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2 Mighty Mites Wheeling, IL $3700

• CATEGORIES: Mighty Mites

UPDATE: Price dropped to $3700.

(06/05/2019) A couple Mighty Mite projects.

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“The body metal on these vehicles is aluminum, so there is no body panel rust.

The blue Mite is an M422. It is very complete, and really only needs seats and a pintle. A driver’s seat and pintle hook are on the other Mite, so those could easily be swapped over. The windshield is technically incorrect, as it is the M38 style. However there are two correct Might Mite 2nd pattern windshields included in the sale. (The most noticeable difference is where the windshield wiper arms protrude in relation to the windshield hood bumpers. On the M38 ws they are centered within each bumper. The correct Mite ws has the wipers protrude inboard of the bumpers.)
The body number is 440
The frame number looks to be 1727
I cannot read the engine number

The silver/aluminum Mite is an M422A1. Included is a correct windshield, a voltage regulator, and a generator. The front-end body aluminum panels are complete and included. This Mite would need some suspension work, as well as some front-end steering/suspension pieces to be complete in that area. Because it is missing some minor suspension components and the front aluminum body pieces have been removed (but are included) it simply looks like less of a vehicle. It is missing the front right wheel and suspension parts. There are also some spare/extra parts included, including a spare engine.
The body number is 3408
The frame number is 3248
The engine number is 1769

The Mites are located just north of Chicago. Both Mites have titles. The internal condition of all three engines is unknown. Please PM me with any questions or offers. I’ll do my best to answer your questions, but I’m not a Mite guy, so my knowledge is very limited. I am not willing to part these out. The M422 is almost 100% complete and would be an easy enough restoration on its own, but paired with the A1 you’d probably only need a passenger seat, rear seats, (and if you so chose) top bows and canvas to complete it.”

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Progressive Farmer Magazine Jeep Ads

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Generally, my interactions with ebay sellers have been excellent. But, of course, it was only a matter of time before I received some damaged goods.

Recently, I got a good price on three Willys-Overland Progressive Farmer Magazine Ads from the late 1940s off of eBay. However, the packaging was less than stellar; in fact, it was so poor that the package arrived like this:


Inside, each of the ads was torn in the same spot, meaning the USPS was a little too rough with the package (though I do think the seller’s poor packaging is really the primary issue).

Worse, the ads were wrapped in cellophane, without any kind of backing, making them difficult to remove without tearing the pages worse:


The good news is that upon being notified the seller refunded my money in its entirety and let me keep the fairly worthless ads. Still, I can eventually scan them and repair them in photoshop, some day.

And now for the Ads: This ad does not have a date on it, but given the “J” logo, I’d say it was December of 1945 or January of 1946, page 11:


This next one is from July of 1946, page 19:


This one is from May of 1947, page 49 (it also appeared in the May 1947 issue of the Country Gentleman Magazine):


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Johnstown Four Wheel Drive Plate eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

Maybe this bit of nostalgia will appeal to someone?

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Thor Winch $650 … And the Related Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: Here’s a Thor PTO winch for sale. See the brochure for it at the bottom of the post. (Thor also made hubs).

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“A late 1960’s Thor T-100 Pto 8000lb winch. Popular on old Willys and jeeps,
Very hard to find, in Excellent condition as far as running properly.
Hasn’t been used since the late 70’s always been stored in a dry place no rust, has some paint missing from being moved around over the years.
Asking 650$ Obo
I have no use for this but I’m sure someone restoring a project Jeep or Bronco would love to have an original winch from the era.’


Original Post from December 2016: 

The Thor line of winches. Thor also had a line of hubs.

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1948 CJ-2A Redlands, CA $18,000


Lots of updates to this flattie.×4/6913418718.html

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“Here is my 1948 Willys! It runs and drives great! Everything works on it and it has a lot of extras! Fun car to do some off-roading in! Asking $18,000 obo. Here are all the details
305 Chevrolet V8
Dana 44 axles
Front disc brakes
PRP seats
CNC pedals
Jamar ProX master cylinder
20 gallon fuel cell
Onboard air compressor
8000 lb winch
2 KC HID lights
KC LED light bar
Swingaway spare tire carrier
Race radio
Auto meter gauges
New wiring
Roll cage
Warn hubs
Tow bar”

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1961 CJ-3B Tacoma, WA $6000


UPDATE: Price dropped to $6000.

(05/21/2019) This might have late model Free-Lock hubs.

