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Birthday Card from the 1970s

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

Another little treasure found while looking through the family stuff is this card drawn on heavy stock paper by my aunt. An architect, she was famous within the family for the cards she produced.

The card below was drawn for my dad’s birthday, likely mid 1970s. No doubt folks can relate to it (though I teased my aunt during a phone call yesterday about the poorly drawn jeep … she is usually attentive to details).

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Old Photos and Family Stuff

• CATEGORIES: Features

On Friday, Ann and I headed over to Seattle to help wind down mom’s house and clean up what’s left (spoiler alert, still more to do …).

The house is pretty much ready to sell, though we still have some odds and ends to remove. We had though the house would hit the market this week, but it turns out that there is a title snag with one of the two parcels. One parcel was some land and the house, while the other parcel was just a piece of land. The land’s title wasn’t filed correctly, so we have to fix that (and of course everyone related to the title purchase and payments has died).

Among the items I brought home on this trip was a surprising collection of dad’s baby congratulations, cards, letters, and wester union cables, from 1933. Also in the mix were condolence letters from the death of my aunt Anita (apparently, my grandfather said Anita was shorthand for ‘little Ann’ (Ann was my grandmother’s name, which I thought was a sweet reference) when she was only 13 in 1944.

Some of the more surprising letters and postcards were from my great grandmother (Leonie Wurlitzer Eilers), who sent my father letters, whom she addressed as Master Karl E. Eilers, II. This rather weighty title for someone under 10 years old partly reflects the fact that Dad was named after his grandfather (and Leonie’s husband) of the same name.

Another surprise was that my grandfather wrote a letter to dad in 1971 a month before he passed. In the letter he discussed his prostate cancer and the pain of urination. He still had three weeks to go before he expected to be done with his treatment (unfortunately, he didn’t last much longer).

 

 
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1960/1 CJ-6 Moncks Corner, SC $3000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-6

Bryan’s selling this CJ-6. According to the generally accepted serial number database, this was the last CJ-6 manufactured in 1960. It’s title lists it as a 1961, probably because that’s when it was sold.

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Dutch’s High Hood to Low Hood Project

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

Bill shared this post about a rough CJ-3B that was rebuilt into a CJ-2A-looking jeep. The result looks good, but it is also a good reminder that what appears to be a particular model may not be so thanks to the interchangeability of parts.

https://www.curbsideclassic.com/cars-of-a-lifetime/coal-1946-jeep-cj-2a-1953-cj-3b-mechanical-mules-and-a-covid-project/

 
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FC-150 Ashtray Sold on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: , .

This R.B. Macbride Ashtray sold on eBay for just over $20. R.B. Macbride was a long time vehicle dealer in Modesto, California, that didn’t get a jeep dealer agreement until early 1957. Here are photos of the ashtray.

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This January 17th, 1957, article in the Modesto Bee shares the news about Macbride’s Willys Jeep dealership:

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Later that same year, on July 17th, the Modesto Bee ran an ad for Macbride touting the new FC-170:1957-07-13-modesto-bee-macbride-dealership

 
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2 Flatties plus Parts Pittsfield, NH $2000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

Seems worth a look for the right person. The green one is a VEC with a column shift and tags.

https://nh.craigslist.org/pts/d/pittsfield-jeep-willis-parts/7472884279.html

“Selling all my jeep Willis parts. Not parting take it all at once. Asking 2000 for all of it.”

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1946 CJ-2A Sidney, NE Auction

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

This highly modified CJ-2A is being auctioned at Clasiq.com: https://www.clasiq.com/auction/1946-willys-cj-2a/

https://scottsbluff.craigslist.org/ctd/d/sidney-1946-willys-cj-2a/7474065103.html

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“Not much of her past is known, but our Owner is a collector of all things rolling and he had a goal when building this CJ. Give her a punch of power, address the challenges and bring a beauty to the show. Brand new steel tub and frontend assembly were required. Paint scheme was selected, and the rebuild began. Finished, she’s show ready and just stunning. Located in Sindey, Nebraska, she has a clear and clean title in our Owner’s name.

