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Paul Re-plates His Plates

• CATEGORIES: Features, How To • TAGS: .

Paul continues to make progress on his build, though he does have a habit of becoming side-tracked with wood projects (if I am a Foodie,  he is a Woodie).

Paul writes, “The local exotic wood store has been letting me pick over the wood shipments right after they’re unloaded and this has caused some trouble with overheating my credit card.  While I’m still making progress on the never ending Willys project, money has been in short supply so many of these projects have to be low buck items.  One of the cheaper but necessary jobs was to repaint the brass data plates (a total of six plates) originally installed on the M 38.  While I really wasn’t looking forward to working on these plates ( lots of trouble for very little progress) I felt the appearance of the Willys would be improved by having bright and shiny data plates installed on the heater duct below the base of the windshield.

I use a really strong liquid paint stripper to remove the original black paint from the data plates. After the paint is gone I do a chemical wipe with lacquer thinner then gently rub the bare brass with a fine grade scotch pad before doing another chemical wipe followed by the spray can black. Cheap, easy, and quite time consuming but the finished plate looks pretty good.

While it isn’t difficult to redo these data plates it is real easy to screw up the paint (once the new paint is applied) while cleaning off the lettering and then have to start all over again.  I’m using rattle can glossy black spray paint to apply two light coats on each plate and I let them dry for one day after the second coat.  After the paint is dry I very carefully block sand the plate with 400 grit sandpaper with the plate supported on a thick, flat surface.  I’m using a 3/4 inch thick slab of granite (it’s flat and cheap) so if I didn’t damage the paint during the sanding process I spray a very light coat of clear over the data plate and let it dry for another day.  Don’t spray a heavy coat of clear, it lifts the black paint which results in more clean up time and then you have to start all over.  I figured this out the hard way so you wouldn’t have too.  Geeze, what a guy!

Anyway, if things went well you should have a new appearing data plate to attach to your Willys.  I’m still working on the remaining four plates because I got a little careless while sanding  but the first two plates look pretty good.  I’ve attached three pictures showing the stages of data plate repainting.

1. Cleaned Plates with paint removed.

2. After paint is applied.

3. After paint is lightly sanded off.

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1942 Flattie Wilimington, Ca $3500


Note the last line … this is in pieces … no pics provided.

“1942 Willys Body on CJ6 Frame
* new 350 long black set up for tuned port, injection tune port included
* Dana 30 front end, 44 rear
* new turbo 400 trans
* transfer case, wench and many other parts
* in pieces

Asking $3500 for all or best offer. Call Kevin 310-880-7362”

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Jeep Rod Sacramento, CA **SCAM**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Jeep Rods • TAGS: .

UPDATE 2:  This is a scam … one of the stranger scams I’ve seen.  I flagged the craigslist ad as spam.

UPDATE:  I posted this in October of 2010 when Freestyle Magazine’s blog captured this unusual jeep rod.

“Rebuilt Chevy 327 V8
Lowered on Enkei Muscle Car Springs & Shocks
New Off-Road/Snow Tires
Chop Top
Documented Military History
Transmission Will Not Shift Past 2nd (C4 Corvette 4 Speed
Radiator Leaks
No Stereo, No AC, No Heater, NOTHING
Speedometer Doesnt Work, but not a problem because of the transmission.  will trade for a tuned import, bagged truck or another rat rod or pre-smog muscle car”

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1948 CJ-2A Turner, Or $300


It’s rough, but there might be some value here.

“48 willys jeep no title body is rough asking $300 obo need it gone. call 503 881 2764”

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Year? CJ-2A Coeur D Alene, ID **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $400.

This looks like a great price and a fun restoration.  It would be useful to see just how this was stretched. This could be a rare CJ-2L. This it the 5th one I have heard about or seen in the Pacific Northwest. You can see other stretched jeeps here. This looks like a good price.  This almost looks like an old lefty, too.

“It’s all there but will need complete resto.Was stretched by a previous owner.Wheel studs are broken on front axle,so will not hold wheels. No title.”

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1951 CJ-3A Nehalem, Or $1000


‘Possibly’ running?

“1951 Willys Jeep 4×4 (possibly running) with rolling chassis, 4 cyl engine, 4 speed trans, split shift transfer case, fold down windshield.

