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Spokane’s Sandifur Motors Willys Distributor

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

UPDATE: Additional content has been added about Sandifur Motors.

Originally established in 1937, the Sandifur Motor Company out of Spokane, Washington, was operated by Charles and C. Paul Sandifur. Brothers and business partners, by 1938 the two men were involved in taxi cabs, used cars, life Insurance, and other business pursuits in the Spokane region.

The Sandifurs became a Willys distributor in the autumn of 1945 soon after the launch of the CJ-2A. An ad in the October 21, 1945, issue of the Spokesman Review confirms this.

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October 21, 1945, ad published in the Spokesman Review

As best as I understand it, being a distributor meant Sandifur Motors could both sell jeeps and signup other dealers.

The company seems to have followed the standard line of advertising, as this 1947 farming ad shows:

Clipping from The Spokesman-Review - Newspapers.com

As we’ll see in a moment, Sandifur was successful at selling jeeps, but I can’t imagine CJ-2A was very practical for farming in the Spokane region, in part due to the size of the farms. For example, my maternal grandparents obtained a 160 acre farm 35 miles southeast of Spokane on the small banks of Fighting Creek, Idaho, a place they won in a lottery around 1910, then secured by homesteading. In the 1920s they founded the local Fighting Creek store and operated one of the first phones in the area (we still have some of the books that documented the calls). They also made money logging the local forest and, after WWII, electrifying the area. Had they thought a jeep was practical, I believe they could have afforded to purchase one. Instead, they preferred to use tractors.

My family’s decision to abstain from buying a jeep did little to slow the success of Sandifur Motors. It’s possible the company was doing better selling wagons and trucks versus CJ-2As. I could imagine four wheel drive versions of the trucks and wagons being very handy navigating the endless forests and deserts of the Inland Empire area. This may also explain why both long-wheel base CJ-2As (likely the CJ-2Ls) and CJ-2As with 6ft extended beds were available for sale from both Spokane and Montana dealers (more on this in an upcoming post).

Here’s a 1949 ad promoting the wagon:

Clipping from The Spokesman-Review - Newspapers.com

October 17, 1949, Spokesman Review

Whatever the company was selling, it was selling enough of them to justify new digs. In early 1951, the Willys dealer moved from its original location at W419 3rd Avenue, to W228 2nd Avenue in downtown Spokane:

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February 27, 1951, in The Spokesman Review

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1954 KW 170X CJ-3B Line of Brochures

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: This redone post now shows the four single-page double-sided tri-fold mailers published by the newly established Kaiser Willys marketing team. The first one, “Facts about the Universal ‘Jeep'”, does not have a form number, but the others do. Much of the content is recycled from mailer to mailer.

This Facts About the Universal ‘Jeep’ For Service Stations mailer lacks a form number. It also lacks the KW stamp that is seen on the others. Finally, it labels the f-head as a 72-horsepower engine, while the other mailers have it marked at 75-horsepower. Given the changes, I’d guess this “Facts” brochure was the first one of the four printed:

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This The ‘Jeep’ Makes its Roads as it Goes! mailer is marked form KW-1702:

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This ‘Jeep’ Transportation for the Oil Industry mailer is marked form KW-1703:

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1942 Photo Soldiers Preparing For Mustard Gas

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

I can only imagine how awful those suits were to wear in the California desert, even in March. My wife tells me that even the modern-day chemical warfare suits are terrible.

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“SOMEWHERE IN CALIFORNIA —  Even deadly mustard gas holds no qualms for these soldiers in the chemical warfare service who are ready to fight poisonous, skin-burning gas by wearing clothes–treated in a secret solution–which resist and neutralize any dangerous vapor. They’re shown here decontamination a jeep which was sprayed with mustard gas. 03-19-42”

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July 1948 “Jeep — Engine Power” Ad

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

The July 1948 issue of the Country Gentleman included this “Get more jobs done at lower cost with Jeep–Engine Power” advertisement.

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1950 CJ-3A Jewell, OH $6000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

Has an f-head.

https://toledo.craigslist.org/cto/d/jewell-1950-willys-cj3a/7151368647.html

“1950 CJ3A.
Runs and drives good. 4×4 operates well.
55,769 miles.
New master cylinder, wheel cylinders, brake shoes and lines.
4 cylinder engine. 3 speed manual transmission. PTO.
Good overall condition.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or to schedule an inspection.
$6000 or best offers. Trades may be considered.”

