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Shortening a Steering Shaft


A reader asked me about shortening a steering shaft.  Here’s one place I shortened a shaft I took out of a late 80s cherokee to put in my jeep.

Frankly, I don’t remember exactly what I started with, but I took a solid steel driving shaft and slipped it inside the cherokee shaft.  Then I welded the two together.  As a safety measure, I also drilled a hole and added a bolt with a self locking plastic ended nut to insure the nut doesn’t come off.

I used the same technique on the other end to get the correct fit for the steering column.


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Camino de la Muerte

• CATEGORIES: International

I’ve been sick the past couple days and have been watching way too much poor quality TV.  However, I did manage to find a great Discovery Channel show about the Camino de la Muerte (the Road of Death) that runs from La Paz, Bolivia, to a height of 15,000 feet and then downhill into the Yungas region of Bolivia.  In 1995, the Inter-American Development Bank listed the road as the most dangerous road in the world, with an average of 100 – 300 deaths a year (various sites were reporting differing averages). This page has a large number of pictures of the road.

Based on the Discovery Channel show, I can see why it’s dangerous, but I have to say it was hard to take the driver/narrator of the show seriously when he indicated being frightened.  After all, it is a flat road, albeit with a steep drop off to one side.  Just drive slowly and you’ll be fine. I guess I’ve been on enough hair raising, difficult jeep trails that I find it hard to take the ‘fear’ portion of the road of death seriously.

That said, if I ever do my round-the-world jeep trip, it will be high on my list of must visit roads.

Below is an image that was part of an article about Bolivia, however a reader named Allen identified it from a Warn Winch Ad, as seen on this page.  It was taken on a formerly narrow section of the Black Bear Pass Road.


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Brian needs a passenger side fender

• CATEGORIES: Body Parts, wanted

Brian, who is in Michigan, needs a passenger side fender.  It does not have to be perfect because he plans to take the hat channel off it and remove the bulge for the battery. He needs the top and bull nose and the area that mounts to the side step to be in good shape.

If you have something, let me know and I’ll hook you up with him.

– Dave

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1951 CJ-3A Guthrie Center, IA **SOLD**


1951_cj3a_desmoinesUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4750

$4750 OBO.

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1942 MB Slatgrille Holcombe, Wi **SOLD**


1942_mb_slatgrille_holcombeUPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

Here’s a slatgrille MB out of Wisconsin. It appears in good shape.

“I bought this jeep in 2000 from Houston TX and had it shipped to Wisconsin where I had it restored.  I have invested $14,000 into this vehicle but willing to part with it for less…. I am not a jeep expert by any means, but I believe this jeep is largely origional with a few exceptions… It has been upgraded to a 12 volt system, and the windshield is not original. Like a lot of old jeeps, it does drip a few drops of oil after driving, but this jeep looks and drives GREAT! I do not have a top for the jeep. I do not have a title, and this will be sold with a bill of sale only.  Please dont hesitate to ask me with any questions you may have.”

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early CJ-3B Canyon Lake, TX **SOLD**


1949_cj3b_canyonlakeUPDATE: *SOLD** Was $2000

The seller lists this as a ’49.  It’s not, but with the 5 gauges, it is an earlier (pre Nov 1956 CJ-3B). Motor seized.

“Motor rebuilt 5 years ago, have all the original paperwork. Jeep has been sitting for 4 years; motor locked up. Body clean, no rust new fuel tank, foam filled tires.
Asking $2000 or OBO or will discuss trade”


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1949 CJ-3A Monroe, WA **SOLD**


1949_cj3a_monroeUPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $2900

It’s not clear to me why this jeep would need trailering even though it drives?

“Some what of a project still. All the hard work done just needs a few things put back on and figure out why the clutch is slipping. 12 volt system new tires new top and bimini top. new wiper motors and windoe rubber. Buick V-6 and 2” spring lift. Tub is solid and rhino lined inside and in the wheel wells. Has a new hood to go with it. Hasn’t seen the outdoors in plenty of years. Give it your finishing touches. “

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Follow Me Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, MB

UPDATE: I keep seeing the ‘follow me’ jeep from Portland for sale, so I thought I’d rerun this post from last year …

While looking for something else, I stumbled upon a website showing a model of a “follow me jeep”, which is shown to the right. The website notes:

Follow Me jeeps were jeeps that were used at airfields to help control ground traffic of airplanes at an air base.Follow Me jeeps used close to the front remained the normal olive drab paint color, but at bases farther to the rear, the jeeps became brightly colored.

I’ve never heard the term “follow me jeep”, though I did know they were used at airfields.  However, I had never seen a jeep painted this way before.  So, I wondered if the paint job was someone’s fantasy of what a “follow me jeep” might have been.

