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My Rebuild — The Windshield


The first time I tried to fit the windshield onto the body last year, it was too narrow to fit correctly.  At that point, I put it aside to deal with later. 

Well, yesterday I decided that now was 'later'.   After playing around with the windshield some, I realized a couple things:  1) Someone had welded a crack on the driver's side leg, so I had to grind that down a bit to help it fit; 2) The cowl of the fiberglass body was not shaped quite right, so I would have to 'trim' some of the rubber gasket to get the window to fit (the rubber needs replacing anyway, so I hacked it for test purposes — as can be seen in the closeup photo below); 3) Even with the rubber hacked, the windshield likely won't fit as tight as I'd like, but I can live without a tight seal as I doubt I'd be driving in much rain anyway.  

With those decisions/concessions made, I had to choose where to drill the holes for the windshield mounts.  The key for me was to get the right tilt to the windshield angle, making sure the horizontal part of the legs looked pretty level and making sure that when the windshield was tipped forward that it would rest level (something that I couldn't do after mounting the windshield to my first jeep).  Finally, I had to make sure the windshield was back on the cowl far enough so that the windshield frame binders could be mounted to work correctly (I'm calling them binders here, but what do you call the two devices that pull down and secure the windshield?). 

Another task I tackled today was the brake pedal.  I took a brake pedal assembly out of a junk yard '90 cherokee.  Originally, I had the pedals all set up for a clutch and brake pedal.  After getting that setup complete, I changed my mind to go with an automatic. With that decision, I chose to get a wider automatic brake pedal.  Fortunately, the cherokee's also came with automatics (and hence automatic brake pedals) and they used the same brake/clutch assembly system, so all I had to get was a brake pedal and resize it.  So, if I do decide to switch to a stick/clutch, changing out the brake pedals and adding the hydraulic clutch mechanism (which I already have) will be a snap.

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1953 CJ-3B Newport, Wa **SOLD**


UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $1750.   I think this is a good deal.

This ad caught my interest because I’d never heard of Newport, Washington.  Newport is located north of Spokane and west of Sand Point, Idaho.  Looks like a beautiful place.

The jeep is interesting too.  The drive train has been modernized and the jeep outfitted with a modern cage. The engine probably has some extra spunk for a v-6, but bored 60 over suggests that it might not have a ton of life left.

“1953, Complete running gear out of 1968 Jeepster Commando, 3:73 gears, model 27 up front has a 44 in the back, model 18 transfer case,turbo 400 with shift kit, 225 V6 punched over 40 headers and turbo mufflers, aluminum high rise with 4 barrel carb, saginaw power steering, 2 inch lift kit, we have a few spare parts that go with it. Hasn’t been started in three or for years. missing coil and ballast resister. Has a nice full cage. Front and rear seats out of CJ-7”

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1960 CJ-5 Hood River, Or $1800 or trade


The body on this looks straight.  I doubt there's been many changes to it.  This might be a nice restoration project.

"1960 running and driving cj-5, 134 f head motor, 3 speed transmisson, just serviced at oil can henerys (200.00) all fluids changed, 32×11.50×15" tires on newer 15×8 wheels, very reliable, title in hand. 1800.00 or best offer or trade for honda cb, cafe racer, yamaha xs, interceptor, kz 1000 police, or other street bike. may consider trade for vw bug 1970 and earlier. 541-490-3044" 

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Reader’s Builds — Brian’s new bumper for his CJ-3B

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

Brian's been busy creating a new bumper for his CJ-3B build. He's says it's nothing fancy, but I think it's pretty nice.  Here's a start-to-finish explanation of the work it took to make his bumper.  Thanks for sharing Brian!

"Because the springs are longer than stock, I had to come up with a way to lengthen the frame a little in the rear. So, I fabricated  a new rear bumper and incorporated a swing out spare tire mount.  In addition, rather than cut holes into the body, I decided to put the tail lights in the bumper. To make the bumper, I only need to use a grinder, drill press, and a Mig welder — it's nothing fancy."

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1946 CJ-2A Vermont $2700


This is a fine looking CJ-2A sporting a M-38 body.  The rims are interesting.


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Front and Rear Axles from Willy’s Wagon Portland, Or $100 obo


No Pics.  An inexpensive way to get some back up axles, differentials and parts.

"Complete front and rear axles for Willys wagon. I think they have 4.88 gearing. I have 2 pairs. $100 per pair OBO." 


Here's a set of Willy's Wagon axles in Eastern Washington (pullman/moscow).

"1955 Willys truck axles. Rear is a Timken style 4.88 gears, I believe it is good. Front is dana 25 w/ 4.88 gears, not in the best shape Other willy's stuff available. Make me an offer!" 

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1959 FC-170 Firetruck Sarasota, Fl eBay

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles • TAGS: , .

I've got a friend in California that has an old firetruck he would drive to work every so often.  I always thought that would be fun, but I think this firetruck would be even cooler.

