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1944 Forbes Article on the Peacetime Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

This Forbes November 15, 1944, article titled “Will the Jeep Invade Peacetime Markets” is a pretty sober look at the reality of the WWII jeep. That’s probably because the author, Francis “Frank” Fenn, was the former President of American Bantam at the time the Bantam BRC was developed (one person argued that Frank was the actual father of the jeep).

With tweaks to the basic WWII jeep, Fenn predicted the CJ could do quite a bit, but would never make a good around-town or travel car due to it’s rough ride and basic functions. He predicted, rightly, that it would take a quite a bit of engineering for the vehicle to meet the average family’s on-road needs.

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1963? Meyer Snow Plow Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Given the early Wagoneer and the (25M63) printed on the back, this may be a Meyer Snow Plow tri-fold brochure from 1963.



This is the center, 3-page foldout:


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Iron City Garage, Pittsburgh, PA

• CATEGORIES: Features, Willys Trucks

Bill sent a link for Iron City Garage, a unique used vehicle business that both sells vehicles, with a guarantee that the title is good, and rents them for photo shoots and other events.

The business’ goal is to take some of the risk out of purchasing a used project. The owner writes in the about section of the website, “Believe me, “winning” the bid on eBay is just the beginning. Out of the 10 vehicles I’ve bought online myself, 9 have turned out to be completely misrepresented. When we offer a vehicle for sale it is ready to be delivered and pushed into your work shop because we have eliminated any of the risks involved with electronic payments, titling and shipping.”

Iron City currently has a 1950 truck for sale $8500:


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1944 MB Westerville, OH BaT


Michael shared this MB with a trailer on the Bring-a-Trailer site.


“This 1944 Willys MB was owned by a World War II U.S. Air Force veteran for approximately 40 years before being inherited by the seller’s spouse in 2019. The truck is powered by a 134ci inline-four mated to a three-speed manual gearbox and a dual-range transfer case, and the body was refinished during the family’s ownership in green with military-style livery and features a canvas soft top, a pioneer tool kit, a jerrycan, and more. The included Willys trailer was purchased and refurbished approximately 25 years ago. This Willys Jeep and trailer are now offered by the seller with period WWII memorabilia, non-operational display machine guns and other items, a technical manual, service records from the past 40 years, and a clean Ohio title in the seller’s spouse’s name.

The seller states that the body was disassembled, refurbished, and repainted in olive drab green with reapplied insignias and livery in the 1990s. The included trailer underwent a similar refurbishment. Additional exterior features include a canvas soft top, a hinged dual-pane windshield, a fender-mounted Federal Enterprises siren, camouflage netting, blackout driving lights, and more. The seller notes that two non-operational display machine guns are included in the sale and can be mounted to the central turret….”

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Year? M-38A1 Bucharest, Romania Auction

• CATEGORIES: M-38A1 • TAGS: , .

this M-38A1 looks well maintained. If you are in Europe, this might be worth considering.

“Willys Jeep, part of the equipment of the American army during the detachments in South Korea, 1956”

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1948 CJ-2A Dalles, OR $1800

• CATEGORIES: Features, Wood bodies • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

Dan bought this jeep for the hardtop and plans to put it up for sale. As is with no Oregon title it is $1600 (parts jeep). Once he goes through the paperwork to give it an Oregon title, he plans to raise the price to $2000. The body is a unique wood kit. You can contact him at 971 704 1045 for more info or bosmate @ (remove spaces around @).

Dan shared this ad. The seller of this jeep told Dan that his father bought a wood kit from Sears or Montgomery to make a wood body; this is the result. I searched my Sears and Montgomery catalogs, but couldn’t locate a body repair kit (but I don’t have all the old catalogs). Dan got some close of up pics which are at the bottom of this post.

“1948 Willys CJ2a Jeep. Was my dads jeep but he passed away recently. He had hopes to get it runnig and driving again as he used to drive it on his property 20 years ago. Needs work. Engine missing carb, distributor and starter. I don’t know where he put those, also I can’t seem to find the title for it so no title (unfortunately)…selling as parts.

