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Jeff’s Fiberglass (Bobcat Body) Flattie

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

After seeing some of the posts about the old Desert Dog and Bobcat ads, Jeff dropped me a note saying he’s been enjoying the old ads and old pics as it reminds him of the busy Northwest days of jeep clubs, playdays and racing in the northwest.  So, he forwarded me a pic of one of his jeeps (he also has a sand drag jeep listed below for sale).

He’s been nice enough to let me post it.  I really love the creative paint job — I haven’t seen anything quite like it.

Jeff writes, “This bobcat jeep was bought back in 1983 as a project.  It was a body and a HUGE pile of parts, to which I’m sure your readers can relate. Currently, it runs a 355 chev w/ ford toploader 4 speed, a dana 20 case, a ford 9inch w/ 35 spline summers axles spool nod case and 6.00 gears.  The front is a gutted mdl 27 w/ a mustang rack.  The cage is chromoly.  The car weights 2250lbs w/o a driver.”

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1962 DJ-3A Surrey Arapahoe, Ne $5000


UPDATE:  This was for sale on eBay.  It is now on Craigslist.  I’ve included some of the info from the eBay ad.

(06/01/2010) This is a little rough, but looks mostly original to my less-than-perfect eye.

“For Sale or trade a 1962 Willys Surrey Gala (DJ-3A) Original condition runs and drives, many new parts asking $5000 or would consider trade for any Jeep/Willys CJ, Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40, or Boat.

Many new parts, in good running condition. The following items are NEW: clutch & pressure plate, brake master cylinder, head light switch, dimmer switch, water pump, head gasket, fan belt, points, plugs, plug wires, coil, cap and rotor, rebuilt carb.  Radiator boiled out and professionally referbished. Brakes have been gone through and new wheel cylinders kits installed.  Drivers seat bottom was re-done with pink and white vinyl. All lights work, all gauges work, new tires on rear, good used tires on front.  Jeep runs and drives great. It is missing the original top and top frame, spare tire holder and the rear bumper.  Clear title.”

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1964 FJ-6 Ecorse, Mi **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3150.

Brian spotted one of these hard to find FJs.

“1964 willys ice cream trk rt hand drive 4cyl auto approx 80 k miles. Truck has on board generator signs work music box works needs to be freshened up a little call billy top hat.”

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1945 VEC CJ-2A Truckee, CA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2900.

It’s not much of a VEC any more, but it still has the indents at the very least.  The tires and rims appear in good condition.  This might be a good price.  The seller notes there is no rust, but there is an odd plate underneath the passenger step.

“Runs, no rust,283v8,less than 300 mi on motor,roll cage.bikini top,lifted, many extras,custom made rack on back removable,good tires 5 total”

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1953 CJ-3B Aloha, Or $1500


If the parts are good, this might be a good price (or perhaps even get it for less).  It looks like the suspension needs some reconfiguring. It has some nice rims, a ramsey winch, and a rebuilt chev 350 among other items.

“This is my dream project I started 6 years ago. I have run out of time, money and patience, so make me an offer and get it out of my garage.

-Titled 1953 Willys CJ-3B sitting on a shortened 1979 Waggy frame.
-Dana 44 axles
– New 16” eagle alloy wheels with Cooper Discoverer tires 285/75/16
-Newly Rebuilt Chevy 350 engine
-Th350 tranny
-Original Dana/spicer 18 transfer case w/adapter to tranny
-Painless wiring kit still new in box
-Ramsey #8000 winch””

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1954 CJ-3B Milwaukie, Or $3000


The seller says the parts are all there (though not shown) and the body is in great shape.

“i have a jeep cj3b highhood for sale with a clean title. its a resto that was not completed i bought it years ago,looks like i’m not going to get to it soon.i have almost all the parts to put back together the pics only show the roller but it comes with tons of parts.the pics don’t show any rust because it only has one small spot on the body and thats it, this thing is in amazing shape. i’m asking $3000 obo or would be interested in trades”

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1962 FC-150 Marion, MT **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3995

I can’t tell if there is rust around the edges or not.

“This is a 1962 Willys Jeep FC-150 4×4, with the original working snowplow. The F-head 4 cylinder engine starts and runs good, but burns some oil. It is in driveable condition and ready to be restored. Priced at just $3,995.”

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1947 CJ-2A New Point, In $1000


I’m not sure what’s all here.

“Basket case. Flat fenders. Body rough.”

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1945? CJ-2Aish New Castle, Pa **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $1000.

Assuming the data plate belongs to this jeep, I’d guess this jeep to be a late ’46 at the earliest — not that it really matters given the custom mods.


