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Stainless Body CJ-3B Project Buckley, WA $8500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B, Parts, stainless/jewels

UPDATE: Still Available.

(07/06/2020) It’s a project with a variety of parts.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/tac/pts/d/south-prairie-1953-willys-cj3b-project/7427350635.html

“Tub, windshield frame, fenders, hood, fenders, tailgate, all stainless!
Chevy Dana 44 with flat top knuckles drilled and tapped for High steer arms, narrowed to 63.5″ wms to wms, 4:10 gear ratio !
Isuzu Rodeo Dana 44, 63″ wms to wms 4:10 gear ratio!
1973 DJ5 postal jeep frame, front winch bumper with Warn 8274! Power steering mount ready to go, Outboard mounts in the front and rear , YJ springs all the way around!
NP 435 4 speed transmission rebuilt with mated Dana 300 transfer case!
1948 Willys cj2a title with transferable collector plate!
Not in a hurry to sell, but if you want to take it over and make it your own, Now is the time to do so!
asking $7500, offers in person only!”

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Article About Importing a Mini-Jeep from Alibaba

• CATEGORIES: Features

Bill shared this article about one person’s experience importing an electric mini-jeep via Alibaba. Included is the cost of shipping and importing the jeep, which raised the cost of the jeep by about 40%.

https://electrek.co/2021/06/09/that-1700-alibaba-electric-jeep-someone-bought-it-and-heres-what-showed-up/

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Late 1940s? Photo of Jeeps & Men Welcoming W-O People on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This old photo shows a series of early wagons lined up, along with a committee of men, to welcome the Willys Overland Motors Service School to Seattle. That might be Boeing field?

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“1950’S WILLY’S JEEP DEALERSHIP SERVICE MEN SCHOOL SEATTLE PRESS PHOTO ORIGINAL. THIS IS AN ORIGINAL PHOTO. NOT A COPY.  MEASURE 8 X 10 INCHES. ”

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1953 CJ-3B Dually/Auger Phoenix, AZ $5000

• CATEGORIES: Unusual • TAGS: .

This is a big, unusual project. I might have posted this when it was first listed, but I can’t locate it at the moment.

https://phoenix.craigslist.org/cph/pts/d/phoenix-1953-willys-cj3b-guy-who/7426021315.html

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“This Jeep was sitting for many years. It was an auger during its working life. I got it from a guy who installed fences along property lines in Apache County in Arizona’s White Mountains, intending to get it running but it became a project that went to the back burner.

I took the head off to see why the engine did not turn completely over and discovered that one of the valves is stuck. The cylinders are smooth and free of any scoring and the pistons move freely up until the point where the valve sticks. The Jeep was down due to a broken gear in the auger’s drive mechanism not because there was a problem with the engine or transmission. The original F head engine had been swapped out with a CJ2A L head engine.

I bought a bunch of parts for it. I have a replacement starter, distributor, carburetor, rear drivers side brake drum(already installed), master cylinder, brake lines, wheel cylinders and rebuild kits, shift knobs and rubber boots, etc. I even bought a new 6 volt battery for it but never installed and now due to sitting, it fails to hold a charge. It may be salvageable by opening the case and desulfering it. They are all included. All the parts for the auger are there including the broken pinion gear that needs to have the broken teeth built up or a new gear made up.I am selling it as is as I do not have the time to continue it.
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1946 CJ-2A Lakeside, AZ $8500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

This plow equipped CJ-2A has some rough spots, but might be low mileage.

https://showlow.craigslist.org/cto/d/lakeside-1946-willys-jeep-for-sale/7424942884.html

“1946 Willys Jeep for sale. Used only on farm for minor work and sometimes in winter for plowing snow. Rarely used in the last 10 years. Runs good. Has snowplow that goes with vehicle. Has always been stored in barn out of weather.”

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1945 VEC CJ-2A Phoenix, AZ $9500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

This sure looks like an early VEC to me.

https://phoenix.craigslist.org/nph/cto/d/phoenix-1945-jeep-willys/7425649974.html

“1945 Jeep Willys. 1963 ford straight six. New trans,clutch,brakes,tires and much more.”

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1947 CJ-2A Selah, WA $6700

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(05/19/201) Has some updates.

https://yakima.craigslist.org/cto/d/selah-1947-willys-cj-2a-jeep/7427749123.html

“Flat head 4 cylinder motor, warn overdrive, upgraded brakes and steering. Tilt steering. Model 44 rear end. Model 27 axles in the front. Heater, full soft top and bikini top. Diamond plate half doors and back seat. 12 volt. Rebuilt starter. Tires like new. Runs and drives great. Frame is good. No cracks or breaks. Some extra parts. Speedometer doesn’t work. Don’t know actual miles. Have another speedometer.”