The jeep has a wooden body from the mid body seam to the rear (forward body is original metal). My dad bought a kit to make the wooden body from sears or montgomery wards many years ago. I assume he did this due to rust in the rear body floors. It’s done very well as the kit included supports and corners. The frame and other parts are solid and only have surface rust. I was going to get this going again and purchased a rare Koening hard top for it which I will sell seperately if the new owner desires it. Also the jeep includes a nice roll bar which is not installed.”

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Wood body closeup pics:

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1945 MB Spokane, WA Make Offer


It’s a project.

“Project, 45 Willys MB. Another project in line. Price keeps going up the more complete it becomes. Needs Glass, Brakes, some reassembly, seats. Take over & finish your own way. Make offer.”


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1949 Jeepster Parts Whitehouse, NJ $150

• CATEGORIES: Jeepster, Parts

Looks like some useful parts.

“1949 Willys Jeepster body molding side steps and window frames”


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Year? MB? Tacoma, WA $5000


Has indents and an inlet, but the inlet could have have been added afterwards given it is atop the diamond plate. This is not running.

“’42 willys with small block chevy 350. Been sitting about 5 years. (Non running) Was supposedly parked with a bad fuel pump. Otherwise, with a little elbow grease will be a runner driver. Twin stick transfer case, onboard air tank, 12k warn winch. axles and gears are unknown but this thing was SET UP for when it was built… I’d bet it has some crawling gears in it”

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1951 CJ-3A Lafayette, NJ $650


Appears to have some value.

“1951 Willys CJ3A Rolling Chassis, 23,000 miles with title and tags, engine disassembled 30 years ago, been sitting in a garage ever since. Frame is very nice, front horns good, with axles, trans, transfer case, most engine parts, great start for a resto or drop in a 4.3. Lots of extra parts, bring a trailer and cash”

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1943 MB Elyria, OH $22,000


Since it is an MB, the numbers wouldn’t match anyway. There have been a few updates.

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“For sale: 1943 Willy’s Jeep
“Go Devil” engine is rebuilt by Ron Fitzpatrick a Willy’s Jeep Restoration Company
Engine and body don’t have matching numbers.
Very low miles on it.
The frame is unmarked.
Gas filler tube was previously added for convenience by the previous owner.
Transmission has had all oil seals replaced by professional rebuilder.
It is a 12 volt system.
Runs really good.
Great for off road fun.
$22,000 obo
Please no third party sellers.”

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1946 CJ-2A New Vineyard, ME $3500


This lacks a motor, tranny, and tc.  Listed as 1947 (probably a seller guess), it appears to be a 1946 based on the data plates and grille..

“Late 40’s willys jeep in black primer no motor or transmission. More parts available. Please call Steve Heath [hidden information] between 6am and 7pm leave a message and phone number and he’ll call you back”

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1949 CJ-3A Scotts Mills, OR $3000


UPDATE: Price dropped to $3000.

(11/02/2020) I’m not sure which winch that is.

“Willy’s Jeep. New brakes. New fuel pump. New rear seat. Has soft top with bows and doors. No trades. Price is negotiable, but not giving it away”

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1952? CJ-2A JeepRod Nampa, ID $2000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, CJ-3A, Jeep Rods, Unusual • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Now priced at $2000 and located in Nampa.

(1030/2019) It appears to be a 2A body, give the ignition switch holes.

“4 wheel drive motor runs need fuel system flushed. Really cool project. Original motor.”




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Year? CJ-2A Connelly Springs, NC $800


If the body is decent, there could be some value here.

“I have a Willys CJ2A that I am looking to sell or trade. Was told it’s a 1946. Has original motor and trans but the engine is froze up. I have pulled the head and have the valves soaking. Body and frame are in good condition and not rusted out. It does not have a title. Bill of sale only. Looking to get $800 obo or trade on atv, guns, guitars, etc. let me know what you got”

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1952 CJ-3A(?) Vancouver, WA $3000


UPDATE: Still Available.

This is an odd one.

“Perfect for someone wanting to restore an old classic. Obviously needs work. Very confident the engine will still run. In its non-running life it’s spent most of its life under cover.”

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1947 CJ-2A Meeker, CO $4000


Could be a good price. (Also listed in big Piney, WY for $4500).

