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1959 CJ-5 Madisonville, TX **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1995

This looks complete, but it needs a little work.

“Cheaper than a mule or 4 wheeler lots of pulling power receiver hitch jeep is in good condition for the year all the 4 wheel drive works 4cyl runs good windshield folds down ready for the deer lease tow bar inc hooker up and take off bill of sale only $1995.00 obo”


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


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $13,000

(08/23/2010) Here’s a nice looking flattie.

“1947 Willys CJ-2A. Rubicon ready. Buick 225 V6. New 100A chrome alternator. Holley 390 carburetor with electric choke. Electric radiator fan. Power steering, Saginaw 3:1 steering box and tilt steering column.

SM420 transmission, new clutch, T-18 transfer case with Saturn overdrive and new drive shafts. Axles both rebuilt with ARB air lockers and 4.86 gears. Front is a Dana 30 with disc brakes. Rear is a Dana 44 with Warn lifetime warranty axle shafts and locking hubs.

35? tires with 90% tread left. 2 inch body lift and 2 ? inch suspension lift. Bikini Top. Large gas tank, 16 gallons. Removal rack. Alpine CDE-9845 stereo with Aux input 4GB iPod mini included. Midland CB with Firestick antenna.”

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Sam Installs a Rack & Pinion Prototype

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

Sam, from Flatfender Willys in Colorado, mentioned a few months ago that he figured out how to easily install an off-the-shelf Rack & Pinion into a flattie.  He’s installed over 10 of these over that past few years in various rigs with great success.

A number of readers asked for more information.  However, Sam chose to delay the information so that he could work with the maker of the R&Ps to develop a Rack designed especially for Jeeps — from old flatties through Wranglers.

What you will see below is the protoype built by the company that Sam has installed into Craig’s CJ-3B.  These are early pictures of the process.  Once Sam finishes testing this prototype, they’ll be available for sale.

1. This first image shows the Rack tucked neatly under the cross member.

2. Here is an underside look at the setup.

3. Here’s a look at the 7/8″ tubing (I think I have that right).  The basic Rack was originally designed for a 4000lb truck and then was modified for the Jeep to insure it was strong enough to handle a variety of situations.

4.  For the typical installation, you’d leave the stock shock mount (if you have a mount there), and cut the plate flush with the frame.  Otherwise, you can just bolt the plate into position.  In this case, Sam had made a change to the suspension and moved the mount down.

5. This image shows that the Rack has an even lower profile than the stock system.  Note how far lower the stock system extends.

6. This image shows the 1/2″ plate to which the Rack mounts.  shows the Rack doesn’t extend far outside the frame.

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A WWII Courier Willys

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, War Images

I don’t know anything about this particular jeep except that it is called the “Dixie Flyer”.  It seems to be a modified MB with a ‘Courier’ sign in the front and some modifications to the fenders.  It also appears to have a gas tank on the passenger side (I think that is what is sticking down under the passenger?).  I found this image on the European Center of Military History’s Blog.

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1941 GPW Central Point, OR **SOLD**


UPDATE: Was $2000. **SOLD**

“1941 ford gpw willys jeep rare hard to find ford gpw not many made most are willys jeeps. every thing is there it ran and drove when i got it. took it apart to restore but lost interest. hood fenders tub all is straight and has no rust. new 32 x 11.50 x15 bfg alltrain tires like 95% tread on black rims. it has a pinto 2.0 motor runs great,three speed tanny twin stick transfer case every thing is there complete rig just needs put back to gether. also have yj springs and all trail gear parts to put them on for a spring over my loss your gain.”

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1950 M-38 Denver, Co $5900


This looks like a good build.

“1950 Jeep WILLYS 4X4. Mileage says 87K but it is unknown as if this is accurate as they have changed the gauges and my dad got it as a payment for money it’s newly in our possession. Runs Good. 4speed 4w drive. Great shape. email inquiries for now.”

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1944 MB Blair, Ok **SOLD** (Includes trailer)

• CATEGORIES: MB, trailer • TAGS: .

UPDATE:  This appears to have sold quickly. The jeep and trailer were priced at $2500.

“1944 Willys Jeep with trailer. Was street legal and tagged. Tire went flat and I parked it in the garage 9 years ago. Original jeep tires were hard to find. Good project for the military vehicle fan or would make a great hunting jeep. Comes with extra canvas.”

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1958 FC-150 San Ramon, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677 • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3000.

It sure looks like it has been sitting.

“This 1958 Willys FC150 cab over engine stake bed jeep has been sitting for a few years.
It is not running now, but it is not mechanically broke. It is a 12 speed with a PTO. It has reversed rims for stability, and could be a good workhorse for someone, or show jeep. The jeep is located in San Ramon, and you have to call to see it. It is a FC150. I’ve priced it to sell because I need the space.

