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1953 CJ-3B San Jose, Ca $5000


UPDATE:  The price has dropped to $5000. This has been for sale since Aug.

This seller has installed a variety of new parts on this CJ-3B (and I think lists every single one in the ad).  Looks like the body’s in decent shape.  I’m thinking the seller was attempting to restore it, but now needs to sell it.

” Rebuilt engine, stock 134 Cu Inch F-Head, New spin on oil filter, New distributor, New water pump, Rebuilt radiator, New radiator hoses, Rebuilt starter, New exhaust system from manifold to tail pipe, New fuel tank, New fuel gauge sending unit, Rebuilt alternator, New turn signal device New parking brake cable, New parking brake shoes … ”

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1947 CJ-2A Skiatook, Ok $10,600 **Sold**


1948_cj2a_skiatookWhile updating the ebay results page, I ran across the following jeep.  It’s a CJ-2A made up to look like a MB/GPW.  On ebay, it sold for a winning bid of $10,600.  I’m a bit shocked it sold for that much.

“1948 WILLYS CJ2A JEEP, SN/CJ2A 181994, refurbished to look like a WWII MB military jeep (don’t get me wrong, it is NOT a WWII military jeep) only made to look like one. It would be great for parades or WWII re-enactments. It does have a working military style fender blackout light, military style grill blackout marker lights, MB style spare tire rack, WWII style fuel can with holder, bumperettes, MB style side and corner handles, WWII style tandem hand wipers, military style foot starter, new front OD canvas seats with WWII style seat back pockets, stars, USA lettering and 5 new 6 ply WWII style NDT tires (non-directional tread, pulls just as good in reverse as in forward)….”

View the all the pics on eBay

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1947 CJ-2A Boaz, Al eBay

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Last Ride • TAGS: .

This might be one of my favorite all-time body pictures.  Can you imagine what it took to damage the cowl and dashboard? The seller suggests you might need to get the body replaced, but I’m thinking the body is the best part.

“Serial number 109850. This jeep was built around 1947.  willys built around 240,000 of these jeep from 1945 until 1949.  the serial number of this jeep (109850) shows that it was built around 1947 according to production figures from the willys jeep homepage on the net. The jeep is complete, it runs very well and drives well also. the jeeps body is very rusty , with lots of damage. i would say that the body would need to be replaced;however, the engine, transmission, drivetrain is in good , operating condition. this jeep is in original conditon with all oringinal componets.”

View lots of pics at eBay1947_cj2a_boez

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1952 M-38 Millbrae, Ca eBay


1952_m38_millbraeThe overdrive will get you down the freeway and the 5:38 gears + the winch will get you through the trails.  Nice.

“I’ve had this jeep for about 17 years. In 1996 I decided to bring it back to its military look with some extras. I had the motor and trans. rebuilt and the t case inspected and resealed. The motor is not original,it has a 1964 buick 225 v6. The rest of the drive train is original military issue as far as I know with the addition of a Warn overdrive and a Lockrite locker in the rear dana 44 with 538 gears. The overdrive gives an extra gear in all 3 spds and is great for highway speeds and allows you to keep up with traffic at 65+mph.”

View the pics on eBay

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1943 MB Monarch, CA **SOLD**


1943_mb_monarchUPDATE:  **SOLD** Was on eBay

“This Jeep was probably here in Southern California on a military base since new.  I had the body taken down to the bare metal before having it repainted in the original olive drab, the body was solid with almost no rust.  It was painted from top to bottom as you can see in the pictures.  The black California license plates that were assigned to it in the 1960’s are still registered to it, I have both plates.  It has new canvas seats from Beachwood Canvas, the radiator was recored and the brakes were recently serviced. “

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Timeline experimentation


I’ve been experimenting with the use of a timeline.  I’d like to put all the 4×4 models on a timeline so that readers can see how different models progressed over the years.  Unfortunately, my early tests didn’t go quite as smooth as I’d like (the joys of technology).  It will take some time for me  to get it right.  In the meantime, below is a rough example that simply puts all my posts from the ‘my build’ category onto a timeline that uses the WP Simile Plugin based on the MIT Simile Project.

Here’s a dinosaurs’ example using the full MIT Simile code.  Imagine the icons in front being jeeps/4x4s instead of dinosaurs along with bars of differing colors for each model that stretch over years.  Note that when you click on a dinosaur or on a link on the timeline below, you are taken to a page about that topic.


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A beautiful FC-150 sells for $38,000 at Russo-Steel

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677

Yeah, you read that right.  Craig from the FC-Connection site kindly dropped me a note saying that none other than Tim ‘the tool man’ Allen purchased this beautiful FC-150 for $38,000.  It probably didn’t hurt that the FC was auctioned at the Russo-Steele Auction, the televised auction you might have seen on ESPN2 while flipping through cable channels.

