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1946 CJ-2A Canon City, CO **SOLD**


1946_cj2a_canoncityUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $10,000

This is certainly a beautiful CJ-2A.  However, it’s not fully restored to original condition.  One of the obvious issues is the CJ-3A windshield it sports.

“Fully restored to original except for 12 Volt vice original 6 Volt system. $10,000 OBO. The Willys CJ2A was the first mass-produced Jeep intended for the civilian market, began production on July 17, 1945. Civilian Jeeps evolved from the model MB of World War Two fame.”

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1958 CJ-5 Ogallala, Ne $2500


1958_cj5_ogallalaThis seems a surprising price on a nice looking CJ-5.  The tires are a little big for my tastes, but otherwise this looks great.

“chevy v8 new dana 44 diffs mini spool in the rear. top load 4 spd. 38″ tires for sale or make take a trade or partial trade. Call or text to 1-308-289-4832. Have a title for the jeep but can’t find the vin plate.”

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1971 CJ-4 Bangalore, India INR100,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-4 CJ-4A, Mahindra

1971_cj4_bangaloreHere’s a craigslist Ad from India located by the ewillys Michigan Bureau, which apparently operates an international bureau as well.  The current exchange rate of 0.0209337 puts the price at $2093.37.

“Selling a Mahindra CJ4 with a perkins 4 engine. The jeep is in very good condition and is ideal for someone who would like to use it for off roading. I’ve attached a few pictures also. I used it in Nilgiris, but as am now moved to Calicut, have no use for it. For more info, call me on 9496221206”

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1951 M-38 Spartanburg, SC **SOLD**


1951_m38_spartanburg2UPDATE: **SOLD**  Was $4699

“TThis is my 1951 Willys M38 military Jeep. The jeep runs great and drives great. It does not smoke, and starts right up anytime. The brakes work great as well. The body is extremely solid for the age of the Jeep. I absolutely hate to sell this Jeep. I had it for sale a while back, and after getting numerous calls I decided not to sell. I am not desperate, so please. No LOWBALLERS. These are getting very hard to find, and if you would like one to restore, or just to enjoy as is, this is the one. If you have questions give me a call or email, and I will respond ASAP. “

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Reader Builds: Simon’s Tribute to His Uncle Bill


uncle_billIn memory to his Uncle Bill,  a Brit named Simon, living in Colorado at the moment, has decided to paint his Willys 1943 MB in the marking of the unit his uncle commanded at the end of World War II.

His Uncle Bill, Lt. Colonel Charles William Arnot MC, OBE, TD, served in the Royal Army Medical Corps as a Field Surgeon in the British 50th (Tyne Tees) Division. Uncle Bill served through the dark days of 1939/1940 through to the liberation of Germany in 1945 eventually commanding 186th Field Ambulance.

His Uncle Bill died in the 1980’s when he was still young, and didn’t leave many mementos from his time in the War. So, Simon has pieced together the correct unit markings, together with history of the regiments progress through WWII from the internet, books, talking to family members and those items left by his Great Aunt.

As a result of this search, Simon has produced a PDF that documents his Uncle’s time during the war and decided to apply markings to his jeep which represent the unit his Great Uncle commanded in WWII, 186 Field Ambulance, part of the British 50th (Tyne Tees) Division.

Below is how Simon appllied the markings and below that an image of his jeep.



Thanks for sharing Simon!

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1949 Wagon Brockway, Pa $2500 w/OD

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons

1949_wagon_brockwayGiven the original, raw nature of this wagon plus the overdrive, I’d say this might be a pretty good find.

“I have a mint 1949 wagon 2×4 that is totally unmolested. No additional holes drilled anywhere and still has the insulation on the firewall, etc. Even has the original radio with it. Will make a beautiful restore. Have five absolutely mint hubcaps, and a ton of extra parts. Have spare bumpers, wrap arounds rebuilt engine and a spare engine. Have a new headliner, all new panels for entire vehicle, etc, etc. Not enough time for this one. Already have four other willys. Please call for a ton of pics 814-590-7732 Even the tires are still new and useable Have alot of parts that will go with this wagon.”

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1950 CJ-3A St. Paul, Mn $4800


UPDATE:  Price dropped to $4800

This jeeps sports some unusual tires.  There are some other interesting choices made on this jeep.  The body looks like it is in very good condition.

