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Builds: Eric’s 1942 GPW

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features, GPW (Ford MB)

Born in Normandy (near Saint-Lo), France, Eric says he always wanted to have a Jeep.  While serving in the French Marines, he got the opportunity to drive Jeeps — In Africa and other places — which only only served to worsen his desire for a Jeep (yes, became a victim of the ‘Willys Sickness’).

Finally, in 1997, he found a 1942 GPW in the town of Carentan that needed restoration.  If Eric is like the rest of us, he probably felt it would only take a year or two to restore it (I don’t have any pre-restoration pics); instead, the restoration took 7 years.  However, the results speak for themselves — it’s a beautiful Jeep he named the Belly Flopper and in which he travels the countryside whenever he gets the chance.

While Eric’s family still lives in the Normandy area, Eric has moved to the central area of France, which is a bit cooler, especially in the winter.  The reason Eric and I exchanged emails initially was because he was searching for a heater.  I gave him some links on some newer heater options, but had no luck with any early heaters.  If you know of any for sale, he still might be interested in purchase them.  Just add a comment below and I’ll contact you.

Thanks for sharing Eric!

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1963 CJ-5 Bucks County, Pa $2000


This looks like a nicely stock plow jeep at a good price.

“Classic 1963 Jeep . Vin number lists everything on it as universal, so its a standard willys jeep. Has hard top and doors. 4 cyl not running currently. Good solid jeep. Very strong. Comes with original equipment meyers snow plow. Needs brakes, hasnt had them since Ive owned it. I only used it to plow, stopped with the plow.. Shows approximately 95000 miles give or take, Ready to be restored to original. sold as is needs to be trailered or rollbacked”

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1947 CJ-2A Maine eBay


This looks solid.

“This is a 1947 Willys CJ2A that looks and runs great. It has some minor rust around the windshield but has been a great summer run around car. People always stop and stare with envy.  It has only been run in the summer since it only has a half rag top”

View all the pics on eBay

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1950 CJ-3A Lyons, Ca $7500


Here’s a crawler.

“Built trail rig will take you on any trail in the state just as it is. Chevy 4.3l fuel injected, TH350, 39″ Pit Bull tires, ram assist steering, built and locked Dana 44 axles (chromoly & chryo treated), full cage, coil and linked rear, spring over front. Many more modifications.  Call for information: Michael (303) 823-5628.”

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1947 CJ-3B Fallston, Md $1400


UPDATE:  Price dropped to $1400

(12/16/09) “Vintage antique Jeep. Bought this project 5 years ago. The motor has been rebult top to bottom by Rodney’s Machine Shop- Jarretsville MD, new gas tank, new brakes, suspension totally redone including the four leaf springs-shocks etc. and complete exhaust system. Just put new battery and solenoid in it. Needs body work, new seats etc. Hood and rear Willys gate in great condition. Have spare steering column with a original Willys steering wheel in excellent condition that comes with it. Great project vechicle for the Jeep enthusiast or ????? Valid Maryland Title. Have $2,700 in it and will let it go for $1,400 firm or the highest bidder. Call 443-831-9045 or email questions or inquiries.”


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1951 CJ-3A Glasgow, VA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3800

“o.d. green cj 3a. mostly original L 134 engine 6 volt system vac wipers. new tires, good body.


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1946? GPW Vancouver, Wa $500

• CATEGORIES: Body Parts

I suspect the title says ’46 because it was a surplus sale?  I’m unsure why the seller is using the term “kit”.

“WW2 Jeep Ford GPW “kit”: Build a Genuine BAND of BROTHERS GPW jeep. Clear Oregon Title list’s it as ’46 Ford GPW. Kit includes tub- fenders-2 hoods-windscreen and Willies MB frame.  This is the real deal and while it shows age with various drilled holes, wrinkles/dents.. it’s real solid. Minor rust!  “As-is/what it is and Cash is king” I dislike phone tag- But enjoy E-mail questions.”

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1963 DJ-3A Bedford, MA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

Rare convertible DJ.

