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1954 CJ-3B Tacoma, Wa $6500


UPDATE: This was for sale for the same price in July, but the jeep was brown (as you can see in the pic on the right). Now the jeep is gray as seen in the left.

Given that the body is a fiberglass, which is very hard to find for CJ-3Bs (actually impossible is a better word), I'm positive this was produced in the 80s or early 90s.  Looks to be in great shape.

"This 1954 3-B Highhood powered by a Chev 383 stroker V-8 and 4-Speed transmission.  warn 12,000 lb winch.  36×14.50×16.5 swampers. dana 44 front axle. dana 18 transfercase.  Fiberglass Body …." 

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1942 MB Naches, Wa **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was 4950.

“My friend is selling his 1942 Wily’s Jeep. it has a 6 cylinder over head valve Hurricane engine. All suspention springs have been redone. Rides nice! newer radiator. tune up, carb rebuild. good tires, licensed. clear title. Runs Great! No rust! This is a turn key jeep with Lots of power. I can send you pictures of anything you like to see on it. Very cool Jeep. hinden head lights from the military. 12 volt system. Not stock, just improved. turn key starter. nice bucket seats. the price is obo, a bit anyway.”

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1946 CJ-2A Rigby, ID **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $9500.

“1946 CJ2A: Frame off restoration with 4200 miles. New 1967 Buick 225 V-6/300 hp. Boxed in frame for winch support. Titanium alloy “Rock Crusher” rims. Gas filled guages. Custom built 15 gallon fuel tank under back seat. Jeep Wrangler seats. All original and completely rebuilt runnung gear. Best top and doors. Original and rebuilt Willys heater that will keep you warm. Warn overdrive and hubs. Custom top mounted pedals. Chevrolet steering box and tilt wheel from 1967 Camero. Much more info upon request. $9500.00 or close to it.”

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Willys Suzuki?


Just because you can, doesn't mean you should?


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1950 M-38 Bonnie, Ill eBay


Probably the worst feature on this 18,000 mile M-38 is the paint job — the painting over of gauge rims always detracts from the quality.  The driver side springs look a little fatigued as well.  Otherwise, it looks to be a good restoration candidate.  The seller does not mention the jeep specifically in the ad (a little odd) — instead, the seller describes a little history of the M-38.

“The M38 Jeep was the first post-WW II jeep, based on the civilian model CJ-3A, but upgraded for military use. It was known by Willys as the model MC. It featured flat fenders, a one-piece windshield, bottom-mounted wipers, a fuel filler on the left side near the driver’s seat, protruding headlights, and an air vent at the bottom center of the windshield frame. The 80-inch wheelbase M38 weighed 2,750 pounds.”

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1956 CJ-6 Fort Worth, TX **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6950.

1956 is the second year of production, where 2500 were made. During the first year, only 581 were produced. So, this is a pretty early model. Looks in good shape.  These don’t come for sale very often.

“Straight-no rust * Runs Great *134 CI 4-cyl * All new Painless Wiring *New Gauges *New Tires *New Shocks *New Battery *Clean Royal Craftsman Removable Top and Doors **In the city or in the country-its a blast to drive”

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1953 CJ-3B **SOLD**


(SEE COMMENTS)  It appears a great deal of meticulous work has gone into this ‘restoration’ and it looks nice.  However, this doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me.  If you are trying to make jeep that’s just come off the battlefield of WWII and you are going to invest the time and energy, why not do this with an earlier model such as an MB (that really did come off the battlefield) or it’s closest cousin the CJ-2A?

“98K original miles, 6 volt, all stock and original, new engine (it purrs) with maybe 5K on it, rebuilt transmission, rebuilt brakes, fresh upholstery on the original seats, a few dents and dings. Its turn key, needs nothing, starts, runs and drives excellent for a near 60 year old Jeep. Built to look like it just rolled off the battlefield in WWII, extended bed, Flat military green paint,loaded with ammo boxes, vintage tools, military surplus stuff, canvas etc.”


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1947 CJ-2A Nashville, TN **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4000.

