Here are a few pics of my 1949, CJ-2A. She's pretty close to the day she came off the line in most regards. I've bought a few footman loops from you and other minor things. I'd like to put the spare back in it's original location, but i'm too scared to drill on her yet.
It has a 1952 (i think?) hurricane f6-161 engine. I am so glad to find your company and will be ordering more parts again from you, within the next month. I would sure love to have a hard copy of your catalog to take up to the cabin in Skyhaven, Utah. We use the jeep alot in the mountains in utah apprx 8,000 ft altitude. Thank you for such a good web page,
Answering your call from the small town of Hluhluwe on the East Coast of South Africa. That's me ( Gavin Dickson ) and my boy Rourke sitting up on the spare. We are busy with another 2A right now which will hopefully be ready for Rourke when his legs are long enough to reach the pedals.
All the best,
Photos of my 1946 Willys CJ2A Navy Jeep, restored for my father, after he fell ill to cancer. This project changed his outlook on life. We wanted to show him that anything was possible to accomplish. This Jeep will serve a great purpose here in running in the great Albany Veterans Parade held each year. That is what he wanted this Jeep built for. For many years to come it will do so.
Here's some pics of my 47 CJ2a. Bought it 18 years ago when I was stationed at Fort Gordon, Ga. Try to do something to her every year. Last year's addition was the 30 Cal, and saddle bags.
A rolling restoration that's driven all the time in the summer; lots of fun at the local car shows and drive in's.
Winthrop Harbor, Illinois
My 1946 Willys CJ-2A. The restoration of this Jeep took a little over 2 years and was completed in the spring of 2009. Since it's completion it has been in daily use April through October on the roads in and around Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada. I am currently eagerly awaiting the good weather to once again put it out on the road.
Since you asked... :)
Yesterday I purchased a real jewel.... was listed on Craigslist for 3 weeks. enclosed are pictures of my "new" project... It came with title and repair book for $1300.... My 1946 CJ2A... can't wait to gey my Willys pickup going and get started on this one...
Jay in Cleburne
This is a CJ2A with Cj3 windshield and some other modifications.
This is how I first found it in a used car lot (638)
Inspected and approved by my granddaughter (654)
and how it is looking now.
The old flathead 4 runs good, and as soon as the weather breaks, I'll be getting my historic plates.
South Bound Brook, NJ
1947 Willys CJ2A Go devil 4, 12 volt system off frame restoration warn overdrive, period roll bar... I run the little jeep weekly, we’ve been up some of the toughest trails
in Arizona. It’s great the looks and comments it gets from the guys in the side by side - it’s usually twice a old as they are.
1946 Willys CJ-2A - Modified a little. Chevy 350- Mild Port/Polish, Edel Performer, Edel 600CFM manual choke, Crane high lift cam, CSR Electric water pump, Pete Jackson gear drive, billet HEI, Taylor 10mm race wires, fabricated valve covers, Ceramic block huggers w/wrapped 2.5" custom exh/Thrush Welded Mufflers, 3" dumps ...probably more
TH350- Shift kit, B&M 3500 stall conv., alum. pan, alum. canister cooler, Royal Purple.
Dana 300- w/deeper Dana 18 pan, Royal Purple.
Rear mounted aluminum dual pass radiator, aluminum transfer tubes, silicone elbows, twin fans.
Approx. 3-4" spring over lift, front shackle reversal on 1986 CJ front/rear axles. 4.56 gears, bam-bar anti-wrap, Rancho RS7000's. 39.5x18x15 Super Swamper Boggers on 15x12 Black simu-beadlocks. Rollcage, Equus gauges, Poly gas tank, Fram racing fuel filter, Rhino-lined tub, Bilstein steering stab., G-Force harness, Jegs racing seats, quick release steering hub, Grant wheel, LED lamps. Almost all stainless steel nuts/bolts, Stainless steel braided lines. I know I am forgetting lots of parts and custom mods.
This Willys was built entirely by me with help from a few friends. I was blessed with the birth of my daughter a year into the build, so I have had several periods of time where NOTHING happened! I custom made several pieces and had a great time building it!!
When originally purchased, it LOOKED nice, but it was a mess. 18g a red wire connecting everything, painted with a brush, and riveted panels under thick bondo.
