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1943 Photo Promoting War Bonds

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This photo and caption appeared on the second page of the Daily Nebraskan on February 24, 1943.


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1947 CJ-2A West Townshend, VT $7500


Includes the trailer.

“Up for sale is my 1947 Willys CJ2A. Current Vermont plate and registration. Fair/Good condition. PTO winch, everything works. Bantam trailer included.”

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1952 M-38 Vallejo, CA $8000


Has a variety of updates.

“1952 Willys M38. Buick 231 V6, Muncie 4spd, Dana 18 transfer case, Warn overdrive, Dana 25 front axle, Dana 44 rear, 5.38 gears, rear rack, brand new 32×11.50 tires, runs great and drives down the highway no problem”

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1946 CJ-2A Eugene, OR $4500


Could be worth a look.

“(Listing for my dad) 1946 Willys Jeep with 61739 miles. Most of the miles are towing miles, was towed behind a truck a lot with the first owner. Has been sitting in shop since 1991. Will turn over, not froze up. Has lots of extra parts included. Hardtop, soft top, removable soft doors, power locker hubs. Title in hand, 2nd owner. Rebuild kit is $890. Need gone don’t have the time or money to fix up for my grandson. $4,500 OBO serious inquires only, owner is hour n 30 mins away, Jeep is located in Eugene”

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1946 CJ-2A San Clemente, CA $9500


UPDATE: Price dropped to $9500.

(09/26/2019) Has updates included an Studebaker inline 6.

“This is an amazing example of a “REAL” 1946 CJ2A Willy’s Jeep. 1946 was the first production year for the civilian jeep. So this is a real piece of American history. The paint is perfect, all the seats have been recovered with new canvas and foam. new period correct tires with original wheels. The engine is a 1942 Studebaker Flathead six. I almost put the 4 back in, but this history of this motor is much better. I wish I could find out who swapped it and when, but it had to of been done in the 50’s-60’s. Also, it has much more HP and torque. This little Jeep drives awesome.”

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1966 CJ-6 Olympia, WA $6800


This has a variety of updates.

“A jeep with magazine history . Was sponsored in offroad magazine. Power plant is a 302 Ford. Automatic trans. Aluminium radiator. Lifted on 35 inch tires . Complete rhino lining inside jeep. duel shocks at all corners . Drives good .”

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1951 M-38 Bakersfield, CA $7700


UPDATE: Was $7700. Now listed as no price.

I suspect it needs more than gas and a battery to be on the road, as that would be more like 99.9% restored.

“Selling for a Friend; ORIGINAL and RARE. 1951 Korean War Willys M38. 95% Restored, Gas/Battery and you’re on the Road! New Canvas, new interior, too Many New parts to list. Used in Korea and Vietnam. Motivated Seller!”

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1948 CJ-2A Oroville, CA $3200


The hubs have me puzzled.

“corvette 327 engine T19 transmission 4 speed n original 3 speed extra updated front end w 4×4 adapter n drive lines extra tires n wheels it is a project and never been titled in US but have import paperwork xl gas tank can deliver on trailer for cost of delivery it is not a rust bucket”

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1946 VEC? CJ-2A Auburn Hills, MI $2500


It’s a column shift 2A. Seller also has a 1948 2A for sale for $6000.

“1946 Willys Jeep 2a. Project Jeep. Mostly complete. The motor did run before I pulled it. It will need some sheet metal replaced. Motor is original and so is the whole drivetrain. It has a rare column shift transmission in it. The wheels on the Willys are not included. I will however include the original wheels that came with it instead. Im firm on the price, no trades. Michigan titled.

For sale till add is deleted.
Also, I do have another Willys, a 1948 2a. From Wyoming and still titled as such. $6000. for that one, a turn key jeep. E-email me if interested in that. Not yet listed.”

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1953 CJ-3B Fiberglass Parkersburg, WV $1400


UPDATE: This was for sale back in 2013. Looks like the same license plates. Has a fiberglass body.

“53 Willis cj3b. Kinda runs, drives and stops. Needs all new body and full resto or run on farm as is. Has newer gm front disc brake conversion, fuel tank and water pump. Have a title and in my name. $1400 obo.”

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Flatfender Koenig Hardtop Albuquerque, NM $350


Jeff spotted this hardtop. Looks in good shape.

