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2 Jeepster Commandos Brooklyn, NY $6000

• CATEGORIES: Jeepster

Steve shared these projects.  There’s definitely some rust, but I can’t tell how bad it is. My guess is that the seller doesn’t know a lot about them, as he labels one a ‘truck’.

https://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/cto/d/brooklyn-pair-of-1967-willys-jeeps/6996686903.html

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“Pair of phenomenal 1967 Willys Jeep Projects. Perfect for the collector. One is a pick up truck, one is a Jeep Commando. Sold individually ($3,000) or as a pair ($6,000 for both). These go for $15,000 to $25,000 once restored. Pick up truck needs less restoration, covered Commando needs all. Not running. Take one or both cars. Pick up has title. Commando does not.”

 
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1943? Slat Grille MB Logan, UT $8500

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This looks to be a no-glove box body, so it might be an early slat grille MB. If so this won’t last long at this price. It may have a civvy engine (at least the head). If might also be a reconditioned jeep, as there is a small data plate on the dash.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/551103595639066/

“1943 Army Jeep very good condition for its age. Original early 1940s Willy’s Jeep. Mechanically it is very solid. Engine, transmission, transfer case, and high/low range, wheel hubs all work as they are supposed to. I drive this jeep around every now and then to just keep things moving. 6v original system works well. Lights and everything work as well. Call or text. If I don’t answer leave me a voicemail and I’ll get back to you. In southern Utah but make frequent trips to Logan Utah and might be able to deliver.”

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Bestop Manufacturing Company

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features • TAGS: , .

As often is the case with these company bios, I rarely know the full story, so this is a working draft.  (note, I have seen Bestop as BesTop and BESTOP, but I feel Bestop is easier to read for our purposes). If you have other interpretations, thoughts, or corrections, don’t hesitate to comment below.

Bestop Launches:

In the early 1950s, Tom Bradley ran an auto upholstery shop in Boulder, Colorado. After some customers came to him wanting repairs to their soft jeep tops, Tom decided he could build a better top, so he launched Bestop on a part-time basis in 1954. According to the Bestop website, “Working out of an old brick schoolhouse with seven employees, Bestop quickly developed a reputation for quality and the word spread.”  And, from 4wd.com, “To [Tom’s] surprise, the Jeep replacement tops began making more profit than the upholstery projects. It wasn’t long before Bradley decided to sell his upholstery business and focus on designing and manufacturing tops.”

The Bestop site notes that the business continued to grow for ten years under Tom. At that point, the story on the company’s website advances to the mid-eighties, but skips additional history in the process.

Bestop Expands Product Line:

The only evidence I could find that Bestop expanded it’s produced line under Tom was this 1961 brochure introducing rear seats. The seats have a flat, simple design.

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The Stengel’s Obtain Control:

In September of 1966, forty-year-old James (Jim) Joseph Stengel filed a patent for a plastic tab that, when placed on the front edge of a soft top, allowed it to hook into the down-facing channel that is attached to most vintage 1/4 ton jeep windshields. This improved the speed at which a top could be mounted to a jeep. What Jim’s relationship to Bestop was at that point isn’t clear to me yet.

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As of the 1966 patent filing, there was no assignment to any company, just to Jim himself. In the meantime, at some point between 1964 and 1968, Jim and his wife Marj acquired Bestop (from Tom?) and began operating it, as her obituary notes “Marj and Jim ran their business, Bestop Mfg., which grew to be a leading manufacturer of cloth “tops” for Jeeps and other recreational vehicles”.

One bit of evidence that the Stengels were connected to Bestop by 1966 was that Jim filed the above 1966 patent under the address “P.O. Box 318, Boulder, Colorado”, the same address that appears in this May 1968 brochure published by Bestop.

Two years later, in 1968, Bestop Manufacturing filed for a Trademark on the name Bestop, again under the same PO Box 318 address :

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Now, this is where it becomes a little confusing. At some point in 1968, Bestop acquired or expanded into several lines of additional products and, around the same time period, Husky Products appears to have dropped a similar type of products.

Below is a visual comparison of a 1966 Husky brochure and the 1968 Bestop brochure. The first three pages of the Bestop brochure kind of look like reworked versions of the 1966 Husky brochure (it’s this comparison that started my dive into this topic). And, yes, I realize the tops are somewhat different, especially at the back (Husky continued to advertise the full top into the 1970s, but dropped advertising for the half tops, the multiple doors, and other items).

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1960 Photo of M-38A1 Near Transport Ship on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Not many photos (that I have seen) of M-38A1s coming off of a transport ship.

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“1960 Press Photo United States Army Transportation Corps Jeep and Carrier. This is an original press photo. United States Army Transportation Corps Jeep and Carrier. Photo measures 10 x 8.25 inches. Photo is dated 08-25-1960.”

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Brewer Beer Can w/ Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

Maury shared this unusual can featured the rear of a jeep. I’m guessing the beer has been consumed?

