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The 1959 Willys Malibu Prototype

• CATEGORIES: Features

Websites Macs Motor City and Curbside Classic shared information on this 1959 Willys prototype that looks quite a bit like a Ford Falcon station wagon. You can see additional jeep/car prototypes on the CJ-3B Page: https://cj3b.info/Factory/FactoryDesign.html

I’m sure someone else has more info on this Willys Malibu.

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Ford developed the Falcon Station Wagon in 1959, so it’s possible that the Malibu and the Falcon were developed completely independently, but it sure looks like one could have influenced the other.

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In 1961, this prototype was considered (was an actual vehicle ever built?) with a CJ-5 looking grille:

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In 1961, Willys Motors came out with a different prototype wagon, the J-100, with a more familiar face.

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However, the original Malibu grill concept wasn’t completely abandoned. In 1966 (Thanks Mike), the luxurious Super Wagoneer was introduced with a grille very similar to the 1959 Malibu prototype (with a small hood bump as a nod to the Wagoneer styling).:

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Later, in 1974, AMC Jeep used the same look on the new Jeep Cherokee line.

 
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M-Series(Military FC) Operator Manual

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

This rare manual was up for sale on eBay last week. It sold for $82.25!

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Dan Details the Thor “Lectro-Matic” Hub

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

UPDATE: I posted this Thor post over a decade ago (how times flies). Below is a look at the switch used to engage the Thor “Lectro-Matic” Hub, which came from this post. Since the below post was first published, there’s also been some history about Thor Products on a shared on another post.

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Originally posted January 2010: 

Dan dropped this into my inbox this evening.  It’s a detailed look at the Thor “Lectro-Matic” Hub (or lectromatic hub). Dan completed this 18 page document, with disassembling the hubs and discussing each step.  You can download the PDF here Great work Dan!

Dan writes, The Thor “Lectro-Matic” hubs off of my 1955 CJ-5 were a bit of a mystery. These must have been some of the first “push button” 4WD systems to come out. There was little to no information on them so I decided to take them apart and see just how they work. Here is what I have learned.

When my Dad said that they were electric, I assumed that they had a little motor that would “spin” them in or out of engagement. What I realized was that they were more like a solenoid or electromagnet.

There is a coil of wire on the wheel side of the hub. When power is applied to the coil it becomes a magnet and draws itself to the axle side of the hub. There are little “teeth” machined into the facing sides of the hub. These teeth engage and the axle side of the hub turns the wheel or magnet side of the hub. A wire is ran through the back of the backing plate through a hole and provides the electricity to the magnetic coil. A contact mounted on a spring transmits this electric power through a slip ring inside the brake drum to the hub.

I imagine that the hubs could be engaged while the vehicle is moving, but I think this would cause the teeth to slip for a moment and lead to premature wear of the teeth. A toggle switch or a maintained push button could be used to turn the hubs on and off. One could even use a limit switch on the 4WD lever of the transfer case to automatically turn them on when the vehicle was shifted into 4WD. The hubs would only remain engaged as long as power is applied to the magnetic coil. If you left the switch on and had run power directly off of the battery to the switch, it would eventually drain your battery after the engine is shut off. If you ran power from the ignition switch to the on/off switch, your hubs would automatically disengage as soon as you shut off your engine.

If for some reason they didn’t want to work, there was a little screw on the outside face of the hub that you could turn to manually engage or disengage the hubs (as you can see below).


On the top of the hub you can see the wire that passes through the brake drum to power the magnetic coil.

Download and read the entire document here

 
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CJ-5 Cuff Links and Tie Clip

• CATEGORIES: Features

These sold on eBay a few days ago for $16. It’s the second set that has sold on eBay in as many weeks.

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“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. Crisp and clean! Sorry, no box”

 
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1962 CJ-5 Orange County, CA $15,500

• CATEGORIES: CJ5 • TAGS: , , .

This includes a working set of Thor Electronic Hubs (and the first pic I’ve seen of the switch to engage the hubs). These are the “Lectro-Matic” version of the hubs (there was also an automatic version). Dan documented a set of the “Lectro-Matric” hubs here.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/513933489290838/

“Anyone looking for the coolest 62 Jeep CJ5 on the planet. I got this handsome little guy up for sale. It’s beyond amazing! Everything works, every light, all gauges, the chrome winch ect…oh and there’s chrome all over the place. Original paint, Original interior.. both are in incredible condition. It’s a very unique Jeep and it’s running a Corvette engine that was installed by the original owner in the mid sixties.He was a aircraft mechanic so everything is perfect .It also has very rare Thor electronic locking front hub set . No rust anywhere and super straight. I have the those crazy off road wide white wall tires in the pics and the hubcaps. I just threw on a new set of Power King black walls to drive it around. The Jeep runs amazing! It’s got really good power and not geared that low. I have not taken it on the freeway but got it up to 60mph with no issues. This is a very special Jeep with history. Ca title & current registration in my name”

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1943 MB? Simi Valley, CA $14,500

• CATEGORIES: News

UPDATE: Still Available.

