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1956 CJ-5 Brainerd, MN $5500


This has an interesting top.

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

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Ad for Dualmatic Top

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

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.

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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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1948 CJ-2A Glenwood Springs, CO **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was No Price.

(10/22/2013) Looks good. It has a rare angled top, too.




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Looking for DJ-3A Fastback Style Top Measurements

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Features • TAGS: , .

UPDATE II: Charles spotted the 2010 post below that shows a DJ-3A auctioned on eBay from Massachusetts. Anyone recognize it or know the previous or current owner?


UPDATE: Bill tells me they are also looking for pictures of any surviving examples of tops and the bows themselves. The bows are the most important item they need to duplicate. The top is something we can construct but without a correct set of bows we won’t be on the mark. 

Bill and Charles are seeking the measurements for the DJ-3A Fastback Style Top like the one shown below. There’s currently a thread about it here, but so far no one has had any luck finding them.

As I look at these two pictures, it appears to me that top folded up like a Jeepster top. I’ve never noticed that before. I’ve never run across one of these tops in the real world, only in brochures or press photos.

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1942 GPW Oakland, CA eBay


UPDATE: There were two bids. This sold for $1556. It was a public impound auction held on eBay.

The most interesting item on this jeep might be the plates. The serial number is #12718. This has the taller windshield, but split, which is unusual. The soft top door has a rather large window, too.

“$145 lien sale processing paperwork/listing fee will be added to winning bid.

The following is a lien sale auction. We are a public impound facility and this vehicle was towed under the authority of the Oakland Police Department and has been unclaimed. The vehicle is being auctioned to satisfy our lien. Since this is a Lien Sale Auction, there are no license plates with the vehicle. The winning bidder will receive California Lien Sale Paperwork in order to register this vehicle and receive title.

This lien sale auction is being held pursuant to California Lien Sale Civil Codes 3071 or 3072. All vehicles are sold with no guaranties or warranties and are being sold to satisfy A & B’s lien. The purchaser is solely responsible for necessary repairs to insure compliance with California and federal standards. (see ebay for more info)”



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1950 CJ-3A Huntington Beach, CA **Status Unknown**


UPDATE:**Status Unknown** Was $3200

(09/15/2013) I like this old modded flattie. It even has a rare 198 Buick V6. The old top is great, too. Includes an overdrive.

“1950 CJ3A Willys Jeep, Willy’s Flat Fender Jeep
Buick 198 cu in (3.2 L) odd fire V6,
12 Volt System w/ alternator.
Willys Jeep runs, current registration,
Clean title.
Full roll cage, padded,
seat belts,
20 gallon custom gas tank plus stock tank under the seat.
Warren overdrive,
Warn lock out hubs,
Original black license plates,
spare tire rack,
built in CB Radio.
Tow bar.
Extra heavy duty bumpers.
5th wheel trailer dolly on front bumper is removable. Also trail hitches at both ends of the Jeep.
No rust. Detailed record book going back to 1969.”

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Never Used Whitco CJ-3A SoftTop Hill City, SD **SOLD**


UPDATE: Was listed at $600. **SOLD**

Looking for a vintage soft top for your CJ-3A? This might be what you need.

“This is an original Whitco Jeep part. We took it out of the box to install on our ’46 Willy and discovered the top is for a a CJ 3. This is brand new and had never been out of the box. There is some box damage to which there is a minor hole in a back corner of the material. All parts are there, instructions included. This is a 1203-A Convertable Full Top for a CJ-3A.

The following is a link to the original brochure:


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CJ-3A Kayline Top Des Moines, IA **SOLD**


The seller lists this in Denver, but appears to be from Iowa. **SOLD**

“I have a Kayline soft top to fit a CJ3A, no bows or doors, just the top with windows. I purchased this in the mid 90s and only had it on the Jeep for about two weeks and its been packed up in the original box ever since, these were nice tops and Im not for sure if you can still buy parts for them or not. If interested shoot me an email. working on a pic soon”


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1950 CJ-3A Deadwood, SD ** Status Unknown**


UPDATE:  Was on eBay. Status Unknown.

(09/29/2012) This solid looking CJ-3A looks like all it needs is a paint job to be a good looking jeep.  The nicely made half top out of boat material is very interesting too.  Whoever made those could probably sell a few — it is hard to find bikini tops for the early CJ’s, especially ones that fit so nicely.

