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My Build: Adding a Rear View Mirror


I’ve been meaning to add a rear view mirror to the Biscuit.  A couple months ago I pulled a rear view mirror off an old Dodge truck at a salvage yard;  I specifically searched for a rear view mirror that could be bolted onto the jeep. I knew there were times that I would want to have a rear view mirror without the windshield, so connecting it to the windshield wasn’t an option.  Also, from past experience, I knew that the windshield flexes at highway speeds a bit, so it would shake a little less connected to the roll bar.

So, last weekend I took a small piece of flat steel and welded it onto a piece of tube cut in half. I then drilled and tapped a hole into the rollbar.  Then all that was left was to drill a couple holes into the mini mount i built, paint it, and attach it. It’s nothing fancy, but gets the job done!

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Two ‘new’ DJ-3A Surrey Images

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

Bruce forwarded me links to two images of Surreys he has posted.

The first one is from the Virgin Islands in 1958 and shows a DJ-3A in the center of the picture and a DJ-3A Surrey at the lower left.  The second image shows 5 or more Surreys sitting at rental lot Hawaii, the surrey in center front
is a 1963 with 13″ tires and babymoon hubcaps.

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Hot Dog Vendor Setup for a DJ-3A Surrey Howell, NJ **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

Bruce spotted this unusual jeep utility addition.  The seller notes they scrapped the jeep, but then says he was just kidding and is keeping the jeep (in other words, jeep is not for sale). Anyway, the hotdog vendor unit is certainly an unusual feature!

“Up for sale is a hot dog cooking insert for a willys jeep. Scrapped the jeep(was a little rusty) but thought the hot dog unit was worth saving. Has lots of places to cook stuff and it fits like a glove. Check out the pics. some modification to the wheel well on the drivers side to accomodate what looks to be a sink.probably could remove this piece so no cutting wheel well.Has all the valves and burners I think never tried it out. could use some nobs for the temp control. from the front of the jeep you can not tell this is in the back, and from the back you can not tell its  a jeep. from the side it looks like it should be there. happy bidding ! Only kidding about scraping the jeep, the jeep does not go with it. pickup in howell nj only. Pay in full and will hold inside as long as needed. this thing would be the hot diggity dog of the trail rides. good luck! Bill”

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1951 M-38 Brookings, SD eBay


This sale includes a repro body.  In the first pic is a nice shot of the heater.

“1951 M-38 Jeep serial No. 21347. The vehicle has a title in the State of South Dakota. Jeep was used for many years by Honeywell Corp. at it’s munitions testing site north of Minneapolis.   Body is badly rusted.  Frame is OK.  Engine is original 24 volt military.  Selling as a package deal w BEMAK (phillipine repro) body, front fenders, hood, windshield frame and tailgate. The jeep has not run for 10+ years.  The engine, however, is NOT stuck. Also, all the original military data tags are on the dashboard. Any questions from bidders please call Dave at 605-691-4482.”

View all the pics on eBay

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1947 CJ-2A Baker City, Or $3300


Here’s a nice looking, stock CJ-2A up the road from me.

“this is a red jeep willys. has all stock except the front fold down windshield. The wheels are not stock either. has a new heavy duty exaughst system on it. Its the 4 cyl motor. 3 speed manual tranny. all it needs is a starter replaced I think. I put a new selonoid on it but still clicks. The 6 volt system was converted to 12 volt. It is nice jeep I just dont ever use it anymore and it is sitting in my yard. (Im to tall for it also) so anyways Im asking 3300 OBO. It also has a Vinal top with the doors. oh its a 1947 too… the 2nd year it was out to the public. sorry I dont have any of the farm attachments for it or the PTO. also have a tow bar that comes with it if you want it… call 541 5 1 9 7785. leave message if no answer please… I’ll be away from phone a lot.”

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1953 CJ-3A Sequim, Wa $11,500


This sure looks like an original CJ in good condition.

“Hey i have my willys up for sale. It has 70,000 on the original moter. Its almost completly stock and is in mint condition. Has brand new tires on it. Even has the original license plate. Has been under cover for its whole life. This vehicle is hard to find in this kind of condition and to find stock. Please call 360-477-6142 for more info. Thanks”

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1942 MB Reno, NV **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4000.

It sounds like the seller will make a deal.

“I am selling a really nice willys, it is NOT military looking, it has been painted, it has the stock 4 bangor, manual trans, high back plastic seats, roll bar, diamond plate all in the right spots. has decent tires, ( dick cepek) with 50% tread. It need the dash installed ( custom beautiful red eucaliptus) < spelling is wrong) new guages, I cracked the winshield putting it in.. Fire dept. injury forces sale.. first good offer get’s it. I will bring to reno, if you send the cash. or a non refundable deposit. It is a cool jeep, and when finished will be one of a kind. thanks for reading my add. more pics on request.”

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1948 CJ-2A Arcata, CA **SOLD**


UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $2950.

It appears there have been a variety of mods to this Jeep.  It includes a Warn OD.

“231 V-6, Warn overdrive, 35×10.50 boggers.”

