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1942 GPW Houghton Lake, MI **SOLD**


UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $1500.

It runs and drives, but is rough. The rear looks modified.

“1942 Ford GPW. Runs and drives. Front clip, fenders, dash, windshield frame all restorable. Frame is shot.”

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1949 Burleigh Woodie Wagon AD on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Sedan-jeep, Wood bodies • TAGS: , .

Here’s another unusual London woodie. Note it is an improved model, suggesting Burleigh made others.

View all the information on eBay


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1948? CJ-3B Lake George, NY **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2000.

(08/15/2012) Take a close look at the pics of this. It’s unusual.  I like the body work on the hood which more tightly fits the old mb/gpw grille.  It appears to be a CJ-3B body.  I’ll bet completed this might look good.

“1948 CJ3B Custom Off Road Body(solid) Built like a tank!!The back corner of the frame is bad but can be welded. The rest of the frame is fine. 255 Buick V-6 Motor. Runs and drives. Been sitting for 2 years but all body work is done. Just needs paint. I hate to part with it. No time to fix it. Needs to be put back together. $3000 or trade o/b/o.”

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2 Modified GPWs Big Island, HI **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2000

Another couple of Hawaiian ‘boat-like’ jeeps, built to carry large loads near Kona and Captain Cook, HI. These may be the same ones listed here for $950 two years ago.

“Have a pair of jeep willys. They were made by ford, gpw, but same as jeep willys. One has a title. My plan was to restore them using, but we have no time. It will be a big project, there is plenty rust and body work will need to happen. I have loads of extra parts, leaf springs, axles, carberators, axle housing, generators, steering column, water pump, buckets of bolts, odd pieces, think even a transfer case, and maybe transmission; enough parts to fill a pickup bed. Jeeps ran when parked, stil on 6 volt system. Have been covered along with parts. Were used in Kona on a coffee farm since sold to civilian. I bought them 2 or 3 years ago. Then wife decided to have me build a home and start farming. Just no time. Would be a great project. Check out the value thes hold once restored…crazy prices. Just need to get rid of them. They are not driveable, will need trailer. I have trailer but not much available time”

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1953 M-38A1 with Custom Body Parkton, AR **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5250

Eric spotted this unusually modified M-38A1 that used to be a mess. It’s a different kind of slat grille. It might be a fun ride?

“This is not a restored original. See pictures
The only salvageable parts were the chassis, the motor, (rebuilt), the steering wheel, rear ends, transmission, and speedometer.
It is registered as an antique vehicle, and is in good running condition. The mileometer reads 56,349 miles, but I cannot vouch for the accuracy. Approximately 2,000 miles have been put on since the motor was rebuilt.
The motor is an L-head Overland motor.
This is a “one of a kind” vehicle, which you must see to appreciate!!”

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1948 Custom CJ-2A Alpena, MI **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Features, Unusual • TAGS: , , , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was Make Offer

This is different.

“This willys jeep has an all alumium body which will never rust or corrod and since it is made out of alumium it is a lite ride. The body is on an s-10 sand blasted frame with a 96′ wheelbase. It is 2 wheel drive with a 305ci v-8 in it, it has a 30 over Big cam with a 700 R4 trany behind it. It has 13,500 miles on the engine and tranny, was never used for drag racing. It gets around 20 miles per gallon on the highway.”


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1954 CJ-3B Ashland, OH **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3000

It runs.

“Got a good running willies over all in good condition frame and floors are good has original seats in good condition windshield has a small crack the motor is really clean and will fire right up and run good needs some tlc some minor tinkering hear and there to be ready for the road this summer the back has been converted to a dump bed but was done profesinally and is done right good litle project would like 3000”



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Home Craft’s “Town & Country” Conversion

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

Robin just posted pictures from the June 1950 Issue of Home Craft’s “Town & Country” Jeep Conversion.  This was a two issue project.

He posted high resolution versions of this transformation on FLICKR.

Here are some of the images:




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Feb 1948 Home Craft Magazine Wood Topped Jeep

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

I spotted the cover of the February 1948 issue of Home Craft Magazine here.  I’d like to find an issue to more closely examine the article and the plans.  I haven’t found an issue for sale yet.


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1943 “Woodie” Wagon Goldalming, Surrey, UK **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: This has been rebuilt. See this post.

Vince spotted this unique bit of jeep history. It is beautiful! For us history nuts the seller has included some helpful information, too.

“1943 Willys Jeep “Woodie” Stationwagon. Purchased by Willenhall Coachcraft in 1947 from Military surplus sale. Converted to current condition and sold to the Earl of Shewsbury in June 1948.

It was sold in 1961 to Victoria Garage in Stoke on Trent, who then sold it to a Harry Hughs of the same town and then it later changed hands to an AD Broom of Norwich, where it laid in a shed which then became derelict.

In late 2004, the jeep was finally discovered by Fred Smith, a very prominent and recognised Jeep collector, who sold it to the current owner for restoration in 2005.

It has undergone a very thorough restoration, including complete remanufacture of all woodwork, back to the exact specification matching the original condition it left Willenhall Coachcraft in 1948.

