To Top

1945 Article on the Jeep Demonstration

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

A July 19, 1945, article in the Dayton Herald, out of Dayton, Ohio, covered the jeep demonstration at Charles Sorensen’s farm. Two things about the article stuck out to me. 1) I was surprised to learn that there had been no sales price shared with reports as of the demonstration. 2) The reporter who wrote the article noted that the most interesting piece of equipment was the John Bean Haymaker, which apparently never became a Willys-Overland Special Equipment item, at least not one of which I’m aware. I did find a brochure from a few years later that covered the John Bean Haymaker (see the cover at the bottom of this post).

1945-07-19-dayton-herald-oh-new-farm-jeep-does-its-tricks-lores

July 19, 1945, Dayton Herald out of Dayton, Ohio.

What the above article doesn’t mention is that Willys-Overland had hoped to build 20,000 jeeps over the remainder of 1945, at least according to an article in the Cincinnati Enquirer on July 18th:

1945-07-18-news-messenger-fremont-oh-new-jeep-20000-1945-lores

July 18, 1945, News Messenger out of Fremont, Ohio.

So, why wasn’t the company able to see the 20,000 production figure and instead produced only 1824 CJ-2As? One big factor was that Warner Gear had gone on strike for 12 weeks, stopping production of transmissions that Willys-Overland needed to complete the jeeps. There were probably other reasons as well, but had W-O been able to produce over those 12 weeks what they subsequently manufactured throughout 1946, the company could have come very close to the 20,000 production figure for 1945. In other words, there likely would have been a lot more VECs!

1945-12-22-daily-times-new-philadlephia-oh-strike-halts-jeep-production

December 22, 1945, Daily Times out of New Philadelphia, Ohio.

Continue reading

 
To Top

1956? Ramsey Brochure Bulletin 126-A

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I’ve guessing the brochure’s year based on the lack of an intake vent on the grille of the Willys truck and the lack of any FCs appearing in this document. I like the underside illustrations on this brochure as well. This is Ramsey Bulletin 126-A

ramsey-winch-form-126-a-1-lores

ramsey-winch-form-126-a-2-lores ramsey-winch-form-126-a-3-lores ramsey-winch-form-126-a-4-lores ramsey-winch-form-126-a-5-lores

Continue reading

 
To Top

1957? Ramsey Brochures

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

These are three separate one-page, two-sided brochures from Ramsey: Bulletin 134, Bulletin 135, and Bulletin 138. The Ramsey 600 R Wire Reclaiming Winch Assembly (page two of Bulletin 135) is a particularly interesting item. I don’t think I’ve run across one of those assemblies on a jeep for sale.

ramsey-ad-form-134-1-lores ramsey-ad-form-134-2-lores ramsey-ad-form-135-1-lores ramsey-ad-form-135-2-lores ramsey-ad-form-138-1-lores ramsey-ad-form-138-2-lores

 
To Top

December 1952 Willys Service News

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

On the yellow sheets following this document are suggestions on how to overcome flat spots during acceleration of the F-head engines.

1952-12-service-news1-lores 1952-12-service-news2-lores 1952-12-service-news3-lores

Continue reading

 
To Top

1946 CJ-2A JeepRod Duluth, MN $22,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Jeep Rods

Lots of custom work.

https://duluth.craigslist.org/cto/d/duluth-1946-willys-jeep/7143767522.html

“1946 Willys jeep.
454 , positraction rear end .”

1946-jeeprod-duluth-mn1 1946-jeeprod-duluth-mn2 1946-jeeprod-duluth-mn3 1946-jeeprod-duluth-mn4

 
To Top

1953 CJ-3B Colville, WA $2999

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B

This was in worse condition when it was for sale in 2018.

https://spokane.craigslist.org/cto/d/colville-1953-willys-jeep/7142518944.html

“1953 turtle nose jeep. Has 327 small block chev with headers in it. Runs and drives good. Needs some work. Doesn’t have major rust.”