“jeep has a newly rebuilt motor and i have hardly driven it. it has a spare gas can and a tow bar on the front. the body is in fair shape. this would be a great project jeep. cashiers check or cash only please.”

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My Rebuild — The Windshield


The first time I tried to fit the windshield onto the body last year, it was too narrow to fit correctly.  At that point, I put it aside to deal with later. 

Well, yesterday I decided that now was 'later'.   After playing around with the windshield some, I realized a couple things:  1) Someone had welded a crack on the driver's side leg, so I had to grind that down a bit to help it fit; 2) The cowl of the fiberglass body was not shaped quite right, so I would have to 'trim' some of the rubber gasket to get the window to fit (the rubber needs replacing anyway, so I hacked it for test purposes — as can be seen in the closeup photo below); 3) Even with the rubber hacked, the windshield likely won't fit as tight as I'd like, but I can live without a tight seal as I doubt I'd be driving in much rain anyway.  

With those decisions/concessions made, I had to choose where to drill the holes for the windshield mounts.  The key for me was to get the right tilt to the windshield angle, making sure the horizontal part of the legs looked pretty level and making sure that when the windshield was tipped forward that it would rest level (something that I couldn't do after mounting the windshield to my first jeep).  Finally, I had to make sure the windshield was back on the cowl far enough so that the windshield frame binders could be mounted to work correctly (I'm calling them binders here, but what do you call the two devices that pull down and secure the windshield?). 

Another task I tackled today was the brake pedal.  I took a brake pedal assembly out of a junk yard '90 cherokee.  Originally, I had the pedals all set up for a clutch and brake pedal.  After getting that setup complete, I changed my mind to go with an automatic. With that decision, I chose to get a wider automatic brake pedal.  Fortunately, the cherokee's also came with automatics (and hence automatic brake pedals) and they used the same brake/clutch assembly system, so all I had to get was a brake pedal and resize it.  So, if I do decide to switch to a stick/clutch, changing out the brake pedals and adding the hydraulic clutch mechanism (which I already have) will be a snap.

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1953 CJ-3B Newport, Wa **SOLD**


UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $1750.   I think this is a good deal.

This ad caught my interest because I’d never heard of Newport, Washington.  Newport is located north of Spokane and west of Sand Point, Idaho.  Looks like a beautiful place.

The jeep is interesting too.  The drive train has been modernized and the jeep outfitted with a modern cage. The engine probably has some extra spunk for a v-6, but bored 60 over suggests that it might not have a ton of life left.

“1953, Complete running gear out of 1968 Jeepster Commando, 3:73 gears, model 27 up front has a 44 in the back, model 18 transfer case,turbo 400 with shift kit, 225 V6 punched over 40 headers and turbo mufflers, aluminum high rise with 4 barrel carb, saginaw power steering, 2 inch lift kit, we have a few spare parts that go with it. Hasn’t been started in three or for years. missing coil and ballast resister. Has a nice full cage. Front and rear seats out of CJ-7”

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1960 CJ-5 Hood River, Or $1800 or trade


The body on this looks straight.  I doubt there's been many changes to it.  This might be a nice restoration project.

"1960 running and driving cj-5, 134 f head motor, 3 speed transmisson, just serviced at oil can henerys (200.00) all fluids changed, 32×11.50×15" tires on newer 15×8 wheels, very reliable, title in hand. 1800.00 or best offer or trade for honda cb, cafe racer, yamaha xs, interceptor, kz 1000 police, or other street bike. may consider trade for vw bug 1970 and earlier. 541-490-3044" 

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Reader’s Builds — Brian’s new bumper for his CJ-3B

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

Brian's been busy creating a new bumper for his CJ-3B build. He's says it's nothing fancy, but I think it's pretty nice.  Here's a start-to-finish explanation of the work it took to make his bumper.  Thanks for sharing Brian!