Purchased in 2012 locally, she was believed to be a long term resident of the Mid-West. Time took its toll, so a spanking new all-steel body was acquired and painted a stunning green with white flame accents. And when you paint a Jeep, you pretty much paint everything. Never used off-road, her 10 yr old finish is bright and beautiful.
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1953 CJ-3B Sand Drag Jeep Kelso, WA $22,500

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: .

This nice looking 3B drag jeep looks like a fun ride.

https://portland.craigslist.org/clk/snw/d/kelso-cj3b-jeep/7475503197.html

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“Thinking of selling our Willys cj3b sand drag jeep. Has a 355 small block chevy 10.5 to 1 compression ratio. Big cam single plain intake manifold 4 bolt main. 750 brawler carb. MSD distributor and 6AL ignition box. Around 400hp turbo 400 transmission 3000 stall speed converter. Ford 9 inch rear end. 4 link with coilovers. 5.38 gears. Griffon aluminum radiator, holly electric fuel pump bucket seats with 4 point harness. Rear tires are 33×21.5×15 Hoosiers and fronts are 29×12.5×15 Hoosiers. There is maybe a 100 miles on the engine. Asking $22,500 obo or possible trade for performance side by side”

 
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1947 CJ-2A Nye, NY $10,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

The hat channels will need some work at some point.

https://newyork.craigslist.org/que/cto/d/rego-park-jeep/7472521066.html

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“NUMBER MATCHING 1947 CJ2A. MOTOR REBUILT FEW YEARS AGO RUNS PERFECT. TIRES AN TUBES NEW. ALL LIGHTS AN GAUGES WORK. CLUTCH STRONG .4+4 WORKS GREAT. FRONT LOCKING HUBS. EARLY CJ HAS MILTARY FRONT AXLE. RARE FACTOR PART FROM BIG WAR. HAS WORK REAR PTO WORKS GREAT. WILL NEED TO INSPECT BRAKES , FLOOR WILL NEED NEW FRAME BRACELETS .BEST WOULD TO REPLACE FLOOR .

NOT TO HARD, OR HOME MADE FIX. PARKING BRAKE WORKS GREAT. SAND BLASTED FRONT NOSE AN FENDERS AN HOOD ,RIMS WHEN OEM WIRING WAS INSTALLED. RUNNING ON 12 VOLT. HAVE OEM STARTER REGULATOR. HISTORY BOUGHT ON LONG ISLAND. WORKED ON HORSE FARM ,SOLD TO A FOREST RANGER, OEM COLOR RED WINE,THEN FOREST GREEN,NOW BATTLE SHIP GRAY. WHAT A GREAT PIECE OF MACHINE. HISTORICAL, TIME FOR NEW FAMILY TO ENJOY, FOR HUNTING OR FARMING ,HAVE A HENRY SPEN TRAIL FOR WILLYS ON OTHER LISTING.”

 
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1945 MB Connersville, IN $3800

• CATEGORIES: MB

Engine is out and needing work, but there seems to be value in this project.

https://indianapolis.craigslist.org/cto/d/connersville-1945-willys-military-jeep/7467642567.html

“1945 Willys needs total restoration, 4 cyl motor needs rebuilt, 16″ wheels, 3 speed transmission, O.D paint. DOES NOT RUN, motor is pulled and on a skid. asking $3,800……WOULD ALSO PART OUT”

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1953 CJ-3B Alexandria, KY $9000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B

This runs and drives.

https://cincinnati.craigslist.org/snw/d/alexandria-1953-jeep-willy/7463571274.html

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“1953 jeep Willy runs and drives 4×4
Has tow bar on front asking 9,000 obo
Possible trade looking for a gas powered golf cart”

 
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1946 CJ-2A Plattsburgh, NY $3750

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

This has a Porter & Reed hardtop. It’s supposed to run.

https://vermont.craigslist.org/pts/d/westport-1946-cj2-willys/7469448127.html

“Great solid frame in original running condition 6 v o l t do not bother me with low-ball offers please call”

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1947 CJ-2A Anchorage, AK $16,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Includes the trailer.

https://anchorage.craigslist.org/cto/d/anchorage-1947-cj2a-willys-jeep/7474119655.html

“1947 cj2a jeep, sn 135-347, with 52000 miles. Comes with its own trailer and spare tire.”