“Very nice restored 1950 willys jeep 4×4: rebuilt 1965 chevrolet 283 v-8, ps, pb, rebuilt 4bl. carb, new brakes, new rebuilt turbo 350 trans, all new suspension, dana 44’s front and rear, warn lock outs, bimini top, aluminum rims, excellent tires, electric cooling fans, everything new or rebuillt. $5800.00 or best offer, or trade for muscle car project or? Will also sell without motor and transmission for $3500.00 Call John 651-398-4660 ”

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Vote for a 1948 M-38A1? I can’t do it!


The Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union is sponsoring a 2009 Woodward Dream Cruise Calender Contest, along with the Oakland Press, The Macomb Daily and Daily Tribune.  As a part of this contest, the group has developed a website where readers can vote for the cars they want to see on the new Calendar.

A reader pointed to this contest out to me via a craigslist ad.  The Ad shows a Willys Jeep and asks people to vote for the jeep.  So far, so good.  I’m into it.

I’m ready to launch a grassroots campaign.  I’ll encourage, prod and poke people to cast their votes for the jeep.  We can do it.  We can get it on the calendar.

My hopes high, I go to the actual contest.  I view the approved list of 72 vehicles.  Cool, lots of nice vehicles.

But then, I spot the jeep.  It’s listed as a 1948 M-38A1.  It’s such a classic, that it was never produced!  How can this be?  Oh the horror!  I mean, this isn’t just some kind of incorrect listing of a jeep for sale; instead, it is supposed to be a list of classic cars.

Well, I just can’t support that.  So, until the correct model gets listed, I can’t vote for it.


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Unsual Tandem Tranny Tractor

• CATEGORIES: Machinery, Unusual • TAGS: .

tandem_transmission_tractor_chicagoBrian forwarded this to me.  Here’s an odd tractor with Willys running gear and 2 inline trannys.


Brian also included an interesting discussion about dual trannys from the WillysTech board.

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1952 M-38 Phoenix, AZ **SOLD**


1952_cj3a_phoenix1UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1800.

This looks like a great price on a jeep ready to go.

“This is a 1952 Willy Jeep 4×4. It runs and has an 8000 lb warn wench on the front and a 4″lift and 35″tires with new rims. It also has a new gas tank and battery and new brakes put in by Big O tires. The lift, brakes and gas tank were all done by Big O tires and I have the receipts”

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Year? CJ-2A Paso Robles, CA **SOLD**


year_cj2a_pasoroblesUPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $7800

This is a nice looking jeep ready for the trail with a variety of updates.

“Jeep CJ-2A, to much to list. Excellent condition. Call for details. 7,800.00 OBO”


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1968 CJ-5 Ephrata, Wa $500


1968_cj5_ephrataThis has a nice looking cage, good looking diamond plating, good rims, though the tires don’t match.  It looks like a good price for a parts jeep.  Note the shackle reversal and outboarded back springs as well.   This might make a good foundation for a project.

“1968 Willys CJ 5 project. It has the body, frame, T-14 3 speed, T-18 T.C, Dana 44 “offset” rearend, Dana 30 frontend, rollcage, new motor mounts for a 4.3 V6 or SBC, shackle reversal and rear springs moved outboard, lift springs (spring under), 35″ tires (almost new but dont match) on chrome wheels, warn hubs, So…$500 FIRM for rolling jeep…. no motor OR…………………….

4.3 V6 (temp mounted in CJ) I was told that the motor was built, also has aluminum intake, roller rockers and Mallory ignition. I have Clear title. So…$500 for rolling jeep no motor or $800 with the motor. FIRM on all my prices. Moving and need the cash.  If interested e-mail me at 509-793-3692 Ken ”

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1946 CJ-2A Harrison Township, Mi $7900


UPDATE:  Price dropped to $7900

This ’46 sports a variety of upgrades.   It looks nice.  Strangely, the front parking lights have been eliminated.

“1946 willys, california car, ’74 350 corvette engine, 4 speed manual trans, ’74 cj5 running gear, 44 dyna rear, 30 dyna front, all gauges work, body in good condition, no rust, newer Best Top with soft doors, dual fuel tanks, Ramsey Pro 9000 front mount winch, roll cage , dual KC running lights, Deist seat/shoulder belt system. 5 new BF Goodrich 33×12.50 R LT tires, 5 used chrome wheels, 4 new 15 Champion bead lock C2 rims,
contact Chuck @ 586-463-6150 ”

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1951 M-38 Indian Mound, TN **SOLD**


1951_m38_indianmoundUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $10,000

This appears to be more than 90% original to me.

