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My Build: Climbing the Local Foothills

• CATEGORIES: Biscuit

I finally got a chance to get Lost Biscuit onto the dirt today (Saturday).  One of the unique aspects of Boise is that the surrounding foothills have been reserved for recreation.  There are areas for hiking, walking dogs, biking, motor biking and four wheeling.  One of the quickest ways to reach the foothills is to head north on 8th avenue from downtown.  It takes all of 5 minutes or so to reach hiking and biking areas.  It’s about 15 minutes to hit the motorized offroad areas.

My son Karson was with me.  It was his first off roading experience.  We were only out about an hour or so, as I’m being careful to push the bounds of the jeep slowly to let everything ‘settle’ into place.

On the positive side, the suspension is as I could have hoped.  It’s firm enough for the corners, yet handles the bumps well.  It’s a step up from my first suspension, which was a step up from the early jeeps I drove. We wound up the hill, took some side roads, tested out low range and four wheel drive.

On the negative side, I’ve still got a little oil that appears to be the result of valve covers that aren’t quite sealed correctly, so I’ll have to take them off to see what’s happening.  Here’s some pics before we got muddy.

This is a pic facing west.  Those foothills are all part of the foothill recreation system.

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Here’s Karson with the hills and hundreds of miles of hiking, biking, four wheel drive trails, and the Bogus Basin Ski area behind him.

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In this southern facing image you can see the City of Boise to the left and the entire Treasure Valley filling the background.  I can’t say for sure what the pole is, other than a modern day totem of some kind?

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Wanted: CJ-2A body in the Seattle Area

• CATEGORIES: wanted

A reader named Chuck is looking for a CJ-2A body in the Seattle Area.  If you have one or know of someone, you can email him at chuckholl@aol.com.  Thanks!

 
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Service Bulletin: Serial Numbers from 1951-1956

• CATEGORIES: Documents

I feel very fortunate to have received a variety of old documents, newspaper clippings, and images from the 40s and 50s courtesy of a reader named Bruce. I’ve been digging through and organizing the information. Hopefully, readers will find them useful and interesting!

For example, here’s a electronic version of a 1956 Service Bulletin that explains how the serial numbering system works on vehicles built from Willys built between 1951-1954. I’ve got roughly 30 or more old service bulletin’s I’ll be sharing for the next few months.  In this case, I have posted an image of the first page below.  HERE’S A LINK TO A PDF OF THE WHOLE BULLETIN.

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1946 CJ-2A Marengo, Oh eBay

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

This has a very unusual roll bar.

“This jeep is a 1946 Willys Jeep with all original body. The jeep belongs to a family member, and I am selling it for them. The last time the motor was running was about 6 years ago. There was nothing wrong with the motor then, it just sat and was never started again. The jeep has been owned by the same person for the last 20 years (since march 14, 1989). When the jeep was purchased it had new tires put on it, and was freshly painted, the same tires are still on the jeep. When it was parked 6 years ago, it was parked in a barn. There were horses in the barn that could reach part of the jeep, they nibbled on the top and one of the seats, therefore we took the top off and threw it out. The jeep sat in the barn untill 3 years ago when it was moved outside, where it sits today. The odometer reads 00220, but does not work, actual mileage is unknown….”

View all the pics on eBay

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Flat Fender Frenzy Aug 14-16, 2009 Bainbridge, Oh

• CATEGORIES: Club Runs, News

John forwarded me some pics from the August Flat Fender Frenzy. You can view more pics hereHere’s a link to pics from previous years.

John writes, “Our FFF was held aug. 14-16, at Lost Valley Jeep, Bainbridge Ohio. 15 flat fenders lined up for a Saturday trail ride. Jester Hill Grill was our feed’n hole. We camped at Pike Lake State Park.”

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Builds: Some closeups of Brownie

• CATEGORIES: Builds

This is John’s CJ-3A named Brownie.  Here are some closeups. You can see the whole jeep here.  And, we saw the whole family here.

The first pic is the vintage award he received from the Lost Valley Jeep Ralley Oct. 10-12. There were 65 Jeeps,  3 of them Willys.

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This chair was customized for John’s Wife:

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1941 MB Dromana, Victoria, Australia **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: MB • TAGS: .

