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1942 Slat Grille MB Austin, TX **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: MB • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $23,000

Looks great.

“1942 WILLYS “Stat Grille” (¼ ton General Purpose Vehicle) JEEP.

This JEEP has been fully restored to the military exactness as it came off the line in Toledo, Ohio on March 5, 1942. Military Serial Number is 124833 and common features included no glove box, a round muffler, oil bath air cleaner/air filter, rubber hood bumpers, solid wheels, two hinges on the tool box lids, three bolt spare tire carrier, no blackout driving lamps, makers name on the rear panel, and a slat grill on the WILLYS.

This early Jeep comes complete with a mounted Garand carbine replica, strapped ax and shovel, and canvas top, and the frame plate for machine gun mount.

All numbers match manufacturer’s designation: model MB, serial number, 124833, build number 24832, and official government contract numbers; 303-ORD-2529 and army quartermaster corp. 398-QM-888 order forms, and hood number assigned 2042364. “W” was added at the base to distinguish Willys from Ford in later runs. Original “Go-Devil” engine.

Around 200 slat grills are estimated to have survived through 2006, according to ARMY MOTORS, the official magazine of the Military Vehicle Preservation Assoc.

From there it served in the United States Army and was eventually retired to Ft. Bliss, OK as a base transport vehicle and was sold at public auction in 1955 to become a farm vehicle. Eventually it retired from its years as an agri-jeep to a salvage yard in Enid, OK where another farmer purchased it 1992 for $1,000. The present owner purchased it at a farm auction in Tuttle, OK on March 13, 2002 for the same $1,000. Although the Jeep was originally delivered to the government for $399.68.”

 
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Seeps: These Sea Jeeps Get Ready to Serve

• CATEGORIES: Features, GPA (SEEP), Library Collections, War Images, Women & Jeeps • TAGS: .

Paul (of stainless M-38 friend) told me a couple days ago that he has a friend (whom he calls Crazy Ralphie) who has been restoring a GPA.  He’s promised to provide us with some pics once the Alaska winter subsides a bit.  In the meantime, here are some SEEP images I found at the Library of Congress.  I have seen a few of these in books, but none as crisp as below.

Ice is no barrier to this prototype Ford-built amphibian car. According to Mark Askew in his book Rare WW2 Photo Archive 1940 – 1945 which shows this image and other prototypes of the SEEP, this photo was taken in February 1941 near the Ford Plant in Dearborn, Mi.   Library of Congress

After breaking through the shore ice, the Ford-built amphibian car makes its way through ice floes and water at a good speed.  Library of Congress

The Ford-built amphibian car can handle itself on rough ground. This picture shows a test driver putting one of them through its paces.  Mark also features this image in his bookLibrary of Congress

Here’s a photo of tests on the Rogue River near the Ford Plant.  Library of Congress

Here’s another shot from the Rogue River. Library of Congress

Below is a production SEEP.   Note the ribs on the side. I believe this photo is from maneuvers held in the Detroit area, when soldiers from Fort Wayne in full combat dress manned the machines Library of Congress

The picture below shows maneuvers held in the Detroit area, when soldiers from Fort Wayne in full combat dress manned the machines. Library of Congress

The two photos below were taken by Arthur Siegel.  During WWII he worked for the Office of War Information (OWI).  These two were taken in April of 1943.  Library of Congress

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1954? M-38 Kanosh, Ut $3500

• CATEGORIES: M-38, M-38A1, Unusual • TAGS: .

Thanks to a reader named Brett for pointing out this jeep.  The front part of the jeep appears to be a M-38, though the year is off.  On the other hand, the rear body on this jeep looks suspiciously CJ-5ish.  I’d like to see some close up pics to see how the front and rear of the body has been merged.  Perhaps it is a M-38 and 1954 M-38A1?