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1946 VEC CJ-2A Wimberly, TX $8500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

This VEC lacks indents and a column shift.

https://austin.craigslist.org/cto/d/wimberley-1946-willy-jeep-cj2a/7149490904.html

“1946 Willys Cj2A. Very good condition, especially for being 74 years old she’s less wore out than me. I’ve had her a couple of years and have put on a new electronic distributor, full suspension, shocks and springs, Rugged Ridge front lockers, fuel pump, fuel gauge sender, spare tire, Hi Lift jack, bimini top, 130 c.i. “Go Devil” engine, tires in good condition. Starts and runs great! After WWII when the boys came home they wanted a Jeep like they had over seas. Here it is.

All new parts are from Kaiser Willys parts and accessories. Very few scratches and dents. The only rust is under the passenger seat in the built in tool box bottom that can catch and hold water.

If you are looking for a way restorable old Jeep this is a good way to go. If you call, please leave a message I don’t answer unknown numbers but will call you back. Please no lowballs or trades. And yes, the VIN is 27236!”

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1948 CJ-2A Saginaw Township, MI $7000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

The body has had some repairs.

https://saginaw.craigslist.org/cto/d/saginaw-willys-jeep-cj-2a/7150840036.html

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“1948 Willy Jeep CJ-2A
The Following Are New:
Gas Tank
Radiator
Brake Master Cylinder & Wheel Cylinders
Muffler
Fuel Pump
Battery
Belts & Hoses
Engine: Recent Valve Job

The Following Components Have Been Rebuilt:
Generator
Carburetor
Starter

Mileage shown is not actual.
Spars for top, and doors are available but in poor condition.”

 
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1948 CJ-2A Van Wert, IN $9000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Has a pinto engine installed.

https://fortwayne.craigslist.org/for/d/van-wert-1948-willys/7148043321.html

“1948 Willys with Pinto Conversion. Strong runner, looks good. Great restoration candidate or looks good just the way it is.”

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1948 CJ-2A Fairbury, NE $12,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

This has an unusual roll bar setup. It doesn’t look practical for use with a soft or hardtop.

https://lincoln.craigslist.org/cto/d/reynolds-1948-willys-cj2a/7144157873.html

“1948 CJ2A JEEP, NEW TRANSMISSION, NEW SPRINGS, SHOCKS, HAS REAR SEAT, 2 ROLL BARS, 4 PT HARNESS BELTS FOR REAR SEAT, EQUIPPED WITH WINCH. ENGINE RECENTLY REDONE, 12 VOLT ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, LIGHT BLUE COLOR. NEW TIRES WITH 2 SPARES, 1 INCH WHEEL SPACERS.”

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Year? FC-170 Cogar, OK $900

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677

Seems like there could be value here.

https://oklahomacity.craigslist.org/pts/d/minco-jeep-fc170-4×4/7151504096.html

“I have for sale a Jeep FC 170 4×4. Very rare”

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1945? Bantam Trailer St. Francisville, LA $1200

• CATEGORIES: trailer

Appears worth a look.

https://batonrouge.craigslist.org/tro/d/wakefield-bantam-willys-jeep-trailer/7149137521.html

“1945 Bantam Trailer. Located in Wakefield, LA, just north of St. Francisville. Data tag reads TC-3 278
Floor has been replaced. No rust. Wired for 4-wire trailer connector. Still has 1 7/8″ Fulton coupler. Tires hold air and have a fair amount of tread but do show some cracking.”

