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My Build — Fluid time


UPDATE:  I added all the fluids.  I installed the battery holder and battery.  The new filler tube for the tranny got installed (though it was taller than the previous one, which meant it needed some adjustments to make it fit).

I flicked on my switches and, well, not much happened.  It seems there’s a problem with my Relay, so I’ll have to puzzle through the problem.  I did a temporary bypass of the relay and discovered that some things work and some things didn’t, so I’ve got some trouble shooting to do (no suprise there).

So, work continues … 🙂

I’m dropping in fluids …. hurray!  So far, only one major leak located.  I hadn’t tightened down one of the brake lines at the master cylinder, so brake fluid leaked down to the frame, melting off the paint … That’s now fixed!

I’ve got the engine oil in the engine.  The gear oil in the front and rear differentials and the transfer case.  I got a new dipstick tube for the th-350 and will install that and put in the first four quarts of tranny fluid.  I’ll need to get the engine started and work through the gears to get the fluid to disperse so I can add more.  I’ve read the total volume will be about 12 quarts.

I’ve tightened up all the tie rod bolts and will put in powersteering fluid.  I’ll work out the air bubbles once I start the engine by turning the steering from lock to lock, slowly, with the cap loose.

Finally, I plan to try to start the engine tonight.  No doubt, there will probably be some swearing involved and my sons will learn words they haven’t heard even on South Park!  lol.

So, lots on the agenda tonight!  Therefore, I’m delaying any update until tomorrow.

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2 M-38a1s Lompoc, Ca $1500


This appears to be a good price for those interested in early M-38a1s.

Jenn asked me to post these.  She wrote, “We are asking $1500.00 for both. I would rather not part them out.  If bought together they would have a complete restored M38A1.

The green one has the original engine and converted to 12 volt. 4 inch lift, and locking front tires. Tires in good shape and have 1 brand new spare.

The sanded one is the better body. All rust spots have been patched and welded up. Floor has been rhino lined. Original tires and have 6 spares with tubes. This one has the original seats.  We are located in Lompoc California.  Email would be or






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1962 CJ-5 Eaton Township, Oh $2500


1962_cj5_eatontownshipThis project includes a new fiberglass body and fenders.  It also, to my surprise, has some desert dogs with decent tread.  It looks like a lot of work has already been done.

“Mechanical work complete. Finish the body and drive! Mint frame and suspension. Brand new Rancho 2.5″ Lift Kit with Shocks. All new wheel cylinders and master cylinder. All new brakes. Motor mounts and body mounts new. New lock-outs. New universal joints. New fiberglass body & fenders. Tow bar, top, seats, doors. 134F Head, 3 speed with lo range and hi range. Needs paint & assembly, but it’s all there if you want to put together and drive. Could use new windshield frame. Call Gene @ 440-554-2935.”

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Rolling MB Chassis Washougal, Wa $400


year_mb_washougalI’ve seen worse for more.

“Willys MB jeep for wheeler project or parts. No motor trans or tranfer case. Just rolling body and frame. $400 OBO 360-513-9824”

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Art’s Bantam TC-3 Website

• CATEGORIES: Builds, trailer

Art dropped me a note about his BantamTC3 website a couple days ago.  He’s building a website to compile Bantam T3-C information to share with the community interested in these trailers.

Art writes that he has been interesting in military vehicles since he was a child and had Chevrolet/GMC 4x4s ever since getting his driver’s license.  His interest in Willys Flat Fenders grew as a more affordable alternative to lift-kits, big tires and lots of u joints of the Chevys, especially after starting a family.   He also wanted to have more comfortable, safer, reliable vehicles for his family as well.

His current pride and joy is the Emerald Green 48 you will see on Art’s other website,  The jeep (seen below) is about 99% original and driveable.  He also currently has a 1947, another 1948, and a demiled 53 M38A1 project that he needs to make more road worthy and then plans to sell.

Following his interest in jeeps, came an interest in trailers.  His Wife purchased him a M416 1/4 ton Military trailer one year for Christmas (hmmm .. does she have a sister?).  That lead him to do some 1/4 ton trailer research where he learned about the Bantam trailer.  Deciding the Bantam was more correct for the Civy Willys after the War in 45, he traded his 416 straight up a year ago for the Bantam T3-C he currently owns.  He is also working toward obtaining a second T3-C trailer.

