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1952 CJ-3A Buckeye, AZ $950


Not sure how much value is here.

“1952 Willys Jeep CJ 4×4. This is a MAJOR Project or use for Parts or stick it out as some Yard Art. It is VERY RUSTY. The frame and tub both have cancerous rust. The whole floor has been replaced with expanded metal. It does have a 4 cyl Chevy engine swapped into it. Been sitting and not running for decades. It does have a clean title in my name. $950. Buckeye, AZ. I am not selling it for scrap. If no one wants to buy it, I will just keep it and make some cool yard art out of it. The wheel dollies are not included and not for sale.”

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1949 CJ-3A Turlok, CA $10,000


UPDATE: Still Available.

(03/16/2021) Doesn’t run, but might be worth a look. I doubt the seller is serious about the listed price.

“Turns over. No idea. Non-op.”

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eWillys was Down on Sunday


If you didn’t notice, eWillys was down on Sunday. It wasn’t just my server, but seems to have been the entire server farm (or the connection to the server farm). Even the web host’s site was down. Things seem to be working fine now.

With eWillys not working, you’d think I had some extra time to take it easy. No sites, no updates, no problems …. Instead, it just gave me extra time to pace and fret over the VA’s delay of the paperwork we need to close on the house. We were expecting to close on April 2nd, so every day of delay drags on us.

I suppose this house is more than just a house; it’s a transitional period, a bookend to the Finding Virginia story that ended in mid-2011, just before I met Ann. I had just started eWillys a few years earlier as the Recession crushed the companies I’d helped launched in the 00s. By 2011, the Recession had also wiped out half the value of the house I’d bought with my girlfriend in Idaho, meaning it was greatly underwater. The house got sold, I lost money, we split up, and I moved temporarily back in with my parents. So much fun!

Then, I met Ann.

We hit it off immediately. I soon moved in with her and her mom, as Ann was already caring for her mother at that point. Not having to pay for housing and having few bills, I didn’t have to work and, instead, was able to focus on eWillys, research, writing books, traveling, and helping out with my father. It was a unique opportunity to step away from the ordinary work-a-day world and, after all the my stress in the early 2000s of raising money for startups in Silicon Valley, it was a big mental relief (something I didn’t explore all that deeply in Finding Virginia).

And, if that wasn’t all, my mother and sister may be moving to Texas this fall, meaning they will be selling their houses. Having the extra space at our new place to put some of the family ‘treasures’ (like a coal cart from my grandfather’s Idaho mine) just adds to the pressure of needing this place.

I’m sure it will all work out this week, but that thought doesn’t making the waiting any easier, especially with Ann’s mother’s health so fragile.

So, it’s not that we are at the worst parts of our life; instead, we’ve climbed up from the worst parts, together, and can see the best parts before us; the house represents a huge step in that direction and we are ready to proceed. This is why the waiting is intolerable, because we are very, very ready to move forward!!

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1946 X-Raying of a Jeep

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This is a real X-ray of a real jeep developed as a life-size image. Life Magazine, March 25, 1946.

In 1946 the wiz kids at the University of Rochester, NY, and Eastman Kodak built the world’s largest radiograph, one that could create an X-Ray photo of a large machine, say a jeep, which is precisely how they tested it. In the jeep’s case, the team used the million-volt x-ray machine to create a radiograph 12′ 1″ long by 4′ 1″ tall, or large enough to contain a life size jeep. The larger goal was create the ability to X-Ray large machinery.

The February 8th, 1946, issue of Rochester Democrat Chronicle shared the story:


The next month, Life Magazine also ran the story, this time with a copy of the X-ray photo (seen at top):



The jeep’s hood number is 20200556

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Furgason’s ‘Jeep’ News Vol. 1 No. 1

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Magazine

Evan Gillenwater posted the cover of this magazine to Facebook. He seems to think it came from Furgason’s Motors in La Grande, Oregon. The magazine was found at an antique store in New Hampshire.

Anyone recognize it?


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Before the Jeep: Bantams & the Cola Wars

• CATEGORIES: Features

This story doesn’t relate much to jeeps, but theOldMotor website published a piece of Robert Cunningham about that tells the story of Bantam’s effort to participate in the cola wars. However, their effort to patent a carton-shaped truck capable of carrying six packs of beverages was interrupted in the summer of 1940 by a shift in priorities towards the new BRC recon vehicle (aka the jeep), along with the advent of WWII.


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Warn Dimpled Summer Hubs Storrs, CT eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts • TAGS: .

Ted’s got these dimpled Warn summer hubs for sale. The dimpled versions are the second gen summer hubs; the first were the waffle style. The OEM green container is particularly rare.