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


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2,000

(07/31/2009) The engine has a knock and is out of the jeep.

“1949 Willys Jeep, Has hard top, 1949 Jeep with L head Engine. Engine is removed to check out bearings. All are ok.t. Has very little rust, I have title, after- market seats”

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1961 Truck Loveland, Co $500

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks

UPDATE:  Still Available.  The seller now notes this is not road worthy.

(05/26/2010) This is an unusual willys truck.  Anyone recognize it? Is this a custom job?

“runs, trans and transfer work good, motor tired flathead 6cyl gm i think call Bruce 970-669-7985 This is basicly a parts vehicle it is not road worthy

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Sam Rewires a Flattie

• CATEGORIES: Idea Factory, wiring • TAGS: .

The last couple years I’ve made a major update to eWillys every September.  This September, based on the feedback I have received, I’ll be making a push to create a better how-to area and improve the ability to find content.  As a part of that effort, Sam, who operates Flat Fender Willys in Arvada, Co, has offered to share his knowledge and experience doing a variety of repairs and improvements.

In this example, Sam explains his approach to rewiring a customer’s 1960 CJ-3B.

Sam writes, “This first photo shows what I run into a lot.  Wiring that runs nowhere is a rat’s mess just looking for trouble.  Notice the quick-fix on the battery cable and length and the mess of wires next to the master cylinder.

On the dash side, we have a photo before taking the dash off. The customer wanted a brushed aluminum dash, so here it is……..nice, but reflected alot of sun and the E-Brake doesn’t work because of too much rust and fire damage.

Now we have two photos that show you what happens when you have a major short and your dash goes up in smoke.  I had to strip this 60 CJ3B of all the wiring and build a new harness.  Several different owners contributed to the dash being cut out like this, sharp edges and all.  Some of the burnt metal is from a torch and the rest is from the wiring harness burning.  This jeep had NO protection against shorts.  BTW:  ALWAYS CARRY A FIRE EXTENGUISHER.  You never know where or when or how but it is as important as a good roll cage and harness.  Cheap insurance for your (or someone elses) vehicle and piece of mind.

In this photo of the engine bay, you can see how NOT to plum your fuel lines unless you feel real brave.  The plastic fuel filter is laying on the hot manifold and rubber fuel hose runs all the way from the tank, dangerously close to the exhaust manifold on the drivers side.  Good place for a fire to start……  Also notice all the wires running everywhere on top of the engine and fenders.

In the next photo, of the jeep you’ll notice that this has real potential to be a real top-notch runner.  Body is pretty straight and sports new front and rear seats.  This is a 60CJ3B on a CJ5 chassis.

In the next photo, we see no.16 wire wrapped together and taped to no. 10 wire to the headlights and back to no.14 wire at the lights……..WRONG, WRONG, WRONG.  Also notice how close the battery cable is to the engine fan and the rubber fuel line running beside the exhaust manifold.  The fuel line is less than 1/2 inch away.

In the next photo of the engine bay, we can see how the firewall is a mess of wires running averywhere with NO rubber grommets protecting the wires coming through the firewall.  Also another good shot of the fuel line wrapped around the distributer.  Note, I moved the filter to the top of the heater hose for a moment for picture clarity. 

In the last photo, this is the fuel tank that runs the full width of the jeep.  Nice fuel capacity but very dangerous.  ALWAYS leave CRUSH space between the body and tank.  In a case of a roll over, the body WILL fold in at the dip in the body.  If you leave at least 2 inches of space between the body and the tank, you’ll have far less chance of rupturing the tank in a roll over.  You will also provide the fuel inlet to have room to bend, again less chance of rupture….DO IT RIGHT and LIVE…….SAFETY, SAFETY, SAFETY!!!!!!!!


In this first image is the finished wire harness.  Notice the battery cables are the right color, length, and size with correct ends.  I also separated the circuits and fused everything with the exception of the main power source which is on a 30 amp circuit breaker.  I have a steel fuel line running down inside the frame rail from the tank and steel from the pump to the carb with a steel filter.  ALL of the old wiring is gone and as you can see, everything is put away and secure.

In this photo, I’ve built another dash which won’t reflect light, stays cool to the touch, matches the new seats and does not look old school.  I put new guages and radio speakers (two this time) with a original JEEP radio.  To the left of the radio are two power sources (cig lighters) up and down to power cell phones etc.  I used cig lighters because they are closed and keep dust out and looks better than two holes in the dash.  Above the speedo there are two red lights for the turn signals and one for high beam.  You will also notice there is no E-Brake in the dash now.  I put it on the floor.  If the owner wants to work on anything behind the dash, the stainless bolts on top are removed and the dash folds down.  It is on a piano hinge along the bottom.

