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The FC Roundup this Weekend & Blaine finds a Champ

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

A reader named Blaine couldn’t resist getting a shot with this Champ.  You probably remember it from this post.  Apparently, it’s still available.   They do sort of grow on you ….

Blaine writes, “Here is the restored Champ in Scottsdale, AZ with me standing next to it. My son wanted to show me a car lot with collector cars ,and lo and behold, here is the Champ. I’m in Phoenix for the FC Roundup right now.

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1967 Austin Champ Pickens, SC **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Other 4x4s

UPDATE: **SOLD**  Was $2500.

Well, I do have some experience buying and selling these .. lol.

“I have a 1967 Austin Champ British Military Jeep that I wanted to restore, but I can’t seem to find the time or money! It has a 4 cylinder Rolls Royce engine, and is a left hand drive 4 wheel drive. It would make a great Christmas gift to someone who could restore it. I’m asking $2500 or best offer. Call me with questions:”

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Champs Sold!

• CATEGORIES: News

Well, I wont’ be sending my kids to college with all my earnings from the sale of the 3 Champs, but I made a little money on the deal and did a good deed for the Champ community.

I have to say that getting a chance to poke around them, seeing how they were built, etc, was an interesting experience.  And, with more time and money, I think they would have been a fun rebuild; however, I am quite pleased to be rid of them!

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1964 Austin Champ Logansport, IN **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Other 4x4s

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2000

It doesn’t have the original drive train, but still cool.

“THIS IS FOR A REAL NEAT 4X4 IT IS RIGHT HAND STEERING. IT IS PAINTE O D GREEN. ENGINE AND TRANS HAS BEEN SWAPED FOR A PINTO SETUP BUT IS STILL 4 WHEEL DRIVE.”

 

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1953 Austin Champ Lawrenceburg, KY **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Unusual

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As I discussed in this post, the original jeep was possibly based on the Austin 7.  Here’s a later model Austin, of which I’ve only seen one other for sale in two years.  A spare Austin Champ is also available.

“1953 Austin Champ Runs and drives. Mechanically sound and ready for cosmetic restoration this is serial #10515. Does contain the Rolls-Royce engine. For those interested please look at http://www.austinchamp.com/ for more info and specs. Also available for increased $$ is parts spare that is cosmetically better but not running.”

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1953 Austin Champ (British 4×4) Midland, MI **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2000

Brian forwarded this ad to me.  I’ve never knew these existed.  According to Wikipedia, these were built from 1951 – 1956 and were excellent cross country vehicles, apparently surpassing the capabilities of the Land Rover.  However, though the Land Rover could only do 80% of what the Champ could do, the Land Rover cost much less to produce, so the Champ contract was eventually cancelled.  Interestingly, the Champ had a 5 speed synchromesh tranny with reverse adapted to the rear drive line apart from the tranny, so that the Champ could do 5 speeds backwards as well.  Finally, the Champ had no transfercase, instead the driveline went to the rear differential and then there was a takeoff to the front differential (which had a clutch to control 2wd/4wd mode).  These would make a very interesting project.”

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1946 Race/Sand Jeep Vancouver, WA $21,000

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: , .

Looks fun.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/515691630182897

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“Very clean sand jeep for sale. This was built by Bolton’s Welding out of Placerville, Ca. Mike has built a number of quality sand jeeps through the years.

Motor is a 383c.i. that we ran in our dragster for years. It ran 3.60’s in the 100yds and won multiple championships. North of 650hp. Motor was freshened and sold to a friend who never used it, and I ended up buying it back. – AFR 227 Heads – AFR Titan Manifold – Bowtie Block – Yellow Terra shaft rockers – Wiseco pistons – Callies rods – Callies crank – QuickFuel 1000 carb

Brand new TCI Powerglide tranny w/ 5000 stall converter, Dana 60 rear. 20 gallon fuel cell. MSD ignition system.

Floorboard and firewall are polished aluminum. Paddles are essentially new.

Jeep ran 3.94 in 300′ in it’s first full pass and then was involved in an accident that twisted the wheelie bar up. Would need a new wheelie bar to use on the track. No other damage.

Bought the jeep to use at the track and dunes, but I moved to Seattle and we have four other race cars and not enough time or space currently for this one. This jeep is honestly immaculate, pictures don’t do it justice.

Will sell as a roller w/ tranny for $14k. Wouldn’t hurt my feelings to keep the motor, it’s our favorite engine we’ve ever had.”

