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1946 CJ-2A Petaluma, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4000

This CJ seems quite stock, however its condition is less clear due to the lack of image closeups.

“1946 Willys Jeep straight body, runs great. Needs upholstery.”

 
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Attaching a Brodie Knob

• CATEGORIES: Biscuit, Features, Website

brodie_knobOne of the positives about living in Idaho is that there are lots of tractors and tractor stores nearby.  I stopped by one today and picked up one item I hadn’t yet purchased: a steering knob for my steering wheel for only $6.99 — the best price I’ve seen anywhere (I got it at D&B, a local farm/garden store).  Now, these aren’t legal in every state, but they are sure handy for jeeping and racing.

I brought it home ready to mount it, but realized I couldn’t remember exactly how to mount it, so I jumped on the internet.  The first thing I learned that a steering knob was actually called a Brodie Knob, which is where the term “doing a Brodie” comes from.

From Wikipedia, “Brodie Knobs were widely popularized, especially on the west coast of the U.S., during the 1950s. Their intention was to be used primarily as addition to a Hot Rod. The knob was used to spin the steering wheel, rapidly in one direction or the other, while accelerating, to cause the tire(s) to spin while rapidly whipping the car 180 degrees or half of a “doughnut”. Hence, comes the term “lay a brodie”. In the 1950s and 60’s a person could go into any local “Pep Boys” and choose from a large variety of brodie knobs, with every conceivable theme, from “Candy Apple colored”, “Product Logos”, to “nude women,” and everything in between, some automobile dealerships even used them for advertisements. They were very useful during a period of auto manufacturing, when power steering was truly a luxury…. ”

thehotrodgirl_2064_125192I also discovered that there’s a wide variety of knobs that I didn’t know exist.  For those growing up in the world of hotrods, they probably aren’t surprised, but the knobs I have seen are generally all tractor related. Other names for the Brodie include the Suicide Knob, Granny Knob, and Steering Wheel Spinner

Check out the different kinds of knobs offered through thehotrodgirl.com.

 
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Builds: Smitty’s 1959 CJ-5 “Tinker Bell”

• CATEGORIES: Builds

smittys_willysAs a part of Crystal Tours, Tinker Bell is one of the official tour jeeps.  Restored a couple years ago, Smitty documented some of his efforts.  Smitty has restored several jeeps and operates Smittys Willys Online, where he writes about his restorations, his trips and restoration advice.  Below is some info about his CJ-5 rebuild, but he also has a 1954 CJ-3B and a 1964 CJ-6 he has or is rebuilding.

On his website about the CJ-5 he writes, “The restoration work was started in August 2005 and substantially completed nine-months later in May.  During that period seven-months labor and about $4,500.00 in parts and material was devoted to this restoration.  The job took longer than expected due to the deteriorated condition of the body, and me — relearning the restoration trade and techniques, and reading everything available dealing with old Jeeps and their restoration.  This Jeep is a RESTO-MOD.  It’s a stock chassis and drive-train with minor modifications in the electrical, brake system and body….”

smitty_cj5_marble

 
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Crystal River Jeep Tours

• CATEGORIES: Features, News, Website • TAGS: .

Once again, wandering the internet today looking for information on mounting my steering wheel know resulted in several interesting posts.

This post is about a jeep tour business out of Marble, Colorado called Crystal River Jeep Tours.  You can visit the website or learn more about it from this 2008 trip with some video and this post with videos as well.

Here’s a little bit about the tours, ” Crystal River Jeep Tours is located in Marble, Colorado, where the pavement ends and the beauty begins.  CRJT was established in 1951 and ranks among the oldest adventure tour operations in the state. Take one of our guided tours to historic Crystal City and the Crystal Mill, experience the breathtaking views and wild flowers along the Lead King Basin road or the valley panorama from the top of Sheep Mountain. Overlook the Yule Marble Quarry from Treasure Mountain, or experience the Devils Punch Bowl at the foot of Schofield Pass.  Our guided tours are an experience found nowhere else in the world, which skirt the edge of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass wilderness area in the White River National Forest.”

crystal_river_jeep_tours

 
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1948 CJ-2A Tillamook, Or $1400

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

1948_cj2a_tillamookThis looks like a project.

“1948 Willys Jeep, comes with two 4.3 Chevy V-6 3 speed transmission and model 20 Tranfer case. Also have motor mounts and adaptors, titled in Oregon, possible delivery. Can send more pictures.
1500.00 503-842-5060 hm or 503-812-3287 cell, email at mhahn@oregoncoast.com”

http://portland.craigslist.org/wsc/cto/1348395047.html

 
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1946ish CJ-2A Klein, Tx $2650

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

1940s_cja_kleinHere’s another customized hunting flattie out of Texas. These really deserve their own category.

