1948 Willys CJ2A
As the sound of incoming helicopters vibrates through the smoky
air, a gaggle of army personnel and doctors' rushes to do triage on
incoming wounded from the battle field. Some run, some ride in
Jeeps with primitive gurneys on them, all having the goal of saving
a young soldier's life. War is senseless, war is hell, why can't we
all just get along and realize we are all different but inherently
Good Morning Vietnam! For consignment the look of the battlefield
with this 1948 Willys CJ2A is a civilian version of the Jeeps that
we're used on the battlefield. It has the battlefield swagger and
is beautifully restored thanks to a frame off effort by the
consignor. Now with a full olive drab canvas top and sides, all
bathed in black. It sports the extra options of a back seat, a
passenger's bucket, side steps, dual rear taillights and a strap on
gas can in full metal jacket. A very nice example. Bang! Bang!
The beneficiary of a frame off restoration, all panels are
straight, rust free, and bathed in black. There are some areas of
heavier overspray, but the paint is overall good. Throughout the
Willys badge shows up having been embossed into the steel and now
painted red. A simple steel bar bumper frames the lower part of the
iconic vertical ribbed grille with a single round headlight on
either corner. Squared off fenders are on the front and a no door
policy is the norm for this early version of the truck. Optioned
step ups are below the driver and passenger opening, and on the
back are dual taillights. Also, a gas tank is strapped to the back
and a spare tire to the passenger's side. All wheels are 16-inch
steel wheels and are painted red, all wrapped in deep tread thin
all terrain tires, this includes the spare. Also optioned on is a
complete canvas top and canvas door covering for the passengers.
This shows in olive drab and has clear plastic windows throughout
with no tears are even areas of excessive wear. On the back we note
in lieu of the bumper is a tow bar for a ball and a U hitch is just
above. Ten Hut!
Utilitarian but noble looking all bathed in black for the painted
steel dash and interior panels. Rubber covers the floors, and red
vinyl buckets are nice and tight on tubular framing seat
structures. There is a rear bench as well. The gauge cluster is a
lineup of round black faced gauges with white lettering, and there
is a heater installed. Inside under the canvas top of a fully
framed tubular roll cage that helps support the top as well as
safely protect passengers in the event of a rollover. The floors
behind the buckets are ribbed steel uncovered, so if you take the
rear seat out, you'll have a nice covered cargo area. Also of
interest are brown suede boots for the parking brake and shift
lever. A restored black original bakelite steering wheel is in
front of the driver and looking good. Sir YES SIR!
A swing upward of the hinged hood and it reveals the factory 134ci
inline 4-cylinder fully rebuilt and restored. It now fires off of a
12-volt system, is fed by a 1-barrel carburetor, and in back is a
3-speed manual transmission. The axles work off of a hefty 5.38
gear, and hence giving us the high rev sound of one of these coming
at you, sounding like it's in a perpetual first gear. Hit IT!!!
All nicely restored and rust free, Shiny black paint abounds bling
with the inside view of some red for those steel wheels. Leaf
springs are the norm for the suspension, and in front are now disc
brakes, and on back the drums remain. A like new exhaust snakes its
way from the mill to a right rear exit. Very little road dirt is
even seen underneath, along with lots of new parts all with no
rust, and blue shocks to help the leaf springs.
My partner in crime grabbed our groover, and entrenching tool and
we were off to the test track. After a quick fire up, it got out
there in the wilds and performed beautifully. Smooth high rev
acceleration, good handling and drive like a 1948 4 wheel drive
A real time piece, fully restored and functional and a definitely
an eye catcher that could take on many forms with the canvas on or
off, rear seat and even passenger seat in or out, and 2 wheel or 4
wheel drive early version of the Jeep, in like new or even better
then new condition with some upgrades.
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
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.