“1954 Jeep Military. !2 volt alt, 4 cyl flat head engine, front and rear seats,body in good condition. Brake wheel cylinders have been replaced. Body is in good condition with little or no rust. Selling Jeep and buying 4 wheeler. Come and see it at 210 North Main Street, Kanosh, Utah 84637.”

http://www.ksl.com/index.php?sid=0&nid=443&tab=list/view&ad=2052611

 
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2 1951 Wagons Las Vegas, Nv $2000

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons

Kevin … here’s some solid bodies …

“1 has a rebuilt motor and tilt wheel and lost of parts for more info call 702 573-5824.”

http://lasvegas.craigslist.org/cto/1558450217.html

 
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1947 CJ-2A Rathdrum, Id $1000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

I can’t tell why the fender is off …

“1947 Jepp Willys 4 cly. All sheet metal, but the windshield frame.  I rebuilt the carb and it runs and moves. no seats, has title
$1000 208-659-6180.”

http://spokane.craigslist.org/pts/1560187749.html

 
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1954 Wagon Wildwood, MO **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5000

Some serious mods here.

“I have a 1954 Willys wagon mounted on a 1 ton chevy truck frame. It has a front dana 44, rear 14 bolt , 400 tranny, and a 205 case. The motor is a fresh 454 bored 60 over,10.5/1 comp. forged pistons,eagle crank and I beam rods, comp cam, completely redone steel heads with 2.19 valves and roller rockers. Lots of other extras done to the motor. It has an aluminum radiator, B&M shifter, Mastercraft suspension seats with 4 point harnesses,and a rear seat with 3 sets of belts.The tires are 40 inch tall tractor tires mounted on 16″ wide wheels.I am asking $5,000.00 for the complete truck . I will sell it as a roller for $2,000.00 (no motor, trans, case, or tires) . I will take $1,000.00 for the tires and wheels.”

 

 
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1954 CJ-3B Oregon eBay

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B • TAGS: .

This is a great looking CJ-3B.

“1954 WILLYS JEEP CJ-3-B HIGH HOOD.THIS JEEP WAS A FRAME OFF RESTORATION ABOUT 4 YEARS AGO I BOUGHT IT 2 YEARS AGO AND HAVE DRIVEN IT VERY LITTLE SO I AM ONLY SELLING IT BECAUSE I”M OUT OF ROOM NOT MONEY. THE MOTOR IS A F-HEAD 134 4 CYL. THAT HAS BEEN COMPLETLEY REBUILT. IT HAS A T-90 GEAR BOX THAT HAS ALSO BEEN REBUILT THE REBUILT TRANSFER CASE IS A SPICER-18 IT HAS A WARN OVERDRIVE.IT HAS A SPICER 44 REAR-END AND A 27 FRONT-END THE GEAR RATIO IS 538 AND NEW WARN HUBS IT ALSO HAS A SAGINAW STEERING BOX WITH A TILT STEERING COLUMN. IT HAS A NEW TUB (BODY)*NEW FENDERS*NEW HOOD*NEW WINDSHIELD AND FRAME*NEW TIRES AND WHEELS ALSO IT HAS A NEW FULL TOP BUT I DO NOT HAVE THE BOWS THAT GO WITH IT AND IT HAS A NEW BIKINI TOP THAT IS ON IT IN THE PICTURES. AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THE PICTURES THE WIRING AND MOTOR ARE VERY CLEAN. I KEEP THIS STORED INSIDE AND THIS IS A VERY SOUND WELL BUILT JEEP….”

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1960 Truck Santa Cruz, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Was $3900. **SOLD**

(01/19/10) For a non restored vehicle, this looks like it’s in good shape.  Perfect for cruising the Santa Cruz Mountains after a winter rain and wind storm (think downed lines, mud slides, tree branches and more all over the roads ..)

“1960 Jeep Willys Pick-up.  Dual Range 4X4.  Super Hurricane 6-cyl. Original Ca. truck with blk. plates.  New exhaust, Re-upholstered seat, Re-built electrical system, Runs and drives excellent!”

 
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1946 CJ-2A Oakland Township, Mi $5900

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , .

According to the seller, this is a perfect Valentine’s gift for someone.  I can’t argue with that 🙂

“Up for sale is a 1946 Willys CJ2A in excellent running condition. Starts well, runs well, shifts well and brakes well. I’ve put tons of hard earned cash and precious time in getting the Willys into this condition. The body is in very good shape with the usual issues. Color is RED with a star. My wife told me to mention that it would make a wonderful Valentine’s gift for that perfect someone. This Willys is ready for the next step in the “restoration” process but not for me. I’ve spent way too much on
the project. The next owner will literally save a thousands (see the ad for all the work done)…. All this and more (I know that I missed something) This Willys can literally driven home. Call Dean at 248.762.3911 or Email me at Minnlowe@comcast.net. No warranty is offered or implied.”

http://detroit.craigslist.org/okl/cto/1559800951.html

 
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Year? M-170 Southern Indiana $1400

• CATEGORIES: M-170

No pics and no specs.

“Please call 502-807-9947 for questions. I will email pictures if interested. Thanks for looking!”

http://louisville.craigslist.org/cto/1560374776.html

 
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1942 MB Mississippi eBay

• CATEGORIES: MB • TAGS: .

I cannot remember seeing any pics with a gun mounted on a step. However, in the comment below, Lester has clarified for me that guns were mounted in that position.  He notes that in “the Squadron/Signal book,WWII Jeep in Action by David Doyle, there is a picture on page 41 of a maintenance crew of the 1st Armored division installing just such a mount in the exact same location.”  Thanks for the detective work!

“You will not find one this complete. This one is in great shape. It is very clean. It is not a total restoration, since I like military vehicle to look like the are battle worn, not new.  It needs a new paint job, which I have the paint to do it, and it comes with the jeep. This jeep is in great working order. It is in restored condition. It is not a complete restoration. It runs and drives great. Does smoke a little. All parts are here. It is a 6-volt system. Been totally rewired.  All lights work. Canvas top is new. It is garage kept. Brakes are all redone, new gas tank and lines. Has medical box. The motor sounds great. The leaks are in normal spots, If not started every day will need to be primed to start. Rebuilt transmission, clutch plate. Rebuilt transfer case. Put on a new fuel pump, new distributor, new coil, and new sensors. All gauges are in working order. The is a new speedometer, so I don’t know the original miles. Brakes are new and work great…..”

View all the pics on eBay

 
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Gary’s New Bell Crank

• CATEGORIES: How To, News, Vendors

Do you have a problem with your Bell crank getting a little loose, affecting the steering on your old flattie?  But, you don’t want to go through the mods necessary or alter the originality of  the steering?

Gary’s friend Lawrence has developed a great solution.  Lawrence Elliot theorized that that the bell crank could be machined in a way to accept tapered roller bearings.  It is then fitted with a pin style adjustment.  As you can see in the pics below, the final product looks simple and slick.

If you are interested in having Lawrence build you one of these, you can contact him at 828-287-5275.  Thanks for sharing this great idea!

 
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Artist and Army Captain Ed Reep

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, War Images

Another artist featured in the PBS series They Drew Fire, Combat Artists of World War II, Ed Reep, captured this scene.  While he tries to paint the image colorfully, there’s no doubt, based on his description, that his subject had an unimaginably colorful character.  After ending the war as an Army Captain, Ed would go on to teach at the Art Center College at East Carolina University and the California Institute of the Arts.

Ed writes, “There was a fellow who hauled a bathtub out of Notuno, and filled it with water, and then he punched a hole in the gas tank and lit it. The painting was nutty. That’s all there was to it. How in the world could this man be smiling on a beach-head where shell fire would come all the time, constantly?”  You can see this painting on PBS’s Website. This painting is currently located at the U.S. Army Center for Military History in Washington, D.C.

 
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Newspaper Articles from 1945 introducing the Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

UPDATE: The links to the PDFs are fixed.

Among the digitized items Bruce has sent me comes these articles.  In this one, from the Hammond Times, July 23, 1945, Willys Overland introduces the new Post-War Jeep.  What’s interesting is that it’s neither an “ad” nor is it really an article.  You can view the entire PDF here.

Even more interesting was the pricing decision.  These new Willys would cost $1000, a price not set by Willys Overland, but instead by the Office of Price Administration (OPA).  This information comes from a July 31, 1945 article, in the Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Indiana. Here’s the full PDF and an excerpt below.