There were 95 conversions of this type carried out by Willenhall, and this is the last known example, making it extremely rare indeed.

All woodwork, engine, chassis and fabrication was carried out by the current owner. Paintwork by Andy House Body Repairs of Liphook, Hampshire. Chrome by SilvaBronz of Alton, Hampshire. Trim by Jeff Mussell and Son, Godalming, Surrey.

The jeep is being sold as new since being restored by myself. V5 present, taxed, MOT’d. Registered with the plate now on 125 YUP.

Included in the sale of this vehicle is as follows:
· Photographic history of restoration
· Buff logbook (dating back to first registration)
· Photography of original vehicle and Willenhall Coachcraft History by Archie Templeton-Dick, Historian.
More photos of the jeep and the restoration can be found on Universal Jeep Supplies’ facebook page.

The number plate, NRF 9 is not included with the sale but im offering this for £10,000 separately.”


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1951 Shortened Truck Kentucky **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1700.

Here’s custom truck.

“1950s Willys jeep. It’s 6 volt with new battery and tune up it has a superhurrican flat head six motor. Cuts out think it needs a little carb work. 4/4 works great.”

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1942 MB/Truck Belfair, WA $3550

• CATEGORIES: MB, Unusual • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE:  Still Available

(09/02/2012) They broke the mold after creating this one.  It includes a capstan winch.

“Willy’s jeep 1942. Has original 4 cyl. engine that purrs and doesn’t smoke. I’ve yet to see anther like this one, it is two seat with a pickup box behind. On the front bumper is an engine driven capstan winch, go online to “willy’s capstan winch kit” and you will see that this item alone sells for $3250.00 plus shipping. Also comes with an aluminum bolt on roof with two aluminum doors and an A-frame rig that bolts to the front bumper for pulling stumps and whatever. If you want to have a jeep that nobody else has, respond to this ad. I’ve had many people look at this jeep and they all agree that it appears to be made this way by the factory. You won’t find another like this one. No scams accepted, cash only.”


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1943 GPW Watseka, IL **SOLD**


UPDATE: Was on eBay. **SOLD**

.(04/11/2012)  Hacked a bit but still some value here.  It even starts and runs.

“NO title just Bill of Sale.
Here is what I think is a 1943 Ford GPW Jeepney from the Philippines. I took this Jeep to a Military show in California and put a sign on her “What did Bubba do here” ?  Lots and lots of guys looked her over and at the end of the day the consensus was that she is a Jeepney, a Filipino Jeep. Seems as the USA left the war they also left behind tons of equipment. They say the Filipino’s use whatever they have to make things work. Frame is GPW with machine gun mount still there.  Body is GPW but has been altered as shown. The little 4 cylinder engine has been removed and a Chevrolet either 265 or 283 was installed.  The engine does have oil filtration on block, so at least 1956. It has no side motor mounts, just fronts, so it could also be 1957. The casting number on the intake manifold (4 barrel) is for either a ’56 or ’57 165 or 283 V-8.  Has 265 exhaust manifolds on it. Has Chevy car bellhousing with an adapter to a Jeep T90 transmission and transfer. Both driveshafts are there. Has cut out hubs on front. Original front and rear axles. The Jeep had been sitting for at least 20 years in California when I bought it. Took some time, but I finally got her running. Besides needing a tuneup after all these years she does sound pretty good through her dual exhaust. Needs 12 volt battery also. Has Chevy generator that does charge.  I think she has 11 inch brakes on her? CJ wheels with mud grips. Steering box needs replacing as sometimes the steering wheel will spin round and round without turning front wheels.  This would be a great and different project for someone. Storage is not a problem and will work with you or your hauler on getting her loaded. What you see in the pictures is what you get..”

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“Armored Military Jeep” Patterson, NY No Price

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

This one is priceless.  Based on the back, I’d say this was a CJ of some vintage and not a M-38.

“5/16″ armored jeep. Complete. Body is not rotted. Needs new undercarriage. M38? Awesome piece of history. 845-204-1475”


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1945 CJ-2A Belleville, IL **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $800.

(02/24/2012) This has a strange body.

“Running, drivable willys jeep. No title. Originally bought it in southern MO for 800$. New tires, dist cap, wires, coil, and alt. It came comverted to 12v. Original flat head 4 cyl and drivetrain. D18 transfer case T90 trans. D27 front axle and D35 rear (I think). My dog tore the ugly van seats it came with but you should be able to mount any seat from anything. No winshield glass or gas tank (I was using a coffee can). Radiator needs repaired, a seam poped on the top so it will hold water until it gets too hot then it will boil out, but it gives a good 20 minute run before that happens. Needs wired, I have an electric ignition for it that is a direct replacement for the points/condincer plate. This jeep is so much fun to drive. All gears engage and disengage, the 3 speed trans and four hi/low/2 wheel high/low along with the lockout hubs, has good off road tires which hold air all winter and we can drive it right up on to your trailer. Can be hauled for a fee. Ill post my phone number tomorrow buy ill answer guestions through email.”