Here’s some images from the FC-Connection site.  And, a link to the Russo-Steel auction page for this FC-150.


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1947 Frankenstinian Monster – Manchester, Ct **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Unusual • TAGS: .

1947_cj2athingUPDATE:  This sold for $698

An eWillys reader somehow found this in the ‘other makes’ section of ebay Motors.  It made me laugh, so I have posted this for your Sunday amusement.  Even though the starting bid is only $99, there are no bids.

“… The complete, unaltered 4WD drivetrain from that 1947 Willys Jeep: engine, tranny, transfer case, front & rear drive, suspension, steering, cooling system, etc. was installed on a homemade (C channel) frame. Most of the body, tilt bed & plow were also homemade. I must say, while “strange”, (owner is a carpenter), everthing is “well built”….. “

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1947 CJ-2A Lubbock, TX **SOLD**


1947_cj2a_lubbockUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3500.

This looks pretty good.

“1947 Willys Jeep in good condition. Recent engine overhaul, four wheel high and low, heater, new rear seat, runs and drives great. This is great at the hunting lease, ranch, farm or trip to the mountains. Good in snow and mud and lots of fun for the family. Hard to find in this original condition. Soft top is in great shape and recently replaced the boots covering the shifters. Asking $3500 or make me an offer.”

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1959 FC-150 & 1959 CJ-5 Phoenix, Az $1500 each

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, FC150-FC170-M677

1959_cj5_phoenixThe CJ-5 comes with a warn overdrive, a ford-top loader, a ford 289, a full cage and a set of hurricane aluminum 10″ rims.  $1500 isn’t a bad price for that combo + the rest of the parts.

The FC-150 looks pretty good as well for $1500, if it comes with some of the missing parts.

“One 1959 Willys CJ5 with Ford 289 and Ford top loader four speed, Warn overdrive, starts and runs good, original 5:38 gears and nine inch brakes, 1959_fc150_phoenixwill include parts for changing to 11 inch brakes. $1500.00 cash O.B.O. One 1959 Willys FC 150 Forward Control with Ford 289, Jeep transmission and transfer case, original 5:38 gears and 11 inch brakes. was never finished. Will come with extra FC 150 parts. $1500.00 cash O.B.O.”

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1949 CJ-3A Prescott, AZ **SOLD**


1949_cj3a_prescottUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $800.

Looks like a pretty good price for what’s there. Maybe it even runs?

“All original 49 willys jeep ready for restoration. No major rust mostly surface. Oringinal flat head 4.”

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1946 CJ-2A Denver, Co $2500


1946_cj2a_denver3Doesn’t look too shabby.

“Real nice CJ2A with a Super Sonic 6cyl engine. This Jeep has new brake system, new radiator, rebuilt starter, heater and wipers work. It also has a recent tune-up and great top. It does need tires and seat cushions. I’d keep it, but I’m too large to get in and out of it comfortably. Will trade for Jeep Cherokee of equal value. Dan at 303-934-7507 or email”

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1948 CJ-2A Broomfield, CO **SOLD**


1948_cj2a_broomfieldUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2100. 

“1948 Willys Jeep CJ2A, 134 CI Flat Head, three speed, original 6 volt system with rebuilt generator, split windshield, the Jeep is clean, runs, motor sounds good, drives but does smoke. Jeep has some new parts such as carb, gas tank, fuel line, front brake slave cylinders, master cylinder, 15” wheels, tires. A great start to a fun and easy restoration. No rear seat frame, no top, but some original extra seat parts included. Owner since 1990. Located in Broomfield. “

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1963 CJ-3B Olathe, MO **SOLD**


1963_cj3b_olatheUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1500.

This is pretty beat up for a $1500 jeep.

“running gears, trany and rear end good,needs some motor and body work, hasn’t been started for a few years $1500”


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1947 CJ-2A Georgetown, Ky $950


1947_cj2a_georgetownThe body is beat up a bit.  It’s got a CJ-3A windshield.  Hard to tell much more.

“1947 Willys jeep with full winter enclosure and frame (picture without enclosure). Four cylinder, four wheel drive with lockout hubs. Needs starter drive. “

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1960 FC-170 Noblesville, In **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677

UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was  $1000

There’s only one pic, but I don’t see any major rust.  This might be a good deal.

“1960 Willys FC170 – Rare Project Truck – Runs but needs throttle cable. Only reason I am selling is to repair transmission on other truck.”

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15 x 12 Chrome Rims Vancouver, Wa $70

• CATEGORIES: Tires and Rims

15x12_rims_portlandThis is a great price on a couple of 15″ x 12″ with a 5 on 51/2 bolt pattern.

“This is a pair of (two) chrome modular wheels. They are 12 inches wide with a 15 inch rim. The backspacing is 4 inches, in other words, the wheels are 8 inches deep to the center on the outside and 4 inches deep on the inside. They are in very good shape, no rust or scratches. The do not come with center caps or lug nuts. These have a 5 on 5.5 inch bolt pattern…”

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1942 MB Hoquiam, Wa eBay


1942_mb_hoquiamThis is an early, rough MB up for auction in Hoquiam.

