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Hein & Family Explore Oz in a Jeep

• CATEGORIES: International, Reader Stories, Trips

Hein, his wife and their daughter took a 16 day trip in September, 2010, into Australia’s Outback.  Hein provides this report and these images of his great adventure. If you missed it, one of their more memorable encounters was with the Camel Man, which I reported a few days ago.  Thanks for taking the time to share this with us Hein!

Hein writes, We had a Fantastic trip through the Outback, not totally without its “interesting” moments! We broke the trailer chassis completely on day 2,  blew a tyre in the middle of the desert and had to replace that, but the Jeep ran like clockwork trough some extremely harsh terrain.

Some of the roads were so corrugated that even with soft tyres we vibrated clean off the road at 20 to 40 kmh; then there were other sections where we plowed differential-deep trough clay and mud for hundreds of kilometres at a time, but all in the name of FUN!

We covered over 7,000 km (4350 miles) in the 2 weeks, 80% off sealed roads, and camped wherever we got to each day. The average fuel-consumption was just a fraction better than my 7.5 km/L expected, with the average price of fuel about $ 1.75 /L due to transport-costs to these remote locations.  It was certainly a trip to remember!

Day 1) We left Brisbane heading due-west trough some farming-country and camped on the bank of an abandoned road-quarry with looming rain-clouds Everywhere!

Day 2) It rained quite heavy during night.  We had to pack-up in the rain and head out further west into ever more sparsely populated areas, encountering the first of many roads closed or severely-damaged due to flooding.  As a result: the next town was already out of Fuel! The last 100 km of Adventure-Way into Innamincka was barely passable even in 4wd. We passed a few abandoned trucks already stuck axle-deep, pummeled by constant rain.

The light was fading and we had no idea where or if we are going to reach somewhere to sleep. Needless to say, the family was extremely Anxious and Scared! Well after dark we continued travelling, the road now an Absolute Quagmire that the Jeep can barely crawl trough in 2nd/3rd gear.

As we approached about the hundredth floodway (normally dry , now a Raging-River), this one more churned up than most by some previously-stuck truck, I had to really nurse and cajole the jeep to get trough. Slip, slide, bounce, repeat was the process until we barely make it up the opposite bank.

However, there was a casualty, the trailer now sat at a Very Disturbing angle. I launched myself out with the camera and ratchet-strap into the pouring rain and ankle-deep mud, with daughter crying and wife not looking too happy either.  Fortunately, my wife is a farm-girl and trusted that I would make a plan.  A few minutes later I had the trailer strapped together and we limped into town after another half-hour, and one last river-crossing, straight into the Hotel!

Day 3) With the trailer needing repair, I had to unload everything and find Kbong, a local Trucky with the only workshop in town.  After moving the family to a camp in the National Park across the river, I would spend the rest of the day cutting out the remains of the rusted and broken frame.  Then in the afternoon, I built a much-sturdier new, vastly-improved little red-trailer, from the only length of 2 1/2″ Square-tubing in town.  Then, I got to immediately test it by crossing the now flooding river to meet up with the family at the National Park!

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Museums: MB at the Cole Land Transporation Museum

• CATEGORIES: Features, MB, Museums

This MB is located at the Cole Land Transporation Museum in Bangor, Maine, and has an interesting history.  According to the museum’s website, “his 1945 jeep served with the U.S. Army during World War II in Europe. After the war, it was given to the French government (French nomenclature in still on the dashboard). It was rebuilt by the French, declared surplus, and shipped to Duryea Motors, Brockport, New York in 1982. Galen Cole purchased it for display in the Museum.

Perhaps its greatest claim to fame is that the mold for the Maine World War II Veterans Memorial, located on the Museum’s grounds, was formed around this jeep; therefore, the jeep that is the focus of the Memorial is an exact replica of this jeep. It was chosen as the symbol of WWII because personnel of all branches of the service during that war used jeeps-whether generals, admirals, or privates.”

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Tips & Tricks: Sealing Body Seams

• CATEGORIES: Tips & Tricks

Frank suggested the following, “a suggestion, which I have done myself, is anyone who may be building a Jeep with a new metal body try sealing all the seams where the floor or rear fenders contact the body with urethane sealer (in the caulking tube). It’s about $10 or $15 a tube as I recall. Just make sure that all the surfaces you apply it to are clean and dry.

Since the main reason Jeeps rust (I believe) are all the seams and crevices that hold water, sealing out the water should help. Urethane is also sandable and paintable. It is used for installing windshields on late model cars and trucks which makes the glass an integral and structual part of the body in an accident.”

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Champs Sold!


Well, I wont’ be sending my kids to college with all my earnings from the sale of the 3 Champs, but I made a little money on the deal and did a good deed for the Champ community.

I have to say that getting a chance to poke around them, seeing how they were built, etc, was an interesting experience.  And, with more time and money, I think they would have been a fun rebuild; however, I am quite pleased to be rid of them!

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1947 CJ-2A Concord, Ca **STATUS?**


UPDATE:  Price dropped to $2500.  Status unknown.

(08/30/2010) This includes an overdrive.

