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1947 CJ-2A Race Jeep Rogers, MN $1700

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Racing • TAGS: , , .

A fun old racer from the 1970s used in the Mint 400 and “Bonnie and Clyde 350”.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1455813524911645

“Vintage Off Road Jeep Racer Built by John Witt early 1970’s Raced in the MINT 400 and the “Bonnie and Clyde 350” Bronco Frame Fiberglass Jeep 2A body Roll Cage Custom built Dana 44 axles with 5:88 gears Original Firestone “Baja Runner” race tires. NOT RUNNING – PROJECT Jeep 360 Motor with Torqueflight Auto Would make a great trail rider or restore because of race history-or as lawn sculpture. Stored in Rogers $1,700 Jim 6one2-28two-362one”

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1948 CJ-2A Williams, OR $3600

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Racing • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $3600.

(11/03/2022) I love the classic paint job. Pink. Flames. Looks like it was a fun rig (and could be again).

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1363073704223287

“1948 CJ2A runs and drives has a ford 289 with the original 3-speed. Was an old dessert racing jeep back in the day. Then later restored in early 70s. Engine has had some work done to it. The heads are off a 302 that have had some work done. I have a video of it running that I can send to you. Has a aluminum intake off of a HO mustang. Has a electrical fuel pump. And power steering. Asking $4,000 OBO. Accepting trades”

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Mud/Drag Flattie Dalhart, TX $15,000

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: .

Sounds like it has been lightly used.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1012689622854152

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“1968 Chrysler 440 engine, 30 over New balance rotating assembly Forged pistons Rebuilt heads, double spring valves Baffled oil pan, extra capacity (rare) Milidon oil pump, pressure to block, return back to pan Cam 4400 low end, 7200 high end Holly 1350 CFM carburetor Nitrous 300 shot fogger system MSD 6 AL ignition High RPM Power steering pump 2 magna flow fuel pumps 4 wide five wheel adapters Mud hog cut tires on front 35” Bigger digger paddles rear 35” 5.89 gears on front and rear SCS gearbox (transfer case) 3 speed 727 transmission, reverse shift pattern Fiberglass jeep racing body Both engine and transmission rebuilt in 2016, only has a total of eight passes in four events, two of those were nitrous. Worked very well, asking $15,000 OBO”

 
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The Moby Dick Rally Cherokee Story

• CATEGORIES: Features, Racing

Bill shared this story from DirtFish the introduction of a Jeep Cherokee to the Rally circuit in Michigan, and the subsequent banning of 4WD from the Rally circuit.

https://dirtfish.com/rally/how-a-jeep-led-to-fias-infamous-4wd-ban/

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PHOTO CREDIT: From the Mark Henderson collection

 
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1981 Stretched CJ-5 Sarasota, FL $8075

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Racing • TAGS: , .

This is an unusual build.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2057107987824298

“Jeep off road only, no title, built this with my son , then he went into the Air Force , I finished the build and never took it in the mud. It’s a racing jeep, Chevy 327 with 385 hp Chevy running gear, shift kit, electric water pump. Electric fan, Radiator in the back, it has roll around tires on it now, will take bigger tires. Engine has all the goodies, will run on pump gas I have racing fuel in it. I have 12,500 invested in this project. It just needs a driver. It’s loud and it’s fast, will pull front off the ground. I am to old to be doing this that’s why I never took it in the mud”

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1978 CJ-5 Drag Jeep Las Vegas, NV $7500

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Racing • TAGS: , .

Seller also willing to bundle for sale with a trailer for the right amount.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2868455066784799

“1978 cj5 drag jeep. 305 bored 30 over. Complete engine build set up for NOS. Chevy rear end linked to a turbo 350 transmission. Complete two piece fiberglass body. $7500 obo can bundle in a trailer for the right amount as well”

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2005 Drag Jeep Yuma, AZ $28,500

• CATEGORIES: Other 4x4s, Racing • TAGS: .

Nice looking build.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/457833389787526

“Sand drag jeep ready to race, 4wd, 434 small block with a 400 and 250 shot of nitrous, ran 3.70 with 400 only then added 250 with separate fuel system and haven’t ran yet, built power glide trans, full electronics with trans brake and shift control, goes straight down track, selling for a friend”

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Narrow-Bodied Fiberglass Racer Sacramento, CA $8500

• CATEGORIES: Features, Racing • TAGS: , .

