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A Slat Grille Rebuild

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features
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Kees’ nearly restored Slat Grille MB.

There was some debate on G503 back in 2016 about whether a modified jeep for sale was a slat grille MB or not. After seeing the jeep for sale in October of 2016 on eWillys, Kees took a chance that it was a slat grille and bought it.

He had it shipped to Rotterdam, only to learn it was in worse shape than he’d hoped. What happened next was several years of hard work to bring it back into drivable condition. Here’s his story:

Hi Jeepers,

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In October 2016, I bought a Jeep that I saw for sale on Ewillys. I had hoped it the Slat Grille I had been seeking, but was it really a Slat Grille?? A lot of folks on G503 were not convinced. Nonetheless, I took the risk.

When it arrived in Rotterdam I was shocked. It was in VERY bad shape. The body was covered in a layer of bondo, up to one inch in places. The sidepanels were almost gone. The gas tank was a drum bolted onto the cargo bed and the body was bolted to the frame with pieces of scrapmetal. There was a giant dent in the dashboard and the front of the jeep was a mess, replaced by bubba modifications. No effort had been made to clean the jeep, so it was covered with rust and dirt.

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Did I feel lucky? Not at all. But, it’s not like I could send it back! So, I started forward, one step at a time.

The first thing I did was bring it to our version of the DMV for inspection. The VIN in the title was 11358, but we could not find it on the frame. Fortunately, we did find a body number of 15160. With those two ID numbers the department did some investigation with their American collegues and found out the VIN is 111358. That was great, because they were able to determine that it was an original Slat.

Once that was settled, I sent a lot of detailed photos to an friend who is an expert on Slats. It was from him I learned I had a lot of rare Slat details like axles, body, frame and some engine parts.

The first year was no fun at all. None. Zip. Nada.

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I spent month after month cleaning, sandblasting and torching bondo. Yet, under all that bondo, I found perfectly good, shiny metal in some places.
When the body was clean I brought it to a welding expert, a pensionado who liked to keep busy welding. Thankfully, he was not expensive because it took him many weeks to reshape the complete body. The only replacement he did where the 2 side panels and the fuel tank container. He was able to restore all the other parts. In the meantime I was busy cleaning the frame. Continue reading

 
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1947 CJ-2A Marina Del Rey, CA $21,500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , .

This looks good. It’s a small quibble, but given the work done, I don’t understand why the ignition switch wasn’t put back in it’s original place.

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/wst/cto/d/los-angeles-1947-willys-cj2a-overdrive/6966618719.html

“Complete tub off restoration, using all factory parts, with overdrive 4×4, come with a very rare option extended bed section, ordered from the dealer that can be removed, drives like new, with under 500 miles , one finest examples available”

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1962 M-170 Santa Ynez, CA $5000

• CATEGORIES: M-170

May be worth a look.

https://santamaria.craigslist.org/cto/d/solvang-willy-jeep/6969226174.html

“1962 Willys Jeep M170 Military Ambulance 4 cylinder F Head stock engine”

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1946 CJ-2A Ashland, OR $7300

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Look like the step has been modified.

https://medford.craigslist.org/cto/d/ashland-1946-willys-jeep/6976443389.html

“Less than 300 miles on rebuilt engine. PTO winch and tow bar.”

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1959 FC-170 Acton, ID $3800

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677

Engine is locked.

https://eastidaho.craigslist.org/cto/d/afton-1959-willys-fc-170/6976767824.html

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“Fore Sale is a 1959 Willys Jeep FC170. The truck has a flathead Hurricane straight 6. The drivetrain is all there, but the engine is locked up and is not feasible to get running without a total rebuild. The truck would make a great engine swap candidate. There is some rust in the normal spots but is all very fixable. The frame is near perfect.
There is body damage, as shown in the pictures and the windshield needs to be replaced. It has a good title.

These trucks are getting hard to find. This is a project truck and a really solid starting point.”

 
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DJ-3A Hardtop Ashford, AL $100

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A • TAGS: .

