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1960 CJ-5 Sandy, UT $5500


The writing on the door suggests this was a ranch vehicle out of Meeker, Colorado. The Koenig half top looks in good shape.


“Rare barn find. Original 1960 “Farm Hand” CJ5. Original, removable, fully enclosed cab. Runs and drives well. 4 wheel drive works well also. Front rods and steering updated with new old stock (got rid of “death wobble”). New and correct fuel pump, plus and electric fuel pump for cold morning starts. Great patina and original Colorado farm logo on the doors.”

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1957 Article and other Delaware & Hudson Hy-Rail Jeep Trucks

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE II: Hans shared this photo of a Willys Rail truck’s speedometer. The Auf Schiene appears to translate as “on track”, meaning the interior speedometer should be used while driving on a track.



UPDATE: This article features the third Delaware & Hudson Hy-Rail Jeep Truck. It appears to be either #152 or #162. The article appeared in the July 30, 1957, issue of the Press and Sun Bulletin out of Binghamton, NY:



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Feeling Like My Ol’ Self

• CATEGORIES: Features

I am happy to report that rumors of my imminent demise were grossly exaggerated, though said rumors likely evolved from my own posts. So, you can place your pall-bearer suits (or jeans and t-shirts) and your mourning outfits back on their hangers. It looks like I will be around for a little while longer!

Of course, God, with a sense of humor unmatched, plucked me off that frying pan (the first bed they gave me seemed hard as one) and dropped me into the fire, that being the record heat we had around here. For all my Arizona brethren, you can have your crazy 115+ temps! Though, I will say the hot temps made it very easy to stay inside and get well.

Back on the fateful day when I checked myself into the emergency room, and once they determined my near death seemed avoidable, I had plenty of time to kill and a full charge on my phone: dangerous bedfellows!  Yet, I didn’t know if I was out-of-the-woods totally, so I figured I might as well let folks know that, as my father used to say in his understated manner, ‘there’s a problem’. Thankfully, I now feel reassured enough to say that, there is currently no longer a problem (knuckles meet wood).

But, that doesn’t mean eWillys will be back anytime soon. I’m enjoying this extended break. It may be that eWillys never returns to its original format. Instead, I’ll take this time to figure out a way that the site can be of use without the time demands of the past.

Before I go, I once again have to thank everyone who shared their stories about eWillys. It is always gratifying and humbling to see strange idea of mine evolved into something worthwhile.

Finally, I will leave you with two posts below, both oddities deserving of attention.


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1950 Modified CJ-3A Celestine, IN $10,000

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual • TAGS: , .

This jeep is probably a re-themed version of this ambulance jeep from 2017.

“For sale is a early 50s Willys Jeep. Runs good. Does need brakes to be drivable. 4×4. Has a generator in the back, used to be driven in parades in Vincennes. I do not have the title for it. Asking $10,000”

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A VW Beetle Seen in Europe

• CATEGORIES: Features, VEEP (VW Jeep), Scamp, Others

While some may question the design, there is certainly some good workmanship here.


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UPDATE: Was it Only Exhaustion? The Answer is Unclear


I apologize for keeping everyone in the dark over the past week, but I felt it necessary so I could give you the best information I have.


But, before I begin, I just have to say that I greatly appreciate all the kind comments that were attached to the last post.  They were a wonderful counterpoint to an article I read while laying in the emergency room’s hospital bed (for 12 hours). The article stated that men are losing close-male friendships at a greater pace than ever before. So, as each of you added comments, I was a warmly reminded at just how many friends I have, even if we have never seen each other face-to-face.

So, why was I in the ER? The most important reason was to determine whether I was having either a stroke or a heart attack, as I was feeling some numbness along my face, arms, and hands, along with some light chest tension (there is also family history with both strokes and heart issues). Moreover, my ability to control my blood pressure had subsided, meaning when I laid down to rest, it was still high. All this had been preceded by several days of feeling odd.

