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1953 Stainless Flattie Biggs, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: stainless/jewels • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5000.

This is 2WD currently.

“All stainless Willys 5.3 vortec with mild cam, 4l60 2wd tranny with valve bodies. Have a stack og receipts for the engine swap. In it’s current shape its 2wd on drag slicks, perfect platform to make a one of a kind crawler”

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Photo of Lengthened WWII Jeep on eBay

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

This MB has been lengthened.

View all the information on eBay

“Offered is an original WWII time period photograph. The picture measures approximately 2″ x 2.25″. It belonged to a GI who served as a medic with the 1st BN Aid Station attached to the 1306th Engineer General Service Regiment under the 3rd Army.”

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Brook Stevens’ Command Cars

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features • TAGS: , .

During WWII Brook Stevens developed a couple different Command Car concepts. All the pics of these can be seen at the Milwaukee Art Museum’s site.

1. The first one is a 6×6 vehicle. It was made into an actual vehicle. I don’t know what happened to it. I’m pretty sure I have a press photo fo this vehicle somewhere, but I can’t seem to find it. This very well could be on the same platform as other 6x6s of the era.

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1948 CJ-2A Latham, MO $2500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

Looks like the 3B hood was added to allow room for the F-head. I suppose that’s one way to tackle the problem.

https://columbiamo.craigslist.org/cto/d/latham-1948-willys-jeep-project/6853427281.html

“Complete jeep with title. As is, hasn’t run in a few years .
2500$ OBO
It is located at the Latham Market.”

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1948 Popular Homecraft’s Wander Wagon Junior

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

UPDATE: The complete set of plans for the Wander Wagon is shown below. Previously, I’d only had the first part of the build scanned.

In 1948 Popular Homecraft Magazine did a two article series on the construction of a home built Jeep Station Wagon. The name for the custom wagon was the Wander Wagon Junior. The project was shared with readers over two issues, the 1948 Jan-Feb issue and the 1948 Mar-Apr issue. I was finally able to locate a copy of the Mar-Apr issue, so now the full build is shown below.

PART I: January-February 1948 issue:

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Year? CJ-2A Montrose, CO $12,500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $12,500.

(02/26/2018) The driver and passenger sides have been modified.

https://westslope.craigslist.org/cto/d/montrose-1946-willys-jeep/6850779882.html

“For sale: 1946 CJ2 Willys Jeep. Excellent hunting jeep Fully restored from frame up with approx 500mi usage. Has many extras for towing and hunting. 10″ brakes, lockout hubs both front and rear for towing and 4wd, roll bar, gun racks, HD winch, 12 volt system, drop down game rack in rear. Excellent ranch jeep. Garage kept..”

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1955 CJ-5 Sunapee, NH $6950

• CATEGORIES: CJ5 • TAGS: .

Travis shared this one. I’d guess, based on the large gas inlet, that this is an M-38 rear body melded to a CJ-5 cowl and front clip.

https://nh.craigslist.org/cto/d/guild-1955-jeep-willys/6847226626.html

“New OEM tires(5). Engine runs great. Body solid, no rust, a few wear holes in floor.”

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1946 CJ-2A Wyoming, MI $2000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

That body sure has some odd things going on.

https://grandrapids.craigslist.org/cto/d/wyoming-1946-willys-jeep-cj-2a/6845478402.html

“The Jeep is a 4 cylinder flat head with a 3 speed transmission. It is 4WD with high/low range. The engine runs pretty good the transmission, transfer case, and clutch all work. I have a couple of videos showing things running and working. It has newer front brakes and lines but they don’t seem to work. The rear brakes work. It has new spark plugs, battery, rebuilt carburetor, and an oil change. The frame seems to be actually quite good, it has great rims and tires and even a set of military ish rims and tires. I was hoping to make a military clone, but because of some body customization, it’s really not what I’m looking for. That said, it’s pretty darn cool. It will need a little more work to drive it on the street.”

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1952? CJ-5 Bellingham, WA $4000

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, M-38A1 • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(09/26/2017) A factory bed conversion for a CJ-5? Anyone ever run across that? It’s listed as a 1952, but it has CJ-5 grille and body at the very least. Looks like a ventilating windshield, too (thanks Dave).

https://bellingham.craigslist.org/cto/d/bellingham-1952-jeep-willys/6837671885.html

“1952 Jeep Willys
Factory flatbed conversion in 1957
Professionally refurbished engine
Runs good”

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Wally Cohn — Jeep King?

UPDATE 3: I’m taking Wednesday (03/06/2019) off of posts to write an article, so here’s an oldie, but a goodie.

UPDATE 2: Daniel Strohl over at Hemmings provided a solid background update about Wally Cohn.

“Born in 1924 in Germany, his father and stepmother sent him to the Chicago area in 1937 both to live with family and to escape the increasingly anti-Semitic mood in Germany. After Kristallnacht, his older brother Herman, his father Siegfried, and his stepmother joined him in Chicago. Walter flew 30 missions for the U.S. Army Air Corps as a bombardier during the war, earning a Distinguished Flying Cross and a Bronze Star and rising at least to the rank of Sergeant. After the war, he served as a member of the chief justice’s staff during the war crimes trials in Nuremberg, then returned to the United States and founded W&W Foreign Auto Parts in Blue Island, Illinois.”