Thanks to Jordan for spotting this one. It needs some work, but looks repairable.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/WillysSwapMeet/permalink/2421561518117113/

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1953 Wagon “Tender” Redmond, OR $3000

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

Has lots of mods.

https://bend.craigslist.org/pts/d/redmond-53-willys-overland/6975741904.html

“No title, project that I must sell for taxes. No negotiation, no trades. 350 v8 to rebuild, turbo 350 tranny, np205 transfercase.”

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1948 CJ-2A San Diego, CA $5000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE: Still Available.

(07/31/2019) Has an unusual front bumper design. Has lots of bolts/screws along the driver’s side.

https://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/cto/d/rancho-santa-fe-1948-willys-jeep/6964043365.html

“1948 WILLYS (Jeep). All original 4 cy. engine and drive train. Still runs!! Updated Rims, Tires, Gauges and Radio with CD Player. Has original Tailgate. $5000.
Also have a 283 Chev. Block, Powerglide trans and Chev Pos Rear End to upgrade Drive Train. $1000. for Chevy parts or $6000. for everything.”

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1952 CJ-3A Project Yakima, WA $8000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

UPDATE: Pics now provided.

(08/14/2019)

https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/cto/d/naches-1952-willys-cj3a/6975705322.html

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“1952 Willys Jeep CJ3A project. New Throttle Down Customs stretched frame. Custom bumpers front and rear. Complete new body including windshield,hood,grill,fenders, and tailgate with Willys script.
New 325 hp Chevrolet 327 small block engine. Ram horn cast iron exhaust manifolds. Gear reduction starter. Dual battery tray wih Sure power isolator. 1 wire high output custom wound GM alternator. Continue reading

 
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The Dowden Potato Digger Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This potato digger was featured in a late 1940s Special Equipment booklet. Probably not many of these left.

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1948 CJ-2A Lakeport, CA No Price

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Dean’s selling this nice looking, highly modified 2A. Contact him at
dean @ firstpickbuilders.com (remove spaces around the @)

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“1948 CJ2A
Crawl ratio:  101 to 1
Engine:  Chevrolet 4.3 V6
Transmission:  GM Muncie Heavy Duty SM-420 4 speed with 7.05 low gear and Novak adapter to transfer
Dana 20 case with Dana 18 3.15 gears with fully synchronized Saturn Overdrive
Custom Front and rear Axle by Ballistic Trux of Rocklin, CA
• Front axle:  1974 Scout Dana AF30 narrowed to 53″, 30 spline ARB with 4.56 gears
• Rear axle:   Dana 44 widened to 53″, 33 spline ARB, 4.56 gears (one piece 4340 axles)
Edelbrock intake manifold, Howell TB fuel injection & K&N Filter
40 LB Flywheel, with 11 inch clutch
Corvette Crossflow radiator w/ 16 in. flex fan and fiberglass shroud
Mallory fuel Pump
Headers
105 amp alternator with Optima battery
Oil pan 86 Astro van
Steering box: AGR Super Box 2 with P series pump
Tires:  33″ x 10.5 BFG Mud on 8′ x 15 wheels
8000 lb Warn Winch Model 8274
2″ receiver hitch (rear)
Full skid plate & 1 3/4″  DOM rock guards
Swing peddles with hydraulic clutch, 7” brake booster and dual master cylinders Continue reading

 
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1949 CJ-3A Greeneville, TN $9500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Looks solid.

https://tricities.craigslist.org/cto/d/greeneville-willys-jeep-cj/6973298768.html

I have a 1949 willys CJ-3A I’ve decided to sell. It has been restored to original condition by previous owner. Jeep has a new black soft top from Besttop. This little jeep performs and looks outstanding!”

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1954 CJ-3B Atlanta, GA $7000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B

Appears solid.

https://jacksonville.craigslist.org/cto/d/covington-1954-jeep-cj3b/6964627831.html

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“1954 Willys CJ3B 4×4 2nd year with the Hurricane, overhead valve motor. It has the flat fenders and taller hood. The previous owner had the motor rebuilt and the body is good. It has new seat covers, new water pump, electronic ignition, electric fuel pump, lock-out hubs and good tires.
There are seat belts for 4 and it’s street legal.
Could be restored, hot rodded or driven as is.”

