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1952 CJ-3A Ridgeville, SC **SOLD**


1953_cj3a_ridgevilleUPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $3,500

Few specifics in the description.  I think it’s got my seats.

“I took it apart, cleaned it up, put it back together. New; carb, coil, dist, starter, brakes, clutch, flywheel, suspension, rebuilt tranny and transfer. The drivetrain is all original. The cage is bolt in. Full soft top and bikini top, both in excellent condition. Soft top will not fit with cage installed. It is titled, tagged and insured, but I do not recommend it for the street or for anyone that can’t work on it themselves. It’s noisy and rides rough. It leaks oil. ”


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1952 CJ-3A Tulsa, Ok $3200


This looks good.  A nice paint job and this should look pretty sharp.

“1952 Willys Jeep model CJ3A, Soft top with doors that are not shown in the pictures. Original type engine with 12 volt conversion. Tail gate welded over with flar pannel. Runs and is drivable on the street or off road. Parts and mechanical manuals supplied.”


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1951 CJ-3A Superior, Az $2000


1951_cj3a_superiorThis looks like it might be a good deal.

“This 1951 Willy’s Jeep has a 4-cylinder flathead 3 speed on the floor front locking hubs and tow bar. It has a re-built engine 6-volt system. Well worth the price if you know these kind of the Jeeps. Serious inquiries ONLY. For more information call Julio@ (520)-705-2715”

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1948 CJ-2A & 1949 Trailer Fort Collins, CO **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, trailer

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3500.

I can’t tell a great deal from the pics, except that the colors match.

“1948 Willys CJ2A Jeep and 1949 Bantam Jeep trailer. Both stock. Six new military tires.”


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Year? CJ-3B Lathrop, Ca Make Offer


year_cj3b_lathropIt looks in good shape.

“CJ-3B jeep.  Mostly stock has buick v6, and new seats, newer gas tank, roll cage, good tires, warn winch, little rust, still has warn overdrive. email for pics of what you want to see taking offers don’t waste my time with trades or lowball offers”

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1956 CJ-3B Cazenovia, NY $1400


1956_cj3b_cazenoviaThere’s some rough spots and it doesn’t run, but it still looks like it might be a good deal.

“Up for sale is a 1956 Willys CJ3B Jeep. This is “barn fresh” with a plow and some extra parts. This high hood Willys is all original and I am the third owner, to the best of my knowledge. It was driven to and parked in storage 2 years ago. It has not run since then. The original Hurricane, 4 cylinder motor is all there and the drive train is in tact and functional. The body is a bit rusty, but the frame is pretty solid. The black soft top on it is in pretty good shape. This Willys is being sold in “as is” condition. Someone with a bit of time and tinkering skills can be plowing this year or start a restoration project for Spring. Please e-mail or call with any questions.”

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1946 CJ-2A Elko, Nv $1800


No pics and little description.

“needs work”

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1946 CJ-2A Oklahoma City, Ok **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4800.

This has an unusual roll cage.  Actually, I don’t know if those are bends in the bars or points.  I’m not sure I’d want to roll and find out.

“All original except tires and wheels, and roll cage. Runs and drives great, no rust,kept indoors ,been in family for over 50 years.”


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1949 CJ-3A Acampo, CA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2000

This might be a good deal.

“350 Chevy – Roll cage, rancho suspension, new paint, all together, needs minor stuff to finish. $2500 OBO”


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1943 MB Redding, CA **SOLD**


1943_mb_reddingUPDATE **SOLD** Was $4000

It’s priced a bit high for a project, but a lot has been done already on it.

“1942/43 willys mb jeep needs more work then I have time for .lots already done paint repairs to the axles,body and chassis, new tires,Brakes hoses, lines etc. Needs engine rebuilt,has t 90 lines seats all the goodies to get you almost there.”


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1942 MB Fresno, CA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2099.

It doesn’t run at the moment, but might not take much.

“42 Willys Jeep 4×4, 289 engine, T-10 trans, off-road tires. It has been in the garage for the last 25 years. I drove it in myself, so I know that it ran just fine. It will need a battery and the old gas drained. Other than that it needs lots of cleaning.”


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1942 MB Boise $1200


Joshua, one of yours?

