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Bob’s Longtime Militarized CJ-2A

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features
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Bob Le Marchant’s militarized CJ-2A

Bob Le Marchant discovered eWillys last month. Now 72, below he shares some tales with his beloved CJ-2A.

Bob started jeeping at age 17. His ‘crazy neighbour’s’ father (an ex-submarine captain) ran a yellow Ford Jeep. He dearly wanted one too, but ended up with a 1946 CJ-2A. It was not only his first jeep, but also Bob’s very first vehicle. Metamet, a British company that offered a wide variety of modified WWII jeeps, soon became his central place for purchasing spare parts. He loved going up to London and finding Daleham Mews.

The CJ-2A, being his first vehicle, was what he used to pass his driving test (the tester spent the whole test reading the dash plates and talking about Jeeps … he had driven jeeps in the war). As a teenager, Bob discovered there were two sorts of girls: the ones who looked crest fallen and said ” Oh, shame it isn’t a little sports car”, and those who said “Wow!! Where shall we go in that!”

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After graduating as a mining engineer (he proudly notes that Ben Carlin was one too), he shipped his Jeep out to South Africa to work. For a while he worked near Johannesburg in what was then the second deepest mine in the world at 11,700 feet. Bob wrote that, “At that depth the intrinsic rock has a hydraulic pressure: the floor is as much likely to burst up as the roof fall down. Square tunnels soon become circular as shards come off. The natural rock temperature is 150 degrees or so, with 100% humidity. Heat stroke was the main killer down there. Everything he has  ever done since then has been a “piece of piss!”

Later, in the 1970’s, he DROVE his jeep back to the UK to do work a job blasting a tunnel for the Ffestiniog Railway in Wales. However, to get to Wales, he had to take the long way because, due to politics, he couldn’t get north of Kenya, so he shipped his jeep to Bombay, then drove northwest via Kyber Pass and Istanbul.  The adventure was a trip of a lifetime.

“This Jeep has travelled,” he noted. Unfortunately, his ex-wife has all the pics.

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Currently, he lives in Devon in South West England. His longtime CJ-2A is still a very road worthy, nearly everyday vehicle. The engine uses a Hotchkiss block. He also has a Metamet dash plate on the wall. He loves his jeep!

 
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March 25-28, 2021: A New Date for The Last Jeep FC-Roundup

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

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Latest news: March 25-28, 2021
Is the newest planned date for the last and final Phoenix FC-Roundup
Andrea and I are really hoping that by then our World is cured of the Coronavirus.

Thank you for your understanding. Andrea and I, personally invite all owners and friends of Jeep Forward Controls and FleetVans to this ‘Most Excellent’ International event. There is no charge to attend this event. All parking on this property is limited to Jeep FC and Jeep FJ only Vehicles, first come Street parking for all others.

During this extended weekend, you can expect to see and learn more by talking to other owners, take lots of pictures. Bring your imagination and any FC related items to display, such as toys, memorabilia, photos, artwork, manuals, literature, magazines with FC articles, and even a few FC related tools will be on display.

See also new FC reproduction parts and event items, hats and T-shirts will be available for you to buy. We welcome and we are always very grateful for any FC related donation for the Saturday afternoon free raffle. Also on Saturday afternoon are the free XXL BBQ Hot Dogs with chips and chili pinto beans and much more. Free daily refreshments all the time.

One of the best things that happens everyday is that you get to drive your own FC or ride with someone, daily we have FC group driven cruising and go out to breakfast and out to dinner. We also offer pickup and deliver transportation to and from the light rail, that connects to the Phoenix International Airport Terminals.

Start making your GCU Motel or any local reservations now. For any additional questions. Please call, text or email. Jesse or Andrea (602) 321-3675 m677jeep@cs.com

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Joe Donham Willys Dealership near Oakland, Ca

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Blaine spotted a post that provides more background on the Joe Donham and a pic of how it looked as of 2006.

http://berkeleyheritage.com/eastbay_then-now/roadside.html

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According to the website post,

Joseph B. Donham (1895–1982), who followed Warren at this location, was general sales manager for the Val Strough organization in the 1930s before striking out on his own. After running a used car dealership in Oakland, he opened an authorized Willys dealership at 2747 San Pablo Avenue, being the first tenant to lease the new showroom. Donham’s Willys dealership operated here from 1953 through 1956. After the car maker ceased production, Donham switched to selling used cars at this location and ran the Dalton & Norton Chrysler dealership in San Leandro. According to his son, Joseph Donham, Jr., Donham owned several East Bay used car dealerships while working as general manager of S&C Ford in San Francisco.

