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Colin’s ’48 Jeepster

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As I mentioned yesterday, besides his grandkids mini-jeep, Colin has worked on several different Willys.  Here’s his Jeepster that was featured a couple times in JP Magazine, specifically the June 2007 issue and the January 2008 issue.

Colin writes, “Here are some photos of our 48 Jeepster.  We have had this car for over 33 years and when we bought it, it had a non running Studebaker Champion 6 engine in it.  Once we got it running and back in decent visual and mechanical condition, we drove it that way for many years. Around 1990, I stored it in our garage and worked on other vehicles and a house remodeling project (a happy wife makes for a happy home!).  I did our Corvette restoration from 1994 until 1998.  After I retired in 2003, I began putting ideas together about re-doing the Jeepster.  I wanted a car that looked original on the outside, which it did already, but with an improved drivetrain and suspension under it to keep up with Phoenix area traffic.  After a lot of research, I decided a Buick V6 was the way to go.  I found a freshly rebuilt (still in the plastic) 1982 Buick 231 even fire V6 for a very reasonable price.  I pulled the front sheet metal off the Jeepster and got to work.  With an updated engine going into it, I chose to put a Mustang II front end kit with tubular A-arms, Ford disc brake rotors (I wanted to use stock Jeepster wheels, hubcaps and trim rings), and rack and pinion steering into the chassis.  A buddy of mine and I did the majority of the front end work in a weekend.  I used a set of engine mounts from Novak Engineering in Utah and bolted the engine to a 1967 Muncie close ratio 4 speed that was in my parts bin.  For the rear end, I found a 1969 Ford Mustang 8 inch with 2.79 gears.  That rear end is a bolt in for any of the 46-63 Willys 2 wheel drive wagons, panel deliveries and the 48-51 Jeepsters. I also used a front sway bar and on the rear, a Willys Jeepster/station wagon sway bar. I did upgrade the Buick with a set of finned aluminum valve covers from TA Performance,  a 4 bbl Holley 390 cfm carb from a 65 AMC 327 engine and dual exhausts.  The end result is a Jeepster that runs great( 1750 rpm at 65-70 mph), gets excellent gas mileage(about 26 at 65 mph) and handles like a sports car(better than our Corvette!).  All of this work was relatively easy, even though it took me a while.”

In this first pic you see both his Jeepster and the 1960 Surrey he purchased that can be seen here.  Colin has been restoring the Surrey as well.

 
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1948 Jeepster Springfield, Il **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5200.

(06/03/2010) This looks pretty good for the price.

“1948 jeepster new top new curtains, runs good, carburator need a little work.”

 
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3 Willys (Jeepster & 2 Wagons) La Center, Wa $500

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If the engines and drive trains are intact, then there is some value here.

“3 Willys parts vehicles, non-running, no titles. 2 Wagons, 1 is mid fifties, other is late fifties. Truck is late forties, early fifties. All have original? motors. Buyer must take all 3. These will need to be hauled on a flatbed trailer. Please e-mail for more pictures. Please call Frank, after 4:30pm M-F or anytime on the weekends for more information. 360.263.2085”

http://portland.craigslist.org/clk/cto/1892848596.html

 
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1948 Jeepster Placerville, CA **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5500.

(05/28/2010) This hasn’t been run for a while.

“1948 willys jeepster, non opped, ran when parked 8 years ago, body very good, top good, frames for side curtains, $5,500k or trade for truck and trailer load of horse hay delivered,”

 
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1950 Jeepster Lexington, NC $5000

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Al spotted this nice Jeepster.  This may be a good price.

“It has a a 4 cyl flat top motor with 3 on the tree it was comletyl retored in 1993 has a good body and interior. The convertable top is in good shape as well. the car runs and drives great just needs brakes.  if interested please call 304-448-2846.”

http://swv.craigslist.org/cto/1862010102.html

 
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1951 Jeepster Alton, Nh $600

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UPDATE:  Price dropped to $600.  Pic now provided.  It runs and drives.

(05/01/2010) “This is a project or parts car but is very unique. The motor does run and the transmission works. I cut out the rear floor pans and have the replacements this also has no interior but i have the top frame to it. I may consider trades for a boat. Thanks.”

http://nh.craigslist.org/cto/1861956894.html

 
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1949 Jeepster Scotland, CT **SOLD**

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UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $7200

(07/22/2010) This is a good price for an East Coast Jeepster.

