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1944 MB Marana, AZ **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2000.

It runs, drives and appears solid.  It needs work of some kind.

“I have for sell a 1944 willys jeep. It has the 4 cyl F head motor not the flat head motor. The jeep runs an drives but needs work, its 66 years old the body is in very good shape an its a MB 44 willys…..”

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Long Range Desert Group Preservation Society (LRDG)

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EVENT:  The LRDG Preservation Society will be participating its 2nd biggest event of the year October 2-3 2010 at Prado Dam Park in Chino Hills California. They are one of 85 different re-enactment groups from nearly every time period and culture in history.  It is a Military Time Line Event which will feature everything from Roman Legionnaire’s to Viet Nam Re-enactors and many other periods in between.

Kim wrote me last week after seeing drafts of the “Africa SAS” T-shirt I’d like to produce (I am working on refining the shirt design btw).  As the membership chairman of the Long Range Desert Group Preservation Society (LRDG), he’s particularly interested in the SAS jeeps and Long Range Desert vehicles.  So, he introduced himself and the organization.

The LRDG Preservation Society is a non-profit organization established “to learn as much as possible about the unit, the men in it and the equipment and tactics they used. Then to share that information with all whom wish to learn. To that end this group has built a replica of a classic WWII LRDG truck (1942 Canadian Chevy, right hand drive, India format) and outfitted it with “historically correct” military equipment, gear, provisions, and uniforms. The vehicle was built by Rick Butler in Yreka California from several vintage trucks and parts from around the world. Converting a left hand drive vehicle to right hand drive was one of many challenges.”

The Society has supporters and members throughout the world, including the US, England, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Portugal, South Africa and more.

About the Long Range Desert Group:

During the 1930s, the British developed the idea of creating a motorized guerrilla/recon group in northern Africa to provide intelligence to British Forces.  After studying the terrain and needs for such a group, the Brits formed the LRDG, which according to the LRDG website “was very much like a “private army”, formed to meet the particular conditions of desert warfare.”  The LRDG was made up of volunteers and, because of this, they could wear beards and were given latitude that regular military soldiers did not have.

Learn more about the LRDG by clicking here and scrolling to the bottom of the page.

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Kim’s LRDG S.A.S. Willys

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I’ve seen them in old pictures, but Kim is the first owner of a Long Range Desert Group S.A.S. Willys to contact me and share pics.  Of course, you can’t but help but think of the old Rat Patrol shows when you see these vehicles.  After reading through the website, one of the things I’ve learned is that there was plenty of thought, research and recon work that went into the supplies these jeeps and truck would need to carry with them as they sailed long, desolate seas of sand.

Kim writes, “The jeep I bought is mechanically perfect. The previous owner put all his money into the motor, brakes and trans.  The body on my jeep needs some help and eventually I will replace the rear and floor sections of the tub as there is some rust. Fortunately, It came to me painted in the proper color and had many extras including a Bagnold sun compass.

As a special addition to this jeep, I re-built a WW2 Italian de-milled M37 machine gun and converted it into a gas gun M.G. simulator. It sounds like a M.G. but no blanks are needed and it can not shoot a projectile. That is mounted on the front cowling. As I have been a machinist and tool maker for 30 years I machined a set of Twin Vickers machine guns out of aluminum for the rear mount. These are strictly dummies with no moving parts.

I did not buy this jeep to be a Trailer Queen. This is a re-enactment jeep and as far as I am concerned it looks like it just got back from Kufra Oasis and that is exactly what I want.  My ultimate dream is to have 2 WW2 jeeps. The S.A.S (which is not street legal) and an American OD jeep that is licensed and ready to drive to work.”

And a couple pics of the Twin Vickers Kim made. In this pic, some basic outlines and contours have been created in the aluminum stock.

Here you can see many more details are apparent.

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1945 VEC CJ-2A? Nicholas, Ky **SOLD**


UPDATE:  Read the comments, this did go quick.

“Folks, I doubt this one lasts long, though it isn’t “all original”.

“All Original Jeep – 12 Volt System – Tow Bar On Front Bumper”

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1953 CJ-3B Trinidad, Co **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2500.

This might be a good find for someone looking for a solid,  restorable CJ-3B.