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1960 CJ-5 Flagstaff, Az $1300


Here’s a great price on a running, stock CJ-5.

“All original, great for restoration or hunt, cheaper than any quad, just rebuilt the carb, new charging system, all new brakes, very rare factory split bench seat, Kelsey Hayes 15 inch wheels. Has a litte rust in the front floor boards from carpet, the rest is dry. Its ugly but its a very cheap running, driving Jeep. There is no hard top.Call Steve at 928 525 9178 Kachina Village”

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1941? Wagon New Braunfels, Tx **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2000.

I decided to post this old wagon because I liked the rust patterns on this.  I can’t tell if this runs or not.

“41 willys jeep 2 wheel drive needs 100% restoration broken windows 1 dent small its the panel wagon style back window lifts up door goes down 2 door windows on sides small rust holes”

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1950 M-38 Fargo, ND **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4500.

(09/23/2009) Looks great!



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1953 CJ-3A Maricopa, AZ **SOLD**


UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $4700.

(02/03/2010) This looks pretty nice.  I’d like to see some more pics.

“1953 cj3a fully custom restoration with original drivetrain and motor. Looking to trade for quad 4×4 of same or equal value. Jeep is great off road vehicle for desert or lake. Moving and trying to keep from havng to tow it.”

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Old Rail Cars (and a couple Jeeps)

• CATEGORIES: Features

Paul forwarded a link to me regarding ‘justacarguy’s’ website.  Specifically, Paul pointed out a page of old rail cars — literally automobiles on wheels.  There were a couple pics of jeeps and many more of cool old cars.  Check out all the pics here.

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Unusual Truck/Wagon thing Brussels, Wi $1250

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks, Willys Wagons

There are some unusual mods here.


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1970 CJ-5 Wenatchee, Wa $2700


This looks like a good price for this nice CJ-5.

“1970 CJ5, 225 V6, T90 Transmission, Dana 18 Transfer Case, Headers, Warn Hubs, Full Bestop, 11″ Brakes, Spare Tire and Rack, Saginaw Steering, Tilt Column, Full Roll Cage, Hi-Back Seats, Lockable Storage Console, New Windshield Wiper Motor, New Fuel Tank, New Fuel Pump, New Timing Chain, Gears and Tensioners, New Heater Core, New Radiator, New Front Pinion Seal, New Transfer Case Output Seal.

Jeep runs and drives great, has just been completely serviced lube, oil, filter, gear lube and anti-freeze. This Jeep was bought as a project completely disassembled, I put it back together as a driver, it still needs some finishing not limited to the following items, windshield wipers, heater and turn signals need hooked-up. This Jeep is being sold as-is with no guarantees.
(206) 909-2575 cell.”

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1961 Truck Orting, Wa Make Offer

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: , .

This is a nice looking truck.

“1962 willy’s pickup truck for sale. Great running truck. All original. Make offer. Original 230 Straight six. First year of the overhead cam. complete with the original oil bath air filter(not in picture, its in the garage).  New tires and nice wheels. Front end rebuilt with new seals and bearing. New breaks all the way around (shoes, cylinders). 4×4 works great. Twin stick spicer 18. Warn overdrive. Three speed transmission. Dash in complete and uncut unlike most. All lights work (except for one front blinker). Will trade for the right wheeler, must be very capable. Would like to trade for a newer 4×4 quad. Or YJ.

Some rust in front of the door on one side, and a very small crack in the fender. Truck smokes a little when you first start it up. Truck blue books for High retail at 17,000. Average retail is 8,000. Make me an offer. The worst i can say i no. With the few little things wrong with it this is a fair price. Perfect truck to be restored. Would not take much. I have tons of extra parts including all new trim and emblems etc. Call me at 253-732-2363 or email me at”

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1947 CJ-2A Cedar Hills, MO **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2000.

If the body is decent, this might be a good deal if it will run easily.

“1947 Willys CJ2A with a CJ3 windshield. Jeep ran last summer, however it sat all winter and now will not start….turns over, just won’t fire. Many new parts including: battery, plugs, wires, cap & rotor, gas tank, electric fuel pump, alternator, recovered seats. Jeep has good 31 x 10.50 tires on CJ wheels, 2 spares included. I’m not a mechanic, however I really don’t think it will take much to get it to start, just a little time and knowledge. No title, but I do have the VIN Plate. I live in St. Charles, but the jeep is on our property located in Cedar Hill/Desoto area. Cash only and must pickup, I do not have a trailer to deliver. Great farm or hunting vehicle. Call with questions.”

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1950 CJ-3A Rapid City, SD $1000


It runs but needs work.  It looks like a good price.

“1950 willys cj3a, All original. runs but needs work. body is rusty. rear end is shot. call (605) 391-2910 or email me if interested.”

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2 1961 FC-170s Troy, Ny eBay

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

At least one has a rear PTO.