“1947 Willys Jeep Cj2a clear title new clutch new top near new tires new front wheel cylinders. Good running jeep comes with electric snow plow and a Ramsey pto winch. Runs good needs seat recovered but no issues. Fresh oil change antifreeze and gear oil in transmission and transfer case. Not rusted out like all the others kept in a garage. Asking $4000 obo make me an offer”

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A Turbo Hayabusa Suzuki Powered Jeep Build

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features, videos

Bill shared this post from about a youtuber named DJ (youtube channel Limitliss) putting a Turbo 1.3 liter Suzuki Hayabusa engine into a jeep-rod build. He was originally going to install a ZX10R, but found it to be too damaged to proceed, so he switched to the Suzuki engine.

Here’s Limitliss’ ‘reveal’l of the jeep build, but it’s not the first episode (call it episode 0):

This is episode 1:

You can follow the rest of the build here: … there are currently 19 episodes.

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1954 Nevada CAP Jeep Squadrons Article

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles • TAGS: .

The May 30, 1954, issue of the Nevada State Journal reported on the practice maneuvers of a squadron of jeepers unique to Nevada that worked with the local Civil Air Patrols on rescues. Nevada had two different squadrons, one in Washoe County and the other in Churchill County.

As you can see, the squadrons accepted a wide rand of jeeps. One is a slat grille MB, while others are CJs and wagons.

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August 1945 “Wartime Baby Dresses For Peace”

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

An article in the Hartford Courant on August 05, 1945, did a nice job of combining the initial press photos and press release information.


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1956 CJ-3B Millheim, PA $11,500


This likely has aftermarket fenders (note the lip on the fenders near the grille). The body has likely been rebuilt (no drain holes, extended steps). Looks solid.

“4 Cyl. F-Head Engine
3 Speed Trans
2 Speed Transfer Case
4 Wheel Drive

An old Jeep with few updates and in really good condition. It runs and drives great!”

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1960 CJ-3B/M-38A1 Spartanburg, SC $9500

• CATEGORIES: M-38A1 • TAGS: , .

Mark spotted this modified 3B with what I think is an M-38A1 rear body (has military gas tank). Has rear PTO and gearbox.

“Vintage Collectible CJ-3B Willys Farm Jeep with PTO. (Power Take Off)
This is partially restored.
Following has been replaced new: tires, radiator, wiring harness, alternator, ignition wires, brakes, rear main seal, overhaul gasket set, horn, switches. All purchased paperwork along with owners manual and service manual.
Have some other new items such as all shifter boots, battery case holder and misc that are included.
This farm jeep runs great and is a rare find.”

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1947 Truck Tuscarawas County, OH $11,500

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks

Looks in good shape.

“1947 Willys Truck
2 wheel drive 3 on the tree
All rebuilt or new
Go devil flat 4
No rust at all clear coted nice patina
Great old farm truck
$11.500 or trade same value older truck”

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1945 GPW Piedmont, OK $17,000


Seller has some good history on this.It appears in good shape.

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“Has correct Frame. Was used by the French Army after WW2 until the late 70s when it was sold to the public. It was then returned to the US and restored in the early 90s.

It comes with the Canvas top, window cover, all the tools, Cold weather kit, Desert kit, New tires and tubes .30 cal with mount, and lost of extra parts.

There is one tear in the driver side seat but easy to replace. Still has 6v system. Rebuilt radiator and engine last year. The cylinder head is not original”

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1953 CJ-3B Santa Rosa, CA $5000


It will need some work.

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“This cj3b was recently converted to fuel injection (Hamilton system) and runs like a top (just doesn’t stop to well at the moment). This conversion was new gas tank, new in-tank pump, new fuel lines, throttle body fuel injection, ECM, Omix electronic distributor modified for full timing control, new painless wiring harness. This thing starts easy, idles well, and purrs.

Other recent upgrades. Front disc brakes – all new. All new tie rod ends, lots and lots of holes plugged, worst of the rust and damage repaired. New bumper. All new gauges. Brand new Patagonia Milestars.

Not working – I pulled the master cylinder and have a new double circuit master cylinder here and ready to go in. If I get time I will install it. But, right now it only has the hand brake.

It needs some more body work, but once the brake are done, this is a driver.”