We were on our way back to the Jeepster when our friend Sarah snapped this picture with her cell phone after walking 1 1/2 miles down a bike path to find an abandoned wooden train trestle in search for a Cache while Geocaching (a nationwide treasure hunt). It was a beautiful sunny September afternoon in Wisconsin and though we did not find that Cache, we discovered there is nothing like a Geocaching adventure in the Jeepster!
I couldn't help myself, so I am sending a few more Jeep photos..........
Primer colored Jeepster is a 1948 from Windsor Ontario Canada, and the 2 photos of the 1949 green one are; 1st taken in Newport Vermont when I found it, and the second was after I got her home & cleaned her up. Both are currently under restoration by the gentleman I sold them to (in Montreal, Quebec Canada) My most recent order from you (for the Oak bows for the top & a carpet set) was for the restoration of the green '49
Danville, Quebec, Canada
1st photo (Blue Jeepster) ; 1949 VJ2 Jeepster, 4Cyl. I purchased this original condition car from Somerset New Jersey in 2006. The vehicle was originally owned by a Mrs Louise Bell from Flemington NJ. Upon her death, her daughter inherited the vehicle, and then sold it to the gentleman from whom I purchased it. It is very original...even the headlamp bulbs are date stamped April 1949 on the back! It is a well maintained, low mileage vehicle that runs impeccably.
The 2nd photo (red Jeeptruck) was purchased by my Dad as a gift to me when I was 15. It is a 1948 2WD Jeeptruck with a 134L 4 Cyl (no overdrive unfortunately!) I spent many of my teenage years fixing and restoring this old girl, and I regrettably sold it in 2003. The current owner (to whom I sold it) passed away in the fall of 2009, and I an in negotiations to "bring her home" again. Keep your fingers crossed for me!
The 3rd photo (Yellow Jeepster) is a 1948 with the standard 4 Cyl. I purchased this car from Fall River MA back in 2005. Again, like the blue '49, I bought it from a lady who inherited it from her deceased father. This car is my weekend cruiser, and as most Jeepsters, is a reliable old girl that is a blast to drive!!!
Hope you enjoy my photos... Keep up the great work Mike! us Willys guys need you!
PS if you want more photos let me know.... I have a many "barn find" photos of Jeepsters that I have bought & regrettably sold! (My wife seems to think that 2 are more than enough??!!)
Danville, Quebec Canada
Here are a couple of photos of my 1949 Willys Jeepster. I have owned it about two and a half years. I believe it had a partial restoration many years ago. It runs quite well and is a fun car. I have never understood why it did not have the chrome step plates on the rear fenders. The title clearly states that it is a 1949.
1950 Willys Jeepster - Love at First Sight! The summer of 1969 is when my brother Roger and I first saw the 1950 Jeepster with a blown motor our neighbor had for sale. It had black gorilla hair carpet lining the interior, no brakes and two flat tires. Jeff was asking fifty bucks for this beauty! We wanted it bad! Dad saw through our request for the money and bought it himself. The Jeepster sat for the next twenty three years in various places and rotted away. Dad and Tom worked on it for two years to get it ready for Mom & Dads 50th wedding anniversary in 1992. Primer red with a new convertible top and mixed matched tires, but it moved on its own power to give Mom a ride on their special day. Dad passed away in 1994, so the Jeepster sat again till 2003 when it came to me; or did I steal it? I tubbed it out, gave the brakes an overhaul, shocks, tires, electric fuel pump, rewired electric harness, removed giant mouse nests in the seats. My father-in-law did the repainting with my help. Mom got to ride in it for her birthday and special occasions, grinning wide and happy! Its a fun old car with lots of stories to tell yet.
My trusty 1970 Jeepster Commando. It's been a kind of "flagship" for my land surveying business here in Washington State for several years. On nearly every field assignment, it elicits thumbs-up and affectionate comments from both guys and gals. We work some of the wildest, toughest terrain in the country and it has been proved a dependable workhorse. In the summer it goes topless, putting a good dose of pleasure into the daily grind. It's the perfect rig for me.