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Originally published in Feb of 2012:  This image shows a Willys Dealership in the East Bay area near Oakland, Ca.  Donham’s Willys dealership operated from 1953 through 1956.

 
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1945 Commemorative Demonstration Badge on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

(No, not an April Fools …) Maury spotted this unusual badge that appears to designed based on a visitor “badge” given to guests at Charles Sorenson’s Cesor Farms during the July of 1945 event (photo of the event) where a jeep demonstration took place.

Anyone ever see a plaque version like this? Though it is the only one offered for sale and it’s marked “used”, I suspect, given the array of other similar badges, that it is produced in Indonesia.

It ships for free from Indonesia. Starting bid is $15. Here’s another example of a badge from the same seller, a Willys Overland Jeepster Club badge.

View all the information on eBay

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Here’s an example from the CJ-2A page of a “guest” badge from a Cesor Farms event.

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Bountiful Jeep Posse Sign Make Offer

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts • TAGS: .

A seller out of Utah has listed this porcelain Bountiful Jeep Posse sign for sale. It’s got some wear.

https://www.tractorhouse.com/listings/other-items/for-sale/190017901/rare-porcelain-bountiful-city-jeep-posse-sign?lp=MAT

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1948 CJ-2A Chilhowee, MO $13,500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , .

Mechanically, this looks like it’s been thoughtfully restored. I’m just not sure how the restorer figured out what the “correct WWII Olive Drab” would be?

https://kansascity.craigslist.org/cto/d/chilhowee-restored-1948-willys-jeep-cj/7099567990.html

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“Fully restored frame-off restoration. No part of this vehicle has been left untouched.
EVERYTHING has been either rebuilt, restored or replaced with either new or NOS parts.
The entire vehicle was disassembled, cleaned, media blasted, repaired or restored, primed and painted with correct WWII Olive Drab enamel paint.

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1951 CJ-3A Gladwin, MI $5500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

This has a variety of updates including a 1.9VW Turbo engine.

https://nmi.craigslist.org/for/d/harrison-1951-jeep/7099733838.html

“CJ3A – w/ 1.9 VW turbo diesel – front and rear lockout hubs (flat tow) full soft top and bikini top – plus spare rolling chassis- cramped, not for a big guy”

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Year? CJ-3A Grenada, MS $8900

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

Looks solid.

https://northmiss.craigslist.org/grd/d/grenada-willys-jeep/7097006080.html

“Willys jeep great condition completely redone/ mechanical over 9k in parts w receipts. Needs tires and windshield.”

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CJ-3B Stainless Body Kit North Bend, WA Make Offer

• CATEGORIES: Parts, stainless/jewels

UPDATE: This was priced at $4500. Now it’s make offer.

(06/11/2019) Looks like the interior is stainless as well? Might be an older kit.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/pts/d/seattle-jeep-willys/7101300076.html

“Have a 53 Willy’s hi hood stanless body kit.”

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1946 CJ-2A Bringhurst, IN $4500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, DJ-3A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(03/12/2020) This shows that the DJ-3A windshield for the Koenig hardtop also will fit the Meyer CJ-5 hardtop (in this case it’s a CJ-5 half-top). To me this adds weight to my theory that the Koenig hardtop used on DJ-3As should fit CJ-5s. This jeep also has a DJ-3A body (cut side type) and grille, at the very least.

https://indianapolis.craigslist.org/pts/d/bringhurst-1946-jeepwilly/7099829862.html

“1946 Jeep Willy.
A project my husband realized he has no time for. It runs and he does drive it around once in awhile.”

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13 Disassembled M-38A1s Shawnee, OK

• CATEGORIES: M-38A1

UPDATE: Still Available. $500 or less per jeep.

(12/19/2019) Various M-38A1 parts, include an M-38A1C body.

https://oklahomacity.craigslist.org/pts/d/shawnee-1950s-willys-jeeps/7100050867.html

“I have 13 Willys M38-A1 Military Jeep frames and tubs from the 1950’s. They have been in a wooded field since the 1970’s so they are weathered and some are rusted. Some have fenders, leaf springs, steering wheels, etc and some don’t. No motors or transmissions but I do have various parts (see pics). I have 1 hood left, 1 window frame, multiple axles and other parts. Asking $500 per Jeep or potentially less depending on condition.”