"1959 Willys Jeep FC170 Forward Control fire truck. Runs good – may need some brake maintenance. 7,200 actual miles. Manual Transmission. ALL ORIGINAL!  This vehicle has not been stripped. It is 100% original – even the windshield wipers! Includes Fire Extinguishers and fire blanket canister (with original fire blanket inside). Even the lights and siren are working! The headliner is begining to come down and the interior needs some work. There are no dents on the exterior.The vehicle has only been driven in local parades for the past several years."

View all the pics at eBay 

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1958 FC-150 South King County, Wa $1450

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677

UPDATE: the price dropped to $1450

This FC looks like a great project for someone.

"This is an original FC 150 (Forward Control). This is mostly complete and restorable. Original motor turns over but has very low compression in two cylinders. Includes a Manual and sales brochure. Great little off road/hunting vehicle. Wierd at first to drive because you are sitting on the front wheels. Frame/chasis is the standard 1952 jeep. I started this as a project but am unable to complete. Easy to work on. I have a car trailer and can deliver if you cover the gas. Dewey 253-670-1046 pr" 

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Jeep Trailers – Signal Corp Trailer in Portland $500

• CATEGORIES: Features, trailer

One of the ewillys readers asked me about jeep trailers for sale in the northwest.  A quick search yielded a particularly interesting trailer from ww2 — a signal corp trailer.

" WW2 Jeep K38 trailer used by the U.S. army signal corps. This one looks like the one shown in a U.S.M.C manual from 1945." 

Here's some links for some other bantam or bantam-like trailers that vary in price up to $1000:

Here's two in Boise:

Here's two in Seattle area:

Here's some from Colorado: (very heavy duty trailer)

And Utah: (modern, but probably looks nice behind a CJ-5)

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1955 CJ-5 Clark County, Wa $4000

• CATEGORIES: Transfer Cases

The price on this CJ-5 has dropped.  There's been some good upgrades and the body appears to be in very good shape.  I suspect the seller will drop the price even more to sell it.

" 55 jeep willies 4×4. Restored, has lots lots new parts. Disc brakes, tow bar, Custom dash with Stuart Warner gauges, racing buckets with padded covers. Warn Winch, New tires, with extra set of terra tires, NEW 327 motor about 1500 miles on it,RUNS GREAT! Custom bumpers, NEW SUSPENTION, CB, On board air, optima battery, 3 stick tranfer case with overdrive. lots more. nice rideing and driving jeep. Tilt and telescopic steering wheel, needs some little things to finish its complete restoration. (I.e. turn sign switch, mark the toggle switches) Very nice rare jeep. 4000.00 NEED TO SELL 360-521-4817 E-mail for more pics" 

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1952 M-38a1 Sweet Home, Oregon $6500


This sure looks 100% stock (with the exception of the roll bar).   It may be a great find for someone wanting a M-38a1 to restore.

" For Sale or Trade 1952 Willy's Jeep. Has Full Rag Top with Doors and Gas Can. In original Condition. Even has Shovel under Hood! $6500 or Trade for NICE Quad 4×4 500cc or LARGER. Price Firm." 

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My Build — Radiator and Tranny Cooler Install


While building my last jeep, I remember the difficulty of making the radiator fit.  I believe I finally used a pinto radiator I had laying around and, fortunately, had a hood that allowed the radiator to sit just barely above the grille. With that experience in mind, I've been puzzling through how I wanted to deal with the radiator for a while. 

This weekend I finally got to installing my radiator and tranny cooler.  Selecting a radiator was the first challenge.  I had planned to use the radiator from the CJ-5 I bought last year, but I couldn't make it fit (I ended up selling that radiator).  Then I found a brand new $15 chev radiator that was pretty small off of craigslist.  I purchased that radiator, but it turned out that wouldn't fit either.  Finally, I broke down and purchased a 15" high and 26" wide Griffin Aluminum radiator from Doug Herbert (it was about $30 cheaper than Summit).  That was the shortest radiator they sold and it fit perfect … well, almost perfectly as I had to cut into my cross member to make a little more room.

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1942 MB Elk Grove, CA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2800

“1942 Willys jeep, 4 cylinder flat head, (up graded steering, brakes, trans.) Runs great! 4-wheel, top speed approx 40mph, 40gal gas tank. has tow bar requires 1-7/8″ ball&4-prong plug.Body modified for hunting,Which makes it a really great hunting vehicle, has high rear observation seat and rifle racks both sides, In addition it could be a great VIP veh. for small town parades”

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Willys Rustbucket Pennsylvania $500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, CJ-3A, Last Ride • TAGS: , .

This is one of the most rusted flat fenders I think I've ever seen.  Next, I noticed the rear PTO water pump, which was cool.  Then I noticed the solid back — no tailgate, yet the body doesn't look like a MB/GPW.  It's hard for me to believe that this jeep rusted so much while in storage. 

"Willys,4 x 4. NO TITLE. year unknown, needs complete resto. has drivetrain intact. rear water pump pto driven. was in storage for 25 years until last week…." 

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SCAMP Jeep Batavia, OH **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Unusual, VEEP (VW Jeep), Scamp, Others

UPDATE: **SOLD* Was $5000.

