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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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.


“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.

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.

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**

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.


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

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1960 DJ-3A Cleveland, TX **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $12,500.

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?).

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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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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.





“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 **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $18,500.

Interesting custom top.

“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.


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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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 Oriskany, NY **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2500.

(10/29/2016) This has a funky hardtop (and a flat tire).

“1946 Jeep Willys CJ-2A, perfect winter project for restoration. Extra parts including: motor, trans and other parts included, see pictures. ”

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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 **SOLD**

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

UPDATE **SOLD** Was $125.

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


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1946 CJ-2A Buena Vista, CO **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $8800.

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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 **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Wood bodies • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay. This may have a V-7 Hardtop.

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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