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When Packages aren’t Packed Properly ….

• CATEGORIES: Features

I bought this Yipao-themed jeep off of eBay. It included $15 for shipping. Given it is ceramic and given the shipping cost, I assumed the seller would properly package it. I was wrong. It arrived broken, wrapped in some bubble wrap, inside a flimsy plastic USPS mailer. Worse, nothing indicated it was fragile … Ugggghhh …. Based on the postage stamp of $8.55, I can see the seller went cheap and didn’t spend all the postage money I’d provided. Had he used a “if it fits, it ships box”, it likely would have arrived safely.

I’ve asked for my money back and he’s agreed.

I am hoping to be able to glue it back together, but we’ll see.

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Here’s how it should have looked:


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1960 DJ-3A Surrey Dacula, GA eBay


Mike spotted this pretty stock Surrey. The current buy-it-now price is $25,000. Note the front floors have been patched.

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“Offered for sale, 1960 Willys DJ3A Surrey  2WD- Serial #18201.  This 61 year old collector’s item jeep  has been sitting in a warehouse protected from the elements for the past 35 years. This jeep is virtually unmolested from its humble beginnings.  Odometer shows 26,000 original miles.  Somewhere along its life the front floor panswere reinforced due to hat channel rust-out. Jeep seems to have been over sprayed incoral mist pink and the striped top was replaced at some point with what iscurrently on it.

This collector desirable and rare jeep (only 1100 made from1959 to 1964) is as complete as they get and would serve as a great restorationcandidate. Many of the often removed parts are still present and intact as theywere originally.  Siunce all the original partsd are there a restorer will only need to buy new canvas, tires, hubcaps and minimal repair on floor pans, and repaint. (Restoredthese are worth over $50K) Continue reading

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1943 Ad Highlighting the Go-Devil Engine

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I can’t remember running across this two page magazine ad highlighting the Go-Devil engine. I bought it off of eBay.


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1945 VEC CJ-2A Napa County, CA $4800


The serial number suggests this is a 1945, but it should have full floaters.


“Back on the “Interwebs” due to Craigslist Flakes! Up for sale “Farm Fresh” Willys CJ2A “Flat Fender” Jeep. This is a very early, rust free, jeep. This is the first civilian production run of the famous CJ Jeep. The Jeep is a very low production number. The Jeep has a Buick V6 Dauntless motor (runs), dual exhaust, dual fuel tanks, headers, neat spare tire carrier, Dualmatic front hubs, Chevy tilt steering wheel. Jeep sold with a T90 transmission, but does not have a transfer case. The transmission and transfer case was pulled by the previous owner. This wouldn’t take much to get back on the trail. I have the original title and every repair receipt that was ever done to this jeep. This rig would be great for a full restoration, a vintage rock crawler, hunting rig, trail jeep, or summer grocery getter.”

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1946 CJ-2A Morro Bay, CA $3500


It’s a project.


“1946 willys. Frame tag in place. Stock running gear. Was a driver about 5 years ago. Gonna need to clean fuel lines and bleed brakes etc.. I cleaned it off, put in battery and it fired up when I drizzled fuel into carb. Oil looks good and coolant in radiator looks good. 12v conversion. Missing driver seat but I think I have one around. In morro bay ca. 93442 if interested email your number..
3500.00 will go up as I work on it..”

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1982 DJ-5 Ventura, CA $3500


Looks in good shape.


“Classic 1982 Postal Jeep. Right hand drive. Runs and drives good. 28,300 original miles, 3 speed auto, passenger seat, back seat, setting on a new frame since 2012. Body has some rust, but it is a classic for a great price, so… Call for more info!”

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1960 CJ-3B Cave Creek, AZ $15,900


Looks in good shape; has a few mods.


“Ready to enjoy! 1960 Willys Jeep CJ3B. Very rare with removable hard top and doors. All the work has been done to use on and off road. Hard to list everything that has been updated. NEW paint, tires, rims, battery, starter, hoses, belts, fuel line, steering tie rods, water pump, fuel pump, gages, brakes, master cylinders, wheel cylinders, custom glass, custom seats, custom rack, etc. Hundreds of hours. A must see. Make sure you scroll through all pics to see how versatile this rare Collectors Jeep it really is”

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1946 CJ-2A Dana Point, CA $7850


Has a few mods.


“1946 Willys CJ 2-A Jeep
Price: $7,850.00

This 1946 Willys Jeep is the perfect weekend warrior, beach cruiser, and head turner. Always a crowd pleaser. There have been many modifications done to this vehicle to preserve the original feel but update for driveablility. Motor, suspension, seats, lighting, and much more. Sold as is.

Current registration is paid until August 2022.

Make: Willys
Model: CJ 2-A
Model Year: 1946
Approximate Mileage: 9,600 (new speedometer, actual mileage unknown)
Interior Color: Tan
Exterior Color: Brown
Engine Description: V-6 Buick
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Transmission: 3 Speed Manual
Drive Train Type: 4×4
Seating Capacity: 2
Seat Type: Bucket

Leave a phone message if interested.
Cash buyers only.
Serious inquiries only”

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1949? CJ-2A Summerlin, NV $8000


It has an interesting gas inlet mod.


