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1946 VEC Klamath Falls, Or SOLD


1946_cj2a_klamathfallsUPDATE 2: The seller and Robert agreed to a price, so Robert will be taking this nice VEC home 🙂

UPDATE: Robert provided a great link to a CJ-2A page post that discusses how bodies with driver side indents were mixed with non driver side indent bodies during assembly.

A reader named Randy pointed this jeep out to me.  This VEC has the serial #24076.  This CJ-2A has the column shift, as it should (up to #38221). However, I would expect it to also have the driver side indents (up to #29500)?

“This wonderful Very Early Civilian CJ2A is in great shape. See the pictures below. It is very solid for an unrestored 1946.  My father obtained this jeep in, I believe, 1956. I don’t know any of its history before this time. When we got it it was blue. (I’m sure it was originally forest green though, in places you can see green and the wheels were yellow. I understand that was an original color scheme.)…. A good mechanical refurbishing was done, in the late 1980s. The motor and transfer case were rebuilt. It was converted to 12v. The charging system was upgraded to 12v but the original starter was kept (it really turns over but you don’t want to crank it for a long period). A voltage reduction was used to retain the original instruments. It was again re-painted blue…..”

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1946 CJ-2A Clinton, Ma eBay (stainless parts)


1946_cj2a_clintonUPDATE:  This is back on eBay

Here’s a fiberglass CJ-2A that also has a stainless steel grille and windshield.  This has a variety of updates.

“You are bidding on (1) 1946 Willys Jeep CJ2A.  I am the second owner of this vehicle.  The original owner worked on this jeep for 2 1/2 years. He has built many Willys Jeeps in the past. the entire chassis was disassembled Media blasted, boxed and repaired.  All welds are 100% pentrated TIG. The front of the chassis was removed and built up with a donor chassis from a jeep CJ5 donor. and 2″x2″ bar Stock.  The chassis was then painted with 2 coats of POR-15 and chassis coat.  A Rancho 2-1/2″ lift kit was installed along with an additional 1/2″ lift and greasable zirks for a total of 3″ lift.  This will easily clear 33″x12.5 tires.  The rear axle is a 1959 CJ5 Dana 44 that was rebuilt and in the front is the stock dana 27 that was rebuilt.  the gear ratio’s are 5:38.  the T-90 tranny and model 18 transfer case along with bearings, seals, and clutch were also rebuilt.  All new brakes front and rear as well as custom bent brake lines, rubbers, and a dual master cylinder kit.  It has the L-138 Flat head motor in it that was rebuilt and bored .040 over. it runs beautifullly.  It has also an aftermarket Solex carb and custom air intake kit.  it has been converted to a 12 volt system with a brand new alternator.  the body is all fiberglass built by AJ’s Body….”

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• CATEGORIES: International, MB, Website

I believe the author of this bilingual (french/spanish) site ( about a 1942 MB is from Europe, though I didn’t get a sense of exactly where they were located.  Neither my French nor my Spanish will save me in an emergency, let alone let me navigate a site about jeeps.

Fortunately, the excellent pictures make the site worth visiting even for the most linguistically challenged of us.  I especially liked the pic below (there are other pics that provide similar comprehensive views of parts).  If anyone knows who operates the site, I’d gladly add their name here so i can properly credit them.

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1952 M-38 Cusseta, Ga $6000


1952_m38_cussetaThis looks to me like it’s original, that it’s never been restored.  Given it appears to have under 10k miles, it seems to be an uncommon find.

1952 M38 original condition except for 12v conversion. Was Stored in warehouse for over 30 years. Has some rust. Still has 1952 tires on it, original military markings and less than 11,000 miles on odometer which appears to be original miles based on the way it runs and drives. Have new gas tank but have not installed it…”

You can view more information about this M-38 at the Willys Tech Board

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Year? CJ-3B Olympia, Wa $5200


year_cj3b_olympiaIt looks very nice and has some good updates.

3b very nice unit complete body off reuild, complete professional moto rebuild, partial list of new items, replacement tub and body work, 11″ brake conversion, tires wheels, warn O.D., wireing., has saginaw steering. this is a very clean unit driven very little since rebiuld, have more photos if needed. thanks $ 5200.”

View more information at the Willys Tech Ad Board

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1952 M-38 Seattle, Wa $9995


1952_m38_seattleUPDATE:  Still for sale.

This M-38 looks to be in very good, unrestored condition.  If you like M-38s, this one might be worth checking out.


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A Brief History of the Cannonball Run

• CATEGORIES: Features, News

cannonballToday, as usual, I was browsing CNN when I came across a list of the ‘10 best’ car chases on film.  I’m not sure if these really are the best 10, but one item that did catch my eye was the note attached to #10, the Cannonball run about George Baker.

I’d  heard of the Cannonball Run, but didn’t really know anything about it other than the casual reference to a movie by that name until last summer.  One day last summer I was browsing the new books section of my library and came across a book called The Driver, by Alexander Roy.  That provided me some background on the race, with which I’ll end this post.