 
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1948 CJ-2L(?) Anchorage, AK $1500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $1500. Might be a good price if the body is solid.

This has a bobcat hood and looks to be extended similar to CJ-2As. It wouldn’t surprise me to learn that this was originally a Washington State jeep.

https://anchorage.craigslist.org/cto/d/anchorage-1948-willys-jeep/6976040444.html

“1948 Willys Jeep, V8 Ford 351w, manual transmission, power steering, does not run – electrical problem
$2000 or best offer”

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1950 CJ-3A Spokane, WA Make Offer

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: .

UPDATE II: Still Available. 

UPDATE: This is actually the 2nd Oneida hardtop found with a flat fender in the Spokane area (other is here). Maybe someone was converting them at the Air Force Base west of Spokane? 

This top surprised me. It has a date plate! It seems to be some kind of manufactured-for-the-military hardtop. It’s made by the Oneida Products Corp. out of Oneida, New York. The manufacture date is August 1951.

https://spokane.craigslist.org/pts/d/spokane-1950-willys-jeep/6975865560.html

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“1953 willys jeep with military topper. Has plow currently on PTO driven winch. Original motor trans… runs great, clutch is out. Let me know your offers.”

 
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1948 Truck Southwestern VT $7500

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks

Has that unique bumper add-on shaped in a WO.

https://boston.craigslist.org/nwb/cto/d/east-arlington-1948-willys-4×4-jeep/6968910513.html

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“For sale – 1948 Willys pickup. Truck runs and drives well and is recently Vermont inspected. Four wheel drive, 4 cylinder Willys Go Devil L head engine, 63HP, 6 volt electrical system, foot actuated push button start, 3 speed column shift, Timken rear axle, Warner T90 3 speed transmission. Patina paint and body. Many new mechanical parts, including wiring harness, clutch, brakes, water pump, hoses, thermostat, 6 volt battery and more. Rebuilt starter. Five new 700-16 vintage-style tires from Miller Tire. Includes many surviving, rarely seen features including functioning Marvel Inverse Oiler, WO front grill guard and kerosene emergency flare. Only selling because we have too many vehicles. $7,500 or best reasonable offer.”

 
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1947 CJ-2A Kannapolis, NC $5000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

No pics provided. It’s a project.

https://charlotte.craigslist.org/atq/d/kannapolis-1947-jeep-willys/6975745502.html

“I have a Willys that runs perfect It is off frame right now was going to do restoration then I got Sick
It has original trans rearend and Motor frame is in perfect condition tub needs some pan work and
paint Need Gone I can send pics through my Phone”

 
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1948 CJ-2A Berryville, VA $5000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

It’s a project.

https://winchester.craigslist.org/pts/d/berryville-1948-jeep-cj2a-project/6974212041.html

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“1948 Willys CJ2A project with VA title.
Rebuilt 134F with Supersonic head
New “corrected” body tub, fenders, windshield frame.
Rebuilt front axle.
Sandblasted and painted frame.
Lots of new parts in boxes, transmission and transfer case still need to be rebuilt.
Some assembly required.
I also have the original body, it’s a “Lefty” only made a couple months.”

 
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1952 CJ-3A Lewisville, NC

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

Maybe someone can use these parts.

https://winstonsalem.craigslist.org/pts/d/lewisville-1952-cj3a-part-out/6975890293.html

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“1952 CJ3A part out. Rear axle drivers side axle shaft is sold and hub/ drum is sold. Everything else in pictures is available.
Dana 18 transfer case- $175
L-134 Engine-rough- $250
Bellhousing- $50
Body- only bad spot is in the bed- $250
Frame- very straight – $250
Front axle- needs rebuilt- $100
Rear axle minus axle shaft/hub- $50
Rear driveshaft- $50
Steering column- $50
Windshield- glass is pretty good- $150
Hood- $50

Everything is OBO. Text or email for parts not listed.”

