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Engine Update and the Invention of the PCV Valve


I made some more progress with the engine today.  I managed to get the oil to finally stop exiting the dipstick hole.  The cause was, as I suspected, related to the crankcase pressure. So, I spent some time fiddling with the PVC and breather system.

First, I bought a new PCV valve.  Next, I connected the valve cover ‘breathers’ together with the intake breather and fed them into the aircleaner.  Now that the pressure is a bit more equalized, the oil stopped getting pushed out the dip stick hole.

So one problem down, but now a new one.  The air getting cycled into the air cleaner was ‘dirty’ enough that it was affecting performance a bit.  However, I’m hoping once I get the new jets for the carb,  it will stop burning so rich, which will clean up the system.  That’s the theory anyway.

While I was researching breathing systems, I learned a bit of history about the PCV Valve. It turns out that PCV valves were invented during WWII to enable tanks to ford deep water and still have their systems breath appropriately.  Following the war, someone at the GM plant where the PCV Valves were built realized they could help combat some smog issues. You can learn more about this at Wikipedia.

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Hobart Welder Gunlock, Ut $500

• CATEGORIES: Industrial-Welder-Generator, Machinery, Unusual

Brett spotted this Welder.  These are usually priced between $800 – $1200, so this appears to be a good price (if the fix is easy).

“Hobart Welder. 250 Amp 40 Volt. Willys engine. Welder was not making power when machine was parked. But the Willys jeep engine still ran. no emails. Please call 435-632-2415”

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1945 MB Taylorsville, Ga **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3500.

I think the passenger side body has been repaired, but generally doesn’t look too bad.

“1945 military jeep wil 4 cylinder”

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Wanted: A reader in Indiana is looking for a few items

• CATEGORIES: wanted

A reader named Steve is looking for a MB Grille, a Roll Cage that will fit a M-38 and a set of Ford V8 Headers that will also fit a M-38.  Steve lives in Indiana.  If you have any of these items, you can contact Steve at

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1950 M-38 Gatesville, TX **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: M-38 • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6500.

This looks like a pretty nice M-38 with good accessories for the price.

“For Sale: 1950 Willis Jeep. This is a Korean War vintage military jeep. I have owned this jeep for over 23 years. It is an older restoration – – the engine has been rebuild, and has less than 1000 miles on it. It has working radios. The jeep has been in many parades. It runs and drives good. The brakes are good. It comes with a canvas top. $6,500.- with radios or $6,000.- without radios. I have more pictures if you are interested”


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1952 M-38 Pueblo, Co **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $500.

This looks like a very good price.  It runs, too.


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1952 CJ-3A Central Square, Ny $500


I’m not sure there’s much to salvage, though the transfercase knobs look good.

“This is a 1952 Military style jeep, model 452-GB1. Willy’s Overland Jeep. Has a original 40hp 4cyclinder hurricane engine. 4wd Drivetrain complete. On tires and wheels for towing. (315)- 383-2274.”

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1961 FC-170 Edgewood, Nm **Status Unknown**

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

UPDATE: **Status Unknown** Was $10,500.

“Restored to original. 3/4 ton, 4WD. Super Hurricane 226 6 cyl. engine, 3 speed transmission, 33,000 original miles, all in NM. Looks great, runs great.”

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1947 CJ-2A Wilmington, NC **SOLD** for $4500



The seller explains why this was painted pink.  Looking past the pink color and it appears this CJ-2A is in excellent condition.

“1947 Willys CJ 2A – two tone hot pink. This flat fender Army Jeep runs great and is lots of fun. It has been kept in a garage or under shelter for the last 8 years. It has been converted from the original 6 volt system to 12 volts and has new breaks on it. It is an eye catching head turning vehicle they people go crazy over taking pictures of it with their cell phones and cirling back to get another look at it. It was painted hot pink by the previous owner in KC who modeled it after Elvis’ jeep he saw at Graceland. The exact milage is unknown.”

View all the pics on eBay

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1942 MB/CJ-5 Thorndale, TX **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2000.

The rear part of the body is from a CJ-5 or M-38a1.

“’42/’43 Model. Front and rear body are different model but match nearly perfect. Motor runs great (starts easily, does not smoke). Drive train is OK, but shows some wear. Body is rough but no rust. I have title. I have used it as a ranch/hunting vehicle and is perfect for it.”

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1946/50 Jeepster Campbell, Ny $10,500

• CATEGORIES: Jeepster • TAGS: , .

Here’s a fun Jeepster.

“1950 Willys Jeepster, title is a 46. This is a quick little car, that runs great, steers and stops like it should. No frills just a cool little drop top driver. I bought it as a basket case and replaced or rebuilt pretty much the entire car. This car is made to drive, no bull, just you the road and a V8 growl out the back from three inch pipes. You can spend time driving or waxing, if you’re a waxer car show guy, this is not your kind of car. I completed the car three years ago and it is 100% dependable.

350 small block Chevy bored .060 over, nice Summit cam train with alloy roller rockers, big 2.02 valve heads with three angle valve job done by local NAPA shop, Offenhourser intake and Edelbrock carb, HEI, vintage Offenhourser valve covers, aluminum pump and large core aluminum radiator, one wire alternator, mini starter, block-hugger headers dump into custom. 2 ½” exhaust back to 3” out the rear. Borg Warner 5 speed trans with 11” hydraulic clutch and S10 Blazer rear end.

Power front disc with drum rear, all brake components are new, to include all lines, Rack and pinion steering with modified Willys column, new tires and chrome wheels.

