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1945 Photo of Modified Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Unusual • TAGS: .

This press photo and caption was posted to Facebook.

“THIS IS A “TWEEP”
MAJURO– This combination truck and jeep was constructed by Seabees fo materials salvaged from six abandoned jeeps. With a wheelbase one-half times longer than the standard jeep, the “Tweep” accommodates eight person and gear, carries gas in its fenders. Red Cross Field Director Robert De Lawny, Spring Lane, Ithaca, NY , Stands by the Vehicle.
CREDIT (Red Cross PHOTO FROM ACME) 11-20-45″
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1944 France Modified Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Library Collections, Old Images

This image of a modified jeep is part of the “Portal to Texas History” digital collection.

https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth476250/m1/1/?q=%20date:1940-1960

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Reference: [Soldiers on Jeep], photograph, 1944;(https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth476250/m1/2/?q=%20date:1940-1960: accessed February 7, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum.

 
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UPDATE: Photo taken at Snake River, Twin Falls, Idaho

• CATEGORIES: Features

UPDATE: Congrats to Alphamav for finding someone who could identify this location. It is Snake River Canyon near Twin Falls. 

A few years ago Blaine downloaded this image from the internet. He’s always wondered where it was located.

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The location today:
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1946 CJ-2A Columbia, TN $7525

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

No description provided.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/790083764826023/

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1951 CJ-3A Phelan, CA $5000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

UPDATE: Still Available.

(01/27/2019) Appears worth a look.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1352792034928195/

“1951 willy’s cj3a 327 chevy Muncie 4 speed dana 44 front and rear runs and drives”

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Year? Cj-2A Bakersfield, CA $7800

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Listed as a 1942, I don’t see any WWII stuff, other than the full floating rear hubs, which could be an aftermarket addition as well.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1041484652884145/

“1942 Jeep Willys. A great jeep for a purest looking for a piece of history. Manufacturer is actually Ford because of the year it was made. Starts and runs without issues. Original engine. Electrical was upgraded to a 12 volt system. Lived in Kern County last several decades. Vehicle is currently registered as Non-Op. Currently stored indoors and away from the elements”

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1953 CJ-3B Fountain, CO $3500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B

UPDATE: Still Available.

(01/28/2020) Rob shared this jeep. It’s got potential.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2801722096516286

“A true barn find. 1953 Willys Jeep that has been stored in a shed for 30 years. Starts right up and runs great. Also has an extra set of tires that goes with it. Will sell for $3500 or best offer.”

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1953 Drag/Sand Jeep Corona, CA $15,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, Racing • TAGS: .

Looks like a fun rig.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2876557802401239/

“Sand Jeep I pc fiberglass body tube chassis, 454 big block, 2 spd powerglide which need to be rebuilt”

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1950 CJ-3A St. Paul, MN $5000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

UPDATE: Still Available.

(12/02/2019) Has some rust in the spare tire mount area. The driver’s side front rim has three holes drilled in it. I can’t remember seeing that on any other rims? The odd look of the photos appear to be a quick removal of background stuff from the photos, which, depending on what you have in your garage, is a good idea.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1573904502776006/

“Hello, I am selling a 1950 Willys Jeep CJ3-A. This Jeep was running and insured but has been stored inside and not driven the last few years. I have a title for it and it will also need tabs. It maybe needs a battery as well, It is still on 6 volt current, a 12 volt battery was hooked in for ease of starting. It has the Go-Devil 4 cylinder and manual transmission and 4 wheel drive. The body is better then many of the Jeeps of this era that I have seen, it needs TLC and is not perfect but solid. It is a good Jeep that should be driven. I also have a brand new 300.00 windshield and weather striping for the Jeep if interested. Contact me with any questions. 5,000 obo Will consider serious offers, Thank You”

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“Jesse James” MB-like Tractor Puller Chandler, AZ $5000

• CATEGORIES: Features, Jeep Rods • TAGS: .