This single seater former mud racer has a variety of mods.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/528018095354935

“340 Buick emotor with a muncie 4 speed. Willys jeep not a Cherokee but has 460 rear ended gears and 540 front gear, mud racer. It runs and drives”

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1949 CJ-3A Roseburg, OR $6000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, Racing • TAGS: .

Looks like a fun sand jeep.

https://roseburg.craigslist.org/cto/d/winchester-jeep-49-willys-flat-fender/7540641532.html

“Off road use or dunes just had 15,000 into it everything new 383 motor roller motor crane rockers 11 1/2 to 1 compression race fuel only come look to much to put in add”

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1953 CJ-3B Sand Drag Jeep Kelso, WA $12,500

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Now priced at $12,500.

(04/25/2022) This nice looking 3B drag jeep looks like a fun ride.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/cto/7538036797.html

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“Hot Rob jeep looking to trade for boat or??? Value must be around 18,000 send pics and description of boat.

The jeep has a 355 small block chevy 10.5 to 1 compression ratio. Big cam single plain intake manifold 4 bolt main. 750 brawler carb. MSD distributor and 6AL ignition box. Around 400hp turbo 400 transmission 3000 stall speed converter. Ford 9 inch rear end. 4 link with coilovers. 5.38 gears. Griffon aluminum radiator, holly electric fuel pump bucket seats with 4 point harness. Rear tires are 33×21.5×15 Hoosiers and fronts are 29×12.5×15 Hoosiers.”

 
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1951 Sand Drag Jeep La Farge, WI $7250

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, Racing • TAGS: .

This drag jeep is named “Wicked Willy”.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2860049174303406

“This is a nostalgic Jeep Willy’s sand dragger with a clear title and matching VIN number. Small block chevy engine with a 350 turbo transmission. MSD 6AL ignition. Lots of good parts. Ford 9 inch rear end. 4link suspension and coil overshocks.”

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1977 CJ-5 Race Jeep(?) Weatherford, TX $3500

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Racing • TAGS: .

This might have been rebuilt for drags of some type.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/370692988552838

“1977 CJ5 304 on vin. Has the 4×4 dep in ft no transfer has the AMC v8”

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1954 JeepRod Sonora, CA $16,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Jeep Rods, Racing • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $16,000.

(08/31/2022) Mike shared this nice looking custom build. I am surprise this is street approved.

https://sacramento.craigslist.org/cto/d/standard-1954-jeep-willys/7524297806.html

“Selling my 1954 Jeep Willies with a blown BBC. Professionally built with all the best parts. TH350 with stall and manual valve body. It’s licensed, registered and insured. Tags just paid last month. This jeep is a head
turner anywhere it goes.”

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2 Off-Road Racing Jeeps Shamokin, PA Estate Auction

• CATEGORIES: Features, Racing

These two racing jeeps will be auctioned Saturday October 8th, 2022.
LOCATION: 883 LOWER ROAD, STATE ROUTE 3004, SHAMOKIN, PA
(Approx. 1.5 miles east of Route 225/Hunter Station)

https://dockeyauctionservices.com/auctions/

Sneaky Snake:

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Timber Rattler:

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1959 FC-150 Drag Jeep Grayson, KY $32,500

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Features, Racing • TAGS: .

Roger Martin shared this old school modified FC-150 called Jumping Jeep.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/348607694129993

“Great wheelstander
1 of a kind
Runs on alcohol
Body great condition
Blower motor runs great
Trades ”

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1949 Drag Jeep Salem, OR $10,000

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: , , , , .

This likely has a Bobcat fiberglass body.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/593904315556944

“Sand drag Jeep. Sbc383. TH350. Runs on race gas or mix 50/50 gas/race gas.”

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Ex-Racer Brightwood, OR $800

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, CJ-3A, Racing • TAGS: .

