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Sunday March 26th: A Military Jeep Kinda Day

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Climbing on Weasels at military shows is allowed, right?? But, Ann said it was a good idea!

Today was another great day of jeeps!

We began the day at Hotel Hovel (aka the Vacation Inn, a run down former Days Inn). It was neither the cleanest nor the best maintained place we’d ever stayed (peeling bathroom paint, linoleum glue stains on the walls, and caulk filling holes throughout), but, to its credit and despite our concerns, it turned out to be a very quiet place to stay. so, we weren’t sorry to say goodbye.


We began in Phoenix, drove to Mesa, then to Sun City, and finally to Palm Springs.

Our morning objective was the Southwest Military Transport show, organized by the Arizona Historical Military Transport Association. It’s President, until yesterday, was none other than our beloved Joe-in-Mesa aka Joe Snodgrass. His reign over the association came to an end in a coup or vote or something like that (or maybe he said he’d finished his term …). So, on Sunday, he had the time to show us around and meet some of the people from his friends. It was greatly appreciated!

The first thing I saw when we walked in the gate were a couple columns of military jeeps.

2017-03-26-smts1I didn’t realize just how many jeeps would be there, so that was a wonderful surprise! The earliest I saw was a slat grille.

There were MBs, GPWs, and at least one Higgins reconditioned jeep, too.


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1952 CJ-3A Tacoma, WA $6000

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This has a Bobcat fiberglass body with a very very rare (we only know of a handful) tear drop Bobcat hood.

“1952 Willy’s Jeep, all new floors. 231 Buick v6 rebuilt bottom end. Front dana 27 welded. Rear dana 44 trans T14. Clean title.”

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1947 Wagon Danvers, MA $11,500

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This one looks nice.

“COMING OUT OF WINTER STORAGE SOON . This is a very well preserved and solid unrestored vehicle that appears to have spent most of it’s life in the South. It has new springs, shocks and wiring making it a solid feeling and comfortable driver. The stock 4 cylinder engine is quiet and smooth running. There are chips and scratches in an older repaint, showing natural patina for it’s age.

If you know these vehicles you know there are a number of places they commonly rusted; floors, rockers, tailgate, tailgate hinges and around the rear wheel wells. All these areas are unusually rust free except for a small patch under your heel at the accelerator. Also, there is an unusual rust line in the back just under the roof gutter due to a hole in the gutter. Been assured by two body men this is an easy simple fix. It’s a fun, simple vehicle to tinker with.

I’ve looked for this vehicle for over 30 years, just because I liked how it looked. Turned out it’s a much more solid and better driver than expected. Problem is I’m also another 30 years older. I have too many cars and am in the process of down sizing, losing much of my garage space.

So reluctantly, I’m putting it on the market, along with other cars, for a fair price for what it is and for a bit less than I have into it. If you have ever been interested in these early 2 wheel drive wagons this may be the last one you will see in this fine shape and price range for the next 30 years. Historically these have been more expensive than the Jeepsters on the same chassis. Jeepsters have taken off the last few years, making this a good potential investment. $11,500 or best reasonable offer.”


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1943 GPW Powell Butte, OR $8000


A lot to like here.

“For sale, 1943 Ford built GPW Jeep. All body work is original (Tub, fenders, hood, windshield, grab bars). Mechanically all original (Engine, trans, Transfer case, front and rear dif.) Top is like new. Koenig PTO wench. Runs and drives. This Jeep has been in my Family since 1972 and has been in storage for the last 20 years. Always stored inside. Please, serious buyers only. Cash sale only.”






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1948 Truck Bellingham, WA $6000

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Looks like a good price.

“1948 Willys flatbed , 2 wheel drive, 400 small block Chevy, 400 turbo trans. Auto., 9 in. Ford rearend , front disc. brakes, no wipers (easy fix) , good heater, runs and drives good, very dependable. 1948 extra parts truck both have clean titles. Serious inquires only please. $6,000 no emails .”

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1948 CJ-2A Olympia, WA $5900


This might be a good price.

“A very original CJ-2A. This Vintage Jeep spent most of its life in the dry desert Southwest. Still has the original 6 volt system and the original body is very sound. A great candidate for a vintage restoration or leave as is as a daily driver. Most of electrical electric system restored with new or rebuilt parts in 2009 and 2010, along with new water pump, brake master cylinder, windshield wiper vacuum motor, and rebuilt carburetor. Low mileage since.”