As he did more research on Bantam T3-C trailers, he got frustrated with the lack of information; and thus, the BantamTC3 website was born.

Thanks for sharing Art!

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1961 CJ-6 Albuquerque, NM $2500


1961_cj6_albuquerqueSo, now you know how much junk can be crammed into the back of a CJ-6!

“I have a 1961 Willy CJ-6 Jeep for sale. It starts and runs but smokes. Body is in fair shape it is the cj-6 not the cj-5 that only means its about a foot longer other then that it is the same as a cj-5. It has a 4 cylinder F head motor and a three speed munsie transmission. I’m asking 2500 firm. I have a clear title”

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1953 M-38A1 Rathdrum, Id $1500


1953_m38a1_rathdrumDan pointed out this ad to me.  I have always liked these ‘flattie’ type fenders for the CJ-5.  I’ve never know if they were only an aftermarket product or came stock on some jeeps?  Nice aluminum slot rims, too.

“my dad has a 1953 cj 5 jeep it has primer on and been lifted needs a motor set up for 350 chev or 327 has heavy duty bumper nice alum. wheels, take and finish your way for great rock crawler.. his # is 208-687-8907 or cell 208-691-8891 best to talk to him on phone , he knows more about then I do ask for Bob. ”

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1955 CJ-5 Whittier, CA **SOLD**


1955_cj5_whittierUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $900 

“1955 Willy’s Jeep CJ5First production year of the CJ5, It’s a pretty rare find It doesn’t presently have a radiator and there is something wrong with the brakes but it has a tow bar that I myself used to bring it home. I have the origional radiator I’m not sure if it’s going to be salvagable or not. It’s to be sold as is I have some additional parts like wiper motors and after market side steps etc.”


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1950 CJ-3A Reno, NV **SOLD**


1950_cj3a_renoUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6900

This looks pretty good.

“1950 Jeep CJ-3A. Original 4 cylinder engine, new radiator core, fuel pump, re-built starter. Runs great! Saginaw steering. Two soft tops, roll-bar and tow bar. All wheel/axle seals recently serviced and replaced. Lots of extra parts.”

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Buyer for T-90 and dana 18 in Emmett, Id

• CATEGORIES: wanted

Here’s a buyer for a complete T-90 and Dana 18 near Boise.

“Need a complete (T-90)3 speed transmission and the (T-18) transferr case for a 47-CJ2A…..I have CASH for a verifiable good one”

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1951 CJ-3A Westfield, Wi $1750


1951_cj3a_westfieldThis looks like a very good price.

“Great old Jeep! I just do not use anymore and it is in my barn. Runs great–probably needs fresh gas. All origininal. Call 608-576-3889.”

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1949 CJ-3A Lakewood, Wa $2500


1949_cj3a_lakewoodUPDATE:  Price dropped to $2500.  An Overdrive can be purchased for extra?

“1949 Willys must sell soon. Tub in good condition, has bikini top, ford small block 302, optional warn overdrive, new 36″ swampers, spring over lift, lockers, 5:38 gears. Lots of good stuff.
Asking $2500 call 253-777-2360 ask for chris ”

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1950s CJ-5 w/ Trencher Medford, NJ eBay


UPDATE: This is now on eBay

I haven’t seen too many trenchers for sale.

“50’s RUNS!!! : ) Willys Jeep with Trencher and Plow. Has hard top. Needs fuel tank. Was able to pour fuel into carb & start motor. Brakes are inoperable. Questions? Call Nick at 609-668-5541 Thanks for looking! : ) Check out more of our current yard and estate sale items on photobucket at: Art, Antiques, Furniture, Equipment, Vehicles, Household Items, Decor, Mobile Home, and More!!! We look forward to hearing from you! : ) ”

View the pics on ebay


View all the pics on eBay

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1942(?) Willys Roseburg, OR **SOLD**


1942_cj2a_roseburgUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3000

I’m not if there is anything from 1942 on this jeep.  Looks more like a CJ-3A.

