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1946 CJ-2A Laurel, MT $9200

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UPDATE: Price dripped to $9200

(04/15/2018) Lots of updates to this Bobcat-bodied Flattie.

https://billings.craigslist.org/cto/d/1946-willys-jeep/6768512834.html

“1946 Willy’s/ Bobcat body, brand new 4×4 after market frame built from ground up.
1 ton ford transmission(100 miles rebuilt), married transfer case( 100 miles rebuilt), 383 stroker motor (900 miles rebuilt, can, hardened rods, summit racing pistons), Dana 60 axils front and back, four wheel posi, New super swamped 39.5 tires, 15k wench front mounted custom tow bar, Bucket seats ( frame mounted with 5 point harnesses, custom alluminum gas tank, rear seat original. Great for someone who likes quality built performance.”

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1950 CJ-3A Browning, CO $8000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(09/11/2018) It’s got a Bobcat fiberglass hood.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/264228687536381

“1950 cj3 v8 willys new tires top seats brakes dics brakes are exsost stering wheel radeo 4by4 runs great lots of power new top”

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Year? Flattie Longview, WA $9500

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

UPDATE: Price dropped to $9500.

(06/27/2018) This looks like a nicely executed build. It has a Bobcat hood, a stainless windshield, and an early 2A grille. No description provided.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1964501617198197

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1951 CJ-3A Emmett, ID $11,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(06/21/2018) Appears to have a replacement body, along with a fiberglass Bobcat hood.

https://boise.craigslist.org/ctd/d/1951-jeep-willys/6755679390.html

“1951 Jeep Willys ( Title a 1978 ) 4×4, 4cly. engine, warn overdrive, 11″ brakes, tilt $12500.”

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1951 M-38 Auburn, CA eBay

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It’s listed as a 1948, but is actually a 1951 M-38 (see description for more info). It lacks a speedometer.

View all the information on eBay

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“1951 Willys M38 Jeep
Willys serial # MC24291. Oregon DMV assigned # DRF84972, this is the VIN on the title, they probably couldn’t find the tag behind the seat.
Powered by a Chevy 327 that runs good and actually makes it quite scary fast to drive.
Very good power steering and 11” brakes, it stops good.
3 speed transmission with over drive, 2 speed transfer with locking hubs.
It shifts good and doesn’t pop out of gear.
All lights, turn signals and gauges are working, good oil pressure and the charging system works.
No speedometer (see photos).
Twin fuel tanks, full roll cage, tilt wheel and good tires.
Has one small rust spot underneath (see photos) and a front end alignment is due.
All around a good solid old military jeep that is fast and entertaining to drive.
Clear California title.
California residents will be subject to DMV fees and 7.25% sales tax.

 
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1951 CJ-3A Stanwood, WA $4250

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

Has a Bobcat body and hood. Has custom suspension. May have been a racer.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/cto/d/1951-willys/6734451152.html

“1951 Willys , fiberglass , 289 Ford engine. Too much extras to list., Runs but needs tuning. $4,250”

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1949? CJ-2A? Seattle, WA $6000

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

UPDATE: Still Available.

(09/22/2018) Appears to have a Bobcat body.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/265751224225820

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“This jeep has it all. Fiberglas tub with rolled liner sitting on a original frame. Spring over conversion Dana 44 front and rear with 5.38 gears, spool in rear and lock rite in the front, with 4-wheel disc brakes with Wildwood master cylinders and pedal. 1967 Chevy small journal 327 350 horsepower model only been on 4 trips since it was rebuilt 3 years ago. Bolted to a brand new rebuilt turbo 350 transmission with a recently rebuilt Dana 18 transfer case. Fully caged and attached to the frame. 3 suspension seats (child’s in rear) bolted to the cage with 4 point harnesses for all. 10,000 pound winch (I know it is over kill) 35 inch tires on M/T knock offs Ram assist steering with 1 ton cross over steering.”

 
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1945 GPW? South Lake Tahoe, CA $2000

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

It might have a Bobcat fiberglass body.

https://reno.craigslist.org/cto/d/45-willys-jeep/6685278790.html

“’45 Willys Jeep. Buick V8. Fiberglass body, no top or doors. Needs some work but runs good. Lots of extra parts. $2000.00 OBO. Calls only! Will not respond to texts or e-mails.”

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1952 CJ-3A Kirkland, WA $5950

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $5950.