“4 wheel drive works, lights work (front and rear), and runs good. No tears on seats and no cracks on windshield. Has a few rust spots, but in good condition for its year. Have title. Asking $2500 If interested,”

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1960 Wagon Woodstock, Or $2500

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It’s got some dents and dings, but looks solid.

“This 1960 Willy’s wagon is original!! Runs and drives!! Interior in fair shape- Chrome intact nothing missing!! Asking $2500 (Price Negotiable.)  It has some rust to be expected from a SUV of this age.  We have several other “whole”Willy’s as parts or to get up and running.  Please visit. Parked on SE 60th. corner of SE 60th and SE Harold.  call Nathan 503-970-5251 for more info.”

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1947 Truck Bakersfield, CA **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was ebay.

HOG spotted this nice looking truck on eBay.

“1947 Willys Pickup Truck , Newely Restored , NO Reserve!!!! This truck is a trophy winner this year!!!! 4×4 mostly original, manual trans, overdrive optional, customized small block ,V8 engine,  Custom interior, bed, wheels, and fuel tank.  Lots of extras, Edelbrock Carb,New throddle Cabel, All new headers. 5000 miles after new Engine Installed. Hunter Green, Above average paint job and body in excellent condition. Vechile has been appraised for $30,000 and well worth it but I am putting it up for aution today for $23,000. Don’t Miss out !”

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Wanted: CJ-2A Body in decent shape — Indiana

• CATEGORIES: Body Parts, CJ-2A, wanted

Bill is looking for a CJ-2A body in reasonable shape.  Contact him at bcarter702 [at] if you think you have something interesting.

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1961 CJ-6 Wyoming, MI **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1200.

This has a rear PTO.  It might be a good price.  This has been for sale since at least October 2009.

“1961 CJ-6. It has a 134 F- head engine , T- 90 transmission , Spicer 18 transfer case , Dana 25 front axle and Dana 44 rear axle.  Theres also a PTO on the rear bumper that was used for cutting grass by the first owner. I got it from a guy that had it on blocks in his garage since the early 80’s and it hasn’t been started since he put it there. I pulled the carb off and had it rebuilt and put penetrating oil in the cylinders but that’s as far as I got. It’s rusty and the first owner plowed his property in winter with it. It has less than 13,000 miles. I have the original soft doors and metal frame for soft top.”

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1949 CJ-3A? Goshen, OH **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5000

It is still a project.

“I have a 1949 willy’s jeep for sale new steel tub rebuilt tranny, transfer case, engine, front end and rear end. Mostly original really clean must see 90% complete runs and drives.

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1948 CJ-2A Genoa, IL **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4000.

Not much room between the rear tires and the body.

“i am selling my 1948 willys jeep it has been a great little 4×4 but i dont use it that much anymore so time to let it go runs and looks great 3 speed 4×4 everything works is a great toy to have”

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1950s? CJ-5? Crivitz, Wi $500 w/PTO


This might have some value.  Does this have a rear PTO?  I can’t tell what’s on the back of this.

“1940’s; It did run and was gone through. It has a PTO and comes with a plow. (715) 923-6767.”

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1942? Parts Flattie Nassau, Ny $700


This looks pretty rough.  If it has no papers, than I’m not sure how the seller knows it is a ’42?

“It is a 1942 willys was used in ww|| powerful lil 4 cyl runs great new clutch needs work good for project or work horse has plow set up no plow call 631 745-5373 no papers”

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1953 M-38A1 & 1963 CJ-5 Coffeeville, Ms $1600


I don’t see too many of those angled tops.  This might be a good price.

“1953 Jeep Willys CJ5, F-Head 4-cylinder, yard driveable, white spoke wheels with Thornbird mudgrips, needs restoration, fair condition.

1963 Kaisen CJ5, good body, F-Head motor locked up. $1600. for both. Will sell separately. Call 662-457-4335”

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1967 Swamp Buggy Stuart, Fl **SOLD**

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UPDATE: Was $1700. **SOLD**

“’67 Jeep Willys Swamp Buggy. 40″ tires, T-90A 3-speed transmission, T-18 twin stick transfer case, 2-seater with bimini top. Needs battery & starter. Additional similar Willys Buggy included for spare parts. $1,700 OBO”

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1962 Wagon Northglenn, Co $1200

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons

This is the first Willys I’ve sen that came with tire covers, so I had to list it.

