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1966/1941 Offroad Toy Berlin Heights, Oh $5600

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Here’s a fun looking, old school build that Bob spotted. It looks like it has a CJ-5/CJ-3b cage in it — the bend in the front is in the wrong spot.  But, who cares; it has flames!

‘1966 willys jeep with a 1941 body. body off restore, 350 chevy v8 with avenger holley carb, munci 465 trani, dana 300 transfer case, dana 44 rear with locker, dana 30 front with disc brakes, 33″ thornbirds (like new condition), runs like a champ only thing it needs is the brakes to be pressure bled. $5,600 call Mike at (440) 225-2421″

http://cleveland.craigslist.org/cto/1621932159.html

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1958 Fire Truck FL 170 Northport, NY **SOLD**

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UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was on eBay

I want one!  Thanks to Steve for spotting this one.

“1958 WILLYS PICKUP /FIRE TRUCK (VERY UNIQUE) THIS VEHICLE HAS JUST OVER 6,000 ORIGINAL MILES ON IT AND GARAGE KEPT ALL OF ITS LIFE. 6 CYLINDER HURRICANE 6 3 SPEED 4WD WITH A 500 GALLON PER MIN DARLEY CHAMPION PUMP, HARD SUCTION HOSE/ ROOF LADDER. WORKING SIREN AND LIGHTS. VERY TIGHT TRUCK WITH ABSOLUTELY NO RUST OR ROT. ALL ORIGINAL. I HAD BOUGHT  THIS TRUCK WITH THE INTENTION TO DO A QUICK RESTORE BUT HAVE HAD NO TIME TO DO SO. I AM WILLING TO CONSIDER A TRADE BUT IT MUST BE A MINT PICKUP OR CJ FULLY RESTORED. I HAVE OWNED 3 WILLYS SINCE 1982 AND HAVE NEVER SEEN A TRUCK THIS CLEAN.SEAT NEEDS BE REUPOLSTERED BUT THAT IS ABOUT IT.THIS TRUCK STARTS RIGHT UP AND RUNS GREAT. IT ALSO HAS AN ELECTRIC WIPER SYSTEM ON TOP OF THE ORIGINAL VACUUM WIPERS. THIS TRUCK BELIEVE OR NOT WAS STILL ACTIVE IN THE FIRE SERVICE IN 2006. THIS TRUCK IS A TRUE GEM AND I WOULD HATE TO LET IT GO BUT I HAVE NO TIME TO FINISH IT THE WAY I WANT IT. GOOD LUCK ON YOUR BID.”

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1951 CJ-3A Inland Empire, Ca $3500

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It looks solid.

“1951 Willys Jeep. soft top w\ doors, Chevy 283 small block, Chevy steering column, roll bar,4wd,4 speed stick, invincible front bumper w\ WARN winch, removable front trailer/tow bar, dual tanks, dual exhaust, water & gas cans on back, spare tire, 2″ ball. this jeep is a lot of fun. just rebuilt master cylinder, replace tie rod end [no more wobble], added starter solenoid. motor is tight, runs like a champ. clean title, DMV placard on drivers side rear fender well. running and registered. Serious callers only please, don’t waste my time…(909) 795-1482 please leave message.”

http://inlandempire.craigslist.org/cto/1614979104.html

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1942? CJ-2A MIlford, CT **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5500

There are a variety of upgrades on this CJ.

“1942 CJ2A, chevy v6, original tailgate, power steering conversion with ‘I did it’ chrome column, hanging pedal conversion, painless wiring conversion, oem brake lights, conversion radiator, turbo 350 tranny just rebuilt 3 months ago with a shift kit, lokar shifter, all new gauges, chevy disc brake system, dana 20 t case, tom woods cv shaft, dana 44 rear 3.73, dana 27 front, new body, original frame no rust at all, aftermarket metal body,hood and fenders, vin tags included, totally rebuilt, needs parking brake and exhaust from y pipe back, runs and drives like a champ, $5500, will trade for a BOSTON WHALER 15-19ft boat.”

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1949 Jeepster Columbia, Ca eBay

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This is a beautiful restoration / customization.

