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My Build: Mufflers


UPDATE:  I reported last week that I got my mufflers attached.  Here’s some pics of that. On my last jeep, I never liked the way I connected my mufflers, so I decided this time I would create a more secure setup.

To start, I select some ‘Cherry Bomb’ mufflers that were the smallest, least expensive ones I could find at my local Schucks store.  Between the headers and muffler I added a short piece of flexible pipe, in part to provide a little flexibility and to turn the corner underneath the front cage mount.  Behind the muffler, I connected a tube with a 50 degree bend and an angle cut at the very end.  To the tailpipe I also welded a flat piece of steel with two holes so that I could connect the muffler section to the bottom of the tube show in the pics below.  You can see that I drilled a holes and inserted studs, which I welded in place,  so I could easily connect the mufflers.






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L-head and F-head performance

• CATEGORIES: Engine, Features, Website

I found this article on, though it’s really an article from JP Magazine.  The article highlights improving performance on a variety of Jeep engines.  Here’s two excerpts and a great pic.

Dual carburetor manifolds in the ’50s were available for just about any engine you could imagine and an old-time company, Burns, made a log-type manifold that utilized two Stromberg Ford V-8 carburetors for the Jeep four-cylinder. I’m sure these helped the four-cylinder flathead’s performance, but, still, the long-stroke 134.2ci engine needed a lot more than this…”

And a little on the F-head

The next step was to swap in a later model F-head engine. It wasn’t technically an engine swap because it was a direct bolt in. Still the same basic engine, but a new cylinder head design with the intake valves upstairs in the head instead of the block. Depending on the compression ratio, which ranged from 6.9 to 7.8 (depending on year and usage), it was rated at 72 to 75 horsepower at around 4,000 rpm and torque was up to 114lb-ft. This one got a balance job, some performance pistons from Speed-O-Motive, and a Holley carb from a Falcon six. My new performance motor maybe made 100 horsepower on a good, damp day.

Harry Buschert, who owned a farm implement repair shop in Hemet, California, was a real innovator in design. He built up a very-modified, four-cylinder F-head that even had a Paxton Blower that he had salvaged off a Packard….”


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Go Cart Jeep Bellevue, Oh $1600


Brian found this go cart jeep.

Custom fiberglass body On custom frame, gas,electric start , forward & reverse, lights work, Not A Golf Cart, runs good and fun to drive. unsure of enigine horsepower. $1600.00 firm no trades”


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1953 CJ-3A Jackson, MS **SOLD**


UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $2500.

This might be a reasonable price.

“runs great, good condition”



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1963 Wagon Oak Harbor, Wa $7200

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons

Note that the seller lives in Washington, but the wagon plates are from Oregon (it might still be registered in Oregon?).  The wagon appears in good condition.  The email address is a little odd as well.

“Forrest Green, Buick V6, Brand new electrical, Brand new tires & rims, Runs GREAT! Moving out of state & need it to sell! Email for more details!”


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1946 CJ-2A Elkhart, In $1000


Appears pretty rough.

“Great winter project! Ran w/parked. $1000 OBO 574-310-1987”


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1950 CJ-3A Chanute, Ks $2995


UPDATE:  Pics provided and price dropped to $2995

Appears mostly original, except for the CJ-2A windshield.



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1948 CJ-2A Durango, CO **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1500

The coffee has been cleaned off of the hood and this has been sold.  I’m just showing it for kicks.  You can see the early pics (and mouse) here and the coffee here.

“All original everything, needs a complete restoration. Has a very straight body, I just pulled it out of a local farm where it sat unused for the past 30+ years. No title, bill of sale only, if you need a title I am happy to show you how to get one, is simple, cheap, takes maybe 2 weeks, have done it many times. I can help with local transport on my flatbed or farther for the cost of fuel. No scammers, lowballers or BS, thanks and have a great day. Jim”


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A Hot Rod F-Head?

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Engine, Racing

Here’s a couple pics from Gerald of a Zooped up F-Head.  Gerald writes, “Here are pictures of a hot rod f-Head.  This is in a tube frame racer at Lisbon in 02.  Not the kind of motor you see spinning high rpms.  From what little he would say it had a dry sump oil system,  a block girdle,  “modified” head, custom fabbed intake, electronic ignition, etc.  It may have had nitrous as well nut not sure.  That hood was open in public for less than 5 minutes.  He was not real talkative.  But man that thing flew.”

I found a zooped up L-head article that I’ll feature tomorrow.



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A Crosley Farm-O-Road

• CATEGORIES: Unusual • TAGS: .

As mentioned, Crosley designed and built the Crosely Farm-O-Road and also provided plans to the Crofton Marine Engine Company, from which they built the Crofton Bug.  Jim has a friend who has teh Farm-O-Road which he has shared with us below. Thanks Jim!





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1952 M-38A1 Castle Rock, CO **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was Make Offer

This might be an interesting find.  Did the early M-38a1 come without a tailgate or is this a later model body?

“For sale is this 1952 Jeep Willy.  Used in the winter months only…the rest of the time it was housed in the garage, Snow blade, Runs okay, Only minor rust, Enclosed roof/cap was installed, A lot of original parts”


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1950 M-38 Blackwood, Nj $800


Here’s a project.

“1950 willys jeep, project, has v6 buick conversion, however motor is locked up due to sitting, also has been converted to 12 volt, would make a great resto, or rat rod! could be done by summer if you have the ambition!! $800 obo, need gone to make room for different project call/email Andy at 856-816-4414 or”


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1941 Slat Grille MB Laramie, WY **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

“For sale is a 1941 Willys “slat grill” MB Army Jeep and a matching 1943 Bantam military trailer. Both are fully licensed and titled in the state of Wyoming.

