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


1948_cj2a_cortezUPDATE:  Was $3000. **SOLD**

(07/16/09) No steps at the fenders, but other than that it looks in decent shape.


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1954 Truck Marrero, La $5000

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

Not perfect, as the dash is missing a couple items, but this truck looks good.

“1954 Willys Pick up $5000.00 obo 4cyl. O/H valve engine 4 wheel drive with high and low gear case. Engine and entire drive train in good working order. Body has no rust as in the
pictures. Mostly original as best I can tell except for 12 volt electrical system. For more info or pictures please contact me.”

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1949 Truck Waterloo, Wi $1200

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

Robert forwarded this Ad.  It looks like a pretty nice truck and plow for the price.

“1949 Jeep – Willies Pick – up W/plow.  Very good condition for a 60 year old truck. $1200.00 and this fine old truck is yours. Please call 608 443 7915 I don’t like email.”

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1949 Jeepster Central Washington $4500

• CATEGORIES: Jeepster • TAGS: , .

UPDATE:  Price now $4500

(10/26/09) This still have the 6 volt system.  Unusual paint job.  Needs top.

“1949 jeepster that has a L head 4 cylinder engine and runs. And I have driven it up to two days ago, but rain came. It has been rattlecanned red so paint looks bad. Has a large long gouge on passenger side and rusted out areas in the rocker panels. Column shifter with an overdrive. Shifts very good. 2 wheel drive. And a very fun car to drive. Large area in back with a large back seat. Interior needs total restoration and top bows sandblasted and painted. Needs canvas top too. Didn’t need it in good weather. These are very rare and obviously hard to find. Might trade for an original CJ3B. or a MB or M38 (not a A1). Jeeps need to be complete and fairly good condition. Still 6 volt. Starts almost everytime on first or second try. I do perfer cash though.”


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1946 CJ-2A Fair Oaks, Ca **SOLD**


UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $2200

(11/24/09) This looks pretty stock and runs.  Looks like it might be a good price.

“1946 Jeep CJ2A military style jeep. Running and in fair condition. Original 4 cylinder enjine with rebuilt carburator, generator and starter. Very original condition with little rust. Would be a great jeep to turn into that vintage rock climber you have alwasy wanted!”


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Armored Fighting Vehicle (AFV) Models

• CATEGORIES: Features

Somewhere at my parents house buried under time and boxes, there may still be a few pictures of a drag strip I had when I was kid.  Built from presswood,  the home-made drag strip stretched about six feet long and maybe a foot wide.  It was painted black with white lines down the middle.  The left side of the drag strip was built on top of a series of three shelves where I could store all the model cars I built, except for the two ‘cars of the week’ that I would place on my drag strip.

I loved to build model cars, especially wild street machines.  The Boot Hill Express is one I remember building.  You can see in the image below, that I found on, an example of the Boot Hill model.  I’m sure I built a few of these others, such as the street “T”, as well as many others not pictured.

It’s not that I was ever a highly anal model builder, reveling in details and accuracy.  No, I just liked putting them together, to make the pieces fit, to get it finished so I could put it on my race track.

So, I do have a certain understanding of the skills necessary to make a really fine, high quality model — skills I am perfectly at peace saying that I don’t possess.  Of course, as a dad, I figured that if I enjoyed building models that my kids would enjoy it.

And it was then that I ran smack into rule #27 of parenting — “sometimes the things I liked to do as a kid aren’t ‘cool’ anymore” (and I probably shouldn’t open up the debate about whether model building was ‘cool’ even when I was a kid).  So, when I bought my boys a model for christmas a few years ago, they gracious said thanks, and then avoided them for the thrill of xbox.  What’s a dad to do?

What got me thinking about race tracks and building models as a kid was that I came across this extremely well done model by Serge Haelterman.  The detail is impressive, far beyond anything I’d ever do.  You can go to this AFV Website to see more pics of his model and read his description of what he did to it.

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Jeeps in detail book series

• CATEGORIES: Features

Speaking of models, I just discovered a series of books that appear to come out of the Czech Republic called Jeeps in detail. The MB edition was published in 2009, so the other books might be quite new as well.

Designed for modelers, but likely excellent for restorers as well, these books are 50+ color photos of different jeeps that are in the hands of Czech private collector(s).

1. GPW Jeeps in detail
2. MB Jeeps in detail & UK Site
3. M-38 Jeeps in detail

I drove a rental car through the Czech Republic back in 2003, one of several countries I visited.  Prague was one of the stops (Cesky Krumlov was another great stop).  If you visit, I highly recommend you wander through the castle that overlooks downtown Prague.  And I highly recommend that you DON’T eat the chinese food on the south side of town.

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1940s GPW Globe, Az $900


This might be worth a look.

“194? Ford GPW for sale. Has not run in years. Powertrain is all there, has extra transfercase. Roll bar has been removed. Restore this piece of American history. No title. Thanks for looking.”

