJ2A
4.25 Lift (3 inch Black Diamond spring lift w/ 1.25 lift Confer shackles)
32×9.5×15 Swamper TSLs (almost nothing for wear)
6 point cage tied to the frame on the front hoop
53′ CJ3A 134ci L-head flathead 4 cylinder
T90 3 speed transmission (rebuilt with a Novak master rebuild kit)
Dana 18 transfer case (rebuilt with a Novak master rebuild kit)
full Painless wiring harness
all new brakes
currently registered and on the road with a clean clear title in my name
I’ve had this Jeep almost 20 years.
This has been my daily driver since the begining of August.”
This Vincent Van goes.
“This cute little delivery van started it’s life in 1962 working for the Post Office as a mail route delivery van. It is on a jeep chassis, with a jeep 4 cylinder engine and automatic transmission. It is right drive and has roll up door in the rear – both very handy for delivery purposes. The running gear is good and the body is almost perfect, no dings or dents. 1 small rust spot! The paint is called Torrid Teal!! Recent application of clear coat. All glass is okay – one window has a small crack but solid. Interior is in good shape. Interior and exterior lights all work. Has a basic PA system for when it was an ice cream sales vehicle (not complete). Please e-mail if you have questions or need further information.
Current license and clear title. $25,000 cash, or possible partial trade and cash.”
Has a few mods.
1951 WILLY’S JEEP CJ-3A 4×4
FORD 2.3l OVERHEAD CAM 4cyl
FULL ROLL CAGE
EXCELLENT INSIDE AND OUT
ABSOLUTELY RUST FREE HONEST RIG
CANVAS TOP IN GREAT CONDITION
SAME OWNER FOR OVER 20 YEARS”
This refurbed jeep looks nice.
“1947 CJ2A Jeep Frame off restoration, original motor rebuilt, new wheels and tires, electric wench,new interior,roll bar, pop out windshield, 12 volt system,”
Has couple updates. Looks solid.
“Well kept and updated CJ3A. Stock L134 flathead engine.
Many new parts including: tires; leaf springs; shocks; clutch; transmission bearings; battery; alternator; distributor; carburetor; fuel pump; gas tank and gas lines; brake lines and wheel cylinders; exhaust system.
Features: full padded roll cage; tow bar and lights; full size spare tire; 4-wheel Warn lockout hubs; Warn overdrive; Saginaw steering box; Dana 44 rear axle with limited slip differential.”
Not sure why it doesn’t have full floating rear hubs? Seems a strange detail to miss
“1945 Willys MB, completely restored and parade ready. Frame off restoration, engine, transmission and drive train completely rebuilt. Professionally painted replacement tub, hood and windshield frame. Jeep looks and runs like new. Rebuilt chain drive engine is from an early CJ2a, and rear axle is a Dana 41. All other parts are either original, NOS or replacement. Ready for your show or parade. Clear Virginia title. Less than 500 miles driven since restoration.”
“treet legal and licensed as an antique car. Fantastic condition. Texas title. Must See!!! Original Hurricane F-Head 134 CID 4 cyl, T-90 3 speed transmission, Dana 18 transfer case, Dana 27 front axle, Dana 44 rear axle. NEW PARTS brakes / brake lines , Firestone military non-directional tires (5), leaf springs and shocks, alternator (replaced the generator), carburetor, clutch, 12v headlights, canvas seat covers on the original seat frames/springs, canvas top and top bows, new/rebuilt steering components.”
There’s some value here. The auction is October 1 & 2.
It’s still a project. Looks like it might be on a 1970s CJ-5 chassis.
“1942 willy’s jeep MB
Runs and drives but still a project
327 Chevy small block
Muncie m21 4 speed
Dana 30 front and rear front locking hubs
Edlebrok 1403 carb
Comes with roll bar, soft top, doors, seats with sliders
Body is alright
Tires are old but a lot of tread left
Possible trade for prerunner with cash or dirt bike on my end”
It’s a project.