“Here is a great hunting vehicle with minor work needed and she will roll. My father and I years ago pulled the flat 4 cylinder engine out and costumized the firewall and dropped a chevy 283 v8 in her. I have recently replaced the water pump, fuel pump, belts, two new front tires, rebuit radiator, fuel line filters. This jeep is a 1943-46 I will have to pull the title to confirm. This vehicle has bee in my family for thirty years and still runs strong. My asking price is $2650.00. Also has rifle rack, three spares which two need tires, Rack on the rear and two gas tanks with quick connects for rapid and easy switching tanks. Thank you for your time. Brandon 713-962-4705”

http://houston.en.craigslist.org/cto/1348673125.html

 
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1948 CJ-2A Weatherford, TX **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

1948_cj2a_weatherfordUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1800.

It runs, drives and even stops.  Three important characteristics of a good jeep.  Like you need anything else?

“’50s WILLYS JEEP. RUNS, DRIVES, STOPS. RHINO LINER SPRAYED INSIDE AND OUT. TIRES HAVE ALOT OF TREAD LEFT.”

 
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Video: Yakima Ridge Runners 1950s Video Part 2

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos • TAGS: , , .

This is the second of two videos made by Universal International News. Much of this footage seems very similar to the shots taken by Life Magazine of the Ridge Runners, when they did ran a story about the Jeep Club.

 
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Videos: Ridge Runners Video #1

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos • TAGS: , .

The Yakima Ridge Runners Jeep Club recognizes itself as the world’s first incorporated Jeep Club, incorporating in early 1947. I have run across reports of early clubs formed in Southern California, but whether they actually incorporated or not is unknown to me. This video made by Universal International News was one of two.

 
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Video: Autobiography of a Jeep

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Here’s the ‘story’ of the jeep from the Jeep’s perspective. It’s got a bunch of historical footage.

 
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Videos: Willys Overland – Workhorse of the Industry Part 2

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This is part two of a two part marketing video produced, I think, by Willys Overland about their products. Not only does it cover the jeep, but it also covers, particularly in part 2, the other 4wd vehicles such as the Wagon, the Truck and shows some of the farming implements available.

 
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Videos: Willys Overland – Workhorse of the Industry Part 1

• CATEGORIES: videos • TAGS: .

This is part one of a two part marketing video produced, I think, by Willys Overland about their products. Not only does it cover the jeep, but it also covers, particularly in part 2, the other 4wd vehicles such as the Wagon, the Truck and shows some of the farming implements available.

 
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Video: Early Jeep Test

• CATEGORIES: videos • TAGS: .

This is one of the more amazing videos. It’s short. Watch the end of it closely, as the driver escapes the jeep just in time before the flat fender topples on top of him.

 
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1946 CJ-2A Rifle, CO **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

1946_cj2a_rifleUPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $1500.

This looks like a deal to me.

“1946 Willys L134 original flat head converted to 12V runs and drives good tires. almost all original. body pretty straight some rust.  1500.00.  I don’t like posting my number here (too many solicitors) so send me yours and i will call you or reply with email”

 
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1951 M-38 Limington, Me Make Offer

• CATEGORIES: M-38

1951_m38_limingtonThis might be a good find.  I can’t tell what the seller wants for it.

“1951 Willys M38. Real good shape. Came from Arizona. Engine will run just needs tune up. Great little jeep. My daily driver moved on which pushed me to replace it. Looking for a 4X4 or something neat to trade for this Jeep. Would take cash also. The price range for the Jeep varies so make me an offer.”

http://maine.en.craigslist.org/cto/1344699252.html

 
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1962 M-170 Project Tumwater, Wa $750

• CATEGORIES: M-170

1962_m171_tumwaterIt is definitely a project.

“Roller, 538 gears, tub , doors ,window frame , hard top with glass , fenders , steering collum , heater boxes , dash, Will not part, Have WA title. any question please call # 360-754-1233”

http://seattle.en.craigslist.org/oly/cto/1345308202.html

 
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1944 MB Aloha, Or $2000

• CATEGORIES: MB

The seller lists the good, bad and ugly about this jeep.  Visit the Ad to learn more.

