The links to posts below show jeeps grouped by models, condition, and other ways. Some of these jeeps are for sale and others have been sold. If you are unsure whether a vehicle is still for sale or not, email me at d [at] ewillys.com for more info.
Importantly, the allure of buying a project jeep can be romantic. The reality of restoring a jeep can be quite different, expensive and overwhelming without the right tools and resources. So, tread carefully when purchasing a "project". If you have any concerns about buying a vintage jeep, or run across a scam, feel free to contact me for help, comments or concerns .
“Mini-Beep with 6.5 Kohler engine. This is a mini replica of the Willys MB (Jeep) manufactured during World War II. Excellent condition. Starts right up. Rear wheel drive, hitch, forward-reverse-brake pedals, headlights, seats up to 3. Great for kids since it doesn’t go too fast!!”
For those that don’t want to give up their jeep to golf.
“This is a EZ GO electric golf cart with a custom made steel Jeep styled body
It comes with the trailer that can seat 2 people
Would be great for a parade
Runs and Drives Nice
Army Navy Air Force Marines Military
New 12V Deep cycle batteries
36V Charger included”
“Awesome new youth mini jeeps 125cc engine with forward and reverse lots of fun! For for more information call or visit at 938 East Santa Fe Avenue in Grants open Wednesday through Friday 9-6 and saturday 9-3 layaway finance and delivery available we also take trade ins”
The 1947 Craftsman Annual Project Magazine contains forty-four wide ranging projects for the builder who was to try constructing everyone. Of course, there’s a battery toy jeep project among the items (directions shown below), but also included in the magazine are plans for building from scratch a welder, a battery-less telephone, a Jolly Roger boat, a hand vise, a rocket, a farm tractor (from car parts), and much more.
Richard Michalsky builds “mini-jeeps” out of his shop in Bolivia. These jeeps are all metal. The first vehicle, an MB look-a-like was completed in 3 years. It is 25% Smaller than the original vehicle and is 2WD, but has made of the same details. It is powered with a 3 Cyl engine from a Kia 1000cc. It weighs around 1250lbs.
This second jeep is a civilian model. It’s styled different, but appears to be built in a way similar to the MB-like jeep. It too is only 2WD. They look like a kick to drive around.
Pfc. Harold B. Whiting of Plainfield, New Jersey, built an award-winning model jeep that in 1946 that landed temporarily on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This article was featured in the February 2, 1946, issue of the Afro-American. I wonder where that model is now??
Some folks were interested in more photos of the Smokey Bear Music Box, so Marty Tilford shared some good photos of his.
The music box is a convertible CJ-5 jeep and Smokey Bear with 2 cubs riding inside. The CB radio cord is rubber but all other material is resin. Music box plays “TAKE ME HOME COUNTRY ROAD”, which is a John Denver song. Measures about 4-1/2″ tall and has a base measurement of 6″ x 4″.
UPDATE: Harry Warholak’s father built a Sidewalk Jeep from the plans in Popular Mechanics when he was a kid in Detroit. Ten years ago he restored it. It spent a year at the Chrysler Museum. Now he’s interested in selling it. You can contact him at 586-996-4103 if interested. He’s located in Georgia.
PREVIOUS POST (February 2013): This kids jeep design was published in the January, 1948, issue of Popular Mechanics and available for free at Google. It is powered by an electronic motor. It looks as difficult to build than a standard jeep! The notes added to this particular issue are interesting, too. The top note appears to reference a 1949 Christmas Handbook that might also include these drawings.
“1/2 scale Willy’s slat grille mini jeep body . Brand new never used . Ready for lawn tractor conversion . Or build a custom go kart . The cheapest I can find online is $950 plus shipping . These are built by mdjuan omix .”
“Too many toy trucks, have another one on the drawing board, this one has to find a new home before it starts seeing rock rash!
March ’15 RC Driver Show Off of the Month Winner!
Build thread – is at RCCrawler.com, sorry eBay will not let post the link. Just Google, scale 1958 Jeep FC170 RC Crawler – I must be crazy! That’s the link.
Custom styrene cab, interior and dash with diamond plate rear bed.
LockedUp RC hardware
HandBros CMS mount Continue reading →
“Beautiful Molded in Orange – Vintage MPC Trailblazer 1/25 Scale Off-Road Willys Jeep! A 34 year old kit. Made in the U.S.A. 1979-80 Fundimensions Inc. MPC kit. Very good condition – The box has slight shelf ware. The engine and one differential has been partially built. Nothing has been painted. Everything in the pictures is included. $29. No texting.”
Not to scale, but still might make someone a fun project. Thanks to Roy for spotting this one.
“I have an unusual project for you!
hand built or homemade mini jeep body….
this is all steel and is 36″ wide by 68″ long
great start to a custom build, put this on a lawn tractor or use atv components for a true 4wd build.
Imagine the time this took to build, unknown history, possibly from lakeside or elitchs???”
“This is a homemade replica of a Willys type Jeep. Has a Volvo 3 speed manual transmission, Volvo rearend and front suspension. The motor is a 17HP Kohler V-Twin, runs and drives fine, but needs a 3 speed shifter. Guy who built it only used 1st and reverse, but with the 3 speed said it would run 35MPH, and that was too fast for his kids. Has a trailer hitch for working around a small farm, or use as a golf cart. Would be great for a camping vehicle in a campground.
Open to trades, but please be reasonable. Could use a few small things to make it nicer, windshield, rollbar….
Headlights and tail lights work, even has hydraulic brakes, and brake lights work.
Asking $1300 obo, or possible trades.”
“For sale is a used Junior Pro Amusement Ride Jeep Fire Truck. 50 inches long x 21 inches wide x 15 inches high
These were originally built as pedal cars. This one was adapted to be used on an amusement ride. It has been repainted at least once. See pictures for condition.
EDIT 3/22/15 *Please note the next to last picture. The front wheels are fixed in position by a turnbuckle. The steering wheel is not connected to the front wheels. The steering wheel just spins and is just for effect.
There are some minor dings and there are signs of filler. No rust-thru. Some surface rust. Wheels are in very poor condition. Front spindles are worn.
Wheels and steering wheel are not original. No windshield or ladder included. The hitch and wooden seat back are not original parts. They were added as part of the amusement ride modifications.
(09/24/2014) ” MAK-A-CAR ALUMINUM JEEP KIT, SCALE 1/8″ TO THE INCH, FROM 1946. INSPECTION OF INSTRUCTIONS AND PARTS LIST, ALL PARTS ARE ACCOUNTED FOR AND WILL MAKE FOR A COMPLETE MODEL. ALL INSTRUCTIONS (TWO SETS) INCLUDED TO BUILD THIS KIT. BOX SHOWS A LOT OF SHELF WEAR AND SOME WATER DAMAGE. MODEL ITSELF HAS NEVER BEEN ASSEMBLED. EXTREMELY RARE MODEL FROM THE ’40’S, THIS IS AN AMAZING FIND. I HAVE DROPPED THE PRICE FROM $1,500.00 TO $800.OO!!!…. PLEASE ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE ABOUT THIS ITEM. WILL SHIP PRIORITY MAIL WITH TRACKING NUMBER TO LOWER 48 STATES ONLY.”