However, after doing a little searching, I found a page on Brian’s Military Jeeps Site that discusses, in depth, some of the unique characteristics of a “follow me jeep” plus some very specific restoration information, including an image of a jeep with the “gas attack” paint:  portions of the jeep could change color if certain gasses were present.

And to the right is a black and white image of a checkered jeep and checkered trailer.

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1942 MB Portland, Or Make Offer


1942_mb_portland2It’s a parts jeep.

“has orig. engine runs no trans or t-case body is complete has some rust damage but fixable good projecthas tow bar and is towable i had plans for it but have another project and need the room and money best reasonable offer takes it”

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1946 CJ-2A Ennis, Mt **SOLD**


1946_cj2a_ennisUPDATE: **SOLD** Was on ebay.

“1946 Willys Jeep In near perfect condition !!! ***Historical Montana License Plate***. This Willys was restored in 1996 with all stock items excluding the turn signals and tires. This Willy has been stored in a closed garage since 1996”

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1951 M-38 Covington, GA **SOLD**


1951_m38_covingtonUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $8000

“1951 Willys Military Jeep, Garage Kept, runs well, spare tire, spare gas tank, I am selling this for a friend and don’t know much of the details, but feel free to ask and I will find out.”

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1951 CJ-3A ‘Follow Me Jeep’ Colton, Or **SOLD**


1951_cj3a_coltonUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3500

Pictures have been added.  I see no reason to think this was a ‘Follow Me Jeep’.  Maybe the seller has additional information.  It appears pretty stock. 

“Ex-marine airwing follow-me-Jeep, with half cab and tail gate.”

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1949 CJ-3A Weedville, PA **SOLD**


1949_cj2a_weedvilleUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1200.  There are more pics that makes the jeep look nicer.

A title is extra …

“Have a solid little 49 CJ 2-A. Brand new rebuilt tranny and case. T-90 with D-18 case. Welded rear with new 9:50 x 16 trail digger tires. Rebuilt lever lock hubs. Springs reworked, body patched but extremely solid tub and floors. New inset taillights. Rewired but turn signals need done. Switch is there. This 2-A has a 3-B 1/2 cab and windshield that has been extended 4-1/2 inches. Can see out of this 2-A when driving. Pretty neat. Runs good. 12 volt system with alternator. Have truck heater mounted between the seats. Not much to get this on the road. Can find title for serious buyer $100.00 extra for title “

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1950 M-38 Kent, Wa $700


1950_m38_kentUPDATE:  Still available

This might be a pretty good price.  The motor runs and everything looks cleaned up.  Just need a body, wiring and above frame parts.

“This is a 1950 Military M38 jeep chassis with title. Price includes grill, radiator, running RMC motor, transmission, transfer case, third members, wheels tires etc. Needs the tub, fenders, hood and the miscellaneous stuff to make it original (see below). ALSO available thru another seller (a friend) another M38 with tub. Good fenders and running gear, good windshield, tail gate, grill and radiator. No seats, no dash (I have one). Tub needs work, hood was cut to make room for the carb of the 283 motor (does not run), includes roll bar, expensive tires and rims and some extras. Asking $500 (see last pix). Combine the two and make a great military jeep then sell off the extra parts ($100 for the pair). Parts to complete a restoration are avail thru vendors advertising in The Supply Line mag of the MVPA. Buy both and I can deliver them in one load if you cover the fuel and its not too far from the Seattle area. I also have a 10KW generator on Craigs List that is powered by a WWII Willys motor $500. Dewey 253-670-1046 or”

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Reader Question – Installing 4.3 GM V6 in Flattie


A reader noted that according to Novak, a GM 4.3 Liter V-6 is too tall to easily fit into a low hood flatfender without modifying the hood.  Now, I know this isn’t true as I’ve seen flatties with the engine installed.

Does anyone have any experience or advice about installing a GM V-6 into a flattie?  I have not done it myself.

Here’s some additional information I dug up on the web:

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1943 MB/GPW San Antonio, TX **SOLD**


1943_mb_sanantonioUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1300.

“1943 Willys Jeep. I was told by the previous owner that it was a WWII general’s jeep. Can’t confirm that, but it’s possible, and a cool story … Previous owner rebuilt the engine, I can’t say exactly when … The thing starts up and runs. It’s a bit rough — probably just a timing thing — but it gets around.   Body is surprisingly straight and rust free….  It’s missing the original fuel tank and fuel pump, and instead has a boat tank and hand pump! Works great for general use .. A friend of mine took a liking to it about a year ago and put in new spark plugs, wires, distributor, rotor and battery ..”

