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Headlight Bezels Over the Years

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

The other day someone asked me about headlight bezels (or if you prefer, headlight ‘heads’) and how they changed through the years. I did not have a good answer to that reader’s question, so this working thread about bezels is the result. Along the way, I learned that some folks call these parts “heads”, but perhaps that is more military related?

1. 1945-1946 Early Painted Bezels on CJ-2As
Early CJ-2A bezels were painted, not chromed, until approximately #38687, according to the CJ-2A page. As far as my research indicates, only Walcks carries new, unpainted bezels. This is the flatter style of bezel without the tab.



2. 1946-1953 Later CJ-2As, CJ-3As and 1956-1959 DJ-3As
After roughly CJ-2A #38687 the bezels were chromed, but their shape was the same. They lasted through the end of the CJ-3A production run and into the early DJ-3A production run (1956-1959). These example images are from Kaiser Willys.

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3. 1950-1952 M-38s, 1953-1971 M-38A1s, and M-170s:
I didn’t realize that M-38 and M-38A1 bezels were the same. It’s on the M-38a1 site that I encountered the alternative term “head” for the bezel. Peter Debella has NOS rings.


4. 1950 USMC CJ-V35 Blackout Lights ‘bezels’
Thanks to Mike Wixom for helping me out with these rare blackout lights.

This type of headlight bezel, or more correctly blackout ring (although not that effective), was used only on Marine Corps Radio Jeeps as far as I know. Specifically on the CJV35/U and possibly on the MZ-2 and MZ-3 Radio Jeeps from Late WW2. They were installed at the factory on all 1000 CJV35/U Jeeps built in May of 1950. These were eventually replaced by the actual blackout lights found on the M-38.

Because these aren’t readily available, someone posted this writeup on how to inexpensively recreate them:


Here is a different, larger version of a CJ-V35 bezel. Mike believes the ones shown below may have been fabricated and not original, but perhaps the owner can offer input on this.


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1964 CJ-5 Tux Park Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures

This CJ-5 Tuxedo Park brochure sold on eBay recently. It’s dated January of 1964.

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1947 Jeep-Trucks and Pinup Girl Envelope on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

As I interpret it, the envelope and stamp are real, but the seller has added the pinup girl and Jeep-Truck illustrations. The seller has created a variety of similar “retro-like” envelopes, even creating signatures such as this Miracle On 34th envelope.

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“Up for sale is a limited edition collector’s reprint envelope. The postage stamp is a genuine old USA postage stamp. Since genuine postage stamps were used the stamp may vary in design on your envelope.”

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1956 DJ-3A Austin, TX $6000


Converted to 4WD.

“This is a 1956 Willys Jeep with an in-line 4 cylinder. It has been converted into a hunting Jeep. I have replaced the carborator. Master cylinder, ignition switch, battery and oil. The Jeep runs great, the 4×4 works well. It has a shooting chair for the back and you can see it in the pictures.”

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2 CJ-3Bs Como, CO $3000


UPDATE: Still Available.

(05/14/2019) Sounds like there’s some value here. Includes a new soft top, Koenig hardtop, PTO winch, and Warn overdrive.

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“2 CJ3B Willys jeeps
Both have V-6 engines – 1 215 Dauntless Buick, other Chevy 194
Many parts included
10k pto winch, new white soft top, Konig steel top, Borg Warner 98 4 speed, Warn overdrive, alloy wheels
scout disc front and limited slip rear (6″ wider)
lift kit on one, multi military on other
to many other stuff to list
Both are projects or one awsome build into one and a lot of sellable rare stuff left over”

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CJ-5s & M-38A1s



  1. 1965 CJ-5 Eaton, NY $4500:
  2. 1979 CJ-5 Binghamton, NY $4995:
  3. 1958 CJ-5 Owls Head, ME $5000:
  4. 1965 CJ-5 Philadelphia, PA $2000:
  5. 1973 CJ-5 Farmington, UT $1800:
  6. 1957 CJ-5 Lacomb, OR $3400:
  7. 1976 CJ-5 Houlton, ME $5000:
  8. 1978 CJ-5 Shirley, MA $1800:
  9. 1972 CJ-5 Project Middleboro, MA $2500:
  10. 1976-1986 CJ-5 Passenger Side panel Columbus, OH $150:
  11. 1977 CJ-5 Cuyahoga Falls, OH $2500:
  12. 1979 CJ-5 Lebanon, OH $2500:
  13. 1978 CJ-5 Salem, IN $4500:
  14. 1978 CJ-5 Smiths Grove, KY $3000:
  15. 1967 CJ-5 Winchester, TX $4500:


  1. 1952 M-38A1 Houston, TX $8900:
  2. 1953 M-38A1 Hill AFB, UT $7500: (includes Trailer)
  3. 1953 M-38A1 Fruitland, ID $4500:
  4. 1954 M-38A1 Cinco Ranch, TX $5950:
  5. 1955 M-38A1 Newbury Park, Ca $12,000:
  6. 1952 M-38A1 Galesville, WI $3300:
  7. 1952 M-38A1 Inver Grove Heights, MN $12,000:
  8. 1953 M-38A1 Florence, OR $1700:
  9. 1963 M-38A1 Lathrop, CA $5000:
  10. 1952 M-38A1 Vancleave, LA $2500:
  11. Year? M-38A1 Chassis Jay, ME $500:


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1948 CJ-2A Colorado Springs, CO $3800


Might have a modified Porter & Reed hardtop.

