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

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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

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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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1946 CJ-2A Laurel, MT $18,500

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Lots of updates to this Bobcat-bodied Flattie.

https://billings.craigslist.org/cto/d/1946-willys-jeep-custom/6559085527.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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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

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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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1953 CJ-3A Arlington, WA $10,000

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Looks mountain-ready. Has a Bobcat hood.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/768067893400370

“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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Fred Weis and the Bobcat History

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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 $6700

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UPDATE: Price dropped to $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”

https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/cto/d/1951-willys-3a-jeep-4×4/6438428760.html

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Bobcat-Bodied Flattie North Plains, OR $4500

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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

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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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1948 CJ-3B Auburn, WA $5900

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UPDATE: Still Available. 

I suspect this is a 1948 CJ-2A with a 3B fiberglass body. It appears to be a Bobcat body based on the wide rim around the edge. Could be a good price.

“Willys high hood. Fiberglass tub and hood. Steel fenders, grille, and windshield frame. New gunmetal pearl paint. Buick 231 v6 with edelbrock carb and intake manifold. 3 speed transmission. Warn overdrive. Front disc brakes. Aluminum radiator. New seats. Soft with 1 small tear in back. 33’s with a lot of tread. Overall pretty nice rig.”

https://seattle.craigslist.org/skc/cto/d/1948-jeep-willys/6335884667.html

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Bobcat Hood and Fenders

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Appear in good shape.

“https://spokane.craigslist.org/cto/d/jeep-1951-cj3a/6308699087.htmlFiberglass hood and flat fenders for willys Jeep. CJ2A, Cj3a. Asking $200.”

https://yakima.craigslist.org/pts/d/willys-fiberglass-front-end/6307211493.html

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1951 CJ-3A Encinitas, CA $25,000

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Lots of mods to this 3A.

” cannot tell you how much it pains me to sell our beloved Willys!! This Jeep is an absolute blast to drive and gets a ton of attention every where that it goes. It took best in show when I didn’t know it was even entered, I was just stopping for coffee!

It has a complete frame off restoration with just over 3,500 miles on it. Receipts for more than $40k in parts are provided as well. It is a 3 speed with high and low gears (to make it a 6 speed). It has 4 wheel drive with front and rear lockers.

– frame and body has been lengthened.
– roll cage very nicely integrated to the body. Front windshield still folds down.
– Chevy 350 crate motor
– blue tooth audio with water proof speakers
– corbeau seats
– transmission cooler
– less than 200 miles on the tires and wheels (from ORW if you want the spare to match)
– winch with controller
– flow master exhaust with cherry bombs
– power steering, power brakes

Etc etc etc etc. way to much to list. Selling only because of changing life circumstances, would keep it if I could. Literally everything has been gone over on this vehicle. Every nut and bolt is brand new. All gauges work and are accurate. Clean title in hand, all registration is up to date. No emissions required (it’s a 1951).”

https://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/cto/d/1951-jeepwillys-4×4/6272785160.html

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1945? Flattie Arcadia, CA $5800

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Lots of updates including a tilt front clip. Could be a Bobcat fiberglass body.

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/sgv/cto/d/1945-jeep/6224725518.html

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“1945 cj3 Jeep for sale, Odd Fire Pontiac V6 with a granny low 4 speed trans with a warn overdrive set up. 3/4 ton dodge front axle, front and rear locking hubs, full floating rear axles, rear detroit locker, front posi, frame is beefed up, new gas tank, 9000 pound warn wench. the jeep body is fiberglass. new master and clutch cyl. rebuilt carb. runs and drive good, does great off road and rock climbing. tires need to be replaced and seats need to be covered some wiring needs some attention. all in all a great fun jeep.”

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1947 CJ-2A Frances, WA $3500

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UPDATE: Still Available.

(06/10/2017) Has the bobcat hood. It’s a project.

“1947 Willys Jeep CJ2A. Barn Stored, Great Lines and Look, Runs, Great project. Currently has a 1967 V-6 engine. Will include all original parts, hood, tailgate, etc. Will include extra T90 transmission, engine parts, rear end, etc. Happy to discuss specifics.”

https://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/cto/d/willys-jeep-cja/6225957020.html

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1947 CJ-2A Whidbey Island, WA $4500

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Has the bobcat hood among other updates.

“This is my 1947 Willys with a 1968 chevy 327-cid engine supposedly out of a 1968 corvette. I am the third owner of the car after the swap which was done by an older man who wanted to get rid of it because it was to fast. It is has a manual choke and there is no key required to run and drive the vehicle. It runs and drives as it sits but as you can hear and see in the video it needs a tune up the passenger side is running rich and sounds like the timing may need to get adjusted. As you can see the body is in rough shape the driver side windshield is broken and the windshield doesnt fold down because the previous owner caulked it. According to the previous owner the engine and transmission where rebuilt but I do not have paperwork to prove it so it was just word of mouth. I love this car it is super fast and fun but don’t have time or space. So 4500 obo open to all offers TEXT with questions would highly recommend trailering it.”

https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/cto/6186356473.html

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1944 MB Everett, WA $5000

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Not sure what it has the bobcat hood if it still has the original engine.

“$5000 obo, runs good, original flat 4, rebuilt in ’80, maybe 500 miles”

https://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/cto/6167242014.html

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1942? Flattie Ellensburg, WA $4000

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

has a bobcat hood and a Warn overdrive. Has some old school mini terra’s, too. It might have some Free Lock brand hubs, but can’t tell for sure.

“42 willys with a v 8 fiberglass front end, warn over driv. Fires up and runs, drives decent but needs tuning”

https://yakima.craigslist.org/cto/6162290073.html

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1942 MB Warren, OR $6200

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Looks nice.

“1942 flat fender jeep. 283,new edelbrock 4brl carb,4 speed with warn overdrive, 33 inch tires, stock axels, stainless windshield, tilt wheel,”

https://portland.craigslist.org/wsc/cto/6149525554.html

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Fiberglass Body (Bobcat?) Wenatchee, WA $900

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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://wenatchee.craigslist.org/cto/6139525977.html

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1950 CJ-3A Bonney Lake, WA $4100

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UPDATE: Still Available.

(05/01/2017) There should be value here.

“Custom Willys jeep. 44’s front and rear, disc brakes all around, 5.0 lt Ford 302, T150, Dana 20, Fiber glass Bobcat body, fenders, hood and grill. Full cage, Onboard air with tank. New 35″ boggers on old school slotted mags. Heavy duty tie rods, square tubed crawler driveline, Lockers front and rear, Power Steering, Headers, new aluminum radiator and much more. This jeep has been sitting for about 4 years and will need some work. Currently not running. Call for details. Can deliver locally. $4,100 Trailer not included”

https://seattle.craigslist.org/tac/cto/6111383132.html

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