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1959 CJ-3B Marlin, TX $9000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B

UPDATE: Still no pics provided.

No pics provided.

https://waco.craigslist.org/cto/d/marlin-1959-willys-cj3b/7095190590.html

“Have a nice Willy’s Jeep in excellent condition. This was the last model of the flat fender jeeps. All new parts, carb, shocks, leaf springs, newer exhaust, new upholstery, paint, gaskets. Jeep runs excellent. I am the second owner.”

 
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Koenig? CJ-5 Half Cab Green Bay, WI $150

• CATEGORIES: Parts • TAGS: .

Rust doesn’t seem too bad.

https://greenbay.craigslist.org/pts/d/baileys-harbor-willys-cj5-top-with-doors/7097826300.html

“Came off a ’56 CJ5.”

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1955 CJ-5 Monument, CO $8000

• CATEGORIES: CJ5 • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $8000.

(02/02/2020) Something different.

https://cosprings.craigslist.org/cto/d/monument-1955-jeep-willys-cj5-4-door/7097906620.html

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“1955 Jeep Willys CJ5 modified to 4 door
Full width 1 ton 8 lug Axles
New Warn Hubs
Limited Slip Rear Axle
New Jeep YJ Leaf Springs, longer and much smoother ride and flex for offroad
SOA – Spring Over Axle modified
Leather Seats
Upgraded 1 ton Power Steering
New Bestop modified to 4 door Continue reading

 
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1946 CJ-2A Concord, WI $3800

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE: Price dropped to $3800.

(02/11/2015) Has an f-head.

https://milwaukee.craigslist.org/for/d/sullivan-1946-willys-jeep-hard-top/7100671414.html

“**vehicle is located in Wisconsin, running the ad this way because we receive lots of calls from out west.**

1946 Willys Jeep with hard top & Title. First production post WWII available to retail sale.
CJ2A civilian jeep w/1965 4 cylinder F head. (Willys F 134 hurricane inline 4-cylinder)

This particular Jeep is a good runner, just no time to continue the project. CLEAN TITLE, odometer reads 70,356.
Not interested in selling it to be stripped for parts, it is for a good home only!

Needs an electric starter bendix (pinion gear).
The Engine is equipped with the early style point & condenser.. All original, other than the newer 1965 engine, shock/springs and scoop hood. The original hood comes with the package.”

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1947 CJ-2A Roller Princeton, IN $800

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Body has some rust.

https://evansville.craigslist.org/pts/d/princeton-willys-jeep/7094223468.html

“1947 Willys CJ2A. Body, frame & axles in rough but repairable condition. I do have other parts available for this project. $800 located near Princeton In”

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1948 CJ-2A Plymouth, IN $4000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE: Price dropped to $4000.

(11/06/2019) No pics provided.

https://southbend.craigslist.org/pts/d/plymouth-48-willys-cj2a/7100510942.html

“48 willys cj2a, all original, 4cyl, run drives and stops, new gas tank, sending unit, tank straps, brake master cylinder, rear wheel cylinders, battery, water pump, plugs, points, condensor, wires, cap, rotor and generator bushings. Have a new set of motor mounts and carb kit needs installed. Body is rough but a good body man could save it”

 
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1946 CJ-2A Colorado Springs, CO $7000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(08/23/2019) Has a fiberglass body. Also has an overdrive, but seller notes it does not work.

https://cosprings.craigslist.org/cto/d/colorado-springs-1946-jeep-cj-2a-willys/7099681978.html

“1946 cj2a, new Dana 41 rear end, new rear axle, new shocks, Buick 225 V6 engine. Runs great top is in excellent condition, perfect for the mountains hunting and fishing. Comes with tow bar and many extras. Fiberglass tub. OD does not work, just standard 3 speed.”

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1955 M-170 Vincennes, IN $3500

• CATEGORIES: M-170

UPDATE: Still Available.

