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Patterson’s Vacuum Reservoir System

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features • TAGS: .

In case anyone’s curious, this is how Patterson’s vacuum reservoir is setup. Based on what I’ve read, a reservoir was important if running dual wipers. The vacuum begins at the manifold, then winds down under the body.


It winds up underneath to a reservoir tucked in between the frame and the spring for the parking brake.


This is a close up look at the TRICO valve on the reservoir.


This is a not so perfect illustration of how it mounts. Because of the support channels on the floor of the body, the reservoir had to be shimmed down about an inch. The solution was a set of three nuts between the body and the reservoir. Continue reading

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1947 Ad Featuring the CJ-2A on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Some photos show VECs, while others show later models.

“DESCRIPTION:….This is an original magazine ad (not a copy or reproduction)…..From 1947–this ad features the Universal Jeep. Scenes show various ways the Jeep can be used on the farm.

SIZE :…. Approx. 7.75 x 11″—it is in good condition except for minor age tones caused by grade of paper used just after the war. Our pictures are enlarged–please pay close attention to listed size.”

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1949 Jeepster West Roxbury, MA $2000

• CATEGORIES: Jeepster

Craig spotted this one. Looks like a good price.

“Partially restored auto in need of new home. Minor body rust, frame is great. Has not been on the road in a while so needs some attention before driving. When on the road ran great, local and highway. Stored in a garage last ten years.”

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1956 Truck Sandpoint, ID $18,500

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks

Nice looking restoration.

“Just completed frame off restoration. Farm truck from Walla Walla area dry country truck. ”

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1949 CJ-3A Western NC $5900


UPDATE: Price dropped to $5900.

(04/06/2017) Don’s selling this running, driving, early 3A.

“1949 Willys CJ3A. Survivor.Very early production three digit serial number in the 300 range. Axle build dates 11-48. Windshield date 12-48. Probably built late 1948 or early 1949. Nice frame and very solid body. A couple of rust areas in the tool box,under the fuel tank, and small spots on the front floors but should be able to fix without pulling the body but we use it as is. Very good 6.00-16 size NDT tires. Original Harrison heater works. Shows 24,000 miles but unsure if they are original. Have clear NC title. New or rebuilt parts include:
Rebuilt replacement engine with new pistons,rings,bearings,gaskets,oil lines,crank turned.
New clutch,pressure plate,throw out bearing.
New fuel tank,fuel pump,fuel lines,rebuilt carb.
New master cyl,wheel cyls,shoes,lines.
New water pump,hoses.
New rear hubs.
New wiring harness,voltage reg,rebuilt starter,rebuilt generator.
Other misc parts including a bed extender, two T-90 transmissions, two model 18 transfer cases, and a Beachwood canvas top with door frames. Canvas has some dry rot but could be used as a pattern or used as a barn find look.
Has some original patina paint.
Transmission scrapes in 2nd gear and will need new syncronizer blocking rings and seals.
A Very nice early original Willys CJ3A Jeep that could be used as an original survivor or restored.”

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1946 Sand Jeep & Trailer Tacoma, WA $55,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Racing • TAGS: , , , , .

UPDATE: Still Available.

“1946 Willys CJ2A shell, full drag chassis, Wally World (Rick Wallace) paint. 567 C.I. Dart Big M 800HP/pump gas, Gary Williams 1150 Dominator, Super Victor Jr. intake, Dart Pro 1 heads, Ron Davis radiator, Eagle rotating assembly (on and on and on), have complete professional build sheets. PowerGlide w/4500 stall (2k HP build), scatter shield and drive line loop. Modified Dana 60 (4 link) w/removable drag bar, spool w/6.17 gears (have extra open gear set), 35 spline Mosers. Areospace brakes w/second hand brake between seats when running the open gear set for separate tire braking/steering. QA1 shocks w/adjustable height linkage.

Radio headsets-person to person, car to car capable, music. Listed the major info. but so many details, specs and pictures, feel free to inquire about any other details. 60k in the Jeep build alone . Have a complete ledger of the build. I will sell the Jeep separate from the trailer, but not the trailer alone. Sport Trailer brand 20ft wide body, oversize 48” walk-in door, 5k axles, 80gal on board water w/pump, 100 gal fuel station, 110 interior/exterior outlets, florescent lighting, outdoor floods side and rear, 17′ awning, 30amp w/inverter, dual interior batteries, 5k interior winch (front and rear controls), in floor and wall tie down points. Electric tongue jack.Again, on an on. This was nearly an 80k package when it was built, who knows to have them built and packaged together now. This was one of the last Jeep builds to come out of a So. Cal. shop still fabricating today.

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1951 M-38 Swanton, OH $6500


UPDATE: Price dropped to $6500.

(03/082017) Only the one pic. Looks to have a 2A windshield.

“350 Chevy motor. Two 4 barrel car. Automatic. Runs great!”



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1950 CJ-3A Molalla, OR $4000


UPDATE: Price dropped to $4000.

(12/06/2016) It could use some more pics.

“1950 3a almost all original.still 6 volt,entire drive train has been gone threw and resealed.
runs and drives very good current tags and road legal”




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1946 CJ-2A Muldrow, AR $4000


There’s a wire(?) sticking out the passenger side for some reason.

“1946 willys jeep
Flathead 4
New fuel system,new seats
No title, bill of sale”



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Year? M-38 Sikeston, MO $850


It’s a parts jeep.