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1953 CJ-3B Enumclaw, WA $3000


Includes a winch and an overdrive. There looks like value here.

“Back up for sale, was going to keep but decided its does need to go.
Barn find. Been sitting for 10 years, five years ago tune up was done and had running again. Dumped fuel and put batery in it and it fired right up.Buick v6 t90 trans w warn od. Has minor rust but in pretty good shape.Will make a great summer cruiser the way she is. Come save her and give it a new life.asking $3500 obo will entertain trades. PLEASE dont insult me with offers of $2000, this is not a cj2a.”

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1957 FC-150 Eugene, OR $2000

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Seller has only owned it a short time.

“1957 forward control jeep 4×4 very rare and mostly complete. Got it on trade i seen it run and drive a few weeks ago. Needs a fuel pump and battery. The frame is ok but the body is very rusty I located a donor cab with glass and now that winter is over I won’t have time. $2000 OBO Bring a trailer.. Possible Trades aluminum boat with motor”



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1949 Wagon Shelton, WA $1750

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Might be a good project.

“”49″ Willys panel. Typical areas of rust. Not running and missing some engine items, interior and gauges, etc. Engine and tranny were very tired last time it was running. Interior compartment pretty well gutted. Can’t confirm any of the following as being 100% accurate: Mercury 302 with C4 automatic transmission. Set up for Holley 4 barrel (missing), dual point distributor, Mustang II front end. Serious inquires only please.”




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1948 CJ-2A Hesperia, CA $3000


Seller has a DJ-3A frame he’s including.

“1948 flat fender Jeep-CJ-3A, 350 Chev.Eng.Munce-4 speed trans,hurst shifter,33″ off/road tires,full Role Cage,20 gal.gas tank in back,and padded for seat,full top,bikini top,antq.gages($500)alum.dash,CB,Stereo,AM/FM radio, all new painless wiring complete,locker’s front and back,538 gears,full floater Dana 44 in back,stock in front,header’s,large radiator,chrome grill and front bumper,tuffy center console,need new front seats,the ones in it are worn out,,it’s a project only because the frame is cracked in about 15 or so places,i have a great D-J-Jeep Frame too put under it, needs cut about 12″ front and back and new spring mounts welded in place, then transfer everything over too it, ran great when i started taking in down too do that,eng,hood,both fenders are off, out, has been sitting a couple of years,have a non/opt. on it from 2014 and updated still.,need too sell due too cancer,i have owned it for over 30 years.last 2 pictures is what it looked like when i took it apart,and it could be again very easy for a do it your selfer that can weld.”


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1951 CJ-3A Duvall, WA $700


There could be some value here.

“i have a original 51′ willy’s project straight frame and some body availible great condition great price”


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1962 DJ-3A Surrey Smithfield, ME $1000

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UPDATE: Still Available.

“Surrey Project DJ3A, 2WD, a Real Pink Surrey JEEP Body only – with The Fringe on Top, just like the Elvis Beach movies, the only one I’ve had in 40 years playing with Willys. About 1100 total Production, Buyer turned out to be a complete FAKE. My Loss Your Gain. Now it is out of storage and available to you. Body is repairable with available panels. From Maryland, Original Frame but had 4WD Axle that has been removed. It now has PROPER DJ3A front axle. I have many DJ3A parts available at extra cost. Build it your way using your JEEP chassis or maybe an S-10 2wd. A very high value, worthwhile father, son, grandson project. $1000 gets all in picture minus front axle. Might partial trade, Other Willys parts, Nash, Hudson, Guns or try me. Can Deliver to OHIO WILLYS JEEP RALLY or The Great Willys Picnic at very reasonable Cost. I want this gone. Email for details, More Pix, and phone contact.”

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Saturday March 25th: 2017 FC Roundup Pics and Video

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The 2017 FC Roundup group photo

Thanks once again to Jesse and Andrea for treating all of us to another great FC Roundup. This year the Roundup was dedicated to Dan Horenberger, who passed away last November.

The weather was a perfect 80 degrees, not too hot and not too cold. Despite the perfect day, we didn’t get going all that quickly. And, when we finally made it to the event, I realized I’d forgotten my badge, so back to the hotel I dashed. While away, I put Ann to work photographs:


“Marilyn” made her first trip to Phoenix.


