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L-head North Conway, NH **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Engine, Parts

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $400.

This appears worth a look.

“Early Jeep L Head 4 cylinder motor Motor ran when taken out Went with an F Head 134 Comes with Dana 44 427 geared rear end”

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Willys Hubcaps Southampton, NY $20/per Hubcap

• CATEGORIES: Parts, Tires and Rims

Some late 1940s/early 1950s hubcaps and, possibly, some late 1950s/early 1960s Surrey (or they could be Aero auto) hubcaps.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2720536351346247/

“$20 per hubcap or $150 for all”

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1951 CJ-3A Bennington, VT $1000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

UPDATE: Still Available.

(04/23/2020) The jeep comes with some new parts.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/452564425641246/

“Selling my 1951 jeep CJ3A project. I bought this with the intentions of doing a complete restoration but life has since gotten in the way. The jeep comes with all new suspension, and shocks as well as brand new bumpers and transmission crossmember, the transmission is good as well as the axles and differentials, the engine is unknown but complete. It also comes with a “new” used frame in amazing shape. This is a perfect winter project for a restoration as it is all there.”

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Willys Hubcaps Harwich, MB $40/per Hubcap

• CATEGORIES: Parts, Tires and Rims

More hubcaps.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/3105519666370477/

“These are 10 3/4″ from outside measurement. Price is per cap. Heavy weight for a hubcap. I will ship Ships from Harwich,MA PayPal and Venmo accepted as friends and family”

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The Hudson Hornet Steering Modification

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

Just a few posts today, but some good ones!

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1951-1953 Hudson Hornet steering box installed on John’s CJ-2A.

I’ve been very interested in the Hudson Hornet Steering Modification since I heard about it a decade ago. Unfortunately, there’s scant information about implementing the modification, but reports were that it was a relatively easy one that produced fantastic results, offering a power-assist feel to the steering and reducing play (a similar, alternative steering modification is the use of a 1980s Ford Ranger box, which Lawrence Ellliot shared back in 2018).

Now, thanks to Adam, we have some new insights into the obstacles and benefits of installing a Hudson unit into a vintage jeep! Perhaps the most difficult obstacle to overcome is locating the steering box itself! Adam’s provided some great details below, but If you want to ask Adam more questions directly, he’s offered his email ahedgcock @ gmail.com (remove the spaces around the @).

Below, Adam shows some of the differences between the Hudson and Ross (Willys) units:

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Here’s Adam’s description:

  1. Find box. Perhaps the most difficult task .. 51 to 53 Hudson Hornet.
  2. Pitman Arm/Get Drag Link. Try to get the bell crank and drag link. The Hudson splined pitman shaft is quite a bit larger than the willys splined shaft so it is good to use the original. The pitman arm itself is similar in how it bends, but is 7” long ( instead of 5” on the willys)
  3. Pitman Arm Ball. The pitman arm ball end on the Hudson is larger than the willys, so I welded the Hudson drag link end onto my willys drag link.
  4. Hudson Box bolts right up, but …The Hudson box could be bolted directly to the frame rail with 3 bolts, but the steering column will be 2.5” too far on the drivers side to hit you body tub hole. Having all stock brake and clutch pedals, and not wanting to make my tub Swiss cheese, I chose to move the box 2.5” off the frame with a fabricated spacer. This would be similar to the level of fab needed to convert a Saginaw box up front.
  5. Or Shift the Hudson Bracket. The cast steel Hudson bracket could be cut and re-welded to the box 2.5” over also, with the same results.
  6. Modify the Column Tube. The steering column is similar to the willys but the Hudson column tube is larger than the Willys. I welded a larger OD sleeve at the base of an existing willys column, cut a split in it and welded on 2 ears so I could clamp it tight.
  7. Steering Shaft Differs. The steering shaft does not have the same end spline for a willys steering wheel, so you can either cut and weld a willys spline to the end, or find a Hudson steering wheel.
  8. Gear ratio. I did not take the box apart, but it is clearly a roller bearing worm shaft, and this thing came tight, even after presumably many years of use. The Hudson box is 6 turns lock to lock, and the Ross is 3 turns. It is worth noting the pitman arm is longer, 7” vs 5” on the willys, but you get a definite advantage in ratio. A bit less than half the effort to turn the wheels. I have taken it on road, and there is not the same “twitch” at speed, and off-road it does not tear your thumbs off like before. The wheel still happily spins back to center by itself nicely when you let it go, just more revolutions.
  9. Placement of box. This will be subjective, I have a Buick V6 and I found the longer pitman arm worked better because it swings below my bellhousing rather than ramming I to it with the Ross. Just like placing an engine, you would want to mock up the ideal spot, and make the bracket accordingly.
  10. Original look. This is basically a similar box, and does not effect the outward appearance at all.
  11. Finding parts…this is the fun part, I needed to talk to people, and ultimately find a person willing to go digging through an old barn. Once I found my source, I bought 2. Paid $200 each.
  12. Very fun swap, more original than the Saginaw, similar performance to a manual Saginaw provided to have a good tight bell crank and good tie rod ends.. I don’t see any need for a steering stabilizer

Hudson Horney Box casting number 34641.

