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Mb-4 JEEP? $3500


Anyone know what the -4 designation means on the MB?  I'm thinking $3500 is way outside the ball park unless there's something I'm missing.

"This Jeep needs total restoration. It ran when parked a few years ago. fenders are missing. Clear title. this is an Mb-4 JEEP not a CJ2a. call 509-258-4542"


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Early MB Mods — The SAS

• CATEGORIES: Features, MB, Website

From day 1, adapting the jeep was a necessary part of using or owning one.  In my mind, this is one of the attributes of jeeps that differentiate them from most other vehicles, even from other 4x4s.  Andy Carter highlights early desert modifications in this story with pictures from jeeps used in Africa by the British Special Air Service (SAS) during WWII.  Check out the grille in the picture on the right.  If you read through the site, you'll note that this was a modification done to many of the jeeps, not just this one. They look like a boxer who has been through a few rounds!

Here's an excerpt from the website about SAS Jeeps:

"The jeeps were stripped of all non-essential parts including the windscreen, most of the radiator grille bars and even sometimes the front bumper to increase the effective load carrying capacity of the vehicle. Thus the large amount of fuel and water needed for fast long-range raids could be carried avoiding the need for slower support vehicles. A water condensing unit was fitted to the front to reduce loss from the radiator which would otherwise have had to be topped up from the limited drinking water supplies…"

Learn more at Andy Carter's Military Jeep Pages 

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1944 MB Bend, OR **SOLD**


Has an f-head.

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“Authentic 76 year old WWII Jeep. This has been in my family for 35 years. My brother bought it in a small town in Colorado in ’85 and used it for hunting and back country access. I bought it from him about 2000 and trailered it to CA. where I started a rebuild. I have stacks of receipts. I removed both axles and rebuilt them along with the steering, brakes, radiator, starter, new carb., etc. It has a later model F-head motor as opposed to the original flat head (+15hp), which was a common conversion. The MB is the military model and the later models where called CJs for civilian jeep. It has been set up for trail/hunting use with a (easily removed) custom roll bar with shoulder belts and a nice Bestop. It is titled in Oregon and has a PERMANENT historical vehicle registration. I towed it to Bend and intended to restore it to original OD green and paint a star on the hood, but the project stalled as they sometimes do.”


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1945 MB? Reno, NV $2500


The frame may not be original.


“Buick V6
Was running but he sat for years, missing title. Great project or scrap

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1942 MB Warner Springs, CA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2500.

Not sure how much value is here. Has an interesting hardtop.

“1942 Willies Jeep. Needs work. We have extra parts.”

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Year? Hotchkiss? Santa Fe, NM **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3500.

“This vehicle needs a ground up going over. After some research it appears that this Jeep went through the French Army rebuilding program first in the early 1950’s then again in 1962. This is a Willy’s. It belonged to my father and sat in a barn back East for 20 years. The engine is seized because of rust. It is complete with all parts. It has the oversize generator and battery box between the seats for powering radios. The body has some bondo under it’s last military paint but has no rust through and is solid. Hotchkiss.”

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