The initial tests in the ER indicated that I was not having a heart attack (that was a plus), but the EKG suggested I might have had one a few days before.  Skipping over most of the drudgery and boredom that consumed my visit, eventually the next day they had me perform a stress test.

For those unfamiliar with it, imagine a very large ipod strapped to your side, affixed with multiple cables, along with body-hair-wrenching stickers attached to various parts of your body. Then, you climb on a tread mill and fast-walk it (in my head I thought I would be sprinting on it) as the heart tech raises the treadmill’s incline mode.

By the end of the stress test, I didn’t care what the results were: I felt great. It was the best I had felt in a couple weeks; I finally felt normal again. After that, I returned to my room and, while waiting for the results of the test, fell asleep.

Several hours later, I awoke to the nurse telling me I was going home. I guess the results were good enough that the doc didn’t bother to explain them to me. Besides, I had an appointment scheduled for July 1st with my new primary care provider, so I figured he would delve into the results with me.

At home I put myself on bedrest. I felt that if anything was a principal cause of all this, it was EXHAUSTION. So, that meant No eWillys, no computering (though I have been using my phone), and no physical labor for the near future. I am taking a long needed break from life, as best I can.

While waiting for the July 1st appointment to arrive, I also started some blood pressure medication. Unfortunately, that seems to have some side effects, but I can’t tell if it is the BP meds or some other issue causing them. After this third day of taking the meds (and feeling wierd), the first request I planned to make to my new doc was to remove me from the new med so I can establish a baseline of blood pressure and health. I need to know if there are lingering effects from this “Exhaustion” or if there was another factor that is causing some of the issues.

On positive side, my new doc explained to me that he felt I did not have a heart attack. Though he and I may have some debate over the state of my cholesterol (don’t get me started on that topic) and my blood pressure, overall he didn’t seem to have any worries about my health.

And, if you have any wonder as to why I was exhausted, not only had I been working my butt off for 4.5 months (getting the house ready to sell, packing, prepping the new house, then making changes to the new house), but I also stopped exercising (lack of time) and eating more poorly. Add to that, another cancer diagnosis for Ann’s mom (and the general friction we have with her). Then, there’s my own mother’s recent stroke(s) and the need to get her in a better situation, and the result is that I may have become overwhelmed by it all.

So, the plan of action is to get some rest (meaning keep ewillys on Hiatus for longer), start exercising again, start carefully tracking my blood pressure to establish a baseline, and do a sleep study. Hopefully, all this reset’s me back to my ol’ self.

Perhaps in another week or so I can add another report. Until then, I am doing my best to take care of myself.

Best wishes and again, sorry to worry you all (I have certainly been worried) and hopefully all this will work itself out just fine.

– Dave

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Ewillys is on Hiatus


I am sorry to report that, until further notice, ewillys is on hiatus. I will provide an update in the next few days when I learn more about my health situation.

Thanks for your support, interactions, corrections, and, in many cases, friendship. It has been a most interesting journey.


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German’s Re-style a Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

UPDATE: This post was first published September 25, 2014:

Joshua Regula-Morris has a neighbor who had an MB in Germany. The first photo shows him on his Jeep in 1946. The second photo shows the text on the back of the first photo. Apparently, some Germans restyled the jeep, resulting in photo #3. Joshua’s neighbor swears this is the same jeep. Before leaving Germany he sold it to a friend. You can just make out the shackles at the front below the bumpers. Unfortunately, there aren’t any photos from the side.




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1944 “Flooded and Mud Bound Roads” Video

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

UPDATE: Sorry, but just this one post for Saturday. Besides the long day,  I’m just not feeling my best (not Covid or virus-related). It’s been an on-off issue for the last week or so. I see a doc about it in a few days.

At the start of this video is a modified jeep named ‘Deloris’ built to keep the driver pretty mud free inside the cab.