We have had the Jeepster for 33 years and in 2005, upgraded it with a 1982 Buick 231 V6, Muncie close ratio 4 speed transmission, 8 inch Ford rear end with 2.79 ratio, Mustang II front suspension with disc brakes, rack and pinion steering and front and rear sway bars. A couple of friends and I did all the work ourselves.
My jeepster was remodeled in 1966. A Mustang 289cc engine w/a Mustang drivetrain was installed. The seats are done by a local furniture upholsterer. It was stored in a garage for the next thirty years. I had the engine fuel injected and added a mustange II front end w/disc brakes, rack&pinion steering,and sway bars. The car now resides in my garage in Shell Beach (Pismo), Ca. awaiting my arrival. I enjoy driving it everywhere on the central coast.
I rebuilt this 49 Willys Jeepster. When I bought it the original body
had been put on an S10 frame with a 2.8L v6 and automatic
transmission. The previous owner could not complete the project
because of his health. I put on the v front clip, did the body work
and finished it out. The front seats are from a late 60s CJ, rear seat
a Dodge mini van. The gauge panel is for a 36 Ford pickup. It is a
great driver and a real head turner.
1950 Kaiser Overland Jeepster. This Jeepster was purchased by my future father in-law (Steve Christy) in 1977 in Tucson AZ. When the vehicle was purchased it was in poor condition, yet rust free. The vehicle was restored at that time, however sat for approx the last 15 years and was exposed to the elements. With the help of Kaiser Willys and my favorite TJ paint and Body shop the Ole Jeepster has been brought back to its' original pristine condition.
The first Jeepster picture was taken in 1959. It shows the 1949 Jeepster my parents bought from a good friend (therefore the price was right) because my dad had to frequently take the family car out of town on business leaving my mom with four kids who needed to get to the local lake beach during school summer vacation so they didn't drive her nuts. The kids (left to right) are my sister Kris (age 15), myself (16), sister Karen (10) and brother Fred (8). Also, I had my driver's license and Kris would get hers in a few months so there was the pressure of two teen-age drivers. Our family kept the Jeepster for about 10 years, and I taught my high school girlfriend (future wife) to drive a stick shift in that Jeepster (OK, she may have already known how to drive a stick, but you know the routine).
The Jeepster was the most fun I had driving a car, and it was always in the back of my mind. Then early in 2011 I began to seriously look for a similar car, I put an ad in the Jeepster news looking for a yellow 1949 Jeepster in good enough condition to drive from where it was now back to St. Paul, Minnesota. I got a response from Chris and Bea Northcott in Franklin, Indiana; flew down there, kicked the tires, and drove it the 650 miles back to Minnesota. The second Jeepster picture was taken 52 years after the first with the same four Osten siblings who appeared in the 1959 picture. It's a stock car and so far has been in two car shows, one parade, at several picnics, lunches & suppers, and frequently at the local golf driving range with my grandson - I bought it to drive it.
Thanks for all your wonderful help, without your part availability and knowledge we would not have been able to build and finish my wife Jennies amazing 1949 Jeepster. As you will see in the following pictures she's a real beauty and head turner. We entered her in the 2009 PORTLAND ROADSTER SHOW for kicks and won top honors in her class and to boot she won best upholstery. Jennie designed the interior with Martini Glass door panels and front emblem. Please enjoy and thanks again for all your good advice.
Harrison and Jennie Roberts--Washougal, Washington
I found this 1948 Jeepster on E Bay about a year ago. The engine went bad and the car was stored in a barn in Dallas Tx ready for this over 50 years. I purchased it from the original owner. The tires are new as well as the brakes. I sent the motor to a machine shop and they changed every moveing part plus they bored the block and pressed in harden valve seats for no lead gas. I took on the jobs of new syncro,s in the transmission and a new wireing harness. I use it as a dayly driver and it has 61,000 miles on the clock.
Here are some photos of a 1948 Willys Jeepster we are restoring. It should be done by June 2010??? I'll send you more photos are the work is completed.
