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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)

http://www.hlswilliwaw.com/aleutians/attu/html/attu-wwii-pg3.htm

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.

http://stanstark.blogspot.com/2011/08/war-in-alaska-pieces-of-puzzle-fit.html

 
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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…”

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250975538622+

 
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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.”

 
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Flattie Project Clinton, UT **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

It appears the builder lengthened the body but forgot (or not) that the top would be too short to fit.  So, naturally, the solution was to bend the windshield back.

“Built CJ2! The body has been lengthened and the fenders widened.  It sits on two Dana 44 front axles giving it front and rear wheel steering, warn hubs, turbo 400 trans, 13in wide rims, link and spring suspension, equipped with drum brakes front and rear.  There is a hole in the hood where the air cleaners from the previous motor poked through.  This rig has been garage kept for the last 30 yrs and properly coated to protect it from rust.  The gas tank has been relocated to the inside rear of the vehicle. NOTE: This is a non running vehicle there is an engine included.  The vehicle is located in Clinton Utah buyer arranges transport, vehicle does come with a tow bar.  !!Engine included but not installed!! The engine is a Chevrolet 327 from a 1966 corvette that was rebuilt 10200 miles ago.”

 
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1950 CJ-3A Air Force? Troy, NY $**SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Unusual • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3000.

Norm spotted this ad.  The jeep has an interesting hardtop and unusual back.  It appears well done.  Does anyone know if the airforce owned or had other CJ-3As like this?

“airforce, toolbox, on wheels, very rare, many new parts, $3000 Troy, NY”

 
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1977 CJ-7 + 1984 Corvette **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Was on ebay.

From the “I had this corvette and jeep sitting around see … and it suddenly ocurred to me to combine them” department comes this unusual combo.  There is work left to do.

“This vehicle was built by taking a 1984 corvette, removing the body, moving the radiator back and the gas tank forward.  Then I wrapped the jeep body around it. The jeep body is welded to the steel corvette chassis. I took the jeep body panels down to bare metal. I painted the car myself. It was the first time I ever painted a car (although I have built several other major conversions). The paint looks good from a few feet away but it does have some major runs in places. It was painted approximately 1 year ago but I think the runs can still be sanded out. Although there is very little body filler there are some dents I didn’t fix before painting. Most notably a couple dents on the hood and around the rear corners.
The car runs, drives, stops, steers, shifts, etc. I have driven it but never more than a couple of miles. The motor runs and sounds really nice.
I installed a gage cluster from a 2001 Silverado. The speedo, tach, oil pressure and voltage gage all work.
The chassis is all corvette so it has the legendary C4 aluminum wishbone suspension, aluminum independent rear suspension, aluminum driveshafts, four wheel vented disc brakes, etc.
The car is titled as a 1969 Specially Constructed vehicle, body type: CV for convertible. The title is clear and in my name. It is on planned non operational status right now. The car is smog exempt in California because of the year. The VIN has been welded onto the frame in the front but it should probably be stamped in a couple more locations. The old Corvette VIN is still on the dash and needs to be removed. …. See more on ebay”

 
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Year? CJ-2Aish Republic, MO **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $400.

This is unusual.  I’ve never seen a mod quite like this.  I’s really like a closer look to see exactly how this was done.

“i have a willys jeep. im not sure the excact year. 6cly engine, 3 speed manual trans. needs alittle cosmetic work but for the most part its pretty solid. no title. no emails please.”

 

 
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Unusual MB found on Flickr

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

Here’s an unusual MB that I spotted on Flickr. I don’t remember seeing it anywhere else (but sometimes my memory isn’t all that good!).

 
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More on this unusual CJ-?A/MB Wagon in Bali

UPDATE:  Rudolf sent some additional pics of this rig. Steve gives a good analysis within the comments section.

Rudolf forwarded me this unusual CJ-?A/MB wagon.  Rudolf reports that this is titled a 1944 and was used for public transit in Bali.  Given the full floating rear end, the rearend might have been from a MB.  It reminded me of another vehicle with a similar wood rear end that is located in France  (see the red image below).

From France (CJ-3B Page, Offroadaction.ca)

 
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1969 CJ-5 w/ Camper Harpers Ferry, WV **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Camping, CJ5, Features • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

“We have a 1969 Jeep CJ Camper They only made 336 of these  I have found on the  internet there only a hand ful of them left. they are rare as hens teeth. this a V6 engine with a three speed trans. It needs a complete restoration as you can see from the pics. it is being sold on a Bill of sale only it looks to be about 95% complete we do see it is missing some hub caps/ gear shifter knob/ some camper parts/  It did run when parked any questions please call me my name is Dannon”

 
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1946 Flattie Halls, Tn **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was Best Offer.

