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Muller Top Upland, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $380. I’ve contacted the seller and explained what he had (apparently, someone else had called him, too). He’d like to find this a good home. 

(08/02/2018) This is likely the only Muller top to be found that’s not installed on a jeep (See the directions for making a Muller top here). It’s a great piece of history.

“Selling a hard/soft top for a M-38 CJ-3A or Dispatcher Jeep. I’ve never seen another top like this one before. My dad bought this over 30 yrs ago to put on his flatfender. But it never was installed. And now I own the Jeep but it won’t fit over the cage. It’s got a metal/wood frame it looks like a soft top from the outside but is full framed with a headliner. The doors and side,rear windows all store in a compartment inside the roof . No tears or rust it’s dirty but it’s been stored indoor’s as long as we’ve owned it. I’m running out of room so it’s up for sale”

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1947 CJ-2A Amherst, NY $5400

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(08/31/2018) This is a fun, old school build. I can’t remember seeing another top like that one.

https://rochester.craigslist.org/cto/d/1947-jeep-willys/6681158792.html

“1947 Jeep Willys. 283 Small Block Chevrolet engine. Warn overdrive aux. transmission. 3 speed plus overdrive, removable top. Runs and drives great. Paint is showing it’s age, but still presentable.”

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Fastback Softtop for Model? Bellevue, WA $300

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Very few of these fastback, or angled back, soft tops around. It requires a rollbar of the right size to work. Seller is not clear whether it is for a CJ-5/M-38A1 or a Flattie.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/est/pts/d/willys-flat-fender-soft-top/6678530587.html

“I have this top that is brand new never installed (not sure year and model know it is for a flat fender you will need to try), it is the type that does not require hardware, mounts directly on the roll bar ( that yes you need to have it ), from the roll bar goes down with an angle to the tub.”

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1942? MB? Blackville, SC $6500

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This could be a good price.

https://columbia.craigslist.org/cto/d/1942-willys-jeep-usmc/6660499531.html

“Willys Jeep in dress blue! Perfect for parades or daily use. 4 cylinder, flat head; 5 new tires.”

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1949 CJ-3A Lindon, UT $15,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: Stlll Available.

https://www.ksl.com/auto/listing/3953951?ad_cid=13

“2nd owner. Runs good. Drives good. It’s the L head 134. Father in law bought 2 years ago from the original owner. Been is storage/garage the whole time. Used in the Fair. Hobbies are changing and needs a new home. Located in Heber. Thanks for looking. Lots of original documention. I have video of it running if you’d like to see or hear. 562 miles showing. Not sure of actual mileage”

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Kayline Soft Top for CJ-2A Eldorado, Ca $250

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The holes along the front of this top suggest to me it is a 2A top rather than a 3A.

https://sacramento.craigslist.org/pts/d/willys-jeep-cj3a-soft-top/6560618202.html

“I have what I believe to be a soft top and doors for a Jeep CJ3a. I’ve searched Google and it looks like the pics for a CJ3a. The top is made by Kayline and is in excellent condition. It shows some signs of wear but doesn’t look like it was used very much. It’s shiny black and the windows are clear with no yellowing. The doors look a little more used but are still in good shape with clear windows. Unfortunately, I don’t have any hardware. Call or text me if interested.”

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2 CJ-6 Soft Tops Duluth, MN

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No pics provided. Both sound like good prices.

“Two soft tops one black with doors for a Cj6 the long odd ball one. Like new. $400.00. One is tan with doors I bought this in the box. The door mechanicals are still in the bag. $300.00”

https://duluth.craigslist.org/pts/d/jeep-tops/6450155319.html

 
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1960s White Automotive Soft Top Brochures

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

White Automotive was based out of Colorado Springs, Colorado. The company sold different types of soft tops for a wide range of jeeps. They also sold tire covers, half-doors, spare-tire carriers, and other items. The brochures below are currently on eBay. The company also used the brand name Whitco and/or White Mfg. at times.

1. This one page brochure includes a dealer’s note. 

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2. White Automotive’s bikini top and half doors.

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3. This is an example of a brochure that uses the brand name “Whitco”.

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Kayline Brochures on eBay

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1. This Kayline brochure is back on eBay. These were produced out of Colorado but also marketed by Kelly Manufacturing east of the Mississippi.

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1949? CJ-2A Redding, CA $6500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(05/01/2017) Has a variety of updates. The top sure is tall in the back.

“1949 Willys Jeep,350 Chevy motor,Sm465 chevy trans,Dana 20 transfer case.Summers brothers one piece rear axles.Griffin radiator,HEI dist,mild rv cam,3.73 gears.33×12.50 Bfg mud terrains on black wheels.Auxiliary fuel tank,factory heater,Full roll cage.Chain drive clutch linkage.All conversion parts are from Advanced adapters.Title is free and clear.If interested please email me.May trade for a nice utv,rhino,teryx etc…thank you.. ”

https://redding.craigslist.org/cto/d/willys-flat-fender-jeep-trade/6264563996.html

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Kayline Top Dealer Poster on eBay

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

This was probably a mid 1960s poster given the Tux Park featured at the top.

“THIS AUCTION IS FOR ONE ORIGINAL ,VERY LARGE WILLYS JEEP “KAYLINE TOPS FOR JEEPS” – “OUR BUSINESS IS TOPS” DEALER POSTER.

THE SIZE OF THE POSTER IS 36X23 INCHES APPROX.
DATING THE POSTER IS HARD BUT FROM THE PICTURES ON IT DATES IT FROM THE 60’S OR SO.
THE MAIN JEEP ON THE POSTER IS A NICE TUXEDO PARKER EDITION CJ5.

THE POSTER IS IN GREAT SHAPE WITH MINIMAL WEAR ON EDGES OR ON PRINT FROM BEING STORED ROLLED FOR MANY YEARS. IT HAS BRIGHT COLORS AND GRAPHICS. POSTER WILL SHIP ROLLED.”

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CJ-2A Soft Top Algonquin, IL $400

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Could be a good price.

“Selling a soft top fits a Jeep Willy 1946 CJ2A.Black including full soft door,poles and snaps. Good condition”

https://chicago.craigslist.org/nwc/pts/6073103821.html

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1959 CJ-5 Statesville, NC **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ5 • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $850.

Craig spotted this one. Looks like there’s value here. I wonder if that top will clean up some.

“Howdie,
I am helping advertise a Willys for a friend. He has a clear title for the Jeep. Any questions you might have may take me a day to get back with you since I am the ‘middle man’. Anyhow, enjoy the pics and let me know if you have any questions.
Here is a bit more info: Jeep ran until he decided to park it. Put air in the tires & loaded the Jeep today (1/19). ‘Ready for travel to the new owner.’

This is a great Jeep for a restoration project for the collectors or for those rock crawlers!!!
$850. ‘No trades’ The owner is simply interested in cash. ”

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Canvas Top Pieces Salinas, CA **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD**

Seller has a variety of canvas pieces.

“Collection of real authentic jeep tops,side curtains, and doors.All canvas items are not reproduction and condition overall is not bad for age.Tops appear to fit MB,GPW,M38 of that era…
-1.Top left $250.00
-4. sets of Side Curtains $100.00set
-1.matching door set $100.00
-1.misc door,2. P/S doors $50.00
Or make offer for everything!!”

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Berg’s Jeep King Mailer

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

I found this great old mailer on eBay. You can learn more about Hyman Berg here.

Here’s the front side of the mailer: berg-jeep-king-mailer4

I’ve split the front of the mailer into sections so it can be better seen. This part shows a closeup of the front and back of mailer when folded:

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1946 CJ-2A Fargo, ND $5500

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This might have a Husky soft top. I’ve included a Husky ad from a 1966 Four Wheeler magazine for comparison.

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Husky Softtop:

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Year? CJ-3B Toledo, OH $8000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B • TAGS: , , .

Doug spotted this former Shriner’s jeep. It’s listed as a 1953, but it appears to be a post 1956 3B.

“53 Willys CJ3B 90% original.has a very well maintained newer top and doors.10,000 original miles it was a parade vehicle the majority of its life.Has a 2.2L hurricane engine with a Warner T-90 3 speed transmission, Spicer 18 2 speed transfercase,Dana/Spicer 25 front axle, and a Dana/Spicer 44 rear axle. The body is in great shape for a 53,it does have some minor rust spot. The floor pans and the frame have some surface rust but that’s it. Runs and drives great and is a blast the dri”

http://toledo.craigslist.org/cto/5792850053.html

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1967 CJ-6 Sacramento, CA $6000

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Needs some engine help, but runs. The vintage soft top looks good.

