Started on Oct. 1 by duffelpud

Willys CJ-2A

This 1946 CJ-2A is a very early civilian (VEC) version that I found near Carlsbad, New Mexico. Judging from its condition I guessed an alien spacecraft picked it up shortly after it was purchased and then dropped it back off in the 1980’s where it sat until I found it. The original canvas top and bows were still in place, although the canvas had mostly rotted away allowing what scarce snowfall they get in the desert to pit, but not rot the floorboards. All five of the original sunset-red wheels were still with the vehicle, all gauges and instruments were operable and no previous owner modifications (pom) had been performed. After several days of soaking the cylinder heads in Miracle oil, the old L 134 Go Devil engine fired to life; mechanically this vehicle was in incredible shape. I completed a reasonable cosmetic overhaul in about eight months and enjoyed driving the restored beauty around town (resulting in a parade everywhere I went) before sending it off to Vermont to a buyer who made an offer I couldn’t refuse. I am currently restoring an even earlier version of this vehicle with all matching numbers and an original engine in equally good running condition.

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bravenrace
Oct. 1, 2008, 11:55 a.m.

Very cool. I like it!

mdawley
Oct. 1, 2008, 1:01 p.m.

Rock crawling is a motor sport and no one doubts that the Willys Jeep isn't a Classic. Belongs here for sure - good work!

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