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1947 CJ-2A Project Belchertown, MA $5000


UPDATE: Still Available.

(03/03/2018) This has a Mercedes diesel in it. More work to do!


“Hate to do this, project is almost done, it’s a 1947 willys with a 1985 Mercedes diesel I was planning to convert to a 1942 body style as I love WW2 military shit. Motor is running, but needs a shifter for the automatic transmission. Motor have low miles from a donor car. You just need to repaint, do the brake lines, hook up the steering and get a fuel tank. Done it would be a $10k jeep. But being in the military I don’t have time. I just spent the last 6 months in Texas and soon probably somewhere else and I rather someone finish and enjoy it as I won’t be able to. Asking $5000 or best offer.”



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1952 M-38A1 Wilbraham, MA $15,000

• CATEGORIES: M-38A1 • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $15,000.

Craig spotted this M-38A1 that’s been repowered with a Kubota diesel engine.

“1952 Willys M38A1 was brought back to life in 2015 after a two year restoration and modification was completed. Every nut and bolt was removed, inspected, replaced if damaged and reassembled to ensure this restoration did not leave any areas of the Jeep untouched. Two major modification were completed during the restoration. The electrical system was converted to a 12V system and the engine was replaced with a Kubota V2403 60 HP turbo diesel engine”


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1962 Perkins CJ-5 Wakefield, NH $7500


UPDATE: Matt spotted this diesel CJ-5 up for sale again.


(08/02/2014) “Hard to find 1962 Willys Jeep with a RARE Perkins 192 cubic in. (3.15L) 4 Cyl. Diesel with 62 HP @ 3,000 RPM, 143 lb/ft. @ 1,350 RPM. And it has Overdrive! No tears/rips in seats, floors are clean with no rust, this is a MUST see for Jeep enthusiasts! Comes with plow.”7123.html

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1955 CJ-5 Diesel Escondido, CA $9000


Seller swapped out the engine and the dash from an Isuzu.

“Fighting Jeeps .. Diesel engine..
Baja Mud Terrain 31/50R/15 Tires
Original gas engine was replaced with Isuzu Diesel. 4 wheel drive .
Starts right up all day everyday.”


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1948 Truck Las Vegas, NV $4500

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

It’s powered by a Nissan diesel engine.

“Thought it was sold but guy flaked
1948 Willys Overland Jeep Truck
4×4 warn hubs and winch, optima battery, aluminum radiator
Mid 80’s Nissan diesel and 5 speed transmission
Clean title registered and insured
Runs and drives but needs tinkering as with most things this old.”


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1953 M-38A1 West Point, CA $4200


Some M-38A1s came with Perkins?

“53 Willy’s Jeep
Perkins Diesel, Motor and drive train are Factory
Can be check out on Internet
Needs Differentials Replaced (Front and Rear)
Have Both
Winch and Tow Bar
Have clean title (on non-op)
More pictures on request”


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1953 M-38A1 West Point, CA $3900


Needs works. Has lots of diamond plate bling!

“53 Willy’s
Perkins Diesel
Needs Differentials Replaced (Front and Rear)
Have Both
Have clean title (on non-op)”






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1961 CJ-5 VW/Diesel Project Fontana, CA $3500


This is unusual.

“This was a VW diesel swap project I have been working on. GM Saginaw power steering conversion. Has painless switch panel. New tires. It is registered, It runs and drives. I unfortunatly underestimated the little diesels power for highway speeds when i chose the gear ratio. Take over this project or I may pull engine to part it out. I still have all the hardware to install a small block Chevy. It has disc brake upgrades large rear brakes. Dana 27 Front, Dana 44 rear. 4.27 gears, Detroit Locker rear. Dana 18 transfer case SM465 Chevrolet truck transmission with Granny gear. I will separate the diesel and sell if interested in the jeep only. Or sell whole thing.”


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1948 CJ-2A Caldwell, ID $13,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , , , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $13,000.

