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Builds – Jim turns down this fixer upper

• CATEGORIES: Builds • TAGS: .

Succumbing to the Willys sickness, Jim checks out a possible deal, only to discover this mess …  he writes:

“Skunked by trailer trash. “Oh yeah, sure nuff, its real purty, a dang nice old willard jeep, bring youres trailer cuz youins gonna want thisun fer sure.” “Yessir, we wuz just drivin it a few weeks ago, but took some apert to restore it, then decidered to sell er.” “A battery, sum gas and few hours of fun, you could be drivin that afternoon fer sure, only want $1500 fer her and boy howdy it hurts me to let er go for that.”

Lying sack-o-crap, 58 (one way) miles later, trailer in tow and cash in hand, I was, well, lets just say, I was not very happy! Notice the engine is just hanging down between the engine mounts! Whats holding it there? As far as I can tell, the back of the trans hitting the tub and the fear of falling! Jeez, what a waste of time, he offered to come down to $1300 cause he liked me, I wanted to offer a lasting scar and a limp. grrrrr!

It is fun though… Dang this Willys sickness!”


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Warn OD/t10/tc Inland Empire, Ca $1200

• CATEGORIES: OD Saturn/Warn, Transmissions

t10_tc_od_inlandempireHere’s a combo for sale.  I don’t think it’s a great price, but worth watching in case the price drops.

“i have a t-10 transmission mated toa dana 18 transfer case i pulled out of my cj-3a it also has a warn overdrive unit everything works fine i’m just doing a different set up i want $1200 o.b.o for everything , SOLD AS A UNIT I WILL NOT SPLIT THEM UP ,
Contact John @ 909-518-5106”

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1967 CJ-5 Olympia, Wa $2000 (w/OD)

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, OD Saturn/Warn

1967_cj5_olympiaGiven this CJ-5 has an overdrive and the jeep has a new top, I think this is a pretty good price.

“1967 CJ5 with 225 Buick V6, 3 speed tranny, warn overdrive, danna 44 rear end, 27 front end, new best top with half doors, 2.5″ Rancho lift, 32″ wild country tires on 15×10 white spoke wheels. $2000.00 Call Josh (360) 528-1211”

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1960 CJ-5 Thurston, Wa $4500


1960_cj5_seattleI included this CJ-5 because the seller has done something interesting to the front grille.  I haven’t decided whether I’m a fan of it or not, but it’s an interesting idea.  The jeep itself looks great.

“1960 Willys Jeep CJ5 – 289 V8 3spd with warn overdrive. twin stick. New 4″ Rancho Lift, 2″ shackle lift, New 33″ mud tires on new chrome wheels from Les Schwab, New Brake Master Cylinder, New Clutch Slave Cylinder, New Rancho Dual Shocks and Steering Stablizer, AM/FM CD and CB, New Bestop and Bikini Top, Race Seats with Harness Belts, New Motor Mount Kit installed, New U Joints…”

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Question: Front Fender Flares for a Flattie?

• CATEGORIES: Body Parts • TAGS: .

fenderflaresA reader asked if anyone knew where someone could purchase a set of fender flares for the front fenders of a flattie? Let me know if you have a lead and I’ll pass it on.

Thanks … Dave

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Builds — David and friends

• CATEGORIES: Builds, CJ-2A, CJ-3A, Features

David and his friends transport themselves back in time each each fall by getting out their jeeps, heading to the woods, and cleaning brush, trees and other obstacles out of the way in preparation for winter snowmobiling in New York.

David’s owned his (the gray ’51 CJ-3A) for six years.  His friends have owned their 1947 CJ-2A and 1949 CJ-3A for about 25 years.  Thanks for sharing David.


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Fred Smith, Rare Jeep Collector

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, GPA (SEEP) • TAGS: , .