Note:  I’m no expert on rally racing or it’s history, nor much of an expert on anything at all, but I’ve never let that stop me from writing anything else.  So, here’s a brief Cannonball history for those that like this sort of thing.

Mr. Cannonball Express:

In 1915, Erwin George Baker drove a Stutz Bearcat across the country in only 11+ days (this was one of 143 driving records of various kinds he set).  The next year he drove a Cadillac 8 from LA to NY in only 7 days.  This feat earned him the nickname (or a reference of) the Cannonball Express.

The Cannonball Express was a reference to the fastest train, at least at the turn of the century, that motored between Chicago and New Orleans.  It’s the same train that was operated by the immortalized Casey Jones, who would be killed at the reins of the train, attempting to slow it before it crashed into boxcars.

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Year? MB Oroville, CA **SOLD**


year_mb_orovilleUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2500

“WWII Willy’s MB army jeep. Ran when parked 20 years ago.”


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1946 VEC CJ-2A Gridley, Ca $4000 or trade


1946_cj2a_gridleyUPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $4000

Here’s a fine looking early ’46 CJ-2A with the driver side cutouts.

“Straight CJ2A willys jeep mostly all original. L-head (flat head) four cylinder, Custom Cool air intake with K&N air filter , Remote spin on oil filter, GM alternator, Converted to 12 volt, Engine has been recently gone through, replaced rings, main and rod bearings, cam chain and sprocket. Auto machine shop polished crank and miked it, (still within stock tolerance)
Warn 8000lb wench….

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1942 GPW/MB Spokane, Wa $7000


1942_mb_spokaneI’m really not sure if this is a GPW or an MB.  The writing left me confused.  It looks nice.  I think extending that bottom indent across the bottom of the body is an unusual feature (no doubt, part of a body fix). It appears well put together.

“a very FAST 1942 ford jeep , correct a MB1 WWII flat fendered hard to find fast 4×4 for mud bogging trpohies buy this one , 350 chev crate motor ( fender well headers )with only 12,000 miles on it , backed with SUPER T-10 4 SPD also fresh , custom work and a full cage and full canvas with doors , the chassie has lots of upgrades to brakes and hd drive lines n more , am listing for RAY , a friend sooo no need to email me , ya gott a call him spk # 509-484-2265 please no late pm calls , a titled and tabbed FAST tr0phie winner 4 sure”

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1941 MB Napa, Ca **SOLD**


1941_mb_napaUPDATE:  Sold for $2700

It’s a little rough.  This seller also has a 1946 CJ-2A for sale.

“1941 Willys MB military. This is a WWII jeep built just after Pearl Harbor! Ran a few years ago when parked. Top is not correct but included. Good tires! New Battery! 4 cylinder. $3000 obo. Ser. no. 107999. Cash only. No checks. No shipping. No trading. Vehicles located in Napa.”

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1956 CJ-3B Rocky Hill, Ct $1200


1956_rockyhillLots of good prices on the east coast today.  Here’s another one:  A running CJ-3B for $1200 (at least, from the description it sounds like it runs).

“1956 Willys Jeep CJ3B. 4cyl 134 cuinch F head motor is good, driveline is solid. Tub is in bad shape where seats (used to be) mounted. Frame is good, and hood, cowl, winshield and frame, front fenders are good. Has original factory heater and full lighting package. Original 6v system. Rear tailgate and rear deck are good. really just needs the tub taken off and re-done.
Has been sitting in a barn waiting for a restore for many years. Call Pat 781-706-7211.  No tire kickers please. This is a 50+ year old vehicle that needs work. Thanks for looking.”

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1953 CJ-3B Jericho, VT $1800


1953_cj3b_jerichoThe body’s rough, but the price good.

“53′ Willys CJ-3B. Highly sought after year.! Jeep runs and drives. Mechanically restored. Has rebuilt engine,also new fuel pump,water pump, and radiator. New gas tank too.(steel) Carburator recently rebuilt. All new brakes,(shoes,lines,hoses,wheel cylinders)done in last year. Originally six volt electrical system,was converted to 12v. Frame is good,tires have good tread. Top is usable,needs some stitching repaired.Body is rusty,has been patched up. Could be used as is off-road,or put a new “tub” on and finish restoration of this great ol’ Jeep. Asking 1800.00 Reply to ad or call 802-343-0112.”

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

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, stainless/jewels • TAGS: .

1946_cj2a_fallbrookUPDATE:  **SOLD** Was on eBay

“Small block 350; Muncie 4-Speed with Warner overdrive. Boxed frame. PRP seats. Small patch of rust on rear of right front fender. 9″ Ford drum brakes. Drives well. Has approximately 359 miles on odometer.”

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1947 CJ-2A Detroit, Mi $3500


1947_cj2a_detroitUPDATE: The price has dropped to $3500

The paint job on this is interesting.  The bumper is pretty wild; I guess the jeep was used for pushing?

