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1950 CJ-3A Amherst, WI $650

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

There seems like $650 worth of value here.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/498854704853796/

“1950 Willy’s CJ3A. This would be great for either a restoration project or parts! Have the L-head motor out of it that would need to be gone through and put in to make it original. Also have most of an F-head motor went into the following Willy’s models. Drivetrain is all in place. Probably easiest to get a new tub as the floor is in pretty rough shape. Most body parts are included and all gauges in place. Have windshield (needs new glass), a heater.

Missing seat frames and does not have original rims. Would need some new tires as current don’t hold air very long (long enough to get onto a trailer though). It all goes together and not looking to sell individual parts unless you’re going to pay the asking price of it complete for just the parts you want. No Title. PM with questions, more pics, or to come look at. I just ask you be serious if you would like to schedule a time to look at. Thank you.”

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1956 CJ-5 Dover, OH $3800

• CATEGORIES: CJ5 • TAGS: , .

Tom spotted this jeep. It includes an overdrive (not installed). While the fenders and paint aren’t original, along with a couple other items, there’s a lot to like here.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/249178953590604

“Nice old Jeep. Was in storage for long time. New fuel tank,battery,tune up, and carburetor rebuilt. Fun little machine. Rare hardtop. Optional Jeep steps. Extra overdrive included.”

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Just One Update for Sunday

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos, Women & Jeeps • TAGS: .

Updates will resume Monday morning….

Only 17 more days until we close on the new place. We’ve packed most of our stuff and are now doing minor repairs and maintenance, such as some trim painting, light landscaping, and, one of the biggest tasks, cleaning out our backyard waterfall and pond. It can be a pain to clean every spring, but it sure is nice to listen to on the back porch on a sunny day. It will also help sell this place.

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Our rather warm winter meant more green growth in the pond. So, we have to empty it, pull out some large rocks, scrub it, and fill it back up. No doubt we will lose some fish in the process. It all looks a bit dreary in back right now.

Here is how it usually looks (though this was taken in April, prior to many of the flowers blooming):

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As we approach the closing date, I plan to take at least one, if not two weeks off to get the new place ready, move our stuff, and finish details on the old house to ready it for sale. But, don’t fret, there will still be new daily content (and some retread of older feature posts). One person who is responsible for providing new content is a dedicated researcher named John Hamrin, who has taken the time to go through the British Pathe video site to locate any videos with jeeps in it. He has now sent me over 100 links to videos, with more arriving as I type this post. So far, most appear to be WWII related. So, a HUGE thanks to him for his painstaking research and generosity!!

Finally, a word to one of our newest and most passionate readers, almost-two-year-old Miranda Tilford, who, has become a passionate viewer of eWillys. On Saturday morning (yesterday), Marty wrote to tell me that shortly before messaging me, Miranda came up to him and said, “Jeep, jeep, jeep”. At first he was confused at what she wanted, so she repeated, “jeep, jeep, jeep”. About that time, Marty realized that she wanted to sit down with him and go through eWillys. Sure enough, they sat down and scrolled through some jeeps. That poor, poor young lady has been afflicted with the Willys sickness already; there is no hope for her!!

So, in Miranda’s honor, with a nod to John’s video efforts, here are some WAACs trying out their driving skills with jeeps and trucks:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiNSjOJEeUA

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February 1962 Issue of Jeep News

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features • TAGS: .

This February 1962 issue of Jeep News includes two good photos on page four of the DJ-3A-based mobile bar that was at the Las Brisas resort in Mexico. I have a color photo of that, too. It might be fun to recreate one of those.

Page three shares a little info on a twenty-eight page dealer booklet entitled, “Your Ten Major Retail Markets”. That’s a book I’ve yet to see anywhere.

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1948? Willys-Overland Sign Program

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This eight-page Willys-Overland Sign Program sold on eBay for $38 (plus $4 shipping) late night. The seller only provided two pics, so I was unsure if this would be worth the money. Given the front-page design of the brochure, I’d guess this was produced around 1949. The design is reminiscent of other Willys-Overland catalogs of the era (see examples at the bottom).

“This is a 9 X 11 8 page brochure of WILLYS -OVERLAND SIGN PROGRAM  FACTORY APPROVED shows products offered to dealers from Neon Products of Lima Ohio some slight scuffing on the covers…also has a order blank”

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A 5-foot version of the Willys Service Sign sold out of Buda, Texas, for $400 back in 2014. It was likely sign model #WO-111 (the large sign pictured on the left side of the left page). These are the only two interior pages that were included in the auction ad:

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Similar covers from 1949 that have the style AND the WO logo. For example, Barney has this 1949 Parts List catalog listed on eBay:
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There’s this 1949 Jeepster owners manual:
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And, this is a 1948 CJ-3A Owners Manual on eBay:
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And this 1948 CJ-2A (with envelope) owner’s manual on eBay:

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1952 Photos of British Minister of Defense Earl Harold Alexander’s Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Library Collections, Old Images

These two photos show the jeep (likely a Ford GPW) of Defense Field Marshal Harold Alexander, the first Earl Alexander of Tunis (technically, Alexander of Tunis, Harold Rupert Leofric George Alexander, Earl, 1891-1969). The second photo is dated June 27, 1952. The jeep’s tires look much more aggressive than the standard NDTs. The windshield looks more like a 2A than an MB/GPW. Those doors look awfully thick. I wonder how heavy they were.

