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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1951 CJ-3A? Kalkaska, MI $5000

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

UPDATE: Still Available.

(04/14/2021) Someone spent some time on that wood body.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/126990732737502

“1951 Jeep custom wood body runs good one of a kind.”

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1950 Modified Wagon Sun Valley, NV $4000

• CATEGORIES: Jeep Rods, Unusual, Willys Wagons, Wood bodies • TAGS: , .

This is different. The price seems reasonable.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/3923115954417478

“Mileage unknown. Needs master cylinder and battery. As is..must tow”

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October 1952 Motor Trend Cover and Article

• CATEGORIES: Camping, Features, Magazine, Wood bodies • TAGS: .

As I was packing, I pulled this issue of Motor Trend aside. When I leafed through it, I realized there was a jeep-related article I missed. So, here the “Unique Cars for Sportsmen” by Jim Earp. All the vehicles herein are interesting. The first page has a pic at the bottom of Vic Hickey’s famous jeep.

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1944 MB? Idaho Falls, ID $9000

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

UPDATE: Price is now $9000.

(10/16/2020) What a crazy contraption. “El Burrito”‘s got style. It even has a mural on the back. I’m not quite sure how the rear extends, but it looks like someone would be safe from bugs.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/379875466485663

“A Prospector’s Dream or a mini RV!
A unique vehicle for the right individual. A fold out six foot bed behind the seats, and a “kitchen” underneath. Email me for videos showing the set ups. A 1944 WWII surplus jeep purchased in 1954. It is a Willy’s 4 cylinder. I think it might be a CJ 6.
Needs new gas tank (has 2 tanks, if you want to replace both) Seals and belts are dry, but should absorb fluids back when added. It was started, but turned off to avoid running bad gas through the carburetor. All the mini-van modifications can be removed to restore to original jeep without too much conversion.
If interested E-mail phone number to pungoriver@live.com and I will call you for further information. If you like make a bid.
It has been garaged.”

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1962 Wagon Mission Viejo, CA $22,000

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

Bill shared this Hemmings link to a story about this 1962 Willys wagon that’s for sale. The seller explains why new wood panel was installed.

LISTING LINK: https://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/cars-for-sale/willys/utility-wagon/2462262.html

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“1962 Willys, Utility Wagon, 4 wheel drive. Current odometer reads 47,691 (not likely original), suitable as a daily driver with original “Hurricane” 6 totally professionally rebuilt (46,467miles). Straight through rebuilt transfer case (46,636 miles) Unlike original is very quiet. and later model Jeep all synchro 5 speed adapted to give freeway speeds in 5th gear. Car will do 65 MPH at 2300 RPM, will go faster but why would you? Added Tachometer, column mounted shown in pictures, helps to know when to shift.

New front hubs, All guages work. Front seat shoulder mounted seat belts added in front. Springs have been re-arched to raise to original level. Interior is like new green vinyl with recently carpeted front seat area. Excellent paint inside and out, resides in sunny southern California and has no rust. Wood panels recently added to cover previous wood panel effort *.

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Photos of Modified Jeep with Wood Body on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Wood bodies

These two photos shows a CJ-2A with a modified body made of wood. While there are several similar “woodie” bodies (see all wood-related bodies here), the photos below appear to show a unique build.

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“Two original photographs of Woody automobile. The engine hood reads – Willy. I believe these were mock up advertising photos. The upper photo is mounted from the back – see photo. The lower photo is glued to the board. Photos measure 3 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches. Mounting board is 8 x 10 inches. Please ask questions.”

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1967 Jeepster Commando JeepRod Medford, NJ $35,000

• CATEGORIES: Features, Jeep Rods, Jeepster, Wood bodies • TAGS: , .

I’m not sure if this is more Jeep Rod or Crawler.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/753721632024238

“’67 Jeepster. Clean title in hand. Also available without the Coyote engine for $28,000.”

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Year? Jeep Chassis? Athens, ME $700

• CATEGORIES: Other 4x4s, Wood bodies • TAGS: .

The hubs and jeep wheels make me think there’s some jeep DNA under this plow rig.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/321295522237972/

“This is a 196? Dodge power wagon i was told it was all running a few years ago then the starter went i put a new one in and it turns fine but theres a crack in the intake due to water so probly gonna need a engine if fixed its a 318 4 speed good little plow rig just dont have time plow setup works i figure 500 for plow and 200 for the rest of it so 700 firm you got to haul it thanks”

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Wrecked Jeep Photos (2 With Wood Bodies)

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Wood bodies

These photos appeared on Facebook, though some have made the rounds over the years. The pics that really caught my eye were the wooden test body pics. Kaiser Willys has some history and more pics on these wood-bodied test jeeps: https://blog.kaiserwillys.com/the-wooden-willys-jeep-test.