1953-cj3b-colville-wash6 1953-cj3b-colville-wash7 1953-cj3b-colville-wash8 1953-cj3b-colville-wash9

 
To Top

1950 Jeepster Winchester, VA $12,500

• CATEGORIES: Jeepster

Seller listed this as a “1959”, but that appears to be a typo.

https://winchester.craigslist.org/cto/d/winchester-1959-willys-jeepster/7137246505.html

“Fun car to drive. Three (3) speed over driver, 4 cylinder. $12,500
Antique Vintage Convertible Jeep”

1949-jeepster-winchester-va6 1949-jeepster-winchester-va7 1949-jeepster-winchester-va8 1949-jeepster-winchester-va9

 
To Top

1946 CJ-2A Brighton, MI $9500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Odd strips on either side of the cargo area. I’m not sure why they are there?

https://detroit.craigslist.org/okl/cto/d/brighton-1946-willys-jeep-mostly/7143739329.html

1946-cj2a-brighton-mi1 1946-cj2a-brighton-mi2 1946-cj2a-brighton-mi3 1946-cj2a-brighton-mi4

“1946 Willys Jeep CJ2A, Sounds like the Jeeps on MASH. No title, Buyer Pick Up Only. Condition is Used. Jeep has about 1,700 mile on it since it was refurbished and has lived in California for most of its life. Runs strong and straight. No steering pulling and brakes well. I drove it about a hundred miles in the last week or so and put it into storage. Sometimes, in second gear, it will pop out of gear if are letting up on the gas. And, sometimes ‘grates’ when going into second – could be the operator, too. The battery is not getting charged for some reason. There is a small tear in the left cargo cushion. Tires look good but they are the same ones that were on it when I bought it 16 years ago. Has never been ‘off road’ or banged around. As is, where is. Buyer to arrange shipping and bears the cost. Great vehicle for The 4th of July. This is a very original Jeep. She always turns heads.”

 
To Top

Wagons & Trucks

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks, Willys Wagons

WAGONS:

  1. 1959 Wagon Manchester, NJ $8100: https://newjersey.craigslist.org/clt/d/manchester-1959-willys-station-wagon/7129928914.html
  2. 1963 Wagon Virginia Beach, VA $19,500: https://norfolk.craigslist.org/cto/d/virginia-beach-1963-willys-utility-wagon/7139139061.html
  3. 1956 Wagon Davie, FL $4900: https://miami.craigslist.org/brw/cto/d/fort-lauderdale-jeep-willys-overland/7137866394.html
  4. 1958 Wagon Lake Wylie, NC $7500: https://charlotte.craigslist.org/cto/d/york-for-sale-1958-willys-wagon/7144372588.html
  5. 1961 Wagon Lexington, NC $14,500: https://winstonsalem.craigslist.org/cto/d/lexington-rare-61-willy-panel-truck/7138292560.html It looks like this was originally a standard wagon.
  6. 1951 & 1955 Wagons Hillsborough, NJ $6250: https://cnj.craigslist.org/cto/d/belle-mead-willys-jeep-wagon/7136666824.html
  7. 1962 Wagon Fitchburg, MA $1500: https://worcester.craigslist.org/cto/d/fitchburg-1962-willys-wagon/7142411954.html
  8. 1962 Wagon Cherryfield, ME $1200: https://maine.craigslist.org/pts/d/cherryfield-1962-willys-jeep-wago-trade/7139474191.html
  9. Online Auction 1952 Wagon Princeton, MN https://bid.hansenauctiongroup.com/bid/51235?item=3696825&section=auction
  10. 1954 Sedan Delivery Wagon Duluth, MN $1800: https://duluth.craigslist.org/pts/d/duluth-1954-willys-delivery-wagon-jeep/7142987602.html

TRUCKS:

  1. 1948 Truck Booneville, AR $4500: https://littlerock.craigslist.org/for/d/booneville-1948-willys-jeep-truck/7142949114.html
  2. 1955 Truck Weaverville, NC $2500: https://asheville.craigslist.org/grd/d/weaverville-1955-willys-pickup/7143568731.html
  3. 1959 Truck Queens, NY $6000: https://newyork.craigslist.org/que/pts/d/far-rockaway-1959-willys-jeep-pickup/7131765700.html
  4. 1958 Truck Norwood, NY No Price: https://plattsburgh.craigslist.org/atq/d/norwood-1958-willys-pickup/7130060032.html Looks to be an old Texaco truck.
  5. 1952 Truck Wolverine, MI $800: https://nmi.craigslist.org/pts/d/wolverine-1952-willys-truck/7127949154.html
  6. 1951 Truck Princeton, MN $1100: https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/hnp/grd/d/zimmerman-51-willy-truck-field-find/7142335319.html
 
To Top

1947 CJ-2A Perrysburg, OH $3900

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Needs some work.

https://toledo.craigslist.org/cto/d/perrysburg-1947-willys-jerp/7138010740.html

“It’s a 1947 Willy jeep with running motor partial restoration motor needs to be gone through and breaks need to be done”

1947-cj2a-perrysburg-oh1 1947-cj2a-perrysburg-oh2 1947-cj2a-perrysburg-oh3 1947-cj2a-perrysburg-oh4

 
To Top

Jeep Bench Abington, PA $200

• CATEGORIES: Features

Steve shared this jeep-tailgate bench for sale in Pennsylvania.

https://philadelphia.craigslist.org/fuo/d/abington-jeep-tailgate-bench/7123426095.html

“EEP tailgate bench. Custom made.
43 1/2 long, 24 3/4 wide and 34 1/2 high
Poly coated. Pick up only. Can help load. $200 cash at pickup”

jeep-bench-pa2 jeep-bench-pa1

 
To Top

1959 DJ-3A? Miami, FL $16,500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B, DJ-3A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(12/02/2018) This 2WD CJ-3B looks suspiciously like a DJ-3A with a CJ-3B replacement body.

https://miami.craigslist.org/mdc/cto/d/miami-jeep-willys-1959/7127728683.html

1959-dj3a-cj3b-miami-fl1 1959-dj3a-cj3b-miami-fl2 1959-dj3a-cj3b-miami-fl3 1959-dj3a-cj3b-miami-fl4

“THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL JEEP
4 CYLINDER
3 SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION ON WHEEL
NEW BODY AND PAINT
NEW SEATS
NEW CARPET
NEW WINDSHIELD
NEW SOFT TOP
NEW ELECTRIC SYSTEM
NEW GAUGES ( ALL WORKS) Continue reading

 
To Top

Year? CJ-2A Santa Rosa Beach, FL $2500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Not sure how much value is here. It’s listed as a “1943”.

https://okaloosa.craigslist.org/for/d/santa-rosa-beach-1943-willys-jeep/7139499737.html

“I’m selling 1943 Willys Jeep . Been sitting for past 32 yrs . Needs restoration. Has the original willys 4 flat engine . Has two spare rims tires aren’t any good on them . Jeep doesn’t not run . Bill of sale .”

year-cj2a-santarosabeach-fl1 year-cj2a-santarosabeach-fl2 year-cj2a-santarosabeach-fl3 year-cj2a-santarosabeach-fl4

 
To Top

1945 VEC CJ-2A Ypsilanti, MI $9000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , .

Could be worth a look.

https://annarbor.craigslist.org/for/d/ypsilanti-moving-1945-jeep-cj2a-also/7143537794.html

“1945 JEEP
CJ2A
$9,000.00
First full production civilian Jeep.
#377 (1,824 were built)”

1945-vec-cj2a-ypsilanti-mi2 1945-vec-cj2a-ypsilanti-mi3 1945-vec-cj2a-ypsilanti-mi4

 
To Top

October 1956 Article Introducing the Jeep Dispatcher

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

This article appeared in the Miami News on October 09, 1956. That seemed a late date for an “introductory” announcement. The article highlighted the low operating cost, the 30,000 mile maintenance guarantee, the four body styles, and the wide range of duties the new jeep could perform.