According to the post, captions, these are “Part of a series that Williams shot on assignment documenting the visit to Korea of British Minister of Defence Field Marshal Harold Alexander, the first Earl Alexander of Tunis. Here, Earl Alexander salutes as he leaves a Common Wealth Division bunker in his jeep.”

All three of these photos are part of the Pepperdine University Digital Collections.

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1944 Photo of a “Dummy” Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This pic reminds me of the Ghost Army documentary I mentioned back in 2019. The photo below shows a combled-together fake jeep. I’m still hoping to find some better photos of a Ghost Army inflatable jeep. Dummy tank photos are much easier to find. The photo was taken November of 1944 in Wongabel, Queensland, Australia.

This photo appeared on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2382510764/permalink/10158078411510765/

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Cute little “jeep” Trailer

• CATEGORIES: Features, trailer

Jack Bowlin posted photos of the cute little jeep trailer he created, one that matches his jeep. I like it.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1641202336209808/permalink/2742473362749361/

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1962? DJ-3A Surrey Queen Creek, AZ $3150

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A

UPDATE: Still Available.

Has some body rust; seems to me this could have been a Surrey. It’s missing the top portion of the dry gauze air filter.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/644116146275497

“Real Pink Surrey Edition DJ3A. 2 wheel drive. L134, column shift. Clean title. Will need some TLC. Body has some rust, needs carb rebuilt, and factory tank repaired and put back in(temporary fuel tank in back right now). Brakes work and steers great. Has factory bumpers, hub caps, and some original pink fabric on seats. Was driving around a few months ago. Motor has some smoke. Currently not running. Hard top also available. Bring a trailer. Located in Queen Creek, Az. Can help with transport and possible delivery within reason. Don’t have to sell, just making room for current projects.”

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1952 M-38 Cedar Pines Park, CA $6000

• CATEGORIES: M-38

UPDATE: Price dropped to $6000.

(02/25/2021) This runs and drives.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1119998038425563

“Military m38a1 willys Jeep. Has Chevy 265 v8 with and top loader 4spd trans mated to original transfer case. Runs and drives, registered with clean title.”

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2 DJ-5s Fort Mohave, AZ $1800

• CATEGORIES: DJ-5 & DJ-6

Given the dry climate, these might be in decent shape even though they’ve sat for a while.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/474754650560640

“Pair of postal Jeep’s right hand drive 1 ran when parked 5 years ago clean Az title on the 1 that runs boxed frame heavy duty suspension for a rock crawler or rat rod or street rod $1800”

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CJ-3B & M-38 Project Jeeps Rapid City, SD $4500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B, M-38

UPDATE: Still Available.

(03/29/2020) Both are projects.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/544824932791689/

“Two complete jeeps. The yellow is a 53’ and the green one is a M38. The yellow Jeep has a title but the green one does not. They both just need put together. Price includes 5 different engines, tons of parts, extra parts and a Willy’s generator as well! Generator has 535 total hours on it.”

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1953 CJ-3B Aurora, CO $13,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B

UPDATE: Still Available.

(01/12/2021) This 3B has a variety of updates.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/761594071447836

“This is a fun Jeep to cruise around in. It was restored in 2003. It was a frame up. The frame was sand blasted and powder coated, modified to install a Buick odd fire 225 out of a 1969 CJ5, it has a turbo 350 automatic adapted to the original Dana 18. The interior is original seat frames with new upholstery with a softop. I installed a painless 12 circuit wiring harness, new Autometer gauges, tilt steering from an 85 Chevy PU, Running steel wheels with 32’s, one inch rancho sping lift. Power steering upgraded to a saginaw power steering box.”

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Year? CJ-2A? Lancaster, OH $4000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, CJ-3A, DJ-3A

UPDATE: Price dropped to $3500.

(01/05/2021) Roger Martin shared this plow jeep. It’s got a CJ-5 hardtop and what looks to be a DJ windshield.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/467713967959178

“Willys cj2a or 3a repowered with buick dauntless v6. Runs and drives. 4×4 works. Dualamatic locking hubs. Heated cab. Plow works. Be a good build project. Have extra parts available.”

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1954 CJ-3B El Paso, TX $10,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B

UPDATE: Still Available.