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1948 CJ-2A Orange, CA $11,250

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Appears in good shape.

https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/cto/d/orange-1948-cj2a/7419959452.html

“1948 CJ2A body off, 11″ brakes, rear locker, overdrive, alum. radiator, stainless flex fan, ALL new wiring, new front and rear bumpers, new drag link bushings, rebuilt front and rear driveshafts, electric fuel pump, $11250 or OBO”

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1953 CJ-3B + Trailer Imperial Beach, CA $6500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B

It seems a decent price given the inclusion of the trailer.

https://sandiego.craigslist.org/ssd/cto/d/imperial-beach-1953-willys-jeep-and-car/7425679048.html

“1953 Willy’s Jeep and car hauler for sale as is by owner. Jeep runs, but brake master cylinder is broken. The Jeep model is CJ-3B. Jeep is currently registered in Arizona through July 2022.”

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1954 CJ-3B Las Cruces, NM $18,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B • TAGS: , , .

Looks like an interesting build.

https://lascruces.craigslist.org/cto/d/glendale-kaiser-willys-cj3b-1954/7419579626.html

“1954 Kaiser-willys CJ3B 400 c,l Small Block t-350 trans dana 30open front-disc brakes dana 44 flanged axel rear dana 18 transfer case tilt column and power steering new 20 gal. gas tank new radiator an Elec fans dual trans cooler and Elec fans warren locking hubs high back seats street legal-everything works no rust anywhere $18,000 OBO”

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1949? CJ-2A Thorndale, TX $5000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , .

This has a custom rear extension on the back. The gas tank has been moved into the back and turned into dual tanks.

https://austin.craigslist.org/for/d/thorndale-1949-willys-cj2a-trade/7421628067.html

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“1949 Willys CJ2A. Good running condition. Ready for your deer lease. Gun rack mounted between seats. Has a new set of all terrain tires. New carburetor. Bed has been extended (so deer/hogs will fit) and dual fuel tanks added on rear.”

 

 
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1948 CJ-2A Golden, CO $6000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Body has had some work.

https://denver.craigslist.org/cto/d/golden-1948-jeep-willys-cj2a/7420675481.html

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“This is a 1948 Willys CJ2A with a 3A windshield
It runs and drives great starts right up with no issues
Plenty of power for an old Willys
55MPH all day long if you would like
At some point, a previous owner swapped the original engine for a Chevy 4 Cylinder MERC engine!
Has the original carb and transmission and they work great!
It’s a blast to drive
Comes with a tow bar
New Battery
Comes with the soft top two doors and a Koenig Hardtop (Which needs a bit of work but not much at all )

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1947 CJ-2A Phoenix, AZ $9000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Different gas tank has been installed in the back. This has an inline 6 engine.

https://phoenix.craigslist.org/nph/cto/d/phoenix-1947-willys-jeep-cj-2a/7416454581.html

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“This listing is for a 1947 Willys Jeep. The Jeep has been in my possession or my father’s position for a very long time. It was in my father’s garage in Prescott forever and we brought it down here to Phoenix. It has a new battery but needs some overall work. The engine will crank and start but does not keep running. Most of the items on the Jeep are not original – notice the newer wheels etc. However, the battery, upholstery and windshield are fine. Headlights, taillights and blinkers all work fine. It does not have the original engine – the original engine would have been a 4 cylinder. This has a 6 cylinder and I am pretty sure it is from a Studebaker. The odometer gauge does not work and it says 21,227 but I’m sure there are more miles on it than this. I am hoping to sell this to an individual who is into Jeeps – I don’t need help selling it and I am not looking to trade it in – so no dealer emails. Thanks.”

 
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1946 CJ-2A Fountain, CO $5000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

I’m not sure if the f-head in the back is extra or even comes with the jeep.

https://cosprings.craigslist.org/for/d/fountain-1946-cj2a/7424729406.html

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“Very cool 1946 Jeep CJ2A. This was sitting in a field for quite some time. The owner I bought it from did not title the jeep. The previous owner could not locate the title. So you will need to get a bonded title. I had multiple offers on the way home when picking it up. Will have a bill of sale.. I have shown this jeep to a serious collector and he said this is the kind of jeep he looks for. It’s virtually un molested. It does have rust in the floor under the tank and where the tool box is on passenger side. I bought a new tank and sending unit for it and gas cap.

It also has a new repair manual. The previous owner drove it around for me but did so without working brakes. He used a retro fitted fuel can to make it work. Engine ran rough probably needs carburetor cleaned out real good. I believe the brakes could be bleed. Not sure of their condition. Has to original style seats. This would make a great little project. These thing are going for crazy money and It has the Ford type head. Let me know it your interested and I’m not really gonna budge on price. Other motor shown in pic is not included.”

