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Made it Home

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UPDATE: We began Wednesday in Dickinson, ND. We stopped in Montana to visit Dan and April’s new bison ranch, then planned to stop in Missoula for the night. However, our concern over degrading weather on Thursday between Spokane and Missoula convinced us to push through to home. We arrived at 3am, Thurs morning, pretty bushed! I will give a full trip update once I recover from our drive.

We had a good time talking with Dave in Minnesota when we picked up the race jeep. He showed us around his collection of jeeps, which was a surprise! We leave from Dickinson, ND, this morning and have about a day and half left of driving, so more to come, including our story of the TICK invasion!

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Minnesota Trip Update

• CATEGORIES: Features

We’ve made it to Minnesota after two long days of driving. Other than seeing two semi complete flat fenders (2A or 3As) being hauled west on I-90 near the Bozeman area, not much to report. I’ll post pics and a quick Tuesday at some point.

Last night in Glendive, Montana, and tonight in Minnesota my hotspot internet access has sucked, so I can’t do a whole lot.

 
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WillyWilly Aluminum Head Northeast, AR $1000

• CATEGORIES: Parts

UPDATE: Sometimes, we don’t know what we don’t know. In this case, Ted Robinette corrects the record regarding his creation of the WillyWilly (one word) Aluminum head:

NOT A HICKEY HEAD: The WILLYWILLY cylinder head is not a copy of or a rebranding of the Hickey head like the Chuchua head was nor “originated as a Vic Hickey product” as mentioned in the preceding comments.

THE DEVELOPMENT: I did purchase a well used Hickey head in California during the late 80’s and once I got it home to Australia found it to be only suitable for wall art so set about designing my own version.

To say it is a copy or rebranding belittles the development effort and investment involved in creating the pattern and core boxes to my own design here in Australia. While the top shape is inspired by, but not the same as, an early HICKEY head the water jacket is a different shape with strengthening ribs added internally plus internal bosses for the temp sender and bypass etc to thread into. The combustion chamber shape is my own design as is the use of 3/4″ reach spark plugs. The deck and walls are also made thicker to add stiffness to the head and as a consequence to the top end of the engine block. This latter point is more relevant to the Whippet and Willys 77 (48 hp) pre-war engine blocks for which the head bolt pattern in my casting could be drilled to suit.

THE NAMES: RO-ETT is my surname shortened. Nothing to do with ‘Rockett”.

The cylinder head is named WILLYWILLY, written as one word, being the word Australian Aboriginals used to describe a dust devil, gust or other strong wind. This name was chosen as a play on Willys use of Go Devil, Hurricane, Tornado etc to label the engines they produced. The WO part number cast into the top of the WILLYWILLY head is a play on the Willys part number for the circa 1939 factory aluminium cylinder head.

THE ARKANSAS HEAD FOR SALE ON FACEBOOK: I took the pattern out of retirement to specially make the WILLYWILLY head, #A715, shown in the Facebook sale for a guy in Arkansas who had an aircraft powered by a Jeep L134 engine. The L134 has since been replaced by a radial engine. In the last ten years I have only made three heads being the aircraft #A715 and another for a bellytank based Lakester race car and a twin spark plug conversion for my own Speedster.

ANY MORE HEADS FOR SALE? NO, I do not have any WILLYWILLY heads for sale.

OTHER ITEMS: A few years ago I made the patterns and core box for a twin downdraft carburetor manifold (Roett-Duett) to suit the L134 engine and have cast a few. Again the manifold is my own design and not a copy of the BURNS or DARLAND manifolds I have but found not suitable for my vehicles. More recently I made a pattern to cast a few aluminium sumps to suit L134 engine projects I am involved with. Unfortunately the closure of one foundry and then covid has caused foundry backlogs and materials and manufacturing cost hikes that might discourage making more of the manifolds and sumps. Time will tell.

Best Willys Regards
Ted Robinette
Australia

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This is a very rare head.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/WillysSwapMeet/posts/3172568699683054/

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1945? Rock Crawler Firestone, CO $26,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, CJ-3A • TAGS: .