“Classic Willys rebuilt 4 cly drives well has overdrive. brakes have been upgraded as well as the sterring. I bought this for my Son but since then he bought a classic truck.  What I know starts up every time runs well brakes work well. Very good body the windshield frame and the original seats both available on ebay need tlc. have pink slip and all DMV paper work. Drive it home. Located in Concord. ”

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1958 M-38A1 Lindon, Ut **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2650.

“Just in time for the HUNT! Small V-8 (305) 235/75R15 Tires (nearly new). Camo paint. (Upholstery is shot.) $2650”

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1951 CJ-3A Richmond, Ut $1850


UPDATE:  Brett learned more about this jeep.  Check in the comments for more info.

Brett forwarded this CJ-3A.  It looks solid, though it will need a few updates to be road legal.

“This is a 1951 Willis Jeep Antique. Has roll bar and canvas top. Good running condition with good tires.”

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1950 CJ-3A Lillington, NC **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $950.

It appears complete, but probably has rust issues.

“this is a willy’s overland jeep (1950)-needs restored-engine turns over-bought new ignition parts last year but never finished getting it running-has some rust holes(not to bad)-i have original manuals(service and owners)-have fla title (owner signed) but not transferred-was last running in 2001.”

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1952 M-38 El Monte, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: M-38 • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5500.

This might not be a bad price depending on the severity of the rust.


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1951 CJ-3A Odem, Tx In-Person Auction


Here’s a rough CJ-3A that will be auctioned by Saturday, Oct 16, at 10AM.

“Saturday, October 16th @ 10am
700 Voss, Odem TX 78370 ( on Hwy 77 at the railroad tracks in the middle of Odem )
Preview Friday,October 15th from 9am till 5pm

1951 Jeep Willys, originally from the Louisiana National Guard, partially restored. It does have the original engine and drivetrain. The engine is not locked up and was running before the owner stored it. Use it for parts or continue the restoration. High bidder gets it!”

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1946 CJ-2A Erie, Pa $5000


Here’s a good looking build.

“1946 Willys CJ2A- Bought in Florida last year. 1268 miles on V8 motor 215 cc, new tires, new shocks, stereo, original running gear, runs great. Very nice Jeep. Interested parties please contact or call Dick at (814) 450-1787.”

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1955 CJ-3B? Andhra Pradesh, India 3Lakhs

• CATEGORIES: International

For our India readers, we have this Jeep for sale.  I don’t have any pics just yet.

“1955 willys for sale; price 3lakhs; interested contact 09440369911; original petrol hurricane engine in good running condition with up to date papers.”

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1956 Wagon Palm Coast, FL **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $10,000

(03/18/2010) This is a classic looking wagon.

“1956 Willys Overland Jeep——–Head Turner!!! Beach Willys.  New Paint, New Tires. Ford 302V8. 4 Wheel Drive. SERIOUS OFFERS ONLY!!!!”

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1950 CJ-3A Spartanburg, SC **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD**  Was $4500

(06/17/2010) It sure looks like there is light rust in some of the corners, but that might be an optical illusion.

“I may regret selling this because I know I will not find another CJ3a in such original, virtually rust free, unmolested condition. This is a numbers matching 1950 Willys Jeep CJ3A with Power Take OFF (PTO) and Koenig hardtop. Almost everthing on the Jeep appears to be original. Even the seats, seat covers, and seat springs all look like the original ones to me. The body is very straight, and virtually rust free, having only surface rust. Floors are solid as well. The frame is perfect, no cut places, or damage anywhere. The hard top is in excellent condition. I started the Jeep a year ago and it ran very well with no smoking. I drove it around and shifted through the gears no problem. I changed the oil and filter, trans oil, T-case oil, and differential oils. It does need all new brakes, master cylinder, and wheel cylinders to be safe to drive. The rear two wheels are original wheels, but the front two are not, so it will need two original wheels, or wheels of your choice if you restore. This Jeep was owned by a farmer in Pacolet SC for 40+ years, and I was told it was stored up in a barn for that time. This would be a very easy restoration. Search the country over and you will not find a survivor like this one, in this condition.”

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1948 CJ-2A Reading, Ma No Price


UPDATE: Still Available … The price was $3500.

(07/27/2010) “1948 Willys Military Jeep (clone). 50K original miles. Complete body off restoration. Never seen rain or snow. Serious inq. only. Call Paul at 978-884-9009. No calls after 9 P.M. Do not reply to this ad because I am posting for my uncle.”

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1948 CJ-2A Shawnee, Ks $1950

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Unusual

UPDATE:  Jim notes this is still for sale

(09/30/2010) From the description, you wouldn’t know there’s been a serious modification to this jeep.  I’ve seen something similar, but I don’t think it was this one.

“1948 Willys. original flathead 4 cylinder motor, manual tranny, 4X4, and power takeoff. Runs good and 4X4 and power takeoff works. Antique title. Came from South Dakota. Call 913 631-1955 for details from 10am to 5pm”

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1960 CJ-5 Onondaga Hill, Ny $3500


UPDATE:  Price dropped to $3500

(08/07/2010) This might be a good price given the restoration.