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1948 CJ-2A? Camp Hill, AL $9500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Jeepster, Willys Trucks, Willys Wagons

No pics provided.

https://auburn.craigslist.org/atq/d/camp-hill-1948-cj-willys-jeep/7473457058.html

“Original CJ Willys Jeep. Runs great. All new tires and battery.”

 
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Year? M-422A1 Mighty Mite Eastover, SC eBay

• CATEGORIES: Mighty Mites

Bill spotted this project Mighty Mite for sale. The starting bid is $3000.

View all the information on eBay

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“Up for auction is a AMC M422 A1 Mighty Mite
The original data plate is missing but the frame number is 3232, the body number is 3521, the hood number is 310001 and there are faint unit markings on each side and on the tailgate that consist of the letter V with the numbers 600 above the V and HQ to the bottom right of the V.
The Aluminum body is in good shape without any major damage. There is some cracking around the master cylinder access hole, a shallow dent in the top of the hood and small dent in the passenger side front corner of the fender. Please refer to the pictures for overall condition.
The steel body to windshield cowl is very thin and will need to be replaced. It would make an excellent template to fabricate an new one. The steel windshield frame is in pretty rough shape. I have seen worse saved though.
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1946? CJ-2A? Taylor, MI $15,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Listed as a either a 1943 or 1946, this looks most like a 1946 CJ-2A.

https://detroit.craigslist.org/wyn/cto/d/taylor-jeep-willys-1943/7470927228.html

“1943 or 1946 Jeep Willys for sale. (probably 1943)”

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3 Trucks Middlebury, VT $1800

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks

There might be some value here if you need truck parts.

https://vermont.craigslist.org/bar/d/middlebury-willys-trucks/7475206522.html

“I have 3 willys trucks for sale. They are parts trucks. 2 have a 4 cylinder engine. 1 is a 6 cylinder super hurricane. They all have complete power trained. Lots if good parts. I’m looking for $600 each or $1800 for all 3.”

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1956 DJ-3A Convertible Mooresville, NC $18,550

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A

Those are some big tires for the undersized rear axles (the early DJ-3As used a Dana 23 in the rear, while the later ones used a Dana 27). The seller has listed the DJ-3A prefix (56337) as the serial number. This has the rare 0-8 King Seeley speedometer with an intact needle.

https://charlotte.craigslist.org/ctd/d/mooresville-1956-jeep-willys-dj3a/7464792288.html

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CJ-2A Body Montgomery, OH $3500

• CATEGORIES: Body Parts, CJ-2A, Parts • TAGS: .

This body does look in good shape, but note the drain holes appear patched.

https://cincinnati.craigslist.org/pts/d/cincinnati-willys-cj2a-1947-body/7470877153.html

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“Willys CJ2A 1947
Complete body minus front grille
Good condition
Must see to appreciate”

 
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1944 GPW Elma, WA $3500

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB)

Unclear how much value is here.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/pts/d/satsop-1944-willys-ford-jeep/7475436307.html

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“44 JEEP GPW project
it has 75 cj 5 dana 44 flange rear , 30 front
289 ford that jump time
t18 4 sp. dana 20 trasfer
3500 with 289
3000 with out
have title”

 
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1949? CJ-2A New Prague, MN $10,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Listed as a 1949, this has a CJ-2A body. The engine needs to be rebuilt or replaced.

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/dak/cto/d/new-prague-1949-willys-jeep/7472208996.html

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“1949 Willys Jeep: I’ve been working on this for about a year. Recently found out that engine needs to be rebuilt or need to swap in a newer/used engine. I took the body off, scraped, sanding, acid etched primed, then sprayed with a fine finish tip and put on a raptor liner coating. Black raptor liner to the underside and the inside of the tub. Sandblasted the rims, grill, bumpers, light housings and powder coated with matte black finishes. New gauges, new steering wheel, new reproduction seats with new vinyl. New tires. New. shocks. New muffler, exhaust system. It’s been fun but I’m not wanting to dump another $2,000-$3,000 for the engine upgrade.”