Amy asked me to post this highly modified crawler. I’m not sure there is anything dating to 1945 on this one! More pictures and videos can be found here – https://www.dropbox.com/sh/m9dvay032hdqk0u/AAA1fK-i6DvyuOK8Yq5YkFD2a?dl=0

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/408913523969901/

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“1945 Jeep Willys 2a Rock Buggy. Lot’s of upgrades and very capable. South Dakota Title in Hand TJ Steering Column TJ Brake Booster / Master Cylinder 1987 HO 302 Ford – C6 Auto Trans Fi Teck Fuel Injection Atlas TCase 4.3 Ratio PSC Hydraulic Assist Steering D44 Front Axel with RCV M300 Axel Shafts (Both from a 1978 Ford Truck) D60 Rear with Yukon Axel Shafts Both Axels have 4.11 ring and pinion with Yukon Grizzly Lockers Sound Bar Rugged Radio CB Radio 40in Trepador Competition “Sticky Compound” Tires Dirty Life Beadlock Wheels King 2.0 Shocks with Eibach Springs 19 Gallon Fuel Cell Sidewinder Shifter Aluminum Radiator with SPAL Fan

 
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1949 Truck Benton City, WA $2000

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks

Andy spotted this truck, along with its rear PTO. On the other hand, I blew right by the pics of this truck, missing the PTO altogether. Thank goodness there are more observant people than me reading ads! No description provided.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/981164575837417

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1946 Converto Trailer Pine Hill, NY $650

• CATEGORIES: trailer

This looks like a good price on a small Converto Trailer. Thanks to Andy for spotting it.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/3256604564582183

“Good trailer. Concerto made these trailers to tow behind jeeps in WWII. Good N.Y. registration.”

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Video: Collection of 4300 Imported Vehicles

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

This video shows an impressive collection of imported vehicles in a Virginia “barn”, including some Mitsubishi Jeeps.

“It’s not often that Tom looks at shiny new cars, but when he heard about a Japanese import specialist who has collected and sold over 4000 Japanese manufactured vehicles, he couldn’t pass the opportunity up. We’re talking Datsun Z cars, GT-Rs, Accord Aerodecks, Figaros, Totota Coronas, Suzuki Jimnys, and many more. But the fun doesn’t stop there! Tom visits a nearby location that holds 300 plus Volkswagen Westfalias that have been collected from around the U.S. by a gentleman to help preserve and maintain the Westfalia population. Among the collection are a few rare utility Westfalias from different countries”

 
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Trip to MN Begins Sunday Morning

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Map of our drive west this week. We plan to return that same route, unless a weather change directs us differently.

Early Sunday morning we head for Minnesota on our quest to retrieve the Parkette bodied racer from Dave. If all goes as planned, we’ll be in Mora on Tuesday late morning.

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Unfortunately, it is pouring rain this morning here in Prosser, so trip-prep on the trailer will have to wait until the expected sunnier weather this afternoon.

Given we’ll be pulling our trailer there and back, we won’t be doing much sight-seeing. We do plan on meeting with a reader in Montana on our return trip. It turns out that one conversation between him and I radically changed his family’s life and I couldn’t be more happy for them. More on that later.

 

 

 
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1947 Ad for Poole Motor Co. Jeep Dealer in Steele, MS

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Old News Articles • TAGS: .

This full page ad for the Poole Motor Company out of Steele, Mississippi, appeared in the October 06, 1947, issue of the Courier News out of Blytheville, AR. It’s too bad the pics aren’t clearer.

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Nine months later, on June 01, 1948, the Poole Motor Co. published this ad in the Courier News:

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1947 CJ-2A Stanford, MT $800

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

There’s value here. It looks like a great restoration candidate. Note the tailgate appears to have the original stencil.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1073150966917530

“There is 1 complete Jeep with extra motor and transmission. Both motors do run. There is also a few extra parts. Asking $800 or would consider trade ( paddle boat, kayak. Etc.)”

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1948 CJ-2A Williston, ND $9000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Looks like there are spare tire mounts on both sides. It looks in good shape.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/946627886008105/

“FOR SALE: 1948 WILLIES JEEP 5,600 original miles Seat have been reupholstered Body in great shape Could use a good paint job but no rust Runs great! Asking $8,500”

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1953 CJ-3B Grouse Creek, UT $9995

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I’ve never seen a battery mounted sideways like that.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/396596255615123

“1953 willys jeep 3 speed twin stick transfer case dual tanks 4.3 v6 chevrolet motor bfg mud terrain tires runs and drives great Very solid body probably one of the most solid. Great fun it’s a real head turner and handles great down the road. Bucket seats and bench rear seat, full roll cage.”

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1946 CJ-2A Verndale, MN $5995

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE: price dropped to $5995.

(03/08/2022) Better pics have b been added.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/605510057209525

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“1946 willys jeep cj2a for sale.Great vehicle for classic car collector or willys jeep enthusiast. Hard to find in running condition and with all the original parts. Runs drives and stop. Asking $7,495.00.OBO”

 

 
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1949 CJ-3A Mandan, ND $13,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

This appears to have some diamond plate patches on the front floors.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/306466898229693

“Original engine, Original body, after market bucket seats, New paint , been restored in running condition”

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1949 CJ-3A Norris, MT $8500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: .

