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1946 Showa, Japan, Army Air Base Photos

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles • TAGS: .

This photo and caption out of the February 11, 1946, issue of the Herald-Journal (Logan, Utah), shows the press photo that was for sale on eBay back in 2013.

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Originally Published September 18, 2013:  According to the attached information, these jeeps were winterized with left over Japanese transport plane materials.

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This 1946 photo was also available in 2013. It too was taken at a Japanese airbase, but it’s unclear to me if it is the Showa airbase or not.

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This press photo was taken in 1946 in Showa as well.

“This is an original press photo. Instead of manufacturing cargo planes for Japanese use, this assembly line is making US Jeeps fit for winter use. Japanese stocks of aluminum, plexiglass, rivets, iron rods and fabric are being fitted to jeep use. Photo measures 9.25 x 7 inches. Photo is dated 2-6-1946.”

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Willys Sales and Service Sign

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Caveat Emptor: This 11.75″ Willys Sales and Service Sign is one neither Maury and I have seen.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-WILLYS-JEEP-PORCELAIN-DEALERSHIP-SIGN-ARMY-GAS-OIL-IH-WRANGLER-ARMY

“Willys Jeep porcelain dealership sign in great condition. This noteworthy sign is revered by collectors of all types, when it comes to gas, oil, and automotive advertising. This sign measures 11.75” in diameter. This is truly an amazing sign to add to your collection, the sign displays really well, and adds a lot of charm to any environment it’s used in!

I’m parting with my vast collection of signs right now, including “pump plates”, “service station signs”, “lubester signs”, “automotive dealer signs”, and “aviation sign” so check out some of my other auctions for more great deals. ”


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Model/Prop Jeep Elk Grove, CA $200

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

UPDATE: Price dropped to $200.

(10/09/2019) This is fun and a reasonable price, too.

https://sacramento.craigslist.org/tag/d/elk-grove-jeep-replica/7217471675.html

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“This replica Jeep is 3/4 scale model loosely based on an early 40’s Willy’s Jeep. I built it for a prop for kids to play on at Vacation Bible School. The frame and body are wood construction plenty sturdy for kids (and small adults!) to sit in / play on. Tires are made of styrofoam, plastic lids, and irrigation drain pipe. No, it does not roll; it is stationary, although with a some imagination and skill you could modify it. There are headlights and marker lights in front connected to a 12v battery and switch in the dash.

Would love to keep it, but don’t have the space for it. Could be for a kid’s playroom, or maybe a Jeep dealer could use it for a kid space!”

 
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1948 CJ-2A Wickenburg, AZ $8500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE: Still Available.

(03/23/2020) Has some cargo and rear bumper mods, along with an updated engine.

https://phoenix.craigslist.org/wvl/bar/d/wickenburg-willys-jeep-cja/7217498998.html

“1948 willys jeep, this is a great looking an running jeep, has a chevy 2, 4 cylinder engine. Newly rebuilt transmission, 4 wd works great. LED lights front an rear, extra storage built into roll bar, and above wheel wells, Air shocks, upgrade saginaw Steering box.”

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1943 GPW Wycoff, NJ $17,000

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB)

Lacks a title.

https://newjersey.craigslist.org/for/d/closter-1943-jeep/7209690900.html

“This is a Ford GPW made in World War II for the U.S. military. An excellent condition jeep. It has a reproduction body, hood, grill, fenders, seats and canvas, tires and combat rims. But the frame, engine and many other parts are original and restored. The paint color and markings are for the USMC used in World War II. NO TITLE. Bill of Sale only.”

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1943 MB Lake Havasu City, AZ $5000

• CATEGORIES: MB

Has a V-8.

https://mohave.craigslist.org/pts/d/lake-havasu-city-1943-willys-jeep/7217430724.html

“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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1943 MB Toms River, NJ $18,000

• CATEGORIES: MB

Has a variety of updates.

https://jerseyshore.craigslist.org/cto/d/toms-river-1943-willys-jeep-custom/7207753336.html

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“rebuilt 3.8 buick v6 engine
t14 3 speed transmission
dana 30 front axle
dana 44 rear axle
new paint job
custom steel 12 gal gas tank
all new wiring
chrome tilt wheel column
grant steering wheel
new headlights
custom radio
I have 2 sets of tires for it 31s and military both sets are new”

 
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1948 Jeepster Auberry, CA $8000

