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1948 “Lefty” CJ-2A Sacramento, CA $5250


UPDATE: Price dropped to $5250. Is the seller indicating this has a lien on it?

(04/15/2022) Listed as a 1949, this CJ-2A has a 1948 Lefty body.


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1951 CJ-3A Carson City, NV $6000


UPDATE: Still Available? It’s the first time I’ve seen the ad.

“Moving and will take any good offer! Selling for my mother in law. Come take a look today”


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1946 CJ-2A Eugene, OR $3500


UPDATE: Still Available.

(05/08/2022) This hasn’t run in a while. It does have a PTO + winch.

“Mostly complete, ran when parked 20 years ago, turns over with a wrench. PTO, Original wheels, lots of extra parts”

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Worked on Patterson Saturday

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I pulled out Patterson yesterday to being making a few minor repairs. You might remember (though I’d rather forget) that the driver’s side rear got a little crunched when Patterson bumped up against the UHaul trailer last fall (Ugh).

On Saturday, I pulled off the surrounding equipment, then using clamps and counter-force (slow and steady), pulled everything back together. It came together surprisingly well. Next steps are to replace the rear lights, replace the generator, and reduce the friction between the brake and clutch pedal (push one down, the other drops a little).

Once the work is done, I will put it up for sale. Do we want to sell it? Not really, but we are working on getting another vintage jeep to replace Patterson, something far cooler. Once everything is settled, I will announce it.

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1942 MB Chassis Bucksport, ME $2500


Glenn shared this ad. Looks like something someone can use.

“1942 willys needs a tub motor and running gear has been done starts right up and runs nice also have another set of running gear from a 1942 Willys motor Trans transfer case and both front and rear ends that will go with it good project for someone that is interested in the old jeep have more stuff that goes with it”

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1946 CJ-2A Sumner, ME **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $18,000

Glenn shared this militarize CJ-2A. This would fool most people into thinking it was a WW2 jeep.

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“1946 Willy’s MB-2A. Basically what we have here is a 1946 CJ2A that was completely modified to a Willy’s MB. The motor, transmission and chassis is CJ, the body and all accessories are MB. This was a 2018 frame up restoration, frame is solid, body and accessories are new. Runs and drives, everything works with the exception of speedometer and fuel gauge, however I have those new and ready to be installed. For a complete list of everything I did and for more photos, please email me or call, there’s simply too much to list. While I can be a *little* flexible, I know how much these are worth, I know how much money I have into it and I know how many of these are floating around out there so keep that in mind when you are looking at my price, no trades please, all accessories included, machine gun as well (it is not a real machine gun) thanks.”

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Willys Overland Rally 2022 Video

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Bill spotted this article from motor1 that included a video of vintage jeeps tackling Moab slick rock  from this year’s Willys Overland Rally 2022.

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1966 Cutlas Hub Brochure

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I found this brochure on eBay. It’s the first time I’ve seen this version. The form number is 4-66, which I believe means it was published in April of 1966.


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Jeep Diaper Cake

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Under the things-I-didn’t-know, Ann tells me that folded material into shapes is 1) a thing and 2) is called a “cake”. To wit, she spotted this jeep made from folding diapers and material together (no glue). This is certainly more clever than if I tried to make a jeep using diapers and material.

From the Facebook Post: “A Jeep diaper cake for a new Mom!! She loved it and doesn’t want to take it apart!! LOL!! 10 washcloths, 6 blankets, 2 bottles, 1 pair of socks, 1 medicine dropper, and 55 diapers. I never use glue!”


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1946 CJ-2A Banks, OR $4000


Could be worth a look. It has a rear winch of some type.

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“1946 CJ2A (Project) Willy’s Jeep. All original with extra parts. I also have a convertible windshield for it and an extra front bar. Will be cleaning it up more and more and updating photos. One owner, passed down from my grandfather, have all original info. Needs a tune up, and some fresh tires but as of right now hasn’t been ran in a decade or so. Will run and drive with a little love. Located in Banks, Oregon.”

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1955? CJ-3A? Bloomfield, CT $10,000


This looks solid, though has updates. It’s likely got a replacement body.

“Beautiful 1955 Jeep Willys frame off restoration, only 753 miles since it was restored. Has a Buick V6, 3 speed manual,everything is new. Warn winch. This is a show vehicle. Price is firm. Might consider trade offers, no junk please. Serious inquiries only!”

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1960 Truck Groton, CT $8000

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Could be worth a look. Body looks straight.

“All original. Super Hurricane motor. 3 speed transmission. Runs and drives. There is some rust on driver rocker but overall in decent shape for its age”

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1948? CJ-2A? Riverside, CA $3500


David spotted this CJ-2A with an MB body. It’s a mix of parts, so hard telling how much is 2A and how much is MB from the pics.

“Pink on hand, none OP, CJ2A Has Chevy V8 350 that runs, 4 x 4. $3,500 O.B.O. Has tow bar, needs emergency brake. Calls only, no text, must see”

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1950 CJ-3A Ashley Falls, MA $13,000


UPDATE: Still Available.