Needs new home and some TLC. Also needs glass for windshield, seats, and some finishing. We think its a M38 but not sure… it’s definately a classic and worth restoring for the auto enthusiast! Willing to deliver within a reasonable distance. $1000/OBO”

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1952 Wagon Lomax, Il $1250

• CATEGORIES: Jeep Rods, Willys Wagons

There is some rust.  Might make an interesting project.

“1952 Jeep Willys Panel Truck. This would make the perfect rat rod project. No motor or tranny several parts in a box. This is sitting on an S10 frame. Would make a great rat rod or off road vehicle on the right frame. Make it what you want. $1250 309-221-6040.”

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2 Wagons Medford, OR **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons

UPDATE:   **SOLD** Was $2100.

One runs and one doesn’t.

“1953 Willys Wagon, 4×4, Buick 231/runs, original trans., new brakes.
1957 Willys Wagon, 4×4, No engine/no trans., Good Glass, Good Chrome, Good Body.”

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1951 CJ-3A Hermiston, OR **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5500.

Attached skidder not included.

“This jeep has a 12v conversion and 11 in brakes,other than that its stock.L134 go devil, T90, Dana 18, 25/44 dana axles.Good runner/driver/worker.”

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2 1946 CJ-2As Hermiston, OR **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5500.

(11/14/2010)  “This is a great original jeep.L134,T90, Dana 18,Dana 25/41 axles.Runs drives good,needs paint.Fist size hole in toolbox.”

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1948 CJ-2A Hermiston, OR **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4500.

(11/15/2010) This needs a little work.

“This is a pretty nice old jeep with a pretty chev smallblock,t90,spicer 18,dana 44/27 axles,pretty good top and interior,lifted.Does need a little like a front wheel barring and some wiring.Pretty nice paint and very little rust.”

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1950s CJ-3A Doral, Fl $5900


UPDATE:  Still Available

(06/07/09)  “1950 WILLYS JEEP – Army Red Cross paint scheme in good condition
For more info, please call John @ 954-245-2630 & leave a message. I will get back to you!

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More SAS Photos

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

I found these SAS photos while searching for something else today.  You can see several SAS related posts here.

On these first two pics, note the strange louvres on the grilles.  I don’t remember these from other pics.  You can see the first photo at this site.

Here is a german website showing SAS Jeeps in Europe.  There are a few more photos there, too.

From another page at the same site comes these two photos. More photos here also.

From the WW2 Airsoft Website come these two photos.  There are a few more there, too.

And this image from Belgium comes from this site which has duplicates of images above and more.

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Signed SAS Print

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features • TAGS: .

I thought this was kind of cool, too.  The photo comes from a collectibles site. The people featured in the 8″x6″ print are Paddy Mayne and Ian Fenwick.

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Turbine Rims 15×10 Bowling Green, Ky $100

• CATEGORIES: Tires and Rims

Are there four here for sale?  These look like a set I own.

“Here is an old style true Turbine wheel set..15″ by 10″ wide. Fits the big 5 lug pattern that Ford trucks used…also Jeep and Dodge. These go very well with your bigger AT and MUD TIRES.. These really make a truck sharp. Tires are no good.. I think I have the center caps..very dirty in pictures will clean up nice. $100 is firm on these.You dont see many of these around anymore.please call 270-834-9834”

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4 15×10 Hurricane Rims Everett, Wa $150

• CATEGORIES: Tires and Rims

Just like one set of mine.

“these are in perfect shape and fit any 5lug 5×5.5 like ford bronco f100 f50 international scout ihc Suzuki samurai dodge ram etc $ 150 obo or trade for tires ( 425 232 8055 )”

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1966 CJ-5 Suffolk, Ny $1500


This looks like a great price even if the brakes need fixing.

“For Sale, 1966 cj5-willys/jeep,
new best top,new stereo,new running boards,new seats,
new plugs and wires,new rotor and points,new rhino liner on the inside,
Has the four cylinder engine with about 11,600 on rebuilt motor.
We are asking $1500.00 dollars firm…
This willys will need new brakes all the way around,Wlacks 4 wheel drive,has complete kit for around $560.00 dollars.  631-477-2459”

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1946 CJ-2A Boyer Fire Jeep Oro Station, Ont, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles • TAGS: , .

UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was on eBay.

(01/29/2011) Starting bid is $12k.  It looks well maintained, but dusty.

“Up for auction is an original WILLYS 1946 CJ2A BOYER FIRE JEEP.