“Have this 67 Kaizer Jeep C6!! Odd fire V6, 3 speed. Does run just a little stubborn. Here’s an opportunity for jeep enthusiasts to pick up a rare CJ6!! Ready for someone to restore or build up for off Roading. Motivated buyers don’t hesitate to call. Asking price $6,000 OBO”

http://sacramento.craigslist.org/cto/5742588051.html

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2 – Panorama Soft Tops Black Mountain, PA **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $500.

Seller notes that white top is a 1979 Panorama top. Looks in great shape.

“Up for sale are my 2, cj2a soft tops. $500 for the black $350 for the white. Im getting a half top made. One is a newer bestop on the Jeep used for 2 short seasons and never in bad weather. It’s black and complete.
The second is a white Panorama Top from 1979 that was found new in a box. I had it cleaned up. Windows are really nice as is the white vinyl. There is one small hole lesser than the size of a metal snap. Inside the liner is nice but stained from the metal hardware that rusted a bit. It looks dark because it is still wet. All hardware is included along with the bow assembly handles latches etc. ”

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1960 CJ-6 Luzerne, MI **Status Unknown**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-6 • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Status Unknown. Was $500

Looks in good shape.

“Nice old jeep starts right up 4cyl hurricane motor”

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1942 MB Philadelphia, PA **SOLD**

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UPDATE: Was $7500 **SOLD**

(01/19/2016) It appears to have a soft with clear top sections.

“1942 Willys MB military jeep. Original 4 cyl, 3 speed, 4×4. Just inspected again in November. Runs and drives great. Clean pa title in hand. In very good shape for a 42. Email if seriously interested I will send pics.”

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1947 CJ-2A Fulton, MO **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $8500.

(07/17/2015) Looks good.

“For sale is the nicest 1947 willys jeep around!! know money was spared on this build that took place in california. im going to list the majors on this vehicle and then post pics.
The drive consist of a 1968 chevy corvette 327 v-8 in front of a t-90a1 transmission, 3 stick shifter, wich is hooked to a direct gear drive transfer case. in other words its a rock crawler, dessert running monster!! as i stated an unlimited check book was involved in this build, everything on it is new or rebuilt like the 327 motor it has about 1000 miles on complete overhaul, $500 dollar lockouts to the front hub and have a spare set. i also have a bikini top new in box that goes with this vehicle. on and on and on. in case you dont see it in the pics. off the side of the transfer youll note the pto.”

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1956 CJ-5 Brainerd, MN $5500

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This has an interesting top.

“1956 Jeep Willy
No Rust
Very cool machine to take off road”

http://brainerd.craigslist.org/cto/5106233284.html

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Ad for Dualmatic Top

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UPDATE: I still haven’t seen one of these for sale, on or off a jeep.

Here’s a rare ad for a Dualmatic Top.  I knew they made hubs, but didn’t know they made tops.

 
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Safari Kar International’s DJ-5 Mods

• CATEGORIES: DJ-5 & DJ-6 • TAGS: , .

I found a DJ-5 for sale (see below) that had a Safari-Kar data plate. I did some research to learn more about these vehicles.

Safari-Kar International was a company from Woodruff Avenue in San Bernardino, California, that purchased, restored, and resold postal jeeps. It was launched in 1993. Don’t confuse it with a weird car by the same name called the SafariKar.

As best as I can learn, the company sold remanufactured DJs and two different kits. One to swap the steering and chop and modify the back half and another for soft top kits. At their height they remanufactured around 30 jeeps a month. They also signed up twelve independent manufactures.

By 1995 the company ran into a legal problem. They were reselling the vehicles with a new odometer as a modern vehicle. But, by doing so the law dictated the ‘kars’ had to meet modern safety regulations. (you can read an entire article about the company in a 1995 article from Automotive news (also archived at the bottom of this page).

Four Wheeler Magazine may have reported on this modification in a 1993-1994 article, but I have yet to confirm that. They did reference a DJ in a later Cheap Jeep article, but with no mention of a soft top.

Here are a few links:

Here is one Safari-Kar for sale: 1995 DJ-5 Safari-Kar Jeep Flower Mound, TX $6500.

http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/cto/4760795466.html

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AMC 1976 CLASSIC JEEP
Up for sale is a one of a kind classic 1976 Jeep
Year: 1976
Transmission: Auto
Model: Safari
Price: $5,000 firm Will not take a penny less was asking $6,000 reduced for quick sale .
If not sold by this weekend will be trading for a small cabin.
Miles: ONLY 28,000 on rebuilt motor
Rebuilt transmission
Clear Texas title
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