“In addition to all of that, this JEEPSTER runs like a champ.  The seats are very comfortable.  The Dodge Dakota V6 engine runs smoothly, burns no oil, and is free of undercarriage drips.  Power steering and cruise control add to the enjoyment of driving.  It is more than capable of highway speeds and climbs the Nevada mountain ranges with ease.  All of the chrome trim is without blemish.  There is no underside rust.  There are no dents, dings, or gouges.  The top and side curtains are in good condition.  The tires are nearly new.

However, there are two things that need to be done if the buyer wants to put it into show condition.  While the paint photographs well, it is not flawless.  Close inspection reveals cracks in the finish.  The Spoke wheels need to be re-chromed.

I can no longer afford to keep my Jeepster and an airplane at the same time.  I love driving the Jeepster, but I put in hundreds of hours building the airplane, and it is the one I have decided to keep.”

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Book Review: Michael Pollan’s ‘Food Rules’

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I’m sure, if I stretch and twist, I can make this post about Willys, but, frankly, it really has nothing to do with them.  So, fair warning….

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As I’ve mentioned occasionally in posts, I like cooking and studying food related issues.  While I’ve thought about creating a 2nd blog related to these issues, I just haven’t gotten around to it.

About four years ago I asked myself a simple question, for reasons too long winded that I won’t go into them here, exactly what am I supposed to eat?  Along the way, I’ve read as many studies, books and articles as I could find that seemed reasonably interested in finding grounded answers, versus sources attempting to champion some superior form of eating.  Michael Pollan’s books were some that I felt met those standards (well, until his latest book anyway).

Michael Pollan

A few years ago, a journalist named Michael Pollan jumped square into the middle of the food discussion with a book called Ominvores Dilemma, which I felt was a very good first attempt at exploring the food system within which American’s operate and the viability of those systems.

In his second book on the topic, In Defense of Food, was less memorable, though still an interesting read.  This cemented his stature in the “what in the hell should we eat” consciousness of those interested in the topic.

In his third book, Food Rules, which I read last night, his journalistic senses went rogue (in my opinion), creating a book of food rules that I think, while generally helping most people,  are supported by a framework of vegetarianism that undermines the research credibility he gained in his first two books.  More to the point, the book ticked me off enough to write a review on Amazon.

I’ve published my review of the book below because, I suppose, I can; And, maybe, because some of you, maybe one of you, might find it interesting?

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My Book Review of Food Rules:

I found this book disappointing.  After reading this book, I had to ask myself whether the person who wrote the Ominvore’s Dilemma, which I felt was a well done piece of journalism, was the same person who wrote this book.  While Omnivore’s dilemma reflected an earnest attempt at investigation and analysis, this book appears void of many of the lessons learned from that book. While Mr. Pollan notes that much of the ‘science’ for Food Rules comes from In Defense of Food, I can’t say that the conclusions I reached from In Defense were the same as the conclusions Mr. Pollan spells out in this new book (which means I need to re-read In Defense I suppose).

Now, let me note that most of his rules make good sense and will likely help many average Americans improve their health. However, I cannot ignore the glaring faults of this book.

There are two major concerns I have with Food Rules, the initial supposition and the conclusion.  The first concern, his definition of a Western Diet, one of two core facts he simply states are generally accepted facts in the world of nutrition, seems more to serve his conclusion (eat lots of vegetables) than to be a real attempt at definition. If we truly don’t understand the problem, how can we develop a rational conclusion?  I believe his hypothesis provides zero insight, when in fact it could provide a great deal of insight into the specific problems with most of the food that ‘Westerners’, or more specifically Americans, consume.  Based on the studies, literature and lay materials I have read, I see nothing to indicate that his interpretation of the ‘western diet’ is an accurate reflection of any kind of generally accepted wisdom.

The second, and bigger concern I have is Mr. Pollan’s perpetuation, without a shred of discussion, on page 51, of the argument that “Vegetarians are noticeably healthier than carnivores and live longer.”  One of the problems with this statement as fact (there are several problems here, but I won’t get into them all) is that most people aren’t carnivores; they are omnivores.  For a writer who wrote a book with the word OMNIVORE in the title, I expect him, if anyone, to understand this is not a minor issue.

