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1948 CJ-2A? Yucca Valley, CA $9500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

It’s not clear to me what still needs to be done besides paint.

https://palmsprings.craigslist.org/pts/d/yucca-valley-1948-cj3-willys-jeep/7292085655.html

“1948 CJ3 willys jeep unfinished restoration, completely restored and boxed frame, restored axels and driveline, turbo 400 transcend 4.3 chevy V6, none of the running mechanicals- {have even gotten fluids yet}- late 40s willys tub-tailgate,hood and grille, flat fenders. rear axle is set up like the front , for freewheel locking hubs for easy towing. this project is 85%finished, giving you a drive it next month if you’re a novice, or a pro would take a week at most.if you are calling for specific parts have in mind your offers, “before you make your voice call””

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Tremaine Cooper Passed Away on Saturday

• CATEGORIES: Features

Sadly, Tremaine Coooper of Bluemont, Virginia, was in an accident Saturday and passed away. He was 52 years old.

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Here is Tremaine in front of a jump I’m assuming he designed. The photo is from his Facebook page.

While his main focus in life was Equestrian Event Course Design (read a short obituary about him and his event history here and view some of his creative event courses here on Facebook), for which he was internationally recognized, he too was afflicted with the Willys Sickness. He had been a regular reader of eWillys over the years and we corresponded on an irregular basis about jeeps.

In December of 2019, he learned about my trip to Virginia and hoped to meet up so he could show me the local jeeps around Bluemont (he put together several collections for us to see). I suspect it would have been a great visit. Regrettably, as often happens, I ran short on time, so I had to put it off. Then, the pandemic hit, so I had to cancel plans to fly back to Virginia in the spring of 2020.

In late 2020, Tremaine visited Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water and Kentuk Knob, where he learned that Frank Lloyd Wright had owned jeeps, among other cars. He was excited to share what he learned, which led to this post.

In January of 2021 he wrote that he was hoping to have some work out in the PNW during the summer of 2021, so hoped to meet up at that time.

Alas, now we’ll have to schedule a visit together in that big jeepers reunion and parts swap meet in the afterworld. My warmest regards to Brian and Tremaine’s family.

 
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March 18-21 Parker Military Vehicle Display and Swap Meet

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

UPDATE:  This Parker, Arizona, event begins this Friday. I’m sorry I can’t be down there to support Joe and the rest of the group, as this would be a nice break from our craziness here, but if all goes well and the event is held next year, we will make an effort to be down there (then head to the final FC Roundup, assuming it’s held in March of 2022). 

(02/16/2021) Joe-in-Mesa forwarded plans for a military vehicle display and swap meet next month over the weekend of March 18-21 at La Pax County Park in Parker, Arizona. The weather should be beautiful that time of year.Here is the basic information.

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A PDF version of the below application can be downloaded here:

 
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1946? Video of Ship Arrival Includes Unloading of Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

John found this video which shows a pretty cool shot of a jeep being unloaded (begins at the 2:12 mark). Now that’s the way to exit a ship!

“Various shots of large battleship in dock. Shots of warships off shore. Several shots of HMS ‘Invincible’ making her way up the estuary. People watch from the shore. Shots of the ship docking. A crane lifts a jeep from the deck of the ship to the shore. Several shots of crew members walking down steps to the shore. M/Ss of the Captain (?) giving speech (no sound).”

 
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Mid-1950s Willys Motors Brochures on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Maury shared this eBay ad. The price is $65, but the seller will consider offers. The “Jeep Means Business is from 1954”, the “Public Service” is from 1955, as is the “Completely New” CJ-5 brochure. The DJ-3A brochure is from 1956.

View all the information on ebay

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Anodized Aluminum FC-theme Key Chain or Ornaments Rossiter, PA $7

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677

I just ran across these on Facebook. I’m not sure how large they are.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1253964651657019

“Fc-150 and FC-170 anodized aluminum engraved ornaments/keychains for sale. Each has the emblem on one side and the fc on the other side.. I have blue and red available..$7 each shipped”

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1943 MB San Juan Capistrano, CA **Status Unknown**

• CATEGORIES: Features, MB

UPDATE: Status Unknown. Was $16,000.

