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1943 Metamet-Modified Flattie UK £10,995

• CATEGORIES: Features, GPW (Ford MB), MB • TAGS: .

Blaine spotted this Metamet-modified jeep that was owned by the Metamet family. This doesn’t seem to match any of the models on the list of models from the Metamet brochures. The split window windshield doesn’t not appear to fold down, the doors look to be of a suicide style, and the top appears to be a soft top. It’s kind of Jeepsterish.

https://www.carandclassic.com/car/C1468062

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“This is actually a 1943 ww2 jeep that has been converted into a 4wd roadster , lots of the original inner bodytub remain, Its running and driving but will need renovating , chassis is superb condition , there are lots of options with this jeep, leave as is, change it a bit or revert it back to a ww2 jeep again, Its the only one made by the Metamet company back in the late 1950s, TAX and MOT exempt, UK registered, this unique ww2 jeep conversion, been stored unused for 40 years, this conversion done by the well known metamet jeep conversion company in the 1950s/ 60s, this model never ended up going into production and this is the only one made despite it being shown in the sales brochure, I have fitted original jeep wheels and personally think it looks better and gives it back a bit of its former DNA but the original wider road wheels and tyres go with it

It was kept by a member of the Metamet family as his private vehicle until he recently passed away , this willys mb jeep was built in 1943 and served in the war , the dvla mot history records show that it left the military service and was registered for road use in 1958, sometime after this date the conversion was done , Its been stored unused for the last 40 years , engine is now running , I have a whatsap of the jeep driving, it will need recommissioning brakes refurbishing, fuel line checking through but the chassis is excellent , exhaust all good, radiator holds water and it starts and drives , the engine is smooth, includes extra fitments like free wheeling hubs, radio, clock, folding front bench seat , sports car type fold down hood, hinged doors, drop down boot, this is the only one of its kind in the world and should really be in a collection or museum , most of the original bodytub remains , It could easily be re bodied back to its former ww2 jeep bodywork with a new reproduction body tub , large leather bound file containing many photos and drawings of the build has since been found and I’m hoping to collect that soon”

 
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Four Willys-Overland Sales and Service Postcards.

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards

I just missed out on these postcards. There were no other bidders when I made a high bid of $31, but apparently someone came in at the last second with a higher bid. Well, they can have them for that price (besides, I already have the “Snug and Warm” card).

Still, these cards are pretty interesting. I would guess based on the Worman hardtops and CJ-2A styling that they are likely from the late 1940s.

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October 1953 Worman Hardtop Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: I finally found an original of this brochure by Laurel Worman, Inc. I was surprised to see it printed as late as October of 1953. It is an 8.5 x 11 inch brochure that folds out to 17 x 11 inches.

Its primary purpose was likely to promote the new Worman hardtop for the CJ-3B. I’m not sure how many of that style of tops sold, but I sure haven’t seen many. Instead, I’ve always wondered if the design was sold or made for Sears, which promoted a similar “Deluxe top”.  Interestingly, this was more than just a top. The brochure highlights that the top was the result of Worman’s 5-year attempt to turn the CJ-3A into a station wagon type vehicle. Given Worman faded quickly after this brochure was made, it seems the company’s goal wasn’t met. 

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Pedal Jeeps via Mecum Auction in September

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Ed shared the news that there will be some pedal jeeps auctioned by Mecum this September. They are a part of the ELMER’S AUTO & TOY MUSEUM COLLECTION 2022 auction September 14-17 in Fountain City, Wisconsin. I’ve never been, but the pics make it looks like an interesting place. Unfortunately, 2022 is the last year for the museum. Learn more about the museum here.

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Bunkhouse Updates Keeping Me Busy

• CATEGORIES: Features

The past month has kept me busy not with jeeps, but with the “bunk house”. To be fair, our triple digit days made it a bit too hot to be toiling away on a jeep.

After taking over the job of painting the bunk house, I elected to complete a variety of other changes, such as completely rebuilding the deck (mostly using leftover materials), regrading the area under and behind the deck, installing a better drain system for the gutter, and more. There’s still work to be completed, such as building the steps up to the decking, installing a deck-skirt, adding landscaping, pouring a walkway to the shop, and more. But, we’ve made significant progress to date.

We even had our first guests from eWillys. Jack and Lori spent the night on their way to picking up that real nice CJ-3A I listed a couple weeks ago in Zillah. I hadn’t seen Jack since our visit with him in Boise in 2013, so it was great to get caught up. They invited us to stay with them on the east side of Idaho and they will take us up into the mountains jeeping there. We hope to get over there soon!