This looks to be an ex-racing jeep. That pinto engine might have some other HP updates besides the  offy intake manifold. Note those “heart” rims; I’ve never seen them before (see last pic).

https://portland.craigslist.org/clc/pts/d/brightwood-40s-willys-jeep/7499992613.html

“Old Willys jeep project. Pinto motor with offenhouser intake and custom header- doesn’t run appears to have factory transmission/ transfer case but I’m not an expert on that. 4×4 with power steering custom wheels and tires. Full set of the wide wheels with turf tires that are old plus tractor tires that appear to be in very nice shape. Custom roll cage – aftermarket gauges . No title not street legal price is Firm clearing up the yard of projects so no trades- lots of potential- thanks”

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1970s Era Local Jeep Races

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles, Racing

Jeep races used to be a near weekly event during the summer back in the 1970s. Below are examples of Pacific Northwest 4Wheel Drive Association (PNW4WDA) races held between 1967 and 1970 near my local Eastern Washington community.

It’s hard to believe gived the growth in the Tri Cities (an area consisting of three cities–Richland, Kennewick, Pasco, all separate by rivers) in southeast Washington that races were held near Columbia Point. Now, that area is either wetlands, parks, or homes. Here are several articles with names I’m familiar with. These races were held in conjunction with the annual Water Follies celebration, an event still being held, though without jeep races, though the unlimited hydros still run.

From the June 4, 1967, issue of the Tri Cities herald:

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An article later in the year contained some great images (July 16, 1967 Tri City Herald):

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The results of the race were reported in the July 24, 1967 issue of the Tri City herald:

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The July 20, 1969, issue included this pic from the racing:

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Two days later, the July 22, 1969, issue of the Tri City Herald published the results:

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1946 Sand Jeep Hesperia, CA $60K or OBO

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Racing • TAGS: , , , , .

For serious inquiries, contact Justin for more info at 760 953 1364.

“It’s a 1946 Willys CJ2A tilt up shell, full drag chassis built by Rick Thomas in Hesperia ca., Wally World Custom paint. 568 C.I. Dart Big M. Gary Williams 1150 Dominator, Reher Morrison intake, heavily worked Dart Pro 1 heads, Ron Davis radiator, Eagle rotating assembly, Jessel rockers, oversized .904 Howard’s solid lifters, custom cam from Forsyth speed, Ross custom pistons, Custom Hooker headers, pro star 500 pump, Best of the Best from front to back. in this configuration it made 989 hp on an engine Dyno, but can easily be de-tuned to 800hp. I have complete professional build sheets. PowerGlide w/4500 stall (2k HP build), scatter shield and drive line loop. Modified Dana 60 (4 link) w/removable wheelie bar, spool w/6.17 gears, 35 spline Mosers. Areospace brakes, QA1 shocks w/adjustable height linkage. I Have a complete ledger of the build. $60k OBO, make me an offer.”

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Progress on the Racer

• CATEGORIES: Features, Racing • TAGS: .

On Sunday I turned 57. The years seem to be churning by all too quickly! To celebrate my aging, I spent more time removing parts off both the green chassis and the black chassis (no updated pics of that). While spending time thinking and measuring how to use as much of the existing green chassis and black chassis parts as I can, I made an unexpected discovery.

The green chassis is 5 inches wider than the black chassis!. The black chassis is a standard size (29.5″ from inner side to inner side) and seems to be most likely a CJ-3A chassis. The green chassis has the side mounts for the springs and was most likely a DJ-5 chassis as some point. For whatever reason, someone decided the frame rails should be widened, so all the crossmembers were removed but one (which was simply cut and patched using angle iron). The rest of the cross members are all rectangular tubing.

Given the widening, I don’t feel the need to outboard the rear springs at this time (perhaps a winter project). Unfortunately, the wider frame rails mean that I can’t just reuse the sway bar on the back of the black chassis (though I can reuse the mounts). I just need a sway bar that is 5″ wider than the one I have.

I am awaiting the delivery of an adapter so I can try out my new YesWelder plasma cutter to clean up more of the frame and am awaiting delivery of my new MIG Hobart MVP 210 Welder (I have a very very old arc welder that’s a big workhorse on heavy metal, but I wanted something for finer work). I had considered something as cheap as the YesWelder MIG (it is well-rated, but some folks complained about support problems) and something pricier as the Miller Multimatic 215 (which came highly recommended, but may be more than I need right now), but finally decided to get something more in between.