1956-10-0-the-miami-news-dj3a-dispatcher-article-lores

 
To Top

Photos From the UTA Digital Collections

These photos come from the University of Texas at Arlington Digital Archives. You can see a some additional photos with jeeps here: https://library.uta.edu/digitalgallery-beta/subject/jeep-automobiles

Let’s start with this photo of a Willys MA dash:

1941-06-uta-texas-willys-ma-dash-lores

Fort Worth Star-Telegram Collection, University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. 56th Cavalry Brigade war maneuvers. (1941). Retrieved from https://library.uta.edu/digitalgallery-beta/img/20048164 … Brigadier General Walter B. Pyron, of Houston, Texas, commander of the 56th Brigade, shown behind the wheel of a jeep. He is wearing a military uniform and a small brimmed hat. He has his hands on the steering wheel and is looking behind him. Willys MA.

A lineup of Ford GPs:

1941-06-uta-texas-ford-gp-manuevers2-lores

Fort Worth Star-Telegram Collection, University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. Camp Bowie Army Maneuvers . (1941). Retrieved from https://library.uta.edu/digitalgallery-beta/img/20048968 … The 18th Field Artillery Brigade’s 77th Field Artillery joins in retreating from an attack during a military training exercise at Camp Bowie. The first battalion is lined up for an evacuation, riding on “blitz buggies.” This battalion is from Fort Sill, Oklahoma. The rest of the 77th is stationed at Fort D. A. Russell, Marfa, Texas. The 77th and 142nd infantry are howitzer units of the brigade. Ford GPs.

Good side shot of a Ford GP:

Fort Worth Star-Telegram Collection, University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. Camp Bowie Army maneuvers: Lietenant General Walter Krueger with Major General Claude V. Birkhead and others. (1941). Retrieved from https://library.uta.edu/digitalgallery-beta/img/20053219 ... Camp Bowie Army maneuvers. Four military officers and one military personnel are pictured here. Lieutenant General (LIEUT. GEN.) Walter Krueger, seated in the front passenger seat, Third Army Commander, was in the field almost as much as the participating troops. Here he's leaving 36th Division command post after a conference with Major General (Maj. Gen.) Claude V. Birkhead, division commander, standing by the baby jeep. In the rear seat are, foreground, Lieutenant Colonel (Lieut Col.) George R. Barker, Third Army G-3, and Captain (Capt.) R. H. Chard, Krueger's aid. Driver is Private (Pvt.) Harvey Belote. All are dressed in military uniforms. Published in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram morning edition, June 15, 1941.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram Collection, University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. Camp Bowie Army maneuvers: Lietenant General Walter Krueger with Major General Claude V. Birkhead and others. (1941). Retrieved from https://library.uta.edu/digitalgallery-beta/img/20053219 … Camp Bowie Army maneuvers. Four military officers and one military personnel are pictured here. Lieutenant General (LIEUT. GEN.) Walter Krueger, seated in the front passenger seat, Third Army Commander, was in the field almost as much as the participating troops. Here he’s leaving 36th Division command post after a conference with Major General (Maj. Gen.) Claude V. Birkhead, division commander, standing by the baby jeep. In the rear seat are, foreground, Lieutenant Colonel (Lieut Col.) George R. Barker, Third Army G-3, and Captain (Capt.) R. H. Chard, Krueger’s aid. Driver is Private (Pvt.) Harvey Belote. All are dressed in military uniforms. Published in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram morning edition, June 15, 1941. Ford GPs.

