Flat fender jeep for sale

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1943 Willys MB Jeep Flat Fender

1943 Willys

1943 GPWThis jeep isequippedwith an L134 engine and a T90 transmission. The Jeep is not restored but is a good running, driving Jeep. The engine, tranny and 4x4 work as they should. The tool boxes being rotted out are the worst part of the jeep. The body has dings, scratches and a couple small metal patches in the floor. She looks and runs like a well kept 73 year old Jeep. It has new paint, brakes, head lights, break lights, water pump, plugs, wires,carburetor, starter, battery, glass, seat covers, ax, shovel and a few othermiscellaneousparts. The four tires on the ground are good but the spare is showing its age. If you are looking for a $25,000 restored garage queen, then this jeep is not for you. If you are looking for a fun, affordable, good looking Jeep that will continue to increase in value, than this Jeep may be the right one for you. It still needs its serial #'s put on it (a lot of guys like picking their own, so I left them off).
Jeep has a clean clear title. Please call or email any questions and please no solicitations!!
This Jeep is being sold "as is" with no guarantee or warranty. Thanks, Kevin 208.449.7eight5nine.

Sours: https://topclassiccarsforsale.com/willys/161987-1943-willys-mb-jeep-flat-fender.html
Last Updated:1/15/2019

Asking Price: $45,000

Key Willys Features

  • Model Year: 1951
  • Body Style: Jeep
  • Model: Not Listed
  • Engine: 383 V8
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Condition: Excellent

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  • Ad Source: Craigslist
  • City/Area: Hemet
  • State/Region: California
  • Contact Name: No Longer Available!
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  • Email: No Longer Available!

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Baddest flat fender in the Country!! 420 HP. 383 roller cam. New paint. New carpet. New seats and belts. Just add paddles and dominate the dunes!!

Last Updated on February 1, 2019 by WillysAds


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Willys Flat Fender Jeep

00 July 6, 2019 Totally original 1948 willys Wagon including extremely rare 7th rear seat. 00 August 6, 2019 Extensive work has been done to this Willys Jeep. Jeep also introduced a forward-control cab-over-engine variation to the CJ line in 1957.

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My First Willys Flat Fender!

This has a GPW body.



“1947 Willys CJ2. I got this 5 years ago and haven’t done much to it. It has a rebuilt carb, new gas lines, new gas tank, tires are a two years old and has a lot of life left, new ignition, added a overfill tank for the radiator, and redone the wiring. All lights work( headlights, tail lights and brake lights). Seat were done before I got it. Rhino lined the floor. Nothing special about the paint. We got it for my youngest son to do car shows. Never been trailered aways drove it to the shows with no problem. 100+ round trip miles. No longer interested in shows and hate to see it just sit. Use it now once a week to go fishing. Comes with a lot of parts don’t know much about them got them when I got the jeep. Title is clean and clear”


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This CJ-2A is disassembled.


“Project vehicle completely disassembled. Change of plans. Running and driving when disassembled. Engine, trans, transfer case and differentials still complete”



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Ha a variety of updates. May need more work.



“2.4 Ford inline 4
Disc brakes all around
Painless wiring harness
Custom East Coast Gear rear Dana 44
New leafs and shocks and shackles
Have rebuild kits for the T90 and Dana 18 from Novak Conversions

Runs great, I had big plans for this Jeep but like a lot of projects am throwing in the towel to focus on others.
It belonged to the same family here in Taos from new until I bought it a couple summers ago.
Don’t need help selling, text or email please.”


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UPDATE: Price dropped to $6500.

(08/28/2021) Militarized CJ-2A.



“Willys CJ2a military Jeep. Partially rebuilt Go Devil 4134 engine. Has authentic non-directional military tires and split combat rims. MB gauges, frame for top and grab handles. Headlights are recessed into combat grill. Convoy light is mounted on fender. M1 Grand Rifle holder is mounted on the military split window. Pindle trailer hitch. Authentic WWII radio and mounted antenna (with case). Jerry can. Additional engine and electrical work required. Willy’s owners manual included.”


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UPDATE: Price dropped to $7800.

(09/25/2021) It has an interesting gas inlet mod.