While reading through the extensive history of the half track, I stumbled on the fact that the owner of the rarest of these half tracks was Fred Smith of the UK.  Having recently read that Fred Smith also owned and nicely restored the Ford Budd prototype, I got curious about who Fred Smith is.  At this point, I don’t know anything about him other than he’s got quite the jeep collection.  Here’s an approximate list (this list is a guess based on what I’ve read online):

  1. 1940 Ford Budd Prototype
  2. T-28 Half Track
  3. Willys MT-TUG 6×6
  4. 5 or 6 Ford GPs
  5. Ford GP four wheel steering
  6. Ford GPA (seep)
  7. Willys MA
  8. Willys MB

Not a bad collection!  Apparently, Fred shows these on occasion (or often) at the War and Peace Show at Beltring in Kent, UK.

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Builds – Half Tracks, The T-28, T-29 & T-29 E1


t28_half_trackI’ve never investigated the Half-Tracks and didn’t know much about them.  So, when Brian sent me the link to the website, it was great surprise.  The page is a combination historical overview and successful treasure hunt.  Here’s how the author starts.

“After America had entered the war, one of the most important military bases was the Aleutians in Alaska, since a Japanese attack on the Aleutians. So Alaska became a primary military zone of importance. But with bad weather and a lot of snow, the need for tracked vehicles was important. So the US Army Air Corps got in touch with the Canadian Bombardier Company with the idea to develop a series of tracked vehicles using rubber wheels of large diameter driving a wide, flexible track with metal cross bars. Also the intense aviation activity created enormous difficulties for personnel confronted with a cold climate and bad weather for most part of the year….. ”

You can visit this page to read the entire story.  It’s quite extensive.  The information on how the rebuild was done on the T-28 is equally interesting, including the use of a model A rim.

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1943 MB Philomath, Or $600


UPDATE:  The price hasn’t changed, but the year has gone up to 1943.

Looks like a fixer upper.  This jeep appears to have gone through some updates, some better than others.  Might be worth a look to see what’s really there.

“1943 Willys MB. Has SB Chevy & 4 Spd. Runs but needs tlc. $600 OBO. (541)936-1715 Hans ”

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1952 M-38 Dundee, Mi eBay


1952_m38_dundeeFor a body that is ‘very, very solid’ the interior sounds and looks a bit rough.

1952 Willys M38. It is in great condition. Ive owned this jeep since 1989 and have taken great care of it. I have put many hours into modifing and maintaining this Jeep. The body is in great condition, very very solid and very very clean. THere are some spots where there is some rust. All panels where the body meets have a rubber gasket between them. This has helped preserve the jeep over the years and it has done a great job.  The driver side floor board has been replaced years ago and could use a little attention under the seat The floor where the driver puts his feet is in great shape with no rot thru … ”

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1947 CJ-2A Crystal Lake, IL **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6000.  Better pics now.

Nice looking CJ-2A.  It looks like there isn’t a tailgate, but I can’t tell for sure from the pics.

“1947 Willys CJ2-A. Semi-Pro restoration about 10 years ago, clear & clean title. Orginal L-Head motor, 3 speed on the floor. 4×4 (works great too!) Nice 31×15 inch General tires w/ rancho shocks. What Ive added (since Ive owned it). Brand new speedo (shows two hundred sixty-some miles)Sun Pro Tach, Cobra CB Radio w/ 102 rear bumper mounted antenna. AIWA Cd player w/ MP3 jack & speakers (NOT permanant – only zip-tied). Electric radiator fan w/ switch on dash. Front bumper mount off road lights (easily removable). Oil change at start of summer, new plugs, just replaced the entire fuel line from tank to fuel bowl (and new fuel filter). She does run very well, however she will not do a DIME over 55mph (and thats pushing it!)…”

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1947 CJ-2A Apache Junction, AZ **SOLD**


1947_cj2a_apachejunctionUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5750.

This CJ-2A looks well built.  The chev 350 and radiator are neatly placed into the engine compartment without modifying the fenders. It’s got a good looking roll cage as well.

“47 Willys. 350 crate with a 350 turbo trans. 4.27 detroit locker with 33×12.5 BFG. Asking $5750.00 OBO”

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1957 FC-150 Rossiter, PA eBay

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677

1957_fc150_rossiterThe outside this Forward Control looks good to me.  Certainly, it needs interior work though.