“For Sale 1949 CJ2A
This is a well running beast! Engine runs great, body is in good condition. I was planning to fully rebuild and upgrade, but decided to work on other projects. Upgrades include full custom roll bar assembly ($800), canvas cover ($750), and original front TPO winch. Good tires. A radiator with fan switch has been added so it can safely operate in the Nevada heat. In July 2021, replaced the battery, fuel filter, ignition coil and fuel pump and have receipt ($750). Has a 6 cylinder Studebaker engine that was a popular replacement engine for this Willys. Have paperwork on what work has been done by the previous owners over the years. Clean title in hand. $8,000. Please no low ball offers. Available locally only for cash.”

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1948 CJ-2A Cave Creek, AZ $12,500


Appears fairly stock.


“For Sale: 1948 Willy Jeep CJ2A. Great shape jeep starts and runs good, 6-volt, lots of new parts including wire harness, steering wheel, wheels, fuel tank, fuel lines, and more. Very original and in great shape for being 73 years old. You can call, email or text me if you have questions or want to see it. I am selling because I want to get a CJ5. Will consider trades for older Jeep. Odometer reads 14,527 TMU”


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1946 CJ-2A Vista, CA $4000


It’s unclear how much value is here.


“1946 Willys 2a, looks rough but has good bones on it. Has a 283 corvette motor with 350 heads, edelbrock intake and holly carb, and headers. Sm420 4speed with granny gear barely used maybe 1000 miles on it. Obviously its a project and needs a lot of work. Have lots of extra part, comes with a custom top, a half shell, a pto winch that came with it. The motor turned when it was parked 10 years ago. Its been in the family for 25 years and hate to get rid of it. I have the title and its on an upnto date non op.”

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1953 CJ-3B Catalina, AZ $6800


This is a project.


“1953 CJ-3B has a 302 ford engine, new radiator, new distributor, plugs, wires, brake wheel cylinders, master cylinder, gas tank, gauges, clutch, through out bearing. Warden overdrive, stock 3 speed tranny, stock transfer case, stock frt and rear differentials, Crome wheels. Extras: 5 stock wheels, 3 speed tranny and transfer case, hood, windshield and 2 fenders, tilt steering column, 5 more gas tanks ( 1 is for the passenger side). Needs: tires, power steering, tail lights, Runs great and drives.”

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Year? Sedan Delivery Lakeside, CA $2200

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons

No title for this early SD wagon.


“1946 – 1964 Kaiser Willys Panel Delivery, a very rare vehicle and a lot shorter than the 4 door Willys wagon you’re used to seeing, great hot rod potential, no paperwork, 2 wheel drive, hasn’t run in decades, rear doors missing, no rust rot/cancer, it used to be an ice cream truck, $2,200 make an offer”

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1958 FC-150 Las Vegas, NV $10,000

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677

Price has dropped to $10,000. Engine doesn’t start.


“Clean title on hand, selling AS IS , project jeep! 1958 serious inquiries ONLY! 12k obo no low ballers , CLASSIC JEEP!! Belonged to my grandma father! Someone knows what it’s worth and can cherish it as my grandfather once did! Text or call my wife as it is her vehicle and at her house , thanks! And does have engine in it doesn’t start someone who knows about old school cars or classics or even does restoration would be great project please no stupid low ball offers or wasting my time come check it out even”


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1950 CJ-3A Long Beach, CA $11,000


UPDATE: Still Available.

(08/28/2021) It’s a project.

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“Rolling project. Most of the hard stuff is done.

Rust free tub, nice and straight. Some small damage on the passenger side (see photo). The frame is not boxed.

Strong 289. Cammed and stroked to 305. Holley TA-II carb. Dual Flowmasters.

Original 3-speed Transmission and D18 Xfer case.

I have a NP435 and Novak adapter kit to mate with a D20 transfer case. Rebuild kits for both, new 6 spline main shaft for the transmission, and new input gear for the transfer case. Everything is there to build it out and hook it up to the D44’s. The transmission was rebuilt for a 2wd, so it will need to be redone to mate with the transfer case.

Frame horns extended and shackles reversed. Saginaw steering already swapped in.

EZ Wire 12 fuse mini kit. (I don’t think they offer this kit anymore). The wiring is not finished, but the engine wiring is roughed in and it will run. New alternator and relay, fusible link etc…
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1948 CJ-2A Fort Mohave, Az $20,000

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

UPDATE: Price bumped to $20,000.

(08/17/2017) This has a variety of upgrades.  The grille reminds me of a Nuffield.

“One of a kind
1948 Willys Jeep 4 wheel drive ( 81 ” wheel base )
I’ve owned this Jeep for over 40 years
All steel body (no rust or damage)
Complete frame including spring hangers etc. are boxed in
Hi performance 350 fresh small block Chevy / chrome custom headers
Turbo 400 trans, electric lock up tork converter, custom made dash and hood
Halibrand quick-change rear end (extra gear sets)
Custom body work-exhaust exits out rear of body,
Flaring on wheel wells / license plate recessed
Enlarged windshield / frenched head lights /custom grill
Stainless fuel tank
Custom Fresno top / side panels included
Tilt steering wheel / power steering
Disk brakes all around
Double chain driven transfer case
Chrome traction bars
Roll cage
Bucket seats
Street legal, titled and registered
Has never been outside my shop over night, always indoors”

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1948 CJ-2A Wickenburg, AZ $8500


UPDATE: Still Available.