“Has 283 chevey motor plus orginal motor. not running. Good solid body, chrome wheels, great builder. call Dick @ 303-452-6653.”

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1958 Truck New Carlisle, In $400

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks

The body does look rough, but this runs and moves.  It’s too bad the body is rough, because from afar, the stenciled names looks nicely rustic.

“Runs and moves.Super hurricane six cylinder.Rough body.Make offer.Can deliver.(574)876-8326”

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1948 CJ-2A Parts Ft. Wayne, In $300

• CATEGORIES: Body Parts, CJ-2A

I was looking for something else and found these.  Looks like a pretty good price.

“I have 1948 jeep windshield frame,front fenders,hood,dash,seat frame, to sell —– I do not want to seperate — These parts have been stored in a barn over 30 years and have some minor surface rust,minor dents,dings,vibration cracks,but they ain’t bad for being over 60 years old. very repairable original jeep parts.”

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1964 CJ-3B South Burlington, VT **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5500

(07/25/2010) There is some rust on the driver’s side.

1964 Willys CJ3B , daily driver, some rust in drivers running board area, floor pans and corners are solid..Rebuilt 134 Hurricane Engine, 4 cyl. F- head, transmission and transfer case, new exhaust and gas tank, new Bestop and Bikini top. 2 Sets of tires ( 31 inch Mud tires with white spoke rims and radial  winter on 15 inch original rims. Rear seat and Jerry can with holder, Pintle hook and 2 inch ball hitch as well. OVERDRIVE works great, brakes are original 9 inch shoes but still stop it. A great classic flat fender legend of the Jeep family, no time to restore it so I ‘m selling it . Serious inquiries only. No swaps , trades, or scams please Certified Bank Check or Cash at time of pick up”

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1950 CJ-3A Farmersville, Tx **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2200

(08/28/2010) Now that look like a giant Tonka toy!

“1950 Willys jeep with a Ford 289 engine, lift, 36in super swampers with alum wheels, dana 44 front and rear, warn lockouts, track bar, full roll cage, two new racing seats, headers, jeep runs good, 4×4 works good, not street legal.”

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1954 CJ-3B Colorado Springs, Co $13,995


UPDATE:  Scott notes they listed a price of $13,995 on their website (lots of good pics as well).

Looks nice.

From the website, “Willys has been totaly restored and looks and runs GREAT! This truck has a V6 Buick engine, front winch and rear power take off. You will not find a nicer Wilys with this many extras!  Call Gesick Motors @ 877-576-8441.”

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1946 CJ-2A Sauk City, WI **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5500

(08/07/2010) Check out the bump for the radiator … then check out the radiator!  Been in the family since new.

“1946 Willy s Jeep with PTO and PTO belt pulley. 283 V8 engine,12 volt system ,Roll bar,larger drum brakes and chrome wheels. Doors are not in pictures I do have them. This Jeep was bought new in 1946 by my dad and has been in family for 64 years. I will not sell pieces so do not ask to split it up”

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1944: Mayor Heine buys the first Jeep for Civilians

UPDATE 3: Cblynch posted an update to this information on site.  He notes that Randy Withrow in Alabama owns the below GP and also owns all the original photos.  Apparently, the woman driving the GP died a few years ago. (Thanks Simon).  Also, you can see an additional photo from Bergs yard in this thread. Finally, to GP1942 from G503, I’m glad you are enjoying the content, but please add a link saying you found the info at ewillys when copying and pasting it into other sites.

UPDATE 2: After further review, and based on Lindsay’s comments, I would say that the first BRC is a BRC-40.  The TWO jeeps in front of that are BRC-60s (made after the original BRC prototypes and before the BRC-40).

UPDATE:  A reader named Lindsay was kind enough to provide an update to this story:

Lindsay writes, “An interesting note about the article with the mayor that purchased the GP in 1944. That vehicle was tracked down by Ken Hake years ago and restored several years later. The 3 smaller photo’s at the bottom bottom right is a photo of Bergs Jeep parts in Chicago note the first one is a Bantam BRC 40 the one in the front of that is a very early “round nose” BRC of which only one still exists and belongs to the Smithsonian. This proves that round nose BRC’s were released and sold to the public. I sure would like to find one of those in a barn.”

