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Searching for an M-29 Weasel FC

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

UPDATE: I mistakenly listed this as an M-59, but I must blame the chills, fever, and general immune-system mayhem caused by my booster shot. That booster kicked my butt! But, I am all better now.

Grace’s husband and brother-in-law are searching for this M-29 Weasel FC. If anyone can provide help, please contact jeepFCcollector @ gmail.com (remove the spaces around the @).

“They have been looking to locate this M29 Weasel based FC cab vehicle. They have traced it from CP Riders (letters on the doors), to an Illinois farmer, to a broker 20 years ago in Dakota Illinois. They have made contact with that broker who says he sold it to a company in Pennsylvania who intended to use it for rescue and recovery on a Pa. mountain pass.”

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1959 CJ-3B Valparaiso, IN $11,500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $11,500.

Kammy’s put this CJ-3B up for sale again. Contact her via email at khvermillion @ aol.com (remove the spaces around the @).

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“1959 CJ3B High Hood 4×4
Sharp Willys was restored prior to my ownership. Still has the original engine f134 showing 42600.

3 speed, manual transmission. Goes into 4×4 as it should. It’s been changed over to a 12volt system with all new wiring. New gas tank.
Starts, runs and drives.
Newer custom seats, front and rear.
Front and rear chrome bumpers with rear bumper guards.

All lights, horn and turn signals work. Windshield wiper motor and blade are there (not hooked up)

Rear seat folds down and up for more space in the rear. Comes with a bikini top, easy to remove and fold down the windshield. Tires are like new.”

 
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1946 Fortune Article on Willys-Overland

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

UPDATE: This post was published on eWillys November 15, 2014. I don’t normally post whole articles, but there is a great deal of interesting information within it. I’m reposting this today because there is some additional information about Mr. Clement Miniger and his Auto-Lite company leading a syndicate to buyout John North Willys’ stock in 1929 (Learn more about Miniger And Willys Light here).

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A variety of pre August 1946 CJ-2As in different colors waiting to be shipped from Willys-Overland’s Toledo plant.

This fascinating article was published in the August 1946 issue of Fortune magazine. It’s a LONG article that covers the history of Willys Overland Corporation from it’s bankruptcy in the early 1930s to it’s post-war market positioning. There is not much information specifically about jeeps, nor many jeeps photos. But, if you want to understand how the corporate structure evolved, it’s a good article.

One particular chart published in the article was Willys’ research on paved roads. The company felt that jeeps would be very popular in outer countries, due both to the brand and the lack of paved roads. To meet that demand, Willys planned to export 25% of all jeeps.

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THIS JEEP-RIDING AUTO INDEPENDENT IS TAKING NEW LEASES ON LIFE AND ITS OWN REAL ESTATE • THE BOYS IN THE BACK ROOM ARE DOING FINE

ln the years between the depression and the second world war, the once great Willys-Overland Co. clung by its nails to a niche in the U.S. automobile market. Gamely, it tried to sell the public a mousy little car, with a tough, four-cylinder engine, which was the cheapest thing on the road to run. Itself battered into receivership and reorganization by the depression, Willys had the patently sensible idea that such a car, guaranteed to get people from here to there at a minimum expenditure for fuel and upkeep, would be a blessing to a hard-pressed public that had not been similarly served since the demise of the models T and A Ford. But the public was proud, if poor, and more conscious of the millinery than the engineering of a car. When it had to buy cheaply it found the used-car market much more tempting. During most of those years Willys’ production ranged below the break-even point. bln 1940, a mere 27,000 cars were built. Now Willys-Uverland is coming up for the postwar round with a product line still topped by a light passenger car-with a four or a six-cylinder engine, buyer’s choice. It will probably be as cheap to buy, give or take a few dollars, as any 1947 car on the market, and possibly less expensive to operate and support than any of its competitors. And though it will be considerably more stylish, inside and out, than the prewar Willys, it will have, at most, simple good looks rather than breath-taking beauty. If that were the whole story, one might wonder why some people think Willys-Overland is an exciting proposition among the auto independents today, and why some mighty big boys in the automobile industry appear to be sparring for position in the peculiar, complicated Willys-Overland hierarchy.