“This 1944 Willys MB Jeep is a great project car. It ran for me throughout high-school (1995-1997), but it’s been garaged for the last decade and no longer starts. I just tried to get it going, and with a jump, it rolls over but likely needs a carb-kit/cleaning to get the fuel going. In 1944, they didn’t make them complex, just durable. Anyone with a week of evenings could likely get this running….”

http://portland.en.craigslist.org/wsc/cto/1345286301.html

1944_mb_aloha

 
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1967 Mark IV? CJ-5 Skandia, Mi No Price

• CATEGORIES: CJ5

One of our reader’s thinks this might be 1 of 89 produced according to the early CJ-5 Page based on these links (1) Production numbers http://www.earlycj5.com/technical/engines/ (2) If the Dauntless is stock it would be a 67 http://www.earlycj5.com/technical/engines/

Here’s the Ad description “I think it is a 50 are 51 not sure it ran when parked now froze from siting wouldn’t take much to get running again all runing gear is there body wise just hood grill no title.
Make offer! 906-235-0069”

http://up.craigslist.org/pts/1303352960.html

cj5_skandia

 
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2008 PNW4DA Racing

• CATEGORIES: Features, Racing, videos • TAGS: , .

I was searching to see if anyone posted videos from the PNW4WDA 2009 Convention, but haven’t seen any yet.  I did find this nicely organized collection of racing images from 2008 that I hadn’t seen.  So, I thought I’d share them.  Note the audio has been disabled.  I have to wonder exactly how they track down audio like that given the millions of videos uploaded vs. the relatively low number of hits on this video.

 
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Tail Light King: Willys & Jeep Section

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts

I was looking for some Willys Jeep script ran across the Tail Light King Website accidently.  I don’t think I mentioned it last time, but the taillightking.com has Willys & Jeep lights as well.

tail_light_king_logo

 
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Playing with different technologies

• CATEGORIES: News

As you probably noticed, I’ve been testing out some different technologies, like the javascript slider on the front page.   Unfortunately, the menus don’t roll over it, so that’s not going to work.  I’ll be mucking with this stuff the next few days, so bear with me.

I’ve also noticed that there’s a number of issues with IE-6 with this design (drop down menu problems and sidebar issues for starters), so I may do a total redesign over labor day weekend.

It’s true that I could use a development site, but what fun would that be.

– Dave

 
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1949 CJ-3A Greensboro, NC **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

1949_cj3a_greensboroUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $500

The price on this project will drop.  This could also be a rare ’49 CJ-2A.

“1949 Jeep Willys fame and body. Excellent project vehicle. No transmission or engine”

 
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Diamond Plating Question

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts

Several of our finest in Blue from Arizona read ewillys daily.  One of the readers asked about diamond plating for old flatties.  I can’t say I was much help, but maybe some of you have a suggestion?

Here is what I wrote:

It appears Warrior Products (http://www.warriorproducts.com/order.html) is the only company making them still (that I can find).  Most of the links below are the same product sold at different prices.

Here’s some options for side plates:
http://www.rjroffroad.com/warrior-sideplates-for-45-55-jeep-cj2a-cj3a-offroad-pr-17046.html
http://www.kaiserwillys.com/category/willys_warriorcornerplates
http://collinsbros.stores.yahoo.net/alsidplatpai.html $115 (for cj3a …  cj3b not mentioned)
BEST PRICE:  http://www.central4wd.com/inventorydetail.aspx?page=id|9288;folder|5701

Here are corner options for corner plates:
http://www.central4wd.com/inventorydetail.aspx?page=id|9269;folder|5709
http://www.kaiserwillys.com/product/1830/willys_warriorcornerplates
BEST PRICE I FOUND:  http://collinsbros.stores.yahoo.net/alcorguar.html $109.95
USED:  http://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/pts/1338556016.html

Used Jeep Junkyards (maybe they have some):
http://collinsbros.stores.yahoo.net/usedjeepparts.html (Wylie, Tx)
http://www.jwjeep.com/ (Antelope, CA)
http://jeeprepublic.com/ (Englewood, CO)
http://www.ewillys.com/?p=5067 (Kingston NY)

Working with Diamond Plating:
http://www.quadratecforum.com/showthread.php?t=72275

How to Polish Aluminum Diamond Plating (Something I didn’t know)
http://www.ehow.com/how_4556441_polish-aluminum-diamond-plating-mothers.html

 
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Mail Jeep WW II Replica McDonough, Ga **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Unusual

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

“The “outside photos” shown are before the stenciling was done. Also, most of the undercarriage has been painted OD green to match the rest of the vehicle. I have for sale a 1974 RIGHT HAND DRIVE Jeep DJ5C which has been chopped and transformed into a WWII replica. It is probably 75% complete. The wiring harness has been ripped out and needs replaced. It was running INCREDIBLY strong just three months ago when the wiring was removed….”

mail_jeep_wwii

 
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1956 DJ-3A Patterson, Ca $4500

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A

1956_dj3a_pattersonI’d like some better pics of this.  I don’t think the pics do this justice.

“RED WILLY JEEP. RARE DISPATCHER DJ3 ALL ORIGINAL. RUNS GOOD. SOFT TOPS INCLUDED. IF INTERESTED YOU CAN CALL ME @ 209 535-7173.”

http://modesto.craigslist.org/cto/1321302139.html