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Old News: New Jeep Developed for Sand & Swamps

• CATEGORIES: Old News Articles

New_jeep_developed_sand_1944In the May 25, 1944, edition of the Ogden Standard Examinier was a press release out of Toledo, Ohio.  Buried between articles on “GI Haircutting Leaves Much To Be Desired”, “Dog Quarantine To Be Strict”, and a map of Bombing Times (shown below because it’s a cool map), was the following announcement:

New Jeep Developed For Sand, Swamps

TOLEDO, O., May 25 (AP) — A sand and swamp jeep, which can carry eight men over soft beaches at 50 miles an hour, has been developed for coast guard shore patrol duty by Willys-Overland Motors, Inc., Ward M. Canaday, President, announced today.  The new vehicle is much the same as the standard model except that it is 12 inches longer, has a lower gear ratio, is equipped with jumbo-balloon tires, and has a rotary hoisting device which enables it to extricate itself or other vehicles from mud and sand, Canaday said.

Josh notes that the jeep in this article is the MLW.  He pointed us to the Milweb website.  Here’s a picture from that site.  Many more pics are there along with an article by Mark Askew, who has written a good book about rare jeeps called Rare WWW2 Jeeps.


And, just for fun, this pre-Dday Map:


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1946 CJ-2A Tulsa, Ok $6500


That’s quite the front bumper!

“have a 1946 Willys Jeep , New brakes and bearings, 10,000 on rebuild, comes with two sets of tires and rims, Two tops, 8,000 lb wench, Tow bar, Runs Great!! Asking $6,500. Both are really fun to drive!!  Would also consider trades, partial trades for both. Hot Rod, Muscle Car, If interested email or call: (918) 485-3621 or (918) 704-4912”


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1947 Drag Jeep Apache Junction, AZ **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6000

“Fiberglass body on a 1947 Willys CJ2A frame. Rockwell 2wd front axle, Ford 9″, Douglas Aluminum Wheels front and rear, 16.50 Eliminator Paddles, Hoosier smoothies on the front, New lights, New Battery The jeep runs excellent handles great and has a ton of potential. Motor: 355 Small Block Chevy, Corvette Heads Ported and Polished, Roller Rockers, Big Cam, MSD Ignition, Victor Jr. Air Gap Edlebrock Intake, Holley 750 Double Pumper, Electric Fans, Holley Blue Fuel Pump”


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1958 CJ-3B Santa Maria, CA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1500.

rare 1958 willys cj3b jeep. nice paint job minor dents and dings. missing some motor parts and interior parts. comes with roll bar and new head lights and tail lights. ”


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1955 M-38A1 Hillsboro, OR **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: M-38A1 • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2500

“1955 M38A1 Willy’s Jeep. All new tune up with coil, plugs, wires, cap, rotor, points, all fluids changed also new water pump, carb, and fuel pump. A very cool little jeep the front fenders have been trimmed and a lot of the army stuff is gone but still has the machine gun mount! lol just in case you need that.. 95% on 31×10.5 mud tires and new steering stabilizer. Has top but no doors. Also 6000lb winch that works and CB. Has a little rust but nothing bad. Also has tow bar.”


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1957 CJ-5 Oxford, IN**SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1900

“Very sharp 1957 Willys Jeep with original drivetrain. This is a great offroad toy and can be driven on the street as well. This is a small price for such a classic! Will consider trade for a muscle, classic, or sports car.”


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1947 CJ-2A Amarillo, Tx $1200


No motor, tranny, tc or steering … no pics either.

“1947 jeep willys CJ2A with title and pink slip. Hard top, hard doors, no motor, transmition or steering column. body is mostly staight and rust free hood has a dent and right rear corner of the tub is dented and has two little rust holes. for more info and/ or pictures call 806-336-1004. I will not reply to emails and no I dont need a job or info on how to make more money! Might trade for vw bug, vw sand buggy, or 4 wheeler”

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1961 CJ-5 Zanesville, Oh $1500


This might be a good deal.  A running jeep + a pretty complete chassis.

“1961 willys jeep runs and drives. extra chassis for parts and some extra body parts. I have collected every thing but stock seats. I will let every thing I have for it go for $1500 cash.”


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1961 Wagon Lynnfield, Ma $18,000

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons • TAGS: , .

I’d like some big pics of this; it looks pretty nice.

“This is the nicest I have seen and am positive if you look at it you will fall in love . The price is firm and very fair It has been stored in a nice warm garage most of its life and moved to my house recently Its owned by a well known , respected and loved Jeep expert and owner of the now closed Pioneer Jeep in Peabody Ma. it was his special family time vehicle and has spent alot of its time just sitting on display at his dealership being enjoyed by everyone . 6cyl 3 speed on the floor with overdrive and four wheel drive I love this vehicle and will hate to see it go . 781 334-3640”


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1962 CJ-6 Ottawa, Il eBay


It’s a project & it RUNS!