“1949 WILLYS JEEPSTER FROM ARIZONA. MOM’S WEEKEND CRUISER. ORIGINAL RUST FREE CAR. ALWAYS GARAGED. NEW PAINT, CLOTH OEM WIRING HARNESS, 8 VOLT BATTERY WITH ORIGINAL 6 VOLT SYSTEM, ALL NEW BRAKES, RECONDITIONED RADIATOR AND FUEL TANK. RUNS AND DRIVE EXCELLENT WITH ORIGINAL L HEAD 4 CYLINDER AND 3 ON THE TREE WITH OD. ENGINE REBUILD UNKNOWN BUT RUNS PERFECTLY WITH NO SMOKE OR FUNNY NOISES. REBUILT STEERING BOX AND ALL NEW FRONT END COMPONENTS. ORIGINAL 6-VOLT HORN WORKS. EXCELLENT INTERIOR. GUAGES ARE A BIT ROUGH AND EXHAUST IS JUST OK. WIPERS DO NOT WORK BUT THIS ISN’T A CAR FOR A RAINY DAY ANYWAY. THIS CAR IS IN BEAUTIFUL SHAPE AND ABOUT AS ORIGINAL AS YOU WILL FIND. YOU WON’T BE DISSAPPOINTED! PHONE IS BETTER THAN E-MAIL … !”

 
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1969 Commando Payson, UT **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2500.

Brett spotted this one as well.  It looks in very good stock condition.

“69 jeepster commando super clean under 75000 original miles v6 manual all stock”

 
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1950 Jeepster Redwood City, Ca $5000

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UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $5000

(06/01/2010) This needs some work.

“For Sale is a complete 1950 Willys Overland Jeepster Convertible in restorable condition.
I have just completed a duplicate and the results are very impressive. Fun car to drive and turns a lot of heads. Newly rebuilt F-134 4 cylinder engine with 3 speed transmission. Engine is very strong and transmission is in good condition. Some rust in floor boards and rocker panels which are easily found online. All parts available to fully restore. Good tires, brakes stop but will need to be replaced. Includes convertible top and side curtains. Paint is passable but you will probably re-paint to complete this excellent project car. Too many projects and too little time. First $5,000 cash take it”

 
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1948 Jeepster Grove City, Oh **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2000

This is a project.

“1948 Willys Overland Jeepster.Was in process of restoration.All parts that were removed appear to still be with car, seats, bumpers, etc. More pictures available via email.”

 
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1950 Jeepster Project Tustin, CA**SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

“You are looking at a custom built 1950 Willys Overland Jeepster . This vehicle was originally created for vintage long range rallies, but times have changed, and I need to sell. This vehicle has just been completed and has approximately 25 total miles on the brand new Chevy crate HO350 engine, and entire rebuilt drive train, SM465 4-speed, Dana 18 transfer case with twin-stick shifters and Warn Overdrive, and Dana 44s from the donor 1983 Wagoneer – All freshly rebuilt.

Drive to the summer 4 wheel drive events in the coolest, newest old Jeep around. Or just drive it around town, top down, enjoying the Summertime! Jeep (ie Willys Overland) COULD have offered this vehicle in 1950. Instead, they chose to offer everything only in 4WD while the Jeepster was only available in 2WD. This is the truck that should have been ….”

 
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1948 Jeepster Camarillo, CA **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $8900

(05/20/2010) This looks like a nice restoration.

“1948 WILLYS JEEPSTER CONVERTIBLE. NEW TOP, NEW BRAKES, TUNED UP, NEW INTERIOR, GUAGES WORK FINE, NEW STEERING WHEEL, NEW CARPETS, 3 SPEED, 4 CYLINDER WITH OVERDRIVE. A GREAT CLASSIC. OVER $14000 INVESTED IN IT. SELL CHEAP PRICE FOR THE NEXT 5 DAYS ONLY!!! $8900 CASH OR TRADE FOR NICE MOTORHOME OR CLASSIC CAR OR GOOD RUNNING CAR!”

