Industrial-Welder-Generator Research Archives

The Willys Motor was repurposed for a variety of uses, including Welders, Generators, Mowers, Auxiliary Power, Boats, and more.

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Willys Powered Industrial Items

• CATEGORIES: Industrial-Welder-Generator
  1. WW2 Generator Renton, WA $2000: https://seattle.craigslist.org/est/clt/d/ww2-generator-10k/6703066619.html
  2. Hobart Generator Prince George, VA $1000: https://richmond.craigslist.org/grd/d/vintage-generator/6706049600.html
  3. Onan P-95-K Generator St. Germain, WI $400: https://northernwi.craigslist.org/for/d/us-army-95-generator/6680856594.html
  4. General Supply Air Compressor Williamsport, PA $550: https://williamsport.craigslist.org/pts/d/willys-air-compressor-obo/6689230233.html
  5. Generator Castle Creek, NY $1850: https://binghamton.craigslist.org/for/d/generator-set-10kw/6698519298.html
  6. 1943 Military Generator Carlisle, PA $1400: https://harrisburg.craigslist.org/pts/d/1943-military-gen-set-wwii/6699272085.html
  7. 1950s Hesse Hornet Compressor Colchester, VT $650: https://vermont.craigslist.org/pts/d/hesse-hornet-air-compressor/6713757710.html
 
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Hobart Welder Cromwell, MN $1200

• CATEGORIES: Industrial-Welder-Generator

This Willys-powered welder Looks in good shape.

https://duluth.craigslist.org/tls/d/hobart-pipeliner-welder/6694894932.html

“Hobart pipeliner gas drive welder
Willy’s 4 cylinder engine
Runs excellent
25 foot leads
Hear it run and see it weld!”

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General Supply Air Compressor Altoona, PA $750

• CATEGORIES: Industrial-Welder-Generator

Has Willys CJ-2A engine serial number #174816. Learn more about General Supply & Hesse Hornet here.

https://altoona.craigslist.org/pts/d/willys-air-compressor-obo/6689213497.html

“Made by General Supply CO.
Engine Turns Over”

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Hobart Welder/Generator Leander, TX No Price

• CATEGORIES: Industrial-Welder-Generator

Sounds like it could be a good price.

https://austin.craigslist.org/for/d/welder-generator/6678476342.html

“Old military Hobart welder/generator. Non-working, non running. The imporant item is the engine. It’s a 4 cylinder Willy’s motor!!! The rest of the machine is salvage. It was running 2 years ago. Just make a decent offer & its yours. I’m 71yo & simply cannot disassemble and salvage it for scrap. If you want to make a few extra bucks come make an offer and I will give you a great deal. You must load and haul out of here”

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2 Willys Powered Units

• CATEGORIES: Industrial-Welder-Generator
  1. MB Engine powered Generator Altamont, NY $2200: https://albany.craigslist.org/pts/d/wwii-willys-mb-military/6656980659.html
  2. CJ-2A? Powered Hesse Hornet or General Supply Compressor Waldo, MO $495: https://kansascity.craigslist.org/pts/d/willys-l134-go-devil-engine/6647916082.html
 
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Year? MB/GPW Welder & Trailer Ventura, CA $3500

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB), Industrial-Welder-Generator, MB, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $3500.

https://ventura.craigslist.org/cto/d/willies-jeep-welder/6669440503.html

“One of a kind old Jeep, welder and Jeep trailer.”

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Hobart Welder with Willys Engine Brockport, NY $500

• CATEGORIES: Industrial-Welder-Generator

No pics provided.

https://rochester.craigslist.org/hvo/d/hobart-welder-with-willys/6638180840.html

“this is a good working stick welder. we can help load. 4 cyl willys jeep engine. ready to work”

 
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Hobart Welder Lincoln, NE $2000

• CATEGORIES: Industrial-Welder-Generator

Nice looking setup powered by a Willys engine.

https://lincoln.craigslist.org/hvo/d/hobart-250-amp-tow-behind/6627754056.html

“Hobart Model G-258 2489D Tow Behind Welder For Sale, Willy’s Engine, with new fuel pump, and includes accessories. As is, where is, no warranty, with all faults. Cash only, do not need help selling.”

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1954 Hobart Welder Georgetown, CA $600

• CATEGORIES: Industrial-Welder-Generator

Engine works, but welder doesn’t.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/152994655398279

“Welder is not functioning but the engine runs. Kaiser Willys CJ2A engine.”

