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1948 CJ-2A Godfrey, Il $3000


The body looks solid.  And they take credit cards.


9 Comments on “1948 CJ-2A Godfrey, Il $3000

  1. mmdeilers Post author

    Hi Brett,

    Those are actually the original hubs. These are ‘always on’ hubs, meaning you can’t disengage them. According to Warn Industries, the first locking hub wasn’t made until 1948 when Arthur Warn invented the first locking hub (

    According to the company, “Warn Industries, headquartered in Clackamas, Oregon, was founded in 1948 when Arthur Warn invented the world’s first four-wheel-drive locking hub in the back of his Willy’s Jeep dealership. His invention converted World War II surplus Jeeps into useful, on-road vehicles and created an entirely new market. When a small ad for his hubs in the back of Popular Mechanics proved successful, a family business was born.”

    Here’s a close up of the hub

    – Dave

  2. Michael Myers

    Before Warn invented the first locking hub in 1947, he actually designed and manufactured a product in early 1946 call “Summer Hubs”, which is what are on this jeep….they aren’t locked in, rather they freewheel the front axle, disengaging the front axles allowing the axle ends to to rotate in a Torrington bearing race. When pulling the interior lever to the “In” position, with these hubs you will still not have 4-wheel drive…I have had several sets of these, and they are becoming very hard to find, and when you do find them, they command top dollar 🙂 i will look in my files, i still have pics of a set somewhere.. An NOS set with the original box and instructions recently sold on eBay for BIG bucks….Mike

  3. mmdeilers Post author

    Well I stand corrected. Thanks Mike!

    I saw some chrome versions similar to the ‘summer hub’ you describe. ( are these them?). I tried to find some detailed history about Warn and development of the hubs, but I didn’t have much success.

    Based on the information I found, I was lead to believe the first locking hub wasn’t developed until the early 50’s?


    – Dave

  4. Michael Myers

    those are the hubs, and notice the “dimples” on the face? those are the second design, the first design had a waffle cone design on the face 🙂 the waffle cones are extremely hard to find.. they actually aren’t chrome, they are polished aircraft grade aluminum..i sold my 2 sets this past summer for cash to fund my restoration, care to guess where some of the cash went? 🙂

  5. mmdeilers Post author

    That’s very useful info. I was very surprised that Warn’s history page doesn’t have more information about these early hubs. Guess I’ll have to piece this history together.

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