This June 1956 photo from Willys News shows Harry Oliver delivering the Desert Rat Scrapbook newspaper. It turns out the Desert Rat has quite a history!
I haven’t found an issue of the magazine yet, but the cover of this June 1955 American Poultry Journal Magazine shows a unique Willys attachment. I’ve not run across a Special Equipment brochure for one either.
May be a good price.
“1952 willys cj3a.
rebuilt flat four with new carter carb.
runs and shifts 100%
new wiring and battery.
frame is 100% rust free.
converted to 12v
needs minor things call for more information.
pa antique title in hand.
I’m searching for a nice 4×4 suv or truck for a daily driver. must be fuel injected and in good to great condition.”
Seller got this fixed up, but has some physical problems entering and exiting.
“I bought this a few years ago, the engine had just been overhauled and had about 100 miles on it. I sent it out and had the entire thing gone over. New generator, starter, regulator, entire brake system, New seals bearings on drive train, tires, glass, spare tire and holder, and the list goes on. It is all original. Door panels and seats already done. New glass, but I need to install it, also has a soft top. Drives great and runs even better. I did the entire Jeep in Black and red because I was going to keep it. You can paint it whatever color you want.
After putting the doors back on I found I can’t get in or out of it as I am handicapped. Will trade for an antique car with running boards, or a UTV for the grandkids.”
MIght be a good price. Includes an overdrive.
“1951 Jeep Willy’s with winch, and tow bar 3A, 4×4, needs some minor work (like carb redone, soft top, fuel pump, tires re-beaded otherwise great tread ) We have parts, (used fuel pump with glass bulb intact, carb kit, plugs, sparks, cap and rotor), 3speed with over drive, ran when we pulled into garage….. Clean Title. very very little rust – been in garage Asking $2995. ”
Looks like a nice truck.
“1961 Jeep Willy’s Pickup 4×4
Great truck. Starts every time.
Hard to find in such good shape.
Mechanically sound and good body (could use a little work)
Over $14000 in receipts.
Three speed tranny with high/low
Buick 231 engine
35 inch super swampers w/ spare
Definitely a head turner.”
Looks like a solid, mostly stock jeep. Looks like it is in Renton.
“I’m selling this car run and drive 4×4, clean title, collectible vehicule.”
That defroster is new to me. Is that aftermarket?
“1952 WILLYS JEEP FOR SALE. RESTORED IN 1995. 13,000 MILES ON REBUILT ENGINE. STILL IN VERY GOOD SHAPE. EVERYTHING WORKS. RUNS AND DRIVES GREAT. HAVE DOORS AND SIDES. WITH A LITTLE TLC THIS IS A REAL NICE JEEP. CALL OR TEXT”
Has a few updates. Looks good in the pics.
“This Jeepster is not original and does need some body work. It has an automatic transmission out of a ford and also a 4 cyl. Out of a ford. I have a lot of parts that come with it. I have extra fenders,new rockers and floor panels. It is drive able. I would prefer to just sell.”
“New Tires, rebuilt motor, good condition. Please email with ?’s. Sad to let go but don’t have room and need to sell ASAP. Serious inquiries only please, no scams”
UPDATE: Price dropped to $4000.
“1947 willys with a buck v-6 3 speed tranny new aluminum radiator. Runs good fast and fun to drive new gauges. Looking to sell or trade for pre smog car text or call if you have any questions“
UPDATE: Was on eBay. Now on Craigslist. Nicely modified jeep.
“Must see in person to truly appreciate ( I know everyone says that but I’m serious), color is not as overwhelming, and this jeep really is sweet.
Up for auction a 1947 Willys CJ2A flat fender, extremely nice!! Color fits this jeep perfectly… Restoration completed about 3 years ago with only 500 miles since restoration. 95% of this jeep is new, from the engine and transmission to the rear axle spindles and bearings and gears of the rear end with all receipts to prove it. Even minor components such as cowl weatherstripping and fuel tank neck grommets have been replaced… Outside of the dana 18 transfer case and front axle, and front drive shaft, pretty much everything else has been replaced with new upgraded components!!! Truck is powered by a 300hp 350 Chevy Crate engine. Edelbrock endurashine top half with dual 500cfm edelbrock thunder series carbs, RPM Air Gap Intake, MSD pro billet dizzy, Novak built sm420 tranny 4 spd with super low drive shaft breaking 1st gear, dana 18 twin stick transfer case, patriot tight tuck headers, 22×19 Aluminum racing radiator (with both mechanical and electrcial fans), Currie Axles, Currie Built Ford 9″ rear end with 4.11 gears, Saginaw High Steer Steering box, NEW 33inch tires, 3 inch lift, custom interior, custom built heavy duty rear drive shaft, Rhino lined gloss black bed, powder coated bumpers, winshield frame, and roll bar, base coat/clear coat paint. Jeep can be driven on highway w/o any problems…
All steel body, no fiberglass”
UPDATE: Still Available. Call Brian at 360-921-0832 for more info.
“1953 Cj3b Hihood Willys Jeep 350/375 horse small block Chevrolet, rock crusher 4 speed transmission, dana 20 twin stick transfercase ,dana 44 with disc brakes and locker front axle 456, dana 44 centered rearend
456 Detroit locker in rear,postal frame with outboard rear springs,rancho spring in front rancho shocks,aluminun fuel cell ,power steering,tilt whee stainless column,full custom center counsel,heated seats,full cage roll bar all tied to the frame,seats are also all mounted to the roll bar,seats moved back 4 inches for more leg room all custom dash,custom floor boards,custom fire wall,stainless jewells front grill,rear fender flares,front jewells fenders,all jewells stainless brackets,defroster comes out the side of roll bar onto the windshield,under the carpet it is all rino lined,underneath the jeep is just as nice as the rest of the willys,
weld wheels 33×14.50×15 ssr super swampers radials,there are many 100s of hours in metal work done to this willys,
Everything on this willys is new or rebuilt under 500 miles since willys was completed
Also comes with new best top,And stainless windshield frame”
Runs and drives. Looks like it has been patched a bit.