Has a v-8.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1132166580959649

“1949 Willys restored runs great does not have the original motor and will go 70 miles an hour down the road new tires fully restored I have the original motor that goes with it 8500”

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1958 CJ-5 Broadus, MT $3500

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Unclear if this runs or not. No description provided. Has a Koenig hardtop.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/508957917520762

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1946 CJ-2A Rush City, MN $9500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

It runs.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/361865072730367

“1946 CJ2 many original parts, many parts replaced; brakes, brake hoses, brake lines, seats, ignition parts, its not perfect but body isn’t all beaten up, runs as the L134 does, clean title in hand, soft top needs to be replaced but it’s still ok. Good start on restoration. if interested make reasonable offer”

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CJ-5 Fiberglass Shell Minocqua, WI $600

• CATEGORIES: Body Parts, CJ5, Parts, Racing • TAGS: .

Looks like a good price on a racing shell.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/518935839726420/

“70s style fiberglass jeep tub skin located in Clintonville”

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1953 CJ-3B Red Lodge, MT $1600

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B, Racing • TAGS: .

The dash tags suggest this was an old club vehicle and/or possible racer. The engine may well be worth a look, as it may have been reworked for some additional power.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/326386416294334

“1953 Willys 3B high hood Currently non running Obo or trade”

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1947 CJ-2A Sargent, NE $10,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Needs work of some kind.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/261720379392683

“1947 Jeep CJ2A · Other_body_style · Driven 31,000 miles Willys Jeep-runs, has a cover, does need a little work Or, make offer”

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1953 CJ-3B Pocatello, ID $10,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B

UPDATE: New pic shows some body patches. This has been listed at both $10k and $12k, so unsure what the current price is.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/326361402820441

“1953 Willys CJ-3B. Rebuilt transmission, new radiator and hoses, complete brake system redone(brakes, drums, cylinders, lines…). Tiger Top! New front and back seats. Great little Jeep”

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1974 CJ-5 Ottumwa, IA $2500

• CATEGORIES: CJ5

There might be value in the parts.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/365284218697532

“1974 Jeep CJ-5 Renegade 4×4. 304 v8, 3 speed. This is a project Jeep. Motor is stuck, could be clutch fork don’t know. Everything is there for the Jeep except seats, but do have brackets and hardware. Mostly a complete jeep. It is a Renegade cj5 model. It will need a lot of work mainly in driveline and body. Frame is good. Has its original pinto bean style rims and seems to be an original jeep with everything there. Sold as is where is. Will need trailered. No trades. 2500.00”

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1949? CJ-2A Millville, MN $4500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE: Still Available.

(04/07/2022) Listed as a 1949, this CJ-2A has an early grille, so it might be more like a 1946. This may also have a Warn OD.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/674405567129761/

“Willys jeep. Project jeep. Has brand new small block chevy 284. Have paper work.. new holly 500 carb. New radiator. All new brake lines new calipers. Brake pads are wrong so calipers push out. Fix that and could start using Little over 3k in new motor and more in other parts.”

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1946 Toledo University Ad in Year Book $29.99 (obo)

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Books, Features

Under the strange-places-to-find-a-Willys-Overland-ad category, someone is selling this 1946 Toledo University Yearbook (aka Blockhouse) with a ‘Jeep’ ad inside it.

View all the information on eBay

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1971 DJ-5 San Diego, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: DJ-5 & DJ-6

UPDATE: **SOLD**. Was $6000.

Hillery is selling her DJ-5 which she affectionately named “AI Green”. Unfortunately, Mr Green and Hillery didn’t want to follow her move to the desert, so he needs a new home. The license plate “FROM” seems appropriate for a mail delivery jeep. I also really liked the sticker, “Be Kind, We’re All Idiots”.

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“This classic, head turning Postal Jeep is ready for his next home. For 4+ years this guy has been my small business stationery shop on wheels. He has been loved by many, nobody more than me. I’ve moved to the desert and he wants to stay somewhere cooler, so we’ve mutually agreed to split ways. He’s in excellent condition for a 50 year old machine.

Among the many things I’ve had replaced over the past four years:
– Rebuilt with a CJ-5 straight 6 engine
– Brakes
– Carburetor and Fuel Pump
– Starter
– Torque Converter
– Brakes

Cons
– Fuel guage has never worked (but I’m told is an easy fix)
– No power steering, be prepared to work when driving this guy!

Clean title with records showing work done.”