Anyway, here are a few pics of the progress. There’s nothing particularly exciting .. just the drudgery of cutting, grinding, and smoothing areas …

The seat mounting frame (1″x1″) tubing was uneven and not the best system in my opinion, so I cut and grounded the welds flat:

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With the seat mount frame gone, you can see the floor base (also 1″x1″ square tube). It’s not welded level (ugh), so it will likely go away as well.

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The side rails needed to be replaced as they were built for the narrower body, so off they came. I also plan to do a side bar similar to the way the other frame is done (more on that later).

Also gone are the mud flaps on the back (racing requirement), as they were welded onto the inside of the rear tubes (ugh). I will cover the rear tube with plates to hide the parts welded inside, then will cut off and mount the flap system used on the other frame, which is a long tube welded under the rear bumper with flap mounts that are bolted onto the tube (again, more on that later).

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We plan to have a garage/estate sale this weekend, so work will slow for a few days. At least I will finally be able to get rid of a bunch of junk that has filled the shop. As Ann has been finalizing stuff in the house, more items have ended up in the shop, so I will be happy to have this stuff gone and have more room to work.

Finally, I am awaiting a new fuel pump for Patterson (which has taken more than 2 weeks to get here). Once that is here, I will test things out once more, then put Patterson up for sale (essentially trading up for a different jeep, but I will announce that later).

 

 

 
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1943 Sand Drag Jeep Springfield, OR $14,000

• CATEGORIES: MB, Racing • TAGS: .

This has a bunch of mods.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/416691679967391

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“1943 Willys Jeep 2 wheel drive Small block 383 Chevy Dual tunnel ram high-rise Board 60 over a camel humpheads Roller rockers has old school motor circle track Turbo 400 transmission 513 gears in rearend super scoops on the rear no rust holes or rust in the floors bought steel body kit for $5000 clean solid hard metal military frame numbers I Have lots of time and money so please don’t waste my time $14,000 is a fair price for vehicle like to use for sand drag Jeeps Brand-new five point harness It has a special place where it can be driven on the road for cars shows Downsizing husbands things he can’t drive anymore”

 
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CJ-5 Fiberglass Shell Minocqua, WI $600

• CATEGORIES: Body Parts, CJ5, Parts, Racing • TAGS: .

Looks like a good price on a racing shell.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/518935839726420/

“70s style fiberglass jeep tub skin located in Clintonville”

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1953 CJ-3B Red Lodge, MT $1600

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B, Racing • TAGS: .

The dash tags suggest this was an old club vehicle and/or possible racer. The engine may well be worth a look, as it may have been reworked for some additional power.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/326386416294334

“1953 Willys 3B high hood Currently non running Obo or trade”

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A Quick Road Trip to MN

• CATEGORIES: Features, Racing • TAGS: .

In about a week and a half I will be making a quick trip to Minnesota (about an hour north of Minneapolis) to finally pick up a wrecked former racing jeep with a fiberglass Parkette body. David Franz has been great about storing this while I found a time to snag it.

The timing of this hasn’t been finalized, because mom’s title issues have been solved to the satisfaction of a title insurance company, so we’ll be listed her place this coming Wednesday, which means renting a U-haul to complete one last cleanup, but that will only take one day.

So, if you need something moved between Washington and Minnesota, I may be able to trailer it on my way to or from Minnesota.

Steve Carter mentioned that, coincidently, this race rig is a sister rig of sorts to my racing jeep. Mine sounds great and feels read to race, but it is just too tight of squeeze in the driver and passenger seat. Rather than rework the space, body, and cage with my race jeep, my plan is to drop the cage and body below onto my racer, which will give me more room (the body and cage are both wider). This also has a better clutch/brake setup than mine.

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1952? Flatfender Race Jeep Onalaska, WA $3000obo

• CATEGORIES: Racing

It appears this has some extra-wide axles which were adapted to the chassis with some steel tubing. Given how twisted the driver’s side front tub appears, along with the slight twist of the cage, suggests the frame might be twisted. It’s unclear how much value is here.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/3102244146663077

“$3000 OBO Willy’s flat fender race jeep.”

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