“53 willys cj3b runs great new battery plugs oil change good oil pressure brakes work most of the gages and lights work. electric over hydrolic 6′ plow works good manual angle has 6 like new 33 buckshot mudders frame mint body ok. trade Honda 350x atc or 250r or tri-z 250 80s chevy gmc long box trucks $1800. I have replaced the seat and painted it black since these pics”
These are hard to find.
“Very hard to find 60 40 split bench seat for a Jeep. Seat is still in my Jeep. Will take out when sold. It comes with the drivers side seat bracket but not the passenger side. Passenger side should be the same as a regular CJ seat bracket.
This seat has been re-done. It is a little dirty. I don’t see any cuts. Seats look really nice when cleaned.
The drivers side seat does need some springs tightened on the bottom. Your butt sags through the back opening of the seat.”
UPDATE: Still Available
“CJ3A Willys Jeep. I believe it’s a 52. Body in descent shape. Seats have been redone in green canvas. Have new wheel cylinders for it. Jeep has Rare High Output “Supersonic” engine in it (dealer upgrade or owner upgrade back in the 50’s; 68hp engine vs. 60hp of the regular L134). Radiator and Fenders are currently removed due to replacing intake with a new Carburetor. Gas tank has been boiled out and relined. 4 stock 16″ wheels replacement wheels to go with it. I’m sure there are some other odds and ends to go with it. Drive train in very good condition.”
Has some hunting seats on the rear.
“For sale 1947 Willys CJ-2A Jeep. Flathead 4 cyl Engine. 4×4 works. Runs good. Huge winch. Custom hunting seats built into back. Gun racks. Great hunting set up.”
UPDATE: Still Available.
(07/24/2014) I think I’ve seen a strap across the grille like that on another jeep.
“1953 CJ3B High Hood Willys
Well maintained, electronic ignition, updated carburetor, updated oil filter system, newer HD radiator, 12 volt, newer 4 cyl. engine, all else is stock. Brakes recently worked on, custom front seats with lap belts and alternate 5 point belts, rear bench seat. Excellent running condition. PTO winch, full roll bar, removable vinyl top, fold down front windshield. Have original rims. Newer set of spoke rims and tires on vehicle.”
Here’s a rare pedal jeep.
“For sale is old vintage jeep happy time dump truck pedal truck. Truck is solid and all there. Has surface rust but is straight and solid for a restoration. Or you can leave as is pedals still work also.”
Lots of customizations.
“1947 Willys Jeep. Has clean title, currently non-opped. Has CHP assigned new vin #, pink slip in hand. Runs great, fires up every time even after sitting for a while.
The body is a little rough but the drivetrain is solid. Custom 2″ x 4″ steel box frame, Chevy 327 small journal motor with Edelbrock Quadrajet, intake manifold, and aluminum valve covers. HEI ignition, Electric fuel pump with automatic shut off. Chevy T-10 4 speed tranny mated to a Dana 20 T-Case. Axles are out of an ’86 CJ-5, Dana 35 front with ez-locker and AMC 20 in the back with Superior 1-piece axles and a brand new Detroit locker. 4.56 gears. Manual steering and brakes. Jeep also has full roll cage, welded by a professional shop. Cage bolts to fabricated frame mounts and can be removed. 4 point harnesses, Summit 16 gallon poly fuel cell replaced the under seat tank. This jeep is a blast in the desert or on the trail, will go anywhere you want. Also has a tow bar. Sitting on 33-12.5×15 tires and steel wheels with full size spare. Since it is non opped it will need to be towed, or I may be able to deliver on my flatbed trailer for some extra $$. Email preffered for any questions or clarifications, I’m not interested in any trades. Just had a baby and have to downsize, not acquire new projects.”
The body looks a little rough.
“Selling my one of a kind rat rod. 1953 Willys CJ3B high hood jeep with a 1934-1936 international pickup cab welded into the tub of the jeep. The jeep is equipped with a 283 Chevy motor with an edelbrock aluminum manifold and 450 cfm edelbrock carb, close ratio 4 speed manual trans, dana twin stick transfer case, and warn overdrive. The jeep also has new rancho 2 inch lift leaf springs on all four corners. 31/10.50/15 tires on chrome wheels. The jeep has been converted to hanging pedals with hydraulic clutch, GM title steering wheel and a bench seat made to fit with the jeep. Now for the International cab I have the windshield frame in place connected to the cab, original back glass, chrome peep mirror and inside mirror, cowl windshield piece and a few other pieces and both original doors. I have a really cool old trunk I put in the back of the bed for extra storage. This rat rod does run and drive and is preaty dam fast!! All lights work and could be street driven if desired (would not recommend driving on the highway). I have a clean Colorado title for the 53 Willys”
“1953 Willys Jeep runs great but doesn’t drive. New 6V battery and master cylinder. The Frame is in good condition and as you can see from the picture that the outside has rust. The jeep also comes with the original plow. Please feel free to contact me about this jeep with any question or if you would like to come view it.”
Might be worth a look.
“Fits a CJ-3A windshield frame. Fair condition, very restorable. (No rust, of course) Has doors.”
It’s a project.
“1947 Willys Jeep. 3 speed. Dana transfer case. V6 Chevy. Some dents and rust – extra axles from other projects. Clear title”