Bill shared this MB on eBay, currently listed at $16,000.

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1947 CJ-2A Casco, MI $4500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

This is worth a closer look.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/185147146492476

“1947 Jeep Willys. Runs and drives. Original online 4 cylinder with 3 speed and 4wd. The original color was red so I think it might have been issued to a fire department. It’s like an old Harley, it will leave its mark in your driveway. It’s been coverted to 12v.”

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1942 Willys MB Slat Grille Auburn, CA $23,500

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB) • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $23,500.

(02/27/2021) Bill spotted this MB for sale. It is being sold though a Buy-it-now (or Make Offer) on eBay.

View all the information on eBay

“1942 Willys MB Jeep built 1/8/1942. The serial # is 110515, frame # 110515, engine # MB595247. This Jeep was restored 18 years ago and driven 20 miles since. The Jeep has the original metal and Tub with some rust in the forward hat channel and a dent behind the passengers seat (see photos). The engine starts easily and runs very well, the transmission works as it should. The transfer case works correctly but is dripping some oil. All gauges work except the fuel gauge. The tires are as new and the brakes are very good. All electrical is working except the horn. Correct dish wheels. This Jeep has the correct steering wheel, the later WWII jeeps had the steel spoke wheels to save rubber.
This is a good looking and good driving 42 MB.”

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1959 FC-170 Glen Mills, PA $1000

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677

It’s a project or parts vehicle.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/198173494991501

“Available for viewing Friday (3/19) and Saturday (3/20). If this add is up, it is available. 1959 Willys Jeep FC-160 -6 cylinder with manual transmission. -barn stored -Missing front windshield but most/all other glass intact. – headlight buckets and misc chrome included in sale – clean title”

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1950 CJ-3A Wolcott, CT $6900

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

UPDATE: Price dropped to $6900.

(12/11/2021) No mention as to whether the plow is included.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1028837627610875

“SELLING FOR A RELATIVE.

Jeep Willys 1950
Beautiful Jeep, runs like it did in 1950
Everything was done on the jeep new brakes, new filters, many new parts, driven every day.

Clean TITLE
59 k MILES
$ 8500 obo
ALSO WILLING TO TRADE FOR A 92’-95’ Toyota Pickup Truck”

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Porter & Reed Hardtop, Reno, NV No Price

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts • TAGS: .

This might be good for parts, such as there rear hatch or doors.

https://reno.craigslist.org/pts/d/reno-jeep-willys-cab-cj2/7290902431.html

“Aluminum cab for a CJ2A or CJ 3. VERY rough shape. The next stop is the recycle yard. Respond with first name,”

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Kelly CJ-3B Hardtop Orchard Park, NY $1000

• CATEGORIES: Parts • TAGS: .

Seems pretty solid.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/444932956687767

“TOP ONLY. 1958 willys Jeep original hard top. With doors , glass is intact with working crank windows. Actual Jeep not for sale.”

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Year? Wagon Elizabethtown, KY $4500

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons

Tom shared this wagon. It appears fairly rust free for an eastern wagon. It’s listed as a 1954, but the grille suggest it may be a late 1950s wagon.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/915615462571915

“Solid Willys wagon. Believe it is 1954. Needs restored. I have extra hood and back gate. Lots of original parts and original engine. Extra set of wheels”

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1948 CJ-2A Laceyville, PA **Sold**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, DJ-3A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **Sold** was $1000

(02/18/2021) This has a DJ-3A body on it.

“Year: 1946 Make: Jeep Model: Willys 1946 Cj-2a frame and drive train with a 1952 Dj tub. Engine will run but it needs a starter and generator rebuild beforehand. Frame has some rot on the inside. Tub has rust holes and body mounts are mostly gone.”

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1948 Jeepster Mt. Vernon, KY $4000

• CATEGORIES: Jeepster

UPDATE: Price dropped to $4000.

