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1965 FJ-6A Midlothian, TX $6000

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UPDATE: Price dropped to $6000.

(06/20/2023) Matt’s selling this rare fleet van.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/WillysSwapMeet/permalink/3619726264967293/

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“elling this original 1965 Jeep FJ-6A Fleetvan Postal Truck. These are Right hand drive postal vans, very rare.
It has the original vin plate on the dash, original motor and trans, currently not running.
You won’t find another one this clean and original. This size van would make a perfect project for your next mobile business vehicle, it turns heads. It’s a blank canvas for whatever you can dream up, ice cream truck, coffee, mobile bar….The sky is the limit! It’s a great candidate for a restoration.
Can send a dropbox link with additional photos upon request.
If this add is up it’s still available. Cash Only. If you’d like to schedule a viewing, its currently located at my shop in Midlothian, TX.
No title, Bill of sale. Will need to be towed. Can potentially help with transport in the DFW Metroplex.

No title, Bill of sale. Will need to be towed. Can potentially help with transport in the DFW Metroplex.

 
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1951 CJ-3A Grand Junction, CO $4500

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This 3A has an interesting hood flap addition. It’s got some springs on the underside to hold it closed (I think). It’s unclear to me what it accomplishes? The seller does not want to ship it.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/895895898708760

“1951 Jeep cj3a flat fender. 350 V8 motor. Runs good. Four-speed transmission. High and low range. Four wheel drive. Needs a little TLC. No tailgate. $4,500 OBO. Located in Grand Junction colorado. Will not ship.”

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A Set of FC-150 Seats Haydenville, MA $250

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I’m sure someone could use these late cooling tunnel seats.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/730950493727448/posts/2608562689299543/

“Pair of FC 150 jeep seats good restorable condition. Nice frames hardware easy helpful pick up Haydenville mass.”

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Year? MB? Wichita Falls, TX $5000

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UPDATE: Still Available.

(11/21/2023) It runs, but the transmission isn’t functioning correctly.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/291538133831969/

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“I’m guessing 1942 Jeep, that’s what I was told by the folks that know in Arizona. The title says 1951, If that is an issue for you please do not contact me and complain, I don’t want to hear it. The engine runs, see video, I replaced the entire wheel brake system. Something is broken in the transmission. Front and rear differentials will most likely need to be overhauled. It has four brand new wheels and tires. Brand new windshield glass. It also has an over drive transmission. The price is firm If you have $5,000 in United currency and want to buy this jeep contact me. I have a clean Arizona title. If you want this Jeep, Bring cash. I’ll answer reasonable questions. I’m not interested in your estimate of the Jeeps worth. Obviously it’s worth less to you because you don’t own it.”

 
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1947 CJ-2A Farmersville, TX $4900

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It appears the entire body has texture paint.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/372856395315495

“nice Jeep Willys CJ2a 1947 works very well, it is standard with 3 speeds plus reverse, new tires, new brakes, works very well for its year”

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1974 CJ-5 Ice Racer Commerce City, CO $7000

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UPDATE: Still Available.

(12/06/2023) Looks like a fun rig.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1111757293126764

“Serious buyers only please. Comes with 3 sets of tires. Bolts studs and bare rubber. Sold with no motor but will negotiate.”

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1961 FJ-3A Manchester, TN $5500

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This has been available for a while.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/675363284448923

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“TThe vehicle posted for sale is Rusty and does not run. It is Pic 1 to 5.
Yes it is rusty, I have fixed them so I am not ignorant.

Others available $4500-$10,000. See pics.

Desirable Commercial Box Delivery.
Fair Buildable Body
Makes great Ice Cream truck.
Not Running
$5500

You may go to FB group “Jeep FleetVans 61-64” and learn more.
837 LHD FJ3A were Produced by Jeep for General Delivery.
FJ3’s which were RHD were also sold just to the Postal Service.
Extremely rare and great for Marketing your Company.

Trades considered:
1960’s Triumph Car
1960-70’s Triumph MotorCycle
48-52 Chevy PU
1970’s MGB Car
1966-67 Ford Fairlane
1966-72 Ford PU

Manchester TN
Please: Calls and Text and messenger Only
NO COMMENTS for conversations.
Can’t keep records to contact on comments.”

 
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1948 CJ-2A Versailles, MO $3500

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This is a project with a rough body. Possible Lefty.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/914501380249068/

“Ran good and strong until several years ago. I added water to the engine and I forgot about it and it cracked during the winter so the engine has a cracked block Good restoration project. Everything else worked on it. Four-wheel-drive, low and high”

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1958 FC-150 Cab Kersey, CO $1000

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UPDATE: Still Available.

(12/04/2023) Maybe someone can use this?

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/6752808831462865

“1958 fc 150 cab. I good shape comes as you see. Very little rust some body work already done. I already have a cab so don’t need this one anymore.”

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1943 GPW Hays, KS $3500

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UPDATE: Still Available.