The first couple of photos show my friends "Ron" and "Rookie" repairing the frame and adding new metal. The last couple of photos are of the frame after it was painted and the installation of all new break lines, brake cylinders, etc.
AKA Lowell V. Jacobsen
This 1948 Willys Overland Jeepster, now residing in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, is the home of its designer Brooks Stevens. This car came from Warren, Ohio, where its owner said he used it to go get ice cream with the grandkids. It's been in Wisconsin the past two years, where in summertime, it is used almost daily to go for coffee downtown in a quaint "Currier & Ives" community known as Cedarburg. Owner John Bishop fell in love with Jeepsters the first day they hit the showrooms - July 1948. He recalls riding his bicycle to go see it, in a dealership on Colorado Boulevard, in Pasadena, California. Jeepsters became very popular California cars in those days, with both the country club set, as well as beach front residents on Balboa Island, Newport Beach. Here John's car poses proudly, parked in front of the Brooks Stevens Designs facility in Grafton, a neighboring community to Cedarburg.
- John Bishop
Pictured is my 1948 Willys Jeepster VJ-2. It's my first car; been in the family for 46 years. I've cruised with the gang on friday nights, then many years later gave my daughter rides. Now the Grandkids want Grandpa to give them rides. Thanks for supplying the great parts and helping us to keep the Willys running.
- John Harper
Here is a picture of the Jeepster that i am restoring. It is a 6 cylinder 1949 model. As far as i know there are only a handfull Jeepsters in the Netherlands. Parts are not available here. Kaiser Willys has given excellent support and supplied lots of parts. Thanks to them I hope to drive my Jeepster before the summer begins.
This is our 1949 Jeepster "Sunshine" with the "Go Devil" 134 engine with overdrive. My wife and I have "Sunshine" garaged on the Central Coast of California in Cambria, California. We enjoy cruising Hwy 1 and the back roads of San Luis Obispo County with its scenic country side and vineyards. The Central Coast of California has some of the best wineries and is for us the perfect place to enjoy this classic car. When we stop we draw a crowd and it is not unusual to hear folks say, "my grandfather had a car just like that". I'll never forget the person who came up to me and said that he bought his first Jeepster in 1949 at the Niemen Markcus Dept. Store in Dallas, TX. which had Jeepsters on display!
The fun part for me owning this Classic car is the emotions and memories that it brings out when people first see the Jeepster. What a great way to be a part of automobile history. I think the difference between a Jeepster owner versus a Jeep owner is that owning a Jeep is like going out on a date with a gal that is fun to be with, but do you want to marry her ? When you see a Jeepster "it is love at first site" and there is no doubt this is the gal you are going to be married to for a long long time. Last year Sunshine was 60 years old and still running on all four cylinders. She seems to be saying, growing old is mandatory....growing up is not so let's have fun !!!!
My wonderful wife, pictured with our 2 goldens, found this original '48, 2nd owner Jeepster in Michigan and had it shipped to me for Christmas for use at our beach house here in No. Calif. Only some small stuff to do as paint, seats and mechanical all great. Apparently only 7K miles on original "L" 4 cyl engine. New battery solved many electrical issues. We're all loving it!
My father bought his 1950 Willys 2 Door Convertible brand new in 1950 or 51. He sold it a year or two later, since he has two little ones and the convertible proved to be impractical. A few years after that, he saw it on a used car lot in Troy, NY and recognized it as his earlier one, since the serial number contained his birthday (I still have that receipt). In the 60's, he had it customized with wire wheels, a Buick V-8 small block engine, and a whole new two-tone copper colored paint job with matching interior.
Sometime in the early 90's, he sold it to the family friend who worked on it when it was repainted, and in early 2000, he bought it back once again! (Imagine buying the same car three times!!)
