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My Build: A Center Console


console_finalI made more progress this weekend on the jeep.  Most importantly, I planned and excecuted a design for my center console.

My center console stands between the front seats.  It’s purpose was two-fold:  1, provide a place for me to put power and ignition/kills switches, along with a start button, and, 2, provide a more accessible location for plugging  in my cell phone (which will sit, along with a few other items, in a compact water proof bike bag that I can easily remove).

Now you ask, and reasonably so, why install a start button and switches when you have a perfectly good key switch on the steering column?

Well, that’s a good question.  There’s only one answer. I always wanted a jeep that started with a simple push button.  So, I just had to get that urge out of my system.  Trust that the key solution would have been easier, as my wiring harness was all set up for a GM column.  This meant I had to remove the GM plugs from the harness, decode the wiring, and rewire the critical wires to the correct points in the center column.

With that said, here’s my console:

After considering a variety of designs, I came up with this simple post and console design.

Below are the steps for cutting out the back of the console.  I had an old hood that I have been using for some spare sheet metal.  Below is the paper template on the hood.  Also on the hood is the bent and drilled console.


Next, I cut out the metal using a grinder with a cutting wheel.  Then I used a paint remover on my grinder to remove the paint.


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1948 CJ-2A Brownsville, OH **SOLD**


1948_cj2a_brownsville2UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5500.

“Hello, I buy,sell,repair,and restore willys jeeps. Flat fenders are my favorite which I have owned one for over 35 years. This is a great jeep for parades, car shows and just criusing around. A previous owner has done a nice job restoring it. It has a lot of unique EXTRAS with it. …  This is a nice jeep and is a very unique head turner. Rubber is very good too.

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1952 M38 McQueen, Az $1800


1952_m38_mcqueenThis might be a pretty good price.

“This is a 1952 Willy Jeep 4×4. It runs and has an 8000 lb warn wench on the front and a 4″lift and 35″tires with new rims. It also has a new gas tank and battery and new brakes put in by Big O tires. The lift, brakes and gas tank were all worked on by Big O tires and I have the receipts. 602-549-0844.”

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Willys/Jeep Boat Motor Tekoa, Wa $950


willys_flathead_boat_motorHere’s a boat motor that’s labeled with both Willys and Jeep markings. So far, I have found Willys motors in tractors, generators, and now boats.

“4 cylinder Jeep Willys inboard motor with attached Paragon reverse reduction gear transmission/drive. Rebuilt in 1961 (see placard below), so pretty safe to assume it’s a 1950’s or older motor….”

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Year? CJ-3A Thompson, Ct $600


1950s_cj3a_thompsonThis is a running jeep for only $600.  It looks to be a CJ-3A to me.

“i own an early 1940s jeep willys. it runs, the frame is in good condition, original RUNNING motor, 4×4 hi and low both work. the body needs work if you are intrested call glenn at 860-420-7629”

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


1950_cj3a_raleighUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3000. 

“Selling 1950 CJ-3A. Everything should be original except wiring was redone 30 + years ago and a new top bought about 25 or so years ago. All in all seems to be in good shape. Has been garage/shed/storage kept since ’83. A little work should get her running. Serial number is 51990. Would like $3k w/ the top or $2500 w/o it. Open to some negotiation. Jeep is located in Raleigh, NC (actually about 5 miles south in Garner). Buyer would be responsible for transporting it. I can also take more specific pics for anyone interested.”

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1948 Station Wagon 3 door Chesterland, Oh $1600

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons

1948_stationwagon_3dr_chesterlandHere’s one of the rare 3 door Willys Station Wagons.  David highlights these on this his Willys Country website.

“Selling a rare three door Willys four wheel drive Station Wagon. Built to haul people and sold new in 1948 in Pennsylvania, this four wheel drive wagon was constructed on the truck frame and has a non-running f-head 134 engine. There is no tailgate on this one…they used the rear panel from a pickup to build the back of the body. Has the usual lower body rust, however, the frame and floors are solid. The front floors will need minor attention, however, they are not rotted like most. Needs completely restored, but is almost 100% complete…including keys and title. Does roll but will need winched onto your method of transport. A very rare piece of Willys history, from what I’ve learned only 2 like this were built and this is the sole survivor. Listing it here first but if it doesn’t sell, it will go to ebay with a higher reserve. I’d rather sell it locally and avoid the headaches that ebay always brings when selling a vehicle! I’m asking $1600 or very near offer, no trades, no checks, money orders, wire transfers, shares of your dead uncle’s estate…you get the idea! More pictures available…just ask.”