Unquestionably Willys has fresh charms. To name four:
1) The tough, four-cylinder motor that was the bread-and-butter item in the prewar Willys is the same motor that powered the Army Jeep, which became an international byword during the war. As the largest producer, by far, of the Jeep, Willys-Overland became the beneficiary of this enormous, war-born prestige (and also added a tidy sum to its treasury). Ten days after V-J day, Willys was in production on its civilian or Universal Jeep, of which it had sold around 28,000 by June 1, despite plant shutdowns totaling eighty-three days owing to strikes in suppliers’ plants.

2) Under way at its giant Toledo plant is a Jeep-inspired line of Willys utility vehicles including (a) an all-steel, all-purpose station wagon, (b) a sedan delivery truck, and (c) a low-weight, medium-duty truck with a combination four and two-wheel drive. All are powered by an improved four-cylinder Jeep engine and feature the Jeep snub nose and square fenders. All will be produced in 1946, and can be run through the same assembly line if necessary.

3) Because the rugged, lightweight vehicles in the Willys line are peculiarly suited to the exigencies of foreign motoring, in which the paucity of paved roads and the steep price of gasoline are forbidding factors, the company has decided to throw 25 per cent of its production into export. The development of a foreign market of such proportions is steadying to the seasonal economy of an automobile company. And Willys’ new top management is richly experienced in the export field.

4) Finally, many an economist, foreseeing an era of inflation, high taxes, and high gasoline costs, will agree that the hour in the oiiing is ripe for an automobile that places operating economy above fashion appeal. Willys is confident that its traditional economy car is, at last, accurately attuned to the times, and that its 1947 passenger model can bite into a solid and sustained market, both here and abroad.

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Anti-Spam Changes Might Result in Spam or Other Issues

• CATEGORIES: Features, News

Recently, I learned that Akismet, the plugin I pay $100 year to manage my spam, announced that eWillys get too many spam requests (which isn’t my fault), so I must now upgrade to the $400 a year program.

Yeah, that’s not happening, especially given I’ve shifted into fewer updates and am no longer charging advertisers (thanks again for your past support guys). So, I’m testing out a highly rated, but free, version, called Antispam Bee. I may also need to add a captcha addition window to comments (where you are given 2 + 2 and you have to enter “4” …  I think you fine folks can handle that math).

So, I don’t know how well Antispam Bee will work or if it will interfere with non-spam comments. If you feel like your comments aren’t posting, please email me at d @ deilers.com, and I will see what needs to be adjusted.

For those interested, here are the spam comments from the last few months:

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Updates for the Holidays (or lack thereof)….

• CATEGORIES: News

Out of the frying pan and into the fire…..

Unfortunately, having helped my mother-in-law through hospice in September, we won’t get much of a break as now my mother’s health has declined to the point that we have to make other arrangements for her. So, we’ll be doing regular runs over to Seattle to give my aunt a break from the daily care of her, while, also readying her new apartment and clearing the house as best we can.

Meanwhile, against our recommendations, and knowing mom’s health was in decline, my sister chose to put her house on the market in September. She just closed on her house this week and is moving to Texas, abandoning our mother after my mother supported her horse hobby (profession?) for more than 25 years so she can “make a name for herself”. Mom is devastated by my sister’s decision. She is currently in OKC attending a horseshow, because somehow that is more important than caring for mom. Needless to say, there has been quite a bit of family drama….. ughhh.

So, once again, updates may be somewhat become sparse, likely lasting into the New Year.`

 
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Early Allstate Hubs $150

• CATEGORIES: Parts • TAGS: .