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CJ-3A Parts Lacrosse, WI

• CATEGORIES: Parts

I don’t recognize the PTO box on the rear of this transfer case.

https://lacrosse.craigslist.org/pts/d/westby-jeep-willys-cj2a-3a-parts/7145518761.html

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“Misc parts off a 1953 CJ3A I’m selling as I don’t need for my build. More parts listed eventually, but right now:

Tranny/Tcase/PTO Assembly. Tcase and PTO shifters move freely, transmission appears stuck. $250

Rear Axle. Springs not included as I will cut ubolts and keep. $150

Hood, rough shape, but use for decoration or awning over shop door! Has stamped Willys script on it you could cut out and use for decoration. $50”

 
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L-head, Tranny, TC Fort Gratoit, OH $200

• CATEGORIES: Engine, Transfer Cases, Transmissions

There could be parts value here.

https://porthuron.craigslist.org/pts/d/fort-gratiot-48-willys-flathead-4-cyl/7149506847.html

“Original Willys Flat head pulled from 48′ willys pickup. Engine has not been started in several years. Engine only.
AS IS!”

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1946 CJ-2A Saginaw, MI $4000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

No pics provided.

https://saginaw.craigslist.org/atq/d/saginaw-willys-jeep/7147955882.html

“Original Willys 1946 post World War II era jeep CJ2A for sale. very good condition. Made in Toledo Ohio. Clean title included. In storage. Engine not seized. Engine, frame, and body in great shape. Minor maintenance needed to make it road worthy. As is! A piece of history worth having! May consider a lower offer if it is reasonable for this original antique.”

 
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1949 CJ-3A Iron River, MI $8000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

UPDATE: Still Available.

(08/02/2018) Body looks in good shape. I wonder if it has a new body kit.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/240401234045227/
or
https://duluth.craigslist.org/for/d/iron-river-1949-willys-jeep/7151040719.html

“Ground up restoration with original style. Manual transmission. Original style drivetrain. New 10,000lb winch. Clean and ready to hit the road! 6,227 miles.”

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1956 CJ-6 w/ Half Cab Vincennes, IN $600

• CATEGORIES: CJ-6, Parts • TAGS: .

Needs work.

https://evansville.craigslist.org/pts/d/vincennes-1956-cj6-tub-with-title/7141808602.html

“Have a rough 1956 cj6 tub with classic Kentucky title. Floors are shot, sides need work. Includes windshield frame and rough half cab. No trades.”

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1947 CJ-2A Pace, FL $1500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

It runs.

https://pensacola.craigslist.org/cto/d/milton-47-cj2a/7141886464.html

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“1947 willys cj2a runs”

 
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1948 CJ-2A Auburn Hills, MI $5600

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE: Still Available

Seller respectfully asks any interested buyers to arrive with face mask and gloves.

https://detroit.craigslist.org/okl/pts/d/auburn-hills-1948-willys-2a/7150242933.html

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“A Wyoming 1948 2a I brought it home a couple of years ago, did a lot or wrenching on it to make it driveable which now it is. All new brake lines, brake cylinders and master cylinder. Lights are wired and working, new light switch too. A very solid willys for the year but not rust free. The tub is better than most and not a Michigan bondo bucket.

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1956 DJ-3A New Braunfels, TX $2500

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A

UPDATE: Still Available.

(11/25/2019) This looks to be a late model 1956 DJ-3A convertible (#11432). Body might be in decent shape. Windshield probably toast. In this case rare doesn’t equal valuable.

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“I have a super rare DJ3A 2 wheel drive Dispatcher Jeep for sale,

It is all original except for the wheels, I had intended to restore it to drive around downtown New Braunfels i just haven’t had the time to work on it.

I am asking 5000 or best offer as is. Please let me know if you have any questions.

I am keeping it at my parents place in the Garden Ridge area. “

 
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1949 Article on the Jeep’s Forest Fire Fighting Potential

(Given fireworks have arrived, this article seemed appropriate …) This August 07, 1949, article was published in the Spokesman Review out of Spokane, Washington, but it likely originated from a Wisconsin news report. The article mentions Nicolet National Forest, which is located in Northern Wisconsin, and the event was sponsored by E. W. Schwartz Motors out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. One interesting statistic noted was that conservative estimates put the number of jeeps in service in state and national forests at over 1,000 jeeps by the summer of 1949.

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1956 Forms W-25X-XX Brochures

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE II: This poster was based on the 1956 W-25X-6 brochures. This also seems to confirm that there was never any Form W-251-6 brochure (which had been a lingering question of mine).