Funny how these builds end up sometimes. This one is a shadow of what it was.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/792025321313438/

“I’m the current owner of the “Army Jeep Tractor Puller” that was built by Jesse James and a group of guys on the tv show Monster Garage. It aired in 2003 and is episode 3. Forty two various vehicles were built during the run of the series. This vehicle was later sold at Barrett Jackson in 2008 for $18,000. The engines were removed by the previous owner. What you see is what you get. If you do a search on youtube you can find the episode and watch the Jeep being built. This crazy ride could be built as a promo vehicle, a raffle prize, a collector could display it, or a builder could get it back on the road and show it. I can help ship it, will help load it, and can possibly deliver it on your dime. It’s located in Chandler, Az. Asking price is $5,000”

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Originally published April 2011:

If Jesse James and West Coast Choppers were to build a jeep, what kind of jeep would he build?  Well, we have the answer from remarkablecars.com. This unusual build was available for auction in 2008.  I can’t tell if it sold or not.  He did manage to use some original parts.  For example, that left fender sure looks like a WWII fender and there’s some original frame used too (you can make out the transfercase undercarriage mount near the rear tire).

SUMMARY: This authentic WWII Willys Jeep transformed into a twin-engined tractor-pulling behemoth is sure to bring home the Big “V” both on the race track and the front lines. Sold on a Bill of Sale only. Special conditions apply.

DESCRIPTION: In the Summer of 2003, Jesse James accompanied Kid Rock to a USO Show for the troops overseas in Iraq. While there, Jesse was bit by the inspiration bug and set his mind towards his next build, the transition of an authentic WWII Willys Jeep into a twin-engined tractor-pulling behemoth using a team composed entirely of Army gearheads (well, with the exception of a couple of civilian experts). It wasn’t just a walk through the park, or even a walk through the front lines. Nearly every piece had to be fabricated for this build. Plus, the rear end and rims had to be modified for pulling. The biggest modification was comprised of extending the Jeep frame from 86″ to 180″. Over twice it’s original length.

THE DESIGNERS: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers in Long Beach, CA, Joe Eder, multi-engine tractor-pull builder from North Collins, NY, Keith Kaucher, industrial designer, Kaucher Design Werks in Santa Monica, CA, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Kevin Sargent, utilities operations and maintenance technician, Headquarters Company/1st Engineer Brigade in Fort Leonard Wood, MO, 2nd Lt. Brian Johnson, armor officer, 1st Battalion/16th Cavalry Regiment in Fort Knox, KY.

THE BUILDERS:
Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers in Long Beach, CA, Joe Eder, multi-engine tractor-pull builder from North Collins, NY, Pfc. Jesse Dugan, wheel vehicle mechanic, D Company/801st Main Support Brigade in Fort Campbell, KY, 2nd Lt. Brian Johnson/2LT, armor officer, 1st Battalion/16th Cavalry Regiment in Fort Knox, KY, Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Morin, light-wheeled vehicle mechanic, Headquarters Company/187 Ordnance Battalion in Fort Jackson, SC, Tim Porter, single-engine tractor-pull builder from Louisberg, KY, Master Sgt. Darrick Preston, mechanical maintenance supervisor, 16th Ordnance Battalion/Aberdeen Proving Ground in Abingdon, MD, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Kevin Sargent, utilities operations and maintenance technician, Headquarters Company/1st Engineer Brigade in Ft. Leonard Wood, MO and Spc. Benjamin Smith, metalworker, D Company/801st Mechanical Support Brigade in Fort Campbell, KY.

VEHICLE SPECS:
Make: Willys Model: Jeep MB Year: 1943 Height: 64″ Width: 85″ (including rear tires) Length: 211″ Ground Clearance: 6″ to headers (1′ to frame) Horsepower/Torque: approximately 2,000hp /2,1000 torque Moving Parts: Includes the engine coupler, primary transmission, secondary gearbox and dual supercharged 502 engines. Special Welds: The guys performed heavy-duty welds on the body-frame extension and towing hitch. Additional Acquired or Machined Parts: The team fabricated the engine coupler, towing hitch and straight rims.”

 
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1951 CJ-3A San Diego, CA $7500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

UPDATE: Status Unknown. Was $7500. The link to the $7500 price has been removed, but this ad for it at the more expensive price is still there

Has mods.