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“It has a fresh engine, transmission and transfer case. Less than 5 miles on it.
F-134 Hurricane 4 cylinder engine 2.2, Over bored .030 pistons, .020 mains, .010 on the rods
Borg-Warner 3 Speed T-90 Transmission
Spicer / Dana 18 Transfer case

Dana 27 front axle
Dana 44 Rear axle
11 x 2 Drum brake upgrade

** Additional new parts**
New clutch and pressure plate and throw out bearing
Engine and Transmission mounts
One wire alternator conversion
Fuel Pressure Regulator
Fuel pump
Gas tank
Gas tank sending unit
Points, Condenser, Dist Cap and Rotor, Spark Plugs, Coil
Remote oil filter adapter
Turn signal switch
Headlight Switch

All the time consuming hard work has been done. It runs and drives, but needs a few more items serviced. (ie, axle pinion seals, speedo cable, etc..) Three extra boxes of parts, along with a Weber Carb, four aluminum wheels, and the original engine long block are included with it.

Its 58 years old, yes, there is some body rust. This Jeep is also registered in the survivors section of the CJ3B website.”

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1953 CJ-3A San Gabriel Valley, CA $5000


UPDATE: Price dropped to $5000

(02/16/2019) Has updates.

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“I’m selling my1953 willys jeep with good condition. It’s drivable and v8 small block engine.
Two gas tanks
brand new seats
New suspension
New cooling
New oil and filter
Full rolling bar
Storage boxes.
It’s clean title.”

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1947 CJ-2A Spirit Lake, ID $4900


Includes a DVD of this jeep going over the Rubicon. Needs master cylinder fixed.

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“1947 Willy’s Overland CJ-2a Jeep

Veteran of 5 trips over the Rubicon Trail, ‘the Hard Way’!

• 225 V-8 ‘Odd-Fire’ GM Engine, Rebuild has less than 2,000 miles on it!
• Engine had Complete Rebuild – Bore = 10% over – Tight!
• Weber Carburetor – Baffled for running on “extreme-tilt” terrain!
• Dana-40 Heavy-Duty Rear End!
• Posi-traction in Rear End = 110# torque to break loose = “Tight”
• 11” Brakes installed from ½ Ton! (9” is standard on the Willy’s)
• Warn Hubs on Front Wheels.
• Electronic Ignition installed = ‘no points to mess with’!
• Original 3 speed floor-shift with 1st being a ‘granny-gear’ for ‘walking’.
• And….has a Back Seat!
* Full Roll Bar with added Seat-Belts
• All ‘Steel’ original body!
• Have extra parts, i.e. Original ‘stick’ hubs, soft-top frame + doors, 15” wheels, extra drive-line shaft, extra rear-end pinion, etc.
• Comes with a “Clean” Title!
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1948 CJ-2A Livingston, MT $3850


Though it has the driver side spare tire mount, I do not believe this was a lefty. It appears the original holes for the front bow holder are still there.

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“1948 Willys CJ2A for sale. L-head motor. All brake lines and wheel cylinders have been redone. New brake master cylinder, converted to 12v. New gas tank. Reupholstered seats. Tub is in pretty good condition. Runs well. Call for more info or if you would like to come take a look”

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1950 M-38 Hayden, ID $1800


Will need some work.

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“Help me reclaim my garage. Running 1950 willys flat fender jeep project. Orginal flat 4 drive train, new radiator, new tires , new springs, clean title. Body is rough, rust is present, but not too bad for its age. No time to work on it and I need the space back. Bring a trailer. 1,800 obo”


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1948 CJ-2A Leadville, CO $700


UPDATE: Price dropped to $700.

(07/25/2018) Not sure how much value is here.

“Decent body, chassis, roll cage. Tub has had the floor repaired, new fuel tank and has lifted suspension under it. Had a chevy 6 cylinder in it last. Last owner cut the hood for stacks, but will be easy to repair. All body edges are good, has a few rust spots that will be easy to fix. Steering column is there. Have a bench seat that fits well. Was going to build, but might clearing out projects.”


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Year? L-Head Gilbert, AZ $300


Head appears to be WWII.


“This is from an early CJ 2a or cj3 Jeep from 1946 to 1955 era. Sitting for long, will need to be rebuilt most probably. AS IS


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1942 GPW Chassis Western NC $1000


Don’s got this rolling GPW chassis for sale.

“1942 Early Willys rolling frame with three digit GPW serial number. Very nice early style Willys frame with Ford axles, steering box, and rear springs. Front springs appear to be the Willys style. Could be used as a Ford GPW or Willys Slatgrill rebuild. Pick up in western NC. $1000”


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Year? CJ-2A Friant, CA $4499


The front frame rails have been patched. It has an f-head and the dash comes with directions, lol.

“Starts, runs, drives. Transmission and brake lines redone. Winch. Late model motor. Clear title.”

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CJ-3A Rolling Chassis Phoenix, AZ $600


UPDATE: Still Available.

(05/04/2019) A large chunk of firewall missing.

“I have willy’s jeep that I dont need good frame body is ok has fenders and hood no grill or powertrain no windshield has 15 inch wheels no seat frames or tailgate ca”

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1973 CJ-6 Umatilla, OR $9200


UPDATE: Now listed at $9200.

