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 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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1950 Sedan Delivery “Surf” Wagon Ruston, CA $18,000

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons, Wood bodies

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

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/lgb/cto/d/ruston-1950-kustom-willys-sedan/7139527128.html

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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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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/2013/08/17/1964-usaf-photo-cj-3a-with-body-v7-works-top/
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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.”

 

 
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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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1960 Wood CJ-5ish Jeep Medina, OH **Status Unknown**

• 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

“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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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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