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 Water Pump Greenfield, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Industrial-Welder-Generator

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $500.

It appears this was set up to be a water pump.

“I have a 4 cylinder Willys Jeep “F” head engine with an external water pump, gas tank, and belt guard. Call with any questions. 831-809-6466″


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1944 Photo of Welder Towed by Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Industrial-Welder-Generator, Old Images

This is a collection of three photos. I’ve blown up two of them. That’s one big welding unit to be dragging around the desert.

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1941? Generator Hollywood, FL **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Industrial-Welder-Generator

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $250.

“Here I have a 4 cyl. willy`s engine complete running for sale. Engine ID # 804380-W-12-D-P5 The motor is hooked up and can be started and does run good.”


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1963 Kaiser Jeep Air Compressor Milan, IN **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Industrial-Welder-Generator

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $750

Here’s a neat compressor.

“Vintage 1963 Hesse Hornet powered by a 63 Jeep Kaiser 4 Cyl engine. Engine works by using two cyl to pump air into the compressor while the other two function normally. I haven’t started it but it appears to be in full working order. Asking 750 obo”

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US Navy Generator and Ronk Transfer Switch Quincy, CA $1900

• CATEGORIES: Industrial-Welder-Generator

Blaine forwarded this ad.

“Generator is a U. S. Navy World War II era unit powered by a original Willy’s Jeep four cylinder engine. The Generator was manufactured by O;Keefe and Merrit. It appears to be a PE-95G 10 KW and is designated a U. S. Navy N-15. It will provide 120 or 240 Volts at 60 hertz. It is started by using the exciter field of the generator and not a separate engine starter. Most of these generators saw little use during WWII but were used extensively in the Korean and Vietnam wars. A unit almost identical to this one showed up on the TV show Mash in one episode. Own a piece of history!

Generator has two brand new 12 volt batteries. Also included so that one can operate “off the grid” or have a ready source to power a home or anything else is a:

RONK 7205A 200 Amp Meter-right Transfer Switch that list new for about $800 It does not appear to have had any use.

Contact Chris at 530 260 6795″

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Hobart Welder Kalispell, MT **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Industrial-Welder-Generator

UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $300

The welder no longer works, but the Willys motor does.

“Hobart welder. Powered by a willys jeep motor. Runs and generator works, welder part does not.
Mounted on a trailer. 300.00.



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Hobart 250 Welder Manitowoc, WI $300

• CATEGORIES: Industrial-Welder-Generator

There might be some value here.

“Selling a 1946 Jeep CJ-2A engine out of a old military Hobart 250 tow behind welder.
Selling for parts or rebuilding.
Started to disassemble, have all parts, would consider selling whole unit, make offer.

$300 cash for engine.
Actual item shown,
Please look at pictures closely.
Located in Manitowoc WI. Zip code 54220.
Also have for sale 6.2 and 6.5 turbo diesel engines and parts.

Serious buyers please CALL 920. 9 01. 18 3 0 , 9am – 9 pm. or email.
INCLUDE your phone number in email or I will NOT respond due to too many spammers and scammers.”

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1945 Generator Lake County, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Industrial-Welder-Generator

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $750.

(08/10/2013) (This engine/generator has been sitting in a barn for 5 years. I wonder if there’s a plate that marks this as a 1945 or if it’s a guess.

“1945 Willys Jeep CJ-2A 60hp Engine
The 1945 Willys Jeep was called
Universal for it was the first civilian jeep they made.
This engine is being used for a generator and has mostly,
been sitting in the barn for 35 years.”

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Hobart Generator Medford, OR $500

• CATEGORIES: Industrial-Welder-Generator

UPDATE: Still Available

(04/23/2013) This has a willys motor.

“Hobart welder generator has long leads for welding we are not.sure what all works except the engine it did runs when we brought it.home it.has a willies engine on it 4 cylander engine.g. The engine alone is worth the.price is on a trailer and does have a hood needs a battery please call 541_659_1142 thank you”


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1952 Trailer and Generator New Jersey $1900

• CATEGORIES: Industrial-Welder-Generator, trailer

Here’s a neat combo that Steve spotted.

“1952 Military Jeep Trailer with Onan 5K Generator. This unit kept my house running for three weeks after Super Storm Sandy struck. Ran everything in my house. It struggled with the electric dryer. The generator is made to last forever. Electric start and even has a hand crank for an emergency. Large fuel tank was nice because it would run all day on one tank full and then all night on another tank full of gas. The trailer is solid with no rust. Tires are in good condition. I built a canopy to keep the rain and snow out and it is easily removed. There are multiple 110 outlets around the trailer and one 240/30 amp to connect to my house. There is also a circuit panel. The trailer was garage kept from 1952 to 2009. Contact Martin @ 908-50seven-054five.”





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“The Kitchen of the Undesired Animal”

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features, Industrial-Welder-Generator, International, Unusual • TAGS: .

Nicolle from Amsterdam facebooked me this morning. He wanted to share his jeeps, which both have tiny kitchens in the rear. Based on the food I saw on his Facebook Page, he doesn’t need a large kitchen to create great looking food. When I asked him to interpret the sign on his jeep, he said it translated as “The Kitchen of the Undesired Animal”.

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Westinghouse T1 Compressor on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Industrial-Welder-Generator

Goodian1 pointed out this auction for a rare compressor.

“You are bidding on an ORIGINAL WESTINGHOUSE T1 COMPRESSOR This compressor was an extremely rare accessory for FORD GPW or WILLYS MB Jeep and some 1 1/2 ton and 2 1/2 ton WW2 trucks.”

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CJ-2A Spraying in Hillsborough, FL, Circa 1950

• CATEGORIES: Features, Industrial-Welder-Generator, Old Images

I wish the picture was more of a closeup. This picture comes from Florida Memory.