(04/18/2019) “1973 Jeep CJ6 , 4×4, mostly original, has a winch. Very little rust. It has been my daily driver and will be again when it warms up.
What has been changed : 4 inch lift springs, Toyo 33’s , steering wheel (I bought a new original style steering wheel , not installed) and seats are now high back buckets. Also speedometer needle is broken off and I have a new replacement instrument cluster.”

Go to youtube and see it in action!:

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Year? CJ-3A Tenino, WA $1000


UPDATE: Still Available.

(04/30/2019) Not much value here.

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“This was left at a property
that I purchased so I don’t
have any history on it.
No motor or trans
Affidavit in lieu of title
Contact for more info
$,1500 or trade for dirt bike or ??”



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1952 CJ-3A Peaceful Valley, WA $2800


UPDATE: Price dropped to $2800.

(05/31/2019) Could be a good price.×4/6912876436.html

“1952 Willys Jeep CJ3A 4X4 runs drives has new clutch, throw out barring, breaks and master and slave cylinder’s
Has a V-6 with a 4 Speed transmission. Tires are good. $3750.00”

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Early Four Wheeler Magazine Covers

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine


R. H. Carroll took the time to create a website displaying a wide array of off-road and dune buggy magazines. His plan included posting images of early Four Wheeler magazine covers, as seen here: (This helps me as I’m still looking for 1962 and 1963 Four Wheeler magazines).

This link shows you the Home page for the entire site. As you click through, you’ll begin to see that he spent a good amount of time creating this. Another neat feature are the timelines for the various magazine genres. Just the Go-Karts/Karting section alone is unique and interesting.

Below is one timeline example. Check out the Hot Rod/Street Rod/ Custom Magazine timeline here:


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Ernie Pyle’s “First” Book: Home Country

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features


Most of you probably know Ernie Pyle from his wartime articles and books. However, prior to WWII Ernie Pyle had already made a name for himself as a widely traveled columnist under the title “Hoosier Vagabond”. Between 1935-1942 he and his wife traveled extensively across the US, north into Canada and south into Mexico. In 1947, after his death, some of his articles from this pre-war time were bundled into a book called Home Country

In his homespun style, Ernie shares his experience climbing to the top of the newly build Golden Gate bridge, learns the challenges of being a white professional wrestler in heavily hispanic Laredo, Texas, and tells the tales of some regionally famous (at that time) folks like Rufus Woods, a local Washington State character who had a significant impact on Eastern Washington, yet was a name I didn’t know.

Near the end of the book he interviews the inventor of the Ross Steering box, David Ross. Matriculating with an engineering degree from Purdue University in 1893, Ross contracted Typhoid shortly after leaving college. A doctor advised him to be outdoors to regain health, so he returned to his family farm and began tinkering. He developed the box and other inventions that made him wealthy. Ernie Pyle’s description and stories of the Ross provide some great insights into who he was.

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1951 Photo of Troops Pushing Jeep Over Hill on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

That looks like an uphill slog!

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“1951 Press Photo United Nations troops push jeep over hill during Korean War. This is an original press photo. The powerful jeep was unable to negotiate a muddy hill, so manpower took over. United Nations troops pushed the jeep and a trailer up the hill. About two dozen men helped. — Korean War – Troops U.S. – Living & Weather conditions Photo measures 9 x 6.5 inches. Photo is dated 11-08-1951.”

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1953 CJ-3B Las Vegas, NV $6000


UPDATE: Price dropped to $6000.

(02/20/2019) This has a cutdown hood like the project 5607 prototype (see bottom of page).

“1953 willy’s locked up front and rear new carpet. 35’tires Buick v6 runs great. Winch ,harness belts will climb anything.”


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1942? Flattie Cameron Park, CA $9200


UPDATE: Price dropped to $9200

(08/29/2018) Lots of mods.

“1942 flat fender Jeep. Custom sprung under lift with 35″ tires. Buick v6. Dana 44s front and rear. Elockers with 488 gears. Disk brakes front and rear. 1 Ton ruff stuff steering. New rancho 9000 shocks. Some items still need to be finished. Rear bumpers and some small wiring.”

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1948 CJ-2A Boise, ID $6000


The body looks in good shape. It’s got some EasyLok hubs.

“It’s almost 100% original, new clutch and rear seal, rear bench seat, Clear title, $6,000.”


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1946 CJ-2A Lebanon, NH $6000


Travis spotted this one. It may need some engine work.

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“Engine: 4-134 L Head motor.
12-volt conversion with alternator.
New wiring harness.
New brake system.
New fuel system with tank.
5 new tires, tubes and wheels.
Many new parts and many extra parts.
Has Bestop and doors.
Ran well until recently. Needs lower engine work or possible replacement.
Asking $6,000 or Best Reasonable Offer”