 
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1953 Custom Jeep Fort Lauderdale, FL $3000

• CATEGORIES: Unusual, Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

This is an unusual project. Maybe it’s a swamp rig?

https://miami.craigslist.org/brw/cto/d/fort-lauderdale-jeep-willys-1953/6968641698.html

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“I HAVE A 1953 JEEP WILLYS READY TO WORK OR PROJECT HAVE NO TIME TO DO THE PROJECT WITH IT AND I HAVE THE SHAFT NO TIME TO PUT IT ON

BUT YOU HAVE TO SEE IT IF YOU KNOW ABOUT JEEP WILLYS

ENGINE CLEAN AND START ONE TURN TRANSMISSION PERFECT 3 SPEED GOOD TIRES
4 CYLINDERS”

 
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Flatfender Project Buckley, WA $2700

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, CJ-3A, CJ5 • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(08/18/2019) This may be a flat fender body on a later model CJ-5 chassis.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/pts/d/buckley-willys-cj2-wheeler/6973217227.html

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“Lots done
Dana 30 open knuckle
Ratchet locker
All new front wheel bearings and seals
All brake wheel cylinders are new (4]
Converted to 11 inch brakes from ford truck
New master cylinder
Converted to hydraulic clutch
Front stear with power steering
Newer tires and wheels 33X10.5
Rancho lift kit with Ranchero shocks
Rock sliders that are welded to the frame
Relatively new paint on Jeep painted in John Deere yellow with Implement paint looks okay
The roll bar was just be painted in glossy black
Would rather trade for car or 2wd pu
Might part out
Chevy straight 6 installed ok
I have windshield frame with good glass
And headlight assemblies”

 
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1953 CJ-3A New Albany, IN $500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

UPDATE: Price dropped to $500.

May have some value.

https://louisville.craigslist.org/cto/d/new-albany-1953-jeep-willys-3a/6970466083.html

“4×4 Needs restoration. Thought someone might want to restore. No title. I was told run but have not heard myself. Tub is rough but frame is good”

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1960 FC-170 New Hampshire **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was No Price

This lacks a title.

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“I have a jeep FC 170 that I picked up with the intention of giving new life.
Sadly, too much life and too many projects have thwarted my intentions.
It was in rough shape when I got it and I haven’t touched it since I unloaded it some years ago. It is a serious undertaking if you were to try to bring this back to life, lots of rust and I don’t believe the engine is reusable though I don’t know that for certain.
I’d like to try to find it a home where it gets some sort of use before its no good to anyone. I wish I had been able to get to it myself.
I’m not sure on the value honestly. That is something I would happily discuss with a seriously interested party. They are tough to find but this one is rough, sadly.
I don’t have a title. It would come with a Bill of Sale, in NH, ME that and a vin verification are all that’s needed to reg to it wasn’t a problem for me. It looks like it was last registered in 2005 in VT.
I’m happy to answer questions but seeing it in person is going to give you the most info I think.
Thanks.”

 
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1948 CJ-2A Mechanicsville, VA $2500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

It’s a project. Engine is stuck.

https://richmond.craigslist.org/cto/d/mechanicsville-1948-willys-jeep/6974376859.html

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“1948 Willy’s Jeep
90% of original parts
Has been barn stored for 35 years
Body is only setting on the frame
Steering box needs new bearings
Rear drive shaft is disconnected as there is something locked in the engine
There are no brakes
Engine is stuck
Have a Virginia Title in hand

Asking $2,500.00 OBO”

 

 
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1949 CJ-3A Southport, NC $6500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

UPDATE: Price dropped to $6500.

https://wilmington.craigslist.org/cto/d/southport-willys-cj-3a/6964807966.html

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“Willys CJ3A / M38 Jeep. Runs and drives. NEW: tires, seats, seat frames, 12volt conversion, carburetor, distributer, shocks, wiring harness, gauges, exhaust, fuel pump, fuel tank and more. Original Go Devil engine. Needs some body work, but frame is solid.
Sorry, but gun is not included.”