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1951 Truck, a 2nd truck, & more Colbert, Wa $4,499

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks

1951_truck_colbertHere’s 2 trucks and a bunch of parts.  The parts look like they are in pretty good shape.  I don’t follow truck prices that closely, but I think the price is a bit high given both trucks are apart.

“2 trucks. The main truck is mostly restored and a bit modified from stock but not fully assembled. It has a professionally rebuilt Ford 289 engine (bored to 291) and C4 automatic transmission, both with 0 miles. Transfer case and remainder of drive train are stock. Rear end is freshly rebuilt. Rebuilt brakes and tilt steering column from later model Jeep Wagoneer. Newly rebuilt suspension, rebushed and re-arched springs. Frame is solid and body and fenders are perfect (rare). All the paint is new…..”

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Brian goes to Vienna and all we get are jeep pics ;-)

• CATEGORIES: Features, MB, Museums

Brian, who’s now our Visiting European Correspondent (did I mention it’s a volunteer position?), found this beautiful MB in Vienna at the Heeresgeschichtliches Museum while visiting Vienna, Austria.  Brian mentions that this museum of military history contains ‘everything from 1600 on up’ that’s war related.

Brian writes:

“This jeep was extremely clean. It is in such great condition that I wondered if it is a repo-tub.   The only thing missing was the radio that mounts behind the driver.  They indicate this jeep was used for patrols.  Note the four allied flags: Russia, British, American and French; the jeep was issued to all four allied forces policing Austria and the flags denoted that no one country was ruling Austria.”



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1948 CJ-2A Ivins, Utah $5000


UPDATE:  This nice CJ-2A is still for sale.  There’s lots of updates to this jeep, including, I think, reversed front shackles.

“1948 Willy’s “Tweetster” Jeep. This Jeep has had a lot of work done to it including a Buick V6, Edlebrock carburetor, Griffin aluminum radiator, Saturn overdrive, custom roll cage, and custom paint. Asking $5,000 or best offer. Additional pictures available upon request. 435-668-0595 or 435-668-2440″

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1960 CJ-3B Sacramento, Ca $5200


1960_cj3b_sacramentoThe image is small, so it’s hard to tell much.  There seems to be a slightly funky angle to that passenger fender near the step.

“Classic Willys Jeep Rare. 6 Cyl. 4 speed. full canvas top, 6 pt. roll cage. wipers, turn signals, tow bar, locking hubs, steering stabilizer, bucket seats, 31″ knobby tires on white spoke wheels with spare, Edelbrock manifold, elec. ignition, high output alternator, Headers, Dual Mufflers-exhaust pipes to tail, high volume/low pressure oil pump/external oil cooler, all gages. Garaged. No rust, Great shape. $5200.00 OBO”

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1970s CJ-5 Tub Spokane, Wa $400


1970s_cj5_spokaneThis looks like a nice cage.  The body looks in pretty good shape as well.  Includes a  front clip as well.

“1970’s jeep tub and front clip with newer frame. full cage and windsheild. Sorry no title. Was race jeep at one time. Great project has not been cut up. Please phone calls only!!!!!!!!!!! No email axcess. (509) 990-2730 front clip is sanded and ready to paint.”

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1949 CJ-3A Creswell, Or **SOLD**


1949_cj3a_creswellUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1000.

It appears to have a number of modifications, including a suspension change and a tilte steering wheel.  It may not much more than a parts jeep at this point.

“with high proformance 289 completely rebuilt and running. Project car. Running but not ready for road. needs work.lots of parts. consider part trade for running and complet.

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1952 CJ-3A Redmond, OR **SOLD**


Update:  **SOLD** Was $2800.

This looks to be a good price.  The tires look good and the body looks straight from the picture angle.  Given the seller didn’t include the keyword “willys” this may be a difficult one for most people to find, which might mean the price will drop some more from lack of calls.

“1952 jeep $2800 all stock or trade for??????”

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Volkswagen Jeep Kit Sun Valley, Ca eBay

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

UPDATE:  This sold for $810 on Jan 1 2009

Maybe there are more of these VW kits than I realized.  This is the fourth I’ve seen for sale this year.  While the seller claims this is a 1942 body, all the kits, including this one, appear to me to use a version of the M-38 body (or replica body).


View all the pics on eBay

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1943 MB, 1949 CJ-2A, Willys Truck Weedville, PA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, MB, Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2500.