(04/13/2022) This has a new tub and looks in great shape.

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“1950 CJ3A Clean clear Title in my name. Tons of new parts. Partially restored by previous owner. Runs Drives shifts stops as it should. This isn’t mint by any means it’s rattle can painted it has dings & scratches it’s not showroom but could easily be with some love. There’s no rust and it has an actual title! It will need a wiring harness and gages/lights/whipers but it was driven around locally last summer! Considering thinning the heard. Price out what a new tub cost alone! If you want to ask a million questions come take a look and take it for a spin. It’s a 72 year old Jeep!

New Tub, New Seats/brackets/foam/covers, New gas tank, New exhaust, New water pump, New hoses, New gaskets here and there, New Spark plugs/wires, New brakes, F+R New Springs/Shocks/Shackles (5), New tires, New body mounts, New battery bracket, 12v converted.”

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1958? CJ-5 Carpinteria, CA $6000


David spotted this jeep. It includes a hardtop. Curiously, this chassis has the front reverse shackles, suggesting that either the jeep is earlier than 1958 (though it has the later SW 0-9 speedo or that the frame might not be original to the body. A close inspection is necessary on this one.


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“For Sale! Father/Son project now available due to health concern. New Engine, (4cyl.) Rebuilt Transmission, great vehicle been in the family like forever. Rhino Liner painted body with accents of Tan. Larger 11″brakes installed. New wiring harness during assembly, new windshield and gasket, upholstered seats with “Sunbrella”. Comes with Koenig Hard Top, Soft Top, Bikini Top. Soft Doors and Koenig Doors all working well. Good Tires, Gauges work, seen by appointment only. Reply by email then we’ll text. Selling price will need to be in CASH, before signed CA title is given.”

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1946 VEC? CJ-2A Sidney, MT Auction


John shared this online auction for a VEC? CJ-2A with a column shifter. It doesn’t appear to have had indents, so this may be in the 3XXXX serial number range.

“3 speed on column (Rare), 5 new military tires, restored gas tank and radiator, drives and runs. Sidney, MT Bill of sale.”

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1966? CJ-5 Paso Robles, CA $5000


David shared this CJ-5. Note that the body is pre-1963 (had the fake battery box lid), so unclear why this is listed as a 1966.

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“It has the original Hurricane F134 Engine and runs well.
It’s a great Jeep, but I need to make room for another project vehicle

I’m including all the work/parts that have been installed over the last month
New Radiator
New exhaust (and new header)
New fuel tank and sending unit
New weatherstripping
New Battery
New Tires
New Carb
New Registration
Repair manual

New seals on the transfer case
New Wiring Harness

I didn’t get to complete the build of it, but it’s a great jeep”

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1948 CJ-2A Milaca, MN $6000


Ran when parked, but is supposed to be rust free.

“1946 Willys Jeep Flathead 4cyl, new 12volt wiring harness, new lock outs , clear title This Jeep ran when parked 6 years ago it has new floor pans and is virtually rust free . Posting for a friend so please call or text him as I will not be answering questions. The Jeep is in Belle Plaine Mn you can reach him at 9 five two 2 nine seven 4 nine seven five”

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1948 CJ-2A Brewster, NY $2500


It’s a project that’s been for sale for a while.

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1947 CJ-2A Norwalk, CT **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2700.

It’s a project.

“1947 Jeep CJ2A with title Needs finishing.wiring,gas and brake lines,welding,carb rebuild and some minor parts”

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1948 CJ-2A Orange, CT $11,944


UPDATE: Still Available.

(04/13/2022) The seller notes the numbers match (though the tub is new), but the tub and chassis numbers don’t match (though aren’t all that far off …see pic below).
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“1948 Willys CJ2 4×4 civillan model. Restored w/ originality in mind. Numbers match flat head 4 cyl, 3 speed stick, 2 stick transfer case. Comes w/2 sets if rims & tires. OEM skinny rims & lug style & beech tires on wagon wheels. New tub installed onto mint frame. Restoration was done by WWII vet (owner restored) in the early 90’s. Has gone very little miles since see photos. . Zero rust runs and drives great.” Continue reading

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The Minnesota Trip

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Dave and I with the racer loaded on the trailer.

What a couple of weeks!

One of our goals before leaving was to put in Ann’s garden. So, prior to leaving for MN, we expanded the fencing (primarily to keep the dogs in and so they can chase out any critters), laid the dirt for corn and squash, laid gravel over the rest of the dirt, and put in elevated planters so that Ann does’t have to bend down. We’d hoped to move the propane tank, but that will have to wait now until Fall. It’s all temporary so we can see how we like the location.


Last Friday mom’s place went up for sale. On Wednesday, (as Ann and I were racing back from Minnesota) the home went under contract. It came down to a developer who wanted to develop the land (all cash deal) or a couple with a daughter who wanted to live in the house and offered to take mom’s cats. It was an easy call, as mom would have wanted the cats cared for, so we agreed to the deal with the couple. So, a huge step forward in finalizing the estate.

And now for the road trip to MN, here’s what happened.

Our drive to Minnesota was uneventful. We drove 1000 miles the first day under perfect skies, with no storms. Because I was a little paranoid about blowing a trailer tire, we kept the speed art around 70mph for most of the trip. The next day we drove an additional 500 miles in similar beautiful weather, landing in Little Falls, Minnesota, for the evening.

The next morning we stopped by Thielen Meats in Pierz, as recommenced by Dave F. It was a great recommendation (voted the #1 meat market in Minnesota and celebrating its 100th anniversary this year). We bought some beef sausages, smoked mozzarella, a whole smoked white fish (yum), and some smoked pork ribs. Everything was great (we should have bought more).


Photo Credit: Thielen Meats

A short time later, we arrived at Dave’s place. Dave and I have been communicating about this racer for several years, but for all the reasons you already know, it wasn’t until this spring that it was practical for us to go fetch the jeep.


Some of the worst damage:


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Made it Home

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UPDATE: We began Wednesday in Dickinson, ND. We stopped in Montana to visit Dan and April’s new bison ranch, then planned to stop in Missoula for the night. However, our concern over degrading weather on Thursday between Spokane and Missoula convinced us to push through to home. We arrived at 3am, Thurs morning, pretty bushed! I will give a full trip update once I recover from our drive.

We had a good time talking with Dave in Minnesota when we picked up the race jeep. He showed us around his collection of jeeps, which was a surprise! We leave from Dickinson, ND, this morning and have about a day and half left of driving, so more to come, including our story of the TICK invasion!

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Minnesota Trip Update

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We’ve made it to Minnesota after two long days of driving. Other than seeing two semi complete flat fenders (2A or 3As) being hauled west on I-90 near the Bozeman area, not much to report. I’ll post pics and a quick Tuesday at some point.

Last night in Glendive, Montana, and tonight in Minnesota my hotspot internet access has sucked, so I can’t do a whole lot.

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WillyWilly Aluminum Head Northeast, AR $1000


UPDATE: Sometimes, we don’t know what we don’t know. In this case, Ted Robinette corrects the record regarding his creation of the WillyWilly (one word) Aluminum head:

NOT A HICKEY HEAD: The WILLYWILLY cylinder head is not a copy of or a rebranding of the Hickey head like the Chuchua head was nor “originated as a Vic Hickey product” as mentioned in the preceding comments.

THE DEVELOPMENT: I did purchase a well used Hickey head in California during the late 80’s and once I got it home to Australia found it to be only suitable for wall art so set about designing my own version.

To say it is a copy or rebranding belittles the development effort and investment involved in creating the pattern and core boxes to my own design here in Australia. While the top shape is inspired by, but not the same as, an early HICKEY head the water jacket is a different shape with strengthening ribs added internally plus internal bosses for the temp sender and bypass etc to thread into. The combustion chamber shape is my own design as is the use of 3/4″ reach spark plugs. The deck and walls are also made thicker to add stiffness to the head and as a consequence to the top end of the engine block. This latter point is more relevant to the Whippet and Willys 77 (48 hp) pre-war engine blocks for which the head bolt pattern in my casting could be drilled to suit.

THE NAMES: RO-ETT is my surname shortened. Nothing to do with ‘Rockett”.

The cylinder head is named WILLYWILLY, written as one word, being the word Australian Aboriginals used to describe a dust devil, gust or other strong wind. This name was chosen as a play on Willys use of Go Devil, Hurricane, Tornado etc to label the engines they produced. The WO part number cast into the top of the WILLYWILLY head is a play on the Willys part number for the circa 1939 factory aluminium cylinder head.

THE ARKANSAS HEAD FOR SALE ON FACEBOOK: I took the pattern out of retirement to specially make the WILLYWILLY head, #A715, shown in the Facebook sale for a guy in Arkansas who had an aircraft powered by a Jeep L134 engine. The L134 has since been replaced by a radial engine. In the last ten years I have only made three heads being the aircraft #A715 and another for a bellytank based Lakester race car and a twin spark plug conversion for my own Speedster.

ANY MORE HEADS FOR SALE? NO, I do not have any WILLYWILLY heads for sale.

OTHER ITEMS: A few years ago I made the patterns and core box for a twin downdraft carburetor manifold (Roett-Duett) to suit the L134 engine and have cast a few. Again the manifold is my own design and not a copy of the BURNS or DARLAND manifolds I have but found not suitable for my vehicles. More recently I made a pattern to cast a few aluminium sumps to suit L134 engine projects I am involved with. Unfortunately the closure of one foundry and then covid has caused foundry backlogs and materials and manufacturing cost hikes that might discourage making more of the manifolds and sumps. Time will tell.

Best Willys Regards
Ted Robinette


This is a very rare head.