“Hillsborough County Health Dept. Mosquito Control project fogging for pests. Early mosquito control spraying consisted of making a “thermal fog,” in which hot diesel oil was mixed with a DDT solution and then vaporized.”


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Jeep Industrial Engine Book on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features, Industrial-Welder-Generator

Here’s an unusual jeep engine manual.

“‘Jeep’ Industrial Engine Manual and Parts List 4&6 Cylinder
4&6 Cylinder Industrial Engines – Copyright 1965
8-1/2-inch wide x 11-inch high format, paper covers, 218 pages of photos, illustrations, exploded views and parts lists covering: Preventive Maintenance; The Four Cylinder L-Head Type Engine; The Four Cylinder F-Head Type Engine; The Six Cylinder Overhead Cam Engine (Tornado); Fuel System; Electrical System; Specifications And Parts List. Industrial Engine Sales Kaiser Engine Sales, Toledo, Ohio. The covers are lightly soiled from handling; minor age and wear. The interior pages are excellent.”

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Lycoming Generator Ad on eBay

Lycoming developed a generator/starter for planes that fit in the back of a jeep.  I am guessing that this ad is probably from an aviation magazine, because I found an article about the Lycoming generator in the 1952 Aviation Weekly. Unfortunately, I  could only view a snippet of it in Google.  There is also a discussion of it at the CJ-3B Page.

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1964 Kaiser Willys Industrial Engine Brochure on eBay

This interesting brochure documents some of the uses of the Kaiser-Willys engines. This is the first document I’ve seen that shows the different ways the engine was used (though not all the ways).

“This brochure is in very nice condition for its age with very minor light wear. It is addressed to Thew Shovel Company. This piece measures 8.5″ wide by 5.5″ closed and 17″ x 11″ open.”

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1968 Kaiser Jeep Margine Engine Book

UPDATE: This was sold on eBay a few days ago.  Marty contacted me and wondered if the buyer could email him at

“This is the first one of these I’ve seen.  Dan happened to forward a thread about this very engine today.

“Jeep/155 Parts Book, 8-1/2 x 11″, 15 pages, V-6, 155 HP, Marine Engine, all parts listed and illustrated, torn cover”


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MB outfitted with a Welder

• CATEGORIES: Features, Industrial-Welder-Generator, Old Images

Dave saw yesterday’s post and promptly emailed this great photo of a welder enable MB.


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Welders on the Battlefield from Popular Science

• CATEGORIES: Features, Industrial-Welder-Generator, Magazine • TAGS: .

Here’s an interesting article in the May 1945 issue of Popular Science about welding on the battlefield that includes several references to using jeeps as portable welding units. There is a copy on eBay for only $5.99. Here are a couple images from the article:



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1954 Willys Boat Motor Flexidrive Brochure

Glenn spotted this unusual brochure. This brochure describes the Lightening Six Motor being used as a boat motor.

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1955 Farnsworth and Middlekauff Welder Brochure

Here’s a rare brochure that was sold on eBay a few years ago.


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Hobart G621 Welder Rocky Mount, NC **Status Unknown**

• CATEGORIES: Industrial-Welder-Generator

UPDATE: Status Unknown. Walter spotted this one.  It looks restorable.

“Hobart G261 Welder 250 amps 40volts, Has a Willys Jeep BSBT Industrial Engine CJ2A,
Comes already on a trailer, Gas tank will have to be replaced, Engine and welder was working
before it set for about 2 years. Will be sold as is but will make someone a nice welder, was
going to restore but have another Welder I am restoring now. All reasonable offers will be taken.”

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Willys Engine Generator Omaha, NE $900

• CATEGORIES: Industrial-Welder-Generator

I assume it runs?

“I have a 4 cyl willy jeep flathead motor generator for sale. It has 2 power outlets. I’m asking 900 or best offer. It runs good. If interested plz call or text 7125920686 or 7125920887. Thank you.”

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Willys Powered Railway Maintenance Cart **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Industrial-Welder-Generator • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Price Unknown

Car, Railway Maintenance, Mutigage , 8-Man, 60 HP Gasoline engine Willys Model MB Motor Car / Speedster

If this is not the most unusual and the most rare WWII vehicle I have had the opportunity to sell it is definitely in the top three. It was built for the U.S. Army Transportation Corp by the Kalamazoo Manufacturing Co. Kalamazoo Michigan. It is serial number 5913 USA number M1013 and was delivered January 1945. What makes it interesting to me is they used everything they could from the MB, purchased right from Willys. The engine complete with oil filter, air filter, regulator, battery, bell housing and T-84 transmission and all of the gauges are the same as the MB. They even used the MB fuel tank and radiator. It is 4 wheel drive and that is accomplished through chain drive and a forward-reverse lever which gave three gear speeds in each direction so the transfer case was not needed. When it was found and purchased 5 or 6 years ago, it was still in very good running condition and had never been allowed to set outside. Most of the vehicle is wood and due to inside storage for 60 years 95% of the original wood was saved in the total restoration. You can see in the as purchased photos (yellow trim) how good the wood was, only the side rail boards had to be replaced mainly from being kicked and broken. Before restoration it was used on several Sunday rail trips in the Jackson Ohio area. It will go much faster that you will want to drive it. As you can see from the photos it was professionally and totally disassembled rebuilt, researched for paint scheme and reassembled. With the wood being in such good condition it was easy to sand down to the original colors and markings. It was shown at the 2006 MVPA convention in Dayton Ohio.”

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Generator Eastern Shore, MD **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Industrial-Welder-Generator

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $400.

Here’s an old generator of some vintage.

“Old willys 4cyl flat head engine approx 10kw engine ran good looking to get $400 obo pictures are avail on request.”