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John’s Cutlas Selective Hub Rebuild

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features, How To • TAGS: .

John recently rebuilt a set of Cutlas Selective Hubs, the type with the knob that rotates to engage and disengage the hub. There appear to be at least two styles of these hubs, one with a flat top and one with a groove, so that a tool (or improvised tool) can be used to help engage, disengage the hub.

This exploded overview from 1961 shows how the parts assemble (see the full brochure below this post):

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As you can kind of see from this diagram, there are two sections: 1) is the hub cap that holds the knob and the spring in place (from part 107-2 in the middle and everything to the right of it) and 2) the hub base (part 108-2 and everything to the left of it).

John wrote, “Overall I’d say these are my favorite hubs I’ve worked on so far. I have a pair of Warn hubs (with the tiny needle bearings) and a pair of Selectro hubs (big chrome knob type). The Warns seemed like a real pain to rebuild since the needle bearing were in rough shape. And the Selectro hubs, while very easy to operate, were probably the weakest design I’ve seen.”

Here’s a look at John’s finished product, as it’s the best example a complete hub next to a hub with the top separated from the base:

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I went with a 2 tone paint job just for fun. If it doesn’t last for any reason I’ll end up with the whole thing gloss black and a chrome knob. The body was so badly pitted there was no saving the original finish

HUB CAP:

We’ll start with the hub’s cap first. John provided the following note: “To remove the coupling piece (part 102-2 Coupling) from the chrome cap (with the cutlas knob) you have to line it up right with the correct groove, then push down firmly against the spring inside (part 110-2 coupling spring). While pushing down spin the coupling, and then the coupling spring will pop the coupling right out and its free.”

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With the inner portion of the cap apart, you can see the coupling ring, the coupling, the coupling cam spring (part 107-2) and the coupling cam pins (parts 105-2).

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1961 Cutlas Parts & Price List Brochure

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

This December 1961 back-to-back brochure shows the parts break-downs and price lists for the early non-slot Cutlas Selective Hub model 100-2 and the Power Lock Hub. See John’s rebuild of the Cutlas Selective Hub here.

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1956 CJ-6 Auburn, CA $9500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-6

UPDATE: This jeep has been reassembled (last shown apart). The new pics don’t show the completed jeep.

 

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2576328589304560/

“This jeep is complete and running with a 225 oddfire v6 and 3spd t90a and d18.. Runs great with the new hei and wires Pics dont show it but its way further along with orig steering column and rear seat installed. I also have orig window.. it has a small chip. But its nice and i have a new rubber grommet to install it. Will possibly need a little tinkering after driving it for a 100 miles or so.. To dial it in perfect but its a runner.. Great runner. But it runs great.

Only thing im waiting for now is clutch master and slave cylinder i bought online… So price is reflecting that.. And work to put it in as well as window. Once those r done its going on ebay for 12k… Buy it now hearing it run for 9500.. Or wait a week or 2 and itll be 12000.. Last chance to get it it cheap”

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1946 CJ-2A Bass Lake, CA $7000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE: Price now $7000.

(07/12/2018) Some unusual mods on this one.

https://fresno.craigslist.org/cto/d/willys-jeep/6689854832.html

“Grandpa’s 1946 Willy’s CJ2A Agrijeep ! A real beauty needs a new home . Ground up restoration done a few years ago and only 1700 miles on it since . He’s been garaged and used little . Have papers to show all work and parts replaced . Ready for ranch or hunting trips ! Two gas tanks and quiet economic hurricane engine . Too much to list so call and talk about it . Will trade for ATV or small travel trailer of same value !”

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Year? FC-170 Hopkins, MN $1200

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677

Thanks to Daniel for spotting this one.

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/hnp/grd/d/minnetonka-jeep-fc-170/7107513128.html

“Rare truck real nice project 4×4 real rusty no transmission, 6 cilinder”

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Offroad History Museum in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

• CATEGORIES: Features, Museums
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Jeep outside the museum (photo from Trip Advisor)

Mohamed Busamnoh, eWillys’ United Arab Emirates correspondent, reported on his recent visit to the newly opened Offroad History Museum in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Thanks for sharing! (check out another museum owned by the same sheikh with a giant flat fender).

