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Year? CJ-3A? Laurel, MT $3500

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

Jerry’s father is selling this jeep he found in Wyoming (contact Jerry via FB —

Jerry was told this was one of about a hundred that were built by an unknown company. I looked through my archives, but could not find anything exactly like this one. Anyone ever seen one like this?

For all the work that was done to create it, it seems possible that more were made. Jerry indicates that the body is galvanized. The entire top is custom, along with the fenders, and it looks like the work is reasonably good. The doors are suicide doors. The hood looks like an original part. The cowl and dash may be original, but the dash has been modified. The fan shroud is galvanized with an old electric fan.

If forced to guess, I’d say if several hundred were built, that they were older jeeps that were stripped and rebuilt. If all like this one, they were designed for colder and wetter climates (permanent hood, perm dash, and a perm heater blower), so I could imagine these would have been constructed out of Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, or Northern Idaho.

Another theory is that if several hundred built, maybe they weren’t all built the same? Maybe some were more custom than others or more creative than others? That might explain some of the odd designs that we’ve seen over the years out of the northern Intermountain West? My assumption had been these were all home built, but perhaps not?

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1946 CJ-2A Tualatin, OR **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $600.

The price seems good on this parts jeep whose body is plenty rusted. The hardtop has be confused. I think it may be a Koenig hardtop with customized “suicide” doors, but the windshield isn’t something I recognize. It may be this windshield allowed the use of a CJ-5 style hardtop.

The windshield doesn’t look like the DJ-3A windshield (shown here) nor does it look like the early Worman windshield (shown here). Anyone recognize it? It certainly looks production quality. I might have seen something similar on a jeep on Facebook, but I can no longer find that post.
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1952? CJ-2A JeepRod Nampa, ID $2000

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

UPDATE: Now priced at $2000 and located in Nampa.

(1030/2019) It appears to be a 2A body, give the ignition switch holes.

“4 wheel drive motor runs need fuel system flushed. Really cool project. Original motor.”




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CJ-5 Hardtop w/ Suicide Doors Butte, MT **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Parts • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $500.

I’m not sure which hardtop this is.

“Hard top that fits 1950’s Jeeps (M38/38A-1, CJ5). In fair shape. Has suicide doors. Dropped price from $550 to $500.

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1947 Wagon Delivery Sedan Vestal, NY $12,300

• CATEGORIES: Jeep Rods, Willys Wagons • TAGS: , .

Interesting build.


“This is a western car that was brought East. It is the original body mated to an 83 Ford Ranger chassis and uses the Ford running gear, V6 and automatic. Lots of changes like reversed doors, power windows, electric wipers, power seat, remote door openers, custom taillights, custom bumpers, tinted glass, dual exhausts, custom paint and more. This is a street rod and it is licensed and on the road, driven only in the summer but driven everywhere. It runs along fine on the turnpikes and keeps up with traffic at any legal speed. I am downsizing my collection so I am not interested in any trades.”

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4 Door Wagon w/ Suicide Rears

• CATEGORIES: Features, Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

Scramboleer Dan shared an Old Willys Forum thread that has pics and a discussion of a 1954 four door wagon that has two rear suicide doors. Later on, the thread contains a video link with Paul Barry sharing a photo of a 3 door wagon with one rear suicide door. At this point, the unknown question is … was this modified at the factory, at Fairmont, or somewhere else? In the meantime, we all seem to be unanimous in our jealously of the new owner 🙂 (there are more pics in the thread)

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1947 CJ-2A Deer Island, OR $750


UPDATE: Still Available.

(11/08/2017) T.J. spotted this one on Facebook. The half top with suicide doors sure is unusual. I don’t recognize the top, but it looks pretty well built.

“1947 Willys Jeep, Rusty, missing some pieces, good clear title and ID tags,”

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1944? Wagon JeepRod Chico, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Jeep Rods, Willys Wagons • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $22,500

(08/16/2016) Nice looking ride.

“This is not a $50,000 car. It is an old school hot rod built by professional Jim Beechler, Fantastic freeway ride and a fun show car with several trophies. Its a driver.
454 Chev, ram-air with dual quads, Turbo 400
8″ Ford rear end
Mustang II front end
Jag headlights
Chopped, channeled, tubbed, z’ed, suicides, you get the idea.”

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1948 CJ-2A Maxwell, NE $1500


Is that Koenig hardtop? I’m just not sure. No description provided.

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Boston Top New Boston, NH **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Parts • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $400

(02/02/2016) Here’s a rare hardtop.

“i have a cj2a willys hardtop. i bought it a couple months ago amd wrecked the jeep before i even used it. i drove like 6 hours for it and paid what im asking. its in awesome shape. this specific type is very hard to find its fully rivited together with cast aluminum edges. has both doors and hatch but need glass. i was gunna use plexi glass. doors are suicide style. ”

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1951 CJ-3A Apple Valley, CA $20,000

• CATEGORIES: News • TAGS: , , .

Seller believes this was modified by Barris.

“I have a one of a kind 1951 Willys jeep hard top cj1a that i believe was made by Bairrs Customs in the late 1950s.”

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The Boston Top, an Aluminum Hardtop

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Mystery solved. I found a couple brochures about this top. They were published in a 1947ish Willys Overland Equipment Book (thanks to Jon for letting me scan that particular folder). The suicide doors were original to this top. Examples of The Boston Top below:

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he first two photos show Spencer Landers’ top on two different jeeps.

