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1948 CJ-2A Foxboro, MA $3500


This is a project.

“This is a 1948 Jeep CJ2A. It is an unfinished project. It runs and yard drives.Needs brake work suspension work welding etc. It has a poor frame but comes with a good original CJ3A frame for replacement. Has new seats,water pump, fuel pump, ignition parts.Comes with a new master cyl. and has a clean Mass. Title.
Being sold as pictured. See pics. for information and condition and ask questions. Call or E-mail. No texts will be answered. Thanks”

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Happy New Year 2023 Edition


Happy New Year 2023!

Normally I write a large rehash of the previous year, then provide previews for the coming one. However, jeep-wise I didn’t do a whole lot in 2022, other than post to eWillys every other day or so. I expect the posting trend to continue, that of new content every other day or so. What I really need to do is downsize my server (it’s $100/month), and move as much good content to a place where it can be preserved (though I am not sure where that will be).  But, I don’t expect to tackle that task anytime soon.

For the most part, our winter and spring 2023, will mostly involve us staying around our place. With the new lighting (see below), I should be ready by early next week to begin work on the racer again. We also have one quick trip planned for 2023, a jaunt to the Southwest, to hopefully pick up a new jeep (we still need to test drive it). Assuming everything goes as planned, I know you all will be excited to see what we get.

In other news, one thing I’ve been wanted to do since we bought this place is replace the dying fluorescent lights in the shop with LED lights. Well, yesterday I began that process.

I was going to rent a lift to do it, but then I realized I could use my tracier+fork lifts with a tall aluminum ladder to reach the lights. You may notice that the ladder is strapped to the forks, which made it feel very secure (the garage floor is sealed and kind of slick as a result, so securing the ladder was important). The whole setup worked really well and was simple to reposition.



I elected to go with the LED replacements that removed the ballast and required rewiring, but in the end I felt they would be the simplest (no more ballast) to maintain. To complete the replacement, besides the lights, I also had to buy replacement holders. So, I swapped out the old holders, wired up the new ones, and inserted them where the old ones were.

For bulbs, I went with stock# PLTS-11961 from
5400 Lumens – 42 Watt – 4000 Kelvin – 8 ft. LED T8 Tube Lamp – Type B
And for new holders I went with these from Amazon:

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My Evolution Metal Chop Saw


One of the tools I acquired a few months ago to work on my cage was a metal chop saw. After doing some research, I settled on the Evolution chop saw, as it had a bunch of good reviews. I found the best price through the manufacturer site itself: Currently it is priced at $379.99

A couple days ago I finally had time to pull it out of its box and give it a test on a piece of angle iron. Holy Smokes! It cut right through the mild steel angle iron, faster than I expected. I don’t know how long the blade will last, but this tool will sure come in handy! It sure beats a hacksaw!!!

I should note that I am just reporting on my experience. I have no association with Evolution nor do I receive anything for promoting this product.


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1948? CJ-2A? Rogers, AR $1665


Listed as a 1948, it appears to be a CJ-3A.

“Willys Jeep for sale or trade. Selling my projects and this cool Jeep is one V6 motor and 3 speed Has lots of rust on body but frame looks great Was told starter is not working but have not had any time to work on it Would make great hunting rig or Completely restore it I don’t know much about the Jeep”

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Hacker Boat with Willys Engine Milton, NH $8500


Andy shared this boat (a Hacker) that sports a Willys 4 cyl engine. Unclear whether it is an L-head or F-head.

Early 18′ Hacker design 2 cockpit aft, engine forward 4- cylinder Willys $8,500.- 1935 18′ Chris Craft model 301 split cockpit Gray Marine 4 -cylinder $4,000.- 1949 18′ Ventnor with Chrysler 6 -cylinder. $1,500.- Hacker and Chris are in N.H the Ventnor is in Ct.”

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The Qualls’ Roadtrip Part II


(<– See pics from the westward trip here, Part I)

A few days ago, the intrepid Team Qualls reached the western destination: Ventura, California. This pic celebrates that achievement:


Wasting no time, they turned north along Highway 1, a magnificent coastal drive I’ve had the pleasure of making several times, but never in a topless jeep!



It appears Randy and Carson kept driving north until they crossed over the Golden Gate Bridge. There, they discovered first hand the thick summer fog that often inundates the central coast, turning the weather from warm to near-frigid and the views from beautiful to a grayish-soupy-fog (where I lived in Aptos, California, from 2003-2006, the afternoon fog arrival was a near daily summer event).