Maury shared these hubs for sale. They are Allstate hubs and, likely, a very early set. My guess is the these were likely built by Husky/Dualmatic, but I am not familiar enough with hub innards to say for sure. I can’t quite find a brand-name hub with the cover that looks quite like this.

http://www.earlycj5.com/xf_cj5/index.php?threads/allstate-hubs.150116/#post-1696817

“These hubs are all complete and turn freely. The dial is heavy case aluminum. These only work with threaded axles ends. I tried putting them on the later snap ring style axle and the snap groove does not protrude out. Outer case was chrome originally. They seem like a really well built early twist lock hub. Asking $150 obo plus shipping. I also have a picture of how the innards went when I took them off the axle.”

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Dad Rolls His Jeep Down a Hill at Icicle Creek, Wa

• CATEGORIES: Features

UPDATE: First posted in 2010, this is a follow up to the post below which shows my family’s first jeep, a somewhat modified CJ-5.

One fine, sunny, beautiful Saturday during the summer of 1975 (or thereabouts – no family member can quite remember the exact year) my father drove his CJ-5 up a chuck-hole filled hillside trail at Icicle Creek, near Leavenworth, Wa.  He didn’t make it to the top; instead, he rolled his CJ-5 down the hillside.  Herein is the story and images.

I suppose it is appropriate that the images of dad’s wreck in the WWJC Scrapbook aren’t as clear as I had hoped, because the memory of it is also fuzzy.  I’ve tried to color correct and sharpen the pictures as best as I could, but even the clearest of pictures can’t really tell the story of the impact of his tumble down that hill.

It was a club weekend on the ‘east side of the mountains’ in Leavenworth, Washington.  For Washington Jeepers, the east side of the mountains means anything on the east slope of the Cascade Mountain range, where the surroundings transform from western muddy trails, deep dark green of cedar trees, and gray, drizzly, cool weather into Ponderosa Pines, sunshine, sagebrush, and dust.  Within an hour of Seattle, you could (and still can) transform your jeeping experience entirely.

This particular weekend I remember, and  say this without certainty as these are more like flickers of a 10-year-old’s memory, that we were staying in some kind of community-center-like building where we all slept on the floor in sleeping bags in a large open community room (I later learned this was a University of Washington property).  For the club, it was one big campout.

For me this seemed perfectly normal as the club really was a big extended family — these were people I saw more than my own aunts and uncles, grandma and grandpas.

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Early 1970s Photo Includes My Father

• CATEGORIES: Features

Chris Holmes posted this photo to the PNW4WDA Facebook group the other day. The first thing I spotted was the brown jacket worn by the man to the right of the group; it’s the color of the Wandering Willys Jeep Club. Looking closer, I realized that guy was none-other than my father! Apparently, he had taken part in the shuttle of special needs kids into the Woodland Park Zoo in North Seattle.

Looking more closely, I realized that the front of our CJ-5 was pictured just to the right of Dad’s back. one tell-tale sign is the horseshoe welded to the front of the winch plate. Given the jeep pictured was before Dad’s topsy-turvey roll down the hill at Icicle Creek outside of Wenatchee (summer of 1974 or 1975), this photo was likely taken in the early 1970s.

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1946 CJ-2A Brillion, WI No Price

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

Unusual build.

https://appleton.craigslist.org/bar/d/brillion-46-willys-jeep-wrangler/7404693102.html

“rat rod hot rod steet rod willys 355 that made 455 hp and 350 auto with a 32 stall converter all sway bars have road race it works very good very fun like a big go cart chevy 67 to 73 camaro 64 to 72chevelle 62 to 72 nova 64to 72 el camino wrangler or will sale out right will sale with out motor and trans”

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1946 CJ-2A Clarksburg, MI $5000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Has a custom half cab.

https://up.craigslist.org/snw/d/champion-1946-willys-cj2a/7407916740.html

“Unfortunately selling my 1946 Willy’s Jeep CJ2A…not enough room and need the money for other projects. Almost 100% original, besides the tires, roll cage, and custom enclosure…runs and drives.”

