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1948 CJ-2A Fort Mohave, Az **Status Unknown**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Unusual • TAGS: , , , .

UPDATE: **Status Unknown** Was $12,000.

(08/17/2017) This has a variety of upgrades.  The grille reminds me of a Nuffield.

“One of a kind
1948 Willys Jeep 4 wheel drive ( 81 ” wheel base )
I’ve owned this Jeep for over 40 years
All steel body (no rust or damage)
Complete frame including spring hangers etc. are boxed in
Hi performance 350 fresh small block Chevy / chrome custom headers
Turbo 400 trans, electric lock up tork converter, custom made dash and hood
Halibrand quick-change rear end (extra gear sets)
Custom body work-exhaust exits out rear of body,
Flaring on wheel wells / license plate recessed
Enlarged windshield / frenched head lights /custom grill
Stainless fuel tank
Custom Fresno top / side panels included
Tilt steering wheel / power steering
Disk brakes all around
Double chain driven transfer case
Chrome traction bars
Roll cage
Bucket seats
Street legal, titled and registered
Has never been outside my shop over night, always indoors”

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1943/65 Flattie Rio Rancho, NM $13,000

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: , , , , .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $13,000.

(04/18/2018) Chad spotted another California modified Flattie. It’s nearly identify to three other jeeps (same body updates, same dash, same custom windshield, same Muller custom top, etc). The differences are slightly, such as this one has a black rear bumper rather than a chrome one like the others.

  1. For example, Here’s one that was also listed as a 1965. They have different valve covers and different rear bumpers, but pretty much everything else looks the same:
  2. Here’s another (this has a 302 and chrome bumper):
  3. And another (black seats):
  4. This has more differences than the others, but similar look: 

Here’s the ad …

“I’m selling my willys jeep. I hate to see it go but i don’t use it at all. Its in perfect shape. So many upgrades to the small block 305 v8. I don’t need to get rid of it so no low ballers. I am open to some trades and reasonable offers. I dont need help selling it and cash only. No scammers or tire kickers.”

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1948 CJ-2A Fresno, CA $1800

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , , , .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(09/15/2018) This looks like a neat project. I’d love to get my hands on the doors and the customized windshield. And, it also has the first Muller half-top I’ve seen. Cool! I’ll be this has been sitting for years.

“1948 Willy’s CJ2A rebuild project. Chevy 283 goes with it, T-90 transmission and transfer case needs to be gone through, Chevy power steering box installed, have all the body parts”

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1947 CJ-2A Merlin, OR $11,500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , , , .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(03/16/2017) Looks good. Has a variety of updates.

“Buick V6 225, Power steering, Lockers Front and Rear, Hydraulic winch, Tow Bar, Bikini Top, and Full Top.  Chevy Transmission four speed and transfer case. Tilt Wheel, custom dash, two fuel tanks. New tires and wheels. Box of Parts and rear seat. Electric Wipers.”

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1942 GPW Fresno, CA $25,000 obo

• CATEGORIES: News • TAGS: , , , .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(11/07/2016) Has a Muller Top and other custom updates.

1942-gpw-cali-modded-fresno-ca9“1942 Ford Jeep
• 34,806 miles
• Clean Title In hand
• 74 Year Old Military Jeep

• Original Body
• All Chevy Products
• Top is Cooper Custom Made
• Top Can Be Removed
• Panels Can Be Removed
• Custom Made Doors
• Windshield Folds Down
• No Row Bar
• Bucket Seats From 1960 Mustang
• Custom Made Backseat
• Carpeted

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1946 CJ-2A Gardnerville, NV $6500


Has the “Fresno” expanded windshield.

“1946 Willies Jeep 283 with a rebuilt Chevy engine. Power steering 85% restored, need linkage hooked up. Automatic transmission. Please call for more information, no text messages please.”

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1961 CJ-5 Fresno, CA $2995


UPDATE: The price has been bouncing around a bit. This is the lowest I’ve seen.

This has the muller hardtop and a few other California-esque mods, such as the rear bumper (note it looks similar to the rear bumper in the muller ad). Despite sitting, this might be worth a look. It’s probably a well-built jeep.

“1 owner
283 chevy v-8 80,000 miles
Runs/on non op
new starter
new battery
new alternator
power steering
new tires
muller top
rear seat
soft doors and sides”

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1942 GPW Carroll County, MD $8500

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

UPDATE: Price dropped to $8500

(10/26/2014) I wonder if this came from California. It’s got the unusual windshield mod done in Fresno.

“Restored 1942 ford GPW rock crawler
231 oddfire v6 with HEI
t98 granny low 4 speed manual
Spicer 18 t case (new)
New clutch
Dana 25 front axle
Dana 44 rear axle with locker
Power steering
Gunmetal grey
20 gallon stainless gas tank
Aluminum alloys with 33″ tires
Clear title
Original VIN plate
No rust!!!”

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1949 CJ-3A Sonora, CA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3000.

This has one of those unique California modified windshields.

“1949 jeep willys buick v6 with rebuilt carb t-90 3 speed transmission rebuilt, dana 18 twinstick transfercase rebuilt, warn overdrive gone through everything has just been rebuilt no more then a few miles on it ,lifted on 33 in mud tires , warn front locking hubs, front tow bar , winch has no remote , tilt steering, needs exhaust put on its and brakes need to be bleed but they still work”

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1951 CJ-3A Fresno, CA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was No Price listed.

This has the California windshield mod.

“I have jeep 1951 for sale runs really strong 350 motor and 3 gears only tags dated”

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Directions for Muller Custom Top

UPDATE: Hard to believe it has been almost three years since I published this post!

I discovered these directions for the Muller Custom Top in the August 1965 issue of Four Wheeler Magazine that we’ve seen on nicely modified Fresno area Jeeps.  I’m considering building one of these for Biscuit and selling my Kayline.

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1965 Custom Flattie Fresno, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, CJ-3A • TAGS: , , , , , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $10,5000. It has a Muller Top


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Rancho Cordova Flat Fender Builder

• CATEGORIES: News • TAGS: , .

In 2010, Chris commented that a retired Ford Mechanic in Rancho Cordova, CA, built about 40 flatfenders.  I believe he’s responsible for a variety of jeeps I call the “California Modded” jeeps.  They often have an expanded windshield, implement a Muller Top, and have a lip added on the rear wheel wells.

Does anyone know the name of this mechanic or have any other information about him?

Here was Chris’ comment from this post:

There was a retired Ford mechanic in Rancho Cordova, Ca. that was building flatfenders for a while as a hobby. Back in the early 90′s he had built closed to 40. When he picked up a willys that didn’t have a a good windshield,the large windshield is what he put on. He has since passed away.

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1948 CJ-2A Clovis, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , , , , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $12,500.  The seller says this jeep has a Cooper top, but it looks just like a Muller Top to me.  Maybe they are one-in-the-same?

“Ole Yeller” is up for sale or trade. Sporty, fun and dependable head turner. Comes complete with all snap on soft sides and windows and has original Black plates. It has a 48 Willys body, 69 Ford Windsor 302 motor with J-series cast iron heads, Keith Black pistons, Edelbrock cam, intake and timing chain, FMC carb, 69 C4 3 speed auto trans with stage 2 shift kit and B&M 2000 stall converter, Dana 25 front axle, Dana 44 rear axle with 427 gears, Spicer model 30 transfer case, SoCal gauges, Tilt steering wheel, electric parking brake, new hi performance battery, CD player, ceramic coated headers, like new tires. Only 6000 miles on it since build. Paint is not perfect and the Cooper top has a small repair patch in it, other than that it’s a fantastic little Jeep. I want $12,500.00 or trade for a custom vehicle of equal value. Please no texting or low ballers. Read the list of components and add them up, this is a good deal.

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1949 CJ-3A Lodi, CA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4000

(06/19/2014) This might be a good price. It’s got some of the Fresno area mods (doors and the windshield). PIcs could be old or the camera’s date mixed up.

“1949 Willy’s Jeep with new 33″ tires. Chrystler V6 engine, tow bar and winch. $4000 or best offer.”


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1947 CJ-2A Superior, MT $4000


Looks like this has a ‘California Modded’ windshield.

Good running Jeep, needs upholster work on seats, has full soft cab to go with”

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1942 GPW Clovis, CA $6500

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

UPDATE: Price dropped to $6500.

(02/23/2014) This has a windshield mod as well as some updates.

“1942 Jeep/Ford GPW military jeep. Looks and runs great. Very reliable for a vehicle 70+ years old. Has a Buick 231 odd-fire V6, T-98 Granny low 4 speed transmission, new rebuilt transfer case, new clutch, Dana 44 rear end with locker. Trail proven and turns heads anywhere you drive. Call or text Brad at 593-9017. Please don’t waste my time with low ball offers.”

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1946 CJ-2A Fresno, CA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $20,000

Well-built jeep with a negotiable price.

“I am selling my 1946 Jeep Willy’s at this time. This vehicle is in pristine condition and it is impossible to find another vehicle in such good condition. This vehicle has the following upgrades + more professionally installed:

Steering System
Disc Brakes
Rhino Lined Interior
Front Axel
V8 Engine 327 Small Block
Fuse Panel
Roll Cage

This vehicle has additional upgrades and the price is HIGHLY NEGOTIABLE AT THIS TIME. If you have a vehicle for trade or an interest in this vehicle please respond directly to this add and I will e-mail or call you back. I am in Fresno and happy to meet anyone at any time to show the Jeep.”

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1951 M-38 Flagstaff, AZ **Status Unknown**


UPDATE:  Was $7600. **Status Unknown**

(08/28/2012) This has the expanded windshield mod.  There looks like some nice cage work done, too.  I’ll bet this was a Fresno area jeep at one point.

“This is an amazing machine
Runs and drives great
4×4 high and low
Warn M6000 winch
4.3L Chevy V6 completely rebuilt
SM420 transmission
538 gears front and rear axles.
Full roll cage
Vinyl top
Custom built windshield and frame ( made it larger )
This jeep is ready for anything you throw at it
Body is straight with NO body filler
No expense spared in rebuilding this Jeep”

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1953 CJ-3A Fresno, CA **SOLD**



(06/05/2012) Here’s another of the nice flat fenders with the unusual top and expanded windshield.  Looks very nice.  I’d like some better pics to compare with the others, like this one and this one.


