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Updates on the Racer

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs

I hope everyone enjoys their Fourth of July! We are spending it at home as we work on various projects. I’ve mostly been focusing on jeeps, while Ann has taken on painting the guest house a barn-red color. 

I spent some time a couple days ago work on the racer’s frame (removing and grinding). Along the way I discovered a few interesting tidbits.

Here’s where I started, with the gas tank, battery, and cowl in place. Because I want to gain a few more inches for the cockpit, I want to move the gas tank and battery back farther, which means redoing the mounts for both.

Before removal:

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After .. you can more easily see the custom crossmember that was added when the frame was widened. Not the prettiest installation work.

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While looking at the rear of the frame, I noticed that the frame seems to widened further in back. It turns out the rear of the frame rails is about 1.5″ wider than the mid section and front section of the frame. I don’t believe that was intentional. Here are a couple pics looking down both frames rails. It’s easy to see the frame’s bows. However, I don’t want to redo the entire frame at this point; I’m more interested in functionality.

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It’s hard not to want to toss the frame and do a full rebuild, but I don’t want to make that investment of time and money until I’m sure I still enjoy racing. It just has to be safe, comfy, and dependable. Looks can come later.

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1942? MB? Aguilar, CO $3000

• CATEGORIES: MB, Unusual • TAGS: , .

I feel like we’ve seen this one before? It certainly has unique mods.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/386939256832854

“Awesome restoration project rare jeep .tires gas and battery and will drive.”

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1971 Jeepster SC-1 Sport Commando Walla Walla, WA $19,995

• CATEGORIES: Jeepster

Ken shared this rare Jeepster SC-1 Sport Commando. This one has had some mods. You can learn more about them in the Motor Trend article: https://www.motortrend.com/features/1710-1971-jeepster-sc-1-hurst-commando/

https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/cto/d/college-place-1971-jeep-commando-sc1/7497567551.html

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“This 1971 Jeepster Commando SCI and the 1971 Jeepster Hurst Edition were built for only a couple of months or so making them the rarest Jeeps ever built. Only around 300 of each were ever built and around 125 Hurst Editions are known to exist and less SC1’s are known to survive making it the rarest Jeep known.

I bought it pretty much as is a few years ago adding the wheels and tires. Everything mechanical was rebuilt like the V6 engine and upgraded in horsepower with 4bbl carb, turbo 400 tranny both rear end and front end. Power Steering and Power brakes were added and an aftermarket stereo replaces the original radio and unfortunately small refinements were made to the dash to get an earlier edition radio to fit.

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1949 CJ-3A Edmond, OK $10,500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

Has a variety of updates.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/747704586678747

“Relisting since potential buyer cancelled. 1949 Willys CJ3 in good condition, drives very well, no rust, not a project. Small V6 with 3-speed manual transmission. Tonneau top and full top with doors. 5 matching wheels and tires. Will consider trade for 65-73 or 79-93 Mustang or newer Wrangler of similar value.”

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1963 CJ-5 Prague, OK $4800

• CATEGORIES: CJ5 • TAGS: .

Nice wheels/tires. I’m pretty sure the faux battery box lid was phased out after the 1963 year, which suggest this might be a 1962 or earlier. Has a Meyer hardtop, with a handy-looking luggage rack, and a Ramsey PTO winch.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/697706211497483

“Hard top cj5 willies with doors Ramsey winch pto option starts and drives with new tires and spare cool all original minus seats cold take less if u have a diff set of wheels”

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1959 CJ-3B Hutchinson, KS $8998

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B

The rear cargo area might have been rebuilt.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/539873397833654

“1959 Willy’s Jeep CJ3B Rare “High Hood” model Runs and drives! Has some rust Not perfect but a good project that doesn’t need much! 3 speed manual 4 wheel drive New brakes all the way around! Full soft top and soft doors Hard to find Willy’s!”