“I’ve got this cool old truck ive been tinkering on for a year now. Ive replaced various things and though it runs good when it runs, i just can’t get it right. Its got lots of rust and some body damage but all the parts are there except for the bed. Original gas tank was hopeless so it’s running off a fuel cell. Its got 2 inch wheel spacers to accommodate the larger tires but still have the original rims. Its a one ton.
This truck would make a really cool hunting rig or just something to drive around in the mountains if you want to put the work into it. It IS a project. They’re quite rare. Have clean title in hand.
Id like to trade this for a good running 3/4 ton or better truck.
The bigger the better, needs to pull a travel trailer. Im open to an suv or even a van if its heavy and in good shape.
I don’t know what the truck’s worth but i dont want to trade for anything with major issues. I don’t mind something ugly. Just depends what it’s worth to you. Please send pics. Thanks for reading.”
Sides are rough according to seller.
“This is a world war II jeep tub. Good for parts or for a retro rockcrawler project. no data plates, no script, 1943 or 44.
tub sides are bondo. looks good in the picture but sides are rough. cowl is great. floor is rusty. This is a fab situation, not bolt on.
I will help you load this or deliver locally if necessary. i can’t help you if your wife gets mad. mine will be happy its found a new home.
folks always ask if I have other ww2 jeep parts. I have center parts of a cut frame (no front or rear), a front axle, hood that Is covered in bondo and that’s about it.
IF THIS AD IS UP, ITS AVAILABLE. Email me pls, that’s how I communicate best. don’t ask if its available. come look at it. ”
No pics and no description.
“I have the pink slip email me your number if interested. You pick up. I collect comic books maybe we can work a trade. Sorry no pics on my computer I do have some on my phone I can send.”
There’s some parts value here. Strange to see a 2A with a plow on the front in the Seattle area. It is probably from elsewhere.
“1946 Willys Jeep 90+% complete Original Running gear body parts Radiator Grille Seats Windshield frame More”
Not sure how much value is here.
“high hood jeep. just a roller no motor no trans all original. body is kinda rough. very little rust. have fenders and an extra grille for it too.”
It’s a parts jeep. There could be some value here.
“1956 Willys Jeep CJ2A for parts or restoration if you are ambitious. This was originally used at the airport as a baggage conveyor in the 50â€™s and 60â€™s. It was running as late as 1995. The passenger side of the body was modified for the conveyer. The engine, transmission, transfercase, front axle, steering, brakes, frame seat, gas tank and dash are intact. The rear end has been removed but there is one loose that appears to be for a Jeep. It comes with original documents and bill of sale from the airport. It was not titled since it was not intended to be driven on the street. You will receive a bill of sale. You will need to be able to load it onto a trailer for transport.
Email if interested and for more information. We will be available Friday 9/30 to 10/2 and can show it at that time. It is located near downtown Eugene. ”
UPDATE: Price dropped to $1995.
(07/05/2016) Project or parts.
“selling a project willys from done new springs new power steering conversion 4 cylinder mustang turbo motor in and married to tranny has a lot of parts with a trade like a boat car 4 wheeler our ??? call our text”
UPDATE: Still Available (and has been for three years)
“1950 Willys CJ3A. Complete, Needs TLC, Does Not Run. Clean Title. $5K, FIRM! Email Only”
My niece Holly showing us around SMU’s stables and arena.
On Monday we hung around the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Today we are heading for Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (See Monday’s post here: http://www.ewillys.com/2016/09/26/goodbye-west-texas-hello-wet-texas/)
First we went south to Fort Worth. My mid afternoon we were back at the motorhome. Then, we left for Dallas for a few hours.
On Monday I had a carefully orchestrated plan, had being the operative word. Things went awry early in the morning. First, was learning that the Cowgirl museum and Bowling museums in Fort Worth were closed on Mondays. Drats! Then, someone who she remained unnamed announced she didn’t want to go to any more museums. Oh, the joys of travel companions! But, then we discovered that the Fort Worth Bureau of Engraving and Printing was open on weekdays. Everyone was fine with that, so we were off (two hours later than planned).