“Koenig steel hard top for early model flat-fender jeeps (CJ2a- to CJ3b). All glass intact and in good condition. Vertical sliding windows. No rust. Excellent restoration candidate.”

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1984 DJ-5 Auburn, ME $2200


“Moose Patrol” jeep, lol.

“4 cyl 2.wd. auto..runs good ..needs love but great toy..right hand drive. Heat .lights .gages work..trades welcome”


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1944? MB? Anderson, CA $6000


This seems to be a mix of parts.

“1944 WW II Willy’s Jeep. Original running gear. Rebuilt transmission, carburetor, And brake system. 4 cylinder engine runs good. 12 volt electrical system. Front hubs need work. Like new tires, body is excellent. Mileage is unknown.”


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1961 CJ-3B Fitchburg, MA $8000


UPDATE: Still Available?

(09/14/2019) Looks like a custom slanted-hood 3B, similar to project 5607.

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“961 WILLYS CJ3B CUSTOM Options and Equipment: Less than 1000 miles on rebuilt Chevy 283 V8 (60psi oil pressure) rams head manifolds, dual exhaust (very quiet) aluminum radiator, power steering, boxed frame, 9000lb winch, 32” Procomp tires, lift kit, springs, shocks, rear locking diff, superwinch hubs, dual fuel tanks, 3 speed transmission, twin stick transfer case with gear splitter overdrive between them giving you a choice of 12 forward gears and 4 reverse.

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1943? MB? Miranda, CA $2000


Has an MB grille, but other than that, I do see anything obviously MBish. It’s more likely an M-38 than anything.

“1943 military jeep Willy’s, Has 289 ford ran few years ago been sitting will run with tune up n clean up. Have 3/4 ton axles n lift springs n 42 tsls on beadlocks that could go with it to for the right price”

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Year? CJ-3A? Princeton, CA $2000


Its a project or parts.

“55 willys Toyota axles all new brakes, new shocks, steel rims, frame rhino lined and underside of the jeep is also rhino lined T 90 trans and dana 18 transfer 2000 obo”


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CJ-3A Project Artondale, WA Parting Out


Lots of work left on this project.

“Jeep Willy’s cj3a project buggy. Tube chassis. Stainless steel grill, fiberglass hood, cj3a windshield, fresh rebuild by rears and gears on T18 tranny, Dana 20 transfer case, Dana 44 front 4.88 with Detroit locker and disc brakes, rear is a full float high pinion Dana 44 4.88 Detroit locker. New 35×12.5×15 pit bull rockers on 15×10 wheels. 4 new ORI stx 14” struts, 10 Summit Machine Large rod ends. Just lost interest in project. 6,500$ OBO for all thanks for looking.
FRONT AND REAR DANA 44’s selling as set only. 2,500$ OBO
T18 with dana 20 transfer case 800$ OBO
any other parts make offer”

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1946 CJ-2A Harrison, MI $2400


Drain holes have been filled. Has a 3B windshield, along with a few other mods.

“Needs brake work but runs and drives 4×4 works”

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1960 CJ-3B Sedgwick, ME $2500


Could be a good price.


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Draining Away the Water

• CATEGORIES: Features

UPDATE II: There are additional updates throughout as several folks suggested other drain holes in various bodies and windshields. 

UPDATE: Barney Goodwin noted that MBs/GPWs also have drains on the gas tank sump, front and rear. He also shared some pics (thanks!). Also, some MB/GPW bodies had 3/8″ drain holes in the tool boxes (seem more here).

A couple months ago Chuck asked a question about drain holes, so I collected the information below. It’s hardly exhaustive, so if I’ve missed something, please comment. Also, I did not find any drain strategies for Wagons, Trucks, Jeepsters or FCs; did they have any interior drains? I’m also unsure if the prototype jeeps had drain strategies.

MBs & GPWs:

MBs and GPWs did have drain holes in the far left of the driver side and far right of the passenger side corners, stopped with brass plugs. There seems to be some debate about whether the plugs should have square tops or slotted tops. You can imagine it might not be easy to locate and remove a brass plug once the floor of an MB was full of dirt/mud/water. Here’s a photo of a square plug from G503 in the left corner of the floor:


Arrow points to the drain plug on the driver’s side of this MB.

Fun fact, the drain plug for the floor is reportedly the same size as the drain plug for the MB and GPW gas tank.