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1964 CJ-3B Mesquite, TX $15,000 OBO

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B

Needs some tuning at the very least.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/441564257438209

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“1964 Jeep CJ3b, the last year for the flat fender jeep. Runs and drives, but needs a little TLC. Frame off restoration done by Gateway Classic cars in late 2014. Dauntless V6 with a 3 speed manual trans. 4×4. My grandparents purchased it at auction and took delivery in December of 2014. It sat outside for a couple of years, and as a result, the top has mold on the inside. No rips or tears, but I have had the top off ever since I bought it from my grandparents because it feels bigger and cleaner without it.

Been inside my garage since I bought it. Needs a little carb work, nothing major. Runs and drives, but it does need to warm up quite a bit to get it to idle well. New tires January 2021. (Brand new spare in back.) New battery January 2021. New Brakes February 2021. New Radiator February 2021. And a few more repairs since then. Paint is in great shape, but does have a few blemishes. Incredibly clean, rust free. OBO or trade. Let’s make a deal.”

 
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1948 Wagon Collinsville, OK $20,000

• CATEGORIES: Jeep Rods, Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

A lot of detail work has been done on this Sedan Delivery vehicle. Seller notes more work is necessary, but doesn’t describe the work.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1700440133668940/

“Sedan delivery Wagon pretty nice 305 motor it’s 80 percent done my loss your gain oboe or trade”

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1946 CJ-2A Nevada, TX $8750

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Has some mods and a Ford Pinto engine, though I don’t believe the company ever made a 2.4L for the Pinto. Interesting enough, there were multiple distinct versions of the 1.6L and 2.0L (this info on Pinto engines was an interesting read).

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/509914190911024/

“The body is in nice shape for a 76 year old vehicle. The engine has been replaced with a 2.4L from a Ford Pinto. It has a Warn overdrive on it. The carb needs some work but it does start. 2 sets of tires and both need replaced. Has soft doors and top that are in fair condition. Has title. Trades considered for vintage cars as long as they have 2 doors.”

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1946 VEC CJ-2A Republic, MO $6000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

This project bears a body serial number of 17088. It’s got an early windshield. The shifter is on the floor. The body has rust.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/572459721131262/

“1946 Willys jeep Runs and drives and stops rebuilt motor and trans, no title”

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1948 CJ-2A Kilgore, TX $4000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

I believe this has a Porter & Reed hardtop, though the back of this top appears more curved at the top than the normal Porter & Reed tops.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/725340588480438

“1948 cj2a runs and drives left rear and front right tires go flat no title 4000 obo”

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1946? VEC? CJ-2A/M-38 Missouri Make Offer

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, CJ-3A, M-38

Give the data plate serial number of 29621, I thought this might be a VEC CJ-2A chassis with an M-38 body. However, note the grille and front crossmember seem set up for a grille mounted radiator, rather than a front member mounted radiator. But, it is definitely CJ (not M-38) chassis. This doesn’t run.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/5261708567278679

“Here I have a 1947 Willy’s jeep that I believe to be the military version. It is almost complete with not to bad of rust. Motor is NOT locked up and spins freely. The radiator is missing, I do have the headlight that is missing in the pictures. I can take better pictures for more serious people. I am currently only looking to trade for a good 4 wheeler or possibly a pickup, classic VW, throw me a offer.Does have a clean title”

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1948 CJ-2A Wickes, AR $3500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Listed as a 1948 CJ-2A, this looks to be more likely a CJ-3A due to the transmission crossmember mount and the lack of holes for the 2A ignition switch.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1298027054020273

“CJ2a jeep. Flathead 4 cylinder, does not run. All the drivetrain is there. Good project. Fair body. No title.”

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Year? CJ-2A Nacogdoches, TX $1800

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, CJ-3A

Listed as a 1949 CJ-3A, this had an early 2A grille, so may be more like a 1946-47. This also is pictured with a DJ-3A convertible windshield. The jeep has been disassembled.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/499122481972910

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“Willys cj3a project, was gonna do a full restoration but have decided to go another route. Taken apart currently but all the small pieces have been bagged and labeled. The tub will need some body work and new floors if your looking for a new resto. Otherwise it will work for a farm jeep. Engine runs and i have a video of it. New brakes lines and other brake components bought just never installed. Located in Nacogdoches. Price is OBO. will trade for ford truck stuff. 60-70s ford, OBS parts, would trade for a working two post lift.”

