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1963 CJ-6 Stuarts Draft, VA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-6 • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5500.

Body appears solid. No pics of the driver’s side included.

“1963 cj6. Last year of the “willys” branded tailgate. F134 engine. Starts right up. Run, drives stops. New brake lines and brakes/ shoes and cylinders. New tires. 4WD works. Kelly hard top. Clean title. As far as I know all original. Message with any questions.”

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1960 Diesel CJ-5 w/ Lift Lake Ariel, PA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ5 • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2400.

Andy spotted this deal. It includes a snow plow, Kelly Hardtop, Cutlas Hubs, Perkins diesel, and a Monroe Lift. Overdrive, too?

“Jeep CJ-5( Kaiser Jeep Corp.) Runs & Drives, (needs battery). 4 cylinder Perkins diesel engine, factory HD T98 transmission w/OD, T18 transfer case, Inline Dana 30 rears. 72” snow plow hydraulic lift manual angle, Monroe 4 point hitch. No title $2400.00 OBO.”

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1952 Photo of Emily Osborne and a CJ-3A(?)

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

This looks to be a CJ-3A (the rubber seal around the edge of the windshield is one clue) with a Worman hardtop. Emily Osborne owns both the jeep and the farm.

https://collections.mnhs.org/cms/display?irn=10736646

“Emily Osborne works an eighty acre farm north of Albert Lea; she is shown here checking the oil in her jeep.”

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1960 CJ-3B Carefree, AZ $15,900

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B • TAGS: .

This jeep looks solid. Has a Koenig hardtop.

https://phoenix.craigslist.org/evl/cto/d/scottsdale-1960-willys-jeep-4×4-rare/7294371564.html

“1960 Willys Jeep 4×4 with rare removable hard top. Completely
ALL NEW: battery, hoses, belts, fuel line, steering tie rods, water pump, fuel pump, gages, rims, tires, brakes, master cylinders & wheel cylinders, custom glass, custom rack. Lots more. Hundreds of hours in this project. Read to go. Runs fabulous.”

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1947 CJ-2A Uvalde, TX $2500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(03/05/2021) It’s a project.

https://sanantonio.craigslist.org/pts/d/uvalde-1947-willys-cj2a/7284065287.html

“Barn Find. 1947 Willys CJ2A project. No Title. Hard top and full doors. Has engine, transmission, transfer case, drive lines and axles. Will need floorboards and glass replaced. Has 5 new tires and a new fuel pump. Great project to fix up or part out.”

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1965 DJ-3A JeepRod Titusville, FL **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Jeep Rods • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: This has been relisted here.

Someone spent lots of time and money on this custom build.

“65 willys, custom frame. One off custom build. Only one in the world like it. Big block 454 with blower. 5 speed trans. Toyota rear end. 4 linked. Only a 2 year old build. Must go taking all offers I’m moving”

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The Meyer Hardtop Built by Orroville

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .
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A Mark III Meyer hardtop for a CJ-5

A couple days ago a reader named Jeremy asked me about his top (above), referring to it as an “Orville Meyers” top. As I read that, I thought … hmmm … I’d never heard of an “Orville Meyers” hardtop.

While I had heard of a Meyer (without an “s”) hardtop (like the one above) and I’d heard of a Meyers (with an s) hardtop, better known as the manufacturer of the Allstate/Sears hardtops, I had never encountered a “Orville Meyers” top. I thought I’d better do a search, because I figure Jeremy must have gotten the name from somewhere.

The search results revealed that some of the folks over at the earlyCJ5 forum use various iterations of Orville Meyer(s) to describe what was marketed in the 60s as a Meyer hardtop. The addition of Orville made me think that the Orville connection must have originated from somewhere given its prevalence over there.

Several searches later, I learned how Orrville (2 “r”s and 2 “l”s) Body Company, was connected with the Meyer Products company.

At some point in the late 1950s or early 1960s, the Meyer Products company, from Cleveland, Ohio, chose to enter the hardtop market for the jeep. Up to that point, Meyer was known more for its snow plows, a product Meyer had built for vehicles before the jeep ever existed.

 

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The Short History of Orrville Body Works (read the long history here): The Orrville Body Works seems to have gotten it’s name from the city of Orrville, Ohio, a city southwest of Akron. Started as a small cabinet shop under a different name, by 1925 it had become the Orrville Body Works that produced a variety of truck cabs. Soon the name changed to the Oroville Body Company.

Meyer buys Orrville: Fast forwarding to the early 1960s, at some unknown time, Meyer contracted with Orrville to build custom jeeps cabs, though it’s not clear what tops Orrville initially built. What we do know is that the president and owner of Oroville died in September of 1964. A year later, in late 1965, Orrville was purchased by Meyer and was made a subsidiary of Meyer for the purpose of adding a line of jeep hardtops to Orrville’s portfolio of product, but with the tops marketed under the Meyer brand. The name of the company was changed from the Orrville Body Company to Orrville products, Inc.