I wanted to keep the body looking factory, so I welded in panels and painted the CJ-2A OD green. The undercarriage is satin black. Lots of aluminum and stainless steel. Sounds great too!
Hope you like it!
Here is my 1948 Willys CJ2A--completely restored as a military version (as close as I could get). It took a total of 15 years (work, kids, other places for $$) but I finally completed the project with a lot of parts from you, 4WD, junkyards, JC Whitney, etc. I am a US Arm retiree of 30 years (including service in Vietnam). The Jeep is bumper marked with the Company I commanded in Korea in 1971-1972' Company A, 1/23 Inf, 2d Inf Div. On the hood I used "20" for jeep classification(1/4 ton) and then my birthday--071443.
Lots of fun--but I wouldn't do another one--but I would "watch someone else."
This Willys is how my two sons learned to drive on my parents from in Nashville, Georgia at the ages of seven and eight. The Willys was parked in 1998 with the transmission out because it had locked up in second gear. After the Christmas dinner of 2008, my sons said “Dad let’s crank the old Willys up.” That’s what led to the restoration of this family heirloom.
Looked over couple of states trying to find flat fender jeep. Some were a real joke! I found this 1946 CJ2A less than 15 miles from home. It was completely original. It was forest green and had a heater and oil freeze plug. I believe it came from a Forest Service up North - that being the reason it was original. Have made the 12 volt change but original parts are stored away. Have my eye on 1/4 ton trailer, including black out lights but price is a little high.
This is my 1948 Willys CJ-2A. Bought it for $1800 off the side of the road. It ran but wasn't the prettiest thing. I have slowly cleaned it up, pulled a couple dents and made it look better. Our city has a car show every 4th of July, so I decided that since the previous years didn't have any Jeeps, I would clean mine up as quick as possible to show it... not going for awards or pride, just going for a classic Jeep at the show. So did some very minor body work, new windshield, rubbers, gauges, and slapped an OD paint job on it just in time to tow it to the show. While it runs, it has no brakes currently. So trailered it over and showed it. Everyone loved it, but there were far more "pretty" cars on hand! Amazingly, the 'Ol girl took FIRST prize in its class! I was shocked, but so excited that my "bucket-O-rust" took first place! This was my first car show ever too! Pretty cool. I love old iron!
It is a 1948 CJ-2A, but it doesn't have any Willys stampings, and the windshield matches the M38. We are assuming it is a aftermarket body, since there are no body tags any longer. Anyways, it used to be blue with black wheels. Had a local shop do a repaint and a paint matched spray in bedliner. I had my aunt sew up the seats and some tailgate chain sleeves. It has the L134 Go-Devil. We rebuilt it when we first got it, and the #4 piston/wrist pin was froze. New piston and a hone and it was good to go, but after the rebuild it spun a rod bearing. (New ones were used, not sure what happened). Anyways the engine pics are after the second rebuild which also included a fresh coat of paint, and the oil canister restoration. The engine is now in, fires right up, and is awaiting some carb tuning.
This 1946 farm issue Willys was purchased by my father in the spring of 1947. He farmed, sawed wood and various other chores with it. It was also the main mode of transport for the family until 1960. My brother and I own this jeep and are very proud of our family heirloom. We belong to the AB antique Willys Assocation and have taken top stock with it the last three years at the annual show in Olds, Alberta. The black & white pics are from many years ago. The original canvas top has long since rotted. Maybe some day we'll put one back on it.
Joyce Vopni / Ponoka Alberta Canada
This is the first willys I've owned, It is a 46 CJ-2A, Been a slow project but it is coming together. I am making this into a fun all around driver. I am trying to keep it mostly original with the exceptions of the engine, transmission, tires and suspension. I did swap the split window with a single window style.
Here are some photos of my 1947 CJ2A. I inherited this jeep from my father who inherited it from my grandfather. I am not sure when my grandfather bought the jeep, but it had to be late 50s early 60s as I grew up riding all over the mountains around Buena Vista Colorado in it.
Thanks to Kaiser Willys the jeep is about 80% restored and runs great! I talked to my dad a week ago and he has found another one in a shed that we will buy and restore as well.