“Up for sale are 2 willys fc-170 forward controls for parts or rebuild. What you see in the pictures is what i have. I was going to build one off road truck out of the two but no longer have the fundings or time. The gray one has the original flat head straight six super hurricane motor and tranny with shaft drive rear pto. The truck runs shifts and drives. Box in the pictures is off this truck and the body need a lot of work to be perfect. the passenger seat tail gate and winsheild for this truck i do not have. Also i do have some old paper work for this jeep tranferable reg.  The other jeep is mainly for parts has a motor and tranny in it but someone stuffed a 289 in it. There is no box for this truck. truck does not run. Buyer will need a trailer to remove these two jeeps and parts. This auction is for pickup only i will not ship.”

View all the pics on eBay

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1948 CJ-2A Palm Springs, CA **SOLD**


UPDATE:  **SOLD**  Was $7500.

“It pains me deeply to part with it, but I must sell my 1948 Willys CJ2A, only because I need something bigger. I’m asking $7500. Conversion done by Scotty’s 4×4 in Fontana.

– Ford 289 V8
– Holley 650cfm 4-barrel carburetor
– Tremec 178 aluminum case transmission with 4-speed overdrive
– Saginaw steering box
– Dana 20 single stick transfer case
– Dana 25 front differential and Dana 44 rear differential
– Warn manual locking hubs
– 11″ drum brakes (from a Jeep CJ10)
– Tow bar with front & rear towing wiring
– frame off restoration, with reinforced body rails and front rails to support the V8
– 3-speed heater
– full white soft top
– 10-gallon original fuel tank and a 10-gallon auxiliary tank
– Roll bar
– Seatbelts
– 4 new 235/75R15 A/T tires with less than 5,000 miles (the tires shown in the pics are the 215s I had on it before)
– Registration valid through April 2011”

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1946 CJ-2A Bolton Landing, NY **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4500.

It’s not a perfect restoration, but looks nice.

“1946 Willys, 4-wheel drive, 3-speed, fully restored five years ago, great condition, all original except for seats. Great little ‘get around vehicle’ for the summer and off-road. Serious interest only reply, no spammers (it’s just annoying). Please let your phone number and I’ll get back to you.”

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1948 CJ-2A Enumclaw, WA **SOLD**


UPDATE: Was $1200. **SOLD**

“Front end – Dana 44 30 spline axels, track lock new rebuilt 5.38 gears.

(Use posi track additive with 90W)
Rear end – Dana 44 30 spline axels, welded spiders, 5.38 gears
Hubs – 1/2 ton Chev pu/u part time 4×4 (new)
Front & Rear brakes – 77 Jeep Cheroke or 1/2 ton Chev p/u
Brake master cylinder – 76 Jeep CJ 5 non power. (new)
Engine – 77 Olds 350 V8
Oil filter – 77 Olds 350 V8 (use short filter only)
Water Pump – 67 Olds 330 V8 (short)
Power stearing pump – 67 Olds 330 V8 (short)
Alternator – 67 Olds 330 V8
Carb – 2brl 78 Ford p/u 351-400 V8
Clutch – Chev 11 in (new stock)
Trans – Ford rat box 3 spd (with Chev main shaft)
Transfercase – Dana T-18 (with Woren O/D)
Stearing box – Chev 1/2 ton p/u power
Stearing column – 83 buick regal
Wheels – 90 chev 1/2 ton p/u stock 6 lug
Pedal assembly – 76 Jeep CJ 5 (swinging peddles)
Seats – front 86 Camaro
Big project, motor is good, but was unfortunately vandalized. motor does not run.”

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1950? MB? Cle Elum, Wa **SOLD**


UPDATE:  Josh snatched this up right away. Congrats!

“A solid M38 Military Jeep that is a project. It is all complete, has not run in a few years. I am cleaning the carb now in order to startup the engine.”

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1979 CJ-5 Elma, Wa $500


Here’s another parts-CJ-5.

“1979 cj5 parts jeep 258 straight 6 with 3 speed manual trany, amc 20 dana 30 spring over lift, 32×11.5×15 wide climbers with some tred left, decent wheels, body tub is in alright shape with a few rust holes and a few dents. no front clip breaks dont work no fuel system i have the paperwork saying that the motor was rebilt in 1997 it turns over but dont know condition there isnt enough to make it run. have tittle $500 firm”

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Busy Week with the Kids …


It was a busy week with my kids.  This was a pleasant surprise for me as it wasn’t ‘my year’ to have them over spring break.  The boys continued to humble me with their video game prowess (with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 the game of choice); however, I evened the battles by destroying them at scrabble and monopoly (yes, real boardgames!) — I still got it!

As usual, there was plenty of food, along with a special celebration of my daughters birthday that included some home made chocolate fondue (into which we dipped a variety of items).  The chocolate fondue was inspired by a cheese fondue we enjoyed on Wednesday generously provided by the ewillys Swiss Bureau; So, many thanks to John and his family for that generous gift :-).

The night before the kids arrived (which was saturday night of last weekend), I attached the new heads.  They appear to have solved the leaking problem.  I still have some minor leakage of oil out the dipstick holder, but I think a little sealant should fix that.  One very noticable change is that the engine starts very easily now (though the new battery and alternator are helping with that too).  Now, I need to fine tune the carb (an older 500 CFM Performance carb) so that it runs a little less rich under heavy acceleration.

Below are a few pics of the kids playing for the camera: