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January 1958 Willys News

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

The January 1958 issue of Willys News includes a rare article on the Willys Economy Delivery Truck, which was new for 1958.

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Learn(ing) About Blitz Buggies

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, Old Images

This post began as a single newspaper photo and caption titled “Learn About Blitz Buggies”  that Mario posted to Facebook. Just before I readied the post, I figured I’d see if there was a better quality version of the photo he posted.

To my surprise, when I searched for “About Blitz Buggies”, the results returned numerous seemingly press release photos over the summer and fall of 1941. No credit for the photos are provided. Given the titles are mostly identical and all showed various soldiers “working” (but probably posing) in front  Ford GPs, I can’t help but wonder if this was a subtle campaign by Ford Motors to encourage the adoption of the Ford GP “Blitz Buggy” by the military.

So, here are some random newspaper photos from 1941 (there are many more during 1941).

June 26, 1941, Manhattan Mercury out of Kansas:


June 17, 1941, Montgomery Advertiser out of Alabama (looks to me like the same person as above, yet the caption shows a different name):

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August 16, 1941, Star Gazette out of Elmira, New York:


August 24, 1941, Austin American out of Texas (that Ford logo looks a little too obvious):


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1947? Photo of a CJ-2A Spraying in South Dakota

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Old Images

Taken by Jay Higgins on May 28, 1947, and published by the USDA Forest Service, this photo is shared on The confusing part is that this is a May 1947 photo, but CJ-2As with passenger side bow holders weren’t supposedly built until 1948. The photo does not appear reversed, as the reflector is on the correct side in the rear.


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2 – 1954 Willys Commercial Data Fact Books on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features

Two different 100+page Willys Commercial Data Fact Books on eBay. One is listed at $95.99 and the other at $159.99. I’ve never seen one of these, so I’m not sure all of what is inside them.

  1. This appears to have more cover wear than the 2nd one and priced at $95.99.
  2. This one is the more expensive one at $159.99.

The interior pics appear the same for both:



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1951 M-38 Sinclair, ME $11,500

• CATEGORIES: M-38 • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $11,500.

(05/23/2019) Includes a canvas top.

“1951 M38 Willys Military Jeep. Really nice condition. 24 volt. Radio,antenna. Have military top and doors also.”

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1943 GPW Mulvane, KS $18,500


Carson’s selling his nice looking GPW.

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“Nice solid gpw “ Original body” 12v. The jeep has the more reliable T90 gear box. Just finished 90% restoration has 9 miles on it. A lot of new parts such as carb, brake lines, gauges, lights, wiring, seat/cushions, radiator, tires, muffler etc. runs and drives great the carburetor could use a little more adjustment and little gear oil leak I didn’t have a car lift so didn’t want to mess with it nothing bad. Please text me with any questions/more pictures. Asking 18500 OBO”

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1948 CJ-2A Fort Myers, FL $15,990


This was for sale back in 2018, but, based on the rear license plate, appears to have sold. Curiously, these new pics show a Florida plate on the back and a Vermont plate on the front.

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1948 CJ-2A Ranger, GA $5000


This 2A has been sitting a decade. The sale includes a parts 2A.

“For sale 1948 Willys CJ2A Jeep. Does not run. Would not take much to get it running. Needs tires, been sitting in Gurage for about 10 years. Have a second CJ2A for parts that comes with it. Can send more pictures if needed.”

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1950 Jeepster Chardon, OH $14,000

• CATEGORIES: Jeepster

The has an unusual hood ornament.

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“Wonderful, fully drivable, rare car. Well cared for and winter stored. Spent most of her life touring around summertime Marble Head. Has V6 engine and 3 on the tree with overdrive. Super fun to drive and very reliable.

New or Rebuilt:
Engine flat head lightning 6
Transmission 4 speed with over drive including solenoid step down switch
Clutch pressure plate and disk
Carburetor/Fuel pump
Water pump/belts
Heat riser
Distributor Petronix electronic ignition/vacuum advance/wires & plugs
Generator 6V
Starter 6V
brakes cylinders/lines/master
Cables speedo/e-brake
Front kingpins
Correct wiring harness
Light switch
Side mirrors
Convertible top and side curtains

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1949? CJ-2A Evergreen, CO $14,000


Looks like this has a government data tag.

“This is a great running Willys with 1600 miles since a complete mechanical rebuild 2 years ago. Just powdercoated the axle housings and rims. New glass has been installed since the picture was taken. Ready for summer fun. Clean title.”

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1946 CJ-2A Walton, KY $6500


There might be a patch on the driver’s side cowl.

“1946 Willys Jeep. Good condition. Runs good. Almost all original. Fun and a classic!”


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1963 FC-170 Syracuse, NY $1750

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677

No pics provided.

“1963 Jeep FC170 for sale.
Does not run, however I believe the timing chain has jumped a tooth and haven’t had the time to change it.

The engine is the standard straight 6 226 cu in Super Hurricane paired with the T90 transfer case.
Frame only has surface rust and is solid.
It has the hydraulic system that was used to operate a front mounted plow.”

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Meyers Snow Plow Highland Mills, NY $350


Seller only has the plow and claims it was used on a willys jeep.

“Great shape. Was stored in barn. All I have is plow that’s pictured.”


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1948 CJ-2A Sikeston, MO $3500


Runs and drives, but has oil pressure issues.

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“his is a 1948 cj2a that runs, drives, and stops. The tub was totally destroyed with rust; the previous owner cut all of the rusted material out and replaced it with heavy gauge steel. The entire floor was replaced, the fender wells were replaced, the toolbox lid was welded shut, and both sides are hand made with heavy steel. It has an m38 windshield on it, new fenders, new shocks, new springs, New gas tank, been sitting outside so looks rough, Have original front seats, four original rims(one non-original rim), tires not so good. willys hood and grill.

The brakes were gone through when the sheet metal work was done. The right front frame has been bent up and needs straightened. It has a later willys l134 engine, might be out of a dj3a. Lights work. Engine starts right up but does smoke. I don’t know if the rings are stuck or not. The oil pressure is great until it gets warmed up and driven awhile, and then reads low. The transmission and transfer case shifts as they should. Good radiator. I was told that the previous owner built this to use on a farm, so did not care if it was original. This would be good for trail or everyday use. Please ask about the title. Craigslist email only. If it is listed, it is still for sale. Don’t need help selling it.”

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1951 CJ-3A Albuquerque, NM $10,000


Has some mods. The steps have been altered.

“1951 Willys Jeep
Exelent running condition
Rebuilt transmission
New carburetor
New tires
Complete brake job & master cylinder
New exhaust pipe and manifold”


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Year? CJ-2A Brandywine, VA Parting Out


The seller is parting out this 2A.

“Willy’s Jeep–Parting Out”

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1947 CJ-2A Farmers Branch, TX $2500


UPDATE: Still Available.

(05/14/2020) It’s a project.

“1947 willys jeep has a rebuilt engine and transmission. It has a rollbar, a great heavy duty winch. Would be a great project . if you have any questions just ask.”


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Free Sears Hardtop Valencia, PA Free


Seller plans to scrap this if he can’t give it away.

“I really Hate to see these old “Very Rare Willys Military Items” go for scrap so,
if you could use this old M38 Willys Military Jeep Hardtop Just come and get it.
I am calling the scrap-man next Friday.”


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September 1941 Article on Loosing The Army Contract

This September 28th, 1941, article covered the ‘cold shoulder’ given to American Bantam by War Department.



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Odd Ball Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, Sedan-jeep, Unusual • TAGS: .

A few items I found on my phone. I think all these photos were on Facebook?

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Some thought when into the mods on this jeep:


This sedan jeep is odd even for custom hardtop jeeps.


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Manley Wrecker Brochures

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

UPDATE: This brochure appeared on Facebook a while back.



Originally published October 2016: The American Chain & Cable Company’s Manley Division produced these Jeep Wrecking Cranes in the late 1940s. I can’t imagine there are too many of these around. This brochure is from a 1948 Industrial Equipment book.

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1946 CJ-2A Golden, CO $3500


No title at the moment.

“1946 Willys CJ2A Jeep Project
Rebuilt 4 cyclinder flat head engine
Trans and t-case also gone through and clutch. New u- joints. Completely new suspension, springs, shackles, shocks and u -bolts. Rewired to 12 volt with an alternator. Brakes are all new. Has Warn locking hubs, bikini top, and rear seat.
Floors are ingreat shape, have been repaired and covered in bed liner.
Seats were recovered and are in good condition. Has a tow bar. I put some used tires on it ,fronts are great, rears are scalloped and ride a little rough. Paint is a 20 footer.
Still missing some bits and pieces and interior wirring, gauge lights turn signals. Also no title, has a vin tag, owner died and title could not be found, spouse moved on without doing replacement title. DMV is not open and i can’t do the title work.”

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1949? CJ-2A Walsenburg, CO $5700


Has an f-head.

“1949 Willy’s Jeep. Good condition, straight body and frame. Hardly any rust on frame and body. Has a F134 motor that runs good. No major engine or transmission problems. Several new brake parts installed recently. Been sitting inside for several years. Front passenger seat is torn”

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1946 CJ-2A w/ 18′ Trailer Grand Junction, CO $13,500


Jeep has some updates. The price includes an 18′ trailer.

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“1946 Willy’s Jeep, off road use, 1969 Chevy 350 long block 5.7L engine with only 1500 miles on it. White body with Black Line-X cab. 8000 lb. power take off winch, 3 speed manual transmission with Warren all range over-ride. American Racing 15″ white spoke wheels, Firestone Destination Mud Terrain tires.
Electronic ignition, complete brake job, hydraulic line lock emergency brake, Doetsch Enterprise 8095 shocks,
re-arced leaf springs with new shackle kits, new alternator with voltage regulator, poly gas tank.
Full list of all parts, repairs, modifications and accessories totaling over $16,000 available for review. Labor costs not included in above.
Big Tex 18′ steel deck tandem axle – electric brake car hauler trailer with rock shield, stake pockets and welded D-rings, 2 – 5/16″ bull dog coupler. 4 – 10,000 lb. ratchet race car tie downs, RKI aluminum box mounted on tongue, spare tire mount.
Jeep accessories – Surco Safari basket on Pannon rack, additional rear rack with 2 metal 5-gallon gas cans, 4-V bar mud chains, HI-Lift jack with off road base and lift mate, axe and shovel with brackets for rack mount, tow bar for 2″ ball.”

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1964 FC-150 Hamilton, MT $45,000

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

Nice looking FC.

“Four Wheel Drive, 4 Cylinder engine, 3 speed + Overdrive transmission. 40, 957 Original miles. The FC-150 was only manufactured from 1957-1964. This Jeep is #150 out of #169 that was produced in the last year of production. Restored and is in Cherry condition. Have won first place in Fair Parade and numerous Car Shows with this FC. Located in Hamilton, MT.”

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