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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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 **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Unusual, Wood bodies • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2000.

(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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Old images before the 2008 sale:

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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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1946 CJ-2A Project Worcester, MA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Wood bodies

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6800.

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.”

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Sidewalk Jeep Design from Popular Mechanics (Jeep for Sale)

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, Magazine, Models, toys, Wood bodies • TAGS: .

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.

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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.

View issues of Popular Mechanics, January 1948, for sale on eBay


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1946 CJ-2A New Paltz, NY **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $750.


“I have for sale today a 46 Willis cj2a, the body is shot as is the frame but it does run and drive and the plow works, I used it all winter and it started every time even in the negatives, has very nice front seats and gas tank, could be used as a farm jeep or plow jeep have title as well $750 obo located in new paltz New York”


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1950s Wood Puzzle Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Wood bodies • TAGS: .

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.”

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1949 CJ-3A Ramona, CA $11,500

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

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.”


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1948 CJ-2A Waterbury, CT **SOLD**

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

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.”

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1947 CJ-2A Lansing, MI $1500

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

UPDATE: Still Available. Looks like a custom wood top.

“1947 Willy’s Jeep, 2nd owner, new carb & battery, hard cab, non military.”



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1949 CJ-3A Aspen, CO **Status Unknown**

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

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”


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No Updates Monday

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

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.


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1953 Wagon Phoenix, AZ $7995

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

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.

Chevy 454
Edelbrock Intake
Flowmaster Exhaust Mufflers
Dual Pump Dual Feed
Holley 650 Carb.
Holley 6-9 psi fuel pump.
Dual electric fans
3 core radioator
New tank
Accell ignition
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”


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Creating a ‘Woodie’ CJ-2A

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Wood bodies

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.



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1946 CJ-2A Vernon, NJ $9000

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

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”


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1950 Wagon Northeast Texas $12,000

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

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”


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Wood Jeep Lawn Decoration Wichita, KS **Status Unknown**

• CATEGORIES: Models, Wood bodies

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.”

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Photo of Unusual Hardtop from Germany on eBay

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

Marc spotted the photo of this unusual hardtop from 1946 Germany.

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1964 USAF Photo: CJ-3A with Body V7 Works Top?

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

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”

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1978 Custom DJ-5 Huntsville, AL **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: DJ-5 & DJ-6, Wood bodies • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was No Price

Here’s a strange one.

“1978 Mail Jeep CJ-S
It’s cut down and lots of wood
232, 6-C Motor. Runs Good
Taking Offers”

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2008 Scrollsaw Magazine Pine Wood Derby Jeep eBay

• CATEGORIES: Magazine, Wood bodies

Here’s a recent edition of Scrollsaw Magazine that shows you how to make a pine wood derby flatfender.

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Photo of Unusual Hardtop for Radio Station Jeep on eBay

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

Marc spotted this odd hard top. I looked up the radio station and WXCG now broadcasts in New York State. I can’t tell where the photo was taken.

“Amateur photo negative. This is no print, just the negative.. The negative measures 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 inches.. I do great combined shipping !”

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V-7 Body Works out of Chicago

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Wood bodies • TAGS: .

UPDATE II: I’ve added these two very rare photos from FB posted by Martin Sturm showing his grandmother next to a CJ-2A equipped with a V-7 Bodyworks hardtop.

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UPDATE: Thanks to Jennifer, the granddaughter of the creator Sam Sevin of the V-7 hardtops, we now know who created them. There are newspaper clippings that indicate the company operated for a short time, roughly from 1948-1949. The company was formed by Sam and his brother Sol Sevin. Unfortunately, it appears the company didn’t not get the orders they’d hoped and was forced out of business.


Originally Posted April 28, 2013: V-7 Body Works in Chicago offered these two different woody tops, a half-top and a wagon model, for CJ-2As in 1948. I tired to find out more information the company, but had no luck.


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Photo of WW2 Jeep with Wood Hardtop on eBay

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

Here’s an interesting photo. That looks like a home wooden hardtop. I can’t tell what the letters on the front of the windshield spell.

“Photo size is 4.5×2.75″ inches”

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