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“HERE ARE 2 BRAND NEW, CRAFT BREWERY BEER CANS FROM THE CRAFT BREWERY IN NANTUCKET MASSACHUSETTS. GETAWAY IPA WITH A COOL JEEP CJ-5 ON THE BEACH LOGO AND CRAN-TUCKET WITH A CRANBERRY FARMER. COOL PAINTED LABEL CANS. BOTH IN EXCELLENT CONDITION.”

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1950 Jeepster Bay City, MI $12,500

• CATEGORIES: Jeepster

Has a variety of updates.

https://saginaw.craigslist.org/cto/d/bay-city-1950-willys-jeepster/7002903710.html

“350 chevy engine, automatic trans. front disc brakes, Edlebrock manifold and carb. Headers, dual exhaust. Will trade for 60’s to 80’s wagon, daily driver. Cash is best. Come look at, make me an offer. No scammers or people wanting to sell me a report on it.”

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1957 CJ-5 Edinburg, NY $12,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ5 • TAGS: .

Looks in good shape, though the bottom isn’t quite as clean as the topside.

https://albany.craigslist.org/atq/d/broadalbin-1957-jeep-willys-cj5/7005253253.html

“1957 Jeep Willys CJ5. Runs great!! Just got it NYS inspected. Hardly any rust on it. All original, not restored. This was a mint barn find from original owner. Only 33,000 miles on it. In great condition for an original 57 Jeep. Only reason I’m selling it is because it’s in such great condition I’m afraid of using it to go off road. I don’t want to damage it, I’d rather sell this to someone who can appreciate the historical value. Like I said, runs great I’ve been driving it around for a couple months now. I just put new brake lines, hose, pads, wheel cylinders and master brake cylinders on it. Along with a new carb.”

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1946? VEC? CJ-2A Maurertown, VA $8500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

Listed as a 1947, it appears to have a VEC CJ-2A body.

https://winchester.craigslist.org/cto/d/toms-brook-1947-willys-jeep-cj2a/6996245128.html

“47 willys jeep cj2a. Fresh rebuilt engine transmission an transfer case runs an drives little to no rust. New tires/ shocks/ master cylinder/ carburetor /oil pump/ fuel pump/ new wiring /wipers/ seats/ gauges/seatbelts/aluminum radiator/ new soft top and door/ heat. Has new cluch an presure plate/ fly wheel ringan strarter bedix Also have a few extra parts. Call for details thank for looking..”

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1947 CJ-2A Canton, GA $14,500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

Looks like this refurbed 2A may have some Clary Flanges on the front hubs.

https://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/cto/d/canton-1947-jeep-willys/7004072647.html

“Must See. Completely Restored 1947 Jeep Willys.
New Body, Hood, Tailgate – Rhino Lined Interior – Bestop Seats – New Wheels with Military Style Tires – New Fabricated Front bumper with Winch plate and rear bumper with 2 inch receiver – 4WD fully serviced. Over $18K invested to include new brake system – lighting – air filter assembly – fuel tank – battery – alternator – tailgate and gauges.”

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1962 Wagon JeepRod Port St. Lucie, FL $7950

• CATEGORIES: Jeep Rods, Willys Wagons

It needs finishing, but runs and drives.

https://treasure.craigslist.org/cto/d/port-saint-lucie-62-willys-wagon-hot/6992680151.html

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“1962 Willys Wagon
440/727auto
Sitting on S10 frame with disc brakes, rack and pinion, all the hard work is done, runs and drives needs some finishing.
Very cool body style
Worth 4 times what I’m asking when finished the right way.
Many new parts.
Come take a look.

Might take something in trade.
Don’t be afraid to ask, you never know. “

 
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1946 CJ-2A Canandaigua, NY $1250

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE: Price dropped to $1250.

(01/14/2106) Hasn’t been on the road in thirty years.

https://fingerlakes.craigslist.org/cto/d/seneca-castle-cj2a-willys-jeep/7005058433.html

“For Sale.
Early 46 Willy’s project Jeep.
The start of a V-8 conversion.
No registration. Has Cragar wheels and 327 chevy template block.
Body and frame in good condition.
Asking $1250.00
Call or text with questions. ”

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Koenig CJ-2A Hardtop Baldwinsville, NY $225

• CATEGORIES: Parts • TAGS: .

Doors are a bit damaged.

https://syracuse.craigslist.org/pts/d/baldwinsville-cab-for-willys-jeep-cj2a/7002646709.html

“Complete cab for CJ2A. Yes some rust but all panels very solid. A tree fell on it so the bottom of the doors are a bit curled. Some glass broken – one door has unbroken glass. Has all original handles on both doors and rear window. Includes side closeout panels/door hinges. I acquired this for my early 60’s CJ5 but it is too short to fit.”

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2 CJ-2A Engines Detroit Lakes, MN **Status Unknown**

• CATEGORIES: Engine

UPDATE: Status Unknown. Was $500.

Someone can use these.