“Up for auction is one of the rarest of all Jeeps.  The DJ-3A Dispatcher was made from 1955 to 1964.    Willys marketed the Dispatcher as a “Sport” vehicle and an inexpensive commercial delivery car.  They used existing tooling and in-stock CJ parts to keep the cost low.  That meant that they were trying to market a car with technology fresh from 1940!  Keep in mind this car was built just months before Ford introduced the Mustang. No wonder this is a rare Jeep!

The example being auctioned is a 1963.  The paint is original and shows only a few scratches and a few discolored spots.  There are two small rust-through spots on the rear of the body at the rear body mounting brackets. The upholstery is original and is in excellent condition.  The odometer reads a very believable 27,990 miles.  DJ-3As are two-wheel-drive with three speed transmissions and column shift.  This car has a limited slip differential!   Comfortable cruising speed is around 40 mph….”

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1946 CJ-2A South Dakota eBay


The seller claims this is WWII paint.  You be the judge.  That issue aside, it looks clean and solid.

“Original flathead 4 cyl. enigine, has been rebuilt, Has Hard to find rear PTO and engine mounted governor. Has new exhaust, shocks,new lights and lenses. Has New Army paint and flat clear coat and stencil painted numbers and stars. Seat foam has been replaced and new seat covers installed. Has been converted to 12 volt for charging and better starting but uses original gauges. This Willys starts and runs great, idles smooth and very quiet. Has clear SD title. Tires are ok, but mismatched and brakes pull a little.. 4WD works good and transfer case and transmission shift fine. May be able to deliver for a fee.”

View all the pics on eBay

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1962 CJ-5 Pie Town, NM **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6500.

There’s no reason not to think this CJ-5 has only 29,000 miles.  It’s got a vintage top, looks solid, and even comes with an extension bed in the rear.

“Hunter’s special, 2 foot bed extender – 1962 Willys Jeep, only has 29,000 mi – F-Head 134, 4 cylinder.”

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1954 CJ-3B Abrams, WI **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1200.

It runs.  This looks more like a chariot than a jeep 🙂

“I am selling my Willys Jeep. I bought it as a rock crawling project, but I am not able to finish. It has the original F-Head engine, with oil bath air filter. It starts right up and runs great. It has a 3 speed transmission with a Warn overdrive. New parts that I installed include: coil, distributor, and plugs. I have other new parts which are included but haven’t installed: master brake cylinder, all new brake cylinders and all small parts to rebuild the brakes. Also, new choke line, plug wires, oil filter, and fan belt. I also am including a chain assisted clutch linkage from Advanced Adapters, as the old clutch linkage is worn out.

The brake lines and fuel tank need to be replaced. The grill and hood are Willys stamped and have minimal/no rust. Tires hold air and have good tread. Roll bar is also included.
This jeep would make a great parts vehicle or as a foundation for a rock crawler.


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1948 CJ-2A Janesville area, Wi $1200


It runs, drives and maybe even plows.  I’m wondering if that is a DJ body given what appears to be a lack of a tailgate.

“Vintage ’48 Willys Jeep Replica on a CJ 5 Chassis. Runs. Call 847-638-4024”

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1953 CJ-3B Bend, OR **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

(11/17/09) Here’s a CJ-3B that looks in good shape, though the exterior has been painted with a bed liner.

“For sale is an excellent condition 1953 Cj3b.  I purchased the jeep in Kalispell, Montana in 2000.  Since then, it has made several moves around the country and finally wound up here in Bend, Oregon.  I kept the jeep in its original terrible condition for seven long years and would receive the half-hearted thumbs-up at stoplights.  Now it turns heads everywhere it goes.  The jeep has a bad history of turning a 10 minute trip to the store into a two hour discussion with an oldtimer who used to farm his property with this same model.  Everywhere you drive, expect to stop and talk.  We have even been pulled over by the state police, not because we were speeding (that’s impossible except for in school zones) but because he was curious to find out what was under the hood; having never seen the Willy’s high-hood before….”


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Rubber Drive during WWII

• CATEGORIES: Features, Library Collections, Old Images, War Images • TAGS: .