1948 Willys CJ2 with a V2203 Kubota turbocharged engine conversion.
Dana 44 front axle with a detroit locker and 4:88 gears. All new (axles, Hubs, locker, gears, bearings) with heavy duty tie rod and drag link.
Dana 44 rear full floating axle with a Auburn limited slip with everything brand new also!
Transmission and transfer case rebuilt and overdrive added.
New front disk brakes and rear 11 inch drums with dual master cylinder and all new brake lines.
Saginaw steering conversion.
New modern wiring harness.
New Mastercraft suspension seats with 5 point harnesses and full roll cage.
5 New BFGOODRICH 31/10.5/R15s with new wheels
New gauges with EGT gauge and Boost gauge
New battery and radiator.
I Also have a Artic front window that i will include in the sale

Lots of time and money invested! ( More than I’m asking) Jeep runs and drives excellent with no problems.”




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French Diesel Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features • TAGS: .

This French brochure highlights a diesel jeep for a CJ-3A.


View all the information on eBay


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1980 CJ-5 Diesel Chicora, PA $10,000


Jack spotted this diesel modified CJ-5.

“Mercedes turbo diesel powered Jeep cj-5 for sale. It was built by the folks at Mercedes diesel 4×4 in eastern Pa and the build is documented on their site, they are the innovators of the Mercedes swap and all work is top notch. This CJ runs great, has lots of cool factor with the 5cyl om617 engine and gets 20+ MPG. It has a BDS 2″ lift on it, 4speed, new bestop supertop,32″ BFG radial all terrain tires. The frame is the cleanest I have ever seen and the all steel body is fair too, it just has some rust blisters. It hasn’t been run in winter on salty roads and has been kept up with.”


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1981 Mitsubishi J-54 Blue Ridge, GA $9500


It’s diesel powered.

“1981 Mitsubishi J54 Diesel
factory 4DR5 Diesel 33mpg
45,980 Miles 1 owner
Will be fitted with new seats
Full services y Mitsubishi Dealer
Rare Flat Fender Model
Rare Military Dish Wheels with Military Bridgestone Tires
Factory Aisin Locking Hubs, Factory rear jump seats
Beautiful Classic Style

*Unbelievable build quality from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries ( Same company that produce Aircraft, Ships, Missles and Nuclear Power Plants)
*Unbreakable Mechanicals 2.7 4DR5 Diesel, Dana Axles 44 and 30, Spicer/Dana 18 Transfer Case, Mitsubishi HD Transmission
*Incredible Fuel Economy (over 30 mpg)”


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1971 Diesel CJ-6 Oklahoma city, OK **Status Unknown**


UPDATE: **Status Unknown** Was $15,000

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“I am selling my 71 cj6. This is a one of a kind vehicle and I can guarantee nobody has one like it. I have completely built it from the ground up. A cj6 is from the factory 20” longer than a cj5. I took this cj6 and cut it down the middle from front to back and widened it 14.5 inches! Yes that means it took two of everything to build this jeep, two grills, two hoods, windshield frames ect. The body sits on a 73 chevy blazer frame with 3/4 ton axles and 37 in tires. The engine is a 5.9 12 valve cummins out of an 89 dodge pickup. If you know about diesels then you know that this engine is as reliable as they get, best diesel ever made. It has a tf727 automatic transmission that was rebuilt less than 2000 miles ago, in fact the entire jeep has les than 2000 miles on it sense it was built. here is a parts list.
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Mitch Needs Another Perkins Engine

• CATEGORIES: Features, wanted • TAGS: .

If you’ve been following Mitch Carter on Facebook, you know he’s been doing some great jeeping in his stock diesel-powered CJ-6 (Moab & Black Bear Pass among other places) … at least until he ran into an engine problem.