 
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1952 M-38 Eufaula, OK $4000

• CATEGORIES: M-38

It’s a project.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2198611983639451

“Runs and drives no breaks 4000 or trade”

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1946 CJ-2A Waxahachie, TX $3500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE: Still Available.

(03/17/2022) Has a Koenig hardtop and some updates. No description provided.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/929446947746878

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1976 CJ-5/CJ-3B Chanute, KS $4800

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B, CJ5

This CJ-5 has a patched together 3B body on it. Are those speakers or spotlights in the back?

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/447160066754689

“1976 cj7 with a Willys body. Almost new 33” tires. 360 v8 3 speed. Needs some finish work done. Have extra parts to go with it. If the ad is up I still have it, not going to respond to is this available.”

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1962 FC-150 Emporia, KS $4500

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677

UPDATE: Still Available.

(04/07/2022) Unclear how much value is here.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1107349946503975

“Short bed 1962 Willys FC for not running needs work been sitting”

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1948 Sedan Delivery Pacific Junction, IA $11,000

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons

UPDATE: Still Available.

(06/07/2022) Has a variety of updates. Looks like a driver that could be used as is or fixed up.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1358470404656833

“1948 Willys Delivery 350 Chevrolet with demon carb TH 350 trans mustang front end. Ford rear end.”

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Golden Spike Jeep Rallys in Utah

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

In 1969, a local group in northern Utah launched the Golden Spike Jeep Rally, an event that occurred in conjunction with the Ogden Pioneer Days in Late July. I know for sure the event took place in 1969 and 1970, but don’t know how long it lasted.

Events included hill climbs at Rainbow Gardens and an Obstacle Race at Mount Ogden Park, both Saturday and Sunday.

This photo and caption were printed in the June 27, 1969, Hill Top Times (Hill Airforce Base):

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This article and photo was printed in the Ogden Standard-Examiner on July 23, 1970.

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VIDEO: Engine Rebuilds…Screen Junk….Valve Problems

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Bill shared this video of Mr. Metalshaper showing some issues he encounters while rebuilding some L-heads. Check it out on Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9hRYtIv0Tk

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Fuel Pump Fun

• CATEGORIES: News

My new fuel pump arrived for Patterson, so I tossed the old one (which was a glass bowled hand-me-down from Chris McKay back in 2017) and installed the new one. Of course, the new one didn’t work. So, I did the usual over a period of a few days:

I checked the lines, I recheck the lines. I rechecked the rechecked lines.
I checked the clamps on the line. I installed different clamps.
I checked the cam for a groove or signs of it being worn (none that I could feel),
I reinstalled the electric pump to double check the lines and to check there was enough gas (there was and it worked).
I pulled the new pump and hand pumped it with some gas in a container (to prime it). It pumped by hand fine. I reinstalled the new pump, but no luck.

So, I pulled the old pump out of the trash (which had worked fine until late last year), reattached the fittings, and hand pumped some gas out of a small container (that worked).

With the old pump primed, I reattached it. The pump is now working.

That was a lot of work for little progress!!

 
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1946 VEC? CJ-2A Spokane, WA $10,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , .

You don’t often see the top bows in the bow holders on a militarized 2A. Note this has full floating hubs.

https://spokane.craigslist.org/cto/d/spokane-1946-willy-cj2-sport-utility/7500723055.html

“Brand new engine built low mileage”

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1948 Jeepster Dunkirk, NY $14,250

• CATEGORIES: Jeepster • TAGS: , .

Looks in good shape.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/822733342226075/

“1948 Willy’s jeepster Has a 1985 Buick odd fire v6. Gets 20mpg. Has cruise control. Brand new Coker white wall tires. Runs great!”

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1949 CJ-2A? Anderson, CA $17,999

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

Some interesting mods on this custom build.

https://medford.craigslist.org/cto/d/anderson-willys-jeep/7500926755.html

“49 willys cj2a
Chevy v8 327
auto trans runs and drive great
super clean jeep.
ready to drive right now.”

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