 

 
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1949 Jeepster Irwin, PA **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $12,500

“Original Steel Frame and Body  · 350 V8 Oldsmobile Rocket Engine · Oldsmobile 4-Speed Automatic and Drive Train · Mustang II Front End · Oldsmobile Tilt Wheel and Gauges · Power Brakes and Power Steering · Dual Exhaust (SS) with Glasspak Mufflers · Mustang II Cloth & Leather Interior · Stereo with Tape Deck & Four Speakers · Leather Boot · Chrome Wheels (American Racing) · Burlwood Dash and Door Panels · Black Convertible Top with Side Curtains (Like New) · Body Paint is Red Metallic and Maroon · Interior is Red with Black Floor Rug/Mats. Price is negotiable. Very nice driver.”

 
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1950 Jeepster Sioux City, SD **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $8000.

Note the unusual leather work on the inside of the door.

“1950 Willy’s Jeepster. Tooled interior, 3 speed, 4 cylinder, f-head.”

 
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1950 Jeepster Land O’ Lakes, Fl **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $8500.

This looks pretty good.

“95% restored runs good all original please”

 

 
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1949 Jeepster Lake Tapps, Wa $9,950

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UPDATE;  Price dropped to $9950

(02/05/2010) Here’s a nice looking Jeepster.

“1949 Willy’s Overland Jeepster, Runs great! Has a 289 V-8 engine, automatic transmission, CD Player (w/detachable face), power steering, power brakes, cloth top convertible w/side curtains. Extra grill and headlights come with it. Great start for a collector vehicle or addition to the ones you have! Is in very good condition but not perfect. Was asking $15,000.00, then reduced to $12,000.00 and now $9,950 OBO- we really need the space in our garage so our loss and your gain! Also open to trade for: toy hauler, trailer for hauling, snow blower, orv / atv Only serious inquiries please and if this posting is still up then it is still for sale! Call Tim @ (253) 405-6328”

http://seattle.craigslist.org/tac/cto/1814467007.html

 
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1948 Jeepster Lancaster, Ca **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $7000

(03/28/2010) This Jeepster appears well priced.

“1948 WILLYS OVERLAND 2 D0OR PHEATON CONVERTIBLE JEEPSTER. 327 ENGINE W/LOW MILES SINCE REBUILD, 2 SPEED POWERGLIDE TRANSMISSION, FORD REAR END, RUNS GREAT, GOOD UPHOLSTRY, RED NEON LIGHTS UNDER FRAME, CASSETTE AM-FM RADIO, COMES WITH WINDOW INSERTS, CONVERTIBLE TOP IS MANUAL WITH BOOT COVER. TRANSMISSION HAS SMALL. SEAL LEAK, CHROME RIMS WITH WHITE WALL TIRES. GETS THUMBS UP EVERY WHERE IT GOES. $7.0000.00”

 
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1948 Jeepster Norco, CA **SOLD**

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UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $4850

(02/25/2010) “You are bidding on a 1948 Willys Jeepster Convertible. It has original running gear and 4 cylinder engine. This vehicle runs great and drives wonderful. Also features overdrive. Sets on a 12 volt charging system. Has bucket seats in the front and a bench seat in the back. It has been stored indoors. This vehicle is red with a white convertible top and plastice windows in good condition. Speedomoter is broke but has no more than 70,000 miles. Should you have ANY questions please call me BEFORE bidding.”

 

 
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1950 Jeepster Ephrata, WA **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

Here’s a nice Jeepster that includes an 8-track tape player.

“Parade car.  This jeepster is an older restoration from Ohio.  It was a Shriner’s parade car and was in the Jeepster Club of America.  I have owned and enjoyed it for three years with no problems.  It has a Buick V6, power steering and an automatic transmission.  I’m sure the original mileage is over 100,000 miles but I have no idea of the true miles.  It was obviously restored at one time but would need to be redone at some point if you want a show car.  It looks good going down the road and garners lots of attention and thumbs up.  Top is good with a boot and all side windows. It is the original color scheme which was a hard to get color.  It has sixteen horns and a great eight track with your very own Johnny Cash tape!  I can tell that it has had some rust repair in the past which is to be expected in a 60 year old Jeepster.  Buy this just in time for your local 4th of July parade. Vehicle is for sale locally, I reserve the right to end this auction early.”

