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1947 Wagon Joplin, Mo eBay .. “Poor Boy’s Dream”

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

“Restored Willys Overland Sedan Delivery Van; 1947 body on a 1961 Willys Drive Train; 226 Flathead 6 cylinder engine. 4 wheel drive; Lots of chrome inside; Murals on the inside wall; Customized; It has been named “Poor Boy’s Dream”; Very rare van.

Problems known; Transmission sometimes pops out in 2nd gear when you let off the gas; Needs a headliner; Need to install the windshield wipers (all parts included);”

 
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1959 FC-170 Missoula, MT **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677 • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3450.

The seller also has a FC-150, though it doesn’t appear to be for sale.

“VERY good body, and as you can see… original tailgate stenciling is still alive and well! Engine (Original) has been started but will need rings at least. A “plus” as is if you have mosquito issues. If you’re not in the mood to rebuild… A perfect engine swap is the 60 degree V-6 Chev found in tons of S-10 pick-ups and other. They’re all over the place and they fit under the “dog house” without modifications to the sheet metal.”

 

 
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1948 CJ-2A Birmingport, Al $250

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

There looks like $250 worth of parts.

“This jeep is for parts. If you want a pristine Jeep, this one is NOT the one you need. I do not know if its all there, and the engine is probably not original. It has a 6 cylinder motor, which may be a Kaiser straight-six. Floor pan is rusted out. This jeep is old, but may be a good find if you’re looking for some parts.”

http://bham.craigslist.org/cto/1936097731.html

 
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1952 CJ-3A Appleton, Wi **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $22,000.

Looks nice.

“Restored Willys Jeep. Flathead 4 Go Devil. PTO. 12 volt system. Added taillight for brakes. Fun to drive and you will not be disappointed.”

 
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1953 CJ-3B Unionville, MO **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B • TAGS: .

UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $4800.

(05/28/2010) The seller has replaced the body and other items.

“1953 Willys CJ3 Jeep. This Jeep has a new steel body, new brakes, new wheel cylinders. Ever since we purchased it back in the late 1990’s it has been stored inside. We have now run out of room in the barn for it. It runs rough. We no longer have time to finish this project.  It was started when we were not farming and now there is always farm work that needs done. We are asking $4800. but would consider a close reasonable offer. We do not Need to sell this Jeep but would rather sell it then see the work that has been done be ruined”

 
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1960 Truck Littleton, CO **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2000

(08/27/2010) “1960 Willys Stake bed. Motor runs but vehicle needs work. Great chance at a low production Willys. Only 604 made this year. Will consider trades for 4×4 atv or maybe a dirt bike.”

 
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1951 M-38 Tiverton, RI $7,999

• CATEGORIES: M-38 • TAGS: .

UPDATE:  Price dropped to $7,999

(03/20/2010) It’s got a Buick V-6 225, but otherwise appears pretty stock.  It does have those m-151(?) rims that cause it to have a narrow track.

“1951 Willys M38 Army JEEP, Korean War model, Dauntless 225 V6, 3spd trans,runs and drives great, Has new (Beachwood Canvas) top, (Sheller)steering wheel an much more.(Ready for summer fun) 401-624-6244 or 401- 559-6129”

http://providence.craigslist.org/cto/1936029261.html

 
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1946 CJ-2A Boulder, Co **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE:**SOLD** Was $1500

(07/07/09) “1946 Jeep Willys For Sale, 3 speed, CJ-2A,  Straight 4 cylinder engine, Aftermarket windshield wipers, Electrical System updated to standard 12V system. New starter – rebuilt by Vanetta Electric.  Rear Roll bar. Clear glass Bowl Fuel Pump. Clean Title – VIN#36346. Over $4,000 of engine work done by a 4WD Center in Minnesota in 2004. Seats need to be replaced. ”

 
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1948 CJ-2A Englewood, CO **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2000.

(09/02/2010) This might not be a bad price.

“This 1948 Willys CJ2A Jeep has a 1961 283 Cubic inch Corvette engine. New brakes, Newer tires, Fresh tune up, Tow bar. Good for hunting or off road fun! Needs very little work. Asking $2000.00”

 
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1943 GPW Auburn, Wa **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB) • TAGS: , .