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1965 CJ-5 Merced, CA $9999

• CATEGORIES: CJ5

This has been listed for a while. I include it here as the jeep has one of the rare CJ-5 aftermarket-angled dashes.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1013679742503159

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“Hello I have a 1965 cj5 willys jeep pre smog no smog required runs like a champ very very clean for it’s age very easy to drive looking to trade will consider any and all trades motorcycles boats jetskis etc. but shooting for a class c rv have cash to add or other stuff as well if you wanna buy the jeep inbox me we can discuss a price clean title in hand”

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1949 ‘Budson’ Salem, OR $6500

• CATEGORIES: Unusual, Willys Wagons

UPDATE: This was last listed (and sold) in March of 2020. Thanks to Marty for spotting it.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/166977578903025

“Selling my 48 Willy’s jeep fully custom,has a 48 champion hood and front window as well as dash components, it has a slant 6cyl,three speed manual,on floor,4x4works I know it’s a weird looking but it’s one of a kind,have title and bill of sale, asking $6500 firm!! thanks ron it runs and drives, (needs the breaks worked on sold as is,I’m done messing with it,) great little rig!!!!!”

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1948 CJ-2A Manasquan, NJ $14,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $14,000.

(01/28/2018) Looks in good shape.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/956384518444843

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“It’s time to sell my 1948 Willy’s CJ2a Jeep. Price is $14,000. Facebook won’t allow my price. I’ve owned this Jeep for about 4 years and have had a great time with it. It’s now time for someone else to enjoy.

I’ve driven this Jeep around many back roads of New Jersey sometimes putting upwards of about 150 to 200 miles on it in a weekend. It always starts and runs like a champ. Got into it in the middle of May after its long winters nap and after a couple of pumps on the accelerator pedal and a few seconds cranking the engine it sprang to life! It was restored when I purchased it but the former seller left it outside under a cover for about a year. Continue reading

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1950 M-38 St. Anthony, ID No Price

• CATEGORIES: M-38

This is a project or parts jeep.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/251131500142305

“Willys M38 military Jeep it needs alot of work still, however it has new leaf springs, shocks, brake lines and a master cylinder and a remanufactured carter carb. I have the hood and rear tailgate as well. It has a 1957/58 studabaker champion 185 6 cylinder engine and ran before I started working on it. I am not positive of the value. I have $1500 in parts alone. She is a project military jeep. Located in Saint Anthony, Idaho.”

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1945 GPW Red Bluff, CA $8000

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB) • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(11/12/2020) This old school California build with a Muller top went through some additional modifications over the years. It will need a little more work, hence the price.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/829533537842042

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$8k 1945 Ford GPW, old school “uncut” survivor, original boxed frame, sheet metal, and (extended) seats. 327 4bbl, Pertronix, 7:1 SM420, middle diameter Model 18 TC, 44 rear, 30 front, YJ spring-over, 2” hub spacers, proven bulletproof drivetrain. M38 windshield with hinged vent, PS, Power drum brakes, 1957 25A vintage generator/PS pump. Oil, power steering and extremely rare TRACO transfer case coolers.

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1954 CJ-3B Port Orchard, WA $8100

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B

UPDATE: Price dropped to $8100.

(11/07/2020) Could be worth a look.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/kit/cto/d/port-orchard-1954-jeep-cj3b-high-hood/7233288602.html

“Ranch ready! 1954 CJ3B High Hood jeep! Runs and drives awesome. Recent work includes
-New 7.00×15 tires
-New battery
-New shocks
-Rebuilt steering box
-New brakes
-new fuel pump

Good electrical, lights and signals etc.
Runs and drives down the road like a champ. 4×4 systems work properly, lock out hubs. Nifty one-off winch built from an aircraft starter motor!”

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1943 MB Lake Havasu City, AZ **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: MB

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5000.

Has a V-8.

“Jeep is in great conditon. Has a small block chevy 350. Bored .030 flat top pistons. Balanced crank. Summit racing cam kit 1107. Original 3 speed transmission and transfer case. Has a heater underneath the seat. Custom fuel tank. Thing runs like a champ. Sounds great. Looking into buying a canam only reason im selling. Clean title.”

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Maynard Roberts’ Two-Year Jeep Trip Through South America

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles • TAGS: .
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Maynard Roberts pictures on the left in San Paulo, Brazil, from the January 23, 1950, issue of the Pomona Progress Bulletin.

