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1953 CJ-3B Sand Drag Jeep Kelso, WA Trade

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Now looking for a trade for a boat or ??

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

https://seattle.craigslist.org/tac/bar/d/kelso-1954-jeep-cj3b-hot-rod-trade-for/7518452071.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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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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Jan 1976 Vintage Northeast 4WD Racing Newspaper

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles, Racing • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Happy May Day! Below are all the pages from this issue of the newspaper.

This unusual newspaper that popped up on eBay the other day. It was the seventh issue of the Northeast 4WD Racing News. There was no publish date, but one editorial puts this at roughly January 1976. It’s 14 pages published in a full-size newspaper format, so the pics are big! I’d love to see other copies if anyone knows of any (or knows how long this paper lasted).

(The images are extra large to allow folks to read the small text. Click on the image, then most likely you’ll need to click on it again to expand it to full size)

This is the front page:

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1946 Race/Sand Jeep Vancouver, WA $21,000

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: , .

Looks fun.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/515691630182897

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“Very clean sand jeep for sale. This was built by Bolton’s Welding out of Placerville, Ca. Mike has built a number of quality sand jeeps through the years.

Motor is a 383c.i. that we ran in our dragster for years. It ran 3.60’s in the 100yds and won multiple championships. North of 650hp. Motor was freshened and sold to a friend who never used it, and I ended up buying it back. – AFR 227 Heads – AFR Titan Manifold – Bowtie Block – Yellow Terra shaft rockers – Wiseco pistons – Callies rods – Callies crank – QuickFuel 1000 carb

Brand new TCI Powerglide tranny w/ 5000 stall converter, Dana 60 rear. 20 gallon fuel cell. MSD ignition system.

Floorboard and firewall are polished aluminum. Paddles are essentially new.

Jeep ran 3.94 in 300′ in it’s first full pass and then was involved in an accident that twisted the wheelie bar up. Would need a new wheelie bar to use on the track. No other damage.

Bought the jeep to use at the track and dunes, but I moved to Seattle and we have four other race cars and not enough time or space currently for this one. This jeep is honestly immaculate, pictures don’t do it justice.

Will sell as a roller w/ tranny for $14k. Wouldn’t hurt my feelings to keep the motor, it’s our favorite engine we’ve ever had.”

 
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1946 Sand Jeep Rocklin, CA $8000

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

UPDATE: Still Available.

(02/28/2020) Has lots of updates.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/3208295172737893

“1946 willys jeep that was one time used as a sand dragster, (wild oats). I bought it as a project with a blown motor and trans. No rust, fiberglass tub and boxed frame. I rebuilt the SBC engine and trans for street use. Zero miles since done. Added all street legal requirements, head lights, tail, turn, stop, high beams, horn, windshield and wiper. Has brand new mud terrain tires and wheels. I added 4.88 gears and a powerloc to the front diff. The rear is a dana 44 with a spool. Chp would not allow me to license for street use. It is licensed for off road use. I do have current registration and pink slip. Come and get it for this season in the dunes.”

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Sand Jeep Project Norco, CA $19,000

• CATEGORIES: Racing

The price includes a 20′ trailer.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/304782071520117

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“For Sale : 2 wheel drive Sand Jeep project. Almost complete. 2×3 steel chassis 9 inch shorted to 33” 543 ring & pinion on a spool Moser Axles Coil over w/ ladder bars Mocked up for BBC Powerglide w/ brake – built Drive line 5500 stall converter new flywheel BBC Chevy is apart / new aluminum heads. Dart intake new starter Elec fuel pump Body is all fiberglass except for hood. Howe aluminum 31” radiator Weld Draglite wheels front & rear B&M ratchet shifter Jeep is sheet metaled Aluminum fuel cell Battery tray installed To much to list – car is ready to put together. $26,000 invested. I’ll take $17,000 for the Jeep $19,000w/ the 20’ trailer.”

 
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1970s Gravelrama Articles

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles, Racing

These three articles share info about the Gravelrama. This first one is dated August 23, 1974, from the Cincinnati Enquirer:

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This second article was published two years later on September 19, 1976, in the Journal News:

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The last article is from August 25, 1980, from the Cincinnati Enquirer:

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1946 Drag/Dune Jeep Cle Elum, WA $5500

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: , , , .

This could have a Bobcat shell body.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/223529036307712

“SD 7AL-2 with two step full wiring/gauges/switch panel. Dana 60 rear end/, 6:17 gears/with spool. 2WD. Full float leaf spring suspension with ladder bars. Reverse shackle with straight axle front end. TIRES/WHEELS/WHEELIE BARS NOT INCLUDED ($3k price drop). 12 point cage, five point harnesses, suspension race seats mounted on cage, Seat covers in excellent condition. Halon full suppression (extinguisher) system. No motor. Set up for SBC on alcohol or gas, plus power glide or TH 400. WILLING TO PART… OBO”

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1949? CJ-3A Ex-Racer Hood River, OR $3000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, Racing • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(10/10/2021) This looks like an old PNW race rig.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2864143837230886

