Wood bodies Research Archives

Generally, jeeps with wood bodies usually mean they are patched. However, wood was used in some fiberglass bodies for strength. But, there are a few exceptions to that rule.

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1960 Wood CJ-5ish Jeep Cambridge, OH $10,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Features, Unusual, Wood bodies

UPDATE II: This was for sale back in 2015 You can see a very similar 1966 CJ-5 posted at Cherrybronco.com


“Custom 1960 Willy’s Jeep. One of a Kind. Will Consider trades of equal value.”

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1951 Custom Woodie Truck Lake Forest, CA $39,000

• CATEGORIES: Features, Willys Trucks, Wood bodies • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $39,000

(01/31/2017) This is quite the build!


“All custom 51 Willys woodie. Extensive sheet metal work, extended fenders, hood, roll pan and a tilt hood and more. All polished LS engine, with LS460e trans polished, hydro boost brakes. Custom dash, gauges, center console. Custom rebuilt painted frame blazer. All custom solid Maple wood with electric lift gate, PW, PB tilt etc. Custom interior, 6 way power seats with headrest monitors, custom made maple rear floor. Brand new 20″ rims and tires. So much more…view the photos for all the extras all top name brand parts. Less than 300 miles. Just testing the market. Serious offers only. Leave a message.”

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1949 Truck Nashville, TN $16,500

• CATEGORIES: Jeep Rods, Willys Trucks, Wood bodies

A little different truck.


All of the 4-wheel drive is still there, but the front drive shaft has been removed. I suspect because there is late model rear end installed. 4 x 4 drive shaft is included.






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1951 Jeepster Live Oak, FL $4500

• CATEGORIES: Jeepster, Wood bodies • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $4500.

(12/29/2017) Isn’t this just a little different? It’s sitting on a CJ-5 chassis.


“1951 Custom Willys Jeepster Woody. Jeepster front body on 1974 CJ5 4×4 with custom woody back. Std. transmission 3 spd., 4.2 6 cyl. engine. 20″ extended frame. Runs good. Needs new tires and windshield wiper motor. Many new parts.”

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Sturdee Hardtop Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Wood bodies • TAGS: .

This is the only information I could find on this rare hardtop.

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1950 Wagon Bellingham, WA $8300

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons, Wood bodies

Has a variety of updates.


“1950 Willys Woody Wagon mounted on a Toyota PU with 2.2 engine. Classic looks with modern Toyota dependability. Collector Plates.”




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1946 CJ-2A Onalaska, MN $10,200

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Wood bodies

UPDATE: Still Available.

(10/12/2107) Includes some custom woodwork.

“Bumper to bumper this vehicle is new! This was a great winter project now it has to go, I am moving and out of room…Everything is either new or rebuilt..”Go Devil” 4 cylinder complete overhaul, radiator, brake drums,shoes and lines, shocks, tires, starter, wire harness, exhaust system, signal lights, seats, steering wheel, gas tank, gauges, seat belts, custom oak rails, interior panels and rear wood seats.The list goes on! I have the build sheets for part”


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1953 Woody Station Wagon Prototype Osprey, FL $39,000

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual, Wood bodies

This is a unique vehicle.

“1953 Willys Overland. Factory prototype. F head six cylinder. Right hand drive. This is the only one.”


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Custom Built Woody on Jeep Chassis

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Sedan-jeep, Wood bodies • TAGS: , .

The February 1948 issue of Popular Science included a small blurb about this custom wood jeep out of Seattle built on a WW2 chassis.


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1951 CJ-3A Kalkaska, MI $5500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, Wood bodies • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(06/05/2017) Craig found this unique wooden bodied 3A. The seller has a sense of humor, calling the jeep “Termite’s Delight”.

“Take a look at this 1951 four-wheel drive Willy’s Jeep! Custom designed handcrafted wood body. Great show vehicle. Vehicle specs: 134 c.u. flat head, 4 cylinder engine. Runs good. Comes with canvas top and side doors. Also comes with a six foot steel plow, electric winch operated. Clean title.”


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Wood Hardtop Redding, CA $125

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts, Unusual, Wood bodies • TAGS: .

