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1947 CJ-2A-Crawler Tenino, WA $4000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(05/08/2022) Runs on propane, but sound like it runs and drives(?). It has a Bobcat hood.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/748974916539937

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“Have 47 Willy’s wheeler needs a lot of work and new axles put under it. Have a Dana60 Dana44 with 5:13 gears that will go with.has bare Toyota axles under it right now. had a cage done for it. the cage rear needs to be finished welded and a bunch of other stuff. Does run has a Chevy 4.3 on propane Dana 20 twin stick with aftermarket gears in it with front dig and a th350. 4link in the rear and springs in the front. Have a set of brand new fox 18in gas shocks for the rear.

Has some ok 35in tsl’s on beadlocks. Need a running vehicle more Than anything or cash me out. Have the title also. Really don’t wanna sell but times are hard..make me a good cash offer or trade. I’ll trade for a ls with a 5 speed also. I know it’s ugly and beat it’s a wheeler and pretty old.. i really don’t wanna part it out have to much stuff laying around as is.”

 
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1946 CJ-2A Puyallup, WA $13,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Was on eBay. Now priced at $13,000.

This appears to have a unique hood, a CJ-2A hood that’s been blended with a fiberglass bobcat hood. It accommodates an f-head engine.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/tac/cto/d/puyallup-1946-willys-jeep/7487140399.html

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“This is a 1946 Willy’s that has been gone threw and has a ton of new parts along with a lot of nostalgic upgrades! List of new items
Paint job is brand new
The entire undercarriage has been painted
Entire inside of tub, Engine bay and under fenders were undercoated
Metal bobcat hood that reads willys
Rear bumper
Front bumper
Wiper motor
Starter switch
2” rancho lift
Axle seals
Master cylinder
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1953 CJ-3A? Anacortes, WA $5000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: , .

The seller’s reference to the Bobcat of the 1950s is incorrect. This is the “bobcat” jeep from the 1950s. The Bobcat body wasn’t developed until 1969.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/3493101964147415

“1953 Jeep willys bobcat the body is all fiberglass it was a proto type for throwing out of planes but never were produced. This has a ford 302 v8 that runs strong it needs work here and there but nothing major. Im putting a new clutch and brake master cylinder on tommorow. I have title in hand and it has collector plates hollar if you have any questions.”

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1950 CJ-3A Yakima, WA $7000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(12/10/2021) 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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1942 GPW Black Diamond, WA **Status Unknown**

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB) • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Status Unknown. Was $13,500.

(02/17/2022) Has a Bobcat hood and stainless windshield.

“Selling my 1942 GPW. Has a ford 302 in it with a Saginaw 4 speed and an overdrive. Just put new seat in. Runs really well. Has fiberglass bob cat hood, stainless Jewels windshield frame, brand new BFG KM3 33/12.5r15 tires, and a K Line soft top. Price is negotiable asking $13,500.”

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1954 CJ-3B Phoenix, AZ $9500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(02/20/2022) This fiberglass body may be the 3B Bobcat version. It’s got the wide brim in the back and the long steps. But, it is difficult to tell for sure.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/223967499903358

“1954 willys jeep. 351 Ford
C4 automatic transmission
Power steering
Lockers
Dana 44s
Air conditioning
Fiberglass tub
Asking ninety 5 hundred”

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1951 M-38(?) Vaughn, WA **Sold**

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

UPDATE: **Sold** was $15,500.

(04/22/2021) This seems to have a stainless body with a Bobcat hood. There are lots of updates.

“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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1945 CJ-2A(?) San Bruno, CA $9800

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

This has a variety of updates, including a Bobcat fiberglass hood.

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/cto/d/san-francisco-airport-willys-jeep-1945/7435822183.html

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“1945 Jeep Willys
3 speed
Power steering
Disc brakes
5.13 Posi
Front and rear posi
231 v6
6 point roll cage
Tow bar
Soft top kit with doors
Current registration
$ 9800
Call the phone number if you have questions-
Not able to respond to emails quickly
Leave message with call back number, if I don’t answer, work number
Thank you. Jack”

 
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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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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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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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