“You are bidding on a 1957 Jeep Willys FC150. It is a 4 cylinder with a 3 speed manual transmission. The odometer reads 38,000 miles. It was originally from Arizona and has been in Pa. for the past few years. Needs finished – would make a good project. Comes with an extra frame w/drivetrain, extra motor and other misc. parts. We are listing this for a friend, so please do not email questions. You may contact the owner directly at 814-938-0278 after 3pm.”

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Problems solved & site back on track


UPDATE: AHA!  Somehow, I had changed the file permissions on a single folder, which apparently caused some havoc with the ajax comments, maps, the contact form and more.   It took a while to hunt it down the problem (probably because I was half watching tv too). While messing around, I took the opportunity to do some general maintenance as well, which is always good.

So, I’ll pick back up Monday late afternoon with a story on the very rare MB half-tracks and information about more rare jeeps owned by Fred Smith of the UK.

– Dave

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Builds – Edgar Nave’s “zooped” up MB


edgar_mb_europeYeah, I know, the “zooped” part is a stretch, but the site has some cool WWII pics.  It appears the pages related to Edgar are part of a ‘Nave’ family album.  The part of the story I like is that fact that Edgar drove a jeep as a courier and personnel transport later in the war effort in France. His jeep was fixed up with an aluminum housing and a manifold heater, and he says it could outrun any jeep in the outfit. It was quite popular with officers who wanted transportation. They wouldn’t let the jeep go unless he went with it so he got to take a good many trips.  There’s some interesting pictures of stuff found laying  around France (shot down planes for example).

Now, I’m not sure exactly how those features made the jeep faster, if they did, but it’s a good story 🙂

Here’s the link to the Edgar Nave Pics

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2 Super Terra Mud/ Sand tires Scappoose, Or $325

• CATEGORIES: Tires and Rims

tires_scappooseI’d say this is a pretty good price as I dont’ see many of these for sale.

“I have a pair of Goodyear Super Terra tires in great shape. They are 31 inches tall and 15 1/2 inches wide, they are mounted on a set of 15 inch by 5 on 5 1/2 bolt pattern steel wheels that were just powdercoated. These tires are the 4 ply version which means when the air pressuse is low the sidewalls will flex unlike the 8 ply industrial tires. These tires work great in mud or sand. These will bolt on to Jeeps, Broncos, Fords, Internationals and others that share the same bolt pattern. Thanks Robert 503-543-3644”

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1942 GPW Bloomington, Mn eBay


1942_gpw_bloomingtonHere’s a good looking GPW with plenty of Ford script parts.  It’s not all original as the author notes within the ad.

” …. Now I’m not a wrench turner, but this jeep runs great , I have owned it for about 3 years and have only put in a battery and changed the fuel filter. I have had no other problem with it besides the normal spotting of oil underneath it. Starts right up with choke pulled out and a tap of gas, no knocks or ticks or weird noises or smoke or any other  engine problems- runs great. I drove it about 4 times last summer and had no problems, i use non-oxygenated gas. everywhere i have stopped people stared in awww at it, and the old Vets love it! ….”

View lots of good pics here on eBay

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1941 Ford GP United Kingdom **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Unusual • TAGS: , .

1941_ford_gpUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $24,500.

This rare Ford GP is listed at £17,500, which currently converts to $24,500.  It was listed back in June of 2008 on the site, which is a UK based jeep site. I assume it’s still for sale as it’s still listed on their website for sale.  There are also a GPW, some MBs and some Hotchkiss jeeps for sale there as well.

“A very Rare Pre-Production Ford GP Jeep (1941). This is one of only a handfull that remain in the UK today. Restored to a high level. For more information, please call today on 01694 731373. This Ford GP, was imported to Europe some years ago, this Jeep was restored some years ago and has been recently freshened up and it has many nice original features and looks great. However certain detail parts are not original, e.g fitted with a more moderm carb/air filter. The Jeep can either be detailed or used as is. And is well priced to allow for final detailing/ finishing touches at £17,500 including full new beechwood canvas kit.”

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1947 CJ-2A Kemblesville, Pa $8600


UPDATE:  The price has risen to $8600.

The price is on the high side, but it appears in great shape.  Check out the original top.