UPDATE: *SOLD** Was on eBay.

This MB sounds like it has a story.

“HEY CHECK OUT THIS BEAUTY, WILLYS JEEP,  SECOND WORLD WAR 1941 ERA. WAS ORIGINALY USED BY THE YANKS TO FIGHT THE SPANISH ON THE PHILIPPINE ISLAND OF LEYTE, THEN WAS USED IN P.N.G AND STILL HAS P.N.G NUMBER PLATE….AND BULLET HOLES IN DASH BOARD…. IT STILL STARTS AND RUNS AND BLOWS NO SMOKE….THE GUY I BOUGHT IT FROM ASSURED ME DRIVE TRAIN IS IN WORKING ORDER…I HAVE STARTED IT BUT NOT DRIVEN IT….SERIOUS POTENTIAL FOR A FULL RESTO JOB….ITS 68 YEAR OLD ORIGINAL AND COMPLETE, LESS A COUPLE OF BODY HANDLES, HAS ALL ORIGINAL ENGINE AND RUNNING GEAR….ENGINE STAMP IS MB….”

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1948 CJ-2A Albuquerque, Nm eBay

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , .

This looks nice.  It’s got a few  mods.  Note the handwinch in the last pic.

“1948 Willys Jeep CJ2A. The Jeep has been in dry New Mexico its entire life and is 99% rust free. The I purchased the Jeep in 1997 from an elderly gentleman here in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He owned it since 1972, and he bought it from the original owner. I have many records with some registration records dating back to 1954. It has always been garaged, and is in excellent condition. I have updated/upgraded some of the features including: new top, roll cage, am/fm cassette mounted under the dash and speakers mounted under the rear seat, 12V electrical system, 11″ brakes, 2 1/2 inch Rancho lift, CV joint custom rear driveshaft …”

View all the pics on eBay

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1953 Mud Truck Chillicothe, OH **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

Here’s a mud truck minus the motor.

“1953 Willys mud truck.I have raced and owned this truck for two years and put alot of time and money in it but have decided to sell with everything minus motor.There are alot of new parts just put on this last year.First off the truck is in good shape with no rusted panels or floors.I put new plexiglass in it about 2 months ago.I do have the original glass if wanted.The truck is on a 1978 blazer frame. Dana 44 front with new spool just installed this past season.Also had new upper and lower ball joints this year.Warn hubs and solid ujoints in all axles and drive shafts.Rear is gm 14 bolt with locker.Adjustable ladder bars with chrome moly rod ends.Rearend has pinion brake and front disc brakes.Front has cut 38.5 super swamper boggers and rear has cut 39.5 super swamper boggers….”

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1955 CJ-3B Peoria, AZ **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4000

This appears highly modified.

“302 ford v-8 ford truck trans new jeep transfer dana 44 axel.”

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1951 Wagon Monroe, Mi eBay

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons • TAGS: , .

This is a nice looking truck with a low mileage engine.

1951 Willys-Overland station wagon, 31,200 miles on the engine. Originally from Colorado used for every day driving. Has a Flathead 6, 3 speed with overdrive column shift. Very solid body, recently finished the headliner inside, there’s a small crack on the rear driver side window, and the speedometer gave out this August. I drive about 200 miles a month on it. if you have questions feel free to call or email me. (734) 731-4353 . It’s ready to drive home to a new owner I’m just tired of this wagon and need a new classic to drive.”

View all the pics on eBay

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1962 Truck Sayreville, NJ $850

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks

Less than $1000 for a running truck with a plow blade.  Looks like a deal.

“1962 willys jeep pu flathead 6cyl ready to plow snow runs great all in one piece ready to restore call 732 254 3620”

http://cnj.craigslist.org/cto/1484094741.html

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1949 CJ-3A Project & Parts Fort Campbell, Ky eBay

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

It’s a project.

