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1949 CJ-2A Monroe, WA **SOLD**


1949_cj2a_monroeUPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $5000.

I suspect this also has some update running gear as well based on the amount the tires stick outside the body lines.

“1949 Willys CJ2A Jeep Trade Buick 231 V6, 3 speed trans with Warn Overdrive, comes with Best Top soft top, runs great, has collector plates, this thing is a blast in the summertime! $5000 firm or poss trade for 4×4 quad, or maybe something else.”

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New Page Coming Soon for Vendors


As a part of Jim’s effort to meet the parts needs for early jeep owners, I’m planning on building a section that highlights various smaller vendors who create useful products for jeeps.

Examples of these include:

  • Jim’s Seat Covers (along with his expanding product selection as it grows)
  • Rod Shaver’s MV Dataplates (
  • Jeep Books (
  • Stainless Steel Parts (Brian & Troy)
  • Fiberglass bodys

If anyone has any other suggestions, send them my way.


– Dave

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1945 MB West Plains, Mt **SOLD**


1945_mb_westplainsUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1000.

It appears complete, but looks awfully rough.

“1945 Willy’s Overland Motors Army Military Jeep, still intact and restoreable. Looking for best cash offer over $1,000. The one blurred photo is of the data plates that gives detailed information about the jeep – was unable to get a sharper picture.”

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1953 M-38A1 Deerfield, NH $1500


1953_m38a1_deerfieldThis appears to be a very good price on a running M-38a1.  The rust doesn’t appear bad in the pics.  I’d get some new seats covers (see Jim for some good prices) and you’d be set.

“This is a real M-38 army jeep, it purs like a kitten, the brakes and everthing work good, it has the army numbers still on it, just needs to be restored, or can be registered and driven every day, email or call 603-231-9169.”

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My Rebuild — Modifying the grille


UPDATE: I wrote this post a year ago in May.  A reader recently asked about why my headlights looked different, so I am reposting and have updated it with info from the Classic Oldsmobile Forum.

One of the modifications I wanted to make was to change the size of the headlights from 7″ to 5 1/2″ to give my jeep a little different look.  I’ve only seen these smaller headlights on two jeeps (both of which had fiberglass grilles), one set was on my first jeep, pictured to the right (which shows my first set of lights on the left and then the bigger, standard lights after I switching to a metal grille on the right), and on a jeep called Otis (still owed by the Carter’s, long time family friends who actually named me — that’s another story) pictured below (note that the positions of the headlights seems to have changed between 1981 and 1985, which I just noticed — UPDATE:  Steve Carter tells me the change was due to a rollover involving his mom during a race in 1983.  The wider lights were the result of a new, wider radiator).


One hitch to my plan was that I didn’t know where to find the 5 1/2″ headlight assemblies and Jim Carter couldn’t remember where he got his headlights.

After a good deal of searching, I learned a few things about headlamps.  First, the 7″ lights were mandatory on autos sold in the US starting around 1940.  Then, in the 50s, the laws were relaxed to allow dual 5″ lights.  However, most dual assemblies were combined headlight assemblies, but I needed individual headlight assemblies.  Finally, after roaming a great local junkyard that has a ton of old cars piled two and three high I finally found the individual assemblies, which look like mini jeep headlight assemblies, on an 1959 Oldsmobile dynamic 98.

According to a helpful forum user at the Classic Oldsmobile website, the 1959 and 1960 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 and 98s used the same size bezels and headlights (with the unique aspect that the bezels weren’t connected to other bezel parts, which makes them look like a jeep bezel), but the Dynamic 88s were Anodized aluminum, while the Dynamic 98s (like mine) were chromed.

Now that I understood what I had purchased, my first step was to creat a mockup.  Using some cardboard, I created some templates to see how the new lights might look in the grille.

Satisfied that the look is what I’m sought, over the next couple of days I modified the grille to accomodate the smaller headlights.  The first step was to attach the grille to a flat, waxed surface.

Next, I cut the fiberglass matting to fit the shape.

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1950 CJ-3A Bonney Lake, WA **SOLD**


1950_cj3a_bonneylakeUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4900

“1950 Willys CJ-3A, no rust, very solid all steel body. 231 Buick V6, 400 turbo automatic transmission, Dana 20 transfer case, centered dana 44 limited slip flanged axle rear end. 3.73 gears, Dana 30 front end with new 11″ brakes. Drives like a new Jeep. Full roll cage with padded top tubes, tub is durolined. 33×12.50×15 tires with less than 1000 miles driven. 2″ receiver hitch on custom square tube rear bumper. Has 15 gallon gas tank under back. Levi Strauss edition front and rear CJ-5 seats. New turbo mufflers. All new wiring. Tilt wheel, saginaw power steering, new Rancho front lift springs and 5000 shocks. $5500-clear Washington title in my name. will look at trades, especially Jeep projects- just send pictures. I also have lots of flatfender parts.”