 
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Year? CJ-3B? w/ Unusual Parkette Body Blue Ridge, GA $2500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, CJ-3B • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Still Available. The serial number is included, so the year should be estimate-able.

(06/22/2021) Given the front clip, this might be a 3B chassis, though the Parkette body is a low-hood version.

The seller is correct about Paul Parker and the body. But, I believe this is the first version of this particular style that I’ve seen. It lacks the side stripe, has fender extensions, has a little different PARKETTE design on the back, has an extra wide lip around the rear, and looks like it has a side step. Very interesting.

https://nwga.craigslist.org/pts/d/cherry-log-willys-jeep-with-parkette/7474769927.html

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“Rare, rare, rare. 48/49 Willys Jeep with Parkette fiberglass body. Believed only a handful made while Paul Parker was back in Georgia. This one is a bit odd as it doesn’t have the “line” above the fender but it does have flared fenders; the Willys nose panel is original equipment. Not sure it’s on the right size frame at the moment but we do have an original Willys bare chassis on the property we can work into the deal.

Engine/trans present. Very cool project. Needs finishing. No title. Bill of sale only. If the ad is up, the Willys is available.”

 
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1985-1992 Pics of My First jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images Jeeping

I’ve been going through old photos, from both my collection and my parents, to discard the ones that will mean nothing to anyone else (and save my kids from having to throw them out later). Among the photos were some of these early pics of my first jeep, which I eventually called the “Great Escape”.

I started building it when I was 20, a rig for racing, street, and trail. It was built on a part-time cook’s salary, so most everything was hand-me-down parts or hand built parts (example: the spring-shock plates were hand-saw cut from very old railroad-tie plates similar this. Why? Because it was steel we had laying around the garage. The ones we had were about a half-inch thick.

The earliest build pics:

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Together and running with the original, used, mini-terra tires (also marketed as mini-terror tires):

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Photos from Slides of a Modified Dually CJ-5 on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Old Images • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Barney Goodwin (of Barney’s Jeep Parts) sent this 1973 photo out of Houston showing another possible example of an orange city-of-Houston CJ-5 painted similarly to the jeeps below.

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Barney added, “This photo was taken in June, 1973 in my hometown of Houston. A neighbor who was an official for the City of Houston owned it. (His city car is to the left of the Jeep in the photo).

Like the Jeeps in the posting (below), I believe this had been a fleet Jeep, special ordered for a construction company, municipality or county. It had the same hard top as in the photos (see the doors propped against the wall behind it. Out of sight but in my copy is the windshield. It is orange also) Note the orange hinges, mirror arm, etc.

The changes he made to it were sand tires (the beach was 50 miles nearby) which I believe were on the Kelsey deep dish rims used on the Renegade and Renegade I, and also the white upholstery .

It was neat to see him cruise around on hot Houston summer days in this- just as it appears.”

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A 1968 image from a slide on eBay shows a dually CJ-5 that’s been modified in an unusual way. Too bad the quality isn’t better.

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A second photo on eBay reveals there were two jeeps at the 1968 equipment show in Houston, the jeep above and a second dually CJ-5 with a back hoe. Unfortunately, the image isn’t hi res enough to reveal much about the jeeps:

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From the top of this photo:

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WWII Jeep Gets an Honorable Discharge

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, videos

UPDATE: I had something else planned for today, but my email turned flakey, so those pics will have to wait until tomorrow …. This is the third time I’ve reposted this, as the first two links turned back.  I first posted the video below in 2015. It’s worth a second third look.

This video is called “WWII Jeep Gets an Honorable Discharge” and shows Mayor Fred Heine’s Ford GP. The video shows the jeep working on the farm. Lots of great shots. Wyatt’s father was the first person to work on it when Fred Heine couldn’t get it started. The jeep is now at the U.S.Veterans Memorial Museum in Huntsville Alabama, which was featured last week.