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Willys Engine Powered Log Splitter Knox, IN $975

• CATEGORIES: Industrial-Welder-Generator

This looks interesting.

https://southbend.craigslist.org/grd/d/log-splitter/6553868410.html

“Comercial heavy duty log splitter ,built by a logging c.o.has a 4 cyl jeep willys flat head engine !a heck of a hydrolic hilding tank and will split anything at pretty much just at idle!! Runs great turn the the key and its ready to split.would never sell but ending my useing a outside wood boiler because of health.u vant buy a box store one for this price and definatley not one this size .has new pump ,ram ect . Will go quick. Shoot me an offer best will get it!”

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General Supply Willys-Powered Compressor Muskegon, MI $350

• CATEGORIES: Industrial-Welder-Generator

Could be worth a look. Some General Supply/Hesse history.

https://muskegon.craigslist.org/hvo/d/vintage-willys-air-compressor/6551939433.html

“This is a Willy’s Go Devil engine. This is an engine that has a conversion kit on it to make it into an air compressor. The engine is stuck, not blown up! The generator is missing also the air tank, air gauge, and fuel tank. I put some trans fluid in all of the cylinders about five months ago. The block is not cracked! It was built between 1945-1955. If you are restoring a Willy’s Jeep and need a engine this would work well for that.
I just don’t have the time to work on it right now, so I would rather re-home it than let it sit and collect dust any longer.”

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Generator Wenatchee, WA $500

• CATEGORIES: Industrial-Welder-Generator

Seller is open to offers.

https://wenatchee.craigslist.org/hvo/d/10000-watt-military-generator/6494733085.html

“Military generator, 10,000 watt. Gas engine is Willy’s industrial.”

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Generator Kingsburg, CA $200

• CATEGORIES: Industrial-Welder-Generator

Bill spotted this one. Engine might have some value.

https://fresno.craigslist.org/pts/6518172055.html

“old generator ran when stored 20+ years ago engine says willys on the head and looks like the engine I had in my old military jeep. lots of copper and big radiator for scrap. Have forklift on site to load. Bring a battery and gas if you want to try and start it. It shows 1500 hours on the meter. Please call and leave a message if I do not answer I will call you back.”

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Willys-Powered Generator Columbus, OH $500

• CATEGORIES: Industrial-Welder-Generator

Not sure if it works or not.

https://columbus.craigslist.org/for/d/willys-generator/6505899087.html

“Willys Generator
Propane or gas
All the covers
Was going to take motor off and use in pulling tractor, project went to the way side, no time.”

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Navy Generator Norwalk, IA $1200

• CATEGORIES: Industrial-Welder-Generator

Has a WWII engine.

“15KV military generator, around 1941-1945?
3 phase or 120 volt, built by General Electric Navy radar power.
Willys Jeep 4 cylinder engine, started with a battery, made oil pressure.
Low hours, restore it or use the engine in an old Jeep”

https://desmoines.craigslist.org/atq/d/ww2-navy-generator-jeep-engine/6428591371.html

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Jeep Engine Compressor Hawkeye, IA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Industrial-Welder-Generator

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $550

Looks in decent shape.

“Kaiser Jeep CJ3A Industrial Engine Driven GS260 Compressor on original Trailer – Neat old GS260 Compressor powered by an Willys Kaiser Jeep industrial engine . Has been parked for 5 years , complete but stuck , condition unknown . Great restore project here , really nice addition to any Jeep collection !”

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Generator Engine Yuba, CA $300

• CATEGORIES: Industrial-Welder-Generator

Bill spotted this one.

“Military generator with jeep flat head motor on trailer. Not running.”

https://yubasutter.craigslist.org/hvo/6286370283.html

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Hobart Welder Reidsville, NC Make Offer

• CATEGORIES: Industrial-Welder-Generator

Not sure how much value is here. Engine turns. CJ-2A engines weren’t used in WWII.

“Hobart welder with a Willys cj2 jeep motor, these were used in WW2. I had intentions of restoring but went a different direction. It does need to be restored. Everything is there. Motor is not seized. Text me an offer.”

https://greensboro.craigslist.org/tls/6074709236.html

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Willys Powered Generator Danby, Vt $750

• CATEGORIES: Industrial-Welder-Generator

No pics provided.

“onan military 10 kw generator on skids [heavy] has willys 4cyl motor. I have never had it running. $750”

http://vermont.craigslist.org/grd/5980626361.html

 
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1945 GPW Early APU

• CATEGORIES: Features, GPW (Ford MB), Industrial-Welder-Generator • TAGS: .