“I have for sale this m38 for parts only. The body is rough but does include MC engine(stuck), transmission, transfer case, front and rear drive shafts, front and rear axles, hood, tub, fenders, grill, windshield, radiator, dash gauges and plate, steering sector and other parts. There is no title.”


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1949? CJ-2A Albany, OR $4000


Needs work.

“49 willys jeep runs and drives but needs steering, exhaust, and brake work. Has a flathead 4 and manual transmission”


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1953 M-38A1 Copa, AZ $6500

• CATEGORIES: M-38A1 • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(05/12/2017) Been parked for a while, but still looks in good shape.

“Original M38 A1 Jeep. 3 speed, 4 cylinder hurricane 134 engine, all original. 24v electronics. Waterproof alternator etc. Cool original military accessories. Been parked for over 8 years. One of the very first m38a1 ever built. No rust but will need some help to run again.”

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1949? CJ-2A Bonanza, OR $3000


UPDATE: Still Available.

(04/29/2017) Has some alterations.

“***TLC Needed**** Bought to restore – time, no money – money, no time”

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1951 Jeepster Jefferson, IA $3000

• CATEGORIES: Jeepster

Might make an interesting project. I can’t tell how bad the rust is.

“1951 Willy’s Jeepster Convertible needs restored”


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1959 FC-150 Box Elder, SD $2200

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677

UPDATE: Still Available.

(09/17/2016) Not sure how much value is here.



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1953 CJ-3B Hamburg, NY $4000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available

“1953 Willys Jeep, front blade, metal half cab, Auburn trencher, x-Bflo. Fire Dept. Telegraph Dept., 8500 original miles – needs restoration. $4000.”

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Patterson Losing Its Head

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I pulled the head on Patterson last night. I don’t see any cracks in the block nor do I see any obvious signs of coolant, though there might be a tiny bit of residue on the tops of pistons 1 and 2. My initial reaction is that coolant is entering the oil elsewhere. The engine does appear to have a recently replaced water pump. Anyway installing that incorrectly would result in mixing coolant and oil??

The first two photos show how the pistons and head gasket looked right after pulling it. 
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Then after pulling off the gasket and vacuuming up the dirt:

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The bottom of the head:


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2017 Midwest Willys Reunion

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

UPDATE: The original photos I posted were from the 2016 event. The new batch of photos are from the 2017 event.

I’m told last week’s Midwest Willys Reunion was a big hit, despite a couple rain storms and some hot weather. Here is a video from the event:

Scott shared this video on Alaska Or Rust’s Facebook page:

Bob Christy contributed these photos from last week’s event:





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FC Jamboree moved to September 15-16

• CATEGORIES: Event, FC150-FC170-M677, Features

UPDATE: Dan DeVries has moved the FC Jamboree to September 15-16. Contact Dan to learn more. Some hotel info is shown at the bottom.


Here are some nearby hotels and motels.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Northwood 
4712 Wheelerwood Road
Northwood, Iowa 50459
United States
1 641 323-7500

Country Inn and Suites/Diamond Jo casino
711 Diamond Jo Ln, Northwood, IA 50459
Phone: (641) 323-7000

Lake Mills Motel
400-488 N Lake St, Lake Mills, IA 50450
Phone: (641) 592-3711

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1954 Print Ad Showing CJ-3B on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Some good CJ-3B-at-work photos in this ad.

“1954 Print Ad Jeep Farm Vehicle Harold Bordner of Weston,Ohio”

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1953 Ad Showing Jeep Swinging on a Gate on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This ad from Alproduco proves how strong their gates can be. It depicts a jeep hanging from the end of the gate.

“1953 Alprodco Farm Gates Jeep vintage print ad”

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1950 Jeepster Greeley, CO $45,000

• CATEGORIES: Jeepster • TAGS: .

Looks like a fun ride.

“50 Willys Jeepster 4X4 street rod convertible 2500 miles 383 with 6 pack. All mopar performance up grades – torque flyte – 441 posi-track. Trophy winner”

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1959 FC-150 Leavenworth, KS $8500

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677

Scott shared this ad.

“1959 Jeep FC-150 run’s & drive’s 4cyl 3-speed $8500”

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1946 CJ-2A Fairplay, CO $5500


Looks ready for Colorado’s fourwheeling.

“231 buick engine, the current engine is weak, but runs OK…..I don’t have the time to go through her and see what the issue is.
This is such a fun off road vehicle, I hate to sell it, however the wife has given me an ultimatum. I have too many toys, some have to go…….

turbo 350 tranny, true track front end with 4:11 gear ratio, locked out rear end with 4:11 gear ratio, bilstein long travel shocks, ARB on board compressor and holding tank, high flow power steering, electric fans, curstom front bumper and rock guard, custom rear bumper, swing away tire rack, stero/cb, tilt steering column, bucket seats with 4 point harness, original rear seat, custom roll bar with 6 point harness, 35 x12.5×15 super swampers ( a little dry rotted but still OK ) bikini top, soft top and doors, plus more extras I am sure I am forgetting other things. NO joy rides without cash in my hand”

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1947 CJ-2A Westminster, CO $3750

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, trailer

Include the trailer.

“This 47 Willys has 8000lb wench, 327 Chevy V8 engine, 3 speed transmission. Trailer is single axle and was built for hauling this jeep. ”