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Year? Flattie Gold Country, CA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5500. Contact the current owner if you have information on this build (See the comments or email me at

This has a custom aluminum body. Note the round cargo-area wheel well in the last pic.

“1942 Willy’s. Buick oddfire V6. Custom aluminum body. 33″ tires. Tags are current and title in hand. $5500 obo”

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4 Comments on “Year? Flattie Gold Country, CA **SOLD**

  1. Jeff Mello

    I just bought this Jeep 10/13/18 $4700 from this seller in Grass Valley CA. He said he hadn’t owned it long and didn’t know much about it but alot of old school guys in his area “knew” the Jeep . I would like find out as much as I can I anyone knows about it and knows who built the body please pt me in touch.

    What I know; its registered as a ’42 but it’s built on what looks like a late ’60s CJ-5 chassis and running gear based on the stock mounts for the Buick Odd fire 225 V6, steel bolt in floor pan T-86 3 speed with single shifter Dana18, 44 rear and 27 front. There is a frame tag on the inner driver side horn that once I can read it I bet will be to a 60s CJ5. It has PS with a Jeep (maybe YJ or ’80/’90s Cherokee tilt column.
    Some suspension stuff has been replaced recently like the U-bolts but there is not a rock scratch on anything underneath, not even the low hanging e-brake on the t-case, which is amazing this close to the Rubicon trail. It has a custom aluminum gas tank up under the bed, and seems to have had some sort of Rubicon rack attached to the two pieces of thick angle aluminum on the tailgate. It also has holes in 2 triangle patterns in the bed that seem too far forward to be a rear seat. The big round tube bumpers are plumbed with fittings probably for air but it has no compressor. The running boards/ steps, bumpers and roll bar all appear to be made of plumbing pipe and elbows and the roll bar is wrapped in plumbing tape. It has high back seats out of either a 240 Z or Porsche. It runs and drives nicely considering it’s age.

    The body, fenders, hood, grill are all alum, home made and seem to be one off. I have never seen one with round inner fender wells. I haven’t measured yet but it appears to measure the same as a stock body, the windshield frame is OEM steel and it appears to have had a soft top and doors at one point.
    It’s done nicely but not as high of quality as an Aqualu. It’s surprisingly perfectly straight not a ding in it anywhere yet it has been driven for many years since built as it has several flex cracks in various places mostly on the welds.

    Any info would be helpful and if you have an opinion on what I should do with it please share it. I have plenty of rock crawlers, race jeeps, keeper Jeeps, and projects but I had to have this.

  2. David Eilers Post author

    Hi Jeff,

    It sounds like an interesting build. I’ve added a note at the top of the post to make a comment if someone has additional history. Made an old-time from an area jeep club would know more?

    Good luck!

    – Dave

  3. Jeff Mello

    Update 11//11/18
    With no glove box my wife was clipping our new registration to the under side of the dash and discovered an old owner had done the same. The Willys was owned by (the late) Richard Moore in Santa Clara, CA circa 1998. I was able to get a hold of his widow (a very nice lady) and shared a few pictures of the jeep with her, she said her husband was not the builder and that the jeep looked just like it does today during their tenure as owners, and was sold in Santa Clara.
    The hunt continues.

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