Below is a before and a to-date photo.

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August 1949 Article on the “Morality Jeep”

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

This article appeared in the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot newspaper on August 08, 1949. The newspaper titled the photo caption “Morality Jeep”, though it’s not clear that the police department ever revered to it as such. It seems a mischaracterization of a patrolman who used a CJ-3A to patrol the beach.

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Willys-Themed Bench Omak, WA $1600

• CATEGORIES: Features

Here’s a different kind of Willys-themed bench.

https://wenatchee.craigslist.org/for/d/omak-willys-jeep-tailgate-bench/7506415863.html

“Custom Willys Tailgate Art Bench… created from recycled, reclaimed and salvaged materials. Was an order for a business that fell through… asking $1600 for this piece of functional art. If you like this sort of artwork please feel free to check out my Facebook page * Salvage Artistry * https://www.facebook.com/upcyclejunkyard/

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1954 CJ-3B Kalispell, MT $12,000

• CATEGORIES: News

UPDATE: Price dropped to $12,000.

(06/22/2022) Looks like a solid build.

https://kalispell.craigslist.org/cto/d/kalispell-1954-willy-jeep/7512462882.html

“1954 CJ3B Hi Hood 327 v8
3-Speed with two speed overdrive plus high/low range power steering.”

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1945 MB Warden, WA $15,000

• CATEGORIES: MB

Appears worth a look.

https://spokane.craigslist.org/cto/d/warden-1945-willys-mb/7515655344.html

“1945 Willys MB for sale. 30, 000 original miles. Came from California. Was never overseas. It runs very well. Has been converted to 12 volt. Also has had a tailgate installed. I have the combat wheels for it, but they are not on it. I will let it go for $15,000. Don’t bother emailing with lower “offers.” Email me your phone number and I will call you.”

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1953 CJ-3A Monroe, WA $15,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Steve tells me this is the former Pittle Power jeep. I last rode in it about 1981.

Lots of updates to this CJ-3A. It has some rare turbine rims (aka Western Cyclone rims I believe).

https://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/cto/d/monroe-1953-willys-cj3a/7516933503.html

“Selling my nicely built Willy’s Jeep. Chevy 383 motor, 350 auto, high pinion Dana 44 rear with a power lock, Dana 30 front with a Detroit, 4 wheel disc brakes, postal frame, full cage, new 35” tires, vintage turbine wheels, 8274 winch, York compressor and so on.”

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1946 CJ-2A Monroe, WA $16,500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $16,500.

(07/12/2022) This flattie has a variety of updates, along with a Bobcat hood.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/cto/d/monroe-46-willys-jeep-cj2a/7518731763.html

“Buick 231 V6, t-150 3 speed trans. Call or text for more info”

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1947 CJ-2A Spokane, WA $2500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Runs and drives. The body has been patched/modified some.

https://spokane.craigslist.org/pts/d/coeur-alene-1947-willy-jeep-runs-and/7517517816.html

“1947 willy jeep runs and drives 2500 or best offer I have the title to it to text me for more details”

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1946 CJ-2A Buena Vista, CO $10,500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

This appears to have a replacement body and grille (or M-38 grille) at the very least. Note the lack of a parking brake spot on the dash; instead, the parking break handle sits below the dash.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/776542000020171

“Original engine. New fuel pump, plugs, wires,cap and rotor. New disk brakes on front, new drum brakes on rear. Runs and drives great. 4wheel drive works great. No rust, body in great shape. Soft top. Serious inquiries only.”

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1952 M-38 Lynnville, TN $900

• CATEGORIES: M-38

This looks like a good price for a parts jeep or project. Thanks to Tom for sharing it.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/5510975675658220

“Up for sale is a 1952 Willy’s M38 Jeep. This was a barn find. Body needs new floors. Motor is missing the head. One tire is flat. Converted to power steering at some point in its life. No seats. I have a new tool box lid and shocks for this jeep. This is a vehicle that has a lot of potential. I simply due not have the time. No current Title.”

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1951 CJ-3A Bellingham, WA For Trade

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

Looks in good shape.

https://bellingham.craigslist.org/bar/d/ferndale-1951-willys-cj3a/7518643684.html

“Runs good, not rusty. Has 6 volt system still with an actual alternator and 6 volt optima battery. Original Go-devil Flathead 4 cylinder. New tires, carburetor, brake master cylinder. It’s super fun.

Want a Triumph Bonneville, BMW airhead, fiat 500, smart car, Moto guzzi, MINI cooper.
Maybe other stuff, throw an offer but if I don’t reply I’m probably not into it.”