Bill spotted this wood hardtop. The side windows flip down. Looks well-built.



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1946 CJ-2A Buena Vista, CO $8800

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Wood bodies • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Was $8800 in Colorado. Now on eBay and in Glendale, CA. 

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(Description from 08/23/2016) 1946 Willys Jeep CJ2A with too may extras to mention but I’ll give it a try. Totally ready for your most severe rock crawling expedition. Engine V6 225 with Isky cam, adjustable oil pressure, oversize pistons (.040 over), Holley Avenger Carburator Dyno-tuned. On board air for ARB’s and tire inflation. Transmission 4 speed T18 with 6.28 low gear. Transfer Case D300 from 1981 IH scout (texas bolt pattern) 4:1 gear conversion.

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1948 Popular Homecraft’s Wander Wagon Junior

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Willys Wagons, Wood bodies • TAGS: , .

In 1948 Popular Homecraft Magazine did a two article series on the construction of a home built Jeep Station Wagon. They named it Wander Wagon Junior. This past weekend Rolfe spotted the February issue of the magazine at a garage sale (for only a quarter!) and then shared scans of the article. We still lack the March-April version of Homecraft, but I’ll buy it should it land on eBay. Thanks to Rolfe for this article!

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CJ-2A Custom Wood Top Sullivan, PA eBay

• CATEGORIES: Wood bodies • TAGS: .

Dan spotted this unusual wooden hardtop for sale. Great piece!

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“Here’s something one won’t see on eBay every day…….This is a custom-made wooden roof assembly that fits a Willys CJ2-A civilian jeep of the immediate post-WW2 era. The story I have heard most of my life is that a neighbor of ours purchased a new 1948 CJ2-A and, after a few years, wanted something more stylish than the canvass top that had come with it. He commissioned a local furniture-maker, whose name is long lost to the ages, to design and construct this wooden “station wagon”-like roof assembly.



My late father bought the jeep with both tops in 1968 and stored the wooden roof on the second floor of his garage for many years. Around 1980 he sold the jeep, but he kept the wooden top. Fast forward to approx 2000, when I bought a haggard CJ2-A from a co-worker. Since it had no roof, installed the wooden one. The pictures seen with this auction show the wooden roof still perched on my red Jeep. It is possible this roof may fit the CJ3A with flathead engine and maybe even a WW2 military jeep, but I have NO experience with either model and can only say for certain that it will fit a CJ2-A…… Continue reading

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1945 MB Woody Northfield, MA $40,000

• CATEGORIES: MB, Wood bodies • TAGS: , .

Glenn spotted this on Hemmings. I looked for a similar example from a brochure and magazine, but didn’t located one. The closed ting I found was the Baby-Jeep-Duriez from France.

“1945 Willy MB Woody Wagon. Frame off restoration, original drive train, wood body is copy of the original. Unique, one of ??, turns heads. Shriners?”



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1948 CJ-2A Egg Harbor, WI $2900

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Wood bodies

UPDATE: Still Available.

(09/26/2015) Here’s something unusual. Runs and drives, but not street legal at the moment.

“Here is a cool one- 1948 Jeep CJ2A for sale. I bought this last year from a guy who
started to restore it mostly engine work then quit. I took it a few steps further just for
some fun to do work. Following are where it is condition wise:
motor starts and runs really good. no smoke. Oil pressure is20lbs idle up to 40lbs higher rpm.
12 volt system. 100 amp alternator installed. new point/condenser. Timing/dwell checked.
Radiator flushed/new anti-freeze. Runs a nice 170 degrees.
All new wheel cylinders and brake lines. New master cylinder. New fuel pump.
new gas tank. Old tires replaced with good used ones. Brakes work good.
2 wheel/4 wheel drive. Transfer case in/out shifter. Wiring harness is all there and
decent shape. Just needs to be chased out to make sure all wires are complete with
good connections. Lights and turn signal no work yet. gages all work.
Now for the body—- she was plenty rusty. Had previous body work done.
Wasn’t interested in the time and cost of new body, so I painted it ( paint/reducer/hardner)
like in the body shops, then bolted on 3/4 in plywood panels as you see in pics.
Packer green and gold. Cool woody jeep.
This is what you need if looking for a 4 wheeler on the farm, your property up north,
or your back yard. Get the lights working and license it for street use.”


