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Originally posted by Gross3049 Gross3049 wrote:

I am in central Maine. I would like to be really no more than 6500, but as I know you get what you pay for. 
Maine,New Hampshire, Massachusetts would be as far as I could go. Thank you

That will help folks keep an eye out for you.  You don't need to worry about this crowd sniping one out from under you.  We already have oursLOL  The northeast should have plenty of them in your price range.  That was about my price range too.  I got my blue '48 for under $6K.  They are out there.  Are you on facebook?  There are a lot of Willys fb groups that have good opportunities as well.  Look up a guy who goes by the handle "metal shaper".  He's in CT I believe. He does a lot of Willys work and has many connections. 
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Thanks so much I will check out the guy in CT. 
I joined some fb clubs today.
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I also have found this one in Vermont. 
I really like this one. Let me know what you guys think. 
Thanks for any help. 
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Sweet looking 3A. It has an odd rear bumper and no spare tire or mount. Any photos of the motor or undersides? 
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Originally posted by ndnchf ndnchf wrote:

Sweet looking 3A.

  I wouldn't say so. Looks like a CJ2-A frame, grille, and body with an M38 windshield. Rear fender tops are covered over, and again, all of the body seams are bondo'd over. Nice fresh paint on the body but the frame and suspension have not been cleaned or painted. I would approach this one with a ten-foot pole.  BW
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Again, how does it DRIVE! Are the tranny and t/c shot? Does the clutch slip? How much does it leak (and from where). THESE are the issues you need to address. It's the difference between a happy driver and a headache.
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Originally posted by Gross3049 Gross3049 wrote:

.... but as I know you get what you pay for.....


Don't assume anything when buying.
The price you pay doesn't have much to do with it.
High price can still mean higher expenses....
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dont know if your on Facebook or not, but with CL now charging to place a vehicle ad, im seeing much more decent stuff in FB marketplace.   

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Originally posted by bkwudz bkwudz wrote:

dont know if your on Facebook or not, but with CL now charging to place a vehicle ad, im seeing much more decent stuff in FB marketplace.   


And I read somewhere (ewillys?) there are older vehicles hitting CL under "antiques" to avoid the listing fee
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Originally posted by Bruce W Bruce W wrote:

Originally posted by ndnchf ndnchf wrote:

Sweet looking 3A.

  I wouldn't say so. Looks like a CJ2-A frame, grille, and body with an M38 windshield. Rear fender tops are covered over, and again, all of the body seams are bondo'd over. Nice fresh paint on the body but the frame and suspension have not been cleaned or painted. I would approach this one with a ten-foot pole.  BW

I'm with Bruce on this yellow Willys.  The mix and match of Willys sheet metal isn't really a concern, unless you want the replace the shield with the version that is supposed to be on a 2A (kind of pricey).  I believe the grille is also M38.

I'm also not concerned about the sheet metal replacement that has happened here.  Many of us have had to replace rotten sheet metal.

My concern would be how shiny it is up top...and how dirty it is on the underside.  It has the appearance of..."Slap some paint and bondo on that piece of crap, then dump it on the next dumb ass!"   A dirty underside is not necessarily a negative. There are a lot of dirty undersides out there that are mechanically sound.   It's just the contrast between the top and bottom on this one that sends up the red flag. 
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Get it up on a lift or crawl under it on your back.  Either way take a good light with you and really look it over.  Something I have failed to do in the past.
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Tailgate and hinges have been messed with also.



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Anyone else notice the missing stake pockets both inside and out?
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The yellow one's grill and windshield might be M-38 or might be repro.  The top bow pockets disappeared when the extra sheet metal covered the wheelhouses.  The tailgate hinges probably disappeared at the same time.  It's shaky.  Is that one advertised as "restored" too?
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