The military started selling jeeps to civilians in 1944.  By all accounts, Mayor Heine, of Lucas Kansas, and his family were the very first purchasers of a Military jeep for civilian use.  Here is a Life Magazine Article about the Heines and the related images from the January 4, 1944, issue of Life Magazine (page 24 & 27).  I bet they wished the jeep came with a top and a heater!

NOTE:  The jeep below is a Ford GP


Fred Heine would late purchase an early CJ-2A, as captured in these press photos that landed for sale on eBay in 2014:

This is a second press photo of a photo sold two months ago. The caption is the same, though it has slightly different marks.

“1945 Press Photo Hutchinson Kansas Fred Heine buys Jeep for farm, H Woodring”



For comparison, here is what the photo and caption from October 2014 looked like:



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PNW4WDA Playday and Races in 70s

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This is a post I have wanted to publish for a while and finally got to drafting it last night. I have a lot of good memories of Playdays.  One of my most powerful memories was a trip to Pendleton, Oregon, for Summer Convention 1975 (I think that was the year).  It was located in the middle of a clearing in a forest: no buildings, just dirt, grass and trees.  I was 10 and pal’d around with Tim and Steve Carter for most of the weekend. We were kids in a candy store, wandering around and through the various camp ‘cities’, made up of campers and tents and people and jeeps, meeting other kids and having a blast. There were an endless stream of club names and club stickers (on the side of the jeeps) that I’d never seen before.   It truly was a different world …

Most of the images below came from the WWJC Scrapbook I borrowed a couple weeks ago.  Because the book was too big to fit on my parent’s scanner, I had to snap photos of them, which explains some of the low quality.

It’s fair to call this a sampling of events, as I hardly went to all playdays.  Feel free to comment on any I’m forgetting and I’ll add them to the post.

We’ll start out with this article in a newspaper about Jeep Racing from the mid 70s. I have to say I was a little surprised at the ‘retarded’ comment, which just highlights how fast language can change.

Jeep Stuffing: For the first event, let’s highlight this this oddball contest.  Here’s Al “Ham” Hamilton in his old jeep Gypsy B.  He and his Wife Barb were founders and deeply involved in the WWJC and the PNW4WA for many years.  The remainder of the people piled on to this jeep appear to be WWJC members as well.

I couldn’t say how this was judged, but it reminds me of the Yipao events in Columbia where they stuff CJ-3Bs with just about everything.

Barrels: Here’s Al again.  This is a classic event that still endures.  Inspired by the barrel racing event you’d find at horse races,  barrels were positioned in a triangle.  The racer starts at a gate, circles around each as fast as they can, then heads back to the gate.

The Gypsy B was Ham’s road/race/trail jeep.  As you can see, Ham didn’t even bother to take off the winch. He even scored some trophies in his jeep (well, at least one big trophy according to the scrapbook).

Potato Stab: In the Potato Stab, a racer races around a track and stops at each box of potatoes to allow the passenger to stab a potato, put it in a sack, and race onward.  The fastest time won.  There were variations of this event. One variation involved popping balloons instead of picking up potatoes.

Balloon Throws: This was just for fun.  Two jeeps would pass each other and water balloons were thrown.  I *think* this picture was taken at the Beverly Sand Dunes in Washington (near Vantage).  In the CJ-5 is my mother driving and my sister riding shotgun, probably in the late 70s.  This is Dad’s post rollover Jeep, note the cage has 4 loops with two in the middle.  It’s the kind of cage you install in your jeep after you’ve rolled down a hill 5 times.

Balance Beam: The balance beam is pretty self explanatory.  Again, this is my mom and sister (which is kind of weird, because I do not remember my sister or mother ever doing any of this). The object was to balance as quickly as you could.  This had to be around 1973 — in other words, this is the pre-rollover jeep.  I’m not sure why the side of the body on this jeep is so beaten up.  I’ll have to ask Dad if he remembers why that is, though I suspect he might say something like “cuz your mom drove it” 🙂

Balloon Pop: In this event, a child drives a course and stops at a special spot.  Once stopped, the child jumps out, runs to the balloon, pops it, runs back to the jeep, and completes the course.  This jeep appears to sport a Bobcat fiberglass body, though it appears to be just a body shell.

