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1948 CJ-2A Spanaway, Wa $2500


UPDATE:  Price has risen.

(01/18/09) It’s a project.

Got It From grandpa. Means alot to me but need cash.. grill, fenders, body, motor, seats, top, hood,some wires,and window.  It ran few years back. bolts broke. good project. even got keys for the ignition. 2500 obo”

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Reason #63 for a trip to Italy

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Museums, Old Images, Website

Some of the folks over at the website had a discussion regarding the Museo Storico Piana delle Orme – Latina (Italy).    The museum describes itself as a “historical theme park designed to accommodate one of the largest and most diverse collections in the world: planes, tanks, locomotives, wagons, radio, weapons and hundreds of military vehicles, agricultural tractors, threshers, trams and coaches, tools and thousands of objects of all types and sizes. Dedicated to the twentieth century, the Museum is a journey through 50 years of Italian history. 14 themed to tell the traditions and culture of the peasant, the great works of improvement, the Second World War but also to show the vehicles and means at the dawn of industrialization and great toys with which children entertained themselves.

For the purposes of ewillys, the highlight of the trip might just be the opportunity to check out these two modified flatties a little closer (ok, hopefully we could find many more highlights as well!)

In the foreground, we have a MB that has been converted into a tow truck.  Behind, and to the left, is a jeep with a water tank(?) on the back of it.  Maybe a water transporter?  This photo was taken by “Captain Bill”.

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Anyone know anything about these trucks?

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Features, Old Images, Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

Doing some research on Warn hubs this morning, I ran across this image on Warn’s corporate website.  This may very well be  the original Warn Motor’s Service station in Seattle, Washington, where Arthur Warn developed his early ‘Summer Hubs’ as Mike refers to them.  Note the signs atop the roof, “Jeeps”  and “Warn Motors”.

If there were just one of these trucks, i would call it a custom one-off project.  However, two of these suggest to me this was a kit of some kind?  It kind of looks like the prototype for the Willys we have named a Tender.

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Robison’s Typewriter and Cash Register Repair

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Willys Wagons

I wish I had found a complete picture of this truck from Camden, NJ, but it appears we’ll have to make due with a partial image.  I think that’s supposed to be a wooden typewriter on top. Here’s the original link.

“Sitting on the wall are Mr. Robison’s nephews and niece, Tony, Annamarie and Joe Di Paola Jr.  
In the background, parked on the Haddon Avenue side of 964 Pine Street is the Willys truck belonging to Robison’s Typewriter and Cash Register Repair.”

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1961 Wagon Deer Island, Wa **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4500.

This looks in great shape.

Restored 1961 Willys Jeep Stationwagon. Koenig PTO winch. Stock Super Hurricane 6 engine, rebuilt 5000 miles ago. Original. Interested parties”

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Roll Cage Wilsonville, Or $500 or Make Offer


That’s a large diameter tube.

“I have a full cage from a sand jeep I built years ago. Cage is 3 1/4″ tubing. No loger have frame conecting supports but can easily be made for specific application. Could use fresh paint but in great condition. NEVER ROLLED. Call if interested and for specific measurements. Make me an offer. Item is located at my shop in salem but can bring it north for an interested party. Ray 503-545-8609”

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1951 Jeepster Chattanooga, Tn $4500

• CATEGORIES: Jeepster • TAGS: .

No obvious rust.

“4 cyl. 3 speed. Only 4066 ever made. Book value $7,000 – $13,000. Only asking $4500.00! Respond by phone only as I am posting this for a friend. Call Bill at 423-280-1057”

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1948 CJ-2A Plymouth, WI **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $16,000.

The seller claims this is an AgriJeep.  In his book Preproduction Civilian Jeeps, Frederic Coldwell makes a convincing argument that despite filing for the trademark Agrijeep, and the use of the name Agrijeep on the CJ-1, Willys Overland quickly abandoned that trademark to focus in on the trademark Jeep for CJ-2’s and CJ-2A’s.  Note: there might be some debate to this based on some of the websites I reviewed – some believe the CJ-2 is an Agrijeep as well.  While I’m not in a position to provide any input into that debate, I would still review this seller’s claim cautiously.