“For Sale 1949 CJ2A
This is a well running beast! Engine runs great, body is in good condition. I was planning to fully rebuild and upgrade, but decided to work on other projects. Upgrades include full custom roll bar assembly ($800), canvas cover ($750), and original front TPO winch. Good tires. A radiator with fan switch has been added so it can safely operate in the Nevada heat. In July 2021, replaced the battery, fuel filter, ignition coil and fuel pump and have receipt ($750). Has a 6 cylinder Studebaker engine that was a popular replacement engine for this Willys. Have paperwork on what work has been done by the previous owners over the years. Clean title in hand. $8,000. Please no low ball offers. Available locally only for cash.”


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Could be worth a look.


“WILLYS JEEP 1949 CJ-2A all original 6 volt system, original seats with rear seat (worn) Good soft top, Runs and drives, L-134 engine, T-90 trans with T-18 transfer case. 5:38 gear ratio. Comes with some extras. $5000.00 OBO”



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This has a variety of updates.


“1946 Willys rat rod. 350 four bolt turbo 350 trans. New gauges, new trans cooler with fan, new painless wiring harness, new front brake rotors, new water pump, new alternator, new battery, new fuel pump, new ceramic coated fender well headers, new carburetor, new radiator and more. Runs and drives good”



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Has some body damage. Includes the plow.



“Purchased this Willys CJ-2A in 1978 and have plowed driveway snow with this incredibly reliable vehicle, with a 1977 Meyer 4-way plow, for 43 years. Some body damage left rear, some leaks- rear differential, transfer case, and transmission. Circulating water heater, new Firestone original style jeep tires, canvas/plastic doors, rebuilt starter, 1 yr old battery, newer chains for two tires, converted to 12V to accommodate Meyer plow”


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The three data plates suggest the is actually a 1946. The price above may also include the seller’s tractor.


“1948 Jeep CJ · Convertible · Driven 100,000 miles Want to trade 1948 Willy’s Jeep and an International tractor for a 3/4 ton P.U.needs to have auto trans and a/c”



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“I also have a 1947 army jeep which runs good. and jeep parts.”


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This appears to have a newer body kit.


“Fully restored, excellent condition. On and off road ready. Comes with tow bar, four extra tires/rims, gas can holder/hitch”



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Seller has a chassis and a body for sale.



“Two items for sale, different prices. Sorry, no part outs. I do not reply to texts or email. Phone calls only, leave a voice message and I’ll call you back. Thanks.

1. 1948 CJ2A rolling chassis: this is the “late” ’48 frame, thicker steel, same frame used for CJ3A and CJ3B. Steers, brakes work, trans and transfer work, radiator, this would make a great chassis to build your old Jeep project on. Front crossmember has been modified, new repro front crossmember included. $950

2. CJ3B: this sale includes the 3B body tub, windshield frame, hood, fenders and grill. Tub is rough with rust, dents bondo, other sheet metal in pretty good shape overall. $750″


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Bill spotted this one. It looks like a good price. It’s probably has some body work done near the steps.


“Runs, steers, shifts, and stops very good. Wheels, body, and frame are solid. Needs very little.New exhaust and brake system.”



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Lots of custom work here.


“48 flat fender, 327 small block Chevy, Bronco running gear, 3 speed transmission, high low transfer case, warn manual locking hubs, 5000 lb warn winch. This jeep was built from the frame up. Lots of chrome and diamond plate.”



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Includes a Bobcat fiberglass hood.



“Selling my 1946 Willys CJ2A. Runs strong and drives like a Willys Jeep.

Has a 4 cylinder engine, 3 speed manual with Warn overdrive and Warn locking hubs. Like new wheels and tires. The Jeep was purchased in 1948 and been well taken care of since then. Unfortunately no time or space for this super fun, head-turning 4×4. New tabs and clean title in hand.

Serious buyers only! You won’t find another like this one.
$8500 cash”


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Needs some TLC of some kind.


“This Jeep has been sitting covered for about 7-8 years. Starts right up and drives. Definitely needs some TLC.”



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Bill spotted this VEC.


“1946 C-J2 Jeep Willys for sale. 4 cylinder 3 speed. 47000 original miles. All numbers match original. Might need some paint. Runs and drives good. Ready to go. One of a kind! Asking $9800.”