“1942 or 43 Willys mb project jeep. Engine turns by hand serial # MB- 240927 Transmission/transfer seem good. Body is very rough but has a good grill and fender. Throw a replacement body on get it running and enjoy. Even has bullet holes in the windshield (I didn’t put them there; so who knows) Also some original paint and markings and showing through. Great project. please call for more information 208-830-2226 $1200 obo. I also know of another gpw parts jeep for sale locally if you need more than one.”


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


UPDATE: Was $1000. **SOLD**

(09/13/2009) It doesn’t run.  I can’t tell for sure, but it might hade an overdrive.

“1951 Willys Jeep. Was running when parked in 1987. Clean Title. Right front wheel will not turn. Some rust. Good project Jeep. Have original wheels. $1000.00 OBO.”


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1946 CJ-2A Gilbert, Az **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

This is probably a replacement body, since there is no battery box.

“It has been completely restored and modified. I have over 20K invested. There is no rust on it. It has a Kenne Bell Built Buick 225 V-6 pushing over 325HP; it has a Saginaw 4 speed manual transmission Spicer 18 twin stick, 2″ body lift, Dana 44 rear axle, and Dana 25 front axle with 538 gears. It has a Saginaw steering conversion very nice to drive. The tub has been Rhino lined top and bottom the engine compartment has been Rhino lined also. It has been converted to a 12 Volt system. It has brand new gauges, shifters, a yellow top Optima battery, and all new wiring, everything is all top of the line no detail has been over looked. I have all the receipts for all of the work that has been done to it and everything that has been bought for it”



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1949 CJ-3A Oklahoma City, Ok eBay


UPDATE:  This is now on Craigslist for $6800

This appears very nice, though there has been some body work done (no drain holes and it appears the tailgate might have been removed.  The top looks pretty classic.  Finally, this is a very early CJ-3A with a serial number of 11060.

“CB Radio, 8000# Fr Ramsey PTO Winch, Fr Lock-Out Huskey Hubs, Heater, Leather Seats, Back up light, 12volt convert,16″ military tires w/ spare, Whitney cover w/removable doors, Electric Wipers, Windshield defrosters, Seal beam headlights w/hi-low, Tow Bar .. 405-641-5342.”


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For BRC Lovers … Bill Spears Website

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

Bill Spears really seems to like Bantams of all kinds.  He’s got a website extensively devoted to exploring Bantams, including a detailed look at the beginning of the jeep.  His information seems consistent with what I’ve learned, though I wasn’t familiar with the Checker connection noted below.

Bill also has a list of Bantams, some with pictures and some just a rumor.  He also has gathered some images of Bantams in service.  Finally, Bill explores the relationship, or inter-relationship, between the “Checker Bantams”, which he calls a CRC, and the Bantam BRC.  It’s an interesting read.

Below is one of the Bantam’s that appears on Bill’s list of Bantams page.  Click on the image to get to the page.


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1953 CJ-3A Stone Oak, Tx $3333


1953_cj3a_stoneoakUPDATE:  Price dropped to $3333

The seller says it’s ready, but the top and doors aren’t in good shape and it still looks like it needs paint to me.


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Front Fender Flares for Flatties

• CATEGORIES: Body Parts • TAGS: .

Ok, I’m a big fan of The Find!  I just did a search on “Front Fender Flares for CJ-2A” and found someone who still sells them.  I know there’s been several people looking for these.  Despite my google search attempts, I haven’t had any luck locating them until now.  Click on the Ad below to go directly to the ACME site.


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Website: The Find

• CATEGORIES: Features, Website

I did a search on a “CJ-5 gas tank” and stumbled across a website called “The Find“. It had search results from Tellico, zaib4x4, 4 wheel parts, and a variety of others. So, I did a few more searches.  It looks like a great way to compare online prices.  They have an iphone app as well.


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1951 CJ-3A Watertown, NY **SOLD**


1951_cj3a_watertownUPDATE:  **SOLD**

It’s hard to tell a lot from the small pictures, but this appears to be a project.  Note how far forward the radiator is positioned.  I hope that’s not where it attaches.

“51 willys jeep 350 4 bolt main 350 trans new motor new rims and tires”


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1953 CJ-3B Racine, Wi $9,000


1953_cj3b_racineUPDATE:  Price dropped to $9,000

oh hold the phone .. the body is fiberglass?  CJ-3B?  That’s pretty rare!

