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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,”

 
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1960 Wagon Woodstock, Or $2500

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

It’s got some dents and dings, but looks solid.

“This 1960 Willy’s wagon is original!! Runs and drives!! Interior in fair shape- Chrome intact nothing missing!! Asking $2500 (Price Negotiable.)  It has some rust to be expected from a SUV of this age.  We have several other “whole”Willy’s as parts or to get up and running.  Please visit. Parked on SE 60th. corner of SE 60th and SE Harold.  call Nathan 503-970-5251 for more info.”

http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/cto/1932006741.html

 
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1947 Truck Bakersfield, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was ebay.

HOG spotted this nice looking truck on eBay.

“1947 Willys Pickup Truck , Newely Restored , NO Reserve!!!! This truck is a trophy winner this year!!!! 4×4 mostly original, manual trans, overdrive optional, customized small block ,V8 engine,  Custom interior, bed, wheels, and fuel tank.  Lots of extras, Edelbrock Carb,New throddle Cabel, All new headers. 5000 miles after new Engine Installed. Hunter Green, Above average paint job and body in excellent condition. Vechile has been appraised for $30,000 and well worth it but I am putting it up for aution today for $23,000. Don’t Miss out !”

 
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Wanted: CJ-2A Body in decent shape — Indiana

• CATEGORIES: Body Parts, CJ-2A, wanted

Bill is looking for a CJ-2A body in reasonable shape.  Contact him at bcarter702 [at] hotmail.com if you think you have something interesting.

 
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1961 CJ-6 Wyoming, MI **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-6 • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1200.

This has a rear PTO.  It might be a good price.  This has been for sale since at least October 2009.

“1961 CJ-6. It has a 134 F- head engine , T- 90 transmission , Spicer 18 transfer case , Dana 25 front axle and Dana 44 rear axle.  Theres also a PTO on the rear bumper that was used for cutting grass by the first owner. I got it from a guy that had it on blocks in his garage since the early 80’s and it hasn’t been started since he put it there. I pulled the carb off and had it rebuilt and put penetrating oil in the cylinders but that’s as far as I got. It’s rusty and the first owner plowed his property in winter with it. It has less than 13,000 miles. I have the original soft doors and metal frame for soft top.”

 
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1949 CJ-3A? Goshen, OH **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5000

It is still a project.

“I have a 1949 willy’s jeep for sale new steel tub rebuilt tranny, transfer case, engine, front end and rear end. Mostly original really clean must see 90% complete runs and drives.

 
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1948 CJ-2A Genoa, IL **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4000.

Not much room between the rear tires and the body.

“i am selling my 1948 willys jeep it has been a great little 4×4 but i dont use it that much anymore so time to let it go runs and looks great 3 speed 4×4 everything works is a great toy to have”

 
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1950s? CJ-5? Crivitz, Wi $500 w/PTO

• CATEGORIES: CJ5 • TAGS: .

This might have some value.  Does this have a rear PTO?  I can’t tell what’s on the back of this.

“1940’s; It did run and was gone through. It has a PTO and comes with a plow. (715) 923-6767.”

http://greenbay.craigslist.org/cto/1930699524.html

 
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1942? Parts Flattie Nassau, Ny $700

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

This looks pretty rough.  If it has no papers, than I’m not sure how the seller knows it is a ’42?

“It is a 1942 willys was used in ww|| powerful lil 4 cyl runs great new clutch needs work good for project or work horse has plow set up no plow call 631 745-5373 no papers”

http://longisland.craigslist.org/cto/1931692486.html

 
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1953 M-38A1 & 1963 CJ-5 Coffeeville, Ms $1600

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, M-38A1

I don’t see too many of those angled tops.  This might be a good price.

“1953 Jeep Willys CJ5, F-Head 4-cylinder, yard driveable, white spoke wheels with Thornbird mudgrips, needs restoration, fair condition.

1963 Kaisen CJ5, good body, F-Head motor locked up. $1600. for both. Will sell separately. Call 662-457-4335”

http://northmiss.craigslist.org/cto/1932833855.html

 
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1967 Swamp Buggy Stuart, Fl **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Other 4x4s • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Was $1700. **SOLD**

“’67 Jeep Willys Swamp Buggy. 40″ tires, T-90A 3-speed transmission, T-18 twin stick transfer case, 2-seater with bimini top. Needs battery & starter. Additional similar Willys Buggy included for spare parts. $1,700 OBO”

 
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1962 Wagon Northglenn, Co $1200

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons

This is the first Willys I’ve sen that came with tire covers, so I had to list it.

“Has 283 chevey motor plus orginal motor. not running. Good solid body, chrome wheels, great builder. call Dick @ 303-452-6653.”

http://denver.craigslist.org/cto/1932836062.html

 
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1958 Truck New Carlisle, In $400

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks

The body does look rough, but this runs and moves.  It’s too bad the body is rough, because from afar, the stenciled names looks nicely rustic.

“Runs and moves.Super hurricane six cylinder.Rough body.Make offer.Can deliver.(574)876-8326”

http://southbend.craigslist.org/pts/1870295332.html