(03/15/2020) Nice jeep. Has a replacement body.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/615652189013586/

“1943 Will’s Jeep Chevy 350 4 bolt main, LT connector rods, hypereutectic pistons, 64cc chambers, 11.5 to 1 compression, competition cams 286H cam, hardened pushrods, Ford late 60’s 4 speed, Hurst linkage. Dani 19 rear, dana 25 front Late model jeep disc brakes front, M38 tub, griffin radiator, alarm, 5100 bilstein shocks. Really one of a kind. Note it’s registered as a 1943 Willy’s, it is most likely a early 50’s. $14,500.00 or best offer.”

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1955 CJ-3B Peoria, AZ $10,800

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B

UPDATE: Price dropped to $10,800.

(03/23/2020) Has a variety of updates. Includes a Pierce PTO winch, which isn’t commonly seen on jeeps.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/735860873484583/

“Jeep 1955 WILLYS V6 4SPEED GRANNY overdrive Power steering tilt wheel aluminum radiator 33in mudders monster PIERCE winch BULL HORN & LOTS MORE CUSTOM STUFF FUN JEEP”

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1945 MB Paulden, AZ $7500

• CATEGORIES: MB

UPDATE: Still Available.

(03/15/2020) Appears worth a look.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2747262338688872/

“1945 willys mb. Runs and drives. Needs some tlc but in great condition for the year. New tires. Title in hand. 7,500 obo”

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1953 CJ-3B Orem, UT $9500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B

UPDATE: Still Available.

(02/16/2020) Has some updates. Looks solid.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/3756739117673215/

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“Cj3-B with original drivetrain. Has about 7500 miles on rebuilt motor and trans. Has stereo and a heater as well. Full soft top with doors and best top front and rear seats. Super bright LED headlights. Has a warn 8000 lb winch. I believe it’s a 2 1/2 inch lift, has 31” tires now could easily fit 33’s. Homemade spare tire carrier with hi lift jack and place for two Jerry cans(someone stole mine) has power steering from a Cherokee. The only bad, the power steering reservoir leaks.”

 

 
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Year? Cj-2A Bakersfield, CA $6800

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE: Still Available.

(02/09/2020) Listed as a 1942, I don’t see any WWII stuff, other than the full floating rear hubs, which could be an aftermarket addition as well.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1041484652884145/

“1942 Jeep Willys. A great jeep for a purest looking for a piece of history. Manufacturer is actually Ford because of the year it was made. Starts and runs without issues. Original engine. Electrical was upgraded to a 12 volt system. Lived in Kern County last several decades. Vehicle is currently registered as Non-Op. Currently stored indoors and away from the elements”

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Ames Single Bottom Plow Plymouth, MA $400

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts

UPDATE: Price dropped to $400.

(10/28/2019) John shared this ad. The plow was used behind a CJ-2A.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2594926074167164/

“Ames Plow Company 45 antique single bottom plow. It was used on the rear of a Jeep CJ2A back in the mid 40s. Its been stored indoors for 70+ years.
Good condition $650”

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1948 CJ-2A Henderson, NV $17,500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $17,500.

Lots of mods to his, including a custom windshield mounting strategy (can’t quite tell how it is secured in place.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/207442707007449/

“1948 Willys Jeep—–$21,500 OBO -262 v6 – New headers and fuel injection – turbo 350 – Dana Twin stick transfer case – New good year tires – Corebau seats – Front wench – about 500 miles PLUS MORE”

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1947 CJ-2A Bakersfield, CA $12,500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE: Still Available.

(01/26/2020) I am puzzled by the image choices. This might have a DJ-3A convertible body or a fiberglass body.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/3055608854517396/

“Completely Restored. V8 350 Small Block. New 3 Speed Transmission and Transfer Case. 4WD. Low and High. New Seats. New Flooring. Stereo System. Interior LED Lighting. New Wiring for All Lights.”

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1949 CJ-3A? Las Vegas, NV $8500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(02/08/2020) I would guess the body is a replacement body. The front roll cage loop rests atop the step. I hope there’s something connected to the frame underneath the step. The soft top looks custom and doesn’t use the windshield channel. It kind of looks like it snaps on the front? No description provided.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1537880243029996/

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1951 CJ-3A Las Vegas, NV $5800

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(03/23/2020) Lots of mods.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/619713925260003/

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“1951 Willy’s Jeep,
Clean Nevada title, off road ready and street legal. Lots of new parts including;
305 Chevy
Clutch
Battery
Carpet kit
Gauges
Radio
All electrical wiring.
It has lockers in the front and rear axles. Newer 36” super swampers. 4 speed manual transmission with 2 speed transfer case. Priced to sell quick, $5800. Not interested in trades or low ball offers. Thanks for looking.”