“Jeep is a work in progress, needs to be finished, has box tube frame, PTO winch, full cage, CB, top w/ doors, 44″ growd hawgs, tilt steering, built 350 small block, 194 heads, torker intake, outside frame headman headers, 14blt rear, d44 front. Comes with New hydralic assist braking system, sm420 4spd, 205 transfer case and 44” spare. needs steering and brakes done and she’s ready to rock, “

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1942 MB Sweet Home, Or $5000


1942_mb_sweethomeUPDATE:  Price rose to $5000

I just not certain what a ‘lockup 35 in the front split transfer’ is?

“Nice willys jeep with a powerful chevy 327 turbo 400 locked up dana 44 rear end also has a lockup 35 in the front split transfer bran new best top payed 800.00 for power stearing power brakes swinging peddels tilt stearing wheel nice seats also has a newer springs and shocks with good tires about 85% tred also have original aluminum hard top with doors has all glass.All trades considerd Please call Jake At 541-409-3230”

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1952 CJ-3A Boone, NC **SOLD**


1952_cj3a_boone2UPDATE:  Was $1800. **SOLD**

It appears the body has been painted since it was put up for sale a couple months ago.  This appears to be a good price.

“I was asking $2200/firm. This is the last time I will reduce the price. $1800/firm. If it does not sell for this price, I will not sell it. Calls only. No emails.”

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John starts driving very early

• CATEGORIES: Reader Stories

I know I started driving on dad’s lap when I was young, but John might just be the youngest jeep driver I’ve ever met.  Thanks for sharing John.  Here’s his story.

John writes, “Hi Dave, this is my story. At the age of 2years 10 months, I was put behind the steering wheel of a 1946 CJ2a (this was in 1955). My Dad had me with him one sunny fall day sowing wheat in the north 40. It was the field with a 1/2 mile lane to it. In the back of the willys were wheat seed bags.

As Dad would run out of wheat in the grain drill, he would walk back & bring the Willys to the drill fill it up and continue on. I got to nap on the seed bags, laying in the sun.  As I napped, Dad could watch me as he would make his rounds with the drill.

As Dad finished up the field we were on the opposite end from the gate out of the field. So, here comes my first Willys drive. Dad stood me up on the seat, put it in low range, pointed the jeep to the gate, and away I went. He drove along side me till we got to the gate, where he stopped me, and said “move over I’ll get you through the gate!”

He said I made a fuss about moving over, but, after he got the Willys through the gate, he turned me loose again for the 1/2 mile drive up the lane. Dad said I would lay on the steering wheel and let it roll me around.

My love of Willys Jeeps are deep rooted, and this story is special as it was told to me by Dad only a month before he passed away. Mom said if she had known this back then, I’d would never had gotten to go out with Dad again.

John Waddle
The Waddle Family Farms Fayette Co. Ohio, Concord Twsp. est. 1853.

(We still have the 41 Ford Ferguson 9n, but the Willys has long been sold & Dad passed away in 1997, cancer got him at the age of 71.)

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A list of Vintage Hubs

• CATEGORIES: Body Parts

Here’s a list of vintage hubs from a Rover-related website called  Below is an example of Perfect Circle Hubs produced by a division of the Dana Corp called, not surprisingly, Perfect Circle.

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1952 M-38 Salem, Ma **SOLD**


1952_m38_salemUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5000.

Nice jeep.  Driver not included.

“1952 Willys military 24 volt military jeep. OD green ready to go………call for details 978 994 5923. New Beechwood canvas seats front and rear. All intact (90%) and a true and very rare USAF Strata Blue jeep from Hanscom AFB with pics to verify serial number.   This is currently OD green and has correct NDT tires and spare as 1952 gas can. Top bows present as well..Fording kit there but needs snorkel if you want to drive it underwater.  All data plates present and correct and has fire extinguisher and dated first aid kit. Floors were patched but rear floor perfect ……….
Has antnena mounted on left side……..all vacuum working and lights work but rear harness will need updating….front harness new (Peter DeBella) as well as headlights etc.  Jeep will cruise along at 45 MPH and is a rare survivor.”

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1964 CJ-5 York, Pa $1995


1964_cj5_yorkThis appears to be a nice looking CJ-5 at a surprisingly low price given it’s a dealership.