Eventually, the pair turned east towards Yosemite National Park. Here are a few pics:

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1964 FC-170 Salem, OR $3200


Parts or project jeep.

“I believe this 1964 Jeep Truck is a Kaiser FC170. My dad was working on the rebuild before he passed away. If you love jeeps this would be a fun one to finish the rebuild project he started.

Comes with new fuel tank, fuel pump, breaks windshield and more that are waiting to put in.

We have the title and would love to pass this on to someone who would enjoy the vehicle.”

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1949 CJ-3A Lexington, KY $5000

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UPDATE: Still Available.

(07/09/2022) This includes a rebuilt frame and a new body kit. The Desert Dogs look a well-worn.

“1949 Jeep cj2a project. This vehicle is not drivable at this time. What you get: Brand new Omix body, New custom frame, New leaf springs, Chevy 350 motor, Muncie 4 speed adapted to the Jeep TC, Overdrive unit, Blow proof bellhousing, Headers, Roll cage. If it is listed it is available so do I will not respond if you ask. (This is a project not a drivable vehicle)”



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1948 CJ-2A Mountlake Terrace, WA $27,500

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This custom build has some unique features.

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“Custom built 48 Willys CJ2A, ground up build, only things untouched are hood and tailgate. Fully boxed in frame, shackle reverse in front, custom lift, lifted springs in rear, spring over in front. 31″ of suspension travel. Dana 44 with spool in rear, Dana 30 with locker in front, 456 gears. Warn full floater axel conversion in rear with premium Warn hubs all the way around. Disc brake conversion front and rear. Custom built diff. guards. Rebuilt dana 18 transfer case. GM 350 4 bolt main, turbo 350 trans, engine has 10K miles, trans rebuilt. B&M shifter custom gauges, leather bucket seats, full roll cage, dual batteries, on-board air compressor, 8000 lb Mile Marker winch, GM tilt wheel, power steering conversion, under body rock lights, off-road lights, 20-gallon fuel cell. custom built half doors, custom built front and rear bumpers and full soft top, 35″ Toyo MT tires. To many custom mods to list. Motor was low mile used motor, everything else new or rebuilt with less than 8k miles. Serious off-roader. This jeep will leave your buddy’s behind on the trail plus get you a ton of compliments when you drive it on the road. Serious inquiries only, also willing to trade for newer gen muscle car”

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1954 CJ-3B Kalispell, MT $12,000


UPDATE: Price dropped to $12,000.

(06/22/2022) Looks like a solid build.

“1954 CJ3B Hi Hood 327 v8
3-Speed with two speed overdrive plus high/low range power steering.”

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UPDATE: Internet Back Up


Our broadband home router was down most of Wednesday. I checked for outages, but none were reported. Eventually, I contacted support. Support could find no issues, so they scheduled a tech to come this morning. Then, mysteriously, the router connected properly around 6pm. We’ve had no issues since (so I cancelled the tech).

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1947? CJ-2A Orleans, VT $12,500


No pics provided. Sounds more like a 1946.

“1947 3 on the column shift
Very good restored condition Vintage vehicle
Original Engine
No rust underneath
Missing tailgate hinge
Needs backseat
Runs very well.
New battery”

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More Updates Later Today


More updates later today. I need to get outside and get some work done this morning while it is still relatively cool.

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Updates Later Today


It should hit about 100 degrees today here (which isn’t bad compared to elsewhere in the US), so I’m going to work outside this morning. I will do updates later today.

I read this book over the last two days. I highly recommend it (thanks to Bill for suggesting it). It’s a compelling read about the factors surrounding California’s Camp Fire in 2018, the one that tore through Paradise, California. The author approaches the story from the view of some of the folks who lived through the events, which makes the story that much more effective.



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1947 CJ-2A Bennett, CO $6200


Has a variety of mods. Has on overdrive.

“1947 willys 4×4 with chevy 350 v8 runs and drives 3spd with overdrive 9k winch new tires asking 6200 obo”

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Half Year Gone Already!


That was a quick first half of 2022! It seems like it was just January…. Just this update today, as I will be busy installing some final trim on the guest house so the trim can be painted (see the bottom pics).

Our highlight from the Fourth was a short visit by Cowboy and Donna on their way from Illinois to the ocean. Cowboy accompanied Russ on our 2017 trip to Alaska and we’ve remained good friends since (as all the trip participants have). Somehow, I got no pics of the four of us!