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1940s CJ-2A Livingston, CA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2500

This looks like it needs work.

‘Old willys jeep for sale. great project jeep. not enough time to fix it must sell. ”


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1945 VEC CJ-2A Centerville, UT **SOLD**


UPDATE: Was on eBay. **SOLD** As James notes, the seller neglects to mention the lack of a column shift (and I missed it too).

With a VIN of #10907, this is the 907th CJ-2A made.  It’s a rare vehicle.

“Out of the Utah high desert, WWII vet owned and maintained CJ-2A from 1945. First year a civilian Jeep was produced and one of the first 1000 made. All data plates are there and in good condition. True “survivor” with very few changes made to it over the years.

Compression and oil pressure are good, but I think the carburetor will have to be rebuilt (or ideally replaced, it’s not correct for the year). Has plenty of power and runs well at speed, but idles poorly (rich). Brakes work fine, shifts well through all gears. Was register/used right up until April 2009.

Front seat frames are original, rear is not, but would work/look fine while you shopped for an original. Body is in great shape overall (UT is the second driest state in the US, just behind Nevada) but it still has some hat channel rust under the front floor and tool box. No soft top or top bows.”

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Fiberglass Flattie Zillah, WA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6000.

This looks like a very nice road and trail Jeep.  It has a solid fiberglass front that tilts forward.

“Nice jeep for summer driveing, Has full top and bikini top to. Newer 33 tires. winch. It has rebuilt th350 Auto. strong running 4.3lt power steering dana 30 disc brake front end. Fiberglass bobcat tub in realy good cond. 2in shackle lift. and 1in body lift.”

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Year? M-38 Palm Coast, Fl **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** was $4900.

Jim is selling his M-38.  It looks straight and rust free!

“Its an original M38 that starts good, runs good, brakes good, looks good, drives good. This Army Jeep runs GOOD, Body real solid for 60 years old-body shows no holes, looks to have had some minor body restoration over the years, Floor pans still original-few little holes only! Hat channels 90% still there, Brakes re-done what ever was needed hoses, lines, shoes etc.., original flat head motor re-built years back, Has a TITLE !”

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1960 CJ-5 Colona, IL eBay


There is already a bid for $7000 for this nice CJ-5.  The Monroe Lift looks great!

“1960 Willys Jeep CJ5 President Red Color, Professionally Fully Restored.  Rebuilt engine in 2007.  Rear PTO, Monroe 3pt hitch and Governor front 200# weight.  New non-directional tires.  Odometer shows around 60,000 miles, but actual mileage unknown. Please do not bid until you have all your questions answered, and you have seen the jeep in person if desired.  More pictures

View all the pics on eBay

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1954 Truck Braidwood, IL $11,500

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

This is a beautiful truck with nice details.

“1954 Willys Flatbed, 4WD, 4 cylinder, frame off restoration, 29,000 miles, custom upolsetry & wood. Runs good, looks good. $11,500 708-217-7493”

See the info on

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1948 CJ-2A Las Vegas, Nv $4500


I can’t tell if that is a skin on the body, or chrome, or stainless … it sure is shiny.

“I got a 1948 willys body on a 73 jeep frame. it has a chevy 350 with about 2000 miles on it and all brand new gaskets. brand new edelbrock 650cfm thunder series carbuetor with edelbrock air filter. new msd wires and shorty spark plugs to fit with the headers. very clean engine. new battery with battery wires that is now placed in the back of the jeep. its runnin great. very fun toy. askin 4500 obo.  I never use my email. im computer illiterate but call me at 7022359028. The name is nick.”

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1963 CJ-5 Golden, CO **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3000

(12/20/09) The price has been slowly dropping on what appears to be a nice rig.

“1963 Willys CJ-5 in very good cond. Orig. F-134 eng w/ solex carb, Runs great, T-90 3 spd, 2-spd transfer case. Rare version w/ fact.opt.Koenig 8000# pto winch, driveline brake, heavy spring pkg, & Very Rare steel 1/2 cab(complete w/full doors), xcel glass, new batt, Warn hubs, Pro-Comp off-road shocks & stabilizer, xcel 31×10.5 M&S studded radials(95%tread) on chrome steel wheels, Custom-made rear bumper w/ swing out tire/gas can carrier, Custom made rear cargo rack, Custom made diamond plate 1/2 doors. Xtras include u-joints,tow strap, handyman jack, seat belts, parts manuals. Not a rock crawler but a Great Back Country Trail Rig. Asking $ 3,000.- obo. nice t/a trailer avail. for add.$$”


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1954 CJ-3B Lewiston, Id **SOLD**


UPDATE:  Now for sale here.

“54 Willys powered by a Ford 289. It has a 3 speed with a Dana overdrive, a new 4 core radiator and a new carb. It runs well and is a blast to drive. The rubber is in almost new condition and if you do get stuck the Warn winch will pull you out. It has a bikini top so if your going to drive it in the winter you best be a tough one. Give me a call if you have any questions.”