(11/16/2020) Some rust and the engine is stuck.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1904840536331664

“1948 Jeepster looks good has rust on rockers engine is stuck I think 65352 miles”

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1973 Bobcat Introduces New Products

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

UPDATE: Richard Darr from Washougal Classic Jeeps owns a Bobcat body that still had a pair of the fiberglass gas tanks. Here are two pics of each tank. He told me they fit really well inside the bobcat body. He’s working on reproducing the tanks in aluminum for himself.

Here are the pics of the passenger side tank. Above you can see a Bobcat body.

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This is the top of the passenger tank.

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This is the bottom of the passenger tank.

Here is the driver’s side tank:

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This is the top of the driver’s tank.

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This is the bottom of the driver’s tank.

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Published March 17, 2021: For a great price, I bought some 1973 issues of Four Wheeler off of eBay. In turns out that the July 1973 issue of Four Wheeler Magazine had a special section devoted to new fiberglass products. Even better, Fred Weis’ Bobcat business introduced three new products in that issue, answering a couple questions that I had.

Before I begin, there are several posts about Bobcat bodies and the related Parkette bodies. At some point I will combine them into a longer narrative, but, for now, here’s a quick timeline:

1969 – The First Bobcat body: Fred Weis built his first body, an approximately 150lb body using plywood for strength, per this February 1970 article in Four Wheeler Magazine.
1970 – Lighter Race Body: Fred builds a lighter body design more for racing, dropping the body weight to around 100lbs. One these first bodies was used successfully by Roy Williams during the 1970s for racing. (This weight info comes from a September 1973 ad shown below):

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1971- Announces the CJ-3B Body:  An Advertisement in the PNW4WDA’s Region 1 contact booklet included an ad from Fred indicating he was making CJ-3A AND CJ-3B bodies.

It might seem strange to see the “Not a copy!” phrase at the top of the ad, followed by “The Original Fiberglass Replacement Body” within the ad. I believe this reflects Fred’s frustration at Paul Parker rebranding the Bobcat body with side stripes and calling it a Parkette body. Assuming that explains the inclusion of the phrases, this puts the introduction of the Parkette body around 1970. The 1970 timeline also fits the purchase of a Parkette by Jim Carter, which must have happened around 1971 or 1972.

Now for our current post. In 1973, Fred introduced perhaps the most iconic item he ever produced, the Bobcat hood. I don’t know how or why he designed it the way he did, but it became a signature piece. Below is the July 1973 listing in Four Wheeler Magazine.

First, you can see that Fred was experimenting with a new type of body style. It appears he increased the size of the lip around the edge of the body’s rear, perhaps to strengthen it so he could lay thinner glass. It’s likely that this was the style of Bobcat body I bought back in 2008:
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The fiberglass gas tanks were a surprise to see. I’ve never run across these. They likely failed to hold gasoline safely. It would take a special resin compound to be effective over the long term, at least that’s according to this motorcycle thread.

Finally, we have the brand new fiberglass Bobcat hood. Whether this came before or after the Bobcat teardrop hood isn’t clear, but it would seem to me that the teardrop is so much less sophisticated of a design that I could imagine he made some of those first before creating the classic Bobcat hood. Here’s a great example of the hood: (see more examples of the low hood and high hood versions of this iconic hood)

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Also included in the July 1973 fiberglass section was this ad. It seems Willamette Wheel was offering the Bobcat body for sale, without labeling it as such in the ad. However, a close look at the tailgate clearly shows it is a Bobcat tailgate.

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It’s not clear how many other parties were working with Fred, but at least one, Don Prine, managed to get his business card inserted into a CJ-3B version of the classic hood:

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As I collect more 1970 Four Wheeler magazines I hope to learn more about the Bobcat and Parkette timelines, though I’ve yet to find anything printed about the Parkette body (no ads or articles yet).

 
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Another Pan Brush Available on ebay

• CATEGORIES: Features

Maury shared this link to another Jeep Pan Brush that’s available on eBay. This item doesn’t seem to be related to Willys-Overland or jeeps in any way that we can tell, other than you could clean jeep parts with it.