Mark’s love machine seems to get the women’s attention (so he tells me). It’s his daily driver. Note the rare Husky hubs.


It’s hard not to photograph the FCs.


I’m not sure why all the red-colored FCs were in the middle.


This one polished up nicely.

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Vintage Rubicon Trail Video

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This vintage Rubicon video was linked to on Facebook.

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Ramsey PTO Winch Kit ($650) & a Ramsey Electric Winch ($500) Michigan


UPDATE: Tom’s got a 1) PTO and winch for sale and 2) a second, electric winch for sale. You can contact him at or 616-204-9663.

1. PTO and winch, Ramsey $650:00 obo. Ramsey 8000 lb. line pull, fits Jeeps, perfect condition. Model: MX200R. 4 way cable guide roller assembly, PT1-J Power Take-off, single shift lever, driven thru transmission. Comes with 100 ft. 3/8″ diameter cable. All original, works well.

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2. Ramsey winch , electric $500:00 obo .
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Friday March 24th: Yep, I Know Who Wrote That

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Jason’s tour jeep parked in front of the Grand Canyon University Restaurant

Our travels southward were finally rewarded yesterday with a gloriously beautiful, cloudless sky with temperatures in the high 70s. It was a perfect day for traveling from Kingman to Phoenix.

Our trip from Kingman to Phoenix with a stop in Wickenburg.

Our trip from Kingman to Phoenix with a stop in Wickenburg.

Of all the routes we’ve taken on our drives to Phoenix, one of the most obvious, Highway 93, we’d yet to undertake. I thought it would be a flat, dry, dusty drive, but it turned out to be filled with rolling hills of sage, cactus, and (due to the time of year) colorful flowers.

Our one stop of the day was in Wickenburg. I did zero research on the town, instead letting serendipity guide us. By following the signs, we quickly found ourselves in old town, a delightful place with a cowboy vibe its citizens embrace.


An example of the western theme seen around town.

One of the first things we saw we mistook, at first, for a homeless man perched on the ground. Unsure if he was real or not, we made our way over to what was soon obviously a sculpture. It turns out that due to a lack of funds, Wickenburg didn’t have a jail during its early years, so anyone needing a jail cell found themselves chained to a tree until their sentence was complete.

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There was even a audio presentation, which provided some great background on the “Jail Tree”. It’s a nicely done work.

Next we walked a block to a second sculpture that celebrated an upstanding Wickenburg citizen named Everett Bowman and recognized his mule training prowess, among other accomplishments.


With Ann slow going, we decided to skip exploring town and instead check out the downtown museum, a well regarded (on Yelp) place called the Desert Caballeros Western Museum.

The museum was $12, but active military get in free (the Air Force will never fully release her). That’s a price we could work with. Inside, there was the usual western history showing pioneer history. The two photos below were from this collection:



Naturally, of all the things that caught my eye, the mining section drew me in the most. One sign really interested me. It claimed that in 1871 a US House of Representatives report noted that Wickenburg was “the Most Important District in Arizona”.


When I saw the date, I guessed right away who wrote that phrase: my great great grandfather Anton Eilers. Because of my research on SLAG, I knew he’d been in Arizona in 1870 and published his findings in the Spring of 1871. This called for some research ….

When I returned to our hotel yesterday evening I pulled up the report he and Rossiter Raymond produced for 1870. On page 259 the first sentence jumped out:


It was very satisfying to be able to identify Anton’s handiwork. Anton later mentioned that while the mine proved important in comparison with the rest of Arizona, the territory wasn’t producing all that much gold. Conflicts with the Apaches coupled with a lack of water and no railroad retarded the development of mining in Arizona for years…..

The Desert Caballeros proved to be an interesting museum. And, I bet on a hot day, it’s a wonderfully cool retreat for a few hours. If you are nearby, check it out sometime.

With the museum completed, we ate lunch and drove to Phoenix. We soon arrived at Jesse and Andrea’s house, where we caught up with everyone. Later, we headed out to dinner at the Grand Canyon University Restaurant in a train of FCs. It was quite a site to see the FCs parked in the circle near the main doors:


That’s it for this report. Tomorrow I’ll have many more pics of the FCs.


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1942 MB Slat Grille Johnston, IA $15,500


Seller lists this as both a 1941 and 1942. The serial number suggests it is a 1942.