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Various Jeeps Cornell, MI

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, CJ-3A • TAGS: , .

The yellow jeep has an unusual windshield/top combo.

https://up.craigslist.org/pts/d/cornell-willys-jeep/7394567241.html

“Orange Willys CJ -2A 4 x 4,missing carb, motor froze. $700
Green Willys 1/4 4 x 4, just Transmission, rear ends $700
Light green Willys, 1/4 ton 4 x 4, no motor, has transmission. $500
Yellow Willys, 1/4 ton, 4 x 4, has Ford motor 6 cyl., has transmission with pto . $500
Have extra Willys Jeep motor 4 cyl. Froze up.
1977 Jeep J-10 pickup-has motor and transmission. $500”

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1950 CJ-3A Claremont, SD $6499

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

UPDATE: Still Available.

(10/29/2021) This may be worth a look.

https://mankato.craigslist.org/snw/d/claremont-1950-willy-jeep/7400913340.html

“1950 Willy Jeep!! Why spend 20k on a ranger! This is 4 wheel drive and everything. Recent work done includes, plugs, wires, front brakes, fuel pump, water pump, air filter housing. Lights work, fold down windshield. Lock out 4 wheel drive. 3 speed tranny. All fluids changed. Solid jeep. I believe there is no rust on this tub. Hard to find around here also !!”

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1946 CJ-2A Yakima, WA $15000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

Looks pretty original. Too bad it isn’t the original color.

https://yakima.craigslist.org/cto/d/yakima-1946-willys-jeep/7408101032.html

“1946 Willy’s Jeep
You know what it is.
TAKE IT or LEAVE IT
It starts, runs, drives and stops.
PRICE IS FIRM AND CASH ONLY…. 100’s prefered.”

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1949? CJ-2A Nashville, TN $11,500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Looks solid. but seller mentions interior wear/tear.

https://nashville.craigslist.org/cto/d/nashville-1949-willys-jeep-cj/7407955113.html

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“1949 WILLY’S CJ-2 JEEP
Brand new fuel system, new battery, new tires on the jeep but comes with the originals.
Includes Winch, side mount spare tire, tailgate / tow hitch, Canvas Storage Bag for Aft Side of driver and passenger seat – Comes with all weather car cover – normal wear and tear on the body and interior but all and all looks great and runs well – drive a piece of American history!! Located in Nashville, TN – local pick-up or transport to be arranged by buyer”

 

 
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1960 FC-170? Clinton Township, MI $500

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677

Seller is listing this as an FC-150, but it looks to me like an FC-170.

https://detroit.craigslist.org/mcb/pts/d/clinton-township-1960-willys-jeep-fc-150/7411705365.html

“Project Willys Jeep
Flathead 6 cylinder engine runs good” 1960-fc170-clintontownship-mi3

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1958 FC-170 Bonney Lake, WA $12,500

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677

Daryl’s got this FC for sale.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/tac/cto/d/bonney-lake-1958-willys-jeep-fc-170/7411556878.html

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“All original Jeep pickup.
Very solid cab.
Fresh tune-up.
New brakes.
New battery.
Runs stops and drives.
Great restoration candidate or just a cool driver.
Clean Washington title in my name. In person offers with cash only”

 
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1953 M-38A1 Union, MO $9980

• CATEGORIES: M-38A1

This might interest someone.

https://stlouis.craigslist.org/ctd/d/union-1953-jeep-military-green-runs/7411023308.html

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“This is a 1953 Willys military jeep. It is not perfect but has been saved and redone in many areas. Mechanically good it runs and drives. The carburetor has been rebuilt and the jeep has new batteries. The 24 volt military electrical system in intact and most work. An electric fuel pump has been installed. Sure it is old and not a high speed truck. But rolling history in relativly good condition.”