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1947 CJ-2A Neenah, WI **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5995.

Not much information about this other than it has a 5 speed.  It appears to have either an MB or GPW body.  Those are some really short seats!  The VIN is #3547499.


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1948 CJ-2A Oak Grove, KY **SOLD**


1948_cj3a_oakgroveUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4300

“Up for sale is my 1948 Willys CJ2A, you might have seen it around town. This Jeep was rebuilt from the ground up in 2000 by the pryer owner. It will need an enigne do to a rod cap bolt that snaped all cased by the pryer owner who did not replace the rod cap bolts during the rebuild. (Always replace any engine bolt that requires a torque spec!) It is in stock form with a (chain driven) 134 L-head with only 3,000 miles on it…..”

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1957 FC-1?0 Phoenix, Az $1500

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677

No pics and little info.

“1957 Willys Jeep Forward Control Truck, for more information and pictures call (602) 321-3675”

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Crap! … I Shattered my Light Cover



I had carefully rebuilt a rusted bezel to fit over the clear, glass, honey-comb light covers.  I got everything ready.  Then, while putting it together, the glass slipped from my hand, hit the concrete and shattered (hence the pic to the right).

Below, you can see a picture of the rusted bezel.  Both bezels were in about the same condition (eg.  Bad Condition, with small holes in some places).

To rebuild them, I used some JB Weld that I applied to the inner side of the bezels in a couple layers.  Then, I sanded down the outsides (the chrome was toast), applied some primer, sanded with 220 grit, repeated a couple times and will try spraying on some spray-on chrome, which will work until I can find some original chrome bezels.

Fortunately, it appears the Tail Light King might have the covers I need.



After (bezels are still gray primer):


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1949 CJ-3A Shasta Lake, Ca **SOLD**


1949_cj3a_shastalakeUPDATE:  SOLD FOR ASKING PRICE

James’ has done a great deal of work on this CJ-3A.  It’s got some great updates.  He has added a pretty complete list of what’s been updated in the Ad.

“This is a registered 1949 CJ2A but the tub is a DJ3A (No Tailgate). Heavily modified but still a nice city driver. Stripped down to frame. powdercoated all body parts except tub(fenders/grill/hood/bezels/windshield frame,all interior floor panel pieces)done by FRP customs. Body was a little rougher than wanted for powdercoat, no rust, completely stripped just didn’t want to bondo, painted flat hunter green uerathane. All Stainless fasteners. Interior fully lined as well as inside front fenders. Updated drivetrain and brakes. Full Bestop soft top and doors also have bikini top….”

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An old Willys in the Afghan Desert

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons

I happily received an email today from the eWillys Afghan bureau (I didn’t even know I had one).  Here’s what our intrepid ‘reporter’ Lt. Buck wanted to share with all of us.  Thanks Buck!

We were out on patrol outside of Pol-e-charki Afghanistan the other day when we came across a Soviet-era junkyard behind some hills. It was full of all kinds of random things including airplanes, helicopters, motorcycles, tanks and Russian knock-offs of DUKWs and Ford SEEPs. In and amongst this was something I think you and your website viewers would love. A mid-1950s 2-door Willys 4wd Wagon with the data plates intact (which I unscrewed and put on my wall)! Not much left to save and needless to say it’s not for sale, unless you want to pay the Taliban.








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How to reseat a Tire == WD40 + flame

• CATEGORIES: videos

UPDATE: Christopher found the YouTube link for us.  Thanks!

My Uncle Phil sent this to me.  You gotta see this video. It appears a driver has a tire that lost its bead on the rim.  To re-seat it, someone sprayed WD-40 (I think) onto the rim and then lighted it, which causes the tire to explode onto the rim.

Download the WMV version of the video

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1964 CJ-6 Sacramento, Ca $3500


1964_cj6_sacramentoThis is a good price for nice looking CJ-6.  They aren’t too easy to find.

“1964 Willys Jeep. Ford 302 runs good, new soft top and doors bought last year. adjustable seat, and title wheel, all lights work, wench works but not hooked up. $3,500.00 OBO
Serious enquirers only. You can email me or call 916-214-2839 please leave your name and number.No test drive because of no insurance and nono-op reg, can drive back and forth in the drive way.”

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1942 MB/GPW Tenino, Wa $1800


1942_mb_teninoI’m not sure if this runs?  It looks like there’s been some work on the body as one of the driver side cutouts is missing.

“Body Style ASM2D.  Need a project? Well here it is! It’s an oldie but could really be a goody!
LOCAL ONLY! CASH ONLY!! please contact me at please use ONLY “JEEP” or CRAIGSLIST” in SUBJECT LINE . Thank you.”