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No updates tonight … I bought 3 Austin Champs today


This truly deserves a longer story, but the coffee shop will close soon and I need to eat & to get back on the road to Boise. A Big THANKS to Josh for alerting me to this opportunity!

Yes, tonight I bought 3 Austin Champs.  It turns out one of them is a Royal Marines RN Champ.  There are only 3 of these know in existence (it’s the gray one). You can see some big pics here.

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A Couple Mobile Home Treasures


Looking for something else, I encountered these two treasures from

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1967 CJ-6 Powhatan, VA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $500.

“Stock 1967 CJ-6, stock 134 motor and driveline. Ran when I parked it (5 yrs ago) but now has no compression in 2 cyl…maybe valves hung up? Didn’t try much to start it yet? Body is heavily rusted…hood, windshield good. ”

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1949 CJ-3A? Canton, GA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4900

This appears to have a mb windshield.

“1949 Jeep Willys, 33” tires. Runs great and in good condition. Brand new seats! 404-312-9640 ask for Larry.”

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1948 CJ-2A Lancaster, Oh $900


Needs to be put together, so I’m not sure if it will look like the pics or not?


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1942 MB Granite Bay, CA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1200.

This might be rough.

“1942 Willeys Jeep. Great restoration project. Had intended to make a rock crawler out of it, but life does not make time.”

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Year? CJ-2A Patterson, Ca $999


You can probably get this for less.  It appears very stock.

“Resto project with oem flathead. Steve 209 892-8696”

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1948 CJ-2A Dubuque, Ia $1200


This doesn’t look all that rough, though the tranny and tc are out.

“All original, rough condition. Motor turns over but doesn’t start. Transmission pulled. Dad drove and parked in barn 15 years ago. Have title but hasn’t been registered since then. Please call 563-213-0059.”

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Year? CJ-3A Odenton, Pa $1700 (also has a M-38A1)


UPDATE:  Still Available

“Old willys painted OD green to look like an Army Jeep. Original Flathead 4 cyl engine no title. $1700. Also have a military M38a1 with a title, plow and spare chassis for $2500. Ive run the engine but the brakes need attention. Its been sitting for awhile. $2500. Call 301-529-3340”

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1951 M-38 Pennellville, Ny $1300


This might make a good restoration project if the seller’s description is accurate.

“Need something to keep you busy this winter? This vehicle needs to be restored. I purchased it completely apart and have no time for the restoration process. The body tub is in excellent shape, frame is perfect, and all parts are with it. All data plates are origanal and still on mounting plate. It is a great project for anyone with restoration experience, and time for the project.”

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Year? CJ-3A Loveland, Co **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1900.

The windshield arms are oddly bent.  The body looks solid. The Jeep is not complete.

Used as a presentation piece. No Engine or Drive Lines. Has Transmission, Transfer Case and New Tires. New Paint in 2005. Vehicle kept inside”

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1949 Jeepster Willow Glen, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Jeepster • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5750.

This looks good for the price, though it isn’t original.

“49 Willys jeepster, original body etc….327 chevy engine, front end is a 4wd unit not connected to transfer case. In current registration. Asking $5750.00.”

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1960 CJ-5 Conifer, CO **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2000

This looks like a good price.  It includes a good looking top and a PTO Winch.

“1960 Willys Jeep CJ5 in good running condition – old school build up; Buick 225 V6 with low torque Offenhauser Dual Port 360 intake manifold; 12 volt system; Warner T-98 4 speed transmission, 6.40:1 first gear, similar to a T-18; Husky 2 speed overdrive; Spicer model 18 twin stick transfer case; PTO attachment; Koenig PTO winch, (not hooked up but drive shaft included); Folding two piece front windshield with tilting glass; Rare original front bench seat; Original rear seat; Kayline soft top; Body very solid with very little rust, storage box is solid; Frame repaired at rear right side spring mount welded and plated;”

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1946 CJ-2A Jersey Shore, NJ $4750


It’s solid enough to go down a hill. Can’t tell much more from the pic.

“1946 Willys CJ2A. Engine was rebuilt. Runs great. Flat 4 “go devil” engine. Partially restored. This would make a great project. Selling cause I don’t have the room for it anymore. Feel free to email me with any questions or if you would like to see more pictures. Thanks.”

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1943 Crawler Dublin, CA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5500. Could this have been a Coast Guard jeep?

“1943 Willys – Currently registered and street legal in CA. Smog exempt. 4.3 liter V6 Chevy engine. TH 350 Transmission. Triple Toyota transfer cases (4.7 front, 3.8 middle & 2.8 rear). Dana 44 in the front, open, chrome molly axle shafts, ctm u-joints. Dana 60 in the rear with spool, 410 front & rear. Hummer H1 12 bolt bead locks on Good Year military radial tires. Crawls like you’ve never seen before. A MUST see/drive in person vehicle. Willing to talk about a trade. Let me know what you have to offer. Serious buyers only.”