Rare 1953 Willy is a spectacular addition to any Jeep enthusiast
• Custom Top
• Custom Paint w/ Ghost Flames
• New Tires & Wheels
• V6 Chevy Motor
• Rebuilt Front End
• New Front & Rear Gears & Bearings
• New Rear Axles
• New Rear Springs
• New 14″ Brakes
• New Radiator
• Lots of Chrome & Stainless
• Studebaker Electric Over Drive”

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1957 CJ-5 Hesperia, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Unusual • TAGS: , , , .

UPDATE:  This is back on eBay

(08/15/2012) Here’s an unusual CJ-5.  It appears to have been modified by the same people/person who created these other modified jeeps, an observation I’m basing on the top.  Given the jeep is from Hesperia, there’s a very good change it is the same group.  Note that the jeep was stored for more than three decades.

“Here’s my 1957 jeep, it was stored from around the late 70’s till 2010, still has the original california black plate, runs and drives great!!

paint, interior, and engine change where done around 1960, was owned and customized by a california car customizer in the fresno area

engine is a all stock 1960 283, has the original 4bbl carb, power pack heads, generator with power steering drive, runs perfect, very nicely installed, looks factory

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1952 CJ-3A Chowchilla, CA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3000.

This has the modified windshield.

“1952 Willys Jeep, 302 Ford, 4wd, automatic, needs work, $3000 or best offer. Serious inquiries only”

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1948 CJ-2A Fresno, Ca **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , , , , , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $8500.  Could this also be this flattie? It’s got a Muller Top

(11/17/2011) This is a nice build.  I think the thunderbird seat looks good in it. Here are similar flatties.

“1948 Willys Jeep CJ2AAll Original Steel
ENGINE1965 Ford 289 340hp 10-1compFord C-4 Automatic TransmissionSpicer 20 transfer caseMSD Ignition system100 amp single wire 12v GM AlternatorWalker Aluminum crossflow radiatorCustom fender exit headers aluma-coatedEdelbrock fuel pumpAluminum intake and water pumpVery well built and runs great!
SUSPENSIONRancho Leaf springs and hangers front/rear stock heightRancho shocks in all cornersDana 25 axle in front, openDana 44 axle in rear, open4:27 gear ratioWarn locking hubsDual power drum brakes31-10.50/15 Dominator AT Radial tires 15×8 US Mag steel wheels
EXTERIORCOOPER removable topSnap on clear side curtains, not pictured, very good conditionCustom rear bumperOriginal Military flip-up headlightsOriginal Military teardrop running lights, Ford script F on top, with slat covers12 gallon steel fuel tank in the frame rails, not under the seatsOriginal Black Ca license plates
INTERIORSO-CAL 6 gauge one piece dash boardAmerican Auto 15 circuit wiring system1962 Thunderbird seatsSO-CAL brake and throttle pedals
STORY BEHIND THIS LITTLE JEEPMy buddy is the second owner of the Willys, it’s been in his family since 1967. His dad bought her from a neighbors wife after the original owner passed away. Most of the modifications were done in the 60’s, she’s all original steel and been kept in that 60’s style. The springs and shocks have been upgraded and motor was rebuilt about 5 years ago, the 5k miles is original to the motor and the speedo reflects it. The paint looks very good, there is a few scratches where your feet drag getting in. The body seams were all welded properly, not just covered up and there has never been any body rust. The most off road she’s seen is Deer Hunting, so mainly Forrest type roads and never been wrecked. It’s a great little rig that would make a cool daily driver or weekender.”


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1950 CJ-3A El Paso, TX **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2700

This has the windshield modification on a CJ-3A windshield.  Note the lack of windshield wipers though.

“1950 jeep willy 4 cyl,33″ tires,all brake system replaced, good toy, strong jeep no rust!!!! Clean tx title Open to trades”


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1947 CJ-2A Apache Junction, AZ **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5500

(06/22/2011)This has the expanded windshield modification.

“This is a 1947 Jeep with 283 1957 chevy engine 4 barrel Holy carb w/ Holly intake manifold all Mallory ignition w/Optimun battery, w/new lock outs, body repainted in 2010,US Marine Corps theme W/Decals Related to the Corps. Engine to the best of my knowlage has been rebuilt. All it needs is valve cover gaskets that I didn’t get put on yet. Has new 4 pt seat belts in it. Newly powered coated roll bar, dual mufflers with alum steps on each side, chrome grill. Just put on Aluminum wheels. Tires are 33in super swampers. LED brake lights (new also) and has new turn signals. Replaced both rear axles in winter of 2011. Very good comfortable seats. Spare tire is brand new, Front disc brakes. Also with winch.. Has two milatary gas cans mounted on rear not shown. When I first bought it I couldn’t find serial no. Took it to level (1) inspection and had a new number assigned to it. Every thing about registration was a real hassel but got it done. Have title and regestration. This Jeep is fun and will go anywhere you want to go and licenced for the street.”