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“Willys Jeep CJ2A CJ3A Early Column Shift CJ3B CJ5 Warn Summer Hub Universal Jeep. Condition is “Used”.
This is a very nice set of Willys Jeep Warn brand Summer Hubs with original carrying case.These Summer Hubs were a very popular aftermarket item introduced by the Warn manufacturing company and used to help eliminate uneven tire wear,wear and tear on front axle joints,differential gear bearings, Pinion and front drive shaft.

Basically, these Summer Hubs made the Willys Jeep Two Wheel Drive when Four Wheel Drive wasn’t needed for long lengths of time. They would be installed very easily be removing front drive flanges and mounting hubs.They would also give the jeep better gas mileage.

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FC-150 Narrow Track Cuff Links on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: Still Available. Buy-it-now price is $99.99.

(01/05/2021) Maury shared these super cool FC-150 narrow track cuff links. They are priced at $99.

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“Very Rare Vintage late 1950’s / early 1960’s Silver Willys FC-150 Cufflinks in Tarnished but Very Good Used Condition. Stamped “NB” and “STERLING” on the inside surface of both backings.

The Jeep Forward Control is a truck that was produced by Willys Motors, later named Kaiser Jeep, from 1956 to 1965. It was also assembled in other international markets. The layout featured a cab over (forward control) design.
The Forward Control models were primarily marketed as work vehicles for corporate, municipal, military, as well as civilian use. Regular pickup box beds were standard, but customers were offered a large number of “Jeep approved” specialized bodies from outside suppliers. These ranged from simple flatbeds to complete tow trucks, dump trucks, and fire trucks. The vehicles were also manufactured under license in India and Spain.

My Father obtained these cufflinks while working in fleet sales for Willys in the Caribbean and Central & South America in the 50’s and early 60’s.”

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VW Brasilian JEG Berlin, Germany Auction


TJ shared this rare offload VW-based Brazil vehicle with 4WD that’s up for auction. It’s located in Brazil, but shipping is available to Europe. There are ton of pics of the Jeg that’s up for auction along with pics of related brochures. (or read this Samba ad)

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“In the 70s, VW Brasil tried to join the Brazilian army with the VW VEMP. Two prototypes were created (one 4X4 and one 4X2), the car was created entirely in straight and simple lines for easier maintenance.

The engine would be 1600 already used by cars of other VW models. After the project was rejected for political reasons (cars with a rear engine would no longer be accepted by the army) the two prototypes ended up being used internally by the factory.

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1959 CJ-3B Tustin, MI $12,000


Looks like a nice build. I’m wondering if the top was designed for a CJ-5 originally? I haven’t seen a top adapter in the front quite like this one.

“1959 Willy’s Jeep Flat Head 4 cylinder Hard Top $12,000”

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1952 CJ-3A Caldwell, ID $6000


Looks pretty stock.

“Second owner, clear title, runs. All original. Located in Idaho. Price is somewhat negotiable. May be willing to trade for a Dual-Sport MC.”

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1949 CJ-3A Salem, OR $6900


Look solid.

“This thing runs fantastic, has too many updates to mention, I will let my pictures do the talking, if you have an interest please contact me, located in Oregon”

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1954 CJ-3B Lake Grove, NY $9000


It’s listed as a project car; it’s not clear what work it needs.

“Project car 54′ jeep Willy’s Sedan convertible. $9000.oo Firm”

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Bobcat? Fiberglass Body Moxee, WA $400

• CATEGORIES: Body Parts, Parts • TAGS: , .

The wider rim around the back suggest this is a later Bobcat fiberglass body.

“Fiberglass flat fender Jeep body. No cracks.”

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1948 CJ-2A Kennewick, WA $2500


It’s a project that includes an overdrive, so there seems to be some parts value here.

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“Drivetrain: Engine: 283, guessing 60s vintage. Trans: TH350, have 2 one is bad, one supposedly good. The trans is sitting in the Jeep and a crossmember is built. Xfer: D18, have two xfer and one Overdrive, OD is matched to at least one of them. Axle: Mid 70s Waggy Dana 44s. Front has high steer arms on it. Rear is offset Radiator: New universal Aluminum Body: Body is fair for a 48. CJ-2a winsheild Tube has been cut for bigger tires. Have the front fender, have seen better days. 6 point tube cage, no idea of material. Attic Aluminum top, most window broken or replaced with lexan. Frame: Frame was cut off at center of the front axle bump and replaced with 4” box tube. Ended up moving the engine forward (3” from previous mounting point) for more firewall clearance. Reverse shackle was added. Was going to use FJ40 axles so spring mounts are to narrow for the waggy D44. This is a PROJECT Located: Kennewick WA”

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1946 CJ-2A w/ MB Body Willits, CA $3950


The body looks in good shape (repro?).

“1946 Cj2a project. New MB body, hood, fenders, grill and windscreen frame. It have an f head engine rather than the L head. Ran when we took the old body off. The tub is manufactured to fit over the T-90 transmission on the 2a”

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1961 CJ-3B Joshua Tree, CA $1500


The body looks solid.

