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1946 Drag/Dune Jeep Cle Elum, WA $5500

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: , , , .

This could have a Bobcat shell body.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/223529036307712

“SD 7AL-2 with two step full wiring/gauges/switch panel. Dana 60 rear end/, 6:17 gears/with spool. 2WD. Full float leaf spring suspension with ladder bars. Reverse shackle with straight axle front end. TIRES/WHEELS/WHEELIE BARS NOT INCLUDED ($3k price drop). 12 point cage, five point harnesses, suspension race seats mounted on cage, Seat covers in excellent condition. Halon full suppression (extinguisher) system. No motor. Set up for SBC on alcohol or gas, plus power glide or TH 400. WILLING TO PART… OBO”

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1950 CJ-3A Yakima, WA $8500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: , .

This project needs completion. It has a Bobcat Fiberglass hood.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1283237282124045

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“Whats been finished.
Engine conversion to 1989 TBI 350.
New leaf springs. New shocks.
New power steering. New brakes
New Painless performance wiring harness.

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1946 CJ-2A Katy, TX $4000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $4000.

(11/05/2021) Looks like a good price. Has a fiberglass body (possibly a Bobcat body). Sounds like it has a non-functional overdrive.

https://houston.craigslist.org/cto/d/katy-1946-willys-cj2a/7401729879.html

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“Selling my project CJ2A. I just don’t have time to work on it.
Vehicle runs and drives, but I overjetted the carb when I brought it down from Colorado, so it’s very rich and hard to start.

Jeep features:
full fiberglass tub and hood
a buick oddfire v6 swap
transfer case overdrive (currently non-functional)
tilt steering
electric fuel pump
besttop soft tub and full soft doors (not pictured but included)”

 
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1942? MB? Sparks, NV $17,000

• CATEGORIES: MB • TAGS: , , .

This is a nice looking build that includes a Bobcat hood.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1885603031618470

“1942 Willys CJ-2A 383 Stroker w/ gear drive 4 speed w/warren overdrive 11in brakes All skid plates Power steering Tilt wheel 33in tires Also have full top NV reg and insured No Smog Required Hell of a ride and eye catcher. $17,000 OBO”

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1964? Flattie Whitefish, MT $7200

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, DJ-3A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $7200.

(06/08/2021) This could be a DJ-3A body that’s been modified, but it’s hard to tell for sure. This jeep has a Bobcat hood, but it lacks a front driveline.

https://kalispell.craigslist.org/cto/d/columbia-falls-one-of-kind-1964-jeep/7401267927.html

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“Ford 302, has less than 100 miles since rebuild.
Ford T-18 transmission
Dana 20 transfer case
Boxed mail Jeep frame
Warn M8274-50 winch
Custom Dana 30 front end with Powertrax Lock-Right Locker
Dana 44 rear end with Powerlock locker
Warn manual hubs
4:88 gear ratio on the differentials

Doesn’t have front driveshaft. Just put in new battery, fuel pump and brakes.”

 
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1947 CJ-2A Sylva, NC $7000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , , .

Rare Parkette Bodied east coast jeep with, possibly, a rare bobcat tear drop hood. It’s a bit expensive for a project.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1623201871344976

“Needs steering linkage and carb clean has small block 350 munchie 4 speed front and rear lockers built for mud racing been sitting awhile the body is fiberglass very light needs a good bath other than that it would make a great toy or weekend cruiser clean title pm if have any other questions 7000 obo ”

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1946 CJ-2A North Bend, WA $8500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

Includes a Bobcat fiberglass hood.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/est/cto/d/north-bend-1946-willys-cj2a/7389738747.html

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“Selling my 1946 Willys CJ2A. Runs strong and drives like a Willys Jeep.

Has a 4 cylinder engine, 3 speed manual with Warn overdrive and Warn locking hubs. Like new wheels and tires. The Jeep was purchased in 1948 and been well taken care of since then. Unfortunately no time or space for this super fun, head-turning 4×4. New tabs and clean title in hand.

Serious buyers only! You won’t find another like this one.
$8500 cash”

 
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1949? CJ-2A? Covington, WA $5000

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

UPDATE: Price dropped to $5000.