“1948 willys pickup Flat front Homemade bed(solid and good shape) All original 6 volt system. Good dash, all gauges intact. interior all there, bucket seats. Frame pretty good. Have a finished, primered front clip to go with it. Hood, fenders, grille professionally blasted, repaired and primered. Foot starter, had engine running Springs really good, look new.Been on a farm last 30 years. Looking at buying a wagon and need to sell $1500.00 with front clip. Good one for restore 814-590-7732 Also have 43 MB(with aluminim hard top) for sale and possibly sell 49 CJ 2-A with half cab. Solid body with great half cab. Good heater. Running and driving ready for the road Will send pics if interested Will sell all for $2500.00”

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1948 CJ-2A (sort of) West Chester, PA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $9999

“This is a very nice CJ-2A California jeep that is redone as a WWII Medic’s vehicle. This was my Dad’s Jeep which he purchased in California (where he lived) in the 60’s. I brought it to Pennsylvania last year and put a new exhaust, brake system and water pump on it along with a tune up and head gasket. New canvass summer top and front seat cushions. Has always been garaged here in PA. Runs, drives and stops like new. Has new radial tires and Overdrive which really makes driving it a joy.”

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1948 CJ-2A Yakima, WA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $8500

It looks like this jeep has had some interesting upgrades.  I’ve seen a few other jeeps with the Ford 9 inch rear, but am not clear what the advantages of that are.

“Willys CJ2A Low Hood Flat Fender Jeep. Engine is a fuel injected 4.3 liter Chevy V6. Manual transmission, newly rebuilt transfer case, Ford 9 inch rear, winch. Asking $8500 or best offer. In Yakima, WA.”

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Reader Question: Wiper Shafts Too Long … Options?

• CATEGORIES: Features, How To

A reader wrote to me asking for some input regarding some replacement electric windshield wipers.  I couldn’t answer his question and, in fact, I’ll have the same problem once I install my electric wipers.  Here’s what he wrote:

” I just bought the electric wiper conversion kit from Omix-ada, but the instructions are limited to the wiring diagram. As you can see from the picture, the shaft length would seem to cause a problem in a direct exchange. I have thought of cutting down the shafts(inner and outer) but wonder if I’m missing something easier. I have Googled the web to see if any one has discussed the conversion, so far no luck. I wonder if you or any of your readers has used these. Any help or comments would be appreciated. Thanks Phil”

So, if anyone has any ideas, we’d both appreciate it!

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1945 MB Paso Robles, CA **SOLD**


UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $1500

“1945 Willys Jeep- It has a 4 cylinder engine which turns over, but it has an electrical problem somewhere so it is not starting. It has a rebuilt starter. It also has a tow bar, a roll bar, and dualmatic locking hubs. Needs brake job. I have the pink slip and it’s registered as a non-op. We have too many projects and need to sell this one.”


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1960 DJ-3A Janesville, WI **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.


“This jeep has led a pampered life and shows only 11,255 on the odometer. The previous long time owner signed the title as ACTUAL miles.  I do not have any other records or documentation of the miles and it is sold today as “Miles Exempt”.  Looking at the body, and original interior it appears to be a valid claim.  The Jeep was painted and it looks great.  We had a reliable long time Jeep Mechanic go over the car and bring the Jeep to safe operating condition based on the previous long term Museum style storage.  It runs and drives GREAT!!!”

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1962 CJ-3B Fairfield, Pa **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1700.

I suspect underneath that diamond plating (I think it is diamond plating) is some wear & tear or rust.  Otherwise, it’s a running CJ-3B that looks pretty good for only $1700.

“62 willys V6 3 sd alot of extras trans and case new shocks rancho lift.

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1947 & 1948 CJ-2A St Louis, Mo Status Unknown


This may be a pretty good deal if the bodies are in reasonable shape.

“1947 Willy’s and 1948 Willy’s. Both are complete the 47 has been inside for over 15 years and the 48 has been inside for over 12 years. Both should run with some tender loving care. The 47 has not been started or ran in over 2 years. The 48 has not ran since purchased over 12 years ago. Previous owner used it frequently and I purchased it for a project. Have aluminum hard top and soft top, too. Buy the whole works for $2500.00 You won’t be disappointed.

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1950 CJ-3A Prescott, AZ **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3600

What jeep isn’t complete without a CD player.  Some interesting custom doors.

“231 Buick V6 electronic ignition. 33×12.50×15 tires on 10×15 rockcrawler wheels w/2.5″bs. Soft top from later jeep(doors need to be retrofitted). Steel half doors. CD player.”

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1951 M-38 Portland, Or Trade for Wrangler …


This seller would like to trade his flattie for a wrangler.  He’ll take cash too; the title says $11,000, but the ad says $8,000 – $10,000.