My Dad passed away in 2002, and left it to my son, who was only 12 at the time. Recently, as his high school graduation and senior prom approached, he asked if we could get it going in time for Prom. Well... with drum brakes and no seat belts, I was reluctant to put a teenager, his date and another couple into the car. So we went to work! We put a Mustage II kit into the front end (with rack & pinion steering, disc brakes, etc) and installed new seats with harnesses for safety. A little tweaking of the engine (my beloved husband painstakingly emptied the old fluids from the engine so it wouldn't gum up when we started it after many years of inactivity) and we were all set! What a hit it was with the kids at the prom, and I must admit that it brought a tear to my eye to see my son drive down the driveway in the car that has been a part of my entire life!
Mary Vinciguerra D'Ambrosio
Mary V. D'Ambrosio
Thought you might get a kick out of this one. It's a l949, all original except for paint. The original color was maroon. The top is ivory and has "windows" ( soft,clear vinyl sewn into fabric and attached to a frame that is inserted into a hole on the top of the door. Came with a rain bonnet. Has original tube radio and heater.
The engine is a Kaiser Super Sonic Six. I'm not sure if the original engine was changed out or if this engine was an option. I am not at home now , so don't have access to my paperwork, and can't remember the mileage, but I think it's about 80,000.
Runs great, a little sloppy in the steering, I'm told it needs new "King Pins", drive it every summer and love it. My husband had a 33 Ford 5 Window Coupe and it was a beauty, we used to go to the Street Rod shows and usually, the jeepster got all the attention.. I love it.
1950 Willys Jeepster - I bought it as a basket case in 2006. Started to work on it in November of 2010. Couldn't decide if I wanted a restored car or a resto-rod. Decided on the latter and got on the road in November 2011. Still have to have it painted and some interior work done. The car now rides on a shorted S-10 chassis, 4 wheel disc brakes, GM 350 crate motor and 350 transmission.
We were on our way back to the Jeepster when our friend Sarah snapped this picture with her cell phone after walking 1 1/2 miles down a bike path to find an abandoned wooden train trestle in search for a Cache while Geocaching (a nationwide treasure hunt). It was a beautiful sunny September afternoon in Wisconsin and though we did not find that Cache we discovered there is nothing like a Geocaching adventure in the Jeepster!
Our 1950 Willys Jeepster has been in the family since 1956. It was my wife’s older brother’s “learn to drive” and high school run-around vehicle and then my wife’s high school kid-mobile. Full of kids on a Friday night and cruisin’ main street – doesn’t get much better than that.
For the next 40 years we tried keeping it in running order, putted around in it and used it for special occasions, but mainly it sat in the garage gathering dust and took up space. We were faced with the decision to either get rid of it, or fix it up so we could take it on trips and extend the Jeepster’s life.
So, about six years ago we gave it a transformation and a new life. It underwent a body-off rebuild and now houses a GM 350 with 350 turbo transmission, powder-coated frame with additional cross members, disc brakes, Mustang II front end, 4 – bar rear suspension, 18” front and 20” rear wheels, Candy Brandywine paint and custom leather interior.
Once again our Jeepster is cruisin’ main street, going to car shows and bringing joy to the older spectators who remember the Jeepsters of the good old days, and to youngsters who say “what is it?” It is indeed fun and a pleasure to be part of the movement to preserve Americana and to keep these vintage vehicles on the road.
Here is an image of my 1949 Willy's Jeepster. It is an older restoration and runs great. I have a ball with it and use it in parades and other events around Dallas. Great thing about having it in Dallas is I can use is 3 out of 4 seasons. I rarely get it out in the summer because it is just too hot.
Thanks for keeping it running!
- Russell Tether
Just received your shipment, thanks. The order process is very user friendly on my end and I appreciate the quick delivery. Your catalog is great, by the way.
I am restoring a 1950 Willy's Jeepster for my wife's birthday, it's a big one and the Willy's is her birth year...
I have just depainted the body by my soda blaster and look at the bondo. Figures as the car lived on the coast of Maine for years. It's now at the body shop for work analysis and painting, hope to have it ready by the end of March.