Nick spotted this very interesting early APU conversion of a GPW by O.E. Szekely that is for sale at D&L Bensinger.

Nick, who’s become very knowledgeable on the APU jeep, noted that the GPW was “converted to an APU in 1947. To date, this is the only Line Maintenance GPW survivor. This specific model is “B” and the generator outputs 28.5 DC volts for starting jet aircraft. These retrofitted Jeeps served as prototype models to the later 2A/3A’s. Nearly all the equipment is present. The only part I can see is missing from the photos is the wire reel. Notice how the governor system appears to be under the carburetor, and the hood is modified above it.”

Here’s the ad info: “This is a late war GPW. Vehicle hasn’t been run for over 10 years. Body is rusted. Has one rear axle shaft broken. This jeep came from Omsted AFB in Harrisburg, PA which closed in 1969. It was modified in Philadelphia with Flight Line Maintenance Generator Set. In 30 years of jeep collecting, I’ve never seen another jeep with this equipment. GPW still shows yellow paint inside and a radio mike on the shop-made aluminum half cab. The cable reel to aircraft is missing as are some other parts of the kit. This is a great project for someone who wants an air field jeep.”

https://www.dlbensinger.com/product_info.php?products_id=1412&osCsid=5050a1493be108cd3a38e08eb0aa3a93

More photos here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/DarylBens/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1175895105782477

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General Supply & Hesse Compressor History

• CATEGORIES: Features, Industrial-Welder-Generator

UPDATE: Thanks to Brett, I’ve added some photos of a later model General Supply V4 (possibly a Ford V4) at the bottom of the post. 

Rick Webb shared what he knows about the history of General Supply Compressors & Hesse Compressors. His father Paul Webb played a principle role in the compressor’s development. I’ve included pics below to show how much alike they looked.

For reference, this is a General Supply GS-250 Compressor powered by an L-head. More pics here:

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Contrast the one above with this one, a Hesse Horney Compressor powered by an L-head. More pics here:

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Rick began, After reading information on youtube and the forums it seems as though there are a lot of questions concerning the hesse hornet and the gs-260 air compressors.I don’t claim to have all the answers however I can shed some light on the development of these units.

My father, Paul Web, lost his dad at the young age of 24 and took a job at the General Supply and Leasing Company in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1951 as a delivery driver. A division of the McDowell Tire Company, General Supply sold tire changing equipment.

When he took the job he met a man by the name of Dick Roberts who was an engineer. They soon hired a man with the last name of Simes (pronounced “Sims”) whose first name I do not recall.Simes was from Arkansas and was a self taught mechanic. He could not read or write, so they taught him to sign his name so he could cash his paycheck. He never used a torque wrench; however when his engines were tested his torque specs were spot on. Continue reading

 
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Generator North Hampton, MA $375

• CATEGORIES: Industrial-Welder-Generator

Doesn’t run.

“Does not run. Willy’s jeep motor.”

http://westernmass.craigslist.org/hvo/5948466694.html

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Propane Powered Generator Pollock Pines, CA $1500

• CATEGORIES: Features, Industrial-Welder-Generator

Here’s an interesting item. It’s powered by a Hercules engine (according to the seller).

“This is a commercial propane backup generator that was installed in a fire station. It was working when removed. It is approximately 20kw. The best part is the engine is the same engine that was in production Willy’s at the time. It is powered by 1960s Jeep Hercules 6 cylinder flat head. Please call for more info and to take a look.
Cash only and sales will be made in person.’

http://sacramento.craigslist.org/hvo/5915528157.html

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Hobart Welders

• CATEGORIES: Industrial-Welder-Generator

Two Jeep-powered Hobart Welders for sale.

  1. Southern New Jersey: “hobart welder willys engine ran when parked been a couple of years” $300 http://southjersey.craigslist.org/tls/5906928603.html
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  2. Visalia, California: “Hobart Portable Welder with Willys L134 Motor. Motor turns over but is missing the carburetor. Appears to be otherwise complete. Asking $500. I will sell the welder without the motor (you remove) for $250.” http://visalia.craigslist.org/grd/5899254427.html
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Year? MB/GPW w/Welder Ventura, CA $5000

This could make a cool restoration .. something different.

https://ventura.craigslist.org/cto/d/willies-jeep-welder/6625845270.html

“One of a kind old Jeep and welder.”

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