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Newspaper Articles from 1945 introducing the Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

UPDATE: The links to the PDFs are fixed.

Among the digitized items Bruce has sent me comes these articles.  In this one, from the Hammond Times, July 23, 1945, Willys Overland introduces the new Post-War Jeep.  What’s interesting is that it’s neither an “ad” nor is it really an article.  You can view the entire PDF here.

Even more interesting was the pricing decision.  These new Willys would cost $1000, a price not set by Willys Overland, but instead by the Office of Price Administration (OPA).  This information comes from a July 31, 1945 article, in the Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Indiana. Here’s the full PDF and an excerpt below.

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1942? MB? San Diego, Ca No Price


No pics and little description.

“Rusty, incomplete, 4WD. Good for parts, or restore? 619-445-5455”

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1948 CJ-2A Kansas City, Mo eBay


UPDATE:  This is back on eBay.  It was auctioned late last year.

This is a nice looking CJ-2A.

“1947 Willys Civilian CJ-2A. Please bid and have the money to complete this transaction. I bought the Willys just a few months ago to sit in the showroom. I have few other cars I have purchased that I need room in the showroom, so here is your chance! Frame off restoration a few years ago. Over $18,400 invested over the initial price of vehicle. This Jeep is about as nice as you will find, in, off, or on Ebay, or anyplace else. 274 miles since restored. No rust body, no filler, no bondo. Every known component rebuilt or refurbished. Starts immediately, idles well. Drives excellent. Correct Picket Gray paint, correct red wheels …”

View all the pics on eBay





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No need to login to view the submenus .. but I guess that temporary plan didn’t work anyway … fortunately I have no ego wrapped in my coding abilities!

Actually, I thought my logging in idea had worked for users, until a reader pointed out that he still couldn’t see the sub menus even after logging in (thanks Robert!).  It was then I  discovered that I was the only person that could see the submenus …. cool for me but sucks for everyone else 🙁

So, after spending the day beating my head against my desk for several hours, injecting caffeine, and playing basketball … and it was a good day for bball … I finally found the culprit (some javascript related to the slideshow in the sidebar).  So, for the time being there won’t be a slideshow of past posts, but there will be submenus.

Updates later (and I’ll answer some emails which i have ignored all day to track down this problem).

– Dave

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Food, Jeeps, GIs and Photos

• CATEGORIES: Features, Library Collections, War Images • TAGS: .

Photographer Roy O. Bingham followed the 10th Mountain Division through at least part of Italy during World War II.  I searched for some information on Bingham and though I found photos, I haven’t found any biography information yet.

During World War II, the 10th Mountain Division trained in Colorado in anticipation of fighting in the Italian Alps.  You can see a variety of his pics at the Denver Library’s online collection of Western History and Genealogy, specifically their 10th Mountain Division Collection.

The following photo was snapped by Bingham and the 2nd is of Bingham himself.  Library of Congress

Roy O Bingham.  Library of Congress

This photo was taken by Richard A. Rocker, who was also a photographer with the 10th Mountain Division.   You can see a variety of his pics at the Denver Library’s online collection of Western History and Genealogy,

The soldiers in this photo were likely parked amongst the rubble of a shelled town called Pietra Colora.  According to the photographer, they are listening to the sound of German artillery falling nearby and preparing to take cover if the rounds start falling closer.  Library of Congress

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1947 Wagon Hastings, NE **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2500.

This looks like a good price, depending on the work that’s needed.

“1947 Jeep willys station wagon. 2 wheel drive, power steering, 289 ford with c4 tranny. Runs and drives but needs work. Good body, good glass. In person transactions only. ”

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1945 MB Southwest Colorado $2500


I’m not sure if this has been available for sale previously or not.

“I am selling one of my projects. Very restorable WW2 jeep. The body is straight with the usual rust through in the hat channels and the fuel tank sump. The drive train is all original and complete. The frame is straight and solid, no rust throughs or breaks. The engine is a ’45 not sure if it’s the original. Email me for serial numbers. Now for the negatives. There is no title. I will provide a bill of sale. There are no seats. The one in the pictures goes to a GPW and is not included in the sale. Someone has cut the fire wall probably for a bigger engine. The jeep is not running but the engine does turn over. I can deliver to Phoenix at the Papago show on January 30th. Email me for more info and pictures. Asking $2500.”

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1955 CJ-3B Grand Junction, CO **SOLD**


UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $10,000.

Here’s a highly, nicely modded CJ-3B.