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“1947 Jeep CJ2A with VIN plate and clear title. Running motor, Warn front locking hubs, tow bar, and original rims w/ military tread tires. For parts or restore. Selling complete – not parting out. $4,200. “


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Lots of mods. It includes a customized large-glass windshield.


“1946 Willys Jeep V6 buick engine brand new tires including spare, new soft top, 9500 lb winch,, snow plow optional”




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UPDATE: Thanks to Claus and his brilliant memory, we have another example of a Capstan winch on the back of a Raymond Concrete Jeep. In this case, I had posted it back in 2010.  Raymond Concrete was formed in 1897, but went bankrupt in 1989.

Here’s the image:

A seller on eBay recently had one of these rear mounted PTO winches for sale. It, too, was from the Raymond Concrete company.



Originally Posted October 7, 2021:David shared this CJ-2A for sale in Prineville. He asked if I had ever seen a capstan winch mounted on a rear PTO gearbox like this one. I said I hadn’t. Moreover, the special equipment brochure for the capstan only shows it being used on the front (see brochure below). So, does anyone know whether the capstan was marketed for the rear PTO gearbox? Or was this more likely a custom setup?



Anyway, here’s the jeep in Prineville:


“Paint original(faded) No rust, No dents, No body repairs. Good top and doors. Runs and drives good. PTO winch, PTO rear capistan(very rare) Tow bar & hubs. All running gear original and operational.”


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Jim spotted this jeep. It could use some more comprehensive photos, but may be worth a look.


“2 volt Solid Runs good and drives good Roll bar Brakes need work Steering is sloppy No title Awesome little antique 4×4, needs a little love to be roadworthy. Easy project.




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UPDATE: Price dropped to $6600.

(05/12/2021) This has a 3A windshield and lack bow holders, but the transmission crossmember is that of a 2A model.


“1948 Jeep Willys – camouflage paint
With Military Trailer.
Many new parts.”


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The serial number suggests this is a 1945, but it should have full floaters.



“Back on the “Interwebs” due to Craigslist Flakes! Up for sale “Farm Fresh” Willys CJ2A “Flat Fender” Jeep. This is a very early, rust free, jeep. This is the first civilian production run of the famous CJ Jeep. The Jeep is a very low production number. The Jeep has a Buick V6 Dauntless motor (runs), dual exhaust, dual fuel tanks, headers, neat spare tire carrier, Dualmatic front hubs, Chevy tilt steering wheel. Jeep sold with a T90 transmission, but does not have a transfer case. The transmission and transfer case was pulled by the previous owner. This wouldn’t take much to get back on the trail. I have the original title and every repair receipt that was ever done to this jeep. This rig would be great for a full restoration, a vintage rock crawler, hunting rig, trail jeep, or summer grocery getter.”


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Last Updated:4/18/19

Asking Price: $16,000

Key Willys Features

  • Model Year: 1952
  • Body Style: Jeep
  • Model: CJ2A
  • Engine: Not Listed
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Condition: Good

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  • Ad Source: Craigslist
  • City/Area: Spring Hill
  • State/Region: Florida
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Korean War era and early Vietnam War, last of the flat-fender jeeps. This is the military version of the CJ3A. This jeep was only produced for three years. Completely restored, rust cut out and replaced. Everything cleaned, sandblasted, or replaced, as close to original as I could get. Many original parts were used. Jeep has 21,000 original miles. Runs and drives great. Many years ago, was used for Civil Air Patrol at Cleveland Air Force Base, was painted blue over the OD, but I stripped off the old paint and re-painted. New leaf springs, original 24-volt system. New wiring harness from Vintage Wiring of Maine. Top and seat covers by Beachwood Canvas, seats have springs. The jeep is ready for whatever you want to do with it.
I’m working on a 1952 Strick M100 Trailer which will be ready soon. Trailer will have new floor, shocks, tires, canvas cover, and wiring harness. I will sell this trailer with jeep or by itself. I only have trailer restoration pictures right now.
Asking $16,000 for the jeep. Jeep and trailer $18,000. Trailer separate will be $2,500.