In fact, this vegetarian vs. carnivore perception exists throughout this book.  For example, his rule number 19 states:  If it came from a plant eat it; if made at a plant, don’t.  To put it bluntly, where’s the beef here?  There are problems with the way beef is created!  So, I’d change #19 to:  If it came from a plant or dined on plants, eat it.  If it was made at a plant or grown at a plant (aka CAFO), don’t.  The point here is that a large portion of ‘carnivore products’, such as meat and dairy products, that are sold in most stores are nutritionally deficient (in Omnivore’s Dilemma, he made some fantastic points about this) because they are as manufactured as some vegetarian products (processed cereals come to mind).

Moreover, going back to my omnivore point, most people in the US consume nutritionally poor starches (french fries, baked potatoes, etc) or refined foods (burger buns, rolls, etc) along with their poor quality meats which likely undermines some of the potential value of meat/fat consumption.  In sum, we have a huge portion of the American population trying to be omnivores, eating a federally encouraged ‘balanced diet’, but, instead, can only consume low quality meats, dairy products, vegetables and refined foods that represent the mainstream foods (in most stores and restaurants) available to most Americans. To classify these people as carnivores misleads people who are truly trying to figure out what they should eat, along with muddling omnivore and carnivore research undeservedly together.

Mr. Pollan can do better and has done better.  Hopefully, his next book will be better.

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1952 M-38 Madison, Ga $2900

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UPDATE: Price dropped to $2900

(12/6/09) For the 4wd not to work, is the front drive shaft missing?

“1952 willys jeep, 4 cylinder, Runs like a champ, fun to drive. The only thing that doesnt work is the 4 wheel drive, has very little rust. the price is $2900 OBO. Hand in the 3rd photo not included, lol …Call for more details.  706-474-2507. Thanks for looking.  Lee”

http://athensga.craigslist.org/cto/1542340396.html

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1948 CJ-2A Brunswick, Ga eBay

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The starting price isn’t too bad.

“This is my 1948 CJ2A that I bought recently. I have decided to sell it for I found a new project to restore. This jeep has the rare transfercase PTO. It has the rear gearbox mounted on the rearend. It works great the driveshaft and box. I have a water pump that mounts to the rear gear box. A box alone sold recently $475 and the shaft $175 and pto for $250. The engine runs like a champ. purrs like a kitten. Has 40 psi at idle and 60 psi when running (see photo). Has new starter selonoid and is 12 volt. Headlights and taillight work and the chrome rings are the best ive seen. The transmission and transfercase work grear also. tires are old 7.00 x 16 and look good. steers good….”

View all the pics on eBay

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1948 CJ-2A Lincoln City, OR **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2000

This looks like a great price.  This would probably make a good foundation for a project, given the updated motor, windshield, a good top, and misc parts.

“This is a 1948 Willy’s Jeep CJ2A. It is not ALL original, however, the body, transmission (T-90 manual 3 speed), transfer case, shifters, seats, and windshield are. It also has a rear tow hitch and front tow bar so you may tow it away behind another vehicle. The transmission may be 61 years old, but it still runs and shifts like a champ. It includes aftermarket roll bar, top, swinging jerry can and tire rack, and an almost new exhaust system (dual cherry bombs). The brakes were recently re-done. The engine is a 1964 225 V6 Buick engine with a Rochester single barrel carburetor which was recently re-built. There is no way to tell how many miles are on the engine, as it is not original. It can really move if it needs to. As of right now, the transmission has been dropped, as the clutch has gone out, and will need to be replaced before it can run. I’m not sure which clutch it needs, a Buick or Jeep, as the transmission is original and the engine is not. Tail lights, head lights, blinkers, and hazard lights all work. There is no fuse box, but several in-line fuses have been installed. It’s a shame for me to have to sell this old Jeep, but I simply don’t have the time nor the money to restore it to is original beauty.”

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My Build: Cage Painted and Installed

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TABLE OF CONTENTS: There’s 4 sections to this post:

  1. 1. My Completed Cage in my jeep
  2. 2. What I thought about when building my cage
  3. 3. Links to dicussions about my cage
  4. 4. Other roll cage images


1.  MY CAGE:
Here’s the cage in the jeep.  Yeah, I’m happy about this.  It’s a little chromier color than I wanted, but I suspect I’ll be covering it with wrap soon.  I already hit my head once, lol …

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2. MY THOUGHTS ON BUILDING THE CAGE

And an overview of my experience:

This post reflects my experience researching and building my roll cage.  My goal with this post is to eliminate the need for others to spend the hours and hours I spent researching weighing options and deciding upon a cage.  Note that while I have had a couple cages and my dad built two cages (back in the 70s), this was the first cage I designed, bent and built myself.