According to the Library of Congress, there was a serious scarcity of crude rubber, so reclaimed rubber made from scrap was required to meet demands. All Americans were encouraged to donate used or worn out rubber articles to the nation’s scrap piles.

As part of that campaign, Judy Canova, star of stage and screen, opened her personal salvage drive for scrap rubber in September 1942 by donating her personal slingshot to the drive.  Behind here is an image I’ve seen before, but I’ve never seen it used as part of the ‘Save Rubber’ campaign.

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De-icer + Snow System = Power Boost?

• CATEGORIES: Features

While doing some other research, I found this interesting blog entry about the benefits of a Water Methanol Injection System.  One of the more unique aspects of this is that the ‘fuel’ is simply de-icer purchased from Autozone.  My question would be, why install a separate container;  instead just tap into the existing de-icer container (of course, most jeeps don’t have these in the first place).

Mr. Greenwrench writes on his blog, “Before the Snow System I was always adding octane booster or buying 8 dollar a gallon unleaded Race fuel. Now with this system I add de-icer fluid(25%water75%methanol) I  get from Auto Zone and I forget about the octane booster and race gas. The power increase you get, well that happens in a big way. How about 33 horsepower at the rear wheels with no additional tuning on the car.Just bolt the system on and go. The system goes on very easy and if you do have a problem their Tech department is superb!!”

You can read the entire article here or visit Snow Performance’s home page here.  You can also read some other reviews about water/methanol injection here.  Anyone ever tried this system or something similar?

Below is an injection system installed in a 1987 buick.  It looks like a fun experiment to try.

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1972 Pinzgauer 710M Tucson, Az **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Other 4x4s, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $10,500.

This is cool.  I know nothing about them. Learn more here.

“PINZGAUER 710M –  *Clear Title / Private Party Owner *Runs Fantastic *Currently registered as a collector vehicle – no emissions!. Super low insurance. *Original US Owner since import………… have owned it for 10 years now. *Very few mods, I have kept it pretty much original (added electronic ignition – I have the original cap, rotor, points and wires that I removed)….. I have performed all service and maintenance. I have all the service books………….. these are super easy to work on ………….. all parts are available with Web and all.  *These are basically the Swiss Army version of the Hummer………… this is the personnel carrier configuration with fold down bench seats in the back.  *Plenty of info and tecnical data on the Web on these ………… I will spare you the details.  *We have loved owning this truck ……… We hate to see it go. I’m selling it to reconfigure our transportation needs ……….. We I just don’t use it anymore and we hate to see it sit.”

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1953 Sand Jeep San Diego, Ca $11,000

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: , .

Looks fun.

“1953 Jeep Willy, 350 eng.,350 auto trans., full cage roll bar, 20” paddle tires, alum rims, reinforced tube housing for engune,750 Holley carb., turnkey, 11,000 or best, call for complete details, George, 760 788 6224.

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1950s CJ-6 Okanogan, Wa $1000


The body is supposed to be solid.

“havnt researched it at all but guessing its a mid 50s willys not rusted.  has tail gate and bed side extensions to lengthen height of bed sides and protect bed rails.  has hard to find half cab. jeep does run but has lost title.  has original 4 cyl engine. 1000 obo. also have full hard top and matching full hard doors for extra cost. will separate. call 509-429-5595 or 509-322-1128.”

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1948 CJ-2A Moses Lake, Wa $6000 or trade


No doubt this flattie spent a good deal of time around the Moses  Lake Dunes.  Several different price options.

“1948 Willys, super straight all steel body, ZERO RUST!, built 327 SBC, holley pro-jection, M-21 4 spd, T-18, Dana 44 & 35, full trail electronics & gadgets, 3″ lift, 8k winch, tilt front end, (5) 34.5″ TSL’s & (4) 35″ new sand/mud paddles, rear seat, underseat tool box, hi-lift jack, dual jerry cans, power steering, 11″ ford drums, new fuel tank, fiberglass buckets, am/fm/cd/mp3, defrosters w/heat, HEI, headers w/sonic turbo’s, electric fan, $6k w/paddles, $4k w/o paddles, $7k w/car trailer. Clean title in hand. Trade for Harley 509-855-3720 Mason.”