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1950 CJ-3A Bend, OR **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2900

This looks solid.

“1950 willy jeep in Excellant condition. 4-cylinder Chevy Iron Duke Motor. 4×4. No rust. New tires. Runs and drives really good.”

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1946 CJ-2A Telford, PA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4000

(07/22/2010) There’s a bit of a hole in the hood, but otherwise looks pretty good.

“1946 Willy’s CJ2A $5,000.00. **F-head 4 cylinder motor (not the original flat head) **Solid Rhino Lined floors, **1″ body lift, **New 29″ military tires, **New gas tank. This Jeep runs well and can be driven as is. It needs some work to be completely reliable or can be restored. The frame is solid and the floors are new. The body is usable, but showing its age. Some of the wiring is new, the starter is rebuilt, as well as the head. It has a new carburetor, new spark plugs, coil, cap, rotor, and a new battery.”

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1946 CJ-2A North Ferrisburgh, Vt $20,995


UPDATE:  Price dropped to $20,995

(05/08/2010) “This Jeep went through a total body-off, fully documented professional restoration in Pennsylvania 3-years ago at a cost of over $50,000. Painted in the rare factory correct Normandy Blue makes this CJ stand out. It has been driven only 300 miles since restoration in parades and shows. An ideal addition to any collection or ready for regular use. Everything works as new. Call for more details and photos, Call Chris 802-425-7070 or 505-699-6553 cell.”

View all the pics on eBay

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1948 CJ-2A Centralia, Wa **SOLD**


1948_cj2a_centraliaUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2700

(07/16/2009) Given the body is new there is some real value here.

“1948 Willys Flat Fender CJ2A. Small block Chevy V-8 with Edelbrock manifold, Holley 4bbl and HEI. SM465 4 speed, AA adapter, Dana 18 T-case, Saginaw power steering, On plated and reinforced original frame and axles with a spring over. Brand new body tub, front fenders, tailgate. The new body kit was $3,000.00 alone. Willys scripted hood.  Good used Windshield.  Includes collector lisc plate and a couple boxes of spare parts including some military black-out lights and some extra beige paint. Supposedly most of the frame work was done by TC’s off road in Kent a few years back. Not my project, bought it for the new body, but decided to go 3B High Hood instead.”

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Just a Few updates tonight …


Just a few updates tonight.  We’ll return to more updates tomorrow (Sunday) evening …

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Tips: Harmonic Balancers Can Go Bad on Willys Flatheads

• CATEGORIES: Tips & Tricks

I have received a variety of useful tidbits that Sam has been sharing with me, though either Sam or his employee Lee deserve credit.  Lee worked for many, many years in military motor pools (as did some of his family members) and now works with Sam to have some fun.

On to the tip …. One day Sam purchased and trucked a flattie to his shop with an engine that sounded problematic. In fact, he got a great deal on the jeep because both Sam and the Seller though the engine had a problem.

Now Sam, who is no stranger to engines of all types, suspected something inside the engine, but as soon as Lee heard the sound, he said it was the harmonic balancer. Sam looked at Lee and said, “really?”

Lee probably responded with something like, “you young whipper snappers don’t know anything!”  (Note that Sam and Lee are about the same age).  So, Sam proceeded to swap out the balancer with another one they had and, sure enough, within short order Sam had a perfect running flathead.

Lee told Sam that the harmonic balancers can go bad on a Willys flathead engine.  So, before you have that flathead rebuilt because it is making a noise, check out the harmonic balancer.

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Buck Completes His Hunting Jeep


There have been some outstanding eWillys reporters filing stories from all areas of world, but none were more intrepid nor braver than the Head of the eWillys Bureau in Afghanistan, Lt. Buck.  His report from the front lines (or close enough) on Willys in a field in May of 2009 from Afghanistan marked a gold standard in reporting.

The fact is, rumor has it he even joined the Army to get there, because the penny pinchers at eWillys corporate wouldn’t buy him a plane ticket.  Now that’s dedication!

I am extremely happy to report that Buck made it safely back to Montana and, I hope, has found some well deserved peace.  Since he’s been home, he managed to complete his CJ-2A build, which he put together as a vehicle to explore the central Montana plains and do some hunting.  What better use for a jeep is there than that!  Congrats and Thanks Buck!

Buck writes, “Well, I’m happy to say that I’m back home and my jeep is finally done after 10 years of on again off again work. Attached are photos of my dog Uncas and me out hunting grouse in the vast wheat fields of central Montana. I never wanted a museum piece, but a functional piece of history.