Now he’s hoping to find a second perkins 4.192 diesel engine. He thinks massey ferguson tractors, forklifts, generators, etc. Even a 4.203 indirect injected one would get him by until i can rebuild the original engine. If you have one, email me at d@ewillys.com or comment below and I’ll get you in touch with him.

I’ve known Mitch since he was a young kid. He does a lot for the PNW jeeping community and is always willing to lend others a hand.

About his engine problem he wrote, “I got crossed up on a rock on the alpine loop, and the fan bit the radiator. We patched it as good as we could which got us off the trail and over one pass to silverton. And this is where i made the mistake of leaving the cap off the radiator so it wouldn’t build pressure…. the gauge only read 200* but it was fooled by hot air and not water. The engine was much hotter and I fear it’s toast. Very little compression, hard to start but will still turn over and run badly while making equally bad noises.”


On the back of a flatbed tow truck.

A few pics from Moab earlier in the trip.

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1970 Diesel DJ-5 Atlanta, GA $6500

• CATEGORIES: DJ-5 & DJ-6 • TAGS: , .

Glenn spotted this unusual build.

“Selling this Fully done 1970 Jeep Diesel Right hand drive with Mercedes ENGINE LOW OOW MILES REGISTERED AND INSURED PLEASE CALL ASAP”


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1948 CJ-2A Reno, NV $7500


No pics provided. VIN 162901.

“Full canvas. Roll bars. 1983 Isuzu engine/trans. Five additional mounted jeep tires. Odometer may not indicate miles on ebgine.”


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1949 CJ-2A? Lake City, FL **Status Unknown**


UPDATE: **Status Unknown** Was $15,000.

(11/01/2015) An unusual build with a Kubota diesel engine.

“1949 Willy’s Jeep with a diesel engine. This jeep was completely built with all new parts except for the frame. It has a Kubota V2203 engine. This is a one of a kind build. Over 32,000 invested . No title, bill of sale only. First 15,000 takes it. ”

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1957 Truck w/ Diesel Amelia, VA **Status Unknown**

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Status Unknown. Was $10,500

Powered by a SD33 diesel.

“1957 Diesel Willy’s Pickup
This pickup has a 6 cylinder SD33 diesel engine, 4 speed transmission and Dana 20 transfer case out of a 1976 International Scout. All that it needs to pass a state inspection is the horn and turn signals to be fixed.

Things that I’ve done to it:
Glow plugs
Heater core
Rebuilt drag link ends
Complete new brake system, master cylinder, all wheel cylinders, drums, shoes, metal and rubber brake lines, parking brake cable and handle”





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1947 CJ-2A w/ Diesel Garden Valley, ID **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $8000

This has a turbo, too.

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“This is a beautiful 1947 Willys “Arctic” Jeep that is mostly complete in a conversion to a turbo aspirated 4 cylinder Kubota Diesel. The $1200 conversion kit is fully installed, the transmission has had a full $1200 rebuild by Bobby’s Transmission in Meridian, and I installed a $900 overdrive unit on the transmission. The $1200 turbo kit has only been test installed, and then I removed it to prevent damage while I was working on fitting the engine to the Jeep. The turbo fits perfectly….see picture. The original gas tank has been replaced with a new one, the radiator has had a commercial clean out, pressure test, and paint job, there is a new electric fan to replace the engine mounted fan, and much more. The only parts I have not yet purchased for the conversion and rebuild is either a full brake rebuild kit, or a disk brake conversion kit, which was what I was planning to install. You will also need to buy a set of CHT and turbo boost gauges. I have already purchased almost everything else to complete the conversion, including a new high end billet gas pedal and a Diesel “pull to stop” control.

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1957 CJ-5 w/Kabota Engine Morrow, OH $12,500


This CJ-5 is powered by a Kubota.

“Kubota turbo diesel. runs great. needs tires and wheel seal. very rust free. from Colorado this year. clear title in my name.”


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1964 CJ-5 w/ Perkins Diesel Helena, MT $18,000


Looks ready for the road.