“this jeep has potential but does not run the flat head needs gaskets ect. i have the top and doors to go with it”

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Award Winner — shortest Ad I’ve ever seen…


UPDATE:  I have discovered a theme. There’s an Ad from Los Angeles Craigslist and an Ad from Orange County Craigslist to go along with the original San Diego Ad I show posted at the bottom.  I’ve put them all together, as a suspect the seller is the same for each, and I think I’ve got a bigger picture now ….

San Diego Ad –> Title =  Willys Jeep  …………………. Ad Text = “non op”
Long Beach Ad –> Title = o]]]]]]]]]o ’46 willys ……. Ad Text = “bring your truck, lots of parts I need to clear out.”
Orange County Ad –> Title = ’46 willys ………………. Ad Text = “you put it together”

So, the seller has a non op 1946 willys cj-2a that’s in many parts.  The seller expects you to put it together.  The seller suggests you bring  a truck.  I suggest you offer the seller very little cash for all the effort you will expend putting humpty dumpty back together again.


My original post is below:
This Ad which comes from of San Diego is for a “Willys Jeep”.  The text of the ad, in its entirety, is  “non op”.  There’s no pictures, no year, no model.  Maybe it’s a deal? Maybe it’s a waste of time?  It made me laugh …

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1947 CJ-2A Clarkston, Wa **SOLD**


1947_cj2a_clarkstonUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5000.

“1947 CJ2A. 400chev V8,t-90 trans.twin stick transfer,4Wdisc brakes,dual tanks,Best Top with doors,new tires and wheels…runs excellent..body good,new drive lines and spring assemblys.consider part trade??? mostly cash.”

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1951 CJ-3A Gig Harbor, Wa $4200


UPDATE: this nice flattie is still available.

The Chevy 181 appears to be a 3.0 Liter Marine engine, which is likely a nice 4cyl for the jeep.  This jeep is likely worth a closer look.

“1951 Willys Flatfender Jeep in great shape. Chevy 181 4 cylinder engine with a synchronized 3 speed transmission and split- stick transfer case. New 12.50 x 33 swampers with 410 gears and locker. 9,000 lb. Warn winch. $4200 (Best offer). For more information, please call (253) 208-6515 or (253) 884-8057”

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Rare Husky Overdrive Nampa, ID **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: OD Other, Transmissions

t90_18tx_huskyod_nampaUPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $750

The Husky Overdrives are very rare. Here are some overdrive links.

  1. Herm’s site has best history on overdrives on the web
  2. The CJ-3B site has some information on overdrives
  3. Here’s a thread on the Early CJ-5 site about Husky vs. Warn

“For sale: T90 Transmission, Dana 18 Transfer Case, & Husky overdrive out of a 1962 Willy’s Jeep CJ5. Comes with a bell housing and adaptor for a small block Chevy if you want it. All worked when pulled a couple of years ago.  Dana 18 overdrives are hard to come by. Husky copied Warns overdrive until Warn sued them and they had to stop. They are supposed to be just as good as the Warn unit.

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1960 CJ-3B Santa Ana, Ca eBay


1960_cj3b_santaanaUPDATE:  This is now listed on eBay

This is an unfinished project or, better put, a 99% finished project.  There’s no doubt in my mind that the builder put some big chunks of time and money into this.

“1960 Willys CJ3B Jeep. A rare tall flat fender model, popular for adding larger V-8 engines for racing. The vehicle has gone through a full body off restoration where everything is either new or completely rebuilt/refinished. The frame was completely removed, stripped by nut shells, fully repaired with metal, and given a Porsche red paint($6000). A balanced and rebulit Corvette 325 HP 327 engine was installed with a rebuilt 2.02 heads and custom headers,etc. ….. This was my father’s project due to health problems we are forced to sell call (714)554-9212”

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1963 DJ-3A Gala Surrey Houston, Tx eBay


1963_dj3a_surrey_houstonThere are a TON of great pictures of this Surrey.  I don’t think I’ve seen this Surrey listed previously, but I might have missed it;  it looks like no expense was spared in it’s restoration.

“Purchaced by Wayne Davis because his wife liked the way it looked, this Gala-Surrey was purchaced at a small Jeep dealer in Cleveland, Texas, a full restoration began with an unlimited budget. The car was brought back to its original color scheme of pink and white as no detail was overlooked. The end result revealed a car ready for any show.  Contact Jose at 281 497 1000 with questions about this Jeep”

View all the images here

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CJ-3B Stainless Windshield Frame Lacey, Wa $350

• CATEGORIES: stainless/jewels • TAGS: .

cj3b_stainless_windshieldHere’s a great price on an imperfect stainless windshield.