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

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

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

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/411458363520447

“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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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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1946 CJ-2A Sunburst, MT $6500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $6500.

(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/820700421668431/

“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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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 $1500

• CATEGORIES: MB • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $1200.

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

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2643692089086979/

“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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1946 CJ-2A Wolf Creek, MT $5750

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $5750.

(07/25/2018) Has a Bobcat fiberglass hood, an f-head and some other updates.

https://helena.craigslist.org/cto/d/canyon-creek-willys-jeep-cj-2a/7118141023.html

“Looks and runs great. I’ve owned for 5 years and made the following upgrades:
-new clutch
-transmission overhaul
-new steering unit
-new radiator
-new generator
-new brakes
-new gauges
-new stereo
Over $11,000 invested. Recently purchased a UTV and no longer use the Willys much.
4-134 F engine. Top is in excellent condition. Custom rollbar, heater, wipers and turn signals. All fluids recently changed.”

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Flatfender Project Buckley, WA $2200

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, CJ-3A, CJ5 • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $2200. (or parted out)

(08/18/2019) This may be a flat fender body on a later model CJ-5 chassis.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/pts/d/south-prairie-willys-cj2-jeep-wheeler/7095801020.html

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“Lots done
Dana 30 open knuckle
Ratchet locker
All new front wheel bearings and seals
All brake wheel cylinders are new (4]
Converted to 11 inch brakes from ford truck
New master cylinder
Converted to hydraulic clutch
Front stear with power steering
Newer tires and wheels 33X10.5
Rancho lift kit with Ranchero shocks
Rock sliders that are welded to the frame
Relatively new paint on Jeep painted in John Deere yellow with Implement paint looks okay
The roll bar was just be painted in glossy black
Would rather trade for car or 2wd pu
Might part out
Chevy straight 6 installed ok
I have windshield frame with good glass
And headlight assemblies”

 
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1951 CJ-3A? Enumclaw, WA $3200

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: .

This has a Bobcat hood. It may be on a post 1972 CJ-5 chassis. No description provided.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/670536007015869/

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1942 Flattie Pleasanton, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: MB • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $7000 (was make offer).

(12/16/2019) Looks like a well-built jeep sporting a Bobcat hood.

“1942 Willys 61 corvette 283 engine Original Drive Train 4 speed standard overdrive 280HP lock-out hubs 7k”

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1951 CJ-3A Port Angeles, WA $5500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available? This is still listed on Facebook.

(08/06/2019) This is a definite 80’s throwback build. The diamond-plating, the engine selection, the high-back bucket seats, and the bobcat hood were all popular northwest mods.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/497639894112432/

“Thinking about selling my 1951 Willy’s, it has a 151 iron duke 4 cylinder Chevy engine with a 3 speed manual, power steering and a Chevy tilt wheel, 33×13.5 R15 TSL boggers that are almost, new shocks, a 9,000 lb winch, comes with soft doors and soft top, it needs some minor things here and there, but it runs and drives, looking to get 5,500”

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1948 CJ-2A Wentzville, MO $16,500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(06/13/2019) Has a Bobcat hood along with a variety of mods.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/546103955924770/

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“Small block Chevy.
GM power steer W/ tilt.
T10D-1 4 speed trans.
To much to list.
Never been in mud or rain.
Serious inquiries only.
No low ball offers.
Do not need to sell, but all reasonable offers considered.”

 

 
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CJ-3A Project Artondale, WA Parting Out

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Bobcat hood is sold.

Lots of work left on this project.

https://portland.craigslist.org/clk/pts/d/gig-harbor-now-parting-outjeep-willys/7023118105.html

“Jeep Willy’s cj3a project buggy. Tube chassis. Stainless steel grill, fiberglass hood, cj3a windshield, fresh rebuild by rears and gears on T18 tranny, Dana 20 transfer case, Dana 44 front 4.88 with Detroit locker and disc brakes, rear is a full float high pinion Dana 44 4.88 Detroit locker. New 35×12.5×15 pit bull rockers on 15×10 wheels. 4 new ORI stx 14” struts, 10 Summit Machine Large rod ends. Just lost interest in project. 6,500$ OBO for all thanks for looking.
ORI STRUTS NEW IN BOX. 3,000$ OBO
TIRES AND WHEELS, 1,600$ OBO
FRONT AND REAR DANA 44’s selling as set only. 2,500$ OBO
T18 with dana 20 transfer case 800$ OBO
any other parts make offer”

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1942 Flattie The Dalles, OR $9000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, MB • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Appears to be still available.

(08/24/2019) Looks like a good build.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/459173221298311/

“Or best offer Late 61-62 High performance Chevy Corvette 283 4 speed w/overdrive, locking hubs, low 4 wheel drive”

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1942 MB Dayton, WA $1000

• CATEGORIES: MB • TAGS: .

DOD 1/14/42. Plates are in pretty good shape, but they are installed on a glove box door. MB 111050 with DOD of 1/13/42 is a non-glove box slat grille. It’s therefore very possible the plates on the jeep below were originally on a different jeep (or body). Includes a Bobcat hood.

https://kpr.craigslist.org/cto/d/dayton-1941-willy-jeep/6978317861.html.

“Project-Buick V-6 stock running gear,3 speed motor runs great. All parts go”

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1948 CJ-2L(?) Anchorage, AK $1500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $1500. Might be a good price if the body is solid.

This has a bobcat hood and looks to be extended similar to CJ-2As. It wouldn’t surprise me to learn that this was originally a Washington State jeep.

https://anchorage.craigslist.org/cto/d/anchorage-1948-willys-jeep/6976040444.html

“1948 Willys Jeep, V8 Ford 351w, manual transmission, power steering, does not run – electrical problem
$2000 or best offer”

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