“made by hadley engineering in costa mesa california it is a 48-52 cj3/m38 built on 60s vwfront beam and rear torsion.has vw swingaxle with 1200cc engine runs and street legal.titled as vw”

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1951 CJ-3A Sacramento, Ca $3750 obo


As I have mentioned before, finding a good quality, original CJ-3A is much more difficult than finding a CJ-2A.  This looks like a good one.

" 1951 Jeep Willys Cj3a. The only thing that is not 100% stock is the after market wheels and roll bar.
The original wheels with tires come with it. A small bimini top comes with it also. Tow bar and towing lights included. Other small extra items included. Very dependable jeep. Flat head 4 cyl, 6 volt charging system, vacuum wipers, oil bath air cleaner, glass fuel filter, it is all there and ready to restore. This is a great hunting rig. Will go anywhere. $3750 best offer. call 916 961 3200" 

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1953 CJ-3B Oakley, CA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** wAs $3500.

“I am selling a 1953 Willys CJ3B. This is a rare hi hood flatfender. This jeep is curently regestered and driven all the time.It runs great. It has F head engine and 3 speed tranny,everything works good.I am asking $3500.00 obo.I do not need to sale this jeep so no low ballers.”

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Fiberglass Flat Fender Racing bodies — Southern Ca $1200

• CATEGORIES: Features, Racing, Vendors

I’m not sure what the exact story is here (might be a vendor?), but these look brand new.

Flat Fender Style One piece fiberglass Jeep bodies. Call Matt for complete details. (909)239-8463

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1969 CJ-5 Portland, Or $3500 obo


The price will likely drop for this project, but the pictures suggest the seller is right:  This looks to be a good base for a project jeep.

"1969 CJ5 Jeep $3,500 Or Best Offer. Great start on an excellent jeep. Clear Oregon title, new mandrel bent box tube frame, new Rubicon Express springs, shackles and spring plates, small block chevy motor with turbo 400 transmission, locker rear end, complete tub that was media blasted with replaced floor and fire wall to fit motor. Has canvas top with doors and the wind shield is in excellent condition. This is a great foundation for anyone wanting to build a jeep. Contact Joe at 971-244-2755" 

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1946 CJ-2A Alabama eBay


I think this is the first jeep I've posted from Alabama.  Either that's a brand new body or someone has taken very good care of that jeep. 

"1946 Willys' Jeep Model CJ2A – civilian style. Yellow with black interior and black bikini top. All new (not rebuilt) front end, steering, tow ends, both transmissions and belts, hoses, etc. Parade ready."

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The PNW4WDA Summer Convention Starts Friday 8/08


Tomorrow, the 2008 PNW4WDA summer convention starts.  This 3 day annual event used to be enormous, attracting clubs and hundreds of jeeps from all over the Pacific Northwest and Canada.  Now, it's a much more intimate event, but still fun.  

Obviously, I didn't get my jeep done in time for Summer Convention this year, but it will be ready next year for some jeeping and some racing!

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1954 CJ-3B Denver , CO **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2500.

“1954 Jeep Willys 3b project. This Jeep would make a perfect project or with a little work make the pefect Hunters Jeep. It has the High hood, Buick V6 motor and a PTO winch. It has been sitting for a few years and at this time does not run. If you have any questions give me a call and I will answer them the best I can.”

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My Build – Fans


I went shopping at the junkyard today.  After a couple hours I came back with a steel fan and a flex fan (I couldn’t decided between them), a transmission cooler, some brake lines, and some other parts.  Yes, I had fun as usual and was only out $15.

I tried mounting the steel fan, but the bolt holes weren’t quite right.  I tried the flex fan and that will work, but I am worried about the integrity of it.  So, I decided to get online and learn more about fans.  One bit of info I ran across concerned horsepower vs. different types of fans.  Here’s the info from the site.

“Was reading the May 2000 ‘Car Craft’ and I came across something very interesting. They did a dyno test on a 496 horsepower chubby, {yes, I know — but we can still get some useful info on this…} and they tested different cooling fans to see what kind of drag each different type has.

Alternator, no fan: 496 hp
Black Magic electric fan:494 hp
Thermal clutch fan: 487 hp
Nonthermal clutch fan: 485 hp
Heavy duty thermal clutch fan: 476 hp
High performance flex fan: 476 hp
Stock four blade fan: 473 hp
Low profile flex fan: 466 hp
One piece plastic flex fan: 460 hp
OE replacement six blade rigid fan: 449 hp

They found the alternator alone, a 63 amp unit, only sucked 1 horsepower.”

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1965 CJ-6 Tuxedo Park Mammoth Lakes, CA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4500.

“very rare 1965 tuxedo park mark IV. there was only 459 of these jeeps ever produced and this model is the original long bed of jeeps. It has a very strong v-6 engine with 99,150 miles on it and it also has an extra gas tank for those long backcountry trips. The four wheel high and low work perfectly and the front lockers turn very smoothly.”

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1945 CJ-2A Las Cruces, NM **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Transfer Cases

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

“Up for sale is this 1945 Willys jeep. It has been rebodied with a fiberglass body kit. It appears that the previous owner restored this vehicle years ago and hardly used it. The motor appears to be rebuilt and runs good. All the tires appear new, but there is a little weather checking. The title is a clear Arizona.