Here’s an early Slat Grille MB:

Fort Worth Star-Telegram Collection, University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. Army Day Maneuvers: Rides in Dixie Jeeps. (1942). Retrieved from https://library.uta.edu/digitalgallery-beta/img/20053248

Fort Worth Star-Telegram Collection, University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. Army Day Maneuvers: Rides in Dixie Jeeps. (1942). Retrieved from https://library.uta.edu/digitalgallery-beta/img/20053248 …. Army Day Celebration. Jeep rides were given citizens when the 31st (Dixie) Division held open house here Sunday as part of the observance of Army Day. On this ride at Farrington Field were Alice McDonald (left) and Jaymie Dobbs, both of Fort Worth, Texas. Members of the Service Company, 155th Infantry, in the jeep are, left to right, Corporal (Corp.) J. H. Reeves, Private (Pvt.) Sam Burroughs, Private (Pvt.) Clyde Russell and Private (Pvt.) Hanson Dunegan. The group are riding in a jeep through Farrington Field. Background showing a goal post and stadium bleachers. Published in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram evening edition, April 6, 1942. Willys MB Slatgrille.

Post WWII pic:

1946-10-14-uta-texas-circle-park-school-lores

Fort Worth Star-Telegram Collection, University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. Circle Park School Parent-Teacher Association carnival . (1946). Retrieved from https://library.uta.edu/digitalgallery-beta/img/20058866 … Mr. R. M Baxter is giving a carnival preview ride to 2 pupils of Circle Park Elementary School, Donald Eagle, son of Mr. and Mrs. Don Eagle and Beverly Jean Burns, daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. C. A. Burns. Mr. Baxter will run a jeepney-ride concession at the Circle Park Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association annual carnival. His jeep has a banner of the PTA. Published in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram evening edition, October 16, 1946.

 
To Top

October 1952 Willys Service News

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

Page two of this issue highlights what service departments should do when replacing engines in WWII jeeps.

1952-10-service-news1-lores 1952-10-service-news2-lores 1952-10-service-news3-lores 1952-10-service-news4-lores

 
To Top

1947 CJ-2A Lake Placid, FL $11,500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

It’s supposed to have the original body, but there’s no original hole for the ignition.

https://cfl.craigslist.org/cto/d/sebring-1947-cj2a/7142467186.html

“Fully restored with all original parts and paint. No rust! Factory new, original 1947 body and starter! Runs great.  Must meet in person, cash offers only.”

1947-cj2a-lakeplacid-fl1 1947-cj2a-lakeplacid-fl2 1947-cj2a-lakeplacid-fl3 1947-cj2a-lakeplacid-fl4

 
To Top

1946 CJ-2A Newark, DE $7000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE: Price dropped to $7000.

(04/30/2020) Missing front parking lights and has a cracked windshield pane. It does include a soft top of some kind.

https://delaware.craigslist.org/cto/d/newark-1946-cj2a-willys-jeep-runs/7140320363.html

“Running and road ready Jeep with new fuel tank, sender and master cylinder. Has canvas covering and frame rails with doors. lock out front hubs for 2wd. good tires all around and has clear title. will need passenger side windshield”

1946-cj2a-newark-de0 1946-cj2a-newark-de1 1946-cj2a-newark-de2 1946-cj2a-newark-de3 1946-cj2a-newark-de4

 
To Top

1946 CJ-2A St. Clair, MO $6500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Includes a PTO. Body does have some floor rust.

https://stlouis.craigslist.org/cto/d/luebbering-1946-willys-cj-2a/7142948415.html

“1946 Willys cj2a for sale. Jeep runs and drives good. Has new brake lines and it stops good too. Has the original rear seat and heater that works. Tires are real good as well. It has the flathead 4 cyl/3 spd trans. The lights work on the jeep as well. The jeep isn’t perfect but pretty decent for its age. It has a clear Missouri title.”