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Photographic Tips for Craigslist, eBay

• CATEGORIES: Buying-and-Selling

NOTE:  Though I updated the menus above to provide access to more information, I didn’t always have content (which is why there are still a variety of dead links).  So, I am having to create the content, such as the content below, as we go along …

The tips contained herein are designed to help you take better photos for selling, though they are useful tips for general photography. As always, readers who know more about this subject (really, my knowledge bar isn’t set too high), feel free to correct or add to this information by emailing me or by adding comments!

Full disclaimer:  I don’t pretend to be a photographer with anything close to a real aptitude for the art of photography; Nor have I studied any of the science behind a good photograph.  I’ve never taken a class and never dated a photographer or even an aspiring photographer.

No, the closest I have come to being a photographer was working at Ed Firmage Jr.’s Springdale (Utah) photographic showroom where I monitored the store and tried to sell art (and he’s got some beautiful art); however, I only sold one piece during the entire summer I worked there (it was expensive stuff), spending most of my time working on websites and business plans or staring out the window at the entrance to Zion National Park (pics) (there was a tragic lack of traffic into the store, but it was a beautiful place to spend the summer!).  I never did get money out of the deal, instead I got paid with Framed prints and books, which was priceless ….

Back to our topic, the whole purpose of adding images to a Craigslist, ebay, or other online ad is to improve the marketability of your jeep (or whatever you are selling).  Making the most of images to tell the story of your jeep can only help your ability to sell it.

Because, I’ve literally reviewed thousands of jeep ads, I feel like I can provide some reasonable suggestions that will help you photograph your jeep better, whether to sell it or to take better pics.

Specifically, there are 7 areas I will briefly cover here:  1)  Use a good camera, 2) Light matters, 3) Create an overall shot, 4)  Choose a good background, 5) Other photograph suggestions, 6) Lighten or correct the shots if necessary, 7) Size and change the images so they can be uploaded correctly.


I can’t make old fish taste good [a chef once made me try – but that’s a different story] and you can’t make a poor quality camera take good pics.  So, my first bit of advice is to use the best camera you have. I have two cameras, one is a 2 mega pixel camera on my phone and the other camera is a Leica 3.1 mega pixel digital still and video camera (what I call my ‘real’ camera).

Though very convenient, my phone takes dark and grainy pics, though no doubt some of the phones released in the past year do better.  So mine is great in a pinch, but when I need good pics I turn to my ‘real’ camera.

If you are asking people to spend $2000 or more dollars on your vehicle and you don’t have a decent camera, then seriously consider buying one. There are plenty of cameras you can buy for under $100 that will do a good job.  Just go here for a list of some cameras that will likely do the job (

Here are 2 sets of comparison photos.  On the left side you can see pics taken with my ‘good’ camera.  On the right are pics taken with my cell phone.  I have not altered these pics at all except to shrink them for this example.

So, I believe the takeaway here is always use good fish ….

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1999 ‘M-151A2 Encore’ Pompano Beach, Fl **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: M-151 • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Was $11,500.  **SOLD**

Bill pointed out that this is actually a M-151A2 Encore.  These were built  using the M-151A2 running gear for a couple years in the late 90s.  You can read more about them at the siteHere are good pics of another EncoreHere’s the discussion of the body at the site.  I tried to find more info on the history of Encore, but didn’t have success, though it went out of business around 1999.

Greg pointed out this unusual M-151. It’s not clear to me if this was built from scratch or rebuilt, but it sure looks like a pretty new vehicle.  In that sense, it’s a rather rare vehicle.  If this WAS built from new parts, then $25,000 isn’t all that high of price to have someone built a vehicle from scratch.  Including the cost of labor, building a jeep from scratch with new parts would likely land in the $25000 realm.  The ad includes lots of pics.

“You are looking at a titled re-creation of a MUTT M151/ army jeep. In 1999 this Jeep was built in Clearwater, Florida for a jeep enthusiast that had a home in Utah as well. It was shipped to Utah in 2002 and used for local driving and recreational use. This vehicle has also won a few trophies in local car shows. In 2009 the Jeep was shipped back to his home in Palm Beach, Florida where it sat in storage. This vehicle is like new with only 400 actual miles. Everything is in working order and it runs like a 400 mile Jeep should. This vehicle cost over $25,000.00 to have built. There loss is your gain. I am only asking $11,900.00. I am open to all reasonable offers.”

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Take apart and put together a Jeep drill

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UPDATE: This is also known as a “Jiffy Jeep”

I thought I had posted a similar video about a competition; maybe I just saw that video somewhere.  Anyhow, this is a fun video to watch.  Thanks for forwarding it Felix!  If the video doesn’t work, try going here.