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1948 CJ-2A Olive Hill, KY **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2500.

This looks pretty nice for $2500. It includes a parts jeep as well.


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1945 VEC CJ-2A Plant City, FL **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $600

It’s rough, but it’s an early one.

“1945 Willys Jeep. Pretty much all original. Original motor,tranny,and running gear! Clear title icluding the original title from 1945. Complete Jeep…..$600…Steve….”


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1948 CJ-2A Cape Coral, Fl $1750


This has a raised seat in the rear, suggesting it was built for hunting?

“1948 willys jeep cj 2a flat head 4 cylinder runs good smokes a little but would make a good hunting vehical clean fl title Call 239-699-6737.”

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1961 CJ-3B Tucson, Az $2750


UPDATE:  Price dropped to $2750

(07/15/2010) It sounds like a simple rewire of the alternator and 10 minutes of bleed of the brakes ought to result in a pretty nice jeep.

“This jeep has lots going for it, but still needs finishing off. Everthing listed is either new or rebuilt with less than 5 miles on it. Motor F134, transmission, transfer case, radiator, gas tank, exhaust, brakes, steering parts,drive shafts, shocks,wiper motors, tires, wiring harness, bearings, switches, lights, cables and so on. Posted at Willys Works. It is not titled, serial number on frame and data plate match. Comes with ratty old Whitco top. Brakes need bleeding & adjusting, adjust steering & figure out why a new battery will not hold a charge (has alternator). Bring cash. Jeff @ 520 780 2576.”

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1943 MB Avila Beach, Ca $3600


UPDATE:  Price dropped to $3600.

(06/17/2010) It looks solid.

“1943 Willys Jeep with rebuilt motor. Has large tow bumber and includes tow bar. $3600 O.B.O.”

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Year? M-38 Lake County, CA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $500

(09/30/2010) The body might be M-38, but the frame appears not to be.

“I have a 1951-1952 Korean war Willys jeep rolling chassis w/ body, transmission. this is a project. Serious only please. Body has serial tags on it still for verifcation MC#’s 4×4 etc. make it orginal or 350 chevy? etc. Great old jeep to have!”

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Hein & Family Explore Oz in a Jeep

• CATEGORIES: International, Reader Stories, Trips

Hein, his wife and their daughter took a 16 day trip in September, 2010, into Australia’s Outback.  Hein provides this report and these images of his great adventure. If you missed it, one of their more memorable encounters was with the Camel Man, which I reported a few days ago.  Thanks for taking the time to share this with us Hein!

Hein writes, We had a Fantastic trip through the Outback, not totally without its “interesting” moments! We broke the trailer chassis completely on day 2,  blew a tyre in the middle of the desert and had to replace that, but the Jeep ran like clockwork trough some extremely harsh terrain.

Some of the roads were so corrugated that even with soft tyres we vibrated clean off the road at 20 to 40 kmh; then there were other sections where we plowed differential-deep trough clay and mud for hundreds of kilometres at a time, but all in the name of FUN!

We covered over 7,000 km (4350 miles) in the 2 weeks, 80% off sealed roads, and camped wherever we got to each day. The average fuel-consumption was just a fraction better than my 7.5 km/L expected, with the average price of fuel about $ 1.75 /L due to transport-costs to these remote locations.  It was certainly a trip to remember!

Day 1) We left Brisbane heading due-west trough some farming-country and camped on the bank of an abandoned road-quarry with looming rain-clouds Everywhere!

Day 2) It rained quite heavy during night.  We had to pack-up in the rain and head out further west into ever more sparsely populated areas, encountering the first of many roads closed or severely-damaged due to flooding.  As a result: the next town was already out of Fuel! The last 100 km of Adventure-Way into Innamincka was barely passable even in 4wd. We passed a few abandoned trucks already stuck axle-deep, pummeled by constant rain.

The light was fading and we had no idea where or if we are going to reach somewhere to sleep. Needless to say, the family was extremely Anxious and Scared! Well after dark we continued travelling, the road now an Absolute Quagmire that the Jeep can barely crawl trough in 2nd/3rd gear.

As we approached about the hundredth floodway (normally dry , now a Raging-River), this one more churned up than most by some previously-stuck truck, I had to really nurse and cajole the jeep to get trough. Slip, slide, bounce, repeat was the process until we barely make it up the opposite bank.

However, there was a casualty, the trailer now sat at a Very Disturbing angle. I launched myself out with the camera and ratchet-strap into the pouring rain and ankle-deep mud, with daughter crying and wife not looking too happy either.  Fortunately, my wife is a farm-girl and trusted that I would make a plan.  A few minutes later I had the trailer strapped together and we limped into town after another half-hour, and one last river-crossing, straight into the Hotel!