Studio City, California
My 1947 CJ-2A is all original with minimal rust. It has spent most of the past 20 years sitting dry and protected in a former chicken coop. It is all original with matching numbers on the body, frame and tail gate. The most work that has been done on it recently is the digi-scrap page that my wife made for it when I pulled it out to put it in the garage. I keep meaning to get started on a full restoration but I'm intimidated by the task. I thoroughly enjoy reading the Kaiser
Willy Blog postings and learn a lot that will be beneficial. There are many success stories out there that are encouraging me to get started.
This Jeep was given to me by my Grandfather back in the late 70's but he was giving me rides in it through the wild country of south-eastern Utah beginning about 1960. What memories for me! My children also grew up with many happy memories in this jeep. I one day parked it away and
never got back to it, but now I've got to get it running again so my grandkids can have the same good fun with their Grandpa. All I need is a little courage and maybe a good swift kick in the butt!
This CJ-2A belonged to my Grandpa. he passed away 12 years ago and the Jeep remained in his garage for 10 years. 2 Years ago I received it as a gift from my Uncle if I would restore it. I remember years ago going up Manti Canyon to pick out a Christmas tree in this old Jeep. I remember how it rattled and how much noise it made, but it was Grandpa and it remains a great memory that I have of him.
This Jeep is now in much better shape than he ever had it. I believe that he had the Jeep for about 20+ years, so I guess that this thing has been in the family for at least half of it's life.
Now my kids and grandson love riding in it, my brother's-in-law, and all of the family enjoy riding in it and remembering it and Grandpa.
Restoring it took 2 years and a lot of love and money, but now is one of the sweeter Willy's Jeep's I have ever seen. I receive compliments on it everywhere I go in it, and make new friends every time I stop to fill it up with gas.
Thanks for having parts available to help restore this family heirloom to better than new condition!!!!! In this album are some photos from before and after restoration. Everything on the Willy's is original except the rims and tires. No changes in the engine bay. I did add a roll bar and side-view mirrors as well as seat belts to make it more safe.
Photos of my 1949 CJ2A. I am 14 years old and starting on my 1949 CJ2A Willys. My dad bought it
a while ago but stopped driving it around. He was thinking of selling
it, and put it up for sale for $3000. I convinced him to keep it for
me, and he did :) Its a 1949 CJ2A Willys, with the original 4 cylinder
L-head engine, transmission, body, and transfer case. It runs great.
It is navy blue (not the original color), has 31" Mud king tires, new front and back bumpers, steering wheel and column, and seats. I found a backseat from a Willys, fixed it up and put it in.
1945 Willys CJ-2A - Body is Serial number #10296 and original with little rust. Jeep was #296 off the assembly line and has all dash plates and plates under hood. Windshield is a CJ-3A and tail lights are not original. Engine is a '74 Corvette 350. Bought Jeep from guy in California and have been working slowly over past 3 years to add bits and pieces. It is a hybrid and cut up a bit which takes value off the original body down but I sure like my "pig in a dress" as I call her. Many earrings on this little pig. She gets up and goes and the cross member bar to get the transmission and engine in this little Jeep is a work of art. Took many hours of welding and engineering to figure it out. Willy's turn heads more than any car I have driven. Doubt I would ever sell it. Cheers to all you gear heads out there who are fellow Willy's Nuts! I bought the Body on E-Bay for 1200.00. Corvette Engine for $500 4 years ago. Many hours of additions have got me close to finishing my little pig with earrings. Sorry to all the original restorations out there. This one is my bog toy. The 2nd Jeep a 1948 I am working on currently is a project to put another one back together that has all original parts and pieces. Will send photos when I am done.
1946 Willys CJ-2A - All original except the following over 25 years ago: Rancho 2" lift springs, Chevy steering, turn signals and 11" brakes. All of my children, nieces, nephews and even some of the neighbors kid's learned to drive in "OL Nugget " I drive this thing all over town in spring, summer and fall, tow it to the hill's for hunting and fishing, it is actually the best fuel mileage vehicle I own not to mention ease of parking and built in A/C. Hope to re-paint it the original Harvest Tan next winter.