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“Looks like it’s time for me to finally let go of my baby. Some lucky Buyer is going to walk away with a deal of a lifetime on my 1951 jeep Willys CJ3a, this jeep has a fuel injected 302CI V8, Power steering upgraded with five lug conversion, disc brakes in the front a brand new high-performance clutch under warranty for the next year just installed a month ago, 20 inch rims with 37 inch mud terrain tires, Muncie four-speed transmission the infamous “rock crusher” Shift smooth as it should the 4 x 4 works amazing as well. Custom rhino liner paint job done by the pros @ rhino liner of SD, custom LED headlights, Dakota analog gauge cluster, this jeep needs nothing clean title no accidents and is my current daily driver. 7500 is about 1/3 of what is trucks actually worth so please don’t contact me with lowball offers. I’m only selling because I need the money”

 
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1950 MC-38? Charlotte, NC $25,000

• CATEGORIES: M-38

The seller of this believes this to be one of the six M-38 pilot vehicles, also known as MC-38s: http://www.cj3a.info/sibling/m38/pilot.html …. However, after looking at the jeep, it has been modified to such an extent that even if it was one of the pilot models, there’s very little left of it. That said, I can see nothing that identifies it as an early model: 1) Serial number of MC 10149 is too late (serial number on data plates); 2) No full-floating axles (pilots had the WWII rear axles); 3) No battery box (battery box lid hinges were on the sides of the pilot vehicles); 4) wrong windshield setup  … the list goes on.

https://charlotte.craigslist.org/cto/d/pineville-1950-military-jeep-mc-38/7068608875.html

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1948 CJ-2A Victorville, CA $2700

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

It’s a project.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/186294885899796/

“1948 Willy Jeep Great project if you are interested in setting up and creating your own ride. All parts are here just no time to do the project, looking to clear up garage space. Pink slip on hand. I have engine, transmission, bell housing, hood, windshield, all part to complete the build. Also have windshield with “WILLYS” imprinted on it”

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1946 CJ-2A Llano, CA $2100

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE :Price dropped to $2100.

(12/13/2019) Not sure how much value is here.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/436434890351257/

“1946 Willys Jeep manual transmission 4 x 4 all original four-cylinder flat head”

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1948 CJ-2A Oaktown, IN $5000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

I’d wager this has a few more than 979 miles on it, especially since that’s not the original speedometer.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/156292375802632/

“979 actual miles Good body no rust. Will trade for $3000 cash and a good vehicle”

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1948 CJ-2A Perris, CA $6750

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE: Still Available.

(01/30/2020) Includes a variety of parts. Still some work to be done.

https://inlandempire.craigslist.org/pts/d/lake-elsinore-1948-jeep-willys-overland/7064404120.html

“1948 Jeep Willys Overland CJ2A 4wd Off the frame restoration, most of the hard work is done and looking for someone to complete the project!! Clean pink slip and CA plates Original Body and Frame Service manual and parts books 12v system, mag rims with tires 2 new bumpers Tons of original parts and new parts including: Tow bar, exhaust system, power winch, ooooga horn, halogen lights, extra gas tanks, rack, too many parts to list all included with deal.”

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Sept/Oct 1955 Willys News

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

Here’s another of my favorite issues of Willys News, as it includes a photo of our good friend Hugo Vidal as he and his two traveling companions (only Charles and Hugo are shown in the pic waving good bye) were about to depart Philadelphia in their trusty CJ-3B for their drive to Alaska.

Also in this issue is an image showing some of the brochures available to dealers. There are two new brochures added since the January 1955 Willys News showed these brochures: 1) The Willys Utility Wagon Brochure and 2) the introductory 1956 DJ-3A Brochure (not available to dealers until 1956).

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1942 Photo of Jeeps in New Guinea on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE: A second version of this press photo out of New Guinea is on eBay.

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“1942 Press Photo US jeeps driving through New Guinea jungle during World War II. This is an original press photo. World War II – New Guinea – Dispensing with recognized traffic rules, American “peeps” wind their way single file through this New Guinea jungle. Yesterday Japanese troops were in headlong retreat through New Guinea’s Papuan Peninsula with Americans and Australians in grim pursuit. Photo measures 7 x 7.5 inches. Photo is dated 11-15-1942.”

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From June 5, 2017:

“1942 PRESS PHOTO WWII American Army Jeep Convoy Jungles of New Guinea 5757 Measures 6.5 X 8 inches”

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1943 Photo “Just Married?” Jeep Being Towed

• CATEGORIES: Features, Library Collections, Old Images

This will surely delay the honeymoon! These images are from the “Portal to Texas History” digital collection.

1. https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth688891

“Photograph of a newly wed officer and his bride being towed away in their jeep by a wrecker. A sign on the back of the jeep says, “Just Married?””