“Great Collectors Item!!! Garage Kept!!! 90% Original Condition !!! Extra Parts Included, Runs well, 73685 total miles with only 20,000 of them on a completely rebuilt full drive train.”

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1949 CJ-2A Monroe, WA **SOLD**


1949_cj2a_monroeUPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $5000.

I suspect this also has some update running gear as well based on the amount the tires stick outside the body lines.

“1949 Willys CJ2A Jeep Trade Buick 231 V6, 3 speed trans with Warn Overdrive, comes with Best Top soft top, runs great, has collector plates, this thing is a blast in the summertime! $5000 firm or poss trade for 4×4 quad, or maybe something else.”

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New Page Coming Soon for Vendors


As a part of Jim’s effort to meet the parts needs for early jeep owners, I’m planning on building a section that highlights various smaller vendors who create useful products for jeeps.

Examples of these include:

  • Jim’s Seat Covers (along with his expanding product selection as it grows)
  • Rod Shaver’s MV Dataplates (
  • Jeep Books (
  • Stainless Steel Parts (Brian & Troy)
  • Fiberglass bodys

If anyone has any other suggestions, send them my way.


– Dave

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1945 MB West Plains, Mt **SOLD**


1945_mb_westplainsUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1000.

It appears complete, but looks awfully rough.

“1945 Willy’s Overland Motors Army Military Jeep, still intact and restoreable. Looking for best cash offer over $1,000. The one blurred photo is of the data plates that gives detailed information about the jeep – was unable to get a sharper picture.”

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1953 M-38A1 Deerfield, NH $1500


1953_m38a1_deerfieldThis appears to be a very good price on a running M-38a1.  The rust doesn’t appear bad in the pics.  I’d get some new seats covers (see Jim for some good prices) and you’d be set.

“This is a real M-38 army jeep, it purs like a kitten, the brakes and everthing work good, it has the army numbers still on it, just needs to be restored, or can be registered and driven every day, email or call 603-231-9169.”

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My Rebuild — Modifying the grille


UPDATE: I wrote this post a year ago in May.  A reader recently asked about why my headlights looked different, so I am reposting and have updated it with info from the Classic Oldsmobile Forum.

One of the modifications I wanted to make was to change the size of the headlights from 7″ to 5 1/2″ to give my jeep a little different look.  I’ve only seen these smaller headlights on two jeeps (both of which had fiberglass grilles), one set was on my first jeep, pictured to the right (which shows my first set of lights on the left and then the bigger, standard lights after I switching to a metal grille on the right), and on a jeep called Otis (still owed by the Carter’s, long time family friends who actually named me — that’s another story) pictured below (note that the positions of the headlights seems to have changed between 1981 and 1985, which I just noticed — UPDATE:  Steve Carter tells me the change was due to a rollover involving his mom during a race in 1983.  The wider lights were the result of a new, wider radiator).


One hitch to my plan was that I didn’t know where to find the 5 1/2″ headlight assemblies and Jim Carter couldn’t remember where he got his headlights.

After a good deal of searching, I learned a few things about headlamps.  First, the 7″ lights were mandatory on autos sold in the US starting around 1940.  Then, in the 50s, the laws were relaxed to allow dual 5″ lights.  However, most dual assemblies were combined headlight assemblies, but I needed individual headlight assemblies.  Finally, after roaming a great local junkyard that has a ton of old cars piled two and three high I finally found the individual assemblies, which look like mini jeep headlight assemblies, on an 1959 Oldsmobile dynamic 98.

According to a helpful forum user at the Classic Oldsmobile website, the 1959 and 1960 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 and 98s used the same size bezels and headlights (with the unique aspect that the bezels weren’t connected to other bezel parts, which makes them look like a jeep bezel), but the Dynamic 88s were Anodized aluminum, while the Dynamic 98s (like mine) were chromed.

Now that I understood what I had purchased, my first step was to creat a mockup.  Using some cardboard, I created some templates to see how the new lights might look in the grille.

Satisfied that the look is what I’m sought, over the next couple of days I modified the grille to accomodate the smaller headlights.  The first step was to attach the grille to a flat, waxed surface.