(9/21//2023) I expect the seller is offering to sell a title left over from another jeep for $300.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/165495793196397

“1943 Ford GPW with a stuck ford 6cyl. Original body frame and data plates. Comes with bill of sale, title available for an extra 300”

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Happy New Year 2024!!

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Welcome to 2024!

This upcoming year of the Dragon marks the seventeenth year of eWillys; it continues to be the longest ‘job’ I’ve ever had. The site seems to have its own inertia that pulls me along. Despite all the posts, approaching 65,000, interesting new stories still appear, which keeps me energized, as I think it does you all.

To that point, in 2023 I spent more money on old docs than ever before, mostly in the form of Willys and Jeep News issues. I’ll be publishing more issues throughout January, into February. Most of the issues are early to mid 1960s, so you’ll see more full-size jeeps, but most still contain information on the older jeep models as well.

My goal for 2024 will be to continue on the every-two-day or three-day-update schedule. Now that I have so many Willys Jeep News issues, my hope is to weave together interesting stories that span across the various issues. Two post that I know I will do are 1) a post on the range of custom campers built from FC-170s and 2) the wide range of ice cream jeeps. I also hope to create more of an index, so that jeep news, brochures and other documents can be arranged along a timeline. Again, we’ll see how things go.

With the chaos of family illnesses and death behind us for now (fingers crossed) over the last six years, I had more free time to read in 2023. At six hundred pages, “And The Band Played On” by Randy Shilts, a book about how HIV and AIDs unfolded in the 1980s, is one I just finished and proved the most interesting book of the year, even though it was written in 1987. Another fascinating book is a new one by Kashmir Hill called “Your Face Belongs to Us”, which highlights the scary way in a company called Clearview can locate your image in videos based on the company’s ENORMOUS database of video and still images (I can guarantee it is worse than you think it is). Big Kibble was another interesting book, this one covering the history of dog food (I like history-of-food books). Other books I read include Deluge, Zoobiquity, Paradise: One Town’s Struggle to Survive and American Wildfire, Sedition Hunters, Angle of Repose, among others.

Speaking of books, it’s crazy that this year will mark thirteen years since I published my first book, Finding Virginia, and seven years since my last one, Slag. I have returned to researching my next book about Rossiter Raymond, once the pre-eminent mining engineer in the world. I’m still looking for the right narrative to tell his story (maybe I can sneak in a jeep?). We’ll see how things go.

On the jeep front, work has begun on the FC Tour Jeep. I’ve removed all the rear seating and carpet. Given I want to raise the rear bed to a point that more closely reflects the original tour bed, I must decide whether to build atop what’s there or remove all the rear bed and build a new rear floor altogether, then reimplement the existing sides and rollbars. Also, I was able to secure a set of original FC-170 seats (thanks to Craig) that can be reupholstered, so that’s one less thing to worry about!
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Meanwhile, the race jeep gets started and run once a week. It still needs some graphics, but that’s pretty trivial. I hope this spring to take it somewhere local to give it a few workouts. When I was driving it around our pasture last fall, it seemed to be missing slightly in the high end, so I want to test it a little more to explore that more once the weather warms.

As for 2024 trips, Ann will likely be in DC at some point in January. She has spent the last two months working on a bill for the existing victims of state sponsored terrorism, which attempts to fix and tighten an original bill passed by Congress in 2015. Later in the year we may be in Sea Cliff, New York, so that I can give a presentation as part of a museum exhibit related to my family’s history in Sea Cliff. Of course, we also plan to attend a few weekend jeep races here in the Washington State this summer. Depending on what happens over the next couple of months, we are considering a trip to Europe, but we’ll see how that goes. If we don’t go to Europe, and if the FC Tour Jeep gets done in time, we may take it to one or more summer events. However, finding someone to stay and manage our property, and especially our dogs, is our biggest hurdle to travel.

That’s all for now. Stay safe and have a wonderful 2024.

 
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March 1960 Jeep News

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This eight-page Jeep News was published in March of 1960. On the front page, the company announced the 1960 ‘Jeep’ Approved Equipment Sales Program to further push third party equipment sales, which rose 33% in 1959 vs 1958. Willys Motors also welcomed a new Jeep Approved Equipment sign.

In addition, the front page highlighted the Surrey, noting that Pepsi had purchased 100 surreys, making it the largest Surrey purchase to date. Eighteen of those went to Tulsa in custom colors of Code N-57 Pepsi-Cola Yellow and Pepsi-Cola Creamed Striped Vinyl, but it is less clear to me what colors were used for the other surreys. Finally, the front page noted that the Surrey would appear in “Seventeen” Magazine on April 04, 1960 (see full ad in black and white here).