“I have two Willys Jeep motors for sale. I believe one is a 1946 and the other is a 1948. One is very complete with the fan, manifolds & carburetor. The other motor has the manifolds, generator and bell housing but no carb. They will both need to be completely rebuilt but have been covered and dry.”

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Year? M-38? Inverness, FL $1000

• CATEGORIES: M-38

Listed as a 1944, it looks more like an M-38.

https://ocala.craigslist.org/pts/d/inverness-willy-jeep-1944/6996845032.html

“1944 Willis Jeep complete, for parts, or could be restored. Motor was running fine, transmission started having issues and I parked it several years ago.”

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CJ-2A Top Bows Lebanon, PA $375

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

These are supposed to be a complete, original set.

https://harrisburg.craigslist.org/pts/d/quentin-oem-willys-cj2a-top-bows/6999465444.html

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“This is a full set of vintage top bows to fit a Willys Cj2a. These are genuine Jeep parts not reproduction. The set also includes the brackets that fasten to the windshield and a pair of door sockets that attach to the body for the lower door attachment.”

 
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Early Parts Morehead City, NC

• CATEGORIES: Parts

Looks like some value here.

https://eastnc.craigslist.org/pts/d/morehead-city-willys-jeep-cj2a-and/7004278895.html

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mb-cj2a-parts-morehead-nc4 mb-cj2a-parts-morehead-nc3 mb-cj2a-parts-morehead-nc2“Lots of original parts from multiple old MB/GPW and CJ. Parting out spares that came with a recent barn find in southwest Virginia. All of these parts were acquired by previous owner over 30 years ago. With a some of these I’m not sure of exact condition or what Jeep they came from (GPW, MB, or CJ). As far as I know, these are all original, not reproduction. Ask for more pictures. Make an offer on any part you need.

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1949 CJ-3A? Fort Wayne, IN $7500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

UPDATE: Still Available.

(06/13/2019) Has some mods.

https://fortwayne.craigslist.org/atq/d/fort-wayne-1949-willys-jeep-obo/6975778024.html

“49willys jeep cj2a has saturn over drv added to run highway speed
not origanal engine has 4cyl pinto comes w/xtra engine,2 axles,frame”

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Summer 2019 Dispatcher Magazine & Holy Toledo! 2020

• CATEGORIES: Features

The Summer 2019 issue of Dispatcher Magazine is out, along with the Holy Toledo 2020 calendar, just in time for Christmas!

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De Jeep, a Dutch Jeep Book

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

I can’t remember how I obtained this photo of a Dutch jeep book cover, but I see no evidence that I ever posted it (found it on my old computer). So, here it is. The publishing date appears to be 1949.

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1951 CJ-3A Sand Valley, AZ $7500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: , .

Appears worth a look.

https://lasvegas.craigslist.org/cto/d/jean-1951-cj-3a-willys-jeep/7004672708.html

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“This is an original Jeep with original paint. It’s in excellent condition. Though it has been sitting in my yard for months, it starts right up and runs great. This Jeep has new tires, exhaust, seats, as well as many other new parts and was very well taken care of by the previous owner.
I shipped this one across the country from SC…It was that nice!

This jeep has a heater, half canvas top with rear curtain, many new parts. Has original PTO, serial number indicates (GB) which is a farm jeep designation. Very rare only a few thousand of them made.
Low original mileage this jeep has not seen much work. It was used primarily as a toy.”

 
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1948 Empire Tractor Lake Havasu City, AZ $4900

• CATEGORIES: Other 4x4s • TAGS: .

This looks in very good shape for the price.

https://mohave.craigslist.org/clt/d/lake-havasu-city-1948-empire-tractor/7004333714.html

“Very rare 1948 Empire Tractor (Willys), model 90
Perfect condition, ready to show”

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1948 CJ-2A Lansing, KS $13,800

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Still Available.

https://kansascity.craigslist.org/pts/d/lansing-1948-willys-cj2a-jeep/7004186181.html

“Absolute Stunning Willys Jeep. Recent Carb Rebuild. Brand-new Canvas Top, Radiator recently serviced. Runs like new. 134CI “Go-Devil” Flathead Inline-4 36K Miles No Issues.”

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Year? Wagon Sam Hughes, AZ $5500

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons

Appears in good shape.

https://tucson.craigslist.org/cto/d/tucson-willys-wagon/7003902353.html

“Early 1950s Willys Wagon in good condition. Jeep 134 F head engine. Recently replaced: master cylinder, electrical, water pump, thermostat, belts, gas tank. Needs new tires. Upholstery and headliner in good condition. Cash only.”

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1950 Truck Sallisaw, OK $9000

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks

Nice looking flatbed truck.

https://fortsmith.craigslist.org/cto/d/sallisaw-1950/7003407359.html

“1960 willy’s truck for sale in very good shape runs and drives”

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1960 FC-170 DRW Tempe, AZ **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677 • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $29,900.

(09/23/2019) It’s a real nice looking dually.

“1960 JEEP FC170 FORWARD CONTROL DUALLY, SUPER HURRICANE 6CYL, 4WD, 17MI ON RESTO”

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