“Restoration is 95% complete. All brand new body with base coat, clear coat 2 tone Black & Gold custom paint and undercoating. sitting on top of a 1972 jeep frame and running gear. Dana 30 front diff 4:27 gears w/posi. Dana 44 Rear 4:27 gears w/posi, 35 X 10:50 X 15 super swamper radials on 15 X8 Chrome Chamber Aluminum ATX American Racing Wheels. Engine- 334 CI (304) has a 282 compitition roller cam kit, including roller tip rockers and a double roller timing gear set. high performance, ported & polished cylinder heads are off a 360 CI, 1968 javelin. intake is a polished edelbrock torquer w/edelbrock polished aluminum valve covers, using a 550 comp series carter carb, 4 core aluminum radiator, PSE power steering. The engine was balanced and dyno at 425 HP, at the flywheel. Trans- 727 race built automatic transmission w/5000 RPM stall convertor & full manual valve body, Cheetah shifter. Interior-custom gauge panel w/ autometer gauges, speedo & tach, high back bucket seats w/4 point seat belts. 6 point roll bar w/spare tire mounted in rear compartment with the battery.”

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Wanted: CJ-2A Hood

• CATEGORIES: wanted

If you have a hood, here is a buyer.

“wanted steel hood for 47 willys cj2a will pay and I will come and get it were ever Jason 541 513 1864”

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1951 M-38 Lyons, Or $1800


I can’t tell if this is a M-38 or not.

“I have a 1951 willys jeep i am going to sell, it is in good shape, it has the bigger front end and rear end in it, newer tires and wheels, bigger 4 clyinder motor, it has a new tune up including points, spark plug wires cap, oil change and carb rebuild, but the carb stills needs to be adjusted, it would make a fun toy, it still needs misc stuff and tlc but overall in good shape, it is a off road toy, i have california title for the jeep, the guy i got it from must of took the vin off the fire wall, but i have the title so it would have to go to dmv and get it figured out to get plates unless you were just going to make it a trail rig, i have a bill of sale from the other guy he never got it switched into his name either, i am firm on the price 503-559-2602”

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1954 CJ-3B Divide, Co **SOLD**


UPDATE:  **SOLD** A reader purchased this CJ-3B.  It turns out it had a dual stick PTO in it.  The new owner is very pleased 🙂

A $1000 CJ-3B that runs … I don’t see that very often.

“1954 willys cj3b with half cab. engine and running gear good condition needs fuel tank and carb. body has lots of rust, good project clear title. if interested and for more information call 719-686-8834.  $1000.00.”


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1947 Truck West Chester, IA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

(12/13/09) This looks like a nice rebuild.  Apparently, the interior needs finishing; but, it is drivable.

“1947 Jeep Willys Pickup. 350 Chevy Motor with less then 100 Miles. 350 Turbo automatic transmission. Hurst click shifter. Interior need to be finished. Exrta parts  fenders, doors, grill. I have over 4500.00 dollars invested in the engine alone the tires are in excellient condition. This  vehicle is in driveable condintion is on a S10 chevy frame it has a stock rearend all the tires are new it has new brakes all around. I have extra fenders,grill,and doors it has most of the chrome. Someone else took the pictures the dash is stock , however above the mirror there is a little rust . as far as I know it has the original title listed as a 47  I lost my job is the reason It is being sold. We did replace the floor in it so that is all done except around by the steering coloum it needs to be finished out side of that the interior is in good shape it just needs to be finished up. the windshield is out of it right now cause the weather stripping was bad  however the windshield is in excellent shape. My son and I decided that would be agood time to redo around the windshield area. any more questions feel free to email me. BUT IT IS DRIVEABLE.”





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1941? MB? Spokane, Wa $900


UPDATE:  More pics available and price dropped to $900.  Are those mini hood scoops on the front?

(12/31/09) This has a solid back, so it’s possible this is a WWII jeep of some kind.  However, it’s pretty rough looking.

“v8. sitting for 30 years. 900.00 OBO. call joe 509-216-6627”

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1946 CJ-2A Fresno area, Ca $3500


UPDATE:  Still available

(12/10/09) Not the best pics.  There’s been some updates to this.

“rebuilt 350 motor rebuilt 350 tranny t-18 transfer case was rebuilt same time as tranny new front and rear spicer drive lines runs great needs new radiator the one in it is still for a four cylinder motor great jeep lookin to trade for a toyota 4×4 preferable but will look at any nice truck 2 or 4 wheel drive the jeep also has a full roll cage for summer and bikini top call tom 559-273-9823”


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1946 CJ-2A Kalama, Wa $775


1946_cj2a_kalamaUPDATE:  Price had dropped to $775

(06/14/09) This is being sold as a parts jeep now.

“I have a complete cj2a minus tranny and transfercase, but has a buick 350. Plus i have a second rolling frame with a buick v6 also no tranny and transfercese. I dont have tiltles for either. I want $775 for all i have. I have a chevy 4spd tranny and another buick v6 that i could throw in. $775

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Some Drawings by Howard Brodie

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, War Images

Thanks to Robert for providing me a good link into the Library of Congress for these and many other pics to be displayed later.