Someone’s customized this CJ-2A.

“its a cj2a 1946 jeep willy’s custom on a 1971 comando frame the tranny is a turbo 400, transfercase is a model 120,rear axel is a 44 with true track 488 gears front and rear , model 27 front axel with 4 joints in axels ,2x 11 breaks , 6,000 lb. wench , 225 cubic inch buik odd fire engine , 600 cf carb (4barrel ) ,, manifold is a ofenhouser duel plain , new air conditioner but needs dryer for it never even had freon in it, marian altenater shielded by wire mesh , electric fuel pump at fuel tank and filter, rear mai leaf is 5′ long and front is 4′ long , tires are 35 x 12.50 x 10 good condition 5 lug.

i bought this off my dad who buld it and it does need the tranny put in he was in the middle of building it when he had a heart attack and couldnt finish it.
it is a monster for off roading .”

 

 
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1957 CJ-5 Chetek, WI **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Unusual • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4000

This cj-5 is a little different.

“1957 willys jeep with plow new tires new paint looks and runs great”

 
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Really Cool Wooden Top from Iceland

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

Here’s a great shot of an unusual wooden hardtop for a CJ-2A.  The wood appears knotless, too.

And here is a link to the CJ-3B that sits right new to it.

 
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1944 MB With Custom Body

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

I stumbled upon this unusual Willys creature at this prewarcar website.  I guess Wally Cohn wasn’t the only person trying to create a unique body on top of the Willys platform.

“2 of these willys mb were bodied in germany in 1945. one was destroyed, ended in hamburg probably beeing rebodied to an original jeep, so when i got that survivor i did not do the same mistake and put it on the road again. now it is one of a kind with all the original chassis, drivetrain, axles etc. even with the original data plate date of delivery nov.11, 1944 (author Bussinger Kfz)”

 
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1948? CJ-2A/3B San Fernando Valley, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B • TAGS: , , , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6900

Has an unusual body.  My first thought was unibody, maybe fiberglass(?), as I can’t see seams between the front clip and the body.  In fact, the hood appears to be a normal sized low hood that sits a top a solid CJ-3B clip (fenders/body/grille all molded/welded together).

“1948 Jeep Willys, 289l V-8, auto trans, B&M shifter, low miles, new interior and upholstery, soft top included, all terrain tires, aux. fuel tank rack, alloy wheels, tow bar, clean paint, runs excellent.”

 

 
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1942 MB Ramona, Ca **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: MB • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3500.

This body was widened 6″ … was it done because they could?  Also, the rear appears to have been cut and a custom extension added (I don’t think that’s the bolt on extender I’ve seen other some other jeeps).

“The body was widened about 6 inches by Southwestern College years ago. It really is a nice configuration. I have the original military air cleaner setup. It has been converted to 12-volt alternator electrical. The rest of the drive train is stock with the flathead four and works great. The tow bar works great and uses a 1 7/8″ ball. I am selling because I need the covered parking space and my son, who loved and cared for it, will be out of the country for years. Driven regularly. Clean title. 4-wheel drive works fine. Lots of fun! $3500 firm.”

 
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1948 CJ-2A Yakima, WA **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4200.

Can’t say I’ve seen anything quite like this mod.

“Classic 1948 Jeep CJ3A. Mostly original, including motor. 12V conversion, saginaw steering. Always garaged. 42,000 original miles. 3rd owner. No rust, never wrecked. You won’t find a cleaner original 1948 jeep.”

 
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An old Wally Cohnish sort of Jeep

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

Many readers will remember last May’s explosive expose on the Wally Cohn custom ‘jeep’ built in Germany.  Ok, so maybe it wasn’t an explosion heard round the world, but there were a few of us who were interested.

Well, along those lines I found a MB/GPW at Hemmings which had been modified with fenders that brought the Wally Jeep to mind.  Here are some pics from the Hemmings Post.

See all the images at Hemmings:

Here’s Wally’s Jeep for comparison:

 
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Wooden Car

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

Tommy emailed me this unusual build (note it is a car and not a jeep or 4×4).  After a little searching, I found this on ebay as well. If you haven’t seen some of the wooden jeeps featured over the years on ewillys, check them out.  For a really fast wooden car, check out this supercar.

According to the email, it is a wooden body built in 2009.  “This custom wooden car rides on a 1986 Toyota truck frame and gets power from a Chrysler 318 engine.  It is driven by an automatic transmission and has merely 1,800 miles on its speedometer. The whole body is made of cedar and its interior is just as over-the-top as the exterior.”
You can see many more pics of this on ebay

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