UPDATE:  A reader named Clint just determined what type of vehicle Wally was using — A 1936-1940 Opel Olympia.  Here are two links to images:  Link 1 & Link 2. Thanks Clint!

ORIGINAL POST published in 2010:  I ran across the images shown below and others.  I didn’t think much of them until I looked more closely.  It appears the builder, who I assume is Wally Cohn, has merged a 1936-1940 Opel Olympia with a MB to create, arguably, the first Jeepster-like vehicle, except it is four wheel drive. The ‘Wally’ appears to use the entire jeep drive train.  If you look in back, you’ll even see this car can tow a trailer!

Who is Wally Cohn? I have no idea. I can’t seem to find anything about him, other than his name was Wally Cohn and he was nicknamed the Jeep King by photographer Walter Sanders.

Photographer Walter (Wally) Sanders worked for Life Magazine from 1944 to 1961. After growing up and leaving Germany for the US in 1937, he returned in early 1946 and lived the rest of his life in Europe, mostly in Munich. You can learn more about his biography here.

Because Walter was in Europe during December of 1946, and because these photos were snapped during that month, and because of Wally’s uniform (which Bob noted is an Army Airforce Uniform), I have concluded that Wally Cohn was a member of the armed services trying to merge cars and jeeps into a Wally vehicle of some kind (note the name Wally is displayed prominently on the dash in one of the pics).

This would be a great collector’s item — and a cool jeep too!

 
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1951 Franken-jeep Leeds, NY $1700

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(01/18/2019) Runs.

https://catskills.craigslist.org/cto/d/leeds-1951-willys-jeep/6822523068.html

“51 Willy’s,4w drive, rat rod, custom built,could do more! Must see, runs great, clutch slips a little, needs attention, generator not included, could use a new battery,”

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Dec. 1945 Popular Mechanics Jeeps

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

UPDATE: This Combat Bulletin video was shared by Dee Cook on G503 FB. From 14:07 to 15:05. 

The photos below are snapshots from the above video. They resemble the jeep shown below that was built by Wayne K. Pike. It was built by members of the 9th Service Squadron at the 13th Army Air Base on the island of Moratai. Note that it has a chrome/stainless trim strip absent from the car featured in the Popular Mechanics article below.

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ORIGINAL POST FEBRUARY 11, 2013: Bob alerted me to this first picture. Then, we started going through the whole December 1945 issue and found all kinds of jeep references.  You can view the entire issue on Google.

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Dec 1945 Popular Mechanics Page 6 Streamlined Jeep

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Dec 1945 Popular Mechanics Page 72 Jeep with Odd Body

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Dec 1945 Popular Mechanics Page 77 Men using Jeep like a plow horse

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Dec 1945 Popular Mechanics Page 73 Men us jeep to fix propeller

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Dec 1945 Popular Mechanics Page 70 Fixing Jeep Frame

 
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1960 Wagon Four Door Dayton, VA eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual, Willys Wagons • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: Back on eBay (thanks Craig)

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(last listed on ebay in Jan 2015) “This is a custom, one-off Willy’s Jeep. It was made for Henry Kaiser, when he retired to Hawaii and became involved in tourism and land development. He had the custom pink long-wheelbase Willys wagon built for exploring the island. Kaiser’s wife loved pink and all of his construction equipment was painted pink, so that seems to be where the pink color for the Jeep came from. This can all be seen on the following web page, along with a photo (which is the black and white photo provided in the photos of the vehicle) of the Jeep in Hawaii : http://cj3b.info/Siblings/SurreyHawaii.html

We also have documentation from the Kaiser Jeep Corporation stating that this Jeep is an authentic one of a kind Jeep. Please only serious inquiries only and please do not try to convince us that we are wrong about it being a one of a kind, this is most definitely not a railroad Jeep. We know what we have and are willing to answer questions of those with serious inquiries about this vehicle.”

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The seller claims to have documentation to prove that this is the only four door limo-like wagon made. to Willys Country this wagon was once used as a limo for an airport. Whether there was only one built or remains an undocumented issue at this point. Is the wagon above the same one that’s in the photo below? Hard to say for sure.

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1950 CJ-3A? Aberdeen, WA $2000

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

I’m not sure what this is or was.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/cto/d/hoquiam-willies-jeep-1950/6806355235.html

“1950 Willie’s Jeep serious inquiry only $2000 firm”

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1947 CJ-2A/Ford Bolivar, MO $2500

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

Roger shared this odd looking Jeep/Ford combo.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/910784532321724/permalink/2162978273769004/?sale_post_id=2162978273769004&ref=messenger_share

“Clear title. 3 ccy. Standard hasn’t ran in. 5 years. 4×4. Very very cool all original but top somone put a ford. Top it which. Makes it nice at times. Either way it’s. Cool old project. And. Don’t see any like this. ONLY TRADES be. Old muscle cars which means 74 or older”

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1953 CJ-3A Swamp Buggy Glades County, FL **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2500.