Lots of updates to this fiberglass bodied jeep. This has a Bobcat fiberglass hood and may well have a Bobcat body, too.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/skc/cto/d/kent-1949-willys-cj2a/7345982967.html

“1949 Willy’s CJ2A. Original frame and grill, fiberglass body. Has 6 point cage tied into frame with 3 beard suspension seats and 4 point harnesses. VERY rare Koenig Arctic top included. Needs to be sand blasted and repainted but no real cancer spots. Motor/trans: carbureted Chevy 327 with new plugs, wires, and alternator, dual electric fans, freshly rebuilt TH 350 mated to a Dana 18 T Case. Running gear: Dana 44 front (Detroit) and rear (spool) with 5.13 gears. Disc brakes all around with dual Wilwood master cylinders. Riding on Rubicon Express YJ leafs SOA with trac bar. 35×15 with tons of life left.

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1946 CJ-2A Naches, WA $4500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(06/05/2021) This has a Bobcat hood.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1383405918700593

“1946 Jeep willys cj2a flatfender Engine is a Chevy SBC V8, HEI distributor, ram horn manifolds, Quadrajet carb Muncie M20 4 speed transmission. It runs and drives however the brakes need some work, and some TLC. Fiberglass hood on it now but also come with the stock hood and windshield that has the willys imprinted on it. I stripped all the bondo off when I bought it and epoxy primer it.”

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Drag Jeep Canby, OR $9500

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(03/18/2021) This appears to have a Bobcat fiberglass body on it.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/476084010500371

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1946 CJ-2A Sunburst, MT $7000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(09/24/2020) Has a few mods including an f-head. This may have a Bobcat hood, but I can’t tell for sure.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2652652808368386

“Would like to swap my Jeep for a pickup, preferably a 3/4 or 1 ton, preferably a Chevy. Located in Sunburst. ($8500 is LOW book, this until is well above LOW)”

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1947 CJ-2A Hermiston, OR $10,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

Looks in good shape. Has a Bobcat hood.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2958593181076150

“1947. Driven 50,000 miles Very clean old jeep with heavy duty winch”

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1951 M-38(?) Vaughn, WA $18,500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, M-38, stainless/jewels • TAGS: , , .

This seems to have a stainless body with a Bobcat hood. There are lots of updates.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/kit/cto/d/vaughn-1951-jeep-cj3-m38/7310001053.html

“1951 jeep C3-M38, this jeep is in great shape has a Chevy 305 V8, 4speed transmission with hi/lo range, Warren 8,000lb winch, matching military trailer.”

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Bobcat? Fiberglass Body Moxee, WA $400

• CATEGORIES: Body Parts, Parts • TAGS: , .

The wider rim around the back suggest this is a later Bobcat fiberglass body.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/442476040389776

“Fiberglass flat fender Jeep body. No cracks.”

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Year? Drag Jeep? Orland, CA $4500

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

UPDATE: Price dropped to $4500.

(03/28/2021) This might have a later model Bobcat body.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1077775939400620

“This is a fiber glass jeep with a Dodge 360 motor automatic with Dana 300 has paddle tires but not in great shape but nice ultra lightweight wheels. Motor has a electric water pump and a summit racing starter. All that it needs is a radiator and fuel lines hooked up asking”

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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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1969 Flattie Seattle, WA For Trade

• CATEGORIES: CJ5 • TAGS: , .

Seller isn’t looking for cash. This may be a CJ-5 chassis with a Bobcat Body and front clip.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/135229945148597

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“Just seeing what’s out there for trade. Cars trucks 4×4 Or not. Somthing cool idk. This thing is sweet. 1500 LBS fiberglass tub. 36 inch tires and a 302 ford engine. Has 3 sticks. One tranny and two Tcase. All lights work. Runs and drives. I don’t know a ton of knowledge on it but know it’s old and it’s cool and it’s super light with a v8. New plugs, wires, cap, rotor, points, condenser, fuel pump… fixing it up more and more ebery day.

Anyway not looking for cash. Mainly looking to trade for another cool rig. Project or not. But don’t hit me with garbage. This Jeep is bad ass and probably worth some coin. I got it from my boss who collects high end cars.”

