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    Posted: 29 Feb. 2016 at 12:01pm
Hello All - I finally got off the rump and found one of my dream vehicles. I have loved the WWII era Jeeps for as long as I can remember - I remember liking the one that the dad drove on the old tv show "Gentle Ben" when I was a kid. I got really serious about it over the last several months, and have looked at many $5000 rust buckets that I passed on. But, last week I located what I had hoped was a real deal clean barn find. I picked it up Saturday after a 7-hour round trip, and couldn't be more happy. 

I started reading these forums after I bought an old Spen trailer a couple years ago, and just sorta looked around waiting on a CJ to fall on me. You guys have tons of great information and advice on here, THANK YOU!

Anyway - the story on this Jeep is that it was originally purchased by a small town in CO as a city vehicle. The gentleman that worked for the town, drove this as part of his job (not sure what that was), when the town was selling it ten years later, this gentleman purchased it from the town and kept it until his death in the early 2000s. He apparently had it painted when he bought it so it no longer looked like a city vehicle and it has been a very light silvery-blue since 1956. He kept it barn stored on his farm since that time only using it to putter around the property. Following his passing, his son was never able to get it running - so the family sold it in 2009 to a gentleman in Louisiana.

The owner in LA was able to get it running and also used it to putter around his 100 acres and never really got it on the road but once. He put 125 miles on it for the seven years he owned it, and it now has a (supposedly) original 9,135 miles on it. And now.....its mine. The seller told me he thought he had a series of registrations over the years from CO, that shows the milage progression and will get it to me if he can find it.

So - here is my new-to-me, very rust free 1946 CJ2A:


Ready to go...

Weird thing is that the title doesn't have this number and I didn't catch it until i got home. This has me a bit worried.



Never seen a bench seat before, but it looks like it has been in the vehicle for many years.

More of the bench. Horse hair stuffing mostly intact.


And my favorite part - ALL the hat channels look like this. In fact, I didn't find any cancerous rust at all.


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That's a beauty!! Congrats.
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Oh! It also came with an original white canvas top in very good condition and a weird-backward facing rear seat. I will have to figure out how to install the top, because it looks great. 

I was able to drive it around a little yesterday, but didn't get on the streets much, because I popped a brake line when loading it. The brakes were very good until that point. I drove around in the industrial area where I rent some warehouse space for my tinkering and found some guys who had gotten their crew cab Chevy, in street tires, stuck. Me and the little Willys pulled that mammoth truck free of the mud hole they had gotten in....gotta love that. 
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Very nice find.  Congratulations!  And welcome aboard.  :)
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Looks like that was maybe a bus seat at some point in its life. Nice jeep.
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Which tag are you referring to?  The title will have the number matched up to the top tag.  The lower body tag number will not be on the title.

I see you are in Arkansas,  im in Russellville.
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That looks like it was worth the wait Smile
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Well, if its a bus seat - maybe I'll call this thing the Short Bus.  :)

Ryan - the two tags match, but the number on the title is a little different. I guess I will figure something out. I'm in Little Rock btw.
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is it titled with the engine serial number?

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I did a little reading last night - and found that that could be a possibility. So I will scour the engine this evening to see if I can find a number that matches. Thanks.
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You wouldn't happen to know the name of the town in Colorado, would you? BW
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The jeep looks like a nice survivor.  Lots of forest service roads north of Russellville with good scenery.  Im hoping to have mine done by this summer and start taking advantage of them!  Maybe we could get several of us together for a ride.
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What a great find! It certainly looks like it has been cared for. Best of luck with it.
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Thanks for letting me play in ya'lls sandbox, really looking forward to tinkering on this thing.
@ Bruce, trying to find out what town it came from.
@ Ryan, absolutely would love to get together with others and do some drives.
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Bruce - it came from Eckhert,CO.
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Originally posted by Batjac65 Batjac65 wrote:

Thanks for letting me play in ya'lls sandbox, ... 

don't look now, but you're in your sandbox now Thumbs UpLOL
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Nice jeep, engine number should be stamped on the flat just above the water pump. I lot of jeeps were titled with the engine number. May take some cleaning to read it.

Again, nice find, enjoy

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Thanks for the input everyone. Found the engine number and that is the number used as the VIN on the title - what happens if you change the engine out at some point?

Anyway, I noticed something odd when I was uploading photos yesterday and went back to look at it last night. The bench seat that was put into this vehicle was completely customized by either the city of Eckhert or a very nice backyard custom. I think it may have been for a pretty tall person or something, because they modified the rear wheel wells to fit it in there. It sits very comfortably, so I don't guess I will complain. See photos.









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