0:00 “Doloris” on jeep with unit sign and formation sign painted out.
0:09 Artillery tractor also has unit and formation sign obscured. Transfer of Canadian forces from Italy to the Netherlands had been kept a secret. The obscuring of the signs may be part of that effort.

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No Updates Friday


No updates today.

Thanks for everyone’s suggestions on the Allen bolts. I greatly appreciate them.

I made progress on the shop and garage-gym yesterday, and entertained Ann’s family. There may not be any Saturday morning either, as I need to mow, fix a few sprinklers, then drive Ann to Walla Walla this afternoon for dental surgery, the other guests arrive tonight.

Temps have been adjusted upward. High will now be 116 degrees.

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Stripped Allen Bolts and Smoking Hot Weather

• CATEGORIES: Features

I’m sure you are as shocked as I am that this post is about yours truly working on a jeep! It’s truly a miracle!

This all started because this weekend and into the early part of next week, we will have record hot temperatures, the hottest of which seem to be centered on ol’ little Prosser, Washington! (See the Axios story here) … records are going to fall.



Because things are supposed to heat up, I wanted to clear room in the shop so we could move a couple more vehicles in there. To do that, I wanted to move the racing jeep underneath Patterson (which would be lifted up on the hoist). But, to drive the racer within the hoist stands, I wanted to remove the wheel spacers to reduce the width.

Sounds simple enough, right? So, I jacked up the rear, pulled one rear tire. That’s when I saw this mess: several of the Allen bolts have been stripped. Ugh. WTF?


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I figured I had a minimum of 2 solutions:

  1. I can weld Allen wrenches on each of the stripped bolts, then (hopefully) spin them off.
  2. I can drill out the Allen bolts.

Thankfully, I don’t want the spacers anyway; if they get ruined in the process, so be it.

But, before I started, I figured I would throw my dilemma out to you folks to see if there are any other ideas floating around?

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Thanks For the FC-150 Sign!

• CATEGORIES: Features

Joe-in-Mesa was kind enough to donate an FC-150 sign he won a few years ago while attending the FC-Roundup to eWillys HQ. It will have a ‘most excellent’ place of honor in the shop. Thanks Joe!

To keep it safe for the moment, I put it on the fireplace mantle. It is covering a lithograph my great grandfather bought in the UK in 1924.

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In case you are curious, this is how it normally looks. Upon his return from Britain in 1924, my great grandfather Karl Eilers gave it to the Engineer’s Club (this was shortly after the club built their golf course and country club near Roslyn, NY, on Long Island), where Karl was a member. At some point, my grandfather, who was also a member of the club (and President in 1930) was given the lithograph back. Subsequently, the lithograph hung for years at my grandparents house over their fireplace, which was a done floor to ceiling in rock.


You can just see the edge of it in this mid-1960s Christmas time photo of their house on Hayden Lake. It’s interesting how much lighter the matte looks in this photo. It must just be the light, as I doubt the matte was ever changed.


Grandfather Eilers on the left. My aunt Martha on the swivel chair. My grandmother Eilers standing. That place looks smaller than my the way my child-self remembers it, lol. 

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Jeeps at the Old Barthell Coal Camp and Museum

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Tom in Paris shared these two photos of jeeps he found at the Old Barthell Coal Camp and Museum.

Tom wrote, “The GPW is a 1942, missing some stuff and sitting on M151 wheels. The CJ2A is a 1946 with tool indents, with the shifter on the floor. They were parked at the old Barthell Coal Camp and museum, in Strunk,Ky. Barthell was owned by Stearns Coal and Lumber. The mining operations stopped in 1948.”



I was able to locate a stock photo that shows the GPW from a different angle:

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1948 CJ-2A San Francisco, CA $18,000


I haven’t seen many turbine rims on jeeps lately. This is an ex-racing jeep. The seller has included a lengthy list of features. This jeep really deserves some more pics. It sounds interesting.