Got your email requesting pic's from customer projects. Here are some pic's of my '48 CJ2A project I started 2007 . So far I've disassembled the entire CJ and have completed restore up to the chassis. This includes frame, running gear, engine, brakes, suspension and trans.I have a new complete metal replacement tub to install and hope to start that process next month. Before I mount the body I'll be installing the exhaust system. I'm going to have to take the CJ to a muffler shop because the system doesn't line up properly at this time. Part of the exhaust pipe from the exhaust manifold rubs up against the brake/clutch linkage nut. I don't have the tools to bend the pipe away from it. I'm also going to convert the original steering linkage to a manual rack and pinion. The tub needs to be on the frame for that process. I'll update you next month. Update - I started the project 2007 and got to this point. I think I sent some photos in when I started, I can't remember it's been awhile. I've pretty much kept everything the same except I've switched to twelve volt and modified the steering linkage. My next step is to get paint on it and finish the electrical. I take it out and run it every so often to keep things going. This has been a fun project.
- Lou Iglesias
I purchased this very early 1946 CJ-2A from the son of its second owner where it sat behind a shed in the desert north of Carlsbad, New Mexico. The owner’s dad purchased it second-hand in 1948 in Carlsbad, New Mexico to use for transportation between pump jacks in his occupation as an oil ´wildcatter´. The son recounts ´cutting trail to the first well as a three year old, riding between his father´s knees to help him steer´. The Jeep seldom traveled more that a few miles from it´s home until the 1950´s when the father and son took the Jeep over Slumgullion Pass, Colorado on a fishing trip. Later, they took it over Taylor Pass, Colorado on another outing. His father kept it covered in his later years, hoping to one day restore it. After his father passed away, the son kept it a few years before selling it to me in late 2003.
I acquired the Jeep in mechanically sound condition with high compression on all four cylinders and a strong drivetrain. Cosmetically, there was surface rust with bad spots only in the toolbox and passenger floorboard. I repainted the Jeep the original Harvest Tan with Sunset Red wheels using Matthews acrylic polyurethene paint. Rebuilt were the carb, ‘bullet’ style running lights, Dualmatic hubs, generator, starter, windshield assembly, vacuum wiper mechanism, brake system and instrument cluster. Seats and top came from Beachwood Canvas. 16x600 NDT tires came from Wallace Wade Tires in Dallas. I sold the Jeep in December of 2004 and am currently restoring an even earlier column shift ’46 with matching, original numbers that I found in Kansas.
1949 CJ-2A - This was an off frame restoral. The support channels and floor plates had quite a bit of rust. Coated entire vehicle with rust restorer before painting. Did an overlay of support channels and floor boards. Replaced lots of seals and rebuilt brakes. Replaced carb. and voltage regulator. Primed and painted OD green. Wanted to clone the MB. Vehicle is being used primarily for parades. Will be selling soon!!
My son found this 1947 CJ-2A in an old collapsing barn in southern Ohio almost eight years ago. Without your ability to supply the parts that have been needed (to numerous to count) and your excellent advice along with your expertise in walking me through a few things, this project would have been impossible!
By the way, you recently posted on your web site "the top ten things you will need for your Willys restoration" I got all of them from you!
Keep up the good work, "Every Jeep" deserves a New Life!
I believe this on is on it"s ninth.
Hello, glad to have found a site dedicated to the BEST AMERICAN STEEL ON RUBBER! I've been hoarding old Jeep parts for 20 years, not looking to sell, but will always consider helping out a Willys brother / sister with parts or advice. I have a Willys testing ground on my property in Placerville CA. If anyone is in the area, feel free to contact me.
This is my 1946 CJ-2A. I picked it up as a basket case. It’s bone stock, serial #1257, love that little jeep, it does amazing things, I jump it regularly and wheel it to its extreme, it is very impressive. After about 80 jumps, I finally broke a front leaf spring, fortunately the springs from my '48 Willys pick up were the same, I had them sitting around after I did my front frame mod. using '79 Chevy truck front leafs, they are negative arc, so they drop down like mad.