The frame number on the jeep is MB108308, meaning that it was the 8308th production jeep delivered to the Army Quartermaster in WWII. There were more than half-a-million jeeps delivered to the military during WWII from Willys (the “MB”) and Ford (the “GPW”).

There is a weird screw-up on the body, in that early production jeeps featured a “script” from the manufacturer on the back. I purchased a reproduction rear body panel and, somehow, the Willys script was stamped on the wrong side. It’s an easy fix that anyone reasonably adept at welding can handle and I probably should have taken care of it by now, but I actually enjoyed leaving it that way, largely to drive the perfectionists crazy.”






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1961 CJ-5 Hawthorne, Ca $4000


This is a good looking CJ — must be those rims.  Sounds like price is negotiable, partly due to a possibly bad bearing up front.

“1961 Jeep Willys CJ5 for sale. 221cu in V6. 4 speed Muncie transmission. Brand new Warn Overdrive. Low gears-great for off-roading. 4×4 works well. In 4×4 low you could get out and walk next to it. There is some noise from the front transmission bearing. Mechanic told me it’s about $500 to fix. I will take this in to consideration when negotiating price. Motor is strong. Speedo stopped working about 300 miles ago-cable broke. Comes with bikini top, half doors, full soft top, full soft doors. Has original bumper tow hitch and a Warn 1000 winch on the bumper. Tires are in good shape w/ spare on back. Carburator recently rebuilt. New radiator/thermostat/intake manifold gaskets/head gaskets. Just needs a little t.l.c. Make me an offer. Come test drive it. Jason”


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1965 CJ-5 Phoenix, Az $7000


It appears this has swivel seats?  I’m not sure why this has the wide fenders on the back unless it’s got new running gear from some vehicle.

“This toy is in excellent condition and garage kept. Fully equipped with a Vortic V6 and dual exhaust
Not to mention this baby has new rims and tires. Way too much to list! For more info or to take a look, please call 602-810-6685.  Sorry, emails will not be read.”


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1947 CJ-2A Cincinnati, OH **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1800

“Heres your chance to get your winter project for cheap. Its a 1947 Willys CJ2A in pieces with resortation already started. It has lots of new parts , ran when it was taken apart, no smoke or leaks. See pics, needs seats and gas tank, which are easy to find online. 1800.00 no trades CASH ONLY.”


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1947 Wagon San Bruno, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4750.

Here’s a wagon that looks nicely stock.

“Early production, 1947 Willys Wagon complete with 4-cyl Willys engine and 3-speed with overdrive. A rare find! The wagon is in good condition and runs! The interior is clean and complete down to the wood floor panels. A fun collectors vehicle! Many new parts including gas tank, radiator and brakes. $4,750 (or reasonable trade for ATV/Dirt Bike and 1/2 CASH).”


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Gavin Walker’s Willys MA Website

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, GPA (SEEP), Website

I’ve had the Willys MA Website as a “Link Worthy” Link for much of the year.  I thought I had done a post on it (I’m still sure I have), but after searching for it to add it to the “Early Jeep” Section, I couldn’t find a post about it.  Gavin has got a variety of MA & GPA Images and more.


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Cool Jeep Photo


I happened upon this photo while doing a google search for old rims.  Here’s the link to the source.


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Jim Boswell’s Seat Cushions

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts

UPDATE:  Jim used to make these seat cushions, but no longer does.  I’ve decided to keep these here just in case someone is looking for ideas for Seat Cushions.





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1946 CJ-2A Avondale, Az $3900 ** ALERT **


UPDATE: Jim’s sharp eyes discovered this egregious attempt at illegally modifying the serial number of the data plate.  He  pointed out that there was an M38A1 data plate on the dash stamped as a CJ2A.

“Selling a 1946 Willys Jeep CJ2A. The Engine is in several pieces but all appear to be here. Asking $3900. Private Party Sale, No Tax. For more info call 602-332-5999 or you can see it at U-Parktosell 507 E. VanBuren, Avondale AZ, 623-882-9993. Visit U-parktosell online at or type uparktosell in craigslist search box.”




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1948 CJ-2A Cibolo, Tx $1500


This runs.  Might not be a bad price.

“This is a jeep willys cj2a that runs and drives with a chevy 327 it is also in pretty good shape ! First $1500 takes it ! call 210-264-4943”


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1951 Truck Tyler, TX **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3000

“289 ford engine, auto trans, new tires, lots of new parts. does run! Needs gas tank installed, i have the tank. Needs brake work, not working at this time. It does have some body cancer. Willing to trade for work truck 3/4 ton or larger. or skidloader/ tractor w/loader. lets deal”


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1947 CJ-2A Oregon, Wi **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6500.

Here’s a custom build.

“1947 Willys Cj 2a with 3a windsheild sitting on a 1960 CJ 5 frame ,rebuilt 231 Buick V6 4bbl., rebuilt turbo 350 auto. w/ Lokar shifter (looks stock) power steering ,new 11″ drum brakes all around. CJ 7 style wide leaf springs w/ 3″ lift. reversed shackles up front. 34 x 9.5 TSL Swampers, 5.38 gears, twin stick dana 18 transfer case. full roll cage.nice top with clear windows. this jeep was a frame off build 12 years ago with every thing sand blasted and painted OD green inside and out.body is solid with no rust holes. very capable off road and still drives very good on the street, it will do 65 mph down the hyway with one hand on the wheel all day. Very dependable always starts first try. well built jeep needs to be seen in person. see more photos on E-bay under Willys Jeep.”


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1946 CJ-2A West Fork, Ar $850


I’m not sure much will be salvagable off this.

1946 Willys Jeep complete with top and doors. No title. $850 or trade.”