(03/17/2020) Seller now provides a description.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/730040071047124

“Just testing the waters Is a 1954 Willys for trade or sell 350 engine 2 1/2 suspension, trucks is much fun unfortunately couldn’t take it overseas..! We trying to see how much we could get for it (not give it away) My brother had to Deploy and left his toy behind to to sell or trade .! Let me know what u have don’t waist ur time trying to trade me a 1996 Honda no engine or without tires.”

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1948 CJ-2A Summersville, WV $16,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $16,000.

(02/06/2021) Looks in good shape. Has the wrong grille for a 1948.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/267080371464622

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“This is a stunning 1948 Willy’s Jeep that has been carefully restored to be a perfect piece for a collector or a Jeep lover who wants a piece of American History. Purchased with plans to drive as a summer toy, plans have changed and need to find this beauty a great home. Vehicle displays 66,705 miles. Vehicle has been restored and includes many original components, including the engine, transmission, bridge frame, gauges, etc.

Was repainted in a satin fire red color and is a real head turner both on and off the road. As you can see from the pictures, all restoration components were carefully selected to be vintage OEM pieces and the work was done to keep the vintage feel of the era. The jeep includes 1/2 doors with canvas uppers (not pictured) and a full canvas top (as shown).

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1955? CJ-3A Anaheim, CA $2800

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

UPDATE: Still Available.

(01/04/2021) No title, which likely explains the listed year. This is a project.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/210931194017707

“1955 cj3a jeep bill of sale. Great starter project. Front clip is off and have start on freshing up the motor. I have a spare Trans too. If you didn’t want to rebuild the old one. Sold separately. That was my plan swap Trans a rebuild the old one slowly. I fix them drive them and sell them. So as things get fix the price only goes up!”

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1946 CJ-2A Yakima, WA $9000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , , .

This ought to be good for tackling desert and mountain trails in the PNW.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/WillysSwapMeet/permalink/2880664488873478/

“1946 Jeep Willys · Suv · Driven 123,459 miles This beauty is power by a 327 stroker 5 over 350 trans w/ sift kit 9bolt rear end. Air lockers with onboard compressor 12” stretch on body and frame( more belly room) professional build 15 gallon Aluminum fuel tank Aluminum Tilt wheel”

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Rear PTO for 1/4 Ton Jeep Dakota, MN $950

• CATEGORIES: Parts

This setup looks ready to be installed. Two prices listed: one price is $950 and the other is $900.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/4583656008316692/

“For sale rebuilt/refurbished late 1940’s Spicer 18H PTO system. Includes rebuilt input unit, driveshaft and rear mount output unit. Input unit has new bearings and seals. Output unit disassembled and inspected with new seals. Driveshaft is in good condition with original flex joint boots intact. Fits CJ2A, CJ3A, CJ3B, M38 and possibly early CJ5 & M38A-1. $900/OBO”

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1963 Video of Lifesavers and their Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

John helped me locate this short video from 1963 showing one of Cornwall’s surf rescue teams. In it, these brave young men demonstrate how they utilize their specially modified jeep to perform rescues. Baywatch it aint!

View the video here: https://www.britishpathe.com/video/jeep-lifesavers-aka-lifesavers

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1949 Article Introduces the 4WD Wagon

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

This September 17, 1949, article in the Green Bay Press-Gazette states that the four-wheel-drive wagon evolved out of a military special order for four-wheel-drive-wagons. I’ve run across that fact previously, maybe on a brochure?

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2021 Willys Reunion is Scheduled for May 21-22 in Aurora, OH

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

The 2021 Willys Reunion has confirmed it will take place May 21-22 in Aurora, Ohio, this year. My lovely bride and I won’t be able to make it, but hopefully we’ll be more settled in 2022 and can visit at that time. Maybe we can even bring one of our jeeps next time!

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1945 Photo of Udem, Germany

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Charles shared this 1945 photo from Udem, Germany, showing a British and Canadian forces, along with a of couple jeeps, one with a permanent looking top. What’s the vehicle in the lower right?

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2008 Prototype GD M1161 Growler Asheville, NC $26,500

• CATEGORIES: Other 4x4s

If you like unusual offload vehicles, maybe this will quench your thirst.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1544965952364443

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“2008 Prototype General Dynamics Ordnance & Tactical Systems M1161 Growler Light Strike Vehicle. 3.0L Turbo charged diesel 4 cylinder 148HP, 295 lb∙ft torque, 4 speed auto, 4WD. Runs and drives excellent, 553 miles, 203 hours. Tire inflation system (run flat) and adjustable air bag suspension work as they should. One piece windshield with defrost vents, I haven’t seen another with a one piece windshield.

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1946 CJ-2A Cody, WY $4000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Could be worth a look.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/260552025732939

“1946 Willy’s Jeep CJ2A. Runs and drives $4000 obo”

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