Here are some photos of my son's 1946 Willys. We bought it in pretty rough shape. We ended up replacing running gear, brakes, windshield - a lot of body panels were reformed from sheet metal, gas tank, etc. We didn't have to do too much to the 4cl. Engine other than flush out the gas lines and rebuild the carb. After getting it all done and driving around for a while the head gasket went out and ruined a piston. Apparently this isn't uncommon in the old flatheads. It now has a early 1960s buick oddfire 225. We chose that engine after reading that it mounts up nice to the original transmission.
- Mike McCormick
My ’47 Willys CJ2 belonged to my grandfather who used it on his farm for
over 10 years. After he died in ’64, it was put in a storage shed and kept
there for over 40 years. My husband and I got the jeep out and completed the
restoration. This jeep holds many fond memories for me about my
grandfather and tooling around on the farm. Many times I sat in his lap and
‘drove’ the jeep! We have received many inquiries and compliments about the
1948 Willys CJ-2A - Original frame, gusseted, blasted, primered and painted. Reproduction tub, original fenders, hood and CJ-3A windshield, Chevy 4.3 carb, turbo 350 tranny, power steering conversion. Tilt steering column, hanging pedal conversion, painless harness, lokar shifter, Lokar e brake. Auto meter gauges, dana 44 rear 3.73 11" drums, dana 27 front, chevy front disc brake system, dana 300, tom woods cv shaft, 74 CJ-5 low-back seats, true dual exhaust, Warn 8274.
This is A 1949 CJ2A my dad bought back in the 60es. He got it out of a oilfield in Downey Ca. After working on it for quite a long time, the family started to race it in the sand the hill climb and the drags. It started out with the old flat head and progressed to a 1965 Chevy 2 ,4 cyl. witch is now putting out 350HP. and the Jeep now lives in Oregon. We love this thing like part of the Family. HAPPY JEEPIN
- Randy Knarly and Emma Too
Here is a photo of my 1946 CJ-2A parked on a mountain top in Northern Nevada. It is currently a "work in progress". Plans are to bring it back to as close to original as economically possible but yet keep it as a desert/hunting jeep. This CJ-2A was originally a column shift but has since been converted to a floor shift. Still has the L-134 motor and all drivetrain is original. Since the picture was taken, I have purchased new 7.00x15 NDT's any many misc parts.
Thanks for your interest,
I bought this CJ-2A about 18 months ago. My kids want me to drive them everywhere in it instead of our Tahoe. I'm glad to have a source for parts such as yours. I learned to drive in one much like it [which is in my garage also] My kids take turns driving it on the back roads of Mt. Lassen. She's all stock and we LOVE IT!
Roger, Jonathan, and Jennifer Jordan, Winters Ca.
My CJ2A #142084 is clean and healthy. Engine (L134) and drive train are solid (aside from a few typical leaks) and there is very little rust. I'm working to get her back to "stock" as close as possible with exception of an alternator instead of a generator. And, in a few more months, her Harvard Red will be bright and shiney again.?There was tons of previous owner's doings to undo, but she runs great and generally speaking, is just too much fun!
These are 2 scaned photos of pictures taken back in 1991 (still with film - no digital then)
In 1991 I purchased the jeep and was all set to do start restoring it. There was more work than expected. The body besides a small hole under the tool box (pass. side) and dents and dings it was not to bad. I was more worried about the
the drive tran. I found wheat in and down the carb.
In 1992 we moved into a house without a basement. So you can guess where all the things to store ended up. Things started to pile up. I managed to clean up the garage a few times to work on the jeep. The jeep is now in pieces. To many things were happening during thistime (kids work etc.). Now I am starting to have more time so a separate garage is going to be built for my projects.
After the engine was taken apart I found that it was bored out to max.The head has a small crack by a stud hole which
can be repaired. In the mean time I was able to get a hold of two engines for parts. Will send more pictures once garage is built.
For now, Stefan Stencel
When I was 8 years old our family moved from Knoxville to Memphis, TN. I had an older sister and two younger brothers. My father has always been an avid sportsman and was looking for an activity to involve all his children. He befriended Charlie Olieta who with his brother Glen was starting a hunting club at the Tunica Cut-Off in Tunica County Mississippi calling it the Tunica Cut-Off Hunting Club. He was in need of a hunting vehicle which could navigate the miles of thick muddy roads on the leased land (they were as bad as any logging road I have ever seen with sticky mud called Mississippi gumbo). My father purchased the 1947 CJ-2A Willys Jeep in 1966 from Robert Barlow for $400.