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The Meyer Mark III jeep cab on a Meyer CJ-5, possibly a tux park.

Meyer introduces the new hardtops: A year after the purchase, Meyer introduced it’s new line of hardtops. According to the December 16, 1966, issue of the Orrville Courier Crescent,

“Jeep News, a publication of the Kaiser-Jeep Corp. of Toledo, is featuring in its current issue a new all-steel ‘M-III’ cab designed especially for its famous four-wheel vehicle by the Meyer Products Co., Inc., of Cleveland which is now being built here in the Orrville Products Co. plant, a subsidiary of Meyer Products.

“Built-in standard features of the cab include sound deadening, streamlined appearance, almost complete visibility in every direction and snug cold-weather comfort for owners of Jeep Universal. Two styles are available; each custom engineered for either the CJ 5 or CJ 6 model.

“The ‘owner-designed’ Meyer cab has welded and sealed drip moldings for maximum water run-off, and a four-step baked enamel finish for utmost durability. All components are steam cleaned, phosphate – coated and primed with a special rust-preventing coating before painting. The hard enamel finish coat is precision-baked in a special oven under close temperature control. Lustrous glacier white enamel is standard but other colors are available on quantity orders.

“Optional accessories provide Meyer cab users additional comfort and convenience. A two-position air vent gives the driver finger-tip control for drawing in fresh air or exhausting stale air. A roof-mounted tire rack assembly puts the spare tire up out of the way, yet easily accessible when needed. Continue reading

 
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1958 CJ-5 Batesville, AR $6500

• CATEGORIES: CJ5 • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(12/31/2020) This has a dual PTO with a Ramsey winch in the front and a rear PTO gearbox in the back. It’s topped by a Koenig hardtop.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/454676592168935

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“1958 Willy’s Jeep CJ5 (Serial # [hidden information])
-Starts/Runs/Drives
-RARE Dauntless Buick V6
-Front PTO drives working RAMSEY WINCH.
-rear PTO spins/works perfectly.
-Hard Top from KOENIG IRON WORKS and Hard Doors
-Dualmatic Locking Hubs
-New Tires/Rims

CONS
-some rust spots
-seats need reupholstered
-loud exhaust (dual glass packs I believe)
-no heat/air
-a lot of play in steering wheel”

 
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1969 CJ-5 Tooele, UT **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ5 • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4500.

Given the Meyer hardtop, the Warn overdrive, and the winch, I’d say this might make a good little package for the price.

“Lots of extras: Warn overdrive, Warn winch, roll bar, tow bar, new front seats, original rear seat, metal top with doors, bikini top, rebuilt starter and alternator.
Engine was replaced by a previous owner, it is an odd-fire V6, 1987 Buick with electronic ignition.”

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Year? DJ-3A San Antonio, TX $600

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A • TAGS: .

Listed as a 1948, the body looks to be a DJ-3A.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/214334317072203

“1948 Jeep Willys. Comes with another hood.”

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Porter & Reed Hardtop, Reno, NV No Price

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts • TAGS: .

This might be good for parts, such as there rear hatch or doors.

https://reno.craigslist.org/pts/d/reno-jeep-willys-cab-cj2/7290902431.html

“Aluminum cab for a CJ2A or CJ 3. VERY rough shape. The next stop is the recycle yard. Respond with first name,”

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Kelly CJ-3B Hardtop Orchard Park, NY $1000

• CATEGORIES: Parts • TAGS: .

Seems pretty solid.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/444932956687767

“TOP ONLY. 1958 willys Jeep original hard top. With doors , glass is intact with working crank windows. Actual Jeep not for sale.”

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1948 CJ-2A Laceyville, PA **Sold**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, DJ-3A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **Sold** was $1000

(02/18/2021) This has a DJ-3A body on it.

“Year: 1946 Make: Jeep Model: Willys 1946 Cj-2a frame and drive train with a 1952 Dj tub. Engine will run but it needs a starter and generator rebuild beforehand. Frame has some rot on the inside. Tub has rust holes and body mounts are mostly gone.”

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1956 CJ-5 Dover, OH **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ5 • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3800.

Tom spotted this jeep. It includes an overdrive (not installed). While the fenders and paint aren’t original, along with a couple other items, there’s a lot to like here.

“Nice old Jeep. Was in storage for long time. New fuel tank,battery,tune up, and carburetor rebuilt. Fun little machine. Rare hardtop. Optional Jeep steps. Extra overdrive included.”

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CJ-2A & Parts Saxonburg, PA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Parts • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD**

(01/08/2021) Not sure how much value is here.

“Willys Jeep and other Jeep transmissions for sale in an estate sale.”