In 1948, 34 year-old Maynard Roberts, from La Verne, California, traveled south into Mexico and spent the next 18 months exploring Central and South American. He wrote a series of articles for the Pomona Progress Bulletin detailing his trip. He’d hoped to write a book, but I have been unable to locate one. If he didn’t, it’s too bad, because I think he was a very good writer.

His skill is evident early on when he wrote a phrase that caught my attention, “About seven years ago I was keeping company with my last twenty-dollar bill …” His attention to details and telling a few small stories make his tale worth reading. It’s unfortunate that these articles only share snippets, for it seems he’s got a good story to tell and the skill to tell it.

His idea to travel germinated prior to WWII. He was born in Lima, Ohio, in 1914. As a child, his parents moved to California, Near the start of WWII he got the idea to travel to South America, so he began saving money. During WWII he was a draftsman, perhaps a skill learned during his college days at Chaffee college? Finally, by 1948, he saved up enough money to buy a jeep and afford to travel.

Part one of his adventure appeared in the January 09, 1950, issue of the Ponoma Progress Bulleting, split into two sections.

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Part II: This is the second installment of Maynard’s adventure. It appeared in the January 16, 1950, issue of the Pomona Progress Bulletin.

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1966 CJ-6 St. Charles, IL **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-6

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1800.

Runs, but will need some work.

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“1966 Willys Jeep CJ6 Clean title Buick v6 New Headman headers and turbo mufflers 3 speed Cooling and charging systems work great Headlights work Have to crank it over a bit to get fuel in the carb, but the new fuel pump will be here on 7/5 No rot, the salt has spared this one Right rear quarter is riveted on Floor panels are missing Has new brakes, master, drums, cyl Block has jb weld patch but no leaks -Distributor clicks, sounds like upper end but if you put your hand on the distributor you can tell that’s where it’s coming from. Once warmed up there is a tick coming from somewhere lower but actually runs pretty decent. No problems spinning tires, one wheel burnout champion. Tires are a little stiff. If your looking for a show jeep id move along, this isn’t the droid your looking for. We use it to run around the farm and cruise. It’s not scared of beer cans and being a cj6 it holds even more. Just clearing out the barn and have to many projects. Trade for 3/4 wheeler”

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August 1953 Article “Jeeps Goes International”

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

I bought this August 1953 issue of Cars magazine for the jeep article, but it also has all kinds of interesting information in it. The article “The Jeep Goes International” by Evan Jones highlights how various companies in different countries were capitalizing on the demand for jeep vehicles by manufacturing jeep-like vehicles of their own. The story discusses the new Austin Champ, the Fiat Campagnola, the Land Rover, and the Delahaye V.I.R.

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1943 Photo of Joe Louis Driving a Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

This photo and caption about boxing champ Joe Louis driving a jeep made the Detroit Tribune newspaper on October 02, 1943.

The biographical book Joe Lewis: The Life of a Heavyweight includes a short look (pages 193-196) at his time in the military during WWII. The book explains that he had a unique opportunity to advocate for black troops, due to his substantial connection inside the War Department. He took advantage of his connections to overcome discriminatory practices that he witnessed.

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1953 CJ-3B Dixon, CA $4900

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B

Has lots of updates.

https://sacramento.craigslist.org/snw/d/dixon-1953-willys-cj3b/7083739074.html

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“1953 willys CJ-3B (reg as ‘48 for some reason) (it’s small like an atv so I posted it here)
Flatfender high hood 4×4
Clean title
Current reg, Runs and drives, needs some minor maintenance and improvements (imho)
cj5 frame and engine (oddfire 225 v6)
Good compression
Good 2 barrel Rochester carb (needs a little tuning)
sm420 4 speed transmission with AA adapter
Twin stick Dana 20 transfer case (drips, of course)
SOA cj7 axles, 4.56 gears (amc20 rear with Detroit and one piece shafts, Dana 30 front with lockright)
New front u joints, calipers, rotors, pads, ss lines (one drips)
Warn hubs
YJ springs
6 point cage
36” tsl’s, black rims. Spare set of champion bead locks and rings included
New front driveshaft
Power steering
Manual brakes
Windshield frame not installed (have two, one banged up, one straight, neither have glass)
Autometer gauges (loose ground wire somewhere)
12v air compressor mounted on firewall (was for air lockers in previous axles)
Spare headers (straighter then than the currently installed ones)
Great project”