(07/20/2018) Looks like the tub is metal, but has fiberglass on it. The hood looks to be a rare teardrop Bobcat fiberglass hood.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/est/cto/d/1952-jeep-willys-buick-v6/6676057286.html

“Had fun with this thing now time for the next toy. This is a forest green 1952 Jeep Willy’s (cj2a I think). Buick engine swap done by last owner. Such a good weekend driver for the summer with the reliable engine (no choke but runs awesome). Comes with full canvas top. Everything works except windshield wipers (needs to be hooked up is all), and there is no parking brake. Basically everything else is there and functional.

It is in good drivable condition and looks great from 30ft. The body is a bit rough under the paint, but it’s old after all. If your looking for something stock to bring back to original glory this is not it… this is the perfect weekend truck for chores, beers, etc.”

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1949 CJ-2A Shoreline, WA $6500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $6500.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/cto/d/1949-willys-jeep-cj2a/6661143352.html

“1949 CJ2A
This jeep has it all.
Fiberglas tub with rolled liner sitting on a original frame.
Spring over conversion
Dana 44 front and rear with 5.38 gears, spool in rear and lock rite in the front, with 4-wheel disc brakes with Wildwood master cylinders and pedal.
1967 Chevy small journal 327 350 horsepower model only been on 4 trips since it was rebuilt 3 years ago.
Bolted to a brand new rebuilt turbo 350 transmission with a recently rebuilt Dana 18 transfer case.
Fully caged and attached to the frame. 3 suspension seats (child’s in rear) bolted to the cage with 4 point harnesses for all.
10,000 pound winch (I know it is over kill)
35 inch tires on M/T knock offs
Ram assist steering with 1 ton cross over steering.”

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1953 CJ-3A Arlington, WA $8,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $8000.

(03/20/2018)Has a Bobcat hood.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/cto/d/53-willys-jeep-cj3a/6650682425.html

“53′ willys CJ3A.. 350 chev 350 hp crate engine.. less than 1000 miles. SM 465 4speed trany, dana 20 twin stick, Dana 44 richmond spool 4.88 gears. dana 30 detroit locker extra set of axles, all less than 1000 miles on rebuild. Warn power plant winch with compressor. Too much to list”

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Fiberglass Body (Bobcat?) Wenatchee, WA $700

• CATEGORIES: Parts • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $700.

Body looks in good shape.

“Have fiberglass flat fender tub. is in good shape. has pedal assembly. and all body parts. $900.00 obo”

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/162711624570731

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1948 CJ-2A Leavenworth, WA $11,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

Has a Bobcat hood. Power steering not connected.

https://wenatchee.craigslist.org/cto/d/1948-willys-jeep/6569254838.html

“Just curious on trades and or cash. Runs and drives. 99% finished. Could use power steering hooked up but not necessary. Also 3rd gear syncros replace or adjusted. 4 speed with overdrive. Slightly built 302. Bigger brakes and newer running gear. Has black full top. On the fence on getting rid of it. Shoot me a text with offers. No junk. I know what this is worth”

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1947 CJ-2A Edmonds, WA $18,785

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , , , , .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(01/24/2018) This probably has a Bobcat fiberglass body.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/cto/d/1947-willys-jeep-cj-2a/6469386865.html

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“There isn’t anything left to do with this vehicle. It’s already done (new GM 350 motor still has the break-in oil in it).

* All “Fiberglass Body” zero rust!
* Brand New 350 Chevy (EFI)
* Brand New Automatic Transmission
* Dana 44 Front
* Dana 44 Rear
* Detroit Locker (Rear)
* New Aluminum Radiator
* New Oil Cooler
* Brand New Wheels & Tires (Mickey Thompson)
– Pro-Comp LT-285/70/R17
– Including the Spare on the back…
* Disc Brakes on all 4 Wheels
– Electric Vacuum Pump Assist as needed
* Soft Top (Kayline out of Denver, CO)
– Bimini Top as well
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1947 CJ-2A Salem, Or $2500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

All kinds of updates on this one. It has a Bobcat hood.

https://salem.craigslist.org/cto/d/1947-jeep-willys/6560265004.html

“we have a 1947 jeep willys with a 350ci conversion, it has a roll cage, harnesses, seats, doors, the suspension is all modified, it has new tranny and case with a doubler, all it needs is to be wired up, not running right now, tons of extra parts, willing to barter”

