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1943 MB Body East Haddam, CT **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Body Parts, MB, Parts

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4999

(02/01/2017) Looks in good shape.

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“Up for sale is what I believe to be a model year 1943 Willys MB jeep body.  I took it apart about 30 years ago as it was on a GPW Ford frame.  It is original and in excellent condition for a 70+ year old, mass produced combat vehicle for the government.  These were never made to be like a Porsche and had dents and scratches on delivery.  Please note there is a puncture hole above the airfilter mounting bracket at the transition to the cowl.  It looks like a small forklift fork hit it, but I don’t know. The rear floor (cargo area) was replaced when I got it.

I based the price on the value of a new reproduction body.  I feel that the original parts are worth twice what a foreign manufactured part is.  The old saying is, quality remains long after the price is forgotten.  If you buy a 2017 body it will always be in the back of your mind that it wasn’t around when Hitler ran off to Argentina or the surrender was signed on the USS Missouri.  The repro bodies I have seen always have manufacturing errors like the amount of return on the bends, type or placement of welds, different stampings, holes not in correct places, and cheap steel that rust quickly, etc etc.

When it comes time for the vehicle to be judged, original parts are the best and you have to think after tons of work, what would you finally sell your complete jeep for? And the first question a buyer will ask “Is it a repro tub?”.  This will give you a big head start in the right direction.  It comes as pictured.  As far as I know there is no rust, you can ask for pictures of any areas of concern.  The only reason that I am thinking about selling it is that I might want a Kubota or John Deere tractor with a cab.  Winters are getting colder and this has been sitting doing nothing for a long time.  Thank you.  For extra cost I will put on pallet and deliver to Estes Freight in Middletown CT 06457. “

 

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