South Windsor, CT
In response to your e-mail request, I have attached 2 photos of my 1950 Willys Overland Jeepster that is about 80% restored. It has a 4 cyl.
F-Head Hurricane engine (134 cid; 72 HP). When I was a teenager in the mid-50's, our neighbor up the street had one. It was a car I have always admired and wanted to own. I first saw my Jeepster at the Hershey Car Show in fall of 2006. However, I wanted to think about it before buying. The weather was cold and damp, so we left early, with plans to comeback the next day. But the car was no longer there. After a few days, I called the seller to find that the Jeepster was still available. I bought it that day. I brought the Jeepster home and it sat in my garage for over a year, while I finished restoring another car. In 2008, I started the restoration that is still continuing, a little at a time. I am looking forward to seeing your new web page.
1948 Willys Overland. Purchased by my uncle in 1956, passed on to my dad then to me. First photo 1960 my brother and me (he's 3, I'm 6), next photo, 47 years later, 2007, (in same driveway in front of parents' house) when I went up to PA and trailered the Jeepster to my current home in GA. Just turned 90K miles.
This is my 1948 Jeepster. I traded a nice 50 Chevy P.U. for it about a year ago…only had a few things to fix, like rewire it (easy), added turn signals because it’s hard to make a right turn, shift gears and have your left arm out the window all at the same time. I had king pins and u-joints installed. New hub caps and the Jeepster was ready to cruise. It’s all stock! Great paint and new interior. I drive it every few days and get the thumbs up all the time. One thing I learned is not to stop at any stores when driving the Jeepster…when I come out, there are always a few people looking and asked questions about it!!! (which I really don’t mind…lol) It has the original engine and trans. and drives and runs great. The only thing that doesn’t work is the wipers, but who cares, I don’t drive it in the rain! Thanks for looking...
Update - I traded a 50 Chevy P.U. for this Jeepster about 2 years ago, It was in nice condition... I pulled the engine ( a 134 L ) so I could reseal it, (it leaked oil bad), I had a broken valve spring, so off with the head...AFTER 2 broken head bolts... I am very glad I had a engine lathe, I drilled out one broken head bolt with a 1/4 drill, then put the bolt back in the head and drilled out the broken bolts .I kept drilling out the broken bolt on the lathe several times until I got it to the right size, Then I used a SMALL punch and SMALL hammer to remove a few of the threads so I could start the 7/16 tape.. all went very well, then with the head off, one piston was broke, you could see the top ring !!! so 4 new pistons and a ring set are next... then there was these 3 VERY bad valve seats and guides...so off to the machine shop the block went, Out of the 8 compression rings 1 (ONE) was NOT broke, 7 were broke... All of this just for a oil leak...!!!!! this 134 L engine ran very good for all the bad things in it., No wonder they call them "bullet proof " !!! So while the block was at the shop, I decided to paint the engine bay and everything that was close to it and in it...I put the engine back in and it looked so good, I decided to repaint the Jeepster, Inside and out ! There was NO rust any place! VERY LIGHT service rust only. (that's what you get when you live in Fla. and the Jeepster is from Fla.) Floor boards are perfect,no patches, frame, fenders, inner fenders, all NO RUST,,, or previous bondo ! I replaced the white old top with a new black one complete with side curtains, New and correct steering wheel, the new pistons, rings head studs, gaskets, King pins in the front end, new correct hub caps, head light rings, new complete wiring, 4 new side steps, complete clutch kit, U joints, and many more things I cant think of for now,,,I did everything myself except for the King Pins...The first Mopar show I went to after the rebuild of the Jeepster, I got a 2 foot trophy! I love this Jeepster, it was more fun working on it. took about a month from start to finish. I got all my parts from KaiserWillys, except the top. you are great people to work with. NEVER any problems. Since I am done with this Jeepster, our "love" relationship will have to end for now, but its not really over as I am looking for another Jeepster or a Jeep pick up, then this fun starts all over again...Thanks Mike at Kaiserwillys, your the MAN....I included pics as a attachment...a few more in my next email.. Will Matevich