It is extremely hard to find an original Boyer jeep with that many accessories still on the vehicle. To find out more about Boyer jeeps please go to

The jeep is in orginal condition. It appears it has been painted once. The engine runs nice and smooth, all driveline works. Engine has original governor. The mileage on the vehicle shows 2304 miles however the speedometer appears to be broken. Jeep has some rust issues: front floor especially under the tool box (rusted through), on back corner behind reflectors (both corners rusted through), otherwise the outside body, fenders, etc. are in excellent condition especially the windshield frame (have never seen one in that great shape for a 1946 vehicle!).

The jeep comes with all the accessories you see in the pictures. Unfortunately it didn’t come with the pump. It appears that the pump was removed many years ago. The jeep was stored inside for many years, we changed the fueltank and the exhaust system as we didn’t want to take a chance with the old one with old fuel in it. The old fuel tank is emptied and is included in the auction. It appears there were no leaks from the old fueltank. Most likely it will need to be boiled out.

The brakes need to be looked after as the brake pedal goes straight down to the floor however it moves freely.

We have a professional restoration facility for Willys Jeeps and in our opinion this would be a simple restoration because everything is there to do nice job. Fuellines, brakelines, wiring harness all original.

This vehicle comes without any warranties or guaranties. We have over 15 years of experience in shipping vehicles worldwide and will assist buyer with shipping/loading and paperwork.

Shipping, taxes and/or other fees (import, customs, etc.) are not included in the auction and are the buyers responsibility.”


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1946 CJ-2A Sioux City, IA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3000

(01/04/2011) This looks like it’s been in there a while.

“1948 Willies Jeep model cj2a w/ original flathead. $3000/obo.”


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Year? CJ-3A New Jersey Cash or Trade


UPDATE:  Still Available

(01/02/2011) “willing to trade my 1950 jeep willys for a s10 or s10 extreme ext cab or a commuter car almost any thing 4 cylinder has chevy small block racing seat some extra parts any question give a call with what you got 973-945-9703”

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Anyone Recognize This? **MYSTERY SOLVED**

• CATEGORIES: Features

UPDATE: See Comments.  This is an old style parking assist for a trailer. See Comments.

Dexter found another MB deal, but this item was installed on the steering column.  Anyone know what it is?  It looks to be a hydraulic unit, but not sure why it says “not for parking”?

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1951 M-38 Marysville, WA **SOLD**


UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $1000

(09/21/2009) It sounds like it doesn’t run.  Ok, it doesn’t look like it runs either …

“Ford 289 V-8 Engine, refinished orignal seats, needs wiring harness; Replaced steering system with 3/4 inch bars; Tow bar in excellent condition; ”


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1946 CJ-2A San Luis Obispo, CA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2800

This might make a good restoration.  Some paint might really help.

“Rebuilt L134 Go Devil engine, newer military tires plus spare, lots of spare parts. Licensed and registered till 12/11.”

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1946 CJ-2A Castle Rock, CO **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4000

This has had some recent work according to the seller.

“1946 CJ2A Willys Jeep – 95% restored
Asking $4,000.00
Was a 6 volt, upgraded to 12 volt. All new wiring, brakes, steering, clutch, transmission, gas tank, canvas seats and frames.
I have all receipts and used parts, some new parts not installed yet.
Needs some carburetor work and tires. Jeep is registered as collector vehicle with a clear title.
Have enjoyed many mountain trips, still has many more in its future! Or, fun to play with in the snow!”

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Year CJ-2A Goodlettsville, Tx **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1750

“I have a Willys CJ-2A Jeep for sale or trade. It runs and drives, but could use a tune up. It has an AMC 360 ci V8, T-18 granny 4-speed, Dana 20 T-case, Dana 44 30-spline rear axle, Dana 30 open-knuckle front axle with matching 3.73 gears, and 31×10.50 tires on chrome wagon wheels. Gauges work, tilt steering column, power steering, seats are aftermarket baja style racing buckets. Needs gas tank installed, has one rigged so you can hear it run. Many parts can be thrown in for the right amount of money. I’m asking $1750 NEGOTIABLE or TRADE for??? I like vintage cars or trucks (Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Chevy, Olds, Pontiac, Buick, GMC, Dodge, Chrysler, Plymouth, or???) or other Jeeps, or anything, any year. If you have an old Continental I’d love to trade. But I am open to ANYTHING.”