 
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1951 Jeepster Plantersville, MS **SOLD**

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UPDATE: Was $2000. **SOLD**

This appears to be in good condition.  This might make a good restoration.

“New Motor, New Radiator, New Brakes; Floor Pan Rust;”

 
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Gerald’s First Jeep — a $60 Commando

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A reader had mentioned at some point about a modification that involved replacing the front clip of a Commando with a CJ-5 front clip.  I asked for pictures and Gerald produced some from the first jeep he owned.  I really like the looks of the CJ-5 front clip on it.

He writes, “Since you are talking Jeepsters, this was my first ride.  I bought it for   60 bucks in October of 1979.  That means it was only 11 years old; yet look how rough it was.  Compare that to a 99 vehicle today.  Vehicles have certainly improved.  Anyway,  I though I was the shit at 14 with my own jeep.”

We got her going with another axle, tiger hair and spray can red from K-Mart. Dad would take it to the trail and then I could drive.

Then at 18 came the lift, new body panels and paint.  I had to knock the corners off the grille and put a CJ-5 Hood on it.

 
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1949 Jeepster Central New Jersey $11,900

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UPDATE:  Price dropped to $11,900.

(09/24/2009) This is just a really nice Jeepster.

1949 willys overland Redone, interior paint, body drive train, 11K in receipts, 3 k in engine alone. sat for awile just put in new tires, battery, and brakes, lines. cycl two new drums. over $1500.  runs good, looks great, was appraised at $21K will sell $11,900.00 cash. Don,t need to sell but just dont use.”

http://cnj.craigslist.org/cto/1783022460.html

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1949 Jeepster Ventura, Ca eBay

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UPDATE:  There’s been some discussion about the engine not being stock on the ebay ad.  The stock inline 6 would have been an L 166 ‘lightning’ from what i have read.  However, the engine looks so nice in there, I don’t think it matters that it isn’t original.

Here’s a beautiful car that comes with a matching coffee mug.

“This is a very nice Jeepster that has just completed a very thorough cosmetic restoration to high standards. It was totally rust free having been in southern California all its life. Last year the owner brought me a coffee mug from a café in San Diego and he told me “Restore my Jeepster to match this mug. I love the color!” I think we succeeded.

The Jeepster body was disassembled down to the body tub which was left on the chassis as the floors were perfect. Body work was performed as required and the beautiful green paint was applied, color sanded and polished. It is stunning. Fenders were painted off the car to get a nice finish under the hood. The black second color was done the same way. We repainted the interior and dash as well.

The rare factory original OHV six cylinder engine was cleaned and painted having been previously rebuilt and in great running condition. This is a much more desirable engine than the four which is most Jeepsters. The transmission is a three speed with overdrive. Brakes were recently redone and work great. Tires are recent and are Coker white walls with a newer spare to match. Exhaust is great. Shocks are all new and the front suspension was totally rebuilt.

The top and side curtains are all brand new in a tan color that offsets the green and black to perfection. Top frame was repainted. The seats are older but in great shape and are black to match the trim. Steering wheel is new reproduction ….”

View all the pics on eBay

 
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1951 Jeepster Geauga, Oh $3250

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The engine needs a head gasket replaced.

“Selling a nice project car to make way for another. It’s a rare 1951 Willys Jeepster that is reported to be one of the last off the assembly line. It has a 6 cylinder f-head 161 cubic inch engine in it that runs but needs work (head gasket). Also has an overdrive transmission for good fuel economy. Odometer shows 80K miles. Has radio and heater … The Jeepster is in overall good condition. I bought it a few years ago from a fellow in West Virginia with the intent to restore to original. Another car’s caught my eye so this has to go … The front floors have been patched, the rears are good as-is. The body has minor rust but is very workable. The frame and suspension are in great shape with just the average surface scale. All lights work.”

http://cleveland.craigslist.org/cto/1772277592.html

 
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Wanted: Here is a buyer for a Jeepster near Spokane

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“Looking for a willy’s jeepster to buy,must be in good running condition and stock.
208-661-1953”

http://spokane.craigslist.org/cto/1770719649.html