The new E-brake lowers to the floor and is easy to get to and work.  When set, this jeep won’t move……we tried grins here.  The cost?  How about one hour of work and $5.00 for the brake assembly and housing.

The owner of this jeep has asked Sam to do some additional work, so you’ll probably see this jeep pop up in additional posts.

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1959 Truck Forest Lakes, AZ **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: , .

UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $5000

It’s a bit dirty, but it might be worth a look.  It appears in good shape.  I wonder if those terra tires are included.

“restored, warren bumper winch, rear rumble seat, original flat head hurricane 6 engine restored, garaged at Forest Lakes, AZ last 15 yrs. $5000 obo”

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1962 Truck United Kingdom $22,547

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

Here’s a nice truck spotted by George that I believe is located in the UK.

“A few years ago, Dean [ed note:  current owner?] asked Paul Barry at Willys America in Cazadero, California, to restore the truck for use as a promotional machine for his quarry. He wanted it mostly original and usable as a daily driver.

The truck body needed quite a lot of minor restoration, but basically it was sound and in good shape. However, the bed was another story. The Spicer transfer case with two levers mounted in the floor, swings power out to a Spicer 25 front axle and a Spicer 53 rear axle. Both axles have 4.88 gearsets. Built on a conventional 118-inch wheelbase chassis with Ross steering, multileaf springs, single action tube shock absorbers, drum brakes and 16-inch steel wheels capped with LT235/85 R16 mud and snow tires, the Jeep truck was almost as simple as a Model T Ford.

The Jeep also features a matching side-mount spare on the bed. Attached to the Tornado six-cylinder engine is a T-90 three-speed floor-shifted manual transmission, which in turn uses a Warn All-Range Overdrive and a two-speed Spicer 18 transfer case. The Jeep truck was a very practical setup and its basic nature surely helped make it the do-the-job work truck it was known to be.”

Lots of pics … check them out

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1962 FC-170 Portland, Or $600

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

Does this sport a camper shell design for FC’s?  I don’t see many of those.

“step dad decided to let it go.  fix it up or part it out.”

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1955 CJ-5 Detroit, Mi $2750 w/plow

• CATEGORIES: CJ5 • TAGS: , , , .

This stock looking CJ-5 with a great half cab has some cool hubcaps and some early formula desert dogs.  This might just be the last jeep you’ll see with both hubcaps & desert dogs.  This appears to have the early CJ-5 reversed front springs, too.  I like it.

“Very solid steel cab on rough body. Plow is Full Hydraulic Up-Down and Left-Right from Inside Cab and is 6 1/2 ft. wide. Engine is 232 straight six cylinder, three speed on floor. Runs like a tank, Very strong, Very low overall gear ratios. Will deliver, per mile rate. Call: two six O / four one O / six five O one.”

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1948 CJ-2A Plattekill, Ny No Price


If the front half of the body is still sound (which I doubt), this might be an interesting restoration as something unusual.

“FOR SALE; 1948 Jeep Willys; Great Restoration Project! Respond with name and number if interested.”

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1957 Truck Middletown, OH **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was auctioned.

“Chevrolet straight 6 engine; 4 wheel drive; overdrive; Warn lockout hubs; Warn; wench; Off road lights; Complete restoration in 2003; Truck originally from Oregon; Selling at Public Auction on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 5:30 P.M., 2209 Renee Dr., Middletown, OH 45042.”

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1952 M38 Golden, Co **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: M-38 • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $13,900.

Here’s a good looking M-38.  Paul accurately notes the frame appears civilian, lacking the appropriate hinges on the grille.  Instead, it has the civilian brackets.

“1952 1/4-ton Willys M-38 jeep. Mint restoration, gov’t stenciling, tool-kit, tire jack, canvas windshield cover, ax and shovel.

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1957 CJ-3B Hillsboro, NH **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4950

“Willys cj3 jeep. runs very well. everything works. siren is fun for parades and events, has back seat.”

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1948 Truck Chino Hills, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Jeep Rods, Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Was $13,000. **SOLD**

(06/16/2010) Here’s a beautiful truck.  Moreover, this is the truck the previous owner used to tow his 1926 roadster to car shows.

“My father passed away last year, but he left an extensive car collection behind. Up for auction was one of his last projects, a 1948 Willy’s pickup Resto-mod. My dad purchased the pickup about 3 years ago and completed the modifications 3 months after that. He painted the truck with a Satin black finish with hand painted flames. It has 360 C.I. putting out roughly 300 HP with an automatic transmission. The interior has been re-done with new headliner, carpets and seats ( red…see photos ). The gas tank has been modified and sits in a galvanized steel bed.

