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1948 CJ-2A Montague, CA $6000

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UPDATE: Still Available.

(07/28/2020) The custom windshield looks flimsy.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1120513328411541

“excellent condition has been tarped under canopy when not used,which was rarely. runs like a good watch”

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1970 CJ-5ish Payette, ID $3200

• CATEGORIES: CJ5 • TAGS: .

The unusual project needs more work.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/481043199726492

“Cj5 jeep custom build with 350 Chevy 4spd trans transfercase motor run good. Needs a bell housing and a rear end and drive line this is been sold as is will need trailered.”

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1957 CJ-5 Billings, MT $4000

• CATEGORIES: CJ5

It appears this jeep hit something hard on the driver’s side bumper and fender. Otherwise, this has potential. Only the one pic was posted.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/192453089085651

“Just got new tires, starts and runs good, new vinyl top and doors.”

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1955 M-170 Lexington, KY **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: M-170

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $500.

Tom spotted this M-170. It sure looks like there’s value here.

“1950s M-170 Ambulance Vietnam army Jeep. Will be a complete restore. Told by previous owner that engine is strong. No title-no key. Could work with County clerk to get a classic title rather easily. Turned out to be more than we could do due to family circumstances-basically ran out of time and too many projects haha. Make offer! Could deliver in Lexington over next day or two. Thanks! Open to all offer and or trades”

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No Updates Saturday

• CATEGORIES: News

Next updates will be Sunday.

I got a ton of drudgery completed on the house on Friday (hence the reason for no updates today), from washing the porch, the garage, and the exterior lights, to cleaning the front vinyl fence and completing the trim painting. Whew.

As for the new house, the loan has been approved and we should be signing next week.

We certainly couldn’t ask for a better market for selling: super low interest rates and a super low inventory of houses. We expect that once it is on the market that the house will sell within a few days. This is just a crazy real estate market right now.

I should be an interesting few weeks!

 
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“Powered By The Famous Hurricane Engine” Emblem

• CATEGORIES: Features

UPDATE: The mystery is solved. These badges were used on mid-1905s Mercury Kiedhaefer outboard motors (and possibly other models). Thanks to Mike for greatly helping solve this issue.

This example is a 1955 MERCURY KIEKHAEFER 18 HP, MARK 28 HURRICANE with the “Powered by the Famous Hurricane Engine” emblem/badge:

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Originally Posted March 24, 2021: I’d hoped to explore this topic a little more, but life had other plans in store last night … Hopefully, someone can shed some light on this topic …..

A truck listed here has an unfamiliar emblem that reads ‘Powered By The Famous Hurricane Engine’.  I’m not familiar with this emblem.

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The first reference I found to that phrase was from a Willys-Overland 50th Anniversary Ad, which included an image of a Willys Aero-Eagle and, underneath, a reference to that phrase as seen here. In 1953, the Aero-Eagle was powered by the F-161 Hurricane Engine:

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From this 1953 ad showing the Willys-Overland models:

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Next, I found the phrase in this newspaper Ad:

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My theory is that maybe it was a emblem that was added to some Hurricane engines of the era?? But, I just can’t get any research traction on the issue.

OTHER EMBLEMS:

Here are pics of two other similar emblems. This dark blue one was sold at some auction:

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And this one was on eBay at some point:

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The Meyer Hardtop Built by Orroville

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A Mark III Meyer hardtop for a CJ-5

A couple days ago a reader named Jeremy asked me about his top (above), referring to it as an “Orville Meyers” top. As I read that, I thought … hmmm … I’d never heard of an “Orville Meyers” hardtop.

While I had heard of a Meyer (without an “s”) hardtop (like the one above) and I’d heard of a Meyers (with an s) hardtop, better known as the manufacturer of the Allstate/Sears hardtops, I had never encountered a “Orville Meyers” top. I thought I’d better do a search, because I figure Jeremy must have gotten the name from somewhere.

The search results revealed that some of the folks over at the earlyCJ5 forum use various iterations of Orville Meyer(s) to describe what was marketed in the 60s as a Meyer hardtop. The addition of Orville made me think that the Orville connection must have originated from somewhere given its prevalence over there.