“Mug bogg dragger has ford 9 rear end Danna 44 front built 350 with hurst shifter just needs back yoke on rear end and gas. Looking to trade for a 4by4 truck or cash”

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1983 CJ-7 Race Jeep Bellafontaine, OH $17,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-7, Racing

Sounds like a fast jeep. Those Hercules tires must be old? I’ve never run cross them.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/203577638567120

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“This is a fully built race Jeep, built in 1983 for the Mid-West Off-Road Racing series. I have paper documentation and pictures of races it ran, only raced a little over 3 rears and finished mostly 1st and Second. Raced against national teams from Western States and beat them. Hartman Racing Engine 351 Cleveland, rare NASCAR intake, 800 Holley Double Pumper, Fuel Cell with new foam, dana 44 front axel locked, ford 9 inch rear spooled, 4 speed ford too load trans, Jeep Dana 20 with advance adapter, HD cooling, full length roll cage. Added new MSD ignition Box, HEI distributor, High energy coil, wires, plugs. Took out the magneto, rebuilt and is ready if needed. “Bill Of Sale” only not street legal. If you are interested, message me for my phone number. There is too much documentation, and information to pass along by messaging”

 
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1965 DJ-5 Drag Jeep Flint, MI $19,000

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Jeep Rods, Racing • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Was $25,000. Price dropped to $19,000.

I thought I had listed this previously, but I can’t find it.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/226818835884074

“468 BB ,PROCHARGER ,5 SPEED ,DISC BRAKES FRONT/DRUM REAR ,HYD CLUTCH , NEW TIRES ,VERY FAST CAR ! RUNS EXCELLENT ,DRIVES EXCELLENT , $19,000 IN MICHIGAN , POSS TRADE,,, MESSAGE ME DIRECT ,PRICE DROP!!!!!! $$$19,000 CASH”

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Year? Flattie Pahrump, NV **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** WAS $1000.

This old racer has a fiberglass front clip that looks in good shape. The cage looks worth a few hundred as well. There seems to be some “sweet temptation” here.

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“195ish jeep cj2 or cj3 tub. Has No engine or transmission. Frame appears to have been cut on the front? Fiberglass hood and front fenders one piece. No title, appears to have been raced or play in the dunes. What you see in the pictures is all I know”

 
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1973 CJ-5 Racer Crescent City, OR $12,500

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Racing

Blaine spotted this built racer used during the 1980s.

https://eugene.craigslist.org/cto/d/crescent-city-1973-cj5-jeep/7399503292.html

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“Selling for a friend, jeep is located in Crescent City.

Built for and raced in 1982&1983 “mint 400 in Las Vegas, Nevada and the 1984 Pro Can-Am series in Southern Oregon.
AMC 304 V8 engine:
Engine was professionally built in Phoenix Oregon. Engine has been balanced, blueprinted, line honed, decked, slabbed, ported, and polished. Bored 10 over. TRW flat top pistons have been fly cut for the proper valve relief. Heads are the highly sought after and coveted pre smog 3196291C small chamber with the dog leg ports. Original factory heads were 58.92 cc with 1.625/2.025 valves. These heads have been professionally reworked per the American Motors “Performance American Style” guide to high performancing AMC engines (original AMC book included). Heads are the 291C 50.60 cc with balanced chambers. Original factory compression ratio was about 7.2:1 Flat top pistons and the small chamber heads now put this engine slightly over 10.4:1. Rods were all balanced and shot peened.Cam is a 274 duration .500 lift hydraulic

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1968 Article on Baja Race Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles, Racing

This race jeep was modified with one-ton axles. Note the wider rear axle with an added fender well. The racers note the Jeep has 24-forward speeds. Maybe that means a six speed with an overdrive and transfercase? The article appeared in Roseville’s (CA) Press Tribune on October 23, 1968.

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1943 Flattie Eugene, OR **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Racing

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6500.

Looks off-road only.

“Sbc 400 built turbo 400 transmission”

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1946 CJ-2A Drag Jeep Cle Elum, WA $8500

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

It lacks an engine.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/223529036307712

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“(Jeep, Ford, Willys, Alcohol, SBC, TH 400, power glide, CJ, five point, Dana 60, ladder bar, straight axle, Sand Dunes, Street Racing, Fiberglass) Clear title and collector plate.

MSD 7AL-2 with two step full wiring/gauges/switch panel. Dana 60 rear end/, 6:17 gears/with spool. 2WD Wheelie bars. Full float leaf spring suspension with ladder bars.

Reverse shackle with straight axle front end. 32 x 14.5 x 15, Rear tires: staggered Super Scoops with tubes, Front tires: Desert Track, by Sand Tires Unlimited. 12 point cage, five point harnesses, suspension race seats mounted on cage, Seat covers in excellent condition. Halon full suppression (extinguisher) system. No motor. Set up for SBC on alcohol or gas, plus power glide or TH 400.”

 
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Drag Jeep Canby, OR $9500

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(03/18/2021) This appears to have a Bobcat fiberglass body on it.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/476084010500371

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