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1953 Navy CJ-3B Amesville, Tn $3250


1953_cj3b_amesvilleThe images are a bit tiny to tell much.  I’m not a big fan of the paint job, but other than that this might not be a bad price.

“1953 CJ3B Navy Jeep. Still has Navy ID and information tag on the dash. Jeep is in fantastic mechanical condition. It is currently titled & licensed and I drive it daily. Does not use oil or smoke. Motor and drive train work flawlessly except for 2nd gear. Like 75% of old jeeps, it pops out of 2nd gear when decellerating. Odometer only shows 2870 miles and it works, but I can not verify that those are the correct miles. Brakes stop it straight and fast. All turn signals and lights work. Has been converted to 12volts. Has 4 new military type non directional tires on 16″ stock rims. The spare is a newer 16″ rough tread on a split rim wheel. All guages work. Has lock out hubs & a tow bar. Call 740-448-2600 if you have any questions. Thank you.”

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1946 CJ-2A Vinton, Ia $12000


1946_cj2a_vintonThis jeep is ‘almost’ completely restored.  For example, there’s no emergency brake.

“for sale — 1946 willys jeep completely restored. 260 miles on rebuilt motor, new body , tires– excellent condition. PLEASE do not offer some ridiculous amount, I won’t respond . Selling for another party.”

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1950s CJ-3A Meridian, Id No Price


1950s_cj3a_meridianHere’s a CJ-3A that looks like it is stored in an old barn.

“Willy’s flat fender jeep. Very original. Has flathead 4 cylinder, 3 speed transmission, and twin stick transfer case. Runs good, looks good. I’m listing this to help a friend of mine get it sold. If you have any questions, call Rick at 208-695-1645 Otherwise, I’ll try and help you out the best I can through email. Thanks for looking!”

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1947 CJ-2A Shrub Oak, NY FREEEEEE


1947_cj2a_shruboakRyan found this gem.  You know, there’s more jeep here than I’ve seen in some jeeps for sale. I guarantee something is salvageable, or your money back.

“Free 1947 Willys CJ2A. This is free because it has almost no usable parts.No engine or tranny.Body and frame are rotted. It’s basically just scrape metal. It does have the original matching front and rear axle. Most everything else has been removed or is rusted away. Front tires and wheels are not included. You will need a trailer or flatbed to take it away.”

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1951 CJ-3A Soda Springs, Nv $4500


1951_cj3a_sodaspringsThis CJ-3A appears to have a CJ-2A windshield.

“1951 willys jeep,orig 4 cyl motor, $4500.00 or best offer,extras, for info call chuck at (775)530-6638”

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1949 Jeepster Lansing, Ia eBay

• CATEGORIES: Jeepster

1949_jeepster_lansingI’m not a big fan of the smaller wheels up front, but it’s pretty hot looking otherwise.

“This is a 1949 Jeepster with a 440 six pack motor.  Has been in the family for 50 years.  Has been kept inside at all times.  I am selling because I have no time to drive it and enjoy it, hopefully someone else will enjoy it as much as I did when I had the time.  The car has a mopar 440 six pack engine, bored 0.60 over, has large racing cam, carborators have jet kit put in them, 727 transmission with shift kit, 3000 stahl convertor.  Pictures show car with 4 barrel no six pack ….”

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MB or GPW Tulsa, Ok $3000


year_mb_gpw_tulsaUPDATE:  Price dropped to $3000

It’s probably a bit much for a non-running project.

“WW2 jeep project includes your choice of MB or GPW frame. Both in good restorable condition. Older ” new” body kit with new tube, fenders, and hood with original grille and complete windsheild. Running WW2 era engine, T-84 transmission, all 3 seat frames and misc. parts. A very solid project. $3500. Call 918-836-7583 or 918-231-2133″

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Builds: Dan’s Grandfather’s CJ-5 Part II


You’ll remember we first met Dan and his CJ-5 from his discussion of his Hudson Steering to Saginaw Swap.

Dan has provided us with some additional coverage of the resurrection of his Grandfather’s jeep.  This might just become a series :-).  Besides, I’m a sucker for anyone will to take the time to breath life into the family jeep.  There’s plenty of people who would have junked this CJ-5.  Thanks for sharing Dan!

Dan writes, “One of the great things about a Jeep project is that you can work on all the little things while you save up for or look for those parts for the big jobs. Here is a brief look at some of my smaller repairs.  First, here is the project Jeep. A 1955 CJ5. [editor’s note:  the front shackles were reversed on this CJ-5 which produced some understandable discussions about whether this was actually a M-38A1.  Clearly it’s not :-).]