Next, I cut the fiberglass matting to fit the shape.

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1950 CJ-3A Bonney Lake, WA **SOLD**


1950_cj3a_bonneylakeUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4900

“1950 Willys CJ-3A, no rust, very solid all steel body. 231 Buick V6, 400 turbo automatic transmission, Dana 20 transfer case, centered dana 44 limited slip flanged axle rear end. 3.73 gears, Dana 30 front end with new 11″ brakes. Drives like a new Jeep. Full roll cage with padded top tubes, tub is durolined. 33×12.50×15 tires with less than 1000 miles driven. 2″ receiver hitch on custom square tube rear bumper. Has 15 gallon gas tank under back. Levi Strauss edition front and rear CJ-5 seats. New turbo mufflers. All new wiring. Tilt wheel, saginaw power steering, new Rancho front lift springs and 5000 shocks. $5500-clear Washington title in my name. will look at trades, especially Jeep projects- just send pictures. I also have lots of flatfender parts.”

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1950 CJ-3A Garden City, Mo $3500


1950_cj3a_gardencityUPDATE:  Still available

This appears to be in good condition.

“This is a 1950 Willy’s CJ3A. With 3.8 229 chev. v6 engine with 2 bbl carb. Tow bar. PTO in rear. Trailer hitch. Fairly new tires. Super clean. $3500 obo. call Robert 816-591-7478 ”

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My Build: The front clip is together …


These cell phone pics and video aren’t the greatest.  I think I’ll go back to snapping pics with my real camera.  But my phone, a Samsung Instinct, is really handy for snapping quick pics and uploading them to my computer via bluetooth (much easier than an iPhone — and that’s from a Mac guy — which will only awkwardly upload photos one at a time via email).

As you can see, my sons were excited to help me.  My oldest, Karson, who turns 15 soon, has been wanting to learn how to do everything, so I’ve taught him how to use the drill press, grinder, cutter, portable drill, sander and even the arc welder.  That’s been a priceless joy for me.

I’m hoping to get it running on my return from Seattle (Monday June 29 – Friday July 5) before my kids leave in mid-July.




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1958 & 1961 FC-150 Washta, Ia eBay

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677

1958_fc150_1961_fc170These look more like parts vehicles.

“1958 willys jeep fc-150. Have clear title. Jeep is complete with little rust. And a 1961 fc-150. has clear title. is in a little worse shape than the red one but there are a lot of good parts left on the jeep. Both jeeps ran about ten years ago. If u have anymore questions email me or call 1-712-229-0794. thanks for looking. Buyer is responsible for pick up, or can deliver up to 150 miles for a fee. Will help load, with skidloader.”

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1946 CJ-2A Eckert, Co eBay


This CJ has a serial number of 75375.

“Jeep and trailer have been in the same family since at least 1956. Before that they are believed to have been the property of Denver Tramway Corporation. Except for periodic use they have been stored inside in an unheated garage in western Colorado, a very low humidity climate. Consequently both have very little rust. The Jeep hasn’t run for about 5 years because we tried to put a new gas tank in. Because of our mechanical ineptitude we couldn’t reconnect the fuel line from the tank to the engine block. Then we lost interest in the project. The original tank is still available if buyer wants it. In about 2000, before the fuel tank episode, we took the jeep in to get new belts, hoses, and battery. We put about 50 miles on it before we dicided to replace the fuel tank, which we did because the gas gauge wasn’t reading properly…..”

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1948 CJ-2A Newark, Oh $4800


1948_cj2a_newarkUPDATE:  Buy it now price of $4800 has been added. Civil Defense Theme.

It looks like a fun rig in good shape. I though for sure I’ve listed this before.  I could find nothing on the web to suggest that this is the proper color scheme for a civil defense flattie (I believe they were all painted red) …. The seller also has another flattie for sale on ebay here.

“This is a really cool Willys! If you like theme vehicles, this is set up as a civil defense vehicle. Popular back in the sixties. It appears to be all original engine, drivetrain etc. Starts right up and runs good and shifts like it should through the gears.  It has like new tires, beauty rims, new battery and ignition switch, new shocks, a really nice tow bar for flat towing and it has lockout hubs so you don’t need to bring a trailer! All lights and turn signals work, including the red flashing emergency light on the fender. It has an ammo box between the seats where a radiation detector is stored. I don’t know if it works or not….”