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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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.”

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Forklift with Willys Engine Santa Rosa, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Industrial-Welder-Generator

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1250.

(06/10/2012) Here’s a Willys Engine Baker Forklift.  It’s the first Baker with a Willys engine I’ve seen.

“Baker forklift, 4,000 lbs. cap. pneumatic tires, 4 cy Willys engine, Yardlift, runs good.”

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PU-58 Generator Cedar Falls, IA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Industrial-Welder-Generator

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1000.

Here’s another MB motor in a generator.

“1940’s OKEEFE MERRITT , signal corps, military issue gen set. army navy . 120 and 240 volt, double pull 50 amp breaker
complete with all sheet metal, built in skid. weighs 1500 lbs.
powered by Willys MB engine, same as MB M38 CJ2a CJ3a, hour meter shows 345 hours
starts and runs great, new 6v battery.
Manual voltage control works, the auto controller needs repair.
Nice collector piece or put it to work. these are often used for welders.”

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1946 Oliver Dozer (with Willys Engine) Toutle, WA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Industrial-Welder-Generator, Unusual

UPDATE:  Was $2000. **SOLD**

(07/09/2012) You can add an Oliver Dozer to the list of utility vehicles built using a Willys Engine.


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US Navy Generator Citrus Heights, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Industrial-Welder-Generator

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1400.  It is powered by a MB motor.

“WWII US Navy PE-95 Generator powered by a WWII Willys MB Jeep Motor serial number MB424173, great running engine. This would be a great generator to restore or use the engine for your Jeep restoration.”

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Generator Eastern Shore, MD $400

• CATEGORIES: Industrial-Welder-Generator

Can’t tell much from the one pic.

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

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PE-95-G Generator New Brunswick, NJ **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Industrial-Welder-Generator

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $300.

Here’s a good price on a generator with a Willys motor.

signal Corps generator
WWII / Korean war generator

Willys Jeep motor
four-cylinder Flathead

Condition is as shown in pictures. I do have a carburetor somewhere, need to find it on the workbench. Starter windings in the generator still crank the motor over. Last fired up in 2000 and generated power. Approximately 250 hours on generator. $300 or best offer”

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Hobart Welder 250 AMP Raleigh, NC **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Industrial-Welder-Generator

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1500.

Looks in good shape.

“250amp Hobart pull behind welder/generator has 4 cylinder jeep willys motor that runs great and welder and generator also work.. just been checked out ”

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Holt Forklift with Willys Engine Coachella, Ca **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Industrial-Welder-Generator

UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $2000.

(04/30/2012) I tried to uncover more information about the use of Willys engines in Holt Forklifts, but I found nothing.

However, regarding forklifts, I found that Mercury forklifts were stamped ‘JEEP’ prior to the development of the jeep:

Otis Elevator and Baker Electric Truck combined to produce the first Lift Truck in
1907. It had a nickel iron battery and it had a chain lift. The company was know as Otis-Baker. Baker manufactured the Baker Electric Car but then switched to industrial tow tractors and pushers. They had tiller steering. Otis Elavator was the preeminent expert in all things lift so the marriage was perfect.

Mercury electric trucks were competition for the Baker and they eventually became Pettibone-Mercury. Mercury had nothing to do with the Ford Motor Company and their use of the name pre-dates Ford’s. Mercury was the first company to use the word “jeep” on it’s forklifts. The use of the name pre-dated the famous Willys Jeep. Forklifts to this day are still called Jeeps and occasionally in an old industrial scap heap you may still see a counter weight for an original Jeep.

Read more: What year was the first forklift made? | Answerbag

I tried to locate the year in which Mercury forklifts were first called jeeps, but have yet to find it.  Instead, I found this brochure on ebay that clearly labels the forklift as JEEP as early as 1950.


Below we have the Holt Forklift that is for sale:

“holt forklift don’t know what year it is. the motor is a flathead 4cyl willys manual shift 4×4 drive.right now it needs electric fuel pump to run. asking 2000.00 obo call manny 760-250-9975 after 5pm or leaeve message before then.”

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DC Welder/Generator Minneapolis, MN **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Industrial-Welder-Generator

UPDATE: **SOLD* Was $250.

This might be a good price on a motor.

“An older Hobart 250 amp welding generator driven by the industrial version of the Willys 4-134 flathead engine used in the CJ-2a Jeep and the MB. Brush-type generator. Electrical side was working last time I ran it 5 years ago, but the engine uses oil badly and needs and overhaul. Parts are readily available but I have too many projects. See photos. Engine is complete with generator, carb, starter, fuel pump, and should run with minimal effort. The electrical side has the main DC welding output and also a 120v dc convenience outlet for a grinder or light. See the gray machine in the photos. Cables not included in sale. $250 as is where is or make offer. Loading and delivery available at reasonable rates.

Also for sale is the green 400 amp welder. This is driven by an electric motor. Machine dates from roughly the 1950s and works well but does require 3 phase A/C or a converter box. I ran it on a converter which works fine as long as you don’t run it at full output. $200 as is where is or make offer. Loading and delivery available at reasonable rates.”