“1964 Willys Jeep CJ5, Red with white soft top, 3.8 (gm) V6 with automatic transmission (old conversion), 4×4, Runs & Drives good. Old Allstate locking hubs, aluminum wheels, rear seat, extra set of half doors, Body is in good shape, Great old antique jeep to restore for shows or cool old trail jeep. This jeep does not have power steering or power brakes, it is geared very low so 50mph or so is about top speed with this drivetrain. It is not PA inspected and will not be. It came from out of state. Only $1995.00 Brian Kauffman’s Autorama, York, 717-764-6620”

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Jeep Caravan through Utah


UPDATE: This is the MPVA Carvan. Read more about it below.

A caravan of 50 or so old flatties (mostly military) with license plates from a variety of states was spotted heading down the new Legacy Highway (the new north/south alternative to I-15) in Utah yesterday.

A reader named George pointed me to the MPVA website to answer the questions of who, what, where and why.

From the MPVA Website, “As part of its mission to honor our country’s military vehicle history, the MVPA has decided to recreate the famous 1919 Convoy in 2009 as a 90th Anniversary celebration of the achievement and in conjunction with the nation’s President Lincoln Bicentennial celebration.

This is a Convoy of historic military vehicles – of all eras, from WWI through to current-issue military vehicles. The vehicle roster currently includes WWI “FWD” cargo trucks, through to Harley Davidson WLA motorcycles, staff cars and jeeps to later model M813 5-ton cargo trucks.

Learn more about this ongoing convey from the MPVA website.  The Convoy should be arriving in San Francisco on July 8th.

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1953 CJ-3B Parts Jeep Torrington, Wy $700


1953_cj3b_torringtonUPDATE:  Still available.   More pics.

It’s a day of parts jeeps.

“53 Willys High hood Jeep.Good condition, Great project as its already apart to restore or modify. Rust in the floor but have new metal bent to rplace them. 4 cyl needs gone thru, trans and Tcase is good. Price is OBO or trade for T5 trans out of a mustang, or? Better pictures coming. Call 307 575 1285 or email Scam Scum don’t even try!”

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


1948_cj2a_littleton4UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5500.

This appears to be in reasonable shape.

“Great Condition for this 48 CJ Upgraded to the 134 F Head (Overhead Valves), 3 Speed, Thor Locking Hubs, Rigged for towing with 12 Volt towing lights and Tow Bar, 6 volt system, All Gages and Light work, Tires are in Great Condition, Bikini Top, Full Top with doors in great condition.”

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A Boat named JEEP


My kids and I were visiting my Aunt in Seattle yesterday where she owns a houseboat (in this case, defined as literally a house built on floating logs or concrete blocks with trapped air) on Lake Union in Seattle.  My son wanted to go rowing, so we climbed into a row boat and checked out some of the local scenery. We hadn’t gone more than two docks of boats when I spotted this boat named JEEP tied up to a local houseboat.  How could I resist taking a picture of it?


For those movie fans who liked Sleepless in Seattle, it is a couple houseboats to the left of this picture (it is not pictured).

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Dan’s Grandfather Transports 2 Horses

• CATEGORIES: Reader Stories

UPDATE: As I wrote to Dan, I spaced and forgot to add links to the rebuild of Dan’s Grandfather’s jeep. We’ve been following the rebuild here and here.  Too much playing with my kids, fixing my mom’s computer, pulling stumps out for dad and the dave-do list is growing …  I think you get the picture.

Dan shared this story with us hoping to encourage other readers to share those oddball stories involving jeeps.  That made me realize I still have a few to share, so I’ll write up a couple and share them as well.  Thanks for sharing Dan!

One day my grandfather decided to transport his two horses in a single axle trailer behind his Jeep. While going down the road he noticed that something was wrong. The engine rpm was increasing, but he was slowing down.

After pulling onto the side of the road and looking things over, he noticed that the horses had moved as far back in the trailer as possible and that was lifting the rear tires off the ground.

He thought about it a moment and, deciding he was already half way there, he put the jeep in 4wd and finished off the trip.

When he was done he swore he would never do that again.

If you have a story to share, please send it to me (  and I’ll likely post it.