Here’s an example of the square plug alternative, a slotted plug. I would think this could be especially difficult to locate when filled with water/mud:


I didn’t know about the fuel tank sump drain holes (of course, on hindsight, it makes sense they’d have them). Barney Goodwin adds, “MB/GPWs had 2 large drains on the fuel tank sump to clear water out, especially after fording. They are basically a radiator cap and gasget without the temp pressure spring. Even the neck on the drain looks like a radiator neck.  There was one fore and aft of the sump.  It was especially important because there was  felt or horsehair insulators between the tank and the body that would be prone to retain moisture and rust the tank if not maintained.”

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These jeeps had drain holes on the sides near the outside step on either side of the body. When purchasing a jeep, If the body is missing the drain hole, then it’s worth examining the body to see if it has been altered in some fashion. Sometimes the lack of drain hole is also a sign that the body is an M-38 or that the body is fiberglass.


Drain hole for CJ-2As, CJ-3As, CJ-3Bs, and DJ-3As.

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Auburn Jeep-A-Trench & CJ-2A Slide on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

That might be a 1947 Luzon Red CJ-2A. An early Auburn Jeep-A-Trench is mounted on the back. One of the fellows is wearing overalls with “Lincoln City Line, Inc.” (Bus/Transit Company) on the back, a company that was based in Lincoln, Nebraska. Meanwhile, Auburn Machine Works was based out of Auburn, Nebraska. So, I’d wager that this photo was taken somewhere in Eastern Nebraska, probably in 1947 or 1948.

The Burke-Schneider Motor Company out of Lincoln, Nebraska, was also involved in this event. The company had a Willys dealership, which explains the fellow in the center with his white overalls. As early as December of 1946 Burke-Schneider was advertising the new CJ-2A (perhaps earlier, but I have no evidence).


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CJ-2A ‘Jeep’ Fire Truck Brochure on eBay

This is one I’ve bid on a few times, but never seem to get. At some point I will.

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“Vintage Willys Jeep Firetruck Brochure CJ2 CJ3 as pictured. Condition is Used. Shipped with USPS First Class Package. Thanks for looking. Let us know if you have any questions”

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Ford GPA PTO on eBay


Jordan shared this Ford GPA PTO. These were also used on the Model 88 Empire Tractors.

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“Willys Ford GPA Amphibious Jeep PTO Power Take Off”


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1946 CJ-2A Indian Spring, MD $6500


Looks solid.

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“1946 Jeep Willys cj2a with rare aluminum hard top!
4 cylinder “Go Devil” L-head engine. Jeep starts and runs strong. Brakes, steers and shifts through all gears with no problem – road worthy. 4 wheel hi/low works. Engine was removed and re-built in 2008 (have receipts) with a new clutch, pressure plate & throw out bearing. Radiator replaced and new tires. New spark plugs in 2016. Temp, amp & oil pressure gauges all work. Have owner’s manual and mechanics manual. New original style spare tire carrier/mount from Walcks (not generic aftermarket carrier). Has new front turn signals as well as correct tail lights. Headlights work, also has a cabin heater (under driver dash).

All footman loops are present. Original body, not perfect but pretty close and amazing for 70+ years old. Paint is old flat finish, hard to get patina in a paint can. Windows slide open and shut. Seats are good – no tears. Bolt on roll cage for safety along with harness seat belts-can be removed.

One crack in windshield and one crack in side rear aluminum top window. Neither bothered me, but could be replaced cheap! Minor oil leak but for the age, what can you expect (most likely around a seal). I bought another Jeep a few years newer with a snow plow and so wife says one has to go so she can get her vehicle back in the garage! Hoping to find this CJ a good home at $6,500. Also have 5 original (not aftermarket) 16″x 4.5″ wheels in fantastic condition for $400.”

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1946 CJ-2A Chicopee, MA $8500


This has some unusual mods. The body is fiberglass.

“Modified 1946 Jeep CJ2A, Chevy 350 4 bolt mains with forged crank. 11.5:1 forged pistons with cast iron performance heads. Turbo 350 automatic mated to jeep transfer case with Advance Adapter. Dana 44 axles front and rear with 5.38 ratio and Detroit locker in rear. Disc brakes front and drum rear. One piece fiberglass body hinged at rear like a funny car, with an aluminum tub on a modified CJ7 frame. 35X12.50 15 tires. I have owned this Jeep since 1979 and it has been in storage since 2010. It was never raced, is clean and rust free, and it runs and drives. This Jeep has a VIN and I have the title.”

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