Several searches later, I learned how Orrville (2 “r”s and 2 “l”s) Body Company, was connected with the Meyer Products company.

At some point in the late 1950s or early 1960s, the Meyer Products company, from Cleveland, Ohio, chose to enter the hardtop market for the jeep. Up to that point, Meyer was known more for its snow plows, a product Meyer had built for vehicles before the jeep ever existed.

 

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The Short History of Orrville Body Works (read the long history here): The Orrville Body Works seems to have gotten it’s name from the city of Orrville, Ohio, a city southwest of Akron. Started as a small cabinet shop under a different name, by 1925 it had become the Orrville Body Works that produced a variety of truck cabs. Soon the name changed to the Oroville Body Company.

Meyer buys Orrville: Fast forwarding to the early 1960s, at some unknown time, Meyer contracted with Orrville to build custom jeeps cabs, though it’s not clear what tops Orrville initially built. What we do know is that the president and owner of Oroville died in September of 1964. A year later, in late 1965, Orrville was purchased by Meyer and was made a subsidiary of Meyer for the purpose of adding a line of jeep hardtops to Orrville’s portfolio of product, but with the tops marketed under the Meyer brand. The name of the company was changed from the Orrville Body Company to Orrville products, Inc.

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The Meyer Mark III jeep cab on a Meyer CJ-5, possibly a tux park.

Meyer introduces the new hardtops: A year after the purchase, Meyer introduced it’s new line of hardtops. According to the December 16, 1966, issue of the Orrville Courier Crescent,

“Jeep News, a publication of the Kaiser-Jeep Corp. of Toledo, is featuring in its current issue a new all-steel ‘M-III’ cab designed especially for its famous four-wheel vehicle by the Meyer Products Co., Inc., of Cleveland which is now being built here in the Orrville Products Co. plant, a subsidiary of Meyer Products.

“Built-in standard features of the cab include sound deadening, streamlined appearance, almost complete visibility in every direction and snug cold-weather comfort for owners of Jeep Universal. Two styles are available; each custom engineered for either the CJ 5 or CJ 6 model.

“The ‘owner-designed’ Meyer cab has welded and sealed drip moldings for maximum water run-off, and a four-step baked enamel finish for utmost durability. All components are steam cleaned, phosphate – coated and primed with a special rust-preventing coating before painting. The hard enamel finish coat is precision-baked in a special oven under close temperature control. Lustrous glacier white enamel is standard but other colors are available on quantity orders.

“Optional accessories provide Meyer cab users additional comfort and convenience. A two-position air vent gives the driver finger-tip control for drawing in fresh air or exhausting stale air. A roof-mounted tire rack assembly puts the spare tire up out of the way, yet easily accessible when needed. Continue reading

 
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My New “Monopoly” Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features

I picked up this tiny little jeep on eBay. It was made in France, most likely recently. I bought it because it seemed a perfect size for a Monopoly piece, a game my kids and I still play on occasion. Unfortunately, they’ve figured out some of my strategies for beating them, so I don’t win as often!

View all the information on eBay

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AVM Automatic Hub

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This photo showing an AVM Automatic hub popped up on the ECJ5 forum the other day. You’ll note it makes a reference to Warn. While I’ve yet to confirm this with Hugo Vidal, this looks to be a great example of an AVM automatic hub that was patterned after the Warn automatic hub, a brief and failed experiment by Warn to have hubs that didn’t require manual engagement.

For those that don’t know, AVM was started by Hugo Vidal in 1957 (AVM) after a handshake-deal with Arthur Warn while Hugo and his two friends were driving a CJ-3B around the Americas (Brasil to Alaska, 1955 on CJ3B.info). Using Warn’s specs, Hugo was able to resell Warn tech under the AVM brand. Eventually, AVM expanded outside of Brazil. After 50 years, Hugo retired from AVM. Hugo and Warn (and his son) never had an actual contract. It was always a handshake deal built on trust.

Hugo was so important to Brazil’s jeep history that FCA Brazil called him First Citizen of Jeep Nation in a 2018 video that can be seen here: Post Alaska Or Rust Item: FCA Brazil’s Video of Hugo Vidal

 
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2 Jeepster Jacket Patches on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

These two Jeepster patches are on eBay. According to the seller, they may be from the 1980s, but someone else might be able to give a more accurate date.