“Would like to trade my Willys & some cash for a quality, late model Wrangler with A/C, Auto, 6 cyl – Clean no junk please. My jeep is worth 8K – 10K”

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1946 CJ-2A Medford, OR **SOLD**


UPDATE:   **SOLD** Was No Price

“1946 Willys CJ2A, Built, Chevy 350 small block, Only 16,000 miles on the engine, Electronic Ignition, Headers, Flowmasters, Tilt front-end, Roll-Cage, Soft-Top (removable), VDO dash gauges, Custom Fabricated, Traction/Stabilizer bars”

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1942 MB Slat Grille San Leandro, Ca **SOLD**


UPDATE:  The winning bidder came out of nowhere and overbid the previous bidder by $1250 in the last 8 seconds, raising the winning bid to $4500. 

Slat grilles are rare enough to make this worth looking at, but it’s certainly beat up a bit.

” I have a 1941-1942 Willys slat grill jeep for sale.  It is in decent shape, I got it to run using a  small can of gas going directly to the carb.  The jeep has been sitting for some time and I didn’t want to trust the old gas tank.  This was used as a hunting jeep.  The previous owner who had it for 40+ years modified the back by cutting the rear panel at the seams,  welding them to the sides and then adding a replacement rear panel…”

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1949 Jeepster Spokane, WA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Jeepster

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1000.

Note the Seattle Rump Bumper Jeep Club sticker on the side.

“Selling our 1949 Willy Jeepster. It’s a project car, it was given to us and we really don’t know much about it. We don’t have the time or money to make it a driveable vehicle. It has been garaged for the last three years. Four wheel drive. It is a convertible, there is hardware for the soft top. There is an extra hood that is in better condition than the one currently on it. The tires are practically brand new”

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Before there were Paddle Tires

• CATEGORIES: Features, Tires and Rims

I was looking to see if anyone has generated a list of the top 15 things (or list of some kind) you should look at when evaluating the purchase of an older flattie for an upcoming post.

While looking for such a list, I ran across this article by a Willie Worthy (it turns out he wrote a number of tire histories), a writer for Four Wheeler Magazine. He takes a quick look back at how his life has changed and how it has remained the same. One of the more interesting descriptions he provides are the old school paddle tires.

Willie writes, “my first Jeep came with some military nondirectional 6.00-16s that were replaced with some 7.00-16s in a heavy-lugged mud and snow pattern. When I bought my new CJ-5 in the fall of 1962, it came with some 7.50-15s, which I quickly sold. By now, I was into tires and building rims. The tires of choice were some passenger-car 8.20-15 recaps spread out on my homemade 8-inch-wide rims. Later, I, and just about everyone I knew, was using Armstrong’s flotation tires, or similar versions of them that were originally designed for farm implements. Traction didn’t come from the straight grooves running the circumference of the tire but from their ability to conform to an obstacle. Soon we found that cross-grooving made for much better traction. The Pismo dunes, and those at Glamis, were wide open with no restrictions, and by the mid to late ’60s, we needed more traction than these tires would provide. Before the advent of paddle tires, we would cross-groove drag slicks in various patterns and mount them on 12- to 14-inch-wide homemade rims.”

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Reader’s Build: Michael’s 1957 and 1955 Trucks

• CATEGORIES: Features, News

Michael writes that he’s owned several jeeps through the years.  Currently, he’s got two willys trucks he’s fixed up, a ’55 and a ’57 .  As you can see from the right and the first large pic below, the ’57 seems to have wings.  Most recently, he’s purchased a couple slat grille jeeps and is looking for info about and parts for them.

“Just wanted to say thanks for all the awesome info on your website! I learned to drive at the age of 10. My parents had a 1969 Jeep Gladiator Pickup. I used to fourwheel all over in it. It was given to me on my 12th birthday after I had blown up the motor wheeling in a rock canyon very similar to the Rubicon. What a time. We towed it back with a 56 Willys Wagon.

I currently own a couple Willys pickups a 55 and a 57. I’ve owned a couple 2a’s in the past and always kick myself for selling them! I am back though and looking for any info. on parts for a couple of slat Willys. That’s how I found your website. Thanks again. I’ll send you a picture of my 57′ “treading lightly?” Also pics of both are posted on car domain under the user name of UNIVERSALWILLYS1 (although it was hurriedly done so not very prof. looking.I need the time to fix them)”

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1947 CJ-2A North Jersey, NJ $500


Not bad for a parts jeep or fun jeep for $500.  It looks like most everything is there.

“47 willys engine is out. I have engine the block has several cracks in it. No title. Frame is solid.”

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1946 CJ-2A Newark, OH **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2100.

This is an ebay ‘buy-it-now’ listing.  Checkout the extended ‘steps’.  It makes me wonder just what shape that body is in.

“This willys is a good running ole jeep. Original engine and drivetrain, Body has been re-done and re-inforced throughout.  New fuel pump,ignition switch,solenoid,battery,re-built starter. what it needs mechanically is steering work, (sloppy),Brakes need work and a new wiring harness. Seat frames are included in good shape but need cushions re-done. Seat in picture is not included.Top is in good condition and doors are included. “