Page two referenced three different brochures. The first brochure was highlighted to announce that an updated version of the value-rater with 1960 data had been published (view the 1959 version here). The second two brochures were intended as mailers for a targeted audience of contractors, engineers, and other building trades people. The first mailer was titled “When The Weather Outside Is Frightful” (DM60-01), while the second one was “Building Up? Or Down?” (DM60-02). At least nine 1960 DM60-XX brochures were produced, though I am still missing DM60-05, DM60-07, and DM60-08.

A story on page three describes the use of a Surrey by the fashionable “Togs for Women” stores as “a trailing fashion show, with a trailer loaded of the latest in women’s clothing.” Pages four and five cover the rise of jeep clubs from across the country, both for fun and for community service. Pages six and seven have a variety of FC stories.

Page eight has another Bonners Willys story, this time highlighting a DJ-3A Dispatcher, though the hardtop on the dispatcher looks most like a very early Willys Overland top like this one. Meanwhile, a different article shared the news of a thirty-two Dispatcher purchase by Sommers Drugs, a San Antonio, Texas, drug store chain.

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March 1960 Seventeen Magazine Swingy Surrey Stripes

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Page 140 of the April 1960 issue of Seventeen Magazine included a photoshoot titled ‘Swingy Surrey Stripes’ that used a jeep Surrey (as reported in the March 1960 issue of Jeep News). I looked into buying a copy of that issue on eBay, but it would have been $50 with shipping. Instead, I found a black and white version from archive.org. In August of 1960, a contest ad for a Surrey-give-away would appear in a  Seventeen Magazine ad for Miss Gotham.

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Jan(?) 1960 Weather Outside Is Frightful Brochure

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These are photos from eBay of a 1960 brochure, though I can’t tell the exact form number. My guess is that it is Form DM60-01, based on this March 1960  Jeep News issue. I had a chance to buy this once on ebay, but missed out on it.

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Feb 1960 Building Up? Or Down? Jeep Brochure

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This February 1960 Building Up? Or Down? brochure had some older photos, so I’ve updated them.

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Custom Stage Coach on T-Bucket Frame Rawlins, WY $5000

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Need a new project for 2024 and want something really different? Look no further than this custom stagecoach atop a T-bucket frame.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/739762921012958/

“Custom stagecoach on T bucket frame, small block ford motor with a three speed automatic. Open to offers.”

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1947 CJ-2A Billings, MT $8000

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Unclear why I haven’t seen this one pop up on FB Marketplace prior to today. Looks solid.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2232677643610140

“1947 Jeep Willys. Clean title. Great shape. Runs great. Tires have very few miles on them. $8,000 OBO”

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1953 CJ-3B Golden, CO $10,000

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UPDATE: Still Available.

(11/21/2023) Looks in good shape.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/633305172066353

“Original 134ci 4 cylinder. 2 inch lift. New hubs and new overdrive. 3 speed manual transmission”

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1994? Flattie Shawnee, KS $22,000

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Here’s an unusual build.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/3408199159443713

“1994 willys fully restored with Toyota c3  turbo  engine With NON HIGHWAY TITlE!!!!!! shipping on me anywhere in the USA”

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1974 CJ-5 Arcadia, NE $4000

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Seems like a good price for a running, driving later model CJ-5.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/595385569293050

“1974 Jeep CJ5. Fairly clean rig. Don’t drive it as much as we thought we would. PM for more questions!”

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1953 Wagon Springfield, MO $10,000

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Might be worth a look.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1026951955020164

“New fuel lines , brakes gas tank Hot rod glass windshield new headliner needs cleaned original wood floor new floor pan new tires hurricane 6 cylinder high low 4 wheel drive new tires new muffler 10000 cash firm getting ready to put on a national market then the price goes up”

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1957 CJ-5 & 1999 Wrangler Meeker, OK $8600

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The CJ-5 looks solid. It has a Kelly hardtop. This could be a good price for the right person.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1411409753118463

“1957 willys jeep partially restored runs and drives under original motor and transmission 4 wheel drive 4 cylinder manual transmission 1999 jeep wrangler runs and drives extremely rough but has been fun in the mountains and mud 4 wheelbdrive 4 cylinder manual transmission”

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1976 CJ-5 St. Joseph, MO $1000

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Seems like a good parts jeep.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1901753830220850

“No title . Was going to use it for parts need to clear out some projects. Body had rust engine missing parts . Would be good parts or build a trail rig or mud unit”

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Year? Panel Truck Trailer Lennox, SD $800 OBO

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This would making an interesting trailer behind a jeep.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/7075302085910845/

“1950’s bell telephone service panel truck trailer. Has original roof rack. Works good as trailer or could be put back on truck. No title. Newer tires. $800 obo”

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1963 CJ-6 Sioux Falls, SD $3500

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Unclear how much value is here. Looks like it has a Koenig half-cab.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/355832573717766

“Clean South Dakota title, 1963 Willy’s CJ6. Non running condition. $3500 obo. Hard to find! Appears to be all complete with the half cab. Don’t message me until you’ve spoken with your wife, skipped a car payment, and have your trailer hooked up.”

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