Starting with the gas tank, after cleaning all the surface rust off of the gas tank, I discovered a series of little holes. Now you can easily find an after-market steel or plastic tank, but for about $5 I may be able to fix it.


Here is the gas tank all cleaned up and patched with epoxy (JB Weld).  If it works than I saved about $100. If it doesn’t work, well then it didn’t cost me too much to give it a try.


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Seat Cushion Examples

• CATEGORIES: Features, Website • TAGS: .

UPDATE:  These are no longer for sale.  I keep this post just for ideas.


Jim writes, “I’m tired of not having anything out there anymore for Willys. For example, the only replacement seats you can get for an early Willys are either military or black vinyl.  How boring! There are no more bikini tops of any variety – everyone pretty much runs the same boring top.  Continue reading

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1964 CJ-3B Columbia, Mo $3500


1964_cj3b_columbiaThis is a nice looking CJ-3B, but what’s going on with the rear springs?

“1964 CJ3B Jeep runs & drives – 4X4 works – has F134 motor, an extra transfer case, and a metal top with doors. Will take $3,500.00 OBO.”

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1947 CJ-2A Sedalia, Co $3200


1947_cj2a_sedaliaThis jeep has a variety of upgrades, though it’s having some difficulty with 2nd gear.

“I am selling my cj3a to make room for my other projects. It has a 4 bolt 350 chevy with an sm420 truck 4 speed, dana 20 t-case, dana 44 rear end and stock front. Brand new 33.12.50 BFG mud terrains. Completely rewired with painless harness. Needs brake work and the rebuilt 4 speed still has trouble shifting into 2nd. Does run and drive (I drive it to work on Friday’s and weekends). Call for more info. Jason 720-275-8121”

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Stainless Steel Grille, Shasta Lake, Ca $1000

• CATEGORIES: stainless/jewels

stainless_steel_grille_shastaHere’s James’ Stainless Grille for sale.

“i have a stainless willys jeep cj2/3 grille with stainless fan shroud. very rare. looking to get $1000 james 530.941.4399″

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1947 CJ-2A Yakima, WA **SOLD**


1947_cj2a_yakima4UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3500.

“1948 FLAT FENDER WILLYS.  350.  4 SPEED.  roll cage.  427 gears. 4 wheel disc brakes.  on board air.  spare tire carrier(gas cans).  2 fuel pumps 1 electric 1 mechanical. a 8274 warn winch.  duel flow master exaust. LOCKED FRONT AND REAR.  TOW BAR.  LIST GOES ON AN ON”

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1953 CJ-3B Plymouth, MN **SOLD**


1953_cj3b_plymouthUPDATE: Was $2995. **SOLD**

The seller lists this as a 1953 GB2.  I thought that was a mistake until I did a search and discovered that this probably means this jeep is part of the second round of serials numbers for CJ-3Bs.  In other words, it’s a pretty early CJ-3B.

“1953 Willys GB2. B style so room for new engine. 12 Volt System. Valve stuck in the original flat head. Tranny, lock outs, and diff good shape. Good wheels and tires. I don’t have time to rebuild. Great project. Licensed as collectable. $2,995 or BO.”

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1960 CJ-3B San Juan, Puerto Rico **SOLD**


1960_cj3b_puertoricoUPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

Here’s the first jeep I’ve ever featured from Puerto Rico and what a beauty it is.

“For Auction Beautifull 1960 Jeep Willys, it has been in the family since new, only one owner. It was recently restore by professionals. Everything in great working conditions.

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1953 CJ-3A Tempe, Az $2000


UPDATE: A reader provided some pics.  He notes it’s in pretty good shape, but the seller is ‘a bit difficult’.

“Solid jeep stored indoors,no rust built in tow bar, v/6 buick engine,plenty of power,asking 2000.00 obo call mark at 480-217-1386. has license plate and i have a clear title.”


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1942 MB Spotted in Downtown Boise, Id


Here’s a very nice looking 1942 MB (or is it a GPW?) that a reader spotted in Boise a couple days ago.



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Fiberglass Flatfender Body Roseville, Ca $1000

• CATEGORIES: Body Parts

fiberglass_flatfender_body_rosevilleThis looks like a lighter duty fiberglass body similar to the fiberglass body I used on my first jeep.

“Replacement fiberglass tub for all flat fender Willys Jeep models. Comes with high-back, brand new, fiberglass seats with lap belts. Also has a perfect grill. This tub is in excellent shape, no holes and its never been mounted. The grill and tub are ready for your paint! This will shorten your project by months! Please call Mark @ 916-295-9157 for more information.”