“Up for auction is my 1949 Willys Jeep CJ3A. This is a project that I just don’t have time for, due to Deployments. This Jeep runs, the tranny shifts, and the 4 wheel drive works. I do give a guarantee. Just hook up some fuel and a battery this baby will start. I discarded the body because it was too far gone to repair. You can order the body and practically every part for this Jeep through companies like Kaiser Willys. I have purchased a new grill and steering wheel along with other misc. parts. The window frame is in OK shape and will need new glass, it’s flat and will be easy to replace. All this Jeep needs is to be sand blasted painted and ready for body. I will help in the shipping process, I would consider delivering within 250 miles of Fort Campbell KY for 1.00 per mile. I also have a V8 conversion kit for this Jeep if interested. Happy Bidding please e-mail or call me @ 910-309-1623 for questions.”

View all the pics on eBay

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1948 CJ-2A Glendora, Ca SOLD?

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , .

1948_cj2a_glendoraUPDATE:  price dropped to $3800.  Unsure if it is still Available.

(09/06/09) It looks good and straight.  The price is looking pretty good.

“Fires right up & runs/drives great. New tires, trans rebuilt, new clutch. I have a brand new (correct) COMPLETE windshield assy (minus glass, but w/all weatherstripping) and a brand new (correct) tailgate that will go with the sale. I also have NOS gauges, tail light, front markers. Clean title.

Also interested in trades, depending on what you’ve got. Car/truck/classic/Jeep/OHV – let me know & we’ll talk about it. Not interested in basket cases or projects with a long way to go though.  (Trailer not included in sale). ”

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1959 FC-170 Eugene, OR **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $350

“1959 Willys Jeep, cab over, 4×4, good for parts or project. mostly complete, not running, no title. $400,”

 

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Duke Edwards == Hot Rod Artist

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, Unusual

I found the image below on eBay. The bidding has ended, but I”m sure it will return. I thought it looked very similar to Brian’s CJ-3B (or former CJ-3B — did you ever sell it?). After located a pic of the CJ-3B, I concluded it must have been used as the model of the drawing.

One image below is the drawing and one is a shot of the CJ-3B from the CJ-3B page (See more pics of it there — It’s a beauty!).

According to an old ebay listing, this particularly drawing is a run of 250 prints of a drawing by artist Duke Edwards.  I didn’t know who Duke Edwards was, so I did a google search and found the information below from the ‘Automotive Art Gallery‘.

“Duke has been “doodling” for almost 40 years but had limited his clientele to friends and local car clubs. Since making his work available to the public, he has received international recognition and has pieces on museum display as well as in private collections. For just “doodling” Duke is amazingly talented.”

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Project Flattie with Aluminum Body Canton, Ga **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4100

“New Aluminum CJ3A JEEP body on a new 1973 CJ5 powder coated frame. This frame allows the use of a V8 engine. Powder coated Dana 44 rear, Dana 30 front, and Dana 300 Transfer case, are geared for the new tires installed on the polished aluminum wheels. A complete new power disc brake system is still in the boxes. New parts include a new fuel cell, fuel line, wiring harness, body mounts and suspension parts. All the parts for this project cost over $17,000, not including the powder coating, windshield frame and original front grill. I don’t even want to think about how much was spent on powder coating parts. I will offer delivery within a reasonable distance. Call for a list of all the new parts included with this offer. May trade. Call me with what you have.”

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1960 CJ-5 Cedar Springs, Mi

• CATEGORIES: CJ5 • TAGS: , .

UPDATE:  Here’s some before and after pics from when Jim owned this jeep.  This is one of Jim’s vehicles that he rebuilt.  This is likely no longer for sale.

This includes a roll cage that can be bolted in or taken out (as it is in the picture).

“1960 Willys jeep CJ5, original condition. Stock 4-cylinder, 3-speed manual, high and low range transfer
case. Full locker axles front and back. Has lock out hubs. Yes I’m sure it can out climb a Billygoat.
Beautiful full canvas top with canvas doors. Full roll cage that can bolt in or out. Working tailgate with chains. 16 inch wheels with beautiful 7.50-16 agressive 10 ply tires that really make the look. Fuel and water cans on the back. Axe and shovel also. High lift jack on the front bumper. I have a complete new stock exhaust system not installed yet. Nothing really wrong with the exhaust that is on it now though….”

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1947 Bodyless CJ-2A Tromball, Tx $600

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

I like this one for those rear tractor tires.  It ran two years ago!