“Thsi rust-free Jeep has a 4 cylinder engine and 3 speed transmission with overdrive; hi/lo range and 4 wheel drive with lockout hubs. It has 12 forward speeds with the overdrive and can cruise along at highway speeds.It has the original type top with removable doors; a back seat; dual windshield wipers; a radio, heater and defroster fan. In all- about $3000.00 worth of option”

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The Book: Rare WW2 Jeep Photo Archive 1940 to 1945


I found a link to this fascinating book from the Olive Drab SiteClick on this link so they’ll get credit for the purchase from Amazon and view some of the pages.  There are pics of early jeeps I’ve never seen before and I’ve been spending some time collecting pics for various histories I’m putting together.  I’m adding it to my list of books to purchase.


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The 1940 Buddy (a Ford Pygmy/Budd prototype)

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs • TAGS: , .

1940_budd_ford8In late 1940, after testing the Bantam prototype BRC (the Mark I) for one month,  the Quartermaster Corp Technical committee was impressed enough to ask Bantam for 70 additional pilot versions to test (these would be the BRC-60 or Mark IIs).  They also asked Willys and Ford to submit prototypes.  While Willys submitted a two wheel Quad for testing (they made another prototype: a 4 wheel steering Quad), Ford built 2 prototypes: one is the Pygmy (still exists) and the other was a Pygmy/Budd prototype called a Buddy. (Note that I attempt to use the same designations for pilot/prototype that Frederic Coldwell uses in his Preproduction Civilian Jeeps book.)

While the Ford Pygmy was submitted to the Quartermaster for testing, the Pygmy/Budd hybrid was not.  The history is hazy, but the original Budd disappeared into the California desert at some point. Miraculously, it was relocated by Jeff Polidoro in 1998.  The rumor is that is sold for $50,000 and was restored in 2005- 2006 by owner Fred Smith. There’s more about Fred Smith and his restoration of this vehicle.  The Buddy is now located in the UK.

The biggest difference between the Pygmy and Buddy, to the best of my information, was that the body was built by the Edward G. Budd Manufacturing and looked fairly different from the Pygmy.  Below are pictures I’ve collected across the internet about the Budd. Apparently, Budd also designed the KubelWagon body prior to WWII.   And, apparently, Budd had a role in designing the M151.

Here’s before and after pics of the Pygmy/Budd that I’ve found across the net:

Before Restoration:

Pic below found here


Pic below found here on the CJ-3B site


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Builds — Jim’s 1949 CJ-3A (Potentially for sale now)


Except for those funky turn signals on the front grille, this is a great looking stock jeep.  Jim’s getting this running again and then will decide whether to sell it to someone who will love it.  Otherwise, he’ll keep it and decide what to do with it.

“I pulled this CJ3A (vin 3J28941) out of a little mining town called Silverton. Its bone stock, 6 volt and appears to have never been touched, never had a roll bar, has a rare dealer installed all aluminum hardtop and doors.  A little update on this rig:  I  rebuilt the carb, flushed the tank, blew the lines, new fuel pump etc and we got it started! Not bad for not being run for 10 years!  Motor sounds excellent, no smoke, oil pressure is 60 psi! Now for a complete brake overhaul and then it will be driven for the first time in more 10 years! Anybody want to buy a rare all aluminum hardtop and doors?”


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1948 CJ-2A Italy, Tx $3500


1948_cj2a_italySomething appears to have been done to the bumper, but otherwise this looks like it could make a great, pretty easy restoration project.

“This is a very collectable 1948 CJ2A Jeep Willys- I am firm on the price of this 60 year old vehicle. It runs good and has the original engine. I have done some restoration which includes:
New brakes and brake lines, new gas tank, new carberator and tune up, new muffler and tail pipe. This has all of the original frame an body matching numbers. This would be a great restoration vehicle and fun to drive in parades or around the farm or ranch. Serious inquiries only- 214-797-0911”

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1945 MB Bend, OR **SOLD**


1945_mb_bendUPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

“Rare 1945 Military Willys Jeep MB and M416  1/4T trailer built by Cemsco Div of ETS Hokin. The Jeep was built 1-30-1945 and delivered to the Navy, likely for California shore duty. It is very complete, with folding headlamps, blackout lights, hand grips and more. There is no structural or panel rust. The only rust is superficial. Good floors. A light sandblast would clean it all up. No panels need to be replaced. All are intact. No body damage. The vehicle is in original, unrestored condition. The only modifications are at the front bumper for the tow bar. I have had the engine running, and it all seems good. The brake cylinders are frozen…so it would need a full brake job, but after that, I would bet it could be driven as is….a bit of a time warp there.