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Close up of the corners.


These photos show more examples of the top:



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1973? DJ-5 Toledo, OH eBay

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

This has the short nose, so it’s most likely a pre-1972. It’s an odd one!

“The car is a clean example of a self assembled woody wagon. this is a one of a kind model .I am not the original owner , it was purchased in 2013 in Pembervlle Ohio. The body work was done by a retired highway patrol officer. that had a lot of time on his hands. I would like any interested buyer to inspect the vehicle before purchase”

View all the information on eBay


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1947 CJ-2A Portland, OR **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $950.

Very interesting hardtop.

“1947 C2A Steel cab farm version with PTO transmission. Yes there is rust on body but it is all original. Original Go Devil 4cyl engine. Original seat frames, etc., etc.”


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1950 CJ-3A Byron Center, MI **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: News • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3750.

Rare suicide doors. Anyone recognize the hardtop? Could be a Blue Star aluminum top that’s been customized.

“cool little jeep from montana.very original late 40 early 50s. runs ,drives and stops.flat head 4cyl. has cool hardtop and rollbar with suicide doors. 6 volt with generator neat,neat,neat.”

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1942 Photo from Iceland

• CATEGORIES: Old Images • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Was on eBay. **SOLD**

 This is an original press photo. Dept-U.S. Army Signal Corps.Photo measures 9 x 7inches. Photo is dated 6-1-1942.”



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1946 CJ-2A Warwick, RI **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** was $2500. Has a Boston top.

(03/31/2014) The motor runs.

“46 cj2a has an early 60,s F head runs , was in a barn for 10 years It has some cracked fuel lines to the tank but fired up from a can, tank seems to be fine. Needs front floor work and side body work, prob no for the purist due to the later engine but would make a nice summer driver , has rear PTO setup,”

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1948 Truck Fairview Heights, IL **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Jeep Rods, Willys Trucks • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $15,900.

(02/12/2014) It looks well built.


** Chopped– Suicide Doors
** High Performance 302 Ford V-8
** Power Glyde Trans.
** Floor Shifter
** Power Disc Brakes
** Headers
** Wood Bed
** Fuel Cell
** Rack and Pinion Steering
** All Steel Body
** New Satin Paint
** Brand new tires on front, Rears like new
** Sounds mean
Runs and stops great, It’s a blast to drive. There are very few of these Willys Picks up survivors left.”

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Half Top w/ Suicide Doors Piedmont, SD **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $150.

This might be a home made top, but the suicide doors are unusual.

“I have a cab top from a CJ2A. Top and back are stainless steel and has suicide doors. Pictured is the top on my jeep. Good shape.”



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1947 CJ-2A Nehalem, OR **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5500.

Blaine spotted this jeep with some nifty changes. The top is particularly interesting with its suicide doors.

“I am placing this posting for a friend. He does not hunt anymore. It is in very good condition has always been Inside can . It has a Ford V six engine, automatic transmission with a warning overdrive it cruises nicely at 65 mile-per-hour it has a hydraulic captein built into the fornt bumper there is no rust in the vehicle it runs excellent asking $5500 for it or best offer.”

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1948 Truck Louisville, KY **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Jeep Rods, Willys Trucks • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $8000.

This looks a well built custom truck for a good price.

“1948 Willys Pickup. Very very rare! 2WD. Only about 1,100 were made. It had less than 38,000 miles when it was turned into a hot rod truck. HP302ci built up with around 10,000 miles. Chop top, suicide doors, mustang 2 front end. Too many features to list. $8,000 cash, as low as I’ll go or will trade for a cool old car from the 50s-70s. You couldn’t build this truck for twice that amount.”

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1947? Wagon Central Florida **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $8000.

This has a few updates, like those suicide doors.

“this old rat has had some extensive thought and money put in it its on an s10 frame has a 318 dodge engine and a automatic 727 torkflite tranny power steering disc brakes it a cruiser front doors are suiside back hatch open split style all the interior is finished in teak and cedar nice wood floor with strips in the floor all the bells and whistles tons of lights, bucket seats with a jump seat in the back , dual exhaust led lights, all new gauges, speedo and a tack all mounted in the dash ready to drive or show asking 8,000”

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1945? Flattie Susanville, CA **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5500. Note the suicide doors.

“1945 Jeep has iron duke 4 cly engine with overdrive. It has hardtop with suicide doors good tires and runs great. Has tilt telescoping wheel with newer power steering box. This is a great deal…..Drive it home today.”

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1948 Jeepster Fenton, MO **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Jeep Rods, Jeepster • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

“Finished in yellow and blue, this Jeepster was restored and painted with PPG two stage paint, applied by John Johnson, then topped off with beautiful hand-painted graphics and pinstriping, done by Pete “Hot Dog” Finlan of Monster Garage fame. The paint is absolutely incredible, showing no imperfections and shining like the day it was finished! The customization didn’t stop at the paint job … this Jeepster has shaved suicide doors and a shaved power trunk! The front end of the Jeepster is all tube style with coil-overs and the rear end is a bulletproof Ford 9” 31 Spline. Not only was this rig made to turn heads, it was made to actually drive! More info on eBay”


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1960 CJ-6 Ortonville, MI **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $825.

Either that custom top is made of lead, or this need new rear springs.