“COMPLETE 1947 WILLYS JEEP POWERTRAIN AND CHASSIS WITH STEERING-BODY WAS REMOVED AND SCRAPPED-GREAT PROJECT-NO TITLE-I WILL ALSO INCLUDE THE NEW BRAKES I BOUGHT AS WELL AS A NEW WATERPUMP(THE OLD ONE IS SEEPING) THIS JEEP RAN AND WAS DRIVEN TWO YEARS AGO BEFORE THE BODY WAS REMOVED”

http://houston.craigslist.org/rvs/1480392195.html

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1948 CJ-2A Alvin, TX **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1500.

This ad has the longest series of keywords that I have ever seen — longer than the Ad itself.  That said, the jeep itself might be a reasonable price given it drives.

“i have for sale this 1948 jeep cj2a. it has a chevy 327 with all factory drive train other than that. it runs and drives has a high seat for hunting and has gun racks and it has a brush guard on front and a removable deer rack on rear . it is a 3 speed (t90) with a twin stick dana 18 transfer case it does run and drive but needs minor things if you wanted to make it street legal. i bought this for myself and am only selling because i got a great deal on another one and i dont need 2 so it needs to go i have a set of nice rims and tires that are not on it but will go with it . runs and drives, brakes work headlights work has 2 gas tanks with a selector switch. gauges work. would make a great hunting rig or spend some time and fix it up for the street”

 

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1957 High Back ‘Tender’ Truck Joplin, MO **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

UPDATE:  **SOLD** LIkely a cut down wagon.

(see the original Tender post)

1957 WILLYS JEEP NO TITLE $ 350 OBO”

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1946 CJ-2A Statesville, NC $4200

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

A variety of updates to this jeep.

“327 Chevy, Oversized Trans and Transfer Case, Warn Overdrive, Chevy Powersteering, New Best Seats, Top, and Bikini Top, Six Point Roll Cage, 15X 10 Rims, W33x1050 Tires, 18 Gallon Under Seat Tank, New Carb., Alt., Rad., Water Pump, 11″ Brakes, with some Rust, Very Reliable. Great for hunting, fishing, those remote spots…..”

http://hickory.craigslist.org/cto/1481375122.html

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1942 MB Temple, Tx $2200 (modified body)

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This appears to be a custom combo MBM38A1 body. I wonder whether the seller knows it or not.

“1942 Willys MB 4×4 WWII model. The body looks rough but is adequate for hunting or farm use. It has had the windshield glass, gas tank, and one rear axle replaced. It has good tires. The engine, transmission, transfer case and drive train are all original as far as I know and all work well. The engine runs great. The alternator needs to be replaced. I have always charged the battery and use it as long as it lasts. We can discuss delivery. 512-446-2382.”

http://waco.en.craigslist.org/cto/1480523308.html

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1948 Wagon Jensen Beach, Fl **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

It’s got a couple rust spots, but sure takes a good picture.

“YOU ARE BIIDDING ON A RARE WILLYS JEEP OVERLAND WOODY WAGON   LOW RESERVE, MECHANICALLY 100%.  BUILT IN1947. 62 YEARS OLD  ALL STEEL POWERED BY A 1969 –327 MILD REBUILD 5000 MILES  TRI POWER (TRIPS) OUT OF VERO BEACH. WOOD WAS REDONE 3 YEARS AGO.  NEW RACK AND PINON POWER MUSTANG 2 FRONT END WITH DISC BRAKES.  CUSTOM RIMS AND TIRES, INTERIOR GOOD CONDITION BUCKETS AND FOLDING BENCH SEATS, HEADLINER PROF. REDONE.  ORIGINAL REAR GEARS.  SOLID CAR MINIMAL RUST ON BOTTOM OF DOORS AND CORNER OF TAILGATE EASY FIX–FRAME AND FLOORS EXCELLENT CARGO AERA STILLS HAS THE ORIGINAL OAK FLOOR BOARDS RIDES AND DRIVES EXCELLENT.”

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1955 CJ-5 Davison, MI $500

• CATEGORIES: CJ5

Not bad as long as the rust isn’t too bad.  Something appears a little funky with the back floor.

“1955 Willys truck body only for sale. Great potential. No other parts. Call Tim: 586-838-0097
500.00 No trades”

http://detroit.craigslist.org/okl/ctd/1481764303.html

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