Hello, I’m David Eilers and welcome to eWillys.com, a website that highlights my jeep interests .. pre-1984 jeeps with an emphasis on flatfenders. On the site you’ll find various online or offline deals I find, interesting jeep projects, jeeps parts, jeep related info, and various updates on my own jeep project.
What can I do here?
You can read about jeeps, list your jeeps for sale, show off your jeeps, learn about jeeps and ask questions. I have divided the website into sections to better organize jeeps. For example, you can view stock MB jeeps, you can view jeeps modified for racing, and more.
Most of the content is obtained off of craigslist and ebay ads. If you encounter your jeep and don’t want it here, please contact me and I’ll take it down immediately. My interest here is to educate and entertain.
Why’d I start this website?
In December 2006, 15 years after selling my last jeep and 22 years after building it in 1985, I decided to build myself another one. The first time I built one, I used my jeep club contacts to acquire parts and put it together. This time I decided to use Craigslist to acquire as many parts as possible as an excuse to meet other jeepers from all over the west to better understand how jeeping, jeeps, and jeep issues have changed since I stopped being involved. As I searched for good deals on parts, I discovered there was no useful resource that highlighted parts, jeeps, or good deals. So, eWillys was born.
Why Pre-1984 Jeeps?
After building my last jeep in 1985, I stopped keeping tabs on newer jeeps, so I really don’t know much about them. Though I say pre-1984, nearly all the focus is on flat fenders, which includes the military jeeps, including MBs, GPWs, M-38s and M606s, and the civilian versions, including CJ-2As, CJ-3As, CJ-3Bs. Of course, anyone who has regularly followed these early jeeps knows there are other, less known flat fender versions that appeared as prototypes that I discuss as well.
Why are most posts in the West?
One reason I focus on the West, particularly the Northwest, is that I grew up here and live here again. So, it’s the area I know best.
Also, my searches indicate most of the re-sales of flat fender and other pre-1984 jeeps appear to occur in the West (at least on craigslist). I suspect the dry environment explains part of the reason for this phenomena, but this doesn’t necessarily explain why areas west of the Cascades, the wet-west cooridor of Seattle down to Portland, continues to have a large number of jeeps for sale and the widest variety of modified, custom jeeps I’ve found anywhere.
What have I learned after six years?
I’ve run this website for nearly six years. Thanks to readers, commenters, and my own research, I’ve learned that I didn’t know as much about jeeps as I thought I did. For me, that’s certainly part of the fun of running the website.
I don’t see the prices of the average flat fender all that different than they were 20 years ago. I sold my flattie for $3000 in 1992 and I don’t believe I’d get all that more for it these days. The high side for a competely restored may be higher now, but I have no statistics nor experience with the prices for restored jeeps 20 years ago.
There’s plenty of misunderstanding among the average person that not all flat fenders are WWII jeeps. Surprisingly, many people misspell Willys on ads, despite the name appearing on nearly all civilian jeeps.
There’s still world-wide interest in the older jeeps. People continue to find, purchase and rebuild vintage jeeps world-wide.
The diversity of jeeps produced by Willys is much greater than I ever imagined prior to the start of eWillys. Willys Overland and Kaiser Willys was eager to sell jeeps and more than willing to customize small orders.
While becoming rarer, there are still barn finds to make jeep hunting interesting. Even prototype jeeps continue to appear.
Though some of the aftermarket, unusual parts can be difficult to find, locating standard parts at fair prices is still possible with patience and with the aide of the internet.