 
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1957 FC-150 Silverlake, CA $23,950

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677

The floors could use some work and it’s got two different rear tail lights. So, it’s not perfect, but shows pretty well.

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/cto/d/los-angeles-jeep-willys-fc-150/7427250136.html

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“1957 Jeep Willys FC-150
Original drive train gone through
4 cylinder L-134 (purrs)
U joints replaced
New fluids throughout
Breaks all new including Mstr clndr
New starter
Shifts smoothly though all gears
New rims (wheel Vintiques)
New Tetra max HD tires 31×10.5 R15
New paint
Gas tank lined
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1948 CJ-2A Ouray County, CO $9500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

It’s worth some more pics.

https://westslope.craigslist.org/cto/d/ridgway-1948-willys-cj2a/7424648347.html

“1948 Willys CJ2A in great condition. Has a new Best Top soft top. Tires are great and driving it is fun. $9500 OBO”

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1962 FC-150 Henderson, NV $4500

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677

No power train, but the body looks pretty good.

https://lasvegas.craigslist.org/cto/d/henderson-rare-1962-jeep-fc150-4×4/7422823140.html

“Rare Jeep for sale 1962 FC150 4×4 with front locking hubs and clean NV title. No motor or trans but everything else is there. Was going to build it up but moving and can’t take with. Located in Henderson must pick up.”

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Cargo Rack Arroyo, CA $200

• CATEGORIES: Parts

This piece of equipment will give your older jeep an old school feel.

https://slo.craigslist.org/pts/d/arroyo-grande-cargo-rack-for-willys-jeep/7410357338.html

“Cargo rack. Fits Willys jeeps. Well made hub welded on for spare tire”

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1958 DJ-3A Austin, TX $3500

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A

Not a bad price, but it does need work. The body has been cut at the entrances. .Appears to have the original tank. The seller is correct that this is a convertible model, not a Gala/Surrey.

https://austin.craigslist.org/pts/d/austin-58-jeep-willys-dj3a-dispatcher/7424933263.html

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“Selling a very rare 1958 Kaiser Willys DJ3a Convertible!…VERY LIKELY the original strait-4 cylinder, single carb and oil-bath air filter. 3 speed manual column shift (“3-on-a-tree”)….Yes, it is called a convertible, did a lot of searches, primarily trying to verify if its really a “Gala Surrey”. 2 wheel drive flat fender, no tailgate. Got a clean title but not in my name, can transfer over no problem. This a very solid project that I simply do not have time to work on. I have had this is DRY storage since i got it in 2019. Go to “eWillys.com” to see more info. The previous seller had thought it was possible this was a Gala Surrey model (Google “Gala Surrey/Elvis”, light/powder blue). I am not so convinced BUT definitely a “convertible model” (see old brochures in my photos, I own old original copies, bought on ebay).
THE BADS

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2 1961 FC-170s Payson, AZ $3500

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677

UPDATE: I thought these had sold, but it appears they are back on the market? No pics provided. Pics below are from an old ad, so they may or may not represent what is there.

https://phoenix.craigslist.org/nph/pts/d/payson-jeep-fc-170s-two/7421666243.html

“Jeep fc-170s, projects, both 1961 ,$3500,will not separate, call Art for details 602 four three seven 9715 in Payson Have both stock frames ,and running gear,(no stock engines),also both titles ! FC-170,”

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“Submarine Jeep” Transmission Trouble

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Bill shared this video. It is part of a series of videos about its creation and challenges.

 
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A Different Kind of “Fire Jeep”

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

The video highlights the saving of a jeep that’s been through a fire.

 
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Happy New Year 2022

• CATEGORIES: Features

2022

The year 2021 was a bitter sweet year for us. We lost two people we love (our moms), gained a new home in Prosser, brought to that home the jeeps, yet to make everything work, I’ve had to let eWillys go, or at least leave it on life support. In fact, over the last six months I’ve used my computer less than I have since sometime in the late 1990s when I was using an iMac, one of those Bondi Blue iMacs; that was 2 x-wives ago! Wow, time flies.

Instead of working on the computer improving eWillys, I’m outside removing stumps, inside remodeling another of our interior spaces, or pondering where we are going to put a new barn. Instead of doing updates in the early AM, I am walking the dogs down the driveway to open the gate, eating breakfast, and doing some puzzles on my phone. Instead of pondering the narrative structure of my next book–October Gold, a book that intertwines Japanese Gold, American POWs used as Slave Labor, and the State Department’s denial of their reparations from their use as slave labor–I am wondering if I should just get an old jeep with a snow plow or get a snow plow for my tractor.