• CATEGORIES: Jeepster

Has been modified with 4WD.

https://fresno.craigslist.org/for/d/auberry-vj2-jeepster-1948/7217075943.html

“Jeepster 1948 Willy-Overland built only 10,000 of this vehicle in 1948 its first year, this phaeton body style was a two wheel drive vehicle built from 1948 to 1951. This jeepster has been modified with a 4×4 running gear from a 1950’s 4×4 jeep wagon. The engine is a early Chevrolet 327ci. Parts I have that go with the jeepster is a 4×4 auto trans 700r4 with starter, a new soft top complete with side curtains. the jeepster is complete starts and runs on a (PNO) with clean title. Body is in good shape the only body mods was to install the V8, its a build to build to your liking. All sold as one no parting out price is firm cash only”

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Wagons & Trucks

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks, Willys Wagons

WAGONS:

  1. 1954 Wagon Allentown, PA $11,500: https://allentown.craigslist.org/cto/d/lehighton-1954-willys-jeep-wagon/7214461236.html
  2. 1952 Wagon Sandpoint, ID $2500: https://spokane.craigslist.org/cto/d/colburn-1952-willys-wagon-project/7211855654.html
  3. 1960 Wagon Adel, MO $3000: https://kansascity.craigslist.org/pts/d/adel-1960-willys-maverick-wagon-project/7215518891.html
  4. 1953 Sedan Delivery Rochester, NY $1400: https://rochester.craigslist.org/cto/d/macedon-1953-willys-jeep-overlander/7218530877.html
  5. 1946 Wagon Poughkeepsie, NY No Price: https://hudsonvalley.craigslist.org/pts/d/poughkeepsie-1946-willys-jeep-wagon-rare/7214282597.html
  6. 1951 Wagon Dayton, OH $2000: https://dayton.craigslist.org/pts/d/arcanum-1951-jeep-willys/7213368702.html
  7. Year? Wagon Terryville, CT $1150: https://hartford.craigslist.org/ctd/d/pequabuck-jeep-willys-station-wagon/7209740518.html
  8. 1952 Wagon Leesport, PA $3950: https://reading.craigslist.org/pts/d/leesport-willys-wagon/7204203989.html
  9. 1953 Truck Boise, ID $5500: https://boise.craigslist.org/cto/d/boise-53-willys-truck/7208935791.html
  10. 1950 Wagon Redding, CA $2500: https://redding.craigslist.org/pts/d/redding-willys-wagon/7208974156.html
  11. 1956 Wagon Eugene, OR $3000: https://eugene.craigslist.org/for/d/eugene-1956-jeep-willys-wagon/7213520386.html
  12. 1947 Wagon Reedley, CA No Price: https://fresno.craigslist.org/for/d/parlier-1947-willys-wagon/7210029542.html

TRUCKS:

  1. 1959 Truck Oyster Bay, NY $19,000: https://longisland.craigslist.org/cto/d/oyster-bay-1959-willys-jeep-truck-mint/7212907078.html
  2. 1957 Truck Seaside Heights, NJ $16,900: https://jerseyshore.craigslist.org/cto/d/seaside-heights-1957-willys/7208457965.html
  3. 1951 Truck Nashua, MT $13,000: https://montana.craigslist.org/cto/d/nashua-1951-jeep-willy-truck/7212342366.html
  4. 1960 Truck Pittsburgh, PA $8500: https://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/cto/d/pittsburgh-1960-willys-jeep/7219141220.html
  5. 2 Trucks Bovey, MN $3000: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/622334515091154/
  6. 1962 Truck Bremen, OH $4000: https://columbus.craigslist.org/ctd/d/bremen-1962-jeep-willys-4×4-pickup/7208014020.html
  7. 1961 Truck Harpersfield, NY $5500: https://oneonta.craigslist.org/atq/d/harpersfield-61-willys-jeep-pick-up/7195146967.html
  8. 1947 Truck Cumberland, ME $2000: https://maine.craigslist.org/cto/d/cumberland-center-1947-willys-jeep-truck/7214134227.html
  9. 1957 Truck Santa Clarita, CA $2000: https://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/cto/d/santa-clarita-1957-willys-pick-up/7220263365.html
  10. 1955 Truck Murrieta, CA $3500: https://inlandempire.craigslist.org/cto/d/murrieta-1955-willys-4×4-pickup-project/7211877301.html
 
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1948 CJ-2A Raymond, CA $10,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE: Price dropped to $8500.

https://fresno.craigslist.org/atq/d/raymond-1948-cj2a-jeep-with-pto-wench/7215436224.html

(03/20/2020) “1948 jeep cj2a with PTO wench and trailer”

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1946 CJ-2A Pacifica, CA $8000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Appears solid.

