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1946 CJ-2A Greensburg, PA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6500.

This has a fiberglass body.

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“Jeep runs, drives and stops as it should! Jeep has been in the family for a long time and has been used almost daily for the last few years. Good tires, brakes, new fuel pump, fiberglass body tub and Best Top. It does need a windshield glass.

I do have original steel body tub and fenders, but these are not included in the listed price.”

 
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1953 CJ-3B? Mattawan, MI $2500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, CJ-3B • TAGS: .

This may actually be a CJ-3A? The body is fiberglass.

https://kalamazoo.craigslist.org/pts/d/mattawan-1953-willys-cj3b/7348943551.html

“Collection of parts to build a 1953 Willy’s cj3b. Fiberglass tub, frame, axles. I have the transmission case but am missing internals. Complete transfer case, pto drive. Radiator, No motor.
Only body part missing is a hood. Also have the title.”

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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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1951 CJ-3A Salem, OR $8500

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Looks solid. Has a fiberglass body.

https://salem.craigslist.org/cto/d/salem-1951-willys/7339251035.html

“1951 willys, Upgraded ! Newer frame , newer suspension, fiberglass body, 11″brakes, V6 , nostalgic daily driver. replaced odometer ,unknown miles .”

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CJ-2A? w/ Unusual Parkette Body Blue Ridge, GA $2500

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

Given the front clip, this might be a 3B chassis.

The seller is correct about Paul Parker and the body. But, I believe this is the first version of this particular style that I’ve seen. It lacks the side stripe, has fender extensions, has a little different PARKETTE design on the back, has an extra wide lip around the rear, and looks like it has a side step. Very interesting.

https://nwga.craigslist.org/pts/d/cherry-log-willys-jeep-with-parkette/7340208652.html

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“Rare, rare, rare. 48/49 Willys Jeep with Parkette fiberglass body. Believed only a handful made while Paul Parker was back in Georgia. This one is a bit odd as it doesn’t have the “line” above the fender but it does have flared fenders; the Willys nose panel is original equipment. Not sure it’s on the right size frame at the moment but we do have an original Willys bare chassis on the property we can work into the deal.

Engine/trans present. Very cool project. Needs finishing. No title. Bill of sale only. If the ad is up, the Willys is available.”

 
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1953? CJ-3A? Rigby, ID $1000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: .

The glass body (looks like a light one) seems in good shape, though the hood has collapsed. The frame may be custom.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/516101382910293

“$1000 obo it has a title fiber glass body it’s not mounted has boxed frame and a short block v6 buick that is a builder it’s a project”

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1946 CJ-2A Gloucester, MA $6800

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(05/27/2021) This has a fiberglass body and a variety of other updates.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1184167572004067

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“Nice old Custom Willys Jeep with a Buick V-6 engine and Auto tranny with Hi and Low range a 4 wheel drive. It has a fiberglass tub in the rear with a new left front fender and new windsheild frame. Also has a custom roll bar as you can see. I have had the frame all restored and is in great shape. Also has custom front and rear bumper assemblies with tow hitches on the front and rear. Needs a little more work to make it an everyday driver. Have a Mass. Title for 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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1949 CJ-3A Molalla, OR $5500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: .

The seller will be providing a different engine and tranny.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/4021488131283707

“49 willies jeep, was used as a sand truck but set up for a rat rod as well. Currently has Pontiac 400 and turbo 400 trans, Ford 9inch rear end with spool and 5.14 gears. Will come with Chrysler 440 and tf 727 trans with manual valve body. Pontiac engine and trans will be removed unless you want to pay 2500 more for that. Full fiberglass body.”

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1950 CJ-3A Warwick, NY $10,500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: .

The body is fiberglass.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/350789533104781

“Beautiful 1950 Willys cj3a (glass tub) fully functional 4WD lights rear blinkers. Original motor runs like a dream. Brand new brakes,fuel pump,and battery installed $10,500 obo”

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1953 CJ-3A Tucson, AZ $6500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $6500

(06/01/2020) This is a custom build with a fiberglass body. I assume it is registered as a 1953 jeep, hence the year.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/299359191565582

“Custom built Willys Jeep. Very fun to cruise, gets lots of attention! The perfect beer runner or pit cruiser. All tube chassis, fiberglass body. Ford 3.8 V6 with Ford auto trans, power steering. 2 wheel drive. New wheels, tires, seats, shocks, stereo, glass windshield, steering wheel, exhaust”

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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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1946 CJ-2A Alton, NH $9500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(09/29/2020) It’s got a fiberglass body and stainless windshield.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/458403105161154

“1946 Willys Jeep CJ-2A around 1000 miles on rebuilt engine, Fiberglass body, stainless steel CJ-3a windshield, Full roll cage best top seats,full soft top with side windows, and Best top center console. Painted the frame and body at that time as well. 4000lb winch. Spare tire carrier. New 700×16 tires. New carb and front end parts last summer. I don’t use it enough to keep. Fun Jeep.”