UPDATE **SOLD** Was $4500

(08/26/2010) From a distance, this looks like a great price.

“1943 Ford GPW (jeep); Original Engine, Frame & Body, WA Titled w/currant tabs, converted to 12v, new wiring. Includes M38 Arctic top.”

 
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Step 1: Beat head against the Wall; Step 2: Try again

• CATEGORIES: News

Well, that was fun ….  Thanks to all of you who let me know there was a problem this morning.  It was all working when I went to bed early this morning.  At some point, one of the files got corrupted and I had to to track that down.  It *SHOULD* be working now.  If not, try refreshing your browser: CTRL R for PC and OPTION R for mac.

NEED THE OLD MENU?  GO TO THE SITE MAP FOR NOW

 
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Lisbon Ohio Races in the 90s

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Racing • TAGS: .

Bob admitted he couldn’t remember much about the races in these photographs, other than they were shot in the mid-90s in Lisbon, Ohio; but he got some great photos.  Ok, truth be told, any photo that combines a flattie, desert dogs, and some mud is something I’d consider a great photo 🙂

And here’s a great M-170 Fire Jeep that was watching the action

 
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Late 70s & 80s Racing in the EC4WDA

• CATEGORIES: Features, Racing • TAGS: , .

Inspired by the playday post, I had several emails about racing on the eastern shore of the US in the EC4WDA.

HOG explained how he used to race outlaw races to make money and those would give him money to attend the EC4WDA races for fun.

He writes, “I ran the East Coast 4 Wheel Drive Association from New York to Jacksonville Fla & from Ohio to the eastern shore. I would hit the outlaw races on one weekend & race EC4WDA with the winnings from the outlaw races. I miss doing that & the good friends I had back then.

I drove a 1978 CJ-5 with a 70 AMC AMX 360 motor with T-18 tranny & dana 20 transfer case. Its name was Wind Walker. It was Bright Red & I ran NOS on her to get me out of a class that was too crowded. My ex wife ran it in Powder puffs & won more than me.”

I asked HOG what an Outlaw race was. “Outlaw races were races for anything 4×4 put on by a local group. Mostly, they were hosted by Firemen. Best of all, they paid cash prizes (The EC4WDA didn’t pay cash, instead they gave you a $10 trophy).

I did well as my Jeep looked like a stocker jeep. In fact, I drove it as a daily driver & to the races. Also, when you’d get inspected by someone that had a Chevy or Ford hat you knew he didn’t know nothing about a AMC motor as they look so much the same. My 360 was mistaken for a 304 many times, with its the stock air breather (everything was covered in mud) sitting on top of a Holley spreadbore. I even had a cassette player to play my ZZtop, & a baby seat on the rear seat. Then all I had to do was just (key word) beat the guys I ran against.”

Gerald grew up in the EC4WDA with his brother and family. He forwarded me these pics from his days racing in the EC4WDA.

Here’s a scene familiar to all race days — the morning driver’s meeting:

Gerald tells me this is the line up for the Drags. I remember flatties just like these on the west coast:

You can see the family’s racer at rest and in action in the next two shots.  If I remember correctly, the front loop from this race jeep is now in Gerald’s brother’s new build.

 
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1946 CJ-2A Nellebelle Copy Booneville, Ky **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1500.

Brett spotted this .. something’s not quite right.  This jeep was recently in Cave Creek, Az, at a price of $10,000 (http://www.ewillys.com/?p=33651).  What’s it doing in Booneville for $1500?  Has to be a misprint?  2 of the pics are the same in both ads.

“Ive own this version of Nellybelle for 25 years and it is time for it to find a new home. It is a head turner for those of us who remember Roy Rogers. It is titled and ready to drive or display. if interested.”

 
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S.A.S. Ready for Action

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

As I was researching yesterday’s article on the LRDG, I wanted to learn more about the Bagnold sun compass.  After reading the explanation, I’m am quite sure that I’m not yet ready to be thrown in the middle of the desert with a Bagnold.

However, as I did my research this unique ‘time’ piece on a French Sundial website, I happened to see the amazing image below.