In other words, my mind is simply not focused on ewillys or jeeps. This isn’t just an isolated moment; It isn’t the result of contemplation following our mother’s deaths. It also isn’t the result of the fact that at age 56 I am now fully retired, meaning I don’t have to work (but being a work-a-holic, I have to be doing something). Instead, it’s been true since we bought this place.

This doesn’t mean eWillys will come to a dead stop. But, updates will continue to be infrequent and I don’t expect them ever to return to their full glory (Unless someone else wants to step in and do it). I guess the question is, what do I do with all the bits and bytes that constitute eWillys?

That is the big question, a question for which the answer has been elusive. Perhaps I can answer that question in 2022?

In the meantime, we’ll continue to remodel. This summer I hope to do more about redoing the shop area; My hope is to set this place up so we we can entertain folks, so we can hold some kind of annual vintage jeep event, something a little different and unique, hopefully in 2023. But, we’ll see how 2022 progresses.

I hope everyone’s 2022 is fantastic!

 

 
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Wild Man Willis Ray Willey

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE II: This post was originally posted in January of 2011 (yes, hard to believe it was eleven years ago!). The post covers some of the history about Willis Ray Willey, which is a pretty cool name for a site about vintage jeeps. Who else had a name that includes both “Willis” and “Willey”? Anyway, this post is full of some great and useful comments. It’s taken on a life of its own.

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UPDATE: Thanks to Mike for sorting out Willis’ real name. He was Willis Ray Willey, while his twin was Willard Roy Willey.

It might not surprise you that my interest in history has led me to become the family historian.  As a part of my self-assumed title, I make it a point to look through the family albums and scan images whenever I’m visiting.  This morning while looking through my grandmother’s album, which contains images from Fighting Creek, Idaho, the place her parents homesteaded in 1911 (they actually won a land lottery), I stumbled upon the unusual photograph of a man in an early motorcar that I show below.  I called mom over and asked her if she recognized anyone in the photo, as I didn’t.  She said she didn’t either.

About mid-day I was talking to my aunt (mom’s sister) and briefly described the photo.  I described the guy as ‘wild looking’.  Well, my aunt said that there was once this guy with the name of Wild Willy or something that used to be a colorful character around the Spokane area.  I got curious about who this guy might be and why the unusually nice photo, for a photo taken in 1933, ended up in a family photo album.

So, I powered up Google’s image search feature and input a variety of search strings until I spotted a picture of a guy who looked like the guy sitting in the car.  The story accompanying the photo said his name was Willis Ray Willey and, while he didn’t have a jeep,  he had quite the unusual, adventurous story.  So, I thought I’d share a brief summary of it.

To read more about Willey, visit this article from Nostalgia Magazine. Willey reminds me of the Camel Man, who Hein ran into a few months ago in Australia.

In the picture above, we appear to have Willis Ray Willey in his 1904 REO, the first year that the Ranson E. Olds Automobile Company built a car.  This photo was taken in 1933 (note the ’33 on the license plate).  The photo is taken with the Monroe Street bridge and the Spokane Falls in the background.  Willey planned to drive this car from Spokane to the 1933/1934 World Fair in Chicago.

You’ll note that Willey is only wearing shorts.  It turns out that Willey was a sickly youngster.  After examining him, a doctor suggested that he improve his constitution by exposing himself to the elements.  So, over time, he reduced the clothes he wore, eventually only wearing shorts whether winter or summer.

Apparently, that did the trick, as he never got sick, at least not until he was on his trip to the Chicago World’s Fair.  See, it turned out that simply wearing shorts wasn’t very common practice and, in fact, wasn’t tolerated.  People complained when they saw him and police would arrest him, with many arrests occurring on his way to Chicago.  According to Nostalgia Magazine, he did make it to Chicago, where he was arrested again. However, this time they cut off his hair and beard and he promptly got sick and remained sick for 3 months.

Now in the photo above, you’ll note that along the side of the seat it reads “Postcards 3 for 25 cents”.  One of the ways Willey made money was by selling postcards of himself; I guess he recognized just how much of an oddity he was.

If you look below, you can see two of the postcards he sold.  One is of him on Treasure Island in San Francisco, with a dog, a coyote, a turtle and multiple possums (click on photo and scroll down to see closeups).  The other is of him ice skating at LIberty Lake (thanks Jerry).

Yes, quite the character indeed!

 
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1969 CJ-5 “462” Profile on Hemmings

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

Bill shared this story from Hemmings about a restored 1969 CJ-5 with the 462 package.

https://www.hemmings.com/stories/2021/12/30/after-eight-years-of-commuting-and-four-decades-of-plow-duty-this-1969-kaiser-jeep-cj-5-has-been-restored-for-leisure-use

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