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1948 Jeepster Seal Beach, Ca $9950

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Much of the chrome has been resurfaced with slightly different coating (anodized aluminum?).   Nice looking Jeepster.


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1949 Jeepster Longview, Wa $3495

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UPDATE:  Price dropped to $3495

(01/23/2012) This project appears to have potential.

“THIS IS NOT A RUNNING VEHICLE. I have a project that I recently purchased that is just not a good fit for me or my garage right now. It is a 1949 2 Wheel Drive Jeepster by Willy’s. I bought a few months ago after it had sat in dry storage for a number of years. It looks like a mid 80′s restoration to me. The body is in remarkable condition and the vehicles is for the most part 100% complete (I threw away the top). It was originally a Butternut yellow color. The current paint is passable as driver quality. The running gear is a 1973 Buick 350 and matching bop transmission, the original rearend is still in the vehicle.There is a nice Ron Franicis wiring harness installed complete. The engine is out on a stand and needs rebuilt or go the SBC route. I curently have the front sheetmetal off and stored, there is no radiator. All of that said this a really fun vehicle that would be great with a little work as a driver or do a complete restoration. I am not selling because I need the money and the price is reasonalbly firm. I am however very open to trades which might include: 68-72 Nova, second gen camaro or other muscle cars, 67-72 trucks, projects or a nice later model pick up for a driver, Im open to anything that make sence. Text or call me Raymond 360-560-8128″

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6000 Miles: From Maine to Hawaii with Love (For Jeepsters)

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Glenn wrote this nice story which was published in the June 2010 issue of Jeepster News.

(ABOVE:) At The Pearl Harbor Memorial- ’50 Willys Jeepster, Left- Randy Spangler,  Middle- Glenn  Byron, Right- Maurice Goguen.


Sometimes we take for granted the many benefits our membership in WOJC [Willys Overland Jeepster Club] pro- vides. For example, that booklet you received titled “ WOJC 2010 ROSTER” is just something that arrives. Larry & Shirley Wozniak volunteered a bunch of time and effort to get this quality product to club members. Using it as a tool is a bonus for paying our meager dues. Let’s look at where this can take us. Recently, in planning for a cruise to visit our 50th state, Hawaii, I noticed a scheduled one day port call in Honolulu.

Just for kicks, I grabbed that Roster to see if we had members there. Garage tours and visits with other enthusiasts are always great sidelines to get away from usual tourist activities. Sure enough, all of Hawaii has one lonely WOJC member, Randy Spangler, right there in Honolulu. A quick email to Randy to intro- duce myself and inform him of my visit, yielded a friendly response with encourage- ment to see what we could put together. Nothing concrete, just loose parameters to keep both of us available as all the unknowns could allow. Our first port was Hilo, on the big island of Hawaii, with Honolulu, on Oahu, the following day. “Call me from Hilo and we’ll see what the cards hold” was Randy’s invitation. Here’s how it came down.

ABOVE: Randy Spangler’s Island Cruiser, a ’50 Willys Jeepster mounted on a Chevy Blazer chassis- A great performing unit for Boulevard or Beach. 

Three couples on a cruise ship make too large a load for a Willys Jeepster, so careful strategy had to happen to be sure no one felt compromised. The girls were anxious to see Waikiki Beach, and with great personal sacrifice, I crossed that off my list. The other two guys, though not car oriented, agreed to back seat status and a full load resulted. Contact with Randy was made from Hilo and plans laid down for Willys Jeepster to meet Golden Princess at the dock in Honolulu. How’s that for a welcoming committee? Heads turn when ever we put our Jeepsters on display, but this may be a first! Randy’s 1950 Jeepster is especially suited to the hustle and bustle of Oahu gridlock traffic.

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1950 Jeepster Dunbar, Pa $5000

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Plenty of work done, plenty left.

“1950 willys jeepster with v-8 305 automatic with driveshaft on still needs finished,lots of chrome and other parts go with it, also needs wired,and exhaust hooked up to headders, eng does run, it has 4 barrel carb. new paint, i have frame for convertible top no canvas on it , i also have all hardware for front and back seats, all chrome for grille. call 724-277-2406 also have front and rear bumpers thanks Tom”

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1948 Jeepster Inland Empire, Ca $8500

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Sounds like a solid rig.

“You will be hard pressed to find another 1948 Jeepster with True Classic Muscle Car V8 power that is as solid and straight as this one is.