“Complete rolling chassis with axles, brakes, and Rancho suspension. No engine, trans, or T/case. Some rust under passenger seat compartment and front fender braces. Some extra parts available. No title. I can provide you a bill of sale for parts. $1,500 obo.”

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1957 DJ-3A Allentown, PA $8000


UPDATE: Still Available.

(01/05/2021) This was listed on eBay back in 2016. It looks like it was a convertible DJ-3A at one point (there’s no documents to suggest there was a “special edition DJ3” or special edition DJ-3A), but the column shift has been removed and 4WD has been added. The original convertible windshield has been replaced with a CJ-3B windshield.

“The Willy’s runs and drives. It is in good condition. New brakes lines, distributor,starter, carburetor, hood, shocks, the muffler and more. This Willy is special edition DJ3. Only a few were built. It can be recognized by the location of the gas tank. It has clean title.”

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1953 CJ-3A Chico, CA $6500


UPDATE: Still Available.

(02/01/2021) Only the one pic provided. It looks like the drain hole has been filled.

“1953 willys jeep. Runs great. Brakes and axle have been gone threw. V6 Buick”


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1946 CJ-2A Alton, NH $9500


UPDATE: Still Available.

(09/29/2020) It’s got a fiberglass body and stainless windshield.

“1946 Willys Jeep CJ-2A around 1000 miles on rebuilt engine, Fiberglass body, stainless steel CJ-3a windshield, Full roll cage best top seats,full soft top with side windows, and Best top center console. Painted the frame and body at that time as well. 4000lb winch. Spare tire carrier. New 700×16 tires. New carb and front end parts last summer. I don’t use it enough to keep. Fun Jeep.”

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1946 CJ-2A New Vineyard, ME $3500


UPDATE: Still Available.

(11/14/2020) This lacks a motor, tranny, and tc.  Listed as 1947 (probably a seller guess), it appears to be a 1946 based on the data plates and grille..

“Late 40’s willys jeep in black primer no motor or transmission. More parts available. Please call Steve Heath [hidden information] between 6am and 7pm leave a message and phone number and he’ll call you back”

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1964 FC-150 Estacada, OR $1800

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Has rust, but still worth a look. Thanks to TJ for spotting it.

“1960….ish Jeep Forward control pickup 4×4, manual transmission…very rusty….being sold for parts/or whole…no title! Still has a few good parts,the best being the Rare factory Perkins 4 cylinder diesel!!..Will consider trade for Kids dirtbike 80-100cc”

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1947 Willys-Overland Motors “A New Concept” Document

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Documents, Features

I missed out on this fascinating document yesterday on eBay. My high bid of $52.50 wasn’t quite enough, but at least we have pics of the entire document.

It’s not clear to me who the audience was for this document. The fact that it mentions the upcoming trucks suggests to me it was published in early 1947, prior to the introduction of the trucks in the summer of 1947. Maybe the document was for shareholders? Maybe it was for dealers (or prospective dealers)?

Titled “A NEW CONCEPT OF AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION“, the document makes the argument that prior to WWII the automobile was a luxury item for most folks. As such, bigger, longer, and faster, along with yearly innovations, were necessary to attract consumers with disposable income.

However, after the war, argued Willys-Overland in the document, the automobile would become a critical part of everyone’s everyday life. As such, offering consumers an affordable vehicle, one that didn’t change dramatically every year and one that cost less to maintain, was a the vision that Willys-Overland planned to follow. This meant simple vehicles that responded to customer needs, along with lesser tweaks to each model to insure the company could keep costs down (don’t have to redesign dies, fewer factory shutdowns for model changes, etc).

So, the company’s production ideas meant simple designs catered to consumer needs rather than the latest streamlined designs. That makes sense as a strategy; but, in regards to the DISTRIBUTION portion of the document’s title, I could find nothing stating how the company’s strategy would change the distribution side of things. This document probably would have been more accurately titled, “A NEW CONCEPT OF AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCTION”.

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California Transportation Department “Sno Jeep”

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This CJ-2A with duallies all around appears in undated photos taken in Los Angeles. Photographed by Doug White, the jeep is described as a “Sno Jeep”. Note the chains with mini-paddles on the front and the tall, extended exhaust in the back.

I’ve been unable to find any additional information about this jeep. There might be some mention of it in the Los Angeles Department of Transportation archives (if such archives exist).

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Seabees Photo

• CATEGORIES: Features, Museums, Old Images

Gayland shard this photo posted on the Navy Seabee Museum site that features Seabees working on a jeep and some other vehicles. The Navy’s Seabee website has done a good job of organizing its digital collections based on multiple factors (time period and location in most cases).

If you haven’t ever visited the museum, it’s located in Port Hueneme. We had a chance to visit back in 2014 while it was undergoing updates. I’m sure it’s even better now.