View all the information on eBay

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Here are a couple previous examples of the Jeep Brush. 

1. This brush was available back in 2012 on eBay. It, like this other example, has 1014 stamped on it for some reason.

2. This brush was available for sale on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/778429607/vintage-jeep-pan-brush-1014

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Hoosier Machine Products’ Jeep Conversion Kits

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: I was surprised to see that Hoosier advertised in Four Wheeler Magazine for several months during 1973 (possibly longer).

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ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED JUNE 6, 2019: In the early 1960s, Hoosier Machine Products out of Pendleton, Oregon, (just an hour south of me) began selling conversion kits for jeeps. The company’s kits allowed the repowering of jeeps using Ford, Chef, GMC, Mercury, Dodge, Studebaker and Pontiac engines. That’s a pretty impressive, wide range of options, especially for a company out of Pendleton, which was pretty remote at the time. But, given the long distances Pendleton owner’s jeeps had to travel to reach other towns and the existence of the nearby, steep Blue Mountains, which provided endless jeeping possibilities, perhaps there was a reason Pendleton jeeps need more power?

Also, a big thanks go to Maury for spotted this brochure for me!

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June 1950 Ad for 1/2 Ton Truck on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This June 1950 Ad highlights the new Hurricane Powered half-ton truck from an unknown magazine.

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“Original magazine advertisement measures 10 X 13 inches (approx.).”

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1954 CJ-3B Burney, CA $13,500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B • TAGS: .

This looks in nice shape. Has an unusual front bumper setup. I’m not sure how the seller arrived at this statement:”OVERDRIVE 5TH GEAR FOR REACHING HIGHWAY SPEED.”

https://redding.craigslist.org/cto/d/burney-1954-willys-jeep/7290050925.html

“1954 HIGH-HOOD WILLYS WITH REBUILT ENGINE, ORIGINAL MOTOR.
OVERDRIVE 5TH GEAR FOR REACHING HIGHWAY SPEED.
NEW VINYL TOP
TOW HITCH
5 GALLON JERRY GAS CAN ON BACK
THIRD REAR SEAT
SEAT BELTS
SNOW PLOW”

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1947 Drag Jeep Visalia, CA $9500

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $9500.

Looks drag ready.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/634576923938259

“1947 Willy jeep. Newer 406. Turbo 400 trans with brake. Fiberglass body. 9500 Pm for more info”

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1952 Wagon Elk Grove, CA $5600

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons

It seems in pretty good shape.

https://sacramento.craigslist.org/cto/d/elk-grove-1952-willys-station-wagon-4×4/7291943919.html

“hello i have a 1952 willys station wagon 3 speed 4×4 for sale runs and drives pretty clean in and out has a v8 motor in it
has some extra parts clean california title
tires are in good condition needs a break job asking 5600 obo”

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1950 CJ-3A Dublin, CA $5000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

It seems to me that the driver-side opening is cut down a bit, as if someone had tried to replicate a prototype jeep?

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/cto/d/pleasanton-1950-willys-cj3a/7290942633.html

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“Selling my 1950 Willys CJ3A. Mostly all original! 134 flat head engine and all drivetrain are original. New leaf springs provide a little bit of lift over original height. I’ve been working on this for a few years and just don’t have the time to finish this. This does run and is drivable but it’s been garaged the past few years and maintained. Plenty of new parts already installed and more parts waiting to be installed.

New parts include: leaf springs, shocks, BFG mud terrain tires, water pump, carburetor, spark plugs and wires, all new brakes (wheel cylinders, lines, master cyl), engine and drivetrain fluids/lubricants, and various other parts like gaskets and windshield seal when those are ready for installation.

Fenders, grill, hood, windshield frame and tailgate were all media blasted and primed. Have been working on the typical body problems found with these old Willys.”

 
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CJ-3A Koenig Hardtop Salem, OR $500

• CATEGORIES: Parts

No pics provided.

https://salem.craigslist.org/pts/d/salem-49-to-53-willys-steel-top/7292531924.html

“1949-1953 willys overland jeep steel top. made by koenig doors included.”