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Locating the F script on your GPW

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB), MB, Website

So, you think you have a GPW, but you have no idea where to find that F script?

You are in luck!  Ren Bernier has posted numerous images of how the F-script appears across all kinds of parts.  This is the first that I have run across a collection of F-script images so extensive.  It’s a great resource to bookmark.  He also has a variety of images from MB restorations as well.

Ren’s home page, Ren’s F-script pics

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1951 M-38 Fresno, CA **SOLD**


1951_m38_fresnoUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4200.

It appears a bit dirty, but this might be a pretty solid flattie.

“This Willys Jeep is in excellent condition for its age. Absoultely no rust on this jeep. The jeep has a small block 327 with a four bolt main. The strongest engine you will find. It has a 2″ suspenison lift and a 3″ body that were installed this past summer. The tires are pro comp X-terrians that measure 33×12.5. The rims are powder coated black and have no more than 500 miles on the tires. The jeep was painted this last summer when the lift was installed. It has a full custom roll cage and a new cb and antenna. The 12,000lbs. mile marker winch may or may not be inlcuded in the sale,depends on the negioated price. Many new summit parts. This jeep will climb with any toyota out there.”

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1949 CJ-3A Kelso, Wa $2500 or Trade


1949_cj3a_kelsoUPDATE: Pics available.

“49 willys jeep run, drives 302 ford v8 stock 3 sp trans 36in superswampers on black wheels, still needs some work to be good check other adds heres some pics email at with trades or if you like to come see or 360 560 2718 ”

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1952 CJ-3A & 1954 CJ-3B Syracuse, NY $3000 for both


UPDATE:  These are still available.

These are both running jeeps, with the CJ-2A’s motor recently having been rebuilt.  If I only had a two jeep trailer … hmmm.

“1952 CJ3A ($1200.00) & 1954 CJ3B ($1800.00)for sale. 2A motor has new pistons,rings,brgs,complete valve job, cab,solid frame and powertrain.3B has solid frame and powertrain & very rare rear PTO.Both jeeps stored inside and were run last year.Need to sell them for street rod project.

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c4 to Dana 20 Adapter Terrebonne, Or $250

• CATEGORIES: Transfer Cases, Transmissions

c4_dana20_adapterA brand new adapter will run around $450 (here’s one for $479).  I suspect these are hard to find used.

“call for a pic or e-mail. there are no cracks and no abuse. i also have a ford bronco frame set up for a willys wagon 4×4. there is a 351w a c6 tranny and a np 208 transfer case. 1200.00 for the whole frame.”

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Flat Fender Monster Truck Marengo, Oh $44,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Unusual

willys_monstertruck_marengoI don’t know what these are worth, but you don’t see these everyday.


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1942 GPW Dallas, TX **SOLD**


1942_gpw_dallasUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $9400.

“’42 GPW. Utah desert recovered. Nice restoration. 5K in new/OS parts, new canvas seats, top. Does have locking front hubs for ease. New tires, generator, 6 volt system. Starts and runs great. Inop; emergency brake, speedo (new cable, possibly loose?), gas gauge (no sender in tank). Call or e-mail for addit pics, or questions.”

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1945 GPW San Antonio, TX **SOLD**



UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was Make Offer

“jeep has new steel floors, no motor or radaitor, body is good. lost interest in this project. make offer”

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1957 FC-170 Kalamazoo, MI **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677

1957_fc170_kalamazooUPDATE: **SOLD** Was Make Offer

“I have a 57′ titled as a 58 Forward Control 4×4 Willy’s is decent shape, not perfect by any means but reliable with a good tune up… ‘WLDWLLY’ (plate) has been sitting in my barn since 2001 when I went to seminary in Oklahoma. Just before graduation I had a massive stroke and severely paralyzed my left side. I was hoping that my arm and leg would get better and I’d be able to do something with the Jeep in the future but so far this hasn’t panned out….”

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1946 CJ-2A (mb?) Avenal, Ca $3000


1946_cj2a_avenalUPDATE:  Price dropped to $3000

With the driver side indents and the lack of tailgate, this certainly looks like an MB/GPW to me.  Note the phone number is missing a digit.

“nice jeep …runs ok…have done some basic work on it…used it for deer season last year and now we are moving….got to much stuff has original straight 4 cylinder ….has 4 new bi-directional military tires,new battery,new plugs, cap,rotor and points new coil and 12 volt head lights….12 volt conversion with altenator… call 559-816-960.”

