1946 Willys CJ2A
1946 Willys Jeep CJ2A
World War II saw the creation of one of America's most beloved vehicles, the Jeep. Now primarily produced for consumer use, the Jeep was once a military workhorse designed to move troops, help the wounded and more. The story of the Jeep begins in the late 1930s, when the United States military was searching for a vehicle that was light, rugged and could travel over rough terrain. By the early 1940s, the Jeep's design was complete, and the rest is history.
For consignment, a John Willys-Overland company produced Jeep, Model CJ-2A. With a new body tub, new covers for the front and rear seats, a brake overhaul, a new windshield cover and an unlikely powerplant, we now have a comfortable (sic) truck from 1946. Oh, and did I mention that our consignor states that this rig once belonged to the former Secretary of State of Michigan, Richard Austin? A real treat to drive, it bucks along, and honestly with the 4-wheel drive, it will literally go anywhere. Case in point, when I visited Elephant Hill, a very famous 4-wheel enthusiast must climb in the wilds of Utah, what kind of truck came to the rescue to pull out many a newer, and more advanced 4-wheel drive that got stuck? Yup, it was a Willys!
Featuring a higher off the ground than you'd imagine it to be chassis, this all-steel truck is painted OD green, (olive drab green for you civilian types), through and through. Utilitarian and simple are the buzzwords here, but do not be put off, as this is a true performer. There is no roof and no wipers so getting caught in inclement weather will give you a real taste of what the GI's dealt with on a daily basis. The familiar Willys Jeep grille is up front along with chrome trimmed headlights and a simple rope wrapped OD green steel front bumper. A new body tub made from the exact mold of the original is in all steel and looks just fab with its simple lines and Willy embossed fold down windshield. Simple strong Willys wheels have been equipped with deeply treaded 6.50-16 tires all around will get you through nearly anything the trail can throw at you.
Again, simplicity reigns here, excepting for the newly covered OD green canvas seats, the front with rear pockets, which actually cushion your ride, while on a smooth surface is surprisingly? Still bumpy! These seats are a front two bucket, and a rear bench has been added so you can take your dog, or friends, or whatever to the top of the hill. A simple metal dash houses centrally located essential gauges which all work, and several knobs as well as the driver's side ignition which is well within reach of the driver. OD green steel makes up the flooring and on the center hump are 3 black knobbed shifters for the transmission and transfer case and hi/low range engagement.
Long gone is the Go-Devil 134ci L-headed 4 cylinder and now taking up residence in the engine bay is a 2.0 Liter 4 cylinder courtesy of a 1972 Ford Pinto. This mill is fed its required fossils and oxygen through a 2bbl carburetor. This is attached to a 3-speed manual transmission. This is a T-90 transmission, which is also equipped with the Dana 18 transfer case, and 5.38 gears for the Dana 25 front axle and Dana 41 rear axle on the 4-wheeling side…as I said go through anything. Just remember it's not a race, it's about getting there.
Strong and beautifully designed, some surface rust, some patina but from 1946 we are looking good under here. Drum brakes all around, freshly rebuilt with new shoes, drums, lines, wheel cylinders and master cylinder help you stop quickly and efficiently while leaf spring suspension provides the ride front and rear. We note a single exhaust system with a stock style muffler; however this muffler is rusted out and will need replacement.
A very interesting ride with an interesting history and intermixed with old school heavy duty 4WD technology, this does not disappoint. A mostly comfortable interior, a buckboard ride, but high enough off the ground to make it just plain fun to drive. And imagine the heads that will turn on the trail when you pull out a head job that got stuck in his Rover!
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This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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