Last Updated on April 18, 2019 by WillysAds


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This 'One Owner' 1946 Farm Jeep Has A Fascinating And Mysterious History

All images: Pat

I still own my first car. It’s a 1992 Jeep Cherokee XJ that I bought in college in 2010. It’s a vehicle that I crashed, hydrolocked, and ruined with a lift kit, and yet I can’t get let go. That’s why this “one owner” 1946 Willys CJ-2A is so fascinating to me. I get why somebody would want to own a car this long, but how? That’s just one of many questions I have about this mysterious machine.

Most people end up selling their first cars. Over time, even the most reliable of machines turn to shitboxes, and even if they don’t, life’s circumstances often make owning a vehicle hard to justify. (I myself am the caretaker two decent XJs and a rust-free ZJ, so there’s no reason to keep my junky 1992 Cherokee, but I just can’t let go—most people aren’t as weak as I). Plus there’s a chance that the car gets wrecked, there are social and economic pressures to own something different—you get the idea: Maintaining ownership of a vehicle becomes less probable as time approaches infinity.

So when I saw “1 owner from new for 73 years” on this Willys CJ-2A Craigslist ad (which has since been taken down), I didn’t believe it. And to an extent, I remain skeptical, since the seller isn’t the original owner, nor can he put me in touch with anyone related to that owner. That said, he did provide me with some documents and photos of the Jeep from decades ago, and they are amazing.

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“The gentleman that owned it got out of the service in 1945,” the seller, Pat, claims. “And he used it on his farm [outside of Utica] for 72 years” after having purchased the flat-fender in Syracuse in ‘46. He apparently passed away recently, and so did his wife, Pat told me.

It seems there’s some drama surrounding the Jeep, as Pat said he couldn’t put me in touch with the person he bought it from because that would go against a condition of the sale since “all were not happy [the Jeep] was passed on.”

Pat says he’d been looking for a flat fender Jeep after having used an early column-shift CJ-2A as a plow for a number of years before someone came by and made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. He regretted the sale and has since been on the hunt for a nice old Jeep to add to his large collection of ~40 cars—a collection that includes a 1956 Willys CJ-5.

He found two other flat fender Jeeps similar to this one, which is why he threw this Jeep up for sale. But after talking with forum members, he’s convinced this one is special and has decided to hold onto it.

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There’s a lot I don’t know about this old CJ-2A, which is just a modified-for-farm-use World War II MB marketed in the mid/late 1940s for its plowing and stump-pulling abilities by Willys-Overland. Like when did the original owner pass away? Was it a while ago, but the Jeep stayed in the family and was never re-registered since it was a farm vehicle? How long did one person truly own this vehicle? Who knows, but I hope it really was over 70 years, as there’s something romantic about that.

Regardless, what’s fascinating is the condition this Jeep is in, and the provenance records that Pat received with the machine, such as the photos above, dated from 1983 and 1952. Look at the cars in the backgrounds of each photo; amazing!

Here’s an even older photo dated 1950. Check out the winch, which Pat says he still has:

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And here’s one showing the Jeep towing a trailer filled with children. Notice how the family appears to have installed wood benches on top of the Willys’ rear wheel wells so that rear passengers sit facing inwards.

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This, I’ve always found, is much smarter packaging than what Willys came up with in the 1940s—a forward-facing bench seat between the wheel wells that held only two people and left the tops of the wells as useless space (on World War II models, the wheel wells were little storage bins).

The two parallel-bench arrangement, used by Land Rover Series I/II/III and Defender and Toyota Land Cruiser, holds four people at least (so six or seven people in total depending upon if there’s a front bench) and maximizes the limited rear space. So, good on this family for improving Willys’ design.

Speaking of kids and Willys Jeeps, look at this little dude pointing at who knows what—the parking brake in the dash, maybe? Man, that steering wheel looks gigantic compared to the size of this small human, who I assume grew up to become a supreme Jeep collector (how could he not?).

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Just as cool as the family photographs are all the documentation that came with the Jeep.

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Look at this one! “Oil & filter changed,” it reads, with the date January 8, 1967! You can see the other oil changes up to 1976, when the Jeep apparently also got a new head gasket.