“I bought this Willys from my uncle about 5 years ago. He used it in an apple orchard for many years to pull apple wagons so it went with out license tags for MANY years. It was only driven during apple harvest season so it got few miles usage each year. He and I both always stored it in the garage and never drove it in the winter. He had the engine overhauled about 9 years ago when he forgot to put oil in it during an oil change. When I got it the tranny and transfer case growled terrible do to many years with bad boots on the shift levers letting in water and dirt. I installed rebuilts about 5 yrs ago and it now runs very quietly. It is used as a summer putt around vehicle here in Deadwood SD so has been seen by MANY in this area. It purrs around nicely at speeds up to 50 mi/hr with out the typical WILLY WOBBLE. Driven mostly around mountainous terrain with out heat problems. (I had the radiator boiled out before I put it on the road 5 yrs ago). Lights and brakes work good. New windshield and windshield hinge gasket  2 yrs ago. New plastic under seat gas tank (same design as original). New gas sending unit which does not register correctly–I think it might be for a 12 volt. Other gages work fine. New speedo cable but speedo JUMPS when connected (Maybe the wrong drive gear was put in during rebuild). Emergency cable is missing but other parts including handle are included. Has warn lock outs in the front diff. It shows very little rust. The frame and floor are in good condition. The SURRY top(2 yrs old-made of boat cloth) and frame comes off very easily so windshield can be folded down.  This is a very nice little Willys which I am selling only because have another.”


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1949 CJ-2A Loxahatchee, FL **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1350

(09/17/2012) This post is all about the top.  It’s certainly one of a kind.

“Origional L-head Go Devil engine, runs but needs work. Manual tranny w/3 stick 4WD. 12 volt conversion.

Recent new items: Lights front & rear, Fuel pump, Carb., Custom fuel cell, Distributor, Brakes,
Skyjacker Shocks w/custom mounts, Gear reduction 12v starter, Custom Bimini Top.

Tires are General Mud Terrain with excellent tread.

Narrowed Chevy 1/2 ton axles – 6 lug

Interior body has some rust, previous owner put in patch panels.
Exterior body has some rust & bondo.

Off road only, would be great for off road parks, mudding, hunting with some work.”

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1945 MB Miami, FL **SOLD**

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

UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was on eBay.

(06/14/2012) Well, this has an unusual history.

“This Jeep Willys Overland MB 1946 was purchased from an Italian Army Surplus Sale during the sixties, subsequently the car was restored for my late Mother by Carrozzeria Pavesi Rolls Royce and Bentley, Milano, Italy. The restoration was focused on making a glamorous car with all original parts, just the roof and side panels are a work of art…. The dashboard was fitted with a wood panel to increase the good look and the original plates where fitted to the glove compartment box door instead of the engine compartment. The car is fitted with a Webasto gas heather for cold climates. The car was stationed in St. Tropez, France for many years and then was sent to the Swiss Alps in St. Moritz where it stayed until I imported it into the US in 2003. It is a great car, all systems works very good, steering, brakes, engine, etc… it would make a great addition to a Summer/Winter Home, it is great on snow, beats any modern car…. The attention to details in this car is fabulous.”

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1957 CJ-5 Hesperia, CA **SOLD**

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

UPDATE:  This is back on eBay

(08/15/2012) Here’s an unusual CJ-5.  It appears to have been modified by the same people/person who created these other modified jeeps, an observation I’m basing on the top.  Given the jeep is from Hesperia, there’s a very good change it is the same group.  Note that the jeep was stored for more than three decades.

“Here’s my 1957 jeep, it was stored from around the late 70’s till 2010, still has the original california black plate, runs and drives great!!

paint, interior, and engine change where done around 1960, was owned and customized by a california car customizer in the fresno area

engine is a all stock 1960 283, has the original 4bbl carb, power pack heads, generator with power steering drive, runs perfect, very nicely installed, looks factory

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1957 CJ-5 Rome, NY **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5500.

(05/08/2012) This nicely stock jeep includes a rear PTO with a winch.  It has an older top that looks in good shape.  I’m pretty sure that isn’t factory shag carpet though ….

“1957 JEEP CJ-5 Willys….. 4×4 … lock out hubs…. 4 cylinder….3 speed … freshly rebuilt engine…. new master cylinder, new rear wheel cylinders, new brake lines…
factory PTO and rear winch…

Full black soft top …. rear seat….. $5,500..”

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1950s Whitco Top Brochure on eBay

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

This brochure is for the 1100 series.

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1946 CJ-2A Herbster, WI $2500


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2500

This looks like a good price despite some of the mods.  It has a rear PTO.  I’m wondering if this was an ex-service-station given the way the bumper has been modified.  Note the updated dash.

“1946 Willys Jeep. 4cyl, 12 volt, good running gear, good tires, plow, extra heavy winch, canvas top fair, seats fair garage kept but has rust as you would expect for a 1946. Motor has not been started for one year but should start after charging battery.”