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1952 M-38 Weatherford, TX $8000

• CATEGORIES: M-38 • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(12/03/2020) Runs and drives, but body sounds rough.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/179951393742292

“1952 Willys Jeep M38 Comes with Bill of sale Trail Engine Runs and Drives Trans goes thru all gears Electric fuel pump Not original seats New Brake Lines New Master Cylinder previous owner put thick rubber on the floor with stainless steel plate on top of floor pans for reinforcement, the original floor pans are very rusty The M38 is a 68 yr old it has rust, and is a project. Kinda Rare only 60k produced Also has an Ultra Rare Arctic Top with the doors. Rear hatch also opens up. Appears to be in good condition. I can send more pictures upon request.”

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Home-made? CJ-3A Hardtop Dearborn, MI $300

• CATEGORIES: Parts • TAGS: .

I don’t recognize this hardtop

https://detroit.craigslist.org/wyn/pts/d/dearborn-heights-willys-jeep-steel-top/7273298752.html

“Original steel top & doors. MB, M38, CJ2 & 3, maybe others. From a CJ3. 350”

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Hardtop Vancouver, WA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Parts • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $350.

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1955 Photo of a Leb’s Restaurant Delivery Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Thanks to Mark for forwarding this additional info about Leb’s: http://sites.gsu.edu/historyofourstreets/category/lebs-restaurant/

This May 25, 1955, photo shows a CJ-3B with a Worman hardtop that’s splashed with Leb’s advertising. I can’t tell what the hood advertising states. The photo was taken outside the Bell Telephone Company in Atlanta, Georgia.

https://digitalcollections.library.gsu.edu/digital/collection/lane/id/1427

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PHOTO CREDIT: Georgia State University Digital Collections 05/25/1955, Lane Brothers Photography.

 
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CJ-3A Hardtop Indian Wells, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Parts • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $350.

This looks to be a Koenig hardtop. Looks like the rear hatch and doors are missing?

“Here is a good condition factory Jeep CJ 3A hardtop. It bolts on. This is just for the hardtop only…not the Jeep. No rust or bad areas……needs painting. The Jeep is gone.”

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1948 CJ-2A Harrisburg, PA $8000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $8000.

(01/282021) This hardtop is unusual. The doors could be Koenig or possibly Worman. It looks like there’s a seem across the top and the side windows in the back are extra large.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1101563960359092

“New engine, rebuilt transmission and transfer case. Rebuilt brake system. Rebuilt starter and alternator. Rebuilt lift pump on the snow plow. Arctic cab and heater. Runs great, everything operates as it should.”

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1946 CJ-2A Kiel, WI $3750

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(12/11/2020) Needs some work and doesn’t run at the moment.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/385922635806378

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“Hello everyone. I am selling my 1946 CJ-2a. Overall it does need some TLC but everything is there and complete. It does come with the hydraulic pump and hydraulic ram that powered the original plow. The reason it was originally parked was the rear main seal was leaking onto the clutch which made the clutch slip. I do have a clean clear title in hand for the buyer. Vehicle does not run at this moment. It would have to get winched up onto a trailer. As you can see from the pictures both the original body Vin tag and frame Vin tag are intact and matching. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. I am asking $3,750 o.b.o please do not lowball me or waste my time.”

 
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1944 MB? Idaho Falls, ID $9000

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual, Wood bodies • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Price is now $9000.

(10/16/2020) What a crazy contraption. “El Burrito”‘s got style. It even has a mural on the back. I’m not quite sure how the rear extends, but it looks like someone would be safe from bugs.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/379875466485663

“A Prospector’s Dream or a mini RV!
A unique vehicle for the right individual. A fold out six foot bed behind the seats, and a “kitchen” underneath. Email me for videos showing the set ups. A 1944 WWII surplus jeep purchased in 1954. It is a Willy’s 4 cylinder. I think it might be a CJ 6.
Needs new gas tank (has 2 tanks, if you want to replace both) Seals and belts are dry, but should absorb fluids back when added. It was started, but turned off to avoid running bad gas through the carburetor. All the mini-van modifications can be removed to restore to original jeep without too much conversion.
If interested E-mail phone number to pungoriver@live.com and I will call you for further information. If you like make a bid.
It has been garaged.”

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1956? DJ-3A/CJ-2A Barboursville, VA $3800

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $3800.

(02/02/2021) This DJ-3A is tagged a 1956, but the body is post 1959 given the passenger-side cold-air intake.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/239420284386299

“1956 dj3a titled as a 47cj2a. I have the body tag for the dj3a. It has been converted to 4×4 , but was very well done. 134l runs and drives, but no brakes. new master cylinder but I think it needs wheel cylinders. 5.38 gears, new fluids all around. Very nice body, barely any rust except the floors which the PO had diamond plated. 21000 miles that seems to be legit. Price is 4000 obo, may be interested in trades.”

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January 1956 Koenig Hardtop & Misc Brochure

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

This is Koenig bulletin #156, one that I finally purchased and scanned. This brochure marked a change in model numbers from Koenig’s 1955 brochure; the “-5″s were eliminated in favor of individual hardtop numbers (which I imagine was easier for consumers to understand). See a Koenig hardtop brochure history here.

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