I have a SMALL Wilys...and that's OK

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  1. JOKER650

    JOKER650 Long timer

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    Just happened to come across this while working out of town.
    ALWAYS wanted one (had an 80 CJ7 for a few yeas as a teen).

    It's a WILLYS CJ2A. Somewhere between 1943 and 47. Not quite sure as the reg and insurance papers list it as 1951 CJ2A (but the CJ2A was not built in the 50's
    Have to get under it to check the s/n on the frame.
    As I'm not going for collectors plates I'm not worried on the exact year.

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    Told the kid about it and he was STOKED:clap
    He is just starting hid HD mechanics pre-app in university and this would be a great winter project.
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    We took the 2hr drive and picked it up.
    Let him do a cpl laps with it.:lol3

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    It has HD Warren hubs on the front and that made it 1/2" too wide to go through the tailgate opening on the F-350 so a borrowed a trailer.
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    Kinda looks like an electric toy....hahah:lol3

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    SO the plan is to get the running gear up to snuff and drive'r arround next year and see how far we want to go with it.
    Everything mechanical works.
    Needs clutch, starter rebuild(started that tonight), front slip joint on driveshaft and a little paint tlc.
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  2. Daz-o-matic

    Daz-o-matic HOT POOP

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    That's awesome! I really like the CJ2-A Jeeps; I think they look more proportional and less ungainly than the CJ3-B. What's the box sticking up out of the hood?

    Have fun with your project!
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  3. LoFlow

    LoFlow Been here awhile

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    Sweet. Could it be an m38? It looks identical to one that I had when I was a kid.
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  4. Nailhead

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    The headlights are wrong for an M38, IIRC.

    My grandfather had a '47 2A in which I learned to use a clutch & stick shift, like my dad, uncles, & step uncles before me.

    I wish I knew where it ended up.
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  5. LoFlow

    LoFlow Been here awhile

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    You're right, and it also has the smaller fuel tank lid. My m38 was what I also learned how to use a stick shift on. We later installed an Old's 215 ci. aluminum block V-8 in it. Nice set up.
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  6. Nailhead

    Nailhead Free at last!

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    A friend of mine's parents had a 2A with a Buick or Olds V6 back in high school: it was in really nice shape with hard top, but the clutch throw would stagger a gorilla.
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  7. Yooper_Bob

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    First vehicle I ever had was a '47 CJ2A...it was a bit rustier than yours (and that was 30 years ago :cry).

    It had a plow on it with a manual hydrolic pump....you had to pump a lever between the seats to raise it up everytime.

    It also had really, really bad brakes....so I often had to drop the plow to provide a little extra stopping power...even in the summer! :lol3
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  8. seriousracer

    seriousracer be a man dodge tree bark

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    i am not f***ng stupid,but i used too. niles mi.
    your name rich by any chance?

    I have a friend who said the exact same thing about his willy's..


    What is the cobbled mess on the hood?

    What is "He is just starting hid HD mechanics pre-app in university and this would be a great winter project."
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  9. JOKER650

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    Some time in the past someone installed a larger overhead cam 4cyl in place of the stock flat head. The newer engine is a little taller and needed the room for the carb. If I can find a flat head I will give it a once over and put it in.
    The newer engine is from a 57 CJ5 from what I can find on the net. It has a re-build tag from 1968from the Canadian Electrical Mechanical Engineers...FActory #47 I think it said.

    The course the kid is taking Is a Pre-aprentiship Heavy duity Mechanics course at the local University, an 8 month course.

    Got the starter all back together and installed and it fires right up now.
    Also picked up a 100amp single wire alternator to throw on in place of the old generator.:clap
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  10. gunnabuild1

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    Cool car.
    Purely out of curiosity are they ashtrays in the back of the seats?
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  11. H96669

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    Eh! Eh! Eh!

    Cool....I had one of them in the mid seventies. Bought in pieces with the body cut out with a torch. Took me over a year to put it back together. My dad....who had one as a first "car" wouldn't really let me drive it on the road. But I did plenty with our dealer's X-plate....!:wink:

    Then traded it together with my RD200 for a brand new RD350. Hum maybe my dad should have let me keep that Willys, about half the top speed of the RD350.:lol3

    If you are looking for parts, I know where there is one that looks really abandonned somewhere on HWY 6, been there for the last 15 years of me driving by.Unless that is the guy's lawn ornament.:eek1 And it is pink...! or a very faded red.:wink:
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  12. vtwin

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    Some were pink.

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    Nice find. With the hood add-on you won't have to worry about properly securing the fold down windshield (with the less than tempered glass) to the hood. If you get rid of of the hood bulge, make sure that windshield fastens correctly. As it's said, don't ask me how or why, except that it was bloody frightening.
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  14. troidus

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    I think if I were going to drive something like an old 2A in anything other than a parade that I'd pop for safety glazing in the windshield. No sense in getting cut to ribbons by old plate glass if you don't have to.
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  15. JOKER650

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    HA...yeah ash trays in the seats. Wrong seats for the Jeep and WRONG hood scoop. I really would like to find an original flathead and a new hood.:ear

    And YEAH!! I'm looking for parts.
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  16. Chanderjeet

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    Love it. Willys are cool. :clap
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  17. H96669

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    Don't know where you are.....go for a drive between Lumby and Cherryville, look closely, you may see the pink one, about 300 ft from the road on the left. I will be driving that way in about 3 weeks, I can probably take a pic if it is not after dark.

    There are other Willys on that road, a couple pick-ups for sure and a panel for sale.:clap
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  18. CaveDave

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    Wow, that thing is great! I had a 1960 CJ3B for several years and it was unstoppable with the original flathead 4, 3 speed tranny with the Warn overdrive and Spicer transfer case. If you put it in four low in 1st and let the clutch out, the damn thing could climb a tree on it's own.

    Good luck, that looks like an awesome project for you and the boy!!:clap
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  19. FatChance

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    :thumb I had a '48 CJ2A back about 32 years ago. Loved it.

    This was the one that originally got me interested in old Jeeps back in the day watching Roy Rogers:

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