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1953 CJ-3B Gloucester, Va eBay


1953_cj3b_gloucesterThis is a great looking, early CJ-3B.

“One sweet little JEEP for a true JEEP lover.  This Willys is all original – nothing added and nothing missing.  I’ve owned it since 2002 when I spotted her frolicking on the beach at Hatteras Island, NC.  It was love at first sight.  I’ve had  7 fun years with it and I feel its time to move on and let someone else have some fun.  I have had the brakes redone along with new stock shocks.  Tires are in good shape but could use a new spare.  The top is in fair shape and should give good service for a while.  This Jeep has the original upolstry and rear bench seat.  All body parts are original and show no signs of rust…. ”

View all the pics on eBay

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1942 MB/GPW La Center, Wa $1800


1942_mb_lacenterUPDATE:  The price has dropped to $1800. This appears to be a very good price on an MB.

“Willys Jeep needs a new home. Has a brand new battery. Please call 360 263-3259 or 360 951-3409 after 5 PM..”

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1947 CJ-2A Racine, Wi $6500


1947_cj2a_racineThis CJ-2A has a fiberglass body.  The roll bar is attached to the back wheel wells.  I’m pretty sure that’s not a good idea.

“1947 Willys CJ2A Jeep, clear Illinois title. Runs great 4WD works, restored about 10 years ago, fiberglass body, x-tra parts that go with it. ALWAYS stored indoors!! Ready to go for spring, get’s lots of looks!! Price is negotiable, would consider trade for Grand Marquis, or Crown Victoria or ??. Let me know what you got? I’m about 1/2 hour from the Wisconsin border. Call with questions 815-403-6895 – ask for Ryan.”

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1951 M-38 Owasso, OK **SOLD**


1951_m38_owassoUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $8000

“1951 WILLYS JEEP M38 – $8,000.00 OBO. 26k miles. Third owner (first owner was the US Army), kept in the barn, runs and drives great, 7.50×16 tires. Everything is ORIGINAL to the jeep (OD green paint still underneath) except the carburetor/air cleaner, top, seats. Have the backseat also. Great piece of history – absolutely a blast to drive – gets lots of attention wherever it goes!!”

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Spicer & Dana: Where did the Spicer 18 come from?

• CATEGORIES: Features, Transfer Cases • TAGS: .

spicer_manufacturingI spent some time earlier to day trying to track down what came before the Spicer 18 transfer case.  Unfortunately, I can’t find anything such as a Spicer 12 or a Spicer 3 anywhere.  If the Spicer 18 was the Dana Corp’s first try at a transfer case, then it’s entirely reasonable to say they hit a homer with it, as it stayed in the jeep (though ratios and other minor changes were made) from 1941 to 1971, when the jeep started using a center pumpkin and the Dana 20 transfer case.

So, here’s some interesting facts I learned during my searches.

  • The Dana Corp was originally founded as the Spicer Corp by Charles Spicer in 1904 when he was 29 to manufacture universal joints.  Here’s an 83 page PDF book of the first 100 years of the company.
  • The Spicer Corp’s success seems to be the result of the industry standardization around their products due to their high quality and competitive pricing.
  • In June of 1940 during a meeting between Bantam, government, Spicer and Timken representatives, Bantam and Spicer worked out the details of the drive train, for which Spicer received 130,000 for the tooling costs. (from the m38a1 site).  The front end was also worked out during this meeting by an engineer from Spicer.
  • While the Willys used the passenger side drop transfer case (a spicer 18), the Ford Pygmy (Ford’s prototype jeep) and the Bantam BRC Mark I (the very first jeep prototype) and the BRC-60/Mark II (Bantam’s 2nd prototype) relied on a driver side drop transfer case from spicer that was also a Spicer 18. (Here’s more about it)
  • I could only find 4 spicer transfer cases.  The Spicer 18, 20, 23 (for Chevrolet 4wd conversions) and 24 (for Ford 4wd conversions) (see Napco history).  There’s likely more, I just didn’t find any info about them.
  • Charles Dana joined in 1913, injecting money into the company.  In a couple years, Charles assumed the presidency.
  • In 1946, the company was officially renamed the Dana Corp, which by that time was a holding company for Spicer as well as Parish, Salisbury, Brown-Lipe and others.  The idea was to continue using the brand Spicer for the drive train products due to the strong brand name.  For some reason, that’s not clear to me, over time the Spicer brand name seemed to disappear in favor of the Dana name.