However, to help them spot our place, I drove Patterson to the front of the property: It made for a couple good pics. 
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Our lowlight from the Fourth was watching the dry hills a few miles to the south of us catch fire from idiots shooting illegal fireworks over the dry Horse Heaven Hills. I’d estimate the fire line was roughly 2 miles long. This morning, this section of the hills is black; thankfully, the fire(s) are extinguished.


On another note, I was surprised on the 3rd to see this CJ-3B sitting in our neighbor’s field across the road. This is the first time I’ve seen the 3B at their place. They were shooting at something, presumably marmots. I’ll find out more about the jeep when I next see them:


Finally, Ann decided it was time to paint the guest house, so I’ve been enlisted to finish up the exterior window trim (for some reason this was never completed). Here’s a before look at the rather bland colors:


Here, the red color is mostly completed, giving it much more of a “barn” feel. The dark blue will be replaced with white.




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Fuel Pump Fun


My new fuel pump arrived for Patterson, so I tossed the old one (which was a glass bowled hand-me-down from Chris McKay back in 2017) and installed the new one. Of course, the new one didn’t work. So, I did the usual over a period of a few days:

I checked the lines, I recheck the lines. I rechecked the rechecked lines.
I checked the clamps on the line. I installed different clamps.
I checked the cam for a groove or signs of it being worn (none that I could feel),
I reinstalled the electric pump to double check the lines and to check there was enough gas (there was and it worked).
I pulled the new pump and hand pumped it with some gas in a container (to prime it). It pumped by hand fine. I reinstalled the new pump, but no luck.

So, I pulled the old pump out of the trash (which had worked fine until late last year), reattached the fittings, and hand pumped some gas out of a small container (that worked).

With the old pump primed, I reattached it. The pump is now working.

That was a lot of work for little progress!!

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No Updates Until Monday


There won’t be any updates until Monday morning. Today and tomorrow are the estate sale. And, of course, it poured all day on Friday and into this morning until about 4am. So, we decided to section off half the shop with tarps. Thankfully, we’ve had some family help. Meanwhile, the stuff we did pull outside is covered in tarps and popups. There is little doubt Ann and I are questioning our decision to do this… we just hated throwing away or moving this stuff, once again.

Thankfully, the rain has stopped and skies are clearing, so it is time to get back outside. We need to be ready in two hours. Wish us luck!


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Rob in NC is Seeking a Few Items


Rob is hoping to find the following items for his CJ-2A. The closer to North Carolina the better, but he is willing to ship for the right items. Email him at rob @ (remove spaces around the @ before emailing him). If you’d like him p#, comment below and I will email it to you.

  1. A half (or possibly full) cab for a CJ-2A in good shape.
  2. Some 1950s 10 spline hubs. He currently has later model Warn hubs, but hopes to find something earlier to better reflect the age of his CJ-2A. Examples of what he is looking for include Early Dualmatic (lever-type), Early Cutlas, Early Warn, Free-Lock, Kelly, or Husky hubs  are what he is hoping to find.
  3. Finally, he’d love to get a Capstan winch (complete setup), but understands how rare such an item is.
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RIP Zollie 2009-2022


Ann and Zollie

On Tuesday, we lost internet for the entire day, so I just took the day off the computer.

Well, that was part of the reason. The other part was that on Monday it rained all day, so Ann, the dogs, and I enjoyed some quiet time listening to the rain. It was a good day to decompress.

However, our 13-year-old elderly dog Zollie did not enjoy it quite as much. He struggled on and off most of the day, coughing and spitting up some phlegm. Despite his medication, his failing heart seemed to be failing a little more than usual. Eventually, we went to the animal hospital, hoping that whatever Zollie was fighting was something that could be cleared up, but it was not to be. While his will and attitude were very much intact, his body was failing him. He had life left in him, but he’d be in pain and uncomfortable. So, we held him as he was put to sleep…

In 2010, before I entered Ann’s life, she was living in Omaha and on her own after her ex bf chose to date their babysitter (awkward). Between her already existing PTSD and that tumultuous event, she decided to get a PTSD service dog.

She had always been a big-dog type of girl, but her lingering injuries meant she could only handle a small dog. After searching, she found herself at a Humane Society kennel where she spotted a tiny dog with a big attitude, a foo-foo shitzu-pomeranian mix, exactly the kind of dog she never thought she’d own. The precocious little pup was keeping the rest of the other dogs in the kennel under control and at bay. She liked his toughness and confident attitude, so she took him home.