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Year? CJ-2A? Bobcat-Bodied Flattie Vancouver, WA $5000

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Looks to have a Bobcat fiberglass body. The hood and fenders might be glass, too. Runs.

https://portland.craigslist.org/clc/cto/d/1942-willy-jeep/6557245533.html

“orignal engine runs fine , fiberglass shell”

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1952 CJ-3A Buckley, WA $3500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(03/18/2018) Cage looks good. The seat appears to be the same as what I have in Biscuit. That’s a bobcat hood.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/cto/d/1952-willys/6532885034.html

“Nice newer paint (John deer yellow)
All new brake line’s , brake hoses , master cylinder and wheel cylinders
Has open knuckle Dana 30 with ratchet locker in front with 4.11
Gears (new bearings and seals) warren locking hubs
Stock rear diff except 4.11 gears
Has Rancho lift kit and Rancho shocks
Has new exhaust (high and tight)
Has hydrolic clutch all new parts
11 inch drum brakes from Ford pickup
Roll bar painted gloss black
New radiator
Lincoln tilt and telescoping stearing column
Power steering (front stear)
Chevrolet 230 did 6 cyl I believe had (running 2 years ago)”

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Fred Weis and the Bobcat History

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

Yesterday morning, SteveK asked to know more about the Bobcat products. Were they race products or something else? The terminology is so second hand, that I thought everyone knew it by now. I decided to send him a link to an article I thought I had published about Fred Weis and the Bobcat body from the February 1970 issue of Four Wheeler Magazine. It turns out I never published that article!

So, I’d like to publish (perhaps I am republishing it) to better explain the Bobcat body and products. At the post’s bottom I’ve included a number of additional examples and information about the Bobcat. Then, on the next post, I discuss the Bobcat & Parkette fiberglass body histories.

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Note the Cascade 4×4 club sticker on the hood.

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The Parkette and The Bobcat Body

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Paul Parker, maker of the Parkette bodies, racing up a hill climb in Calgary in the summer of 1970. Photo courtesy of Ed Bray.

This is a companion article for the Fred Weis and Bobcat Body post. Much of this history is built from conversations, emails and comments on eWillys. I welcome corrections and additions.

In the late 1960s Fred Weis, who I understand ran a fiberglass products company, experimented with a fiberglass jeep design until he found one he liked. At the time he had been jeeping and jeep racing for a decade as part of the Cascade 4×4 Jeep Club. His first complete body was completed in 1969. By 1970, he was ready to produce them for resale. Fred’s bodies were built to be rugged, using fiberglass and wood.

The body was not intended to be an exact replica of the original body; instead, it met the needs outlined by Fred, who styled them (i would guess) to make them a little cooler. For example, the side steps reached the length of the body bend. The rim around the body edge was wider. The dash came with no holes. At some point, the body could be purchased with or without a tailgate and with or without a floor.

Fred also came up with two custom fiberglass raised hoods that provided more room in the engine compartment. One was a teardrop design (few were made) and the other was highly recognizable.

Long time jeeper Paul Parker decided to get into the fiberglass body business about the same time as Fred, so according to Ed Bray, Paul joked about buying Fred’s bodies, adding a side stripe, and calling them Parkettes. Another source told me that Paul did indeed do this, which led to a falling out to some degree between Fred and Paul.

Paul, who had been in the jeep parts business with his brother in Georgia before moving to the Tacoma area, began to build his own Parkette fiberglass tubs out of molds he built. They were very similar to Fred’s body. The biggest difference was that Paul’s jeep included a side stripe, similar to a hockey stick, that was designed to make the body side more rigid and set it apart from Fred’s body. Besides the side stripe, the body of the Parkette was better designed to fit the curve of the CJ-3A windshield. Fred’s body did not support the windshield well at all (I know this from personal experience with my Bobcat body).

You can see the Parkette stripe “hockey stick” on the side of the body. This was likely just a racing shell, given the lack of a tailgate. 

A family friend ran into the windshield issue as well.  Jim Carter bought a Bobcat body in the early 70s. The body arrived rough. The Carter’s sanded and primered the body, but when it came time to mount the windshield, Jim discovered it didn’t fit. He was angry. Many phone calls ensued. Next, Jim turned to Paul Parker, eventually buying a Parkette body. Jim, Pattie, and their two boys raced, trailed and streeted the jeep for years.