Could make a good project.

https://evansville.craigslist.org/pts/d/vincennes-1955-m170-frontline-ambulance/7077972867.html

“Have for sale a 1955 M170 frontline ambulance. Date of delivery 3/55. Has its data plates on the dash that matches the serial number on the passenger wheel well. Still wears its hood numbers. Overall it is in solid shape. Pretty rust free. Floors, toolboxes and the spare wheel well are solid. Even the hat channels are solid which is hard to find. Overall in pretty great shape for its age. Back cross member needs fixed, frame is fine. Included is a section to fix it. Has correct M170 windshield, 4 correct wheels, front and rear sway bars, correct m170 drivers seat and mostly complete top bows. Extra correct tire and wheel is included. Engine is missing distributer and generator — unsure of its condition. Not interested in trades at the moment.”

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1965 M-679 Lake City, FL $15,000

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677

UPDATE: Price dropped to $15,000.

(09/30/2017) Terry is selling this rare M-679 Ambulance. Yes, these do sell for large dollars. You can see how few there are here.

https://jacksonville.craigslist.org/cto/d/lake-city-jeep-m679-military-ambulance/7085663354.html

“up for sale is my 1965 willys jeep fc 170 ambulance , military designation is m679 24 volt electronics , has an original cerlist diesel engine , it is non running , engine spins over freely , I have never had it running in the approx. 10 years I have owned it , this is a marine corps ambulance , please call as I will not text , if you are a serious buyer call and ask all questions , this price is firm and not negotiable , this truck is extremely rare and does not come up for sale but rarely , im very knowledgeable on this particular variant , hope to find someone that will give this rare bird a new home ,”

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Kaiser’s Hawaii Kai Hydroplane & Wagon

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Roger Martin shared a trimmed version of this Hawaii Kai image with me via Facebook. I later discovered the image below on Pinterest. Given the pink color scheme, the name of “Hawaii Kai” (an area on O’ahu developed by Henry Kaiser) and the fact that a matching jeep was pulling the hydroplane, convinced me that Henry Kaiser owned this pair.

However, thanks to information supplied by the hydroplane museum (a place Ann and I visited the museum in 2015), I learned it was actually his son Edgar that owned the combo (Henry had his own fleet of hydroplanes). The Hawaii Kai hydroplane was built for Edgar in 1956. The wagon, by all appearances a slightly modified Jeep Field Ambulance, was being sold at that time as well.

Below is the image I found on Pinterest. Based on the text font, this looks like the image and caption could have been published in a jeep news magazine or a brochure, but I don’t remember seeing any color versions of those documents.

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For comparison, here’s the Jeep Field Ambulance (images are from brochure form W-992-5). Note how the Hawaii Kai wagon has a sloped rear bottom (slopes down toward the wheels), versus the stock flat bottom as seen below from a 1955 brochure. It also looks like the Jeep Field Ambulance has different sized windows on the driver’s and passenger side of the cargo area.

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Vintage Tie Clip Set **SOLD**

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This vintage tie clip set was on eBay. It sold for $32 yesterday (Plus $4.90 shipping).

“Offered is a Vintage Willys Overland Jeep 3 Pc Cufflink & Tie Clip Set … This set is NOS and was part of a lifelong Willys Overland Jeep executive’s estate. It is marked/made by Mercury Industries on the back of the tie clip”

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Engraved, Promotional FC-170 Ashtray **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Features • TAGS: .

This FC-170 “Whirl-away” ashtray, that included the engraved signature of Jim Falvey, sold for $37.60 (plus $13,65 shipping) yesterday. I am not entirely sure, but perhaps Jim Falvey was related to Falvey Motor Sales out of Michigan (same state as the eBay seller is from)?

“Offered is a Rare Dealer Promo Jeep FC170 Forword Control Whirl Away Ashtray . Beautiful “Whirl-Away” ashtray has a divider inside that sweeps the ashes and butts to the back when you turn the bowl part. Has a Jeep FC-170 solid metal truck on top, engraved with the dealers name “Jim Falvey””

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CJ-5 Ashtrays/Plates

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These ashtray/coaster smoked plates with CJ-5 images sold yesterday on eBay for $50 (plus $8.85 shipping).

“Offered are 4 Vintage Willys Jeep Glass Ashtrays Or Coasters . They are promo items from a longtime Jeep- Willys executive’s estate . Dark smoke colored glass with very detailed kaki green Jeeps enameled on them.”

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1951 Truck Billings, MT **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $11,500.

Looks nice.

“Ground up restoration. Hurricane F134 engine, complete overhaul. I have all receipts. All new running gear, springs shocks, knuckles, forwheel drives, bearings. New windows and seals, new interior. too much to list. must sell call for more info.”

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