1946 Willys CJ2A

by Mike O'Dell
(Lansing MI USA)

This my 1946 Willys CJ2A #11974 (have not verified this yet, but it is what is on the title my dad gave me.)

This Jeep started out in Hillman, Michigan and was the first Jeep to be sold in that area of Michigan. It was purchased new by a man that my Uncle Louie Smith worked for near Hillman. My Grandfather, Harold Smith also new this person (Last name was Gumps and he owned some type of horse farm near Hillman).

At some point Harold bought the Jeep from Gumps and kept it at his cottage on Lake Avalon in Hillman, MI. My dad, Gilbert O'Dell bought it in 1960 from my Grandfather and has owned it ever since.

He has finaly told me that I can have this Jeep and I am looking forward to getting it back on the road again!

Larry's Comment: Mike...that CJ2A looks like it is in pretty good condition, and will make for a good restoration project. Keep us up-to-date on your progress.

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by: Mile O'Dell

Thanks Larry...I am looking forward to see it on the road again :-)

by: Kristin K

I would be sooo happy to have that handed-down to me! Looks like it's not in bad shape for its age. Love it!

Mine is under the Jeep Girls section of this website as "My 1st Jeep With All the Goodies" ('85 CJ7). It's going through its own little "resto"! Just a major tune-up and fresh paint! Getting it ready for the Bantam Jeep Festival since it's only about 40 miles from where I live.

Please do keep progress pics if you can. Looking forward to seeing the finished product!

Money Hole
by: Ralph

I have done a little fixing up of a 1987 Toyota Corolla, which has suffered from almost total neglect. I found it to be a hole to throw money and time into. With 41 more years on your Jeep, Methinks you might find yourself in the same situation. You probably already know this, so enjoy!

1947 Willys
by: Tyler b.

I learned to drive in a 1947 Willys in my uncles field. You had to double clutch it. Made a life long jeeper out of me.

Got Myself a CJ2A
by: Bob

Bought a Bantam trailer cheap to restore and soon thought, 'HEY stupid whacha gonna tow it with?'. So now I got a '48 CJ2A from Oregon. Has a solid body but needs work! Hey I got time. Here we go, YEE HAA!

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