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John’s “Woody” DJ-5A

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features, Wood bodies

John shared his neat DJ-5. If you live on Long Island, keep a watch for him during the summer.

He wrote, It was turned into a ‘Woody’ about 35 years ago. This one is a 69 DJ5 A. I bought it about 1980/81 or so. It’s got the original 2.5 in it and I use it about 4 months every year…..June to September. I have not made any changes except for putting in a radio and a glove box and I recently had the Seats recovered. I never met the original owner (the guy who did all the nice woodwork, glass etching and paint job) but recently ran into someone who recognized the Jeep and told me about the very creative guy to built it back in the 70s. About twenty years ago I had to take the motor out and and replace the main bearings. Last year I had to find an exhaust manifold which was not easy. Otherwise, it gives me good reliable service every year. It’s really been a fun vehicle. Every where I go people want to buy it and on the hiway I am always being photographed while driving.

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1941 Wooden Willys Wittman, MD $2000

• CATEGORIES: Unusual, Wood bodies • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **Status Unknown**

(12/31/2014) “1941 willy’s jeep drive train built on wooden body. Titled and legal for road. Lights even work!!!”

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1973? DJ-5 Toledo, OH eBay

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Unusual, Wood bodies • TAGS: , .

This has the short nose, so it’s most likely a pre-1972. It’s an odd one!

“The car is a clean example of a self assembled woody wagon. this is a one of a kind model .I am not the original owner , it was purchased in 2013 in Pembervlle Ohio. The body work was done by a retired highway patrol officer. that had a lot of time on his hands. I would like any interested buyer to inspect the vehicle before purchase”

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1946 CJ-2A Project Worcester, MA $6800

• CATEGORIES: Wood bodies

It’s still very much a project.

“1946 willys cj2a original steel body, frame, springs, trans case and axles. Chevy 350 w/
B&m turbo 350 trans. Built up on 38″ super swampers. Hundreds of hours spent on design and construction and many more on finding and purchasing custom parts. Includes 95% of all parts to complete ( many new in box). Brand new softtop kit, 5 point harnesses, full custom wiring harness, just to name a few. Many boxes full of small parts not shown included.Vehicle has been in storage as part of a collection for many years so some surface rust issues and corrosion have occurred on previously completed parts. Vehicle and parts alone add up to over 9k (nothing back on labor), but do to storage issues, price is reduced to 7k. This is one wild cj2a. Must see. Serrious jeep motorheads only. Jeep is inside it’s enclosed trailer at the moment so better pics to come. Thanks. Will consider resonable offers.”


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Sidewalk Jeep Design from Popular Mechanics (Jeep for Sale)

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, Magazine, Models, toys, Wood bodies • TAGS: .

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.

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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.

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1950s Wood Puzzle Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Wood bodies • TAGS: .

Probably not many of these left in the world.

“This auction is for a vintage wooden Jeep puzzle/toy. It comes in its original box with a parts diagram. Made in Japan, probably 1950s or 60s. In new condition, never played with. 5 1/2″ L x 2 1/2″ W x 2 3/4″ H.”

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1949 CJ-3A Ramona, CA $11,500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, Wood bodies • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $11,500.

Has a custom wood bed.

“Frame off build, dana 30 front, dana 44 posi rear, 3.73 gears for comfortable highway speeds. Fresh 350 Chevy motor, 3 speed auto trans, promatic shifter, 4 core aluminum radiator, power steering, power brakes, painless wire set, full cage, custom seats, racing harness, custom top, rear mounted gas tank, custom wood bed.”


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1948 CJ-2A Waterbury, CT $650

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Unusual, Wood bodies • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $650.

(12/05/2014) “48 jeep willys, custom wood top, plow and it works, manual, flat 4, 4×4, has a lot.of good use able parts, needs total restoration and does have rust. Need it gone. $650 obo. Bring a tow truck or trailer.”


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1947 CJ-2A Lansing, MI $1500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Wood bodies • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available. Looks like a custom wood top.

“1947 Willy’s Jeep, 2nd owner, new carb & battery, hard cab, non military.”