Banana Course (no image): In the banana course, a driver drives the course with a passenger.  At a particular spot, the driver stops and the passenger hops out and runs through a little obstacle, consumes a part of a banana, hops back in the jeep and then the driver finishes the course.  There were probably variations of this as well.

Tire Pit: I suspect this is a precursor to the mud bog, but I couldn’t say.  I don’t remember ever seeing this event in person.  I suspect the object is to get out of the pit the fastest?

Obstacle Course: Still included in racing today, this course is a tight course, usually muddy, that racers try to get through as fast as possible. Below is an image of me after an obstacle course at the ORV Park Near Olympia during the 1985 Summer Convention.

Team Relay: This has been and continues to be a traditional end of the playday/summer convention race. It involves four teams of four jeeps and four drivers on one course. The object is to get all four drivers around the course one time. Each team is assigned a colored flag to make it easy to identify the teams while they are racing. The top two teams to finish a round advance to the next round. The team that wins the final round wins a trophy.

When I last raced, this event would take the entire day. There were many, many teams and people. It’s a fun event to participate in and watch.

The first time I ever ran this event (March 1985 on a cold weekend north of Everett), I broke the front driveline in my jeep in the first round, I broke the front driveline in Tim Carter’s race jeep Priority (version 1) in the second round, and I thought I had broke the front driveline of Jim Carter’s jeep Otis in the 3rd round (we lost, so we didn’t advance after that — and I was relieved!), but fortunately I didn’t break it. I have never broken a driveline since. Weird ….

Other events not shown:

Water Course: The object is to get around the course the quickest without spilling water held in a cup by a passenger.  It’s a slow, but comical race.  A derivation of this involves an egg; if I remember correctly, the passenger carries a spoon, on which they balance an egg through the course.  If the egg falls off, they have to stop and can’t start forward again until the egg is back on the spoon.

Tonka Course: Kids put strings on their Tonka vehicles and pull them as they run through a course.  There were other kid-specific courses that I don’t remember.

Backwards: The racer drives a course forward to a stopping point, then has to drive the course in reverse as fast as possible.

The Divorce Course: The driver is blindfolded.  The passenger must tell the driver how to drive the course.

Cross Country Course: This is still in racing today and is a faster, longer course designed for faster speeds.

Hill Climbs: Self Explanatory.  I haven’t seen one of these in a long time, but they got held occasionally.  A derivation, based on the newspaper article above, is the chain hill.  In this event, climbers put chains on their jeeps and try to climb hills.  However, these hill climbs do not compare to those crazy Finnish Hill Climbers.

Drags: Self Explanatory.

King and Queen: This race is still run today. I’m not exactly sure when this was first run. If I understand correctly, this is an elimination race where 2 racers compete against one another.  One racer starts on one half of the track and one on the other.  Each racer completes the entire track.  The first one to complete the race advances to the next round.   The man that wins the final round is King and the woman that wins her final round it Queen.

Sprints: You can still find this racing occasionally (Here are some pics from earlier this year).  This is head-to-head competition where a group of racers have to race a certain number of laps on a course.  I never saw this at a playday, but did watch the Yakima Mud Races with were sprints in mud.

Top Eliminator: Only the fastest winners in certain events (such as the fastest cumulative times in the obstacle, cross country and barrel races for example) race in this race.  There are no separate classes.  The winner is the top racer (male and female brackets) for the weekend.  The race track is usually a tighter version of a cross country course.

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Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum


Josue dropped by the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum (WAAAM) and snapped these photos. The museum is located in Hood River, Or (I’ve been through Hood River several times and didn’t know this was there — guess I should have slowed down a little going through there ..).  Thanks Josue!

The WAAAM has only existed a few years, having first opened its doors in September of 2007, and already house one of the largest collections of flying antique aircraft and drivable antique automobiles in the country.  The museum appears to house 5 Jeeps:  1 Slat Grille MB, 1 Red Cross(?) MB, 1 M-38, and a couple M-38A1s (one with a sizeable weapon for removing trees, rocks or buildings that happen to block your path).

According to their website, ” Our collections are housed in two giant hangars — which together total 95,000 square feet. In addition to our antique collections, these facilities house a reference library, classroom, meeting rooms, and a community events area. Three additional hangars, totaling 37,000 square feet, are set aside for restorations.”