New top, including wood bows, new side curtains, new upholstery, custom engine turned stainless instrument panel with new gauges and switches, new wiring harness, custom welded in floor pans, four seat belts.

I have a new project, and just too many cars, this one has to go. Call Dave @ 607-527-8847  for more info”

View all the pics on eBay

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Column Shift Stretched CJ-2A Bonsall, Ca **SOLD**


This was bought.  Interestingly enough, it’s registered as a CJ-2L.  You can learn more about it here.

So, get it while it lasts and then drop ewillys a donation for finding this extremely rare vehicle for you!

1946 Willys Jeep stretch ….$1850.00 o.b.o. No emails please….Come check it out and make an offer!”

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1953 CJ-3B Colorado Springs, Co $7000


It looks nice. No description.  877-304-0863.

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Tandem Axle Trailer Smokey Point, Wa $850

• CATEGORIES: trailer

Here’s a great price on a tandem axle trailer.

“Tandem Axle Car trailer, Very heavy duty, Good deck with tie downs, 7 pin elect connector, Elect brakes, asking $850, need to sell, too many toys, chuck, 425-422-6590.”

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1953 CJ-3A Elk River, MN **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

This is a good looking flat fender.

“This is a 1953 Jeep Willys CJ3A. There is NO RUST the body was all redone! The motor is a AMC 360 runs great was rebuilt about 12,000 miles ago. Has A 3 Speed Tranny. This winter the whole jeep was tore all apart and here are a list of things that were done … (see all the items done to this at ebay).”


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1943 MB Lyons, Or $1500


Well, this is unusual.

“43 WIllys with Toyota front axle, Nissan rear axle. 31×15.50 Terra tires on 14″ wide wheels. Frame fully boxed in and ready for motor mounts etc. 4″ lift toyota springs. Lots of extra parts. $1500.00 obo or Trade for alum. Boat with motor, Car trailer, Forklift, ATV, etc. Also willing to part out. Please Call Kenny at 503-931-3547”

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Jeepster Parts Scappoose, Or

• CATEGORIES: Jeepster

If you need some Jeepster parts, you might contact this seller.


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Wanted: CJ-2A Column Shifter Portland, Or

• CATEGORIES: wanted

Here’s a buyer for a column shifter.

“in need of cj2a column shift and linkage,,,,,complete please ike @ old car parts—503-771-9416”

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1956 Truck Amboy, Wa $1800

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks

There might be some value here.  The engine looks good and it has posi in the rear.

“1956 willys pu chevy 305 engine,87′ 700r4 trany and transfercase power steering, disc front brakes, complete boxed frame not just plated but c chaneled, completely rebuilt rear end with posi and new brakes done by woodys 4×4,still needs a lot of work it is a project, 31″ tires but 38’s would fit no problem was going to be a toy but no time or money,runs and moves, can deliver $1800.00 O.B.O. 1-360-936-5943 Dene”

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2 15×10 & 2 15×8 Hurricane Rims Oregon City, OR **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Tires and Rims

UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was listed at $350.

“Western Turbines with polished fins, hub centers and outer lips. come with brand new center caps (5 of them ). The caps are American Racing brand. They are the only ones I could find to fit the center holes properly.  2 each 15×8 and 15x 10 all with Ford 2 WD pickup 5 on 5.5 bolt pattern.  No chips dings, bends, scratches, etc. These are NICE !!! Asking $350 or best REASONABLE offer.”

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1963 CJ-6 Alton, NH $700


UPDATE:  Price dropped to $700

(04/01/2010) “This jeep runs and drives strong 4cylinder huricain engine with 3speed trans the frame is solid but she needs some body work. Matt 603-581-3034”

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1951 CJ-3A Plymouth, NH **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4500

(11/16/09) Looks solid.

“1951 Willys Cj3-a with fisher power angle plow.  Good Condition.”


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Fulton windshield defroster Nampa, ID **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $350.

There’s was another one of these for sale on eWillys. It was priced at $125.

“Just trying to find a local interested party in a Willys Jeep de-icer defogger unit. This was made by the Fulton Company. It was found in my grandfathers old stuff.”

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Green Bay & Western’s hi-rail FC-170s

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Features

An article in the Green Bay Press-Gazette on November 18, 1962, warned readers not to be surprised if they were flagged down at a Green Bay & Western (GBW) railroad crossing by a jeep.  The article goes on to describe that GBW bought 2 1962 FCs for use on their railroad, some of the Jeep’s features, and how they would be used.  The history of these FCs (shown below) and the GBW in general can be found at the Green Bay & Western Lines website.

One image below appears to be a rough scan showing the two FC-170s at the time of purchase. I’ve added a link to the 2nd photo which shows the FC awaiting restoration as of 2005 (a note under the image asked that it not be reproduced without permission).

2005 Image of FC awaiting restoration

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1946 CJ-2A Boise, ID **SOLD**


UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $1500.  I dropped by to see this old Willys.  I’ve added some pics below.

One great thing this jeep has is a PTO with an old chain driven winch.  It’s held on by a flat sheet of steel that acts as a bumper. There’s been quite a few mods to the front of the frame, including patches on both sides of the front of the frame. This jeep started instantly with a little help from the choke.

The windshield frame and glass looks like it’s from an MB, as it looks shorter than the standard CJ-2A windshield and has no willys stamp.  The body is a little rough and probably worth passing over with a magnet.

It’s got full floating hubs on the back.  It also has some great meaty, yet small, tires.

(05/25/09) “46′ CJ2A Jeep all original parts. Only serious inquiries please! Can email pics.”