There are (5) five restored wheels, powdercoated, with new military tires. There is no top or top bows, but all the mounting brackets are intact. There are miscellaneous extras, such as a windshield assembly, a cylinder head, flywheel and more.”

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Lack of Vitamin D a Warning Sign for Heart Disease? Cmon …


Ok, this has nothing to do with jeeps, but until I setup my nutrition blog, I will record this here as I need to get this off my chest.  It has to do with nutrition, critical thinking skills and causal relationships.

I saw a headline that declared “Lack of vitamin D linked to teen health problems“.  As a follower of nutritional information over past few years, when I see a headline like that, I can’t help but wonder what type of study was done to determine how the lack of a single vitamin could be responsible for all the health woes of a generation of people.  It seems to good to be true (the natural corollary is that adding vitamin D to the diet will solve the problem .. yeah, right).

So, I go to the link.  I read the article.  I wonder if anyone else is as confused as I am.

Let’s look at the logic.

  1. The study evaluates 3600 boys and girls 12 to 19.
  2. The researchers draw blood for blood tests.
  3. For some reason, not indicated, levels of vitamin D were measured (no other vitamin or mineral measurements or results were noted).
  4. Indicators for heart disease were measured (waist size, blood sugar, high blood pressure, high cholesterol)
  5. The sponsor of the research, not indicated (though one might suspect milk industry people given the focus on vitamin D — btw, I’m total fan of good quality, high fat milk, so no intentional swipe at milk producers is intended).  I searched for information on the study sponsor or original study information, but was unsuccessful.

Now, out of this data, the researchers discovered a pattern.  Teens with low levels of vitamin D had a statistically significant association with indicators of heart disease.  I have no qualms with that association (I’ve read studies a variety of studies indicating that large percentages of americans are vitamin poor.) and it makes logical sense based on what I know.

Importantly, a doctor in the article is quoted, “it’s likely that vitamin D deficiencies in teens stem from unhealthy diets and lack of exercise outdoors … If their diet includes chips and soft drinks, they’re probably not getting enough vitamin D.”  This makes total sense to me too.  I suspect this has less to do with exposure to the sun than ingestion of good quality products that contain fat soluable vitamin D.

So, I ask simply, is it the LACK of vitamin D that CAUSES the factors for heart disease to increase?  Or, is it the consumption of foods poor in vitamins and minerals across the board, that result in the low intake of vitamins and minerals in general WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY introducing high levels of sugars and carbohydrates (that are broken down into sugars) that result in increases in blood sugars in general (note that high blood sugars were also measured in the study).

Your body, in response to high blood sugars, produces insulin from the pancreas to lower blood sugars.  Of course, insulin also produces at least two byproducts: (1) weight gain due to the insulin secretion that causes the storage of fatty acids as tryglicerides within the adipose tissue of the body and (2) insulin which is excreted to deal with high levels of blood sugars causes increases in heart rates and constricts blood vessels which, over time, appears to raise the homeostasis of blood pressure.


Given the enormous amount of quality studies by quality people in this field, the stunning lack of reasonable conclusions here simply floor me. Let me simplify this further.  While different people have different tolerances for this formula, the basic formula applies:

Sugar (& flour and starches) >raise blood sugar levels > which causes a hormone called insulin secretion from the pancreas > which forces your body to burn sugar and save other products, including fats, for burning later.  This causes your body to operate in a manner you will not like!  One byproduct is weight gain: WEIGHT GAIN HAS LITTLE TO DO WITH OVEREATING AND CALORIES AND EVERYTHING TO DO WITH EATING POORLY NUTRITIOUS FOODS.

Now, back to your regularly scheduled jeep posts ….