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As for how the Jeep looks today: it’s actually quite nice. I contacted my friend Brandon (the hero who recently helped me limp an old manual Grand Cherokee across the country, and a genuine world expert on flat fender Jeeps) to learn more, and he was impressed with the body:

It’s definitely been repainted with paint close to the original colors, but it seems to be a nice original with some rare factory equipment (Monarch governor, rear PTO)

Body looks immaculate. Floor pans even look original and solid

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Brandon went on to talk about some of the Jeep’s rare original content:

[The Willys has an] original voltage regulator and what looks to be original tail lamp , which is very rare. Interestingly, it just has a rear PTO shaft coming out the back with no factory gearbox, so that’s probably a bit of a home brew setup. 

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You can see there’s a bit of damage at the rear of the tub, and you’ll also notice that there’s a forward-facing bench in the back now.

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Pat was asking $10,500 before pulling down the ad. That doesn’t seem like a bad price if this thing is as legit as it appears.

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Even the frame and floors look nice from underneath (note that rectangle welded to the frame; Brandon suspects this is a modification used to facilitate a plow attachment), spared by the ruthless rust devils that tend to ravage such farm Jeeps:

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So really, I have to leave you all with more questions than answers, but in my head, I’m going to give this Jeep the benefit of the doubt, and say that one man bought this new in 1946, and owned it for over 70 years, hauling children and hay and other useful farm equipment around all the while. Because that’s what civilian Jeeps were for back then. They were absolute beasts.

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How to Buy a Willys Flatfender Jeep

Tips and tricks you can use when shopping for an early GPW or Willys MB, CJ, or M38 flatfender Jeep.

We're amazed at the popularity explosion early CJ Jeeps are currently enjoying, specifically the WWII-era Willys MB and Ford GPW, early Willys CJ-2A, CJ-3A, and Korean War-era M38 Jeeps. Known more affectionately by their nickname, flatfender or flattie, these early Jeeps have long been a crowd favorite for modification, but now a new movements has taken hold with an increasing number of off-roaders enjoying them in mostly stock form. So, assuming you're not going to automatically throw all the factory parts away for new aftermarket "upgrades" in no particular order, here are some things to look for and consider when shopping for a flatfender.

Flatfender Dash and Interior

It's not very common to find an early Jeep with an unmolested dash. Over the decades since they left the factory, many get butchered with holes chopped for radios or CBs, various wiring switches, and non-factory gauges. To some it's no big deal, but if you're planning a restoration or want a purer throwback feel, consider a candidate that hasn't had its dashboard butchered, that still retains the factory large-diameter steering wheel, and that still has the factory seat frames. Aftermarket or custom cushions and seat covers can be easily added, and replacement steering wheels are available, but flatfender dashes don't unbolt like later CJ-5 and CJ-6 models, so if the dash is butchered and you dislike the additional holes, you'll be doing some sheetmetal repair.

Flatfender Taillights, Tailgate, and Tow Hitch

Like the dashboards, the back end of these vehicles oftentimes get butchered to the point of no return. It was common in the 1960s and 1970s to open up the back of the tub and insert car taillight assemblies. Or, perhaps simple trailer lights or later-model CJ taillights get added. Tailgates on models that have them are another item that can be damaged or lost over the years. Not all replacement tailgates are stamped with "Willys," so if you see a blank center bar in the tailgate it's probably an aftermarket reproduction. Finally, the rear tow hitch is a nice thing to have, but it can often interfere with the Jeep's off-road departure angle, so may have since been removed. There's bracing that runs from the top of the hitch to the top of the framerails and rear crossmember, so if you want the factory implement/tow hitch and are planning on adding one, remember you'll need these parts to make it structurally sound.

Flatfender Windshield Glass and Frame

There are all sorts of different flatfender windshield types, with kick-out glass, fixed glass, central vents that open, vestigial vents that are sealed shut, and so on. In many cases you can transplant windshields across the various flatfender models, so if you've got an early split CJ-2A frame with lollipop vent brackets on your CJ-3A and want a period-correct restoration, you can swap it without too much fuss. But nowadays original windshield frames are becoming a bit scarcer and more expensive to buy alone, so if the vehicle you are shopping for doesn't have a windshield frame bolted to it, either be willing to accept an aftermarket frame or factor the increased cost of a used windshield frame that's appropriate for your vehicle into your purchase negotiations.