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1946 CJ-2A Sarasota, Fl eBay


UPDATE:  This is back on eBay

(03/08/2010) This has been nicely restored.

“This 1946 Willy’s is in grand condition and ready for the road, on or off. The restoration consisted of sandblasting chassis and parts, rust proofing, primer and paint. New parts include: clutch, shocks, wiring, battery, radiator, brakes & brake lines, gas tank, all gages, windshield, lights, jack, winch, & auxiliary tank. Original engine has been repaired and upgraded with a solid state electronic ignition. The undercarriage has been sandblasted and painted black. This vehicle looks and drives like new.”

View all the pics on eBay

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1955 DJ-5? Austin, TX **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6000

(01/21/2010) Now this is a huntin’ Jeep.

“1955 Willys Jeep 4 Cyl F-Head 4X4, Completely Rhino-Lined Flat Green inside and out (this alone cost $2000.00), 4 Gun Racks and 1 Bow Rack, New All Seasons Corn Spreader (reinforced to protect spinner unit), Heavy duty overhead off-road lights, Very large front game basket / rack, Normal size storage basket / rack on back for ice chests/gear, High lift jump seat with seatbelt and additional covered storage compartment underneath, 10 ply tires & spare mounted on rear of jeep. Recently replaced brakes, alternator, starter, battery and wiring.  Maintained regularly for the last 10 years. Perfect for hunting or ranch use but not street legal at current point. Runs good and quiet. Extremely simple to work on and can still get parts at almost all auto parts stores. Bought bay boat and wife is making me sell this. Can email additional pictures if needed. Best Offer. ”

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I Finally Pulled the Head Today ….


So, I pulled the driver’s side head and inspected the head and cylinders.  You can see in the pics of the valves that the number #1 cylinder isn’t buring as well as #3 and #5.  Also, number 1 cylinder looked a great deal moister inside as well.  The head gasket appears fine.

I’m still uncertain what’s causing the problems as I haven’t spotted any cracks yet.  As a refresher, here are the problems:

1.  Some exhaust or blow-by escapes into the block and escapes out the intake manifold (or out the driver’s side head).

2. It sounds like it runs well until under pressure such as more than average acceleration, then it seems to run rough,  until the acceleration is let up a little.

3. Some coolant residual appears in various places after running the engine (in the form of a slightly white foam).

4. I have leakage of slightly watered oil that leaks from the oil dipstick and from the valve cover.  I can slow this greatly by disconnecting the PCV unit from the intake manifold.

Here’s a few pics (note cylinders #3 & #5 have a little liquid from pulling the head, but the #1 cylinder is much damper/oilier).

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Some good engine graphics from


Here are some useful engine examples from They have a number of linked pages devoted to engines. You can start here.  Here are some examples of what you will see …

Here is a classic engine (how stuff works page link):

Here is an overhead cam example (how stuff works page link):

The engine's camshaft opens and closes its valves.

This is an inline 4 example (how stuff works page link):

In an inline engine, the cylinders are arranged in a line in a single bank.

This is a V example (how stuff works page link):

In a V engine, cylinders are arranged in two banks set at an angle to one another.

And here is an electrical system example (how stuff works page link):

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Jeeps in San Diego, Ca $600 each

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, CJ-3A’s several part jeeps.

“Willy’s Jeeps’s, $600 each. If interested call Ed @ 909-855-9897”

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1944 MB Dewey, Az $2500


This looks pretty solid.

“1944 Willys Jeep. Pretty much all original military jeep. It does run and drive but needs a little TLC. It’s located in Dewey. $2500 or best offer. Call Fernando at 928-237-7394. Thanks for looking. I do have seat cushions for it.”

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1952 Trailer Fruitdale, Or $1700

• CATEGORIES: trailer

I’m not sure it’s the best price, but this is an interesting trailer in good shape.

“This classic trailer has been kept inside for many, many years. Korean War era Classic, and well cared for. Faded red paint doesn’t appear to be original, but tires do. Manufacturers metal ID tag includes “P K H 1952″. Grip handle emergency brake, carrying handles. All original, right down to the tires, Nothing has been altered, just a few holes drilled and some tie downs attached.

This is a must see for anyone really interested in extremely good condition, stock miltary trailer. One man can easily move this trailer around, and the brake works perfectly. Call me at 787 (one one nine one) 1191 or email me here. Price is firm. I’d rather keep it than sell it too cheap. Thanks, Dan.”

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1964 CJ-5 Cottage Grove, Or $1100 w/OD


It runs, it stops, it has a full cage, it has an overdrive … it’s a deal!

“This is a 1964 Willy’s CJ5. . Runs very strong. 289, 3 speed. Some rust. Needs front U joint and tags. Clear title. Warn overdrive, full roll cage, newer tires, custom dash, tilt wheel, power steering, dual tanks. Could drive it home. has soft top also. 541-942-5691”