The condition of the Jeep at time of purchase was in a poor state. My father was told that all the grease seals had been renewed. The next morning after a greasing of the Willys he discovered all the grease was under the Jeep on the carport floor! Fortunately my father had always worked on vehicles; for this was a project which required great patience and mechanical skill. He shared a story with me of him prowling through a military junkyard and finding a box half buried in the mud. The stenciled lettering said MB front axle. He bought it for $50. It was a completely rebuilt front axle with tire rods, and brake drums still in the cosmoline …what a lucky day! Another lucky break came when a friend who worked for Sears told him they were replacing their air compressors with new devilbiss compressors. The original compressors were 4 cylinders and pumped on two. They had one such compressor still in the crate for $100. Dad said he jumped on it because this was the original Jeep flat head engine with a modified head but the same block.
Dad was a great steward for this Willys Jeep. He raised four children all of whom learned to drive with this vehicle and abused it engaging in youthful frolic during the process. It was during my childhood years that I fell in love with this great vehicle and grew to appreciate its endurance and versatility. I can see why Eisenhower said it was one of the three reasons we won WWII. My siblings and I kept my father busy doing body work, replacing motors, crank shafts, transmissions, paint jobs, etc… He kept it street legal most of the time. My junior year in high school I drove the Willys Jeep to Hernando, MS from Memphis to see a girlfriend. I never made it home after throwing a rod in the engine which I replaced with my hard earned summer savings from mowing grass. The spare tire on this civilian model was originally on the rear panel driver’s side until I drove too close to a tree peeling it off.
Somehow the Willys Jeep survived my childhood years and as well as those of my father’s grandchildren. In September, 2009 I made a trip to Tunica, MS to pick up the Willys Jeep. My father parted with it taking my Honda 4Wheeler in trade. My first objective was to restore this vehicle back to a mechanically sound condition so that I may continue to enjoy it on my farm in Montgomery County, TN. I am not mechanical and so I sought out someone to do a limited restoration. We rebuilt the engine, installed a new wire harness, rebuilt the carburetor, applied a paint job, did a brake job and finished up with original military tires. While hauling the Willys Jeep back to my home in Clarksville, TN as luck would have it my wife and I went through tornado conditions while on I-24. I had to pull off the interstate for safety and due to impaired visibility pulled into a grassy median sinking my Sierra GMC truck, trailer and Willys Jeep in the muddy soft ground. I was hopelessly stuck! As soon as the wind died down I unloaded the Willys Jeep in the rain pulling it up on the pavement. I attached a chain to the truck. With my wife steering the truck I started up the Willys Jeep and as if talking to an old friend asked it not to fail me now. Much to my pleasure and surprise the Willys Jeep pulled my truck and trailer out of the muddy median. Like a faithful hunting dog it has never let me down!
My next objective is to be as good a steward to this vehicle as was my father so that future generations will grow to appreciate it and hopefully pass it along!
About 1950 my Dad had bought some property in 29 Palms, California. He loved going to the desert. We started going up on the weekends to work on the cabin he was building. He needed a 4 wheel drive vehicle so he could hook up the trailer and haul lumber, etc., so he went to an auction and bought a 1946 CJ2A Willys Jeep…just what he needed. We took it home and started cleaning it up and we lifted up the old rag top and there written in white paint on the rear fender was the name “TOMYBIL”, which happens to be my name (THOMAS WILLIAM) - the jeep worked out just great. In about 1976 my Dad gave me “TOMYBIL” and I was thrilled to get it. I had it painted, a new rag top made, and I got a license plate that reads TOMYBIL. Let's fast forward…I lost interest in the jeep and it sat in my backyard for about 5 years just deteriorating. Well, my wife began to ride me big time about the jeep sitting in the yard, saying “you need to sell it’. That was my wakeup call! My interest came back quickly and it has been my main hobby ever since. I had it repainted and replaced the engine, got new brakes, worked on the transmission, and gave it new tires and wheels. These pictures show where we are now. The jeep has been in our family for over 60 years.