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO READ MUCH MORE ….

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1953 CJ-3A Eugene, OR **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4000

“Sorry Willys owners. I need money for a construction project and that is why I am cutting the price on this fantastic 1953 Willys. It has a fresh 327, 35 muds, 9k winch. Runs like a champ. Stored undercover, has top and doors, trailering parts.”

 

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1955 CJ-3B New Orleans, LA **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was Make offer. One of the first Civilian Jeeps? I don’t think so.

“Up for sale is an Awesome Jeep CJ3B. Only 37k miles. Just changed diff gear oil. I really do not want to sell, but i have 2 other Jeeps and not enough storage space. I started to restore her about 1 year ago, but I’m in the process of moving, and i just don’t have the room anymore. The motor has been removed for better access. She ran like a champ when i last drove her! I have all parts labeled, and neatly set asidethat were removed (minor). Motor, tranny, and transfer case are all together. Minimal rust on floor panel, has all gauges (fuel gauge is probably going to need replacement), 31″ tires, roll cage, and much much more! Have title in hand for new owner. The pictures were taken a week or so ago. Great project vehicle, or just put the motor back in and have some good ol fun! There are plenty of extra parts if needed. This jeep is an antique and a collectors item, and one of the first Civilian Jeeps ever made. I could go on and on about this Jeep, but don’t have time right now. E-Mail me with any questions and make me an offer. Please don’t waste my time, serious buyers & Jeep fans only! I will take some more detailed pics as soon as i get a chance to. If i have time i will put the motor back in. This is a great Jeep. Best offer within 2 weeks takes it!!! Good Luck.”

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1946 CJ-2A Harrison Township, Mi $7900

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UPDATE:  Price dropped to $7900

This ’46 sports a variety of upgrades.   It looks nice.  Strangely, the front parking lights have been eliminated.

“1946 willys, california car, ’74 350 corvette engine, 4 speed manual trans, ’74 cj5 running gear, 44 dyna rear, 30 dyna front, all gauges work, body in good condition, no rust, newer Best Top with soft doors, dual fuel tanks, Ramsey Pro 9000 front mount winch, roll cage , dual KC running lights, Deist seat/shoulder belt system. 5 new BF Goodrich 33×12.50 R LT tires, 5 used chrome wheels, 4 new 15 Champion bead lock C2 rims,
contact Chuck @ 586-463-6150 ”

http://detroit.craigslist.org/cto/1243061645.html

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1951 CJ-3A Howard, NY **SOLD**

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1951_cj3a_howardUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1600.

Yeah, the body isn’t a pretty picture.  But, the drive train sounds like it might have potential.

“A 1951 Willys jeep no title runs like a champ comes with 3 sets of tires and wheels all kinds of spare parts including heads axle shafts axle housings engine block… actualy 1 or 2 enginges that were stripped down the frame is straight and it is solid!! the body on the other hand has seen better days as far as i know it was last on the road in 1972 and been sitting behind a barn until a few years ago when the guy i bought it from got it running and used it to plow his driveway…the jeep came with the house he bought”

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Austin 7 — Grandfather of the Jeep?

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So, I’m doing my best to avoid going out to my parents very cold, damp garage to finish fixing my mom’s car.  Of course, the internet is one of the best avoidance tools ever invented.

FLAT FENDER BABES:
On a lark, I typed in ‘Flat Fender Babes’ into google just to see if anything came up.  While most of the links were garbage, one link lead me to a list of significant production automobiles, created by Angry Stan at AngryStan’s blog.  Naturally, one of the vehicles listed was the Willys MB.  What was interesting about the MB’s inclusion was Stan’s comment that the MB was “very loosely based on the Austin 7”.

Whoa .. news to me.  What you talkin’ ’bout Stan?