Flatfender Dana 25 Front Axle Considerations

Flatfenders have a Dana 25 front axle with teeny 8-inch drum brakes. You want to give the housing a good look because the axle tubes can get bent with hard off-roading and they're just not making new Dana 25 housings anymore. Additionally, these Jeeps didn't come with locking hubs from the factory, but by now almost all will have been upgraded with some form of locking hub. If yours have a vintage old-school variety like Cutlass or Warn or even Sears, make sure the hubs lock and unlock. If you see an axle that's still wearing the original drive flange on one side but the flange is missing on the other it can often be a sign of internal axle damage. This particular 1948 CJ-2A had the passenger-side drive flange removed and when we got it home and pulled it apart it quickly became apparent the reason for the flange removal was an exploded inner and outer axleshaft.

Flatfender Rear Axleshaft Considerations

Regardless of which axle is in the back of the flattie you're looking at, once again give the housing a good eyeballing to see if it appears bent. The earliest MB and GPWs have full-float rear axles and 4.88 gears, some with or without a limited-slip depending on the branch and theater of service. And many CJ-2A have a rather oddball Dana 41 that doesn't have great parts availability. It's not uncommon to see either of these axles cobbled with scrounged or makeshift repairs to keep them going, so before you get your new purchase up to road speeds make sure you pop the diff cover and inspect the internals for any signs of damage. On our 1948 CJ-2A the Dana 41 had apparently suffered some issue, with the lemon-shaped diff cover having been braze-welded back together. Later CJ flatties have a Dana 44 rear with a coarse-spline pinion and 10-spline axleshafts. On any early flatfender rear axle with the exception of the WWII-era full-floaters, you'll also want to check the two-piece axleshafts to make sure the nut that holds the hub to the tapered shaft hasn't begun to walk off. The nut should be good and tight and the keyway should be in good shape and without damage. Hopefully you won't find an old nail or chunk of wood wedged in the keyway to gingerly get the Jeep down the road.

Flatfender 134ci Go Devil Four-Cylinder Engine Issues

As with any engine in prospective vehicle purchase, the first thing you should do is pull the dipstick to check the oil condition. Many of these engines didn't have an oil filter on them, or they run an external oil filter with lines that can be damaged, so bearing condition should be carefully listened to if the engine runs when you're checking it out. Black and gritty oil is often a sign of a poor running engine with carbon or bearing issues. On our '48 CJ-2A, the oil was white milkshake, indicating a bad head gasket or a cracked block. We rolled the dice on a bad head gasket and, after carefully soaking the head stud nuts in penetrating oil for weeks, got them to budge without snapping the studs off in the block. Many aftermarket head gaskets for these engines have inferior fit and finish, so we got a NOS one from a local source.

You also want to make sure if it's there that all the oil bath air filter components are intact. Back in the day many of these were tossed in the trash in favor of more modern paper or oil-impregnated aftermarket filters, but these oil bath air filters do work quite well.

Flatfender Transmission and Clutch

Most of the flatfenders you'll be shopping for probably won't have a top. And if it does, who knows when that top was added. Sitting out in the rain is a great way to fill the transmission in these things up with water, so if there's any difficulty shifting the transmission, it is possible the gears, syncros, or shafts are contaminated with rust. We've purchased flatties that had their transmissions completely filled up to the top with water and that wouldn't spin at all. However, hard shifting can also be attributed to worn components in the clutch or clutch pedal, so make sure you take a good look at each component before throwing the baby out with the bath water. For example, what we originally thought was a worn pressure plate between our Go Devil engine and T-90 transmission wound up being a clutch fork with a cracked pivot ball that flexed to the point of not disengaging the clutch all the way. A good, used clutch fork fixed the issue without replacing the pressure plate or clutch disc.

Flatfender Go Devil Four-Cylinder Carter or Solex Carburetor

Man, we're not even going to go into all the different carburetors that were available on these engines and what you should and shouldn't be looking for. Aside from the incredibly rare original WWII-era carbs that collectors clamor over, as long as the carb is functional and makes the engine run we're usually happy to leave well enough alone. Going down the "correct model carburetor" rabbit hole on these engines is frequently an exercise in frustration, as is dealing with some aftermarket replacement carburetors. Some, but not all, of the aftermarket carbs we've used have had issues right out of the box, so bottom line, if the engine you're looking at runs well with a carburetor that clearly isn't original, just take it for what it is and worry about other stuff that's more pressing.