  1. 5 1/2″ wide Willys Yellow Jeepster unused jacket patch:
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  2. 5 1/2″ wide Willys red Jeepster unused jacket patch:
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2 Different Willys-Overland Jeepster Club Jacket Patches on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

These two patches are on eBay. According to the seller, they may be from the 1980s, but someone else might be able to give a more accurate date.

  1. 5″x6″ Willys-Overland Jeepster Club Jacket Patch
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  2. 4 1/8″ Willys-Overland Midstates Jeepster Association Jacket Patch:
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1986 Land Rover LR2 Walhalla, SC $9500

• CATEGORIES: Other 4x4s

I’m not familiar with this model (not that I’m all that familiar with any of the models, but this one even less so).

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/221153606360789

“Rare Lightweight ex- British Military, right hand drive. Excellent mechanically with the exception of second gear which jumps out sometimes. Many new parts – brakes, suspension, seats, canvas top, paintwork.”

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1968 CJ-6 Winchester, KY $3500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-6

Tom spotted this CJ-6. It needs some work, but seems worth a look. It doesn’t run.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1351012138611034

“1968 Jeep CJ6 – not a Renegade as FB would not let me list CJ6 – I have owned this Jeep for over five years – I bought it to restore however I have too many projects. The good… complete original unmolested Jeep including seats, engine is free – I have not tried to start it – rare Meyer hardtop – pretty solid body – rust in driver floor as pictured – I do have a title in my name. The bad – it’s an old Jeep that needs love”

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1952 M-38 Dacula, GA $10,000

• CATEGORIES: M-38

This does not have a title.

https://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/cto/d/dacula-1952-willys-m38/7291530281.html

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“This Jeep does not have a title. It will be sold with a bill of sale only. Don’t read any further if you can’t deal with buying it on a bill of sale only. Getting a title is possible through a title company or through the DMV in your state once you purchase it depending on the laws in your state. A title is not required to register this in GA.

This is a running and driving 1952 M38. It was pretty much unmolested when I rescued it from a farm in North Carolina. I replaced all the missing parts and corrected some of the civilianized stuff.
It has original body tub and all sheet metal and original drive train. Engine runs strong but smokes a little. New Solex carburetor, wiring, lights, brakes, battery, alternator, gauges (not all working) and electric wiring. Misc. body hardware new and new gas tank. Original seat frames sand blasted and painted with new canvas. Older original canvas top. New windshield. All fluids checked and replaced. New brakes all four wheels. Picture on trailer is when I got it a while back. . Other pictures are current.”

 
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1947 CJ-2A Katy, TX eBay

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This has a rear PTO gear box. The drain holes appear filled.

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“1947 Willys Jeep – w/ Working PTO- 4×4. Mileage 45,044 Runs good. Condition is “Used”. Local pickup only.”

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1948 CJ-2A Salinas, CA $5500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

It’s a project with a variety of updates.

https://salina.craigslist.org/cto/d/salina-willyjeep-cj3/7287397672.html

“For sale 1948 Willy’s Jeep CJ3 a work in progress almost to many things to list GM 4.3 Vortec engine,new wheel bearings,new rear brakes, front brake converted to disc brakes, new springs,updated tie rods, power steering, transfer case and transmission new bearings and seals. Comes with new new steel hood and fiberglass body.”

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1958 CJ-3B Callahan, FL $2000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B

UPDATE: Still Available.

(01/24/2021) I’m not sure how many parts are included with this project.

https://www.facebook.com/CJ-3B/item/1887476538067956

“1958 willys,,,have to sell project….motor already pulled and chassis off frame…have to sell bad health…lot of new parts,,,great project”

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1947 CJ-2A Yakima, WA $4500

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This needs finishing, but unclear what work is left.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/450386672678992

“327 v8 auto matic Runs good need finished posting for a friend”

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1953 Jeep Buggy Fort Lauderdale, FL eBay

• CATEGORIES: Unusual • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: This is back on eBay. It’s priced at $3500 or make offer.