“Posting this in behalf of a friend. Her grandfather passed recently and she is helping her grandmother sell his 1948 CJ2A Willy’s. I don’t have a lot of information on it, but he built this from the ground up and raced it throughout the years in Baja and other desert races. It’s currently located in Placerville and they’re asking $18,000”

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1951 CJ-3A Salem, OR $8500


Looks solid. Has a fiberglass body.

“1951 willys, Upgraded ! Newer frame , newer suspension, fiberglass body, 11″brakes, V6 , nostalgic daily driver. replaced odometer ,unknown miles .”

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1950? CJ-2A? The Dalles, OR Auction


Blaine spotted this jeep up for auction. Bidding is at $2500. Listed as a 1950, it looks more like a CJ-2A to me.

“6V system, Needs breaks and battery Odometer Reads: 22977 VIN: 3J38407 Color: Yellow”

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1942 MB Elk Grove, CA $6500


Has a variety of updates.

“1942 Jeep Willys WW2 Vehicle Just Had All The Body Work And Paint Done. Painted Red. Has a Chevy 327 Small Block In It. Manual Trans. Starts And Runs Just Needs A New Battery, Some Fresh Gas And Brakes.”

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1952 M-38 Lebec, CA $15,950


For a “showroom condition” jeep, this could use better pics.

“completely Restored showroom condition cost over 25k”

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1946 CJ-2A Morro Bay, CA $12,000


Looks solid. Has a higher compression head.

“1946 Willys Jeep Cj-2a flatfender. This jeep just completed 250 mile trip called the Go Devil Run. Lockers front and rear, new wiring, fuel system, carb, radiator, brand new tires, brakes, everything serviced, seat cushions and covers, hidden bluetooth stereo, etc.. this thing is great. Too many vehicles so selling this one. No trades.. don’t need help selling. If you’re looking for a turn key flatty that will go anywhere… this is it.”

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1948 Wagon Portland, OR $8500

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons

This lacks an engine, but seems like a promising project.

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“The Willys Wagon was the first mass-produced all steel passenger wagons. Faux wood paint kept the need for nails out of the carriage production, but there was a challenge. These bodies were prone to rust. Located in Portland, OR and very like a west coast only vehicle, she’s had the advantage of salt-free roads. Finding a virtual cancer free Jeep wagon is like finding a ‘Willys’ Wonka golden ticket….

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Year? CJ-2A Grants Pass, OR $500


Now this is a pile of parts .. Maybe some value?

“1948 Willy’s Jeep parts $500 for all.”

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1948 CJ-2A Ferndale, WA $5000


UPDATE: Still Available.

(06/02/2021) It’s a project that has been stored a while.

“Good project: Buick V6 broken rear axle & differential, custom gas tanks under the seats, tow bar, soft top, no rust . Has been stored indoors for 20yrs. Has some dings”


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1946 CJ-2A Renton, WA $4500


UPDATE: Still Available.

(05/11/2021) Marty spotted this Flattie with a Bobcat hood.

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‘ have a 46 willys jeep that I bought about 10 years ago.
Has a Chevy V8.
Has a Muncie M20 4 speed transmission.
It runs and drives however the brakes need some work so will need to be trailer home.
Has a fiberglass hood on it now but also come with the stock hood and windshield that has the willys imprinted on it.
I stripped all the bondo off when I bought it and epoxy primer it.
Title in hand.
Cash only no trades!

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1956 CJ-3B Othello, WA $3000


There seems to be some parts value, but lots of work left.

“56 willy’s jeep body. 5.7 throttle body chevy motor. 2 stick chevy transfer case. 4 speed chevy manual. Dana 44 with lockers. Has wiring harness.
Open to trades of all kinds.”

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1947 CJ-2A Camino, CA $15,500


UPDATE: Still Available.

(04/13/2021) Has a variety of updates.

“1947 Willeys CJ2A with Buick 225 Dauntless V6, 3 speed with gearvendor overdrive, PTO winch. Run amazing.”

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