Zollie at Four Corners. He was always patient with his Momma’s photography.

Her new dog’s role was to help calm her when she she felt her anxieties building. So, she named him after a drug with a similar purpose: Zoloft; but altered it slightly to Zollie.

When I entered the picture in 2011, Zollie was already a well-trained and well-behaved little dog. He could sit through a movie at a movie theatre without making a peep. He could fetch her inhaler on command. If you made the whistle sound of a bomb falling he would duck under the nearest chair (one of Ann’s favorite tricks and a reflection of her sometimes-sick humor). He was so well mannered that you could put him in the front yard and he wouldn’t wander away, even if dogs walked past the yard. He travelled well and rarely complained.


Zollie, Ann and I going camping in 2014. He really didn’t like camping (dirt, fires, slick camper floors …)

I wasn’t all that interested in having a dog when I met Ann. And, she warned me that Zollie hadn’t liked her last boyfriend. So, I think we were both surprised when Zollie and I bonded right away. Though he could be a little jealous when Ann and I kissed, he seemed very supportive of our relationship.

Zollie was a “pretty” dog, often mistaken for a female. The natural shape of his mouth always made it seemed like he was smiling whenever he opened it. He also had a very precise sense of time [by the end of his life, he seemed to know exactly when 6am (food and meds), 2pm (meds), 5pm (dinner), and 8pm (meds) was and he kept us on track by sitting in the kitchen and grunting when it was those times].

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1960 CJ-5 Elgin, IL **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $7000.

This has a few extras, including a Meyer hardtop, a Warn(?) OD, and a custom(?) bed extension. The video below must be from the previous owner.

“1960 Jeep Cj5 225 dauntless V6 3 speed with gear vendor overdrive Twin stick Dana 20 transfer case Runs and drives great, breaks work plenty. Rides great at 45-50mph Do not ask if it’s still available.”




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1966 CJ-5 Norton Shores, MI $1800


The hardtop has been patched, but looks in reasonable shape. There seems to be some value here.

“Old army jeep everything original and it’s all there needs to be towed, put a battery in it and it did nothing”

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Use of the “4-Purpose Jeep” Term in Newspaper Ads


Barry discovered that there was a variant of the “4-in-1 Jeep” campaign that used the term “4-Purpose Jeep”. It appears the term only appeared in newspaper ads (I have not extensively confirmed this). Here are some examples.

From the May 19, 1946, issue of the Beatrice Daily Sun Newspaper (Beatrice, Nebraska):


From the June 12, 1946, Issue of the South Alabamian (Jackson, Alabama):


From the May 12, 1948, issue of the Belleville News-Democrat (Belleville, Illinois):


From the May 03, 1951, issue of the Valentine Newspaper (Valentine, Nebraska):


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No Updates Today


Ann and I spent yesterday moving more stuff from Mom’s place to our place. We have one more load to go, so we will be back there around the 12th. Mom’s place goes up for sale on April 15th and, most likely, will sell within a week. Hopefully, the sale of the property marks the ending of a transformative three years that began with Dad’s passing in 2019. Even without a pandemic this would have been a strange time for us, but add that and other external happenings and it’s been a crazy few years!

Speaking of changes, we have a couple contractors coming this morning to bid on a couple projects, so no updates today. There will be updates Wednesday.

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1952 Custom Flattie Fall City, WA $10,000


UPDATE: Price dropped to $10,000.

(11/28/2021) This is part of or from an estate sale.  It’s a unique build.

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“Street, strip or sand, this 1952 Willys is ready to play! While the clean title, which I have in hand, says it’s a 1952 Willys, I believe only the chassis, which has been boxed, is original. Blueprinted Aluminum GM V8 406ci/7.0l block. Aluminum Dart heads. That’s hooked up to a cutch-Turbo 400 transmission with scatter shield controlled B&M Pro Ratchet automatic shifter attached to a 3/4 ton 205 transfer case. Custom built heavy duty drive shafts to professionally built 35 spline axels. Dana 60 with locker and 5.08 gears in rear and Dana 44 with 4.88 gears in front. Street tires are brand new. Sand tires and wheels are also new. Extra set of wheels included if you want to mount slicks!

The rig is up and running/stopping but should be gone through before pushing it hard. It was parked for several years in an Arizona garage. Was plated in CA. Has break lights, headlights, turn signals. It’s an estate sale. Really cool, but not my jam. Trailer with tire rack available.”