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!
Dan spotted this unusual wooden hardtop for sale. Great piece!
“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
UPDATE: Still Available.05
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.
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?”
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.”
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.
UPDATE: Still Available
(12/31/2014) “1941 willy’s jeep drive train built on wooden body. Titled and legal for road. Lights even work!!!”
Old images before the 2008 sale:
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”
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
UPDATE: Still Available. Looks like a custom wood top.
“1947 Willy’s Jeep, 2nd owner, new carb & battery, hard cab, non military.”
UPDATE: These were sold on eBay.
Marc found these vintage Duriez Ads from France. Duriez used the jeep platform (and other vehicles) to create more transportation options.
UPDATE: Was $2200. Status Unknown.
The wood hardtop looks like something from a Car Craft Magazine or Mechanix Illustrated.
“I am selling my 1949 Jeep with hydraulic plow. I have plowed my driveway with this jeep for the past 40 years. I am moving & will no longer need it. It comes with numerous spare parts & original 16″ wheels”
No Updates until Tuesday morning. I hope everyone enjoyed Mother’s Day!
In the mean time check out this Willys Woodie (thanks to Merlin and Craig for forwarding the link) update from Hemmings:
You may remember that this Woodie was auctioned on eBay in 2012.
UPDATE: Price dropped to $7995
(01/02/2014) There’s some real wood on this wagon.
“Very rare 1953 Willy Woody Wagon aka Eugene the Jeep. After several months of being in the shop.. It is finally out. I literally just got it back 12/29. Here is a list of some of the features on this awesome Woody.
Flowmaster Exhaust Mufflers
Dual Pump Dual Feed
Holley 650 Carb.
Holley 6-9 psi fuel pump.
Dual electric fans
3 core radioator
Crane cams coil
new accelerator cables
New fuel lines
Hooker long tube headers
There is a bunch of stuff I did not list! You really need to see and hear this beast to appreciate!
Not looking for trades. Cash only.
602.384.6841 – Mike”
UPDATE: **Status Unknown** Was 14900. You can see a very similar 1966 CJ-5 posted at Cherrybronco.com.
“1960 JEEP WILLYS 4X4 ONLY ONE IN THE WORLD LIKE THIS. BODY IS HAND BUILT FROM MAPLE AND CHERRY 1” THICK GLUED AND SCREWED EVERY 4 INCHES 10 COATS OF SPAR VARNISH. TITLED AND STREET LEGAL. A MUST SEE.”
You likely remember this jeep that has been listed for sale. Mark Smith let me know that the owner, Bob Wierzbicki, shared a story of how he created it.
UPDATE: Still Available
(05/26/2013) “”Custom Woody”
There are over $7,000 worth of N.O.O parts installed (all receipts available) No Chinese repo parts, all American Made Willys Corp. No body or frame rust (resto-motive POR 15 products used) 12 volt electrical system. New wiring harness, fuel system, brakes, suspension, ect. Have original owners manual, repair manuals, spare parts, and specialty tools.
Please call and leave a message with your number and ill get back to you,
Nine seven three seven six four four six nine two”
UPDATE: Still Available
(09/07/2012) Glenn spotted this beautiful Woodie Wagon.
“1950 Willys Overland Always garaged, New paint, Must see, Never seen snow, New tires, Well maintained. 2wd, restoration 1999, Luzon red, wood grained body, F-head 134. 3 speed od, 6 volt, new wiring, brakes, instrument, chrome plating, radial tires, turn signals, seat belts. Great looking and will maintain 60 mph. Have spare parts and restoration records. Additional photos can be seen at www.ofannin.com/willys overland”
UPDATE: **Status Unknown**
I’ve never seen a jeep advertised as a lawn decoration (even a fake jeep).
“Homemade wooden 1940’s Jeep/Ford/Willy’s lawn decoration. Built approximately 2 years ago, it is displayed 3 times a year, Memorial day, Veterans day, and the 4th of July, the rest of the time it is garaged. It is approximately 8’L x 4’W x 53″H, it sits on 2 cut to fit trailer axles with 12″ wheels, it is wired with 7 fluorescent lights that are easily accessible, it is wired for 110vac and has an on/off switch and approximately 10′ of plug cord. This is a decoration, it is not powered to move, and has no steering mechanism’s, however, it is more than sturdy enough to support a couple of adults/children for photo’s, which it has been used for a lot. Only serious enquiry’s please, there is a lot of money in this decoration and the price is firm, I am only hoping to free up some space in my garage, I will really hate to see this go.”
Marc spotted the photo of this unusual hardtop from 1946 Germany.
That top looks in good shape. It appears to be a Body V7 Works Top
“Original 35mm film slide.
Subject: USAF airman and Willys Jeep.
Date: Aug. 1964
Mount/Film Type: Kodachrome II”