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1973 CJ-5 with Wagon Front Clip El Cajon, Ca $6200

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Willys Trucks • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6200.

Steve forwarded this one. I think the grafting of the front end of the wagon gives this a unique look.

“Custom 1973 Jeep CJ-5 With 1955 Willys Pick-Up Front Clip
Over Ten Thousand Dollars In the Running Gear Alone!!!
Fresh AMC 390 V-8 Engine
Heavy Duty Clutch & Fly Wheel
Brand New Custom Front and Rear Drivelines
Fresh GM SM465 HD Rock Crusher 4 Spd. Transmission
New Dana 300 Twin Stick Transfer Case (Clocked with New AA Adapter)
Dana Axles with New Rubicon Springs & Custom Brackets with Boomerang Shackles
33 X 12.50 BFG Goodyear Mud Terrain Tires on Custom Steel Wheels with Corrected Offset
Full Family Roll Cage, Power Steering, New Fuel Tank, 4 Point Seatbelts, Security Console Glove-Box”http://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/cto/2970070924.html

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Alaskan WWII Hardtops

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

Here are four different custom hardtops built during WWII and used in Alaska:

1. From “Attu WWII Photos” comes this unusually designed hardtop.  I don’t think I’ve featured this previously (at least, if I did, I couldn’t find it).  (It turns out this and some other photos are at the CJ-3B ATTU Hardtop Page)


2. From Flickr and www.throughtheireyes2.co.uk comes this odd hardtop.  The author of the throughtheireyes website collects photo albums from soldiers and publishes the photos.  He has some very good photos there.

3. Here’s one more hardtop from a 1944 expedition.

4.  Jimmy Stephens and his jeep with hardtop in Adak, Alaska.


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1953 Funky Vehicle Anaconda, MT **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $500

It ran when parked.  What a great, funky vehicle.  Maybe was a CJ-3B?

“The Jeep ran fine when I parked it. I also have an extra transmission/transfer case for it.”

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Posters of CJ-2A with Wooden Top on eBay

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

Each of these posters is purchased separately from three separate eBay ads.  This unique top is not something I remember seeing.  Anyone know anything about it?

Poster 1 Side view ebay link

Poster 2 Front view ebay link

Poster 3 Rear view ebay link

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1948? CJ-3B? Kidron, OH **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4000

There are some UNUSUAL Mods on this jeep.  Is that a battery box lid on the driver’s side?

“Asking for 4,000 or best offer.

Body is in excellent condition with no rust.
Willys engine which isn’t the original and it needs some work.
Has slow oil leak.
Hard top comes with it.
Been stored inside for as long as I know.
Last driven 4 years ago and hasn’t been driven since”

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1950 Odd Truck Jacksonville, Tx **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Unusual, Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Was $3100. **SOLD**

This is an odd truck

“Was last regestered in 2001 as a 1950. It’s got a super hurracane 6 cylinder in it that runs good. hi and low range trans. 4-wheel drive works. great for farm, ranch, deer lease

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1943 Flattie Chetek, Wi **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: MB, Sedan-jeep, Unusual • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Was $500. **SOLD**

It looks like someone was feeling creative.

“For Sale– 1943 Willys Jeep in restorable condition or for parts. Comes with snow plow. Ran when parked. Please leave message. Call after 6p.m.”

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WILLYS JEEP CJ-3A home made WOODY, flat fender, old car photo 4″ x 6″

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

Bidding starts at $1.99.

“Beautiful new professional print (4″ X 6”) from a old 35 mm slide (KODACHROME TRANSPARENCY, no date imprinted) of a WILLYS JEEP CJ-3A (I think) with a HOMEMADE WOODIE BODY . Neat looking Willys Jeep with a wooden enclosure over the driver/occupant compartment. Don’t know the year for sure. No idea where or when the picture was taken. Written on the slide is, “Feb 1952”. Much better than scan, crisp and clear. Any distortion or glare is from my digital camera. Ruler does not show up on actual photo.

Please note, my prints are not made from a home computer, as some have questioned, they are printed by “Denver Digital Imaging Center” a division of “The Slideprinter” in Denver, Colorado U.S.A. From their web site: “For 33 years The Slideprinter has set the standard in making prints from transparencies… We are still the experts at making beautiful prints from slides…”


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Flatfender Body Kit Bethlehem, CT **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Body Parts • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1100.

This is a hand made body advertised as a CJ-2A kit, but looking more like a MB/CJ-3a kit.

“What we have here is a complete body “kit” for a CJ2A or 3A. The tub was hand made by a guy in New Hampshire, THICK sheet metal, all custom welded, VERY solid, the fenders are again hand made in very thick steel, the hood, grille and windshield are all stock parts. All parts have some surface rust from sitting , but NO rot”

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1948 CJ-2A Alberton, Mt **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Unusual, Wood bodies • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1200.

It runs! The wood paneling is … different.

“1948 Willys Jeep for sale. Runs and drives good, but it does need some work. Comes with 4 new leaf springs and spare windsheild that does not have a wiper. Sold with bill of sale only, no title. $1200.00 OBO.”