“Rare 1948 Agri-Jeep, power take off, 3 point hitch. Only three prototypes made. Factory aluminum plate is 2 inch x 3 inch on the frame in back”

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David Boyd, Jr’s Willys Painting

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings

David Boyd, Jr,  is a high school art teacher and self-syndicated editorial cartoonist, but also describes himself as a painting addict.  In his painting titled ‘South Georgia Willys Jeep’, shown below, which has already sold, the artist appears to have captured what I think is an early CJ-2a, a claim I make based solely on the turn signals.   Here is a gallery of his non-jeep paintings hosted at   You can email David @  David has another Willys painting that he completed a few years ago.   Great work David!

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1937 Ford House Car — an early motorhome


Dave forwarded me some information about this unique Ford House Car.  A quick search revealed this website with a full collection of images by the previous owner of the vehicle (he sold it in 2001 according to the site).  I’ve included a pic below and some info below.  Thanks for sharing Dave, it’s cool!

“One of only six said to have been made per year in the mid-’30s at the Ford Plant in St. Paul, Minnesota, according to an article on this car in a 1993 “Old Cars” magazine article (see link below). Very few others–perhaps none–remain on the road, and certainly not in such amazing original condition. (The only other known example that I heard of was supposedly housed in the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. But that turned out to be an early 1920s Model T conversion, the curator told me. He said he’d never seen anything like this ’37!).”

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Man Made rebuilds an offroad car (well, technically it’s a car/boat)

• CATEGORIES: Unusual, Website

Simon forwarded me a link to a show called Man Made. I haven’t seen an episode yet, but the video introduction below looks intriguing.

Simon reports, “I’ve only seen two episodes but its about a guy who locates barn finds and restores them for selling at auction. So far its covered an amphicar and Camero (no jeeps!) but its a great program to watch and see how a professional goes about restoring classic cars. He’s not been so successful on the profit front mind you – the amphicar didn’t sell and he lost money on the Camero”

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Wanted: Willys Truck Expert

• CATEGORIES: wanted

This truck owner says he has the 401st 4wd truck ever made.

“Is there someone around who used to work at the Willys Overland plant in Toledo that could answer some questions? I have a ’47 Willys Overland pickup truck that I want to restore to its original condition and want to do it correctly. It was the 401st 4wd pickup built. I’m trying to find information on available paint colors, proper air cleaner, upholstery choices, etc. It’s easy to modify an old vehicle, and I’ll do that with something else. I want to see this one done right. I’m sure there are some proud retirees in the area that remember building these unique historical vehicles. Thanks. Steve”

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1948 CJ-2A Godfrey, Il $3000


The body looks solid.  And they take credit cards.

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1959 Wagon Jeep Rod Elgin, TX **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Jeep Rods, Unusual, Willys Wagons

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1000.

Here’s the foundation for an interesting project.

“1959 willys jeep chop top, needs tlc 1.000 or best offer . no engine . 4 speed trans 4 wheel drive ..duel wheels .. very solid jeep and head turner”

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1947 CJ-2A South Wayne, Wi $1500


This sure looks like a fiberglass body.

“For Sale- 1947 Willys Military Jeep. 4 cylinder. Runs.  Asking $1,500.00.  Cash only.  Buyers responsibility for pick-up. Call 608-439-5721 or 608-439-5087.”

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Year? CJ-2A Thief River Falls, Mn $2,300


UPDATE:  Price dropped to $2300.  More pics.  Looks like a great price.

It looks like it runs and has a really bright orange blade.  Other than that, I can’t tell much.

“1948 Willy’s with Meyers Plow. 2.3 Ford engine, 3-speed manual, 4×4, hi-low. Not perfect, but not bad for 60+ years. $2300 or best offer. Contact email.

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Tall Flattie Project Palmdale, Ca **SOLD**

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

UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $1500

You might have to purchase a ladder for this flattie.

“Willy jeep on 44 inch Super Swamper tires. Runs and drives, but radiator has not been moved to the rear. There’s no rooom in the front for the radiator. This is a project that needs work and is certainly not ready to be driven on road anytime soon. The Willys sits on a early 80’s Bronco frame that has been shortened. Lift is from a IFS ford. Runs good and no backyard custom suspension, this is basicly a bronco with an expensive aftermarket lift, so it will drive good too.  Swampers are in great shape with more than 3/4 tread.  I have a tilt column from a late model caprice, ready to install. I am willing to part out this thing if i get some serious offers. Or if someone wants to trade the swampers for some HUGE military tires i’d probably finish this project. Or a set of Rockwell axles ? Chevy Dana 60 ? I’d trade the whole truck for some Super Swamper Irok tires and wheels size 39.5 or 40 for a 20 inch rim, either chrome or polished, forged wheels.”