“1953 Willys Jeep CJ3B, VIN: 4J15049, Engine: 4 cylinder, Trans: 3 speed with transfer case in and out 4×4, This vehicle has over 700 hours invested into it. The tub is fiberglass but the hood, fenders, frame, drivetrain are all original to the vehicle. Runs and drives great. Still has original 6 volt system, guages, shifters, shift pattern information plates, etc. A definate must see. We are accepting offers. We have turned down $7,500 so no low ball offers please. Any questions call us at 262-639-5278 or 664-3032 or 880-5278. Ask for Chris or Ron.

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A YIPAO and Willys from Colombia

• CATEGORIES: Features, Website

Sebastian, whom I mentioned in this post (a couple posts down), taught me a couple things about Willys in Colombia today.

1) Willys are very popular in Colombia.  They started arriving during the 50’s and immediately became a sensation. They are still used regularly in the coffee plantations.  He assures us that every single coffee beam that we enjoy in a Colombian Coffee has been transported at some point in a Willys (most probably a CJ-3B).  There are cities and towns where you can see Willys everywhere, being used as work vehicles. For somebody from this country it would be like going back on time. They are also used as taxis, carrying people by the dozen. [Editor’s note:  Nice work Sebastian; I am sold on a trip to Colombia :-)]

2) There are many Jeep festivals in Colombia.  Most of them occur between September and October; they are called “Yipaos”.  The festivals were started in 1988.  The vehicles are driven through the main streets of a city and the Jeeps with the largest amount of objects carried with the most harmonious arrangements earn prizes. In fact, in February 2006, a Guinness World Records was established for the “Longest Jeep Parade” in Calarca, with a caravan of over 370 Jeep Willys vehicles.  It seem to me that we need to break that record back! Here’s an article about it on the CJ-3B page.

Sebastian also sent me a powerpoint with some nice big pictures of one festival. You just gotta see it to believe.  Check out the mud flaps … I’ve been looking for some older looking mud flaps!


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Flat Fender Club of Butler Pennsylvania

• CATEGORIES: Features, Website

flatfenderclubofbutlerAs I mention in the post below, Sebastian wrote me yesterday and told me a little about the Flat Fender Club of Butler.  As I understand it, Sebastian launched the club website last year. It sounds like it’s kind of an ‘open source’ club.

Sebastian writes, “The Flat Fender Club of Butler is a very nice group. I am doing my best to help out.   A friend of mine from Colombia helped me with the logo and the t-shirt design and I started the blog at the beginning of the summer. The club is very informal, with no dues and no officers, only the president and founder Dave Zibrat (great guy!).  Butler is the place where the “Bantam” factory was located (the building is still there), and therefore it is the place where everything related to Jeep started.

It appears several of the club members are readers of ewillys and I look forward interacting with more.

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Sebastian in the U.S., CJ-3B in Colombia

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

Yesterday (and today) I have enjoyed some correspondence from Sebastian, who hails from Colombia and currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

In 1994, Sebastian and his father (who owns a blue CJ-3A), rebuilt a red 1954 CJ-3B, which can be seen to the right and viewed at the CJ-3B Page (sixth down from the top).

He writes, “My Willys is still in Colombia, so I only ride a couple times a year.  Last May I went there for a week and put more than 250 miles on the jeep in less than five days. A couple years ago I became aware, and joined, the “Flat Fender Club of Butler” which is close to Pittsburgh. Butler is the place where the “Bantam” factory was located (the building is still there) and, therefore, it is the place where everything related to the Jeep started. The club is formed by a very nice group of people who are crazy about old willys.  You can see some of the recent events and history of the club at: This blog also shows some pictures of the owners and our new T-shirts and Caps!”

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New Comments Subscription System


There were a few strange quirks to the old comments subscription system so I have installed a new one.

What does this mean to you?

1)  Re-subscribe: You might have to re-subscribe to those posts that you were previously following (sorry about that).  One short cut for that is to sort your incoming emails by ewillys and then click on the post links to get there.

2) No Commenting necessary to subscribe to a comment: You no longer have to comment on a post to subscribe to it.

How does it work?

When you want to follow comments about a post, you scroll to the bottom of the whole post or click on the comments link at the top of a post.  Then you’ll see two options for receiving comments on the post via email.

Either (1) make a comment,  click the “notification box”, and then click the submit button to submit your comment OR don’t make a comment, enter your email address and click on the “subscribe” button.

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