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Original Post From Feb 17, 2020 (but with all new text): Below are the front pages from a series of 1956 brochures. I think I’ve got everything sorted out … 

  1. Form W-250-6 V1 (CJ-5/CJ-6/CJ-3B):
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  2. Form W-250-6 V2 (CJ-5/CJ-6/CJ-3B) … this form replaced the one above:
    1957-truck-form-W-250
  3. Form W-250-6X (CJ-5/CJ-6/CJ-3B) Export:
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  4. Form W-252-6 V1 (Trucks):
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  5. Form W-252-6 V2 (Trucks) This form replacement the green truck form above:
    1957-truck-form-W-252
  6. Form W-252-6X (Trucks) Export:
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  7. Form W-253-6 (Wagons) (was there an earlier version of this form?):
    1957-truck-form-W-253
  8. Form W-253-6X (Wagons) Export: Anyone have this form?
 
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1956 CJ-5/CJ-6/CJ-3B Domestic Brochure Forms W-250-6

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: There were two different Form W-250-6’s produced during 1956. The first one shown below is version one I believe. Making the one at the bottom version two. Both differ significantly from the export version of the form, which is Form W-250-6X

What’s the difference between them? Both forms open up to 11″x17″, so the sizes are the same. However, the front page is completely different. In version #2 of the brochure (at the bottom) you can see that the front page is more harmonious with the Wagon (Form W-253-6) and the Truck (Form W-252-6) brochures. The second page, reached by opening the brochure horizontally, shows part of the vehicle line in version #1, while the vehicle line is absent from version #2 at bottom. Maybe version #1 of this brochure was pulled because Willys Motors’ management wasn’t ready to introduce the FC-170? I can’t say for sure.  Finally, you’ll also notice that “WILLYS” is absent from the front of version #1, while “BY WILLYS” is prominent on the front of the bottom brochure.

Because that reasoning, I believe this is Version #1 of Form W-250-6 …

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This shows the back of the brochure when opened fully:

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This 1956 CJ-5/CJ-6 brochure Form W-250-6 is the domestic version of Form W-250-6X.

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1956 Domestic Truck Brochure Forms W-252-6

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: There were actually two different Form W-252-6’s produced during 1956. This green one shown below and the one at the bottom. Both differ significantly from the export version of the form, which is Form W-252-6X

What’s the difference between them? Well, the text, the fonts, and the font sizes are nearly identical. Both forms open up to 11″x17″. Obviously the front of the bottom version is more colorful and the front color image is certainly different. But, what might be the biggest change and the reason for the alternative version is that the green-themed brochure is printed with the word ‘Jeep’ in a san-serif font in numerous places, while the brochure at the bottom uses the much more standard jeep font. Finally, you’ll also notice that “WILLYS” is absent from the front of the green brochure, while “BY WILLYS” is prominent on the front of the colorful brochure.

Because that reasoning, I believe this is Version #1 of Form W-252-6 …

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This is how the back of the brochure looks fully opened…

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1952 Drag Jeep Fort Mohave, AZ $8000

• CATEGORIES: M-38, Racing

UPDATE: Price dropped to $8000.

(05/13/2020) Looks like a nice rig. Appears to have an M-38 body with a modified CJ-2A windshield. The front clip is likely a solid fiberglass front end that either tilts or pulls off.

https://lasvegas.craigslist.org/cto/d/fort-mohave-1952-sand-drag-jeep/7149530652.html

“1952 willys sand drag jeep. Street legal. 406 small block chevy, turbo 350 manual 3 speed trans with 4400 trans brake. 9″ ford rear end with curry axles, Detroit locker with 534 gears. Turns 4.08 at drags. Comes with set of paddels. $9500.00”

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1946 CJ-2A Hereford, AZ $16,500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , .

I feel like this one has been listed elsewhere.

https://sierravista.craigslist.org/cto/d/hereford-1943-willys-jeep/7151173101.html

“46 WILLYS JEEP RUNS AND DRIVE GREAT WITH A 231 V6 ENGINE 4X4 3 SPEED WITH OVERDRIVE
NEW PAINT, NEW WHEEL AND TIRES
MONDAY THRU FRIDAY ONLY 8 AM TO 430 PM
LOCATED AT M & R AUTO 5131 HEREFORD RD HEREFORD AZ 85615
ASKING 16500 SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY”

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