“Selling:1948 willyscj2a,Studebaker eng, re-built, trans&T-case,steering,brakes,12volt,dual front shocks,11″brakes,lockout hubs,turn signals,hard top,(have doors),rear seat,new glass,15x8Kelsey-Hayes wheels,good tires, clean title,cash only in full at time of purchase, cash&carry only”

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1948 CJ-2A Chassis Wichita, KS $1700


Passenger front frame rail has been patched.


“Running 12v engine. No smoke, good idle and revs well. Oil pressure is 10# at rev, so the oil pressure is on the low side. I have a video of the engine running a week ago, but don’t want to go through trouble of starting it now. Includes Frame, fenders, grille, t90 transmission that spins free, transfer case (may not need rebuilt?), 2 axles. Original working starter and carter WO carb. Good radiator. Tires hold air…..The separate tub is sold extra. If you want to reduce price I can keep the transmission and transfer case.”



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2 Kelly Hardtop Doors Eldorado, IL Make Offer


I’m sure someone with a Kelly CJ-5 Hardtop could use these doors.

“Pair of Willys Jeep early CJ5 hard top doors. Both have good glass but will need some cleaning up. Very rare”

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Fisher Plow Westbrook, CT $450


Matt’s selling this complete plow setup.

“I have a complete Fisher Speedcast plow setup off of a 1969 CJ5 Jeep with a V6. It is a 4-way plow not just up and down. It should fit most CJ5s 1955-1970 and probably later ones as well with small modifications. It is complete with everything including pump, hoses, cable controls, plow frame/lift, and a 6’6” four way blade. The blade is in very good shape. It might need a couple new hoses but everything else is all there and ready to go. Asking $450 for everything. Call or text if interested. If the ad is still up it is still available.”

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1942 GPW Winchester, TX $10,000


UPDATE: Price dropped to $10,000.

“1942 GPW (Ford) Jeep. Family owned since 1970. Very good condition. New bikini top. Price is firm. Delivery possible up to 100 miles AFTER SALE.
This jeep runs and drives very well. It is about 85% original. Engine has been rebuilt and is NOT the original ford built engine. 12 Volt electrical with alternator. It has a tailgate which was on the Jeep when purchased in 1970 and updated with flush mount lights. That, the brush guard, and the bikini top are the only changes in the body. It has been well maintained and used regularly since it was purchased. A fun jeep to drive or a good start on a total restoration. ”

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1944 MB Plymouth, IN $19,200


UPDATE: Still Available.

This jeep was on the cover of the Kaiser Willys catalog in 2016.

“This Is the Genuine article and a true world war two Jeep. This jeep was on the cover of the 2016 kaiser Willys Jeep parts magazine. This World War II jeep is a four-cylinder, three speed, four-wheel-drive, 6 V all-around fun driving machine. This piece of history starts right up and can run all day long. Call if you are truly interested in this jeep. Tire kickers need not bother. This was a military vehicle so there is no carefax report. So bring your trailer and take home a World War II legend…A Willy’s Jeep.”

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Kaiser Willys used the jeep’s image in multiple places during 2016. Here’s one example:


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1964 CJ-3B Sierra Vista, AZ $4700


UPDATE: Still Available.

(10/01/2019) If you are looking for a non-script Willys 3B, this might make a good project.


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Year? CJ-2A Sikeston, MO $1075


UPDATE: Still Available.

(10/19/2019) It’s being sold as a parts jeep.

“I have for sale a cj2a parts jeep. Selling it as parts only, no title. The tub is extremely rusty and rough. It has the axles, drive shafts, springs, steering sector, driver seat frame, passenger seat frame, windshield, hood, fenders, grill, l134 engine, radiator, transmission, transfer case, distributor, carb, starter, four original cj2a rims, rear hitch, and other good parts. The engine does turn over, not stuck, but is leaking above the distributor. There is a lot of parts for this type money”



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1946 CJ-2A Ash Flat, AR $800


UPDATE: Price dropped to $800.

(02/26/2019) It starts, but needs work.

“1946 Willys Jeep: $950 – SBC v8 conversion. will start but not driving as is. don’t know anything else about it or the transfer case. Its on the rough side, but would make a fun mud truck. bill of sale.”

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1948 CJ-2A Fire Jeep Stamp on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles

Here’s an unusual item being sold out of Austria. It’s a 1998 stamp of a 1948 CJ-2A fire jeep.