As we were getting in the car, we realized that our shirts were appropriate for Texas.
Before visiting the mint, we decided to head downtown Fort Worth while traffic was light to see the Fort Worth Water Gardens. They turned out to be really cool!
One of the park entrances.
We are heading to Baton Rouge on an unexpected adventure. More on our adventure tomorrow.
Meanwhile, I found this at a nearby Buc-ees.
…. I managed to schedule this morning’s update on the wrong date. And, it was just the simple update below:
We had a very slow start yesterday for reasons that shall remain in confidence due to the sensitive nature of the person who slowly got ready, delaying our departure, and who was not Ann nor I. The slow departure kept us from spending as much time as we’d hoped in downtown Fort Worth. More on that tomorrow.
Later on in the day, the two fast morning-dressers went out on their own and had a lovely afternoon meeting with Jesse and Andrea Ybarra, then a wonderful dinner with my niece, who is feeling the affects of being away from home as a Freshman in college. Our timing with her couldn’t have been better.
When we returned to the motorhome, I received an email that may lead to an incredible jeep-related opportunity, which could change our travel plans slightly. I’ll know more later today.
However, right now (that would be late Monday evening) I’m exhausted, so this is the only post for Tuesday morning. Stayed tuned …. I will post Tuesday afternoon if our travel plans change.
An August 20, 1954, article in the Toledo Bade discussed Kaiser-Willys upcoming demonstrations at 23 major fairs in 15 states. The article included a photo of a Jeep-a-Trench Trencher.
UPDATE: Don’t forget about this auction.
All kinds of jeep parts will be available at this in-person-auction.
“Super Lg. Qty. Of Antique Jeep Parts For 1946-1970 Years (Selling @ 11:30AM): Parts For CJ’s, FC’s, Pickups, Wagons, Etc. Including: Rear Ends, Fenders, Doors, Grilles, Asst. Body Parts, Steering Assy.’s; Eng’s, Blocks, All Kinds Of Body & Eng. Parts; CJ 3b Frames; (2) FC150 Frames; 68 CJ5 Frames; ‘46-‘49 Wagon Frame & Roof; L-226 Wagon Frame; FC 150 Grille; Many Other Parts- Something For Every Antique Jeep Enthusiast; NOTE: Separate Auction Selling Jeep Parts Only Starting @ 11:30AM. ”
Today we drove from Lubbock to Dallas, leaving behind the dry west Texas for nearly continuous rain. (See Saturday’s Trip from New Mexico | See Monday’s Trip in Forth Worth & Dallas)
Our path from Lubbock, to Abilene, to Dallas (rented a car for two days), and then to Roanoke for the night.
We left our Walmart “camp site”, which proved to be quiet and restful for the four hours I slept, at the break of dawn. I wanted to push us a bit, because I felt Abilene would take a few hours to see and we also had to rent a car and locate an RV park for the next two night. I’ll just say it right now: traveling in our jeep and using motels is SOOOOO much easier than dealing with this big motorhome for multiple reasons. Sure, we can save money a few nights staying at Walmarts (or state parks, some of which allow free camping due to Ann’s disability status). However, eventually we have to shower, especially in all this humid weather. I sweat just thinking about getting out of bed!
Anyhow, I digress. As we left the Walmart parking lot we quickly ran across this oddly named place: Bone Daddys. We weren’t sure whether it was a BBQ restaurant or some kind of sex shop. It sure was colorful on the outside!
Almost immediately after Lubbock we hit rain, light in some cases, heavier in others, that trailed us into Abilene.
Fortunately, the rain stopped just long enough to let us look around the Storybook garden area of downtown Abilene where we took these photos. We had the whole place to ourselves (Abilene is dead on Sunday mornings, which is great for parking the motorhome!
Me, Ann, and Zollie (named for the drug Zoloft). Zollie is her PTSD dog, though he’s so skittish she spends more time calming him than he her. He’s quite smart, but more cat than dog.