1946-cj2a-stlouis-mo6 1946-cj2a-stlouis-mo7 1946-cj2a-stlouis-mo8 1946-cj2a-stlouis-mo9

 
To Top

1951 CJ-3A Weaverville, NC $4500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

Body needs work.

https://asheville.craigslist.org/cto/d/weaverville-1951-willys-jeep-cj-2a/7141730596.html

“1951 Willy’s Jeep CJ-2A 4×4
Hurricane Motor 4 Cylinder
Rebuilt with 1000 Miles
New Carburetor
3 Speed Manual Transmission
Fun Jeep
Clear Title”

1951-cj3a-weaverville-nc0 1951-cj3a-weaverville-nc1 1951-cj3a-weaverville-nc2 1951-cj3a-weaverville-nc3 1951-cj3a-weaverville-nc4

 
To Top

Generator Trailer Carlisle, PA $950

• CATEGORIES: trailer

This includes four combat rims. It’s a little different from the standard jeep trailer.

https://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/for/d/carlisle-military-trailer/7142702836.html

“Military army trailer from the late 40’s. Originally used to haul the generator for a mobile radar system. Trailer is made by Trailmobile-Lapeer. Has 4 Willys Jeep WW2 combat rims. (Red wheel/tire does not go with trailer, I have the 4th combat rim, tire is shot) Has jacks on all 4 corners to level on uneven ground. Trailer is designed to connect in series with other trailers like a train. Would also make a good anti- aircraft battery base! Looking to move this quickly… $950 cash”

military-trailer-combat-rims-pittsburgh-pa02 military-trailer-combat-rims-pittsburgh-pa01 military-trailer-combat-rims-pittsburgh-pa0 military-trailer-combat-rims-pittsburgh-pa1 military-trailer-combat-rims-pittsburgh-pa2

 
To Top

1957 CJ-3B Manning, SC $3500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B

It’s a project.

https://myrtlebeach.craigslist.org/cto/d/manning-1957-jeep-willys/7134443022.html

“1957 Jeep Willys–all original– CLEAR SC TITLE.( MAY CONSIDER TRADE) Does not run. Have removed spark plugs and put oil in cylinders and will attempt to free engine (after sitting for several days). KaiserJeep.com offers all parts, even offers a complete body shell. This jeep (as seen in pictures) will need a complete floor, wheel tubs for the rear, and possibly side panels.”

1957-cj3b-manning-sc1 1957-cj3b-manning-sc2 1957-cj3b-manning-sc3 1957-cj3b-manning-sc4

 
To Top

1953 CJ-3A Project Dewitt, NY $6000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

It looks like there’s plenty of work left on this project.

https://syracuse.craigslist.org/cto/d/syracuse-1953-willys-offroad-project/7140821021.html

1953-cj3a-dewitt-ny

“I’m selling my 1953 Willys CJ3A Project. More than 50% of work done.

Complete all steel bodying excellent condition. Includes windshield frame and tailgate. All rust repaired with high quality panels. Body is in primer. Front fenders still need repair, but they and sound and straight. Rebuilt Jeep Odd Fire Dauntless V6 installed, rebuilt SM420 manual transmission with granny low and Dana 18 transfer case. Has narrowed Dana 44 axels from and rear with Detroit Lockers front and rear and warn front hubs. Spring on custom wrangler leaf springs with a drop shackle. Front Disk breaks and rear drums.

Remaining work to be completed. Front fender repair, roll cage, bumper fabrication (have tube steel), interior, steering, fuel system, cooling system, electrical system, tires and wheels.”

 
To Top

1950 CJ-3A Allentown, PA $8000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

UPDATE: Still Available.

https://allentown.craigslist.org/for/d/quakertown-1950-willys/7133395518.html

(01/30/2020)  “Complete frame off restoration (with pictures) about 15 years ago
Winch not hooked up
One of the fender flares is cracked
Have heater but not hooked up
Have soft top
Have back seat
Total head turner. Text is best”

1950-cj3a-allentown-pa81 1950-cj3a-allentown-pa82 1950-cj3a-allentown-pa83 1950-cj3a-allentown-pa84