“I passed by to the newly opened Offroad History Museum in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, to check it out and it’s pretty impressive. It is owned by one of they royal family members who goes by the nickname “Rainbow Sheikh”. It is divided into 3 main sections:

  1. A modified cars section where all his imagination goes and he builds the craziest cars.
  2. Second is civilian production models,
  3. And, the third is a military section.

He has more than 350 cars on display only in this museum. He also owns several museums around the world. From above, the main entrance is built as the letter H for his name, Hamad. He had what I believe is the only FC in the country besides mine or at least from what I have seen around. He also has all kinds of everything 4×4. All kinds of jeeps.

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Colombian Roller Coaster at the Parque Del Cafe

• CATEGORIES: Features, International

An article about the impact of the Coronavirus on Colombian theme parks led me to this recently opened jeep-themed roller coast at the Parque Del Cafe (which translates into the Coffee Park). It underscores how nuts Colombian’s are about jeeps!

The park is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Colombia. In 2017 it attracted more than one million visitors. The name of this particular roller coast is the Yippe, likely a play off of the Yipao bean/jeep culture. It opened in late 2018 as best as I can tell.

I imagine this video was created during the testing/building phase:

Here are some pics:

 

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Electric Motor Built into a Chev V-8 Block

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Steve shared this unusual modification. This experienced hot rodder built an electric motor into a V8 block to make it look like a traditional engine. To improve the engine’s range, he installed a V8 into the bed of the truck which will power a pair of generators.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/enthusiasts/hot-rodders-hybrid-1936-pickup-hides-an-electric-motor-inside-a-chevy-small-block-v8/ar-BB13wvKB?ocid=spartanntp

The build:

 
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1943 Photo of Football Players Pushing Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE: Below is a press photo of the ‘push-a-war’ photo in the original 2014 post on eBay

View all the information on eBay

“1943 Press Photo Camp Joe T. Robinson, football players push a jeep for training. This is an original press photo. A new use for the versatile jeep is shown here. The jeep is being substituted for a charging sled. Captain C.R. Goodwin, Special Projects Officer of the 66th Div. soon at Camp Joseph T. Robinson, Arkansas, is getting a “ride” while directing the training of a gridiron team which is part of the camp’s athletic program. Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 11-15-1943.

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Original Post February 2014: I stumbled up a collection of photos from the Signal Corps Collection in Record Group #111, Still Picture Branch, National Archives at College Park, MD: http://www.history.army.mil/photos/WWII/Preps/WW2-Prep.htm

This photo seems to show the opposite of a tug-a-war. It’s a push-a-war!

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THE CAPTION FROM THE SITE READS: Training. Football Training in the Army. A new use for the versatile jeep, as it’s being substituted for a charging sled. Capt. C. R. Goodwin, Special Projects Officer of the 66th Division at Camp Joseph T. Robinson, Ark., is getting a “ride” while directing the training of a gridiron team which is part of the camp’s athletic program. (Nov 43)

Here’s a photo  of a Jeep Assembly line in England:

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England. Jeep Assembly Line from which a completely assembled jeep can be produced every three minutes. Assembly Depot 0-640, Tidworth, Wilts, England. (8 Sep 43) Signal Corps Photo: ETO-HQ-43-6606 (Lt. Ray)

 

 
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1960 CJ-5 Santa Cruz, CA $7969

• CATEGORIES: CJ5

This one owner jeep appears to have never been restored.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/579477055980162/

“1960 Willy Jeep. Great to drive three speed one owner needs transmission work.”

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Sand Drag Jeep Placerville, CA $6500

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $6500.

(09/25/2019) Ready to race.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1022640538129662/

“Sand drag Jeep. Fiberglass body. Brown primer. 454ci Chevy motor. Power Glide transmission and torque converter are fresh. Zero passes. Trans brake, shields and deep pan. Olds rear end. 614 gears, Summers Brothers spool and axles 35 spline. Car goes straight, runs 450’s…fastest pass was 448.8. Turn key.”

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1959 CJ-6 Los Banos, CA $7900

• CATEGORIES: CJ-6

UPDATE: Price dropped to $7900.