Leave your worries behind, turn back the clock, and turn heads while Cruising the Beach with the wind blowing in Your Hair in this one of a kind 1948 Willys Jeepster.

This Solid 64 years young California vehicle, features a 1967 Chevy Chevelle 327ci 4bbl V8 with All Numbers and Date Codes Matching, 1970 Chevy Chevelle TH350 Automatic Trans recently rebuilt, 12V Electrical System, New Drive Shaft, New Paint, New Upholstery, New Carpet, New Windshield Glass, New Windshield Rubbers, New Vent Glass, New Brake Master Cylinder, Taillight Lenses, New Ignition Switch, New Headlight Switch, New Hoses, New Driveshaft, Too Much To List.

NADA Value: $17,300 – $26,500

Offered at: $8,500

nine four nine, two eight seven, three seven eight eight”


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1948 Jeepster Smith River, Ca $10,000

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This looks nice.

“The Willys Overland Jeepster is extremely rare and prized collectable. This is an older (15 year) restoration of an Arizona car and would rank about 6 to 7 on a 10 pt appraisal system. It has a Chevrolet 350/350 combo w/Mustang front end and disc brakes to make it a really good driver. Only 5500+ miles since restoration but it has been in locked dry storage for many, many years and that takes a toll. Vehicle is fully set-up to tow with a built-in tow bar and transmission drive shaft disconnect; you will also want to take note of the very unusual swing-away fat man style steering wheel which alone would fetch about $1000 due to condition and rarity. It is believed that fewer than 1600 Jeepsters remain in the world. This Jeepster is stored in Smith River, CA and is available for inspection by appointment. This is a very attractive price intended to move the vehicle now; so call now and enjoy the beautiful spring in a great 4 seat convertible.”

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1948 Jeepster Philadelphia, Pa $10,000

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Steve spotted this one.

“The original Jeep — Get ready for summer with this fully restored Convertible 1948 Willys Jeepster — 4 cylinder, stick shift ready to put the top down and enjoy the summer. All paint and chrome in good shape, clear PA title and many extra parts available to go with the Jeepster. New brakes, wheel cylinders and there were only 10,326 of these babies made in 1948 – Own a piece of history

Call Billy at 215-338-2116 for more information or to see the car. $10,000 OBO”

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1948 Jeepster Ringoes, NJ $15,000

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Lots of work has been done.

“1948 Red Willys Jeepster: $15,000 OBO
With 1950 Front End & 1973 Ford V8 302 (9,550 miles on engine – 33,550 total), WHATS NEW?… Convertible Top and Side Curtains, New Tacking Wood, New Rear view Mirrors, New Chrome Hold Down Latches, Has Tonneau Car Cover, Red Pleated Interior, Pleated Pockets in Doors, Beauty Bars Front & Rear, Timing Chain & Gear, Valve Seals, Rubber Gaskets, Ford Mustang C4 Auto Trans., Ignition Wires, Horn, Battery, Wiring to Lights Front/Back, Re-cored Radiator w/Electric Cooling Fan, Electric Windshield Wipers and Arms, New Fuel Pump, New Water Pump, New Tail Pipe with Muffler and Resonators, Reconditioned Carb., Extra Leaf Installed, Springs & Bushings Installed in Front and Rear, Rocker Panels & Quarter Panels are Custom 16 Gauge Steel and Welded (no bondo), Custom Made 16 Gauge 20 Gallon Gas Tank, Stainless Steel Dash Panel, Radio Panel with Digital Clock, All Stewart Warner Gauges & Speedometer, Power Steering, Power Brakes, Bucket Seats, Step Plates Top/Bottom (Very Rare), Parade Boot, Goodyear Arriva Radial Tires w/Western Rims
Call Ray @ 908 797 5981″

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1950 Jeepster Spartanburg, SC $6500

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This looks solid.

“1950 Willys Jeepster VJ.
-Has a 283 Chev power glide trans.
-power front brakes.
Runs and drives, very restorable and rare.
Top faded windows from the sun but whole unit can be replaced for less then $400.00 All parts are readily available from sources like: The Jeepsterman Inc., Kaiser Willy’s and Walck’s.
The body and frame are solid.
Restored can fetch up to $35,000. Made for 3 yrs.-1948 to 1951.
-Original engines are easy to find but very underpowered.
-Mechanics Manual included.
SELLING for $6500. OBO
772.464.9090 anytime.”

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1948 Jeepster Sarasota, Fl $39,988

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It’s really nice, but the price is pretty high.