Here’s some other links about this early history:

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1959 CJ-5 Roseville, Ca $1900


1959_cj5_rosevilleThis looks like a good price on a nice, upgraded CJ-5.

“1959 Jeep Willys,4 speed,new 289 motor,clean title,runs and drives good,$1900 call 916-676-5123”

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1947 CJ-2A Port Orchard, WA **SOLD**


UPDATE: Was $400. **SOLD**

Here’s a parts jeep.  With the Dana 30 front and AMC 20 rear.  The paint job is unusual.  The back of this body appears solid (no tailgate).  I’m wondering if that’s a DJ body.

“1947 Flat Fender Willy’s Jeep CJ 2A with roll cage. No transmission/transfercase. Mounts for small-block Ford (289 / 302). Original axles plus Dana 30 front and AMC 20 rear. Need the space more than I need the Jeep. $400 / obo.”


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1953 CJ-3B Burlington, WA **SOLD**


1953_cj3b_burlingtonUPDATE: WAs $7750. **SOLD**

“1953 Willy’s CJ3B. 4 cyl. Straight w/ new paint, tires, and battery. Starts and runs perfect. $7,750 OBO. * Will trade for a snow plow rig or dozer of equal or greater value.”

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1954 CJ-3B Lakeland, Fl $2200


1954_cj3b_clearwaterUPDATE:  Price has dropped to $2200.  This appears to be a good price.  There’s a different pic on the craigslist Ad.

“Has A 69 dauntless v6,3spd,pwr sterring sitting on 31 *10.5 *15’s. I’ve rhino linned the inside ,It’s been converted to 12v. Park it on the concrete doesn’t leak, 4wheel drive works great,runs & drives great , real head turner;oh ya it’s 55 years old & not perfect call Ron (727)-768-6132”

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1957 FC-150 Los Angeles, Ca **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677

1957_fc150_burbankUPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $800.

No engine and tranny.

“Hard to find Willys Jeep FC 150. A 1957 the first year made. This was bought by the Forest Service. Has some rust issues but a hard to find truck. The last owner install a Chevy 327 V-8. The motor doesn’t run and there’s no transmission, missing the seats. The bed that’s on the truck is worthless but the original rear fenders are in nice shape. go figure. This is a perfect truck for that head turning hot rod”


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1957 FC-170 Burbank, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677 • TAGS: .

1957_fc170_burbankUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1200

This is the second FC listed by this seller.

“Hard to find Willys Jeep FC 170. A 1957 the first year made. This was an old movie camera truck. The bed is missing. The cab is in real nice shape compared to most FC’s. Great cab corners and no rust around the windshield. The original 226 motor, trans and transfer case is there. There was a PTO that was removed so that’s why you see a hole in the back of the trans. All it needs is a plate made to cover the hole. The motor doesn’t run. Cracked windshield and door glass.”

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Reader Q: Aftermarket steering wheel for early CJ-5


the_500_steering_wheelTom’s looking for some options for putting a smaller steering wheel onto the original mid 50s steering column.  I did a quick search, but didn’t locate any specific products.

I’ve always used later model tilt columns with the steering wheel shown to the right.  It requires an adapter that slides on to the column (don’t have a pic of that).

Anyone else know of other options?

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Builds — A CJ-3B that got away from Jim

• CATEGORIES: Builds • TAGS: .

Here’s a favorite CJ-3B that Jim owned, sold, but now wished he kept.

Jim writes, “This was super nice rig, built frame off, all stock, all new, immaculate, my girlfriend drove it alot and we should have kept it but was offered huge money and couldn’t say no.”



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1953 CJ-3B Reno, NV **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2200

At first I thought that was rust on the body, but I think that’s the paint job.

“it is alot of fun….It has a ford 200 strait 6 skyjacker lift runs strong needs love.”

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1946 CJ-2A Independance, Mo eBay

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Unusual

1946_cj2a_independanceHere’s a very usual jeep.

“No title, strickly trail rig, Motor trans and transfer case all work good. dana 44 front and dana60 in rear with 488 gears. four link rear 3link front. Full hydraulic steering no sterring box.5 point harness x2 in front. winch mount, 700r4 trans, lockouts, axles are welded, needs brake booster or master cylinder. I will need a $500.00 deposit within 24 hours of end of auction.”

View all the pics on eBay