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Reader Builds — A Garage Full of CJ-2As in Wisconsin

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garage_robertlangdonA reader named Robert in Wisconsin has provided some pictures of a CJ-2A collection he has put together.  For me, this brought back memories of living in Wisconsin.   In fact, the reason I sold my first jeep was to fund a move to Wisconsin back in 1992.  I knew I couldn’t haul it around and keep it maintained, so I figured it was time to let it go.  I called Wisconsin home for two years and have plenty of fond memories of the Dane County Farmer’s Market, Old World Wisconsin, 40 below temperatures (brrrrr) and the birth of my first son.

Robert has been kind enough to share a number of stories and pictures below.  Many Thanks!  BTW, to the right is the way a garage should look!

#1 – 1946 CJ2A (tan)

1946_cj2a_robertlangdonI got interested in CJ2As after buying a 1969 Series IIA Land Rover a couple years ago (ed note:  shown at the bottom of the post).  I had always wanted a Series 109 Rover and had convinced my wife that I needed one for my beekeeping hobby.  We had been hauling beehives and honey around in her mini van and she’d had enough of the sticky mess and ticked off bees that got stuck in her van.  With her blessing I located a Rover for sale in Minnesota and dragged it home.  I really enjoyed the Rover and put it to good use, but found it was way too big for the garage.  Also, it was right-hand-drive and it made me feel like I was driving in the ditch all the time.  After awhile, I started looking for something a bit smaller that I could still use for the bee hobby.  That’s when I noticed a nice looking 1946 CJ2A on ebay.  I bid on it and won.   The previous owner had done a really nice restoration and equipped it with a vintage Western snowplow.  I never thought I’d need a plow, but it actually ended up coming in handy with all the snow we got that winter.  I’m convinced the plow saved my back from shoveling.  This is the tan jeep with the soft top shown with my dog.

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1943 GPW Graham, Wa **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2000.

“I am selling a 1942 GPW. It has a bikini top a hard top with full doors and half doors. It has 538 gears and has a dana 44 rear with limited slip. It is sitting on 33 in BFG mud terrains and has plenty of grip. Custom suspension that makes this jeep articulate like a mofo. Wrangler 4 inch lift springs with a swing shackle reversal.It also has a 6000lb wench that works great. The original L134 flat head engine still runs like a champ and with the gearing has no trouble climbing plus it is good on gas. Runs great and ready to wheel. The bottom right image is before I painted the jeep grey.  There are many extras like tow bar and extra fenders.”

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1956 CJ-3B Charlotte, NC **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6500.

The windshield looks a little unusual on this CJ-3B.  It appears to be well maintained.

“This is a 1956 jeep willys cj3b, it has a F-head 134 engine, T90 tansmission(3spd, 4wd works like a champ, superwinch hubs. dana44 rear axle, exterior recently painted and has a bedliner coating in the back as well as the front of the interior of the tub…. Its missing two guages and needs a little bit of wiring but its a nice jeep for someone to tinker with but it is a blast to drive, the serial number is 32720 and in doing some research I found out that this jeep came from the west coast which explains why it has very minimal rust.”

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The Austin Gipsy

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Expanding from the previous post about Austin Champs, the Austin Gipsy was a chance for Austin Champ designers to start from scratch using what they had learned from the Champ.

One of the most interesting features was an independent suspension design as seen in the drawing to the right.

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The Austin Gipsy (another British 4×4)

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Expanding from the previous post about Austin Champs, and continuing our brief tour of british 4x4s, the Austin Gipsy was a chance for Austin Champ designers to start from scratch using what they had learned from the Champ.

One of the most interesting features was an independent suspension design as seen in the drawing to the right.

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Year? CJ-3A Granite Falls, Wa $2800

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The seller claims this is a 1941 Willys, but I don’t see much MB left in this jeep.  The rust looks more serious than suggested by the seller.  This jeep sports a Studebaker flathead 6, which I know nothing about, but sounds fun.

“Old military jeep. Runs, brakes may need adjusting from sitting. Body has some typical rust but nothing that can’t be fixed. Has Studabaker Champion flathead 6, T84J trans. Dash tags and clear title. Tag dated 12/31/41. This comes with lots of spare parts. Has an extra hood, fenders, grill, real nice tip down windshield, half cab with doors, roll bar, radiator, extra rims, new canvas top, spare Studabaker parts ( distributor, starter, etc )and a spare T-90 trans…”