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1943 Photo of Jeeps in Tunisia on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This photo shows soldiers ducking from snipers.

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“1943 Press Photo Soldiers and jeeps, Bizerte, Tunisia. This is an original press photo. World War II – Africa. As these years rolled into Bizerte in their jeeps to capture the city, snipers opened fire and the Yanks took over behind the jeeps and a handy well. Official Signal Corps Radiophoto. Photo measures 8.5 x 6.25 inches. Photo is dated 5-12-1943.”



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1949 Jeepster Scottsdale, AZ $10,500

• CATEGORIES: Jeepster • TAGS: , .

Looks like a nice Jeepster.

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“2WD Very rare. They only made these Jeepsters from 1948 to 1950. This Jeepster has the very rare optinal 6cyl and 1949 was the first year you could get it. 3 speed with push button overdrive. Has the rare optional radio, turn siginals, and mirrored spot light. This is a very solid Arizona Jeepster and has had only one paint job done back in the 1970’s. The paint still looks good for it’s old age. Has always been taken care of and always garaged. This Jeepster has been in the same family since the early 50’s. Overall in good shape for it’s old age and very solid. The Jeepster runs and drives. Needs new soft top put on and I have the new top. Clean title in hand.”

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1953 CJ-3B Spokane Valley, WA $13,000


Lot of mods.

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“Don’t want to sell but family has outgrown. Jeep sitting on 4” shackles and axles under springs with a 44 rear end with fresh bearings, seals, and axles. 30 front out of a newer Jeep and 36” steel belted bad boy swampers with lots of tread top and sides.

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1948 CJ-2A Placerville, CA $18,500


UPDATE: Still Available. Will consider trade for Class 3 Motorhome

(02/14/2019) Looks like a nice build. I believe the windshield bulge allows the use of a CJ-5-style windshield wiper motor; A friend of mine did something similar with his flattie. I’ve never seen a hinged windshield quite like that.

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“Willys Jeep. 1948 C J 2 A. Rebuilt 225 Buick V6 1500 miles ago. Also SM 420 4 Speed rebuilt. Warn Winch. Spring over syst 11″ brakes. 44 rear 4.27 posi. 25 front. Tow bar setup. 33×12.50 x15 BFG. 15×10 wheels. New Best Top New gauges 2 fuel tanks. 10 gal each. Cross flow radiator. Heater. Lots of custom work. Lots of extra parts go with it. $12,500.00. OBO.”


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1946 CJ-2A Ocala, FL $19,000


It appears the body has had a great deal of work done to it. Certainly not original, but looks like pretty good work. I imagine there isn’t much demand for a Gator-themed CJ-2A.

“1946 Willys CJ2 in as new condition, original drivetrain with the addition of a Buick Odd Fire V6, UF Gator colors, drive it to the game to support your team.”

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Year? CJ-2A Santa Maria, CA $750


Seller is ready to part with this project. This will take an in-person visit to evaluate the value.

“I have to many project so I am selling one. This a CJ2A project. Completely disassembled. Lots of used parts and new parts. More than you need. I spent a lot of money over about 20 years. I was going to use the engine and running gear from a 70 CJ-5 with the V6. Email for what pictures I could get in the shed and a list of stuff you are getting. This is located in Orcutt. Bring lots of cash and lots of help.”


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A Few CJ-2A Parts Miramar Beach, FL


Perhaps they are more common than I realize, but I rarely see hitches for sale.

“These are off of a 1949 Willys Jeep cj2 ( I think) Bumper, 2 trailer hitch and under motor skid plate”


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1950 CJ-3A Hemet, CA $2100


This project has been built with a 2WD axle up front.

“1950 Willys CJ-3A, rolling chassis only. Post office jeep front axle, body is straight, have windshield frame and old glass, this is a project jeep for sure, floors need some work but body is in good shape. Comes with tow bar and working tail/ brake lights, I have some SBC engine parts but nothing complete.”

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1942 GPW Pagosa Springs, CO $6000


UPDATE: Price dropped to $6000.

Looks like a solid GPW with one major modification: the steering box. Though the steering looks unusual, on the plus side it’s got a thick (half-inch??) support plate coming off the frame; also, it seems to have held up well (given, I imagine, this was an older mod). An additional plus is that the builder didn’t cut the front cross member when updating the steering (or so it appears), so I imagine someone could restore the original steering if they wished relatively easily. I think it would make a good entry level GPW for the right person.

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“1942 Ford WW2 GPW. New cooling system, ignition system, fuel system, electrical wiring front to back, seats, rear brakes, etc. Has an engine from a cj2a. The engine overheated at some point and cracked. Will need a new block. I’m reluctantly selling it. I’ve spent alot of money and time on this Jeep. It is the perfect restoration project for someone who wants to disassemble it and restore it from frame up. Most of the parts are already there. It needs a proper restoration. I’m asking $6000 and it has a clear title. The price is in consideration of the engine work needed.”