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Possible M-170 Top?? Rapid City, SD **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, M-170, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $200

(06/18/2012) Well, the price is right.  Now, what does it fit?

“6′ wide by 11′ long has all hardware intact zippers, fasteners, etc
2 windows, one has small crack in plastic, one of the zippers may need a little adjustment, and the color is a bit faded on the red
probably fits a Willys”

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1947 CJ-2A Kingman, AZ **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5000



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1945 VEC CJ-2A Columbia, TN **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2500.

This doesn’t run, but it has floating hubs, which suggests this might be a VEC.  This doesn’t have a column shift.

“Nice little cj2a. NO rust, nice shape, not running”

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CJ-2A Style Beachwood Canvas Top Martinsburg, WV No Price


The seller is willing to trade the top for some CJ-2A Parts.

“This is a Beachwood canvas military style soft is in like new condition and I have all of the hardware. I believe this was a custom ordered item to work on a cj2a.i also have a cover for the complete jeep for when this top is installed. This is a very nice set up and the cover has never been used.i would consider trades for some other 2a parts that I need or maybe a full or half cab hard top.guns or cash 301 991 348seven”

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1947 CJ-2A Melbourne, Fl **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was No Price.

This is at Mercedes Benz of Melbourne.  Apparently, they don’t know how to install a top?

“THIS IS A RESTORED 1947 WILLYS – Dealer inspection, This WILLYS is in Excellent overall exterior condition, Excellent overall interior condition, seats – This 1947 WILLYS JEEP CLOTH Truck . It is equipped with a Manual transmission. The vehicle is Green with a Green interior. It is offered As-Is, not covered by a warranty. – AM-FM”

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1963 CJ-3B Fort Myers, Fl eBay


UPDATE:  This is back on eBay

That’s a pretty rare top.

“Up for sale is a 1963 Willys Universal Jeep with only 20,595 miles. This is a 2 owner Jeep with a Hurricane 4 Cyl engine and famous 4 wheel drive. The drive train is in very good condition and a new Fuel Pump, Carburator, and master cyl. have been installed. The tires are like new.

This jeep was bought new by the Antioch, Ill volunteer fire department and was used to fight grass and brush fires for years. Please see the picture of a similarily equipped jeep in this add and a period advertisement for the unit. A member of the fire department purchased this jeep and has owned it for many years. It has been carefully housed in Florida for some time and was only used as transportation to the Fort Myers Beach. There are a couple of pictures showing some minor body rust spots.

This is your chance to own a classic Jeep in very good operating condition. With some minor body work, it will clearly make someone an excellent piece of automotive history.

The successful buyer is responsible for transportation expense from Fort Myers Fl. The seller will accept a cashier’s check or cash on or before delivery of the unit. A deposit of $1000 is required within 5 working days of the close of the auction. The balance will be due prior to transport and transfer of title. Also the seller reserve the right to close this sale or auction at his descretion because the Jeep is for sale locally. The owner does not express or imply any warranty coverage of this vehicle. The sale will be on an “as is” basis.”

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Year? Flattie San Antonio, TX **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4800.

(01/11/2011) I suspect this was more likely produced somewhere between 1943 and the beginnings of the CJ-7.

“This is a nice and clean Willys Jeep. It is titled as a 1943 but is most likely a post war model. The serial number is GPW122460 which should help identify it for lovers of these jeeps. It is in great condition. It runs great and has 56,775 miles. New tires and a nice seat covers with a matching top makes this a great looking vehicle. It’s currently registered as an Antique Vehicle and is a great collector item.”

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CJ-5 at Ecola St Park

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Features • TAGS: , .

Blaine spotted this CJ-5 with a factory V8 at Ecola St. Park along the Coast of Oregon.  The angle top is pretty rare, though it could use some retightening.

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1948 CJ-2A Middleton, Id $5000


This appears solid.

“1948 Willys Jeep CJ2A, runs good, stops good, 134L engine. Converted to 12 volt, reconditiond head, new valves (10-31-05), complete service, 11″ brakes, new emergency brake shoes, Husky Slective Range Over-Drive (manual included) , good soft top, Tires are almost new including matching spare(never on the ground). All gages work, Turn signals work, Just rebuilt steering bell crank. Trans and Transfer case rebuilt 10-27-92. CJ3A windshield with electric wipers and new arms and blades. Tow bar.
Contact Glen Phillips 208-5eight5-2861 Cell 208-3four0-1279 NO TEXT MESSAGES!!! E mail OK. $5,000.00 Guns 1911s”