I’m digging this oddity.

“’53 Willys Jeep buggy is a 4 cylinder 4 speed manual transmission. Price is $2,500.”

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1950 Ford/Jeep Wrangler Project Hartsville, SC $6000

• CATEGORIES: Other 4x4s • TAGS: .

Is the chassis jeep?

https://florencesc.craigslist.org/cto/d/hartsville-1950-ford-jeep-wrangler/6791296636.html

“1950 ford/jeep wrangler running gear 4×4 project runs and drives tittle, lots of new stuff 6000”

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1946 CJ-2A Santa Rosa, CA $4500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

This has a variety of mods. The entrances have been modified quite a bit. It’s oddly cool in it’s own way.

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/cto/d/windsor-1946-jeep-cj-2a/6760512471.html

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“I have had this Jeep for 32 yrs with my dad (have had it 5 yrs since his passing). It has been a very good hunting vehicle for us, but have decided to let someone else enjoy it. Everything works on it and is mostly original or as gotten. Please see itemized list below:

Engine: 1953 134 F-head (replaced in 1986 from original Flathead)
Elect.: 12V (switched at engine change-out from 6V system)
Original Running gear: (Transmission, rear-ends, and transfer case (2 stick)
Extras: Tow bar, 2000 lb winch (used once to pull out buck), Warn locking hubs, good tires and tread, runs and drives strong, solid 6-point ROPS (roll over protection system) with front and middle being added professionally in 2017, all required lights work (head, tail and brake), all 7 off-road lights work (back up flood, 2 floods on front bumper, 2 KC Daylighters on rear roll bar and 2 36W/360 lumen Cree lights on front roll bar, CB antenna with all wiring in place (will change out existing fire radio with CB if wanted, the towing light bar with standard 7-way plug and a Mico hydraulic e-brake.

This Jeep is ready to be used with no fixing on your part. I used it all 2018 deer season with no issues. If you are looking for a hunting rig that is reliable and ready to go and at a fair price, this is it.
I will entertain only serious offers, and ignore all low-ballers. I am not here to give it away, but will respect a fair offer, just the same.
Please email me with any questions or interest.”

 
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1946 CJ-2A Berthoud, CO $3500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Craig noted this is on eBay, too.

We’ve seen this one before, but for some reason I can’t locate the original ad.

https://fortcollins.craigslist.org/cto/d/berthoud-1946-jeep-cj2a-willys/6782272131.html

“Selling a 1946 Willys that starts, drives and stops. Has an original motor that does not smoke. Recently serviced plugs, oil and coolant. Has the 6v system so its a slow starter. Great base for a restoration. Come with aluminum top and doors.”

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1955 CJ-3B Whigham, FL **SOLD*

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3500.

The rear of this has been stretched. It includes kennels for hunting dogs. This was for sale back in 2013, but there were not pics of it at the time. This is how the seller described it in that post: “1955 Willys quail jeep with stretch body. Dog boxes and high rise back set and front scouting seats mounted to front bumper. Not perfect or pretty, but runs strong and gets the job done.”

“Runs good changed out the condenser points and rotary button fuel tank needs to be cleaned and it will be ready to hunt again it’s a cj3b”

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CJ-3B Body on a 1994 Platform Paso Robles, CA $1500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(12/05/2018) Not sure how much value is here.

https://slo.craigslist.org/cto/d/paso-robles-1942-willys-jeep/6762365985.html

“1942 Willys Jeep with 1994 GM running Gear.
Needs to be completed.
Nice project for the winter.
Selling as is.
Clear title.”

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Year? GPW Cuba, MO $1500

• CATEGORIES: GPW (Ford MB) • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(10/19/2018)  At least it runs.

https://stlouis.craigslist.org/ctd/d/1947-ford-jeep/6772744254.html

“GREAT RESTORATION PROJECT
RUNS & DRIVES
5 SPEED MANUAL”

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1951 Custom jeep Newport News, VA $1700

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(06/29/2018) Chris spotted this oddball. Might be neat if finished up nicel

https://norfolk.craigslist.org/cto/d/1951-willys-jeep-rat-rod/6762618636.html

“1951 Willys jeep Va Title in my name has f134 motor that runs and yard drives good,working 4 drive,vintage lockout hubs,needs mastercylinder and wheels cylinders resealed, to stop. Recent tires Starts easy and purrs like a kitten”

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Custom Flattie Yuba City, CA $2592

• CATEGORIES: MB, Unusual • TAGS: .

Jay spotted this unusual flat fender project on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/446275155885854

“1942 Jeep that’s ben strechted and widened and mounted on a 79 Bronco frame with a 88 fuel injected 5.0, 89 AOD trans, 79 transfer case with split shifter, 9in rear and Dana 44 front, 35in tires on 12inX15in Centerline rims. It’s a project but most of the mechanical is done!”

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Year? Custom Canyon County, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Sedan-jeep, Unusual, Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2800.

Listed as a 1941 Willys Jeep, this is a curious one. This might have a truck cab and flatfender fenders.

“Runs, Drives, Stops
Needs Work”

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