 
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1942? MB? San Diego, Ca No Price

• CATEGORIES: MB

No pics and little description.

“Rusty, incomplete, 4WD. Good for parts, or restore? 619-445-5455”

http://sandiego.craigslist.org/esd/cto/1559003061.html

 
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1948 CJ-2A Kansas City, Mo eBay

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , .

UPDATE:  This is back on eBay.  It was auctioned late last year.

This is a nice looking CJ-2A.

“1947 Willys Civilian CJ-2A. Please bid and have the money to complete this transaction. I bought the Willys just a few months ago to sit in the showroom. I have few other cars I have purchased that I need room in the showroom, so here is your chance! Frame off restoration a few years ago. Over $18,400 invested over the initial price of vehicle. This Jeep is about as nice as you will find, in, off, or on Ebay, or anyplace else. 274 miles since restored. No rust body, no filler, no bondo. Every known component rebuilt or refurbished. Starts immediately, idles well. Drives excellent. Correct Picket Gray paint, correct red wheels …”

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No more need to Login

• CATEGORIES: News

No need to login to view the submenus .. but I guess that temporary plan didn’t work anyway … fortunately I have no ego wrapped in my coding abilities!

Actually, I thought my logging in idea had worked for users, until a reader pointed out that he still couldn’t see the sub menus even after logging in (thanks Robert!).  It was then I  discovered that I was the only person that could see the submenus …. cool for me but sucks for everyone else 🙁

So, after spending the day beating my head against my desk for several hours, injecting caffeine, and playing basketball … and it was a good day for bball … I finally found the culprit (some javascript related to the slideshow in the sidebar).  So, for the time being there won’t be a slideshow of past posts, but there will be submenus.

Updates later (and I’ll answer some emails which i have ignored all day to track down this problem).

– Dave

 
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Food, Jeeps, GIs and Photos

• CATEGORIES: Features, Library Collections, War Images • TAGS: .

Photographer Roy O. Bingham followed the 10th Mountain Division through at least part of Italy during World War II.  I searched for some information on Bingham and though I found photos, I haven’t found any biography information yet.

During World War II, the 10th Mountain Division trained in Colorado in anticipation of fighting in the Italian Alps.  You can see a variety of his pics at the Denver Library’s online collection of Western History and Genealogy, specifically their 10th Mountain Division Collection.

The following photo was snapped by Bingham and the 2nd is of Bingham himself.  Library of Congress

Roy O Bingham.  Library of Congress

This photo was taken by Richard A. Rocker, who was also a photographer with the 10th Mountain Division.   You can see a variety of his pics at the Denver Library’s online collection of Western History and Genealogy,

The soldiers in this photo were likely parked amongst the rubble of a shelled town called Pietra Colora.  According to the photographer, they are listening to the sound of German artillery falling nearby and preparing to take cover if the rounds start falling closer.  Library of Congress

 
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1947 Wagon Hastings, NE **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2500.

This looks like a good price, depending on the work that’s needed.

“1947 Jeep willys station wagon. 2 wheel drive, power steering, 289 ford with c4 tranny. Runs and drives but needs work. Good body, good glass. In person transactions only. ”

 
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1945 MB Southwest Colorado $2500

• CATEGORIES: MB • TAGS: .

I’m not sure if this has been available for sale previously or not.

“I am selling one of my projects. Very restorable WW2 jeep. The body is straight with the usual rust through in the hat channels and the fuel tank sump. The drive train is all original and complete. The frame is straight and solid, no rust throughs or breaks. The engine is a ’45 not sure if it’s the original. Email me for serial numbers. Now for the negatives. There is no title. I will provide a bill of sale. There are no seats. The one in the pictures goes to a GPW and is not included in the sale. Someone has cut the fire wall probably for a bigger engine. The jeep is not running but the engine does turn over. I can deliver to Phoenix at the Papago show on January 30th. Email me for more info and pictures. Asking $2500.”

http://phoenix.craigslist.org/nph/pts/1557503694.html

 
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1955 CJ-3B Grand Junction, CO **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B • TAGS: .

UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $10,000.

Here’s a highly, nicely modded CJ-3B.

“Restoration is 95% complete. All brand new body with base coat, clear coat 2 tone Black & Gold custom paint and undercoating. sitting on top of a 1972 jeep frame and running gear. Dana 30 front diff 4:27 gears w/posi. Dana 44 Rear 4:27 gears w/posi, 35 X 10:50 X 15 super swamper radials on 15 X8 Chrome Chamber Aluminum ATX American Racing Wheels. Engine- 334 CI (304) has a 282 compitition roller cam kit, including roller tip rockers and a double roller timing gear set. high performance, ported & polished cylinder heads are off a 360 CI, 1968 javelin. intake is a polished edelbrock torquer w/edelbrock polished aluminum valve covers, using a 550 comp series carter carb, 4 core aluminum radiator, PSE power steering. The engine was balanced and dyno at 425 HP, at the flywheel. Trans- 727 race built automatic transmission w/5000 RPM stall convertor & full manual valve body, Cheetah shifter. Interior-custom gauge panel w/ autometer gauges, speedo & tach, high back bucket seats w/4 point seat belts. 6 point roll bar w/spare tire mounted in rear compartment with the battery.”

 
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Wanted: CJ-2A Hood

• CATEGORIES: wanted

If you have a hood, here is a buyer.

“wanted steel hood for 47 willys cj2a will pay and I will come and get it were ever Jason 541 513 1864”

http://eugene.craigslist.org/pts/1557015328.html

 
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1951 M-38 Lyons, Or $1800

• CATEGORIES: M-38

I can’t tell if this is a M-38 or not.

“I have a 1951 willys jeep i am going to sell, it is in good shape, it has the bigger front end and rear end in it, newer tires and wheels, bigger 4 clyinder motor, it has a new tune up including points, spark plug wires cap, oil change and carb rebuild, but the carb stills needs to be adjusted, it would make a fun toy, it still needs misc stuff and tlc but overall in good shape, it is a off road toy, i have california title for the jeep, the guy i got it from must of took the vin off the fire wall, but i have the title so it would have to go to dmv and get it figured out to get plates unless you were just going to make it a trail rig, i have a bill of sale from the other guy he never got it switched into his name either, i am firm on the price 503-559-2602”

http://portland.craigslist.org/clc/cto/1557149854.html

 
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1954 CJ-3B Divide, Co **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B • TAGS: .

UPDATE:  **SOLD** A reader purchased this CJ-3B.  It turns out it had a dual stick PTO in it.  The new owner is very pleased 🙂

A $1000 CJ-3B that runs … I don’t see that very often.

“1954 willys cj3b with half cab. engine and running gear good condition needs fuel tank and carb. body has lots of rust, good project clear title. if interested and for more information call 719-686-8834.  $1000.00.”

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1947 Truck West Chester, Ia eBay

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

UPDATE: This is back on eBay

(12/13/09) This looks like a nice rebuild.  Apparently, the interior needs finishing; but, it is drivable.

“1947 Jeep Willys Pickup. 350 Chevy Motor with less then 100 Miles. 350 Turbo automatic transmission. Hurst click shifter. Interior need to be finished. Exrta parts  fenders, doors, grill. I have over 4500.00 dollars invested in the engine alone the tires are in excellient condition. This  vehicle is in driveable condintion is on a S10 chevy frame it has a stock rearend all the tires are new it has new brakes all around. I have extra fenders,grill,and doors it has most of the chrome. Someone else took the pictures the dash is stock , however above the mirror there is a little rust . as far as I know it has the original title listed as a 47  I lost my job is the reason It is being sold. We did replace the floor in it so that is all done except around by the steering coloum it needs to be finished out side of that the interior is in good shape it just needs to be finished up. the windshield is out of it right now cause the weather stripping was bad  however the windshield is in excellent shape. My son and I decided that would be agood time to redo around the windshield area. any more questions feel free to email me. BUT IT IS DRIVEABLE.”

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