 
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1959 FC-150 Scappoose, OR $3995

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677

This project has mods. Blaines spotted this one.

https://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/cto/d/warren-59-fc-150-jeep-willys/7411042439.html

“1959 Jeep Willys FC150 Forward Control 4×4, solid project, not much rust, all major parts are there such as doors, tailgate rear fenders and so on, has small block ford V8, I was told it’s a 302 it may be a 289 adapted to factory transmission, I haven’t tried to start it. Dual factory gas tanks.”

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Meyer CJ-5 Hardtop Ethridge, TN $500

• CATEGORIES: Parts

Has some rust.

https://nashville.craigslist.org/pts/d/ethridge-jeep-cj5-meyer-hardtop/7396638853.html

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“Jeep cj5 hardtop w doors. Came off of a 1963 willys jeep cj5
Should fit 1955-1970 something.
Has some rust on back corners. Drivers door has some rust on bottom. “

 
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1947 CJ-2A/M-38 Lacey, WA $6000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, M-38

This is likely a ’47 chassis with an M-38 body on it.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/pts/d/olympia-willys-jeep/7411741083.html

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“This is a titled 1947 Jeep. It has a M38 body and engine. This Jeep runs but currently has the fuel tank out since the tank it came with when I got it was for a CJ2A. I have a brand new M38 tank to install. I have also replaced three of the four brakes (cylinders and pads) and have the forth one plus master cylinder on hand. I just haven’t had time to install it. This sale will include both fuel tanks and the remaining brake parts and every thing you see in the photos and the spare M38 engine. This is a project jeep with straight body with no rust”

 
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1948 CJ-2A Battle Ground, WA $5000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE: Price dropped to $5000.

(09/19/2021) Seller will consider offers.  Seller lists it as a 48, but it has an earlier grille.

https://portland.craigslist.org/clk/cto/d/battle-ground-jeep-1948-cj2/7405474462.html

“we have the title ! it has not been on the road for many years , it has been stored in the garage for the last 30 years!! Time for someone to give it a new life! the canvas cover and doors are here also text only show contact info .my phone has call filter so text only! or call Dan at show contact info his phone is on all day! The seats are in great shape no tears. Make us an OFFER”

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1947 CJ-2A St. Louis, MO $2500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Unclear how much value is here, but has a pot.

https://stlouis.craigslist.org/bar/d/saint-louis-1947-willys-jeep/7404556853.html

“47 Willys Jeep Original with power take,needs restored.good title.TRADE FOR A JOHN DEERE 455 OR $2.500”

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1947 CJ-2A? Mica, WA $2500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Willys Trucks, Willys Wagons

UPDATE: Pics now provided. One person commented that this seller isn’t responding. I asked my Mica friend about this and he thinks he may know the owner. 

https://spokane.craigslist.org/for/d/mica-1947-willys-jeep/7401429342.html

“1947 Willys Jeep, Does not run. It’s been setting for about 22 years.”

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Hobart Welder Clear Lake, MN $1400

• CATEGORIES: Industrial-Welder-Generator

Looks like a good setup.

https://eauclaire.craigslist.org/tls/d/clear-lake-hobart-250-dc-portable-welder/7410964702.html

“Hobart 250 DC Portable Welder. Runs great. New battery. 70 ft cables. Set up to carry torch. Jeep Willys engine”

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Year? CJ-3B Mulino, OR $7000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B

UPDATE: Still Available.

(09/19/2021) It’s a project.

https://portland.craigslist.org/clc/cto/d/mulino-willys-high-hood-jeep/7411609436.html

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“I have a cool project Willys High hood. Comes with a lot of new and rebuilt parts. I will try to get more pictures.

Rebuilt front and rear axles, rebuilt automatic 350 transmission, new front disc brakes, new rear brakes, new rear driveline, new expensive gauges, power steering, power brakes, and new wiring harness. Cool new shifter, that looks like a tall stick shift. The body is in pretty nice condition. I have nice front seats for it.it has a tilt column in it. The engine is a 283 V8 that I drove, prior to taking it out of another Willys.”