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/snw/d/pacifica-1946-willys-jeep-cj2a/7219194139.html

“1946 Willy CJ2A rebuilt trans and transfer case, new starter and rebuilt carbonator, runs great, no rust, new leaf springs, new seats, roll bar, bikini top, good tires, converted to 12 volts system, gun rackets, good paint, off road lights, and high lift jack mounted on front bumper, all gages work, asking $8,000 or best offer.”

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L-head, Hood/Tailgate/Hubs Kent City, MI $400

• CATEGORIES: Parts

Tom’s got these parts for sale. Email tsherman555 @ aol.com (remove the spaces around the @).
Ph# 616 888 0972

“The engine is a rebuildable go devil
Hood and tailgate are cj2a
Axles and hubs are from a 50’ wagon
Price $400.00 obo for everything”

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CJ-2A Parts Diamond Springs, CA

• CATEGORIES: Parts

The engine oil filter mount suggests the engine is later than a CJ-2A.

https://sacramento.craigslist.org/pts/d/diamond-springs-willys-jeep-cj2a-parts/7220146215.html

“Willys Cj parts L134 engine t-90 transmission Dana 18 transfer case turns over freely put out Of flat fender 5 years ago missing starter and alternator/generator $ 800.
Stock Front and rear seats out of cj2a $ 350.
(2) gas tanks out of cj2a cj3a $ 100.
(2) 5 gal Jerry cans $ 45.
Willys rear bumper tow hitch. $ 100.”

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Kelly CJ-5 Hardtop Newport, NH $550

• CATEGORIES: Parts • TAGS: .

All the glass is intact. The driver’s door may have some rust near the window.

https://nh.craigslist.org/pts/d/newport-jeep-cj5-willys-kelly-hardtop/7220101350.html

“1955-1971 Jeep CJ-5 Willys Hardtop. This hardtop is made by Kelly and I believe the model is Bonanza III. The hard top does have some dents, rust and filler. Comes with the hinges for the doors. The top has all of the windows. It doesn’t include hardware to bolt the hard top pieces together.”

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1949 Jeepster Sandwich, NH $6200

• CATEGORIES: Jeepster

Some work has been completed.

https://nh.craigslist.org/cto/d/center-sandwich-1949-willys-overland/7213639756.html

“I have a 1949 Willys Overland Jeepster project car that I can’t complete due to a back and neck injury. The car is disassembled for restoration. All parts are bagged and tagged with photo documentation and comes with the maintenance manual. Powered with a 6 cyl Hurricane engine coupled to a 3-speed manual transmission with overdrive. The body has new floors and rocker panels installed along with repaired rear wheel wells. There is no rust on the body. If interested, I could share a link that shows the process of disassembly. This would make a great nostalgic camp car for the right person.”

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Andy Gard Ride-on Toy Middletown, CT $25

• CATEGORIES: toys

UPDATE: Price has dropped to $25.

https://hartford.craigslist.org/tag/d/middletown-andy-gard-green-jeep-toy/7217976173.html

“Andy Gard Sit N Ride ARMY Jeep. Has 2-Stars on the hood,Steering wheel has ANDY GARD.
Andy Gard was well know for all his plastic toys back in the 1950’s,He made all his toy’s Near Pittsburgh Pa. in a small town call Leetsdale Pa. Comes with all wheel’s and steering wheel.”

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1951 CJ-3A Fresno, CA $25,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

Has a least a few mods.

https://fresno.craigslist.org/cto/d/fresno-jeep-for-sale/7215871414.html

“1951 Willys CJ3A Engine is 1962 Chev. 327 w/double hump heads, 4 sp. truck trans. Excellent body, for details, contact me. No trades, serious buyers bring cash.”

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1946 CJ-2A Eatonville, WA $3900

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE: Price dropped to $3900.