Flatfender Spicer 18 Transfer Case Considerations

We love the Spicer 18 T-case. Even if the flatfender you're looking at isn't equipped with an aftermarket overdrive bolted in place of the PTO cover, or it's sporting a single- or dual-output PTO attachment, the twin-stick Spicer 18 is a plucky, durable T-case. Look to see if the one you're considering shifts smoothly in and out of 4WD and from Low to High. Remember, these are not shift-on-the-fly T-cases, but with some ginger love they can be bumped in and out on a slow roll down the trail. The drum E-brake on the rear output is a nice feature if it hasn't been removed. When in good shape they actually function quite well. One thing we've run into with infrequency is intermediate shaft issues. The intermediate shaft is one point of wear in these early cases and sometimes if they've been rebuilt poorly and reassembled improperly the locking tab bolt can come out, allowing the intermediate shaft to spin in the case bore.

Flatfender Body Damage and Rust Issues

These vehicles were built before fancy galvanized sheetmetal panels and other weather-resistant treatments, so rust and rot can be commonplace. Watch out for body filler and rot, especially in the tub corners down by the seat frame and in the front passenger footwell areas. Another high rot spot are the hat channels underneath the tub in which the body mounts are located. These channels were filled with wood, which absorbs and retains moisture and often leads to premature rotting of the overlaying metal. Another spot is the underseat tool box, which can collect with rainwater and rot out. Make sure you push the passenger seat forward and lift the toolbox lid to inspect the condition of the floor. And finally, give the rear wheel tubs a good look over. Oftentimes these vehicles have been festooned with aftermarket trinkets, rollbars, seats, and other things that get bolted to the horizontal areas of the rear tubs and turns them into Swiss cheese.

Flatfender Ross Cam & Lever Steering Linkage

All flatfenders were equipped with a super complicated Rube Goldberg-esque steering system. Called a Ross Cam & Lever, the steering column connected to a frame-mounted box housing the Pitman arm. A drag link then ran longitudinally up from the Pitman arm to a pivot arm that mounted to a bellcrank underneath the center of the front crossmember. This then actuates two separate tie rods, one to each front steering knuckle. It's a cumbersome arrangement in that there are many points of potential wear, so it's not uncommon to find a lot of slop in the steering system of these vehicles. In addition to looking over the tie-rod ends, have somebody saw the steering wheel as you inspect the bellcrank for wear, the Pitman arm sector shaft for any lateral movement, and the drag link ends for excessive play. Rebuild kits are available for most of these points of wear, though, so don't let a worn steering system be a deal breaker in an otherwise good candidate.

Flatfender Suspension

By now many early Jeep flatfender suspensions have been upgraded with aftermarket parts, but if original you'll find spring packs made up of many thinner springs, rather than fewer thicker springs. These original packs ride pretty nicely and flex quite well, so original springs are a bonus. The shackles, if original, will be the open "C" type with threaded bushing sleeves featuring Zerk grease fittings. The bronze bushings inside can wear, but it's worth replacing them if you're looking to keep things original. If the vehicle you're looking at has been converted to more modern shackles with rubber or poly bushings it's not a deal breaker, nor are aftermarket spring packs. Don't be surprised to find modifications of unusual or questionable design, like these coil springs mounted to act as both a bumpstop and overload spring for carrying heavy loads.

Flatfender Wheels and Tires

There's just no telling what wheels and tires may be on the Jeep you're looking at, but they could be anything from the factory 16-inch tube-type originals to fancy aftermarket aluminum. However, if the wheels are steel and look original, pay close attention to the area around the lug nuts. Over the life of these vehicles different lugs with the wrong taper may have chewed up the steel or cracks frequently spider out away from the lug nut holes. Also, don't forget that, if original, many flatfenders have reversed left-hand lug nut threads on the passenger side to help prevent the lug nuts from loosening as the vehicle is driven forward. So don't automatically hit the lugs with an impact gun set to "liquify."



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