 
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Flat Fender Project Eatonville, WA $1500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $1500. Includes a Bobcat hood and modified windshield.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1427316374280630

(10/28/2020) “1942 Jeep mb wheeler no engine or trans. Got it but decided not enough time in my schedule. Clear title from prior owner. Needs lots of work but a good base!”

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1942 MB Sultan, WA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: MB • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5000.

(08/14/2020) Locals only. Seller doesn’t want to ship.This may have a Bobcat fiberglass hood, the rarer tear-drop version.

“Up for sale is my 1942 Willy’s MB, I’ve taken it as far as I can with my budget but it still needs some mechanical and cosmetic work. Entirely stock drivetrain. Really great potential and comes with lots of parts. $7,500 Local sale only – I’m not interested in shipping”

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1951 M-38 Vaughn, WA $19,500

• CATEGORIES: News • TAGS: , , .

Lots of updates to this M-38. It look sin good shape. This has a Bobcat fiberglass hood.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/kit/cto/d/vaughn-1951-jeep-cj3-m38/7200664911.html

“1951 jeep C3-M38, this jeep is in great shape has a Chevy 305 V8, 4speed transmission with hi/lo range, Warren 8,000lb winch, matching military trailer.”

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1948 CJ-2A Belfair, WA $1300

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(03/06/2020) Has a bobcat hood. It’s a project.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/kit/pts/d/belfair-jeep-willys/7164123312.html

“Jeep willys 3 in lift no motor. 1300 have title.”

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1947 CJ-2A Baker City, OR $3000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(05/02/2020) This looks to be a pretty much untouched Bobcat Body on a CJ-2A chassis. I don’t see the tailgate.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/189947615458033/

“Selling for a friend it is a 1947 jeep willeys fiber glass body its a project to put together so if ur look for a project here u go comment or messge for more info 3,000 obo”

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1951 CJ-3A Ethel, WA $7500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $7500.

(06/01/2020) Has a Bobcat Fiberglass hood and a variety of updates.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/623686441554841/

“51 willies 3a 4 cly three speed twin stick transfer . Tilt chev colum power steering . Everything works good . Radial swampers with new black wheels”

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1946 CJ-2A Clarkston, WA $3000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(01/06/2020) Has a Bobcat fiberglass hood and some other updates. This was in some kind of accident last year.

https://lewiston.craigslist.org/bar/d/uniontown-1946-cj2a-willys-jeep/7117958087.html

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“Up for sale or trade I have my 1946 cj2a Willy’s Jeep. It has a newer clutch, a small rancho lift , 33×12.50 mud tires not in the best shape. Newer seats , aftermarket gauges and a relatively new rebuild motor before I owned it. Fiberglass hood and front fenders, gas tank relocated behind driver and passenger seat.
Onto the bad …

I was in an accident last summer in which it was declared totaled and I bought it back. I haven’t received a letter stating it has been totaled so I have not been able to get the new salvage title. There was very little damage actually to the Jeep at all, it simply popped the transmission out of gear at the high low neutral stick and so it was determined the transmission was toast which is why it was totaled. Later on while trying to get it working I realized the shift fork was straight up and down but the shifter appeared in high, long story short and a couple wrench turns later and it was like nothing had happened. I’ve driven it 100 miles or more since the repair and nothing has malfunctioned.
It needs wheel studs and lug nuts replaced that broke off.

The seats need to be adjusted because it requires a very short person or someone flexible because the pedals are so close and they are all mechanical. It wears your legs out pretty fast.
I’m looking for either 3,000 or a reliable vehicle for going in the woods, I’ll considered most ideas if the vehicle is in good shape with lower miles. Text or call during regular day hours”

 

 
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1942? MB Tacoma, WA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: MB • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1200.

This has a Bobcat hood and a custom 2A windshield with extra glass. No engine or trans.

“1942 Willys MB Jeep Clean WA title! No engine or trans just a roller. I have soft doors and bikini top for it too. None of the sins you see are mine, so if you have comments, keep me laughing. This one sat on the backburner too long and is ready for a new home. You could do almost anything with it, maybe your Mahindra Roxor would be more fun with a new front clip and licence plates? Cheap trail rig? LS swap? Slammed with an SR20det? Crazy 70’s street freak gasser? Anything, well except keep the cage, it’s terrifying. Cash talks, I will respond to folks in order.”

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