 
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2 MB and 2 CJ-2A Engines Chappaqua, NY $375

• CATEGORIES: Engine, Parts

UPDATE: Still Available.

(03/19/2020) This seller has four engines, along with other parts. Each engine is listed separately.

  1. CJ-2A Engine $350: https://hudsonvalley.craigslist.org/pts/d/chappaqua-willys-jeep-engine-cj2a/7072645407.html
  2. CJ-2A Engine $350: https://hudsonvalley.craigslist.org/pts/d/chappaqua-willys-jeep-engine-cj2a/7072647819.html
  3. MB Engine $700: https://hudsonvalley.craigslist.org/pts/d/chappaqua-willys-jeep-engine-mb/7072639828.html
  4. MB Engine $500: https://hudsonvalley.craigslist.org/pts/d/chappaqua-willys-jeep-engine-mb/7078658501.html 
 
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1948 CJ-2A Bakersfield, CA $4000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE: Still Available.

(03/04/2020) It ‘turns on’.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/600811097172922/

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1947 CJ-2A Project Phoenix, AZ $4050

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE: Price dropped to $3850

(11/27/2012) There’s a lot of project work left.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/555339072001212/

“GM stearing gear with all stearing parts custome made from a 4×4 GM truck. No motor. Motor mounts and tran mounts are for GM V-8 and four speed tran. Two transfer cases, one is a 205, and other is Rockwell. Two transmitions one is SM 465 other is a TH 350. Have alot of parts, It has a Dana/44 front and rear, wheel base 8 inches longer and wider, leaf spring over axel, axel’s are drilled 6 lug Chevy disc brakes, rear drum, fly wheel, Bellhousing, Starter, all brackets for motor, roll bar, and many more parts”

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1948 CJ-2A Perris, CA $6750

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE: Still Available.

(01/30/2020) Includes a variety of parts. Still some work to be done.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/166841637946860/

“1948 Jeep Willys Overland CJ2A 4wd Off the frame restoration, most of the hard work is done and looking for someone to complete the project!! Clean pink slip and CA plates Original Body and Frame Service manual and parts books 12v system, mag rims with tires 2 new bumpers Tons of original parts and new parts including: Tow bar, exhaust system, power winch, ooooga horn, halogen lights, extra gas tanks, rack, too many parts to list all included with deal.”

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Frédéric’s Mobile Cinema Model

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

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Frédéric lives in France and recently completed a model, shown above, based on the mobile cinema operation shown in the photo below (see more mobile cinema photos here). We tried to find more pics of the mobile cinema setup, but we didn’t have much luck, so he had to use his imagination and experience for additional details. It took a year to complete and he did a great job!

His next project will be a German Car, a Stoewer from 691e Panzer Propaganda Kompanie that will include a couple german war reporters. 

In the meantime, as a health care professional, Frédéric is on the medical front lines in France fighting COVID-19. His region doesn’t have too many cases at the moment, so he’s in a relatively better place than other medical professionals in France. Stay safe Frédéric!

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Tagging A Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features

Chattanooga Times reporter Marion Coleman wrote a piece on jeep tagging in July of 1943, which was then syndicated to at least one newspaper, appearing in the Key West Citizen on July 20, 1943, under the title “Tagging a Jeep”. The problem is that the scan is horrible. Moreover, I can’t find any other copy of the article nor are the Chattanooga News-Free Press archives online, which is where I suspect it was also published.

The reason I found the article interesting is that she underscores the primary purpose of naming (or tagging) a jeep wasn’t for sentimental/inspirational reasons. Instead, it was so drivers could identify their individual jeeps. Given drivers were responsible for their jeeps, creatively marking their jeeps was one way of safe-guarding them. Of course, snagging the distributor when parked was another way to help keep it from being stolen.

I suspect the only way to get a good copy of the article is to visit the local library in either state, which likely won’t be happening anytime soon!

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Terrible online scan from the July 20, 1943, issue of the Key West Citizen.

 

 
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1949 Meyer Snow Plow Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This early Meyer snow plow brochure sold on eBay. I was busy buying a few other things yesterday, so decided to let this one go. If someone out there purchased it, feel free to send me some lo res scans (d @ dealers.com) that I can share with folks.

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Tux Park III Parts List

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Documents, Features

This was also on eBay. I assume one of the Tux Park guys hopped on this unique resource. Unfortunately, only a couple photos were provided on eBay.

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1947 CJ-2A Rancho Mirage, CA $5500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Looks in good shape.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2948158481946294/

“Super clean all original, original owners manual. 5500 or best offer moving and must go.”

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1948 CJ-2A Acton, CA $4500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Could be worth a look.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/204539157566285/

“48 Willys jeep runs, has a Buick v6 and warren overdrive.”

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