By all accounts a life long artist, Howard Brodie has captured sports figures, war events, legal battles and more with his drawing talents.  He sketched his way through several wars, from World War II in Guadacanal, the Battle of the Bulge and more, to Korea, French Indochina, and Vietnam.  As best I can tell, he is still alive and, hopefully, drawing at his home in San Miguel, California.  He is currently being featured by PBS as part of a series called They Drew Fire, Combat Artists of World War II.

In this sketch, American soldiers in a jeep travel down the road to Kokumbona on Guadalcanal island, past abandoned Japanese field pieces during the World War II Battle of Guadalcanal.  Library of Congress.

In this sketch, soldiers are taking a “K.I.A.” down a jeep trail from Mt. Aestin Guadalcanal. Library of Congress

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Various Parts, including nice cage — Eatonville, Wa

• CATEGORIES: Body Parts, Parts • TAGS: , .

No price listed on the two tires. The cage and front shell seem like a good price.

“Willy’s steel shell nose and cage.$100.00 Dana 44″s 70″s Wagoneer 3.54 ratio jeep,chevy drop on frontend.$250.00 Gm 10 bolt front and 12 bolt rear stock gears.$150.00call after 4:00pm 253-228-7052”

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1946 CJ-2A Orting, Wa $6000


UPDATE:  Still Available.  No price listed.

(10/06/09) It looks like a nice jeep.

“Very nice clean jeep willys. New wheels and tires, and new dual exhaust. Open for trade on newer extended cab 4×4 trucks, or newer suv. any questions please call Casey @ 253-224-5704x”

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1953 Wagon Puyallup, Wa $3200

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

This wagon looks in good shape.

“A nice clean willys that runs good and has alot of upgades and mods to it. chevy 350 engine with 400 auto tranny,  power steering, lifted on 33s, leather front seats(heated also if you hook it up), newer paint job, a good heater that blows hot.  I have some spare parts laying around also. doors, windows, handles, stuff like that.very fun to drive and gets lots of looks.”

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Wanted: Here’s a buyer out of Scappoose, Or

• CATEGORIES: wanted

“Looking for Willys Jeep projects or parts rigs such as cj 2, cj3, cj5, cj6, cj7, willys wagons, pickups, wagoneers, jeep trucks. I am not a scrapper, just like old jeeps and hate seing them taken in as scrap iron. so if you have an old jeep that you would like to sell let me know, even if it is in pieces, or the weeds around it are taller than the vehicle I don’t care I will dig it out of where it is for you. Thanks Robert”

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1953 CJ-3B Beaverton, OR **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1500

“1953 CJ3B Jeep. Ford v-8 289 Engine. Body straight, no rust. Needs to be remodeled. Last time it ran was 30 years ago. We have all the body parts and some. She was a beauty 30 years ago and is in need of someone loving her and putting her back together again.”

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Wanted: Truck Cab Western Montana

• CATEGORIES: wanted

I’m not entirely sure what the buyer wants, but you maybe you have it?

“I am looking for a 49-62 Willys pickup with a large back window cab. I only need the sheet metal so a straight clean complete body with or without a drive train is all I am after. I will be putting the body on another frame/chassis. I would be interested in maybe buying one or several if the price is right and I can end up making one good body out of the pieces and parts. I am not looking for a mechanically restored or even mechanically functional rig–just one that can be brought back to look good without a major ordeal. If you have something that might work please call me at 406-549-5943 or email to this add.”

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1950 Truck Garfield, Wa $2500

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

Looks solid from what I can see in the pic.

“1950 willys powered by ford 6 cly everything else all orginal this is a runner 12 volt come drive buy and drive it home to many toys 17 in tires 509-635-1204”

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3 Brochures for sale New Jersey $100


I don’t follow brochure values at all and couldn’t tell you how rare, or not, these are.

“I have 3 brochures for sale. 1st is a WILLYS MOTOR INC. CJ-3B , 2nd is a WILLYS CJ-5 , 3rd is a KELLY STEEL-CAP brochure they are mint and selling for $100.00 each or $250.00 for all 3. thank you”

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1952 CJ-3A Galt, CA **SOLD**


UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $2000

(01/06/10) Those are some great old slot rims, with nice tires on them.  There’s also a good engine and updated brakes.  The glass looks good.  The rust situation doesn’t appear too bad from the pics.   I’d say this isn’t a bad price.

“’52 Willy’s flat fender jeep, CJ3A. 5″ Lift, 3″ springs and 2″ shackles.  New 34″ x 9.5″ Super Swampers.  GM 231ci V6.  11′ Front drum brake kit.  This baby is a little rough and will need work to be put back on the road… but  it runs, drives, and stops.  Running gear is stock, 4wd works.  It also comes with a top w/doors, but plastic is yellowed and may be junk??  Has been on NON-OP w/DMV for about 10yrs now.  MAY be interested in a partial trade…  I really want a Springfield XD 45, full, compact, and/or tactical considered.”