(07/26/2020) https://seattle.craigslist.org/tac/ctd/d/eatonville-1946-jeep-willys-rare-find/7208672886.html

“This isn’t in any means, in pristine condition, but it is a diamond in the rough!! “GOOD BONES!!” What a great project for the RIGHT person! Been garaged for 30+ years. These were made, and very popular at the end of WWII and kicked off the 4X4’s of the future. Brand new 15X7 5-5.5 White Spoke Wheels and 30/950R15/6 Starfire SF-510 A/T Tires. Bucket seats are in good condition. Does start and run, but needs work. Come take a look and see that this would be an Awesome Ride with some Hard Work and TLC….”

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Circa 1963 Photo of CJ-5 at Canyonlands

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old Images Jeeping

This photo of a CJ-5 with a bed extension (possibly Kent Frost’s jeep) was taken in the Needles District of Canyonlands in 1963 or 1964. It can be viewed more in-depth at the Utah State Historical Society’s website.

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CREDIT: Utah State Historical — Society https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6zw391g .. “Jeep party is shown ascending steep pitch through Needles area of projected Canyonlands National Park.”

 
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1945 Article About Jeep Drivers

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

This October 14, 1945, article by Earl Albert Selle (more on him below) in the Honolulu Advertiser shared a few stories about the dangers faced by jeep drivers in the Pacific Theater. Brown University has a collection of Earl Selle’s correspondence, articles, photos, and other materials. The collection also contains materials from William Henry Donald, about who Selle wrote a book called “Donald in China” in 1948 (which sounds like an interesting book, also available here). There are pics of the book on Etsy.

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Earl Albert Selle, was born around 1887 in Seattle. His early life was full of adventure. During WWII he went blind, as was probably blind when he wrote the above column. But, that didn’t stop him from being adventurous. It is claimed he made news in 1961 when he wrote about becoming an aviator and flying a plan with the help of a seeing-eye-pilot. You can learn more about Earl in this obituary:

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1942 Photo of Gunnery Target at Wendover Airfield

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Thanks to Roger Martin for spotting this photo on Facebook. This 1942 photo shows a jeep carrying an elevated target to help with shooting practice at Wendover Airfield. The photo was posted on Facebook by Damon Viola after he visited the The Historic Wendover Airfield Museum in Utah. He added, “This is a WWII Army Air Base dedicated in part to training the flight crew of the Enola Gay for the atomic bomb drop in Japan. If you’re ever in Western Utah I urge you to stop and check it out.”

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Moving Target, Gunnery Range on Wendover Airfield, 1942. Courtesy of the Utah Historical Society.

 
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Photo of a Fire Department Jeep in Parade on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE: This is back on eBay.

This looks to be a press photo of a fire department jeep from the city of Columbus, Georgia, The date of the photo appears to be March 27, but I can’t make out the year on the right side of the photo (maybe ’53). I think the posters on the grille read “Don’t let FIRE lick YOU”.

View all the information on eBay

“Press Photo Fire Department Jeep Col92671 10X8 Photo Photo Is Undated.”

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Marx M-38A1 Toy Jeep w/Box Winchester, KY $125

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Tom spotted this toy M-38A1 with what appears to be the original box.

https://lexington.craigslist.org/tag/d/winchester-1960s-marx-jeep-in-box/7193799628.html

“Made for Marx Buddy Charlie, GI Joe, and other 1/6 scale figures. Jeep is in extremely good condition. Box in very good condition with cardboard inserts. Only real box damage is on a end flap. Tear on corner. $125 firm.”

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1949? CJ-2A Venetia, PA $15,900

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Looks in good shape and has a variety of mods.

https://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/cto/d/venetia-1949-willys-jeep-cj-2a/7214672859.html

“Willys jeep , 4 Wheel drive , Buick V-6 , Steel body , new battery , accent lights , spare parts , garage kept”

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1949 Wagon East Bridgewater, RI $6850

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons

Has potential and a few updates.

https://providence.craigslist.org/ctd/d/east-bridgewater-1949-willys-jeep/7219137066.html

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“* 1949 Willys Jeep Overland Wagon
* 2 Wheel Drive * MA Title
* In Overall Great Shape
* Mustang V6 * 4 Speed Standard Trany
* Runs & Drives Super-Cruises Excellent
* No Smoke – No Noises
* Good Oil Pressure * Runs Cool
* New Headliner
* New Seat Upholstery
* 2 New Mufflers
* New Shocks
* Tires, Brakes Good
* Heater, Wipers, etc All Good
* With Surfboard
* A Real Classic
* Hop in it & Drive
* Can Only Go UP in Value!
* Super Deal @ $6,850!!”