"Because the springs are longer than stock, I had to come up with a way to lengthen the frame a little in the rear. So, I fabricated  a new rear bumper and incorporated a swing out spare tire mount.  In addition, rather than cut holes into the body, I decided to put the tail lights in the bumper. To make the bumper, I only need to use a grinder, drill press, and a Mig welder — it's nothing fancy."

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Four Wheeler Magazine Flashbacks

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

Recently, Four Wheeler Magazine flashed back to 1978 and 1968 issues.  The 1978 issue had a back cover advertising Desert Dog Tires, including the tires that had Xs on them (I had forgotten about them).

Four Wheeler also has a short retrospective about tires, including an advertisement that shows the wide variety of tires available.

The 1968 issue had an article that underscores how popular jeeping had become.  One event in California, the Desert Safari, organized by the Tierra Del Sol 4wd club, brought in 600 jeeps and over 2500 people.   Below is the cover story’s picture.

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1946 CJ-2A Vermont $2700


This is a fine looking CJ-2A sporting a M-38 body.  The rims are interesting.


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Front and Rear Axles from Willy’s Wagon Portland, Or $100 obo


No Pics.  An inexpensive way to get some back up axles, differentials and parts.

"Complete front and rear axles for Willys wagon. I think they have 4.88 gearing. I have 2 pairs. $100 per pair OBO." 


Here's a set of Willy's Wagon axles in Eastern Washington (pullman/moscow).

"1955 Willys truck axles. Rear is a Timken style 4.88 gears, I believe it is good. Front is dana 25 w/ 4.88 gears, not in the best shape Other willy's stuff available. Make me an offer!" 

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1950 CJ-3A Cypress, Ca eBay


This jeep appears fully equipped for trail running.  Interesting reversal of spring pads — the back shocks sit inside the springs rather than the outside. I assume this has to do with the expanding shackles on the back.  The seller lists this a CJ-2A, but the last CJ-2A produced was in 1949.  

"This is a 1950 Willy's Jeep Rock Crawler with the following offroad modifications: Front Rock Crawler Bumper with Tow Bar and Clevis Rings, storage boxRockcrawler rear bumper with spare tire swing out carrier and gas can carrier Buick 231 motor, oversize "burma"radiator, hoses, new valve cover gaskets, headers, straightpipes, new/rebuilt 4 barrel carburator, high volume adjustable oil pump, new distributor, cap rotor, plugs, competition cam, new alternator,water pump, and thermostat. New twin electric fans controlled from cab(one kicks on at 195 degrees). On board Air Compressor to run power tools,air up tires and run ARB air lockers "

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1959 FC-170 Firetruck Sarasota, Fl eBay

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles • TAGS: , .

I've got a friend in California that has an old firetruck he would drive to work every so often.  I always thought that would be fun, but I think this firetruck would be even cooler.

"1959 Willys Jeep FC170 Forward Control fire truck. Runs good – may need some brake maintenance. 7,200 actual miles. Manual Transmission. ALL ORIGINAL!  This vehicle has not been stripped. It is 100% original – even the windshield wipers! Includes Fire Extinguishers and fire blanket canister (with original fire blanket inside). Even the lights and siren are working! The headliner is begining to come down and the interior needs some work. There are no dents on the exterior.The vehicle has only been driven in local parades for the past several years."

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1958 FC-150 South King County, Wa $1450

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677

UPDATE: the price dropped to $1450

This FC looks like a great project for someone.

"This is an original FC 150 (Forward Control). This is mostly complete and restorable. Original motor turns over but has very low compression in two cylinders. Includes a Manual and sales brochure. Great little off road/hunting vehicle. Wierd at first to drive because you are sitting on the front wheels. Frame/chasis is the standard 1952 jeep. I started this as a project but am unable to complete. Easy to work on. I have a car trailer and can deliver if you cover the gas. Dewey 253-670-1046 pr" 

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Jeep Trailers – Signal Corp Trailer in Portland $500

• CATEGORIES: Features, trailer

One of the ewillys readers asked me about jeep trailers for sale in the northwest.  A quick search yielded a particularly interesting trailer from ww2 — a signal corp trailer.