(03/23/2020) Has some cargo and rear bumper mods, along with an updated engine.

“1948 willys jeep, this is a great looking an running jeep, has a chevy 2, 4 cylinder engine. Newly rebuilt transmission, 4 wd works great. LED lights front an rear, extra storage built into roll bar, and above wheel wells, Air shocks, upgrade saginaw Steering box.”

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1948 CJ-2A Watsonville, CA $10,500


UPDATE: Price dropped to $10,500.

(05/19/2020) That is one of the stranger ‘roll bars’ I’ve ever seen. Probably has an f-head in it.

“O.B.O Jeep Willys 1948. Good condition. Classic. Runs good. Motor 4 cylinders.”

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Rosemary’s Obit

• CATEGORIES: Features

Rosemary, the queen of Halloween in her natural habitat (part of the garage converted to a dungeon the night of Halloween, 2015).

My mother-in-law passed away on Tuesday afternoon at the age of 76. She was a complicated woman. As I’ve alluded to in the past, her declining health was a factor in the summer-long hiatus of eWillys.

Between the pandemic, her cancer and her COPD, the last two years have been full of medical appointments, oxygen machines, 911 calls, drug management, and patient management. Two Christmas’s in a row have been interrupted with Emergency Room visits.

Much of the work (and frustrating grief) fell into the hands of my wife, Ann, who, through the deaths of her sister and father (both from Huntington’s disease years ago …. a terrible way to go), along with the deaths of several other relatives, has become someone of an expert in palliative (end of life) care, especially related to COPD and/or congestive heart failure. She was a huge asset to my father during his last years and I’ve learned a great deal from her about end of life issues.

My MIL was both grateful for our help and critical of our help during her ill years, because she could be critical of most anything. One of her favorite statements was, “whoever designed this [whatever it was] should be dragged out and shot.” We heard this more and more as she got more and more confused about technology and life; but she was certain she was right and the designer of said service/item was wrong. In fact, she was usually right about everything, whether she was actually right or not.

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1949 Jeepster Orofino, ID $4200

• CATEGORIES: Jeepster

John’s selling his Jeepster project.

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“I purchased this Willy’s as it was in a off the frame restoration. It has been disassembled and all the parts I was given are still sitting in my barn. The Willy’s was soda blasted and all paint removed. It has since started to surface rust, I don’t want to see all the work lost. I am unable to complete the project and am will to sell. These were marketed from 1948 to 1951, the Jeepster Phaeton was a rather expensive niche vehicle and though admired by many, it was purchased by relatively few. What you see is what you’re buying except for the picture of the beautiful finished Willy’s. I included it as to show how this project was to turn out if I was to finish it.”

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Authenticast Surrey Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models • TAGS: .

I’ve had a little more time lately to spend sometime on eBay. One of the things I stumbled upon last week was an authenticast Surrey in Cerulean Blue for only $30 (including shipping)!! Now that was a score! I then made an offer on a pink one that I found and that got accepted, too. Here are pics of both.

I was surprised that these have such good weight to them; they are about 1.5lbs. The one moving piece on both is the hood, which lifts (tilting up while the windshield tips back), but the straps must be removed from one side for this to happen.

The Blue one still has some fringe on one side, but a piece of the bumper is missing and a strap is broke:

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1973 Slide of Las Brisas Surreys/Galas

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This 1973 slide that was on eBay is taken from behind two DJ-3A Galas/Surreys. In the background are some DJ-5 Galas/Surreys.


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San Angelo Die Casting and Manufacturing Products For the Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Texas’ San Angelo Die Casting and Manufacturing company was founded by Raymond V. Hart, according to a May 23, 1998, obituary in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The company manufactured a wide range of inventions, from nut shellers used as far south as Brazil to jeep products as evident below.

One of the more unusual products was this jeep trailer. Somewhere in the eWillys archives is an actual example of one of these trailers. I thought it was a custom concoction, but clearly it wasn’t.

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The company’s main jeep-oriented product was gun racks (the firm produced both jeep and non-jeep gun racks). This hard-to-find brochure from the San Angelo Die Casting and Machine Company explains why there are a number of jeeps with similar gun racks in them. That “No. 20” model is particularly prevalent in jeeps.


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1954 “Harvest Your Sales Crop” Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This literature was on eBay (and bought by me). Given this unusual document is dated October 1954, I wonder how many other docs like this were distributed to dealers and distributors. This is the first item like this that I’ve run across. I’ll get a better scan of it at some point in the future.



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1951 CJ-3A Clio, CA $7500


Only the one pic provided.

“selling my 1951 willys Cj3A , it runs and drives, but It needs floorpan replaced.
I have a lot of new parts, I just don’t have the time to finish.
the body is in good shape, and looks to have the original paint.”