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1949? CJ-2A Tillamook, OR $7500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

There are pics with and without the rollcage.

https://portland.craigslist.org/wsc/cto/d/netarts-1949-willys-jeep-cj2a/7518479214.html

“Very solid and straight 1949 Willy’s, All original, set for 30 plus years in dry storage. It hadn’t been run for awhile when I bought it a few years back, I cleaned and sealed the fuel tank, new fuel lines and filter, rebuilt the carb and replaced the wires, points, cap etc. and it fired right up and purrs like a kitten. It is rust free and in great shape. I rebuilt the seats, I have some new parts for it, bumper etc.”

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1962 FC-170 Burley, WA $5500

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677

Runs, but needs some work. It looks to be a flat bed.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/kit/atq/d/burley-1962-willys-fc170/7517094620.html

“Runs, does not currently drive. Great foundation for restore project!”

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1953 CJ-3B Brook Park, OH Make Offer

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B

Needs a title.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/372684211525437

“Make me an offer no title got it on a work trade with a buddy of mine he obtained it on a property he purchased can file for abandoned title just haven’t had time taking up space currently have too many projects make me an offer.”

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Year? Model? Kent, WA $10,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, CJ-3A, GPW (Ford MB), MB

No pics and no description.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/skc/snw/d/kent-old-army-jeep/7514286267.html

“Old willys army jeep. Good shape for its age but need some tinkering.”

 
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1953 CJ-3B Sand Drag Jeep Kelso, WA Trade

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Now looking for a trade for a boat or ??

(04/25/2022) This nice looking 3B drag jeep looks like a fun ride.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/tac/bar/d/kelso-1954-jeep-cj3b-hot-rod-trade-for/7518452071.html

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“Hot Rob jeep looking to trade for boat or??? Value must be around 18,000 send pics and description of boat.

The jeep has a 355 small block chevy 10.5 to 1 compression ratio. Big cam single plain intake manifold 4 bolt main. 750 brawler carb. MSD distributor and 6AL ignition box. Around 400hp turbo 400 transmission 3000 stall speed converter. Ford 9 inch rear end. 4 link with coilovers. 5.38 gears. Griffon aluminum radiator, holly electric fuel pump bucket seats with 4 point harness. Rear tires are 33×21.5×15 Hoosiers and fronts are 29×12.5×15 Hoosiers.”

 
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1948 CJ-2A Delta, CO $9500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE: Still Available.

(04/02/2022) This has a replacement body, which partly explains its solid looking floors.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1305860633240449

“1948 willys great strong runner get in drive anywhere just not fast…lol Grandson not included!!!”

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1946? CJ-2A Lewiston, ID $1500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

This has been disassembled. Unclear what value is here.

https://lewiston.craigslist.org/cto/d/lewiston-willys-jeep/7514113690.html

“CJ2A Willys jeep project-disassembled and sand blasted-no motor”

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Year? Flattie Cheyenne, WY $1500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, CJ-3A

Unclear how much value this project has.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1917441455113149

“1942 willys jeep project. Has the doors and everything to go with it, just don’t have the time to work on it, 1500 obo must pick up and loading available”

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1951 CJ-3A Frisco, CO $8000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

A ran-when-parked 3A.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/606433244332584

“I am selling my 1951 CJ3A. I am the 3rd owner but it has been sitting for over a decade and was told it ran when it was parked. I have replaced most of the wiring, gauges, and gas tank with accurate reproduction. Wanted to restore it and get it driving but ran out of time. Besides what I have changed and the wheels/tires the vehicle is still original as it came off the factory floor. Also still has the VIN plate which is very rare for an old Willys. Asking $8k because of the rarity and original VIN plate.”

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1943 MB Stanfield, OR Price?

• CATEGORIES: MB

UPDATE: Still Available. Was priced at $7500.

https://kpr.craigslist.org/bar/d/stanfield-1943-jeep-willy/7505029069.html

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(from an older post): “this great American icon is once again for sale .it is the army jeep of allied in world war ll .It is that 1/4 ton 4×4 command reconnaissance .has hurricane 4 cylinder engine .the engine runs and pulls flawlessly .has many new component and dose not leak or burns oil ,has the standard transmission and transfer case for that year .sorry can not find the info sheet that i had in knowing the specification and gearing ratios .and transfer case and front and back rear end .has very Little rust .great tires .has heater under front seat .12 volt system with alternator ,has new gas tank in the tub .clutch is almost new .
need very little tlc to be perfect”