" WW2 Jeep K38 trailer used by the U.S. army signal corps. This one looks like the one shown in a U.S.M.C manual from 1945." 

Here's some links for some other bantam or bantam-like trailers that vary in price up to $1000:

Here's two in Boise:

Here's two in Seattle area:

Here's some from Colorado: (very heavy duty trailer)

And Utah: (modern, but probably looks nice behind a CJ-5)

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1955 CJ-5 Clark County, Wa $4000

• CATEGORIES: Transfer Cases

The price on this CJ-5 has dropped.  There's been some good upgrades and the body appears to be in very good shape.  I suspect the seller will drop the price even more to sell it.

" 55 jeep willies 4×4. Restored, has lots lots new parts. Disc brakes, tow bar, Custom dash with Stuart Warner gauges, racing buckets with padded covers. Warn Winch, New tires, with extra set of terra tires, NEW 327 motor about 1500 miles on it,RUNS GREAT! Custom bumpers, NEW SUSPENTION, CB, On board air, optima battery, 3 stick tranfer case with overdrive. lots more. nice rideing and driving jeep. Tilt and telescopic steering wheel, needs some little things to finish its complete restoration. (I.e. turn sign switch, mark the toggle switches) Very nice rare jeep. 4000.00 NEED TO SELL 360-521-4817 E-mail for more pics" 

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1952 M-38a1 Sweet Home, Oregon $6500


This sure looks 100% stock (with the exception of the roll bar).   It may be a great find for someone wanting a M-38a1 to restore.

" For Sale or Trade 1952 Willy's Jeep. Has Full Rag Top with Doors and Gas Can. In original Condition. Even has Shovel under Hood! $6500 or Trade for NICE Quad 4×4 500cc or LARGER. Price Firm." 

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My Build — Radiator and Tranny Cooler Install


While building my last jeep, I remember the difficulty of making the radiator fit.  I believe I finally used a pinto radiator I had laying around and, fortunately, had a hood that allowed the radiator to sit just barely above the grille. With that experience in mind, I've been puzzling through how I wanted to deal with the radiator for a while. 

This weekend I finally got to installing my radiator and tranny cooler.  Selecting a radiator was the first challenge.  I had planned to use the radiator from the CJ-5 I bought last year, but I couldn't make it fit (I ended up selling that radiator).  Then I found a brand new $15 chev radiator that was pretty small off of craigslist.  I purchased that radiator, but it turned out that wouldn't fit either.  Finally, I broke down and purchased a 15" high and 26" wide Griffin Aluminum radiator from Doug Herbert (it was about $30 cheaper than Summit).  That was the shortest radiator they sold and it fit perfect … well, almost perfectly as I had to cut into my cross member to make a little more room.

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1942 MB Elk Grove, CA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2800

“1942 Willys jeep, 4 cylinder flat head, (up graded steering, brakes, trans.) Runs great! 4-wheel, top speed approx 40mph, 40gal gas tank. has tow bar requires 1-7/8″ ball&4-prong plug.Body modified for hunting,Which makes it a really great hunting vehicle, has high rear observation seat and rifle racks both sides, In addition it could be a great VIP veh. for small town parades”

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Willys Rustbucket Pennsylvania $500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, CJ-3A, Last Ride • TAGS: , .

This is one of the most rusted flat fenders I think I've ever seen.  Next, I noticed the rear PTO water pump, which was cool.  Then I noticed the solid back — no tailgate, yet the body doesn't look like a MB/GPW.  It's hard for me to believe that this jeep rusted so much while in storage. 

"Willys,4 x 4. NO TITLE. year unknown, needs complete resto. has drivetrain intact. rear water pump pto driven. was in storage for 25 years until last week…." 

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SCAMP Jeep Batavia, OH **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Unusual, VEEP (VW Jeep), Scamp, Others

UPDATE: **SOLD* Was $5000.

“made by hadley engineering in costa mesa california it is a 48-52 cj3/m38 built on 60s vwfront beam and rear torsion.has vw swingaxle with 1200cc engine runs and street legal.titled as vw”