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Dana 18 and Warn OD Hemet, Ca **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: OD Saturn/Warn, Transfer Cases

UPDATE:  Was $600. **SOLD**

Given that the TC was rebuilt, this might be a good value.  However, there’s enough dirt on top of the TC that it must have been used for at least a little while.

“warn or saturn all range overdrive and a dana 18 tranfercase, this was rebuilt and all bolted to trans and engine but pop had a stroke and project days are done, ready to install and go willys.

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1942 MB Louisville, Ky $1366


Only habit appears to be holding this jeep together.

“Hi Everyone!  I’ve had this for a while now and just don’t have the time to start the restoration!  She’s a Vintage 1942 WW2 combat jeep – Semi complete and untouched since the early 1970’s. Does not run but is virtually original – and almost complete including motor .  Too much to mention here – give me a call for more info or pics! 584-1981. PLEASE ONLY CONTACT IF GENUINE BUYER – WILL NOT PART OUT!! ALL OR NOTHING! Willing to negotiate to right buyer.  Thanks!!!”

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1946 VEC CJ-2A McCall, Id eBay


The outside of the body looks solid.

“This an early cj2a, serial # 11325 which puts it being built in 1945. This jeep would make a great start for a restoration. It is very straight with little hat channel rust for 65 years.The side steps are solid and support weight. Runs good ( smokes a little) , all lights, dash light, horn work. Fourwheel drive and all gears work. Brakes work good for 9″. Things that are new: BATTERY 6 VOLT, 4 NEW TIRES, SEAT CUSHIONS, SIDE MIRROR, SPARE TIRE MOUNT, PROPER SIDE MOUNT MUFFLER WITH NEW MOUNTING HARDWARE. Been trying to put back original equipment. Shifting was put back on floor with a MB transmission . A lot of WWII parts on it. Sold as is , no warranty, Non refundable doposit of $500.00 48 hours at end of bidding. Balance due within 7 days unless other arrangments are made. Buyer responsible for shipping. Vehicle is towable. Oriqinal paint was forest green and autumn yellow….”

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1946 CJ-2A Plaquemine, La eBay


The front of this tilts down a bit too much, but otherwise this looks nice.

“Completely rebuilt and mostly original with a few added extras. Not a single bolt unturned. Bead blasted every part and painted with industrial epoxy paint. All bearings replaced, engine (flathead 4cylinder) completely rebuilt, completely rebuilt radiator rodded out, front and rear differentials rebuilt, transmission and transfer case rebuilt. EXTRA CLEAN JEEP!!! Dont want to sell but I have to due to the economy. You WILL NOT find another like this not even brand new. I personally did all of the work on this jeep and I completed all work to a perfection.”

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1949 Jeepster Riverside, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Jeepster • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

This is supposed to be restored, but the driver’s side fender looks a little odd to me.

“RARE 6 CYLINDER ! THIS COULD BE YOURS !  Here is a restored 1949 Willys Overland Jeepster Convertible. It is 2 wheel drive, has a newer top and custom cover for when the top is down. It is on vintage Firestone Sport 500 tires with 80%+ tread. Drives great and has been to many custom car shows. Has been garage kept. Has new exhaust and muffler, plugs and wires, battery, and fuel pump. Corvette yellow paint catches your eye along with gloss black fenders. 3 speed manual on the column. No radio. Carpet and seats are in great condition. Has the Lightening Flathead 6 cylinder engine 148 CI with 70 horsepower. Only 2961 were ever made. Has wire hubcaps with yellow background.”

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1961 “Parkway” Wagon Perris, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $8995. Could be a Traveller.

Looks very nice.

“1961 willys panel deliver with side window conversion kit. 283 c.i. chevy motor w/ 2bbl, 350 turbo trans, ford 9″ rear end. A/C from vintage air. new glass on sides except for wings. i have a new windshield and rubber not installed. also have new rubber for wings and rear door glass.”