“Rare “Slat Grill” early version Willys. Runs great. Serial No. 113037…13037th one made out of over 600,000 jeeps in WW II. Delivered January 19th, 1942. Older restoration that could be easily re-done if so desired. Equipped with SC-659 radio transmitter, .30 caliber replica machine gun, canvas top, tools, etc. Many extras including replica M-1 carbine, helmets, parts, manuals and more. Vehicle is licensed and titled. Appointments will be taken in order in which calls are received.”

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1951 M-38 Hudson, WI $8000

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Might not be a bad price.

“I’m selling my 1951 Willys M38. $8000.00 or best offer cash only. Many updates including sandblasting and new paint in 2016.”


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1949 Wagon Duarte, CA $5000

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John spotted this early wagon on Hemmings. Looks like a good restoration candidate.





Very original, relatively rare 4×2 Willys Panel Wagon in “All There” condition, owned by the same family since 1959. Original California vehicle, it was parked in 1963 in Hollywood, California, by the second owner. In 2009, to avert a sale to the junkyard, another family member moved it to a garage in Duarte, California, in 2009, with the goal of fully restoring it, but time and space are simply not resources available at this time. As such, it’s time to find it a new caretaker.

The body – All of the steel is clean and straight except for tiny square windows that were installed at the rear of the panels; the doors open and close easily; the glass is in very good condition showing only a tiny bit of delaminating occurring at the edges; the trim and brightwork is good, but in need of serious cleaning or replating; there are no major dents or dings to speak of, although the right side area under the door has sustained some light damage; the roof is very straight, like 99% of the rest of this vehicle.

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1951 M-38 Elizabeth City, NC $5000


Craig spotted this one. It has some rust, but given the completeness and condition of everything else, this is definitely worth a look.

“1951 Willys Jeep, runs and drives. Looks good, it needs a few things but at 65 years old we all need a few things. I’ve seen much worse go for much more, so $5k is reasonable for condition. Has canvas top (not shown). Tires are almost new.
$5k cash
Reason for selling, it’s my Dad’s and he can no longer drive, so I’m selling for him.
Clear title.
You must come in person, no checks of any kind. No BS. If you text that fine, I’m going to tell you in my reply to call me. I’d rather talk than text, it weeds out all the scamers.”






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1946 CJ-2A Lake Arrowhead, CA $5400


Lots of updates.

“Up for sale is a modified rock crawling Willys, cj2a.

This particular willys has been featured in 4WD magazine in the past, (when it was yellow), and has some modifications. Runs well, and has clean California title.
Chevy Vortec 4.3 V6 (210 HP)
TH350 Automatic Transmission
Dana 44 front and rear
5.5″ can (and has) handle 40″ tires.
Currently 33″ tires.
Full Roll Cage
Honda Front Seats
Detachable racing wheel”

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1947 CJ-2A Hennepin County, MN $8500


UPDATE: Price dropped to $8500.

Looks solid. Has a variety of updates.

“hunting, off road, trail rides and driving around local town is what this was built for – pinto 2300 4 cylinder, 3 spd manual, lock out front hubs, locker front and limited rear, full cage, etc…..”

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1948 CJ-2A Tulsa, OK $12,900


Has a variety of updates.

“Very nice 1948 CJ2A with 1963 Buick V-6, std 3-spd with Warn overdrive, 11 inch brakes, pwr steering, no rust ever.”

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Year? GPW Gibsonville, NC $5200


Jim spotted this one. It last ran in 1991. I don’t see a Ford script, so this is likely a later model.

“Rare 1941 Ford Army Jeep. Great restoration project. Has the orginal tires. Ran in 1991, been stored inside a warehouse.”

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1954 CJ-3B w/ Rear PTO and 3Point Hitch Bemidji, MN $4850


UPDATE: Still Available.

(03/13/2017) Has some rust.

“1954 willy’s cj3b high hood jeep . Runs great every thing works and road legel. Clear title and current registration. Stored inside. Tires are good and has lockouts and brakes and lights and gauges work. Rust in the areas where 65 year old jeeps have rust. Frame has no rust or broken or cracked issues. Availible with this jeep is a very nice monroe 3pt lift and pto shift box and rear pto box. All 3 pt equip and shift boxes and rear pto is at extra cost. Or bring $4850.”

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