 
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Your Vote Could Help Preserve the Old Bantam Building

• CATEGORIES: News

Tell your kids, tell your parents, tell your facebook friends, your twitterererers, your classmates, your co-workers, and even people you don’t like to go to GO TO THIS LINK,  so you can announce to the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) that you want to save the Bantam Building in Butler, Pa, the original building where the first Bantam 4×4 was birthed in only 72 days!  (Which, oddly enough for you trivia lovers, is close to the average gestation period for a dog — after all, an old jeep is a human’s best vehicle-friend, right?)

Vote Now!  It is quick.  It is easy.  Even I can do it!

1. Click on this link
2. Enter your First name
3. Enter your last name
4. Enter an email
5. Enter your postal code (if you are in the US)
6. Press Submit

What happens when you go to that link? Well,  Downtown Butler has entered the Bantam Building into a NTHP contest to win a $25,000 grant.  Communities all over the United States are voting for their buildings.  However, we have the world on our side, for the Willys folks are a world-wide community and we know our roots begin at that Bantam building 70 years ago this month!

Out of 6 billion earthlings, we must have enough Willys-Patriots to win this contest! So find an earthling and encourage them, for the love of Willys, to vote for the Bantam Building!

We only have until September 15th, so jump to it people.  The entire eWillys corporate staff has already voted (ok, that’s only 1 vote, but it’s powerful). So now it is your turn!!!

Also, don’t forget that the Bantam Heritage Festival is next August 12-14, 2011, in Butler, Pa.

 
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2 1948 CJ-2As Vero Beach, Fl **Status Unknown**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **Status Unknown** Was $5000.

Both run, both appear in good shape.  This might be a very good deal as the seller is throwing in additional parts.

“TWO 1948 Jeep Willy’s, both run, good for collectors, on the road or off road fun. Assorted hard to find spare parts also included. Upholstry in very good condition, no rips or tears. Tires in excellent condition. Additional information available.

 
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1949 CJ-3A Bristol, Tn **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2750.

This might be a solid jeep.  I’m wondering if it is actually a CJ-3A

“1949 cj2a Willys jeep 4 clyd 3 sp original have owned since 1982 some rust areas in body, not bad and fixable, 4×4 hi and low works great, it runs great and also has a tow bar to hook it up behind your vehicle and take it anywhere, need to sell ,in the tri-cities trading post for 3450, first 2750 takes it. Comes with original seat frame front and rear, and some other spare parts, alway stored inside. Cash only no trades.”

 
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1947 CJ-2A Anaheim, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2500.

“Nice complete Willys been in storage for years. Looks nice, Use for Parts or total Restoration. Sold as is with bill of sale only. ask any questions. Pick up in Anaheim.”

 

 
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1951 CJ-3A Buena Vista, Co **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $3400

(09/21/2010) The price looks good on this stock CJ-3A with a body extender.  This will only be available ’til October 6.

“1951 CJ3A WILLYS JEEP, BODY IN GOOD CONDITION, RED, 4 CYL. 3 SPEED, 4WD, THIS WOULD BE GREAT FOR RESTORING SINCE BODY IS IN GOOD CONDITION, OR TO BUILD UP FOR A TRAIL JEEP. I DON’T HAVE TIME TO PLAY WITH THIS JEEP, IT NEEDS A NEW HOME. IT RUNS TWICE A YEAR: WHEN I GET IT OUT OF STORAGE AND WHEN I PUT IT BACK IN. IT HAS SPENT THE LAST 30 YEARS OF ITS LIFE AT 9,400 FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL. HAS A TOW BAR, A USEFUL LITTLE PICKUP BED BOLTED ON THE BACK USING THE ORIGINAL WILLYS TAILGATE. IT HAS A NEW GAS TANK, COIL, DISTRIBUTOR CAP AND ROTOR. IT NEEDS NEW TIRES AND A BATTERY. IF YOU PURCHASE THIS JEEP, YOU WILL NEED TO PUT IT ON A TRAILER OR FLATBED SINCE THE TIRES ARE VERY OLD.”

 

 
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1944 MB Marana, AZ **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: MB

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2000.

It runs, drives and appears solid.  It needs work of some kind.

“I have for sell a 1944 willys jeep. It has the 4 cyl F head motor not the flat head motor. The jeep runs an drives but needs work, its 66 years old the body is in very good shape an its a MB 44 willys…..”