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The remainder of the wrecked jeeps:

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1950 Sedan Delivery “Surf” Wagon Ruston, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons, Wood bodies

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was listed at $18,000. 

Looks in good shape. It has an air conditioner, but it still needs some finishing.

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” HAVE A 1950 KUSTOM WILLY’S / JEEP SEDAN DELIVERY THAT I HAVE FABRICATED INTO A SURF WAGON WOODIE INSIDE AND OUTSIDE WITH SLATTED WOOD IN THE INTERIOR AND WOOD PANELS ON EXTERIOR <> STAINED AND CLEAR COATED <>BODY EXTERIOR WAS FINISHED IN A YELLOW GLOSS AND COMBO WITH BLACK TRIM ,POWERED WITH A FRESH 283 V8 4 BARREL <> AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION WITH A LOKAR FLOOR SHIFTIER <>

VINYL BLACK TOP WITH YELLOW MATCHING SURFBOARD ON ROOF RACK <> THE WAGON HAS POWER STEERING <> POWER DISC BRAKES ON FRONT AND DRUMS ON REAR <> VEHICLE IS EQUIPPED WITH A/C 90% DONE JUST NEEDS WIRING AND CHARGE EVERYTHING ELSE HAS BEEN COMPLETED WITH COMPRESSOR ,DRYER ,HOSES, INTERIOR VENTS , AND ALL SWITCHES AND KNOBS <> ALL NEW DOLPHIN GAUGES <> POWER WINDOWS <> POWER DOOR LOCKS <> BANJO STEERING WHEEL AND TILT COLUMN.
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1943 MB Amherst, NE **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: MB, Wood bodies • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5000.

(10/19/2020) They don’t make them like this anymore….


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1948 CJ-2A Dalles, OR $1800

• CATEGORIES: Features, Wood bodies • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

Dan bought this jeep for the hardtop and plans to put it up for sale. As is with no Oregon title it is $1600 (parts jeep). Once he goes through the paperwork to give it an Oregon title, he plans to raise the price to $2000. The body is a unique wood kit. You can contact him at 971 704 1045 for more info or bosmate @ gmail.com (remove spaces around @).

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2219840274827346/

Dan shared this ad. The seller of this jeep told Dan that his father bought a wood kit from Sears or Montgomery to make a wood body; this is the result. I searched my Sears and Montgomery catalogs, but couldn’t locate a body repair kit (but I don’t have all the old catalogs). Dan got some close of up pics which are at the bottom of this post.

“1948 Willys CJ2a Jeep. Was my dads jeep but he passed away recently. He had hopes to get it runnig and driving again as he used to drive it on his property 20 years ago. Needs work. Engine missing carb, distributor and starter. I don’t know where he put those, also I can’t seem to find the title for it so no title (unfortunately)…selling as parts.

The jeep has a wooden body from the mid body seam to the rear (forward body is original metal). My dad bought a kit to make the wooden body from sears or montgomery wards many years ago. I assume he did this due to rust in the rear body floors. It’s done very well as the kit included supports and corners. The frame and other parts are solid and only have surface rust. I was going to get this going again and purchased a rare Koening hard top for it which I will sell seperately if the new owner desires it. Also the jeep includes a nice roll bar which is not installed.”

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Japanese Wood Jeep Puzzle on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Wood bodies • TAGS: .

This wooden jeep puzzle out of Japan and currently in France is similar to one I bought a few years ago.

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“À vendre Jeep Willy’s 80848 Made in Japan Bois Wood voiture miniature model car auto”

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1946 CJ-2A Corona, NY $16,500

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

UPDATE: Still Available.

(05/03/2019) Some creative woodworking this 2A.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/748227755913603/

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“I am selling my 1946 Jeep Wyllis. This vehicle is fully restored, and in mint condition. Starts right up, drives, and everything works including the 4×4 system. All original, clean tittle in hand. Clean car – low miles.

 

 
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1947 Photo of Nita Electric “House Jeep”

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Wood bodies

Steve spotted this photo from the University of Kentucky’s archives. It shows a modified MB/GPW with a ‘house’ over it for weather protection.  I assume the owner of the jeep was also the owner of Nita Electric. The image below shows only the jeep; you can view the full photo here.

Someone spent took some care to do a nice refurb of this jeep. The bolt details on the rims and frame look really good.

 

 
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1968 “Woody” Jeepster Commando Fremont, WI $5300

• CATEGORIES: Jeepster, Wood bodies

Who wants to see just what’s under those side panels?