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Fiberglass Flattie Tub New Milford, CT $650

• CATEGORIES: Body Parts, Parts • TAGS: .

I don’t recognize the manufacturer, but it looks like a good price on a solid tub.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/3790236354417554

“Willys Jeep Fiberglass Tub. Direct fit for cj2a and cj3a..will possibly fit many other jeeps. Good shape. Stored indoors.”

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1953 CJ-3B Bridgewater, MA $1200

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B • TAGS: .

Not sure how much value is here.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/814266479440960

“Selling my “mismatch” jeep. It’s a fiberglass cj3b tub sitting on a cj3a frame. The frame is real nice condition and the tub is rust free! Both fenders are good condition. Hood/grill not perfect but definitely usable. No engine/trans. Asking $1200 or best offer.

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1948 CJ-2A Schofield, WI $7200

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , .

This has a fiberglass tub and a rear gas tank with the filler in the middle of the back.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1171739403267366

“Selling my 48 Willys jeep. It is an older restoration with fiberglass tub. Runs great and everything works. All gauges function and has an electric fuel pump to keep it running smooth. Fun toy to go anywhere this summer. Ride it like a sXs with the ability to go down any road. Only flaw is cracks in the glass.”

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CJ-5 Fiberglass Body Coeur d’Alene, ID $800

• CATEGORIES: Body Parts, CJ5, Parts • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $500.

(03/112021) This has a post 1972 solid front clip.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1122105848266577

“Good fiberglass CJ5 Jeep tub and hood. Comes with steel steps in photo. Great for a crawler project light weight and rust proof. New CJ tubs sell for close to 4000 between body and nose.”

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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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VEEPish Project Olympia, WA $2800

• CATEGORIES: VEEP (VW Jeep), Scamp, Others • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(02/01/2021) Looks to be a fiberglass body, but a style I don’t recognize. It appears to be just a rolling chassis.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1541771602700087/

“Volkswagon Veep on Veep sub-frame with ball joint front axel and IRS rear suspension. Kit includes front bumper side bars, roll bar, and windshield frame. Excellent body that has never been finished. Will come with a notarized bill of sale only”

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1948 CJ-2A Salinas, CA $5500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

It’s a project with a variety of updates.

https://salina.craigslist.org/cto/d/salina-willyjeep-cj3/7287397672.html

“For sale 1948 Willy’s Jeep CJ3 a work in progress almost to many things to list GM 4.3 Vortec engine,new wheel bearings,new rear brakes, front brake converted to disc brakes, new springs,updated tie rods, power steering, transfer case and transmission new bearings and seals. Comes with new new steel hood and fiberglass body.”

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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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1947 CJ-2A Pensacola, FL $7500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , .

This rebuilt CJ-2A has a fiberglass body.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/287802496099198

“This jeep has been with me over 12 yrs it is titled and platted in fl it has a built v-6 a 4 speed manual w- creeper gear it has it all from aluminum radiator lockers in rear full roll cage fuel cell remote battery with power disconnect”

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1946 CJ-2A Gloucester, MA $500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

This jeep has a fiberglass body. The bumpers might be from Runck (Runck made products out of North Bend, Ohio .. Rick Riley has more examples on Runck products from this 2018 visit).

https://boston.craigslist.org/nos/cto/d/gloucester-1946-willyz/7286386991.html

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1950 Flattie Dinwiddle, VA $5300

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: .

This custom jeep hasn’t been raced in three years.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/271342891283816

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“1950 Willy’s fiberglass body on and 70s model bronco from, ford 9 inch in rear and a 12 bolt in from. Turbo 350 trans with a 468 big block chevy that needs new cam and lifters, has world Merlin steel heads with dome Pistons. Center steer. Has 38.5×11 boggers on it with 5×5.5 lug wheels. Have won many of trophies with this truck over the years. Asking $5300 obo. Hasn’t been races in three years and don’t have the time or money to mess with it anymore. Need to sell and get out of my yard.”

 
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1964 CJ-5 Weatherly PA $3200

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This has a fiberglass body with a unique four-slot grille. I’m not sure who is producing that grille.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/141920994460134

“1964 Jeep CJ5. 4cyl engine. Fiberglass tub new wheel cylinders, brake shoes and master cylinder. Had stock steering wheel narrowed. Needs work but runs drives and stops. Call [hidden information] for more info. Listing for a friend”

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