This my 1946 CJ2A, a real classic that is driven all around the farm nearly every day by my nieces and everyone else. She gets regular oil and filter changes as well every grease fitting lubed and gear boxes drained and refilled after going through water. The ol flathead fires right up and purs like a kitten. Please check my other Jeeps in the Station Wagon and CJ5 sections. Happy Jeepin.
Pics of my recently restored 47 CJ-2A. My son and I restored it over the last 3 years. Just have to change the numbers on the bumper. We used to have an M-38 windshield on it and now we have the MB windshield. Drivetrain and all body panels are original except for the tailgate and windshield frame. Used YJ springs for a smoother ride and lift in order to fit the 7.5-16 NDT tires.
This Jeep is an old friend. I first saw it in South Haven, Michigan in 1973. It belonged to the father of a girl I was dating. In the late 1960’s I worked in an automotive parts store and I knew exactly what this Jeep was and what a great vehicle it would be to own. It took me six years - and marrying his daughter – to own this vehicle. When I brought it home, I took off 1962 Michigan license plates. And no, it wasn’t a wedding gift – I paid $325.00 for it in 1980.
I began the restoration in 2002 and finished it 2005. I completely rebuilt the engine and a local body shop did the bodywork. My friend Bobby – an old time car guy – helped me with the mechanical work. Bobby was one of those guys that knew everything about 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s cars and was happy to share his knowledge. He called this Jeep “Yellow Bird” and I believe he loved it every bit as much as I do. Bobby passed away last year and I can’t look at this Jeep without thinking about him. So Bobby, if there is Internet access in heaven, here’s our “Yellow Bird”.
This is a 48 Willys CJ2A that I got from my father about 15 years ago...it was a mess. I have replaced or rebuilt just about everything! My dad bought it in 1970, so it has been in our family for awhile now. I tried to sell it recently but my son said that he really wants it, so it is off the market. I topped this Willys off with a hard top from a 74 Mailman's carrier but instead of sliding doors, I hinged them and made them suiside doors.
Enjoy the pictures,
Fair Oaks Ranch, TX
1948 Willys CJ-2A - “Eddy” nicknamed after the first owner's name, "Edward". We have had this jeep for 6 years, our first purchase as a couple and have enjoyed our time with this Jeep. There have only been 3 owners counting us and now this Jeep spends its weekend in the foot hills of Mt Hood in Oregon making ice cream runs and mountain bike trips around Hood River. Though Eddy has a 3A body he is still a 2A under all that blue metal. We are waiting to find a decent 2A body to put him back to the way he should be.
Here are some shots of my '47. She's stock except for Ford truck brakes, Rancho 2" lift, 31 spline Dana 44 rear with flanged axles and new Trac Loc, roll cage and carrier. Engine is original L-head bored .040 over, rebuilt T90 and Spicer 18 t-case, generator, distributor, starter, Solex carburetor, steering box, Dana 25 front axle, re-cored radiator, Optima 6V battery, CJ3A windshield, upholstery by my lovely wife. I live a ways from the mountains so someone please tell my wife how bad I need an overdrive with 5.38's. She's built for camping and trail running though she's been through Rubicon several times. I've had her since the early eighties and had a 1971 CJ5 before that. She goes by Nelly.
- Vern Selvy
It is possible that the jeep is originally a CJ-2A and someone put a new windscreen of a CJ-3A on it. All the dashboard items were of all kind japanese or korean made. Some pieces of the chassis were Ford, others were completely missing. Electric is changed into 12V. It came to The Netherlands in 1946, went the same week to The Netherland Indies for the Dutch Army oner there, changed to the Indonesian Army in
1948 when Indonesia was independent. Was after the military time bought by a farmer who used it on the fields. During the 90's brought back to The Netherlands by a willys lover to restore it. This was a restoration only with paint and filler. During the first drive after this restoration the engine went into flames and the complete electric and fuel system was burnt into ashes. At that moment I bought it for a low price. First I put new electric and fuel system in the car on a saturday morning and believe it or not it came back to life. Two years later the engine broke down forever. To find a good engine took me more than three years (I did not want a new one). During these years I started at the front end and stopped at the tail lights of a trailer which I bought also.