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1950 CJ-3A Garden City, Mo $3500


1950_cj3a_gardencityUPDATE:  Still available

This appears to be in good condition.

“This is a 1950 Willy’s CJ3A. With 3.8 229 chev. v6 engine with 2 bbl carb. Tow bar. PTO in rear. Trailer hitch. Fairly new tires. Super clean. $3500 obo. call Robert 816-591-7478 ”

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My Build: The front clip is together …


These cell phone pics and video aren’t the greatest.  I think I’ll go back to snapping pics with my real camera.  But my phone, a Samsung Instinct, is really handy for snapping quick pics and uploading them to my computer via bluetooth (much easier than an iPhone — and that’s from a Mac guy — which will only awkwardly upload photos one at a time via email).

As you can see, my sons were excited to help me.  My oldest, Karson, who turns 15 soon, has been wanting to learn how to do everything, so I’ve taught him how to use the drill press, grinder, cutter, portable drill, sander and even the arc welder.  That’s been a priceless joy for me.

I’m hoping to get it running on my return from Seattle (Monday June 29 – Friday July 5) before my kids leave in mid-July.




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1958 & 1961 FC-150 Washta, Ia eBay

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677

1958_fc150_1961_fc170These look more like parts vehicles.

“1958 willys jeep fc-150. Have clear title. Jeep is complete with little rust. And a 1961 fc-150. has clear title. is in a little worse shape than the red one but there are a lot of good parts left on the jeep. Both jeeps ran about ten years ago. If u have anymore questions email me or call 1-712-229-0794. thanks for looking. Buyer is responsible for pick up, or can deliver up to 150 miles for a fee. Will help load, with skidloader.”

View all the pics on eBay

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1946 CJ-2A Eckert, Co eBay


This CJ has a serial number of 75375.

“Jeep and trailer have been in the same family since at least 1956. Before that they are believed to have been the property of Denver Tramway Corporation. Except for periodic use they have been stored inside in an unheated garage in western Colorado, a very low humidity climate. Consequently both have very little rust. The Jeep hasn’t run for about 5 years because we tried to put a new gas tank in. Because of our mechanical ineptitude we couldn’t reconnect the fuel line from the tank to the engine block. Then we lost interest in the project. The original tank is still available if buyer wants it. In about 2000, before the fuel tank episode, we took the jeep in to get new belts, hoses, and battery. We put about 50 miles on it before we dicided to replace the fuel tank, which we did because the gas gauge wasn’t reading properly…..”

View all the pics on eBay


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1948 CJ-2A Newark, OH **SOLD**


1948_cj2a_newarkUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4800.

“This is a really cool Willys! If you like theme vehicles, this is set up as a civil defense vehicle. Popular back in the sixties. It appears to be all original engine, drivetrain etc. Starts right up and runs good and shifts like it should through the gears.  It has like new tires, beauty rims, new battery and ignition switch, new shocks, a really nice tow bar for flat towing and it has lockout hubs so you don’t need to bring a trailer! All lights and turn signals work, including the red flashing emergency light on the fender. It has an ammo box between the seats where a radiation detector is stored. I don’t know if it works or not….”

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CJ-3B never installed body Washington, In $3200


cj3b_body_washingtonThe body looks pretty dirty for a never installed body.

“very nice never installed body, tailgate , windshield,fenders, hood, used grill and radiator . $3200.00 phone # 812-610-0003”

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1946 CJ-2A Lenexa, Ks eBay


UPDATE:  Back on eBay

(06/25/09) This is a nice looking, mostly restored (though not to an original state) CJ-2A.

“This Jeep Willys is titled as a 1941 Jeep however the Vin# indicates that it is more likely a 1945-1946 model.Mileage showing 5426”

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1963 CJ-3B Roseville, Mi $200


1963_cj3b_rosevilleFor $200, there must be something valuable here.

“I have a 1963 Willys jeep that ive been holding on to for long enough. never really found the time to fix it up. has a motor in it that was rebuilt 6 years ago but has sat since. I’m only asking $200. please call me at 586-945-1186 for more info. ask for craig”

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1959 Tow Truck Colorado Springs, Co $3500

• CATEGORIES: Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Willys Trucks

1959_willystruck_coloradospringsUPDATE:  Still available

I think this is cool.

“I have a 1959 Willys good condoition for the year it is. Ive put 3500 into it the engine needs some work this i a one of a kind truck im selling due to layoff and need the money. Asking 3500 or best offer you can call for more info or arange a time to come and look at call 475-1841 between 5pm and 8pm Thank you for looking and have a good day.”

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Year? CJ-3A Statesville, NC $500


year_cj3a_statesvilleUPDATE:  Price dropped to $500

It’s a project!