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2. https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth689737/

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1941 Service School for U.S. Army Instructors on Ford Vehicles $750

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

Roger Martin spotted this book on Facebook. It looks like it’s been up since July.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1559268460802697/permalink/2509192215810312

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“This book contains invaluable knowledge from the experts themselves, to shape the future mechanics of WWII. They understood the competence of the students could be a matter of life and death. This incredibly scarce, all original book is entitled “Service School for U.S. Army Instructors on Ford U.S. Army Vehicles 1941”.

It was put together by Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan to be used by the school at the Rogue Plant, as well as traveling schools at military posts around the U.S. The contents of this book include:

*The service school program for U.S. Army Instructors on Ford built U.S. Army Vehicles at Rouge Plant
*Program for traveling service school for U.S. Army Instructors on Ford built U.S. Army vehicles
*Ford equipment-specialized services
*Universal equipment-specialized services
*Universal equipment-general shop use
*Individual mechanics equipment
*List of tools – U.S. Army Reconnaissance Car
*List of tools – U.S. Army Staff Car (Fordor)
*List of tools – U.S. Army Bomb Service Truck (Tonner)
*TM10-1101 Maintenance Manual for Ford Truck Model G.P. 1/4 Ton 4×4 for the U.S. Government *U-7434 Service Requirements Ford Army Reconnaissance Car
*To remove front door glass – Staff Car
*Remove and replace w/s glass – Staff Car
*Ford parts numbering system
*Ford Fordor Sedan Body Parts and Price List for U.S. Government
*TM10-1100 Parts Price List Special Model G.P. 1/4 Ton 80″ Wheelbase 4×4 for U.S. Government *Ford Form #7084 Ford and Mercury Chassis Parts and Price List 1938-39-40-41 Passenger Cars and Trucks

Adding further nostalgia, the first page includes a hand written message “Put it back where you found it It’s property of Neil Goldsmith Co A 27th Bn Camp Croft, S.C.” (which was dismantled after the war) The paper cover of this book is in rough shape (shown in pictures). However, the contents are remarkably clean and is a complete set. There is some damage to the back few pages (shown in pictures) but none of the print has been compromised (picture shows the page with the most damage).

Considering the rarity of this collection, aesthetics are variable. Here’s your chance to own a rare piece of American history! Asking $750″

 
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1948 CJ-2A Pittsburg, CA $2500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , .

You don’t see a windshield like this every day.  It has an unusual headlight setup, too.

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/cto/d/antioch-1948-willys-jeep/7068420714.html

“Very rare 1948 bright yellow Willys Jeep. Has a 1968 Corvette engine. Has holly carburetor, modern exhaust system. Exempt from smog. Four Sand tires included (retail $1000).”

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Year? CJ-3A/MB Palm Desert, CA $7000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, GPW (Ford MB), MB

UPDATE: Price dropped to $7000.

(01/20/2020) This appears to be a 1950 CJ-3A with an MB/GPW body on it. It also has some Husky/Allstate hubs and what I think is a Con-Ferr rear bumper.

https://palmsprings.craigslist.org/cto/d/palm-desert-willys/7070592325.html
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“Selling my Willy’s. It’s registered as a 1950 but I’m told it’s a 1942-46…
Very Low miles on Rebuilt engine.
Purrs like a sewing machine.
Very reliable.
Military tires.
New brakes, hoses etc
Original steering wheel
Wench works
Original spot lights work
Amazing gas mileage
Tough little jeep
4×4 works. Lo/Hi
White patina
Clean title
Original carb rebuilt

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1949 CJ-3A? Las Vegas, NV $8500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: .

Ii would guess the body is a replacement body. The front roll cage loop rests atop the step. I hope there’s something connected to the frame underneath the step. The soft top looks custom and doesn’t use the windshield channel. It kind of looks like it snaps on the front? No description provided.

https://cars.ksl.com/listing/6213388?ad_cid=6

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1959 CJ-6 Modesto, CA $8500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-6

Looks solid, though the dash has been modified somewhat.

https://modesto.craigslist.org/cto/d/gustine-1959-willys-cj-6-jeep/7068030964.html

“1959 rare cj6 body is in good shape. 5 new tires and wheels all new brakes including E brake. Has rare pto driven winch works good. Has been converted to 12 volt system. Currently registered and tagged text is usually best”

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Year? L-head Carnation, WA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Engine, Parts

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $500.

The looks like a good price. It has an unusual carb horn setup.

“Flat head 134 complete. Exhaust , bellhousing and clutch also included. Comes with original starter but have 12volt gear reduction for extra. $500 for engine and $100 for 12volt starter”

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