“1948 “JEEPSTER” California Roadster “Fully Restored” now in Sunny Florida! 5.7L 327/350 V8 Turbo 350 Automatic 3:70-1 Posi Nova Sub-Frame “Stunning” Pearl Yellow with Red Tint, Custom Red Leather Interior, Hartz Canvas Top with Boot & Seat Belts, Chrome Wire Wheels, All Instrument Gauges, Tilt Steering Column, Power Steering with Modern Front End & Steering Rack, Lacara Wheel, 4-Season A/C, Pioneer Stereo w/CD, “Good Guys Inspected”! Custom Smoothie Bumpers & Tail Lights. Dual S/S Exhaust, Super Nice & Dependable.. Runs & Drives Great! $39,988. 941-923-6430 Sarasota, FL”

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1951 Jeepster Phoenix, Az $16,500

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Ann’s aunt spotted this ad in a Wheeler Dealer Magazine at Walmart (yes, I have agents scouring everywhere . . .lol).  The 56 miles seems hard to swallow . . . maybe 56 miles since the paint job?

“1951 Jeepster with 56 actual miles Red/Black convertible with top.  Needs a good home. PH 480-338-5040.”

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1950 Jeepster Lomita, Ca $5250

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This is driveable as is.  This might make a good Jeepster project.

“1950 Willys Overland Jeepster for Sale, but it is registered as a 1948.
Here is a list of all that it comes with.
350 V8 engine…Chevy-small block
Chevy drive train automatic transmission
newer tires
newer paint-gloss black and metallic red- some scratches
new gauges and sending units
Mustang II suspension – no rust
new kick plates for doors
templates for upholstery
original frame mechanism for convertable top – needs to be restored
new fabric convertable top – black
some of the original heater/vent components
wooden trim for convertable top – needs to be restored
parade steps
jeepster emplems for sides of hood
new in box Hurst Promatic 2 Shifter – automatic
power steering
power brakes
electronic advance distibutor
new fuel pump
new glasss put in windshield and side wing windows
new rubber for glass – professionally installed
eltric fan on radiator – electronic thermostat
driveable as is
new door handles
parking brake was redone
turn signals work
Jeep steering column
original rear view mirror
custom willy shifting knob

new seats
front pan needs work
pre-1963 no seat belts required…etc.

Thanks for looking. Any questions please give me a call. 310-721-1652 Jerry”

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Part III of the Ford Jeepster

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UPDATE:  Bob reports the vehicle arrived safely in Ohio.  He verified that the frame is a Ford and the body is well-built.   

He reports, “The thing looks pretty solid and seems to be made out of thick steel and very well made. I just can’t imagine some guy in his garage making this thing, but I could be wrong. Someone updated the running gear with a mustang straight 6, auto trans and the mustang differential. You can clearly see where it was column shift originally, and the frame is definitely a 46 ford.”

“The grill does seem stamped from what me and some other guys who looked at it think. There are no indications of it being welded up from pieces. The hood looks the same, like it was made in one piece. The window glass looks like cj3a, 3b era, but the frame is not.”

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1950 Jeepster Seattle, Wa $14,500

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This looks good.

“I have always wanted one of these Jeepsters. Now I own one. I went to look at a ’57 Ford Thunderbird and I missed the turn and I saw the Jeepster setting next to the road with a for-sale sign and told my wife we need to go look at it. We found the T-Bird but I could not buy it even for the price just to ruff. We were going to go look at a another car and I did not get an answer then remembered the jeepster which was very close by. When I was looking at it the owner drove up and the rest is history. Had a great drive back. we put the top down and drove home 44 miles most of it on I-5. Ran great. When I opened the hood I was not to sure what to expect, it is all stock with that little 4 cylinder F head Hurricane Jeep engine. This engine produced 75 hp (56 kW; 76 PS) at 4000 rpm (although it redlines at 3200 rpm). 3 speed transmission on the tree with Overdrive. Still 6 volt.   Top is very good. He did not have the side curtains.  The Jeepster was an automobile originally produced by Willys-Overland Motors from 1948 to 1950. Willys developed the Jeepster to crossover from their “utilitarian” type truck vehicles, to the passenger automobile market. They built 5,836 Jeepsters in 1950. Joe at Old School Garage has taken care of a few small things like getting the gas gauge to work. The Over drive will not engage. Joe got the heater to work. It’s all serviced and safety check and ready to go.  Cond. # 3+.”