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post #1 of 23 Old 08-02-2020, 12:32 PM Thread Starter
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CJ2A what's it worth?

looking to buy a 40s jeep and found this listing for a 1946 original paint CJ2a and it looks like a good start to what i would like to have when finished. ive been out of the jeep game for a number of years now and am not sure of values anymore.

"Runs very well on rebuilt engine. Original paint. Would be a great candidate for restoration or drive it as a work/fun jeep."

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post #2 of 23 Old 08-02-2020, 06:24 PM
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My first Jeep was a 46' 2A. Coolest Jeep I have EVER owned! and the one I will ALWAYS REGRET SELLING! I'd say around 3-6k for this one. it looks very complete, and in pretty darn good shape. There is something special about those early Jeeps, and the little flat heads are just COOL! Good luck!
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It looks very nice and from what I can see of it, mostly original. Unless it had some horrors underneath, i would snap it up. The L134 is not the fastest, but on a back road and trail it is a very fun Willys to drive.

As to values, they are not that high for an original Willys CJ because it is a bit slow and it was not in WWII. You have all the driving feel of an MB but at a fraction of the purchase cost. I would gladly have slapped down $6k for it, but started at about $4k.

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I had a 47. issue is rust these early jeeps had wood inside the metal channels to stiffen the body. That tended to rot out the floors. frames tend to crack after so many decades of use.

But it does look sweet for sure. They are about as slow as it gets on road. Mine if it did 50 it was with a strong tail wind and down hill and foot to the floor. But it did very well off road i was running it on the rubicon back in the 70s.

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its listed for 8000. i 'd start at 6000. price seems about mid range
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I'm not dead set on that year or engine size. should i be looking for something different?
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I liked my 66cj5 with the 235 buick v6 they came with. For its day it was a rather quick jeep. Had a great sound too that odd fire.

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With flat fenders you can go from the CJ2A to a CJ3A with a higher windshield and 2" more space in the front seat. The CJ3A otherwise is quite close to a CJ2A. Production numbers are similar. Either could be modded to take a more powerful engine, the low hood being the limiting factor.

The CJ3B with a little more power from an F head engine but a high hood is a little bit faster but the earlier ones are just better on the eye. The CJ3B was made up until 1968 in USA and under licence overseas until 1997. It is the most common and can be modded to take all sorts of engines.

I like them all but I am fond of the CJ3A because I have one. The extra 2" at the wheel is most welcome, I am not a 19 year old GI.

thing is, if it fits you and it is in good condition and you like going slowly there is no such thing as a bad flat fender design.

An early CJ5 is not that far removed from the flattie experience but you can get a lot more power with the V6. A hotrod by comparison

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Also, is that actually an original colour on the tub? They came in 1946 in only three colours, Green and Tan and Normandy Blue. It looks like a later 1947 colour.

The one you are looking at looks Picket Gray (a 1947 Willys colour, CJs were brighter in 1946)

https://www.thecj2apage.com/paint.html

Just for fun, here is a 1946 colour. Must have been a sight after 5 years in the Forces.
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With flat fenders you can go from the CJ2A to a CJ3A with a higher windshield and 2" more space in the front seat. The CJ3A otherwise is quite close to a CJ2A. Production numbers are similar. Either could be modded to take a more powerful engine, the low hood being the limiting factor.

The CJ3B with a little more power from an F head engine but a high hood is a little bit faster but the earlier ones are just better on the eye. The CJ3B was made up until 1968 in USA and under licence overseas until 1997. It is the most common and can be modded to take all sorts of engines.

I like them all but I am fond of the CJ3A because I have one. The extra 2" at the wheel is most welcome, I am not a 19 year old GI.

thing is, if it fits you and it is in good condition and you like going slowly there is no such thing as a bad flat fender design.

An early CJ5 is not that far removed from the flattie experience but you can get a lot more power with the V6. A hotrod by comparison


I may look into the CJ3A to keep the old flat fender look but gain the 2". i am thinner at 175 pounds but at same time i'm 6' 2" tall. I'm deff not looking for CJ5 or 7. I've had 2 cj5 with 304 v8 and a cj7 with a 4.2. as well as a TJ rubicon. not looking for that anymore. i have a every day car and this would purely be for pleasure. run around town, go get groceries, you know the typical mall crawler. im not looking to wheel this, i've been there done that.
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An M38 is also a possibility, based on the CJ3A it was made 1949 to 1952. Comes mostly in green but there are grey versions available

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An M38 is also a possibility, based on the CJ3A it was made 1949 to 1952. Comes mostly in green but there are grey versions available

looks like these are both 3A but one just has a MB grill.

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Priceless!

I cannot believe it's being sold!

I bought mine for $100 in '91

I did 99.99% of it myself---I did not "sub" it out.

I have over $15K in mine.

It's a '46 wanting to be a MB (Has MB grill)

Always start low!

Let us know what happens!

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looks like these are both 3A but one just has a MB grill . . .
no tailgate but a rear spare wheel mount - so what is it? (the VINs might be a clue; what we used to call a "Heinz" (as in 57 varieties) or a bitzer?)
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Looks like a bitza and not in great shape.

Nothing wrong with a bitza if it is in good condition and works for you.

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