Day 3) With the trailer needing repair, I had to unload everything and find Kbong, a local Trucky with the only workshop in town.  After moving the family to a camp in the National Park across the river, I would spend the rest of the day cutting out the remains of the rusted and broken frame.  Then in the afternoon, I built a much-sturdier new, vastly-improved little red-trailer, from the only length of 2 1/2″ Square-tubing in town.  Then, I got to immediately test it by crossing the now flooding river to meet up with the family at the National Park!

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Museums: MB at the Cole Land Transporation Museum

• CATEGORIES: Features, MB, Museums

This MB is located at the Cole Land Transporation Museum in Bangor, Maine, and has an interesting history.  According to the museum’s website, “his 1945 jeep served with the U.S. Army during World War II in Europe. After the war, it was given to the French government (French nomenclature in still on the dashboard). It was rebuilt by the French, declared surplus, and shipped to Duryea Motors, Brockport, New York in 1982. Galen Cole purchased it for display in the Museum.

Perhaps its greatest claim to fame is that the mold for the Maine World War II Veterans Memorial, located on the Museum’s grounds, was formed around this jeep; therefore, the jeep that is the focus of the Memorial is an exact replica of this jeep. It was chosen as the symbol of WWII because personnel of all branches of the service during that war used jeeps-whether generals, admirals, or privates.”

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Tips & Tricks: Sealing Body Seams

• CATEGORIES: Tips & Tricks

Frank suggested the following, “a suggestion, which I have done myself, is anyone who may be building a Jeep with a new metal body try sealing all the seams where the floor or rear fenders contact the body with urethane sealer (in the caulking tube). It’s about $10 or $15 a tube as I recall. Just make sure that all the surfaces you apply it to are clean and dry.

Since the main reason Jeeps rust (I believe) are all the seams and crevices that hold water, sealing out the water should help. Urethane is also sandable and paintable. It is used for installing windshields on late model cars and trucks which makes the glass an integral and structual part of the body in an accident.”

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Champs Sold!


Well, I wont’ be sending my kids to college with all my earnings from the sale of the 3 Champs, but I made a little money on the deal and did a good deed for the Champ community.

I have to say that getting a chance to poke around them, seeing how they were built, etc, was an interesting experience.  And, with more time and money, I think they would have been a fun rebuild; however, I am quite pleased to be rid of them!

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1947 CJ-2A Concord, Ca **STATUS?**


UPDATE:  Price dropped to $2500.  Status unknown.

(08/30/2010) This includes an overdrive.

“Classic Willys rebuilt 4 cly drives well has overdrive. brakes have been upgraded as well as the sterring. I bought this for my Son but since then he bought a classic truck.  What I know starts up every time runs well brakes work well. Very good body the windshield frame and the original seats both available on ebay need tlc. have pink slip and all DMV paper work. Drive it home. Located in Concord. ”

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1958 M-38A1 Lindon, Ut **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2650.

“Just in time for the HUNT! Small V-8 (305) 235/75R15 Tires (nearly new). Camo paint. (Upholstery is shot.) $2650”

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1951 CJ-3A Richmond, Ut $1850


UPDATE:  Brett learned more about this jeep.  Check in the comments for more info.

Brett forwarded this CJ-3A.  It looks solid, though it will need a few updates to be road legal.

“This is a 1951 Willis Jeep Antique. Has roll bar and canvas top. Good running condition with good tires.”

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1950 CJ-3A Lillington, NC **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $950.

It appears complete, but probably has rust issues.

“this is a willy’s overland jeep (1950)-needs restored-engine turns over-bought new ignition parts last year but never finished getting it running-has some rust holes(not to bad)-i have original manuals(service and owners)-have fla title (owner signed) but not transferred-was last running in 2001.”

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1952 M-38 El Monte, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: M-38 • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5500.

This might not be a bad price depending on the severity of the rust.


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1951 CJ-3A Odem, Tx In-Person Auction


Here’s a rough CJ-3A that will be auctioned by Saturday, Oct 16, at 10AM.

“Saturday, October 16th @ 10am
700 Voss, Odem TX 78370 ( on Hwy 77 at the railroad tracks in the middle of Odem )
Preview Friday,October 15th from 9am till 5pm

1951 Jeep Willys, originally from the Louisiana National Guard, partially restored. It does have the original engine and drivetrain. The engine is not locked up and was running before the owner stored it. Use it for parts or continue the restoration. High bidder gets it!”

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1946 CJ-2A Erie, Pa $5000


Here’s a good looking build.

“1946 Willys CJ2A- Bought in Florida last year. 1268 miles on V8 motor 215 cc, new tires, new shocks, stereo, original running gear, runs great. Very nice Jeep. Interested parties please contact or call Dick at (814) 450-1787.”