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Willys Parts, including OD Seattle area, Wa


Here’s  a good list of parts.  No pics included.

“- 2 29 tooth 18 transfer cases $150.00 each
– 2 koenig winch drives for 18 cases $100.00 each
– warn overdrive 29 tooth with linkage and shift lever $550.00
– dana 44 rear end offset with 19 spline power lock $200.00
–  buick v-6 225 oddfire runner complete $300
– ford 3-speed tranny with adapter to model 18 case
– 26 tooth transfer case $200”

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Monroe rear hitch Hudson Falls, NY **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $500.

Note that the bottom pic is what it looks like when complete.  It appears the seller doesn’t have all the parts.

“50’s Monroe three point hitch for willys jeep. What you see in the picture is what you get. Price is firm. If this item does not sell on craigslist, it will be going to ebay.”

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1942? CJ-2A/CJ-3A Atascadero, Ca **SOLD**


UPDATE: Was $1350.**SOLD**

How about that windshield!  I’d like to take a closer look at that.

“Great Project for any collector of Ex Militery Vehicles from WWII or just a great vehicle for the beach! It has a rebuilt 231 V6 which needs to be finished, all parts are there. It just needs the right person to put it together!”

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1947 CJ-2A Detroit Lakes, Mn **Status Unknown**


UPDATE: Was priced at $1500.

(11/22/09) A seller of few words.

“Runs good, needs body work”


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1954 CJ-3B Brillion, Wi $2195


UPDATE:  Still available

(11/17/09) This seems like a good price given the condition of the body and the lockers. Hmm … there aren’t any seats that I can see.  I wonder if this is a more of a project.

“Selling my 1954 Willys Jeep. Has 4 inch lift, V6 with automatic, lockers front and back with lockouts front and back for towing, 5:38 gears, and power brakes. The body is very nice. Call Jim 920-864-7397 anytime after 2 p.m.”


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1948 CJ-2A Smiths Grove, Ky $4500


UPDATE: Price dropped to $4500. The top two pics are the newest. It appears the seller no longer has the ‘bogger’ tires.

(12/12/09) It looks nice.

“I have a 1948 jeep willys for sale it has a buick 3.2 liter v6 with the original 3 speed transmission. it has a new besttop cover along with new chrome wheels and tires have very few miles on them. This jeep runs and drives great if you have any other questions please call 937-602-1845 thanks Todd asking 4500 or may take some trades”


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Coast Guard Anti-Saboteur Patrol

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

I haven’t seen too many Coast Guard Willys Pics.  According to the Library of Congress, here’s one from April 1943.

The Library of Congress’ caption to this photo is:  Coast Guard anti-saboteur patrol. Vital cargoes of war supplies for America’s far-flung battle lines must also be protected on the docks and piers from enemy attempts at sabotage. The Coast Guard now uses jeeps with armed Coast Guardsmen maintaining vigilant waterfront patrols.

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1963 DJ-3A Surrey Scottsdale, AZ **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $77,000.

This was for sale as late as Sept 5, 2009 for $35,000.

“This is Red Skelton’s personal Surrey. With 14,000 original miles, it has just completed a body-off frame restoration. There is much memorabilia that goes with this Surrey and photo documentation of the restoration and Red’s journey.

This darling little Surrey was previously owned by the legendary comedian Red Skelton. Most of us can relate to one of his characters like Freddie the Freeloader or Clem Kadiddlehopper, for in each of his characters was a bit of each of us. Red Skelton’s Willys DJ-3A Surrey Gala has just completed a meticulous 10-year, body-off frame, complete nut and bolt restoration. The finished product is beyond stunning. Included with the sale of this Surrey are many pieces of Red Skelton memorabilia, like the Freddie the Freeloader vest used during the Red Skelton Hour on CBS TV during the 1960’s, with certificate of authenticity. Red was also quite an artist and included are three Red Skelton prints, the “Girl Clown”, “Floral Bouquet” and “Old Glory”. There is also a limited edition “Clown with Candy Cane” painting with certificate of authenticity. Also included is a 13-page binder of photographs documenting the entire Surrey restoration. The binder chronicles the life and times of Red Skelton’s comedy career. There are many fun stories and photos that invite you into the humorous life of Red Skelton. There are copies of Red Skelton’s California titles and a note from Red’s widow, Lothian Skelton, describing the Surrey and how much Red loved it. All of this goes with the sale of the Surrey.”