“1962 Willys Jeep CJ6 Runs.  Decent tires.  Do not know the actual mileage and on the title the odometer section is left blank. Obviously needs some work.  This is not at my home so I would have to travel to view the jeep.  Instead I have tried to take many pictures and hope that gives the information that you need.  However, if it doesn’t please contact me and I will try to answer your questions. I do have clear title. If you or a mechanic would like to look at it please let me know so we can make that arrangement.”

View all the pics on eBay


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1952 CJ-3A Rockford, IL **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4500

Check out the length of those front shackles.

For sale is a 1952 Jeep Willys CJ 3A. Engine is a buick V-6. Lots of work done on engine gaskets etc. Rubbers are 31″ MTRS need to be replaced. 16″ Eagle Alloy rims.”


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Builds: Leapin’ Lena & a Cab for sale


UPDATE:  Kaweh says he’s asking $380/obo for the Cab, which includes a windshield, good glass, wipers, parts, etc.  It’s all there.  If you are interested, you can email him at

Recently, Kaweh used eWillys to find this 1951 CJ-3A in Osbourn, Idaho.  The owner named the jeep Leapin Lena.  She owned the jeep for 50 years and made Kaweh promise that he wouldn’t change the jeep’s name.

The jeep came with a top that Kaweh doesn’t want. He’s included some pics below.  He hasn’t determined a price yet, so if you are interested, drop a comment below and I’ll make sure he gets your information.

In addition, Kaweh is looking for a CJ-2A windshield.  If you have one and aren’t too far away from Missoula, drop a comment below.  Thanks!


About the top, Kaweh writes “The window on the driver side (not the driver door but the window in the cab itself) is cracked. Otherwise the cab is in great shape just needs some TLC and paint.”  Kaweh and the top are located in Montana. The windshield that is currently on the Jeep is part of the cab (you can see how upright it is installed).  The doors are in really good shape; even the insulation is still there.




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1948 CJ-2A Hurricane, Ut $2200


1948_cj2a_hurricaneUPDATE:  The jeep now starts, but needs some carb and starter work.  I guess that’s why the price went up to $2200

“This is a fun little jeep. It has the 302 Ford V8 with conversion kit. It has been rhino lined both inside and out to prevent rust. It needs a little bit of work with the starter to get it working. Call or email with any questions. Thanks.  Nick. 435-862-6073.”

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A Jeep from the Phillipines

• CATEGORIES: Reader Stories

Dexter wrote me recently about how a 2003 experience made him want to purchase an old military jeep.  The jeep shown below was one Dexter happened across in the Phillipines and is an interesting mix of different jeep parts.

“My name is Dexter Abellera, and I’m emailing your from Lodi, CA, about 30 minutes south of Sacramento. I came across your eWillys site, and I must say, I’ve been on it everyday for the past week!

I’m 33 years old. I was born in the Philippines, and migrated to Cali when I was 9. My dad was a Captain in the Philippine military back in the 70s and 80s, and I remember him driving us around in a Government-Issued Toyota Mini Landcruiser. Sure it wasn’t a real Jeep, but I just fell in loved with the open-top, go-anywhere driving.

When I was 18, I bought a new 1995 Jeep Wrangler. Loved it. Unfortunately, I was forced to sell it back in 2005 because my wife and I needed down payment to buy a home. I miss that damn thing a lot!

In 2003, I went on vacation in the Philippines–first time in years. My grandpa passed away four months later, and my dad finally told me some war stories of how my grandpa was one of the soldiers that walked the infamous Bataan Death March back in WWII. He also served time during the Korean War.

During my vacation, I came across this vintage WWII Willys [pics below] along the side of the road in Manila. I’m sure you better than anyone can tell what is original and what isn’t. Anyway, seeing the Jeep lit a fire within me to buy an old MB, GPW or M-38A1 . . . I guess in way to remember my grandpa as well my country’s involvement in the war. Who knows, he probably rode in one of these! 🙂

That’s me on the driver’s seat. 🙂 The owner is the old man with the green top.”






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Kill the Bastards … Here’s an Interesting WWII Pic

• CATEGORIES: War Images

Bruce provided me a copy of this pic.  That’s a pretty intimidating sign.

The sign reads:

Down this road marched one of the regiments of the united states army
Knights serving the Queen of battles
Twenty of their wounded in litters were bayoneted, shot and clubbed by the yellow bellies


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1948 CJ-2A Aurora, CO **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1000

“I have for sale a 1948 Willys Jeep CJ2A. The jeep is very solid. The only thing is the passenger fender is bent in. The engine is locked up but the engine, transmission, and transfer case are there. Would be a easy restoration with a new drivetrain. Has the split windshield frame. Asking $1000 obo.”



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


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1200.

I suppose the story goes like this, “One day, I parked it in the field and couldn’t start it, so I left it there …”?

“Perfect project vehicle or parts car. Has not run but 4 cyl. motor still turns.”