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Early 70s photo of the Carter family’s “Otis” not long after the new Parkette body was installed.

At some point, Fred passed the business and molds on to someone else. The Bobcat molds were divided into at least two groups. I have some of the molds. I hope some day to make my own Parkette body.

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A Parkette racing shell mold sits in the middle. A CJ-3B shell is at the far side. A floor is shown in the foreground (I believe that’s a 3B floor).

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1946? CJ-2A Bradleyville, MO $1500

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I’m not convinced this is a ’46. It’s unusual to see a Bobcat fiberglass hood this far east.

“46 Willies. Motor and tranny is in bed for it.”

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1666777800027656

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Fiberglass Tub Kit (Bobcat?) Tacoma, WA $5000

• CATEGORIES: Body Parts • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(01/9/2018) If the sells for $5000, then it’s time to start producing more bodies! At that price, I would double check that a windshield will seal properly on the cowl.

“For sale is a complete steel kit in primer.
Included:
Tub
Hood
Fenders
Tailgate
Windshield frame is available if needed.
Sold as kit. May have individual pieces upon request.
No title. Parts only.
We have many, many other parts available. Frames, transmissions, transfer cases, windshield frames, you name it. Contact me with any questions you may have.”

https://seattle.craigslist.org/tac/pts/d/m38-fiberglass-kit/6463543703.html

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1951 CJ-3A Mountlake Terrace, WA **Status Unknown**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **Status Unknown** was $6700

“It took 8,500 hours (6 years) to engineer and build this Willys. It was owned by my brother since about 1996. This beast will crawl just about anything that you can throw at it! We are only selling it because we don’t drive it anymore and hope to find someone local that will take great care of it.
Engine: 307 CID Chevy 210 Hp
Transmission: 3 Speed Manual W/OD

Options:
Power Steering
Power Brakes
Tilt Steering

Added Options:
Hubs all around – 538 R&P
44 Rear W/ARB / 30 FRT & Power Lock
Q78-15 Swamper Tires mounted on 15″ Wheels
Dual Batteries
Electric Fan
Auxiliary Radiator & Oil Cooler
Dual Rancho 5000 Shocks at every corner
Front & Rear 5,000LB Winches
Traction Bars
5 Point 3″ Harness Seatbelt
Truss Bars Front & Rear
Custom Cage
OFFY Manifold & 625 Carburator
10 Auto Meter Gauges
Electronic Ignition
6 Step Sequential Ignition
Racing Bucket Seats
HELLA 100W Fog/Flood/Driving Lights
Dual Fire Extinguishers
Air Compressor”

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Bobcat-Bodied Flattie North Plains, OR $4500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , , .

Thanks to Ted for spotting this one. It’s got a Bobcat Fiberglass body. This still needs some work. It lacks an engine.

“If you like to tinker with cars and looking for a shop project this winter, look no further!

Perfect opportunity to finish building this unique, one of a kind vehicle for the streets or beach. Custom built fiberglass 2WD Jeep set up for small block Chev. 2A body style with full cage roll bar and leather bucket seats. Never driven and kept in secure, covered storage. As the original owner, I started this project with my dad in 1972. After he passed, I took over the family farm and haven’t had time to finish what we started. I would love nothing more than to see someone with passion for building and retro vehicles get this Jeep up and running.”

https://portland.craigslist.org/wsc/cto/d/custom-built-2wd-fiberglass/6395943351.html

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1942 MB Cottage Grove, OR $7500

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Lots of updates. Has a Bobcat hood.

“1942 Willys MB Jeep. Upgrades include: Chevy 283 V8, 4spd, Warn Overdrive, premium warn hubs, tilt wheel, stainless windshield, newer 33″ tires, lift kit, and new VDO tach and igntion box. The engine is healthy and the 4wd and brakes work good. Also includes full soft top with doors, a bikini top, and a brand new car cover.”

https://eugene.craigslist.org/cto/d/willys-jeep/6348704430.html
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1949 CJ-3A Des Moines, WA $3000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(08/30/2017) This runs, but could use some cleanup.

“Jeep has a V6 Buick motor, 3 speed with overdrive. Has manual drum brakes. New plastic gas tank. Power steering. New electric winch. Fiber glass fenders & hood. New wiring 90% complete. Vehicle runs”

https://seattle.craigslist.org/skc/cto/d/willys-jeep/6343848653.html

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