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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1946 CJ-2A Columbus, IN $6000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Wood bodies

This has a variety of fixes.

https://indianapolis.craigslist.org/atq/d/elizabethtown-1946-willys-jeep-cj-2a/7009118829.html

“Good condition with original drive train. Runs great. Also have a matching trailer for $2000”

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1960 DJ-3A Cleveland, TX $12,500

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

This appears to be a DJ-3A with the slanted opening. I wonder how much weight that wood adds. The rear fuel inlet is not longer in the back, so I wonder how you fill it with fuel (maybe it’s just sitting in the rear?).

https://houston.craigslist.org/cto/d/cleveland-1960-custom-willys-jeep/6937812334.html

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“1960 Custom Willy’s JEEP. Multiple award winner and one of a kind. You will never see another like it at any car show. Body panels covered in wood and done with great care by a master wood worker. Custom interior with lots of wood trim. New lay down windshield.
Original engine (4-cylinder willy’s), column shift transmission, 2 wheel drive, new brakes including master cylinder and wheel cylinders, good tires, dolphin gauges, runs and drives. Clear TX title, antique plates can be issued from the state.”

 

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

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

UPDATE: Still Available.

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

https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/cto/d/1951-willys-woodie-one-of-kind/6939268500.html

“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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Metamet: British Jeep Rebuilders

UPDATE: This post has been updated to reflect some more information and images. It was originally posted in March of 2013.

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Metamet was a British company that refurbished WWII jeeps and civilian jeeps, creating a slew of different models. According to the G503 Forum, “Metamet was run by an expat Pole, and latterly his son. It was a wonderful Aladdin’s caves of wartime Jeeps and Jeep bits and pieces located in a series of old mews stables in Daleham Mews. These places were commonly garage workshops in post-horse London, but nowdays are worth untold fortunes as residences.”

At one point in the early 1950s there were twelve different models of jeeps offered by Metamet, only one of which was the standard production model jeep. The rest were all customizations of one type or another. Seven models were 80″ wheel base, while the other five had 100″ wheel bases.  The models include, the Standard, De-luxe, Farmer, Five-in-one, Saloon, Shooting Brake, 10 CWT Truck, Metaplan, Station Wagon, 15 CWT Van, 20 CWT Lorry, and a 2 Ton Loadmaster.

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Metamet’s early 1950s models. There were seven 80″ wheel base jeeps and five 100″ wheel base jeeps.

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Here’s an example of Metamet’s advertising.

A 1952 Ad posted to Flicker by Johnathan confirms there were twelve models also:

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Finally, here’s a 12 page brochure that provides examples of different models that used to be linked to on the jeep farm website:

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Jeep w/Top in Europe

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Wood bodies • TAGS: , .

The writing on this photo indicates this jeep with a wood top was located in Europe. It was odd enough I thought I’d buy the photo, which was on eBay.

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1961 Wagon Afton, MN $2750

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons, Wood bodies

This has a ‘woody’ feel to it. Most likely it covers the rust.

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/wsh/cto/d/afton-1961-willys-wagon/6896004594.html

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“1961 Willys Woody Wagon. Runs, new front brakes, front wheel bearings & seals. 226 Hurricane flathead 6 runs, 4 WD works great. 3 speed manual, hi-low t-case. Front floors rusted out, otherwise solid. Moving and downsizing. Hate to see it go. Clear title.”

 
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1946 CJ-2A Corona, NY $14,800

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

Some creative woodworking this 2A.

https://newyork.craigslist.org/que/cto/d/east-elmhurst-jeep-willy-from-1946/6877892380.html

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“Jeep Willy’s CJ2A FROM 1946 IN PRISTINE CONDITION.

Transmission and transfer case is original. Original Steel body. Roll cage and bench seat. Always kept inside. Zero rust! Great body out/under and in between. Super sold example! Original tires, brakes and clutch Very well cared for inside and out. Keep in mind this is a 73 year old vehicle. Includes the original car manual from 1946!!!

PAYMENT IS TO BE MADE BY WIRE TRANSFER OR CASH WITHIN 7 DAYS.

CASHIER’S CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED BY MAJOR NATIONAL BANKS, BUT CHECK MUST CLEAR BILL OF SALE ARE RELEASED.”

 

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

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Features, Unusual, Wood bodies

UPDATE: Price now $10,000 (and old pics back up). This was for sale back in 2015 You can see a very similar 1966 CJ-5 posted at Cherrybronco.com

https://columbus.craigslist.org/rvs/d/litchfield-1960-willys-jeep/6874348414.html

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

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1948 Popular Homecraft’s Wander Wagon Junior

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

UPDATE: The complete set of plans for the Wander Wagon is shown below. Previously, I’d only had the first part of the build scanned.

In 1948 Popular Homecraft Magazine did a two article series on the construction of a home built Jeep Station Wagon. The name for the custom wagon was the Wander Wagon Junior. The project was shared with readers over two issues, the 1948 Jan-Feb issue and the 1948 Mar-Apr issue. I was finally able to locate a copy of the Mar-Apr issue, so now the full build is shown below.

PART I: January-February 1948 issue:

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1949? CJ-2A Las Vegas, NV $18,500

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

Interesting custom top.

https://lasvegas.craigslist.org/cto/d/las-vegas-1949-willys-cj2a/6848977740.html

“1949 Willys CJ2A, 4 cylinder Chevy nova 153 ci, 100 hp, with overdrive. excellent body, new paint, new wiring, new heater/ blue tooth radio, custom made topper. Tilt wheel, new hood and tailgate on order. Runs and drives beautiful. $18,500 or BEST offer,
Located in Las Vegas.”

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1949 Truck Nashville, TN $16,500

• CATEGORIES: Jeep Rods, Willys Trucks, Wood bodies

A little different truck.

https://nashville.craigslist.org/cto/d/1949-willys-jeep-truck-custom/6609345539.html
“1949 WILLYS TRUCK
VERY SOLID
RESTORATION COMPLETED IN 2017
CHEVROLET 350 WITH ORIGINAL WILLYS 3 SPEED TRANSMISSION

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.

BUILT 350
EDELBROCK INTAKE
EDELBROCK CARB
WILWOOD POWER BRAKES
POWER STEERING
ALL NEW WEATHER SEALS
DEFENDER SPRAYED BEDLINER
CUSTOM BLACK WALNUT BOX WITH CEDAR SLAB LID (GAS AND BATTERY)
CUSTOM CEDAR SIDE PANELS”

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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.

https://jacksonville.craigslist.org/rvs/d/1951-willys-jeepster-woody/6547497111.html

“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.

https://bellingham.craigslist.org/cto/d/1950-willys-woody-wagon/6531461422.html

“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”

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/dak/cto/d/1946-cj-2a-willys/6361650578.html

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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.”

https://sarasota.craigslist.org/cto/d/willys-one-of-kind-prototype/6361551832.html

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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.”

https://nmi.craigslist.org/cto/6152631443.html

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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.

“CUSTOM MADE WOOD (W/ CANVAS) WILLY’S JEEP TOP/COVER NEEDS SOME REPAIR FOR RETROFITTING YOUR VINTAGE JEEP! ATTENTION SURFERS ! AND DEER HUNTERS !!!”

https://redding.craigslist.org/pts/6153068967.html

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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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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.

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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?”

http://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/cars-for-sale/willys/mb/1826259.html?refer=news

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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.”

http://greenbay.craigslist.org/cto/5537193379.html

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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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