“1964 Jeep CJ5 with original Perkins Diesel. It also had the T98 4 speed transmission and a Dana 18 Transfer Case. It has an overdrive unit as well. It has been restored and Runs and Drive great. It has been repainted and all the electrical has been updated. This thing is in great shape. It has bikini top on it now and comes with a soft top with doors. I am asking $18000 obo. The jeep is located in Helena MT. ”


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1965 CJ-6 Bethel, NY $2500


UPDATE: I thought this included a Perkin’s Diesel in the jeep. I now believe the Perkins is an extra motor, because the motor in the jeep is an f-head.

This runs and drives, but will need some body work.

“1965 cj6 runs and drives very little rot needs a fender no top i have many rare parts that can go with it .perkins diesel with a 4 speed, split bench seat , Dana 44 with 1 piece axles ,Dana 30 front ,gears a lift kit ect ect but for 2500 you get just the jeep very hard to find any questions call me thanks ”


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1985 J-54 Mitsubishi Topeka, KS **SOLD**


UPDATE: Was $8000. **SOLD**

“For sale is a 1985 Mitsubishi Jeep 4X4 with diesel engine.

This is a Mitsubishi clone of the CJ 3B Jeep; it has the two stick transfer case four speed transmission, lock out hubs, front and rear Power Take off, power brakes, radiator bug screen with chrome chaff guard,. heater and defroster, new tires, soft top with doors and a top for the summer time.


I have owned this for about 4 years it was imported into the USA by usdriveright./com and I bought it and had it delivered to me, this is 100% street legal, I have it insured through state farm.
It runs like a dream, it has glow plugs and starts every time.
The engine is used in Mitsubishi forklifts so it is industrial. (4DR5)
It is right hand drive like a mail jeep.

I do not know the actual miles because it is in kilometers and was imported from Japan but everything is very tight. This thing runs really good and does very economical for fuel, I have driven it around Topeka and get 35 to 37 MPG, It will go 60 mph but I do not like going that fast however 45 is very comfortable.


I took it to the cruse in car shows last year and it gets plenty of attention.

I have five of the original wheels, four are on the ground and one is in the garage, I have four aluminum wheels that will go with this, one of them is already mounted on the spare wheel.
This has a mount to attach your high lift jack.



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1948 Truck (Cummins) Lake Havasu, AZ **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $20,000.

“Custom built 1948 willys 4bt cummins diesel 5speed nv4500 np231 ford 8.8 with disc brakes rear jeep Dana 30 th coil spring ride all four corners p/s a/c p/b runs like a new truck”

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1965 Diesel CJ-5 Project Flintstone, GA $3000


UPDATE: Still Available

(09/16/2014) It’s a project.



I have for sale a early Jeep CJ5. It is pretty plain with some rust. What makes it special is this is a factory DIESEL Jeep. It came from the factory with a Perkins 4.192 diesel engine! If I am not mistaken, this is the only model Jeep CJ or Wrangler that was sold in America that had a diesel engine. There were less than 300 ever produced. They made some CJ7’s with diesels, but only in Brazil. The story goes, it was originally made for the Air Force to be used as a tug, one of those vehicles that pulls the planes and cargo around the base. It was then bought by a chicken farmer in middle Tennessee and he had it for the majority of its life. It was then sold to a friend who is a diesel mechanic, which is where I found it.

The Jeep is complete, but it is a 49 year old un-restored Jeep. The frame has a good amount of surface rust on it, but it is still in safe & usable shape. The Jeep tub does have rust, if you are going to restore it, it will need floor pans. It was on a chicken farm for most of its life, remind you, but it is by no means a rust bucket. There are little dings and scratches here and there on the tub, but overall in pretty good shape. The hood, fenders and grill are all solid. As far as interior, it has two original bucket seats, but hardly any covering left on them. The Jeep is now a black color, but looks like the original color was a baby blue.

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