I am not an expert on this vehicle, but my dad was maticulious about his cars. In the last 6 months we have had to sell most of his car collection. All paperwork and history of vehicle modifications has all been kept on this pickup. Great running daily driver, in fact my dad used to tow his 1926 Roadster to car shows with this truck.”

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1958 FC-170 Lake Park, Mn eBay

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677

UPDATE:  this is back on eBay

(07/30/2010) This poor FC is beat up!

“For sale is a 1958 Willys Jeep. This is a Forward Control FC170 Four Wheel Drive. Pretty unique vehicle. You don’t find these very often! There are some dents and some rust. Engine condition is unknown. Title has been applied for. It will be a clear MN title in my name. Email with any questions or call Ryan at 218-234-1866. Can help arrange reasonble shipping if needed.”

View all the pics on eBay

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Colin’s ’48 Jeepster

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features, Jeepster • TAGS: .

As I mentioned yesterday, besides his grandkids mini-jeep, Colin has worked on several different Willys.  Here’s his Jeepster that was featured a couple times in JP Magazine, specifically the June 2007 issue and the January 2008 issue.

Colin writes, “Here are some photos of our 48 Jeepster.  We have had this car for over 33 years and when we bought it, it had a non running Studebaker Champion 6 engine in it.  Once we got it running and back in decent visual and mechanical condition, we drove it that way for many years. Around 1990, I stored it in our garage and worked on other vehicles and a house remodeling project (a happy wife makes for a happy home!).  I did our Corvette restoration from 1994 until 1998.  After I retired in 2003, I began putting ideas together about re-doing the Jeepster.  I wanted a car that looked original on the outside, which it did already, but with an improved drivetrain and suspension under it to keep up with Phoenix area traffic.  After a lot of research, I decided a Buick V6 was the way to go.  I found a freshly rebuilt (still in the plastic) 1982 Buick 231 even fire V6 for a very reasonable price.  I pulled the front sheet metal off the Jeepster and got to work.  With an updated engine going into it, I chose to put a Mustang II front end kit with tubular A-arms, Ford disc brake rotors (I wanted to use stock Jeepster wheels, hubcaps and trim rings), and rack and pinion steering into the chassis.  A buddy of mine and I did the majority of the front end work in a weekend.  I used a set of engine mounts from Novak Engineering in Utah and bolted the engine to a 1967 Muncie close ratio 4 speed that was in my parts bin.  For the rear end, I found a 1969 Ford Mustang 8 inch with 2.79 gears.  That rear end is a bolt in for any of the 46-63 Willys 2 wheel drive wagons, panel deliveries and the 48-51 Jeepsters. I also used a front sway bar and on the rear, a Willys Jeepster/station wagon sway bar. I did upgrade the Buick with a set of finned aluminum valve covers from TA Performance,  a 4 bbl Holley 390 cfm carb from a 65 AMC 327 engine and dual exhausts.  The end result is a Jeepster that runs great( 1750 rpm at 65-70 mph), gets excellent gas mileage(about 26 at 65 mph) and handles like a sports car(better than our Corvette!).  All of this work was relatively easy, even though it took me a while.”

In this first pic you see both his Jeepster and the 1960 Surrey he purchased that can be seen here.  Colin has been restoring the Surrey as well.

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Metal High Hood Jeep Toys from Colombia

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

As I looked through Sebastian’s pictures from his trip to Colombia, I noticed the two images with toy jeeps.  It’s so shocking to see a toy made out of metal any more that they really stood out.  I asked Sebastian about them and this is what he told me.

Sebastian writes, “yes they are metal jeeps and done with such detail that is hard to believe. Even the interior (not shown on the pictures) is done exacalty as the real thing. The cars have stearing wheals and shockers. I never saw those before, the only down side was the price: $75 US Dollars, it is probably worth it because all the labor that requires, but it is still expensive specially in an economy like Colombia. They had red, pink, and olive green. On the other hand, in most cities of Colombia you can find small pottery Willys, they are probably 2 inches long, 1 to 1.5 inches tall, made with clay and decorated Colombian style as the “Yipao”, those are probably $2 US Dollars each; you can see the price contrast.”

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Classic Enterprises Restoration Website – Restoration Panels


I really haven’t done a great deal of research into the best sites for parts restoration.  However, while looking for something else today (do I use that phrase a lot?) I discovered Classic Enterprises Restoration.  Specifically, they had a nice, easy to scroll list of restoration panels for Willys and Jeeps of all types.