“This is a beautifully restored Willys CJ5. The following is a partial list of new items on a fresh restoration: Windshield frame and glass, wiring, horn and steering wheel, recored original radiator, seats for both front and back, headlights, tailights and housings, turn signal and column switches, waterpump, pulley and belt, stainless dual winshield wiper motors with blades, all gaskets are new, new Solex carb for trouble-free running, (original carb saved) all new brakes and cylinders, 5 new Grabber At tires, the list goes on and the receipts total way over the asking price. She runs and drives beautifully. The paint is gorgeous! This jeep was originally an M38 and I have most of the original parts including seat frames. You can’t buy a nice quadrunner at this price! Thanks for looking. My apologies to all that called last week. I was out of town and unable to show the vehicle. Please try again. I will trade for a Harley or older Brit bike. If offering a trade, please keep in mind that I have way underpriced this Jeep and your trade should reflect that as well. Thank you for looking. 315 492 9983 leave message. Please don’t email.”

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1953 CJ-3B & 1960 DJ-3A(?) Watsonville, CA **SOLD**


UPDATE:  **SOLD** CJ-3B was $5500 & 1960 DJ-3A was $3400.

(10/06/2010) How about that crazy hood on the DJ?  Also, note the front passenger wheel on the DJ is mounted backwards.

“We are selling two Willy’s Jeeps. These Jeeps have been stored in a clean and dry wharehouse. The Red one is a 1953 Model and is in running condition with a new battery. The Blue one is a 1960 Model and needs some brake work. Asking $3700.00 for the blue one, and $5500.00 for the red one O.B.O.”

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1947 CJ-2A Pleasant Grove, Ca $3000


UPDATE:  Price dropped to $3000

(09/22/2010) This appears solid, though the front and rear tires almost look like different sizes.

“1947 Willys Jeep. Original engine and running gear. Runs and drives, but will need some maintenance. 12 volt convertion. Body is in good condition with no rot. I bought it with a project in mind, drove it thru the summer of 2008, and it has been parked ever since. Its time to move on to other projects, so Im moving the Jeep along. It is non-op, so there are no major fees to be paid. I have clean title in hand, so transfer will be hassle free. Located north of Sacramento near the Hwy99/Hwy 70 split. $3000/reasonable offer.”

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1949 CJ-3A Nampa, ID **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2500.


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Silly Willy by Wildfire Manufacturing

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Museums, Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

I spent some time search for Jeeps in Museums today.  I discovered that in 1996 a museum with some wwII jeeps closed and the jeeps were purchased and sent to Indiana.  After a little searching, I am pretty sure these were bought by the National Automotive and Truck Museum of the United States (NATMUS), located in Auburn, Indiana.  This appears to be a pretty sizeable museum with a great collection of both stock and modified vehicles.

Sorting through images at different sites, I did eventually find an image of a GP (to be published later) located at NATMUS.  I sent them an email to see if I can get additional images and information (my emails to museums thus far have proven useless so far, with the exception of a gracious and quick response from the York Museum in PA).

One additional item I discovered while searching through some NATMUS images was this modified Willys Truck hidden in the background of a pic focused on the Popcorn Wagon (see pic to right).  Fortunately, I could identify the website emblazoned on the windshield and, viola, I found some great pics of this vehicle to share.

This truck, called Silly Willy, was built by Wild Fire Manufacturing for 1st Attack (Jeffrey Cook is president of both companies).  1st Attack is a company that specializes in the development of offroad emergency vehicles. You might know Jeffrey Cook from his days as owner/driver of the Monster Truck War Wagon that toured nationally.

Here’s some pics of Silly Willy:

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The Jeep and its ‘Fourth Dimensional Brain’

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

Gerald found this great old cartoon.  I always thought jeeps had minds of their own …

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Tips & Tricks: Bon Ami Windshield Cleaner

• CATEGORIES: Tips & Tricks

Frank provided this tip, “I’ve worked in Chevy dealers since 1971 and they used to carry Windshield Cleaner, Bon Ami cleaning powder part # 1050011. It was mainly used for windshields that had oily or greasy film on them from wax or what have you. It works very well (I’ve used it myself) just follow the instructions.

It may still be available at GM dealers. I still have a box at home and the seal on top reads ‘same formula as Bon Ami cake’. Now you would think that Bon Ami cleaner available today would be the same since there are no bleaches or chemicals listed in the ingredients. But the container reads ‘do not use on windows, glass or mirrors.’ Very puzzling….”

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1950 CJ-3A Wheat Ridge, CO **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1800

The body doesn’t look too bad, but the seller indicates it is.  This appears to have been a nice build at some point.

“Engine 1979 Buick 265 V6; New Transmission; New Running Gear; New Rear End; Extra Front Axle; Duel Exhaust Pipe; Tow Bar; Needs New Tub.”

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Meyer Snow Plow Durango, Co $500


Jim’s got this snow plow for sale.

“I have a complete Meyers snow plow set up for a willys jeep, worked excellent when we took it off, have all the brackets etc. Could be modified to fit later jeeps or something similar. Would consider part trades for f*rearms, winch, canoe, guy stuff.”