“CJ has typical rust.WWII engine MB598711 engine is stuck,Very restorable or for parts.Thanks willy, willis, military, army”

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1945 MB Orland, Ca $2200


UPDATE:  Listed at $2200 on one Ad and $2300 on a different craigslist Ad.

The body doesn’t look too bad.  The hood is a bit twisted.  Some good pics taken.

“This is a 1945 Military Jeep INCOMPLETE, i have the orginal engine, no tranny one combat rim grill and other misc items and parts in the jeep mostly all there some rust here and there, all guages, i have title.  call max or tony @ 530-865-3900.”


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1953 CJ-3A? Grand Rapids, Mi **SOLD**


1953_cj3a_grandrapidsUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6900.

There’s been some investment in time and money into this rig.

“1953 willys cj2a 4×4 350 ci 350 trans new top an seats 35in tires a glass body look an runs good a fun fun toy”

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1951 CJ-3A Colorado Springs, Co $1300


For $2500, you can have the jeep and a 14′ car hauler.  Plenty of cancer on this project.

“1951 Willys CJ3A with attached Snow Plow and a Hard Top. It does run, but smokes (hole in exhaust??). Currently, the brakes aren’t working, but I haven’t looked into the reason why. It might be as simple as no brake fluid. The jeep is brown in color (from paint), but does have some rust. The driver’s side floor is rusted through. The engine or carburetor has been modified (reason for the addition on hood), but I don’t know anything about it. $1300 OBO.      I also have a car hauler that I’d be willing to sell with this jeep. Its a 14′ car hauler. $2500 for the CJ-3A & Trailer.  I do have the titles for both the jeep and the trailer. Cash only. Sorry, I will not ship the jeep and I will not wire funds.”


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1947 CJ-2A Ladysmith, Wi $5500


1947_cj2a_ladysmithThis looks good.

“frame off restored has a flat head 4 cylender 3 speed trans hi low 4×4 runs and drives great clean title also has been converted to 12 volt aftermarket wireing system or i would be willing to trade for nice 4×4 truck or other restored car of equal value im asking 5500 obo”

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1945ish MBish Sault Sainte Marie, MI **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

“This jeep use to be a 1947 cj2a. (title still reflects such) My father is a WWII vet and we decided to strip the cj2a down and replace the frame with an original 1944 mb machine gun mount frame. We rewired her with the original wwii cloth wiring, converted her to the original 6 volt system and put the cj2a’s (same as a wwii1945) “go devil” motor back in her. Rebuilt the 47’s transmission and kept her (instead of finding the T-84) as they are a little better heavier trans. Bought a brand new wwii replacement tub (metal). She has been painted wwii olive drab and we put my fathers outfit #’s on her with original jeep #’s off a picture of an 82nd airborne photo. The motor was never rebuilt as she continues to run strong. The od listed 82k (but who knows what was actually on it.) New brake lines, brakes and muffler system. has the cats eye for combat.(not hooked up) …”


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1946 CJ-2A Coatesville, IN **SOLD**


1946_cj2a_coatesvilleUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1500.

This doesn’t seem like a bad price for $1500.

“1946 Willys CJ2.  Rebuilt original engine, radiator, starter, 12 volt alternator. New master cylinder, wheel cylinders, shocks, springs, tires, chrome rims, exhaust system, turn signals, rear view mirror, gas tank, windshield wiper and motor, steering wheel and more.  Actual mileage unknown.  Less than 100 miles on rebuild.  Over $2000.00 invested.”

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1942 MB/GPW Boulder City, NV **SOLD**


1942_mb_bouldercityUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $14000.

This looks like a really well built flattie.  I’d love to take a closer look at it.

“1942 Willys Jeep, 225 odd fire Buick v-6 Dana 44s, Warn full floater with hubs on rear, Dana 20 transfer, T-15 trans all synchro 3 speed, centerforce clutch, ARB Lockers F&R Advanced adapters bell, Borgeson Steering shaft. Metallic Silver paint New Diamond plate, new tires. Much more! No tire kickers please”


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1944 GPW Sun Valley, Ca $4950


1944_gpw_sunvalleyThis has a few different mods.

“this is a 1944 jeep willys ,, make by ford (title ) current registration , clean title in my name , this is not 100% orig ,, this jeep has corvette small engine v 8 , runs excellent and have new brakes , hidrauliks master cluch cilinder , 12 volts batery ,alt, new electric instalations , 100% street legal , trany diferential , suspenssion are originals , lights ,and gauges work ok , for more inf please call to my cell 818 6218519 ERNY ,,”

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1941? MB? Roseburg, Or **SOLD**


1941_mb_roseburgUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1350

It’s not running.  Nice tires and rims if you need some like this.

“41 Willys Flat Fender Jeep, not running but probably could, I was going to small block it. “