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/727732281102094/

“1968 Jeep Camando, V-6, runs and drives great”

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1951 Custom Woodie Truck Lake Forest, CA $35,000

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

UPDATE: Price dropped to $35,000.

(01/31/2017) This one has been around a while.

https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/cto/d/1951-willys-woodie-custom/7138383687.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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1951 Jeepster Live Oak, FL $8500

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Jeepster, Wood bodies • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Back up for sale. 

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

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/171228887663624/

“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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1950 CJ-3A Stoughton, MA $1600

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, Wood bodies

UPDATE: Still AVailable.

(10/03/2019) Includes a plow. Has some wood sides that I imagine are covering a rough body.

https://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/pts/d/stoughton-jeep-willys/7121521840.html

“1950 Jeep CJ3A – have plow also.
Was my project but moving soon.
Wood on sides (see pictures).
Not started in some time.
Complete. Unmodified original.”

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1951 Photo of CJ-2A w/ Wood Hardtop

• CATEGORIES: Features, Wood bodies

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John spotted this CJ-2A in a Westchester, NY, local history book. As he read through it, he spotted the jeep with it’s unusual hardtop. He was wondering if I knew what it was. (is that possibly the Yorktown Heights train station?)

My best guess is that it is a modified V-7 Body Works hardtop (modified on the lower door along with the front corner extension that appears to go down to the step). Here are some links and photos for comparison:

V-7 hardtop http://www.ewillys.com/2013/04/28/v-7-body-works-out-of-chicago/ which first went on sale in 1948, so the timeline works.

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A few other examples of similar hardtops:

http://www.ewillys.com/2016/07/12/cj-2a-custom-wood-top-sullivan-pa-ebay/:
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http://www.ewillys.com/2012/08/10/letter-about-woodies-by-station-wagons-inc-on-ebay/
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http://www.ewillys.com/2017/02/12/1946-cj-2a-yuma-az-ebay/:
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Odd Tops in Argentina

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

Blaine share this link from a forum in Argentina that included some jeeps with odd tops.
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1974 CJ-5 Fulton, NY $2000

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

UPDATE: Price dropped to $2000.

(01/20/2020) Runs and plows.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1043158436040498/

“1974 Jeep CJ5 rebuilt straight 6 cylinder 4×4 new aluminum radiator runs good 7.5 ft Meyers plow electric over hydraulic will push snow all day long no title”

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Barrett-Jackson Jeeps at Scottsdale 2020

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, FC150-FC170-M677, FJ, Jeepster, Wood bodies

Several Jeeps are being auctions at this year’s Barrett-Jackson event in Scottsdale. The first few have yet to be auctioned, but some of the latter listed have already been auctioned. The CJ-2A’s price was particularly obscene.

1.  1957 FC-170
1957 Jeep FC150 4X4 with a 134.2ci 4-cylinder Hurricane engine and a 3-speed manual transmission. It features a deluxe interior, USB port and a power plug. This Jeep received a frame-off restoration.
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2. 1957 Custom FC-170
Lot #1559.1 – This is a 1957 Jeep Willys that has received many modifications. A modern Chevrolet V6 engine with a 3-speed automatic transmission and conventional differential converts this former off-road vehicle to a highway cruiser. The FC stands for Forward Control. It was produced by Willys Motors, later named Kaiser Jeep from 1956-65. A very neat custom interior finishes off a great truck. It includes a former M101 military-style trailer. It features chrome gas cans and its own parking brake. Both truck and trailer are painted in Mercedes-Benz Andorite Gray.
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3. 1960 CJ-5 Wood Body (here’s a previous link for this one):
Powered by a 4-cylinder engine with a manual transmission. Completely custom-built with maple and cherry wood; 1-inch-thick wood glued and screwed every 4-inches and covered in 10 coats of varnish. **SOLD ON BONDED TITLE** **TITLE IN TRANSIT**
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4. 1960 Truck:
This 1960 Willys Custom 4×4 pickup underwent a frame-off restoration documented with photos. It’s powered by a 350ci V8 engine backed by a Turbo 400 3-speed automatic transmission. This custom pickup features front disc brakes, power steering, Scout front axle, 3/4 ton rear end and Rough Country suspension. This solid California Willys pickup was completely stripped down and disassembled for paint. Its exterior was professionally painted in Viper Red paint, while the pickup bed and underside of the body were given a red-tint LizardSkin coating. The exterior features Smittybilt front and rear bumpers, custom Fuel Wheels and brand-new Renegade all-terrain tires.
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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.”