(03/15/2020) Dash has been customized.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/809603949562076/

“1959 willys jeep CJ6 has original 4 cylinder motor runs good all new brakes including E brake, 5 new tires and rims, rare jeep and also has rare functioning pto driven winch, currently registered title in my name 8500 or best offer”

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1948 CJ-2A Body, Frame, Parts Petaluma, CA $1000 OBO

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

The dash has been sliced pretty good. The floor has an oval as if it had a column shift at some point.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/929676664154267/

“Have a old Willys jeep body and frame. Not complete. Selling as parts jeep. Asking $1000 OBO”

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Odd Jalopy Stockton, CA $1500

• CATEGORIES: Other 4x4s

The seller thought this was a jeep frame. If so, it’s not one I recognize. Is it something anyone else recognizes?

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/465499284377972/

“Selling a old project not sure what model or year it is looks like it’s a Jeep Frame with a different suspension. Lost interest in project comes with a 350 Chevy with a th400 transmission and a b&m shifter engine has 1.8 roller rockers edlebrock intake , carb, and fuel pump . Also has a mini starter and a msd distributor asking 1500 obo also take trades show what you got to trade”

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1946 CJ-2A Placerville, CA Make Offer

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A

UPDATE: Still Available. No price listed.

Looks like the seats could use some work.

“1946 Willis Overland, 283 Chevy engine, needs carb rebuilt, stock running gear. Also square body 3/4 ton Chevy 4X4 complete undercarriage /Diesel V8 in running condition. Was going put on Jeep. Package deal. TRADE FOR SIDE BY SIDE 4×4 age and brand not as important as condition, prefer 4 or 6 seat will consider all. I am open to cash or cash + trade offers as well. If I don’t answer right away just know I am considering all offers and will respond to you if your offer is a consideration. “‘

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1947 Rock Crawler Reno, NV $12,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, CJ5 • TAGS: .

The narrowing rear of the CJ-5 body is an unusual modification.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/368460457333201/

“Registered as 1947 Willys Jeep 1991 Chevy Fuel Injected 5.7 350 350 Turbo trans Scout Shorty Transfer Case Shannon Camble Ind. Stretched Tube Frame and Cage Curry Front and Rear Axel Assemblies Curry U Joints ARB Air Lockers Cannon Eng Drive Shafts Warn M8000 Wench Full Ground Rock Lights On Board Air Compressor and Roll Cage Air Storage Tank Custom Fuel Cell (2) Full Sets Bead Lock Rims w/ Super Swamper 39.5×13.5×15 Tires Boxes of Spare Parts Turn Key Crawler Ready to Go Contact Me For More Information and Pictures $12,500.00 OBO”

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1951 CJ-3A Troy, MT $2200

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

UPDATE: Still Available.

(02/03/2020) Those are some unusual rims.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/206026990586177/

“1951 willys Jeep. Had it started up the other day. Has some rust but a lot less than I expected. Sold with a bill of sale”

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1951 CJ-3A Twin Bridges, MT $10,500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A

UPDATE: Still Available.

(03/16/2020) It’s now a runner, but the price has jumped, too. Last listed in 2017.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/212843166792728/

“1951 CJ3A Willys Jeep, newly re-built original F134 Hurricane Engine with only 20 hours on it. 4 new tires, winch and heater. I also have a soft top with doors”

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October 1943 School at War Bulletin

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features

This interesting School at War Bulletin from October of 1943 was preserved by the University of Toledo. Pages five and six of the bulletin include a story about the success of the schools-buying-jeeps program. The war department had set a goal of 10,000 jeeps for US Schools for the year 1942. Each state was given a quota, which almost every state exceeded, resulting in the ‘purchase’ of 39,535 jeeps by schools.

You’ll find posted on eWillys various newspaper articles and photos describing the visits of jeeps and military personnel to schools. What I didn’t know was that not only did the jeeps visit the schools, jeeps also were driven “up steps, down steps, into gymnasiums, onto auditorium stages, and around school corridors. Once school in St. Paul, which “bought” 48 jeeps, reports that one of the versatile cars spent a whole day driving through the halls for inspection by the various classes.” 

Here’s a break down of the jeeps purchased by schools during 1942:

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Here is the full seven page bulletin:

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The 60MPH Jeep Claim Discussed on Hemmings

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Serval folks pointed me to a Hemmings article by Daniel Strohl that lightly addresses the early claim of a CJ-2A capable of pulling a large trailer at a speed of 60mph, specifically the trailer shown in the iconic photo seen below (a PR photo that appeared in multiple places early in Universal Jeep advertising).

Hemmings article: https://www.hemmings.com/stories/2020/05/01/lost-and-found-overflow-the-little-jeep-that-could

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PHOTO CREDIT: Dal Smilie