“The body is in good shape it runs and drives tires are good dont leak has a toe bar on the front with a custom front bumper.”

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Austin 7 — Grandfather of the Jeep?

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, Unusual • TAGS: .

So, I’m doing my best to avoid going out to my parents very cold, damp garage to finish fixing my mom’s car.  Of course, the internet is one of the best avoidance tools ever invented.

On a lark, I typed in ‘Flat Fender Babes’ into google just to see if anything came up.  While most of the links were garbage, one link lead me to a list of significant production automobiles, created by Angry Stan at AngryStan’s blog.  Naturally, one of the vehicles listed was the Willys MB.  What was interesting about the MB’s inclusion was Stan’s comment that the MB was “very loosely based on the Austin 7”.

Whoa .. news to me.  What you talkin’ ’bout Stan?

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1956 M-38A1 Fife, Wa $900 (includes OD)

• CATEGORIES: M-38A1, OD Saturn/Warn

1956_m38a1_fifeHere’s a great price on a M-38A1 that includes an Overdrive.  It is a project, but it has a variety of interesting parts, including some nice diamond plating, good roll cage and more.

“1956 Willys M38 A1 Project Jeep. $900.  Clean title in hand, wont take too much to get her on the trail. Chevy 327 with newer Holly carb. T90 tranny. Dana 18 transfer case with twin stick. Warn overdrive. Dana 44 rear with 5.38 gears and welded spiders. Dana 25 front with 5.38 gears open with full time lock. but locking hubs are fairly cheap. Tilt steering column…..”

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1949 CJ-3A Inwood, WV $1500


1949_cj3a_inwoodUPDATE:  Price dropped to $1500.

Here’s an early CJ-3A that’s had a few mods.


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Fiberglass Racing Body Selah, WA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Body Parts, Racing • TAGS: .

flatfender_racebody_selahUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $250

“flat fender race jeep body with fenders,& grill lengthened by 8+” narrowed by 12″ $250 firm call”

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1965? CJ-3A? Austin, TX **SOLD**


1965_flatfender_austinUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2600

These hunting jeeps from Texas crack me up.  They are certainly unique, each one of them.

“I have a 1965 Willys jeep that is set up for hunting. It has gun racks, bow racks,air drive feeder, adjustable winch w/lights, game basket and much more. Runs good, I am asking $2600 or best offer, I would also consider trade for 250 or larger four stroke dirt bike. Please call with any questions. Thanks.”


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1945 MB Casa Grande, AZ **SOLD**


1945_mb_casagrandeUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3500.

The pictures are too far away to tell much about this jeep.

“Sweet 1945 Willys jeep for sale With all the original Front and rear seats 4×4 works great and The engine runs good also.  Asking $3500 obo call me if you’re interested.”

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Year? GPW Pipe Creek, Tx **SOLD**


year_gpw_pipecreekUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1000

This GPW is beat up, but it does have some Ford script on it.

“this is a rare ford gpw like the willys jeeps. it is an early 1940’s vehicle. vehicle ran up until about 6 months ago but the trans started to have some problems and it was parked. motor is good and rest of drive system is good. tub of body is in poor shape. front half is good but back is very bad. this vehicle also has a wench that works off the transfer case to the front. wench is a ramsey. vehicle has military style rims on it also. it is hard to come by these old ford jeeps. this jeep also has the plates on the glove box that relate to the old ford jeeps.”


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MB/GPW Helena, Mt $550


early_mb_helenaThis appears to be a WWII body along with other parts.  The body doesn’t look too bad.

“WWII vintage jeep. Great restoration project. Comes with two hoods, four fenders, extra frame,original tranny, and a motor and radiator from a 1982 CJ. Call 461-6894”

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1951 CJ-3A Crawford, Co eBay


UPDATE: This is back on ebay with no reserve

1951_cj3a_crawford1951 CJ-3A: Interesting paint job

“I am selling a 1951 Willys CJ3A jeep. The jeep looks to be all original except for the front and rear axle and a few other small parts. It has the ww2 jeep axles under it. The jeep’s body is in good shape and since there has been a hard top on it for years there is vary little rust. No gone through rust in the floor. The engine looks like it may have been rebuilt, it runs good and strong, the carburetor will need to be rebuilt because it needs to be choked for it to run good. The jeep has the original foot starter…”

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Builds — Sand Drag Jeep from Santa Barbara

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: , .

I ran across this great looking Sand Drag Jeep called Impulsive Behavior.  From what I learned off the website, the owner’s name is Tim and he is a member of the Santa Barbara 4WD Jeep Club. Tim also owns a nice looking CJ-3A as well.

Impulsive Behavior “has a 468 cubic inch BBC generating just under 800Hp with almost 600 lb-ft of torque. This power plant will move the 2100 pound vehicle to 82 mph in 4.04 seconds on a 300 foot long race track.”

You can view more pics of this jeep and other vehicles owned by Tim.