(09/28/2020) This buggy has a feature I’ve not see previously. The shifter knob is a tow ball.

View all the information on eBay

“jeep willys 1953 . Condition is Used.”

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1947 CJ-2A Carthage, TN $2200

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE: Price dropped to $2200.

(01/19/2021) Not sure how much value is here.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/438013297398642

“1947 Willys CJ2A for sale. Mostly complete but needs full restoration. Clear title and all body and frame tags are on the Willys. Makes a great conversation starter and women dig it!”

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1948 CJ-2A Bend, OR $4000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

This could be worth a look. Not running at the moment, but it all looks pretty solid.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/271841414558901

“1948 Willlies Jeep, has not been run in years. Was running driving before stored. Newer motor and wiring was installed less than Year before stored. Has original motor and parts as well. Had metal hardtop and two non matching doors, never actually ever put on. Was torn apart sanded and repainted before stored. Paint currently in poor shape. This was purchased by grandfather and given to son, then grandson, then great grandson who is not interested in restoring or keeping.”

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Ten-Passenger Personnel Carrier

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

On eBay the other day there were these two different technical sheets from Willys of Canada Limited. The truck spec seems pretty straight forward, though the company labeled it a 126″ Jeep Truck (named for the wheelbase length … why wasn’t it the standard 118″ wheelbase?). But, the wagon had me scratching my head. Given the split windshield of wagon (I can’t tell if the truck has it), my instant thought was that these were both pre-1960 vehicles, especially given they both used the Superhurricane L-head.

As we learned yesterday, Canada didn’t have it’s own production plant until mid-1959, so if these personnel carriers are earlier than that, then they must have been made in the US and imported into Canada. The lack of the ‘hockey stick’ trim suggests they were earlier than the Traveller. Are they a precursor to the Traveller or were they concurrent to the Traveller? If the latter, why the split windshield and why wouldn’t they have been named ‘Traveller’?

Meanwhile, searches for any reference to the 126″ Jeep Truck or the Ten-Passenger Personnel Carrier haven’t yielded any newspaper ads or brochures.

Here is the Ten-Passenger Personnel Carrier spect sheet:
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Here is the 126″ Jeep Truck spec sheet. Was it a coincidence that the J-300 truck introduced in 1962 was also had a 126″ wheel base?

Over the years I’ve heard about two Willys truck bed sizes, a shorter one and a longer one, but all the info I’ve read indicated the Willys Jeep truck beds were all the same size. If a bed was made to fit this longer wheelbase, it may have meant the creation of a longer bed. This might explain the rumor of the longer beds?

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1942 Jeep Figment to Fact Article

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

This “Figment to Face” article about the jeep’s conception-to-reality story landed in a variety of newspapers across the US, though this is the best scan of it so far (which doesn’t speak too highly of the other scans, as it shouldn’t). I wondered how many other drawings were made that weren’t realized with the standardization of the jeep.

The article appeared in the Daily Reporter out of Greenfield, Indiana, on October 19, 1942:

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WANTED: Pics of the 25V 60amp M-38A1 Alternator Conversion

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David wants to convert his 1952 M-38A1 from a generator to a 25v 60 amp alternator. He can be contacted at ddelamar35 @ gmail.com (remove the spaces around the @ before emailing).

He writes,  “I am trying to convert the generator system on my ’52 M38A1 to a 25v 60amp alternator. I have the alternator and the conversion wiring harness, but I would appreciate seeing pictures of such a conversion and/or speaking to someone who has done it. I know that the m38a1’s manufactured by Ford in Canada had this feature”

He’s already done his research and is familiar with this post on the topic from the WillysMJeeps.com forum here, here,  and the G503 forum, but is hoping to find more pics or even discuss it with someone who has made the conversion.

 
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WANTED: 2 Piece Starter Crank

• CATEGORIES: wanted

Andy’s hoping to find a 2 piece starter crank for his CJ-2A (#640751). If you have one for sale, contact Andy in Pennsylvania at 814 226 6956 or via email at
zephyraire @ hotmail.com (remove the spaces before emailing).

The part numbers are (thanks to the CJ-2A Page):
640751 crank starting assembley Group
(640752) crank handle end
(640753) crank jaw end

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