 
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Long Range Desert Group Preservation Society (LRDG)

• CATEGORIES: Features, Website • TAGS: .

EVENT:  The LRDG Preservation Society will be participating its 2nd biggest event of the year October 2-3 2010 at Prado Dam Park in Chino Hills California. They are one of 85 different re-enactment groups from nearly every time period and culture in history.  It is a Military Time Line Event which will feature everything from Roman Legionnaire’s to Viet Nam Re-enactors and many other periods in between.

Kim wrote me last week after seeing drafts of the “Africa SAS” T-shirt I’d like to produce (I am working on refining the shirt design btw).  As the membership chairman of the Long Range Desert Group Preservation Society (LRDG), he’s particularly interested in the SAS jeeps and Long Range Desert vehicles.  So, he introduced himself and the organization.

The LRDG Preservation Society is a non-profit organization established “to learn as much as possible about the unit, the men in it and the equipment and tactics they used. Then to share that information with all whom wish to learn. To that end this group has built a replica of a classic WWII LRDG truck (1942 Canadian Chevy, right hand drive, India format) and outfitted it with “historically correct” military equipment, gear, provisions, and uniforms. The vehicle was built by Rick Butler in Yreka California from several vintage trucks and parts from around the world. Converting a left hand drive vehicle to right hand drive was one of many challenges.”

The Society has supporters and members throughout the world, including the US, England, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Portugal, South Africa and more.

About the Long Range Desert Group:

During the 1930s, the British developed the idea of creating a motorized guerrilla/recon group in northern Africa to provide intelligence to British Forces.  After studying the terrain and needs for such a group, the Brits formed the LRDG, which according to the LRDG website “was very much like a “private army”, formed to meet the particular conditions of desert warfare.”  The LRDG was made up of volunteers and, because of this, they could wear beards and were given latitude that regular military soldiers did not have.

Learn more about the LRDG by clicking here and scrolling to the bottom of the page.

 
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Kim’s LRDG S.A.S. Willys

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features, MB, News • TAGS: , .

I’ve seen them in old pictures, but Kim is the first owner of a Long Range Desert Group S.A.S. Willys to contact me and share pics.  Of course, you can’t but help but think of the old Rat Patrol shows when you see these vehicles.  After reading through the LRDG.org website, one of the things I’ve learned is that there was plenty of thought, research and recon work that went into the supplies these jeeps and truck would need to carry with them as they sailed long, desolate seas of sand.

Kim writes, “The jeep I bought is mechanically perfect. The previous owner put all his money into the motor, brakes and trans.  The body on my jeep needs some help and eventually I will replace the rear and floor sections of the tub as there is some rust. Fortunately, It came to me painted in the proper color and had many extras including a Bagnold sun compass.

As a special addition to this jeep, I re-built a WW2 Italian de-milled M37 machine gun and converted it into a gas gun M.G. simulator. It sounds like a M.G. but no blanks are needed and it can not shoot a projectile. That is mounted on the front cowling. As I have been a machinist and tool maker for 30 years I machined a set of Twin Vickers machine guns out of aluminum for the rear mount. These are strictly dummies with no moving parts.

I did not buy this jeep to be a Trailer Queen. This is a re-enactment jeep and as far as I am concerned it looks like it just got back from Kufra Oasis and that is exactly what I want.  My ultimate dream is to have 2 WW2 jeeps. The S.A.S (which is not street legal) and an American OD jeep that is licensed and ready to drive to work.”

And a couple pics of the Twin Vickers Kim made. In this pic, some basic outlines and contours have been created in the aluminum stock.

Here you can see many more details are apparent.

 
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1945 VEC CJ-2A? Nicholas, Ky **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

UPDATE:  Read the comments, this did go quick.

“Folks, I doubt this one lasts long, though it isn’t “all original”.

“All Original Jeep – 12 Volt System – Tow Bar On Front Bumper”

 
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1953 CJ-3B Trinidad, Co **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2500.

This might be a good find for someone looking for a solid,  restorable CJ-3B.

“4 wheel drive works, lights work (front and rear), and runs good. No tears on seats and no cracks on windshield. Has a few rust spots, but in good condition for its year. Have title. Asking $2500 If interested,”