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CJ-3A Bodies Alameda, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Body Parts, CJ-2A, CJ-3A

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $800

Note the bottom blue tub.  It has the custom dash that I’ve seen on 5 or 6 or jeeps from California.  Also, it appears that it doesn’t have a driver’s side gas inlet as a part of the original design.  Anyone know anything about these bodies?

“I have 2 1940’s willy’s tubs the one in the photo the grey one on top has fenders hood tub and windshield frame – needs grill and tailgate and the blue one on the bottum is just a tub I am willing to sell them together or apart please call.”



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1950 CJ-3A Seattle, WA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4500.

This jeep has a variety of upgrades.

“1950 Willys CJ-3A, NO RUST, very solid all steel body on 79 DJ-5 frame, 231 Buick V6, Almunimum radiator, push fan, 400 turbo automatic transmission, Dana 20 transfer case, centered dana 44 limited slip flanged axle rear end. 3.73 gears, Dana 30 front end with new 11in brakes. Drives like a new Jeep. Full roll cage with padded top tubes, new steering wheel,tub is durolined. 33×12.50×15 tires with less than 1000 miles driven. 2″ receiver hitch on custom square tube rear bumper. gas tank under back. Levi Strauss edition front and rear CJ-5 seats. New turbo mufflers. All new wiring. Tilt wheel, saginaw power steering, new Rancho front lift springs and 5000 shocks. Bikini top only. Engine runs strong, cold starts and warms up fine, compression is good in all cylinders. (I do not know any mileage of car or engine).  This is one a CLEAN, V6 Automatic cj3a done right. zero rust and garaged.”






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Warn 6000lb Winch Priest Lake, Id $200


Here’s a good reason to head up to Priest Lake, Idaho.

“Came off a 1959 Willy Jeep. Old school- complete, and works great, with 100ft. of cable. Call between 7am, and 8am. and 5pm and 7pm daily.”

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1953? CJ-2A Burlington, IA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.







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1959 CJ-5 Bethel, NY **SOLD**


UPDATE: Was $2450. **SOLD**

This might make an interesting rebuild, assuming the body isn’t too bad.

“We have here a good running solid 50 year old Willys Jeep. Original miles 20,000 was used on farm and stored inside until I bought it 12 years ago. I have never put plates on it and only used it to plow my own driveway. I have had it stored out side the whole 12 years but never on the road in salt. I am selling due to knee surgury and unable to work the clutch in the small cab thus I had to get a full size truck to plow with. This 4 cyl Jeep plowed better that the full size truck with the V-8 engine. Would like to see this go to a new home and be restored – the old truck deserves restoration – or just to go ahead and plow for another 50 years.”


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


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3000

It seems like it is riding a little low.

“This jeep has a Buick V6 225cid and has a Warn overdrive installed. The transmission and transfer case has been rebuilt. It has a Dana 44 with a Locker and the front is a Dana 25 both with 4:11 gears. It has a working 6000lbs winch that is wire on both the inside and outside. She runs good and is drivable. The tags have just been renewed and are on the way. It has 31 x 10.50 x 15’s and the brakes are good. This will make a great project that you can do just about anything with. Price is $4,500.00”


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1947 CJ-2A Graham, Wa **SOLD**


UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $3500.

(11/15/09) A gremlin engine?  I don’t know anything about those.  This also has an overdrive.

“this is an excellent runner driver has a newer gremlin 4 cylinder transplanted in it has the warn overdrive everything works well brand new tires has camaro tilt column camaro seats 4 point harness and full roll cage also has aftermarket toolbox seat in rear so best offer trades lets talk fastest”


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Jeep Clubs in Pakistan

• CATEGORIES: International, Website

Right in the middle of drafting a post about DJ-3As vs Galas vs Surreys, the internet managed, once again, to derail my efforts.  In the middle of doing a picture search,  I stumbled upon the Islamabad Jeep Club.  Hmm .. that’s in Pakistan … could that really be a jeep club?   Not only is it a jeep club, it is one of the three clubs from Pakistan on the internet with sites published entirely in English.

I admit, this is something I didn’t expect.  I admit, despite my attempts not to preconceive, my entire conception of Pakistan is desert, Camels and a mirror of Afghanistan — a montage of movies and news footage.  That was my view of Pakistan.

Here’s a video from 2008:

Now I’ve learned there’s more. So, for your educational pleasure, below are snapshots from each of the three websites I found in Pakistan and a pic of the wide range of 4wd vehicles that attend the Islamabad Jeep Club events.  You’ll see a wide mix of old flatties, new 4wd vehicles, and everything in between. Finally, while checking out the Offroad Pakistan websites, I ran across a wonderful post about the rebuilding of a Ford F1 from California, which I cover in the post below this one.

Lahore 4wd Jeep Club


4×4 Offroaders Club Karachi


Islamabad Jeep Club:


And, from the Islamabad Jeep Club, comes this photo that shows the wide range of vehicles that are in their club and/or attend their events.  You can view more photos here.